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Decades ago, David Belcher, reporter for the Orange Enterprise and Journal, penned an article entitled “Some People Love to Restore Old Homes.” That article featured Orange resident Betty Kimball, now 83, who continues to do what she loves. Despite her age, Betty not only plans and designs, but...
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Laura Haddock as Viviane, left, and Mark Wahlberg as Cade Yeager in a scene from "Transformers: The Last Knight." This is the fifth movie in the Transformers series and is now in theaters.  Paramount Pictures/Bay Films via AP
After four Transformers movies one might think, “There can be nothing left to the story, Optimus Prime has left Earth; what else can be done and said.” But somehow Transformers director Michael Bay has found a way to do more with the story yet again and brought us ‘Transformers: The Last Knight,’...
America discovered the delightful British comedy series “Are You Being Served?” in the 80s, thanks to reruns on Public Television. Released in the U.K. 45 years ago this year, the 10-season show remains as popular as ever with fans. Sadly, with the passing of Nicholas Smith (Mr. Rumbold) in 2015...
The U.S. Mint will debut the 20th anniversary version of their one ounce platinum American Eagle coin on July 6. This will be sold at a premium over its bullion value. To order coins from the mint, visit their website at www.usmint.gov, or call them at 800-USA-MINT. There is a shipping charge...
The Massachusetts Fisheries and Wildlife Board June meeting was held Wednesday and the agenda included the annual deer review. Deer Project Leader Dave Stainbrook presented his recommendations and included a considerable amount of data to support them. Last fall’s deer hunting season produced the...
A dog chases its tail. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: Why do some dogs chase their tails? – Lori ——— DEAR LORI: Why indeed? Animal behaviorists opine on a variety of reasons for tail-chasing, including pure enjoyment. Puppies will happily chase their tail, or a sibling’s tail, as part of the process of play. (Cats also, of course...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to the PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library at info@athollibrary.org or by mail at Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: Suddenly, my iPhone can’t make or receive phone...
The Elliott Laurel Reservation in Phillipston has a new sign at the entrance that indicates the rebranding of the former Trustees of Reservations, with its new logo and color scheme. A map is displayed on a kiosk at the entrance. The one-mile loop trail, with yellow blazes, is wide and easy to follow.  Photo by Gail Oswald
The Wikipedia page for mountain laurel begins this way: “Kalmia latifolia, commonly called mountain laurel… is a broadleaved evergreen shrub in the heather family, Ericaceae, that is native to the eastern United States. Its range stretches from southern Maine south to northern Florida, and west...
Actress Natalie Portman attends a special screening of "Jackie", during the 54th New York Film Festival, at Alice Tully Hall on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, in New York.  Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP
The days surrounding the death of a love one are never ending, people rush to your side when all you want is to get away from it all and pretend it didn’t happen for just one second. Imagine going through that while the entire country is watching. In 2016’s ‘Jackie’ we see the story of Jackie...
The 2017-18 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting stamp was issued on June 23. These stamps, even though not valid for postage, are avidly saved by U.S. Stamps collectors. This stamp features a view of three Canada Geese in flight. The $25 stamp will be sold in two formats: a single separate stamp with...

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