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Jason Lefsyk stands at the entrance of his home on Pleasant Street in Athol. Photo by Brandy Lefsyk
If you drive around the residential neighborhoods of Athol and Orange, you can see lots of nice houses, but unfortunately there are also a large number of forlorn run-down buildings, some occupied and some vacant.  These are hard times economically for many residents, who simply can’t afford to...
Here is a fact about consumer electronics, sometimes companies will all develop the same technology despite there being no interest from consumers. Smartwatches come to mind as a recent example of this. Overnight every company was working on a smartwatch. Now, sales of smartwatches are in the...
A couple of years ago, visitors to Carol Burnett’s home might have observed the comedy legend glued to the TV set, binge-watching every episode of her old variety show. But it wasn’t a case of extreme celebrity vanity sweeping through the Burnett household. “I’d been getting calls from writers...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a new version of the non-profit rate coil stamp on Feb. 10. This version will be sold in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 of the self-adhesive stamp. The original stamp (valued at five cents) was issued in 2016, with large letters reading “USA” in blue, and a star in...
‘Rumpelstiltskin’ Retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky ——— “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” — Albert Einstein In the preschool classroom at the Village School, fairy tales are...
As you read this, I have just returned from six days in Alabama. The trip is the second for me and it seems like a winter getaway to southeast ‘Bama is a great way to break up the New England winter. My headquarters in Enterprise, Ala., is at the home of my brother-in-law John Campbell and his...
DEAR PET TALK: Why do smaller dogs live longer than bigger dogs, and how long can dogs live? — Lucas, 12, Boys and Girls Club DEAR LUCAS: You have identified a heartbreaking anomaly that pet owners know well: the enormous ranges of longevity between dog breeds. Scientists studying animals have...
Dear EarthTalk: What exactly is the “Myth of the Climate Change 97 Percent” mentioned by Senator Inhofe during recent confirmation hearings Trump’s cabinet post nominations? — Rosemary R., Clifton, N.J. Answer: The so-called “Myth of the Climate Change 97 Percent” refers to the argument made...
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: I am a computer newbie and would love to see a...
This Victorian-style house is being fixed up and prepared as a potential hostel or guest house for people enjoying the region's outdoor activities.
On page 98 of my book, “North of Quabbin Revisited” (Haley’s, 2003), you can see a photograph of the 1889 iron bridge crossing the Millers River between Wendell and the Erving village of Farley. Writing that book, I called attention to small details of the North Quabbin Region, and that bridge is...

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