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Rural scenery was a favorite subject for Barbara Ellis. Preliminary to creating her paintings, she always did sketches, such as this one depicting a barn.  Original sketch courtesy of Susie Feldman
Local artist Barbara Ellis (1910-2005) will be the focus of a special program at the Petersham Art Center May 13, and her water colors — including some for sale from a private collection — will be on display at Athol Public Library in July. It’s fair to say that for several decades in the late...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue three different definitive self-adhesive stamps this week, to cover three different postal rates. On May 2, two stamps intended to be used on wedding invitations were issued. A first-class rate forever stamp featuring a boutonniere was joined by a two-ounce-...
‘A Monster Calls’ By Patrick Ness ——— “A Monster Calls,” written by Patrick Ness, is a young adult book woven with deeply powerful emotions. The book’s main character is Conor O’Malley, a young boy coming to grips with the gravity of his mother’s illness. It is not a happy book but it pulls...
I finally got the chance to play Nintendo’s Super Mario Run when it was released on Android recently. From December to late March, Nintendo’s first attempt at bringing one of their beloved intellectual properties to mobile platforms was exclusive to Apple devices. So it wasn’t until just a month...
 Susan Watson, depicted early in her career and in the present day
Best known for her roles in musical theater, Tony-nominated actress and singer Susan Watson released a collection of 14 Broadway and jazz standards on her CD “The Music Never Ends” last fall. “Some of these tracks I had sung earlier in my career and others I had always heard and loved, and just...
ate Gorney, left, and T.J. Miller arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "Office Christmas Party" at the Village Theatre Westwood Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016.  by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
Some office parties  are bland and a reflection of everyone’s feelings before Christmas at work. Everyone just wants to finish out the time before the holiday and get to their days off. Those hearing that the bosses have downsized or canceled parties are typically unhappy as is the case with ‘...
Wednesday evening this writer drove an hour to Spencer and was sitting in the Spencer Rod and Gun Club to attend the first session of a Massachusetts Hunter Education Course. The clubhouse was full as over 60 men, women and young people of both genders had registered with the intent of obtaining a...
DEAR PET TALK: What do you do if you find a baby animal like a squirrel or bunny? — Animal Lover ——— DEAR ANIMAL LOVER: We talked to Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Sigrid Warren to get a specific answer to this question, as there are very strict rules regarding wildlife. Here’s what she...
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: Sometimes, when I’m on the internet, I’ll go to...
Preschool students Lia Castillo, left, and Kendal Peckham work together to build a tower in the Athol Community Elementary School classroom taught by Julie Stanley.  Photo by Julie Stanley
What does a special needs teacher do all day with 35 preschoolers — many categorized as “special needs” students because they are not moving along developmental milestones at what is considered a “typical rate?” The short answer is this: She gets down on the floor and plays hard and works hard...

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