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At this month’s Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Board meeting, Assistant Director of Fisheries Todd Richards made a presentation on the new web program available to fishermen that provides up to date information on trout stocking. How it works: Anglers seeking stocking reports for...
Dear Pet Talk: My dad is allergic to dogs. What kind of dog can we get?  — Angelique, Boys and Girls Club, Leominster Dear Angelique: Allergic reactions from pets are usually caused from the following: pet dander (skin flakes), saliva, urine, or a combination. The fur is actually not a...
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, MA 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I have had my computer a long time; maybe seven...
There is an article on the Warwick annual town meeting warrant for Monday asking to borrow “a sum of money” to upgrade their wireless broadband service. The town needs to support this article whether they make use of the service or not.  The sum is expected to be in the ballpark of a quarter of...
Myron Becker of Wendell, experienced fly fishing enthusiast, accompanied by Ryo, his six-year-old Springer Spaniel, models his fishing gear at the edge of the Millers River on the south bank at its confluence of Osgood Brook. They are at the bottom of what many anglers call "the powerhouse pool" in Wendell Depot. Myron and his wife Kathy-Ann are longtime members of the Millers River Watershed Council, dedicated to protecting the river. Photo by Kathy-Ann Becke
I have several places where I enjoy viewing the Millers River, but my number one favorite is from the iron bridge that crosses the river in the Erving village of Farley. When I cross that bridge – usually because I’m going to the Diemand Farm store on Mormon Hollow Road, Wendell – I stop my car...
What could possibly be a better meeting place for the Wild Knights Chess Club than upstairs at the Athol Public Library? There really is no better place! From the comfortable surroundings to the supportive staff we have an ideal setting for engaging our young Knights in one of the world’s most...
Fairy tale stories may seem like material for children’s movies but that is not always true, especially in the case of ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War,’ sequel to the 2012 ‘Snow White and the Huntsman.’ The new to theaters sequel follows the storyline of Eric the Huntsman, played by Chris Hemsworth...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a non-denominated, non-profit rate (five-cent) stamp on April 26. This will feature large letters of “USA” and a star. It will only be sold in coils of 5,000 stamps, making it difficult for collectors to obtain singles or plate number strips. There are no...
Last Thursday morning at 3:30 AM this writer headed out of town bound for Bradley Field in Connecticut. I was catching a 6 AM flight to Kansas City International Airport for a “visit with my sister”. Each year, this good brother travels to Kansas to visit with my sister Pat (the sister formerly...
Dear Pet Talk: Why are animals scared when you bring them home? — Tavonte Brown, fourth grade, South Street School, Fitchburg Dear Tavonte: That is an excellent and considerate question. Let’s get into the mindset of an animals — say a young dog or cat. First, they are being removed from...

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