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Elwin Bacon of Athol, constable of the Athol Conservation Commission, is retiring in June and needs to be replaced. His post has been essentially that of a forest ranger assigned to the Bearsden Woods. This photo was taken Tuesday outside his home on Bearsden Road.  Photo by Brian Gelinas
The website of North Quabbin Woods has a page devoted to Athol’s Bearsden Conservation Area, including this paragraph: “A map board at the parking area outlines the many possibilities for exploration, and a log cabin, built of local hemlock, is available for overnight use. Call Conservation...
Fallout 4 is a video game that people can’t seem to stop talking about. Unfortunately it’s really not all that good, but I’m going to keep playing it anyway because despite its many flaws, it has me, and everyone else, utterly hooked. The problem with the game is it is riddled with bugs, and the...
We are approaching our second anniversary of the Wild Knights! We will have a pot-luck celebration at our regular meeting time on the 28th of this month. I will talk more about that next week. For this week, I had a whole different type of column planned. I don’t mean to get too political here,...
The Oscar nominations were announced last week and one of the leaders is the recent theater release ‘The Revenant’ with 12 nominations from the academy including Best Motion Picture of the Year and Best Actor in a Leading Role to Leonardo DiCaprio who plays the main character.  In the early...
MARK TWAIN COIN
The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2016 National Park quarters clad proof set on Jan. 25. This set will contain one of each of the five quarters to be issued this year in proof condition struck at the San Francisco mint. To order this from the mint, visit their website at www....
We’ve been waiting almost two months for our beloved New England Patriots to return to health. They would seem to be as healthy as they are going to get heading into today’s game. That begs the question, are they ready for a return to glory? The Tom Brady led Patriots looked unbeatable through...
A recent article written by Ben Moyer in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on why people hunt provides some very interesting food for thought. For hundreds of thousands of years, humans hunted animals for food. The article notes that, in modern affluent societies, some continued to hunt but for less...
Dear Twin City Paws:  I need tips on training my dog. She won’t come if she’s out in the yard. We have a fence, so she gets outdoor time, but I feel like I’m not in control. — Confused Dear Confused:  Having a dog means being part of a team — not being in “control.” You and your dog might...
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: Lately, I have been receiving weird e-mails. The...
Tom Kellner creates an ice sculpture, knowing that before long it will melt and disappear.
The visual arts vary widely in style and media as reflected in the appealing creative work of two area residents, Tom Kellner of South Royalston and Linda Ruel Flynn of Athol. Tom, who does his work in his studio as the Millers River rushes by, is primarily a sculptor, using marble and other...

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