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Alan Berman and Betsy Alkins of Warwick made their own special signs to display at the Nov. 10 pipeline hearing in Boston.  Photo by Rice Flanders
Two days ago in Boston, elected representatives from our region, including Susannah Whipps Lee (R-Athol), offered a joint statement of testimony designed to protect conservation land across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The testimony was given at a hearing of the Joint Committee on State...
Athol-Royalston Middle School Principal Tom Telicki has an ambitious description of the climate that he wants to create at his school: “I want every student to want to come to school.” When you consider that he’s talking about middle school students, that seems like something of a stretch. But...
White to move.
Online chess is an excellent way to sharpen your chess skills. Unlike playing against a computer, it allows you to face opponents with human intuition and human flaws. Computers are programmed to view their options, calculate possible responses and determine the safest moves with the best yield...
Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels  Photo courtesy of Ingels
Laughter is often cited as a key ingredient for a successful marriage. Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels would agree. In 1974, Shirley was leaving an art exhibit at Michael Landon’s home when Marty bumped into her. Literally. “I was getting into my car and as Marty was arriving, he knocked me over...
The U.S. Postal Service has announced that their fee for priority mail will increase by almost 10 percent in January 2016, which will cause the issuance of a new stamp to cover the new rate. The shipping of one- to two-pound packages is the fastest growing segment of the USPS mail services, and...
The James Bond series continues with ‘Spectre’ which saw its U.S. release this past weekend and had big shoes to fill with the long running tradition of 007 movies, books and the success of the previous three Bond movies starring Daniel Craig (known for Skyfall, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...
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 an HP laptop. I know it has a working camera...
Volunteers installed winserts last year at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St., Athol. North Quabbin Energy has been successfully promoting the winsert program in the region for several years.
Drafty windows, inadequate insulation and other flaws in aging buildings are a problem throughout the North Quabbin Region, but help is on its way in the form of winserts. These are low tech lightweight wooden frames, along with plastic and/or foam, installed in existing windows both in public...
Josh Schoorens, left, faces one of his toughest competitors at the Stoughton Public Library chess tournament -- his sister Rebekah Schoorens. The pair represented the Wild Knights Chess Club from the Athol Public Library. (Read the Wild Notes column on page 10 today).
Our local chess club fared quite well at the Stoughton Public Library’s chess tournament on Saturday. Josh, Rebekah and Susan Schoorens all participated, along with me, in the six and a half hour event. As most of our readers know, Josh and Rebekah are the top two players from the Wild Knights...
A decade after penning his best-selling 2005 autobiography, blonde-haired, blue-eyed 50s movie heartthrob Tab Hunter has transferred his life story to the big screen in the 90 minute documentary, “Tab Hunter Confidential.” “It’s been playing at film festivals this year to great reviews and this...

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