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As many of our readers know, I have been trying to encourage members of the Wild Knights Chess Club to research some aspect of the game of chess and share their knowledge with the rest of the group. The topic could be anything related to chess from a certain opening move or a defensive strategy to...
Screen shot of William Shatner and BarBara Luna in the Star Trek episode Mirror, Mirror. 
In 1989, after concluding her contract with the ABC soap opera “One Life to Live,” BarBara Luna informed her agent of plans to retire, but not before requesting one more role that would include some vacation time. Two days later, while sitting in her New York apartment, the agent called back. “...
Oh, DC...I wish I could know what you were thinking when you decided that ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ was ready to go out to theaters the way it did. The idea for the movie sounds great, combining two of the most loved superhero characters, but they must have known the bar was set high...
On April 10, a rare reduction in the U.S. first-class mail rate will take place. The current 49 cent rate was put in place as a temporary increase in 2013, and the time period for that is expiring. The U.S. Postal Service will not issue any new stamps for this rate reduction, as most first-class...
‘Good Night, Gorilla’  Written by Peggy Rathmann ——— If you’re a new parent and looking for first books for tiny hands, I recommend “Good Night Gorilla” by Peggy Rathmann. If this is one of the first story books that you share with you child, you won’t be disappointed. The engaging story...
There is a very special birthday party coming in June and you are invited to join in the festivities. Founded in 1866, MassWildlife is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2016. That history began in 1866 when two Fisheries Commissioners were appointed to address concerns about the loss of...
Dear Pet Talk: What does animal control do to a lost dog that is too afraid to be captured by the control officers? — Richard Valentin, Mrs. Bourque’s 4th Grade, South Street Elementary School, Fitchburg. Dear Richard: That is a very perceptive and compassionate question. I reached out to...
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 posted some photos to Facebook but I made a typo...
This is a view of the railroad tracks in Athol off South Athol Road near the wastewater treatment plant, looking east, with L.S. Starrett Co. chimney in the distance. There is great potential in the near future for expanded rail service as well as road improvements, due to increased Federal transportation funding.  Athol Daily News photo
There’s new money to be had by Massachusetts cities and towns for road and rail transportation, thanks to recent action by the United States Congress and President Barack Obama. While excessive use of acronyms is a pet peeve of mine, I must welcome this one just because we need the money! It’s...
Whenever someone asks me about options for their home internet access, which around here can be pretty limited, I always recommend they purchase their own equipment instead of using the stuff provided by the service provider. Usually this is because the equipment they give you is either shabby,...

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