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If you’re anything like me, you’ve yet to hear anyone make a case for the Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Since no one else is making a case for them, I’ll do my best. Here we go: The Denver defense has no obvious weakness. Sure, there have been times (very few) this season where teams (...
(The following is taken from the MassWildlife webpage, masswildlife.org. The recent public interest in the North Quabbin Region regarding this proposal has been widely covered in the local press. At the time this column was written, the final details for an informational program on rattlesnakes...
Dear Twin City Paws, What do you do if your dog is bitten by fleas? — Lucas Nunez, Mrs. Bourque’s Fourth Grade, South Street Elementary School, Fitchburg Dear Lucas, Thank you for a great question that many people can identify with! Fleas are very common, and the best approach has a few...
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: When I opened my internet browser yesterday, I got...
Adult loons and chicks afloat on the Graves Landing area of the Quabbin Reservoir.  Photo by Dale Monette
There were no rattlesnakes or any other snakes in Dale Monette’s “Quabbin Seasons and Wildlife” photography presentation at the Wendell Public Library last Friday night, but the brightly colored closeups of painted turtles represented the reptile category quite well. Dale, like his childhood...
I recently began making use of a Virtual Private Network, or VPN, at home as an extra level of security on my computers and mobile devices. A VPN is a group of computers networked together through a public domain, like the internet. The way a VPN works is through the encryption of data from one...
NIXON DOLLAR COIN
The U.S. Mint will issue two different coins this week. To order coins from them, visit their website at www.usmint.gov, or call 800-USA-MINT. Today, Feb. 2, the first Presidential dollar for 2016 debuted, depicting Richard Nixon. These are circulation quality strikes from the Denver and...
It’s official! Two years have passed since our first meeting of the Wild Knights Chess Club. We held our anniversary celebration last Thursday at the Athol Public Library. Our library liaison, Anne Cutler-Russo, hosted the event, as club members brought in a variety of foods and snacks. Anne’s...
Heroic, historical movies are always a good watch, especially when they’re based near where you live. “The Finest Hours” is based on Cape Cod making it a good close to home story.  Bernie Webber, played by Chris Pine (Star Trek, Rise of the Guardians) is a young coast guardsman based in Chatham...
Dear Twin City Paws: I want to take my dogs out in the winter, but I have read that it’s not good for dogs’ paws for them to walk on pavement because of the chemicals used for the roads. Can you advise? — Dog Walker Dear Dog Walker: You are absolutely correct that winter has some hazards to...

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