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If you are like me, and a growing number of other people, you don’t have cable, and so you might be wondering how you can go about watching this weekend’s Super Bowl. Like other major events over the past 12 months, i.e. debates, inaugurations, other things I would rather forget; there is now a...
Beverly Washburn at a previous SPERDVAC convention  Photo courtesy of Jerry Williams of SPERDVAC
The magic of sitting in a studio audience watching voice actors produce live radio theater in the 30s and 40s isn’t entirely lost forever, thanks to The Society To Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety and Comedy (SPERDVAC).  A non-profit organization, SPERDVAC was created in the1970s to...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a self-adhesive forever stamp on Feb. 1 honoring civil rights advocate Dorothy Height. This will be sold in panes of 20 stamps, and is the 40th stamp in the Black Heritage commemorative series. There will be a sports card and coin show on Feb. 5 at the Boys and...
Musicals are not today’s most popular movie category; they are more seen nowadays in high school and local plays rather than on the silver screen. Maybe that is why the musical movie ‘La La Land,’ released late last month, has been getting so much attention from Hollywood award shows. Mia,...
A public meeting of the Fisheries and Wildlife Board’s Rattlesnake Review Group will be held on Monday, Jan. 30, at 6:30 p.m., at the Athol Town Hall, 584 Main Street, in Athol. The public is invited to observe the proceedings. The meeting will focus primarily on establishing the Rattlesnake...
DEAR PET TALK: Why do dogs have whiskers? — Dog Lover DEAR DOG LOVER: Whiskers are “vibrissae,” a very special type of hair found in numerous mammals, notably cats and dogs. Since dogs do not have fingers and hands to explore (the way human babies do), they use their sense of smell and the...
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Royalston residents were among the thousands rallying in the Massachusetts capital city in support of the Women's March in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21, the day after President Trump's inauguration. Left to right -- Sherri Brooks of Watertown (all others from Royalston), Ruth Suyenaga, Carla Rabinowitz, Phil Rabinowitz, Deb D'Amico and Tom Musco. The Statehouse on Beacon Hill is in the background.
I was one of millions of people around the world who reacted to the beginning of the era of Donald Trump as president of the United States of America by going into the streets. As mentioned in my column a few weeks ago, I attended a “support rally” in Greenfield related to the so-called Women’s...
Many people know, that after the Civil War, African American slaves were set free but we do not always learn about the what else happened besides African Americans being killed and beaten by their fellow southerners. Last year’s ‘Free State of Jones’ shows an idea that was less often told about, a...
Fly-fishing fanatics from throughout New England and the northeast are expected to brave winter weather to view sparkling new rods and reels, boots, waders and accessories at the 2017 Marlborough Fly Fishing Show this weekend (Jan. 20-22) in the Royal Plaza Trade Center, 181 Boston Post Road West...

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