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Dear Pet Talk: Can you write a column with information about the difference between therapy, emotional support animals and service dogs, cause it’s way misunderstood and totally being abused. Thanks. — Kyndyl Dear Kyndyl: Here’s a brief on a “Service Animal” according to the Americans with...
Frank Hains, right, discusses student assessment with Donna Briggs and Peter Guilbault during a lunchtime meeting. 
The radically new methods of math teaching that I observed in Jen Arpide’s second grade classroom (previous article in this series) have been a challenge for many teachers. They were a challenge for Frank Hains, too. A math teacher with 35 years of experience, Mr. Hains was teaching third and...
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: What is C Cleaner? Will I lose all my files if I...
Apple has long touted that their Macintosh line of computers are immune to viruses. So much so that it has become one of their top selling points and a reason why many people are often willing to shell out significantly more money for an Apple computer than a PC. So you can see why many who own...
Before I begin, my wife and I would like to add our voices to the thousands of area residents wishing to express their sympathy to those affected by the weekend’s tragedy. I knew neither of the little girls, but my daughter knew one, and I am certain that they were both brilliant lights shining in...
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The U.S. Mint will issue two new coin products this week. To order coins from them, visit their website at www.usmint.gov, or call 800-USA-MINT. On March 7, the mint will debut the 2016 silver proof set of the National Park Quarters. This will include proof struck examples of all five 2016...
As the anniversary approaches of Star Trek’s first broadcast on NBC 50 years ago in September, Kristine M. Smith has just released a greatly-expanded edition of her 2001 book now retitled “DeForest Kelley Up Close and Personal, A Harvest of Memories from the Fan Who Knew Him Best.” “The enhanced...
I would like to start this review by reminding everyone about movie theater etiquette. Please remember to silence phones, keep your feet off the seats of those in front of you, and if you come in late please sit quickly and quietly and don’t talk as if the movie has not started. With that said ‘...
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) and the Massachusetts Outdoor Heritage Foundation has partnered with the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) and the Archery Trade Association to promote student education and lifelong interest and participation in the...
Dear Pet Talk, What happens when your dog or cat has rabies? — Anthony Stone, 4th grade, South Street School, Fitchburg Dear Anthony, I’m going to backtrack and emphasize that it is the law in Massachusetts to get your dog and cat a rabies shot at the age of six months. Revaccination must...

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