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DEAR PET TALK: If cats can’t see, do cats wear glasses? — Mariela Teya, age 6, South Street School DEAR MARIELA: Thanks for a great question for which I can include an adorable photograph. The short answer is “not yet.” There is a company making glasses for dogs: “Doggles,” but cats aren’t yet...
This map-painting of Athol was created by Casey Wiliams. Her maps are printed at Highland Press in town.
She studied, worked, made friends and had fun in Amherst. Then she did the same in Boston, but after almost two decades of being away, Casey Williams came home to Athol and has no regrets. “I found it to be so calm and peaceful here, and that seemed much more important than going to a funky...
‘Art and Max’ By David Wiesner ——— “Art and Max” is a beautifully illustrated children’s picture book by the three-time Caldecott award-winning author, David Wiesner. Wiesner is well known for his wordless books and detail-oriented illustrations, and “Art and Max” is no exception. With the...
Humans have a need for companionship and adventure; that is nothing new. But what would we do to combat our loneliness; would we do something that would force someone else to drown with us? In the recent theatrical release “Passengers,” we see a man faced with that same decision. Jim Preston,...
There are no new issues scheduled by the U.S. Postal Service this week. The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders on Jan. 18 for proof and uncirculated versions of the commemorative silver dollar for Lions Clubs. This coin will depict the Lions emblem, and a portrait of the founder. To order...
As it turns out, 2016 was a very good year for Massachusetts bear hunters. An all-time record of 286 black bears were taken by hunters during the two season segments. Over the past several years, MassWildlife has been looking at data and making adjustments to bear management plans and regulations...
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, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I will be traveling and won’t have a computer. I...
Helpful signs like this one, made by Buddy Dyer of Royalston, are among efforts undertaken, prior to a new trail policy, by the North Quabbin Trails Association, with permission of Ralph Taylor, District MassWildlife supervisor.  Photo by Bobby Curley
The effort by the North Quabbin Trails Association (NQTA) to make the Tully Trail better and safer — more user-friendly in today’s vocabulary — is progressing. This should be what they call a no-brainer. Instead, it has been, and continues to be, an arduous process. The most important goal, in...
Each day we get up and leave our houses; some of us leave pets at home all day to entertain themselves and pretty much sleep all day, or so we assume. ‘The Secret Life of Pets,’ from the same company who put out ‘Despicable Me,’ came out this past summer and showed us what some pets really do all...
 Loretta Swit is shown in a publicity photo, with the cast of M*A*S*H.
On screen, she amused TV audiences as feisty nurse Maj. Margaret Houlihan for 11 seasons in the highly acclaimed late 70s/early 80s comedy war drama, M*A*S*H. But away from the cameras, Loretta Swit surrounded herself with paintbrushes and watercolors instead of scalpels and plasma. A collection...

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