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Neel Sethi at 'The Jungle Book' film premiere in London, Britain. Rex Features via AP Images
I remember watching the animated Disney classic ‘The Jungle Book’ many times as a child. Last year, when I heard Disney was releasing a live action version of the movie, I was a little worried it would be too different. Remakes are never as strong as the movies they are originally based on. ...
 Hal David receiving a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2011 with Steve Tyrell, Eunice, and Paul Williams. Photo by Ron Rosen
Sixty years ago this year, two singers with very different styles recorded two songs that quickly rose up the 1957/1958 pop charts. Country singer Marty Robbins scored a hit with “The Story of My Life,” while crooner Perry Como racked up sales with “Magic Moments.” The songs were linked by what...
Thursday will begin a local whirlwind of sportsman’s dinners that this writer will be attending. The food is always great and the attendees interesting. Actually, last night was the first event with the Franklin County Tech Fur, Fish and Game Club holding their annual Game Supper. Prepared by the...
Tigers are quite comfortable in water -- unlike your domestic pussycat!
DEAR PET TALK: Why don’t cats like water? — Madden, age 7, Crocker School, Fitchburg ——— DEAR MADDEN: I wish we could ask them! But since we can’t, let’s get inside their brains. Cats evolved in the north African deserts, where it is hot and dry. They probably didn’t come across water very...
The U.S. Postal Service issued a double-sided booklet of 20 self-adhesive first-class forever stamps on March 7. The 10 different stamps feature poster art done by employees of the Work Projects Administration, a New Deal federal employment program. The poster art reproduced on the stamps will...
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 Doc, I use the mail application on my iPhone 6 to check...
Linq, a.k.a. Diane Lincoln, explains her new CD cover includes a sketch by Royalston artist Gordon Morrison which "he drew for me to use to make a visual statement about the song, 'Time to Draw the Line.'" The words are depicted as melting blocks of ice, hinting at climate change.  
Orange native Sarah Wells, director of land protection at the Athol-based Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, is a dynamic young woman who cares about the environment. She is not alone. People in our region have shared a strong environmental ethic for decades, based on love of nature, not...
Nostalgia is a funny thing. It can make even the worst things seem like they were great when held in juxtaposition to the present; rose-tinted 20-20 hindsight and all that jazz. Nostalgia is not always a good thing, like when you reminisce that “New Kids on the Block were great back when I was in...
Ruth Buzzi as Gladys Ormphby. 1969 NBC publicity photo  
Drab, handbag-wielding TV character Gladys Ormphby never met a celebrity she didn’t feel compelled to smack senseless at the slightest provocation. Short in both statue and patience, the feisty diminutive spinster’s victims — such as Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra — were more likely to be paralyzed...
When movie series are allowed to come to a natural end it can be a good thing that brings closure to fans. ‘Logan,’ the recently released second sequel to ‘XMen Origins: Wolverine’ sees an end to the popular XMen character’s movie trilogy.  In 2029, Wolverine, also known as James Logan Howlett,...

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