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DEAR ABBY: We are from the Middle East. My younger brother married an American woman and moved to Arizona, where her family lives. Because our dad didn’t approve, my brother made the plans behind our back and told Dad in an email. He also didn’t mention that they were moving until a week before...
Every year, MassWildlife issues press bulletins regarding what to do if you find young wildlife. This column is built around that advice, which should be heeded by everyone who cares about wildlife. The agency reminds us that the arrival of spring and summer means the arrival of newborn and just-...
Check-ups with a veterinarian are essential to having a healthy pet. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: I have a dog and a cat. How often should I visit the vet? — Animal lover DEAR ZOE: Vet checks are essential to have a healthy pet, and for younger animals, such as kittens or puppies, you want to make sure that they receive essential vaccinations. When you adopt a pet from a...
Americans generally disapprove of racial slurs. Someone who utters one in the company of others may provoke awkward silence, blunt criticism, loud outrage or worse. Social ostracism, organized protests and loss of employment may result as well. Bill Maher had to apologize after his jocular use of...
DEAR ABBY: I recently met a 28-year-old father of three I’m interested in. He seems wonderful. He’s a hard worker, takes care of his responsibilities and is an amazing father to his children. They’re all still very little, but they’re great kids. The only thing that’s been on my mind lately is...
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 want to transfer a bunch of my CDs to my phone...
As the Trump administration considers more troops for Afghanistan and greater involvement in the Syrian civil war, Congress can no longer afford to stand idly while its war powers authority is usurped and eroded by the executive branch. President Donald Trump inherited counterterrorism wars on...
Editor, Daily News I would like to take a minute to congratulate two fine employees of the Athol Public Library who recently were chosen to receive the Margaret Grazis Town of Athol Employee of the Year Award — Karen McNiff and Anne Cutler-Russo. I had the great pleasure to work with these...
 This photo of the West Branch of the Tully River within Gifford Memorial Forest off Tully Road, Orange, was taken by Gail Oswald of Royalston when she joined Allen Young on a recent first-time hike there. She was inspired to create a pastel drawing of this scene, and it won "best in show" in the Millers River Watershed Council photography exhibit currently at Athol Public Library.
Hikes that traverse several miles, sometimes up and down steep terrain, are not for everyone. To some people, hiking is an activity only for people with excellent physical fitness — and it’s certainly true that the North Quabbin is a perfect place for that. However, for those who do not find a...
In December 2009, after the Affordable Care Act had undergone more than a year of Senate hearings and open debate, some provisions were hashed out in private just before the Senate vote. Sen. Mitch McConnell, then the House minority leader, was outraged. “This massive piece of legislation that...

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