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It’s first period at Athol-Royalston Middle School, and the sixth-grade students in this class are researching “cryptocreatures” — animals that may or may not exist. Like “Champy,” the legendary monster of Lake Champlain; the giant boa; the “ghost deer;” the “friendly monster of Cyprus;” or the...
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 used to use Outlook for email. Now I use Gmail...
At a turbulent moment in the online media business, the fate of Yahoo and buzzed-about CEO Marissa Mayer offers cautionary tales for policymakers and the public. Mayer, who has been the boss since 2012, is to step down when Yahoo closes its sale to Verizon, it was announced last week. Like the...
Editor, Daily News Ken Carville’s conservative or right-wing letters to the editor appear often in this newspaper. Carville, of Wendell, lives in a town known for its majority of environmentalists, hippies and political leftists, and I’m confident all of those people would defend Carville’s...
There’s a 52-year-old family man, an important North Quabbin community leader who has lived in Shrewsbury his whole life and now spends most of his days hereabouts — not complaining a bit about his daily commute. His name is Daniel J. Zona and he is president and chief executive officer of the...
FBI Director James Comey revealed that the bureau is investigating possible Russian interference in the 2016 elections, but he offered no details or evidence of wrongdoing. That left room for each party to try to bend news of the FBI probe to its own purposes -- which Democrats and Republicans...
DEAR ABBY: I have known this guy “Noah” for six years. We’re mostly just friends with benefits, but I’ve always had deeper feelings for him. I always wanted to see where things could go between us, so I mentioned it to him. He told me that if he didn’t already have a girlfriend, he would have...
If you woke up grumpy, tired and a little irritated last Monday morning, you are not alone. You are one of the many Americans dealing with the “loss” of an hour of sleep with the government-ordered, time-meddling edict known as daylight saving time. Some set their clocks ahead an hour at bedtime...
DEAR ABBY: I’m not proud to write this, but I don’t like my son-in-law. I think the feeling is mutual. He’s arrogant and thinks he knows everything. My daughter and I had a close bond before she married him. That quickly changed. She barely comes to my house anymore, and I don’t see my grandkids...
Editor, Daily News It is all well and good when our president says America first, but there is also a continuing need for help for our children of this earth who continue to suffer terrible hunger such as those in Nigeria and Sudan in Africa. News reports reach me again and again of these little...

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