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TheraPAWS member Livvy, a Yorkie owned by Cheryl Maguy-Stewart, helps children read every month at Fitchburg Public Library. Submitted photo
DEAR PET TALK: Which size dogs have more trouble in hot weather, large or small? Or are they affected equally? — YORKIE OWNER DEAR YORKIE OWNER: That’s a timely question, given the season. We consulted two experts to get you an answer: Bonnie Simula, Veterinary Tech at Tender Heart...
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 forgot the password to my account on our PC! I...
The emission of the possible carcinogen GenX from the Chemours plant on the Cumberland-Bladen county line into the Cape Fear River raises a host of questions. For longtime residents of the region, the concerns are especially troubling. The chemical has apparently flowed into Cape Fear from the...
DEAR ABBY: I’m 14, starting my freshman year in high school and, of course, will be joining lots of clubs to prepare for college. My best friend is gay, and when I asked her if she wanted to join any clubs together, she suggested the Gay-Straight Alliance club. As a saved Christian, I am unsure...
DEAR ABBY: I have been in two relationships. The first was with a girl a couple of years older than I am. We were together for several years before she cheated on me and dumped me. I was crushed. The next girl was a few years younger. She did the same thing after we were together a year. What am...
Editor, Daily News Been wondering what my great grandfather William Potter who volunteered for the Union Army in 1862 as a private and was mustered out three years later as a captain would have thought about removing a statue to Robert E. Lee in Virginia. Would he applaud this forced removal...
The Justice Department is treading into dangerous waters by obtaining a warrant to search the computer IDs of all 1.3 million people who visited a website that advocated protests against President Donald Trump’s inauguration. The group, DisruptJ20, draws its name from the Jan. 20 inauguration date...
 The lawn in front of the Wheeler Mansion could be in the first scene of a horror movie, or maybe a movie with a happy ending.  Photo by Gail Oswald
Tall weeds growing on the lawn in front of the massive Wheeler Mansion, 75 East Main St., Orange, give a clear signal that all is not well there. I’ve done some preliminary research into the situation, and a little further down in this column, I will tell you what I know. But first, here are the...
Diversity is a much-bandied about term these days, but two recent news items demonstrate that the practical application of diversity has its limits. CBS Sports reported that more than 130,000 pro football fans have signed a Change.org petition calling for a boycott of NFL sponsors because the...
DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for three years. I am pregnant with twins, and we already have a son together. His daughter lives with us as well. With this pregnancy coming to term, I keep throwing hints to him about us becoming engaged, but he brushes them off. I know he’s the person...

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