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As recently as 2011, members of Congress were worried about America’s “increasing reliance on hostile countries for energy.” Now, there’s a lesson in how quickly things change. In less than a decade, the nation’s energy situation has been altered so dramatically as to be unrecognizable. Not long...
DEAR ABBY: I have just learned that a neighbor lost his wife. She died during childbirth. As a wife and mother, all I can think about is that newborn baby boy and his two beautiful sisters. It breaks my heart. I have never spoken to him, but I did chat from time to time with his wife. I would...
It would seem that the people of Orange are willing to invest in the future of their children. They have approved spending serious money to determine the best way to modernize the facilities used to educate the 330 students in grades 3 through 6. That might mean renovating and expanding the...
Creating a pet journal is a great way to log your pet's behavior, eating habits, and medical records all in one place.
Pets are members of our family, and we wanted to begin the year by urging all our readers to consider creating a journal just for your pet. You can log their behavior, their diet, as well as keeping vet records all in one place. One of the questions Be PAWSitive Therapy Pets and Community...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library, info@athollibrary.org or Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, MA 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: Every time I want to email my co-workers, I have to type each one’s...
In an apparent effort to demonstrate his mental stability, President Donald Trump on Tuesday allowed reporters to document a 50-minute, impromptu negotiating session over immigration with congressional Democrats and Republicans. To his credit, the president remained largely coherent as he sparked...
DEAR ABBY: I have an answer for a question from “Excluded in the East” you printed on Sept. 24: “Why do married couples exclude single people?” As a single mother with three children for 15 years, I made the conscious decision to conduct myself as I always had when I was part of a couple. I...
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker says he’s hoping to talk with the top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts about efforts to create a regulated marijuana market in the state. The Republican governor said Tuesday that U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling should instead use his limited resources to focus...
DEAR ABBY: I have grown children. All of them are underachievers. When contemporaries talk about their children getting jobs, getting married, having kids, going on vacation, buying a house/car, adopting a pet, I have nothing to contribute. My children do not have lives; they work low-paying...
The U.S. Lunar New Year stamp
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp for the Chinese Lunar New Year on January 11. This will feature three green plants and other symbols of the New Year. The self - adhesive will be issued in panes of twenty stamps at the first class “forever” rate. There will be a coin show on January...

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