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Dear Pet Talk: What happens when a dog gets fat?  — Tayla, sixth grade, Longsjo Middle School, Fitchburg Dear Tayla: That is a very current question, and one that should be in the list of questions you ask a vet. Pet obesity is on the rise, especially when you consider the variety of pet...
Lucas, Jaylece, Brandon and Julia compare their methods of solving a math problem, and decide on the correct answer.  School photo
“The progress that they’ve made has been phenomenal,” says Jen Arpide, a second-grade teacher at Pleasant Street School. She’s talking about the new Eureka math curriculum, which was implemented in all Athol and Royalston elementary schools last year, with training provided by consultants from...
A duplicitous effort is underway to mislead voters into thinking the Raise Your Hands for Kids campaign to boost the state sales tax on tobacco products would allow public funding for abortions. Linda Rallo is executive director of the group that is promoting a tax increase on a pack of...
DEAR ABBY: When purchasing concert tickets online for others, when should you expect reimbursement? I say the charge hits your credit card immediately, and so should the payment you’ve advanced for that person. My husband thinks it should be when the tickets are mailed to you — which can take two...
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, MA 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: Our terrific printer, that has served us well for a...
Editor, Daily News It is alarming to continue to see Syrian citizens forced to give up their homes and land in the wake of ceaseless war. Many thousands have died and those fortunate enough to escape this withering conflict have had to flee to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and other countries. If war...
DEAR ABBY: At least “Renee in Oregon” (Sept. 10), who asked her adult daughters for their friends’ phone numbers, cares enough to want someone to call if her adult children don’t respond. I didn’t regard her request as nosy or overbearing, simply so she’d have a “just in case” number. Renee’s...
The American Customer Satisfaction Index recently released its annual report on customer satisfaction with federal government agencies and a CBS story about the results says it all: “Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever.” Though perhaps a bit melodramatic, it is true that the...
Remember back in 2012 when we all voted for the Right to Repair Act even though it had already been resolved by the time the election came along? I’m reminded of that this week while reading the tech news trending on Google. A quick refresher, the Right to Repair Act was the law that forced...
The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia presents President Barack Obama with a rare opportunity to shape the high court’s direction for years, if not decades, to come. Our hope is that he fights the temptation to shift the court’s balance markedly leftward and, instead, selects a nominee...

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