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Paul Kachinsky offers some information about the mineral and crystal specimens at the Millers River Environmental Center, home of the Athol Bird and Nature Club. He donated many of the specimens on display.  Photo by Dave Small
A new group within the Athol Bird & Nature Club (ABNC), its “Geology Division,” goes out on a field trip Saturday, Sept. 3. Members are likely to be as excited about finding hexagon-shaped molybdenite crystals as birders can be when spotting a brightly-colored Cedar Waxwing. The leader of...
Among the many pieces of legislation circulating around Sacramento these days is Assembly Bill 1671, a contentious measure introduced by Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, D-Los Angeles, that would make it a crime to secretly record communications with a “health care provider,” which would include abortion...
DEAR ABBY: I have a complicated family situation. My dad was married to a woman named “Cynthia” for 16 years until they divorced. He met and married my mother the next year. My parents were married for 40 years, until Mom died of cancer a year ago. Since her death, I have gone with my dad to a few...
I’m going to take this space to complain about something that has been bothering me, that being the death of Gawker.com. Now, I’ve never been a big fan of Gawker, or any other celebrity gossip publication for that matter; I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve voluntarily watched...
Editor Daily News The recent sighting of a rattlesnake resting beside the front steps of a Quincy home got my attention. One of the black coloration. I never have seen one outside of captivity.  I’ve been interested in snakes since an early age. First one I saw was a brightly colored small one...
The Justice Department’s decision to begin phasing out the use of private prisons is at once a milestone in criminal justice reform and an acknowledgment that the benefits of privatizing government functions were greatly oversold. In a memo announcing the decision Thursday, Deputy Attorney...
DEAR ABBY: My best friend, “Kate,” approached me on a matter I’m uncomfortable with. For the last 12 years we have laughed, cried, consulted on everything we struggle with and shared our joys. Kate has a great marriage. I’m struggling with the decision to remain in mine. Recently, Kate, her...
It looks like Westminster Christian Academy in Town and Country will have to make do with quiet daytime sports activities. And that’s a good thing. Circuit Judge Ellen Hannigan Ribaudo ruled this week that Town and Country’s Board of Aldermen correctly denied a conditional use permit, blocking...
DEAR ABBY: I have been concerned about my parents for some time now. They are elderly and live in a retirement community. They have a very nice home and don’t have to worry about money. The problem is, they drink every day — sometimes from noon to when they go to bed. Many times, their drinking...
The U.S. Postal Service just issued two new stamps with little advance notice. On Aug. 12, a new one-cent coil stamp depicting apples was issued in rolls of 3,000 or 10,000 stamps. On Aug. 19, a forever first-class mail stamp was issued depicting a spiral of stars. Fifty of the stars are red,...

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