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 Sylvia Lewis, left, on the Dick Van Dyke Show. 
The stages of early Hollywood studios are littered with the broken hearts of chorus dancers who failed to professionally transition beyond the dance floor. But Sylvia Lewis, who turns 85 on April 22, was not one of them. Although she describes her career as “modest,” she worked with film greats...
A lot of people can’t stand bees and don’t know why anyone would want to save them. They sting. In swarms, they can kill. In some people’s minds, whatever arsenal it takes to get rid of them is just fine, including chemical pesticides. At least one U.S. chemical company, Ortho, is rethinking its...
DEAR ABBY: My husband is extremely critical of others. He almost never has anything nice to say about anyone. He badmouths his co-workers, friends, family members and strangers. We don’t have friends anymore because he doesn’t want to be around them. I don’t understand his type of personality....
Some people imagine retirement as being a relaxing walk in the park. After decades spent working we expect to be able to relax, enjoy ourselves, travel and do all the things we do not have time for while working. But what are we supposed to do when everything we wanted to do is done and we are...
With it looking like spring and possibly summer actually happening this year many of us are looking forward to enjoying time on the water. There are risks associated with boating and you should give considerable thought to boating safety. People enjoy boating and fishing in the spring, but a nice...
Editor, Daily News In his column, “A Visitor to our region distorts Middle East reality” (March 23, 2016), Allen Young reacts against Israeli-American peace activist and author Jeff Halper’s recent tour in Western Mass. I’m an activist folksinger. When Halper spoke in Greenfield on March 7, I ...
DEAR ABBY: My grandson “Kyle” is in his early 20s, 6 foot 1 and weighs about 230. His sister is a very sweet 15-year-old and a devoted churchgoer. At a recent family get-together, they were goofing around and he got her down on the floor on her stomach, sat on her knees to hold her down, and...
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: I’m looking for a job and I created an account with...
Editor, Daily News Accessible books can help you keep reading despite a disability. This is National Library Week, which has got me thinking about reading. I love to read. I read more than 100 books a year. Because I am blind, I read with my ears. Whether you read with your eyes, ears, or read...
Should you need a government license to sell a box or a cloth? Alabama sure thinks so, but only if it affects the business of funeral directors. Shelia Champion just wanted to offer a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional funerals and cemeteries, which cost $7,000...

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