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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 was cleaning up the office at my new job. I found...
In 2010, the Government Accountability Office concluded that “membership in a terrorist organization does not prohibit a person from possessing firearms or explosives under current federal law. Indeed, according to the GAO, between 2004 and 2014 suspected terrorists attempted to purchase guns...
DEAR ABBY: After a marriage of many years, I have come to realize ours has become simply one of convenience. My husband is a negative and controlling person who gripes about everything and anything. He has developed no friendships or interests of his own, and I have to battle with him to even have...
This rare close-up of a river otter was taken at an Ashburnham wetland. Photographer Bill Fournier, a retired Gardner police officer, will present a slide show of wildlife images at the annual meeting of the Millers River Watershed Council. The event is open to the public free of charge. It starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St., Athol.  Photo by Bill Fournier
Two of the outstanding features of contemporary life in the North Quabbin are the strength and diversity of our natural resources and the endurance and growth of local agriculture. Two events in the near future offer an opportunity to understand and appreciate what we have. Humankind’s...
DEAR ABBY: When I was 19 and played bass in a rock band, I fell in love with a guy I’ll call “Brian.” He was three years older and also a musician. We had the best times together — we were young and wild without a care in the world. But the years rolled on and we got older. After six years...
Just when I thought it was going to be a boring week Adobe goes and announces the “death” of Flash. To talk about Flash you have to talk about the thing that put a nail in its coffin, HTML5. HTML, or Hypertext Markup Language, is the name of the code that makes websites. Now, I’m no coder, in...
Editor, Daily News As the consulting forester who designed the forest cutting plan for the Davenport Pond Conservation Area, I wanted to note that your headline, “Timber cutting to begin in Davenport forest,” was rather misleading. The headline should have said, “Forestry work to begin in...
Last month the online news website Huffington Post posted a video of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a town hall gathering, at which the erstwhile Republican presidential hopeful shared a heart-rending and very personal account of a friend’s losing battle with drug addiction. The often blustery...
DEAR ABBY: I have dated a lot of women over the years — including actresses, beauty contest winners and models. Every one of them, except my current live-in, “Amanda,” would dress up in lingerie when I asked them to. Amanda adamantly refuses. She says if I love her, I should be turned on whether...
The Obama administration is obsessed with secrecy — it is arguably the most secretive presidency since Richard Nixon scowled through the halls of power. The latest example: a furious crackdown on government watchdogs, the inspectors general at agencies whose job it is to keep the government honest...

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