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Canada Post released four Christmas mailing stamps on Nov. 2. Three of the stamps feature animals dressed up in winter clothing, while a fourth has a Madonna and Child religious theme.  The permanent-rate first-class stamp will feature a moose, the $1.20 stamp a beaver, and the $2.50 stamp a...
DEAR ABBY: I have been friends with “Janet” for eight years. We have been very close, talk often, and go to lunch three times a month. We are like two peas in a pod and have always been honest with each other. Our relationship is open and aboveboard. On a recent holiday, I went to her house for...
Goosebumps, the popular 1990s children’s horror book and video series written by R.L. Stine, has made a on-screen comeback for a new generation starring Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda, School of Rock) as the author himself. But unlike the books and videos, all the monsters were compiled into this one...
Dear Twin City Paws, My dog is very excitable and with Halloween coming, I’m concerned about the Trick or Treaters. Yes, we can put her in the bedroom, but do you have suggestions for dealing with animals around Halloween?  — Dogmom Dear Dogmom, Halloween can be stressful for animals with...
Pint-sized ghosts and goblins will be taking over our neighborhoods tonight as we celebrate Halloween. This holiday, which seems to be an excuse to extort candy from your neighbors, is very popular with children and who can blame them! Any excuse to eat candy bars is fine with me. My brother Chris...
“It’s the economy, stupid,” is the phrase attributed to political strategist James Carville as a key point in the successful campaign of 1992 that propelled Bill Clinton to the White House. It’s probably a phrase candidates who wish to succeed the current president might want to take out of...
DEAR ABBY: I am a 13-year-old girl. For the past few years I have been depressed to the point where I have considered cutting myself. I also struggle with anxiety and avoid social situations in order not to experience it. Mom only knows about my anxiety, but I have been sugarcoating it when I...
The Republican National Committee is up in arms about CNBC’s handling of Wednesday’s GOP debate. RNC chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement immediately after the debate, saying the candidates were subjected to “deeply unfortunate questioning” from moderators Carl Quintanilla, Becky Quick 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: We got a laptop for our family. Each of the kids...
DEAR ABBY: Printing this letter could save some lives — maybe even your own. In the United States, eight people die every day (on average) in house fires. Tragically, about half of these deaths could have been prevented with an inexpensive device that takes just a few minutes to install and...

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