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DEAR ABBY: Was I spreading gossip by telling my former husband that our granddaughter’s wedding was off? We had just returned from their engagement party. It is my understanding that one wants to cancel, while the other wants to go through with it.  The wedding is a year away and this has been...
It’s nothing new to hear politicians talk out of both sides of their mouths, but it is unusual to be caught as blatantly as Missouri’s junior senator was recently. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., joined the drumbeat of those calling for the resignation of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald after...
DEAR ABBY: My parents and I live on opposite coasts of the United States. I have visited them many times over the years. I’d like them to visit me, but my mother refuses to travel. (She is healthy and not scared of flying or traveling.) At first, she said she didn’t have the money, so I offered...
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 signed up for iCloud as a way to have easy access to...
Editor, Daily News In a recent edition of the Athol Daily News, a group submitted a letter to the editor bemoaning a complete lack of seriousness at the recent World War II weekend event held at Orange Airport. I’m uncertain as to what event they attended, because the one I had the pleasure of...
‘Room on the Broom’   By Julia Donaldson ——— On the heels of “The Gruffalo,” featured in the May book review, “Room on the Broom” is another read-aloud favorite by author Julia Donaldson. “Room on the Broom” has a lovely lyrical tone for a read-aloud. The story begins with a kindly witch...
Editor, Daily News With the warmth of summer now upon us, I’d like to take a moment to extend a hearty appreciation to the Growers, Dianne Salcedo and Bob Michaud, of Maple Valley Farm in North Orange who donated three six-packs of annuals to brighten and beautify the pollinator garden alongside...
Leon Goldfarb, left, and Paul Laven, two of my uncles, served in the Second World War to stop the advance of the Axis powers.
My father, a chicken farmer with 5,000 White Leghorn egg-laying hens to tend to, had an agricultural exemption during World War Two. However, I had several uncles and one aunt who served in that war. I was four years old when the war ended, and not long after that I learned the phrase “basket...
Taking a page from Missouri’s former pro-hunger state legislator, Rep. Cynthia Davis of O’Fallon, Missouri, Congress is considering a bill that would result in thousands fewer poor kids being eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school. The cherry on this sundae is that the meals...
The U.S. Postal Service issued several more stamps this week in conjunction with the World Stamp Expo being held in New York City. All are self-adhesives. On June 1, six reproduced classic stamp designs from the 1860s were issued as first-class rate forever stamps in a souvenir sheet. Three of...

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