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Although inevitable, it was still welcome and reassuring that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, this week declared several Florida counties eligible for disaster relief funding. The designation allows residents to apply for grants that can pay for home repairs, temporary shelter...
The United Nations Postal Administration will issue six stamps and three souvenir sheets on Sept. 21 to note the International Day of Peace. The stamps will be issued in local currency for the three U.N. post offices in New York, Geneva, and Vienna. The word “Peace” will be found on the stamps...
DEAR ABBY: I have been dating a great guy for a few months. He treats me well and seems to care about me and my family. He offers to help with the bills and cleaning my place. He’s also kind and honest, and he’s actually the first guy I have ever dated I feel I can fully trust. I was single for...
Rainbow, the mother cat, is genetically identical to daughter Copy Cat, her clone. Yet, they are not identical in appearance. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: Why are cats different colors? — TRIXIE ——— DEAR TRIXIE: For protection. Because they evolved in the north African desert environment, many cats evolved to have red or cream colored coats, with different patterns so they could be camouflaged in sandy or dry glass areas. All...
There’s a dramatic trope pitting two fighters against each other, both holding long knives, lashed together by their wrists. Many divorcing couples know how it feels to stand in that dusty arena. That’s what makes the concept of “collaborative divorce” so appealing. Couples who agree to go...
DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 15 years and love my wife very much, but we drifted apart. Then I went and did something really stupid and had an affair. It lasted only a few weeks, and I regret it. My now-ex-wife and I are still working on our relationship. Yes, it was the wrong thing to do,...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library, info@athollibrary.org or Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Dr: This crazy weird thing happened — my computer screen looks sideways!...
Most of Florida has begun to assess the damage from Hurricane Irma and determine priorities of the pending cleanup. We owe immense gratitude to our first responders, electrical utility workers, health care providers, shelter operators and others who braved the wicked elements to ensure the rest...
DEAR ABBY: My husband cannot be around a female without putting his hands on her shoulder or back. He “has” to touch. I’m not jealous, but embarrassed when I see women cringe and the expression on their faces sometimes. I keep hoping one of them will confront him about it. It’s getting worse the...
There are hundreds of people, maybe thousands, who spent their youth here in the North Quabbin Region, and have moved away; and there are hundreds more who spent most of their lives here and also have relocated. Here’s an update on just 21 of these people, most of whom I know, and some who I have...

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