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Editor, Daily News  On behalf of all the members of the Athol Police Department, I would like to thank the five hard working gentlemen, Robert MacDonald, Herm Savoy, Gary William, Tom William and Marty Robichaud who spent several hours on Tuesday morning weeding and cleaning the front gardens of...
Pamela Oddy and Candice Ashenden of Orange will be among area residents in same-sex relationships to participate in a public conversation following the screening of "Freedom to Marry" at the Athol Public Library on Tuesday, June 20. The couple celebrates their 20th anniversary on June 21, although same-sex marriage was not legal in the state until 2004. They have raised a son and a daughter together. Left to right -- Billy, Candi and Christi Ashenden, and Pam Oddy. 
On June 7, 2017, Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg declared June as LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] Pride Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Gov. Baker stated, “Massachusetts is proud to be a welcoming state and a champion for...
Letting her political passions get the better of her, comedian Kathy Griffin recently found herself grimly facing a camera wielded by her friend Tyler Shields. In the resulting photo, she stood without expression, thrusting forward a mask of Donald Trump dripping with fake blood. It was an image...
DEAR ABBY: I’m in my late 20s and have a male companion who is 30-plus years older than I am. We were together for a while, then stopped so we could both try to find someone closer to our ages. Neither of us did, and we recently started seeing each other again. Although we are good for each...
We don’t pay workers to dig holes and fill them in for no reason. Government could do this to create jobs, but it would produce nothing of value at a cost to society. Yet, we talk about jobs provided by competing sources of energy without much concern for the return on investment. President...
DEAR ABBY: My wife recently started a new yoga class she really likes. But I made the mistake of telling her that the instructor and I had dated briefly (had sex) when we were around 15. I am 50 now and my wife is 45. I was a promiscuous drunk when I was in high school and college. I have been...
As politicians, especially those eyeing a new political office, are apt to do, Gov. Rick Scott on Monday made a big Northwest Florida tadoo of re-signing a Triumph Gulf Coast bill he’d officially inked into law on Friday. Surrounded by smiling business people and local and state politicians,...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue eight stamps on June 14 depicting eight balls used in various sports. The sports included are football, volleyball, soccer, golf, baseball, basketball, tennis and kickball. These first-class rate forever stamps will be self-adhesives issued in panes of 16,...
DEAR ABBY: We have owned our house for 31 years and raised our kids here. They are grown now and have moved out. Several families across the street have come and gone. The most recent owners have two kids, one in kindergarten and another in first grade. Every morning before school, the mom lets...
It is one of the hardest things to see someone you care about suffer and feel like their life is useless. In ‘Me Before You,’ released last year, we see a caretaker seeing a patient want to end their life, feeling being disabled makes their life not like living. Louisa Clark, played by Emilia...

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