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The Timber Rattlesnake Photo: MassWildlife/Bill Byrne
A simple announcement from the Conmonwealth of Massachusets came last week after lots of media attention and Facebook commentary. It said: “The Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) invites the public to an informational meeting about our plan to establish a small population of...
Not everyone embraces the idea of women serving in military combat roles, particularly some Republican lawmakers as well as commanders of the nation’s most elite special operations units. The skeptics continue to question whether women are up to the task. They seem determined to squelch...
DEAR ABBY: My son, “Chad,” is being married in June to “Jenny,” a girl his sister “Madison” introduced him to. Madison feels she should be a bridesmaid in their wedding because she introduced them. Madison had sex with Jenny’s boyfriend “Axel” before she met Chad, got pregnant and had Axel’s baby...
Maybe they’re looking for leprechauns. More U.S. corporations are moving their headquarters overseas, in particular, to Ireland. The latest to depart is car parts supplier Johnson Controls, a global company whose Johnson Controls Cypress office in Orange County offers services including fire...
Two longtime chess figures from Athol’s past have returned to town. Both of these men have played a part in making chess as successful in the area as it is. Kirk Bealer has moved back into town after a year in Florida. He was instrumental in the creation of The Wild Knights Chess Club where he...
PRIORITY MAIL STAMP
The U.S. Postal Service issued new Priority and Express Mail stamps on Jan. 17 to reflect rate increases. Both stamps are large format self-adhesives, issued in panes of 10. The $6.45 Priority Mail stamp depicts La Cueva del Indio, a site in Puerto Rico. The $22.95 Express Mail stamp depicts a...
DEAR ABBY: My stepson just turned 7. My husband was granted custody because the mother was declared unfit due to her drug abuse. She was granted supervised visits until she can pass two consecutive drug tests. Over the last year and a half, her visits have become few and far between. My husband...
Betting on sports is illegal in most states. Oh, those NCAA Tournament pools exist among friends and co-workers. And on Super Bowl week with a Carolinas team in the big game, well, all bets, ahem, are off. But Super Bowl week and all the hoopla it entails seems also a fitting time to talk about...
DEAR ABBY: Nine years ago I married a man who has a son from a previous marriage. “Eli” is now 26 and lives “on his own.” While he may live under a different roof than his parents, they support him financially. My husband and I pay Eli’s car insurance, cellphone bill, toll tag, life insurance...
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starts slow but picks up a bit as time goes on however it never really hit its mark. Luckily it does provide some good humor and an interesting plot twist or two but nothing unexpected from a spy movie set in the 1960s surrounding the cold war.  In 1963, former thief now...

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