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Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels  Photo courtesy of Ingels
Laughter is often cited as a key ingredient for a successful marriage. Shirley Jones and Marty Ingels would agree. In 1974, Shirley was leaving an art exhibit at Michael Landon’s home when Marty bumped into her. Literally. “I was getting into my car and as Marty was arriving, he knocked me over...
The U.S. Postal Service has announced that their fee for priority mail will increase by almost 10 percent in January 2016, which will cause the issuance of a new stamp to cover the new rate. The shipping of one- to two-pound packages is the fastest growing segment of the USPS mail services, and...
The James Bond series continues with ‘Spectre’ which saw its U.S. release this past weekend and had big shoes to fill with the long running tradition of 007 movies, books and the success of the previous three Bond movies starring Daniel Craig (known for Skyfall, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo...
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 have an HP laptop. I know it has a working camera...
Sen. James Inhofe, R., Okla., is working overtime to save Americans from the threat of cleaner air. “I will be working with my Senate colleagues in pursuing legislation to protect American taxpayers from EPA’s aggressive regulatory agenda,” Mr. Inhofe said in response to new ground-level ozone...
DEAR ABBY: I am a 20-year-old woman. A few months ago, my boyfriend (my very first boyfriend) committed suicide. I feel absolutely destroyed. The problem is, my family doesn’t regard my feelings of grief seriously because our relationship was started and maintained online. We lived several...
Volunteers installed winserts last year at the Millers River Environmental Center, 100 Main St., Athol. North Quabbin Energy has been successfully promoting the winsert program in the region for several years.
Drafty windows, inadequate insulation and other flaws in aging buildings are a problem throughout the North Quabbin Region, but help is on its way in the form of winserts. These are low tech lightweight wooden frames, along with plastic and/or foam, installed in existing windows both in public...
As if the Affordable Care Act’s massive increase in government intervention in the U.S. health care system was not enough of a problem, it appears that the system practically invites waste, fraud and abuse, according to a series of government oversight reports. In the latest report, the U.S....
DEAR ABBY: My mother calls me all the time. I answer sometimes, but sometimes I don’t because I feel she wants to know too much about my life. I work full time with the public. When I get home, I’m tired. I have talked to people all day long, and I really don’t feel like entertaining her. My...
Viewers who watched Wednesday night’s GOP presidential debate hoping to see a fiery duel between the two front-runners, Ben Carson and Donald Trump, were disappointed. Instead, the pivotal clash was between two Florida politicians, former Gov. Jeb Bush and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio — and Bush lost....

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