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Editor, Daily News Having been involved with the selling of gasoline for about 25 years I understand the basic premise of pricing the product on the “street.” The basic cost to the retailer including taxes and freight are comparable. Some of the bigger chains own their refineries and are...
Consider how extraordinary this is: Before it recessed until after Labor Day, the Republican U.S. Senate worried that the Republican president might take steps to fire the special counsel who is investigating him. So the Senate left itself in pro forma session, lest the president make a recess...
DEAR ABBY: I had a baby girl with my longtime best friend, “Adam.” “April” is now 3 weeks old. I thought everything would be OK as co-parents because, even though we’re not together, we get along and almost never fight. Six weeks before April was born, Adam began seeing a girl we both knew from...
Editor, Daily News Thank you for publishing columnist Allen Young’s thorough and well researched article about dental hygienist Lynn Trinque. It is a human interest piece, but really sheds light on a profession that serves the public by educating and helping maintain their oral health but...
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, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: Often when I click on a link I get a message “...
This summer, the Rethink Vets program launched by The Heinz Endowments has been encouraging employers to consider hiring more veterans. The advertising campaign — “Don’t just call veterans heroes. Call them for an interview” — also worked to influence the public perception of veterans and...
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I met four years ago, have been married for two and I still haven’t met her mother. My mother-in-law, a homophobic, self-proclaimed “evangelist prophet,” refuses to acknowledge our union. Her behavior upsets my wife, which angers me to the point that I have no desire to...
Editor, Daily News On behalf of the people of New Salem and all the people who joined us for [the July 15] Old Home Day celebration, we’d like to thank the many volunteers and businesses that made it possible. It’s impossible to mention all the volunteers who lent a hand to the effort, but we’d...
Dressed in protective clothing, Ally Fraser, left, and Tim Slater hold frames covered with bees as they tend to hives for Follow the Honey.  Photo courtesy of Follow the Honey
Two energetic and naturally curious Mahar Regional School students are having an adventurous summer learning about trail maintenance and honeybees as paid interns in a program sponsored by Community Action of Hampshire, Franklin and North Quabbin Regions. Timmy Slater and Alexandra “Ally” Fraser...
Once upon a time, being on the Do Not Call list meant that marketers Did Not Call. And when caller ID flashed an 850 area code on your screen, it was going to be someone you knew or a legitimate local business call. There were always scams, of course, and fake charities, but federal regulators...

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