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Keep your pet on green grass, not hot pavement if you are outside on a hot day. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: How do you know if the pavement is too hot for your dogs to walk on during the summer? — Dog lover ——— DEAR DOG LOVER: Simple test: Hold the back of your hand on the pavement for 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws, which are fragile,...
This writer has been trying to take a Massachusetts Hunter Education Course for nearly five years. The delay and difficulty is not due to anything the Hunter Ed Program can be faulted for but rather the fact that every time they have notified me of a scheduled class my life has presented a...
The Trump administration faces opposition from an unusual source as it tries to unravel former President Barack Obama’s climate policies. Several coal companies, including St. Louis-based Peabody Energy, have made a surprising request that the U.S. remain a signatory to the Paris Agreement on...
DEAR ABBY: I have known for a long time that once both of my parents were gone, I would cease contact with my brothers. My problem is how to explain it to other family members and friends. I don’t want to go into the details about my reasons. I feel it would hurt my parents if the truth were out...
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: I want to forward a scan my doctor sent me to...
In the wake of Tuesday’s shocking news that President Donald Trump had fired FBI Director James B. Comey, a decent respect for the office of the presidency requires an attempt to take Trump at his word about the reasons for the dismissal. That would mean buying, as Trump and Attorney General...
DEAR ABBY: When I was in my 20s I chose a career whose long-term effects I hadn’t anticipated. I am charged with telling people they are dying and watching them die on a daily basis. While I know I am good at it, it leaves me emotionally drained. I manage to muster up enough energy to try to be...
Kathy Morris of Royalston conducts an informative program about wheat weaving. Also above, one of her creations.  Photo by Phyllis Booth
Kathy Morris of Royalston, after being fully committed to a career in highly specialized advanced science, has developed an interest in two distinct aspects of fiber arts and crafts — the historic palm leaf hat industry and her own creation of artistic wheat weavings. I never heard of wheat...
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is a conundrum to many Americans. Widely considered the court’s most conservative member and only the second black justice, Thomas campaigned for civil rights and benefited from affirmative action as a young man. He now decries government policies based on the...
DEAR ABBY: We have some great friends we have known for five years. Our families enjoy time together, and although the friendship started through our kids, I now get together with the other mom outside of kid-related activities. Her son, “Michael,” and my daughter (ages 12) are best friends in...

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