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DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married to “Roger” for 20 years and have two kids still at home. They are pretty independent now, but my husband was very involved in coaching and volunteering when they were younger. Sometimes when Roger and I take walks, we run into children playing in a yard or...
Editor, Daily News I am writing today because I believe it may help serve our community. Recently, a law was passed to ban plastic bags in Athol. I was unaware this was up for vote, as were all of the people I have spoken to. However, like many others, I thought it was a great idea and I wish...
The violent conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, two weeks ago has reignited an old, ongoing debate: How appropriate are public displays that commemorate the Confederacy? Some have attempted to answer the question in a most inappropriate way: by taking matters into their own hands — tearing...
The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the collector edition of the five-ounce silver version of the Ellis Island National Park coin on Sept. 7. These will be sold at a hefty premium over the bullion value, plus a shipping charge. To order coins from the U.S. Mint, visit their website at...
DEAR ABBY: I am a mother of three and happily married to my kids’ father. I am now seven months pregnant with my fourth baby, but this child is not my husband’s. My husband is a loving man and a good father. My problem is, I don’t know how to tell him I’m not carrying his baby. The man I slept...
Richard Boone in a 'Have Gun Will Travel' episode. Photo courtesy of CBS
Whether portraying good guys or bad, it was impossible for the camera to ignore Richard Boone. The craggy-faced, gruff-voiced actor could steal a scene from just about anyone including John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Paul Newman, or the dozens of other actors he shared the big and small screen with...
Children’s movies have become far more imaginative than what I remember in the 1990s. ‘The Boss Baby,’ released earlier this year, is one of the most imaginative and out there children’s movies I have seen.  Tim, voiced by Miles Bakshi (Shrek Forever After) is a happy, imaginative 7-year-old...
So, what is “Hurler on the Ditch?” The literal meaning is someone that stands on the side of a hurling field and gives unwanted and unsolicited advice to hurlers. Some context, hurling is an older sport where each player (the hurlers) have a stick and they can carry the ball for four steps...
Given events of the past two weeks, it is worthwhile to recall that Aug. 28th was the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s unforgettable “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. Voluble activists, social media trolls and some in the national media may suggest our current epoch is...
DEAR ABBY: I met my boyfriend, “Matt,” when I was a sophomore in high school. We started dating when I was a senior. By then, he was already active-duty military. We weren’t serious at the time (his decision, not mine). We’ve always had a long-distance relationship. During his first deployment,...

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