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DEAR PET TALK: The weather is really nice and I want to give my dog exercise. I have a leash, but he chews it and jumps a lot. How do I work on getting him to walk on a leash? — WOULD-BE DOGWALKER ——— DEAR WOULD-BE DOGWALKER: First, consider this: it’s a lot easier to walk a dog on a leash...
Until Thursday afternoon, none of the bad decisions President Donald Trump has made since his inauguration actually posed an existential threat to the planet. But by announcing he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, Trump crossed that dire threshold. It was...
DEAR ABBY: I work as a runner in a law firm, which means I do pickups, make deliveries and do any other out-of-office tasks the lawyers or other staff need. Part of my job involves picking up lunch for the office. Sometimes the office manager will give me cash from the firm account to pay, other...
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: My computer is telling me that I need to install...
It’s hard to imagine that any normal business, let alone meaningful reform, can move forward in Washington amid the daily distractions swirling around the Trump administration. Fortunately, GOP leaders vow to push ahead with an effort to overhaul the U.S. tax system for the first time in 31 years...
It’s hard to imagine that any normal business, let alone meaningful reform, can move forward in Washington amid the daily distractions swirling around the Trump administration. Fortunately, GOP leaders vow to push ahead with an effort to overhaul the U.S. tax system for the first time in 31 years...
The United Nations Postal Administration will issue six stamps and a souvenir card on June 5 to note World Environment Day. These stamps will also note the 45th anniversary of the U.N.’s World Environment Program. The stamps and card will depict scenes of Beautiful Landscapes of Canada. Each U.N...
DEAR ABBY: I am 21 and about to graduate from college. I have lived at home these last four years partly because my dad didn’t want me to go away. He never said it, but he made up reasons to make me stay at home. I was 17 and being manipulated and controlled. I tried to explain to him that I...
Editor, Daily News This past Monday we celebrated Memorial Day. I am writing because I find it wrong that all outdoor ceremonies were suspended on Sunday because of “questionable” weather. This is a holiday to honor those who gave their ALL for our freedom, therefore why are we — the living —...
 Hikers gathered for a group photo at Rum Rock in Barre.  Photo by Henry Woolsey
On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, I hiked with 26 other people, led by Larry Buell of Petersham, to a huge granite boulder called Rum Rock. I’ve seen many big rocks hereabouts — which geologists call glacial erratics. However, this one, located in Barre within Massachusetts Audubon Society’s...

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