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One often-overlooked group that braves the wicked elements to ensure the rest of us are safe during storms deserves accolades. That would be the Hurricane Hunters, the fleet of pilots, scientists and technicians from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Hurricane Hunters...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library, info@athollibrary.org or Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I would like to save all the photos I have uploaded to my Facebook...
DEAR ABBY: My first marriage ended in divorce 35 years ago because my wife had cheated on me several times. I suspected then that I wasn’t my daughter’s biological father. Lately I have been wondering about my son, too. Both are in their late 30s now. Obviously, I decided to accept them as my own...
This illustration shows the details of a seismograph manufactured by Quanterra Inc., of Shirley. This is the type of device that detected the recent Athol earthquake.
When an earthquake occurred in Athol on Sept. 5 at 8:10 p.m., comments about it immediately popped up on Facebook, with people asking “What was that!” Several wondered if it came from the electric power substation in town. Wendy Woodbury of South Street was talking to her mother on the phone and...
DEAR ABBY: I’m a 30-year-old female who has extreme hemophobia. I cannot see blood or hear people talk about anything blood-related. I pass out when my blood is drawn, and I cannot have a finger-prick blood test either. It’s even difficult for me to write this message. I work in an office and I...
Schedules and statistics have been two things that I’ve always had close to me. When it comes to professional sports, I always have a schedule of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins et al near me or on my phone along with easy access to each player’s personal stats and team stats. I sometimes get lost...
Editor, Daily News With the dedication and commitment of thousands of volunteer host families, this summer was filled with new experiences and friendships for thousands of children from New York City’s low-income communities. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize our extraordinary...
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos isn’t the easiest person in Washington to agree with. Her policies tend to be based on the very limited experience of an ultra-rich person whose protected existence insulates her from the realities of the educational systems she oversees. But DeVos, who visited...
DEAR ABBY: Can you tell me why men watch porn? My husband watches porn on the computer at all hours of the night. When I found out about it six months ago, he promised he would stop doing it, but I just realized that he still goes online and watches it when I’m asleep at night and early in the...
Twenty years ago, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft began its 4.9 billion-mile odyssey to Saturn with a picture-perfect liftoff. The $3.9 billion mission — a three-way collaboration among NASA, the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency — was ambitious by the standards of any age. Saturn...

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