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Ron Amidon, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, lands a rainbow trout in the Quabbin Reservoir.
Founded in 1970 when the river that runs through our region was badly polluted, the Millers River Watershed Council recently held its annual meeting to celebrate its accomplishments and commit to carrying on with its mission. Coordinator Ivan Ussach of Gill welcomed the crowd of about 50 people...
The U.S. Postal Service has announced that it will begin phasing out the use of some of its common service forms next month. This will include the forms in black for insured mail under $500; the blue one for insured mail over $500; the magenta signature confirmation one, and the brown one for...
Charlize Theron arrives at the LA Premiere of "Atomic Blonde" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Monday, July 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP
Some movies have excellent trailers and look like they will be full of action making them must sees but then fall flat when you watch them. ‘Atomic Blonde,’ released earlier this year, looked like it would be fantastic but it just didn’t work for me.  Lorraine Broughton, played by Charlize...
Ossie Davis as Chuck in 1993's "Grumpy Old Men" Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Since 1999, the Christmas season has been a good time to appreciate the many talents of actor Ossie Davis who starred in the Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s musical TV movie “The Ghosts of Christmas Eve.” Davis also narrated the dialog-free story about a young runaway girl (Allie Sheridan) who...
This past Thursday afternoon, this writer sat for two hours in the woods, as I had the previous two afternoons. I was very comfortable on my T-Seat with my Remington 1100 slug gun across my lap with my eyes scanning slowly left to right in anticipation of the appearance of a deer, hopefully the...
DEAR PET TALK: How do cats clean themselves? — KAYDEN, 3rd Grade, Fitchb56 ——— DEAR KAYDEN: If you’ve observed a cat, you’ll notice that they use their tongues very carefully to clean their fur. Cats’ tongues feel like sandpaper because they are covered with “papillae,” which are minute,...
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, MA 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I turned on my computer and got this message: “Bootmgr is missing.”...
Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg speaks from behind a podium outside his office at the Statehouse to a throng of media Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Boston.  AP Photo/Bob Salsberg
I was all set to write my column about the many good things that Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) has done for the six North Quabbin towns in his large district, and you’ll see more about that below. But first, I admit that I hesitated when Stan became front-page news last week...
The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the five-ounce silver collector version of the George Rogers Clark National Park coin today, Dec. 5. These are sold at a premium over their bullion value. The U.S. Mint is also ending sales of a number of products at the end of this month. These...
Connie Francis and the lost love of her life, Bobby Darin. Courtesy of Connie Francis
The tragedies that befell singer Connie Francis throughout her life would challenge the most resilient of souls. Nevertheless, she navigated each dark, engulfing personal tunnel with unwavering tenacity, always eventually emerging aided by her sense of humor. “It never failed me and kept me...

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