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The U.S. Postal Service will issue four “Flowers From The Garden” stamps on Aug. 16. The self-adhesive forever first-class rate stamps will depict red camellias and yellow forsythia in a yellow pitcher; white peonies and tree peonies in a clear vase; blue hydrangeas in a blue pot; and white...
Mankind is not always friendly to things that are different and potentially dangerous. In ‘Kong: Skull Island,’ which was released earlier this year, we see just how true this really is.  In the early 1970s a monster hunting scientist named Bill Randa, played by John Goodman (Roseanne, The Big...
This writer has spent too little time fishing this summer. For a variety of reasons, including the fact that my outboard is still not running, my fishing has been limited to casting from the dock and a single trip with the trolling motor. There have been a few bass taken, including a couple of...
DEAR PET TALK: What are the “Dog Days” of summer? — CRAZY ABOUT DOGS DEAR CRAZY: They are happening right now! August brings the “dog days” which have their origin back in Homeric Greece (900 years BCE). Ancient astronomers noted that Sirius, which is a star in the “Canis Major” (dog)...
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: Often when I click on a link I get a message “...
Dressed in protective clothing, Ally Fraser, left, and Tim Slater hold frames covered with bees as they tend to hives for Follow the Honey.  Photo courtesy of Follow the Honey
Two energetic and naturally curious Mahar Regional School students are having an adventurous summer learning about trail maintenance and honeybees as paid interns in a program sponsored by Community Action of Hampshire, Franklin and North Quabbin Regions. Timmy Slater and Alexandra “Ally” Fraser...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a new first-class rate forever-stamped postal card on Aug. 11. The design will feature the Azulilio Chilean Blue Crocus blossom. The postal card will be issued in three versions: single card, one with an attached reply card, and in an uncut sheet of 40 cards....
With animated movies meant for children, having enough material for a sequel can be easier than in live action movies. The content can be more imaginary and out of this world, giving writers more freedom. With this summer’s ‘Despicable Me 3’ the writers got even more creative than in the first two...
‘The Great Turkey Walk’ By Kathleen Karr ——— You’ve heard of cattle drives in the 1860s, but have you ever heard of turkey drives? It all begins with Simon Green, when his beloved teacher, Miss Rogers, tells him that he has “plumbed the depths of third grade” (having completed it four times...
August has arrived. We often hear the phrase “dog days of August.” Let us talk dogs for a bit as it is time for those of us with bird dogs to begin to do things in readiness for the fall hunting season. Dogs need time to get acclimated like any other athlete. Hopefully we have all been giving our...

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