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Valley Farm Café, located on the second floor of the Orange Innovation Center, 131 West Main St., is getting rave reviews from the lucky customers who know about this unique “hole in the wall” eatery run by chef (and hog farmer) Matthew Buzzell of Templeton. Michael Talarico of Athol, who used...
Creating a pet journal is a great way to log your pet's behavior, eating habits, and medical records all in one place.
Pets are members of our family, and we wanted to begin the year by urging all our readers to consider creating a journal just for your pet. You can log their behavior, their diet, as well as keeping vet records all in one place. One of the questions Be PAWSitive Therapy Pets and Community...
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: Every time I want to email my co-workers, I have to type each one’s...
The U.S. Lunar New Year stamp
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp for the Chinese Lunar New Year on January 11. This will feature three green plants and other symbols of the New Year. The self - adhesive will be issued in panes of twenty stamps at the first class “forever” rate. There will be a coin show on January...
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 have a cellphone but I can’t seem to remember my phone number. It’s...
Book reviewed by Elizabeth Buck, Village School Art Teacher
Graphic novels — books of long-form prose that are illustrated in a comic style — have great appeal to a wide range of readers, from students learning to read chapter books on their own to adults looking for a shake-up in their reading routine. “The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches...
Dr. Harry Sharbaugh with an informational sign for the New England Scenic Trail, adjacent to his home in Farley.
I have often written about the natural beauty of the North Quabbin Region, and can wax poetic about the rivers, lakes, and waterfalls, the farms and fields, but I tend to forget about the rocks. Maybe that’s because I’ve been a gardener, and rocks are not the gardener’s friend, even though they...
The U.S. Mint will kick off its 2018 coin program on Jan. 4, with the one ounce silver American Eagle proof coin. This will be sold in a capsule and a protective box at a premium over its bullion value. To order coins from the U.S. Mint, visit their website at www.usmint.gov, or call them at 1-...
The late Barney Cummings, left, and then assistant editor Allen Young, enjoying some laughter in the 1980s.
I’ve been preoccupied with varied thoughts about the sale of the Athol Daily News since I heard this shocking news a week ago. Yes, I was shocked. No inside information came my way. These varied thoughts have ranged widely, from the negative to the positive. The most negative feeling I have is...
Back in 2005, when the world was new and we hadn’t learned to be skeptical of everything we saw on the internet yet, there came a video that depicted a group of World of Warcraft players attempting to plan an attack on one of the game’s tougher enemies, only for it to be ruined by a player known...

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