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 This photo of the West Branch of the Tully River within Gifford Memorial Forest off Tully Road, Orange, was taken by Gail Oswald of Royalston when she joined Allen Young on a recent first-time hike there. She was inspired to create a pastel drawing of this scene, and it won "best in show" in the Millers River Watershed Council photography exhibit currently at Athol Public Library.
Hikes that traverse several miles, sometimes up and down steep terrain, are not for everyone. To some people, hiking is an activity only for people with excellent physical fitness — and it’s certainly true that the North Quabbin is a perfect place for that. However, for those who do not find a...
Robin Williams, Mara Wilson, and Sally Field in 'Mrs. Doubtfire'  Photo Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox
Talented child actors don’t inevitably extend their careers into adulthood. Roddy McDowall, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood all did; Mara Wilson did not. Despite the popularity of the adorable, spirited little actress in 90s hits such as “Mrs. Doubtfire,” the remake of “Miracle on 34th Street...
This image released by Sony Pictures shows Kate McKinnon, left, and Scarlett Johansson in a scene from "Rough Night."  Macall Polay/Sony, Columbia Pictures via AP  
Bachelorette party weekends are thought of as groups of girls partying and one girl always trying to push the envelope ordering male strippers for the bride who doesn’t want them. What is even worse is when you throw five of those envelope pushing girls into one group, such as we see in “Rough...
The single total solar eclipse stamps as seen normally, at left, and after the central design is warmed by human touch, at right.
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp on June 20 to note the total solar eclipse due in two months. The stamp will have a view of a dark moon completely blocking the sun. This was printed so that the body heat of the touch of a human finger will change the stamp image to show the details of...
‘Leave Me Alone’   By Vera Brosgol ——— “Leave Me Alone” is a colorful and cheerfully illustrated book by Vera Brosgol. The illustrations have expressive details that bring the story to life. Children of all ages have enjoyed this new addition to the preschool classroom and it is a fun read-...
Nearly 2,0000 people took advantage of the chance to visit the MassWildlife Field Headquarters Saturday when the agency hosted an open house event. This writer was a couple hundred miles north in Rangeley, Maine where the New England Outdoor Writers Association celebrated 75 years as an...
Charlie's on the hunt -- and his tail position reflects that. Photo by Ashley Green Photography
DEAR PET TALK: Do cats have a language with their tails? — TRIXIE, age 8 DEAR TRIXIE: They sure do! Cats’ tails are a very important part of their anatomy, and one they use with enormous style. Cats who hold their tails up high are feeling confident about their surroundings. You can approach...
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: Would you or the library consider running a...
Pamela Oddy and Candice Ashenden of Orange will be among area residents in same-sex relationships to participate in a public conversation following the screening of "Freedom to Marry" at the Athol Public Library on Tuesday, June 20. The couple celebrates their 20th anniversary on June 21, although same-sex marriage was not legal in the state until 2004. They have raised a son and a daughter together. Left to right -- Billy, Candi and Christi Ashenden, and Pam Oddy. 
On June 7, 2017, Gov. Charlie Baker, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Stan Rosenberg declared June as LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] Pride Month in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Gov. Baker stated, “Massachusetts is proud to be a welcoming state and a champion for...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue eight stamps on June 14 depicting eight balls used in various sports. The sports included are football, volleyball, soccer, golf, baseball, basketball, tennis and kickball. These first-class rate forever stamps will be self-adhesives issued in panes of 16,...

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