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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: My computer is telling me that I need to install...
The United Nations Postal Administration will issue six stamps and a souvenir card on June 5 to note World Environment Day. These stamps will also note the 45th anniversary of the U.N.’s World Environment Program. The stamps and card will depict scenes of Beautiful Landscapes of Canada. Each U.N...
 Hikers gathered for a group photo at Rum Rock in Barre.  Photo by Henry Woolsey
On the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, I hiked with 26 other people, led by Larry Buell of Petersham, to a huge granite boulder called Rum Rock. I’ve seen many big rocks hereabouts — which geologists call glacial erratics. However, this one, located in Barre within Massachusetts Audubon Society’s...
Long-haired cats need daily brushing to keep cool, and sprawling on a tile floor keeps them comfy in hot weather. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: During hot weather, my cat just lies on the floor, and I want to make sure she can keep herself cool. Can you give me a few tips? — TAYLOR ——— DEAR TAYLOR: We humans get hot enough when the temps rise, and it is mind-boggling to think about how furry mammals can keep cool...
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: I made the mistake of using the wifi in a...
 A sharp reduction in use of plastic bags is the goal of conservationists worldwide. This poster, found on the internet, is from a successful campaign conducted by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) of the United Kingdom. The MCS web site stated, "Levels of beach litter have doubled over the last two decades. MCS works to clear our seas of the rising tide of rubbish that is so dangerous to sea life, including seabirds, whales and dolphins."
I’ve learned how to “just say no” to the single-use plastic bags that are commonly used in supermarkets and other retail stores, and urge others to join this effort. My resolution to do this came after reading information from environmental and wildlife protection groups on the harm caused by...
While there are sad movie and happy movies there are sometimes movies that are a mix of both. ‘A Dog’s Purpose,’ released earlier this year, will offer both happy and sad moments. The main character of the movie is the soul of a dog, voiced by Josh Gad (Frozen, Beauty and the Beast), and is seen...
This is a rare week during which no new U.S. stamps or coins are due to be issued. Canada Post, building upon the success of last year’s stamps issued in honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek television series, has issued more stamps on that theme. These stamps depict the...
DEAR PET TALK: I don’t have pets but keep active bird feeders, so all the birds are my “pets in the wild.” I have always wondered why do robins lay blue eggs? — Bird Lover ——— DEAR BIRD LOVER: I concur with you about wild birds — they are here for everyone to enjoy, and in spring,...
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: I work at home and always listen to music while...

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