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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...
Aubrey Plaza, lead cast member in "Ingrid Goes West," poses at the premiere of the film at the ArcLight Hollywood on Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Los Angeles. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Independent movies can sometimes be a hit or miss but now and then you can find a good one, especially when clicking through Amazon’s recent release section. This past weekend I discovered ‘Ingrid Goes West,’ which was released earlier this year and scared me with how good and realistic it was....
Local deer check stations reported a total of 99 deer on Monday, the opening day of the 2017 Massachusetts shotgun deer season. That total was the second highest in 10 years, with 109 tallied in 2014 and 117 in 2007. Over the past two years the number of deer checked in opening day was 82 last...
Book reviewed by George Bennett (Village School fourth-to-sixth-grade teacher)
‘The War I Finally Won’ By Kimberley Brubaker Bradley ——— Picking up a sequel can be a little unsettling, because there’s always the chance that it won’t live up to the first book, but fans of the outstanding “The War That Saved My Life” need have no worries. “In The War I Finally Won,”...
Having been a tourist several times in Puerto Rico, and in particular the island of Vieques off its eastern coast, and having Puerto Rican friends, I became very concerned when I heard the news of the terrible destruction there when Hurricane Maria blew through last September. Things are still...
The U.S. Mint released its three-coin set of the George Rogers Clark National Park quarter on Nov. 27. This includes circulation-quality strikes of this coin from the Denver, Philadelphia, and San Francisco mints, and is sold for a premium over face value. To order coins from the U.S. mint,...
Kenneth Branagh and Daisy Ridley star in Twentieth Century Fox's "Murder on the Orient Express." Public domain photo
Mystery movies are not something I see many of in theaters lately. This is why I was a little surprised when I saw a film adaptation of the 1934 Agatha Christie novel “Murder on the Orient Express” under the same name come to theaters this month.  World renowned detective Hercule Poirot, played...
Tom Bosley and Marion Ross in the Happy Days episode "The First Thanksgiving" Courtesy of Miller-Milkis Productions/ABC
As the TV matriarch of the Cunningham clan in the sitcom “Happy Days,” Marion Ross appeared in over 250 episodes during the hit series 11-season run from 1974 to 1984. But one episode has special significance for the actress this time of year. In ‘The First Thanksgiving,’ broadcast two days...
Massachusetts hunters will take to the woods Monday morning as the 2017 shotgun season will commence a half hour before sunrise. Local hunters have been out and about scouting before the start of the season, looking for signs of deer activity. Right now, the mating season, referred to as the rut,...
Growing up in Gardner, Gardner-Oakmont football always took precedent on Thanksgiving Day. I’ve always gone to high school football games on and off and when I got to the high school level, I had attended every Thanksgiving matchup right up until this year, even when I lived in Worcester for a...

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