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Ben Wells-Tolley, new owner of Chase Hill Farm in Warwick, offers a variety of cheeses at the Amherst Farmers Market.  Photo by David A. Machowski
The cows and customers are unlikely to notice many changes, but there are new owners of the Chase Hill Farm in Warwick. They are Ben and Laura Wells-Tolley, both 36 years old, already engaged with enthusiasm and dedication to organic farming. The farm, on Chase Hill Road and featuring fields for...
The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the collector edition of the five-ounce silver version of the Ellis Island National Park coin on Sept. 7. These will be sold at a hefty premium over the bullion value, plus a shipping charge. To order coins from the U.S. Mint, visit their website at...
Richard Boone in a 'Have Gun Will Travel' episode. Photo courtesy of CBS
Whether portraying good guys or bad, it was impossible for the camera to ignore Richard Boone. The craggy-faced, gruff-voiced actor could steal a scene from just about anyone including John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Paul Newman, or the dozens of other actors he shared the big and small screen with...
Children’s movies have become far more imaginative than what I remember in the 1990s. ‘The Boss Baby,’ released earlier this year, is one of the most imaginative and out there children’s movies I have seen.  Tim, voiced by Miles Bakshi (Shrek Forever After) is a happy, imaginative 7-year-old...
So, what is “Hurler on the Ditch?” The literal meaning is someone that stands on the side of a hurling field and gives unwanted and unsolicited advice to hurlers. Some context, hurling is an older sport where each player (the hurlers) have a stick and they can carry the ball for four steps...
The best family outdoor fun activities found in one place will again be happening when the Big MOE returns after a last-minute cancellation last fall. You and your family can experience the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo (The Big MOE) at the Hamilton Rod and Gun Club grounds in Sturbridge on Sunday,...
Never remove porcupine quills from your dog -- this is a vet's job. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: What do I do if my dog has an encounter with a porcupine and gets quills? I’ve heard of this happening — DOG LOVER ——— DEAR DOG LOVER: That’s a big “Ouch!” for a dog, and very common for pet owners who live near woods. Porcupines have about 30,000 quills, and can certainly...
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 eat while I’m working, and my computer...
A racing pigeon, named Spindle by local children, lost its way and came to Greenfyre Farm in South Royalston, and later was returned to its owner in Lowell.
I was entertained recently by my Royalston friend and animal-lover Pat Worth as she told me two stories focusing on two very different creatures — a pigeon and an elk. I’m passing these stories on today in my column. Pat began, “After a storm with strong wind, in June of this year, I walked out...
The Fitbit Ionic, coming later this year, looks to take on an already crowded market of smartwatches. 
It has been almost a year since Fitbit purchased smartwatch maker Pebble and it seems the fitness band manufacturer is finally unveiling the first product developed as a result of that acquisition, and I’m kind of disappointed. Fitbit has tried dipping its toes into the smartwatch market before...

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