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Mary Canning of Cambridge and Tully gets a little theatrical at her Follow the Honey retail store in Cambridge. Photo by William Manley
Mary Canning of Cambridge, who has had a second home on Tully Pond in Orange since 1994, enjoys puns and one of her favorites is calling honey bees “the gateway bug.” “My passion has always been in human rights, social justice and the environment,” she explained, and she has found that “working...
Oh man, I just learned of something called “Typosquatting,” and now I pretty much feel like I’m doomed. On the most basic level it’s a method of causing malicious adware to be installed on your computer after incorrectly typing a web address into a web browser. If there is one thing I’m good at,...
Sir Rubenson and The Wild Knights have a new feather for our cap! (For those who don’t know, Sir Rubenson is our mascot). At last Thursday’s meeting we were joined by an 8 year-old named Zeke. I apologize that I don’t yet have his last name. The exciting thing about Zeke joining us is that not...
Just because a movie is about teenagers does not mean it still can’t be good for adults to enjoy. I was surprised to actually really like ‘Paper Towns’ and its message about not being afraid to do something crazy, even if it may not work.  Quentin, played by Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars,...
The United States Mint will issue a proof version of the 2016 one-ounce gold American Eagle coin on March 17. This will be sold for a significant premium over its melt value, plus a shipping charge. The circulation quality strike of this coin cannot be purchased directly from the mint, but only...
You have read in this space about the Mahar Fish’N Game Club Game Supper that is coming up this Thursday at the Mahar cafeteria. The Fish’N game event, which dates back to club’s first Father and Son Banquet in 1958, is likely the oldest of the many game feeds and sportsman’s dinners held each...
Dear Pet Talk: Can you write a column with information about the difference between therapy, emotional support animals and service dogs, cause it’s way misunderstood and totally being abused. Thanks. — Kyndyl Dear Kyndyl: Here’s a brief on a “Service Animal” according to the Americans with...
Frank Hains, right, discusses student assessment with Donna Briggs and Peter Guilbault during a lunchtime meeting. 
The radically new methods of math teaching that I observed in Jen Arpide’s second grade classroom (previous article in this series) have been a challenge for many teachers. They were a challenge for Frank Hains, too. A math teacher with 35 years of experience, Mr. Hains was teaching third and...
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, MA 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: What is C Cleaner? Will I lose all my files if I...
Apple has long touted that their Macintosh line of computers are immune to viruses. So much so that it has become one of their top selling points and a reason why many people are often willing to shell out significantly more money for an Apple computer than a PC. So you can see why many who own...

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