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It is that time again and this writer is doing some reflecting and looking ahead. For me, 2015 was a year that presented challenges but also has provided some great memories. The hunting and fishing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Kansas was filled with great moments and it was great...
One of the most popular summer blockbusters of last year, Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ is riding its high into the new year with a nomination for the Critics’ Choice Awards for best actor for lead actor Paul Rudd.  I figured it may finally be time for me to give this movie a shot. Scott Lang, portrayed by...
Just when I thought I had the NFL figured out, they change the questions. Seattle and Pittsburgh both lost outright in Week 16 despite being double-digits favorites as part of a wild weekend. With one last (full) weekend to pad your wallet, let’s examine Week 17: Jets (-3) at Bills Can Rex...
Have you noticed the large coaches on Route 2 and local roads this fall —white, blue and green with diagonal stripes and the word MAX in big letters? At first, I thought these were chartered buses, but I recently learned that MAX, which stands for Massachusetts Area Express, is actually an...
Drones: seems they are everywhere these days. Turn on the news any given day and you’re going to hear something about drones — either it’s something to do with the military and their 116 different Unmanned Aerial Vehicles — the official name for a drone, or it’s something some schmo has done with...
Left to right -- Doc Severinsen, Johnny Carson Doc and Ed McMahon.
Johnny Carson fans are in for a New Year’s treat. On Jan. 1, the Antenna TV Network begins broadcasting reruns of the old “Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” “The full shows have never been aired since Johnny walked off the air in 1992,” said Sean Compton, President of Strategic Programming...
Some movies outperform the levels that their trailers establish, ‘Sisters’ sadly did not. This movie featuring typically hilarious actresses Tina Fey and Amy Poehler had me very hopeful walking into the theater after commercials showed some great comedic scenes so I expected more of what I saw in...
The U.S. Mint has announced that it will remove a number of items from sale on Dec. 30 and 31. These include a number of 2014 dated items and sets. Among the 2015 items to go off sale will be the proof and burnished silver American Eagles, The March of Dimes and U.S. Marshals commemorative coins...
It’s Christmas Eve and temperatures are expected to be in the 60s. I’m sure that’s a problem for scientific reasons, but I’m going to enjoy it. My Christmas gift to you is a week of mediocre picks. Merry Christmas! Chargers at Raiders (-6) When was the last time Oakland was favored by nearly a...
If someone wanted to know what the largest birds are that one might see in the North Quabbin region, the most likely answer, I think, would be Blue Heron, Bald Eagle and Wild Turkey. Now, according to an article in the fall issue of Massachusetts Wildlife, we can add Sandhill Crane. I’m not a...

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