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Dear Twin City Paws, Does my pet’s coat get thicker in the winter? I have an indoor cat, and it feels like the coat is getting thicker. — Perplexed Dear Perplexed, You are correct — cats’ coats can change from summer to winter. Factors include: breed of cat, climate where it lives, and the...
The grind of the regular season is over and now it’s time for the greatest month of the year — the NFL Playoffs. Football season is always full of twists and turns, but things become slightly more predictable in the postseason. Teams catch fire and there is no holding back once all the chips are...
I have no idea what the year ahead will be like. Heck, I don’t not even know what this month will be like but it is always fun to see things unfold. Who would have predicted the incredible cold temperatures and heavy snow of last winter and the super mild December we just finished. We can’t change...
There are many organizations in the North Quabbin region working hard to provide services to children and young adults in the area. On Wednesday, January 13, HANDS is bringing some of these individuals together at a luncheon at the Athol Public Library. Our goal is to provide a collaborative...
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: I have a Windows 7 computer. Everyone in my family...
Every summer, dozens of native wildflowers known as wood lilies grow in the Peak House meadow. With the Latin name Lilium philadelphicum, it is also known as the Philadelphia lily, prairie lily or western red lily. It is listed as endangered and threatened in several states, while in Saskatchewan, Canada, this colorful reddish orange flower is the provincial floral emblem and is protected under a special law, meaning it cannot be picked, uprooted or destroyed in any way. Photo by Diane
A four-acre patch of land in Royalston, once dense forest, has been gradually and consciously converted into an expansive meadow to encourage biodiversity — that is, making it a home for a maximum number of different species.  Gerald Marcanio and Rob Jalbert, residents of the Peak House at...
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: I have been using Microsoft Money 99 to balance my...
The U.S. Mint will debut two coin products on Jan. 6. Orders can be placed with the mint by calling them at 1-800-USA- MINT, or by visiting their website at www.usmint.gov. The 2016 Happy Birthday and Birth Year sets will be offered for sale. These sets contain San Francisco mint coins of each...
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...

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