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Several local writers — most of whom are longtime friends of mine — have come out recently with new books, and while it’s impractical for me to write a thoughtful review of each one, I’m going to introduce them to you. The eight authors are Dale Monette, Ami Fagin, Kathy-Ann Becker, Elaine Reardon...
'SNOWY DAY' STAMP
The U.S. Postal Service will issue four stamps on Oct. 4 depicting scenes from Ezra Jack Keats’ classic 1962 children’s book “The Snowy Day.” The book won the Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished picture book for children. The self-adhesive stamps will be issued in a double-sided pane of...
Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer
This summer some movie critics were claiming that the box office was lacking in hit movies. I think that some movies do not get enough credit from critics causing moviegoers to skip over them and wait to watch when it comes out on streaming services or on disc. At the beginning of the summer, ‘...
When Mayim Bialik gave her family and friends the ‘silent treatment’ over summer, it wasn’t personal. The star of CBS’s hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory” who plays neuroscientist Amy Farrah Fowler was advised by doctors to avoid speaking in order to heal strained vocal cords. “I’m doing alright...
Today is a day to focus on the American tradition of enjoying the outdoor resources and celebrating what the North American wildlife conservation model has provided in fish and wildlife available for hunters, fishermen and women and everyone in the U.S. to enjoy. This writer checked out the...
DEAR READERS: Last week, Trixie asked: “Why are cats different colors?” Cat coats, as it turns out, are the result of many different processes involving color, shading, and patterning. So “new” breeds can emerge relatively frequently, though it may take years for them to be officially recognized...
Editor’s Note: Questions should be directed to PC Doctor, care of the Athol Public Library, info@athollibrary.org or Athol Public Library, 568 Main St., Athol, Mass. 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I would like to save all the photos I have uploaded to my Facebook...
This illustration shows the details of a seismograph manufactured by Quanterra Inc., of Shirley. This is the type of device that detected the recent Athol earthquake.
When an earthquake occurred in Athol on Sept. 5 at 8:10 p.m., comments about it immediately popped up on Facebook, with people asking “What was that!” Several wondered if it came from the electric power substation in town. Wendy Woodbury of South Street was talking to her mother on the phone and...
Schedules and statistics have been two things that I’ve always had close to me. When it comes to professional sports, I always have a schedule of the Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins et al near me or on my phone along with easy access to each player’s personal stats and team stats. I sometimes get lost...
 Actor Bill Skarsgård does not look like a candidate to play a murderous clown. In the new movie 'It' he was transformed into Pennywise the clown as seen on the left. At right is how he normally appears. 
Another remake has hit theaters and seems quite popular despite being extra creepy. “It” is based on the Steven King novel of the same name and is a remake of an early 1990s TV mini series. In 1989, children in Derry, Maine, are disappearing; including the little brother of William, played...

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