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TheraPAWS pet team member Fiona, a Great Dane, readily sits and enjoys pets from many folks.
DEAR PET TALK: What commands should I teach my dog? — DOG LOVER ——— DEAR DOG LOVER: Keep commands short and simple. Good ones to start with include “sit,” “come,” “heel” (which means “walk by my side on a leash”), “off” (which can mean “do not jump or get off of me” as well as “get off...
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 am really excited about the “Castle Rock” TV...
As he entered the state of Oregon, Nate Hurwitz was close to the end of his bicycle trip from Portland, Me., to Portland, Ore.
“It’s a much, much bigger country than you think, especially when you’re only going 12 miles an hour. It took 60 days to get there, and only six hours to come back.” That intriguing comment is what Nate Hurwitz, 22, of New Salem said at the end of our conversation over breakfast last week at...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue five stamps on Aug. 3 with the theme of protecting pollinating insects. The self-adhesive first-class rate forever stamps will depict the monarch butterfly, and western honeybee on different colored flowers. These stamps will be sold in panes of 20 subjects,...
Harry Guerro couldn’t believe his good fortune after making the 3,000-mile journey from New Jersey to the West coast in late 2012, and unearthing a 35 mm print of the 1975 horror thriller, “The Intruder,” featuring a cast of Hollywood legends. “I discovered the film in a storefront storage...
Meeting someone online is nothing peculiar anymore; nor is the idea of your virtual soulmate living far away. But what if they were not just across the country but on another planet? In this winter’s release ‘The Space Between Us’ we see just that. Gardner Elliot, played by Asa Butterfield (Miss...
There was a time when the Quabbin Reservoir was a place with a very high deer density and no hunting allowed. That was not good for the watershed and a controlled hunt was instituted. Since its creation in the 1930s, hunting had not been permitted on the Quabbin Reservation. Consequently,...
According to Guinness Book of Records, the longest-lived dog in the world was Bluey, above, an Australian Cattle Dog (medium size) who lived for 29 and a half years, dying in 1939. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: How long does a really healthy dog live? — Alexei, 6th grade, Memorial Middle School ——— DEAR ALEXEI: Canine lifespans vary depending on the size of the breed. According to the American Kennel Club, “the average lifespan for small dog breeds ranges from 10 to 15 years, with...
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 use Pinterest and something weird happened. I...
Dental hygienist Lynn Trinque uses a model pair of teeth to educate patients on the most effective tooth brushing techniques.                          Photo by Diane Keijzer
For more than three decades, starting when she was not quite 20 years old, Lynn Trinque of Gardner has cleaned the teeth and helped maintain healthy smiles for hundreds of North Quabbin residents. “I love my job,” she said emphatically, showing her own smile and positive outlook already familiar...

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