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Hologram of Stars Wars Emperor voiced by Clive Revill; and at right, Revill with Peter Falk in "Columbo."
As the world prepares to briefly suspend reality and escape to a galaxy far, far away when “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” is released nationwide on Dec. 18, Clive Revill probably won’t be among the millions flocking to movie theaters. But as any Star Wars fan worth his weight in action figures...
Avengers: Age of Ultron sees the action begin from the first scene as the whole Avengers crew is back from the first movie and picks up right where the 2014 Captain America sequel left off. The superhero crew begins by battling the evil Hydra organization from the start thinking that Hydra is...
This column is usually written on Thursday evenings and this past Thursday my cell phone rang in the afternoon, before that task had begun. The caller was Bruce Bennett, my host in New York for my bird hunting adventures and he informed me that the past two days he had experienced grouse hunting...
Dear Twin City Paws, Is it okay to give my cat treats? How many should she get? How can I use treats to teach her tricks? — Catgirl Dear Catgirl, This is an easier question to answer than asking about giving a dog treats, as the sizes of dogs vary so much, and treats for animals (like...
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 an old iPad that I do not want. It’s first...
Riverbend Reading Teacher Susan Tandy consults with Dominic (in plaid shirt, on left,) and Justin, (in green, on right,) about their independent reading, as part of the Readers' Workshop.
Susan Tandy’s fourth-grade reading class at Riverbend School is unlike anything you may remember from your own elementary school. It may not even be like anything your kids remember, if they went through elementary school more than four years ago. Instead, it reflects the dramatic changes that...
Sean Nolan of Athol, co-owner of Honest Weight Artisan Beer, is living a dream as he serves customers at the Orange Innovation Center.  Photo by Paul Shoul 
When there’s something new and different in the community, it’s of interest to all of us who live here, and to those who might come as visitors to enjoy the North Quabbin. The final licensing (by the USDA, Massachusetts ABCC and Orange Selectboard) has led to the opening of the Honest Weight...
In its ongoing quest to make things thinner, lighter, faster and better, Apple is rumored to be considering ditching the headphone jack from future iPhone models.  This is not that new of a rumor. In the summer of 2014 my brother, a consummate Android user, first told me he heard about this...
White's turn to move. Mate in two.
We had five Knights attending each of the local meetings this past week. The Tuesday night meeting of the Mild Knights welcomed the return of Tim Stevens, who was with us for his second visit, and newcomer Tim Skinner. Clint Eklund, Joe Spooner and myself found plenty of exciting challenges in the...
Linn’s Stamp News reports that the U.S. Postal Service has certified two more of the “error” upright jenney airplane panes of six, bringing their total to 24. The publication believes that at least another five such panes have been found but not certified. That is out of 100 of these panes...

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