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This past Thursday afternoon, this writer sat for two hours in the woods, as I had the previous two afternoons. I was very comfortable on my T-Seat with my Remington 1100 slug gun across my lap with my eyes scanning slowly left to right in anticipation of the appearance of a deer, hopefully the...
DEAR PET TALK: How do cats clean themselves? — KAYDEN, 3rd Grade, Fitchb56 ——— DEAR KAYDEN: If you’ve observed a cat, you’ll notice that they use their tongues very carefully to clean their fur. Cats’ tongues feel like sandpaper because they are covered with “papillae,” which are minute,...
Editor, Daily News I have enjoyed many of Allen Young’s recent columns, especially the last one about Puerto Rico, which included ways in which we could meaningfully contribute to help alleviate its current devastation and desperation. However, I cannot agree with Allen’s unwillingness to hold...
Even by government standards, it is a colossally dumb idea: revoking someone’s license to work as a way to get them to pay off their student loans. Yet many states do just that. Student loan debt has more than doubled since 2009 to $1.3 trillion today. The average borrower in the class of 2016...
DEAR ABBY: After 16 months of casual dating, I married my ex-wife. We met through Facebook. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make the marriage work, and after two years we divorced. That was two years ago. It was my first marriage and her second. I was angry that we couldn’t make it work, and I blamed...
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, MA 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I turned on my computer and got this message: “Bootmgr is missing.”...
This week the U.S. Supreme Court hears what will most likely be a landmark case concerning freedom. Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. v. the Colorado Human Rights Commission pits Denver-area baker Jack Phillips against the supposed guardians of human rights in Colorado. At issue is Phillips’ refusal in...
DEAR ABBY: I spent an evening with a guy I’ve been wanting to date for some time. After a few drinks he confided to me that he has a serious heart condition. He said he doesn’t expect to live past age 23 and he could die any day. I don’t know the details of his condition, but I’m sure he...
Julianna E. Fitzpatrick
Did you know that all it takes is 15 minutes a day of reading aloud to a child to give them a significant advantage over kids who have not been read to? I advocate for reading aloud to children. In today’s day and age, many parents are often too busy and too distracted to take the time to read to...
Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg speaks from behind a podium outside his office at the Statehouse to a throng of media Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Boston.  AP Photo/Bob Salsberg
I was all set to write my column about the many good things that Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) has done for the six North Quabbin towns in his large district, and you’ll see more about that below. But first, I admit that I hesitated when Stan became front-page news last week...

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