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A person’s home is their castle — unless it has become an abattoir, filled with sick and starving animals, rank with urine and feces and, all too often, dead bodies of pets. Animal welfare groups say instances of so-called animal hoarding are on the rise, with horrific stories like that of the...
DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year and a half. In the beginning, he kept his family and me apart. I thought it was because they were extremely close, but turns out he was doing me a favor given their inappropriate and cruel treatment of one another.  At my...
Yes, we know. Everyone gripes about the weather. And everyone gripes even more about our weather forecasts. How can they get it so wrong, and so often? Sometimes that’s more than something worth griping about. That would be the case with Hurricane Matthew, whose flooding last year killed 27...
The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the Ellis Island (New Jersey) National Park quarter on Aug. 28. These circulation-quality coins will be sold in bag and roll quantities from the Denver, Philadelphia, and San Francisco mints. To order coins from the mint, visit their website at www....
At some point everyone reaches a point in life when someone with all of the power tells them there is nothing they can to make things any better. Then there is the choice to either take what they are giving you lying down or stand up and fight to find another way, which is what we see in ‘Going in...
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officially confirmed last week that 2016 was the Earth’s hottest year on record, surpassing 2015, which surpassed 2014. The NOAA had reported this unofficially back in January. What made last week’s announcement noteworthy is that the NOAA is now...
DEAR ABBY: I am a recovering drug addict. I have slipped, as many do, but I have been clean for four years now. The problem is my family. If I look tired, trip over my own two feet (I’m clumsy) or just don’t want to be around people, I get questioned, yelled at, accused, etc. Abby, they do...
The Orange Gun Club, the oldest gun club in the state, continues the long tradition of hosting a field day today. If you like to eat good food, this event is a “can’t miss.” The eating menu’s first delight is a great clam chowder at 11 a.m. and it is worth the price of admission. That is followed...
TheraPAWS member Livvy, a Yorkie owned by Cheryl Maguy-Stewart, helps children read every month at Fitchburg Public Library. Submitted photo
DEAR PET TALK: Which size dogs have more trouble in hot weather, large or small? Or are they affected equally? — YORKIE OWNER DEAR YORKIE OWNER: That’s a timely question, given the season. We consulted two experts to get you an answer: Bonnie Simula, Veterinary Tech at Tender Heart...
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 forgot the password to my account on our PC! I...

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