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DEAR ABBY: I missed the funeral of a long-time family friend, “Tom,” because I foolishly relied on one of my relatives to let me know when the service was and she didn’t. I had to go out of town two days after Tom died, but I should have called someone before I left so I could revise my travel...
Editor, Daily News To start this letter, I want to make it clear that I do not have Facebook, email or texting and I’m not the only one, but I am interested in the business of the town of Orange and consequently watch the board of selectmen’s meeting every week. Apparently, I miss a lot by not...
Located at the far end of the Market Basket building, the Athol branch of the Workers Credit Union will open soon. Photo by Gail Oswald
With a “soft opening” slated for December, the Workers Credit Union (WCU) will welcome members, new and old, to its newest branch (its 16th) in Athol’s North Quabbin Commons. This is something to celebrate, especially in light of the WCU’s fascinating history. Founded in 1914 in Fitchburg, the...
At the end of the 20th century, Americans were worried about the dangers posed by crack cocaine. They didn’t realize that another drug menace would soon eclipse it. Prescription opioids were gaining favor as a tool against undertreated pain. No one foresaw where this would lead: to an epidemic of...
DEAR ABBY: My physical attraction to my boyfriend has significantly diminished due to his baldness. I know this may seem shallow, but I have lost all interest in intimate contact with him. When I look at his bald head or he rests his head on my shoulder, it literally makes my stomach lurch! Our...
DEAR ABBY: My ex-husband and I have been divorced for three years and share custody of our 10-year-old daughter, who lives with me full time. Her father lives out of state and sees her during the summer months. Last year my daughter had an incident (an “I’ll show you mine, you show me yours”...
Editor, Daily News The Republican Party is about to present, in its words, an overhaul of the current Federal tax code, which President Trump “promises” will provide the “greatest tax cuts in history.” The President often cites his administration as the “best,” “greatest,” etc., but then we need...
Canada Post will issue a first-class mail stamp on Monday, Nov. 6, to note the centennial of the massive explosion that devastated much of the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Canada issued two stamps for the holiday season on Nov. 3 — one with a secular theme, the other one with a religious theme...
In recent months, some news outlets have spotlighted an unwelcome public health trend: a reappearance of diseases that, thanks to the glory of modern medicine, scientists believed had been eradicated from the United States, or at least were rendered extremely rare. Mumps, measles, whooping cough...
DEAR ABBY: I’m responding to “Wallowing in the North” (June 16), who has had a wonderful life and has accomplished all the goals he set out for himself at age 56, but now feels no “spark” to carry on. Abby, he’s in a unique position to help someone else who hasn’t had all those advantages in life...

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