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The past month has featured weather which is far from what we expect here in New England. The average temperature for October is over 8 degrees higher than normal. While most people would revel in this warmth, thinking of money saved on heating costs and enjoying the summer-like temperatures, this...
DEAR PET TALK: Whenever I order something online, my cat likes to play in the box. Even if what I ordered online was not an item for my cat. Why are cats crazy about sitting in boxes? — FELINE FAN ——— DEAR FELINE FAN: Cats are predators, and their natural instincts tell them to hunt from a...
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 don’t have a question for you; I have something I want to share. My...
Editor, Daily News Halloween is an excellent holiday to express creativity through costumes. Yet, every year there are a disappointing number of adult individuals who wear what can be extremely offensive, culturally inappropriate, or racially prejudiced costumes. I am not pinpointing anyone in...
There’s a hero out there somewhere. We don’t use the term lightly. If the allegations of child abuse and neglect contained in a report released this week by a North Carolina Police Department are true, it would be almost impossible to overstate the importance of the person who alerted...
DEAR ABBY: My 15-year-old granddaughter is an emotional eater and has gained a lot of weight. When she was quite young, her mother walked out, and that rejection, combined with her dad laying a lot of the household responsibility on her, makes her anxious and depressed. Her dad isn’t great with...
Americans love their national parks. Last year, these lands attracted 331 million people — a record number and an increase of 7.7 percent over 2015. But that love is a mixed blessing for the parks. Visitors expect to be provided with roads, bridges, trails, restrooms, campgrounds, water...
DEAR ABBY: I met this guy through a dating site. We began chatting and hit it off. We talk almost every day, and have Skyped a few times. We’ve been getting closer and closer. I really like him, and he has told me he feels the same. The thing is, I’m not sure if he’s telling me the truth. We...
When Amy Fagin, my longtime friend and talented artist from New Salem, told me a “pop-up style” arts gala was coming to her town, I was pretty certain I knew what she meant, but I decided to check. My Internet dictionary gave this definition for pop-up: “denoting a store or other business that...
DEAR ABBY: My husband is a nice guy, but he’s not particularly good at planning ahead. This means that special events, holidays and birthdays often go unmarked because he doesn’t remember in time to get something sent. In my parents’ marriage, all family communications fell to my mom. It was her...

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