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DEAR ABBY: I had a baby girl with my longtime best friend, “Adam.” “April” is now 3 weeks old. I thought everything would be OK as co-parents because, even though we’re not together, we get along and almost never fight. Six weeks before April was born, Adam began seeing a girl we both knew from...
Editor, Daily News Thank you for publishing columnist Allen Young’s thorough and well researched article about dental hygienist Lynn Trinque. It is a human interest piece, but really sheds light on a profession that serves the public by educating and helping maintain their oral health but...
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: Often when I click on a link I get a message “...
This summer, the Rethink Vets program launched by The Heinz Endowments has been encouraging employers to consider hiring more veterans. The advertising campaign — “Don’t just call veterans heroes. Call them for an interview” — also worked to influence the public perception of veterans and...
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I met four years ago, have been married for two and I still haven’t met her mother. My mother-in-law, a homophobic, self-proclaimed “evangelist prophet,” refuses to acknowledge our union. Her behavior upsets my wife, which angers me to the point that I have no desire to...
Editor, Daily News On behalf of the people of New Salem and all the people who joined us for [the July 15] Old Home Day celebration, we’d like to thank the many volunteers and businesses that made it possible. It’s impossible to mention all the volunteers who lent a hand to the effort, but we’d...
Dressed in protective clothing, Ally Fraser, left, and Tim Slater hold frames covered with bees as they tend to hives for Follow the Honey.  Photo courtesy of Follow the Honey
Two energetic and naturally curious Mahar Regional School students are having an adventurous summer learning about trail maintenance and honeybees as paid interns in a program sponsored by Community Action of Hampshire, Franklin and North Quabbin Regions. Timmy Slater and Alexandra “Ally” Fraser...
Once upon a time, being on the Do Not Call list meant that marketers Did Not Call. And when caller ID flashed an 850 area code on your screen, it was going to be someone you knew or a legitimate local business call. There were always scams, of course, and fake charities, but federal regulators...
Shockingly, half of all kids are bullied. And at least half of all kids should bear the name “Bully.” We know that bullying goes on all the time among students, thanks to the media, but what’s happening on the home front? A far bigger story is to be told. For example, the child who refuses to...
DEAR ABBY: My 22-year-old son is going to visit his father and get his third tattoo. I don’t like it, but I can’t control my son. He’s an adult. His father is retired and lives on his wife’s pension. It is my understanding that they are wealthy. My concern is for our 14-year-old daughter. My ex...

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