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DEAR ABBY: I am in a long-distance relationship with a man who lives halfway across the country. Because he’s very wealthy, he arranges for all the airfare. I am a single mother and I have limited finances. “Bruce” owns a successful business and, through his business, racks up millions of credit...
Valerie Harper, left, star of the hit TV show 'Rhoda' from the 1970s, is among the cast of the singer Susie Carter's, right, short film 'My Mom and the Girl.' 
Off-screen, Valerie Harper has been an inspiration to many following her optimistic defiance to her well-publicized life-threatening medical diagnosis in 2013. The star of the hit 70s TV series “Rhoda” now brings her indomitable spirit to the big screen to hearten families dealing with Alzheimer’s...
Some movies can be deceiving based on their trailer; such as is the case with the 2016 release ‘War Dogs’. I am not a big fan of modern war movies and when I saw the trailer for this movie I thought it was something my fiance would like more than something that would be my taste.  In 2005, David...
In announcing his tax reform proposal Wednesday in Indianapolis, President Donald Trump addressed the biggest political problem his plan will face — the suspicion that most of the benefits would favor wealthy Americans like Trump himself. “It’s not good for me,” Trump said. “Believe me.” What...
The U.S. Postal Service will issue a set of four first-class rate forever stamps celebrating classic Christmas carols on Oct. 5. Each stamp will depict a scene and a phrase from the following carols: Deck the Halls, Silent Night, Jingle Bells, and Jolly Old Saint Nick. These stamps will be...
This writer traveled to northern New York last weekend to do some scouting and hunting of the upland covers where I spend as much of October as possible each fall. This was the first time that I, along with my two French Brittanys, have ever made the trip in September. The grouse season opened on...
The gray wolf and its relatives share social traits with the modern dog, and both descend from an unknown common ancestor. Public domain photo
Dear Pet Talk: How are dogs related to wolves? — K-9 CURIOUS ——— DEAR K-9 CURIOUS: Current genetic research suggests that dogs and wolves diverged from a common ancestor, rather than dogs descending from the wolves we are familiar with (Canis lupus, the gray wolf). The divergence occurred...
Hurricane Irma spared our area but drew our attention to our friends and families in south and central Florida. We know that could’ve been us, but even as we forget what our friends are dealing in-state, we can lose sight of the horrors inflicted on people living even further south. Floridians...
DEAR ABBY: I’m a 55-year-old guy stranded in a tough marriage situation. My wife has had a serious falling-out with her father. After his wife of more than 50 years passed away, he immediately took up with an old flame and dumped his family in favor of his new lady’s family. My wife now treats...
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, Mass. 01331 or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: Today, on my Windows 7 computer, the message “the BSvc processor...

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