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DEAR ABBY: My daughter-in-law, “Eden,” is married to my daughter. Eden is now pregnant via artificial insemination. I will never meet the donor and know almost nothing about him. Could this be why I don’t have the enthusiasm for this pregnancy that I should have, since the baby will be my first...
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, MA 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I have been using Microsoft Money 99 to balance my...
The U.S. Mint will debut two coin products on Jan. 6. Orders can be placed with the mint by calling them at 1-800-USA- MINT, or by visiting their website at www.usmint.gov. The 2016 Happy Birthday and Birth Year sets will be offered for sale. These sets contain San Francisco mint coins of each...
The new year brings another major shock to California’s wage system, with the state minimum wage rising to $10 an hour. The previous minimum, to $9, took effect July 1, 2014, up from $8. So, in 18 months, the minimum wage will have jumped 25 percent. Nice work if you can get it. The problem is...
Editor, Daily News This letter is regarding the “new” bus/van service in the area. First of all, thank God I still drive. I have heard nothing but complaints from both customers and employees. People riding the van may be on it for an hour or more for a 10 minute drive. Then, they may have to...
It is that time again and this writer is doing some reflecting and looking ahead. For me, 2015 was a year that presented challenges but also has provided some great memories. The hunting and fishing in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Kansas was filled with great moments and it was great...
One of the most popular summer blockbusters of last year, Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’ is riding its high into the new year with a nomination for the Critics’ Choice Awards for best actor for lead actor Paul Rudd.  I figured it may finally be time for me to give this movie a shot. Scott Lang, portrayed by...
DEAR ABBY: My husband went to Florida three months ago to care for an ailing former lover. He told me she will be leaving him a sizable inheritance and he needs to protect her from “vultures.” I admit I am suspicious of his motives. I think there may be more going on than what he’s telling me, but...
Just when I thought I had the NFL figured out, they change the questions. Seattle and Pittsburgh both lost outright in Week 16 despite being double-digits favorites as part of a wild weekend. With one last (full) weekend to pad your wallet, let’s examine Week 17: Jets (-3) at Bills Can Rex...
Have you noticed the large coaches on Route 2 and local roads this fall —white, blue and green with diagonal stripes and the word MAX in big letters? At first, I thought these were chartered buses, but I recently learned that MAX, which stands for Massachusetts Area Express, is actually an...

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