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DEAR ABBY: My stepson just turned 7. My husband was granted custody because the mother was declared unfit due to her drug abuse. She was granted supervised visits until she can pass two consecutive drug tests. Over the last year and a half, her visits have become few and far between. My husband...
Betting on sports is illegal in most states. Oh, those NCAA Tournament pools exist among friends and co-workers. And on Super Bowl week with a Carolinas team in the big game, well, all bets, ahem, are off. But Super Bowl week and all the hoopla it entails seems also a fitting time to talk about...
DEAR ABBY: Nine years ago I married a man who has a son from a previous marriage. “Eli” is now 26 and lives “on his own.” While he may live under a different roof than his parents, they support him financially. My husband and I pay Eli’s car insurance, cellphone bill, toll tag, life insurance...
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. starts slow but picks up a bit as time goes on however it never really hit its mark. Luckily it does provide some good humor and an interesting plot twist or two but nothing unexpected from a spy movie set in the 1960s surrounding the cold war.  In 1963, former thief now...
‘Henry’s Night’  Written by D.B. Johnson and Linda Michelin, Illustrated by D.B. Johnson ——— Henry can’t sleep and wishes he could hear the song of the night bird. He decides to head out for a nighttime walk. Henry encounters many creatures during his search for the elusive night bird. “Owl...
If you’re anything like me, you’ve yet to hear anyone make a case for the Broncos in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Since no one else is making a case for them, I’ll do my best. Here we go: The Denver defense has no obvious weakness. Sure, there have been times (very few) this season where teams (...
(The following is taken from the MassWildlife webpage, masswildlife.org. The recent public interest in the North Quabbin Region regarding this proposal has been widely covered in the local press. At the time this column was written, the final details for an informational program on rattlesnakes...
We are not quite sure what to make of Monday night’s Iowa caucus but find it safe to say they were more entertaining than usual with the man who loves to call others losers failing to win and a Democratic deadlock in what once seemed to be a race with a foregone conclusion. Not many folks are...
Dear Twin City Paws, What do you do if your dog is bitten by fleas? — Lucas Nunez, Mrs. Bourque’s Fourth Grade, South Street Elementary School, Fitchburg Dear Lucas, Thank you for a great question that many people can identify with! Fleas are very common, and the best approach has a few...
DEAR ABBY: Every December my wife virtually buries our home in Christmas decorations. It’s not just the tree and stockings in the living room; she’s not happy until there are Christmas towels and Christmas soap in the bathroom and another tree and knicky-knacky stuff downstairs. Not even a...

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