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DEAR ABBY: In my opinion, too many young people today are shortchanged when it comes to manners and etiquette. The knowledge of how wonderful it is to receive written acknowledgment of gifting is rapidly fading. A quick note of appreciation for any kind of thoughtful gesture lifts the giver’s...
DEAR ABBY: My friendships have always included people of different races, religions, nationalities, sexual orientations, professions, etc. A few years ago, I had an experience that was both devastating and humbling on several different levels. It caused me to do a lot of introspection and self-...
Josh Schoorens, left, faces one of his toughest competitors at the Stoughton Public Library chess tournament -- his sister Rebekah Schoorens. The pair represented the Wild Knights Chess Club from the Athol Public Library. (Read the Wild Notes column on page 10 today).
Our local chess club fared quite well at the Stoughton Public Library’s chess tournament on Saturday. Josh, Rebekah and Susan Schoorens all participated, along with me, in the six and a half hour event. As most of our readers know, Josh and Rebekah are the top two players from the Wild Knights...
The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona recently released a damning report about the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, using documents obtained from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit as evidence of an out-of-control agency that abuses citizens’ constitutional rights with impunity...
A decade after penning his best-selling 2005 autobiography, blonde-haired, blue-eyed 50s movie heartthrob Tab Hunter has transferred his life story to the big screen in the 90 minute documentary, “Tab Hunter Confidential.” “It’s been playing at film festivals this year to great reviews and this...
President Donald Trump? It might not be as far-fetched as most of the talking heads who seem to exist for the sole purpose of populating Sunday morning political talk shows would have you believe. For months, they’ve predicted that the political newcomers at the top of the Republican primary polls...
Canada Post released four Christmas mailing stamps on Nov. 2. Three of the stamps feature animals dressed up in winter clothing, while a fourth has a Madonna and Child religious theme.  The permanent-rate first-class stamp will feature a moose, the $1.20 stamp a beaver, and the $2.50 stamp a...
DEAR ABBY: I have been friends with “Janet” for eight years. We have been very close, talk often, and go to lunch three times a month. We are like two peas in a pod and have always been honest with each other. Our relationship is open and aboveboard. On a recent holiday, I went to her house for...
Goosebumps, the popular 1990s children’s horror book and video series written by R.L. Stine, has made a on-screen comeback for a new generation starring Jack Black (Kung Fu Panda, School of Rock) as the author himself. But unlike the books and videos, all the monsters were compiled into this one...
Dear Twin City Paws, My dog is very excitable and with Halloween coming, I’m concerned about the Trick or Treaters. Yes, we can put her in the bedroom, but do you have suggestions for dealing with animals around Halloween?  — Dogmom Dear Dogmom, Halloween can be stressful for animals with...

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