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Dear Twin City Paws, Our dog begs at the table. We know it’s not right, but sometimes he gets table scraps. Is this so terrible? It’s Thanksgiving! — Doggie Family Dear Doggie Family,  Happy Thanksgiving! And here’s the low-down on begging and table scraps. Dogs who are used to being...
Civil asset forfeiture is a law enforcement tool intended to recover the “ill-gotten gains” of illegal activity, such as Ponzi scheme proceeds. Too often, however, it is used against citizens who are not even accused of, much less convicted of, a crime. Worse still, state -- and especially federal...
DEAR ABBY: While I was nine months pregnant with my first child, I asked my husband what he would say if I had any problem during my delivery and he was asked to choose between me or the baby. His answer was, “Of course I’d pick the baby because you can never replace the baby.” His answer broke my...
The old atholdailynews.com (above) and the new site as it appears (below).
So, if you haven’t noticed by now we have a new website here at the Athol Daily News. We have received a lot of feedback since it launched at the start of the month. A lot of it positive, and some of it critical, and in the latter case we have tried to adjust things accordingly and we thank...
Founding member Tina Cross has provided the Wild Knights chess club with an array of artwork. There are several examples of her work on the club website (http://wildknights.jimdo.com) and her most recent creation is this new recruitment poster.
Eight enthusiastic young Knights stormed the halls of the Athol Public Library last Thursday! Members of the Wild group were there to engage in a series of duels much more exciting than jousting. They were there for the weekly meeting of the Wild Knights Chess Club! The meetings always offer a...
Whether it was a sincere policy proposal, or a bold attempt to separate himself from the pack, or a mixture of both, Jeb Bush has emerged as the one to finally identify the problem our nation faces in fighting ISIS. Troops. Or rather, the lack of them. Bush last week became the first...
The U.S. Mint will issue the last National Park quarter for 2015, noting the Saratoga, N.Y., National Battlefield Park. The coin was struck in circulation quality from the Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco mints. These coins will be sold in rolls and bags of 100 coins at a premium over face...
DEAR ABBY: I’m 23 years old and currently in the county jail. I’m gay and also an addict, having battled a heroin addiction for the past five years. I managed to stay clean for almost two years. During that time I enrolled in college, got engaged, regained the respect of my family and started to...
Terry Ray and Dawn Wells. Photo credit Leonard Carter 
Fans of the often zany 60s television sitcoms will instantly recognize “Gilligan’s Island” star Dawn Wells who played Mary Ann Summers, the perky Kansas farm girl shipwrecked on an uncharted Pacific island with six other castaways, including a professor, a movie star and a millionaire. Fifty-one...
Have they misplaced their hearts? After the Nov. 13 jihadist attacks in Paris, most of the Republican candidates for president turned their backs on the thousands of Syrian refugees fleeing the horrors inside the Islamic State. They did this out of fear — and for political gain. Fear is...

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