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Last week this writer did a little upland hunting with Andrew Sawyer, who is married to my niece Kristine. Three years ago we traveled to Alabama for their nuptials and I learned that Andrew was an avid hunter. Two years ago Andrew and Kristine came north to visit possible hospitals to do their...
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’m writing you again about my Excel mailing list...
Shutting our borders to Syrian refugees is a simpleminded solution to terrorist attacks that might ultimately be self-defeating. In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, governors from more than half the U.S. states announced they would stop welcoming Syrian refugees. In a letter...
This group pounds kraut in the crocks on its journey to being sauerkraut. Sumbitted by Bill Wisnauskas
One recent picture-perfect October day, more than 75 relatives, neighbors and Knights of Lithuania friends gathered at the home of Armand and Pamela Bouthillier in Erving for the much anticipated sauerkraut party. Their home is in a beautiful setting with a lovely brook running through their...
DEAR ABBY: I’m 22 and my mom is probably my best friend. She’s from Lebanon and grew up during a time of war. Her culture taught her to sacrifice — to put the needs of others before her own. She has a good job and earns an excellent salary. My father is retired. Their marriage is not a good one...
Editor, Daily News Tell me it’s not true. Lindsay Miller, a Utah woman, obtained a pictured driver’s license in Boston with a spaghetti strainer on her head. State law states that no headgear can be worn in pictured IDs. Ms. Lindsay claimed that her First Amendment freedom of religion was...
In the latest in a series of minimum wage protests in recent years, fast food workers staged a one-day strike last week, and tens of thousands of workers and their supporters rallied in hundreds of U.S. cities to demand a $15-an-hour minimum wage. The protests were organized by a group called...
DEAR ABBY: My sister “Adele” chose to adopt a baby boy when she was in her late 50s. She isn’t married. Before the adoption, she asked me if something happened to her, would I take care of the child. I had already raised my children and was going through a divorce, so I said, “No. I’m too old and...
The former Center School building, at 34 North Main St., Orange, is now owned by Brenda Hall Schatz. Schatz relocated the Dance Studio of Orange to the building. Photo by Jared Robinson
“It’s a community building, a centerpiece for the community; and I’m grateful that someone else has come along to take care of it and be the steward.” That’s what Michael Yohan of New Salem stated as he informed me about the recent sale sale of Orange’s historic Center School building, which he...
It’s taken a few days to digest the carnage that took place Friday night in Paris, courtesy of the Islamic State. The death and injury toll and the specific, gory details of what happened, where and how, have been aired, posted and written repeatedly. We won’t revisit them. People have gathered...

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