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The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders on Nov. 21 for the 2017 National Park uncirculated coin set. This will consist of circulation-quality strikes of the five quarters from the Denver, Philadelphia, and San Francisco mints. To order coins from the U.S. Mint, visit their website at www....
DEAR ABBY: Our organization, No Greater Love, is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that honors America’s fallen and their families, and promotes peace. I am reaching out to you and your millions of readers about an important event we are planning. NGL invites you and your readers to become...
Please tell me that my beloved October, and the upland hunting season, is not over. After waiting all year for the season to arrive, it is ending way too quickly. As my mind was preparing for this column, thinking of what to include; it first focused on the disappointment felt by many of us who...
A dog's nose is a powerful, biologically unique body part. Public domain photo
DEAR PET TALK: Why are dogs noses wet? — LAMONT, age 7, Reingold Elementary School ——— DEAR LAMONT: According to the legend of Noah’s Ark, when a dog discovered a small leak on the Ark, he put his nose into the hole and kept the ship dry. As a result, dogs noses are cold and wet! Seriously...
Are the Trump administration’s new stricter rules on travel and trade with Cuba a return to the past? The Cold War days. Likely. Is that a shame? Well, yes and no. The new regulations announced last week cancel any direct U.S. financial transactions with 180 entities tied to the Cuban military...
DEAR ABBY: I am a 17-year-old girl and somewhat spoiled. My mother delivers breakfast in bed to me daily. My dad eats a burger for dinner, but Mom cooks a ribeye steak with a loaded baked potato for me. I don’t know how to cook, but Dad says I must cook a complete Thanksgiving dinner with no...
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 use Windows Live Hotmail. The day, date, and time...
Devin Kelley was a grenade with the pin already pulled, an explosive charge looking for a place to detonate. The Air Force knew it and so did other officials. All the signs were there, going back to his teen years: animal cruelty, mental health problems, threats against family members, beatings of...
DEAR ABBY: I have been friends with “Martha” for 40 years. We live a few hundred miles apart, so I like to call her and chat. The problem is, her husband always answers the phone, and he likes to give me a hard time. When I identify myself and ask to speak to Martha, he says he doesn’t know...
Athol police detective James Bouchard stands outside the lockup in the Athol Police Station in the town hall basement following a pot bust in the late 1980s. The growers of these plants were arrested. Athol Daily News photo
Alcohol prohibition failed decades ago, and now the outlawing of marijuana (known by its scientific name cannabis) is gradually being rejected by the American people. The end of the era of cannabis prohibition (which started in the early 20th century) is occurring for essentially the same...

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