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DEAR ABBY: I am a new mom to a sweet baby boy. I am (or was) very career-oriented and never in a million years thought I would want to be a stay-at-home mom. I will have to return to work shortly, and I’m really struggling. I have a hard time putting my little one in day care, but I don’t have a...
Winter creates winners and losers in the animal world. Birds and animals living in northern climates like we have here in the North Quabbin Region have adaptations that have made it possible for them to survive winter. Even with those adaptations, not all wildlife survives winter and that is just...
DEAR PET TALK: How many times do you have to change the litter box if you have a cat? — Trixie, age 7 DEAR TRIXIE: Your kitty will be most appreciative if you (or your parents) clean the litter box frequently. Ideally, it’s every time she goes. Many stores sell a slotted scooper, so you can...
Ann Ravel, a Democratic member of the Federal Election Commission who resigned Sunday, has given President Donald Trump a golden opportunity to prove he meant what he said on the campaign trail about the corrosive influence of big-money donors on elections. Trump jumped the field in the...
Q. — Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t the increasing urbanization of our world good for reducing our carbon footprint given the efficiency benefits of greater density? —Simon Vorhees, Oak Park, IL A. — No doubt, the increased density of big cities leads to less energy use and fewer greenhouse gas...
DEAR ABBY: Recently, while making a purchase at a local store and handing the cashier my money, she asked, “How many months along are you?” I was confused for a moment, until I realized she had assumed I was pregnant. (I’m not.) When I told her I wasn’t, she just shrugged and said, “Oh.” Abby,...
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, Mass. 01331, or dropped off at the library. ****** Dear PC Doctor: I heard that there’s a way to find out more...
Editor, Daily News I see that James Cornwell is challenging Kathy Reinig for a seat on the Orange selectboard. I have had many contacts with Mr. Cornwell in his capacity on the Orange Cemetery Commission and they left me wanting, wanting to see something accomplished with the donations which...
Editor, Daily News I read with interest Wednesday’s Athol Daily News article on Petersham engineering student Celeste Nicoletti’s research on light pollution and its dangers. Light pollution (including light “trespass”) — which poses serious threats to the environment, wildlife and humans —...
Complaints about judicial overreach are typical when politicians disagree with a court’s decision. But having a president who publicly attacks judges over rulings is a worrisome development. It’s not just President Donald Trump taking aim at the judicial branch of government. Florida is among...

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