Aug. 21 - 27, 2017 in Photos ECLIPSEThis March 9, 2016, file photo shows a total solar eclipse in Belitung, Indonesia. A solar eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, is set to star in several special broadcasts on TV and online. PBS, ABC, NBC, NASA Television and the Science Channel are among the outlets planning extended coverage of the first solar eclipse visible across the United States in 99 years. AP Photo/File BELL BONGPeople record the last bell bong at Elizabeth Tower in London, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. At noon, Big Ben’s famous bongs sounded for the last time before major conservation works are carried out. The Elizabeth Tower, home to the Great Clock and Big Ben, is currently undergoing a complex programme of renovation work that will safeguard it for future generations. While this vital work takes place, the Great Bell’s world famous striking will be paused until 2021 to ensure the safety of those working i FILEIn this Sept. 17, 2010 file photo, a maple tree shows its fall colors in Woodstock, Maine. New England’s 2017 fall foliage forecast is very favorable for leaf peeping. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File FLAG ROLLBrendan Dunn, of Beltsville, Md., and Andrea “Andi” Piscopo roll up the American flag during a break from the Vet Ruck New England walk on Friday at the uptown fire station in Athol. In the background are Athol Police Lt. Kevin Heath and Officer Scott Dubrule.Photo by Brian Gelinas ‘THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD'This image released by Lionsgate shows Samuel L. Jackson, left, and Ryan Reynolds in “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” (Jack English/Lionsgate via AP) BOARD MEMBERSThe newest members of the Mount Wachusett Community College Board of Trustees were sworn in recently. Left to right — Board Chairman Robert Antonioni, Student Trustee Gina Vilayphone, Trustee Denise Kindschi Gosselin, Trustee Claire Freda, Trustee Dean Tran and MWCC President James Vander Hooven.Submitted photo NOW OPENTully Family Medicine is now open at 81 Reservoir Dr. at the North Quabbin Commons development off of Templeton Road in Athol.Photo by Brian Gelinas Dick Gregory JERRY LEWISIn this Sept. 2, 1990, file photo, entertainer Jerry Lewis makes his opening remarks at the 25th Anniversary of the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon fundraiser in Los Angeles. Lewis, the comedian whose fundraising telethons became as famous as his hit movies, has died according to his publicist. (AP Photo/Julie Markes, File) LITTLE LEAGUE CLASSICThe Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals line the baselines, and the 16 Little League teams from around the world participating in the Little League World Series line the infield before the Little League Classic baseball game between the Pirates and the Cardinals at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa., Sunday. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar PRESEASON ACTIONNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws during the first quarter of Saturday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans in Houston.AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith VICTORYUnited States’ Lexi Thompson celebrates after winning the 15th hole against Europe’s Anna Nordqvist, of Sweden, during their singles match in the Solheim Cup golf tournament, Sunday in West Des Moines, Iowa. AP Photo/Charlie Riedel JBJBoston Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts, left, celebrates on the field with Jackie Bradley Jr., right, after the Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5-1 Sunday afternoon.AP Photo/Steven Senne DESTROYER DAMAGEDDamage to the portside is visible as the Guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) steers towards Changi naval base in Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The USS John S. McCain was docked at Singapore’s naval base with “significant damage” to its hull after an early morning collision with the Alnic MC as vessels from several nations searched Monday for missing U.S. sailors. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Ful HELPERSA large group of people were behind the Patch Parents Council’s Backpack Drive last Tuesday including council members, Valuing Our Children and Patch Office staff, local dignitaries and more. Left to right, front row — Tia Hains, Jessica Reid and baby Joyce, Jennifer Aldrich, Amanda Mankowsky. Standing — Bette Jenks, State Rep. Susannah Whipps, Sarah Provencher, Brooke Mitchell, Nicole Jaillet, Major Stanley Senak, Lisa Beckwith, Shawn Gonynor, Paige Parsons, Shirley Mitchell, Michael Michaud, Lt. WRECKAGE LOCATEDThis undated image from a remotely operated vehicle courtesy of Paul G. Allen, shows the bottom of an anchor, marked “U.S. Navy” and “Norfolk Navy Yard,” belonging to the USS Indianapolis, at the bottom of the North Pacific Ocean. The expedition crew of Research Vessel Petrel, which is owned by Microsoft co-founder Allen, says it located the wreckage of the Indianapolis on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean, more than 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) below the surface, the U.S. Navy said in a STATE REP. SUSANNAH WHIPPS (U-ATHOL) STANDING GUARDAfghan National Army soldiers stand guard at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Monday. Deep in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, on the front lines against Taliban and Islamic State fighters, U.S. military commanders say they need more forces to better train Afghan soldiers to combat the escalating threat. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul) GRAND PRIZE WINNERElise Talbot is the grand prize winner, for ages 4 to 7, in the children’s Summer Reading Program at the Athol Public Library. The gardening tools were donated by Aubuchon Hardware in Orange. Submitted photo FREE BREAKFASTAthol Savings Bank employees at the Convenience Center recently surprised customers with free breakfast. The bank is celebrating 150 years of service by giving back to the community. Pictured are Eleanor Thomson, left, along with ASB employee Christine Packard. Submitted photo BAGS FOR CHILDRENHundreds of students got new backpacks last Tuesday at the PATCH Parents’ Council’s annual Backpack Drive, ahead of the start of the new school year. Congressman Jim McGovern attended in the morning to open the distribution event and help kids pick out bags. Front, left to right — North Quabbin Community Coalition Executive Director Heather Bialecki-Canning, Selena Stewart, Layla Guilmette, Christopher Guilmette. Back — Athol Salvation Army Lt. Michael Buzzard, McGovern, State Rep. Susan ELLIS ISLAND QUARTER HILL TOP VIEWERSCharlie and Sue Ponusky of Athol took turns viewing the solar eclipse using official solar eclipse glasses Monday afternoon. They were among those gathered on the hill at Adams Farm in Athol to view the rare sight. A small number of people were there watching through the special glasses and others, including Dave Flint and his son, Matt, viewed the occurrence through welding helmets (and reported it to be very effective).Photo by Kathryn Chaisson COUNTER-DEMONSTRATORSAmong those attending Saturday’s counter-demonstration to the neo-Nazi/white supremacy presence in Boston were Hattie Nestel of Athol, Jackie Katz of Shutesbury, Steve Antonelli of Montague, and a delegation from the New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett. They stand beneath a sign painted by Candace Anderson of Petersham reading “the audacity of hope: hold on,” a reference to President Barack Obama’s embrace of diversity, tolerance, and acceptance. Front row, left to right — Brother T MARK H. HAGER FASHION SHOWEmily Arnold, Petersham resident and Art Center supporter, endorses the upcoming fashion event on Petersham Common for family fun and to honor the Art Center. Arnold owned a knitting shop in Athol for many years and still hosts a knitting group in Petersham. She will participate in the fashion show in some of her own hand-appliqued clothing creations.Submitted photo PRESEASON CAMPMahar Regional High School’s football team took to the fields early Monday morning for practice at the James S. Woodward Athletic Complex. Pictured is the team practicing 11 man drills at the line. Photo by Adam Lewis SPEEDWAYCole Littlewood (12) of Athol tries to pass his brother Justin (37) during their race at Monadnock Speedway on Saturday. Photo by Mike Phillips WALK-OFF ERRORCleveland Indians’ Brandon Guyer (6) is congratulated by teammate Giovanny Urshela after scoring the winning run against the Boston Red Sox in the ninth inning Monday night in Cleveland. AP Photo/Phil Long UNDER CONSTRUCTIONWhen this photo was taken in late August of 1970, the YMCA’s new pool and gymnasium section were being built (left center). Photo by Edward A. Cournoyer/ Courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson WIYAKA REUNIONDoes this view look familiar to you? Many memories have been made here for almost 100 years on the shores of Sandy Pond in Richmond, N.H. Camp Wiyaka girls alumni will gather here to reminisce, participate in planned activities and sing around a campfire on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. A group photograph will be taken at 3:30. All alumni are asked to consider attending for some or all of the day by sending a $20 check made out to Camp Wiyaka, to Joanna Cole, 36 Anna Ave., At SHOWDOWNConor McGregor, left, and Floyd Mayweather Jr. are shown training in Las Vegas. Look at any boxing website, and the comments will largely all be the same. Mayweather Jr.’s fight with Conor McGregor is a joke, a spectacle that has little to do with real boxing. No reason to spend two cents on it, much less $100, when there’s a real super fight coming up a few weeks later between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. AP Photo/John Locher, File Cathy Stanton COSBY IN COURTBill Cosby departs after a pretrial hearing in his sexual assault case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017. Cosby’s retrial will be delayed as his new legal team gets up to speed on the case. AP Photo/Matt Rourke DANCE COSTUMESIn this Aug. 19, 2017 photo, transgender girls Josefa, 13, left, and Selenna, 8, pose for a picture as they twirl in traditional Chilean dance costumes before an event marking Transgender Children Day in Santiago, Chile. The center-left government has been pushing an array of measures for gender rights, ranging from decriminalizing some abortions to demanding greater acceptance for transgender people in general and children in particular. COURT DECISIONA woman holds a fetus doll in the palm of her hand outside the Constitutional Court building where anti-abortion and pro-abortion groups gathered to wait for the court’s decision on whether to uphold a measure that would end the country’s absolute ban on abortions, in Santiago, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The court went on to accept the constitutionality of a measure to legalize abortions when a woman’s life is in danger, when a fetus is not viable and in cases of rape. Congress recently approve Pedestrians pass Faneuil Hall, also known as “the Cradle of Liberty” in Boston, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. As U.S. cities grapple with what to do with Confederate monuments, a movement is afoot to rename the historic hall, where the earliest calls for independence from Britain were sounded in the late 1700s. It was named for Peter Faneuil, a merchant who owned and traded slaves. AP Photo/Charles Krupa Matthew Beaton MEMORIAL SITEShown is the information kiosk at the main entrance to the Bearsden Conservation Area in Athol. It will be the site of a memorial to be installed this fall in honor of the late Elwin Bacon, who passed away recently and who served as caretaker for the conservation area from 1969 to 2016. Photo by Brian Gelinas DORIS BLANCHARD MARJORIE N. STONE Evan Goodrow CHAMPIONSThe 14U North County Spark’s season came to an end this past weekend, ending it the way they started: Tournament winners. The team came together this weekend to play in the Billerica Bratz 6th Annual Summer Sizzler Softball Championship. The team defeated the Bay State Thunder of Braintree 8-4 to capture the title. Showing some rust after four weeks off, the team lost their first pool play game on Saturday, but bounced back by going 5-0 the rest of the weekend. The 14U North County Spark dominat NEW ROTARY PRESIDENTMark Wright, executive director of North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, accepted the president’s gavel Monday at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of the Athol-Orange Area. Karin Gaffney of Littleton, Rotary 7910 district governor, installed Wright, who claimed the distinction of being the first Rotary president installed during a solar eclipse. The Rotary International theme for 2017-2018 is “Making a Difference.” Left to right — Gaffney; Deborah Allain-Thomas, SUPER BOWL RINGIn this file photo, President Donald Trump is presented with a New England Patriots jersey from Patriots owner Robert Kraft, right, and head coach Bill Belichick during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, where the Patriots were honored for their Super Bowl LI victory. In addition to the jersey, the team confirmed on Tuesday that Kraft decided after the team’s visit to also have a Super Bowl championship ring made for President Trump. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File SITE WORK UNDER WAYPrep work is under way at the site where a Wendy’s restaurant will be built by Athol Development LLC at the North Quabbin Business Park on Templeton Road, where ADL is developing property to the east of the North Quabbin Commons retail project. Photo by Brian Gelinas MARIJUANA PLANTSA number of marijuana plants were seized by police following a traffic stop on Hapgood Street in Athol on Saturday afternoon. The plants, in the non-budding stage, were being transported in the trunk of the stopped vehicle (above), with portions of some of the plants protruding from the closed trunk (inset). The driver of the vehicle is to be summonsed on a charge of cultivation of marijuana. Because the driver was not arrested, his name was not released.Athol Police Department photos ATTRACTING SHOPPERSA Chinese woman browses a smartphone on a sofa displaying a panda and bears at a shopping mall in Beijing, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. Some shopping malls and retailers in the capital city are organizing activities and decorations to attract shoppers as a chance to boost sales in the summer holidays. AP Photo/Andy Wong Mark Asay UNDER-UTILIZEDBuses providing public transportation in our region, such as this one, are often seen with few passengers. Photo courtesy of MART PERFORMSMaren Morris performs during the 11th annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP NEIL A. HACHEY In this Thursday, July 13, 2017 photo, Michelle Holley holds a photograph of her daughter Jaime Holley, 19, who died of a heroin overdose in November 2016, at her home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky THE BIRDSIn this file photo, former San Francisco Giants relief pitcher George Kontos stands on the mound as seagulls fly over AT&T Park in San Francisco. AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File THUMB INJURYBoston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr. slides safely into home plate as Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes is late on the tag in the seventh inning of Tuesday’s game in Cleveland. Bradley Jr. scored on a two-run double hit by Eduardo Nunez. It is also the play that Bradley injured his thumb on. AP Photo/Tony Dejak BOYCOTTINGPeople gather in support of unsigned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday outside NFL headquarters in New York. AP Photo/Craig Ruttle IRVING INIn this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) is guarded by Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30). Irving gets his new address and Isaiah Thomas gets to play with LeBron. They both can say they won in this Celtics-Cavs blockbuster deal. But the sum of the parts says Cleveland got the better of Boston in this swap of All-Star point guards. AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File PITCHERS’ DUELBoston Red Sox starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz delivers a pitch during the team’s game against the Cleveland Indians, Wednesday, in Cleveland. Pomeranz pitched 5.1 innings, giving up zero runs and only two hits while striking out nine batters. AP Photo/Tony Dejak MESSAGES OF HOPEA visitor walks by the wire fence decorated with ribbons carrying messages to wish for the reunification of the two Koreas at the Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. China has urged the United States and North Korea to “hit the brakes” on threatening words and work toward a peaceful resolution of their tense standoff created by Pyongyang’s recent missile tests and threats to fire them toward Guam. The dispute has also raised fears in South Korea, where a cons 99TH BIRTHDAYFriends and family helped Rita Rivers celebrate her 99th birthday on Wednesday at Pequoig Apartments in Athol. Guests enjoyed a barbecue buffet followed by cake and ice cream. Born in Athol, the fourth child of 11, Rita Duguay moved as an infant to Canada. She survived an influenza epidemic in 1914. She returned to Athol and married Merritt Cleveland in 1938. Her 38 years of marriage were spent in Royalston where she raised her two children, Rodney and Carol. After Cleveland’s passing, Rita LIGHTNING STRIKEThis bolt from a lightning storm hits the spire on top of the One World Trade Center tower in New York City, late Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, seen from The Heights neighborhood of Jersey City, N.J. AP Photo/Julio Cortez RUNNER-UPAyzia Britt is a runner-up in the grand prize raffle in the children’s Summer Reading program at Athol Public Library. Britt won a free wax hand print donated by Yankee Candle and the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates. Submitted photo RAFFLE WINNERAlaura Donais was one of the Week 6 winners of the Teen Reading Raffle Contest at the Athol Public Library. She was able to pick a prize from the teen prize basket. For more information about programs for teens at the library, call 978-249-9515. Submitted photo MAMA BEAR AND HER CUBSNew Salem resident David Lyman photographed these bears on a recent morning in the area of Hamilton Orchards, where he said sightings have become commonplace. Though he has taken to capturing overnight images of the animals via his game camera, he used his regular camera to take this shot. Courtesy photo/David Lyman WINNERMavis Wanczyk of Chicopee is the sole winner of a $758.7 million Powerball jackpot, which is the largest prize won on a single ticket in U.S. lottery history. Submitted photo LANDFALLThis satellite image provided by NASA on Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017 shows Hurricane Harvey off the Gulf of Mexico. Harvey intensified as it steered toward the Texas coast on Friday, with forecasters saying it had strengthened to a Category 2 storm with the potential to swamp communities more than 100 miles (161 kilometers) inland. NASA via AP ARRESTEDThree New Hampshire men were arrested on warrants recently. Left to right — Brandon M. Pinney, Wallace W. Clark, Jacob N. Kinson. DAVID T. ADAMS AGATHI SPANAKIS DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPSPhiladelphia Eagles’ Jaylen Watkins (26) pulls in an interception against Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker (11) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Michael PerezDEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS — Philadelphia Eagles’ Jaylen Watkins (26) pulls in an interception against Miami Dolphins’ DeVante Parker (11) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Michael Perez RED SOX WOESBoston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts jumps high but can’t catch a double by Cleveland Indians’ Jose Ramirez during the seventh inning of Thursday night’s game in Cleveland. AP Photo/Tony Dejak BASEBRAWLDetroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, left, tries to pull Justin Verlander, center, away from New York Yankees’ Chase Headley during the second bench-clearing of the baseball game, in the seventh inning Thursday in Detroit. The Tigers defeated the Yankees 10-6. AP Photo/Duane Burleson WELCOME BACKWith some schools’ first day of class happening on Thursday, the majority of high school sports began practice as well. It was the first day of practice for soccer, volleyball, cross country and field hockey for both Athol High School and Mahar Regional High School while football began practice last week. Pictured is Rozlyn Nelson (left) executing a drill against Lily King (right) during Athol High School’s girls soccer practice that took place Thursday night at the high school. Photo by Adam NEW SUPERINTENDENTNew Athol-Royalston Regional School District Superintendent Darcy Fernandes (right) pays a visit to Royalston selectmen at their meeting Tuesday night.Photo by Greg Vine Lee Jae-yong AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, Pool Cornel Bell GYPSY WRANGLERSThe Gypsy Wranglers will perform the next installment of the Tool Town Live 2017 free concert series on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Uptown Common in Athol. Left to right — Lynn Lovell, Terry “T-Bone” Nagel, Terry Reed, Doug Tanner, and Rico Spence.Submitted photo White House Chief of Staff John Kelly stands in the door of Air Force One and watches President Donald Trump, as he arrives in Reno, Nev., on Wednesday. AP Photo/Alex Brandon VIEW FROM ABOVEWith the thousands of people who attended Boston Comic Con last weekend the best view of the main convention floor was from the second floor of the Boston Convention and Exhibit Center. By noon on Saturday, the second day of the event, walking around the convention became difficult around popular booths and the celebrity photo op areas. Celebrity guests included legendary comic creator Stan Lee, Matt Smith and Karen Gillan of ‘Doctor Who’, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes of ‘Jay and Silent Bob READY TO GO INMore than 50,000 people attended the Boston Comic Con held recently. Thousands of people showed up early before the doors opened to get in before the bigger crowd showed up later in the day.Photo by Ashley Arseneau RUTH L. MACEWEN JERRY LEE LEWISIn this May 2, 2015 file photo, Jerry Lee Lewis performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in New Orleans. Lewis is one of the early pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll music, but he doesn’t understand why his contributions to country music haven’t been recognized by the Country Music Hall of Fame. (Photo by John Davisson/Invision/AP, File) QUARTERBACKThis file photo shows Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota (8) talking with head coach Mike Mularkey. AP Photo/James Kenney, File GRAND SLAM CONTENDERRoger Federer is back after sitting out the U.S. Open one year ago. When the U.S. Open begins Monday, Federer, at age 36 , will be among the men considered likeliest to win the championship, something he last did at Flushing Meadows nearly a decade ago. AP Photo/Tim Ireland, File SALEBoston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, in Cleveland. AP Photo/Tony Dejak Indiana loves her toys, but sometimes gets hot ears. BUILD-A-BUDDYChildren stuffed their own dragon or unicorn in Fish Park at Adams Animal Hospital’s Build-A-Buddy and “How to Train Your Dragon” movie night recently. The event was part of the hospital’s celebration of 70 years in business. Photo by Jessica Gale-Tanner FAMILY REUNIONA huge Buell family reunion was recently held on the family farm in Petersham with over 80 family members attending along with many from the community enjoying the weekend’s entertainment of music, theater, games, baseball, food, and more. Photo by Brian Miner RUNNER-UPLillian Roohan is a runner-up in the grand prize raffle in the children’s Summer Reading program at Athol Public Library. Roohan won a pass to the Eric Carle Museum donated by the museum and the Western Massachusetts Library Advocates. Submitted photo PARTY IN THE STREETThe 12th Annual Oktoberfest “Party In The Street” hosted by the Gardner Ale House, 74 Parker St., will be held Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Above is a scene from last year’s event.