August 8-14, 2016 in photos MILLERS RIVER MUDA lone fisherman casts his line while standing on the bed of the Millers River in the vicinity of the River Bend Woods housing complex off Daniel Shays Highway in Athol recently. Mere months prior, hundreds of River Rat Race canoeists paddled over this very spot, where there is now only bare, cracked earth. Water normally reaches the tree line on the left. Photo by Derek Porter SUICIDE SQUADActors, from center left to right, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman, Will Smith, Adewale Akinnuoye, Margot Robbie, Jason Momoa, Karen Fukuhara, Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne hold Ezra Matthew Miller, upon arrival at the European Premiere of Suicide Squad, at a central London cinema in Leicester Square, Wednesday, Aug 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan) CANDLE MANLee Chauvette, center, distributor of My Candle Man, Mia Bella’s Gourmet Candles, chats with customers while set up at the annual Amber Simmington Memorial Scholarship Car Show at Silver Lake Saturday. NIGHT OUT ATHOLDr. Flora Sadri, Clean Slate Centers Physician Lead; and Maggie Pagen, Clean Slate Centers Area Manager (www.cleanslatecenters.com), discuss program successes in addressing addiction and healthy living, at the National Night Out event in Athol with former State Representative and candidate Denise Andrews (D-Orange). QUILT RAFFLEThis queen size black, white, and gray quilt is one of the items being raffled off at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully’s annual Village Fair on Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Goddard Park, on the corner of Main Street and Creamery Hill Road. At left is Ilene Rowe, with Judy Gale, ladies from the Dorcas Society, which made the quilt. Photo by Jessica Gale-Tanner BERNICE LEWIS LEE W. WAID INTO THE WATERUnited States’ Michael Phelps competes in the final of the men’s 4x100-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Sunday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The Americans won gold in the event. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man BALANCE BEAMUnited States’ Simone Biles performs on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women’s qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday. The U.S. women dominated the round while all five competitors qualified for at least one event final. AP Photo/Julio Cortez BREAKFAST ON THE PORCHBreakfast on the Porch at the Orange Historical Society will be served on Saturday, Aug. 13, from 8 to 10 a.m. Submitted photo HEARING CONTINUEDOrange’s Chief Operator for the Wastewater Treatment Plant, Edward Billiel, met with selectmen last week to discuss a proposed sewer rate increase in a public hearing. The hearing was continued until Aug. 31. Photo by Jared Robinson SAFE AT HOMEBoston Red Sox’s Andrew Benintendi scores on a single by Mookie Betts during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday. AP Photo/Alex Gallardo TO PERFORMMembers of the Rich Graiko Group are, left to right — Alex Stern, Josh Cohen, Jesse Hayes, Rich Graiko, Thad Merritt. The group will perform Friday, Aug. 13, in the first concert of the 2016 Tool Town Live series.Submitted photo NEW MOVIEIn this Feb. 25, 1967 black and white file photo, self-confessed Boston Strangler Albert DeSalvo is taken into custody after his capture north of Boston in Lynn, Mass. Casting is underway in summer 2016 for ‘Stranglehold,’ a new movie that will focus in part on a man who claimed psychic powers who helped investigators search for clues for nearly a dozen unsolved murders of women in the 1960s. AP Photo/Frank C. Curtin, File SONGBIRDS STAMPS GARDENING PROGRAM“Year-Round Gardening” will be the focus of Earthlands’ weekly Sustainable Living Series at Earthlands on Thursday, Aug. 11. Submitted photo DEMONSTRATIONSasha Dyer, a level two archery instructor, taught women about archery with compound bows at the recent Girls Guns and Grillin event put on by Grrr Gear at the Petersham Gun Club.Photo by Ashley Arseneau BLACK POWDERTim Cohick, a sales representative for Traditions Muzzleloader came to the recent Girls Guns and Grillin event put on by Grrr Gear at the Petersham Gun Club with some of his products to show women how to load and shoot black powder guns. Photo by Ashley Arseneau AIMTina Munich of Turners Falls learned to shoot a crossbow among many other things at the recent Girls Guns and Grillin event put on by Grrr Gear at the Petersham Gun Club. Photo by Ashley Arseneau REDEVELOPEDIn August of 1978 a grant was pending federal approval for a private housing developer to convert the Pequoig Hotel in Athol into a senior citizens’ apartment building. Photo courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson BRIDGE WORKTraffic on Tunnel Street in Athol is restricted during work hours while parts of the bridge and tracks are dismantled and removed. A second section will be rebuilt. Work began Monday, Aug. 8, and the project is expected to take between three and four weeks to complete. BREASTSTROKE FINALUnited States’ Lilly King, right, is congratulated by United States’ Katie Meili after winning the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Monday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/Martin Meissner BRIDGE WORKTraffic on Tunnel Street in Athol is restricted during work hours while parts of the bridge and tracks are dismantled and removed. A second section will be rebuilt. Work began Monday, Aug. 8, and the project is expected to take between three and four weeks to complete. TRAGEDYThis June 2016 photo shows Caleb Thomas Schwab, who died Sunday, Aug. 7, while riding the Verruckt in Kansas City, Kan. David Strickland/David Strickland via AP WILD TREE TABLEFran Lancaster, left, independent representative of Wildtree products, talks about the various spices, sauces and seasonings available from the product line. Her booth was set up at the annual Amber Simmington Memorial Scholarship Fund Car Show at Silver Lake in Athol Saturday. WATERBORNE DISEASESIn this Monday, Sept. 12, 2013, file photo, an oyster cultivator holds oyster seed before spreading it into the waters of Duxbury Bay in Duxbury, Mass. A study published Monday, Aug. 8, connects rising temperatures to increasing rates of several waterborne diseases. About a dozen species of vibrio bacteria make people sick from eating raw or undercooked seafood, particularly oysters, or drinking or swimming in tainted water. AP Photo/Stephan Savoia DUNKUnited States’ Paul George (13) dunks the ball over Venezuela’s Dwight Lewis, left, during a basketball game at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday. AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall YOUNG GUNChloe Wright (17) of Athol came in fifth in the Young Guns race Saturday at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H. Photo by Ashley Arseneau BERRY FAMILY REUNIONThe 52nd Berry Family reunion was held on July 16 at the Orange American Legion. Among those attending were, left to right — Sandra (Berry) Savage of Erving, Gloria (Berry) Brown of Orange, and Dale Berry, of Winchester, N.H. Submitted photo OLYMPIC GOLDU.S. gymnasts and gold medallists, right to left, Simone Biles, Gabrielle Douglas, Lauren Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman pose for photographs during the medal ceremony for the artistic gymnastics women’s team at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday. AP Photo/Julio Cortez NO MORE FREEBEESThis June 27, 2015, file photo, shows the Hulu logo on a window at the Milk Studios space in New York. Hulu said Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, that the company is dropping the free TV episodes that it was initially known for as it works on launching a skinny bundle of streaming TV. AP Photo/Dan Goodman, File STUDENT COMPETITORSRepresenting Monty Tech at the Skills USA 52nd annual National Leadership and Skills Conference, held this summer in Louisville, Ky., are, front, left-to-right — Grace Kirrane of Fitchburg, Olivia Houle of Leominster and Taylor Sadowski of Fitchburg. Second row — Nicholas Couture of Phillipston, Leon Gaulin of Winchendon and Sean-Paul Tomer of Leominster. Third row — Brian Gallant of Templeton, Riaen Ayers of Gardner and Nathan Kay of Athol.School photo NEW DEALIn this May 12, 2014 file photo, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon attends the NBC Network 2014 Upfront presentation at the Javits Center in New York. NBC said Monday that it will produce episodes of “Tonight” and other programs specifically for Snapchat under a multi-year deal. Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File TO PERFORMWorcester folk music duo Chuck and Mud will play at the Friday Market on Aug. 12. Submitted photo PUBLIC HEARINGResident Denise Andrews speaks at the public hearing held Tuesday night at the Orange Town Hall to discuss an updated plan for a proposed Honey Farms convenience store at the intersection of South Main and East River streets. Photo by Jared Robinson PUSH-UP EFFORT COMPLETEDMembers of a workout group from Orange Fitness have completed their effort to do 22 push-ups for 22 days straight to help raise awareness of the number of suicides committed by veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder, and to promote support of veterans. The women gathered Monday evening at the Veterans Park at Main and Exchange streets in Athol for the final session. Front row, left to right — Maggie Hume, Shawna Polana, Orange Fitness owner Colleen Clyatt, Sheryl H SHOUTING MATCHNew York Yankees’ Chase Headley shouts at Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello, leading to the benches clearing, as umpire Todd Tichenor steps between the two, after Headley was tagged out at third trying to stretch a double into a triple during the sixth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Tuesday. AP Photo/Winslow Townson VICTORY LANEJimmy Blewett, driver of the Starrett sponsored ‘Mystic Missile’ car, hoists the trophy after winning the NASCAR Whelen Modified Stafford 150 race at Stafford Motor Speedway this past Friday in Stafford, Conn. Blewett pulled away from the field down the stretch after fuel issues plagued a pair of other race contenders. GOLD MEDALUnited States’ Michael Phelps celebrates winning the gold medal in the men’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man WINNERSChristina Kouros, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, crosses the finish line to win the women’s wheelchair division of the 19th annual TD Beach To Beacon 10K road race Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Tony Nogueira crosses the finish line to win the men’s wheelchair division. This was Nogueira’s tenth time winning the race. AP Photos/Joel Page CARICATURISTBill LaRose chats with a beaming 6-year-old, Adaline May of Swanzey, N.H., the past Saturday while drawing her caricature during the 3rd annual Amber Simmington Memorial Scholarship Car Show fundraiser at Silver Lake in Athol. NEW FILINGIn this Tuesday, May 6, 2014, file photograph, former aide to Gov. Chris Christie, Christina Renna, left, testifies before New Jersey lawmakers probing the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal. Renna texted to a colleague that the New Jersey governor (right) “flat out lied” during a news conference about the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal, according to a new court filing. A transcript of the text is contained in court filings submitted late Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016, by attorneys repres DECIBELS FOUNDATION SUPPORTEDRecently D’Ambrosio Eye Care staff and patients completed a quarterly fundraising effort to benefit The Decibels Foundation of Maynard. Pictured with the check from left-to-right from D’Ambrosio Eye Care are Wilma Stone, Office Manager; and Francis A. D’Ambrosio Jr., M.D., Medical Director. From the Decibels — Bobbie Dressel, Program Director; and Bonnie Fitzpatrick, Fundraising Event Coordinator. Funds were raised from participation in “Stink Week;” Penny Wars; book, bake and candy sales; as well as donati HOLIDAY DONATIOND’Ambrosio Eye Care recently made a donation to the Athol Holiday decorating committee in the amount of $500. The committee decorates the downtown and uptown areas during the month of December and with American flags in the summer months. Herb Wheeler, holiday decorating committee chair, accepted the check from Jude Seppa, D’Ambrosio Community Outreach.Photo by Ashley Arseneau CAMPIn this Nov. 21, 2013 file photo reviewed by the U.S. military, dawn arrives at the now closed Camp X-Ray, which was used as the first detention facility for al-Qaida and Taliban militants who were captured after the Sept. 11 attacks at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File QUIET AT LAKE ELLISIt was quiet at Lake Ellis beach on a recent overcast day, but in fact the beach here is generally much less utilized than the one at Silver Lake. Both beaches are town-owned. Photo by Deborrah Porter JUNE L. RICH PETERSHAM SPORTS HISTORYThe public is invited to a Petersham Historical Society special event under the tent on Petersham Common on Sunday, Aug. 14, at 4 p.m., with Lee Cunningham, Larry Buell and guests presenting ‘Sports of Petersham, a Look Back in History.’ Pictured here is the 1941 Petersham Baseball team. Photo courtesy of Petersham Historical Society HELPED OFFBoston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is helped off the field by Red Sox physical therapist Adam Thomas, right, and manager John Farrell, left, after fouling a ball off himself during the ninth inning of the team’s 9-4 loss to the New York Yankees in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston on Wednesday. AP Photo/Winslow Townson LAST RIDEIn this Aug. 17, 2007 file photo, motorcyclists enter Allegany College of Maryland in Cumberland, Md., for a regrouping stop as they participate in the annual America’s 9/11 Ride. Leaders of the massive, annual motorcycle procession to the three Sept. 11 crash sites say the ride Aug. 19-21, 2016 will be their last. John A. Bone/Cumberland Times-News via AP RELAY GOLDThe United States team, Katie Ledecky, Allison Schmitt, Leah Smith and Maya DiRado, from left, hold up their gold medals after winning the women’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/Lee Jin-man Adam Bergeron Joshua Michael Stewart BOOK VS. MOVIE CHALLENGEBook and movie bundles are shown at the Athol Public Library, where the “Is the Book Always Better Than the Movie?” challenge runs now through the month of September. A prize drawing will be held at the end of each month. Submitted photo SWORN INMedia Arts & Technology major Jasson Alvarado Gomez was sworn in as Mount Wachusett Community College’s Student Trustee for the 2016-2017 academic year. Left to right — Gardner Mayor Mark Hawke, Board of Trustees Chair Tina Sbrega, Gomez, MWCC President Daniel M. Asquino. Submitted photo STALLEDThe construction on the American Dream Project in East Rutherford, N.J., continues to be stalled as of Tuesday, Aug. 9. The NJ Sports and Exposition Authority held a special meeting in nearby Lyndhurst, N.J., on that day to consider a resolution on financing for the long stalled American Dream Project. Tariq Zehawi/The Record via AP FENWAY FAREWELLA Boston Red Sox fan holds a sign featuring New York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Thursday.AP Photo/Michael Dwyer TASTE OF GOLDGold medal winners United States’ Simone Manuel, left, and Canada’s Penny Oleksiak pose with their medal after the medal ceremony for the women’s 100-meter freestyle final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/Martin Meissner ALL-AROUND CHAMPUnited States’ Simone Biles bites her gold medal for the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Thursday.AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDERSteven M. Reed, 38, of 441 Tully Rd., Orange, has been designated a Level 3 sex offender by the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board. He is described as a white male; 5 feet, 9 inches tall; weighing 230 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. He was convicted in 2000 on one count each of aggravated rape, and indecent assault and battery on a person with an intellectual disability. The board has determined that he has a moderate or high risk to reoffend, and that the degree of dangerousness posed to the public Tourists walk past browned and burnt grass on the Boston Common, Friday, July 15, 2016, in Boston. Federal authorities say much of the Northeast is experiencing drought conditions, with sections of Massachusetts among the driest. The severe conditions extend into southern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine. AP Photo/Charles KrupaTourists walk past browned and burnt grass on the Boston Common, Friday, July 15, 2016, in Boston. Federal authorities say much of the Northeast is experiencing drought conditions, with sections of Massachusetts among the driest. The severe conditions extend into southern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine. AP Photo/Charles Krupa Tourists walk past browned and burnt grass on the Boston Common, Friday, July 15, 2016, in Boston. Federal authorities say much of the Northeast is experiencing drought conditions, with sections of Massachusetts among the driest. The severe conditions extend into southern New Hampshire and southwestern Maine. AP Photo/Charles Krupa GRIMEA grimy biofilm is seen along the outside wall of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016.The Washington Post reports that conservationists are baffled over how to stop a microbial invasion that’s been slowly covering the Jefferson Memorial in recent years. It’s causing the 73-year-old white neoclassical structure to take on a dingy look. Now Park Service officials are experimenting with several cleaning solutions in hopes of removing the gunk without damaging the marble. AP P GOLD MEDALUnited States’ gold medal winner Michael Phelps competes in the men’s 200-meter individual medley final during the swimming competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Thursday, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/Michael Sohn GETTING SERIOUSIn this Monday, May 2, 2016, file photo, employees at Jet.com work in Hoboken, N.J. Wal-Mart announced Monday, Aug. 8, 2016, that the company has agreed to buy fast-growing online retail newcomer Jet.com, which had launched with a splash in 2015 when it announced its intention to challenge online leader Amazon. The deal underscores how serious Wal-Mart is about igniting its online business, which has been slowing even as it has been making big investments in new distribution centers and expanding services. TREE DOWNThis tree fell down across Yale Avenue in Athol Thursday afternoon, knocking out power and cable service for some in the area. Wires were taken down by the tree. A 911 caller reported the incident to Athol Police around 3:34 p.m. The Athol Fire Department and National Grid also responded. There is no known cause for why the tree fell. The scene was cleared at 5 p.m. National Grid reports 52 customers were affected and power was restored by 6 p.m. Photo by Jared Robinson UNDER PRESSURENew Orleans Saints linebacker James Laurinaitis, rear, pressures New England Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots won the contest 34-22. AP Photo/Stew Milne LIBRARY NIGHTSean Nolan, shown, and Jay Sullivan, co-owners of the Honest Weight Artisan Brewery, and the Friends of the Orange Public Libraries will host the first “Library Night at the Brewery” (for those 21 and older) on Thursday, Aug. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. The celebration will be the last event of the Adult Summer Reading Club, and will help raise money for the Orange Food Pantry. Submitted photo LIBRARY NIGHT FINAL PARTYThis July 24, 2016 photo provided by Niels Alpert, Betsy Davis, smiles during a going away party with her family and friends in Ojai, Calif. In early July, Davis emailed her closest friends and family to invite them to a two-day celebration, telling them: “These circumstances are unlike any party you have attended before, requiring emotional stamina, centeredness, and openness. And one rule: No crying.” Davis, diagnosed with ALS, held the party to say goodbye before becoming one of the first California resi ROBOTIn this Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016 photo, research scientist Sung-Jin Park displays a tissue-engineered robot on a piece of glass in a laboratory at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. The stingray-shaped robot, capable of paddling in water after exposure to blue light, has a gold skeleton, silicone fins and the heart muscle cells of a rat. AP Photo/Steven Senne UNDERWAYIn this Tuesday, July 19, 2016 photo U.S. Navy veteran Raquel Ardin, of North Hartland, Vt., left, who suffered a broken neck while serving in the Navy, laughs while riding an inflatable craft with her partner Lynda Deforge, right, also of North Hartland, during a rehabilitation clinic in Coventry, R.I. The Providence VA Medical Center hosted the four-day clinic for veterans with spinal cord injuries, amputations, visual impairments, neurological problems and other disabilities where they were able to go wa NO LOVENew York Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez greets fans following a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Thursday. Rodriguez, who played his final game Friday night, leaves the game without the love and admiration Yankees’ fans displayed for former teammate Derek Jeter. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer The public housing development at 66 West River St., Orange, is shown after renovation.Submitted photoThe public housing development at 66 West River St., Orange, is shown after renovation.Submitted photo HIT THE TARGETAt the recent Girls Guns and Grillin event put on by Grrr Gear at the Petersham Gun Club, women were taught to handle firearms and bows in a safe, female friendly environment, by many volunteers. Cheers were heard as many woman who had little to no shooting experience were quickly hitting targets.Photo by Ashley Arseneau NEW ARRIVALA son, River Kai Costa, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces, was born July 4, 2016, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Dartmouth to Eric and Katherine Marshall Costa. Grandparents are Bill and Mary Marshall of Athol, and Judy Costa of Fall River. Great-grandmother is Jean Marshall of Phillipston. NEW ARRIVALA son, Mason Brody Blaser, weighing 8 pounds, 8 ounces, was born June 30, 2016, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner to Danielle Nicole Walsh and Donn Lee Blaser of Orange. Grandparents are Kelly Walsh of Orange; John Walsh of Harrison Township, Mich.; Donn Blaser Jr. of Athol; and Lauren McWhinnie of Orange. Great-grandparents are Ann Blaser of Athol, Edna Walsh of Fort Meyers, Fla.; and Cheryl Cloukey and Jack McWhinnie, both of Orange. Mason joins a sister, Lexi Lauren Blaser, 2. NEW ARRIVALA son, Liam Michael Bass, weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces, was born July 26, 2016, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner to Ashlee L. (Tamillo) and Nicholas M. Bass of Orange. Grandparents are Wini Tamillo of Athol, and Karen and Mike Bass of Dayton, Ohio. Great-grandparents are Phyllis and Doug Bowker of Athol, and Thomas Christman of Utica, N.Y. Liam joins brother Landon, 6, and sister Lexi, 3. BLACK BELTS ACHIEVEDShaolin Kempo Training Center of Orange has announced the promotion to black belt of students Ryan Johnson of Athol, and Jennifer Mannino and her son John Mannino of New Salem. After many years of training in the art of Kempo karate, these three students participated in a two-day, 18-hour test in which they were physically and mentally challenged on their knowledge and history of the art. Seated, left to right — John Mannino, Jennifer Mannino, Ryan Johnson. Standing — Shihan Ray Earlson (sixth degree black LION OF THE YEARDave Bishop of Athol was the recipient of the ‘Lion of the Year Award’ presented at the Athol Lions Club’s year-end awards ceremony held at the Athol American Legion recently. He was recognized for “Faithful and Distinguished Service, For Always Being There When Needed.” He has been a member since January, 2012 and is co-chairman of the Haunted Hayrides project committee.Photo by Gail Spring RECIPIENTHarry Haldt of Athol was the recipient of the prestigious Joseph J. Camarda Fellowship Award presented at the Athol Lions Club’s annual awards ceremony recently. This award is given to one who has gone above and beyond in helping to prevent eye disease and blindness. It is the highest honor given by Lions District 33A for outstanding service and dedication to the community. Haldt has been a Lion for 18 years, and has held the office of club president. He previously earned the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, SUPPORTThe Athol Savings Bank recently made a $200 donation to the annual Back Pack Drive sponsored by Valuing Our Children and the Patch Parents’ Council. Left to right — Shirley Mitchell,Valuing Our Children Patch Advocate; Nicole Matthews, Patch Parents’ Council Member; Jessica Clapper, Patch Parents’ Council Member; Lisa Beckwith, Patch Parents’ Council Member; Pennie Mallett, Branch Supervisor; Donna Manuel, Assistant Branch Manager; Debra Vescovi - Senior VP Lending Division.