Dec. 27, 2016 - Jan. 1, 2017 in Photos PLANTThis Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016 photo shows the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Plant in Vernon, Vt., as a blanket of snow covers the area. Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer via AP Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File LOSSBuffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy (25) runs for a touchdown against Miami Dolphins free safety Michael Thomas (31) during the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Orchard Park, N.Y. AP Photo/Bill Wippert No. 1 MOVIEThis image released by Lucasfilm Ltd. shows Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook in a scene from, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” Jonathan Olley/Lucasfilm Ltd. via AP FILEIn this Dec. 15, 2016, file photo, University of Minnesota wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky, flanked by quarterback Mitch Leidner, left, and tight end Duke Anyanwu stands in front of other team members as he reads a statement on behalf of the players in the Nagurski Football Complex in Minneapolis, Minn. Interviews by The Associated Press revealed a lingering divide between an administration trying to actively investigate allegations from a woman who says she was pressured into sex with multiple footbal FOR THE 3Boston Celtics’ Jae Crowder reacts after hitting a three-point basket during the first half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016 in New York. AP Photo/Seth Wenig BROKEN LEGOakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) is helped to the sideline during the second half of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez FINAL CONCERTOn a recent Sunday, a throng of singers warmed up their four-part harmony vocals in song as they awaited a key holder to open the Orange Town Hall. The group huddled outside represented generations of musical alumni of Robert Ellison. Several had traveled many miles “home” for this occasion. The arriving maestro — who was about to direct the last of his annual Orange-Athol Community Chorus Christmas concerts — had just cued them right there on the sidewalk. Selectwoman Kathy Reinig soon arri TOYS FOR TOTSMembers of the Franklin County Technical School Class of 2018 Leadership Council and the Montague Police Department partnered again this year to deliver gifts from Toys For Tots. Shown are students Dan Momaney, Amber Merritt, Kaitlynn Mason-Emond, Ashlee Townsley, and Kristtin Slowinski, with Sgt. Chris Williams, as well as Joey and Kendall Ayers, who received gifts.Submitted photo George Michael Hunter Richardson photo courtesy of his GoFundMe page INTERCEPTIONNew England Patriots defensive back Eric Rowe (25) intercepts a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. AP Photo/Elise Amendola John C. Cross Chyna N. Glinka CEOIn January of 2017, John Valverde (above) is to take over as CEO of the organization that helps young, low-income inner-city dropouts reclaim their lives. AP Photo/Steven Senne DESTROYED BY FIREThis horse barn at the Toekes Farm on Vaughan Road, Athol, was destroyed by fire in the 1980s. As many as 20 horses were kept in the large structure. Former Athol Daily News reporter Allen Young remembers going to the fire to take a Polaroid photo of the blaze. He said, “I was speeding uptown from the Daily News office to Vaughan Road, off Petersham Road, right behind fire trucks responding to the call, and was stopped by Officer Jim Pollard. He gave me a warning and let me go without ti ROLLING UP HER SLEEVESKimberly Emond, the new coordinator of the Athol Daily News Santa Fund, got to work wrapping gifts alongside the dozens of volunteers who turned out for the wrapping session recently. In its 69th year, the fund serves underprivileged children in the North Quabbin region. CONCERNED CROWDThis mid-1960s photo shows a Mahar Football crowd looking quite concerned for their team. Photo courtesy of Maureen Riendeau GAME TALKIn a Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, file photo, Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan talks to his players before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Bills announced Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, that they have fired coach Rex Ryan ahead of their last game of the season after he failed to lead Buffalo to the playoffs. AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File POSITION FIGHTColumbus Blue Jackets’ Matt Calvert, left, and Boston Bruins’ Adam McQuaid fight for position during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. AP Photo/Jay LaPrete HANGING FROM THE RIMBoston Celtics center Al Horford (42) hangs from the rim after a dunk against Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin (1) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016. AP Photo/Charles Krupa CHRISTMAS DINNER PREPSeveral volunteers assist with preparations ahead of the Athol Council on Aging’s annual delivery of hot meals to North Quabbin seniors and shut-in residents on Christmas Day. Over 70 volunteers contributed their time to make the deliveries possible this year. TOSS IT UPMahar’s Kenzie Tenney drives past Athol’s Destiny Wrigley (5) and fires a shot up during Tuesday’s basketball contest in Orange. Tenney netted 19 points in Mahar’s 59-38 victory. Photo By Josh Talbot DRIBBLE DRIVEAthol’s Hope Parker tries to drive past Mahar’s Maeve Powell during Tuesday’s basketball contest in Orange. Photo By Josh Talbot GOING LEFTMahar’s Brennan Mailloux goes left past Athol’s Isaac Raulston on his way to the basket during Tuesday’s contest in Orange. The Senators defeated the Raiders 76-34. Photo By Josh Talbot GOING UPMahar’s Quinn Gervais (22) tries to get a shot off between Athol defenders Avery Clyatt (14) and Justin Blake (3). Photo By Josh Talbot FLIP IT UPAthol’s Avery Clyatt flips a shot up after drawing contact from Mahar’s Bryce Cleveland during Tuesday’s contest. Photo By Josh Talbot SOCKS DELIVEREDElba I. Guzman, M.Ed, Business Technology instructor at Monty Tech, delivers the school’s donation to Montachusett Home Care Corporation’s annual “Socks for Santa” program. Submitted photo CHECK PRESENTEDThe Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 907 recently donated $2,000 to the Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation’s Veterans Memorial Scholarship Fund. Left to right — Norman Webb, former president and current board member, of the Vietnam Veterans; Sarah Savoie, MWCC Veterans Affairs staff member; MWCC President Dr. Daniel M. Asquino; James Benton III, president of the Vietnam Veterans; Charles Hodgkinson, vice president of the Vietnam Veterans; and Carla Zottoli, MWCC Foundation Exe YVON J. DOIRON STARRY STARRY NIGHT DONATIONThe Starry Starry Night Committee recently accepted a donation from Orange Oil Co. Pictured are Pam Harris, left, of Orange Oil; and Crystal Parent of the Orange Revitalization Partnership and the Starry Starry Night Committee. Submitted photo STARRY STARRY NIGHT DONATIONThe Starry Starry Night Committee recently accepted a donation from Pete’s Tire Barns Inc. Pictured are Crystal Parent, left, of the Orange Revitalization Partnership and the Starry Starry Night Committee; and Denise C. Aukstikalnis of Pete’s Tire Barns. Submitted photo MANNEQUIN CHALLENGEPhillipston firefighters celebrate the season with more than running lights. This truck is decked out in holiday finery, waiting to be entered into competition on the Fireground360 Facebook page. The fire personnel "performed" the mannequin challenge. Photo by Mary Williams HELPING SANTARalph Cutter, co-owner and manager of R Cee’s Pub in Orange, is shown giving Brenda Taylor of the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club a donation of $770 for the Orange Santa Fund. Funds were raised from the R Cee’s Turkey Raffle, a cribbage tournament, and a $10 donation from Mr. and Mrs. Beau Henderson. R Cee’s Pub expressed thanks to the patrons who they say make these events a success. THE JOY OF WRAPPINGMany hands make light work as Athol High School student Barbara Anderson and teacher Donna Lajoie share a table to wrap presents for the 69th Annual Athol Daily News Santa Fund, recently. WRAPPERSHannah Lajoie and James Laford, students at Athol High School, were among the many volunteers who helped wrap a mountain of toys for the Athol Daily News Santa Fund this year. Students earned time toward their community service graduation requirement at the school by volunteering to help. PICKIn this Nov. 7, 2016, file photo, ExxonMobil CEO and chairman Rex W. Tillerson gives a speech at the annual Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Throughout the presidential campaign, the Bush family and many of its Republican allies turned their backs on Donald Trump. Now, they’re finding common cause with Trump over his pick to lead the State Department: Tillerson, who has long orbited their same political, philanthropic and business circles. VETERANS DAY VISITRobyn Robertson’s third grade students at Athol Community Elementary School recently enjoyed a special classroom visit from the Veterans Day program participants. Visitors and students shared personal experiences and sang “America the Beautiful” together. Left to right — School committee member Mitchell Grosky; World War II veteran Roger Nowlin, and Athol American Legion Women’s Auxiliary member Marion Leslie. Third grade students, left to right, are Brent Boudreau, flag holder Meya Gre COLORWAYMembers of Colorway are, left to right — Drummer Riley Godleski, bassist Matt Clegg and bandleader Alex Johnson. Submitted photo COLORWAYMembers of Colorway are, left to right — Drummer Riley Godleski, bassist Matt Clegg and bandleader Alex Johnson. Submitted photo TOWN MEETINGThere was no problem meeting a quorum for the town meeting Wednesday night which featured only a single article which asked to transfer $71,500 from free cash so the town could receive a $50,000 grant from the state to make repairs to the playground at Butterfield Park. Photo by Jared Robinson NORMA A. HARLOW COOK TOURThis July 14, 2016, file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell looks from Dead Horse Point, near Moab, Utah, during a tour to meet with proponents and opponents to the “Bears Ears” monument proposal. President Barack Obama designated two national monuments Wednesday, Dec. 28, at sites in Utah and Nevada that have become key flashpoints over use of public land in the U.S. West. AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File RUNNING DRILLSNew England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount (29) runs a drill as running backs coach Ivan Fears and running back Tyler Gaffney (35) watch his footwork during NFL football practice, Wednesday, in Foxborough, Mass. AP Photo/Elise Amendola Congressman James McGovern GOING UPAthol’s Mark Ferrari tosses a shot up during Wednesday’s 45-43 victory over Mahar.Photo by Josh Talbot DRIBBLE ITMahar’s Jaden Softic (11) tries to drive past Athol’s Bryce King during Wednesday junior varsity contest in Athol. The Raiders prevailed 45-43.Photo By Josh Talbot PASS IT ONMahar’s Micalyn Mailloux looks to pass ahead as Athol’s Geca Baptista (10) pursues during Wednesday night’s basketball contest in Athol. The Lady Senators defeated the Raiders 39-33.Photo by Josh Talbot FIRST TOWN MEETINGClayre Ames, left, attended her first town meeting Wednesday night at the Orange Town Hall. Accompanying her was her father, retired selectman David Ames. Photo by Jared Robinson MOTHER AND DAUGHTERIn this Sept. 10, 2011, file photo, Debbie Reynolds, left, and Carrie Fisher arrive at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. Reynolds, star of the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain” died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, according to her son Todd Fisher. She was 84. AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File KITCHENFrom left to right, Athol High School seniors Nina Alvarez, Abby Leadbetter, Lindsay Lee, and Colin Fish worked in the kitchen during the “Breakfast With Santa” fundraiser to benefit the after prom party recently.Photo by Tara Vocino SLIK PICKERSThe Slik Pickers — composed of Dave Slik, Brie Green, John Cloutier, Rob Griffin and Myron Becker — will perform at the Wendell Full Moon Coffeehouse on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo FACING OFFRonda Rousey, right, and Amanda Nunes face off for photographers during an event for UFC 207, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Las Vegas. Rousey is scheduled to fight Nunes in a mixed martial arts women’s bantamweight championship bout Saturday in Las Vegas. AP Photo/John Locher TO PERFORMMembers of The Well Tempered Ukes, from left, Richard Perlmutter, Robin Hoffman and Marlene Wong, will perform at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls on Friday, Jan. 13, at 7 p.m. Submitted photo STARRY STARRY NIGHT PERFORMERSThe Inside/Out Dance Company performs with emotional depth, physical power, and crowd-pleasing fun. Based at the dance studio in Orange, the Company’s 41 members are dance ambassadors, performing concert length choreography of ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and hip hop. Enjoy the show at the Orange United Methodist Church at 6 and 8 p.m. during the Starry Starry Night celebration, which takes place at several venues in Orange Saturday from 6-10:30 p.m.Photo/The Dance Studio of O DONATIONThe Starry Starry Night Committee received a donation from the Adams Animal Hospital for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Orange. Sara Hess (left) of Adams Animal Hospital, is shown presenting a check to Crystal Parent of the Starry Starry Night Committee. TO PREACH AT PETERSHAM CHURCHOn Sunday, Jan. 8, the Rev. John Pastor will preach at the Orthodox Congregational Church in Petersham. Rev. Pastor is a well-known local minister who currently serves the Unitarian Universalist Society of Gardner. He is currently in his 10th year as their minister and will be retiring at the end of the church year in June. His sermon message is “An Epiphany for Us All.” It lifts spiritual lessons learned from the Magi Story based on a reflection by Brother Geoffrey Tristram SACKGreen Bay Packers’ Nick Perry sacks Minnesota Vikings’ Sam Bradford during the second half of an NFL football game Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, in Green Bay, Wis. The Packers won 38-25. AP Photo/Matt Ludtke EARNS ACCREDITATIONOrange Fire Department Captain Mark Fortier has received accreditation through the Massachusetts Fire Service Commission.Submitted photo FILEThis Dec. 2, 2014 file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Patricia Krenwinkel. Krenwinkel, a follower of cult killer Charles Manson, is again seeking parole 47 years after she helped kill actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File TO MARK 10TH ANNIVERSARYThe Friends of the Athol Council on Aging will be celebrating their 10th anniversary come the New Year. Left to right — Joan Gates, Richard Coburn, Brent Winters, Carol Dubour, Margo Goulet, Toni Phillips, Deb Taylor and Bonnie Hodgdon. Photo by Christine Miranda BLOCKING THE DRIVECleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, right, drives against Boston Celtics’ Jonas Jerebko, from Sweden, in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Cleveland. AP Photo/Tony Dejak LAYUPIn this Nov. 16, 2016, file photo, California’s Charlie Moore lays up a basket in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against UC Irvine in Berkeley, Calif. Moore is determined to earn a degree from a prestigious university to back up his NBA aspirations. AP Photo/Ben Margot, File LOOKING DOWN THE ICEBoston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask looks on prior to an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Buffalo, N.Y. AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes SURGERY NEEDEDThis Oct. 30, 2016 photo shows Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) smiling prior to an NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Denver. Ware needs season-ending back surgery that could spell the end of his NFL career. The Broncos placed Ware on injured reserve Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016 along with cornerback Kayvon Webster, who sustained a concussion last weekend at Kansas City. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey FAMILY GAME NIGHTFamily Game Night was held recently at the Athol Public Library. Participants played some of the new games the library has purchased and some of the more traditional games the library owns. Refreshments were provided by the Friends of the Library. For more information about library programs, call the library at 978-249-9515. In the photo, library employee Emily Boughton (standing) shows (from left to right) Marizah Rios, Elise Taylor and Allyssa Johnson how to play the game Battle Sheep. MEET PEPPER —This Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016, photo, shows Pepper the robot at Westfield Mall in San Francisco. While merrily chirping, dancing and posing for selfies, Pepper looks like another expensive toy in the San Francisco mall where it will be entertaining shoppers through mid-February. But it would be a mistake to dismiss Pepper as mere child’s play, even though kids flock around the 4-foot-tall humanoid as it speaks in a cherubic voice that could belong to either a boy or girl. (AP Ph FILEIn a Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady passes against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, in Denver. With a victory Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, at Miami, the Patriots would improve to 8-0 in away games and clinch postseason home-field advantage. AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File FILEIn this July 8, 2016, file photo, Roger Federer of Switzerland returns to Milos Raonic of Canada during their men’s semifinal singles match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Federer will return to competitive tennis at the Hopman Cup tournament in Perth, Australia, starting on Jan. 1, 2017. AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File COORDINATOR’S SONOhio State’s Joe Burrow listens during the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game media day, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ohio State will face Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31, 2016. AP Photo/Matt York PATTERNS DISPLAYEDIn this Sept. 11, 2014 photo, Joy Spanabel Emery, professor emerita and curator of the University of Rhode Island’s commercial pattern archive, displays a donated sewing pattern in her office on campus in South Kingstown, R.I. URI has tens of thousands of sewing patterns, the largest known collection in the world according to the United States Institute for Theatre Technology. (Sandor Bodo/Providence Journal via AP) BLOCKEDIn this Thursday, Dec. 29 photo, an entrance to the grounds of a riverfront compound near Centreville, Md., that has been used by Russian Federation diplomats for years is blocked to reporters by state department personnel. As part of the move to punish Russia for its role in hacking the Democratic National Committee and influencing a United States election, President Barack Obama on Thursday announced sanctions that include shuttering the compound. (AP Photo/Br NATIONAL ANTHEM PROTESTIn this Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 file photo, San Francisco 49ers Eli Harold (58), Colin Kaepernick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel as teammate Blaine Gabbert, right, stands during the national anthem before their NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle. Kaepernick says his decision to kneel and not stand during the anthem was an attempt to draw attention to the issue of racial disparities in community policing. AP Photo/Ted S. Warren STATEMENTIn this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 file photo, Beyonce performs during the halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. The show, where she and her dancers wore costumes in homage to the Black Panthers, was seen by some as political and militant. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) FIRST PUBLIC TOURDave Small leads hikers on the first public tour of the South Athol Conservation Area, a town forest that Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust helped to create, which is now open to the public.Submitted photo BOBCATThis bobcat image was captured by a trail camera on land near Harvard Forest’s Tom Swamp Research Area in Petersham, which is newly protected by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust. Photo by Dave Malysa Tomas Martinez-Maldonado DRIVE HIM OVERAthol’s Merrick Decker, top, tries to drive Hampden Charter’s Khalil Kasimov over to his back during the semifinals of the WMass Division III championships, Saturday. Decker, who is a two-time champion at 113 pounds, saw his bid for a record third WMass title squashed when he was injured in his finals bout. File Photo By Josh Talbot VICTORIOUS AGAINMembers of the Athol football and cheerleading squads celebrate their third consecutive Thanksgiving Day victory after defeating rival Mahar 48-9 on Thursday. File Photo By Josh Talbot IN FRONT OF THE NETMahar’s Rachel Latwis swings away in front of the net during Monday’s field hockey contest in Orange. Latwis scored three times as the Senators earned a 9-2 victory in their season finale.File Photo By Josh Talbot GOOD THROWAthol High School’s Emily Casella throws the javelin during the Central/West Track and Field Championships at Fitchburg State University. Casella won the javelin and the shot put while taking second in the discus. FISHER, HAMILL AND FORDIn this Friday, July 10, 2015 file photo, from left, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford attend a panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Calif. On Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, a family publicist said Fisher died at the age of 60. With the loss of several icons of Generation X’s youth, the year 2016 has left the generation born between the early 1960s and the early 1980s, wallowing in memories and contemplating its own mortality. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invi VOLUNTEERSYoung volunteers assist with a wildlife survey on the Rice Family Farm in Athol, which is cared for by fifth-generation landowner Connie Blakley and was conserved as part of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust’s Quabbin Heritage Landscape Partnership Project. Submitted photo GRANT RECEIVEDThe Orange Innovation Center recently received a grant from MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative to help build a makers space in the OIC. Makers spaces help further innovation by offering space to woodworkers, sculptors, engineers, machinists, print makers and many others can develop projects. Left to right — Marty Jones, MassDevelopment President; Alec MacLeod, LaunchSpace Executive Director; Brianna Drohen, LaunchSpace CFO; Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito; Secretary of ALL-STATE HONORSMahar girls’ soccer star McKenzie Tenney, right, received All-State honors at the Western Massachusetts Coaches Association Banquet held in West Springfield. Tenney finished her career with 90 goals and 27 assists. Pictured with Tenney is Mahar head coach Chad Softic.