Feb. 1-7, 2016 in Photos APPOINTEDLocal artist Keila Ploof, at right, was appointed to the local cultural council by the selectboard Wednesday night. She was appointed to a three-year term. Under the rules of the cultural council no member may serve more than two consecutive three year terms, after six years they are required to take a year off. Cultural council chair Nate Johnson recommended her appointment. Pictured with Ploof are selectmen David Ames and Walter Herk. Also present but not pictured were Selectman Kathy Reinig and Town Admi NO. 1 MOVIEThis image released by DreamWorks Animation shows characters Po, voiced by Jack Black, left, and his long-lost panda father Li, voiced by Bryan Cranston, in a scene from “Kung Fu Panda 3.” DreamWorks Animation via AP DEFENSEOrlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) is defended by Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley and center Kelly Olynyk (41) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday. The Magic won 119-114. AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack SEEKING AIDIn this Jan. 29, 2016 photo, Terry Work stands outside a store that accepts food stamps in Bon Aqua, Tenn. Work’s 27-year-old deaf son recently was denied disability payments, meaning he is considered able-bodied. And that means he stands to lose his food stamps, even though she said her son has trouble keeping a job because of his deafness. More than 1 million low-income residents in 21 states could soon lose their government food stamps if they fail to meet work requirements that began kicking in this mon INTERCOUNTY LEAGUE MVPMahar football standout Clay Richardson, middle, recently was named the Most Valuable Player in the Intercounty League. Pictured with Richardson are Athletic Director Jim Woodward and former head football coach Greg Scotland. Richardson was presented the award during the ICL awards banquet brunch on Jan. 17. BEHIND THE NAMEFranklin County Home Corporation recently announced that the agency’s name would change to LifePath, Inc. Pictured are Executive director Roseann Martoccia, left; Regina Curtis, Board of Directors president, right. ATKINSON AWARDThe Mahar Regional boys’ and girls’ indoor track teams were presented the Dick Atkinson Award for outstanding contributions to indoor track and field during Friday night’s PVIAC Championships at Smith College. Pictured, left to right are team captains Erin Sandova, Edward Bennington, Seth Mitchell, Caroline Grutchfield, Hugo Frost, Ashley Ehlen and Lauryn White. Forrest Fenn PRO BOWL MVPSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) of Team Irvin reacts after winning offensive MVP award while being interviewed by ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters at the NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, in Honolulu. Team Irving beat Team Rice 49-27. AP Photo/Marco Garcia PRO BOWL MVPSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) of Team Irvin reacts after winning offensive MVP award while being interviewed by ESPN sideline reporter Lisa Salters at the NFL Pro Bowl football game Sunday, in Honolulu. Team Irving beat Team Rice 49-27. AP Photo/Marco Garcia AWARD WINNERIdris Elba accepts the award for outstanding male actor in a supporting role for “Beasts of No Nation” at the 22nd annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP VIOLENCE ON THE RISEIn this Dec. 22, 2015 file photo, Afghan security forces patrol in Nad Ali district of Helmand province, Afghanistan. Conditions in Afghanistan are getting worse, 15 years into a war that few Americans talk about any more. Violence is on the rise, the Taliban are staging new offensives, the Islamic State group is angling for a foothold and peace prospects are dim. AP Photos/Abdul Khaliq, File BALD EAGLE SPOTTEDThis mature bald eagle was spotted sitting in the middle of Daniel Shays Highway in Orange near Crimson Acres recently before flying to the safety of a nearby tree. An eagle was spotted later in the day on ice on Lake Rohunta, then again on Daniel Shays Highway Sunday morning. Photo by David Wornham COMPETITIONFifth and sixth grade students at Dexter Park School in Orange recently participated in the 2016 National Geographic Geography Bee. Two students from each classroom were selected in a preliminary competition to participate in the school-wide contest.School photo NIXON DOLLAR COIN GEO BEEFifth and sixth grade students at Dexter Park School in Orange recently participated in the 2016 National Geographic Geography Bee. Two students from each classroom were selected in a preliminary competition to participate in the school-wide contest. The winner was sixth grade student Emma Savoy, left, who also won the bee as a fifth grader in 2015. The second place finisher was Keegan Heath, right, also in the sixth grade. Savoy will take a written test to find out if she will qualify to participate in the NO SHADOWGroundhog Club co-handler Ron Ploucha, right, holds Punxsutawney Phil, as club vice-president Jeff Lundy, left, holds the scroll during the annual celebration of Groundhog Day on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pa., Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The handlers say the furry rodent has failed to see his shadow, meaning he’s “predicted” an early spring. AP Photo/Keith Srakocic LOST THE HANDLEMahar’s Gabe O’Lari loses control of the ball as he tries to drive to the rim during Monday night’s basketball contest in Buckland. The Senators struggled offensively in a 51-41 loss to Mohawk. Photo By Josh Talbot ATTACK THE BASKETMahar’s Issak Reinikainen goes to the hoop as Mohawk’s Ian Eckler, left, and Justin Ward, right, defend during Monday night’s basketball contest in Buckland. The Senators lost 51-41. Photo By Josh Talbot EYES ON THE HOOPMahar’s Pedro Mattos looks at the basket as Mohawk defenders Torsten Sloan-Anderson, left, and Colton Yezeierski defend during Monday’s basketball contest in Buckland. The Warriors defeated the Senators 51-41. Photo By Josh Talbot DRIVE TO THE HOOPMahar’s Bryce Cleveland works along the baseline on his way to the basket during Monday’s basketball contest in Buckland. Mohawk defeated the Senators 51-41. Photo By Josh Talbot Louisville’s Trey Lewis (3) goes in for a layup past the defense of North Carolina’s Marcus Paige (5) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, in Louisville, Ky. The Cardinals defeated the Tar Heels 71-65. AP Photo/Timothy D. EasleyLAY IT IN LEO D. CHIBAS EDWARD E.TRUEHART SR. VOTE COUNTERSIn this February 1952 photo, vote counters are shown tallying votes in the town hall after an election. Former Athol police officer Louis Stewart (far right) stands watch. Photo courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson THE OL’ TEAMPictured in this photo are players from the YMCA Grammar School Basketball League sometime around 1952. Left to right — Paul Gauvin, Paul Smith, Tom Hennard, Robert Grossman, Larry Zanga, Glen Geike, Richard Early, Peter Hume, Stanley Makinen, Donald Walker Photo taken by Chandler Waterman for the Athol Sunday Journal; courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson PRIZE WINNERWild Knights Chess Club champion and speed champion Rebekah Schoorens is pictured here with one of the prizes she earned at the club’s second anniversary party. The prizes were awarded at the Jan. 28 meeting held at the Athol Public Library. PREPARING FOR DINNERMembers of the Relay for Life Team “Spirit in Motion” will sponsor a “Tour of Italy” romantic Italian buffet Saturday, Feb. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Athol Congregational Church. Soprano soloist Karen Hager, accompanied by pianist Lis Leal, will provide musical entertainment during dinner. Tickets are $5 for dinner and desserts will be $1 each. Tickets will be available at the door or by calling the church at 978-249-6202. All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. OPEN LANEMahar’s Ally Parker (3) drives past a pair of Frontier defenders on her way to the hoop during Tuesday’s basketball contest in South Deerfield. Parker’s 16 points weren’t enough in a 54-52 loss to the Red Hawks. Photo By Josh Talbot TESTIFIESFormer Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor is directed to another elevator after taking the witness stand in a pre-trail hearing for Bill Cosby and his sexual assault case, as he leaves Montgomery County Courtroom A in Norristown, Pa. Tuesday, Feb. 2. Castor, who declined to arrest Bill Cosby on sex-crime charges a decade ago, testified Tuesday that he believes his decision shields the comedian from ever being prosecuted in the case. Clem Murray/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, Pool ON THE ICEBoston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand is dropped to the ice in front of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer on a rough check during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday. The Leafs defeated the Bruins in overtime, 4-3. AP Photo/Charles Krupa Brandon Astor Jones Michael A. Lang LEAN INMahar’s Jazmyn Vautour (11) leans into a Frontier defender during Tuesday night’s basketball contest in South Deerfield. The Senators lost 54-52. Photo By Josh Talbot HANG TIMEMahar’s Kadie Jillson (5) hangs in the lane as a host of Frontier defenders swarm in during Tuesday night’s basketball contest in South Deerfield. The Lady Senators fell short against the Franklin North leading Red Hawks, 54-52. Photo By Josh Talbot GOING UPMahar’s Natalie Gonynor (13) goes up for a basket during the first half of Tuesday night’s basketball contest in South Deerfield. Photo By Josh Talbot COMMUNITY MEALThe regular February community meal at the Athol Congregational Church will be held on Friday, Feb. 5, at 5:30 p.m. The meal will be chicken divan, rice rolls and dessert. The meals this month are being sponsored by Athol Credit Union, Salvadore Auto and Walmart. Reservations are made by calling the Athol Congregational Church at 978-249-6202 by Thursday. Rene Lake-Gagliardi and friends will entertain. Claire Panni, left, and Joy Risotto were part of the cheerful serving crew last month. Submitted photo GERALDA M. DUDA DONNA A. HARGETT FEB. 3 OIL PRICES ART STUDENTSThe 2016 cohort of art students at Mahar Regional High School are shown with their work, which will be on display at Petersham Art Center beginning with a public reception on Sunday, Feb. 7. Photo by Linda Paul Ganson POST OFFICE FACE-LIFTA two-man crew from Gentleman Painting were seen scraping the old paint from the post office building on the Royalston Common Saturday morning. Photo by Paula Robinson Kevin Gardner Submitted photo BLIND DATE WITH A BOOKThose looking for love in February can visit the Athol Public Library all this month check out the “Blind Date with a Book” display. The display features selected titles wrapped in plain paper with a brief tantalizing description on the front of each book. In addition to adding a little mystery and fun to the book selection process, the display encourages discovery of new authors and genres. Everyone who borrows from this month’s display will get entered into a free raffle for a bundle of romantic comedy DV Sen. Joni Ernst BOX OUTDetroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) and Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (0) lock arms on a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday. The Celtics defeated the Pistons 102-95. AP Photo/Charles Krupa READING MAGICEd the Wizard, of Orange, and his program “Reading Magic” will appear at the Winchendon Town Hall, presented by the Beals Memorial Library, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 10 a.m. With the help of many volunteers, using magic, comedy and suspense, Ed the Wizard weaves together the importance of building and maintaining reading skills. Attendees are asked to be prepared to volunteer and have fun as they learn how Albus Dumbledore, from Harry Potter, was an inspiration and hero for Ed the Wizard. This program is su QUABBIN WATERFOWLAdult loons and chicks afloat on the Graves Landing area of the Quabbin Reservoir. Photo by Dale Monette NIKON MANPhotographer Dale Monette captures wildlife images at Quabbin with his Nikon D7100, The lens is a Nikkor 200-500 telephoto VR ED 5.61. Monette says a Nikon D810 is his “main camera,” and he always uses Nikkor lenses. Photo by Richard Cooper GROUNDHOG SHADOW SCIENCEPreschoolers from Little Sprouts Learning Center in Athol took advantage of the spring-like winter weather to go outdoors and explore for shadows as part of their Groundhog Day unit. The children predicted whether or not the groundhog would see it shadow, and recorded their response on a groundhog chart. In the classroom, the children used flashlights to explore shadows, and then went outdoors to explore shadows with the sunlight. Left to right — Kyle Hemingway, Kaydence Guilmette, Jakob Hemingway, Owen Ec ALREADY IN USEThe senior gift from the class of 2016 at Mahar is a new projection screen for the media center. It was put to use at Tuesday night’s school committee meeting. Director of Technology Gary Bunker gave a presentation on the current status of the technology department. Photo by Ashley Arseneau SIGNING DAYDerek Jeter, left, talks with former Michigan school quarterback Tom Brady and Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, right, as new recruits Kingston Davis, top right, and Ahmir Mitchell listen in, during the Signing With the Stars spectacle, Wednesday, in Ann Arbor, Mich. AP Photo/Carlos Osorio DUNKVillanova forward Darryl Reynolds (45) dunks the ball in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Creighton, Wednesday, in Villanova, Pa. Villanova won 83-58. AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson STATING THEIR CASETed Carmen (standing) fielded questions at Wednesday night’s Petersham selectboard meeting to help prove the case for the Concord Square company to be chosen as planning consultant for the Nichewaug property. Left to right — Carmen, J.B. Clancy, Doug MacClay. Photo by Ashley Arseneau SECOND MEETINGMembers of the Kirk Company and MacRostie Historic Advisors again met with the Petersham selectboard on Wednesday to help make their case for being chosen as the planning consultant for the Nichewaug property. Left to right — David Kirk, Albert Rex, Brett Pelletier. Photo by Ashley Arseneau ROAD CLOSUREPolice, fire and National Grid personnel responded to a utility pole fire at Exchange Street in Athol in the area of the American Legion Home at approximately 7 a.m. today in which a wire was arcing significantly. The incident resulted in a temporary closure of a section of Exchange Street from Pequoig Avenue to the Exchange Street bridge. Photo by Brian Gelinas POLE FIREPolice, fire and National Grid personnel responded to a utility pole fire at Exchange Street in Athol in the area of the American Legion Home at approximately 7 a.m. today in which a wire was arcing significantly. This screen shot is from a video submitted by Athol Police Officer Craig Deveneau which shows the arcing wire. The video can be viewed at http://www.atholdailynews.com/local-videos/utility-pole-fire-athol. GENEROUS DONATIONThe Royalston Community School’s Parent Teacher Group (PTG) recently concluded their January lottery calendar fundraiser. The project featured 31 drawings, one for each day of the week, for a variety of prizes. A particularly generous donation was made by Jeremy Patriquin, right, of Laptop and Computer Repair, who donated three $60 gift certificates for repair services at his 358 Main St. storefront. The lucky winners of those certificates were Jordan Burnham, Amos Superchi and Kristine Severy. Shown with P PREPARING TO SHOOTFifth grader Emma Bacigalupo prepares to shoot the basketball at a winter sports pep rally held recently at Athol-Royalston Middle School. Looking on are eighth grade players Haley Bigwood, Angelica Baptista and Sopie Putnam. The rally was organized by teachers Deb Blanchard and Bill LaRose. Submitted photo ICE RESCUEPhoto by Mike Phillips Doreen LaScola WORKSHOPDiane Kane, left, and Clare Panni will present a free, six-week writing workshop at the Athol Public Library. Martin Shkreli TOSS IT UPMahar’s Hannah Paul (10) tosses a shot up during Thursday night’s basketball contest in Orange. The Lady Senators defeated Pioneer 68-51. Photo By Mike Phillips GOING LEFTMahar’s Jordan Martin (15) dribbles past Pioneer defender Amelia Smiaroski (4) during Thursday’s basketball contest in Orange. The Lady Senators defeated the Panthers 69-51. Photo By Mike Phillips FADE AWAYAthol High School’s Tyler Lajoie (3) fades away from Greenfield’s Max Pirozhkov as he puts up a shot during Thursday’s basketball contest in Greenfield. Lajoie netted 17 points in the Raiders’ 61-44 loss. Photo By Josh Talbot MAKE A MOVEAthol’s Tyler St. Cyr (2) tries to get to the basket as Greenfield Kevin Mendez defends during Thursday’s basketball contest. Photo By Josh Talbot LOOKING FOR ROOMAthol’s Ryley Saisa, with the ball, tries to create some space against Greenfield defender Arlo Larange during Thursday’s basketball contest in Greenfield. Photo By Josh Talbot LAY IT UPAthol High School’s Avery Clyatt (14) drives in for a layup as teammate Bryce Melanson (30) makes room during Thursday’s basketball contest in Greenfield. Photo By Josh Talbot FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTERShown is a digital image of Frankenstein’s monster created by Mount Wachusett Community College Graphic and Interactive Design alumnus Dylan Safford to illustrate the MWCC Humanities Project second-year theme, Myths, Monsters, and Modern Science: Frankenstein’s Legacy. Submitted photo Kandie CarlePhoto courtesy of kandiecarle.com RECEPTIONPresident Barack Obama listens to translation as Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, left, speaks at a reception for Plan Colombia, the joint effort to create a safer, more prosperous future for Colombians, in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Thursday. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster RICHARD T. SIMKEWICZ INSIGHTS TO HINDUISMBob Rocheleau will lead the service at the Petersham Unitarian/Universalist Church on Feb. 14, offering a program that discusses the varied aspects of Hinduism. Here he may be seen preparing a Native American drum for a previous service. Submitted photo BONUS LESSONRoyalston Community School sixth graders enjoyed a bonus lesson at the conclusion of a recent whole-school program titled “Science Isn’t Always Pretty.” Guest presenter Keith Michael Johnson, far left, and sixth grade teacher Brian Snell discussed states of matter in a little more depth after the younger students returned to their classrooms, as Principal Molly Superchi, far right, listened in. Snell informed his students they would each get to make slime, as Johnson demonstrated as part of his program. Joh LIQUID GOLDJohn Divoll of Divoll’s Sugarhouse is shown with his donation of a half-gallon of “liquid gold” to the Royalston Community School (RCS) Parent-Teacher Group’s (PTG) fundraising lottery calendar. The pure maple syrup, with a value of $30, went to Allison Hautenen as the Jan. 27 prize. The PTG conducts an incredible array of activities throughout the year for fun and to enhance educational opportunities for students at RCS. Photo by Mary C. Barclay IN WATERFirefighters in cold-water suitsduring the rescue operation on the ice at Eagleville Pond off of King Road in Athol on Thursday afternoon. Two adult males had gone onto the ice on an ATV and had fallen through. Photo by Mike Phillips John Roberts WEBSITEWarwick Town Coordinator David Young showed off the town’s new Cleargov.com website at Monday’s selectboard meeting. The purpose of the website is to give residents a more transparent view of the town’s financials and demographics in an easier to understand format. Photo by Jared Robinson NEW VIEWThe homepage for Warwick’s Gleargov.com website, which is designed to help visitors understand the town’s financials and demographics more easily, shows the current population of 780, along with the median home values and household income. TEENS FOR JEANSATAC, the teen advisory group at the Athol Public Library, is collecting clean, gently-used jeans which will be donated to homeless teens. Donations to the Teens for Jeans campaign will be accepted through Feb. 19. The collection box is located in the first-floor lobby at the library. For more information, call the library at 978-249-9515.Library photo NEWTONCarolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton fielded questions during a press conference Thursday in San Jose, Calif., in preparation for the Super Bowl 50 football game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) CARRIER OF THE MONTHCheryl Gravel, of Athol, was named the Athol Daily News’ Carrier of the Month for November. She is the daughter of MaryAnn LeBlanc and has been delivering the newspaper since August 2015. She says she loves her paper route and enjoys cleaning and taking care of her cats. ENGAGEDEugene and Rachelle Fraser of Orange have announced the engagement of their daughter, Kaitlyn McCarthy, to Christopher Hudacek, the son of Derrick and Kimberly Emond, also of Orange. Both are graduates of Ralph C. Mahar Regional School. McCarthy is employed at Quabbin Valley Healthcare and Hudacek works at Hillside Plastics. An October 2017 wedding is planned. HONOREDTina Sbrega, left, President & CEO of GFA Federal Credit Union, recently received the Heywood Healthcare Community Health Hero Award. Pictured with Sbrega is Win Brown, President & CEO of Heywood Healthcare.Submitted photo Dr. Laurie A. Occhipinti MANNINGDenver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is shown during an NFL football practice in Stanford, Calif., on Friday, as he preps for the Super Bowl 50 game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) GEORGE E. MAGILL THE STRUCTURE OF BEING UNSTRUCTUREDStudents, teachers, paraprofessionals, and specialists at the Phillipston Memorial Elementary School took part in Global School Play Day on Wednesday, Feb. 3. Designed to allow creative thinking by unstructured interaction, the event allowed children of various ages to lead the way while not only being observed by staff, but allowing the staff to participate with them. In its second year of use, GSPD has already picked up nearly 175,000 students across many school distr PIPELINE MARCHERSA walk in opposition of the Kinder-Morgan Northeast Direct Pipeline will begin at Greenfield Community College on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 15. Left to right — Hattie Nestel of Athol, Diana Roberts of Bernardston, Priscilla Lynch of Conway, Diane McAvoy of Montague, and Charlotte Gordon of Greenfield, all of the No NED Pipeline Affinity Group.Submitted photo Gov. Charlie Baker RAPT ATTENTIONKeith Michael Johnson maintained rapt attention of students and staff recently at the Royalston Community School, during his program, “Science Isn’t Always Pretty.” At this moment, the topic so engrossing — and gross — was poop. Johnson dangled scat samples for all to see, offering helpful descriptions; he likened moose poop to the marshmallows bathing in one’s hot chocolate. The Royalston Academy sponsored the program, held recently for all students, from kindergarten through grade six. Ph SUPER BOWL TROPHYNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell poses with the Lombardi Trophy after a news conference Friday in San Francisco. The hardware will be awarded to the winning team following Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 game. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) COMING DOWNThe building formerly occupied by Tire Warehouse on East Main Street in Orange, in front of Walmart, was torn down on Thursday. An O’Reilly Auto Parts store will be built in its place; construction is set to begin this spring, according to Orange Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy. Photo by Ashley Arseneau INJUREDIn this Oct. 24, 2015, file photo, driver Tony Stewart unbuckles from his car after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. The three-time NASCAR champion has been hospitalized with a back injury after a non-racing accident last weekend and Stewart-Haas Racing said he will miss the start of his final season, a team spokesman told The Associated Press, Thursday. (AP Photo/ Mark Almond, File) DISCUSSIONIn this Jan. 29, 2016, photo, nearly 200 law enforcement leaders gather in Washington, to discuss 30 new guiding principles on when and how police should use force. Police across the United States are rethinking how they use force amid national outrage over questionable shootings and violent arrests. AP Photo/Tami Abdollah Reviewed by Myra Chapman, 2nd and 3rd grade teacher BOOK OF THE MONTH TO PERFORMBlue Rendezvous will perform Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Warwick Town Hall, following the Trinitarian Congregational Church of Warwick pizza supper at 6 p.m. Proceeds will support the mission projects of the church. Submitted photo YOUTH CHAMPSThe Athol Credit Union doubled-up Baxter Chiropractic 26-13 to win the Athol Area YMCA U10 basketball championship recently. Team members are, front, left to right, — Gentry Parker, Autumn Cleveland, Brooke Bernier and Madix Whitman. Back — Coach Tony Rodriguez, Peyton Parker, Jameison Vincent, Colby Goodwin, Nicholai Reynolds, Kayla Legare and coach Dave Cleveland. BASKETBALL CHAMPSThe Athol Hospital defeated Rotary 38-36 to win the Athol Area YMCA U14 basketball crown recently. Members of the winning team are, front left to right — Jadalyn Lohnes, Javan Fox and Daine Perry. Back — Aedan Erickson, Sadey Lehtomaki, Matthew Lyesuik, Lindsey LeBlanc and coach Brent Lyesiuk.