January 11-17, 2016 in Photos FIRST BABYBrandon Felix and Nicole Lyskawa, of Erving, hold newborn Zander Elen Felix, who was declared the winner of the Athol Daily News’ annual First Baby contest. Zander was born Jan. 8, at 10:03 p.m., at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield. Baby Zander will receive numerous prizes donated by local businesses and other sponsors (see pages 10 & 11 in today’s edition).Photo by Brian Gelinas Rebecca Hartka Alys Terrien-Queen SLAMAthol High School’s Ryan White lifts a Franklin wrestler during Saturday’s quad meet at Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls. Photo By Josh Talbot GUILLOTINEAthol High School’s Trever Mousseau, left, places his opponent into the guillotine during Saturday’s wrestling match in Turners Falls. Photo By Josh Talbot QUILLED PAPER HEART STAMP STILL NO. 1This photo provided by Disney/Lucasfilm shows Daisy Ridley, right, as Rey, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” directed by J.J. Abrams. David James/Disney/Lucasfilm via AP BEST PERFORMANCELady Gaga poses in the press room with the award for best performance by an actress in a limited series or a motion picture made for TV for “American Horror Story: Hotel” at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP BEST PICTUREIn this image released by NBC, Ridley Scott accepts the award for best motion picture comedy for “The Martian” at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP BEST DRAMAAlejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio pose in the press room with the award for best motion picture - drama for “The Revenant” at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP BEST PERFORMANCESylvester Stallone, winner of the award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture for “Creed”, on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP BACK POINTSMahar’s Ben Gilmore, left, works against Quabbin’s Jack Wilson during Saturday’s dual meet in Turners Falls. Photo By Josh Talbot DRIVE HIM OVERMahar’s Dylan Hatch, top, drives over Quabbin’s Drew Ouimette during Saturday’s match at Franklin Tech. Photo By Josh Talbot CAPTUREDMexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, right, is escorted by soldiers and marines to a waiting helicopter, at a federal hangar in Mexico City, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The world’s most wanted drug lord was recaptured by Mexican marines Friday, six months after he fled through a tunnel from a maximum security prison in an escape that deeply embarrassed the government and strained ties with the United States. AP Photo/Marco Ugarte David Bowie MARILYN L. CUNNINGHAM EDWARD A. DIEMAND MICHELLE ROBERTS MATTHEWS EDNA A. THOMSON SURROUNDEDMahar’s Gabe O’Lari is surrounded by a pair of Quabbin defenders during Saturday night’s basketball contest in Barre. The Panthers snapped the Senators’ three-game winning streak with a 51-42 victory. Photo By Mike Phillips PROMISESIn this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington as Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen. Out of time to push a new legislative agenda, a battle-hardened President Barack Obama will look straight past Congress and to the American people in his final State of the Union address, aiming to define his presidency and his legacy before others can do it for him. AP Photo/ Errol Flynn in a still from Captain Blood - Warner Bros BORDER CRISISIn this June 18, 2013, file photo, Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. A spike in families and kids arriving at the Southern border from Central America has prompted fears of another border crisis like the one that dominated national news during the summer of 2014. “Having people afraid to open their doors to strangers, not going to work, etc., is not a healthy development,” said Lofgren. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File SPOTTEDA male hood Merganser was spotted cruising around Silver Lake in Athol recently. Photo by David H. Small RUN AFTER CATCHAlabama’s O.J. Howard tries to get past Clemson’s T.J. Green after a catch during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game Monday, in Glendale, Ariz. AP Photo/David J. Phillip BABY TIME AND TODDLER TIMEThe Athol Public Library held Baby Time and Toddler Time for the first time on Jan. 7. Little ones (including Maddie, seen here) and caregivers had fun listening to stories, singing, popping bubbles, and playing with new toys generously donated by the Friends of the Athol Public Library. Baby Time is held Thursdays from 10 to 10:30 a.m., and Toddler Time is held from 11 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays as well. Call the Children’s Department at the Athol Public Library for information. Submitted photo BREAKFAST PREPThe annual Cookie Walk took place recently at the Central Congregational Church, at 93 South Main St. Above, Kent Songer undertakes preparations for the pancake breakfast that was served. He also prepared homemade soups for the luncheon. Submitted photo AT THE NETBoston Bruins’ Jimmy Hayes (11) slides into New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30), of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game Monday, at Madison Square Garden in New York. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun CITIZEN OF THE YEARCliff Fournier (right), 2015 Recorder Citizen of the Year, was recognized at Monday’s community meal at Bethany Lutheran Church, where he has served for several years as site coordinator for the Franklin County Community Meals Program. Fournier, whose altruism also manifests in his years of work in education and as a host parent to foreign exchange students, presented a $250 matching check to FCCMP. Pictured with Fournier is FCCMP Board of Directors President Jack Golden. Photo by Cameron Woodcock SCOOP SHOTMahar’s Ally Parker (3) scoops a shot towards the hoop as the shot clock winds down during Monday night’s basketball contest in Granby. Defending for the Rams are Kate Sarnacki (4) and Kate Sullivan (11). Granby defeated the Senators 45-41. Photo By Josh Talbot TURN THE CORNERMahar’s Kianna Reilly (4) works to get around Granby defender Nora Young during Monday’s basketball contest. Photo By Josh Talbot OFF THE DRIBBLEMahar’s Kianna Whitmore, left, takes Granby’s Mallory Beauregard (14) off the dribble with the help of a pick by teammate Kadie Jillson, right. Whitmore collected eight points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in a losing effort. Photo By Josh Talbot MONTY TECH BRINGS HOLIDAY CHEERMembers of Monty Tech’s SkillsUSA Leadership Team had Santa make an early visit to a group of children from the Cleghorn Neighborhood Center in Fitchburg. The team sponsored a holiday party, held recently in the school’s Mountain Room Restaurant. About 25 children, ages 4 to 13, were guests at the event that featured crafts, a sing-a-long, ice cream sundaes and pizza donated by Espressos in Fitchburg. Santa took time out from his busy schedule to visit the children and pose for pictures. Monty Tech students CLOSE TO HOMESam Richardson, a landowner from Northfield, spoke at a special presentation regarding the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline Monday night at the North Quabbin Trails Association meeting. Richardson’s land is crossed by the lengthy New England Trail and would be crossed by the pipeline if it is approved. Photo by Ashley Arseneau PRESENTATIONThe North Quabbin Trails Association hosted a special presentation regarding the current status of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline at their meeting on Monday night. Mount Grace Land Trust Executive Director Leigh Youngblood guided the crowd through a presentation about compressor stations to start the meeting. A three-day walk starting from the proposed pipeline compressor station location in Northfield going to a pipe storage facility in Plainfield will take place this weekend beginning on Saturday, Ja LEON J. ZLOTNIK BOWLING BUDDIESIn this January 1952 picture a gang of bowlers gathers at Bob and Omer’s in Athol. Seen second from right is Bliss Lurusso. Photo by Chandler Waterman for the Athol Sunday Journal/Submitted by Richard Chaisson CHEWING THE FATIn this January 1952 picture a group gathers to “chew the fat” at Bob and Omer’s, which used to be located on Exchange Street in Athol in the Steel Pub area. Left to right — Timmy Guignard, Art Chaisson, Omer Landry (co-owner), Leon Kakitis, Red Roussell. Photo by Chandler Waterman for the Athol Sunday Journal/Submitted by Richard Chaisson “Northern Harrier” Photo by Dale Monette It is White’s turn to move. Mate in two. LEON J. ZLOTNIK HOLE IN ONE WINNEROn Jan 2., the Flat Rock Disc Golf Club in Athol held its 15th annual Snow Bowl, a fundraising event for local charities and nonprofits. For the sixth consecutive year, FRDGC delivered a truckload of canned goods to the Orange Food Pantry, and for the fourth consecutive year sent a check for more than $800 to Seeds Of Solidarity to support their important work in the North Quabbin teaching residents how to “Grow Food Everywhere.” “Cheef” Mike Murphy holds up his prize for getting a “hole in one,” or in disc LOCAL CARVERLocal carver Mark Bosworth will once again be participating at the Greenfield Winter Carnival with another one of his artistic frozen creations. The carnival begins on Friday, Feb. 5, and runs throughout that weekend. Submitted photo PUT IT UPMahar’s Bryce Cleveland (42) goes up for a basket during Tuesday’s basketball contest in Orange. Cleveland netted a team-high 13 points as the Senators defeated visiting Smith Academy 54-34. Photo By Mike Phillips ALONG THE BASELINEMahar’s Gabe O’Lari (25) operates along the baseline during Tuesday night’s basketball contest in Orange. Photo By Mike Phillips TAKE IT TO THE HOOPMahar’s Issak Reinikainen drives towards the basket during Tuesday night’s contest in Orange. The Senators defeated Smith Academy 54-34. Photo By Mike Phillips LAY IT UPMahar’s Ryan Arsenault goes up for a shot during Tuesday night’s basketball contest in Orange. Photo By Mike Phillips PEACE PAGODAPrayer flags at the New England Peace Pagoda on New Year’s Day, 2016. GATEWAY STUDENTSCurrent and recent graduates of Mount Wachusett Community College’s Gateway to College program recently shared their experiences with incoming Gateway students during a “Been there, done that” panel presentation. From left — Katriona Bell, Mariah Courtemanche, Mary Grace Daly, Angela Nicoli, Jasmine Welch, Anders Bigelbach, Alysia Ladd, Mya Shepard, Manny Corbeil, Kayla Pollack, Jason Alvarado-Gomes and Arturo Aponte-Cruz. Submitted photo RUG-BRAIDING INSTRUCTORWell-known textile artist Alice Zanga will teach the art of rug braiding for six weeks at the Petersham Unitarian Church. Submitted photo DETAILED MEETINGDon Jacobs, of Jacobs Consulting and a past town manager of several municipalities, presented his financial recommendations in a workshop held with the Phillipston Selectmen on Monday. Jacobs presented many handouts documenting market survey averages, recommended salaries, and job descriptions.Photo by Keith Kent READING CHALLENGEEach student at Pleasant Street School was given a new book to keep as part of a winter break reading challenge. In addition, all children were given a response activity sheet to return the week of Jan. 4. Students who returned their response sheet were given a prize and entered into a drawing for Walmart gift cards at an upcoming all school meeting. Principal Dianne Ellis reports, “The gift of reading is priceless” and that to develop strong readers and a love of literacy is a gift that will last a lifetim CHASE IT DOWNNew York Knicks guard Jose Calderon (3) watches as Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) goes after the ball after Calderon stripped it from Thomas during the first half of an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Tuesday. AP Photo/Kathy Willens NEAR FALLAthol High School’s Ryan Hulbert, top, battles Pioneer’s Alex Tyson in an attempt to record a pin during their 160-pound match, Wednesday. Hulbert won the match 18-11 as the Raiders defeated the Panthers 39-22. Photo By Josh Talbot Camille Cosby Linda Ruel FlynnPhoto by danifinephotography ICE CARVERTom Kellner creates an ice sculpture, knowing that before long it will melt and disappear. OIL PRICES JAN. 14 LOCKED ONMahar’s Adam Clement (top) locks onto the arm of Minnechaug’s Ethan Moretti during the 132-pound bout, Wednesday, in Orange. Photo By Mike Phillips HOLD HIM DOWNMahar’s Dylan Castine, top, tries to keep Minnechaug’s Lucas Gobel down during their 152-pound match, Wednesday, in Orange. The Falcons defeated the Senators 44-30. Photo By Mike Phillips STUCKMahar’s Miller Richardson (middle) pins Minnechaug’s Ben Emerson during the first period of their 138-pound match, Wednesday, in Orange. Photo By Mike Phillips James L. Browning Jr. JOB CREATIONThis proposed map of the Route 2 Job Creation Corridor was drafted through discussions between Orange Community Development Director Kevin Kennedy, Orange Town Administrator Diana Schindler and their counterparts in Athol. The plan calls for the rezoning and development of the land off of Exit 15 of Route 2, along South Main Street. ELEPHANTS RETIREDIn a Jan. 4, 2016 photo, visitors interact with “Mysore,” a 70-year-old female Asian elephant, during a media tour of the 200-acre Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Fla. Originally targeted for retirement by 2018, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus made the surprise announcement Monday, Jan. 11, that all of their show elephants will be retired in May 2016 to their Center for Elephant Conservation. Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP OFFICER’S HOME DESTROYEDA home in Royalston was completely destroyed by fire on Wednesday, Jan. 13. The home, an automobile (photo inset), and one of the family’s three bloodhounds were lost. Here, firefighters work to contain the blaze and put out hot spots on the property which is surrounded by dense woods. Only the chimney remained standing. Photos by Keith Kent FILL THE TRUCKThe Salvation Army recently held its annual “Fill the Truck” event at the Orange Walmart. Athol Credit Union was there to kick it off with a donation of $1,500. The event was a huge success as over 240 toys were collected which were distributed at the Christmas Castle event on Dec. 22 and 23. Submitted photo GRAB HOLDAthol High School’s Chris Waslaske (kneeling) grabs hold of Pioneer’s Kade Perotti during their 152-pound bout, Wednesday. Photo By Josh Talbot COFFEEHOUSE PERFORMERSThe Green Sisters, a musical group from Hubbardston, will perform Saturday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m., at a coffeehouse at the First Universalist Church, 31 North Main St., Orange. Their musical selections include folk, Celtic, bluegrass and barbershop. An admission will be charged, and desserts and beverages will be available. Photo courtesy of Janet Holden HAMILTON HORNIn this Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, photo, a horn believed to have been owned by Alexander Hamilton is photographed at Antique NJ in Closter, N.J. The powder horn that some experts believe was used by Alexander Hamilton goes up for auction Monday on would have been his birthday. Hamilton, the nation’s first treasury secretary and one of the country’s Founding Fathers, is now the focus of a blockbuster hip-hop Broadway musical called “Hamilton.” The owner of the powder horn, a New Jersey dentist, hopes buzz from BACK HER DOWNAthol’s Ana Ricko (23) backs down Monson’s Kelsey Martin during Thursday’s basketball contest in Athol. Photo By Josh Talbot SPLIT THE DEFENSEAthol High School’s Hope Parker (33) splits Monson defenders Bryanna Murphy (52) and Kelsey Martin (24) on her way to the basket during Thursday night’s basketball contest in Athol. The Lady Raiders suffered a 40-36 loss to the Mustangs. Photo By Josh Talbot CONTESTED SHOTAthol High School’s Lindsey Hamlett (5) goes up for a shot as Monson’s Madison Gerry defends during Thursday night’s basketball contest. The Lady Raiders lost 40-36. Photo By Josh Talbot DEBATERepublican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump, left, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, looks on during the Fox Business Network Republican presidential debate at the North Charleston Coliseum, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in North Charleston, S.C. AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt CASTLE GUTTEDSmoke rises from the smoldering remains of an overnight fire that gutted the Rocky Hill Castle, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, in Chadds Ford Township, Pa. Firefighters had difficulty getting water to the castle, which was built in 1821 on a hill in a wooded area of the township, about 25 miles southwest of Philadelphia. Fire crews were working to determine what caused the fire. Clem Murray/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP LOOKING FOR HELPMahar’s Kadie Jillson (5) looks for someone to pass to as teammate Jazmyn Vautour, second from right, tries to set a pick during Thursday night’s basketball contest in Orange. The Senators lost to visiting Hampshire 70-53. Photo By Mike Phillips ON THE DRIVEMahar’s Kianna Reilly (4) drives past a Hampshire defender during Thursday night’s basketball contest in Orange. The Senators lost 70-53. Photo By Mike Phillips RECONSTRUCTION FOCUSMain Street Extension in Athol is included in the focus of a reconstruction plan that will include lower Grove Street. The plan is included as part of the town’s fiscal year 2016 Community Development Block Grant application. Work along Main Street Extension is to include widening the road, relocating the road to the west by several feet, installing a sidewalk on the east side, removing a portion of the abutting park to accommodate the road relocation, and removing the two trees closest to the curbing above FOR SALEA gazebo is at the rear of the house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs” on Monday, Jan. 11, 2016 in Perryopolis, Pa. Scott and Barbara Lloyd listed the house last summer, but they’ve dropped the asking price from $300,000 to $250,000. The three-story Victorian was the second-most clicked home on Realtor.com last year, but there have been no serious buyers.AP Photo/Keith Srakocic NO TAKERSWorkers at a Vermont deli near where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appeared say they didn’t sell any of the bologna sandwich specials concocted in his honor. The sandwich was on sale for $20.16 at the Kountry Kart Deli, next door to the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Trump appeared there Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Chris Villani /The Boston Herald via AP CONCERT PREPARATIONAthol-Royalston Middle School fifth and sixth grade students are shown during a rehearsal for the recent holiday concert. Submitted photo TALL TIMBERAthol High School’s Emily Casella (15) is surrounded by Monson defenders Bryanna Murphy (52) and Kelsey Martin as she tries to get a shot off during Thursday night’s basketball contest in Athol. Photo By Josh Talbot STUDENTS OF THE MONTHShown are seventh grade students at Athol-Royalston Middle School who were recognized as Students of the Month for October and November. Students were nominated for exceptional behavior, attitude, effort, achievement, and/or action at the school. Left to right — Noah Pottinger, Manny O’Lari, Brian Nano Jr., Amanda Holden, Adrianna Durand, Erik Dickerson, Alex McIntosh, Alyssa Potenti, Lily King, and Sydni Couture. Missing from the photo are Hannah Morton and Robin Cruz. SKILLS USA OFFICERSGrace Kirrane of Fitchburg, left, SkillsUSA State Region 3 Vice President, joins Monty Tech’s SkillsUSA officer team including, Olivia Houle of Leominster; Mike Vannaraj of Fitchburg; Jake Lutter of Lunenburg; Cassie Campbell and Mathias Suarez-Rodriguez, both of Fitchburg; and Marnie Anair of Royalston; at the organization’s annual Local Skills and Leadership Awards Ceremony held recently in the school. Submitted photo ADAMSRyden Joseph Adams was born to Paige Taylor and Frederic Grenier Adams at Heywood Hospital in Gardner on Nov. 21, 2015. Maternal grandparents are Glen and Brenda Taylor of Orange. Paternal grandparents are Richard and Patricia Adams of Athol. Great-grandparents are Harold Page of Orange, Lloyd Taylor of Tully, and Pauline Whipps of Athol. COFFINA son, Anthony Alan Coffin, weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces, was born Dec. 8, 2015, at Heywood Hospital in Gardner to Julia Labriola and Randy Coffin Jr. of Orange. He is the brother of Ava Coffin. Maternal grandparents are Lisa and Jim Lariviere. Paternal grandparents are Carrie Cunningham, Randy Coffin Sr. and Julie Couette. Paternal great-grandparent is Maryland Coffin. NEW MASONSShawn Charles Augustine, left, and Phillip Allen Gallo, right were entered into North Quabbin Lodge A.F & A.M. Thursday night in a ceremony which followed a roast pork coalition held in their honor. With the new entered apprentices is Lodge Senior Warden, Wor. Bro. Daniel J. Bristol. Photo by Jared Robinson INCIDENTIn this Jan. 5 still image from WJAR-TV video, Sue Stenhouse, left, executive director of the Senior Enrichment Center, speaks alongside a man dressed as an elderly woman, right, during a news conference in Cranston, R.I., to promote a program for school children to help senior citizens shovel snow during the winter. WJAR-TV via AP LUCILLE SULLIVAN DEADLY TRIALA logo of the Biotrial laboratory is displayed on its building in Rennes, western France, Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. Officials say six volunteers were hospitalized after taking a medication that was in the first phase of testing. AP Photo/David Vincent ANTOINETTE C. BOCCARDY Jesse E. Dennis MEALS ON WHEELS VALENTINESElizabeth Mattern admires a valentine made by a student at the Franklin County Technical School before packing it with a meal and into a cooler in the Meals on Wheels kitchen in Erving to head out for delivery with a volunteer driver. MAKING A STATEMENTAn audience member wears a sticker on his back opposing wage increases during a public hearing on proposals to raise the minimum wage at the Oregon Capitol Building in Salem on Thursday. In an effort to stave off two potential ballot measures this fall and put to rest months of aggressive debate with a compromise, Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday proposed a phased, two-tiered hike to the state minimum wage that has the support of the legislature’s top two officials. Gordon Friedman/Statesma BERNARD P. JOLLY STATUS IN QUESTIONIn this Oct. 29, 2015 file photo, New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones walks in the end zone before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in Foxborough, Mass. Jones was admitted to a hospital on Sunday and released the same day. Head coach Bill Belichick would not elaborate on Jones’ status for today’s contest with the Chiefs. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer Peter Mallett David Small TIMBER RATTLESNAKEDavid Small, of the Athol Bird & Nature Club, took this photograph of a timber rattlesnake while on a trip in Pennsylvania.