March 28 - April 3, 2016 in Photos UNDER THE BANNERThe 3rd annual Chet Hall Memorial Breakfast took place this past Saturday at the Royalston Community School, and saw on the order of 300 people enjoy a family-oriented morning of fun, food, and fellowship. Guests entered under the camouflage and hunter orange banner that was the vision and creation of “upstairs” para-professional Lori Bergquist Darling. The breakfast honors the memory of staunch advocate for improved opportunities for area youth. Hall, then a member of the Athol-Royalston Regional School Di NO. 1 AT THE BOX OFFICEThis image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment shows Ben Affleck as Batman, left, and Henry Cavill as Superman in a scene from, “Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice.” Clay Enos/Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP READY & WAITINGWith a photo of Chet Hall looking on, several of his friends and partners in improving youth opportunities worked on the front line at the latest fundraising breakfast held annually in his memory. Among the kitchen crew at the Royalston Community School earlier in the month were, left-to-right — Carolyn Camden, Eileene Farrell, Christopher Deveneau, Joe Barrows, and Laurie Deveneau. Hundreds of breakfasts were served, with the proceeds going toward scholarships in Hall’s name. Photo by Mary C. Barclay COMPETITORLocal singer Caroline Salls was one of the 15 competitors taking part in the first qualifier round of the Talent Quest National Karaoke Competition held Thursday at The Steel Pub in Athol. Photo by Lori Jillson Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.Warner Bros. Entertainment via AP JUDGESThe judges react to one competitor’s performance at the first qualifier round of the Talent Quest National Karaoke Competition held Thursday at The Steel Pub in Athol.Photo by Lori Jillson POPULAR COURSE RETURNSSue Morello, left, of Sheldon Farm Baskets in Barre, returns to the Petersham Art Center on Saturday, April 16, to teach another of her popular basket classes. Pictured with Morello is Barbara Robichaud of Athol. On Saturday, April 9, Lynn Hartman of Hartman’s Herb Farm, also in Barre, will teach a class on how to create a fairy dish garden. Submitted photo PUZZLE-A-THONA group of 45 community members put together puzzles at the recent MS Puzzle-A-Thon held at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. Organizer Diana Towle is continuing to collect donations to benefit the Greater New England Chapter of the National MS Society. She is getting close to last year’s total and would like to surpass that. Donations to the National MS Society will be accepted until April 1st and can be mailed to 337 Tully Rd., Orange, MA 01364. Photo by Jessica Gale-Tanner RABIES CLINICNorth Orange Grange member Ben Tanner fills out a Rabies Vaccination Certificate for a dog at the recent Rabies Clinic held at the Orange Fire Station. The annual clinic vaccinated 141 area dogs and cats and is sponsored by North Orange Grange. Dr. Patrick Temple, D.V.M. of Adams Animal Hospital in Athol administered the vaccines. Photo by Jessica Gale-Tanne TAGGED OUTPhiladelphia Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco tags out Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts who was trying to advance to third on a Dustin Pedroia single in the fourth inning of an interleague spring training baseball game, Sunday, in Sarasota, Fla. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez FINAL FOUR BOUNDSyracuse’s Malachi Richardson (23) celebrates after making three point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Virginia in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, in Chicago. Syracuse won 68-62. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh CUT DOWN THE NETSNorth Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts after cutting the net after a regional final men’s college basketball game against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, in Philadelphia. North Carolina won 88-74 to advance to the Final Four. AP Photo/Matt Rourke Casey Williams, left, and Jane Clukay KNOCKED OUTVirginia’s London Perrantes (32) wipes his tears as he sits in the locker room after an NCAA college basketball game against Syracuse in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, in Chicago. Syracuse won 68-62. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogas BELTING IT OUTAthol resident and competition hopeful Lori Jillson belts out her own version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” at the first qualifier round of the Talent Quest National Karaoke Competition held Thursday at The Steel Pub in Athol.Photo by Brian Gelinas SARAH VAUGHAN STAMP PHOTO BOOK PUBLISHEDPhotographer Mitchell R. Grosky, of Athol, has announced the publication of his first major photography book, arranged in coffee-table style, featuring a pictorial tour of the nine North Quabbin towns and 17 surrounding towns. The book is titled “The North Quabbin and Beyond: A Photographic Tribute by Mitchell R. Grosky.” Submitted photo GNOME HOMEThis photo shows a gnome home that Steve Hoke made at Millerstown Community Park in Millerstown, Pa., Monday, March 28, 2016. The Pennlive.com news site reported Monday that 11 gnome homes have been moved to Millerstown Community Park and three are in Noye Park in Duncannon, Pa. after 40 of the mini houses were evicted from Little Buffalo State Park in February. Mark Pynes/PennLive.com via AP CONSULTANTTed Carman, from Concord Square Planning & Development Inc. Photo by Richard Howard Photography ALICE A. KNAPPE TEAM PICTUREThe Orange Devils posed for a team picture while playing at the Athol Fairgrounds in 1956. Left to right — Jeanette Johnson, Ginny Dresser, Pat (last name unknown), Marge Goodell, Jean Cummings, Kay Paliulis, Shirley “Porky” Zani, Janet Wilson, Ellie Goyette. Photo courtesy of Bob Leonard TURNING TWOBoston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts, top, throws to first for at an attempted double play after forcing out Baltimore Orioles’ Francisco Pena (27) at second in the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game, Monday, in Fort Myers, Fla. Orioles’ Julio Borbon was safe at first on the play. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez Gary Winitzer Jon Hardie Christopher Donelan FINAL FOURSyracuse’s head coach Jim Boeheim signals during the second half of a college basketball game against Virginia in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, in Chicago. The Orange are the surprise team in the Final Four, joining Villanova, Oklahoma and North Carolina. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh LOCAL BALL PLAYERSIn this 1956 photo taken at the Athol Fairgrounds, Shirley “Porky” Zani is seen catching in a baseball game for the Orange Devils team. A plaque at Butterfield Park was put up last fall to honor Zani for her dedication to getting women involved in sports in the area during that time. Photo courtesy of Bob Leonard It is White’s turn to move. Can you find the quickest way to get checkmate? ATTACK THE HOOPBoston Celtics guard Marcus Smart, left, shoots as Los Angeles Clippers forward Jeff Green defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 114-90. AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill DANCINGChildren and Fisher Hill School Principal Maureen Donelan enjoy dancing on the stage during the cake walk held during the recent Orange Elementary PTO Pasta Dinner. Photo by Jessica Gale-Tanner COMIC COOKSDespite cutting up in the Royalston Community School kitchen, the comic cooks turned out pancakes that were light and fluffy, and perfectly-prepared sausage — choice of venison or pork. The trio turned out hundreds of breakfasts the past Saturday at the 3rd annual Chet Hall Memorial Breakfast, which supports scholarships in memory of longtime youth advocate and Athol-Regional School Committee member Chet Hall III. Photo by Mary C. Barclay DUORoyalston Community School’s (RCS) Parent-Teacher Group (PTG) immediate past president Jenn Basso and Katie Leander, daughter of the newly-named Athol Community Elementary School Principal Michael Leander were the duo dubbed for drink duty at the 3rd annual Chet Hall Memorial Breakfast. The event saw a huge crowd who enjoyed a delicious breakfast and a variety of raffles at RCS, with proceeds going toward student scholarships. Photo by Mary C. Barclay PHOTO OPA group of children pose for a photo with the Easter Bunny at the Orange Lions Club’s recent Easter Egg Hunt at Dexter Park School. Photo by Jessica Gale-Tanner EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESSOn Saturday, Orange Police Officer Clay Rushford, a nationally certified search and rescue manager, and members of the Northeast Houndsmen took time to instruct a class to Boy Scout Kyle Monette, of Orange Troop 1837 on search and rescue operations. To obtain a merit badge for Emergency Preparedness a scout must participate in a real search or a drill with a scouting unit or a community agency. After classroom instruction on hasty searching, profiles, asset deployment and topographical map reading, Monette OIL PRICES Patty Duke DONATIONS REQUESTED FOR POLICE GRAVE MARKERSThe Jason Boutelle family is reaching out for donations to purchase police officer grave markers to place at the grave site of every former Phillipston police officer. Boutelle got the idea after placing a marker at his father’s grave, John H. Boutelle Sr., a past Phillipston police officer and fireman. He realized markers were placed at graves of fire department members, but not police department members. Left to right — Boutelle, Tammy Roache (holding one of the aluminum markers) and Caleb Roache. Photo CAMP AWARDCamden Mosher was one of four given Camp Awards at the North Worcester County Quabbin Anglers Association’s annual Awards Banquet at the Athol Orange Lodge of Elks Saturday night. With Winship is Mass. Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matt Beaton, right, and retired Sen. Stephen Brewer. Photo by Jared Robinson SHORE CLASS TROPHYFirst place in the shore class for the 2015 annual Roy Burnham Memorial Census Day at the Quabbin Reservoir went to Sophie Putnam, right, for her 6-pound, 4-ounce lake trout. With Putnam is Burnham’s daughter Sue Sargent. Photo by Jared Robinson FIRST PLACEKenny Wilder won the first place trophy for the open class for the 2015 Roy Burnham Memorial Census Day at the Quabbin. Wilder caught a 3-pound, 7-ounce small mouth bass. The trophy was awarded to Wilder at the North Worcester County Quabbin Anglers Association’s annual Awards Banquet at the Athol Orange Lodge of Elks recently. With Wilder is State Sen. Anne Gobi and Bill Pula, Quabbin Reservoir Director for the Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife. Photo by Jared Robinson FIRE TO FIRSTBoston Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt throws to first during a spring training baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday, in Fort Myers, Fla. AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez DONATIONS COLLECTEDTrailhead recently collected $3,050 for a local disabled veteran and his famiily. DRIBBLE ITUnited States’ Jozy Altidore, left, dribbles the ball through Guatemala defenders during the second half of a World Cup qualifying soccer match Tuesday, in Columbus, Ohio. The United States beat Guatemala 4-0. AP Photo/Jay LaPrete DINNER DANCESome of the items on offer for the silent auction at the YMCA Dinner Dance this Saturday include Bruins and Red Sox tickets, and many other prizes donated by local businesses. GOALNew Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac (19) scores a goal on Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, in Newark, N.J. The Devils prevailed 2-1. AP Photo/Julio Cortez TIP ITAthol High School’s Nick Casella tips a set during a recent practice. Casella and the Athol volleyball team open their season today when Leominster comes to town. Photo By Josh Talbot SET IT UPAthol High School’s Tyler Lajoie sets the volleyball as teammate Carter Amadon (background) readies during a recent practice. Lajoie and Amadon will be two key pieces to Athol’s success this spring. Photo By Josh Talbot EVER-CHANGINGKatie Sandrelli oversaw an ever-changing selection of home-baked breads, biscuits, cakes, muffins and pastries that came as part of the Chet Hall Memorial Breakfast, held recently at the Royalston Community School. Then District School Committee member Chet Hall, III, suffered a fatal heart attack in January of 2014. He had been working diligently to improve opportunities for area youth, with one of his main goals being to see to completion a new elementary school building for the youth of Athol. Pho GREAT POTENTIALThis is a view of the railroad tracks in Athol off South Athol Road near the wastewater treatment plant, looking east, with L.S. Starrett Co. chimney in the distance. There is great potential in the near future for expanded rail service as well as road improvements, due to increased Federal transportation funding. Athol Daily News photo MARY J. BENNETT CORRINE DELORME ESTHER W. SHEPARDSON RETIREES CLUBThe first annual meeting of the Orange-Greenfield Daytona Beach Retirees Club was held recently in Florida. Seated left to right — Joseph Spadafora, Courtney Woodcock, Mary Colo, Joan Kaczmarczyk, and Vic “The Don” Colo. Standing — Barbara Woodcock, Oli Paoletti, Barbara Spadafora, Ginny Jones, Marty Picard, Diane Picard. Photo by president Sam Kaczmarczyk Darnell JonesSubmitted photo Oliver Stone FORMER CHIEF SPEAKS IN SUPPORTPhillipston resident and former fire chief, Gordon Tallman, above, spoke in support of current PFD Chief Richard C. Stevens on the issue of being able to take the command vehicle home at night so he can respond to any kind of emergency that may take place in town as quickly as possible. Tallman said, “I cannot say enough, time is of the essence when responding and our chief needs to be able to take the vehicle home at night.” Photo by Keith Kent PRIZE TABLEChildren choose a prize at the recent Orange Lions Club’s Easter Egg Hunt. The well attended event was held at Dexter Park School. Photo by Jessica Gale-Tanner LUNCH ON THE ROADQuabbin Valley Healthcare, of Athol, took lunch on the road to Petersham recently and brought homemade macaroni and cheese for the seniors’ lunch. It was met with great enthusiasm and compliments to the chefs, Donna McWhinnie and Bob Troth. Michael Kachadoorian, QVHC’s marketing director stated, “This continues QVHC’s commitment to the seniors in our communities and is a small token of our appreciation to them.” Submitted photo MEDAL WINNERSAthol Area YMCA martial artists recently won several medals through their participation in the spring competitions of the 2016 season. Left to right — Lillian Maxwell, instructor Paul Chiasson, and Jacob Lehtomaki, who also took home a first Grand Champion award. Submitted photo SHOOTINGVirginia State Police spokesperson Corrine Geller, left, speaks during a news conference outside a Greyhound bus station Thursday, March 31, 2016 in Richmond, Va. Several people were taken to the hospital after a shooting at the Richmond bus station. AP Photo/Steve Helber GOING UPBoston Celtics guard Avery Bradley shoots next to Portland Trail Blazers forward Maurice Harkless, rear, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday. The Blazers won 116-109. AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer DREAM PRIZESThis year’s annual Chet Hall Memorial Breakfast, held recently at the Royalston Community School, offered not only a delicious breakfast at a family-friendly price, but chances to win cash, numerous items in the tin can auction, one or more of 30 themed baskets, three bicycles, a “deercam” camera, KitchenAid Mixer and lottery ticket/gift card tree, but also the chance for a couple of dream prizes. Up for grabs were two tickets to an April Red Sox v. Tampa Bay baseball game and a year’s supply of ice cream f KING OF THE HILLMahar’s Hunter Richardson fires a pitch towards home plate during Wednesday’s scrimmage at Quabbin. The Senators open today with a trip to Commerce High School. Photo By Mike Phillips KILL ITAthol High School’s Hudson Carlson goes up for the kill during Thursday’s volleyball match in Athol. Carlson racked up seven kills as the Raiders dropped Leominster in three sets. Photo By Josh Talbot HIT THE FLOORAthol High School’s Nick Casella dives to the floor during Thursday’s volleyball match in Athol. The Raiders defeated Leominster in straight sets. Photo By Josh Talbot CAST AND CHORUSMargarine! The Musical will be presented by the Petersham Grange at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5, at Petersham Town Hall. The program is free and open to all. Some of the members of the cast and chorus are shown after a rehearsal session at town hall. Front row, left-to-right — Chuck Berube, Barrett Anderson, Jack Kittredge, Diane Nassif, Barbara Hanno, Jeanneane Pugliese, Rini Kilcoyne, and Emily Arnold. Back — Louise Huppert, Clint Shaw Julie Rawson, Jim Paveo, Sheila Youd, Debra Bachrach, Hilary Loring, Mi PATRICIA A. LEONARD PASTA DINNERThe cafetorium at Fisher Hill School was abuzz with activity during the recent Orange Elementary PTO Pasta Dinner. In addition to the dinner, there were raffles, a cake walk and bake sale. Photo by Jessica Gale-Tanner TO PERFORMPioneer Valley Brass will perform a free public concert of traditional and modern music arranged for brass on Sunday, April 3, at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully at 4 p.m. The program is the 769th memorial service sponsored by the First Universalist Parish of North Dana, to ensure that the memory of that Parish, which was forced to leave North Dana for the creation of the Quabbin, continues. Left to right — Dick Tandy, Jim Engele, Joe Hoye, Jeri Bannister and Ryan Caster. Curtis Coolidge will DENTAL HEALTH LESSONAmy Burnham, parent of Royalston Community School first grader Jackson Burnham, delivered dental health goody bags for the entire school that contain a toothbrush, toothpaste and flossers donated by the Athol Dental Associates. Above, right, is RCS Nurse Sheila Hall with Amy Burnham and her son Jackson after giving grade one students a dental health lesson.School photo ATHOL CREDIT UNION SUPPORTS YMCAShawn Gonynor, of the Athol Credit Union, recently presented Jeanette Robichaud, director of the Athol Area YMCA, a check for $1,150 to support youth programs at the Y. The funds will be used for youth sports and also for Camp Wiyaka camperships. The Athol Credit Union has been a longtime supporter of the YMCA in its work to strengthen the foundation of community. Submitted photo Jacob Lew HOT CORNERMahar’s Chris Pace fields a grounder during Wednesday’s scrimmage at Quabbin High School. Pace, a senior, is battling to earn the team’s third base job. Photo By Mike Phillips ADDED FLOOR SPACEBusiness partners John Cotter, left, and Brad Cass stand in the newly expanded retail space at Uptown Package Store, at 2280 Main St., in Athol. The expansion added 1,900 square feet of floor space, increasing the total square footage to 3,300. The total includes 300 square feet of new office space, 600 square feet of retail space and an additional 1,000 square feet in storage space. Photo by Brian Gelinas Debra L. Daniels Submitted photo SOUTHPAWAthol’s Merrick Decker fires a pitch towards home plate during Wednesday’s scrimmage in Athol. Decker, a junior, will be a critical piece to the Raiders success as they look to return to the postseason for the fourth time in five seasons. FIRE TO FIRSTAthol’s Isaac Raulston fires a throw to first base during Wednesday’s scrimmage. Raulston is in the mix at both third and second base for the Raiders. Athol travels to Salem on Sunday. Photo Courtesy of Nicholas Bousquet Darcie R. Hall Charles Koch BOOK SIGNINGPolitical scientist Robert D. Putnam pens a note to Mount Wachusett Community College President Daniel Asquino during a book signing that followed the author’s presentation. TEA TIME PARTICIPANTSParticipants in Mount Wachusett Community College’s Tea Time speaker series event on immigration included, from left — MWCC student Mili Silva, Dean of Students Jason Zelesky, Senior Resource Specialist Sharmese Gunn, MWCC Trustee Joana Dos Santos, and MWCC Diversity Coalition co-chair Maria Gariepy. Submitted photo EVELYN MINKKINEN MARIE A. SATROWSKY CENSUS DAY AWARDSTrophy winners for the 2015 annual Roy Burnham Memorial Census Day at the Quabbin Reservoir are, front row, left to right — Jaxson Haggett, John Salmon, Carly Chase and Gage Wood. With the trophy winners are Burnham’s daughter Sue Sargent, State Sen. Anne Gobi (D-Spencer) and Quabbin Reservoir director for the Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife Bill Pula. The awards were presented at the North Worcester County Quabbin Anglers Association’s annual Awards Banquet at the Athol-Orange Lodge of NEW ACEBoston Red Sox’s David Price pitches to the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, in Bradenton, Fla. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara TASTING AREAEmployee Tracie Gwynn, left, and Brad Cass, who along with business partner John Cotter runs Uptown Package Store at 2280 Main St., in Athol, stand in the newly created product tasting area which was possible due to a recent store expansion. The inaugural tasting will be a vodka tasting on Sunday, April 3, from 1 to 3 p.m.Photo by Brian Gelinas Martin Brown, Village School K-1 Teacher 'Good Night, Gorilla'