May 16-22, 2016 in Photos VEHICLE CONVOYA convoy of vehicles from the Massachusetts World War II Weekend event happening today and Sunday at the Orange Municipal Airport, arrived at Anne’s Dairy Drive-In, on East Main Street, Friday night to give restaurant patrons an early look at some of the sights of the highly anticipated event. Insert at bottom-right — World War II veteran Vincent “Bill” Purple sits in a era-Jeep driven by Clay Rushford to the event. Photo by Jared Robinson PLANT FAIR PLANNINGThe Friends of Athol Hospital are planning the annual Spring Plant Fair for Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Athol Hospital. Annuals, perennials, baked goods, attic treasures, books, puzzles, jewelry, raffles and more will be featured. Left-to-right — Members Connie Superchi, Judy Meehan, Dot Truckey, Jane Mounce, Patricia Lussier, Marie DePaola, Kate Fulton and Diane Zani. Missing from the photo is Rebecca Bialecki. Submitted photo DUCT TAPE WALLETSA group of teens recently made duct tape wallets at the Athol Public Library. Layne Willhite displays the wallet he created which will hopefully be a safe place to keep his library card. Supplies for the program were provided by the Friends of the Library and ShurTech Brand Duck Tape. For more information about programs for teens at the library, call 978-249-9515. Submitted photo PUNCH LANDEDToronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista (19) gets hit by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) after Bautista slid into second in the eighth inning of a baseball game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, Sunday. Richard W. Rodriguez/Star-Telegram via AP ‘CAPTAIN AMERICA’In this image released by Disney, Anthony Mackie, from left, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans, Elizabeth Olsen and Sebastian Stan appear in a scene from “Captain America: Civil War.” (Disney-Marvel via AP) MAGAZINE STAFFWriters, photographers, editors, business managers and community members alike all gathered for the launch party of the new magazine ‘Uniquely Quabbin’ Thursday night at the Athol Library. Left to right —Mark Wright, graphics designer; Casey Williams, associate business manager; Mia Haringstad, cover photographer; Marcia Gagliardi, publisher and editor; Jane Clukay, associate editor; Debra Ellis, business manager. Photo by Ashley Arseneau SPRING ART SHOW AND CONCERTStudents from the art department at Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange will be displaying their art work at the Annual Spring Art Show on Tuesday, May 17, beginning at 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria. Art work will include photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics and sculptures for grades 7-12. The music department will present their Annual Spring Concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Kermit Cook Auditorium. Performance ensembles will include the Mahar Jazz Band, High School Band & Chorus and Middle VICTORY LANEMatt Kenseth celebrates in Victory Lane after he won the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race, Sunday, at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. AP Photo/Nick Wass FREEDOM CHAIRNate Johnson of the North Quabbin Trails Association Challenged Mobility Team has spent most of his life in an electric wheelchair or being pushed in a manual chair. The Grit Freedom Chair allowed him to move freely over terrain that might challenge his electric chair, at the NQTA’s demonstration of the Freedom Chair on Saturday at the Red Apple Farm. Photo by Ashley Arseneau TUTORIALNorth Quabbin Trails Association Challenged Mobility Team member Andy Kingslsey, right, gave Jessica Luoma, left, a short tutorial on the use of the Grit Freedom Chair at the Red Apple Farm Saturday during NQTA’s demonstration of the chairs. Photo by Ashley Arseneau MOBILE AGAINDavid Elwood was able to be far more mobile than he has in years on Saturday at the North Quabbin Trails Association demonstration of the Grit Freedom Chair. It is designed to go over rougher terrain than most chairs on the market. David and his wife Marilyn are not able to hike together as the activity is too much of a challenge for David, who normally has to use a cane. She said using this chair would allow them to hit the trails together. Photo by Ashley Arseneau QUABBIN SPEAKERBob Clark of Petersham, at right, is shown on a hike with fellow naturalist James Baird. Clark presents a special free program, “Seasons in the Wild,” showcasing decades of his Quabbin Reservoir photo documentation on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 p.m. at Petersham Memorial Library, sponsored by the Petersham Historical Commission. Photo by Nancy Allen CHAMPIONJason Day of Australia, holds The Players Championship trophy Sunday, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. AP Photo/Lynne Sladky HONOREDVictoria Chase, a Phillipston resident and impending graduate of Salem State University, was honored by Gov. Charlie Baker as one of “20 Who Shine” at the State House May 9.Submitted photo HOME RUNBoston Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts, left, celebrates his three-run home off a pitch by Houston Astros’ Chris Devenski in the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park, Sunday, in Boston. Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, right, and Ryan Hanigan also scored on Bogaerts home run. AP Photo/Steven Senne Adam Bergeron The Captain and Tennille — early years. TAKE A LEADAthol High School’s Tyler St. Cyr leads off of first base during Monday night’s baseball contest in Northfield. The Raiders prevailed 1-0.Photo By Katie Richard TO PERFORMThe Definite Maybes will perform Friday at Butterfield Park in Orange as part of the Friendly Town Live concert series. Left to right — Scotty Monette, Melanie Mangum, Doug McLeod, Charlie Mallet.Submitted photo HANNAFORD STEPS UP BIG AGAIN FOOD-A-THON STYLEJust receiving their delivery from a Hannaford Distribution Center this past Saturday, Hannaford Supermarket of Athol and store Manager Ray Abramo prepared their large annual donation to the North Quabbin Food-a-thon, taking place today in various locations in Athol and Orange. As part of the donation, Hannaford is donating 900 cases of non-perishable food weighing in at 11,500 pounds, on 11 skids. Foods include canned goods such as onions and meatballs, pastas, soups, cereals. Abramo said, “Both I and Hann READERSHIPReaders started turning pages early last Thursday night during the ‘Uniquely Quabbin’ magazine launch party at the Athol Public Library. Photo by Ashley Arseneau CONCERT TUESDAYThe Ralph C. Mahar Regional School Music Department will feature their spring concert tonight, Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 in the school’s Kermit Cook Auditorium. The concert will feature performances by the Senator Jazz Ensemble, Middle School Band and Chorus, the Jazz Band and the High School Band, and Chorus (pictured). The concert will be preceded by an art show at 5:30. T-SHIRT DESIGNShown is the T-shirt design selected for this year’s Rabbit Run. It was created by Sophia Slade, a fourth grader at Swift River School in New Salem.Submitted photo GAME-WINNERPittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby, second from left, celebrates with teammates Matt Cullen (7), Brian Dumoulin (8), Kris Letang (58) and Patric Hornqvist, right, after scoring the game winning goal in the overtime period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Monday, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 3-2. AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar MARION L. ADAMS GERALDLITCHFIELD In this May 13, 2016 photo provided by Massachusetts General Hospital, Thomas Manning gives a thumbs up after being asked how he was feeling following the first penis transplant in the United States, in Boston. The organ was transplanted from a deceased donor. Sam Riley/Mass General Hospital via AP TO SPEAKNgorongoro Community Network (NCN) founder, Judy Lane, center, is shown on site with Maasai warriors in Tanzania, Africa. On Sunday, May 22, at 3 p.m., at Village Lyceum at the Unitarian Church in Petersham, Lane will present a talk about the $10-per-family healthcare project for Maasai in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Submitted photo CONVERSIONIn 1957, during the construction of Athol High School on what was the half-mile horse racing track, the fairgrounds and grandstands were still standing beside Lake Ellis. The high school was beginning to intrude onto the fairgrounds land, as seen in the right of the photo. Photo courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson DUNK ITOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) dunks against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Monday. The Thunder won 108-102. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez BASEBALL ACTIONIn this May 1954 photo from an Athol-Orange high school baseball game, Athol’s Jack Hood is tagged at the plate by Dick Johnson (11) as Roger Berquist (10) of Orange looks on at right as do Carl Holman of Athol, left with bat, and John Jasins of Athol (background). Athol won the game.Photo courtesy of Dick Chaisson Try solving this week’s. White to move. Mate in three. KING OF THE HILLAthol’s Bryce Melanson follows through on a pitch during Monday night’s baseball contest in Northfield. Melanson struck out 12 batters in pitching the Raiders to a 1-0 victory over Pioneer. Photo By Katie Richard SLIDING HOMEAthol High School’s Shelby Roussel slides into home safely as Mahar pitcher Sophie Smith covers home on a wild pitch during Tuesday’s softball contest in Athol. The Raiders avenged an early season loss to the Senators with a 21-1 victory. Photo By Josh Talbot ‘MOON OVER BUFFALO’The Barre Players’ production of Ken Ludwig’s mad cap comedy ‘Moon over Buffalo’ continues through this weekend. Performers are, left to right — Meg Norton, Evan Graber, Anthony Masciangoli, Amanda Darrigo, David A. Nestelbaum, Betty Kristan (seated), and Matthew Lewis. Also performing is Lynne Miller. Submitted photo DRAFT LOTTERYBoston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas listens as the results of the NBA basketball draft lottery are announced, Tuesday, in New York. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson WAGON TRAILFisher Hill School students walk with wagons of collected food that were then loaded into the North Quabbin Food-a-thon truck. Students, faculty and staff walked from the school to downtown Orange. Final totals were not yet tallied, but it was unofficially reported that more than $21,000 and hundreds of pounds of food were collected Tuesday.Photo by Cameron Woodcock ARTISTLocal artist Casey Williams spoke first at the Athol Public Library during the recent launch party for ‘Uniquely Quabbin,’ a new magazine that features news and events from around the 20 towns of the North and South Quabbin regions. Williams is also the associate business manager for the magazine. Photo by Ashley Arseneau SQUARE IT UPMahar’s Sarah Graeff smacks an incoming pitch during Tuesday’s softball contest in Athol. The Senators lost to Athol 21-1. Photo By Josh Talbot NETTIE E. JAKOLA DENNIS W. KERYLOW LT. GOV. EXPLAINS COMPACTPhillipston played host community for the Tuesday signing of a Community Compact by seven municipalities on Tuesday, May 17. Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito spoke about the advantages of their towns joining the program. Left-to-right — Phillipston Selectmen Chair Tom Brouillet, Polito, State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee, State Rep. Johathan Zlotnik, State Sen. Anne Gobi, and State Rep. Kimberly Ferguson. On the table are the individual compacts which were signed by their respective communities, tailored to each town's sp SIGNING THE COMPACTPhillipston Selectmen Chair Tom Brouillet is seen signing his signature on behalf of the town of Phillipston with Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito as the first of seven municipalities signing and joining the Community Compact as the host community for the event on Tuesday, May 17. Phillipston, Templeton, Orange, Wendell, New Salem, Westminster and Sunderland were all in attendance with representation signing the compact. Photo by Keith Kent MINDFUL DRAWING NIGHTRachel Schwab, guidance counselor for Royalston Community School and Pleasant Street School in Athol, looks on as families draw during her family mindful drawing night at RCS on May 5. School photo MISSED TAGBoston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, left, misses the tag on Kansas City Royals’ Salvador Perez (13) during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Tuesday. The Royals defeated the Red Sox 8-4. AP Photo/Orlin Wagner SERGEANTS INTRODUCEDThe Athol Police Department’s two newest sergeants were introduced to the public at Tuesday’s selectboard meeting. Promoted recently were officers Jarret Mousseau and Randall Stange, who were officially sworn in as sergeants during a brief ceremony in the town hall rotunda prior to the board meeting. Left to right — Police Chief Timothy Anderson, Mousseau, Stange.Photo by Brian Gelinas CHINESE EXERCISE PRACTITIONERST’ai Chi and Chi Gung practitioners Nick and Valerie Wisniewski will be presenting a talk and slide show on these two ancient Chinese arts of exercise on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m., in the Reading Room of the Wheeler Memorial Library in Orange. Submitted photo HOME SAFELYAthol’s Destiny Ricko slides past Mahar catcher Lani deDiego to score a run during Tuesday’s softball contest in Athol.Photo By Josh Talbot EARTHVIEW GLOBEAthol-Royalston Middle School students were recently treated to a visit by the Earthview inflatable globe from Bridgewater State University and the Massachusetts Geography Alliance. This globe is one of two in the world (and the other one is not available for viewing). Students went inside this hand-painted work of art featuring continents, oceans, tectonic plates, and major landforms on our planet to discuss water resource issues, major landforms, and the ring of fire. The visit of the Earthview was the ki Bernie Sanders TAKING DONATIONSSalvation Army Lt. Michael Buzzard collected donations on Main Street in Athol during the 2016 North Quabbin Food-a-thon on Tuesday morning. Money collected will be used to purchase food for local food pantries. Photo by Ashley Arseneau REST AREAWith the help of a new sign created by Buddy Dyer of Royalston, hikers can locate and enjoy a scenic rest stop on the Tully Trail, a short distance downhill from the top of Jacobs Hill. Photo by Bobby Curley THE RIVERAs seen from Snaky Vista on the Tully Trail in Royalston, the Tully River (East Branch) meanders south into Long Pond, en route to Tully Lake and eventually into the Millers River in Athol. Photo by Bobby Curley QUABBIN BOOKSShown are J.R. Greene’s books on the Quabbin Reservoir. Submitted photo K9 DONATIONOn Monday afternoon, Ed Bezio of Orange Post 172 American Legion Building Association presented the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club with a $10,000 check for their fundraiser for a new dog for the Orange Police Department K9 program. The PJWC was attempting to raise $9,000 to cover the cost of the new dog. The extra money will go into an account to pay for medical expenses, training and equipment for the dog which is yet to be selected. The PJWC will hold a paint and sip fundraiser in July and a raffle at the So NORTH QUABBIN VETERANS OUTREACHIraq war veteran Gabe Nutter, center, and his trauma-assistance dog, Sammy, were presenters at a “Journey Home From War” workshop that was held recently at the Athol Congregational Church UCC. Nutter described his military experience and his continuing journey home into the life of a civilian. As so much of Nutter’s experience and that of other veterans also affects families, the NQVO provides tools and opportunities for family support as well. Nutter has been working as a team leader for SAVE Team (Statewi ARTHUR R. DESREUISSEAU GLOVE SAVEPittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray (30) makes a glove save on a shot by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the third period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday, in Tampa, Fla. The Penguins won the game 4-2. AP Photo/Chris O’Meara TARGET SHOOTINGMaryJo Frisoli of Royalston takes her turn at a target at the Petersham Gun Club. Photo by Kris Comgdon SELECTMEN SIGN OFF ON WARRANTPhillipston Selectmen are shown signing off on a warrant requested by town Animal Control Officer Glenn Whitney for animal removal from the home of Richard and Hillary Marshall, who were recently charged with animal cruelty, a felony crime in Massachusetts,. Signing the warrant, left-to-right, are selectman and Clerk John Telepicak, chairman Tom Brouillet, vice chair Terry Dymek, and Whitney. Photo by Keith Kent UMASS VISITRoyalston Community School’s 6th Grade Career Explorers Group recently visited UMass Amherst. Front row, left-to-right — Isiac Paulino, Kassidy Swan, Katrlyn Cauley, Katrina Bullock, Josiah Potter, Maia Eldridge, Daniel Cummings, Kane Gray. Back — Professor Erika Hamilton, Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences, University of Massachusetts; Liberty Smith; Rachel Schwab, guidance counselor; Ryan Darling; Mrs. Berguist-Darling, paraprofessional. School ON THE BUMPBoston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price delivers to a Kansas City Royals batter during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday. AP Photo/Orlin Wagner OUT AT SECONDBoston Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts, front, is forced out by Kansas City Royals second baseman Omar Infante, back, during the first inning of a baseball game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., Wednesday. Boston Red Sox’s Hanley Ramirez, who hit into the double play, was out at first base on the play. AP Photo/Orlin Wagner CULTURAL ARTIFACTSAthol Royalston Middle School has borrowed a collection of artifacts from the African Art Center in Clinton for the school’s upcoming multicultural festival on June 9. Among the borrowed items are several impressive masks, including the one art teacher Julie Savas is carrying. School photo VETERANS BREAKFASTThe Semi-Annual Veterans’ Breakfast, hosted by Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol, was held recently. The breakfast took place during a week filled with activities to celebrate the residents, patients, and staff in nursing facilities across the country in observance of National Nursing Home Week. The Veterans’ Breakfast recognizes the commitment and scarifies of veterans and their families. Photo by Michael Kachadoorian, MBA, LNHA ANNUAL PLAYVillage School 4th through 6th graders pose as Greek gods and heroes for the annual play, “Zeus on the Loose,” at the Royalston Town Hall, Friday, May 20, at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.School photo REACH FOR ITGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reaches for the ball in front of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dion Waiters during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez WWII WEEKEND PROCLAMATIONArmed Forces Day weekend has been officially proclaimed by Gov. Charlie Baker to be “Massachusetts World War II Weekend.” Holding the proclamation above in front of the Phillipston Town Hall on Tuesday was State Rep. Susannah Whipps Lee (R-Athol). At left is Dan Eaton, Massachusetts WWII Weekend participant, and to her right is North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mark Wright. A two-day, Massachusetts WWII Weekend event will be held at Orange Municipal Airport on May 21 and May 22, from 10 a NEADS DONATIOND’Ambrosio Eye Care gave its third quarterly donation to NEADS: Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, headquartered in Princeton. Donations are from sales of promotional eyeglass lens packages and the sale of stuffed NEADs puppies available at any of the four D’Ambrosio offices in Lancaster, Acton, Gardner and Athol. Jocelyn Mylott, RDO / Optical Manager at D’Ambrosio Eye Care, presents the check to Currahee and Cathy Zemaitis of NEADs. Submitted photo MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL PREPARATIONSAthol-Royalston Middle School students Anais Portacarrero and Justin Vazquez are shown assisting teacher Beth Gospodarek as they discuss with fifth and sixth graders plans for the Multicultural Festival that will take place at the school on June 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. School photo PASS IT ONAthol’s Nelson Leadbetter passes the volleyball during Thursday’s match in Athol. Photo By Mike Phillips TIP ITAthol’s Tyler Lajoie tips the volleyball around the block of a Chicopee defender during Thursday’s volleyball match in Athol. The Raiders won in four sets. Photo By Mike Phillips ABOVE THE NETAthol High School’s Hudson Carlson goes up for a spike during Thursday’s volleyball match in Athol. The Raiders improved to 14-4 with a defeat of the Pacers. Photo By Mike Phillips APOLOGYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, smiles as a person takes a selfie photograph with him after he delivered remarks at the Komagata Maru Apology reception in Ottawa, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. A New Democrat MP says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “manhandled” another member on the floor of the House of Commons just prior to a key vote.Fred Chartrand/The Canadian Press via AP TURNED AWAYCleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) blocks a shot by Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Thursday, in Cleveland. AP Photo/Tony Dejak Andrea Constand Sheriff Chris Donelan FAMILY PARTICIPATIONSeveral families participated in the trout stocking along Millers River at the Alan E. Rich Environmental Park in Athol on May 14. Among them were Jack Ellis, 2, left, and Chloe Ellis, 4, right, of Pittstown, N.J., and their great-grandfather Ralph Dawson, 80, of Athol. The event was held by the Millers River Fishermen’s Association. Photo by Brian Gelinas EARLY VOLUNTEERMarissa Paton of Orange was out early Tuesday morning collecting donations for the North Quabbin Food-a-thon. Photo by Ashley Arseneau SPEAKERTony Buettner of Blue Zones® addresses the audience at Quabbin Retreat in Petersham, where he presented global research on the secrets to longer, healthier lives.Submitted photo NEW TECHNOLOGYOn Monday, Ed Bezio of Orange Post 172 American Legion Building Association, presented the Orange Fire Department with a check for $6,388.32 to help pay for a new EMS computer system for the ambulance. Dan Emerson, OFD Firefighter/Paramedic, right, accepted the donation. Photo by Ashley Arseneau DISPLAY OF WORKDuring the recent magazine launch event at tje Athol Public Library, Jane Clukay, associate editor for ‘Uniquely Quabbin,’ displayed a 1970s copy of the ‘Southeastern Gale,’ a newspaper she worked for previously. Photo by Ashley Arseneau TREES DONATEDRoyalston was selected as one of the towns in Massachusetts to receive four white oak trees from National Grid to plant on the common. Shown in the photo are Patience Bundschuh, Common Restoration Committee, Billy Quinones, Bigelow Nursery, Lance Wade, Western District Forestry Advisor for National Grid, Rob Herrick, Contract Utility Forester for National Grid, and Larry Siegel, Tree Warden. POPS CONCERTThe 38th Annual Evening at the Pops was presented by the Orange Community Band Saturday, May 7 at the Armory on East Main Street. Conductor Stephanie Parker (center, bowing) has been a member of the OCB since age 10. This is her 11th year as conductor. The band preforms Friday evenings from June 24 to July 31 at the Butterfield Park in Orange, starting at 7 p.m. Area musicians are welcome to join them.Photo by Mike Phillips OPENING DAYMembers of the Orange Little League recently paraded down South Main Street in Orange to Muzzey Field where abbreviated games were played on opening day. SIGNS OF SPRINGPhotographer Joseph Superchi of Athol photographed these local birds recently, which, he said, herald the coming of warmer weather. AWARD RECIPIENTMount Wachusett Community College graduate Tatjana James of Athol was a recipient of this year’s Service Learning Scholarship, presented by the college’s Center for Civic Learning and Community Engagement during the college’s recent commencement ceremony. Submitted photo BEAR SPOTTEDThis photo of a bear on Old Keene Road in Athol was taken by Lee Lozier Wednesday night, May 18. CONFERSHouse Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., left, confers with the committee’s ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) DIRECTING TRAFFICIn this April 17, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue directs his players during the first half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Detroit Pistons in Cleveland. No coach in NBA history has started a postseason like Lue, who improved to 10-0 after the Cavaliers rolled over the Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals. AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File Gerald L. Bankowski Andrew N. Boucher Allen T. Goguen AWARD RECIPIENTSRegistered nurses honored at Heywood Hospital’s 5th annual Martha Heywood Nursing Excellence Awards included, left to right — Jessica Desrosiers, Christina Baldini, Lisa Prentiss and MaryEllen Alty. Submitted photo LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER RECOGNIZEDDanielle StJean of Shelby Co. Productions Photography, a local professional studio based in Athol, recently attended the prestigious New England Institute of Professional Photography’s annual intensive course of study and retreat, as well as the Massachusetts division four-day conference. She received merits and six new photographic awards for excellence. Shelby Co. specializes in weddings, children and families. More information is available on the website at www.shelbycopro Rafaela Lopes Moshe Yaalon MWCC COMMENCEMENTAmong this year’s Pathways Early College Innovation School and Gateway to College graduates recognized at the recent Mount Wachusett Community College commencement, were, left to right — Emanuel Corbiel of Baldwinville, Bella Ballin of Worcester, Levi Bushnell of Hubbardston and Kayla Pollack of Orange. The two dual enrollment programs are offered in partnership between MWCC and the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School District. Submitted photo PREAKNESS FAVORITENyquist is attended to by hot walker Fernel “Lefty” Serrano after a workout at Pimlico Race Course, Friday, in Baltimore. The 141st Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place today. AP Photo/Garry Jones GRANDSTANDShown in these 1957 photos are the old grandstand (above) that was located at the old Athol Fairgrounds. The fairgrounds were dismantled and the land was used to build the new Athol High School. The bottom photo shows the horse barns that were also dismantled on the site. Photos courtesy of Bob Leonard Allison Higley White MAKEOVERWorkers Credit Union is launching a new brand look. The first new sign was installed at the Leominster Water Tower branch at 319 North Main St. It is anticipated the Orange branch signage will go up in June. The WCU expects to complete revamping all offices by the end of July.