November 13-22, 2015 GRAND OPENINGThe woman’s fashion clothing store Maurices formally opened today at North Quabbin Commons, in Athol, with a ribbon cutting hosted by the North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce. Present were members of the local business community to congratulate the staff on the successful opening of the store. Maurices Store Manager Stephanie Stokes cut a ribbon adorned with a bow made by store staff. Stokes said she has met many amazing people in the last few months. “There is a lot of heart here and I’m really excited to be AT ATTENTIONAttendees stand at attention during the playing of the National Anthem at the U.S. Marine Corps 240th Birthday Ball held at the Athol American Legion on Tuesday. The event was hosted by Marine Corps League Pequoig Detachment 1168. In the foreground are, front, left to right — Pequoig Detachment Senior Vice Commandant Martin Tessier Sr., Arlene Tessier, Nancy Heaney, First Sgt. Michael Sabo. Rear — Cindy Hartwell, World War II veteran Vincent “Bill” Purple, Deni Ellis (partially hidden). Photo by Brian Gelin ON THE RUNAthol High School quarterback Trever Mousseau tucks and runs during last week’s football contest in Athol. The Raiders seek their third straight win as they host Smith Voke tonight. Photo By Mike Phillips POWDER PUFFThe annual Athol High School “Powder Puff” game will be played on Wednesday, Nov. 18, on O’Brien Field. This year’s event will include a freshmen/sophomore game at 5:30 p.m. with the junior/senior game to follow. A bonfire is planned for 6 p.m. and the concession stand will be selling fried dough. Pictured, left to right, are Isabella L’Ecuyer, Hannah Lajoie, Ashlee Giansanto, Ashley Bacigalupo, Ana Ricko, Natasha Castillo, Caley McLaughlin, Yanibel Perez, Hannah Arsenault, Crista Jillson and Celeste Torrac OPEN SPACEBuffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy runs with the ball against the New York Jets during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, in East Rutherford, N.J. AP Photo/Bill Kostroun ON THE ICEBoston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) skates during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Thursday. AP Photo/Charles Krupa GENERAL LEJEUNE’S MESSAGEMarine Corps League Pequoig Detachment Adjutant Bernie Heaney reads General Lejeune’s Birthday Message to attendees at the U.S. Marine Corps 240th Birthday Ball held Tuesday at the Athol American Legion. Photo by Brian Gelinas IN ATTENDANCEFrom left, Al Hodgdon, Northeast Quabbin Veterans District Director Neil McGuirk and Town Manager Shaun Suhoski were among those in attendance at the Veterans’ Day ceremonies held at Athol’s town hall on Wednesday. Photo by Brian Gelinas TARGETEDThis image made from militant video, which has been verified by SITE Intel Group and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows Mohammed Emwazi, known as “Jihadi John,” holding a knife. A U.S. drone strike targeted a vehicle in Syria believed to be transporting the masked Islamic State militant known as “Jihadi John” on Thursday, Nov. 12, according to American officials. SITE Intel Group via AP RUN FOR A THOUSANDMahar running back Malik Adams tries to elude a Belchertown defender during a recent football contest in Orange. Adams needs 68 yards to join teammate Clay Richardson in the 1,000-yard club. The Senators host Pittsfield tonight. Photo By Josh Talbot MEDAL OF HONORPresident Barack Obama bestows the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor to retired Army captain Florent Groberg during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday. AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais OFFICERSAthol Police Lt. Kevin Heath, left, and Police Chief Timothy Anderson were in attendance at the Veterans’ Day ceremonies held in Memorial Hall at Athol’s Town Hall on Wednesday. Photo by Brian Gelinas Oil Prices Nov. 13 VETERAN THANK YOUDaisy Troop 64579 and Brownie Troop 64599, of Petersham recently made thank-you pictures for the veterans of Petersham American Legion Post 415 annual Veterans Day dinner. Back, left-to-right — Aurora Minty, Emma Ames, Julia Hatch, Mya Harris, Sophia Gauvin, Emma Harrington, Bella Sayarath, Bianca Medeiros. Front, left-to-right — Ella Reeves, Sophia Teele, Marlena Smith, Maya Putnam, Ava Dejackome, Luna Minty, Mackenzie Downing, Molly Wilder, Ava Adams, Allie Harrington. Not pictured, but participating — Sa GWENDOLYN SMALLS QUABBIN NJROTCMembers of the Quabbin Regional High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps assisted with the serving of the meal at the U.S. Marine Corps 240th Birthday Ball held Tuesday at the Athol American Legion. The event was hosted by Marine Corps League Pequoig Detachment 1168. Above, the members stand at attention after being recognized for their service. Photo by Brian Gelinas LEE ROBERT MOORE SHERRIF CHRIS DONELAN CUT UP THE FIELDAthol’s Shawn Smart (30) makes a cut up the field as teammate Nick Casella (25) throws a block during Friday night’s football contest in Athol. The Raiders defeated Smith Voke 39-12 for their third straight victory. Photo By Mike Phillips MOCK PHARMACYSenior Mikayla Rutledge counts “pills” in the new mock CVS Pharmacy at Greater Lowell Technical High School recently as part of the school’s pharmacy technician program, in Tyngsboro, Mass. The real-life training will help students when they take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam after graduation. Amelia Pak-Harvey/The Lowell Sun via AP DRIBBLEBoston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Friday. AP Photo/Charles Krupa FILEIn this March 30, 2010, file photo, reviewed by the U.S. military, a U.S. trooper stands in the turret of a vehicle with a machine gun, left, as a guard looks out from a tower at the detention facility of Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba. AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File INSPIRING SEMINARStudents from Franklin County Technical school recently attended the Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Students participated in activities such as electronic storytelling with chibitronics, which was led by UMass College of Engineering undergraduate students; engineering drug delivery, led by UMass College of Engineering undergraduate students; and the lotus effect and capillary origami. Submitted RULESThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued new produce safety rules Friday in the wake of large foodborne illness outbreaks over the last decade, including deadly outbreaks linked to fresh spinach, cantaloupes and cucumbers. AP Photos/File SHOOTINGSMedics attend the scene as victims lay on the pavement outside a Paris restaurant, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. Police officials in France on Friday report multiple terror incidents, including shootings, explosions and hostage taking, leaving more than 100 dead. AP Photo/Thibault Camus STIFF ARMMahar running back Malik Adams (22) uses a stiff arm to keep a pair of Pittsfield defenders at bay during Friday night’s football contest in Orange. Adams racked up 75 yards rushing, giving him 1,013 for the season, but the Senators suffered a 20-18 loss to the Generals. Photo By Josh Talbot SAFETY PRESENTATIONMahar Regional High School Principal Scott Hemlin gave a presentation at the Mahar School Committee meeting Monday night to update them on safety procedures at the school. At right is Orange Selectman Kathy Reinig. Photo by Ashley Arseneau CLIMATE MARCHThe North Quabbin Pipeline Action group and other North Quabbin region environmental groups are sponsoring the Global People’s Climate March for the Earth on Sunday, Nov. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Uptown Common, Athol. RONALD P. CHERICHETTI FLAGPOLE FIXEDThe Orange Fire Department is shown fixing the flagpole at Memorial Park in advance of Veterans’ Day on Wednesday. Photo by Marcia Gagliardi WINSIn this Nov. 12, 2015 photo provided by Darrick Fauvel, Lindsay Miller of Lowell, Mass., wears a spaghetti strainer to reflect her religious beliefs while holding her temporary driver license that also bears a photo of her wearing the colander. Miller said she “absolutely loves the history and the story” of pastafarians, who are part of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles initially forbade Miller to wear the colander in the identification photo. Sh RIVERBEND SCHOOL HONORS VETERANSTess Dupray, Student Council President, holds an American flag for special guest speaker, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Stone. Lt. Col. Stone had an interactive discussion with the students regarding the history of Veterans’ Day and the meaning of the American flag.School photo VILLAGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSEVillage School preschool teacher, Leanne Limoges, guides children in a baking project. An open house will be held at the school in Royalston on Nov. 21. ‘SCARF BOMBING’Scarves hang from trees at a location in Ontario, Canada, as part of a “scarf bombing” event. Scarf bombing has taken hold across the United States and Canada, where it is reported to have begun, and is a humanitarian undertaking providing scarves to the homeless and others in need. Locally, Bonnie Bradshaw, of Orange, is coordinating a scarf bombing in which scarves will be hung in Memorial Park and at the Main Street center in Orange during the first two weeks of December. She said she w RIVERBEND SCHOOL HONORS VETERANSTess Dupray, Student Council President, holds an American flag for special guest speaker, retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Charles Stone. Lt. Col. Stone had an interactive discussion with the students regarding the history of Veterans’ Day and the meaning of the American flag.School photo RICHARD A. PAUL DRIVE THE LANEBoston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) drives past Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday. Boston won 100-85. AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki COLOR GUARDMembers of the Marine Corps League Pequoig Detachment 1168 color guard stand at attention during Veterans’ Day ceremonies held in Athol’s town hall last Wednesday. Left to right — Bernie Heaney, Gary Williams, Mark Ellis. Photo by Brian Gelinas MASTERMINDThis undated image made available in the Islamic State’s English-language magazine Dabiq, shows Abdelhamid Abaaoud. Abaaoud was identified by French authorities on Monday Nov. 16, 2015, as the presumed mastermind of the terror attacks last Friday in Paris that killed over a hundred people and injured hundreds more. Militant Photo via AP CHAMPMahar Junior Jordan Martin hefts her title belt high in a dream sequence about being a prize fighter during the annual Lip Sync Contest held at the school recently. The theme of the Junior class’s performance was “What do you dream?” Photo by Jared Robinson RACE WINNERDale Earnhardt Jr., center left, and his pit crew celebrate their third victory of the season after winning the the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Phoenix International Raceway, Sunday, in Avondale, Ariz. Earnhadrt was leading on lap 219 when the race was called due to rain. AP Photo/Ralph Freso BoogyingWith beer and wine tasting, dinner, remarks done, guests at the annual Athol-Royalston Eduction Foundation's Oktoberfest spent the remainder of the evening boogying to the tunes of Melanie and the Blue Shots. The events was held at the Elinwood Country Club, in Athol, and featured a beer brewing demonstration by Joel Watts, proprietor of Millers River Hop Exchange. Photo by Mary C. Barclay PILE UPNew England Patriots’ LeGarrette Blount (29) rushes past New York Giants’ Robert Ayers (91) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, in East Rutherford, N.J. AP Photo/Julio Cortez WINNING KICKNew England Patriots’ Stephen Gostkowski (3) kicks the game winning field goal during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, in East Rutherford, N.J. The Patriots won 27-26. AP Photo/Gary Hershorn VETERANS BREAKFASTRoger Mallet and Marion Leslie, at podium, announced the role call at Thursday morning’s Veterans Breakfast at Quabbin Valley Health Care. Local veterans from the American Legion Post 102 attended and saluted those in attendance as their names were read from the roll of honor. Also present was State Sen. Anne Gobi who remarked that “every day should be Veterans Day.” The opening prayer was given by Mitchell Grosky and the invocation by Peter Newman. QVHC Executive Director Diane O’Brien noted that of the ma BAZAAR PREPARATIONSParishioners of St. John’s Episcopal Church were busy at the craft table recently in preparation for the St. John’s Christmas Bazaar. ACTRESS CORY M. WILKEY NO. 1Daniel Craig appears in a scene from the James Bond film, “Spectre,” which remained at the top of the box office this weekend. Susie Allnutt/Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures/Columbia Pictures/EON Productions via AP PASSING OUT CANDYThe Petersham Memorial Library passed out small bags of candy to trick or treaters Halloween Night. Left to right — Jenna Berry, Bob and Karen Bellefeuille. Photo by Ashley Arseneau THROW IT DEEPDenver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, in Denver. AP Photo/Joe Mahoney LEAN INBoston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas (4) pushes against Houston Rockets’ Ty Lawson during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Houston. The Celtics defeated the Rockets 111-95. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan Members from the Athol/Orange Elks Lodge #1837 paid a visit to Heidi Heuer and to Eileen St. Jean’s 3rd grade classes at Pleasant Street School recently to distribute new dictionaries to each of the students as part of their participation in the national Dictionary Project. Founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, S.C., the project promotes literacy among children in 3rd grade as they transition from learning how to read to identifying and using resource information. Elks lodges began participating in the project in 2004 and have since donated over 1 million dictionaries to 3rd grade students nationally. Left to right — Elks Club members, Roland “Woody” Woodbury, Heather Edwards, George Day, Ian Reed, Rick Marsh, Bob Day and Alice Schavrien. Students pictured are Julianna Durand, Ava Burke, Lorelai Roberts, Nathan Whaley, Isabella Earle and Joshua Stevens.Members from the Athol/Orange Elks Lodge #1837 paid a visit to Heidi Heuer and to Eileen St. Jean’s 3rd grade classes at Pleasant Street School recently to distribute new dictionaries to each of the students as part of their participation in the national Dictionary Project. Founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, S.C., the project promotes literacy among children in 3rd grade as they transition from learning how to read to identifying and using resource information. Elks lodges began participating in HOLIDAY PIANISTMusic is in the air for the Fitchburg State University CenterStage holiday performance featuring acclaimed pianist Alpin Hong on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m., in Weston Auditorium, at 353 North St. Tickets can be purchased at the Weston Box Office, by calling the box office at 978-665-3347 or online at fitchburgstate.edu/centerstage. GUEST SPEAKERRichard Coburn was guest speaker at the Veterans’ Day ceremonies held recently in Memorial Hall at the Athol Town Hall. He was a military band participant at Norwich University and at one point in his career taught music at Athol High School. Photo by Brian Gelinas JO ELLEN BOSKIND TURN IT UPNew York Giants’ Craig Dahl (43) tackles New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman (11) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, in East Rutherford, N.J. Reports say Edelman broke his foot and will miss 6-8 weeks. AP Photo/Julie Jacobson COMMUNITY WORKERS THANKEDThe Petersham Montessori School children have made cards for community workers, which included the police and fire departments, thanking them for their services. Chief Dana Cooley accepted cards from Mykenzie Cleveland, a resident of the community, and passed them on to his co-workers.Submitted photo TO PERFORMPioneer Valley Brass trumpeter Curtis Coolidge addresses the audience at a past performance with (left-to-right) Dick Tandy on trumpet, Jim Engele on horn, Joe Hoye on tuba and Jeri Bannister on trombone. The PVB will be performing a North Dana Vesper concert on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Parish Unitarian in Petersham, following the interfaith Thanksgiving service at 2 p.m. Photo by Genevieve Fraser LOCAL OWNERSThis 1963 photo shows local business owners Raymond Castine (Castine Trucking) and John Cass (Cass Toys) with Chocolate Bar, a horse they jointly owned that raced in the New England Standard Bred Breeders Stakes and took third place on the night this was shot. The driver was Irving Foster. Photo submitted by Dick Martin SACKEDHouston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) sacks Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) in the second half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Monday. The Texans won 10-6. AP Photo/Gary Landers LOCAL ARTWORKArtwork by Mari Rovang, of Warwick, including “Moore’s Pond After the Storm,” is on display at the Wendell Free Library until Dec. 31. An artist’s reception in the library will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5. Photo by Mari Rovang Wild Notes PuzzleIt’s white’s turn, however, and there are three ways that white can prevent the next move checkmate. One move only buys an extra turn and sacrifices a major piece. One move offers a significant delay but leaves black in control of the board. The third move eliminates the threat and evens up the balance of power on the board. Can you find all three options? The solution will be on the Puzzles page of our website at wildknights.jimdo.com. RESIDENTS VOICE OPINIONAthol Resident Shannon Cleveland, standing, above, addressed the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee at a special meeting on Saturday, Nov. 14. Cleveland is a parent, and school administrator in another district. When discussing the new superintendent search process, she said, “When you look at your per pupil expenditures compared to other districts that are far outperforming you, you are not underfunded, you are not using that money effectively.”Photo by Keith Kent OIL PRICES NOV. 18 VOLLEYBALL AWARDSVOLLEYBALL AWARDS — The Athol High School volleyball team held their awards banquet on Tuesday night. Pictured, left to right, are all-league selections Sophie LaRoche, Hope Parker, Tatyana Carrasquillo and Julia Ramos. LaRoche received the MIAA’s “Award of Excellence” for her sportsmanship. Parker was named the team’s “Most Valuable Player.” Carrasquillo received the Amber Simmington Memorial Award. IN FRONT OF THE NETBoston Bruins’ Tuukka Rask (40) holds onto the puck after a shot on goal as teammate Adam McQuaid, second from left, holds off San Jose Sharks’ Joonas Donskoi (27) and Tomas Hertl (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday. The Sharks won 5-4. Photo/Michael Dwyer GETTING READYQuabbin Valley Healthcare’s staff is gearing up for their annual Holiday Crafts Fair on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the facility at 821 Daniel Shays Hwy., Athol. Here, Evie Boudreau, Carole Marynok, Ashleigh Ricchiazzi, and Kristin Nefedov from QVHC’s Activities Department, are preparing one of the raffle tables for the event. Proceeds will benefit the QVHC Resident Council, Veterans Club, Alzheimer’s Association and Relay for Life. OPENING FRIDAYThe Gilbert players will present “Into the Woods.” Directed by Linda and John Tomasi, the show will open Friday, Nov. 20-22, and Nov. 27-29, at 7:30 p.m. at The Center at Eagle Hill, 242 Old Petersham Rd., Hardwick. Sundays will include a matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. IN REMEMBRANCEAttendees stand in remembrance of the sacrifice of all military veterans, both past and present, during recent Veterans’ Day ceremonies held in Athol’s town hall. Photo by Brian Gelinas Mira Bartók JANE YOLEN RICHARD ROUSSELLE OPENING PRAYERDeacon Bryan Lagimoniere, of the North Quabbin Catholic Community, leads the opening prayer at the Veterans’ Day ceremonies held in Memorial Hall at the Athol Town Hall recently. He also led the closing prayer. Photo by Brian Gelinas PATROLSPolice forces and soldiers patrol in Saint-Denis, a northern suburb of Paris, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Police say two suspects in last week’s Paris attacks, a man and a woman, have been killed in a police operation north of the capital. AP Photo/Christophe Ena DICTIONARIES DONATEDPetersham Grange 95 members Ruth Robinson (secretary) and Nancy Carruth (executive committee) presented 18 third graders at the Petersham Center School with dictionaries on Oct. 19. For more than a decade, the Petersham Grange has been giving dictionaries to third graders at the school and at the Ruggles Lane School in Barre. Sixty dictionaries were given to students in Barre this year. Left to right — Robinson, Turin Gurganus, Carruth, Michael Lucas, Fox Minty and Olivia Mayer. Photo by Roy Nilson LITTLE PUMPKINThis little pumpkin, also known as Norah, wandered into the Athol Daily News for some candy recently during the toddler Halloween stroll. 20TH ANNIVERSARY PREPARATIONSMembers of the Starry Starry Night Steering Committee meet to plan the 20th anniversary of the New Year’s Eve celebration. Left-to-right — Karl Bittenbender, Nate Johnson, Jeannette McIntosh and Manuel King. Not pictured, Nate Stienburg, Mary King, Rosie Thoms. ‘TIS THE SEASONMembers of Athol’s downtown holiday decorating committee were present Thursday morning decking the halls of downtown for the start of the holiday season. Photo by Jared Robinson PROVIDENCE BOUNDMahar field hockey standout Ally Parker signed her National Letter of Intent to play at Providence College next fall. Pictured, left to right, front — Scott Parker, Delaney Parker, Ally Parker, Lisa Parker. Back — field hockey coach Laurie Saisa and school principal Scott Hemlin. Photo By Josh Talbot OLD SCHOOL, NEW PURPOSEThe former Center School building, at 34 North Main St., Orange, is now owned by Ingrid Schatz and her husband Bryan Long. Schatz relocated the Dance Studio of Orange to the building. ANTIQUATEDThis is one of the many fire alarm pull boxes (right) located around Athol that are part of a hard-wired municipal fire alarm system. Described by Fire Chief John Duguay and Town Manager Shaun Suhoski as being antiquated, the boxes and the system are coming off-line as of Jan. 1.Photo by Brian Gelinas TOUGH CALLBoston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Boston, Wednesday. AP Photo/Charles Krupa DONATEDThese are a few of the items donated to the Knights of Columbus for their Coats for Kids drive, created by the Charity Stitchers in Leominster. PICKUPMembers of the Athol Knights of Columbus visited the Charity Stitchers in Leominster and took delivery of hand crafted items the women donated to the Coats For Kids cause. Left to right — District Deputy Dan Arseneault, Frank Schaippa (hidden), Bob Barcomb, Bill Graziano, Mark LaSalle, Ray Blanchard (Grand Knight), Paul McNiff, Bill Fregeau, Jason LeRay, Bob Leonard, Peter Newman, Ron Tellier and (seated) Neil Hachey. INTERFAITH SERVICEOn Sunday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m., at the Athol Congregational Church UCC, at 1225 Chestnut St., Athol, the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held. Submitted photo DR. ROBERT KNIGHT FALL CONVENTIONLocal North Quabbin area Knights of Lithuania members recently visited the Fall Knights of Lithuania Convention at the Immaculate Conception Covenant in Putnam, Conn. Left to right — Richard and Anne Gatautis, and Brone and Bill Wisnauskas. Submitted by Bill Wisnauskas PROTECTED LANDMount Grace has protected more than 29,000 acres thanks to support from members across the region and foundations like the Bromley Charitable Trust. Shown is Eagle Reserve Conservation Area in Royalston. CUTTING ICEThis snapshot featured in the Quabbin History Calendar was taken in the late 1920s and shows a man with a special saw cutting ice on Greenwich Lake. The woman behind him appears to be holding a metal pole or chopper. Two posts stuck into the ice in the background may be marking off their section of the ice to be cut. While this activity was done commercially, individuals also did this to obtain ice to store for the warmer months in the days before refrigeration was widely available. TIP OF THE CAPIn this Aug. 20, 2014, file photo, Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz tips his cap while standing on third base during a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels at Fenway Park in Boston. Ortiz said Wednesday that he will retire after the 2016 season. AP Photo/Elise Amendola FLAG WAVINGStudents at Riverbend School in Athol wave the American flag as they sing a “thank you” song to veterans. Cub Scout Shawn Jenson is pictured in the foreground. YMCA CHAMPIONSThe William Howe Oldach Law Office team earned the U10 YMCA soccer championship with a 1-0 victory over Baxter Chiropractic. Team members are, left to right, front — Ryan Romeiro Da Silveiro. Kneeling — Lily Uch, Jaylynn Chapalonis, Tapanga Chapalonis. Back — Coach John Chapalonis, Caleb LeBlanc, Jamieson Vincent, Ava Martin, Gabe Gois, Aubrielle Brockney, Alison Hadmack, coach Craig Wagner, Ray Castine. Not pictured is Lucian Rolski. SOCCER CHAMPSAthol Automotive captured the YMCA U16 soccer championship with a 4-3 victory over the Elks, recently. Team members are, left to right — Coach Jeff Parker, Zack Canning, Gabe Gois, Joey Stanford, Riley Paine, Logan Parker, Akash Darjee, Kane Gray, Eliza Baczek, Emma Bacigalupo and coach Laurie Parker. Lying up front is team mascot Chance. APECChinese President Xi Jinping, left, is welcomed to the opening plenary session by Philippines President Benigno Aquino III at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Manila, Philippines, Thursday. Mast Irham/Pool Photo via AP J.R. GREENE WITH THE 2016 QUABBIN HISTORY CALENDAR PAINTINGThe First Universalist Church, at 31 North Main St., in Orange, will hold its holiday fair on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with lunch available from 11 to 1. Available for purchase will be gift baskets, gently used Christmas decorations, toys and gifts. There will also be a center chance table with a 50/50 raffle and drawing for a door prize, a painting of Alaskan mountains by Ruie Hall (pictured), and a food table. WINSERTS CONTRIBUTEDAttendees at the Orange Town Energy Committee’s recent Energy Fair are shown making winserts for the Orange Water Department building. The eight winserts that were constructed and installed will save on the Water Department’s winter heating bill. The winserts were supplied at no cost to the town. Photo courtesy of Dianne Salcedo GRILL WINNERBanking Officer Deb Daniels, of Athol Savings Bank’s Convenience Center, is pictured with Richard Brown of Orange, winner of the Weber Q1000 gas grill and cart at the bank’s recent community shred event. PLEASANT STREET COMMUNITY READINGAthol Fire Department’s Chief John Duguay, rear right, recently read “It’s Disgusting and We Ate it!” to Robyn Robertson’s 4th graders at Pleasant Street School for Community Reading Day. State Rep. Susannah Lee (R-Athol), rear left, also paid an unexpected visit to the 4th graders, noting that their classroom was once her classroom. Duguay and Lee went on to explain their professional roles and responsibilities as fire chief and state representative. Students are, left t JUNIORSThe Athol High School junior class dropped to the seniors in the annual “Powder Puff” game, Wednesday night. Team members are, left to right, front — Ryan Hulbert, Brejahna Geise, Ashlee Giansanto, Legacy Brooks, Abby Leadbetter, Julia Carey, Maddie Truehart. Back — Trever Mousseau, Avery Clyatt, Hannah Arsenault, Sarah Lyon, Jess Soucie, Hope Parker, Destiny Ricko, Nina Alvarez, Alexis England, Tyler Lutz, Jared Cormier. Photo By Josh Talbot SOPHOMORESThe Athol High School sophomore class defeated the freshmen in the “Powder Puff” undercard, Wednesday night. Team members are, left to right, front —Natasha Castillo, Lauren Mack, Julia Ramos, Crista Jillson, , Amber Mahony, Hannah Lajoie. Middle — Kyla Rathburn, Payton Parker, Paige Truehart, Meghan Mahan, Kaitlin Baptista, Haylie Baker. Back — Joey Lehtomaki, Noah Giuffre, Evan Saisa, Nick Casella (on shoulders), Joe Ricchiazzi, Robbie Nelson and Kris Selanis. Photo By Josh Talbot TURKEY VETERANS HONOREDVeterans and their families were honored recently at a breakfast at the Athol Congregational Church UCC. The North Quabbin Veteran Outreach Committee served over 125 people in the church hall. Congratulating the winner of the Market Basket gift card, are, left-to-right — Joy Cutter, outreach chairperson; Neil McGuirk, director of veterans’ services; Pastor Beverly Prestwood-Taylor; and veteran Maurice Belletete, winner of the gift card. Photo courtesy of Bonnie Benjamin FIRST PLACEThe Athol High School field hockey team took first place with their float “prehistoric” during the Homecoming Day celebration recently. The parade of floats that passed through town was greeted by smiles and waves of passersby. The theme of homecoming was “The Decades.” UNSAFEThese undated photos provided by the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) shows toy dinosaur claws, and a quick-folding trampoline, which made the group’s annual list of hazardous toys, released Wednesday, Nov. 18 in Boston. World Against Toys Causing Harm via AP Jared Fogle TOUCHDOWNNew England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (87) scores a touchdown in front of New York Giants’ Jayron Hosley (28) during the second half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, N.J AP Photo/Julio Cortez SHOT ON GOALBoston Bruins left wing Loui Eriksson (21) shoots on Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday. Eriksson scored three goals in the Bruins’ 4-2 win. AP Photo/Charles Krupa DROP THE GLOVESBoston Bruins left wing Matt Beleskey fights Minnesota Wild right wing Brett Bulmer (54) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston Thursday. AP Photo/Charles Krupa SLAM DUNKMassachusetts’ Zach Colman dunks during the first half against Central Arkansas in an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, in Amherst, Mass. J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY INDUCTEESOn Nov. 2, 25 new members were inducted into the Mahar Chapter of the National Honor Society. Those inducted were: Caroline Grutchfield, Hunter Apteker, Hannah Birch, Brittney Brown, Cole Emery, Hugo Frost, Tim Griffin, Emily Inman, Haley Jean, Vanessa Leh, Brennan Mailloux, Connor McCarthy, Seth Mitchell, Kyle Monette, Katelyn Page, Ava Paine, Kailyn Patria, Hannah Paul, Gwen Perkins, Skyla Qualters, Kianna Reilly, Owen Rich, Ushna Saeed, Mayte Torres-Zelaya, and Tyreece FORUMOfficer Peter Buck is shown giving a talk at the North Quabbin Community Coalition’s Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force’s third “Call to Action” opioid forum, held Thursday night at Athol High School. Photo by Jason Greenough SOLAR DISCUSSIONThe Wendell selectboard met Wednesday night with the board of assessors and representatives of a group attempting to bring a new solar array to 107 Wendell Depot Rd., regarding taxation of the proposed project. Clockwise from far left — Haskell Werlin, director of Business Development for Solar Design Associates, selectboard chairwoman Christine Heard, selectman Jeoffrey Pooser, board of assessor member Chris Wings and 107 Depot Rd. landowner David Arsenault.Photo by Craig Riley SUMMITA security guard walks past the ASEAN logo at the 27th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Nov. 19. The ASEAN summit and relating meetings are held in Malaysia on Nov. 18-22. AP Photo/Joshua Paul AWARDEDThe Athol High School field hockey team held their award banquet recently. Receiving awards were, left to right, Hudson Carlson (all league), Alicia Lachance (all league, Most Valuable Player), Erika Teague (MIAA Award of Excellence), and Alexis Cucchi (Diane Cass Rayment Award). BIRTHDAY RIDEAnne Gatautis recently celebrated her 95th birthday by visiting an area circus and riding an elephant with her son Richard. Submitted by Bill Winauskas INDUCTEDStudents and advisors are shown at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School’s recent annual National Honor Society induction ceremony. KRAUT PARTYThis group pounds kraut in the crocks on its journey to being sauerkraut. Sumbitted by Bill Wisnauskas SHREDDINGThis gentleman is using a homemade shredder to shred the cabbage to be used in the sauerkraut. Submitted by Bill Wisnauskas HOUSE OF WAXHouse of Wax owner David Meausky has given away free car washes to veterans on Veterans Day for the last 10 years. WISH GRANTEDBayrelisse Torres of Athol recently got to meet Tom Brady of the New England Patriots through Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Torres, who suffers from refractory epilepsy, got to play football on the Patriots’ practice field and received a signed ball from Brady. She and her family were also given tickets to a game at Gillette Stadium. Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots ATHOL FAMILY WITH QUARTERBACKBayrelisse Torres and family recently got to meet Tom Brady of the New England Patriots through Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Left to right, front — Tom Brady, Bayrelisse Torres, Yairelisse Torres, D’ziam Torres. Back — Bayron Torres, Violet Torres, Yamelisse Torres. Ten year old Bayrelisse attends Riverbend Elementary School and lives in Athol with her family. Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots LAST HURRAHJeff Gordon prepares to get in his car before NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto racing practice Friday, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. AP Photo/Terry Renna BRIDGE CLOSEDA crew from the Mass. Department of Transportation met with members of the Orange Highway Department Friday at the site of the bridge over West Brook on East Road to officially close it. Age was considered to be the defining reason the bridge was closed to traffic. Town administrator Diana Schindler said she and interim department of public works superintendent Josh Knechtel planned to meet Friday afternoon to discuss the next steps. The bridge is located a few hundred feet past the intersec Freshmen SCARF BOMBEDThe Orange Selectboard was “scarf bombed” by Bonnie Bradshaw of the council on aging and Tracey Gaudet, elder outreach coordinator, at their meeting Wednesday night. At some point in December Memorial Park and the area around it will be scarf bombed by volunteers. The scarfs will be tied around trees and poles with notes attached that state “I am not lost. If you are cold take this scarf to keep you warm.” Modeling available scarves were, left to right — town administrator Diana Schindler, se GYM TALKRoyalston Community School kindergarten teacher Jessica Willhite recently strayed from the plan book for a few minutes when she was informed of “an unhappy happening” during gym. A “family meeting” was held, with all encouraged to participate. Willhite took full advantage of an unexpected opportunity to discuss decision-making, expressing personal feelings, apologizing, forgiving and how to turn an unpleasant event into a positive learning experience.