Oct. 2 - Oct. 9 in Photos READY TO SERVEMembers of the Athol Congregational Church are ready to serve the regular monthly supper on Friday, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m., at the church, 1225 Chestnut St., Athol. The menu this month includes baked penne with meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Reservations should be made by calling the church at 978-249-6202. Marc Erwin and Tom Deam will provide entertainment. Left-to-right — Joy Risatti Jan Noyes, Joyce Puchalsky and Jeannie Wessel. Submitted photo FILEIn this Aug. 26, 2016 file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady warms up before an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C. A lot has happened in the first month of the season since Tom Brady began his four-game suspension. He is eligible to return to the team on Monday, Oct. 3. AP Photo/Bob Leverone BAG RACEThe Garlic and Arts Festival, held recently at Forsters’ Farm in Orange, got people out in the fresh fall air and even featured a bag race.Photo by Ashley Arseneau FRESHLY MILLEDSarah Shields, of Blind Melon Herbals and Farm Fresh Shoes, was at the Garlic and Arts Festival recently at Forster’s Farm in Orange in a freshly milled booth. Shields has a new booth made each year with a new design. This year her display had a foresty feel with pine tree branches placed in the ceiling. Photo by Ashley Arseneau MANUAL POWERIvan George, standing, demonstrates how the Genesis One stationary bike allows a rider to generate power at the Garlic and Arts Festival in the Portal to the Future area held recently. Photo by Ashley Arseneau GREGORY STONE GROUP SELFIEBoston Red Sox’s David Ortiz, left, takes a selfie with former teammates Manny Ramirez, center, and Pedro Martinez following a ceremony to honor Ortiz before a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Boston, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer United States’ Patrick Reed celebrates during the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup golf tournament Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn. AP Photo/David J. Phillip Marco Rubio Sandy Duncan with co-star Tom Bosley in The Sandy Duncan Show - CBS PAINTINGWarwick artist Mari Rovang’s painting, titled “Bass Swamp in Autumn,” will be on display at the Warwick Art Show and Sale. Submitted photo GOALIn this Sept. 27, 2016, file pool photo, Europe forward Tomas Tatar (21) scores past Canada goalie Carey Price (31) during the second period of Game 1 of the World Cup of Hockey finals in Toronto. The World Cup of Hockey is going to help some of the league’s top stars start the season at a high level, coming off a best-on-best tournament. Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo via AP, File BOX OFFICEIn this image released by 20th Century Fox, from left, Lauren McCrostie, Pixie Davies, Cameron King, Thomas and Joseph Odwell and Ella Purnell appear in a scene from, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”. In a crowded autumn weekend at the box office, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” came out on top. Jay Maidment/20th Century Fox via AP, File REACH FOR ITMahar’s Michelle Moulton, left, and Athol’s Nina Alvarez battle for control of the ball during Monday’s match in Athol. Photo By Josh Talbot IN FRONT OF THE NETMahar’s Jessica Walker, second from right, works her way towards the goal during Monday’s field hockey contest in Athol. Pictured, left to right, are Hannah Bergquist, Lexi Cucchi, Walker and Makenna Collins. The Senators prevailed 3-1. Photo By Josh Talbot CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAYA number of residents turned out for the fourth annual Customer Appreciation Day and 30th anniversary celebration held at Ron’s Fuel in September. Photo by Brian Gelinas EAGLE SCOUTJohn Edward Mannino Jr., of New Salem, received the rank of Eagle Scout at a Troop 1837 Court of Honor held at the Athol-Orange Lodge of Elks, on May 22. Mannino is a recent graduate of R.C. Mahar Regional School and is presently studying at the University of Massachusetts where he is majoring in English. He is the son of John and Jennifer Mannino. Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America. Photo courtesy of Scoutmaster Mark Cole RAFFLE FOR FARMERSMount Grace Land Conservation Trust held a raffle at the recent Garlic and Arts Festival in Orange. For a fee participants were given a membership to Mount Grace and entered to win the items shown including a bag of birdseed, a framed photo from the area, books on the outdoors and many more items. The money raised from the raffle will benefit local farms that Mount Grace works with. Helping display the items was MassLIFT -AmeriCorps volunteer Maggie Hensel. FIGHT FOR CONTROLMahar’s Issak Reinikainen (7) battles Renaissance’s Randy Garay (22) for control of the soccer ball during Monday’s match in Orange. The Senators suffered a 3-2 loss. Photo By Mike Phillips GERALDINE W. CARLSON ELIZABETH T. SCULLY RECOGNIZEDShirley “Porky” Zani was recently recognized with a plaque and mural at Butterfield Park in Orange. The plaque, which was presented on Sept. 18 (Zani’s 82nd birthday), represented all the kids Zani helped send to Red Sox games over the years and the many youths who received their first ball gloves from Zani. After being honored, Zani noted her “heart will never stop smiling.” Submitted Photo PRINCEIn this May 19, 2013, file photo, Prince performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File KISSING BRIDGEThe old covered bridge in Athol crossing the Millers River along Chestnut Hill Avenue was referred to by some as the “kissing bridge” because the covering allowed sweethearts to steal a kiss while walking through without spying eyes taking notice. It was replaced by a metal bridge in 1920. Photo courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson SECOND PLACETeam Scanlan settled for second place at the Warwick Firemen’s Association one-pitch softball tournament over the weekend. Team members are, front, left to right — Chris Thompson, Punky Whitman, Danny Murphy, Garrett O’Brien, Dilan Fountain. Back — Bobby Mailloux, Evan Armentrout, Mike Murphy, Dan Collela and Frank Wrigley. HOMECOMING KING AND QUEENKing and Queen Trevor Curtis and Olivia Kimball are shown at Athol High School’s recent Homecoming Dance. The semiformal theme was “Paradise Awaits,” and attendance at the dance was the highest the school has had in decades, with more than 200 students present.Photo by Mark Rathburn SERVING STARAthol’s Hannah Arsenault serves the volleyball during Tuesday’s match. Arsenault racked up 11 aces to help her team earn a spot in the WMass tournament. Photo By Josh Talbot Deborah Barber COLLISIONMontreal Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty, left, collides with Boston Bruins’ Colin Miller during second period NHL preseason hockey action on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016 in Quebec City. Jacques Boissinot/The Canadian Press via AP DEBATEDemocratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine leaves the stage with Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence during the vice-presidential debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Va., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016. Right is Anne Holton, wife of vice-presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine. AP Photo/Patrick Semansky ENTRYWAYThe entryway at Fireside Pizzeria and Grill now has a dessert counter and leads to a newly installed takeout counter. Waitress Casey Patterson is waiting to serve people in the newly renovated eatery. Photo by Ashley Arseneau AWARD PRESENTEDDianne Salcedo, center, of the Town of Orange ad hoc Energy Committee, recently presented an energy saver award to the Ralph C. Mahar School District. Accepting for Mahar were Syd Taylor, left, and Daniel Haynes.Submitted photo OIL PRICES AUCTION PREPARATIONSWorkers are busy preparing for the auction to be held Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Central Congregational Church in Orange. Wayne Whitmore of North Quabbin Auction will be the auctioneer. A preview will begin at 4 p.m. with the auction starting at 6. The church is located at 93 South Main St. Checking out some of the items for sale are Sue TandySonger and Mark Wasielewski. Submitted photo DISTRICT UPDATESuperintendent of Schools Dr. Steven C. Meyer presents an update to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday. Photo by Tara Vocino COMPARISONAt top, a promotional image of No Man’s Sky from the E3 2014 demo. At bottom, a still from the final product. Hello Games, the company which developed No Man’s Sky, is under investigation for discrepancies between what is in the game and how the game is described and portrayed in the original demo and how the final product turned out. Reviewed by Katrina Walton, Village School science teacher SPIKE ITAthol High School’s Alexis Carrasquillo goes up for a spike during Tuesday’s volleyball match in Athol. The Lady Raiders earned their eighth straight victory and clinched a spot in the postseason with a 3-1 defeat of Chicopee. Photo By Josh Talbot DEFLECTEDAthol’s Angel Rivera (6) has his shot deflected by Hopkins goalkeeper Jack Feltovic during Wednesday’s soccer game in Hadley.Photo By Mike Phillips DRIBBLE ITAthol’s Matt Logan, right, carries the soccer ball up the field during Wednesday’s match in Hadley.Photo By Mike Phillips BLOOD DRIVEKentya Mason and Alexis Cucchi are pictured at this past Friday’s Athol High School blood drive, which was sponsored by the AHS National Honor Society.School photo FEEDINGSixteen-month-old Janie Numbers, of West Boylston, feeds a cow with seeds during the Appleseed Country Fair at Red Apple Farm recently.Photo by Tara Vocino SPLIT THE DEFENSEAthol’s Anthony Negron (13) tries to split a pair of Hopkins defenders during Wednesday’s match in Hadley. The Raiders lost 1-0.Photo By Mike Phillips CARVING STOLENLocal wood carver Mark Bosworth recently reported this wooden jack o’skeleton carving stolen from his home on Twichell Street in Athol. Photo by Mark Bosworth CHECK PRESENTEDAnnie O’Connell of Holden, accompanied by her National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) hearing dog, June, stopped by D’Ambrosio Eye Care in Lancaster recently for the presentation of a $908 quarterly donation check to the Princeton-based NEADS. O’Connell was joined by Drew and Anna Eaton of Clinton, Emilee and Connor Osborn along with Samantha Mylott of Leominster, and Mackenzie Plouff of Lowell. Submitted photo ON THE NORTH SHOREAn unidentified member of the Athol Bird & Nature Club, which occasionally organizes hikes into the Quabbin, enjoys the view. This photo was taken a year ago on a club outing inside Gate 29, New Salem. The reservoir’s water level is much lower now. Photo by Dave Small RECOGNIZEDMahar’s Kenzie Tenney was recognized prior to Wednesday’s soccer game in Orange. Tenney recorded her 100th career point on Tuesday. Left to right — Mahar principal Scott Hemlin, Tori Tenney, Jennifer Tenney, Kenzie Tenney, Kirk Tenney, coach Chad Softic and athletic director Jim Woodward. Photo By Josh Talbot IN FRONT OF THE NETMahar’s Cassie Verheyen boots a shot on goal during Wednesday’s match in Orange. The Senators defeated Hopkins 1-0. Photo By Josh Talbot PASS IT ONMahar’s Delaney Parker fires a cross from the wing during Wednesday’s soccer contest in Orange. Photo By Josh Talbot MUSIC PROVIDERDJ Dan Vinsant provided the music for a portion of the day during the fourth annual Customer Appreciation Day and 30th anniversary celebration held at Ron’s Fuel in Athol recently. Vinsant also asked trivia questions about the business, with those in attendance providing the correct answers receiving a prize. Photo by Brian Gelinas CRIME SCENEHouses on East River Street across from the Orange Airport were taped off and a heavy police presence was visible at 10:30 this morning. Police were not commenting on the situation and no further information was available at press time. At 10:44 the Orange Police Chief posted on Facebook that Mahar Regional, Fisher Hill and Dexter Park schools were placed on lockdown. Photo by Jared Robinson REPROBATE BLUES BANDMembers of the Reprobate Blues Band are, left-to-right — Bob Pierce, James Bennett, Charlie Scott, Tom Goodwin, Janet Henderson and Bo Henderson.Submitted photo GRANT AWARDEDThe Quabbin Drug Resistance Unifying Group (Q-DRUG) recently received a $7,500 grant from the Barre Savings Charitable Foundation, a $1.5 endowment established by Leominster-based Fidelity Bank. Q-DRUG focuses on substance-abuse education, awareness and prevention. The grant will be used to help fund additional programs in the Quabbin Regional School District. Upcoming Q-DRUG events are listed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/QuabbinDrugResponse/. More information about the foundation is available by PROTESTSigns against a proposed wind turbine hang from a neighborhood telephone pole and tree, in North Smithfield, R.I. Even as Rhode Island makes history as the first U.S. state with an offshore wind farm, its people are not so fond of wind turbines sprouting up on land near where they live. The 86-year-old proprietor of the Hi-on-a-Hill Herb Farm says a 25-year-old lease agreement with a wind energy developer will help her preserve the land she’s tended all her life. Neighbors have formed a group to halt the pr ONE-ON-ONEAthol High School’s Crista Jillson, right, goes one-on-one in a fight for the ball during a soccer game against Easthampton in Athol on Thursday. Easthampton edged the Lady Raiders 4-1. Photo by Josh Talbot BATTLING FOR THE BALLAthol High School’s Grace Dufour, middle, battles for the ball against two Easthampton players during a soccer game in Athol on Thursday. Athol fell 4-1. Photo by Josh Talbot EDUCARE CHILDREN PREPARE FOR FLOATEducare for Kids, a preschool, childcare, and school-age program in Orange, is celebrating 35 years of educating and caring for children in the area. Susan Heinricher began Educare in 1981 after teaching at Gale Brooks School in North Orange. Heinricher is inviting all alumni to participate in the Orange Harvest Parade by joining the group on its float this Sunday, Oct. 9. For more information, call Heinricher at 978-544-6372. Pictured, children at Educare get ready for CRIME SCENEPatrol cars edge the property at 581 East River Street in Orange where it has been reported a local man was found dead Thursday, and his wife injured, in what authorities are describing as a home invasion.Photo by Jared Robinson STUDENTS GIVE BLOODAthol High School students give blood during a recent blood drive, which was sponsored by the AHS National Honor Society. School photo HOME RUNBoston Red Sox’s Brock Holt watches his solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the eighth inning during Game 1 of baseball’s American League Division Series, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, in Cleveland. AP Photo/Aaron Josefczyk TURN THE CORNERMahar’s Ben Gilmore (20) tries to get around the corner during Friday’s football contest in Orange. The Senators fell to Turners Falls 54-12. Photo By Mike Phillips STUDENT OF THE MONTHAurore LaMarche was named the first-ever student of the month at the Athol Community Elementary School, as announced at the September meeting of the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee.Submitted photo THUMBS UPDustin Aikey gives the thumbs up as he donates blood at a recent Athol High School blood drive, which was sponsored by the AHS National Honor Society. School photo BANNED BOOKS WEEKThe members of ATAC, the teen advisory group at the Athol Public Library, recently created a display for Banned Books Week. Every year during the last week in September, libraries and bookstores around the country create displays of books which have been challenged or banned in libraries in order to draw attention to the problem of censorship. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 and, according to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since then. BOOK VS. MOVIE WINNERJanet Goldsmith is the September winner of the Athol Public Library’s Book vs. Movie Challenge. Nearly 100 book and movie bundles circulated during August and September, and 35 patrons submitted book vs. movie report cards. Goldsmith has won a gift card for the Gardner Cinemas, generously donated by the Friends of the Athol Public Library. Submitted photo APPOINTEDStephen M. Bassett, of Royalston, has been appointed as supervisor of drafting at the L.S. Starrett Company. Bassett has been with the company since Sept. 5, 1978. In the past, he has worked in Dept. 5A and, most recently, he has worked in Dept. 21D as a drafter. Photo by Gary Gamache Fred Landes, MD COLLECTIONOrange resident RoseAnn Hansen feels she has the world’s largest collection of mushroom related items. Her collection was recently counted and found to have 1,595 mushroom items. She is currently applying for a Guinness World Record to make it official. Submitted photo OFF AN RUNNINGAthol’s Nick Casella (25) finds room to run thanks to the block of Jordan Chapalonis during Friday night’s football contest in Athol. The Raiders made it three straight wins with a 36-13 defeat of Franklin Tech. Photo By Josh Talbot GET OUTSIDEAthol’s Tyler Lutz runs on the perimeter during Friday’s football contest in Athol. Photo By Josh Talbot SHOT ON GOALMahar’s Kadie Jillson(5) fires a shot on goal during Thursday’s field hockey contest in Orange. The Senators defeated South Hadley 3-2. Photo By Mike Phillips LAPTOP RECIPIENTVictoria Zarozinski, Monty Tech’s Director of Student Support Services, presents a laptop and software package to Benjamin Berkes of Gardner, a junior in the Graphic Communications program. He had the winning ticket for the raffle held as part of the school’s 10th annual College and Career Fair. Held recently in the school, the event featured representatives from 90 colleges, technical schools and labor organizations. A record number of area high-school students and their parents attended INTENTLY LISTENINGA crowd of about 45 residents gathered in the Petersham town hall Thursday night for the final public meeting with re-use consultant Ted Carman of Concord Square Planning and Development. Carman’s final report with re-use scenarios is due to the town next week. Photo by Ashley Arseneau In this Dec. 10, 2009, file photo, President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Barack Obama poses with his medal and diploma at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony at City Hall in Oslo. AP Photo/John McConnico, File TINA GREEN BIKING FOR BUCKSQuabbin Valley Healthcare resident Bob Keating occupied five 15-minute time slots on the stationary bike during the annual Biking for Bucks event to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Keating, who started the event six years ago, logged over 20 miles, the same distance he bikes daily. Photo by Cameron Woodcock KEEPING THE TIMECertified nursing assistant Melissa Surette rides a stationary bike during Quabbin Valley Healthcare’s annual Biking for Bucks event to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Surette set the pace with a 15-minute high of 5.7 miles. Looking on is QVHC resident Bob Keating, who began the event six years ago to coincide with the facility’s annual Forget Me Not Walk. Photo by Cameron Woodcock WANTEDThe Northwestern District Attorney’s Office is seeking a 2003 gray/silver Toyota Corolla with the license plate M99949 that was stolen from the scene of the home invasion in Orange, Thursday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Orange Police Department at 978-544-2128 or to text a tip to 274637.