April 4-April 8 in Photos PLOWING, AGAINOrange Airport Operations Manager Bryan Camden is shown clearing the snow from the runways after the recent snow storm. Photo by Mike Phillips SUPPORTING THE ARTSThe Athol High School Band, under the direction of band director Stephanie Vinci, performed selections at a concert to promote the arts in Athol and surrounding areas recently in the newly rededicated Anzaldi Auditorium at the John W. Boynton Performing Arts Center at AHS. Photo by Mike Phillips BIG CHEESE 5K COURSEAbove is a map of the U.S. Track and Field-certified course for the Big Cheese 5K Road Race and Walk, which will take place Saturday, April 8, at 9:30 p.m. in Athol. NEW NO.1This image released by DreamWorks Animation shows characters Tim, voiced by Miles Bakshi, right, and Boss Baby, voiced by Alec Baldwin in a scene from the animated film, ‘The Boss Baby.’ The movie unseated Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ at the top of the box office ratings this weekend. DreamWorks Animation via AP SAVEBoston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin of Kazakhstan, makes a save during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Chicago. AP Photo/Paul Beaty HOT AT HOMEBoston Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas, center, reacts as a teammate scores during the second half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in New York. AP Photo/Seth Wenig FILEIn this April 2, 2012, file photo, Kentucky coach John Calipari, center, celebrates with his team after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kansas in New Orleans. Kentucky won 67-59. For many coaches, the prospect of quick success is too tempting to resist. They look at Calipari, who had three one-and-dones when Kentucky won the title in 2012. Or Mike Krzyzewski, who won it all in 2015 with three freshmen on his Duke team. AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File Neal Sanders Photo courtesy of theprincipalundergardener.blogspot.com ROY M. L’HEUREUX BOOK COVERSOn Saturday, May 6, the Petersham Art Center will present “Creative Book Making,” led by Christine Eaton of Petersham. Shown are samples of book covers that could be made by class participants. Submitted photo FILEIn this March 3, 2017, file photo, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello throws against the Atlanta Braves in the first inning in a spring training baseball game in Kissimmee, Fla. Porcello and Pirates righty Gerrit Cole will both make their first career opening day starts Monday, April 3, 2017. AP Photo/John Raoux, File Tiffany Vazquez WIRINGJacob Desbiens, of Erving, and Joel Ferrick, of South Deerfield, measure wire from atop scaffolding in the Warwick Public Safety Building recently. Students from Franklin County Technical School’s electrical shop have been wiring the building for lights and electricity. Photo by Jared Robinson JUNIOR SYMPOSIUMOn Friday, March 24, students from Athol High School attended the 17th annual Mount Wachusett Community College Junior Symposium. At the symposium, students took crash-course style workshops in the areas of financial aid, the college admissions process and SAT testing. “The Junior Symposium is a great event where students take a giant leap toward being prepared for college,” said Kyle LaTulippe, student activities officer at MWCC. For many juniors this is an opportunity to realize just ho Holly Young SACKEDNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, top, tackles teammate Rob Gronkowski after he ran with Brady’s recovered Super Bowl jersey as they joke around during Boston Red Sox Home Opening Day ceremonies at Fenway Park, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Boston. The Red Sox face the Pittsburgh Pirates in the baseball game. AP Photo/Elise Amendola DUNKBoston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown dunks during the second half of the NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in New York. AP Photo/Seth Wenig TO PERFORMThe Doug Hewitt Group will perform at the Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls on Friday April 14, at 7 p.m. The band is composed of Hewitt on guitar and vocals, Mitch Pine on piano, Mark Sims on bass, Alan Kurtz on drums, Alex Meisner on saxophone and Danielle Lorenzo on vocals. Submitted photo CELEBRATIONNorth Carolina students climb a street sign at the intersection of East Franklin Street and North Columbia Street as fireworks explode behind them in Chapel Hill, N.C., following the school’s win over Gonzaga 71-65 in the NCAA college basketball championship, Monday, April 3, 2017. Andrew Krech/News & Record via AP No. 1North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks holds the championship trophy as he celebrates with his teammates after the finals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Gonzaga, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. North Carolina won 71-65. AP Photo/David J. Phillip CRIBBAGE WINNERSPictured are the winners of the 45th annual North Quabbin Singles Cribbage Tournament, which was held Saturday at the South Athol United Methodist Church. Keith Reilly of Gardner, who came in 4th place, set a record as winner of the most trophies in the tournament’s 45 years. Left to right — Reilly, Tom Harty of Athol (3rd place), Steven Blinder of New Salem (2nd place) and Darrell Cleveland of Orange (1st place).Submitted photo PAUL V. SULDA JR. PRESENTATIONOrange library director Jessica Magelaner gives a presentation at the Orange special town meeting at Mahar Monday night. Magelaner’s presentation highlighted the many improvements needed at Wheeler Memorial Library and the results of a survey given to patrons. Photo by Jared Robinson FISHING DERBYThe Fishing Derby at Silver Lake sponsored by the Athol Rod and Gun Club in 1952 brought many area children to the lake to fish. Roger Dunham won first prize, a glass fishing rod. Photo by Chandler Waterman; Courtesy of Richard J. Chaisson TAKING THE FIELDBoston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. takes the field for the start of their baseball Home Opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Fenway Park, Monday, April 3, 2017, in Boston. AP Photo/Elise Amendola MARCHINGIn 1988 performers from the YMCA’s Minstrel Show marched in the River Rat Parade on April 2 with a caricature of President Ronald Reagan. Photo by Richard J. Chaisson Rebecca Bialecki 104TH BIRTHDAYDoris Bruce, a resident at Applewood Home for Elders in Athol, celebrated her 104th birthday on Feb. 4 with residents and staff. She has been a resident at Applewood since May 2009.Submitted photo LOCAL COMPETITORSAthol Martial Arts Academy students recently competed in the Pioneer Valley Regionals Open Karate Tournament which took place in Northfield on Saturday, April 1. The pictured Taekwondo students competed against martial artists from various styles and schools. Left to right — Christina Cross (who placed 4th in co-ed weapons, 4th in advanced forms, and 2nd in advanced sparring), Alex Plotner (who placed 1st in intermediate forms and 1st in intermediate sparring), Sara Simon, Erika Nygard ( BOARD REORGANIZEDThe Athol selectboard on Tuesday reorganized following Monday’s election of Rebecca Bialecki and Holly Young to three-year board seats. Left to right — Vice Chairman William Caldwell, Bialecki, Chairman Lee Chauvette, Stephen Raymond, Young.Photo by Brian Gelinas BLOCK ATTEMPTBoston Bruins center Dominic Moore, left, tries to block Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point, right, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. AP Photo/Charles Krupa AMERICAN LIBERTY GOLD COIN GARBAGE TIMEIndiana Pacers forward Lance Stephenson (6) celebrates as Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) watches during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Tuesday, April 4, 2017. The Pacers defeated the Raptors 108-90. AP Photo/Michael Conroy LEVEL 3 SEX OFFENDERThomas W. Bailey, 55, of 62 Prospect St., Orange, has been designated a Level 3 sex offender by the state’s Sex Offender Registry Board. He is described as a white male; 5 feet, 8 inches tall; weighing 185 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. He was convicted in 1992 on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 years of age, and in 1993 on a charge of rape and abuse of a child. The board has determined he is at a high risk to re-offend and that the degree of dange FINANCE DIRECTORMahar’s Director of Finance and Facilities Dan Haynes presented the fiscal year 2018 budget to the school committee at their Tuesday night meeting.Photo by Ashley Arseneau GRAZING SHEEPThe Petersham Historical Society invites the public to their annual meeting and a special program on farming on Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m., at Harvard Forest Fisher Museum. Doors open at 6:30 for viewing of the museum’s dioramas. Guest speaker Rhys Simmons of Old Sturbridge Village will present, “A Year in the Life of a New England Farmer, 1838.” Pictured is an early view, circa 1900, of sheep grazing on Petersham Common. Photo courtesy of Petersham Historical Society WALKING AWAYIn this Dec. 20, 2008, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo walks down the tunnel to the playing field at Texas Stadium before an NFL football game, in Irving, Texas. A person with knowledge of the decision says Romo is retiring rather than trying to chase a Super Bowl with another team after losing his starting job with the Cowboys. AP Photo/File BOARD MEMBERSNewly elected Royalston selectman Roland Hamel, left, was sworn in at the Tuesday night meeting for a two-year term. Re-elected Chair Christine Long, center, was sworn in for her three-year term. At right is Selectman Linda Alger.Photo by Mary J. Williams NOMINEEIn this March 21, 2017, file photo, Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch explains mutton busting, an event held at rodeos similar to bull riding or bronc riding, in which children ride or race sheep, as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File ALZHEIMER’S TALKTina Bettez from Beacon Hospice leads a discussion on “Deep Harbors: Understanding the Benefits of Evidence-Based, Non-Pharmacological Interventions,” for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The presentation to community members was hosted by Quabbin Valley Healthcare. Beacon Hospice and QVHC have teamed up to offer a monthly speaker series on Alzheimer’s disease. The next series will be held on April 26, at 4 p.m. at QVHC, where “comfort baths” will be discussed. ON THE SHOREAt the northern edge of the Quabbin Reservoir, Rick Flematti has his camera at the ready for interesting waterfowl — and whatever else catches his eye. To the right is his copyrighted winning photo of a male fox and its kit, which was taken off Vaughn Road in town. It was chosen for a coveted spot in the Nature Conservancy calendar for 2018. MINECRAFT CLUBMembers of the Minecraft Club for teens at the Athol Public Library are anticipating the club activity for Tuesday, April 18, from 3 to 4 p.m. Participants will be making Minecraft duct tape wallets. Left to right — Kyle Evans, Maddie Smith and Chelsea Odell. Other programs for teens at the library during the school vacation week include Crazy Craft Safety Pin Bracelets on Wednesday, April 19, from 3 to 4 p.m.; Book Worms Book Club, also on Wednesday, April 19, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.; and W CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARYEmployees of Athol Savings Bank are planning to celebrate the bank’s 150th Anniversary by entering into the 54th Annual River Rat Race this Saturday. Three of the 12 employees participating are, left to right — Julie Walsh, Dan Zona, Cheryl D’ Ambra.Submitted photo FOULEDBoston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) is fouled by Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, left, on a drive to the basket during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The Cavaliers defeated the Celtics 114-91. AP Photo/Charles Krupa STUDIOPictured is David Buckley Borden, a 2016-2017 visiting research fellow at the Harvard Forest in Petersham, in front of his studio. Borden is hosting an open studio on Saturday, April 29, from noon to 4 p.m.Submitted photo CELEBRATIONJordan Spieth reacts to a shot by Matt Kuchar on the second hole during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Wednesday in Augusta, Ga. AP Photo/David J. Phillip REMEMBEREDIn this April 5, 2004, file photo, former Masters champion Arnold Palmer sits on clubhouse railing at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File MYSTERIOUS ILLNESSIn this Dec. 1, 2016, file photo, Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo (21) is tripped up New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan (20) during an NHL hockey game in Buffalo, N.Y. AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File ROUNDING THE BASESBoston Red Sox’s Sandy Leon tosses his helmet in the air while nearing home on his three-run home run during the 12th inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Boston, Wednesday. The Red Sox won 3-0. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer RISING LEVELSThe boat launch area at Tully Lake, with signage underwater, as seen Wednesday evening, shows the rising water level. Officials are carefully monitoring the water levels.Photo by Rhonda Smith CAPACITY CROWDA capacity crowd turned out at the Moore-Leland Library in North Orange recently for a talk by Quabbin Valley historian Elizabeth “Zib” Peirce, of Orange. Peirce has authored three books including “Lost Towns of The Quabbin,” and she serves as curator of the Swift River Valley Historical Society. The program concluded with a lively question-and-answer session and audience members sharing personal tidbits on the Quabbin, past and present. Refreshments were served. The free event — first in a PROGRAMS OUTLINEDDeb Habib spoke with the students at Athol High School last week about the Seeds of Solidarity’s Seeds of Leadership (SOL) Garden program, an after-school and summer program that is accepting student applicants for this season. A summer, weeklong internship was also introduced, and will be piloted with this year’s juniors and graduating seniors. Both programs, which take place at the Seeds of Solidarity site on Chestnut Hill Road in Orange, have a limited number of seats available. The a HAVING A LITTLE FUNOrange residents Clay Rushford, left; and Drew Paton, right, got to have some fun on the stage during the America’s Sweethearts concert April 2 at Athol High School. Shown left to right are the singing Sweethearts, Anne Marie, Carly and Kristen. The group, based in New York City, put on a 2-hour show, singing tunes of the 1940s to a packed auditorium. The show was organized by Cindy and Chuck Hartwell and sponsored by the Athol Veterans Park Development Corp.Photo by Mike Phillips NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEKFrom April 10 to 14, the Athol Public Library will celebrate National Library Week with several exciting events. Submitted photo MARCHING PRACTICEAthol-Royalston Middle School band members, led by music teacher Alecia Piscitello, practiced marching this week in preparation for the annual River Rat Day parade.School photo WPI VISITAthol-Royalston Middle School’s Talent Search Program explored the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) college campus on Wednesday, March 29. Students learned about renewable energies, such as wind energy, and how high-altitude wind turbines work. They were also given an opportunity to participate in a hands-on workshop where small groups created their own wind turbines. Students also got a chance to learn about various STEM careers, tour the college, and eat lunch on campus. Pictured are seve Mark A. Goldstein CONSTRUCTIONIn this Sept. 14, 2009 file photo, road construction begins along California interstate 215 north in San Bernadino County. The construction was undertaken with help from the 2009 federal stimulus package. President Donald Trump said April 4, 2017, he was unaware of anything that was built from that stimulus. AP Photo/Nick Ut, File GOALBoston Bruins right wing Drew Stafford (19) celebrates his goal against Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson (41) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Boston.AP Photo/Elise Amendola DRIVE TO THE BASKETBoston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas (4) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Atlanta. AP Photo/Todd Kirkland Don Rickles Michael Rezendes HEFThis image released by Amazon Prime shows Ed Pilkington as Hugh Hefner in “American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner Story,” premiering on Amazon Prime on Friday. Rodelio Astudillo/Amazon Prime via AP PEACE POSTER CONTEST WINNERSNarragansett Middle School Students were honored with a pizza party for their participation in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest recently. They illustrated their Peace Poster with the theme “Celebration of Peace.” The winner for this level of the contest at the Narragansett Regional Middle School for the Templeton Lions Club is Maddi Ambrogi. The winner ups are Julia Ollenborger, Lakoda Drowne, Tiana Rodgers, Danielle Fitzpatrick and Kylie Wetherbee. For the Phillip IN THE LEADCharley Hoffman waves after fishing the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 6, 2017, in Augusta, Ga. AP Photo/David Goldman FLORAL CENTERPIECEThe Orange Senior Citizens Club recently watched Sandy MacDonald of “The Bloomin’ Place,” in Athol, demonstrate how to create a floral centerpiece. She used leather leaf ferns, white roses, green carnations, zembla poms, and baby’s breath inserted into a container decorated with shamrocks to create a lovely St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece. A drawing was held, and Frank Schiappa won the centerpiece. Submitted photo CALLING FOR A SHOTLosing Skip Jim Graves calls for a shot in curling action in the Tuesday at Two League Championship recently at Petersham Curling Club. Team Graves was defeated by Team Ostheimer. Submitted photo REMATCHIn this May 23, 2015, file photo, Daniel Cormier, left, and Anthony Johnson duel in the light heavyweight mixed martial arts title bout at UFC 187 on Las Vegas. UFC light heavyweight champion Cormier is set to fight Johnson in the main event of UFC 210. Cormier defeated Johnson in their first bout in 2015. The two headline Buffalo, N.Y’s first UFC card since 1995. AP Photo/John Locher, File Book reviewed by Martin Brown, K-1 teacher PERFORMANCEJonathan Mirin of Piti Theatre Company is pictured performing as Sammy in “Sammy and the Grand Buffet.” The free, all-ages performance will take place at the Warwick Community School on Wednesday, April 12, at 6 p.m. Donations will be accepted for the Seago Fund. Photo by Ellen Blanchette Bob Ellis ‘SKINS AND SKULLS'Park Ranger Jason Robinson of the Army Corp of Engineers recently visited Athol-Royalston Middle School‘s fifth graders to deliver a presentation on “skins and skulls.” Robinson taught about various forest animals that live in the North Quabbin region. School photo Isaiah A. Buckner Christopher Vinsant APPOINTEDThe L.S. Starrett Company has appointed Chris P. Batchelor of Hubbardston as foreman of Department 15, Grinding. Batchelor has been with the company since Feb. 22, 1984. During this time, he has worked in various departments throughout the factory, most recently as assistant foreman of Department 6. Batchelor is a graduate of the Apprentice Toolmaker Course. Photo by Gary Gamache Olivia G. Houle LEADERSHIPElaine Fluet, center, president and CEO of GVNA Healthcare, was joined at GVNA’s annual meeting by board officers (from left to right) Ken Tomasetti, Jeff Aubuchon, Mike Gerry and Andy Boucher. Submitted photo CERTIFICATION RECEIVEDKaren Shultz, director of academic support and testing services at Mount Wachsuett Community College, holds up the plaque denoting the Testing Services center’s Test Center Certification from the National College Testing Association. Submitted photo RAYMOND A. KENNEDY The Affenpinscher was bred to exterminate rats, but has become a companion pet. WINDING THE GEARSA. George Day stands at the E. Howard & Co. clock’s inner workings in the steeple of Warwick’s Unitarian Church. The clock was donated to the town in 1884 and continues to operate today thanks to the various caretakers of the clock since it was installed, including Day, who has served in the position for 50 years. Photo by Jared Robinson CARETAKER OF THE CLOCKA. George Day, Caretaker of the Warwick Town Clock, stands outside of the Unitarian Church which houses the E. Howard & Co. clock donated to the town in 1884 to be installed in what was the third Meeting House at the time. Photo by Jared Robinson CHECKING FOR ACCURACYA. George Day checks his watch against the time set on the Warwick Town Clock, located in the tower above the Unitarian Church. Since 1967 Day has served as the Caretaker of the Clock, making regular trips in near pitch-dark conditions to wind the 133-year-old clock.