Meyer chosen as next ARRSD Superintendent



Meyer chosen as next ARRSD Superintendent
Tomorrow’s outlook
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Meyer chosen as next ARRSD Superintendent
ADN Correspondent
ATHOL — In what was a
very positive meeting ending with warm congratulations from all present, the
Athol Royalston Regional
School Committee voted
10-0 Monday night, to approve current Assistant
Superintendent of Schools
and Director of Educational Services Steve Meyer as
the next superintendent of
Meyer, who took over the
reigns as the assistant superintendent at the beginning of
the current academic school
year, was chosen from a
field of 21 candidates. He
will begin the position on
July 1, when superintendent
Anthony Polito retires after
an 11-year commitment to
the position which includes
the construction of a stateof-the-art elementary school
slated to open for the 20162017 academic year.
Search Committee, comprising 13 members, also
MEYER IS TOP CHOICE — All 10 members of the Athol Royalston Regional School Committee unanimously
voted Monday night to accept the recommendation of the 13 members of the Superintendent Search Committee,
and voted to approve current ARRSD Assistant Superintendent and Director of Education Steve Meyer, as the
next superintendent. Left to right — School committee members Dale Lougee, Joseph Maga, Carla Rabinowitz,
Mitch Grosky, Vice Chair Deb Kuzmeskas, current Assistant Superintendent and future Superintendent Steve
Meyer shaking hands with ARRSC Chair Nancy Melbourne, Charles Pretti, Amber Parker, and Lee Chauvette.
Also present was ARRSC member Joao Baptista. Photo by Keith Kent Obama initiative on
gun control shows
limits of acting alone
Associated Press
President Barack Obama’s
do-it-himself plan for keeping
away from
have them
falls far short
of what he’d
hoped to acBarack Obama complish
through legislation after a massacre at
Sandy Hook Elementary
School shook the country to
attention in 2012.
Yet even the more modest
steps Obama will announce
Tuesday rely on murky interpretations of existing law
that could be easily reversed
by his successor.
At the centerpiece of
Obama’s plan, to be unveiled
at a White House event with
gun violence victims, is a
more sweeping definition of
gun dealers that the administration hopes will expand the
number of gun sales subject
to background checks. At
gun shows, websites and flea
markets, sellers often skirt
that requirement by declining to register as licensed
dealers, but officials said
new federal guidance would
clarify that it applies to anyone “in the business” of selling firearms.
They put sellers on notice
that the government planned
to strengthen enforcement
— including deploying 230
new examiners the FBI will
hire to process background
“This is not going to solve
every violent crime in this
country,” Obama said. Yet
he said the steps would “potentially save lives and spare
families the pain of these extraordinary losses.”
Obama’s package of executive actions aims to curb
what he’s described as a
scourge of gun violence in
the U.S., punctuated by appalling mass shootings in
Charleston, South Carolina; and Tucson, Arizona,
Obama Page 5
Athol Daily News
Santa Fund over
its $13,500 goal
ATHOL — The 68th
annual Athol Daily News
Santa Fund received a
large donation Monday which launched it
past this year’s goal of
$13,500, and
which will assure a merry
Christmas for
hundreds of
area children
in 2016.
A generous
check for $1,351 was received with the message
it was given in memory
of Bonnie Bassett, Jane
and Ron Cherichetti,
Kerryann Keeney, Rob
Walsh, and all others that
lost their brave battles
with cancer in 2015.
Santa’s Helper donated an additional $50
to bring the day’s total
to $1,401, and nudging the running total
to $13,550.09. For those wishing to
make a last minute gift,
donations are still be accepted in the business
office Monday through
Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
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ADN Staff Reporter
NEW SALEM — The selectboard on Monday met
with library representatives
concerned about the current
method for snow removal
and its impact on improvements made around the
building, including the additions of a garden and stone
steps. Complicating plowing efforts are the interrelated issues of spacing, compounded by a large maple tree and
the library’s drop-off box,
and the absence of the proper blade to drag snow backward without causing buildup. Along those lines, board
member Wayne Hachey
said, “It’s a tough situation.
It’s almost like a cul-de-sac;
you go down to the end, and
there you are.”
The board was previously presented a request for
plowing to circumnavigate
the roadway, with Chair
Randy Gordon noting that
spacing concerns necessitate a more viable solution.
Lisa Finestone said in addition to issues arising from
plowing, sand and salt are
ATHOL — In 2015, Athol
Savings Bank (ASB) donated $22,000 for its yearly
contribution to United Way
of North Central Massachusetts, a 4.76 percent increase
over its donation in 2014.
Since 2001, the bank has
made significant donations
to support the non-profit
organization whose mission
is to create a lasting positive
change in local communities
around the world. Despite the economic
climate, ASB has steadily
increased its aid to United
Way of North Central Massachusetts for over a decade, providing local United
Ways with nearly $230,000
in needed funds. After a
2014 merger between the
Athol Area United Way and
United Way of North Cen- UNITED WAY DONATION — In 2015, Athol Savings Bank (ASB) donated
tral Massachusetts, mon- $22,000 for its yearly contribution to United Way of North Central Massa-
56525 10951
Athol Page 5
New Salem considers solutions
for snow removal at the library
ASB invests in the future of local communities
Bank Page 5
voted unanimously to forward Meyer’s name as its
top choice of the original
field of 21. Once the field
was narrowed to five, two
candidates withdrew their
names, leaving three, with
Meyer being the final and
unanimous choice after all
considerations and interviews. In what was a powerful
show of great respect, according to ARRSC Chair
Nancy Melbourne, Athol
Teachers Association President Keith Williams himself
presented Meyer’s name to
the ARRSC with total support.
The meeting opened with
Melbourne thanking the
search committee for all
their hard work. Melbourne
said, “All three final candidates were asked the same
15 questions, with every
member of the search committee each getting a question, with one member asking three questions.” School committee mem-
chusetts, a 4.76 percent increase over the previous year. Left to right — Jean
Shaughnessy, Athol Area Region Campaign Chair; Connie Kelleher, Director of
Resource Development, United Way of North Central MA; Debra Vescovi, Athol
Savings Bank’s Senior Vice President; and Daniel Zona, President, Athol Savings Bank. harmful to plants and timeconsuming for library volunteers to remove.
Hachey suggested placing
a tarp over the plants prior
to anticipated snowfall, as
well as locating someone
who owns a small tractor affixed with a blade capable
of back-dragging. Finestone
underscored the importance
of securing any covering
used, lest the plow come in
contact with the tarp, adding that cloth designed for
landscaping might better
serve the needs of the garden.
“[The library] is the most
used building we have. It
has taken a lot of effort and
money out of our own pockets, [including] plants donated,” Finestone said. “We
did all this not knowing the
snow removal situation. It
would be a shame to have it
go down the drain.”
Finestone asked whether
the fire department possesses a snow plow that the
library could use, with the
board agreeing to find out.
It was also noted that the
person who shovels in the
downtown area does so in
addition to working fulltime, and the clearing of
snow late in the day can undermine the library’s desire
DALLAS (AP) — Even
the escalating tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia, two big oil-producing
countries, can’t halt the
slide in energy prices.
Oil futures spiked briefly on Monday after the
news that Saudi Arabia
would cut diplomatic ties
with Iran, a development
that could be seen as a
threat to oil supplies.
Investors quickly discounted those fears, however. After rising by $1.35,
the price of benchmark
U.S. crude ended the day
down 28 cents to $36.76
a barrel on the New York
Mercantile Exchange. It
fell again in Asian trading on Tuesday, dropping
3 cents to $36.73. Brent
crude, reflecting the price
of international oils, was
down 20 cents at $37.02 in
While oil markets were
see-sawing, stock markets
sagged on evidence that
the global economy might
be weaker than expected
this year. The Dow Jones
industrial average lost 276
points, or 1.6 percent, and
was down 468 points earlier in the day.
New reports indicated
that manufacturing is continuing to struggle, with
factory activity falling in
December for the second straight month in the
U.S. and the 10th straight
month in China.
Slow growth means that
the current oversupply of
oil could be more stubborn than expected. Government figures show that
the stockpile of U.S. crude
oil grew by 2.6 million barrels during the week ended
Dec. 25 and were 9.9 million barrels higher than a
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slide in oil prices
Oil Page 5
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Obituaries & Services
John A. Holloway Jr.
ATHOL — John A. Holloway Jr., 54, of Morton
Meadows, died unexpectedly at home on Sunday, Jan.
3, 2016, after being stricken
Survivors include his
mother, Joyce Holloway
of Orange; sisters, Nancy
Roussell of Athol, Nadine
Powell and her husband,
Bruce, of Swanzey, N.H.,
and Noreen Alvarez and
her husband, Bernard, of
Orange; and many nephews
and nieces.
John was predeceased by
his father, John Sr., a brother, Jason Holloway, and a
sister, Natha Holloway.
There are no calling
A celebration of life and
interment in Silver Lake
Cemetery, Athol, will be
held at a later date and time
to be announced.
Witty’s Funeral Home,
South Main St., Orange,
is directing the arrangements.
Born in Gardner on Jan.
You may offer your sym17, 1961, he was a son of pathy online at www.wittyJohn Sr. and Joyce (Parker)
Holloway and grew up in
Phillipston, moving to Athol
at the age of 10.
A resident of Athol most
of his life, John enjoyed
drawing, fishing and walk-
Robert P. Rhodes
ATHOL — Robert P. Rhodes, 72, of
Athol, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015,
at the UMass Memorial
Medical Center, Worcester.
He was born in Athol, on
April 5, 1943, the son of the
late Delbert and the late
Cecilia (Piette) Rhodes. He
grew up in Athol, attending
Athol schools. He graduated from Athol High School.
He served in the U.S. Coast
Guard during the Vietnam
War. He worked for the L.S.
Starrett Tool Company for
over 44 years. He enjoyed
woodworking and making
He leaves his wife, Patricia (Alliott) Rhodes; two
sons, Robert S. Rhodes and
his companion Jen Whittier
of Orange; and Michael J.
Rhodes and his wife Lisa
of Orange; three grandchildren, Racheal L. Rhodes,
Cordelia I. Rhodes, and
Loki A. Rhodes, all of Orange; one brother, Brian
Rhodes and his wife Sue of
North Carolina; one sister,
Joanne Akey of Athol; two
brothers-in-law, Gene Alliott and his wife Lana of
Florida, and Alan Stangvilla
of North Carolina; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by
his first wife Jonetta L.
(Stangvilla) Rhodes in 2001
and by his mother-in-law
Bertha Alliott in 2015.
A Mass of Christian Burial with full military honors
will be held Saturday, Jan.
9, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady
Immaculate Church, 192
School St., Athol. Burial will
follow in Gethsemane Cemetery.
No calling hours are
scheduled. The family requests those attending to go
directly to church.
For more information
or to sign the online guest
book, visit
Fiske-Murphy & Mack
Funeral Home, 110 New
Athol Rd., Orange, is directing arrangements.
Alice M. Gauvin
ATHOL — Alice M. (Duguay) Gauvin 95, of Athol,
peacefully passed at her
home on Thursday, Dec. 31,
Born in Athol on May 2,
1920, she was a daughter of
the late Aime A. and Rose
Alma (Blanchette) Duguay.
She lived in Athol all her life.
She was predeceased by
her husband, Jean Albini
“Benny” Gauvin. She leaves
three daughters, Alice Zanga
and her husband Lawrence
of Athol, Janet Bullock and
her husband Leeland of Center Conway, N.H., and Norma Miarecki of Madison/
Silver Lake, N.H.; four sons,
Laurie “Frenchie” Gauvin
of Athol, Jerry Gauvin and
his wife Shirley of Mt. Airy,
N.C., Richard Gauvin and
his wife Deborah of North
Orange, and John Gauvin
of Athol; along with several
grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.
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Home, 146 Main St., Athol.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to the charity of one’s
To sign the online guestbook, visit
Athol Hospital volunteer update
ATHOL — Athol Hospital
Volunteer Service Coordinator Pat Lussier said recently
that the hospital has had 34
volunteers sign up to provide
assistance at the hospital. The
goal of the recent volunteer
drive is to sign up 50 people.
Said Lussier, “With the new
year, hopefully people will be
charged up to get involved in
their community. In particular, we’re still looking for some
early risers to help out with
food service in the morning
and some afternoon people to
help with linen deliveries. And,
we need a few hearty souls who
love to be outdoors to help
with our grounds and parking
lot maintenance. These are
COA Friends
ATHOL — The Friends
of the Athol Council on Aging will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, Jan. 14, at
1 p.m., at the senior center
for the purpose of conducting business and electing officers and members of the
board of directors for 2016. Lunch will be served at
noon. Reservations are required. Call or leave a message for Diane Coburn at
978-249-9001 before 10:45
a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Board meeting
selectboard will meet today, Tuesday, Jan. 5, at 7
p.m., in the town hall with
the following agenda:
Dec. 15 minutes.
Acknowledgments, announcements, correspondence.
Department head reports.
Old business — public hearing on community
development block grant
loan application (7:15);
sign Bundschuh deed.
New business — events
committee funding; state
distressed property program.
Any other item(s) not
reasonably anticipated 48
hours prior to the meeting.
Signing of the treasury
Meetings Reminder
Tuesday, Jan. 5
Selectboard, 7 p.m., Room 21
of the town hall.
VFW Post 650, 7 p.m., DAV
Hall, 47 Pine St.
Airport Commission, 6 p.m.,
Orange Airport.
Board of Health, 6 p.m., Orange Armory.
Mahar Regional School Committee, 6:30 p.m., Mahar library.
Open Space and Recreation
Committee, 6:30 p.m., town office building.
Selectboard, 6 p.m., lower
town hall.
Conservation Commission,
7:30 p.m., town office building.
Selectboard, 7 p.m., town
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The Annual Meeting of the Members of the Athol
Credit Union will be held at the Credit Union
Office, 513 Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts,
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 5:30 P.M., for the
election of directors, the declaration of dividends
and the transaction of any other business which
may properly come before the meeting.
A $25.00 share account makes you
a Member of your Credit Union.
All share accounts are insured by NCUA and MCUSIC.
Forecast highs for Wednesday, Jan. 6
just a few of the areas where
we need volunteers - there are
opportunities throughout the
hospital. You provide the commitment to a few hours a week
and we’ll provide the training.
For more information, or to
sign up, contact Lussier at 978249-3511, Ext. 145, between
the hours of 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dog licenses
ATHOL — The 2016 dog
licenses for the town of Athol
are available at the town
clerk’s office.
Dog licenses must be renewed by Feb. 29 or a $15 late
fee will be charged. The cost of
dog licenses are male/female,
$15; and neutered/spayed, $8. Dog licenses may also be obtained through the mail. Send
a check payable to the town
of Athol with the required fee
and a self-addressed stamped
envelope. Proof of rabies vaccination and neutering/spaying
is required for all dogs.
Online payment for dogs is
now available. Go to the town
of Athol website at Check rabies information with the town clerk prior
to making online payment.
Office hours are Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday, from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Tuesday
from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For further information, contact the
town clerk’s office at 978-2494551.
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Rain and snow will be expected over most of the West again.
Snow showers will be possible over the northern Plains, with
some freezing rain possible over the central Plains. Rain showers
will be likely to the south, extending east over the Gulf Coast.
Weather Underground • AP
AREA — Tonight: Clear, with a low around 1. Calm
wind. Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 36. Wind chill values as low as -2. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph
in the morning. Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low
around 18. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and
variable after midnight. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high
near 38. Calm wind. Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low
around 21. Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Friday
Night: A chance of snow and sleet after 11pm. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Saturday: Rain, snow, and sleet likely before 1pm, then rain likely
between 1pm and 5pm, then a chance of rain and snow after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday Night: A chance of rain before 3am,
then a chance of snow and sleet between 3am and 4am, then
a chance of snow after 4am. Cloudy, with a low around 31.
Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Almanac - Sun rose 7:18. Sun sets 4:30. Length of day 9
hours, 12 minutes. New moon, Jan. 9. Full moon, Jan. 23.
Friends of the Phinehas S.
Newton Library will sponsor
free weekly Zumba classes for
everyone in the North Quabbin region every Monday from
6 to 7 p.m. at the town hall.
Attendees are asked to bring
sneakers to change into for the
class. Donations will be accepted. For more information,
call Maureen at 978-249-5138
or the library at 978-249-3572.
5:29 a.m. - Vehicles operated by Bonnie Cutler, of 146
Canal St., Athol; and Diana
Beland, of Gardner, were in an
accident on Route 2 at Exit 24
in Westminster. No citations
were issued.
12:45 a.m. - Amir R. Kahn,
23, of Ashburnham, was arrested in Westminster on
charges of operating a motor
vehicle under the influence of
liquor, and failure to inspect a
3:29 a.m. - A vehicle operated by Joseph M. Fox, of
Auburn, was in an accident on
Route 2 westbound at Exit 18
in Athol. No citations were issued.
2:02 p.m. - A vehicle operated by Clyde Milan Sr., of
215 Athol Rd., Phillipston,
was in an accident on Route
2 eastbound in Templeton. No
citations were issued.
Warm Stationary
Rain, Ice And Snow Over The Plains
Zumba classes
Police Log
Pt. Cloudy
Mass. Lottery Results
Drawn Monday, January 4, 2016
The Numbers Game, Mid-day:
The Numbers Game, Night:
Exact Order
All 4 digits
1st or last 3
Any 2 digits
Any 1 digit
Any Order
All 4 digits
1st 3 digits
Last 3 digits
Exact Order
All 4 digits
1st or last 3
Any 2 digits
Any 1 digit
Any Order
All 4 digits
1st 3 digits
Last 3 digits
Thursday 3599
Wed. Saturday 7744
Tuesday, Dec. 29
20-25-55-62-74; MB-7
no winner
Friday, Jan. 1
7-18-37-38-39; MB-9
no winner
Saturday 5433
Thursday 4580
Saturday, Jan. 2
13-24-25-31-34-36; STD-74
$8,310,178 no winner
Wednesday, Dec. 30
3-6-9-18-38-48; STD-8
$8,171,532, no winner
Monday, Jan. 4
1-25-31-43-45; LB-13,
no winner
Monday, Jan. 4
Thursday, Dec. 31
2-5-22-25-31, one winner
23-24-29-40-44; LB-11,
no winner
Sunday, Jan 3
3-8-15-23-33, ten winners
(Abington (10))
Saturday, Jan. 2
Saturday, Jan. 2
5-6-15-29-42; PB-10
$355,800,000, no winner
no winner
Wednesday, Dec. 30
Friday, Jan. 1
12-36-38-54-61; PB-22
$301,800,000, no winner
no winner
Thursday, Dec. 31
Other Regional Results
2-12-14-24-30, three winners
(Marshfield, Pembroke,
Saturday, Jan.2
7-10-17-36-41; MB-4
Wednesday, Dec. 30
Wednesday, Dec. 30
10-11-18-34-41; MB-5
no winner
Athol Police Log
2-car accident
ATHOL — Police responded to a two-car accident
at Goodale and Silver Lake
streets at 6:33 p.m., Monday.
Vehicles operated by Carrie Garrand, of Bellevue
Drive East; and Robert Austin, of Northfield, were involved. The Austin vehicle
was towed. No injuries resulted.
Austin was cited for failure
to use care in stopping.
National forecast
2:36 a.m. - House check, Old
Keene Road.
2:36 a.m. - House check, Myrtle Street.
4:14 a.m. - Assisted other
agency with traffic stop, Main
8:56 a.m. - Caller reports motorist has lost wheel on vehicle,
concerned for safety, Chestnut
Hill Avenue. Officer stood by for
9:55 a.m. - Orange Police
Department advising they have
male party in protective custody
for Athol Police Department.
Subject transported to APD and
10:33 a.m. - Caller reports
ambulance for female party who
has fallen outside, Main Street.
Call transferred to Athol Fire Department. Subject refused transport.
11:08 a.m. - Caller reports
there is a no-trespass order on
female subject and she is in
the building visiting a resident,
School Street. Caller advised
per trespass notice subject is allowed to pass through common
areas to visit tenant.
12:05 p.m. - Subject from
state’s Department of Children
and Families to station for officer
to assist with home visit. Stood
by with no problems.
12:36 p.m. - Caller from Chester Street reports her husband’s
mother and father grabbed and
embarrassed caller’s husband at
Market Basket; caller states she
was also threatened. Advised of
options for harassment prevention order (HPO) at Orange District Court.
12:38 p.m. - Walk-in concerned her daughter may harm
herself. Daughter went to Athol
Hospital with mother for evaluation.
12:39 p.m. - Caller wanted
police aware he had not been
harassing ex-girlfriend and he
has documentation to prove
it. Found there were no reports
from ex that he has been harassing her.
1:06 p.m. - Caller requests extra patrols on Saturdays for trash
trucks that are supposed to be
covered; party finds trash on her
lawn every Saturday. Officer advised.
1:38 p.m. - Retraining order
(209A) served, Exchange Street.
1:53 p.m. - Sex offender information given to walk-in.
2 p.m. - Caller reports someone used his credit card. Charges are being reversed. States
this is second time this has occurred.
2:25 p.m. - Caller asked to
speak to officer with whom she
has been unable to make contact.
2:39 p.m. - Victim of assault
notified that subject has been released on bail. No 209A in effect.
7:36 p.m. - 911 caller requests
to speak to officer regarding unspecified threat, Lakeview Avenue. Spoke to caller.
8:38 p.m. - Caller requests
ambulance for lift assist, Pleasant Street. Call transferred to
AFD. Assisted with lift assist.
9:56 p.m. - 911 caller reports
outside fire on Silver Lake Street
in the vicinity of Crescent Street.
States it appears someone set
a mattress and other debris
on fire. Call transferred to AFD.
Small, contained fire located on
Laurel Street, with only wood
being burned. AFD determined
fire was not a violation.
12:16 a.m. - Traffic stop, Petersham Road. Verbal warning
for defective equipment.
2:28 a.m. - House check, Liberty Street. 2:39 a.m. - House check,
Franklin Street.
2:40 a.m. - House check, Myrtle Street.
2:51 a.m. - House check, Old
Keene Road.
3:09 a.m. - House check,
Newton Street.
3:12 a.m. - Caller reports small
dog has been outside for the last
four hours, Goddard Street. On
arrival owner was retrieving animal.
3:28 a.m. - 911 caller requests
ambulance due to severe abdominal pain, South Street. Call
transferred to AFD. Assisted with
transport to AH.
3:41 a.m. - House check,
Pleasant Street.
3:48 a.m. - House check,
Batchelder Road.
4:24 a.m. - Officer assisted
AFD with Life Flight at AH.
6:52 a.m. - 911 caller reports
unattended death, Morton
Meadows. Call transferred to
AFD. Officer contacted medical
examiner and the state’s Crime
Prevention and Control unit.
Medication box and key to residence secured.
9:38 a.m. - Caller reports her
son and ex-girlfriend were in an
argument and female drove off
with caller’s son in bed of red
pickup truck, Parmenter Street
and Highland Avenue. Officer
reported truck was last seen in
parking lot across from barracks
and male got out and is walking
west on Main Street. Male party
stated a verbal argument only
took place between himself and
female party. Female party gone
on arrival in pickup.
10:18 a.m. - Caller requests
ambulance, Main Street. Assisted AFD.
12:02 p.m. - Assisted other
agency with attempt to serve
immediate threat paperwork for
Registry of Motor Vehicles, Goodale Street.
12:02 p.m. - Assisted OPD.
12:26 p.m. - 911 caller requests ambulance, South Main
Street. Call transferred to AFD.
AFD on scene at 12:32.
2:09 p.m. - Caller reports inappropriate noise coming from
his neighbor’s apartment, Main
Street. States the manager
spoke to neighbor, and neighbor
is quiet now. Advised to contact
police when noise issue is taking
3:33 p.m. - Assisted another
police department, South Street.
Male party moved.
3:44 p.m. - Served immediate
threat paperwork for RMV, Exchange Street.
3:44 p.m. - Caller reports loud
music in building, Main Street.
Spoke with all involved. Tenants
agree to keep it down.
4:12 p.m. - Traffic stop, Main
Street. Verbal warning for crosswalk violation.
4:22 p.m. - Officer reports
goat loose and in roadway, White
Pond Road. Located owner who
retrieved goat.
6:02 p.m. - Walk-in requests
assistance with “no trespass”
order. Referred to ODC.
6:40 p.m. - Caller reports unwanted party, Hapgood Street.
Officers responded. Male party
taken into custody; charges to
be filed.
6:40 p.m. - Caller requests
ambulance, Gibson Drive. AFD
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Obituaries & Services
Mother Mary Clare Vincent
Mary Clare Vincent, OSB,
nun and the foundress and
first prioress of St. Scholastica Priory, Petersham, died
Jan. 2, 2016, at the priory after a few months illness. She
was 90 and in her 66th year of
religious dedication and 33rd
year of Benedictine monastic
Born on July 18, 1925, in
Boston to Cornelius and Mattie Elizabeth (Ross) Vincent,
she was named Muriel Ross
at birth. She was the youngest
of a family of four children.
Her mother was a teacher
with a firm belief in education. Muriel attended Girls’
Latin School in Boston and
in 1942 began studies at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, at
age 17, finishing an accelerated BA in literature in three
years. The year of her graduation she was received into the
Catholic Church at St. Paul’s
Church in Cambridge. She
then worked towards a master’s degree at the Graduate
School of Education, Harvard University, and in later
life she returned to academic
studies and earned an M.T.S.
at the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, in 1984.
After teaching at East
Boston High School, in 1949
she joined the newly-formed
community of St. Benedict
Center in Cambridge, which
had been instrumental in her
conversion, taking the name
Sr. Mary Clare. After making private vows as a religious
sister and serving as superior
of a group of sisters, she was
invested as a Benedictine
novice together with them
on Aug. 15, 1980, under the
sponsorship of Stanbrook
Abbey, Worcester, England;
she professed her simple vows
as a Benedictine on Sept. 8,
1981, and made her solemn
vows with the first group of
her community on Sept. 8,
1984. The same day she was
elected as the first prioress
of St. Scholastica Priory, an
office she served in until her
retirement in 2003.
Clare’s leadership, the community moved to Petersham.
Along with Fr. Cyril Karam,
OSB, founder of St. Mary’s
Monastery, she devoted herself to building the twin community life between the nuns
of St. Scholastica’s and the
monks of St. Mary’s. This mutual cooperation could be said
to be her great mission. With
Fr. Cyril’s assistance she started St. Bede’s Publications.
Both by nature and by diligent preparation she was an
extraordinarily gifted teacher:
her carefully crafted conferences, retreats and classes on
Church history and monastic
spirituality were unforgettable, and her writing gifts
found expression in her three
books St. Sharbel, The Life
of Prayer and the Way to God
(also titled Pray as You Can:
A Short Primer) and Keeping
the Faith in Harvard, as well as
numerous published articles.
All her life Mother Mary
Clare retained her love of
study, literature and music,
and her devotion to playing
the organ, especially the music of J.S. Bach, enriched the
community liturgy for over 40
years; she continued to play
for services until her last illness.
It is above all for her loving, generous and selfless service to her community and all
whom she met that Mother
Mary Clare will be remembered. She continued as an
active and vibrant member of
the community, served as Prioress Administrator of Our
Lady Queen, Tickfaw, La.,
and continued to teach by
her example. A recipient of
Worcester Diocese’s Retired
Religious Award, her love
of prayer and faithfulness to
monastic contemplative life
are her greatest legacy.
Mother Mary Clare was
preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Cornelius Vincent Jr.
Surviving are her sisters
Ruth G. Williams and Eliza-
beth V. Mayo, nieces Carol
W. Roach and Patricia J. Williams, nephews Theodore
Mayo and Ralph Mayo, her
community of St. Scholastica
Priory and the monks of St.
Mary’s Monastery, and a host
of friends.
A Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated at 10 a.m.
on Saturday, Jan. 9, in the
Church of St. Scholastica
Priory and St. Mary’s Monastery. Visitation is from 3 to
8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the
monastery, and from 8 a.m.
Saturday until the time of the
may be offered to St. Scholastica Priory, 271 N. Main St.,
Petersham, MA, 01366.
To view the online guestbook visit,
Fiske-Murphy & Mack Funeral Home, 110 New Athol
Rd., Orange, is assisting with
Ronald J.
Rowe Sr.
Ronald J. Rowe
Sr., 69, of New
Athol Road, died
peacefully at home on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, following an illness, with family at
his side.
Born in Greenfield on
Sept. 16, 1946, he was a son
of the late Lloyd Sr. and
Edris (Dresser) Rowe and
grew up in Orange, graduating from Ralph C. Mahar
Regional School in 1964.
Ron served in the United States Army during the
Vietnam War, from 1964
until his honorable discharge in 1969.
Ron was married to Judith “Judy” D. (Lapenas) in
1969 and they have enjoyed
over 46 years of marriage
A talented craftsman, Ron
was self-employed most of
his life doing leather work
and he and Judy had owned
and operated the RJR
Leather Plus on the Mohawk Trail in Greenfield for
many years. He previously
had worked for Greenfield
Public Hospital (now known
as Baystate Franklin Medical Center) and for Furniture Rehab in Leominster.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Judith Rowe of
Orange; sons, Ronald “RJ”
Rowe Jr. and his partner,
Glen, of Cherry Hill, N.J.,
Keith Rowe and his wife,
Stacy, of Buffalo, N.Y.,
Eric Rowe of Sparta, N.J.,
and Barry Pease of Orange;
grandchildren, Maximilian
and Sophia; brothers, Lloyd
Rowe Jr. and his wife, Ilene,
of Orange, and Steve Rowe
and his wife, Deborah, of
Athol; several foster children and their children; and
several nephews and nieces
and grandnephews and
Ron was predeceased by
his father on Sept. 5, 2008,
and his mother on Jan. 27,
2013, as well as a brother,
Terry Rowe, on April 20,
There are no calling
Funeral services and interment will be private.
are suggested to Visioning
B.E.A.R Circle Intertribal
Coalition, P.O. Box 1286,
Greenfield, MA 013021286.
Witty’s Funeral Home,
158 South Main St., Orange,
is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at
Bernard A. Lepoer
PETERSHAM — Bernard A. Lepoer, 91, of
Petersham, passed away
Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at
UMass Memorial Medical
Center-University Campus,
Funeral services are incomplete at this time.
Fiske-Murphy & Mack
Funeral Homes, 110 New
Athol Rd., Orange, is assisting with arrangements.
Charlotte I. Stockwell
ORANGE — Charlotte
I. (Dexter)(Day) Stockwell,
96, formerly of Applewood
Home for Elders, died early Saturday morning, Jan.
2, 2016, at the Gardner
Nursing and Rehabilitation
Center in Gardner.
Born in Orange on July
20, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Maurice L.
and Luetta (Gilson) Dexter and grew up in Orange,
graduating from Orange
High School in 1937.
Charlotte was married to
Norman H. “Dusty” Day
who died in 1980. She was
later married to Richard
A. Stockwell and he predeceased her in 1996.
Charlotte had worked
for the Erving Paper Mill
for 26 years as a technician
in the sample room and retired in 1981.
Charlotte had lived on
Mechanic Street for many
years and was a summer
resident at Laurel Lake in
Erving. Following her second marriage, she was a
seasonal resident of New
Symrna Beach, Fla., for 14
Active in the former
Millers River Grange for
many years, Charlotte
was a past master of the
Grange, as well as past
president and member of
the Athol Orange Emblem
Club, a former member
of Athena Chapter 25 Order of Eastern Star, active member of the First
Universalist Church where
she had served on several
committees, the former
Le Petite Flower Shows as
well as a member of the
church’s Marion E. Nason
Unity Club and the church
Charlotte enjoyed dancing,
cards, quilting, swimming,
and was very active in the
Orange Senior Citizens
Club, having served as secretary for several years.
She had also enjoyed flying
lessons earlier in her life.
Survivors include her
daughters, Sally D. Kakitis and her husband, Nick,
of Gorham, Maine, and
Karen D. MacDonald and
her husband, Vernon, of
Amy Fawley of Baltimore,
Md., Timothy MacDonald of Minneapolis, Minn.,
and Catherine Good of
Kennebunk, Maine; three
Charlotte, Caroline and
Iris; and two great-grandsons, Benjamin and Sam.
There are no calling
Funeral services and
interment in South Cemetery, Orange, will be private.
Witty’s Funeral Home,
158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.
You may offer your sympathy online at
Monday, Dec. 27, police
responded to reports of a
one-car accident on Spring
Street. James F. Dimarzio, 68,
of New York, collided with
a stone wall on the side of
the road. No injuries were
noted. Dimarzio refused
ORANGE — Several motor vehicle accidents have taken place since last Thursday.
On Thursday, at 1:05 p.m.,
an officer came across a minor accident in a Daniel Shays
Highway location parking lot.
A truck had backed into an
unoccupied car. Damage was
done to the driver’s side mirror
of one vehicle. The two owners were to work out arrangements for repair. No other details were available
At 8:56 p.m., Thursday, a
caller stated a vehicle backed
into another vehicle in a parking lot on North Main Street.
On arrival the caller said the
drivers had left the scene and
was not sure if the two parties
had exchanged information.
Police attempted to contact the
owner of one vehicle but were
successful. Police determined
the accident report to be unfounded. On Saturday, at 10:58 a.m.,
a two-car crash occurred at the
entrance of Hamshaw Lumber
on New Athol Road involving
vehicles driven by Anna Cummings, 30, of 88 Brattle St.,
Athol, and Edmond Boucher,
67, of 4 Jolly Rd., South Royalston. While traveling west,
Cummings was rear-ended
by Boucher No injuries were
reported. Neither driver was
At noon, Saturday, a two-car
crash was reported at South
Main and East Main streets.
Vehicles involved were operated by Mary Vieu, 37 of 120A
Oaklawn Ave., and Frank Kanserstein, 67, 837 Partridgeville
Rd., Athol. Vieu was traveling
north on South Main Street
and preparing to turn onto
East Main Street and was hit
by Kanserstein. No injuries were reported.
Kanserstein was cited for failure to use care in turning.
On Sunday, at 10 p.m., a
man reported his wife struck
an animal on Route 2. The vehicle’s passenger marker light
and fender skirt had noted
damage. A deceased dog was
found at the scene. No other
information was available. On Monday, at 2:12 p.m. a
minor accident occurred between two vehicles in a driveway on Chase Street. Damage
was assessed at under $1,000.
The operators exchanged information. CALENDAR
For upcoming events con-
sult the expanded calendar listing which appears in the Quabbin Times section in Tuesday
editions of the Athol Daily News,
and daily on the website at, www.
The Daily News welcomes
submissions for the Calendar,
for public events in or of general
interest to the nine-town, North
Quabbin-Mount Grace Region
— including entertainment, cultural and social activities and
events held by non-profit organizations. Excluded are gaming
events and tag/yard sale notices.
Tuesday, January 5
3:30-5 p.m. — Craft Club,
New Salem Public Library, on
the common. For grades 3-6.
Info: 978-544-6334
4 p.m. — Trap Shooting, Orange Gun Club, off West River
Street. Info: 978-467-6076
5 p.m. — Free Meal, Athol
Salvation Army, Ridge Avenue.
Open to all. Info: 978-249-8111
Wednesday, January 6
9 a.m. — Quilting, Athol Senior Center, Freedom Street.
9-9:45 a.m. — Story Hour,
Erving Public Library, 17 Moore
St. Info: 413-423-3348
10-11:30 a.m. — Playgroup,
Wendell Free Library, Wendell
Depot Road. For ages 5 and
10:15-11 a.m. — Preschool
Story Time, Athol Public Library, Main Street. Info: 978249-9515
Noon — Sporting Clays,
Petersham Gun Club, Nelson
Road. Info: 978-249-7445
3-5 p.m. — Knit Wits, Athol
Public Library, Main Street. For
ages 8 and up. Info: 978-2499515
5-6 p.m. — Sharing Our Father’s Bread, St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall (side entrance),
Athol. Info: 978-249-2738
Thursday, January 7
9 a.m.-Noon — St. John’s
Thrift Shop, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Park Avenue, Athol.
Info: 978-249-9553
10-10:30 a.m. — Baby
Time, Athol Public Library,
Main Street. Children up to 18
months and caregivers. Info:
10-11:30 a.m. — Garden
Growers, Valuing Our Children,
Walnut Street, Athol. Newborn
to preschoolers. Info: 978-2498467 ext. 22.
11-11:30 a.m. — Toddler
Time, Athol Public Library,
Main Street. Children 18-36
months and caregivers. Info:
3-4 p.m. — Weekly Vigil,
Northfield Town Hall. Info: [email protected] or 978790-3074
3:30-5 p.m. — Wild Knights
Chess Club, Athol Public Library, Main Street. For grades
4-10. Info: 978-249-9515
Orange Police Log
9:50 p.m. - Walk-in requests
to speak to officer, East River
Street. Walk-in said her daughter has been hanging out with
subject and she is concerned
about this. Spoke with walk-in
regarding options. 10:28 p.m. - Complaint of
red Ford Ranger driving all over
road, Route 2A. While responding reporting party called back
to say truck went onto Bacon
Street. Area checked; no contact. 10:55 p.m. - Alarm at Big G’s,
East River Street. Clerk on scene
gave wrong pass code to alarm
company. Officer made contact
with clerk. Building secure. 11:49 p.m. - Traffic stop for
failure to stop at blinking red
light and no license in possession, East Main Street. Operator
given warning. Sunday
7 a.m . - Alarm, East Main
Street. It was reported telephone
line was busy. Found alarm was
set off by clerk. Clerk requested
back area be checked. Search
done by K-9 Matte and all found
in order. Clerk advised. 7:06 a.m. - Caller could not
get car started, Daniel Shays
Highway. Control advised that
the department cannot jump
start. Officer sent to assess.
Canceled en route. 7:55 a.m. - Call recieved from
out of state truck driver reporting he was out of fuel, Route
2. State Police contacted and
were to handle. 7:55 a.m. - Medical emergency, East River Street. 8:30 a.m. - Athol Police requested officer contact subject
and have subject call Athol offier, South Main Street. She was
not home and message was left
with her son-in-law. APD advised. 10:18 a.m. - Mental health
call, East River Street. 10:24 a.m. - Party wanted
to speak to officer about a tenant that was evicted but will
not leave; he wanted officers
to stand by while he checked
property, Stone Valley Road.
Tenant evicted; tenant was still
there and refused to leave. 10:30 a.m. - Caller complained sidewalk is not shoveled
and caller fell, East Main Street. 11:30 a.m. - Walk-in with information on custody of children
and status of property on Winter
Street. Placed in bulletin book. Noon - Walk-in reports his car
was out of gas at entrance to
Pinecrest and not a hazard. He
would move it soon. 1:30 p.m. - Attempt to serve
warrant with State Police, Red
Brook Lane. 2:55 p.m. - Walk-in reports
tree stand stolen, South Main
Street and Johnson Road. Report taken.
4:40 p.m. - Party requests
subject be removed from his
home; they allowed subject
to stay temporarily but things
aren’t working out, Butterworth
Road. Subject transported to
friend’s house. 10:19 p.m. - Party reports
white sedan traveling down
road at high rate of speed, party
not sure of where car went, Red
Brook Lane. Area checked; no
contact. 11:30 p.m. - Officer removed
debris from middle of road, East
River and South Main streets.
Found to be section of bumper
from grey sedan. 11:45 p.m. - Officer observed
vehicle turn into lot and male
party exit and start rummaging
through parked vehicle, East
Main Street. Officer made contact with male who said he forgot something and vehicle was
being serviced in the morning. Monday
7:42 a.m. - Medical emergency, Stone Valley Road. 1:26 p.m. - Medical emergency, West River Street. 2:30 p.m. - Caller reports a
grey Ford Taurus in the parking
lot of the library with no registration plate. Vehicle has been
there for two weeks. Control will
attempt to contact owner. 4:19 p.m. - Medical emergency, North Main Street. 4:30 p.m. - Motor vehicle
lockout, Daniel Shays Highway.
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Entry gained. 4:42 p.m. - Athol Police request welfare check, Packard
Road. Officer did check and
subject said he was okay. 5:30 p.m. - Orange Fire responding to alarm, West Main
Street. Officer assisted with traffic. 8:45 p.m. - Report of disabled motor vehicle in travel
lane, West Orange Rod. Vehicle found to be in breakdown
lane. Operator said there was a
flat tire and was waiting for tow
truck. Car moved off road. Today
1:45 a.m. - Officer noted gate
to Rodney Hunt being open, Mill
Street. Checked area and spoke
to security guard who could not
get gate closed. Officer was
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Force awakens as asset-forfeiture
plunder is threatened
he Justice Department gave civil liberties advocates an early Christmas
present last week when it announced that
it would be suspending indefinitely its “equitable sharing” asset forfeiture program,
which notoriously allowed state and local
police agencies to bypass restrictions on
forfeiture by partnering with federal agencies.
Civil asset forfeiture allows law enforcement agencies to seize cash or property
without convicting someone of a crime
— and oftentimes without even charging
them with a crime. Since police often get
to keep the proceeds they appropriate,
they have a perverse incentive to engage
in such seizures without regard to whether
justice is being done, leading critics to dub
the practice “policing for profit.” These incentives are enhanced by federal rules that
offer local agencies greater cash awards
and more lax standards of evidence.
California state law, for example, allows local law enforcement agencies to
keep 66.25 percent of the proceeds from
their civil asset forfeiture proceeds, but
by “partnering” with federal law enforcement agencies, they can receive up to 80
percent of the proceeds from the feds.
The DOJ’s Assets Forfeiture Fund has
grown exponentially over the years, from
$94 million in 1986 to nearly $500 million
in 2001 to $4.5 billion in 2014. From 200013, the DOJ paid out $4.7 billion in forfeiture proceeds to state and local agencies,
according to a recent report from the Institute for Justice.
But in response to $1.2 billion in cuts
to the DOJ’s Asset Forfeiture Program,
the agency said it will be “deferring” equitable-sharing payments as a cost-cutting
Six law enforcement groups fired off a
letter to President Obama in response “to
express our profound concern over the
decision,” which, they complained, “will
have a significant and immediate impact
on the ability of law enforcement agen-
cies throughout the nation to protect their
communities and provide their citizens
with the services they expect and deserve.”
This fear-mongering response is rather
telling. “Law enforcement revealed that
its true interest in forfeiture is policing for
profit — not public safety,” said Lee McGrath, legislative counsel for the Institute
for Justice. “The recently enacted Consolidated Appropriations Act does not stop
police and prosecutors from chasing criminals. They’re frustrated because Congress
put on hold their chasing cash.”
“Many police, sheriffs and prosecutors
want to circumvent state laws because outsourcing forfeiture litigation to the federal
government is lucrative,” McGrath added.
“State lawmakers should enact an anticircumvention provision that respects federalism and refocuses law enforcement’s
attention on stopping crime by allowing
only seizures greater than $50,000 to be
forfeited under federal law.”
As welcome as the DOJ’s suspension
of the equitable-sharing program is, it is
only a temporary policy change, and one
the agency made out of desperation, as
its statement on the matter makes clear:
“The Department remains committed to
the program and to the state, local and
tribal partners that are integral to its success. We will take all appropriate and necessary measures to minimize the impact of
the rescission and reinstate sharing distributions as soon as practical and financially
In light of widespread abuse of civil asset forfeiture, and federal rules that allow
local law enforcement agencies to circumvent state laws restricting its practice,
Congress should adopt measures such as
Republican presidential candidate and
Sen. Rand Paul’s S.255, the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act of
2015, to put a permanent end to equitable
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Grandma-to-be can’t muster
DEAR ABBY: My daughter-in-law, “Eden,” is married
to my daughter. Eden is now
pregnant via artificial insemination. I will never meet the
donor and know almost nothing about him. Could this be
why I don’t have the enthusiasm for this pregnancy that I
should have, since the baby will
be my first grandchild?
I feel guilty that I’m not excited. I’m wondering if it’s because there is no blood connection, but neither would there
be if the baby were adopted.
Eden is due in a month. We
live close by, and I need to generate some enthusiasm. Any
suggestions? — GRANDMAIN-WAITING
Start by doing all the things
you would if you WERE excited about this grandchild. Be as
participatory as your daughter
and daughter-in-law will allow.
If you do, while I can’t guarantee that you will feel a bond
with the baby, your chances
of forming one will be greater.
And please stop feeling guilty.
Relationships take time to
build, and this is no exception.
DEAR ABBY: My husband
and I are facing a big decision:
whether to move to a better
school district for our daughter. The one we’re in doesn’t
rate high, and yes, we can afford to move to a more elite
area. So what is holding us
back? Our wonderful neighbors!
They are our best friends.
Our husbands are close, and
it’s the same with our kids —
even the dogs. We vacation
together and take turns carpooling to school in the morn-
ings. They have welcomed my
daughter into their home, and
ditto for us and their children.
Are we fools to walk away
from such contentment and
If you and your friends are
close for reasons other than
geography and convenience,
your relationship with them
should be a lasting one. However, your daughter’s education should come first, and if
they are true friends, they will
understand why you are making the move.
DEAR ABBY: As someone on a second marriage,
may I point something out
to your readers? An engagement is not marriage. People
need to take a hard look at
the person they are choosing
to spend the rest of their lives
with, and understand that they
cannot change another person.
Red flags should be addressed
DURING THE ENGAGEMENT. That little annoyance
will grow and has the potential
to blossom into a huge issue.
Counseling can be wonderfully useful, but bear in mind
it can take several tries to find
a counselor who clicks with
you. Take it from me, divorce
is horrible and can cause damage that can never really be undone. — EXPERIENCED IN
You’re right; problems don’t
solve themselves, and people
in love don’t always think rationally. However, I hope they
will pay attention to your excellent advice because I couldn’t
have said it better myself.
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I pledge allegiance to the tions would only be allowed
flag, of the United States of to print pro-government
America, and to the Republic views. Speaking negatively
for which it stands, one Na- about the government would
tion under God, indivisible, land in you jail.
The Citizen’s United rulwith liberty and justice for all.
Should this be said in school? ing equates money to speech.
Are students being taught Overturning the CU decision
what it means? Remove the would allow the courts to limword “God?” I believe it it free speech. This would dito be a form of indoctrina- rectly violate the 1st Amendtion. For adults, what are we ment.
“I need to make more
pledging to?
A Republic is represen- money, things cost so much,
tative government ruled by and the bills aren’t getting
law (the United States Con- paid.” I get that. Our governstitution). A Democracy is ment has created a “Debtor’s
government ruled by the ma- Prison;” that imprisons us
jority (mob rule). So, the mi- through excessive taxation.
Taxes, fees, and fines are
nority either falls in line, or is
punished. A Republic recog- endless. The Constitution
nizes the unalienable rights of allows for taxes to be levied.
individuals while Democra- Couldn’t taxes be levied in
cies are only concerned with a different way? Instead of
group wants or needs for the a payroll tax, which in my
good of the public, or in other opinion is one form of legalwords social justice. What do ized theft, why not a higher
you believe we are being gov- sales tax, also known as a
consumption tax? Is there anerned by?
If we are going to claim other way? The government
this country is a Republic, as gets paid first, through your
stated in The Pledge, why do paycheck. YOU are serving
we insist our government in- them.
In Article 1 Section 8 of
fuse itself in places where it
doesn’t belong? They address The Constitution is the powissues like minimum wage, er of the government to “promote the Progress of Science
sick time, and free college.
If businesses aren’t pay- and useful Arts, by securing
ing a living wage and don’t for limited Times to Authors
give enough sick time, then and Inventors the exclusive
they probably don’t run their Right to their respective
business that well. So, let the Writings and Discoveries.”
government run them. Good This refers to intellectual
idea? I don’t think so. The 1st property, patents and copyAmendment would be shred- rights which for the most part
ded; because newspapers, have no end, and allows for
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Bowls down 13
percent overall
AP College Football Writer
Lopsided games and having
the College Football Playoff
semifinals on New Year’s Eve
led to a 13 percent drop in TV
ratings for the New Year’s Six
Bowls from last year.
The Rose Bowl on Friday
drew its lowest rating (7.9)
since it became part of the
BCS in 1999.
The overnight ratings for
the big New Year’s Day bowls
were announced Saturday by
ESPN, which broadcasts all
the games.
All three of Friday’s major
bowls were blowouts. The Fiesta between Ohio State and
Notre Dame, earned a 6.2 rating. That was up 35 percent
from last season’s ArizonaBoise State game. The Buckeyes won 44-28.
the creation of monopolies. If
this limitation was followed,
the Bill Gates of the world
wouldn’t exist. Competition
breeds lower prices, yes? So,
why would the government
decrease competition by allowing companies to merge
and by having patents and
copyrights not expire? It’s all
about control.
So many unresolved issues
create a division among the
citizens. The government
preys on your emotions. How
did college debt turn into demanding free college? Who
is going to pay for it? Don’t
like guns, so demand more
restrictions? Remember the
battle of Lexington/Concord?
The government also pulls at
your heart strings with issues
about health insurance and
immigration laws.
If we are going to say “The
Pledge,” and have a Constitution, then why are we advocating for a system that contradicts both of them? The
government colludes with
corporations, banks, and insurance companies to create
the issues we have. Yet we
demand the government do
something about those issues.
Do you believe that no person should rule over another?
If so, why do you demand the
The road to hell is being
paved with good intentions.
Should we burn The Constitution if it isn’t going to be
Dave Boudreau
US treads warily amid Iran-Saudi tensions
AP Diplomatic Writer
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Concerned that inflamed tensions between Iran and Saudi
Arabia may threaten key foreign policy objectives in Iraq
and Syria, among other places, the Obama administration
toed a careful line Monday in
seeking to calm a diplomatic
storm that many fear could
lead the longtime regional
rivals to direct sectarian conflict.
The White House and State
Department both appealed to
Riyadh and Tehran to show
restraint and avoid further
exacerbating the rift between
Sunni-led Saudi Arabia and
Shiite-ruled Iran. However,
officials said the administration is loath to insert itself but
wants to ensure the viability
of the fight against the Islamic
State group in Iraq and Syria,
nascent attempts to end Syria’s civil war, peace efforts in
Yemen and the Iran nuclear
“We don’t want to see any
progress that has been made
or may be made on those issues affected by this, which
is why (we) have been in
communication with leaders
there, to try to get tensions
calmed down, to try to get
dialogue started or restarted
so that we can focus on these
other very pressing issues in
the region,” State Department spokesman John Kirby
told reporters.
Secretary of State John
Kerry spoke Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and on
Monday with Saudi Deputy
Crown Prince Mohammed
bin Salman, Kirby said. Kerry
also planned a round of calls
Monday to the foreign ministers of all the Sunni-led states
in the Gulf region, including
Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the
United Arab Emirates and
Oman, officials said.
Bahrain followed Saudi
Arabia’s lead and severed
diplomatic ties with Iran,
while the UAE downgraded
its diplomatic relations with it,
after mobs attacked the Saudi
embassy in Tehran following
the execution of a prominent
Shiite cleric.
In addition to Kerry, other
senior U.S. diplomats were in
close contact with Saudi and
Arab officials over the weekend, according to the U.S.
officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because
they were not authorized to
speak publicly about the delicate diplomacy.
Yet, officials made clear
they did not want to mediate
the dispute. They stressed it
was up to local leaders to act
to ease the situation.
“Ultimately, solutions to
problems in this region must
come from leaders in this
region,” Kirby told reporters. “So while we continue
to make all efforts to facilitate dialogue, the emphasis
is on local leadership to work
through their differences and
find the best path forward
through this tension.”
Of particular concern, U.S.
officials said, are military operations against Islamic State
extremists in Iraq that are
being conducted by Iraqi security forces, which answer to
an Iran-friendly government,
and Sunni and Shiite militias.
That cooperation has shown
gains in recent weeks, notably
with the Iraqi recapture of the
provincial capital of Ramadi.
Officials were preparing for
a high-level U.S. conversation with Iraqi Prime Minister
Haider al-Abadi to stress the
importance of continuing the
Iraqi government’s outreach
to Sunni militias, the officials
Also of concern is the state
of the Syrian peace effort,
which is supposed to swing
into high gear in late January
with U.N.-sponsored negotiations between Saudi-backed
opposition forces and the
Iran-supported government
of Syrian President Bashar
Assad. A U.S. official said
Kerry had spoken Sunday
with the U.N. special envoy
for Syria, Staffan de Mistura,
to gauge any impact SaudiIranian developments might
have on the planned Jan. 25
start of negotiations. There
was no immediate indication
that those talks would be disrupted, the official said.
At the White House,
spokesman Josh Earnest
urged Saudi Arabia and Iran
not to let their dispute derail
fragile talks aimed at securing a cease-fire and a political
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ATHOL DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Page 5
ber Charles Pretti added,
“For clarity, I don’t believe
there was any one objection to the candidate who
was chosen.” It was then
Melbourne introduced proposed finalist Meyer for the
position, and offered any
members of the school committee who were not on the
search committee a chance
to ask Meyer any questions
they had.
School committee member Carla Rabinowitz asked,
“My primary interest is improvement of student learning, and what are your top
3 or 4 priorities you feel we
would need to address most
urgently, keeping in mind
the most recent Department
of Elementary and Secondary Education report and
other things we are looking
at, and how you would go
about doing that?”
Meyer replied, “I think
one of the most important
things is to have the right
structures in place and student support, and a lot of it
starts with class size. We are
going to be opening a new
building which is an incredible opportunity, and able to
consolidate resources, and
creating our tier system of
support so we can use data
to address structured learning.” Meyer also noted that
with the new school, the
opportunity to have all interventionists in the same
building would be a great
asset, then also added that
decreasing class sizes at the
middle school and increasing structural class time in
areas such as math and English will help to increase and
focus on student learning.
Continuing to redefine curriculum, as well as the district turnaround plan moving from the elementary to
middle school levels were
also noted by Meyer.
Mitch Grosky asked two
questions. “With the new
school, how do you feel you
should proceed with bringing together all the teachers
and support staff in together
all to work as one team, and
how do you see yourself as a
leader for the community in
terms of bringing this community together in support
of education?” Meyer replied, “Those
problems are not new problems, and we have begun
switching up our professional development model
a little bit as we enter the
second half of the school
year. We are switching that
to become more grade level
based, and will really work
on having the teachers become grade level teams.”
Meyer explained once the
new elementary school is
opened, “We need to do
more community outreach
events. We need to tell
people, come see our great
building, come see this great
new thing in our town. We
need to show what kind of
exciting things are going on
Meyer applauded the
“Celebration of Schools”
page on Facebook, calling it
“awesome,” which Grosky
has worked to promote
many things involving the
schools. “I see Facebook as
something we need to utilize more as a very effective
means of communication.
If school is canceled or delayed, it is one of the most
un-intrusive ways to get that
message out. We could also
use it to explain why we
have half days and professional development, and to
get other explanations and
messages out. By using that
format to share more things
with the community providing that content, we can use
that to help create support
for our budget or what ever
it is,” said Meyer. Rabnowitz interjected with a smile,
“Steve, please don’t forget
there are still people in Royalston who are still on dialup.” Charles
“Steve, something a lot of
people want to see is a superintendent who is visible
to and in the community,
somebody they know on a
first name basis who is out
in the community.” Pretti
spoke of being able to attend meetings of charitable
organizations, events, and
other venues. Pretti also
added, “I think the committee is very committed to you
being out in the community,
and if we can be of any help
to you, please ask us.” It was
clear, Meyer had the committee’s support for future
Asked his position on the
current district issue of students who choice out, if it
was one of his top priorities
and how would he address
the issue, Meyer responded, “I think so, but it goes
back to other issues. School
choice is not the problem
itself. School choice is the
symptom that you see as a
result of much bigger problems. We need to address
etary gifts provided by ASB
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In addition to its contributions as a mutual savings
bank, ASB employees are
also encouraged to participate in a company-wide
campaign to help the local
United Way.
“Athol Savings Bank has
been a steadfast and longterm supporter of local initiatives which help to empower individuals, families,
and help communities reach
their full potential,” said
Debra Vescovi, Athol Savings Bank Senior Vice President, Real Estate Lending/
Compliance, and CRA Officer.
“United Way answers the
call of the underserved lo-
those bigger problems, and
tremendous steps are being
made to do that. The new
upcoming facility, teachers being trained, research
base, instructional practices
once in the new facility, all
of that will certainly help at
the elementary level. We will
continue to improve what
we are doing in our middle
school level, our high school
level, and investing in our
high school facility to make
sure it is a place our students feel safe and are really
proud of. What we need to
do is make sure the product
we are delivering as an educational experience for students is truly a quality product. Once you have that, you
can show the good things
going on, and that should
serve as your marketing
campaign. We are removing
a lot of roadblocks with the
opening of the new building,
and we will be able to make
some headway and really
leap ahead.”
It was then Melbourne
called for a motion, which
was made by committee
member Lee Chauvette who
said, “I’ll move for the appointment of Steven Meyer
as the incoming superintendent for the ARRSD pending successful negotiation
with Steve Meyer.” The
motion was approved unanimously. Following the meeting
the Athol Daily News asked
Meyer if he had a personal
message he would like to
share with the community.
Meyer said, “I am excited
for the privilege of working
for this community. I have
had the privilege of working
for this community for the
last two and a half years or
so, and I think there are a
lot of exciting things that are
just on the cusp of happening. I really want to make
sure we can see it through,
and make some great strides
forward. I am very grateful
for the opportunity to be
the one that tries to take us
forward to that next step. I
am going to work hard and
do my very best. I don’t pretend to know everything I
need to know right now, but
I will learn along the way,
and I will ask for help when
I need it. I think together we
will do a great job.”
If you have any questions for Meyer, he can be
reached via telephone by
calling the ARRSD at 978249-2400, or email Meyer at
[email protected]
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cally, and on a global scale,
the organization lifts up
entire neighborhoods by
providing the tools to overcome life’s obstacles,” Daniel Zona, President of Athol
Savings Bank, added.
ASB’s grant made to
United Way of North Central Massachusetts will help
fuel its mission to create opportunities for a better life
in the Greater Gardner and
Athol areas, which includes
the towns of Ashburnham,
Hubbardston, Petersham, Royalston, Templeton, Westminster and Winchendon.
“Four of the towns in
which Athol Savings Bank
operates are directly impacted by the work of United Way of North Central
Massachusetts. These communities are making great
strides because of their part-
year ago.
Oil prices are likely to
remain about where they
are until either production
drops or the world economy perks up and drives demand higher.
Investors may have regarded the flash of tension
between the Saudis and
the Iranians over Saudi
Arabia’s execution of an
opposition Shiite cleric
as merely saber-rattling.
Stewart Glickman, an analyst with S&P Capital IQ,
said geopolitical risk has
lost some of its ability to
influence on oil prices.
“It is maybe a sense of
security from the marketplace that with this seeming glut of crude oil that
you can have tensions
in Middle East and they
don’t count for as much as
they used to three or four
years ago,” he said in an
The explanation lies
partly in robust produc-
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nership with the organization,” Vescovi said.
Through its core building
blocks for a good qualityof-life, which include education, income, and health,
United Way also meets fundamental needs including
food and utility assistance.
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tion from the U.S., Glickman said. Saudi officials
are reluctant to cut production in a bid to raise
prices because they’ll just
concede sales to U.S. producers who will fill the
void in supply.
Iran wants to regain
some oil exports that
it lost while under economic sanctions, soon to
be lifted, for its nuclear
program. Judith Dwarkin,
chief economist at ITG
said that the confrontation with Saudi Arabia
makes the Saudis unlikely
to offset Iranian increases by trimming their own
production — potentially
adding to the glut.
Then there is the question of demand. Weak
and a plunge in the Shanghai Composite stock index
raised new concern about
energy demand in China,
the world’s second-biggest
The U.S. Energy Information
forecasts that the average
price of U.S. benchmark
crude this year will rise
about 4 percent over 2015.
If that is correct, American motorists will continue getting a break on gasoline compared with prices
not long ago. On Monday,
the nationwide average
price for a gallon of regular was $1.99, according to
the auto club AAA — 22
cents cheaper than a year
The Energy Information
Administration estimates
that the average U.S.
household saved about
$660 on cheaper gasoline
last year, compared with
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1000, Athol, MA 01331. No-hurry defense: Activists’ refuge
takeover requires delicate response
Associated Press
BURNS, Ore. (AP) —
The armed activists who
flocked to a remote wildlife
refuge to take a stand against
the federal government also
looked prepared for a nippy
day of hunting or fishing.
They were bundled in
camouflage, plaid shirts, ear
muffs and cowboy hats in the
bleak, snow-covered high
desert of eastern Oregon
where they seemed more
likely to encounter a bird
or animal than a member of
the public outside their own
group or the throng of news
media beyond the pickup
trucks blocking the entrance
to the Malheur National
Wildlife Refuge.
That may be one of the
main reasons law enforcement hadn’t taken action
Monday against the group
numbering close to two dozen who were upset about the
imprisonment of father-andson ranchers who set fire to
federal land.
“These guys are out in the
middle of nowhere, and they
haven’t threatened anybody
that I know of,” said Jim
Glennon, a longtime police
commander who now owns
the Illinois-based law enforcement training organization Calibre Press. “There’s
no hurry. If there’s not an
immediate threat to anyone’s life, why create a situation where there would be?”
Schools were closed for
the week in Burns, about 30
miles north of the refuge, out
of an abundance of caution,
but no one had been hurt
and no one was being held
hostage on Monday.
The takeover puts federal
officials in a delicate position of deciding whether to
confront the occupiers, risking bloodshed, or stand back
and possibly embolden others to directly confront the
The activists seized the
refuge about 300 miles from
Portland on Saturday night
as part of a decades-long
fight over public lands in the
The armed group said it
wants an inquiry into whether the government is forcing
ranchers off their land after
Dwight Hammond and his
son, Steven, reported back to
prison Monday.
The Hammonds were convicted of arson three years
ago for fires on federal land
in 2001 and 2006, one of
which was set to cover up
deer poaching, according to
prosecutors. The men served
no more than a year until an
appeals court judge ruled the
terms fell short of minimum
sentences that require them
to serve about four more
Their sentences were a
rallying cry for the group
calling itself Citizens for
whose mostly male members
said they want federal lands
turned over to local authorities so people can use them
free of U.S. oversight.
The group — led by two
of the sons of rancher Cliven
Bundy, who was involved in
a 2014 Nevada standoff with
the government over grazing
rights — sent a demand for
“redress for grievances” to
local, state and federal officials.
“We have exhausted all
prudent measures and have
been ignored,” Ammon
Bundy said.
The group, which included
a couple of women and some
boys and girls Monday, did
not release a copy of its demands and Ammon Bundy
would not say what the
group would do if it got no
President Barack Obama
said Monday federal authorities were monitoring
the situation, but agents
made no apparent moves
to surround the property or
confront the group — an approach that reflected lessons
learned from bloody standoffs at Ruby Ridge, Idaho,
and Waco, Texas, in the early
That prompted complaints
from many observers who
suggested the government’s
response would have been
swifter and more severe had
the occupants been Muslim
or other minorities.
“There seems to be somewhat of a reluctance to think
white people are as dangerous as people of color,” said
Heidi Beirich of the Southern Poverty Law Center,
which tracks hate groups.
Beirich said the group was
emboldened by the government’s failure to hold Cliven
Bundy or his supporters
accountable in 2014 after
hundreds of armed antigovernment activists rallied
to his defense when federal
authorities started seizing his
cattle over more than $1 million in unpaid grazing fees.
Michael Barkun, an emeritus professor at Syracuse
University who has studied
extremist groups, said not
confronting the Oregon
group could embolden others.
“You can say, well, a negotiated settlement emboldens
them,” he said. “But by the
same token it deprives them
of a confrontation that some
of them want.”
The Hammonds have distanced themselves from the
protest group and many locals, including people who
want to see federal lands
made more accessible, don’t
want the activists here, fearing they may bring trouble.
Seeds of the dispute date
back decades in the West,
where the federal government owns about half of all
In the 1970s, Nevada and
other states pushed for local control over federal land
in what was known as the
“Sagebrush Rebellion.”
to stay open.
Finestone also advised
that the maple tree is one
of several designated for
removal by the town’s Tree
Committee; however, a line
item for tree removal has yet
to be added to the budget.
Both parties agreed to
continue to brainstorm ideas
for better snow removal.
Police use of tasers
Police Chief Joe Camden advised the board he
intends to propose the acquisition of tasers for his
department through a lease
program. He estimated the
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cost at $1,700 each. In addition, Camden noted that he
plans to discontinue the use
of batons by officers.
Potential special town
In lieu of scheduling a
special town meeting, the
board will consider at its
next meeting whether to approve using town building
maintenance funds to reimburse the Community Garden member for her roughly
$400 out-of-pocket expense.
The Community Garden
currently has a balance of
$100, which could also be
among many others. After
Newtown, Obama sought
far-reaching, bipartisan legislation that went beyond
background checks.
When the effort collapsed
in the Senate, the White
House said it was thoroughly
researching the president’s
powers to identify every legal step he could take on his
A more recent spate of
gun-related atrocities, including in San Bernardino,
California, shootings have
spurred the administration
to give the issue another
look, as Obama seeks to
make good on a policy issue
that he’s elevated time and
again but has failed until now
to advance.
Attorney General Loretta
Lynch and other top officials declined to explain why
Obama hadn’t taken these
steps years ago and whether the administration had
contemplated these actions
in the past but determined
Obama didn’t have the authority.
“We’re very comfortable
that the president can legally
take these actions now,” said
After formally announcing the package Tuesday,
Obama planned to continue
the weeklong push to promote the gun effort with a
prime time, televised town
hall discussion Thursday.
The initiative also promised
to be prominent in Obama’s
final State of the Union address next week.
Under current law, only
federally licensed gun dealers must conduct background checks on buyers,
but many who sell guns at
put to use.
truck bid
Town Coordinator Nancy
Aldrich reported that Highway Superintendent Tom
Swan is awaiting word from
one of the companies he
hopes will bid on the snow
truck project. The previous
low bidder failed to deliver
the truck by the agreedupon Dec. 31 deadline. A
new agreement will include
language establishing consequences for failure to deliver the truck by the prescribed date. From Page 1
flea markets, on websites or
in other informal settings
don’t register as dealers.
Gun control advocates say
that loophole is exploited to
skirt the background check
Now, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will issue updated
guidance that says the government should deem anyone “in the business” of
selling guns to be a dealer,
regardless of where he or she
sells the guns.
To that end, the government will consider other
factors, including how many
guns a person sells, how frequently, and whether those
guns are sold for a profit.
The background check
provision rests in the murky
realm of agency “guidelines,”
which carry less weight than
formally issued federal regulations and can easily be rescinded. Lynch said the administration chose to clarify
guidelines because it allowed
the policies to be implemented immediately.
Left unsaid was the fact
that developing regulations
would have dragged out likely until Obama’s presidency
ends and would have generated more opportunities for
Republicans to intervene.
Hillary Clinton, at a rally in
Iowa, said she was proud of
Obama’s efforts, but warned
that the next president could
easily undo his changes.
“I won’t wipe it away,”
Clinton said.
Republicans were quick
to accuse Obama of gross
overreach. Many of the Republican presidential candidates have vowed to rip up
new Obama gun restrictions
upon taking office, and some
lawmakers are contemplating withholding Justice Department funds if it tries to
implement them.
“I will work with my colleagues to respond appropriately to ensure the Constitution is respected,” said Sen
Bob Corker, R-Tenn.
The new guidance still
exempts collectors and gun
hobbyists, and the exact
definition of who must register as a dealer and conduct
background checks remains
exceedingly vague.
The administration did not
issue a number for how many
guns someone must sell to be
considered a dealer, instead
saying it planned to remind
people that courts have
deemed people to be dealers in some cases even if they
only sell one or two guns.
The White House said
it planned to ask Congress
for $500 million to improve
mental health care. Obama
also issued a memorandum
directing federal agencies to
conduct or sponsor research
into smart gun technology
that reduces the risk of accidental gun discharges.
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Crowder nets career-high 25 points in
Celtics’ 103-94 defeat of New Jersey
AP Basketball Writer
Crowder could tell right from the
tip that the Boston Celtics were focused.
They were also winners again,
thanks to his big finish.
Crowder scored a career-high 25
points with a strong start and clutch
plays down the stretch, and the
Celtics beat the Brooklyn Nets 10394 on Monday night to split a homeand-home series.
Crowder had 14 points in the first
quarter, then was largely quiet until hitting a 3-pointer and adding a
three-point play after Brooklyn got
close in the final minutes. He surpassed his previous best of 24 points
by making a pair of free throws with
16 seconds remaining.
“He’s hit big shots for us all year.
He’s not afraid of the moment and
he stepped up,” coach Brad Stevens
Isaiah Thomas added 19 points
for the Celtics, who rebounded
from consecutive losses at home, including the Nets’ 100-97 victory on
Saturday. Evan Turner, starting for
the injured Avery Bradley, had 12
points and 11 rebounds.
“We were locked in as a unit
and it showed the first five minutes
of the game,” Crowder said. “We
came out and we got into them and
dictated the way the game was going
to go.”
Thaddeus Young had 23 points
and a season-high 15 rebounds
for the Nets, who have lost seven
straight at home. Joe Johnson
scored 21 points and Brook Lopez,
the Eastern Conference player of
the week, finished with 19.
The Nets lost starting point guard
Jarrett Jack for the season with a
torn ACL and small medial meniscus tear in his right knee in Saturday’s victory. New starter Shane
Larkin managed just four points
and two assists.
Brooklyn committed 14 turnovers
that led to 20 points, and coach Lionel Hollins was asked if that was
due to the adjustment of playing
without Jack.
“If you want to make excuses,
yeah. There’s always a rationalization for anything bad that happens,
both on the court and in life if you
choose to,” Hollins said. “But I
choose to say that we’ve got to keep
working and getting better.”
The Celtics lost at home last week
to the Lakers and Nets, two of the
NBA’s worst teams, but seemed to
leave that poor play behind with a
37-point first quarter that gave them
a 15-point lead.
They were ahead by as much as
19 but never put away the Nets, who
drew within five with 3 minutes left.
Crowder then hit a 3 to steady the
“We lost two that we should have
won and it just feels good to be back
on the winning side,” forward Jared
Sullinger said.
Celtics: Stevens inserted Kelly
Olynyk into the starting lineup in
place of Sullinger, hoping for more
perimeter shooting with guard
Avery Bradley sidelined by a sore
left hip. Olynyk scored nine, while
Sullinger had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Nets: The Nets wrapped up their
season series with the Celtics before they’ve even played one game
against fellow Atlantic Division rival
Toronto, which visits Wednesday. ...
Celtics Page 7
DRIVE TO THE BASKET — Boston Celtics forward Jae
Crowder (99) drives away from a Brooklyn Nets defender in the
second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, in New York.
The Celtics defeated the Nets 103-94. Crowder scored a careerhigh 25 points with a strong start and a clutch finish.
AP Photo/Kathy Willens
Brady to have treatment for right ankle
AP Sports Writer
The bye week will come in handy
for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who could use the
rest after Miami defensive lineman
Ndamukong Suh landed on his right
ankle in Sunday’s game.
Brady threw only 21 passes for a
season-low 134 yards in the 20-10
loss to the Dolphins — the Patriots’
fourth loss in their past six games.
The reigning Super Bowl MVP was
sacked two times and hit a half-dozen more, including a late shot from
Olivier Vernon and the hit from Suh
that left Brady limping.
WALKING OFF — New England Patriots quarterback Tom “I’ve had worse. I’ve had plenty
Brady (12) leaves the field at the end of an NFL football game, of worse injuries than this one,” said
Brady, who has had only one injury
Sunday, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
AP Photo/Lynne Sladky in his career that forced him to miss
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Mahar boys basketball vs. Frontier, 7 p.m.
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Wednesday, January 6
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Mahar girls basketball vs. South Hadley,
7 p.m.
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time — a season-ending knee injury
in Week 1 of 2008.
“Suh’s a big guy. He just came
down on the back of me and ... 300
pounds, he just collapses the back
of your leg, there’s going to be some
residual damage from that.”
Brady said on his weekly radio appearance that he would be receiving
treatment, “as always.”
After winning the first 10 games
to spur talk of a second undefeated
season, the mounting injuries have
taken their toll on the defending
NFL champions. The Patriots finished 12-4 — good enough for their
12th AFC East title in 13 years and
their sixth straight first-round postseason bye, but one victory short
of clinching home-field advantage
through the playoffs.
“Our level of consistency hasn’t
really been up to the standards that
we need it to be,” Brady said. “This
time of year is about how you play,
not who you play or where you play
or any of that. It’s how you play.
Hopefully we’ve learned some lessons over the past couple of weeks,
and we can play more Patriot-like
Brady was held without a touchdown pass for the first time this
season. But more upsetting to the
Patriots was the possibility that his
injury could affect him when they
return to play Cincinnati, Houston
or Kansas City on Jan. 16.
Brady was in the pocket early in
the second quarter when Suh came
Brady Page 7
Peyton or Brock? Broncos have tough decision to make
AP Pro Football Writer
DENVER (AP) — Tom Brady
handing off like he was Tim Tebow.
The Panthers playing like they had
nothing wrapped up. The Browns
looking for an AWOL Johnny Manziel.
Week 17 was full of big calls, none
more so than Gary Kubiak’s decision to bench Brock Osweiler for
Peyton Manning.
“I don’t think Brock did anything
wrong,” Kubiak said. “Just my gut
told me to turn it over to him.”
Kubiak’s hunch paid off as Manning led Denver to 20 points in 1 1/2
quarters for a 27-20 win that gave
Denver the top seed in the AFC
Even though Osweiler had thrown
for 222 first-half yards, including a
72-yard TD to Demaryius Thomas
on the game’s second play, five turnovers — only one of which was his
fault — ended Osweiler’s day.
Fans greeted Manning like a con-
quering hero when he trotted onto
the field with 8:18 left in the third
“They were cheering loud, but I’m
pretty sure everybody was in their
same seats when they were booing
my butt off against Kansas City back
about six weeks ago,” Manning said
of his four-interception nightmare
that sent him to the sideline with a
torn left plantar fascia on Nov. 15.
So, the Broncos (12-4) head into
their first-round bye with a quarterback quandary on their hands.
Kubiak isn’t saying who his starter
will be. Osweiler has been more effective, but Manning is far more
accomplished and experienced —
24 playoff starts, albeit 13 of them
Kubiak needed to see how Manning would do before the playoffs
began, and he’ll find out this week
how his sore foot held up.
One thing’s for sure, Kubiak said:
This is a nice problem to have.
“I would say it’s enjoyable because
of where we’re at. In this business
Manning has played in two dozen
you work really, really hard to get in playoff games, but he’s gone onethe position that we’re in right now and-done an NFL-worst nine times.
and to be a part of this next month,” He led the league in interceptions
Kubiak said. “There’s always going
Decision Page 7
to be tough decisions to make.”
BACK TO PASS — Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, right, passes against the San Diego Chargers during the
second half in an NFL football game, Sunday, in Denver.
AP Photo/Jack Dempsey
No. 1 Kansas outlasts No. 2 Oklahoma in 3 OTs Surprise! Colts ink extensions with
AP Sports Writer
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Perry Ellis is a man of few words, and
nobody would have blamed him if
Monday night’s instant classic between top-ranked Kansas and No. 2
Oklahoma had rendered the senior
forward speechless.
Instead, Ellis perfectly described
how the Jayhawks pulled it out:
“Just heart.”
“All of us together,” Ellis said after
his team’s 109-106, triple-overtime
victory in a matchup of national title
contenders. “There were so many
plays going both ways. We just kept
Ellis had 27 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (13-1, 2-0
Big 12), who had chances to win in
regulation and the first two overtimes. Wayne Selden Jr. added 21
points and Devonte Graham had 20,
including the go-ahead free throw in
the final extra session.
Buddy Hield had a career-high 46
points for Oklahoma (12-1, 1-1), but
he made two crucial turnovers in the
final extra session, then missed a potential tying 3 at the buzzer.
“Craziest game I’ve ever been a
part of,” said Frank Mason, who
forced Hield’s final turnover and
made two free throws for the final
margin. “Just proud of my teammates, never giving up.”
Jordan Woodard hit six 3-pointers and had 27 points for the Sooners, who were trying to extend their
best start in 28 years. Ryan Spangler
finished with 14 points and 18 re-
It was a fitting conclusion for the
first 1 vs. 2 matchup in two years,
and the first pitting teams from the
same conference since Ohio State
and Michigan State of the Big Ten
met on Feb. 25, 2007.
Woodard’s final 3-pointer gave
the Sooners a 106-104 lead, and they
still led 106-105 when Hield was
stripped by Mason with 17 seconds
left. Graham took a pass in transition and was fouled at the other end,
converting both free throws to give
Kansas the lead.
After the Sooners called a timeout, Hield threw the ball away on the
ensuing inbounds pass, and Mason
added two more free throws with 8.6
seconds left for the final margin.
“I wish I had one more overtime,”
said Hield, who hit eight 3s and finished 13 of 23 from the field. His 46
points matched Wayman Tisdale for
the sixth-highest scoring game in
school history.
Pagano, Grigson despite turmoil
Pagano won over the Colts’ locker
room with a personal touch. He
won over the fans by fiercely battling leukemia in the public eye.
He used that same fighting spirit Monday night to convince owner
Jim Irsay he deserved a new contract.
Irsay did better than that.
Just one day after it appeared
Pagano had coached his final
game in Indianapolis, the 55-yearold coach agreed to a new fouryear deal and general manager
Ryan Grigson accepted a threeyear extension that will be added
to the one year left on his original
contract. That means the pair will
be working together through the
2019 season.
Financial terms on either deal
were not immediately available.
Now it’s up to Grigson and Pagano to lead Irsay’s team back to
the Super Bowl.
“These are our guys. These guys
are ready. Like I said, there’s been
a lot reported, a lot written,” Irsay
said. “Like I said, I know what the
reality is and this is what’s best for
the Indianapolis Colts going forward. I’m sure of that.”
The stunning announcement
turned conventional wisdom upside down.
Coughlin resigns as Giants coach
(AP) — With the New York Giants facing a difficult decision on his
coaching future after four straight
years out of the playoffs, Tom
Coughlin walked away gracefully,
doing what was best for him.
The Giants gave him 12 years to
run one of the NFL’s flagship organizations. He delivered two Super
Bowls and restored the franchise to
the league’s elite for a while.
It was mutually beneficial, and so
VICTORY CELEBRATION — Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham was the departure Monday when
(4) celebrates at the end of an NCAA college basketball game the 69-year-old Coughlin resigned
against Oklahoma in Lawrence, Kan., Monday. Kansas defeat- rather than force co-owners John
Mara and Steve Tisch to fire him.
ed Oklahoma 109-106 in triple overtime.
AP Photo/Orlin Wagner
The Giants announced the deci-
sion one day after the Giants (6-10)
capped their third straight losing
season with a 35-30 defeat against
Philadelphia, their third in a row
and sixth in seven games.
“I met with (owners) John Mara
and Steve Tisch this afternoon, and
I informed them that it is in the best
interest of the organization that I
step down as head coach,” Coughlin
said in a statement. “I strongly believe the time is right for me and my
family, and ... the Giants organization.”
The move may signal the end of a
20-year NFL head coaching career
for Coughlin, one of 13 coaches to
win multiple Super Bowls.
ATHOL DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Page 7
Chargers, Raiders, Rams file for relocation to LA
AP Sports Writer
Retrograde Sandwich Yesterday Mercury turned retrograde and tomorrow Jupiter will follow suit, making today the meat in the middle
of the retrograde sandwich. A spirited Sagittarius moon will promise plenty of substance in this day, more savory than sweet. A lunar
square of Neptune adds some dreamy spices. Problems are opportunities to use your imagination.
ARIES (March 21-April 19). You’re apt to change the game plan fairly
often, and that’s why it will be better to go solo. You need the flexibility
to turn on a dime without having to explain yourself or lead the troops.
TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Don’t worry about the trend. You’re making classic moves that will cement your place, whatever happens. If
it makes old-fashioned good sense, it will make new-fashioned good
sense, too.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Are you still trying to draw a tidy conclusion to a messy problem? Give it up for the day. Here’s a distraction:
Put a meal together for your crew tonight. Share your gift for pairing
interesting flavors.
CANCER (June 22-July 22). You’re entitled to have mixed feelings
about anything at all. Don’t let anyone pressure you into coming up
with a slogan for your emotions. Un-mixing them into a single phrase
is too reductive.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). There’s a change you’d like to see in another
person, and this is something that could really happen. The way to get
there is to make the very same change. Your model will inspire and
motivate a transformation.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You may identify with your possessions
more than usual and hopefully this will not cause you to envy or overspend. Truly, the problem can be fixed with imagination, not money.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Silence isn’t golden; it’s worth far more
that today.
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San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St. Louis
Rams filed for relocation
to the Los Angeles area on
Monday night, trying not to
be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation’s
second-largest market after a
21-year absence.
The Chargers want to partner with the AFC West rival
Raiders on a stadium in Carson.
Chargers chairman Dean
Spanos has had the right to
leave San Diego since 2008,
but the team’s long, contentious efforts to replace aging
Qualcomm Stadium became
more aggressive after Rams
owner Stan Kroenke announced plans to build a stadium in Inglewood.
The NFL confirmed it
received the applications
to move for the 2016 season. They will be reviewed
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by league staff and three
committees of owners that
will meet in New York on
Wednesday and Thursday.
All owners will meet in Houston next week and are expected to vote on whether to allow any of the teams to move.
A team wanting to move
needs 24 of 32 votes.
Los Angeles has been without the NFL since after the
1994 season, when the Raiders moved back to Oakland
and the Rams moved to St.
Louis. The Rams had been in
the L.A. area since 1946.
The Chargers and City
Hall have been at odds since
2000, when team owner Alex
Spanos said the team needed
a new stadium. That was just
three years after the stadium
was expanded to accommodate the Chargers and Super
The stadium saga turned
nasty this year as Mark Fabiani, an attorney for Dean
Spanos, attacked Mayor Kevin Faulconer and his proposals to keep the team.
In a video posted on the
team’s web site, Dean Spanos
blamed “the inability of the
city at the political level to get
any kind of public funding or
any kind of vote to help subsi-
dize a stadium.”
The Chargers’ filing came
hours after Spanos’ son, John,
the team’s president of football operations, thanked fans
for “your unwavering support
and passion” in a statement in
which he expressed support
for beleaguered coach Mike
McCoy and general manager
Tom Telesco. McCoy will return despite the Chargers going 4-12, their worst record in
12 seasons. Telesco had his
contract secretly renewed last
The Raiders and Rams
were both 7-9.
The Chargers walked away
from negotiations with the
city and county in mid-June.
In the three brief negotiating sessions between the
Chargers and city and county
officials, the team mostly
focused on what it called a
flawed environmental impact
report for a new stadium.
The team did not negotiate
finances, but it has said in the
past that it expects a public
contribution of at least 60
Under the city and county’s proposal, public funding
would be capped at 32 percent, with the team being responsible for overruns.
The Chargers claim 25 percent of their fan base comes
from north of San Diego
County, although they’ve declined to offer proof.
Oakland has expressed
interest in building a new
stadium for the Raiders at
the Coliseum site but has no
funding plan as of yet.
The Rams currently have
a year-to-year lease with the
Edward Jones Dome.
Kroenke has ignored efforts by a St. Louis task force
that is proposing a $1.1 billion
stadium along the Mississippi
River, not far from the Rams’
current stadium built in 1995.
The Rams have had 12
consecutive non-winning seasons, including a 15-65 record
from 2007-11 that is the worst
five-year stretch in NFL history. Out of 21 seasons in St.
Louis, they’ve fielded four
winners, including the 1999
Super Bowl title team and
2001 team that lost to Patriots
in the Super Bowl.
The St. Louis stadium task
force said in a statement it
had anticipated the filing “for
more than a year” and was
“extremely confident” its proposal would be “well received
as the league weighs its options in the weeks ahead.”
Swinney confident Lawson will play vs Alabama
AP College Football Writer
Clemson coach Dabo
Swinney says he is “very optimistic” All-American Shaq
Lawson will play in the national title game against Alabama after the defensive end
missed most of the Tigers’
semifinal victory with a knee
Lawson leads the Tigers
(14-0) with 10 1/2 sacks and
is tops in the country with
23 1/2 tackles for loss. The
junior sprained his left knee
in the first quarter of Clemson’s 37-17 victory against
Oklahoma on Thursday and
hardly played the rest of the
The top-ranked Tigers
(14-0) face No. 2 Alabama
(13-1) on Monday in Glendale, Arizona.
Lawson was set to practice
today, Swinney said, and has
No. 17 West Virginia
wins 6th in a row
(AP) — Jaysean Paige scored
seven of his 20 points in the
late game-clinching run for
foul-plagued No. 17 West
Virginia, which beat TCU
95-87 on Monday night for its
sixth straight victory.
Paige led six players scoring in double figures for the
Mountaineers (13-1, 2-0 Big
12). They had two players
foul out and Paige was among
four others who finished the
game with four fouls.
Tarik Phillip made a
3-pointer with 5:40 left to
make it 75-74, starting a 14-2
run in less than 3 minutes
that put WVU ahead to stay.
Paige had a layup, two free
throws and a 3-pointer from
in front of his bench during
the run.
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already gone through workouts with the team.
“He looked pretty good,
so, so far so good,” Swinney said Monday during a
teleconference. “We’ll see
him out there today, but I
think the prognosis is good
at this point. But got to get
out there and run around a
little bit today, and we’ll kind
of go from there. I’m very
optimistic that he’ll be able
to play.”
Clemson doesn’t have
great defensive line depth
and has leaned heavily on
first-string defensive ends
Lawson and Kevin Dodd this
season. With Lawson out,
freshman Austin Bryant got
substantial playing time. Bryant had four tackles and half
a sack, including a key hit on
a fourth-down stop, against
the Sooners.
“Really proud of him,”
Swinney said. “It was huge.
The fourth-and-1, the ini-
tial hit, was Austin Bryant,
and it was Austin Bryant,
Dorian O’Daniel and Kendall Joseph, another freshman
who hasn’t played a lot, but
those three guys were two
freshmen and a sophomore
making a big stop on fourthand-1, which was a key play
in the game. But that’s what
you hope to get throughout
the season is the development of some of those young
Alabama coach Nick Saban said defensive back Tony
Brown remains suspended
after he was sent home the
Cotton Bowl for a violation
of team rules. Brown was at
No. 2 on Alabama’s depth
chart at both cornerback and
safety heading into the Cotton Bowl against Michigan
State. The sophomore and
former five-star recruit had
16 tackles on the season, including a team-high eight on
special teams.
despite missing nearly half
this season. And he was just 5
of 9 for 69 yards Sunday.
Osweiler is more mobile,
athletic and accurate right
But Manning makes up for
that in pedigree and panache.
He also has something to
prove now after starting out
Sunday as a backup for the
first time as a pro.
GM John Elway’s philosophy in free agency is to go
Young had double-doubles
in all four games against the
Celtics. The last Nets player
with four double-doubles in a
season against one opponent
was Deron Williams against
the Knicks in 2012-13.
Sullinger said he didn’t join
the huddle during a timeout
in the second half of Saturday’s game because he was
“blowing off steam.” Asked
what upset him, Sullinger
said: “A lot of things. It was
just a lot of things going on,
especially the way the game
was going. So I just tried to
refrain myself from snapping,
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after younger players, but
he was more than willing to
make exceptions for Manning and DeMarcus Ware,
both coming off injuries when
they got their second chance
in Denver.
“I like getting Hall of Fame
players with chips on their
shoulders,” Elway explained
last year.
And in Manning he now
has a big-time player with a
huge chip on his shoulder.
from Page 6
regardless of whatever happened.”
Celtics: Host Detroit on
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‘Meredith Vieira Show’ is ending
LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Meredith Vieira
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In a statement Monday, Vieira said she was sorry to
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Vieira won’t be idle after that: She will head to Rio
de Janeiro to help cover the Summer Olympics, airing
on NBC in August.
Swimmers splash into 2016
ICE ART — Whimsical works of art carved out of ice, like this one created by
Mark Bosworth of Athol and other talented individuals, decorated Memorial
Park in Orange on New Year’s Eve. From penguins to a large ice chair representing the new year of 2016, children and adults alike stopped to observe,
enjoy, and take photos of the several frozen masterpieces.
Photo by Keith Kent
GM invests $500m in Lyft, forms partnership
automotive industry is placing
its biggest bet yet that using a
device to hail a ride — with or
without a driver — is the future of transportation.
General Motors Co. said
Monday it is investing $500
million in ride-hailing company Lyft Inc. and forming an
unprecedented partnership
that could eventually lead to
on-demand, self-driving cars.
It’s the largest investment yet
by a traditional automaker in a
new mobility company, and is
an acknowledgement by GM
that the transportation landscape is changing fast.
“We see the world of mobility changing more in the next
five years than it has in the last
50,” GM President Dan Ammann told The Associated
GM made the investment
as part of a $1 billion round of
fundraising by Lyft.
Together, the companies
plan to open a network of
U.S. hubs where Lyft drivers
can rent GM vehicles at discounted rates. That could expand Lyft’s business by giving
people who don’t own cars a
way to drive and earn money
through Lyft. It also gives GM
a leg up on competitors like
Daimler AG and Ford Motor
Co., who are developing their
own ride-sharing services.
And it would put more young
drivers behind the wheel of a
Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or
Longer term, GM and Lyft
will work together to develop
a fleet of autonomous vehicles
that city dwellers could summon using Lyft’s mobile app.
Partnering with GM could give
Lyft a boost over its archrival,
Uber Technologies Inc., which
is working on its own driverless
GM isn’t the only automak-
Baby sitter back in court
NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (AP) — A court psychologist says a baby sitter charged with kidnapping a toddler
she once cared for is still not competent to understand
court proceedings.
A judge sent 21-year-old Abigail Hanna, of Topsfield,
back to a mental health facility for an additional 20-day
evaluation after a court appearance on Monday.
Prosecutors have asked for a hearing to keep Hanna
locked up as a dangerous person until trial, but that
hearing was postponed for a third time Monday.
Authorities say Hanna broke into the 2-year-old girl’s
home and kidnapped her in November. The girl was
found alone miles away in Rowley by a couple who said
she was naked and had her head shaved.
Cornell celebrates ornithology lab
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — Cornell University is celebrating the centennial of its Lab of Ornithology with a
giant mural featuring 270 species from the 243 modern
bird families.
The 70-foot by 40-foot mural was done by scientific illustrator Jane Kim. She devoted more than two years to
create “From So Simple a Beginning: Celebrating the
Evolution and Diversity of Birds.”
The mural, which took 16 months to paint, is at the
lab’s visitor center in Ithaca. It also includes 27 dinosaurs and pre-historic beasts because birds are descendants of those animals.
South Hadley man pleads not guilty
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A 59-year-old
South Hadley man charged with raping a child more
than 20 years ago has pleaded not guilty.
The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that Gary
Mackechnie was released on personal recognizance at
his arraignment Monday in Hampshire Superior Court.
A grand jury indicted him in December on two counts
of rape and abuse of a child and two counts of indecent
assault on a child younger than 14.
Prosecutors say the alleged assaults occurred in
Granby in the early 1990s when the girl was 12 and 13.
They were reported to Granby police in 2011.
er with an eye on Lyft. Fontinalis Partners — a venture capital firm co-founded by Ford
Motor Co.’s Executive Chairman Bill Ford — invested in
Lyft last May. The amount
invested wasn’t disclosed.
GM gets a seat on Lyft’s
board and access to the threeyear-old company’s software,
which matches riders with
drivers and automates payments. The partnership also
better positions the automaker
for a future in which customers don’t buy cars every five or
six years but share rides or hail
drivers when they need to get
San Francisco-based Lyft
gets the expertise of a 108-yearold automaker with decades
of experience in making connected and autonomous vehicles. Detroit-based GM also
has an enviable global reach;
it sells almost 10 million cars
each year in more than 100
countries. Lyft operates in 190
U.S. cities, although it recently
formed partnerships with ridesharing services in China and
Lyft co-founder and President John Zimmer and Ammann say the two companies
began serious discussions
about three months ago. Both
executives see big changes
coming in the traditional model of car ownership, and they
had similar ideas about how to
address it.
Boston weighs
fare hikes
BOSTON (AP) — Average fares paid by riders on
the area’s cash-strapped
transit system could increase by nearly 10 percent
in July under one of two
proposals outlined by officials on Monday.
The Massachusetts Bay
Transportation Authority
is projecting a $242 million
operating deficit in the next
fiscal year.
The MBTA’s control
board, in its first meeting
of the new year, advanced
two of four fare options
presented by transit officials. One calls for an average system-wide hike of 6.7
percent, the other 9.8 percent. The increases would
vary widely among riders,
depending on the mode of
transportation they use and
whether they buy monthly
NEW YORK (AP) — New Year’s Day was a time to
chill out for a throng of adventuresome swimmers who
started 2016 with a dip in the Atlantic Ocean off New
York City.
An estimated 2,000 people participated in the annual
Coney Island Polar Bear plunge on a seasonally chilly
Friday. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration measurements show air temperatures in
the area were in the low 40s, while the ocean was a bit
Some people wore wetsuits, but others sported only
Sixty-two-year-old Peter DeAngelo was garbed as the
Jolly Green Giant for his 10th Polar Bear swim. He tells
the Daily News of New York that it’s “something you
can never explain,” but it gets adrenaline flowing.
The event raises money for Camp Sunshine, a camp
for children with life-threatening illnesses.
Aide to architect charged
NEW YORK (AP) — A home health aide to 98-yearold renowned architect I.M. Pei has been charged with
assaulting him inside his New York City home.
Pei told police that 28-year-old Eter Nikolaishvili
grabbed his right forearm and forcefully twisted it Dec.
13. Authorities say Pei’s arm was bruised and bleeding
after the attack.
Police investigated for two weeks before arresting the
aide on Tuesday. The aide was arraigned in Manhattan
criminal court on a charge of felony assault. She was
released without bail.
The aide’s attorney hasn’t returned a phone call seeking comment.
Pei’s designs include the John F. Kennedy Library in
Massachusetts and the glass and steel pyramid at the
Louvre in Paris.
In 1983, Pei was awarded the Pritzker Prize, known as
the Nobel Prize of architecture.
Ellen to accept People’s Choice award
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ellen DeGeneres is receiving a humanitarian award, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is reaping the benefits.
Producers of the People’s Choice Awards announced
Monday that DeGeneres will be recognized as the Favorite Humanitarian at Wednesday’s ceremony. The
honor comes with a $200,000 donation from Walgreens,
which DeGeneres is directing toward the hospital.
She joked that the award “sums me up perfectly as I
am both a human and an itarian.”
DeGeneres is also nominated for Favorite Talk Show
Host at the fan-voted People’s Choice Awards, which
will be presented at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles and broadcast on CBS.
Firm made workers clock out
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania company
that publishes business newsletters will pay about $1.75
million to thousands of employees who had to clock
out while going on short breaks, including for the bathroom.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a federal
judge has given the U.S. Department of Labor and the
Malvern-based company, American Future Systems
Inc., until Thursday to submit proposals on managing
The company had argued that it wasn’t required to
pay employees for short breaks.
The bill includes back pay and damages to 6,000
employees at offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and
Ohio between 2009 and 2013.
The Department of Labor filed a lawsuit in 2012
claiming the company violated the federal Fair Labor
Standards Act because employees weren’t earning minimum wage when the company required them to clock
out for breaks.
Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://
Businessman Stanley dies at age 85
NEW CANAAN, Conn. (AP) — Businessman and
philanthropist Ted Stanley, who made one of the largest
private donations for scientific research, has died, his
son said Monday. He was 85.
Stanley died peacefully in his bed overnight at his
home in New Canaan, son Jonathan Stanley said. No
cause of death was provided.
Ted Stanley made a fortune selling collectibles, beginning with a series of medals commemorating the moon
landing in 1969. His Norwalk-based company, MBI,
specializes in marketing consumer products.
In 2014, Stanley committed $650 million to the Broad
Institute, a biomedical research center in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, for the study of psychiatric disorders.
The cause was embraced by Stanley and his late wife,
Vada Stanley, after their son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was in college in 1988.
heighten fear
— Fears escalated Monday
that the global economy
could struggle more than
expected this year — a prospect that contributed to a
plunge in financial markets.
The anxiety was heightened by reports that manufacturers extended their
slumps last month in the
United States and China,
the world’s two largest
economies. Factory activity contracted for a second
straight month in the United States and for a 10th
straight month in China.
By midafternoon, the
Dow Jones industrial average had sunk more than 400
points — over 2 percent —
though the fall was also due
in part to rising tensions in
the Middle East. Chinese
stocks fell 7 percent before
trading was halted.
The DAX index in Germany, whose export-led
economy is sensitive to China’s prospects, tumbled 4.3
percent. Britain’s FTSE 100
fell 2.4 percent, France’s
CAC 40 2.5 percent.
The manufacturing data
made clear that the troubles that weighed on U.S.
factories last year have yet
to ease. Sluggish economies
in major markets — from
China to Europe to Japan
— have depressed U.S. exports. That trend has been
worsened by a strong dollar, which has made U.S.
goods more expensive for
Not all the news was bad.
A cheaper euro has helped
manufacturing, which expanded at the
fastest pace in 20 months
in December, according to
data firm Markit.
Still, China’s persistent
sluggishness may be causing broader damage than
previously thought, analysts
say. China’s government is
trying to shift its economy
toward domestic consumption and away from a reliance on exports and investment in roads, factories and
real estate.
Yet that transformation has proved difficult:
China’s growth in the JulySeptember quarter fell to
6.9 percent from a year earlier, the slowest pace in six
China’s deceleration has
been hugely disruptive for
countries that have long exported commodities such as
oil, copper and other metals to the Chinese market.
China consumes, for example, about 60 percent of the
world’s iron ore, which is
used to make steel. China’s
declining appetite for such
commodities has slowed
growth in Australia, Brazil
and Malaysia, among other
The U.S. economy has
also taken a hit: Its exports
to China fell 4 percent in
the first 10 months of last
year compared with the
same period in 2014.
“The global spillovers
from China’s reduced rate
of growth ... have been
much larger than we would
have anticipated,” Maury
Obstfeld, chief economist
at the International Monetary Fund, said in an interview Monday with an IMF
Daniel Meckstroth, chief
economist at MAPI, a manufacturing research group,
said that many commodityexporting countries, such
as Australia, Malaysia and
Chile, have also been forced
to reduce their purchases
of U.S. goods as their own
economies have slowed.
They “don’t have the export revenue, so they can’t
import from the rest of us,”
Meckstroth said. “China’s
slowdown affects our ability
to export to them.”
Christine Lagarde, the
IMF’s managing director,
said last week that China’s
slowdown would likely keep
commodity prices low for a
“prolonged period.”
Writing in the German
newspaper Handelsblatt,
Lagarde predicted that
“global growth in 2016 will
be disappointing and uneven.”
Michael Arone, an investment strategist at State
Street Global Advisors,
said such sentiments have
unnerved financial markets.
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Eldercare Q&A: Watching
out for elderly eyes
Q: Is Watching T.V., Or
Reading, Bad For My Eyes?
A: No. The Mass Commission for the Blind says our
eyes are meant to be used,
and they benefit from “exercise” like reading or watching
T.V. If your eyes feel tired or
“strained,” you can refresh
them with rest.
To maintain healthy eyes,
you need to become your own
health advocate. You rarely
will feel pain with eye disorders, but there are some signs
to watch for when your vision
changes, which may come on
very gradually over months:
* You find yourself sitting
closer and closer to the T.V.
* You need to get stronger
eye glasses more often
* You find it harder to read
the newspaper
* You are bothered more by
bright lights
* You don’t see as well at
night as you used to
* You trip over curbs and
steps, or bump into chairs and
There are 4 major
eye diseases that are common
in older people:
* Glaucoma: a condition
which is described as “tunnel vision,” like looking at the
world through a straw. Glaucoma can cause a vague ache
in your eyes, or watery eyes
and halos around objects, and
affect your vision in dim light,
so-called “night blindness.” If
diagnosed early, this disease
can be controlled with special
eye drops
* Age-Related Macular Degeneration: the central area
of your retina, known as the
macula, which gives you sharp
focus, begins to degenerate,
leaving your “straight-ahead”
vison blurry. This is the most
common eye disease among
older people.
* Diabetic Retinopathy: is a
complication often caused by
early childhood diabetes. This
disease can change the level
of vision from day to day, resulting in vision that fades or
sharpens irregularly.
* Cataracts: are a clouding of the clear lens of the
eye, causing blurred or dim
vision. Cataracts are usually
age-related. Some cataracts
never require surgery, and do
not progress to any significant
level. But a defective lens can
be removed in one of the simplest and most successful eye
operations. Today, good vision
can be restored, using special
lenses after surgery.
There is a difference between having “low vision,”
and being “legally blind.” Low
vision means that even with
regular glasses, contact lenses,
medicine or surgery, that you
find everyday tasks hard to do--like reading your mail, shopping, watching T.V. or cooking.
Vision changes like these can
be early warning signs of eye
disease. Regular dilated eye
exams should be part of your
routine health care. A specialist in low vision is an optometrist or ophthalmologist who
can prescribe visual devices.
Being determined “legally
blind” opens up many services for people with failing
eyesight. When your vision
with the best eyeglasses leaves
you with 20/200 vision or less
in your better eye, or your peripheral vision is 10 degrees or
less —you will be diagnosed
as legally blind. State law requires all eye care providers
to register legally blind people
with the Mass Commission for
the Blind within 30 days. If you
don’t want to be contacted by
the Commission, you can ask
your eye care provider to put
a ‘Do Not Contact” on your
legally blind report.
Being legally blind does not
mean you are totally blind, because most people keep a significant degree of useful vison.
But there are dozens of services available if you become legally blind--- everything from
“talking books” to assistance
in leading an independent lifestyle, increased Social Security
payments, state and federal
income tax exemptions/deductions, and an auto excise
tax exemption.
For any eye concerns, ask
your doctor for a referral to
an eye care specialist, or call
the Mass Commission for the
Blind at 1-800-392-6450.
~ Area Senior Lunches ~
All meals include 1% Milk. Suggested Voluntary Confidential Donation is $2.50 per meal.
Please call your meal site before 11 a.m. one serving day
ahead to order or cancel a meal.
Athol 978-249-9001, Erving 413-423-3308, New Salem
978-544-6437, Northfield 413-498-2186, Orange 978-5447082, Petersham 978-724-3276, Phillipston 978-249-3164,
Royalston 978-249-9656, Warwick 978-544-2630.
(Menu subject to change pending product availability.)
HDM = Home Delivered Meals
Menus for the week of January 11-15
Monday, grilled chicken breast with piccata sauce, couscous
with red pepper, brussels sprouts, strawberry yogurt
Tuesday, cream of broccoli soup, rainbow trout with lemon
vinaigrette, parslied red bliss potatoes (HDM broccoli), fresh
Wednesday, penne with beef bolognese, tossed salad (HDM
cauliflower), pear crisp. Diet: pears
Thursday, white bean kale soup, chicken cordon bleu with
supreme sauce, long grain brown rice (HDM spinach), blueberry yogurt. Alternate meal: tortellini salad, beet salad, pears
Friday, chicken a la king, tri-color rotini, beets, pineapple
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, January 5
3:30-5 p.m. — Craft Club, New Salem Public Library, on the common. For grades 3-6. Info: 978-544-6334
4 p.m. — Trap Shooting, Orange Gun Club, off West River Street.
Info: 978-467-6076
5 p.m. — Free Meal, Athol Salvation Army, Ridge Avenue. Open to
all. Info: 978-249-8111
Wednesday, January 6
9 a.m. — Quilting, Athol Senior Center, Freedom Street. Info/Registration: 978-249-8986
9-9:45 a.m. — Story Hour, Erving Public Library, 17 Moore St. Info:
10-11:30 a.m. — Playgroup, Wendell Free Library, Wendell Depot
Road. For ages 5 and under.
10:15-11 a.m. — Preschool Story Time, Athol Public Library, Main
Street. Info: 978-249-9515
Noon — Sporting Clays, Petersham Gun Club, Nelson Road. Info:
3-5 p.m. — Knit Wits, Athol Public Library, Main Street. For ages 8
and up. Info: 978-249-9515
5-6 p.m. — Sharing Our Father’s Bread, St. Francis of Assisi
Church Hall (side entrance), Athol. Info: 978-249-2738
Thursday, January 7
9 a.m.-Noon — St. John’s Thrift Shop, St. John’s Episcopal
Church, Park Avenue, Athol. Info: 978-249-9553
10-10:30 a.m. — Baby Time, Athol Public Library, Main Street. Children up to 18 months and caregivers. Info: 978-249-9515
10-11:30 a.m. — Garden Growers, Valuing Our Children, Walnut
Street, Athol. Newborn to preschoolers. Info: 978-249-8467 ext. 22.
11-11:30 a.m. — Toddler Time, Athol Public Library, Main Street.
Children 18-36 months and caregivers. Info: 978-249-9515
3-4 p.m. — Weekly Vigil, Northfield Town Hall. Info: [email protected] or 978-790-3074
3:30-5 p.m. — Wild Knights Chess Club, Athol Public Library, Main
Street. For grades 4-10. Info: 978-249-9515
Friday, January 8
4-5 p.m. — Minecraft Club, Athol Public Library, Main Street. For
3rd and 4th graders. Registration required: 978-249-9515
Saturday, January 9
9 a.m.-Noon — St. John’s Thrift Shop, St. John’s Episcopal
Church, Park Avenue, Athol. Info: 978-249-9553
9 a.m.-Noon — Cellar Closet Thrift Shop, Central Congregational
Church, South Main Street, Orange.
7:30 p.m. — “Twelve Monkeys” Sci-Fi Movie, Wendell Free Library.
Doors open at 7. Info: 978-544-3559
Sunday, January 10
9 a.m. — Trap Shooting, Orange Gun Club, off West River Street.
Info: 978-467-6076
10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Sporting Clays, Petersham Gun Club, Nelson
Road. Info: 978-249-7445
Monday, January 11
6:30-8:30 p.m. — Quabbin Community Band Rehearsal, Quabbin
Regional High School, South Street, Barre. Info: 978-355-9879
7-9 p.m. — Quabbin Valley Pro Musica Chorus Rehearsal, New
Salem Congregational Church, South Main Street.
Tuesday, January 12
9 a.m. — English as a Second Language, Riverbend Elementary
School, Riverbend Street, Athol. All first languages welcome, materials
provided. Info: 978-249-2415 or [email protected]
11-11:45 a.m. — Rise and Romp Storytime, Wheeler Memorial Library, East Main Street, Orange. For preschoolers and younger.
3:30-5 p.m. — Craft Club, New Salem Public Library, on the common. For grades 3-6. Info: 978-544-6334
4 p.m. — Trap Shooting, Orange Gun Club, off West River Street.
Info: 978-467-6076
5 p.m. — Free Meal, Athol Salvation Army, Ridge Avenue. Open to
all. Info: 978-249-8111
Wednesday, January 13
9 a.m. — Quilting, Athol Senior Center, Freedom Street. Info/Registration: 978-249-8986
9-9:45 a.m. — Story Hour, Erving Public Library, 17 Moore St. Info:
10-11:30 a.m. — Playgroup, Wendell Free Library, Wendell Depot
Road. For ages 5 and under.
10:15-11 a.m. — Preschool Story Time, Athol Public Library, Main
Street. Info: 978-249-9515
Noon — Sporting Clays, Petersham Gun Club, Nelson Road. Info:
3-5 p.m. — Knit Wits, Athol Public Library, Main Street. For ages 8
and up. Info: 978-249-9515
5-6 p.m. — Sharing Our Father’s Bread, St. Francis of Assisi
Church Hall (side entrance), Athol. Info: 978-249-2738
Thursday, January 14
9 a.m.-Noon — St. John’s Thrift Shop, St. John’s Episcopal
Church, Park Avenue, Athol. Info: 978-249-9553
10-10:30 a.m. — Baby Time, Athol Public Library, Main Street. Children up to 18 months and caregivers. Info: 978-249-9515
10-11:30 a.m. — Garden Growers, Valuing Our Children, Walnut
Street, Athol. Newborn to preschoolers. Info: 978-249-8467 ext. 22.
11-11:30 a.m. — Toddler Time, Athol Public Library, Main Street.
Children 18-36 months and caregivers. Info: 978-249-9515
3-4 p.m. — Weekly Vigil, Northfield Town Hall. Info: [email protected] or 978-790-3074
3:30-5 p.m. — Wild Knights Chess Club, Athol Public Library, Main
Street. For grades 4-10. Info: 978-249-9515
Friday, January 15
10:30-11:15 a.m. — Elephant and Piggie Story Time and Craft,
Athol Public Library, Main Street. Children 4 and up. Info: 978-249-9515
1-2:30 p.m. — “Shaun the Sheep” Movie, Athol Public Library,
Main Street. Info: 978-249-9515
Saturday, January 16
9 a.m.-Noon — St. John’s Thrift Shop, St. John’s Episcopal
Church, Park Avenue, Athol. Info: 978-249-9553
9 a.m.-Noon — Cellar Closet Thrift Shop, Central Congregational
Church, South Main Street, Orange.
Sunday, January 17
9 a.m. — Trap Shooting, Orange Gun Club, off West River Street.
Info: 978-467-6076
10 a.m.-1 p.m. — Sporting Clays, Petersham Gun Club, Nelson
Road. Info: 978-249-7445
Monday, January 18
6:30-8:30 p.m. — Quabbin Community Band Rehearsal, Quabbin
Regional High School, South Street, Barre. Info: 978-355-9879
7-9 p.m. — Quabbin Valley Pro Musica Chorus Rehearsal, New
Salem Congregational Church, South Main Street.
Tuesday, January 19
9 a.m. — English as a Second Language, Riverbend Elementary
School, Riverbend Street, Athol. All first languages welcome, materials
provided. Info: 978-249-2415 or [email protected]
Times Past Photo of the Week
~ Athol Senior Activities ~
ATHOL — Sponsored by the Athol Council on Aging board,
which meets Tuesday Jan. 19, at 1 p.m. at the senior center.
Elder Peer Counseling-Madeline Liebler ............. 978-249-5070
Food resources (List of pantries)........................... 978-249-8986
Free legal assistance (contact COA)..................... 978-249-8986
Fuel Assistance...................................................... 978-249-8986
Grandparents raising grandchildren info.............. 978-249-5070
Meals on Wheels (Mon.- Fri.)................................ 800-732-4636
Mealsite (Tues.- Thurs.) Call 1 day in advance.......978-249-9001
Money management............................................. 800-732-4636
Senior Transportation............................................ 978-575-9966
SHINE (health insurance problems)...................... 978-249-8986
Mon.Painting....................................9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Cribbage (cards)...........................12:30 to 3 p.m.
Fitness Class......................................9 to 10 a.m.
Red Aces (cards).......................10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Line Dancing.........................................10:30 a.m.
Senior Lunch (reservation required)............ Noon
Bingo.................................................... 1 to 3 p.m.
Quilting group.....................................9 to 11 a.m.
Senior Lunch (reservation required)............ Noon
Bingo.................................................... 1 to 3 p.m.
Fitness Class......................................9 to 10 a.m.
Yoga....................................2nd session in March
Senior Lunch (reservation required)................................ Noon
Senior Center is..................................... CLOSED
~ Orange Senior Activities ~
Orange Council on Aging, 135 East Main St., Orange
978-544-1113; 978-544-7082 (meal site)
Lunch is served Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 11:30
a.m. Reservations must be made two days in advance by calling the meal site at 978-544-7082 or the Council on Aging at
978-544-1113 (before 11 a.m.)
Brown Bag Distribution at the Armory,
Activities at the Armory
Mon. Mealsite lunch served....................... 11:30 a.m.
Walking, upstairs (sign in)................... 8-11 a.m.
Tues.Quilt/knit/crochet........................... 9-11:30 a.m.
Walking, upstairs (sign in)................... 8-11 a.m.
Wed. Mealsite lunch served........................11:30 a.m.
Walking, upstairs (sign in)................... 8-11 a.m.
Thurs. Walking, upstairs (sign in)................... 8-11 a.m.
Rug Braiders....................................... 9-11 a.m.
Mealsite lunch served........................11:30 a.m.
Walking, upstairs (sign in)................... 8-11 a.m.
Cell Phones Available
Used cell phones programmed for 911 are free to seniors
and may be picked up during office hours Monday through
Friday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tracy Gaudet is the Elder Outreach worker for the town
of Orange. She provides information, referrals and services
to seniors in town and can be reached at 978-544-3481 or
Demand Response Transportation for Orange, New Salem, Wendell and Warwick seniors, age 60 or over, or disabled, is available for medical appointments, shopping, etc.,
in the Athol/Orange area for a small fee. Call the COA office for
an application and more details at 978-544-1113.
Offered to senior residents of Orange are a book, puzzle
and video swap/exchange program, and free copying, faxing and shredding for residents of Orange, Wendell, Warwick
& New Salem.
Durable Medical Equipment is available through the loaner program. Call the COA office for more information and to
discuss equipment needs.
~ Erving Senior Activities ~
Erving Senior-Community Center,
1 Care Dr., Erving; 413-423-3649
COA meeting, Tuesday, Jan 12, 9:30 a.m.
Friends Business Meeting, Tuesday Jan. 19, 12:30
p.m.; The center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
There is an FRTA Erving shuttle that can take you safely to
and from the center. You must call Interim Director Paula
Betters for time and availability.
Lunch is served daily at 11:30 a.m.; congregate meals
are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and reservations
must be made 2 days in advance; 413-423-3649.
Brown Bag: Food For Elders program, call for eligibility
Activities at the center
Tai Chi............................................................9 a.m.
Osteo Exercise........................................... 10 a.m.
Congregate lunch.................................11:30 a.m.
Chair Aerobics........................................ 8:45 a.m.
Stretching & Balance................................. 10 a.m.
Wednesday Line dancing............................................ 8:45 a.m.
Blood Pressure Clinic............................. 9:30 a.m.
Chair Yoga.................................................. 10 a.m.
Bingo and snacks.................................12:00 p.m.
Veterans........................................................ 1 p.m.
Thursday Aerobics (a real workout)........................ 8:45 a.m.
Healthy Bones........................................... 10 a.m.
Card games..........................................12:30 p.m.
Creative Coloring (starts Jan. 14)........12:30 p.m.
Quilting Class.......................................... 9:00 a.m.
Bowling fun (French King)......................9:30 a.m.
Out to lunch.......................................11:30 p.m.
Painting Class....................................12:30 p.m
Call Director Paula Betters for details about the programs or
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Jan. 6, Pequoig Apts..................................... Canceled
Jan. 13, Sr. Center................................. 11 a.m.-Noon
Punky, if you are a grandma, and Bumpy, if you’re a grandpa
America’s grandparents are younger than the grandpas and
grandmas of yesteryear, says the Association of Mature American Citizens. And, the Census Bureau confirms it, noting that
grandmothers these days average 50 years of age and grandfathers have an average age of 54.
CASS DAIRY FARM — In this 1947 photo, workers from Cass Dairy Farm gather together for a picture.
The farm was located on Chestnut Hill Avenue in Athol. Bernard “Bud” Dejackome, top row, center, was
a bulldozer operator on the farm. Photo courtesy of Ron Dejackome
It’s no wonder, therefore, that some 21st Century grandparents may be opting for new “younger-sounding” monikers for
their grandparenthood status. Grandma and Grandpa still top
the list of preferred names, according to the Baby Center. But
a few unusual names turned up in the Web site’s most recent
survey-names such as Panda and Punky for grandmamma and
Bebop and Bumpy for grandpapa.
ATHOL DAILY NEWS Tuesday, January 5, 2016 Page 11
Times Past
The North Quabbin Area’s first baby of 1991, Miss
Christina Marie Simmington, weighing seven pounds,
four ounces, was born Jan.
3 at 10:49 p.m. to Lori Ann
Antilla and Robert John
Simmington of Athol. Little
Miss Simmington is the winner of the 57th New Year’s
Baby Contest sponsored by
the Athol Daily News and
area merchants.
New Year’s Sunday was
observed in the Second
Congregational Church in
South Royalston, with Rev.
James M. Willis reflecting on the past and coming
years. Congregation hymns
were “Another Year Is
Dawning,” “Great God, We
Sing That Mighty Hand,”
“O God, Our Help In Ages
Past” and “Stand Up For
Jesus.” Special music was
a solo, “How Long Had It
Been” by Wayne Newton
with keyboard accompaniment.
Erving Selectmen voted
to offer group health insurance to elected officials who
are compensated and who
regularly work 20 hours per
week. Dennis Rindone said
selectmen wanted to define
the correct process for coverage of Erving’s elected officials and were concerned
over the increasingly high
cost of group insurance.
The town is paying 90 percent of each participating
member’s insurance.
The L.S. Starrett Company announced that the saw
division was being relocated
to Mt. Airy, N.C. The move
was being made to free up
spaces for revamping precision tool manufacture in
Athol made necessary by
strong foreign competition.
The move was to involve 80
people and would take place
over a period of two years.
Five months after Iraq
seized Kuwait and two weeks
away from possible war, diplomatic efforts toward ending the crisis are afoot but
embassy staffs in Baghdad
are being trimmed down in
case mediation fails. A task
force of 13 U.S. warships,
including 7,500 Marines
and landing craft, began
heading for the Persian Gulf
from the Philippines, where
they stopped over en route
from their base in San Diego. The troops are among
the 430,000 President Bush
wants assembled in the gulf
region by Jan. 15, the U.N.sanctioned deadline for
President Saddam Hussein
to pull his forces from Kuwait or face the possibility
of attack.
Rod Rust was fired as
coach of the New England
Patriots after one season
and one win. Five days after the worst season in Patriots history ended with
their 14th straight loss and
a 1-15 record, chief executive officer Sam Jankovich
dismissed Rust with three
years left on his contract.
Albert J. Obue, Jr., former Athol High School athlete, has been promoted to
the rank of first lieutenant
at Di An, Vietnam, where
he is stationed with the G-3
division of the Army headquarters staff 10 miles north
of Saigon. Son of Mr. and
Mrs. Albert Obue, Sr., he
has been in Vietnam since
October and is working on
an Army newspaper.
Everything a baby needs
to make him or her comfortable is waiting for the
little Miss or Master who
will be the first infant born
in the Daily News trading
area in the New Year. The
31st annual First Baby Derby, sponsored by the Daily
News and 35 participating
businesses got underway
at midnight on New Year’s
eve. Besides gifts for baby,
the mother and father will
also share in the gift bonanza which offers such items
as groceries, flowers and
dinner for two.
The Athol Kiwanis ClubDaily News Santa Fund
provided Christmas gifts for
216 children in 57 families,
it was announced by Chairman Henry L. Homan of the
Kiwanis committee which
handled distribution of the
gifts. Last Christmas was the
19th year of the fund and
the amount spent for gifts
was $773.80, which was contributed by individuals and
groups. In announcing the
figures, Chairman Homan
expressed his thanks to all
who took part in making the
1965 fund a success and to
those who donated help in
delivering the gifts.
Announcement that Mrs.
Evelyn King will oppose in-
This selection of news items was taken
from the pages of the Athol Daily News
25, 50 and 75 years ago this week.
cumbent H. Thomas Colo
for the office of selectman,
ignited interest in the annual Athol town election. Mrs.
King, present chairman of
the Athol School Committee, is the first woman to
seek the office of selectman
since 1955 when Mrs. Lila
(Wessell) Brown was second
in a three-way race to Harold L. Dower. Mrs. King,
wife of William R. King, is
the mother to six children,
a graduate of Athol High
School, a former president
of Ellen Bigelow P.T.A. and
present clerk of the board of
Athol Deputy Fire Chief
Clifton Hastings and firefighters Leo McCarthy and
Paul Pedrazzi supervised
burning of an estimated
1500 Christmas trees at the
annual Jaycees bonfire next
to Athol-Orange Ten Pins.
The discarded trees were
collected by Jaycees, Boy
Scouts and other volunteers.
Lamplight on a tree decorated with cranberry and
popcorn chains and ornaments close to one hundred
years old set the scene for
the “Old Fashioned Christmas” program presented at
the meeting of the Petersham Historical Society.
Ushering in the New Year
with a midnight screen and
stage show on New Year’s
eve, the York Theatre
presented “Dancing on a
Dime” with Grace McDonald, Robert Paige and Virginia Dale and five acts of
RKO vaudeville for its spe-
cial program.
chairman of the Social Security board, said in his
annual report that “more
than 52,000,000 men and
women” employed in industry and commerce now have
social security accounts.
The board approved daily
approximately 1,000 benefit
claims by retire wage earners and their aged wives,
widows, orphans and dependent parents of workers
who have died. It approved
nearly 227,000 claims during
the first 11 months of 1940,
the first year they became
effective, and benefit payments now total $4,250,000
each month.
A campaign to raise
funds for British relief, to
be distributed by the Duke
of Atholl, was launched
in Athol by nine men of
Scottish ancestry headed
by Judge William S. Duncan. To be known as the
“Duke of Atholl Fund” the
money will be sent direct to
the duke to be distributed
through the agency of the
British Red Cross.
Training in detecting and
reporting airplanes will be
given to a group of qualified
older boys from Y.M.C.A.
clubs, it was reported by A.
P. Johnstone, executive secretary of the Y. From Jan.
20 to 23, planes will fly over
Athol at various altitudes
and in different formations.
These planes will be reported by the boys to a central
source in charge of U.S.
Army Air Corps officers, to
test the boys’ ability to observe and report accurately.
An “Afternoon of Music”
was presented by Wesley
Copplestone of Boston and
Doric Alviani of Amherst,
both soloists well known to
Athol music lovers, at an
open meeting held by Athol
Women’s Club. Mr. Alviani, baritone soloist, is an
instructor of music at Massachusetts State College.
Mr. Copplestone, tenor, is
heard frequently over the
radio and is a regular soloist at the Isabella Stewart
Gardner Museum in Boston.
“Our South American
Neighbors” has been chosen as a project for study
and exploration through research by Nettopew group
of Campfire Girls in Athol,
in conjunction with projects
chosen by Campfire Girls
all over the world at this
time. Under the direction
of its leader, Mrs. Pauline
Allison, Nettopew group
will explore the countries
of South America and will
hold a South American exhibition at the Y.M.C.A.
later this year.
Never challenged in the
contest for first baby of 1941
in Athol-Orange, Henry Edwin DuPray, 10-pound son
of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Albert DuPray of Athol, was
declared officially the winner of the title and prizes
awarded by local merchants
in the annual competition.
He was born at 3:40 p.m. on
New Year’s day at home.
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Rise in
shares of
Greig to plead guilty to contempt
BOSTON (AP) — A lawyer for the longtime girlfriend of Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger says
his client plans to plead guilty to a federal contempt
Catherine Greig is already serving an eight-year prison term for helping Bulger avoid capture during his 16
years on the run.
Defense attorney Kevin Reddington told a magistrate judge on Monday that Greig would plead guilty to
the one-count contempt indictment. Prosecutors allege
she disobeyed a judge’s order to testify before a grand
jury investigating whether “third parties” assisted and
harbored Bulger.
Greig did not attend the hearing and Reddington said
a formal plea agreement had not been filed.
Bulger and Greig were living in Santa Monica, California, when they were captured in 2011.
He pointed to the USS Benfold, a guided missile destroyer
upgraded with new ballistic
missile defenses, as well as
three new stealth destroyers,
the DDG-1000, in the pipeline, as examples.
One consequence of a
smaller fleet has been more
time at sea. Retired Adm. Zap
Zlatoper, who commanded
Pacific Fleet in the 1990s, said
six-month deployments used
to be “sacrosanct” as anything
longer made it harder for the
Navy to retain sailors.
Ships now deploy for an average of seven to nine months,
though the Navy plans to lower this to seven.
Ship conditions have also
suffered. The USS Essex left
an exercise with Australia early in 2011 and skipped another
with Thailand the following
year because it developed mechanical problems after delaying maintenance to stay at sea.
Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic
and Budgetary Assessments,
a Washington think tank, said
these are signs the status quo
is unsustainable.
With all major markets
in a severe sell-off Monday,
shares of companies that
make guns surged as new
data pointed to strong sales
at the close of 2015, a year
marked by mass shootings
in Paris and California, and
new political pressure to
tighten regulations.
President Barack Obama
is slated to finalize new executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence and unregulated sales. The president has
taken nearly two dozen executive actions to tighten gun
laws but has been unable to
push measures like expanded
background checks through
Recently released numbers from the National Instant Criminal Background
Check System show that
background checks jumped
about 38 percent last month
compared with December
“It’s the biggest growth of
the year,” said Wedbush Securities analyst James Hardiman. “Probably safe to say
gun sales were up a lot in the
month of December.”
The November attack in
Paris that left more than 100
dead and another attack in
San Bernardino, California,
just two weeks later, killing
14, capped a year in which
mass shootings came one after another.
An October attack at a
community college in Oregon left 10 dead, four months
after nine African-American church members were
gunned during a Bible study
group inside the Emanuel
African Methodist Episcopal
Church in Charleston, South
High profile shootings
push gun sales because some
people feel less safe or fear
tightened gun ownership
rules, Hardiman said.
Shares of Smith & Wesson
Holding Corp. rose almost
6 percent Monday, one of
the biggest percentage gains
over the past year for the
gunmaker. Its shares hit an
all-time high two weeks ago.
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Gov. Baker reports $2.8M in receipts
BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker had a boffo
fundraising year in 2015.
During his first year in office, Baker reported nearly
$2.8 million in receipts.
He ended the year with about $2.4 million left in his
account, according to fundraising reports filed with the
state. Baker began the year with about $280,000 in his
account and spent nearly $680,000.
The Republican easily outstripped past governors, in
part due to an increase in the maximum donation allowed, which jumped from $500 to $1,000 in 2015.
During his first year in office, former Democratic
Gov. Deval Patrick collected about $892,000. Patrick
ended 2007 with just over $405,000 left in his account.
Former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney reported
more than $1.5 million in receipts in his first year, ending 2003 with about $800,000 left in his account.
No cause determined in deadly fire
LYNN, Mass. (AP) — Authorities investigating a fire
that killed four people at a multifamily home in a Boston suburb in December have ended the investigation
without determining what caused the blaze.
Fire officials said Monday they couldn’t rule out
arson, smoking or electrical failure as possible causes
of the fire. Fire investigation standards require that a
cause be left undetermined if a most probable cause
isn’t found.
Investigators believe there were no working smoke
alarms in the building’s front hallway.
The fire started in the front stairwell of the three-unit
home in Lynn on Dec. 4. Firefighters made dramatic
rescues and saved two people, but couldn’t get to the
four victims.
A pregnant woman, Sonia Cruz, was killed in the fire
along with her sister Maritza, niece Yasmin and nephew
Rodolfo Mercedes.
Man charged with having weapons
WRENTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Connecticut man
police say had a meat cleaver, a stun gun and swords in
his vehicle in an employee parking lot at Gillette Stadium has been held on $17,500 bail.
Not guilty pleas were entered on behalf of 48-yearold Matthew Bromson, of North Granby, Connecticut,
on Monday in Wrentham District Court to charges of
trespassing, disorderly conduct, possession of an electric stun gun and assault with a dangerous weapon.
Prosecutors say he is also wanted in his home state.
Bromson, who is not a stadium employee, was arrested Friday just before the NHL’s Winter Classic between
the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens. Police say
there was never a threat to the event. Police allege he
threatened several bus drivers.
Bromson shook his head and laughed as the prosecutor read the charges.
Mass. gas prices continue to fall
BOSTON (AP) — The new year couldn’t slow down
falling Massachusetts gas prices.
AAA Northeast said Monday its latest price survey
found that self-serve, regular has fallen another 2 cents
in the past week, to an average of $1.96 per gallon.
That’s 3 cents per gallon below the national average
and 40 cents lower than the in-state price a year ago.
AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as little as
$1.83 per gallon and as high as $2.29.
Higher rates follow last year’s storms
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts residents are still
getting hit by last year’s brutal winter.
The Boston Globe reports that more homeowners
are getting stuck with higher insurance bills following
last year’s record-setting snowfall. Filings from the state
Division of Insurance indicate that about a dozen home
insurance companies are increasing average rates between 4 and 10 percent.
The moves follow increases by the state’s largest insurers — Mapfre USA Corp. and Safety Insurance Co.
State Sen. Michael Barrett says he isn’t surprised that
other companies have followed suit. But he’s called on
the insurance division to reconsider the increases granted to Mapfre and Safety.
Teen found shot on bike path dies
EVERETT, Mass. (AP) — A teen found suffering
from gunshot wounds along a bike path in Everett last
weekend has died.
Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office
confirmed Monday that 19-year-old Omar Wilfredo
Reyes succumbed to injuries sustained in Sunday’s
Reyes was found on the Northern Strand Community
Trail beneath the Tileson Street overpass around midnight.
Neighbors told police they didn’t see or hear anything. No arrests have been made.
Prosecutors say “the investigation remains active and
Convicted woman faces new charge
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman convicted of negligent homicide after a boat crash
that killed her best friend in 2008 is back in court — this
time charged with texting while driving.
Judicial officials confirm that 42-year-old Erica Blizzard of Laconia is scheduled for trial Jan. 25. She was
ticketed for distracted driving on Sept. 16 and pleaded
not guilty.
The day after a jury convicted her in the boat crash
case, Blizzard was charged with driving 84 mph and almost running down a trooper when she was fumbling
with her cellphone.
BIG CHECK —Athol Savings Bank President Daniel Zona, along with Customer Sales/Service Associate Kelsey Contois, presented their big donation
check to Starry Starry Night recently. Rose Marie Thoms and Candi Ashenden
happily help hold the check and accepted it to support the many performers
and acts who shared their talents on Dec. 31 in Orange. Left to right — Thoms,
Ashenden, Zona, Contois. US Pacific Fleet shrinks as Chinese
continue to grow more aggressive
Associated Press
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — When the U.S.
wanted to show the world it
didn’t recognize what it called
China’s “excessive” territorial
claims in disputed waters of
the South China Sea this fall,
it sent a warship near one of
Beijing’s newly built artificial
The move came amid a debate about whether the U.S.
has enough ships to meet challenges posed by a fast-growing,
increasingly assertive Chinese
navy that is unsettling some
of its neighbors. In its latest
move, China announced last
week that it would build its
second aircraft carrier, this
one with domestic technology.
The Navy and its regional
component, the U.S. Pacific
Fleet, both have fewer ships
now than in the mid-1990s.
Navy officials say vastly improved technology on those
vessels outweighs any disadvantage from a drop in numbers.
Questions about whether
the Pacific Fleet has enough
resources are more of a reflection of regional anxieties
than the Navy’s actual capability, said its commander, Adm.
Scott Swift.
Even if the entire fleet was
in the South China Sea, he
said, he’d still get asked whether the U.S. was bringing more
“It’s this sense of angst that I
hear from those in the region,
driven by the uncertainty and
the rhetoric and, you know,
the challenges that the region
is facing right now,” Swift said.
“But I’m very comfortable
with the resources I have.”
An expert at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute
think tank said the issue in
peacetime is whether there are
enough American vessels to
reassure friends and allies and
demonstrate U.S. capacity to
use power when it needs to.
In wartime, it comes down
to whether enough platforms
survive missile strikes to carry
on their work, Peter Jennings
“I think this is emerging as
a serious long-term problem,”
he said.
The Pacific Fleet currently
has 182 vessels, including combat ships like aircraft carriers
as well as auxiliary and logistics
vessels, said spokesman Cmdr.
Clay Doss. That compares to
192 nearly two decades ago.
Around the world, the Navy
has 272 ships usable in combat
or to support ships in combat,
nearly 20 percent less than
1998. The current total includes 10 aircraft carriers.
Swift said he would rather
have the Navy he has today
— and its advanced technology — than the Navy of two
decades ago.
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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ child welfare agency
acted within its rights when it
denied a couple’s application
to become foster parents because they spanked their children, the state’s highest court
ruled Monday.
Gregory and Melanie Magazu, of Fitchburg, said when
they applied to become foster parents in 2012 that they
used corporal punishment on
their biological children in accordance with their Christian
faith, but promised not to
spank any foster children.
They also said they only
spanked their biological children sparingly and in the privacy of their bedroom so as
not to humiliate them.
The state Department of
Children and Families denied
their application in 2013. The
agency said that many foster
children are traumatized, and
seeing another child spanked
could further traumatize them.
The Magazus said the department’s decision was “arbitrary and capricious,” and “infringes on their constitutional
right to the free exercise of
They appealed to Superior Court, which affirmed the
agency’s decision.
The case then went to the
Supreme Judicial Court,
which upheld the lower court’s
“We ... conclude that although the department’s decision imposes a substantial burden on the Magazus’ sincerely
held religious beliefs, this burden is outweighed by the department’s compelling interest
in protecting the physical and
emotional well-being of foster
children,” the court wrote in
its unanimous opinion.
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