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  • Nearly full moon rising

    A nearly full moon rises behind Kents Hill Academy in Readfield Tuesday night. Friday it will be full.

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    Julia Sleeper, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston, is swarmed by staff and her "kiddos" at the center recently.

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    Elephant trainer Anthony Friscia opens the door for Asian elephants, Viola and Isa, after a long drive from Connecticut. They were heading into the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn Monday afternoon in preperation for Tuesday's Garden Bros Circus performances at 4:30 & 7:30 inside the Auburn hockey rink. For more information and a link to purchase tickets, visit: norwaysavingsbankarena.com

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    Abigail Burleigh, 4, of Lewiston, shouts with joy as she plays with an interactive exhibit at the Auburn Public Library Tuesday morning. She was visiting the library with her sister and parents during school vacation. The library is one of only 7 in the country that were chosen to host the exhibit, Discover NASA. On Friday, from 3-6pm, there will be an opening event with tours and talks on everything NASA. The exhibit will be on display until July 8th. For more information on this and other library programs, visit: www.auburnpubliclibrary.org.

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    Atiya Haji's works on a basket at the Somali Bantu Community Office, 145 Lisbon street Suite # 506, in the Professional Building, in Lewiston.

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    A family of radish mice adorn a table of edible art that Ken and Steve Blais from Rolly's Diner were creathing Saturday afternoon during the first Monthly Street Festival in New Auburn at 4 Season Farm Market on Third Street. There will be a Street Festival every 3rd Saturday of every month until October.

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    Lewiston police officers arrest a Alamine Mahamat, 20, of 119 Horton St. for violating conditions of release and refusal to submit to arrest at the corner of Howe and Ash Streets Thursday at 7:20 pm. According to a police officer on scene, when a patrolman tried to stop the Mahamat, he took off running. When searched, police found a bag of what appeared to be drugs, in his pocket.

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    Nancy Lizotte works with a group of young swimmers during a recent synchronized swimming lesson at the YWCA in Lewiston.

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    Aaron Mason checks the color of the latest batch of maple syrup that was being produced Sunday morning in the Sugar House at the family business, Greenwood Mountain Maple Products, during Sunday's Maine Maple Sunday. "It was an early season, and with the weather forecast for the coming week, we might hit our target of 1,000 gallons.

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    Tulips are covered in melting snow in Dufresne Plaza in Lewiston Tuesday afternoon.

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    A beautiful smelling trash can full of marigolds, impatients, pansies , lantana and verbena sits in the corner of one of the greenhouses at Whiting Farm in Auburn Wednesday afternoon. The early flowers are picked off "deadheading", so that the energy of the plant goes into getting bigger and producing more flowers when they open for the season on May 7th.

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    Maine Red Claws' Malcolm Miller finds a seam between Iowa's Terry Whisnant, left, Mardracus Wade, center, and D.J. Stephens , and flies to the basket during the first period of Friday night's game in Portland.

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    Randy Burgess looks up at the damage to trees, including a prize black walnut, that were damaged when this pine came crashing down next to his house at the top of Goff Hill in Auburn Thursday. His mother Virgina planted the tree over 40 years ago. Burgess and his mom were watching TV when they heard the crack and crash. When they looked out, the noticed that it missed his new vehicle by inches as it came down parallel to the driveway at 467 Court Street.

  • Midweek mystery

    The Roak Block and Androscoggin River are reflected in the ball on top of the gazebo along the Riverwalk in Auburn.

  • A rusting, ornate, guard on the bridge across the canal on Canal Street in Lewiston frames city hall. The Bates Mill comples is on the left. Thousands of locals walked across this and others on their way to the mills.

  • Anna Bartlett, right, 2, patiently waits with her mother Lina, to pet a 2 month old pig that Joe Gray of Valley View Farm in Auburn is holding. It was the first pig Anna had ever seen and was getting up the courage to pet her like Nevaeh Howes, 3, of Lewiston, center. The petting farm was part of Friday night's Farmers Market at the Auburn Public Library. For more photos from the farmers market, visit sunjournal.com

  • Natalie Garcia, 12, of Auburn, patiently waits for her mother to come check out a stack of books at the Auburn Public Library Wednesday afternoon. While many kids won't crack a book this week during school vacation, Natalie has an insatiable appetite for reading. "I can't bring books home anymore becasue she has read half of them." said her mother before grabbing half the stack and headed out to bring Natalie to swim practice.

  • Elizabeth Brackett of Auburn looks out at the SUV that hit her while traveling up Lisbon Street in Lewiston Wednesday morning. "I guess he didn't see me coming. He just came out of the credit union and crossed the street and ran right into me." said Brackett as she rubbed her bruised ribs. The elderly male driver of the SUV was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

  • Brody Emond, 8, of Wales, and other teammates from his Mites Orange team watch a game prior to the start of theirs Sunday afternoon at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn during the annual Lions Tournament.

  • No more naps

    Nathan Dibanda, blows on a feather Pre-K teacher Monica Miller was handing to Caylynn Nilsson during an art project at Longley Elementary School in Lewiston Wednesday morning. At left is Orla Shimwe. The children had mixed and ever changing opinions on taking naps in school.

  • Mike Bailey and his son Luke, 4, of China, cheer for their daughter/sister, who plays for the Central Maine Youth Bantam team during a game Sunday at the Norway Savings Bank Arena in Auburn during the Lions Tournament.

  • Shawna Bear of Poland , and her 5 year old son Caleb, looking up, check out a shell that Zander janelle, 4 of Lewiston found burried in rice at the Auburn Public Library Friday morning during the first Mother Goose Playgroup. At left is Ellie Kaufmann, 2 of Buckfield. Emily Sheloske of Poland who brought her 1 year old to play, said: " I'm a stay at home mom, so it's important to have my son interact with other kids, plus it's nice for me to be able to chat and interact with other moms."

  • Cold day for a ride

    Three of a half dozen horse drawn wagons make their way across a field in Lisbon Falls Sunday morning during the 23rd Annual World’s Greatest Sleigh Ride in Lisbon Falls that benefits Pine Tree Camp. The ride is sponsored by the Pejepscot Sno-Chiefs and the Farmer's Draft Horse Mule and Pony Club.

  • When Jashana Anderson,10, right, of Lewiston, first started to go to the Root Cellar after school about 4 years ago, she gravitated to the sewing, knitting and fabric art program. Thursday afternoon, she was helping volunteer Sarah Minnich, left, of Durham, help Zahra Abo, center, 8, learn how to crochet. The mission statement of the Root Cellar is" The Root Cellar is a Christian Mission with the goal of uniting the local community in the common cause of satisfying the physical and spiritual needs of inner-city youth and their families.

  • Walton Elementary School second grade teacher Ben Lavigne hopes his student, Lily Slocomb, is good with a hammer as she pounds the tap for a sap line in a tree in front of the Auburn school Monday morning. Next to her is Majick Starchild. In addition to the hands on lesson outside, the children will make a how to book using book creator on their i-pads.

  • Ash Wednesday

    Monsignor Marc Caron administers ashes to Emily Goepel as her son Ilya, 11 months, looks on at the 12:15 mass at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston Wedneday. Emily's husband Seth and their daughter Yarrow, are from Hebron and are members of the parish. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent for Catholics. Ashes are received on the forehead in the shape of a cross to serve as an outward sign of sinfulness and need for penance. For Catholics, the ashes also symbolize mortality, a reminder that one day they will die and their bodies will return to dust.

  • Auburn Accident

    Auburn Firefighter Sita West carries a young boy to a waiting rescue vehicle after he and his father were involved in a head-on collision at 1958 Riverside Drive Monday afternoon shortly after it began snowing.

  • Crows roosting in Lewiston

    Thousands of crows roost in trees along the Androscoggin River in Lewiston Monday night. Crows form massive roosts from November to about March, when they go back to their home territories to start the nest-building and breeding process.

  • Eating bugs

    At first Audrey Bolduc, 4, of Auburn, clung onto her father when the bugs began to appear during a recent meeting of The Junior Naturalists, part of the Stanton Bird Club, at Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services in Lewiston.

  • Eating bugs

    A cockroach crawls out of the mouth of Drew Desjardins, aka. Mr. Drew, as he shows off his insects during the meeting. He didn't eat it, nor any of the other live bugs he brought, except the mealworms.

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    Adelia Morgan screams as her mother, Darcy and sister Meredith, check out a Vietnamese Walking Stick during a recent meeting of The Junior Naturalists, part of the Stanton Bird Club, at Sandcastle Clinical & Educational Services in Lewiston.

  • Keyboarding after school at Longley

    Lewiston music teacher Cassie McKarns listens to Longley Elementary 3rd grader Mohamed Shueyb work on his keyboarding during Monday afternoon's after school program. Thanks to a $25,000 grant from Androscoggin Bank’s MainStreet Foundation, the keyboarding class is just one of many programs to entice students to stay after school. Classes range from photography and reading to building with Lego's and help with homework and more.

  • Medical Wonders

    Wayne Martin Sr. is hooked up to a conglomeration of wires and tubes at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston recently during his transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR surgery.

  • Medical wonders

    The catheter containing the new valve is inserted into an incision on the patient's hip and up through an artery toward his heart.

  • Sledding at Sherwood

    Elliott Hill, 8 and Bjorn Sandberg, 8, both of Auburn and students at Sherwood Heights Elementary School , scream as they fly down the hill next to the Auburn school Saturday afternoon. They have been waiting all vacation to go sledding, and with the cold weather hardening the recent snow, the conditions were finally perfect.

  • A 19th Century Winter Celebration at Norlands.

    Renee Spear of Canton helps her son Gunner, 4, write with a quill pen in the schoolhouse during Saturday's 19th Century Winter Celebration at Norlands in Livermore.

  • Snowmobile goes through ice

    Mark L'Italien follows the shoreline of Hooper Pond in Greene Wednesday afternoon in search of the snowmobile his son Drew was on when it went through the ice. After walking to the end where it turns into Hooper Brook, he broke through ice and turned back and drove to the hospital to check on his son. "He called me when he was walking out and I told him to call 911. He was coming back from getting gas and took the wrong trail and ended up on the brook that doesn't freeze over until later in the year." said L'Italien as he headed back to his truck. "And I just finished getting it fixed."

  • Steeple work at former St. Joseph's Church

    Sean Arel and Andrew Giddenge work on replacing the roofing of the former St. Joseph's Church in Lewiston Tuesday afternoon. According to Rich Exterior Solutions foreman Norm Hamel, the project will be ongoing for about a month as the company will be replacing the entire roof of the building, now owend by Central Maine Medical Center. "You can't ask for better weather to be working at this type of job." said Hamel.

  • Bangor at Edward Little boys basketball

    After making a steal, Edward Little's Samatar Iman heads to the basket for an easy layup during Wednesday night's boys basketball game in Auburn against Bangor.

  • Lost dog found

    Daniel Hurtt rubs the belly of his 2 and a half year old black lab Kaine in his apartment in Mexico Wednesday morning. The dog went missing for 6 months until his girlfriend came across a photo of him on the Maine Lost Dog Recovery Facebook page and eventually confirmed it was him at the Bangor Humane Society.

  • Coming in for a landing

    A great blue heron comes in for a landing on Maranacook Lake in Winthrop as a group of mergansers swim past in the background.

  • Good day of fishing

    Patrick McMenemy of Saco, hooks a brown trout on Middle Range Pond on a "day that every fisherman dreams of." Said the avid fisherman. "Since I started this morning, I've pulled in 39 brook trout, 27 brown and a really nice rainbow." That was right before hooking this big brown that he released immediately, like the others. "The only bad thing about today was I forgot my camera."

  • Camden Hills at Lewiston swim meet

    Lewiston's Lennon LaBelle flies through the water during the butterfly portion of the 200 yard individual medley at the YWCA in Lewiston during a meet against Camden Hills.

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