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  • Elsa Hogate, 5, of Farmington, looks up at the decorated trees on display at the annual FEZtival of Trees at the Kora Temple in Lewiston, Maine on Saturday, November 17, 2018. Check korashriners.org for when they will be open through Christmas. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Vehicle lights are a blur as they cross the Longley Memorial Bridge between Lewiston and Auburn Sunday night November 18, 2018 in this long exposure photo. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Sixth generation roofer Gabbie St.Hilaire, left, and her grandfather Dave St.Hilaire appear to be suspended from the steeple of the Court Street Baptist Church in Auburn Monday afternoon. They are actually suspended by a cable from a giant crane that is lowering them after the St.Hilaire Roofing Company workers finished repairs to the steeple. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Farwell Elementary School principal Amanda Winslow checks in on a pair of 3rd graders working on their computers in the hall of the Lewiston school Monday afternoon, November 6, 2018. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Eli Isom, bottom left, flips off Flip Gordon before the referee can count him out during Wednesday night's Ring of Honor - Global Wars event at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Jayce Thompson raises his hands in victory as his his robot completes a task during the Western Maine FIRST Lego League Qualifier at Spruce Mountain High School in Jay, Maine on Saturday November 17, 2018 as members of his team from RSU 16 in Poland, The Enforcers, react. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • The Oak Hill line gets into position for a play during Saturday's playoff game against Lisbon in Lisbon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Oak Hill High School's James Borkowski, Jr. slides through the mud after the Raiders defeated rival Lisbon High School in overtime of their playoff game Saturday October 27, 2018 in Lisbon, Maine. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Oak Hill High School's James Borkowski, Jr., right, and Gavin Rawstron, bottom, tackle Lisbon's Lucas Francis during Saturday playoff football game in Lisbon on October 27, 2018 in Lisbon, Maine. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Oak Hill High School students, from left to right, Emily Dillman, Brianna Dumais, Lexi Finn and Madison Drew have a laugh as they try to keep dry and warm during Saturday's Class D South quarterfinal playoff game between their Oak Hill Raiders and the Lisbon Greyhounds during a constant rain/snow mix in Lisbon, Maine Saturday afternoon October 27, 2018. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Mt. Ararat's Max Spelke, left and Lewiston's Jama Abdullahi get tangled up going for the ball during Wednesday's championship game in Lewiston. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Despite having his home and business in Greene ransacket and looted, George Stanley retained his sense of humor while surveying the damage Thursday afternoon as he picked up a hubcap and stick and pretended to be a Gladiator protecting his possessions from barbarians. Watch and listen to George talk about it at sunjournal.com (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • An aerial view of Mackerel Cove on Bailey Island on Sunday afternoon, September 30, 2018. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Aerial)

  • A panoramic view of downtown Auburn and across the Androscoggin River toward Lewiston taken on October 3, 2018. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Aerial)

  • An aerial view Monday morning October 15, 2018 shows the fire scene in Mechanic Falls where a massive fire destroyed a historic mill. The complex served several businesses, including as a warehouse for Maine Cycle, and was filled with motorcycles and parts. Corcoran Environmental Services, which recycles plastics, also operated at the mill. According to Zachary Maher, town manager in Mechanic Falls, the building is owned by Charles Starbird. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal Aerial)

  • A groundbreaking ceremony for the Maine Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston took place Sunday afternoon. After speakers, music and honors there was an official shoveling of the dirt where the monument will be located. The shovels can be seen next to the gold star in the middle left of the photo. Visit sunjournal.com to watch a video from the event. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Members of the Lisbon Youth Football program jump to give former New England Patriots player Garin Veris a high five as he is introduced at Thompson Field at Lisbon High School Sunday afternoon during the biannual Lisbon Police DARE Program fundraiser. Several former players and friends took on a team comprised of local police and augmented with other members of the community. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Oak Hill's Samuel Lindsay, left nearly intercepts a pass intended for Poland's Isaiah Hill during the first half of Saturday's football game in Wales. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Samantha Davis, 10, of New Sharon, tries to coax her Brown Swiss cow Zada into the stall to be washed Sunday afternoon at the Farmington Fair. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lauren Robinson, 14, of Litchfield, takes and afternoon nap with her 11 month old Short Horn, Wesson, at the Oxford Fair Wednesday. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Pat White, of Canton, talks with visitors to the United Bikers of Maine booth setup at the Oxford Fair Wednesday. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Julie Taylor, of Peru, attaches the blade to her bow saw prior to competing in the bucksaw competiton Friday morning at the Oxford County Fair during Woodsman's Day. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lucien Barnard, 5 of Lisbon Falls, looks at songs in the program as Bishop Deely gives the sermon during Sunday morning's Blue Mass. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lanyha Spearman, left, splashes water for her dog Lily to jump after as Na'Kaiyah Sevey, 5, screams in delight. The cousins came to Sabattus Pond in Sabattus Wednesday afternoon to cool off on one of the hottest days of the year. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Arthur Hayford drives a wagon through Boothby Orchard and Farm in Livermore during Maine Apple Sunday. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Norman Samuels picks Ginger Gold apples on Perkins Ridge Road in Auburn Tuesday morning for Ricker Hill Orchards. He and 10 other first year workers were learning the ropes from Sam Ricker and 50 other seasoned apple pickers on one of several of the farms' properties in the area. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Alice Lamp, sitting between the legs of her father Devon, points to a horse coming down the street during the annual Labor Day Parade in Buckfield as sister Elsie waves Monday morning. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Greta Flynn, 4, left and her brother Briar, 1, watch Monday's Labor Day Parade in Buckfield with their mom Jordann. The family from Turner joined hundreds who came to watch the parade and anxiously wait for candy to be thrown their way. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Gray New Gloucester goalie Brannon Gilbert punches the ball away on a corner kick as he colides with Cape Elizabeth's Nick Clifford during the first half of Saturday's soccer match. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Leavitt goalie Abigail Bays makes a diving save after blocking a shot by Lincoln Academy's Tatum Hancock during Thursday's game in Turner. 3 (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Oxford Hills' linebacker Parker LaFrance dives for a pass and just tipped it enough to prevent Lewiston's Lucas Nichols from making a catch during the first half of Friday night's football game in Lewiston. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Monmouth's Jordyn Gowell, left and Oak Hill's Sadie Waterman battle for the ball during Tuesday's game in Monmouth. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lewiston Police Officer Spencer Simoneau takes a man into custody at the corner of Bradley and Pine Streets in Lewiston Tuesday evening. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lisbon't Seth Leeman, left, breaks up a pass intended for Spruce Mountain's Brandon Coates during Saturday's football game in Lisbon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Paula Gauthier, a tour guide at Shaker Village in New Gloucsester, talks to one of the sheep at the farm while on a break Tuesday afternoon at the iconic homestead. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • A pair of wasps battle in the air next to hydrangeas surrounding the band stand behind the Marion T. Morse school in Lisbon Wednesday afternoon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • A pair of wasps battle in the air next to hydrangeas surrounding the band stand behind the Marion T. Morse school in Lisbon Wednesday afternoon. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Zander Callahan, 20 mos., of Lewiston, chases bubbles his mother was making at Simard Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston Friday night as they waited to see the balloons launch. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Former Maine Red Claws player Malcolm Miller talks with Emma Randall, 6 Monday morning at the Lewiston Armory. He and other former players, volunteers and coaches were conducting the annual Maine Red Claws Summer Clinic sponsored by Dunkin' Donuts that is free for 7-14 year olds. Lewiston was the first of 5 one day clinics throughout the state that aims to bring excitement for professional basketball and teach skills to young kids. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Troy Barnies, right, applies pressure to Flavio Luyindula, 13, of Auburn as he drives the basket at Hasty Memorial Armory in Auburg during Sunday's Troy Barnies pop up clinic. The program, in it's 3rd year was sponsored by trusports.us and was part of the last day of the Auburn Summer (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Youngsters listen to instructions during Sunday's Troy Barnies Pop-Up Basketball Clinic at the Hasty Memorial Armory in Auburn. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Jenn Sirois, of Auburn, gives her 10 year old pug mix dog Buddah a ride down Parker Street in Auburn Monday night. "I don't have a pickup for him to ride in the back and he is kinda old to be out walking in this heat so this is his way of getting out and about." said Sirois. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • A bolt of lightning strikes behind the Lewiston skyline as people in Festival Plaza in Auburn, foreground, were packing up and clearing out after the storm cancelled National Night out in Auburn. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Lauren Robinson practices with her lineback cattle at the Monmouth Fair Thursday with hopes of someday competing. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Kayci Cass, right, soaks up the sun while floating in Middle Range Pond in Poland Monday morning as her daughter Cydney, 10, jumps off her father Patrick's shoulders. The family from Auburn often come to the small roadside access point off Schellinger Road, one of the few free places left to park and access a local body of water. (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Stephanie Wright holds her 8 month old son Cameron as daughters Kendal, 6, left and Kerigan, 3, watch the Farmers' Pull at the Monmouth Fair Thursday morning. To watch a video from the morning's activities, visit sunjournal.com(Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

  • Malikye Harrison, 3 of Lewiston takes a taste of a lollypop he just got while trying to manage a handful of giveaways from Tuesday night's National Night out celebration that was moved inside at the Colisee after a fast moving storm swept through town.(Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal)

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