Danielle Martin, left, reacts while telling bystanders about how she lost her brakes coming down Chestnut Street in Lewiston where she lives. She ended up hitting the vehicle, left, that was parked in the lot near Action Screen Printing and continued into the wall where Maine Heritage Weavers is located. While talking to police and firefighters, she noticed something leaking from under the car. After looking closely, she realized it was from a fish tank she had in the back seat that was half empty, and Blue, the Betta Fish she was "fish sitting" for her brothers girlfriend, was flopping around on her car seat. After scooping it up and putting it back in the tank, on the ground at right, it began swimming around. The owner of the car at left, Leah Philippon, was able to drive her vehicle from the scene, but the other had to be towed. There was no significant damage to the building.
Jim Rodrigue salutes to the crowd gathered Thursday evening at Simard Payne Memorial Park in Lewiston where two balloons took flight on the eve of the Great Falls Balloon Festival in Lewiston-Auburn that officially kicks off Friday morning with launches through the weekend at dawn and dusk. Rodrigue made this one man balloon he calls Jimmy Hoppa, over the winter, and hung around, tethered at the field, to give spectators a look at his newest "cloud hopper." For updated information on the launches, visit: www.sunjournal.com or www.greatfallsballoonfestival.org.
Sabattus Primary School first grader Haley Ross pets a bunny being held by Derek Edgerly, also a first grader, Thursday afternoon during the school's Farm Day. The school grounds were transformed into a kid sized fair complete with a large variety of farm animals, hayrides, games, popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream and more. A firetruck, and smokehouse were also on hand.