A kayaker paddles on China Lake in China on Tuesday. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

A bee crawls on a bee balm blossom Thursday in Hallowell. Different varieties of bee balm flowers come in a range of pink, red, and purple and they attract bees, hummingbirds and butterflies. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Ron Young uses a tractor Tuesday to back his C-Dory boat into China Lake. Young said he tows the boat to the landing from his home about a half-mile away. Young said he was getting it ready to give guests a ride around the lake. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Jim Lilly, left, holds a competitor’s horse Saturday, July 24, while fellow volunteer Rick Fairfield holds a scanner that reads an identification chip in the horse’s neck in the weigh-in building at the Pittston Fairgrounds.  Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Brooke Belz waters flowers for sale Tuesday at D. R. Struck Landscape Nursery in Winthrop. Belz says when she is not keeping flowers and plants hydrated at work, she is practicing field hockey in the hope her team at Winthrop High School can claim another state championship in the coming season. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Music fan Kennedy Leavitt, 10, of Benton, makes bubbles Sunday, July 25, while playing in the rain during the East Benton Fiddler’s Contest, Convention & Bluegrass Festival. Leavitt attended the event with family. She is pictured with Shiloh Shorey, 2, of Patten. Adults and children joined in the bubble-making fun. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Maine State Police Detective Abbe Chabot hugs her husband, Maine Warden Service Cpl. David Chabot, after she was recognized Wednesday as the Maine State Trooper of the Year during a ceremony in Vassalboro. The 24-year veteran of the agency was cited for her extraordinary commitment and success at solving major crimes, including computer crimes against children, and the exceptional skill of her police canines, Tango, Pivot and Steve. Chabot is the second female to be named Trooper of the Year. The Chabots reside in Greene with their daughter, Lilly. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

The Skowhegan and Nokomis field hockey teams compete during a Victory Over Violence summer tournament game Saturday, July 24, in Skowhegan. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Erica “Deadly Do Right” Guay does wind sprints at the end of Kennebec Valley Roller Derby practice Thursday, July 29, in the gym of the Buker Community Center in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal


Ben Morales gets thrown off Crossfire Chug A Lug during a Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour rodeo competition Friday night, July 23, at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Central Maine catcher Nate Bickford reacts to a call at the plate during the American Legion Senior Baseball Tournament on Wednesday at Husson University in Bangor. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

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