A bee crawls on the stigma of a crocus Tuesday while searching for pollen in Hallowell. Both species are gradually emerging from winter with each other. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Kwan Nash sorts letters Wednesday, March 30, from a tray of soapy water and places them into a frame with teacher Diane Smith at the Children’s Center in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Steve Getz of Maine Crisp walks between a new circular steel staircase and the current temporary wooden staircase Tuesday, March 29, in the ingredient warehouse under construction at the Maine Crisp building, located at 20 Lithgow St. in Winslow. The work is part of a build-out of Maine Crisp’s new Winslow manufacturing facility. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Working in cherry picker basket high above Lincoln School, a worker trims browntail moth nests Thursday in Augusta. Community Services Director Earl Kingsbury said that Augusta hired Brownie’s Landscape Service to clip trees in the city’s parks, playgrounds, schools, and city properties. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Gardiner Fire Department Acting Captain Joshua Webb extinguishes a brush fire Tuesday near residences in town. The Gardiner crew extinguished the planned leaf fire with no damage to nearby houses reported, Gardiner Fire Dept. Lt. Justin Lodolce said.  Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Colby’s Cole Palmeri, right, is greeted by teammates at home plate after he belted a three-run homer in the first inning of a game against Thomas College on Monday, April 4, in Waterville. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Jonathan Slack is seen Thursday with the woodwork that he and his crew restored at the Waterville Public Library in downtown Waterville. He said he restored and matched 15 miles of wainscoting during the project. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Tyler Spear, center, of Integrity Movers of Scarborough, pulls a padded blanket from one of the three new clock faces being delivered Friday, April 1,  to a storage building in Readfield. The clock faces were made by Tise Woodwork and Design of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

After laying down a bunt, Cony’s Zainab Albraihi beats the throw and dives safely into first base during a softball scrimmage Wednesday at Newman Brann Memorial Field in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

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