Kennedy Dube of Augusta swings a battle rope with one hand Tuesday while dribbling a basketball with the other hand during the Bulldog Strong Foundation’s basketball camp at the Augusta Civic Center. Ryan Madore, the organization’s president, says the drill increases shoulder strength to help with shooting. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Cornhole teams compete late into the evening Wednesday at the Taste of Waterville at Head of Falls. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Duane Tobey, right, and Pete Kelley work Tuesday at a barn for round bales of hay at Kelley Bros. farm in Pittston. With most of Kennebec County experiencing moderate drought conditions, Kelley says he finds harvesting hay for his herd of cattle has been easier this year. “It dries quickly” between cutting a field and tedding, or raking, he says. “But we are behind on rain.” Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

A dog competes July 30 in the Eastern Maine Agility & Dog Show at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Nancy Shuman, left, shushes her barking dog, Mac, in stroller, as she and Charlie Shuman and Elissa Shuman clap Tuesday during groundbreaking ceremonies at the future site of Kennebec Valley Humane Society’s Nancy Shuman Animal Shelter in Augusta. The Shumans, longtime shelter supporters, have donated $2 million toward the shelter. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Lauren Bartlett, a recent Thomas College graduate and returning master’s candidate, tours the Thomas College Athletic Center in Waterville as construction continues Thursday. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Cony’s Jaden Gewer works out at the Big Man battles at the Central Maine Football Skills Challenge on July 30 at Skowhegan High School. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Fans cheer after Bangor third baseman Nate O’Donnell made the last out on Augusta baserunner Grant Curtis in the the State U12 Little League Championship game July 30 in Waldoboro. Bangor won 10-0. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

A competitor applies sunscreen during a transition during the Ironman 70.3 event on July 31 in Augusta. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

A competitor rides a bike during the Ironman 70.3 event July 31 in Augusta. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Meghan Fillnow approaches the finish line as the first women’s finisher in the Ironman 70.3 event in Augusta on July 31. Fillnow finished the race, that included a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride and a 13.1-mile run, in 4 hours, 38 minutes, 33 seconds. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Stephen Dyer, 10, cools off Thursday in a sprinkler watering the North Street soccer fields in Waterville. Stephen and his teammates from the Mid Maine Dolphins swimming team are taking a break from the pool. “It’s too hot out to do anything else right now,” says Kyle Bauer, head coach of the Dolphins. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

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