Ben Koehler, with Main Street Skowhegan, lights the Kennebec On Fire installation in the Great Eddy on the Kennebec River on Aug. 6 as Dinner In The Park wraps up as part of River Fest hosted by Maine Street Skowhegan. All proceeds from the popular dinner go to revitalization projects for the city. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Steven Christianson carries sunflowers and banana peppers Tuesday to the farm stand he operates with his wife, Caroline, in Readfield. Despite being shorthanded, the couple have 20 kinds of vegetables and a variety of fruit, dairy products and meat in stock each day. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Kyia Valen, right, and another volunteer hang lights Tuesday around the perimeter of a 60-by-100-foot tent at Mill Park in Augusta. They were setting up for Franco-American Heritage Days, sponsored by Le Club Calumet and the Augusta Downtown Alliance. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Augusta Director of Code Enforcement Rob Overton descends a stairwell Monday at an abandoned farmhouse on Riverside Drive. Despite a successful, ongoing effort to renovate and restore older, neglected houses in the community, Overton assessed the dilapidated 19th century residence as too expensive and dangerous to rehabilitate. The hazards, such as evidence of squatters, compelled him to recommend the city-owned structure be razed. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

A bee climbs across a purple coneflower Tuesday in Hallowell’s Granite City Park. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Chelsea Cloutier flees for shelter Sunday while her son, Lorenzo, 8, makes another cast on Cochnewagon Lake in Monmouth during a downpour. The storm reduced the temperature that was in the 90s, according to the National Weather Service. Scattered showers are on tap for the rest of the week. The Cloutiers caught and released several fish from the dock, and one sock. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Andy Valley’s Jacoby Boyce (24) celebrates his three-run home run against Noble with teammates during a 12U Cal Ripken World Series game Tuesday at Purnell Wrigley Field in Waterville. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Izzy Simbari performs Aug. 5 during the Central Maine Idol season two finale at The Quarry Tap Room in Hallowell. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Manuel Levitt Licona climbs the Ferris wheel Wednesday as workers from Smokey’s Greater Shows set up for the 204th Skowhegan State Fair at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds at 33 Constitution Ave. The fair, one of the oldest in the country,  runs through Aug. 20. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Meridian, Idaho’s Conner Brown (2) celebrates a triple against Ararat on Wednesday at Purnell Wrigley Field in Waterville. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department deputies Thursday scan Echo Lake in Fayette during training. The unit complements dive teams from Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the Maine Department of Public Safety, and Marine Patrol in recovering items — and people — from bodies of water. The team was searching for a lost boat engine. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Bed racers run out of their shoes Aug. 5 during Moonlight Madness bed races on Water Street in downtown Skowhegan. The races are part of the annual River Fest celebration. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

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