Reginald Gagne directs cars lined up on Mt. Vernon Avenue into the Augusta Food Bank parking lot just after 8 a.m. Thursday. Cars line up for hours before the lot opens at 8 a.m. for the distribution that starts at 8:30 a.m. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Preschool room staffer Sarah Tibbetts, left, talks with one of her students, Gracie Russell, during tour at Boys & Girls Clubs of Kennebec Valley’s new Sandra M. Prescott Clubhouse in Gardiner on Saturday, Aug. 27. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Denise Dutil sits Thursday, Aug. 25, with a portrait of her late son, David Dutil Jr., at Green Street Park in Waterville where a skatepark will be built and named in his honor. Dutil was 25 when he took his own life in 2016. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Dustin Thibodeau prepares to hug his son, Lennon, 10, while dropping the boy off for classes Thursday at Albert S. Hall School at 27 Pleasant St. in Waterville. “I always give him a big hug when he goes in,” Thibodeau says. Students in Waterville and other school districts in the region are were returning to the classroom from summer break. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Skowhegan’s Laney LeBlanc takes a shot on goal against Bangor goalie Lydia Lynch (99) during a field hockey game Thursday in Skowhegan. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Amelia Aznive, left, encourages Justin Pavao as he splits a log Monday, Aug. 29, during the Woodsman Day undercut competition at the Windsor Fair. The fair continues through Labor Day. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Lawrence’s Hallee Firmage runs in the Laliberte Invitational cross country meet Friday, Aug. 26, in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Messalonskee High School beats up on Brunswick High School in a pre-season scrimmage at Messalonskee High School in Oakland on Saturday, Aug. 27. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Genni Malloy greets friends during a memorial dinner in honor of her late husband, Shane Malloy, at the West Gardiner Fire Station on Sunday Aug. 28. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Rafael Garibay, 17, of Winslow, plays basketball on the newly resurfaced North Street court in Waterville on Thursday. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Firefighters exit a house Sunday, Aug. 28, at 45 School St. in Gardiner after extinguishing a blaze. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

First grader Brynn Williams, right, holds a kitty cat umbrella Wednesday as she poses for a selfie with her parents Sabrina Cornelli and Luke Williams on a rainy opening day of the 2022-23 school year at Lincoln Elementary School in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

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