A couple use poles while hiking Sunday, Jan. 29, on the crust atop the Kennebec River Rail Trail in Augusta. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Commanding Officer of the new USS Augusta, Cmdr. Christopher Polnaszek, and Augusta Civic Center Director Margaret Noel Director chat beneath a plaque in memory of Elvis Presley on Thursday in the lobby during a tour of the Augusta Civic Center. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Snow melt forms a puddle as a pedestrian passes through the Concourse in downtown Waterville on Monday, Jan. 30. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Cony swimmer Emily Kennard glides through the water in the 200-yard individual medley during a swim meet against Brewer at the Kennebec Valley YMCA in Augusta on Friday, Jan. 27. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Messalonskee’s Merrick Smith, center, gets a hand on the ball for the defensive rebound against Lawrence’s Lucas Campbell (20) and Parker Higgins, left, in the first half during a boys basketball game Tuesday in Fairfield. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel

Winslow’s Jason Reynolds, center, looks to shake Mount View defenders Wyatt Evensen, left, and Tyler Russell during a boys basketball game Monday night, Jan. 30, in Thorndike. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Gardiner’s Taylor Takatsu, left, and Lizzy Gruber, right, battle Cony’s Morgan Cunningham for a loose ball during a girls basketball game Tuesday in Augusta. Joe Phelan/Kennebec Journal

Gardiner firefighter Adam Updyke puts on his helmet on Monday, Jan. 30, while showing home-schooled children some of the gear firefighters wear when battling a blaze. During a tour of the Gardiner fire station lead by Lt. Josh Webb, the students explored the department’s trucks, ladder and ambulances, before learning about fire safety. Andy Molloy/Kennebec Journal

Lane LeBlanc, center, of Skowhegan leads his friends and fellow snowmobilers Greg Shrader and Josh Meng during a ride Sunday, Jan. 29, through Skowhegan. The men said they were doing a “shakedown” run of their snowmobiles before taking a trip to Jackman. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Greg Shrader of Clinton powers his snowmobile over ice and chunky snow Sunday, Jan. 29, after unloading it from his pickup truck in Skowhegan. Shrader and two friends said they were doing a “shakedown” run of their snowmobiles before taking a trip to Jackman. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

Bjorn Garnett holds his 9-month-old son, Bjorn Jr., on Tuesday as the family goes sledding at North Street Recreation Area in Waterville. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel


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