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    Peter Dube, left, and Farmingdale firefighters Doug Ebert, left, and Leon Crockett load a cow into a trailer on Maine Avenue in Farmingdale in August.

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    Calais senior forward Taylorea Carter, right, cuts down the net while Carrabec’s team watches after the Class C state championship game in March at Augusta Civic Center.

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    Cony defensive backs Lucas Tyler, left, and Anthony Brunelle break up a pass intended for Gardiner tight end Jake Truman during a game at Hoch Field in Gardiner on Friday October 24, 2014.

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    State Police Detective Terry James, center, photographs the interior of a Dumpster in May outside of the apartment that Leroy Smith Jr. shared with his son in South Gardiner. Detective Sgt. Jason Richards, left, and Trooper Breanne Petrini searched the Dumpster in the evening after the elder Smith’s body was recovered in Richmond.

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    Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Festival de la Bastille in July in Augusta. He opened his remarks in French and gave the rest in English.

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    People fill the Hall of Flags during a rally held to support Medicaid expansion in January at the State House in Augusta.

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    Jeremy Cotnoir sits under a transformer resting on the roof of his SUV in November after it struck a utility pole on Maple Street in Farmingdale. After being trapped for more than an hour, Central Maine Power crews were able to turn the power off and Farmingdale firefighters were able to extricate Cotnoir and his wife, Sara, and their daughters, Skye and Ella. The West Gardiner family, who were returning from religious services, was uninjured.

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    Gary S. Raub pleaded guilty to killing Blanche Kimball in 1976, but he said in a jail house interview in June that he has no memory of her, her house or anything in Augusta.

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    Richmond’s Kelsea Anair, left, collides with Sacopee defender Jade Jordan in front of the Sacopee goal during a game at Richmond High in October.

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    Madison’s Madeline Wood (33) gets mobbed by teammates after she crosses the plate to score the Bulldogs’ only run during the fifth inning of the class C softball state championship game in June in Standish. Madison defeated Calais 1-0 to win the state championship.

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    Gov. Paul LePage laughs with supporters as he delivers a box of petitions to get his name on the November ballot to the Secretary of State’s office in the Cross State Office Building in Augusta in March.

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    Alewives netted in Togus Stream on one side of the dam are released into Lower Togus Pond in Chelsea in May.

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    State Police Detective Sgt. Jason Richards speaks with other police officers while investigating a death at a residence on Route 17 in Readfield in March.

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    Dereck Oltz holds a cat near the charred remains of 36 Northern Ave. in December.

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    Coast Guardsmen are splashed with ice and water in March while standing watch on the cutter Thunder Bay as it broke ice on the Kennebec River between Richmond and Dresden.

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    Sonja Hall, left, takes a photo with Austin Merrill, one of her physical therapy assistant classmates, before their Kennebec Valley Community College graduation in May at the Augusta Civic Center.

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    Messalonskee High School’s Caleb Bean can’t collect a pop fly during a game against Bangor High School in June in Augusta.

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    Green-shirted Team Bloom members Corey Rubchinuk, left, Kayla Diplock and Kim Stoneton leap into Maranacook Lake at the town beach in Winthrop during the First Annual Polar Plunge in April.

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    A mural inside the Cony High flatiron building is seen in a photo taken in June in Augusta. Major renovations are underway to transform the building from a former high school into senior housing.

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    Leroy H. Smith III, who is accused of killing his father, speaks to reporters as he is led to a car in May following his initial appearance in Kennebec County Superior Court.

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    Augusta Police officers surround a taxi in July following a traffic stop on Western Avenue in Augusta.

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    Hailey Hough, 9, hugs her father, Todd, as their home erupts in flames in August on State Street in Augusta.

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    FARMINGDALE, ME - SEPTEMBER 18: Madison High School's Madeline Wood heads the ball into the net Thursday September 18, 2014 past Hall-Dale goalie Olivia Maynard during a soccer match up in Farmingdale. (Photo by Andy Molloy/Staff Photographer) Madison High School’s Madeline Wood heads the ball into the net past Hall-Dale goalie Olivia Maynard during a September soccer match in Farmingdale.

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    Maranacook’s Caden Brown, left, looks on as Oak Hill’s Alex Mace, top, (22) gets tackled by teammate Kyle Morand during a playoff game in Wales in November.

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    Gov. Paul LePage announces his plan to crack down on drug dealing and drug abuse during a news conference in the Cabinet Room in the State House in Augusta in March.

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    Parents take shots of graduates on the steps of Bearce Hall before the graduation ceremony in May at Kents Hill School in Readfield.

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    Petangue players note the differences between their balls before pitching a match at the tournament at Mill Park in Augusta in July.

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    Friends and family of the soldiers of the 133rd Engineer Battalion greet them in July at the Augusta Armory.

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    Donna Arsenault, of Livermore Falls, rests her hand on the shoulder of her husband, Vietnam veteran Joseph Arsenault, during a September remembrance for military service during the Vietnam era at Capitol Park.

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    Rabbi Erica Asch checks her place in the text as she rolls a Torah scroll in preparation for Rosh Hashanah services at Temple Beth El in Augusta in September.

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    Fire officials in Gardiner and Farmingdale worked together in 2014 to improve communications following this December 2013 fire on Northern Avenue in Farmingdale that destroyed a home and killed a dog.

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    Max Hill, left, Ethan Larabee and Emmaleigh Fish compete in an apple pie eating contest during the Monmouth Apple Festival in September.

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    Firefighters from many area departments battled a massive fire at the scene of an 18-unit apartment building fire on Northern Avenue in Augusta that left 27 people homeless in December.

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    A man walks past a bouquet of flowers on a table next to a window last winter at Lisa’s Legit Burritos in Augusta.

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    Firefighters from many area departments battled a massive fire at the scene of an 18-unit apartment building fire in December on Northern Avenue in Augusta that left 27 people homeless.

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    A roof beam can be seen cracking through the ceiling in the old Masonic Hall in April in Winthrop. The building was later demolished to make way for a new wing on the adjacent Bailey Library.

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    A woman photographs the flooding Kennebec River in Waterfront Park in downtown Augusta in April.

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    Sarah Beth McClellan, left, gets a kiss from Capt. Brian McClellan at the Augusta Armory after the 133rd Engineer Battalion returned in July.

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    This combination of photos taken in April 2014, left, and September 2014 shows the change in color before and after the Maine State House dome got a new coat of copper.

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    A pedestrian is framed by iced-over trees in January just after crossing Calumet Bridge at Old Fort Western and walking along Bridge Street in downtown Augusta.

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    Gary Alexander, president of the Alexander Group, left, and Mary Mayhew, health and human services commissioner, take media questions in a hallway after a meeting of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services in January at the Cross State Office Building in Augusta.

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    Angie Anderson collects her thoughts in January while listening to a customer request heating oil at Chapman Oil Company in Gardiner.

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    Theresa Rice-Goodrich screams at state troopers in the parking lot of Fort Halifax Park in Winslow moments after Fred Horne Sr. was arrested for attending her wedding on Sunday July 27, 2014.

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    The 65-foot Coast Guard cutter Bridle, bottom, and the 140-foot Coast Guard cutter Thunder Bay turn around near the Richmond-Dresden Bridge on the Kennebec River on Thursday March 27, 2014. The U.S. Coast Guard started breaking ice in Bath earlier in the morning and cut to the bridge before turning around on the first day of the mission.

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