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    Alter server Andrew Williams, 14, tolls the bells Jan. 10 on the steps of the St. Alexander Nevsky Church in Richmond. The bells are chimed at the close of service for members of the Russian Orthodox faith attending the sanctuary that has served the community for 60 years.

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    Jon James, who retired earlier this year, does the morning show on Feb. 10 92Moose in Augusta.

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    This Jan. 26 photo shows the second floor interior of expansion project at the Lithgow Public Library in Augusta.

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    St. Augustine Church can be seen through the mist as a person walks over the Calumet Bridge at Olde Fort Western on Feb. 4 above the fog shrouded Kennebec River in downtown Augusta.

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    Cony High School's Matthew Baker accepts the rush of applause for sinking a ball around Winslow High School defenders during an Unified Basketball game on Feb. 8 in Augusta.

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    State Police Detective Abbe Chabot Monday watches her dog, Pivot, bark February 22 where he smelled human remains below the ice of Salmon Lake in Belgrade. Two Maine Warden Service cadaver dogs also indicated a body was below 6 inches of ice and 30 feet of water before divers searched and recovered Derek Palange, a Belgrade man missing since January.

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    Gardiner player Tristan Hebert, No. 13, celebrates after he scores on Cape goalie Peter Haber to put Gardiner up 4-1 in second period during a Class B South semifinal game on Feb. 26 at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston.

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    Voters clap while Gov. Paul LePage endorses Donald Trump during his speech at Kennebec County Republican caucus on March 5 at Chelsea School.

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    Robert McKee returns March 9 to the woodworking shop at his family's farm in Wayne. The retired teacher, 74, has been building stick furniture since 1974 for customers. McKee said he has one customer left and two orders to fill before resuming work on pieces for his children.

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    An American robin poaches a berry March 21 from a fruit tree in South Gardiner. Spotted in the spring foraging on the ground, the member of the thrush family often refrains from migrating in the fall and remains in their breeding territory throughout the winter.

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    Jumpers react to the cold water in Maranacook Lake during the 3rd annual Maine Law Enforcement Torch Run Ice Out Plunge on April 2 at the Winthrop Town Beach.

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    Anglers wait April 3 at dusk for smelt to run up the headwaters of Minnehonk Lake in Mt. Vernon. The men were attempting to dip the small fish with nets as they stacked up in the stream to spawn.

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    Teammates cheer her on as Julie Imbruno strains to lift a metal finger during the ninth annual Central Maine Strongman Show on April 9 at the Augusta Armory.

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    Judy Barrows, bottom left, organizes members of the Democratic caucus of the House of Representatives for a group shot on April 13 on the eastern steps of the State House in Augusta. It is a tradition to get group shots as the session winds down and the House Republicans had their photo taken on the same spot earlier in the day.

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    Marine Patrol Officer Clint Thompson inspects April 20 a fyke net erected on the Kennebec River in Gardiner. The nets harvest elvers migrating in the river, Thompson said, which fisherman are selling for between $1,300 and $1,500 a pound at the mid-point of the season for the baby eels.

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    Ashley Bernier, a radiology technology graduate from Manchester, takes a photo of the respiratory therapy graduates before Kennebec Valley Community College at graduation May 21 at the Augusta Civic Center.

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    Staff photo by Joe Phelan People run along Water Street through clouds of colored corn starch during the Color Dash on June 4 in Augusta.

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    Gov. Paul LePage speaks during a town hall meeting on June 8 in the Augusta Armory.

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    Richmond's Camryn Hurley, left, hugs Cassidy Harriman after the Bobcats win a game on June 10 at Richmond High School. Richmond beat Greenville 18-1 in the South D semifinal.

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    Athletics Director Doran Stout high fives a graduate as they enter the Poulin Auditorium at the start of the Erskine Academy graduation ceremony on June 10 at the Augusta Civic Center. Stout said that he'd been to over thirty graduations in his career at the school, a streak that ended in 2016 with his retirement.

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    Adam Myers, left, holds the ladder as Nicholas Kimball installs an American flag on a utility pole on July 2 along Water Street in Randolph. Earlier this summer plans to mark Randolph's transportation corridors with flags for the summer were derailed when the volunteers learned the town lacked the liability coverage required by the owners of the poles — Central Maine Power and Fairpoint Communications. The flags that had gone up and had to come down. With the help of donations for the premium and work by town officials and volunteers and the Maine Municipal Association insurance was secured on Friday and the two firefighters put the flags up Saturday.

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    Katherine O'Keefe runs through water from a Hallowell Fire Department hose on her way to finishing as the first female in the 2016 Old Hallowell Day 5k Race on July 16 in Hallowell. Alan Gourdle was the first male at 17:31 and she was the first female at 19:50.

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    Children hop on a trampoline July 19 at the Cote home in Monmouth beneath overcast skies.

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    Mary Heald hoses off her steed, Quincy, July 31 after a trail ride near her Litchfield home. Heald said trail conditions were good but the insects were terrible.

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    Winthrop's Reggie Lenfestey, left, and Finley Ward race to the 1500 meter finish line during the USATF Maine Youth Championship on Aug. 13 on the Taylor Harmon Track in Augusta.

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    Franklin Graham, the president of Samaritan's Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, speaks to a rally in Capitol Park on Aug. 23 in Augusta as part of his Decision America Tour.

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    Gov. Paul LePage holds up booking mug shots from a three-ring binder of news releases and articles about drug arrests during a meeting with reporters on Aug. 26 in the State House Cabinet Room.

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    Referee Jerry Norton catches his tossed coin at the start of the first football game of this season between Mt. Blue and Cony on Sept. 2 on Alumni Field in Augusta.

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    Clouds glow behind the Lady of Wisdom statue on top of the Maine State House dome as the sun sets on Sept. 14 in Augusta.

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    This Oct. 4 photo shows the view of the Kennebec River from the top floor apartment at 275-287 Water Street in Augusta.

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    The Stevens Building is framed in a window of the Central Building during a tour on Oct. 7 at Stevens Commons in Hallowell.

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    Kennebec Valley Veterans Honor Guard member Herbert Mann, right, puts on white gloves Nov. 3 as U.S. Navy bugler Ronald Sarol waits to blow taps at a military funeral in Augusta. Volunteers with the Veterans Honor Guard paid tribute to 195 deceased veterans by providing the last volley at funerals last year.

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    A cyclist rolls past Olde Federal Building on Nov. 4 in Augusta.

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    Levy Miller rips Wednesday boards for a work shed Nov. 9 at the home his cousin, Mose Miller, purchased in Whitefield. Mose Miller is relocating to Whitefield along with several Amish relatives and plans to live the shed until he renovates his home.

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    Winthrop/Monmouth player Nate Scott hauls in an 18-yard touchdown pass on 4th and 12 to put the Ramblers up 17-14 with 16 seconds left in the Class D South championship game on Nov. 12 at Maxwell Field in Winthrop.

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    Monmouth Academy's Haley Fletcher shoots between legs of Wiscasset keeper Lindsey Gordon to score Mustangs' 8th goal during girls soccer C south quarterfinal game on Oct. 26 at Monmouth Academy.

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    Gov. Paul LePage speaks to reporters on Oct. 12 in the State House Cabinet Room in Augusta.

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    Israel Legassie waits in line to cast his ballot wearing a Hillary for Prison shirt and a red, white and blue wig around on Nov. 8 at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Gardiner.

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    A voter fills out a ballot Nov. 8 at Windsor Town Hall.

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    Josiah Strout, 3, gets a tour of the new Windsor Engine 1 from his great grandfather Fire Chief Arthur Strout on Nov. 19 at the Windsor Fire Department.

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