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    Comet NEOWISE reflects in Bog Stream at the northwest part of North Pond as the sun sets in Smithfield on Friday, July 17, 2020. The celestial visitor is visible after sunset in the northwest night sky just below the Big Dipper or Ursa Major. The comet provided a break from the daily stress associated with the pandemic. The opportunity to drive around all night and immerse myself in the wilderness while getting lost in the midnight sky was a great way to decompress and relax.

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    Michele Sweet turns on the venerable ghost light on stage at the Waterville Opera House for the public, letting people know they'll be there when this pandemic is over on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

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    Madeline Arsenualt takes her seat for the play at Lakewood Theater in Madison on Saturday, August 8, 2020. The empty theater is hosting their first show of the summer.

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    Carol Bessey cuts a berry pie as she prepares baked bean supper plates for pick-up at Benton Congregational Church on Saturday, September 12. The benefit dinner is to fund the full restoration of the 100-year-old steeple. The picture illustrates how the coronavirus has upended even the most rural communities.

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    Waterville Senior High School graduate Trafton Gilbert stands through the roof of the family car as his dog, Taco, shows his face from the backseat during commencement ceremonies in the parking lot of Central Maine Motors in Waterville on Thursday, June 11.

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    Friends gather at a safe distance in a circle by their vehicles at Colby College in Waterville on Thursday, May 14. The six friends have been gathering for the past 30 years and have traded in happy hour and the cafe for the parking lot and sunshine.

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    Dave Cross measures the chairs to a safe social distance at the Thomas Hill Standpipe in Bangor on Wednesday, October 27 in preparation for Dr. Jill Biden. The pandemic and the timing of the presidential election made for challenging times to reach voters. The tape measure and mask tell you everything you need to know about the campaign event.

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    A family says goodbye to their loved one in Waterville on Monday, May 13. The pandemic has put everything on hold. In some cases people were unable to say goodbye.

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    Father James Doran offers communion to a parishioner of St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church during Mass before Christmas on Dec. 20. Father Doran has offered a safe place to worship while maintaining a sense of normalcy for his flock.

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    Marie Fefa Deeb, 94, reads along with Father James Doran during morning Mass at St. Joseph's Maronite Catholic Church in Waterville on April 16. Deeb was the only parishioner in attendance, but the Mass would be held if the church was empty, according to Doran. Deeb, however, predates the church itself, worshipping in this very spot when the church was in the basement of a house. She grew up in the church, attending every morning before work her entire career as an accountant. At the age of 96, she refuses to miss Mass because of a pandemic. And Father Doran will keep serving.

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    Damian Brockway, paramedic, checks the breathing of a patient with the help of partner Nathaniel Lombardi, Advanced EMT, in the South End of Waterville on May 3. Treating patients in the field is a hands-on affair.

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    Nathaniel Lombardi adjusts the mask on a patient en route to Augusta Center for Health on May 21, 2020.

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    Dr. Laurel Parker holds her daughter Calla, 3, as her son Logan, 6, works on his school assignments at home in Manchester on April 13. Since the beginning of the pandemic one month earlier, family time is a careful endeavor. As the director of the Emergency Department at MaineGeneral hospitals at both the Augusta campus as well as the Thayer Campus in Waterville, she is careful not to bring the virus home to her children and husband.

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    First responders from Delta Ambulance and Waterville police and fire remove a man from his home in full PPE in Waterville on Friday, April 17. Any cardiac event triggers a full PPE response by all responders.

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    Janet Weeks reaches out to touch the glass of the door separating her from her mother, Jeanne Jacques, with her granddaughter Mikaela Pollard, 4, on Jacques' 90th birthday at Northern Light Continuing Care Lakewood on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville on March 20. The coronavirus has suspended all visitors from the facility to protect some of the most vulnerable population from the pandemic. "It's the first time in 62 years I haven't been able to embrace my mother on her birthday."

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    Walkers and bicyclists cross the Two Cent bridge over the Kennebec River in Waterville Sunday October 18.

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    President Donald Trump greets supporters at the Treworgy Family Farm and Orchard in Levant Sunday, October 25.

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    Water sprinkles overhead as Sofia Hamblet, 9, and brother Dominic, 4, lather up while showering at their Benton home Monday September 28. The kids' mother, Tia, who helps her children with showering, said the kids wear bathing suits for privacy during their shared showers. The family of five have an hour each night to use pressurized water for bathing, washing dishes and filling toilet tanks. During that time Pratt's three children are bathed. The family and others at Averill's Mobile Home Park have had limited water usage over the past two weeks due to well problems at the park.

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    Graduates listen to speakers during the drive-in graduation ceremony for 110 seniors at Winslow High School Wednesday June 10.

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    Nancy and Bill York celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary in the yard outside their Skowhegan home in the background, Sunday June 14. About 60 guests drove up outside the home to help the couple celebrate according to the Yorks' daughter, Betty Giguere. Nancy's wedding dress is displayed at the left.

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    A hay baler follows curved rows of hay while working in Fairfield Sunday, August 9.

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    Phil Bofia, former Waterville city councilor member and current City of Waterville charter commission member, center, stands between a counter protester, right, who chanted "all lives matter," and a march participant, at left, who chanted "Black lives matter," during a rally at Head of Falls Sunday, June 7. The rally followed a George Floyd remembrance march through downtown Waterville Sunday June 7. Waterville Chief of Police Joseph Massey, right, escorted the unidentified man away from the rally.

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    Peter Reny replaces a starter while working beneath a 1927 Ford Model T Fordor at his garage in Vassalboro Monday July 20.

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    A car passes at the right as Comet NEOWISE zips through the inner solar system above a barn in Pittsfield Monday night July 20.

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    A deer dashes across a road in Mercer on Wednesday, September 30.

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    12304# 01fish CHINA, MAINE MAY 17, 2020. Joseph Legendre V (the fifth), 5, reacts after catching a white perch while fishing with dad Joseph Legendre IV (the fourth) at China Lake in China Sunday May 17. The father and son are from Waterville. The boy's brother Jace, 2, sister Jacklynn, 8, and mother Samantha all fished. The kids each caught their first fish during the adventure according to their father.

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    Colby College's Alex Dorion (2) leads teammates in a huddle before the start of the game with Bowdoin at Colby College in Waterville Sunday January 5.

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