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    New owner Les Fossel said during a tour on Oct. 14 that he plans to renovate the upper floors of Hathorn Block in downtown Richmond into apartments.

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    Working on the roof setting up the ropes, Jason McFarland prepares to raise the New Year’s Eve ball on December 30, 2014 at Gagaliano’s Italian Bistro on Water Street in Augusta. Later in the year, the building was bought by Richard Parkhurst after the city had closed the building because of code violations. Gagaliano’s Italian Bistro didn’t reopen like the other two businesses in the building.

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    Christy Gardner, left, coaches Sam Oliver, of Union, on how to use spikes on the end of hockey sticks during a sled hockey practice on Jan. 22 at the Bank of Maine Ice Vault in Hallowell.

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    Cony football players tap the plaque on Doc’s Rock before the annual rivalry football game against Gardiner on Oct. 23 at Alumni Field in Augusta. The rock honors the late Dr. John Barnard, an Augusta family physician, who worked with Cony athletics for many years.

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    The central stairs at Cony Flatiron Senior Residence are seen in photos taken during construction in November 2014, top, and in July 2015 in Augusta.

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    Freshman Alice Sala gets a high angle view of campus beside math teacher Steve Stortz during a tour of the Bearce Hall bell tower on Sept. 10 on the Kents Hill School campus in Readfield. Freshmen get a tour of the bell tower during the first week of school.

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    Before she cuts the cake, Bette Horning, left, does her Tiny Tim impersonation as Betty Sawyer covers her ears in mock horror during the 10th anniversary party on Sept. 26 for the Golden Oldies Senior Center in Richmond.

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    Manager Ryan Colgan checks the time on his phone as he tells people in line that it’s almost time to open the doors at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 26 at Kmart in Augusta.

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    This aerial photo shows the scene on July 17, the morning after a major fire in downtown Gardiner.

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    The rising sun lights up the water vapor as Aaron Young washes his vehicle early on Jan. 10 at Mister P’s Car & Truck Wash in Gardiner.

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    The Lawrence bench and fans celebrate a good play late in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs won the girls Class A state championship on Feb. 28 at the Augusta Civic Center.

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    Richmond forward Curtis Anderson, left, teammate Brady Johnson and Valley keeper Dillon Beane watch Anderson’s shot go in for Bobcat’s first goal during a playoff game on Oct. 28 in Richmond.

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    Gov. Paul LePage, center, walks in to the auditorium during the Inauguration ceremony on Jan. 7 at the Augusta Civic Center.

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    The Maine State Police Pipe and Drum Corps leads Gov. Paul LePage into the auditorium during the Inauguration ceremony on Jan. 7 at the Augusta Civic Center.

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    Christopher Cart works on his large Kennebec River mural project on Feb. 3 at the new Capital Judicial Center in Augusta. He uses a laptop or an iPad to see reference images he found while doing research to paint the mural.

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    Bureau of General Services workers in the lift lower an 18x33 foot replica of an 1860 garrison flag down to waiting Civil War re-eenactors during a flag retirement ceremony on Sept. 16 in the Maine State Cultural Building in Augusta.

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    Nick Smith throws snow onto a pile that’s over his head on Feb. 5 while digging to find a sport utility vehicle that had been stored outside all winter in Hallowell.

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    A rainbow glows of the Maranacook and Erskine Academy boys teams during a soccer game on Sept. 22 at The Ricky Gibson Field of Dreams in Readfield.

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    Motorcyclists accompany Tom L’italien down Water Street at the end of his cross country bike ride to raise awareness of military veteran suicides on Aug. 5 in Augusta.

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    Charlie Wilson throws toward the basket while playing the short nine hole putt course at DND Disc Golf on Aug. 6 in Sidney.

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    Firefighters gather outside after being pushed back by flames July 16 on the fourth floor of 235 Water St. in Gardiner.

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    Fox kits play with a vixen April 27 near their den in Hallowell. Neighbors have reported seeing four kits emerge from the den and a healthy pair of parents returning with critters to sustain them.

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    Joe Elliott squeegees an exterior window Feb. 10 at Frosty’s Donuts in Gardiner. Working in the first rays of sunlight in over a week, the proprietor of Go-Joe Window Washing said his work had been “a challenge” because of snow storms and frigid weather.

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    Though partially deaf, Gertrude Virgin encouraged everyone to quiet down Dec. 28, 2014 before she blew out the candles on the cake for her 106th birthday celebration in Gardiner. Friends and family celebrated the milestone with cake and cards.

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    Firefighters and police escort Jason Begin, a Riverview Psychiatric Center outpatient who was shot by Augusta Police Officer Laura Drouin on Jan. 12 following a confrontation at an office at the former MaineGeneral Medical Center in Augusta. Begin, who was threatening himself and others with a knife, has since recovered and is at Riverview. Drouin is back on patrol after an internal investigation found she followed correct procedure during the incident.

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    A cedar waxwing consumes a berry on a tree Jan. 27 at the Gardiner Common. Flocks of the birds descended upon fruit trees at the Common to eat during a snow storm.

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