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2021 – Year in Review in Photos, Part 1

Franklin County Commissioner Lance Harvell of Farmington, right, joins Commissioner Clyde Parker of Strong, left, and Chairman Terry Bran of Wilton on Tuesday, Jan. 5, at the first meeting of the year at Franklin County Courthouse in Farmington. Donna Berry/SunJournal file photo

Trinity United Methodist Church has resumed free fish soup lunches, by taking them in January 2021. Reverend Song Min Geun leans in to speak with Patti Stanley of Washington Twp. Driver David Hamlin of Wilton, not clearly seen, said, “I miss my lunch.” File photo of advertiser Pam Harnden / Livermore Falls

In the January 22 issue, locals talked about the “Buy Nothing Mt. Blue Area” Facebook group, where they offer free items or express a need for something. Farmington resident Gillian Huddleston posted on the Buy Nothing Facebook group to get scrap wood and recycled materials to build climbing obstacles, pictured, for her goats, Mabel, Matilda, Mary Lou, and Myrtle. Photo submitted by Jillian Huddleston

The Farmington Harris Riders Association has offered two scholarships even though there are no harness races in September 2020. Each year the jockeys raise money by doing 50/50 during the races. The recipients are Emmett Trafton of Farmington who teaches at the University of Vermont. Emma Jane DePombo of Gay attends the University of Maine in Farmington. Scholarships are awarded each year to area students participating in harness races. Pictured, from left, Trafton, and Gloria Cushing of Scholarship Committee and DiPompo. picture sent

High school Blue Crew robotics team built 3D printers for every science lab in the school in February 2021. Maria Howat stands next to the printer she will use in physics classes at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington. picture sent

Anne of York shopper looks at a snowy lake on Broadway in Farmington on Wednesday, February 3, the day after Easter Light led to snow accumulations in Franklin County that ranged from 4 inches at Temple to 6.8 inches in Farmington to 10.2 inches at Wrangeley. Andrea Soidum/Franklin Journal

Ferna Girardin, 100, of Wilton gets her COVID-19 vaccine from her primary care provider Deborah Burchfield, APRN-FNP, who was shooting shots in the arms at the Franklin Memorial Hospital COVID Vaccine Clinic on Friday, February 5. picture sent

Farmington resident Elliot Eno tries his hand at ice fishing on Saturday, February 13, at Clearwater Pond in the industry during Maine’s Free Fishing License Week. The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is offering free hunting licenses to residents and non-residents through February 21. Andrea Swiedom / Franklin Journal . file photo

Catherine Wattles of New Vineyard holds one of hundreds of hats she’s attached to her community in the past five years. She distributed it to students, faculty, and staff at the University of Maine in Farmington in February 2020. Image courtesy of Catherine Wattles

The Maine and United States flags flew over half of the staff on Tuesday, February 23, at the Franklin County Courthouse on Main Street in Farmington. Governor Janet Mills has ordered all state and national flags to be lowered from February 23 to 26 to remember those who have died from COVID-19. “As a country and as a nation, we have suffered an unimaginable loss in the past 12 months, but the greatest grief is borne by families whose loved ones are no longer with them because of this deadly disease,” Mills said in a press release. “Let us pause to commemorate the 500,000 Americans, including 660 Maine residents, lost, honor the lives they lived, and pray for a speedy recovery to all those still battling this virus.” Andrea Swiedom / Franklin Journal . file photo

A slalom skier taps the gate posts on his way down Mount Titcombe in Farmington on Wednesday, March 3. Andrea Swiedom / Franklin Journal . file photo

Donald White, 44, of Gay took three people hostage on Monday, March 8, in Livermore Falls and died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to an autopsy report. Pictured is a member of the Maine State Police Tactical Team walking down Knapp Street in Livermore Falls during a confrontation with White. Donna Berry/SunJournal file photo

Volunteers Steve Ewing, left, and John Tarbucks greet people and help them toward the coronavirus vaccination line at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington on Monday, March 23. Ewing and Tarbox are part of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service group. Members typically volunteer liaison services at Franklin County events such as the Sugarloaf Marathon in the Carrabassett Valley and the Northwoods Gravel Grind in Rangeley. Andrea Swiedom / Franklin Journal . file photo

Russell Black of Wilton’s Black Acres Ranch fuels a fire in a sugar shack vaporizer over the weekend in Maple, Maine on Saturday, March 27. Black’s sons, John Black, left, and James Black, right, help their father guide people through the farm’s operations. James Black said they have produced about 100 gallons of maple syrup so far and that they typically try to produce 200-250 gallons per year. Andrea Swiedom / Franklin Journal . file photo

Justin Fisher, CMP worker left, and Lucas Tree Experts employee Shane Holden pull the top of a spruce across Village View after a storm in Wilton on Monday, March 29. File photo of advertiser Pam Harnden / Livermore Falls

Athletic staff stand socially and out of action at the softball game between the University of Maine in Farmington and Thomas College at Prescott Field in Farmington on Tuesday, April 6. Maine System University did not allow fans to attend sports matches in order. To reduce staff and students contact with the Corona virus. Social distancing guidelines were eventually lifted for vaccinated individuals in Maine in the summer. Andrea Swiedom / Franklin Journal . file photo

From left, postal workers Maria Bardeen and Susan Jones help owners of Farmington Nutrition Stores ship boxes full of RoeUrBoat tea. The tea was developed in honor of Rochelle Hager, who passed away on March 29th. All proceeds went to Hagar’s family. Photo courtesy of Determined Nutrition

Although the sky was overcast, a crowd queued for ice cream on the afternoon of Tuesday, April 20, at the Giffords Ice Cream Store on Main Street in Farmington. Giffords is one of many ice cream shops in and around Farmington. Andrea Swiedom / Franklin Journal . file photo

The Franklin County Children’s Task Force, with no specific order, Melissa Cousins, Sheryl Martin, Linda Wyman, Holly Harrington, Bonnie Chapman, and Eben Calissa, braved the winds Friday morning at the first free Children’s Task Force sale on April 23. The FCCTF maintains free yard sales year-round with items donated by the public. Andrea Swiedom / Franklin Journal . file photo

Baseball season began locally in mid-April. The Cardinals, a youth baseball league, train at Hippach Field in Farmington on Tuesday, April 27. File photo: Kay Neufeld/Franklin Journal

London Rogers, a first grader who wants to become a doctor, poses with Cape Cod Hill School Nurse Jestine Meader on Labor Day on Wednesday, May 5. Career Day was part of Cape Cod Hill Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. The Parent Teacher Organization organized the festive week as a way to engage the students as they honored the teachers and staff of CCHS. Photo courtesy of Casey Richards

Firefighter Junior Turner, left, and Vice President S. Clyde Ross on May 4 by the Farmington Rescue Department. The men joined the department on May 3, 1971, and together they dedicated 100 years of service in the department. Farmington Fire Rescue’s photo

Albert McDaniel, a member of the Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, tuned in to the radio in early May. McDaniel was trying to connect to a network where amateur radio operators could chat with each other about anything under the sun. In front of McDaniel is the Franklin County, W1FCA call sign. When McDaniel and other group members are not providing emergency services, ARES operates as an unofficial club of amateur radio operators in the Franklin County area. File photo: Kay Neufeld/Franklin Journal

March 2021 from the University of Maine in Farmington in an academic procession for their graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 8. The procession and speeches were pre-recorded May 1 in order to comply with CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Photo courtesy of the University of Maine at Farmington

The rainbow appeared in the wake of a major hailstorm on Monday evening, May 17, on farms between Wilton and Weld. In the photo a rainbow is seen over Mount Blue in Weld. Photo courtesy of Lauren Nudge Pratt

Initial work began on removing Walton’s Mill Dam in Farmington, a $3 million project to allow Atlantic salmon access to Temple Stream and eventually the Sandy River. The project was approved by voters in 2018, in partnership with the Atlantic Salmon Federation and project director Maranda Nemeth. Pictured, Nemeth overlooks Temple Stream in Farmington on May 21. File photo of advertiser Pam Harnden / Livermore Falls

Students in the forestry and timber harvesting program at Foster Career and Technical Education Center in Farmington competed in a logging briefing May 27 after the state meeting was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During a log scaling event, student Josh Hebert measures the diameter to calculate plate footage while referee Jesse Silanpa looks on. File photo of advertiser Pam Harnden / Livermore Falls

Veteran Lis Gatchell salutes after laying a wreath in red, white, and blue at the World War II Ball of Honor at Meetinghouse Park in Farmington on Monday morning, May 31. Wreaths were laid at other monuments in the park and the Farmington Emblem Club carried 460 flag-folded demonstrations to commemorate Memorial Day. File photo of advertiser Pam Harnden / Livermore Falls

Elementary school students at WG Mallett School in Farmington cheer for retired bodyguard Ernie Dunham June 3rd. Dunham retired at the end of the 2020-21 academic year after working in the Blue Mountain region for 33 years. The students sang a song dedicated to Dunham and spoke through the microphone to thank him for the school’s patronage and wish him a happy retirement. File photo: Kay Neufeld/Franklin Journal

Mount Blue graduated 142 students from the Class of 2021 on June 13. Students sat together on Caldwell Field with an audience filled with family members, teachers and administrators – in stark contrast to last year’s revamped “Leadership” ceremony. File photo: Kay Neufeld/Franklin Journal

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