An aerial photograph Sept. 17 of construction of the $104.7 million Edward Little High School on Harris Street in Auburn. The current school is visible at upper left. Arthur C. Dudley Contractor & Builder Inc. of Standish began the project in March and is expected to finish by the start of the 2023-24 school year. Plans call for the current school to be razed after the new school is completed. Visit sunjournal.com to watch a video flyover of the project. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Steve Scott picks Honeycrisp apples Sept. 16 at Ricker Hill Orchards in Turner. Scott says he travels from Jamaica to Maine each fall to harvest the crop. Andy Ricker says the harvest has been average this year. “The apples loved the rain in July and August, but they were stressed out in June,” Ricker says. “Honeycrisp is probably the most popular apple in the U.S. market.” Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Barbara Stevens, a volunteer from Paychex, sands playground equipment Sept. 17 at the Sandcastle preschool in Lewiston as part of United Way’s Day of Caring. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Lise Patterson, left, and Michele Bedigan rake wood chips Sept. 17 at the YMCA’s Dempsey Garden in Auburn, as Liam Benson wheels in another load. The volunteers from Androscoggin Bank were participating in United Way’s Day of Caring, kicking off this year’s $1.2 million fundraising campaign. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Emile Bergeron splits wood Sept. 16 with his homemade splitter in Lewiston. “I have been burning wood here for 64 years,” the 83-year-old retired paper mill worker says. Bergeron says when he was 19, he and his father built the house in which Bergeron lives. At the time, Bergeron also built the stove in which he has been burning wood for six decades. “It’s 50% for exercise,” he says, “and 50% because I like to burn wood.” Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Lewiston firefighter Troy Cailler, right, works Sept. 15 with four new firefighters training on use of extrication equipment at Anytime Towing on Sabattus Street in Lewiston. The exercise was part of several weeks of training for the recruits. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Jim Parakilas, board chairman of L/A Arts, greets those gathered early Sept. 17 for a ribbon cutting in front of the new public art piece “Ledgers,” by Andy Rosen. Parakilas thanked those who made the project happen, including municipal departments, state organizations and the arts community. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Cindy Kilgore of Jay, left, Sheryl Morgan of Woodstock, Marie and Mark Larrabee of Litchfield and Norris Smith of Jay enjoy one another’s company Sept. 15 at the Oxford County Fair in Oxford. The fair ran through Saturday. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Poland Regional High School head football coach Gus LeBlanc, right, watches some of his players Sept. 17 during a drill at the school’s practice field. LeBlanc was not satisfied with the effort on the play, prompting him to shout: “You’re slower than my grandmother, and she’s 136 years old. Do it again!” It drew laughter from many of LeBlanc’s players as they lined up and did it again — this time with greater gusto. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal


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