People file out of the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul on Sept. 19 following the Blue Mass in Lewiston. The Blue Mass is celebrated annually in the Catholic Church for those who work in public safety, including police officers, firefighters, correctional officers, 911 operators, EMS personnel and all others who are first to respond. Bishop Robert P. Deeley presided over the Mass. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Lewiston’s Sage Cormier returns the ball Sept. 24 to Lake Region’s Olivia Pearson as the Blue Devils host their first-ever volleyball match, which the Lakers won in three sets. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Kody Sturtevant repairs a truck’s rear axle Sept. 21 in Mechanic Falls. “I learned quickly that I don’t like to work on small vehicles,” says the owner of Lamb Chops Wrecker Service. “Big trucks and equipment it is.” Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Don Smith displays the American flag Sept. 21 on the front porch at his house in Lewiston. “It’s more of an honor to the guys that I served with and to those that died over there,” the 77-year-old Vietnam War veteran says. Smith served during the war with the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division from 1966 to 1967. After that, he drove trucks for more than 50 years, until Parkinson’s disease prevented him from doing so. “That is what Agent Orange does to you,” he says of the chemical used to strip trees of foliage during the Vietnam War. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Todd Corey of Minot installs audio equipment Sept. 24 at the start/finish line for the Dempsey Challenge in Lewiston. Corey works for HPA Production Services of Turner. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Joshua Stoehner lifts his daughter, Sophia, on Sept. 18 at Kennedy Park in Lewiston during the Rally for Recovery. Stoehner and his wife were representing An Angel’s Wing, whose mission is to help those with substance use disorder. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Lyle Paul of Chesterville and his team of oxen await their turn Sept. 20 to compete at the Farmington Fair. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Alan Cook uses a leaf blower Sept. 24 on the driveway of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Skeetfield Road in Oxford. Cook works for Spruce Bay Farm & Landscape Inc., and says he recently did work for customers in Farmington. “The colors are starting to change,” Cook says, “and the leaves are coming down pretty good.” Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Lewiston High School nurse Missy Gendron unpacks pooled COVID-19 testing materials Sept. 21 at the school. Classroom pooled testing is planned to begin either this week or next. Consent is being collected from parents. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

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