Sophia Saiko prays with her parents Feb. 25 at the Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul at 122 Ash St. in Lewiston during “720 Days of Resistance,” a Stand with Ukraine gathering in support of the war-torn country. The family fled Ukraine after the war began. Along with several musical groups, there were speakers, some who recounted their escape from Ukraine, prayers and words of encouragement, followed by food and a silent auction. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Chunks of ice that have pushed onto the shore at Sabattus Pond frame Don Dyer, right, as he pulls a sled Feb. 25 in search of a spot to set up his ice fishing traps. Dyer lives in Falmouth, Mass., a coastal community on Cape Cod, where he says there is no ice on most bodies of water, so he travels to good ice fishing spots. “I like it better than summer fishing, as it is much less crowded, quieter and I find it more relaxing,” he says, before heading farther onto the pond. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Arielle Carver waits March 1 for her performance as Humpty Dumpty during the Edward Little High School Drama Club production of “Shrek the Musical” at the school in Auburn. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Maine Game Warden Emerson Duplissie-Cyr helps Soren Niese with his snowshoes Feb. 29 at the Lost Valley ski area in Auburn. Niese, a student at Freeport Middle School, is competing during the Special Olympics Maine Winter Games. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Ron Herrick of Sabattus plays pickleball Feb. 27 at the MTM Community Center at 18 School St. in Lisbon Falls. Herrick and his wife, Ann, say they practice at the center and play games often at the Lewiston Armory at 65 Central Ave. “We just started in January,” he says. “The players at the armory are really good and fun to watch,” Ann Herrick adds. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

Reubin Hardy, left, chats Feb. 29 with co-worker Seth Thomas as they head to work aboard a Western Maine Transportation Service bus provided by their employer, Panolam Surface Systems of 1 Pionite Road in Auburn. Hardy says he began the job without knowing about the bus service and walked to work his first day. “It’s an hour-and-15-minute walk,” Hardy says, “and it’s cold, too. It’s very generous they do this for us.” Hardy has ridden the free bus since his second day with Panolam. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Cody Severy (No. 15) of Oak Hill High School in Wales plays defense Feb. 27 against Bradock Suetin of Maranacook/Winthrop during a unified basketball game at Oak Hill. Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

Monmouth Academy basketball players celebrate Feb. 24 after defeating Mt. Abram Regional High School in the Class C South regional final at the Augusta Civic Center. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

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