TEAM PHOTO: Messalonskee 5/6 youth blue team

Front row, from left to right, Walker Bucknam, Teagan Cox, Austin Pearl, Blake Masse, Kael Segars, Jake Cyr, and Dax Allen. Middle row, Bennett Pottle, Aiden Desrosiers, Jamaica Jackson, Dom Veilleux, Everett Wadleigh, and Easton Gradie. Back row, assistant coach Pete Bucknam, head coach Dan Cyr, assistant coach Josh Desrosiers, and assistant coach Kris Segars. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

TEAM PHOTO: Waterville 5/6 youth football team

Front row, left to right, Dylan Devlin, Evan Karter, Pheonix McLoy, Gabe Sawtelle, Brady Dumont, and Caydyn Bean. Second row, Tatum Vaughan, Conner Jones, Judah Young, Peyton Ross, Malahki Kliber, Salvatore Isgro, and Jayce Damro. Third Row, Chris Barnaby, Alex Sheehan, Donovan Reynolds, Leo Morris-Rossignol, Jace Spaulding, Mikeeridan Sheets, and Ryder Nuzzo. Back row, coaches John Sheehan, Matt Vaughan, Dean Carpenter, and Devin Rossignol. Absent from photo, Carson Tardy. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

TEAM PHOTO: Waterville 3/4 youth football team

Front row, from left to right, Maeson Colon, Mason Sheets, Kayson Glidden, Quincy Abrams Jr., Vito Isgro, and Hudson Farrand. Middle row, Jermaine Clark, Quincy Brittingham, Ben Veilleux, Ender Coleman, JJ Legendre, Isaac Chase, Jaxon Troxell, and Jayden Bradley. Back row, Coach Jamil Brittingham, Coach Matt Veilleux, Head Coach Dennis Troxell, and Coach Spencer Minihan. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Spirit Squad in Waterville

Front row, from left to right, Jaelynn McInnis, Sophia Barnaby, Amy Burton-Wing, Addilyn Jones, and Ava Frost. Middle row, Joella Smith, Olivia Bradstreet, Maggie Barcarcel, Janaya George, Addysin Petell, and Makenzie Burton-Wing. Back row, Assistant Coach Haley Twitchell, and Coach Crystal Cullen. (photo by Missy Brown, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: Messalonskee homecoming

The Messalonskee High School homecoming parade was held on September 25. Messalonskee Youth Football players, from left to right, Dawson Dube, Sawyer Bearce and Andrew Proctor riding in the parade. (photo by Galen Neal, Central Maine Photography)

PHOTO: First day at China Primary School

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Students in Mrs. Dunn’s class had an amazing first day of school at China Primary School! They got to make crowns to celebrate the occasion, and everyone was smiling at the end of the day! Wishing them a great year of learning as they start their educational journey at RSU #18!

PHOTO: Sheepscot Lake Courtesy Boat Inspectors

Sheepscot Lake’s Courtesy Boat Inspection (CBI) program was very successful again this year. The 2023 Courtesy Boat Inspectors, Addison Turner, Olivia Childs, Alex Reitchel. Sheepscot Lake remains healthy and free from invasive plants. (contributed photo)

PHOTO: Boys of summer

Pictured, from left to right, Noah Bechard, Eli Redmond, Lukas Stabins, Nathan Polley (YCC Director), Sam Worthley, and Grady McCormick. Sbsent from the photo was Noah Pelletier. (photo by Bailee Mallett)

On behalf of the China Region Lakes Alliance, kudos for the great work done by the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) during the summer of 2023. The YCC completed five LakeSmart projects on China Lake with additional work at the Cottages at China Lake, and also conducted work for the China Lake Association’s Erosion Reduction Campaign. The YCC also completed two other LakeSmart projects on Webber Pond.

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BULKING UP: James Poulin, of South China, snapped this Fritillary butterfly on a zinnia.

READY FOR TAKEOFF: Tina Richard, of Clinton, photographed this immature eagle on take off.

FULL BLOOM: Barbara Lawe, of Fairfield, captured this hydrangea in her flower garden, in full bloom.

PHOTO: Getting ready for some football

Waterville Youth Football team members Jackson Troxell and Tatum Vaughn, practicing at a recent clinic. (photo by Missy Brown/ Central Maine Photography staff)