The week in photos: November 5 to 11, 2022

Jason Fuller, left, the athletic director of Lewiston High School, confirms Josh Murphy correctly completes a form Nov. 9 as Murphy signs a national letter of intent to play baseball at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island. The 2022 graduate, who is now taking a year off, is expected to start playing for Bryant in the fall of 2023, with plans to pitch for the Bulldogs. He pitched and played on the field for four seasons at Lewiston. Daryn Slover/Sun Diary

Roger Moulton of Livermore Falls addresses the Regional School Unit 73 Board of Trustees and members of the public Nov. 10 at Spruce Mountain High School in Jay. Moulton was one of many members of the public concerned about two books they believe should be banned from the high school library. Moulton wore a T-shirt bearing explicit photographs of one of two books, “Gender Queer: A Memoir,” which was being considered for removal from the library. District residents are appealing the council’s decision to allow Maia Kobabe’s book to remain in the high school library. Several people from both sides of the debate spoke at the meeting. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Mike Small makes a wreath Nov. 10 at his business, Small’s Plantcare at 726 Summer St. in Auburn. Strong demand for his poinsettias has created a tight supply, made more critical by the closure of Whiting Farm next door and fewer people growing due to the rising cost of materials and, in particular, fuel for heat the greenhouses. Small says he wonders if it would be worth growing next year after more than 40 years of growing the traditional holiday plant. He says he also experiences high demand for the wreaths he and his employees produce. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

Marley, a 7-year-old Miniature Poodle, is attracting a lot of attention Nov. 6 at the Pause For Pets Craft & Vendor fair at the Lewiston Armory to benefit the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society. Marley owner Rachel Price, right, says she took off this year from having a table at the annual fundraiser after losing her husband last year. “It’s just too much work and too soon for me to do it this year,” she says as another person pets her service animal, which is capable of performing multiple tricks. Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal

U.S. Air Force veteran Mike Curran, left, of Greene helps fellow veteran Charlie Collins of Lewiston with his plate of food November 9 during the Auburn Exchange Club luncheon at the Green Ladle in Lewiston. Curran and others in the service organization invited area veterans to a free lunch ahead of Veterans Day (Friday, Nov. 11). Exchange Club president Bill Gladu says members have been hosting the annual luncheon for 12 years. Daryn Slover/Sun Diary

House District 96 candidate Mike Lajoie helps Annette Braxton, center, and Annie Rembert locate their polling location Nov. 8 at the former elementary school Gov. James B. Longley at 145 Birch St. in Lewiston. Daryn Slover/Sun Diary

Samantha Williams, 18, votes for the first time Nov. 8 at Auburn’s Senior Community Center. She says abortion rights is the issue that concerns her most. Daryn Slover/Sun Diary

Ralph Sylvester, 98, a World War II veteran from Auburn, and his friend, Arlene Whichard, are greeted November 11 by Crystal Guerrette of Honor Flight Maine during a Veterans Day event at the Veterans Memorial Lewiston Park. Andrée Kehn/Sun Journal

Crystal Guerrette of Honor Flight Maine is recognized Nov. 11 during a Veterans Day event at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston. Andrée Kehn/Sun Journal

David Doyon leads the Volunteers Jazz Band at a Veterans Day event Nov. 11 at Veterans Memorial Park in Lewiston. Doyon plays drums while conducting. Andrée Kehn/Sun Journal

Mana Abdi, the first Somali American to be elected to the Maine Legislative Assembly, waves November 8 to Don and Pauline Marsh after speaking to the couple at the former elementary school Gov. James B. Longley at 145 Birch St. in Lewiston. Abdi and the Marshes had just finished voting. Daryn Slover/Sun Diary

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