Franklin Graham brings Decision America Tour 2016 to Maine

Part of the estimated crowd of 3,200 listening to Franklin Graham at Capitol Park (Augusta ME)

Part of the estimated crowd of 3,200 listening to Franklin Graham at Capitol Park (Augusta ME)

Franklin Graham on his way to the stage in Augusta

Franklin Graham on his way to the stage in Augusta

(Augusta ME) I was in the crowd today as Franklin Graham’s Decision America 2016 Tour came to Maine on a sunny Tuesday.

Part of the reason for going was getting an invite from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to attend a reception prior to the rally.

I wondered at first why I had even gotten an invitation for such an event.  Later I surmised that long-time donors to BGEA made the list.  My wife and I decided many years ago that tithing was important and that we needed to be supporting worthwhile ministries on a monthly basis.  BGEA was on our list and we may have been contributing to them for over thirty years.

The reception was at the Governor Hill Mansion starting at 10:30AM.  I was there just after 9AM!  Not real familiar with Augusta.  Not sure about parking.  Rather be early than rushing around late.

I was so early that there was hardly anyone there.  I checked in and had a muffin and then decided to go out and enjoy a sunny, cool morning.

I got back about 10:15 to find the Columbus Room nearly filled.  I found a seat on the outside aisle about halfway up.  Good spot for picture taking.

Franklin speaks at the reception at the Governor Hill Mansion

Franklin speaks at the reception at the Governor Hill Mansion

After a short intro, Franklin came on.  He delivered plenty of stories about the different ministries BGEA is involved in.  Nothing makes a contributor happier than to learn about how their financial support makes a difference.

After Franklin’s half hour another gentleman spoke briefly about some gifts that each of us would get as we left.  One was a prayer journal.  I appreciated the fact that the BGEA staff was aware of the sunshine outside and that a ten-minute walk was in our future.  They offered bottles of cold water to each of us.  Very considerate.

The main rally was supposed to be at the State Capitol but BGEA couldn’t get a permit for it because of the expected size of the crowd.  So the event was across the street at the Capitol Park.

What was nice about that spot was that there were plenty of trees providing plenty of shade.  The crowd estimate was 3,200 but I wonder how any figuring could have been done.

I realized quickly that I would not be able to get close enough to the stage to get any kind of picture.  My goal was to get Franklin before he got to the stage.  But where would he be coming from?  I figured that mystery out shortly after I figured out where their tour bus was.  Outside the bus was what looked like security so I knew he was on the bus and would be coming my way.  That information set up a couple of pretty good pictures.

Dennis Agajanian

Dennis Agajanian

Prior to Franklin’s stage arrival a singer named Dennis Agajanian performed.

Franklin spoke forcefully.  He made it clear that he didn’t trust either the Democrats or the Republicans.  He also had nothing good to say about the current administration.  He made it clear that we needed to trust in God.  He stressed the importance of prayer.  He also spelled out the salvation message.  It was all good stuff for sure.

At a gathering of this type you always wonder if there might be some kind of protest.  The only evidence I saw of someone not enthralled with what was going on was a lady carrying a sign that said, “Unabashed Atheist.”

This was the 37th state that Franklin has visited.  He’ll end in North Carolina in October.  Tomorrow he’ll be in Vermont and Thursday in New York.  He’ll be in Massachusetts next Tuesday and I may take the train in, from Newburyport, to be there.

The visit today to Augusta was informative and uplifting.   The BGEA is doing some terrific things.

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"Unabashed Atheist"

“Unabashed Atheist”

Crowd from behind the stage

Crowd from behind the stage

Franklin greets an attendee

Franklin greets an attendee

Franklin Graham

Franklin Graham

Franklin walking from the tour bus to the stage

Franklin walking from the tour bus to the stage

Franklin speaking at reception

Franklin speaking at reception

Ready for the sun

Ready for the sun

Crowd at Columbus Hall

Crowd at Columbus Hall

Governor Hill Mansion

Governor Hill Mansion

Dennis Agajanian

Dennis Agajanian

Maine state capitol

Maine state capitol

Tour bus

Tour bus

Speaking at Columbus Hall in Augusta before the rally

Speaking at Columbus Hall in Augusta before the rally

 

 

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Bennett & Perkins in concert at Brick Church in Lovell (ME)

Taylor Whiteside, Kathy Bennett, and Thom Perkins in concert at the Brick Church

Taylor Whiteside, Kathy Bennett, and Thom Perkins in concert at the Brick Church

Kathy Bennett

Kathy Bennett

Thom Perkins

Thom Perkins

(Lovell ME) My wife and I took in Bennett & Perkins on a very warm Thursday night at the Brick Church for the Performing Arts in Lovell.

Husband and wife, Thom Perkins and Kathy Bennett, were joined by Taylor Whiteside in an evening of folk songs, impressive strumming, and terrific harmonizing.

Lead singer Kathy had the typically powerful folk singing voice that those of us a bit older remember fondly from “back in the day.”

No question that the trio are veteran performers.  No sheet music needed by any of them for any of the songs they did.

The songs chosen were new to me but all of them had stories to go along with them.  Quite a few sad songs in the bunch.

Taylor Whiteside

Taylor Whiteside

Several of the songs that I liked particularly were, “Walk in My Garden,” and “Her Name was Kathleen.”

The song I could best identify with was “Hurricane Claire.”  I guess that every family has daughters and/or granddaughters who are a bit rambunctious.

I learned of the August 11th performance via the Bridgton News.

Disappointment?  Why so few people in attendance?  I’m not sure that there were thirty on hand.  $10 is not a steep price for a show of this quality.

We enjoyed the performance a lot.  If they come to our area (Bridgton ME) in the future, we’ll probably try to attend their show.

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#1 Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada has three errors in Portland loss to Akron

Five errors, including this one by Nate Frieman, doomed the Sea Dogs. (The ball is on the ground.)

Five errors, including this one by Nate Frieman, doomed the Sea Dogs. (The ball is on the ground.)

Kevin McAvoy was let down by the Portland defense.

Kevin McAvoy was let down by the Portland defense.

(Portland ME) The Sea Dogs’ Kevin McAvoy picked a bad night to be pitching.

Why?  The Portland infield defense fell apart five different times worth five unearned runs and the home Dogs lost, 8-2, to the Akron RubberDucks on a sunny/windy Friday night.

The last-place Sea Dogs (42-69) have struggled to put up the W’s all season.  Some losses have been over a combination of deficiencies.  Not tonight.

The biggest culprit?  #1 Boston prospect 2B Yoan Moncada.  Three times the 21-year-old fumbled grounders.

Yoan Moncada emerges from the Portland dugout

Yoan Moncada emerges from the Portland dugout

My primary reason for getting to Hadlock Field was for a last look at Yoan before he was promoted to Pawtucket or even to the Red Sox.  After tonight, I have a feeling he’ll be staying in Maine for a while.

Interesting that there is talk of Yoan learning a new position because 2B in Boston belongs to Dustin Pedroia for the next five years.  One game is a small sample but there is fielding improvement needed before any transitions by Yoan are made.

Also with Yoan there continues to be hitting struggles from the right side.  He is often linked to Andrew Benintendi but Andrew was hitting well and fielding well when he was called up.  I am not certain at this point that Yoan has the handle necessary on either of those.

2B Yoan Moncada finishes a DP throw to first

2B Yoan Moncada finishes a DP throw to first

BUT as Manager Carlos Febles suggested afterwards,
“Teams have games like this.  We’ll put it behind us and prepare for the next game.”  We are talking about the minors where scores and championships are minimized.  The RubberDucks “lost” their top two prospects in the past two weeks via promotion.  Tied for the top of the Eastern League West before the promotions, they are now six games back in the standings.

Also memorable in this game was that Yoan was injured during a caught-stealing at third base.  It appeared to be quite serious because he hit the bag hard but there was a collective sigh of relief in the Red Sox organization as Yoan was able to walk off with only a sore left ankle to deal with.

Rob Kaminsky - pitched well for Akron

Rob Kaminsky – pitched well for Akron

Akron’s top remaining prospect, Rob Kaminsky, was their pitcher in this game.  He was a #1 pick by the St. Louis Cardinals in 2014.  The lefty limited Portland to three hits.

I was impressed with Akron first baseman Nellie Rodriguez.  Only 22, he has a history of good numbers.  Led the Midwest League in hits and homers in 2014.  Led the Carolina League in homers and RBI in 2015.  Nellie is currently 4th in the Eastern League in homers and extra-base hits.  What will slow his rise to the majors?  150 strikeouts.

Portland’s Aneury Tavarez must be getting the eye of higher up’s in the Boston front office. The Sea Dogs’ right fielder is near the top of the EL batting leaders at .323.  He had three hits this evening against Akron.

Slugger loses his opponent

Slugger loses his opponent

Disappointed in Slugger tonight.  I always root for him at the start of each race.  He is always the underdog because he runs against kids.  For some reason on this night the big guy chose to impede the progress of the speedy girl he was up against.  He squared himself to block her path near second base but the clever opponent darted through his legs.  The move dazzled Slugger.  In fact, for a second or two he had no idea where she had gone!  That momentary confusion, plus the girl’s significant running skills, doomed Slugger.  I just never thought he would even consider cheating to win but I saw it with my own eyes.  Shame on him!

Thanks to Chris Cameron for arranging the visit.  Not too many home games left and they are all in August.  Good take.

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Rainel Rosario, Mauricio Dubon, Yoan Moncada

Rainel Rosario, Mauricio Dubon, Yoan Moncada

Ryan Court

Ryan Court

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Nellie Rodriguez breaks a bubble

Nellie Rodriguez breaks a bubble

Jordan Smith

Jordan Smith

Nellie Rodriguez and Nate Frieman

Nellie Rodriguez and Nate Frieman

Force at home

Force at home

Trouble riding a horse

Trouble riding a horse

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Nellie Rodriguez

Nellie Rodriguez

Aneury Tavarez is hitting .323 for Portland.

Aneury Tavarez is hitting .323 for Portland.

Look at the strings hanging off Yoan's glove

Look at the strings hanging off Yoan’s glove

Play at the plate

Play at the plate

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Portland catcher Jake Romanski

Portland catcher Jake Romanski

 

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Dominic Smith (New York Mets) and Yoan Moncada (Boston Red Sox) in action at Portland

Top prospects Yoan Moncada (Boston Red Sox) and Dominic Smith (New York Mets) together at Hadlock Field

Top prospects Yoan Moncada (Boston Red Sox) and Dominic Smith (New York Mets) together at Hadlock Field

Mets #2 prospect Amed Rosario

Mets #2 prospect Amed Rosario

(Portland ME) Irresistible collection of baseball prospects at Hadlock Field in Portland on Thursday night.

The local Portland Sea Dogs, however, lost 4-0 to the Binghamton Mets and continue to have the worst record (35-62) in the Eastern League.

I arrived at Hadlock 1 ½ hours early in time to see long lines of folks outside the park ahead of the 7PM start.  Didn’t imagine that the fan passion was over the prospects I hoped to see……..and it wasn’t.

Turns out that the first 1000 fans were going to receive a free Travis Shaw bobblehead.  The lure for a $3 item featuring the former Sea Dog drew that crowd and I’m guessing that there were more than the 1000 in the lines.

Anyhow, the lure for me was a look at the New York Mets’ top two prospects as well as yet another look at Red Sox prospects Yoan Moncada and Andrew Benintendi.

Red Sox #3 prospect Andrew Benintendi

Red Sox #3 prospect Andrew Benintendi

There was clearly a sense of urgency.  All four players could well be in triple A very soon, they’re that good.  In fact, I checked the Eastern League transactions regularly while the Sea Dogs were on the road to see if any of them had been moved.  I remembered how quickly Xander and Mookie came and went from Portland.

But none of the four had moved up and when I checked the starting lineups all four were there.

I had seen Andrew twice and Yoan once, so spotting them for pictures was easy.  The tough part in shooting them was the setting sun which necessitated sunglasses for some players.  Andrew is one of those.

The two Mets were a different problem.  I had never seen them before in person.  I did have numbers but in the Eastern League the numbers are only on the back. So I didn’t expect to get any early shots of #1 Amed Rosario or #22 Dominic Smith.

I was wrong about that because both players stopped and interacted with Portland players so that I was able to see the numbers on the back.  The Portland players have names on the back as well but not Binghamton.

Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith

Since I had pictures of Yoan and Andrew from a previous visit I concentrated on being sure I had some of Dominic and Amed.  I started the game on the edge of the Binghamton dugout because those two players would come towards me at the end of innings.  I was also aware that switch-hitting Yoan would be facing my way while batting.

I had to adjust my settings on the Binghamton side because the sun was blocked by the height of the stadium as it set.  Not so on the Portland side.

I would have loved to have had another camera available with a small lens because I was very close to the Binghamton players.  That Nikon I made an offer for during a recent yard sale might have been the ticket.

Yoan Moncada batting

Yoan Moncada batting

Despite all the hype (in my head), the four promising ones were all hitless for the night.  Yoan reached on a walk and I hoped that the minor league’s leading base stealer might run but he didn’t.

Dominic Smith was a Mets first-rounder in 2013.  Not tall (6’) but big (250 pounds).  The twenty-one year old Binghamton first baseman was the MVP in the Florida State League last season.  Going into last night’s game he had 12 homers, 67 RBI, and a .294 batting average.

Amed Rosario

Amed Rosario

Amed Rosario is only twenty.  The Dominican was signed by the Mets as a 16-year-old.  The 6-2 shortstop has played a good part of this season with St. Lucie in the Florida State League.  With Binghamton so far, after 23 games, he has 33 hits, 14 RBI, and a .379 batting average.

The two Mets players should reach AAA Las Vegas in August.  Yoan and Andrew should see Pawtucket shortly.  Andrew may make it to Fenway.  I will be very pleasantly surprised if I return to Hadlock and Yoan and Andrew are still on the Portland roster.

Speedster speeds past tightly-dressed Slugger near second

Speedster speeds past tightly-dressed Slugger near second

It was disco night at Hadlock and that may well have been why Slugger continued his losing streak.  His pants were seriously tight and I think he was afraid that he might rip them out so he didn’t take any chances.  On this night he faced a little kid with plenty of jets.  This kid was so fast that he was able to stop at second and allow Slugger back into the race and then blow the big guy away.  I am not sure that looser pants would have made a difference now that I think of it.

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Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith

Amed Rosario

Amed Rosario

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Amed Rosario

Amed Rosario

Amed Rosario and Mauricio Dubon

Amed Rosario and Mauricio Dubon

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Dominic Smith

Dominic Smith

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Mauricio Dubon (#11 Red Sox prospect) triples

Mauricio Dubon (#11 Red Sox prospect) triples

Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

20-year-old Amed Rosario

20-year-old Amed Rosario

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada

Kid torches Slugger

Kid torches Slugger

 

 

 

 

 

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2016 Harrison Old Home Days Grand Parade

Family enjoys the 2016 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Family enjoys the 2016 Harrison Old Home Days parade

Harrison 7 riders

Harrison 7 riders

(Harrison ME) Looked like rain but it didn’t happen and the Grand Parade for Harrison’s Old Home Days took place on Saturday afternoon.

I delayed my arrival just in case it started raining and learned the hard way that when it’s noon that parade will start.  A parade with hours of action can be arrived at late with no consequence but not a twenty-minute parade.  Point?  I missed a couple of the early paraders.

Last year’s policy of no sirens was again in effect.  Also the absence of signs about the parade on Route 117 was noted.  Some folks learned too late that they were indeed part of a parade of cars crawling through downtown Harrison.

Phyliss Ginzler

Phyliss Ginzler

Jim Hamper

Jim Hamper

Local politicians state rep Phyliss Ginzler and state senator Jim Hamper were on Main Street.

The little Kora cars always put on a nice show.  As a driver ed teacher I cringe at the quick turning and weaving that is part of their routine.  Kora did have an accompanying road service vehicle with them just in case.

hp-A6-Andy-Valley-softballThe 12-under Andy Valley softball used the parade to show their recently won championship banner and to fund raise for the upcoming regionals.

No animals in this year’s parade.

Averill Davis, as expected, gave his Woody a run down Main Street.  How many years has it been?

Camp Wigwam of Waterford was the only camp to appear.  Armed with water guns, they were wisely instructed not to shoot at an oldster with a camera.

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Ruby Slipper float

Ruby Slipper float

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Averill Davis

Averill Davis

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grand marshall

grand marshall

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Camp Wigwam float

Camp Wigwam float

 

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Nick Hoch and Sarah Keener win 2016 Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Nick Hoch (Newton MA) wins the 14th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Nick Hoch (Newton MA) wins the 14th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

Sarah Keener (Waterford) was the first female finisher.

Sarah Keener (Waterford) was the first female finisher.

(Harrison ME) Nick Hoch was almost 1 ½ minutes faster in 2016 and that was more than enough for a first place finish in Wednesday night’s Harrison 5K Run by the Lake.

This was the 14th year of the race along scenic Long Lake.

Nick, who will be a sophomore at Newton (MA) North, was 5th in 2015 but this time around his 18:26 pace gave the 15-year-old a fifty-two second spread over 2nd place finisher Eric Martin.

The first female to reach the finish at the Harrison Post Office was Sarah Keener.  She was fifteenth overall.

In recent news, Sarah won the 35-39 age group in Bridgton’s big 4 on the Fourth race two days ago.

Eric Martin of Naples was second followed by Gardner Waldner (Waterford), Tim Cushing (Bridgton), and 15-year-old Zach Hoexter of Raymond.

Brian Ladd about to catch Arno Bommer for 6th place

Brian Ladd about to catch Arno Bommer for 6th place

Last year I saw Brian Ladd gain three places in a closing run from the Gateway Marina to get 7th place.  This time he gained one space as he overtook Arno Bommer (Houston) to gain 6th place in the final yards.

Arno got second in his age group (55-59) in the Bridgton race.

Noah Currier was eighth and Dimitri DeBiase ninth.

Sara Bradley (Waterford) took 2nd for the women trailing Sarah Keener by only ten seconds.  Sara was the top female in the 2012 Harrison 5K.

Sahtia Ellison (14-year-old) held on for 3rd female despite a closing rush by 10-year-old Amelia Bommer.  Young Amelia won her age group (10 and under) in Bridgton by nearly four minutes.  Rising star?

No shortage of encouragement as the runners reach The Grange

No shortage of encouragement as the runners reach The Grange

Nice weather for the race.  An afternoon rainstorm cooled things down considerably.

I like the way those in charge of the race (Tammy Anderson – director) limit the traffic intrusiveness of the event.  Certainly don’t want to annoy the locals with no alternative routes available.

Nick Hoch was involved in running this year at D1 Newton North as a freshman.  No doubt the conditioning required and the competition he ran against elevated his running ability.

RACE RESULTS

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Jessica Priola (North Bridgton)

Jessica Priola (North Bridgton)

Amelia Bommer (10-year-old)

Amelia Bommer (10-year-old)

Sahtia Ellison (3rd female) and Amelia Bommer (4th female)

Sahtia Ellison (3rd female) and Amelia Bommer (4th female)

Sara Bradley (2nd female)

Sara Bradley (2nd female)

Joe Brooks (122) and Bear Brooks (120) of Santa Monica CA

Joe Brooks (122) and Bear Brooks (120) of Santa Monica CA

Noah Currier (103) and Dimitri DiBiase (110)

Noah Currier (103) and Dimitri DiBiase (110)

Zach Hoexter (Raymond) 5h

Zach Hoexter (Raymond) 5th

Tim Cushing (Bridgton) 4th

Tim Cushing (Bridgton) 4th

Gardner Waldner (Waterford) 3rd

Gardner Waldner (Waterford) 3rd

Eric Martin (Naples) was 2nd

Eric Martin (Naples) was 2nd

Nick Hoch runs alone past Long Lake Park

Nick Hoch runs alone past Long Lake Park

Kate Flynn (nine-year-old)

Kate Flynn (nine-year-old)

Kim Kasenow (6) and Katherine Smith (73)

Kim Kasenow (6) and Katherine Smith (73)

 

 

 

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Moninda Marube and Kristin Barry win 2016 Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Moninda Marube wins his third Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Moninda Marube wins his third Bridgton 4 on the Fourth

Kristin Barry (2001) took home her second Bridgton 4 on the Fourth title

Kristin Barry (2001) took home her second Bridgton 4 on the Fourth title

(Bridgton ME) Moninda Marube won the Bridgton 4 on the Fourth for the third time in the last four years on a warm Monday July 4th morning.

Several thousand runners completed the 4-mile course.

In all three wins, Moninda has not been in any kind of competitive danger coming down Main Street.

In the other two wins, Moninda was still tight to the task along Main Street but not today.  He was smiling with thumbs up at the Bridgton Library well aware of Jim Johnson (2nd place finisher) being too far back to catch him.

I had hoped that last year’s winner (Andrew Stewart) would be in the field because if time’s mean anything the race down Main Street would have been close.  Maybe next year?

The 40th anniversary of the race had a special ring to it because previous winners were invited back.  Those that attended were given the racing bib number of the year they won the event.  Nice touch.

Colin Peddie owns race record at 18:46

Colin Peddie owns race record at 18:46

Got my first look at race record holder Colin Peddie.  The tall gentleman did the course in 18:46 in 1987.  Ben True was the closest to that record with an 18:58 in 2009.

I think you will need two very good runners in the race to push each other to a run at that 18:46. Moninda was able to win today’s race with a “leisurely” time of 20:41.

Jim Johnson took second.  Jim is from Madison (NH) and has been the New Hampshire Snowshoe’s Champion for the last eight years.

Silas Eastman (2012 winner) was third.  Silas was sporting the Colby colors.  He is a senior in the fall.  His parents were part of a storytelling performance that was at the Brick Church (Lovell) on Friday night.

Evan Turner (850) carries the colors down Main Street

Evan Turner (850) carries the colors down Main Street

Chris Garvin (4th) from Charlestown RI was 5th the last two years.

Nate Richards took fifth.  Nate is a senior at Principia College in Illinois.  Nate was 3rd last year.  He is currently a counselor at Camp Newfound in Harrison.

19-year-old Jose Rosas of Queen University in Charlotte (NC) ended 6th.  The sophomore’s time was 21:33.

Robert Hollis of UMaine Farmington was 7th.  Robert won this year’s North Atlantic Conference championship in cross country.

Chris Dunn, from Kennebunk, took 8th.  Chris was a senior as Southern Maine this year.

Kevin Tilton (9th) went to UNH.  He was 2nd in this race in 2004 and 2006.  He was 4th in 2008.

Andy Spaulding is a former winner (2002).  He ended 10th today. He is part of the management of the Dirigo running club.

Former winner Kristin Barry (2001) returned in style to finish first among the women and 31st overall (24:32).

Erin Flynn (left 2015) has leader Kristin Barry (2001) in her sights.

Erin Flynn (left 2015) has leader Kristin Barry (2001) in her sights.

Erin Flynn had Kristin in her sights coming down Main Street but ended up settling for 2nd, finishing some eleven seconds after Kristin.  Erin won this race in 2009 and 2015.

Anna Laska of Bridgton and Fryeburg Academy was the third woman, finishing 46th overall.

The race is always fun to attend.  The surrounding camps are well represented and some of the counselors are high-quality runners.  Plenty of patriotic stuff among the participants.  I especially admire those who run and chant down Main Street after running 3+ miles in 80-degrees heat.  Oh, to be young!

The highly competitiveness in this race ends pretty early after the top runners have gone by.  Many of the remaining runners look for familiar faces in the crowd.  I did see one young man leave the race, run up the stairs of the Bridgton Library, and plant a kiss on what I hope was a significant other.  My camera was not fast enough to catch that action!

RACE RESULTS

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Silas Eastman leads Chris Garvin

Silas Eastman leads Chris Garvin

Nate Richards (1384) Jose Rosas (2212) Robert Hollis (2216)

Nate Richards (1384) Jose Rosas (2212) Robert Hollis (2216)

Silas Eastman (2012) and Chris Garvin

Silas Eastman (2012) and Chris Garvin

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson

Moninda Marube follows the police car with Jim Johnson in the distance

Moninda Marube follows the police car with Jim Johnson in the distance

Anna Laska

Anna Laska

Erin Flynn (2015)

Erin Flynn (2015)

Jennifer Smith stops to greet a friend

Jennifer Smith stops to greet a friend

Kelly Akerley of North Bridgton

Kelly Akerley of North Bridgton

The Woods

The Woods

Jeffrey Lindy of Brookline

Jeffrey Lindy of Brookline

Dan Allara of Hamilton-Wenham finished 17th

Dan Allara of Hamilton-Wenham finished 17th

Mike Brooks with bib Number One

Mike Brooks with bib Number One

 

 

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