January 23, 2018
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More love for four-legged friends

On a leash held by owner Danielle Travers (above, far left) of Carmel, Sookie — an 11-month-old Jack Russell terrier — sniffs a camera lens at the start of the 16th annual Animal Orphanage 5K Run Walk near the Old Town YMCA on Sunday morning. Watching in amusement are Danielle Parks (No. 17) of Old Town and her friend Jen Spencer of Carmel. According to organizer Robert Fowler, the event had a record 155 human entrants and approximately 25 canine entrants. “Our main goal in this and all of our fundraising events is of course to raise money to help homeless strays that come through our doors,” said Fowler. The Animal Orphanage is a no-kill shelter that accepts strays in Old Town and Orono. Emory Bickford (top, left) of Orono was the top men’s finisher in the run, and Elizabeth Brunton of Birch Harbor (left) was the top female finisher.


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