2012 in pictures

Posted Dec. 31, 2012, at 5:29 p.m.
Brett Miller of Saco swings over the Saco River in Buxton's Pleasant Point on Aug. 6, 2012.
Brett Miller of Saco swings over the Saco River in Buxton's Pleasant Point on Aug. 6, 2012.
Tim Caisse, 32, of Corinth is baptized by Pastor Jerry Mick during a traditional baptism ceremony held by the Bangor Baptist Church on Pushaw Lake in Orono in June.
Tim Caisse, 32, of Corinth is baptized by Pastor Jerry Mick during a traditional baptism ceremony held by the Bangor Baptist Church on Pushaw Lake in Orono in June.
A three-woman toboggan team prepares to launch down the ice-covered chute at the 22nd annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.
A three-woman toboggan team prepares to launch down the ice-covered chute at the 22nd annual U.S. National Toboggan Championships at the Camden Snow Bowl on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012.
A pigeon, more properly known as a rock dove, preens on a fence in South Portland on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
A pigeon, more properly known as a rock dove, preens on a fence in South Portland on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012.
Alex Dodge circles the pool on his BMX at the Portland skate park on April 30, 2012.
Alex Dodge circles the pool on his BMX at the Portland skate park on April 30, 2012.
Sen. Olympia Snowe waves goodbye while husband, former Maine Gov. John McKernan, applauds on Friday, March 2, 2012, at a press conference in Portland.
Sen. Olympia Snowe waves goodbye while husband, former Maine Gov. John McKernan, applauds on Friday, March 2, 2012, at a press conference in Portland.
Gage Stuart, 10, of Corinth performs a fakie heal flip as Chaz Nelson, 20, of Bangor executes a hard flip nose stall while skateboarding at the Bangor skate park Oct. 7, 2012.
Gage Stuart, 10, of Corinth performs a fakie heal flip as Chaz Nelson, 20, of Bangor executes a hard flip nose stall while skateboarding at the Bangor skate park Oct. 7, 2012.
Racers take a tight turn at the United States Classic Racing Association Grand Prix in Loudon, N.H., on June 11, 2012.
Racers take a tight turn at the United States Classic Racing Association Grand Prix in Loudon, N.H., on June 11, 2012.
A trio of Portland Sea Dogs players make their way to the clubhouse after working out on the field April 3, 2012. The Dogs — Double-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox — opened their season April 5, against the Phillies in Reading, Pa. Their first home game was April 12, when they faced the Binghamton Mets.
A trio of Portland Sea Dogs players make their way to the clubhouse after working out on the field April 3, 2012. The Dogs — Double-A affiliates of the Boston Red Sox — opened their season April 5, against the Phillies in Reading, Pa. Their first home game was April 12, when they faced the Binghamton Mets.
Kegs of beer sit in the basement of the Sea Dog Brewing Co. in Bangor on June 27, 2012, during the brewery's grand opening of its new barrel room.
Kegs of beer sit in the basement of the Sea Dog Brewing Co. in Bangor on June 27, 2012, during the brewery's grand opening of its new barrel room.
Bangor police take a female into custody in the parking lot of the Bangor Efficiency Apartments after removing her from 27 Webster Ave. on Oct. 8, 2012.
Bangor police take a female into custody in the parking lot of the Bangor Efficiency Apartments after removing her from 27 Webster Ave. on Oct. 8, 2012.
Hannah Baxter, 6, of Bangor strokes a ball python belonging to Kelsey Oakes of Orono during the Bangor Reptile Expo on Feb. 19, 2012.
Hannah Baxter, 6, of Bangor strokes a ball python belonging to Kelsey Oakes of Orono during the Bangor Reptile Expo on Feb. 19, 2012.
A man watches the surf at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth on Oct. 29, 2012, as superstorm Sandy's weather came ashore.
A man watches the surf at Fort Williams Park in Cape Elizabeth on Oct. 29, 2012, as superstorm Sandy's weather came ashore.
Jason Blackman hands out ice cream from the Darling's &quotIce Cream for a Cause" truck on Sept. 6, 2012, at the United Way of Eastern Maine's kickoff rally at Bass Park in Bangor.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Jason Blackman hands out ice cream from the Darling's "Ice Cream for a Cause" truck on Sept. 6, 2012, at the United Way of Eastern Maine's kickoff rally at Bass Park in Bangor.
Stephanie Davis and daughter Lilia, 5, play with a toy telescope at the top of the Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill on June 14, 2012.
Stephanie Davis and daughter Lilia, 5, play with a toy telescope at the top of the Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill on June 14, 2012.
Jerry Perdomo Sr. tacks a missing poster on a telephone pole outside the Bangor Fire Department's central station Feb. 25, 2012. Perdomo's son Jerry Perdomo Jr., was reported missing Feb. 16, 2012. His body was later found and Daniel Porter, 24, of Jackson, has been charged with murder in Perdomo's death.
Jerry Perdomo Sr. tacks a missing poster on a telephone pole outside the Bangor Fire Department's central station Feb. 25, 2012. Perdomo's son Jerry Perdomo Jr., was reported missing Feb. 16, 2012. His body was later found and Daniel Porter, 24, of Jackson, has been charged with murder in Perdomo's death.
Zachary Chopchinski, vice president of the University of Southern Maine Chemistry Club, waits for the boom as he lights a balloon filled with oxygen and hydrogen during a science show for kids in Portland's Deering Oaks Park on July 26, 2012.
Zachary Chopchinski, vice president of the University of Southern Maine Chemistry Club, waits for the boom as he lights a balloon filled with oxygen and hydrogen during a science show for kids in Portland's Deering Oaks Park on July 26, 2012.
Don Deitz, 47, leans against a utility pole and holds his sign, waiting for a handout at the corner of State Street and Park Avenue in Portland on May 9, 2012. Deitz grew up just a few blocks away.
Don Deitz, 47, leans against a utility pole and holds his sign, waiting for a handout at the corner of State Street and Park Avenue in Portland on May 9, 2012. Deitz grew up just a few blocks away.
President Barack Obama gets swallowed by the crowd at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland on March 30, 2012.
President Barack Obama gets swallowed by the crowd at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland on March 30, 2012.
Tyler Yentes carries a calf that was born overnight and was out in the field with other animals. He said it was a relatively easy way to get both the calf and its mother back to the barn. Tyler is in the process of building a milk room so the farm can become a licensed dairy, and he hopes to later transition to organic milk production.
Tyler Yentes carries a calf that was born overnight and was out in the field with other animals. He said it was a relatively easy way to get both the calf and its mother back to the barn. Tyler is in the process of building a milk room so the farm can become a licensed dairy, and he hopes to later transition to organic milk production.
Al Barr, lead singer for the Dropkick Murphys, gets the crowd going in Portland on Aug. 4, 2012, on the Eastern Promenade.
Al Barr, lead singer for the Dropkick Murphys, gets the crowd going in Portland on Aug. 4, 2012, on the Eastern Promenade.
Frank Walsh, a commercial sapper from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., watches as sap boils down into maple syrup at Simmons and Daughters Maple Syrup in Morrill during Maple Syrup Sunday on March 25, 2012.
Frank Walsh, a commercial sapper from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., watches as sap boils down into maple syrup at Simmons and Daughters Maple Syrup in Morrill during Maple Syrup Sunday on March 25, 2012.
Pam and Alex Kemp enjoy their ninth sail with the Portland Schooner Co. on Aug. 13, 2012, aboard the Wendameen on Casco Bay.
Pam and Alex Kemp enjoy their ninth sail with the Portland Schooner Co. on Aug. 13, 2012, aboard the Wendameen on Casco Bay.
The East's Adam Odgen, representing Maine Central Institute, makes a leaping interception over the West's Samuel Chaves, representing Massabesic High School, in the annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic in Biddeford on July 21, 2012.
The East's Adam Odgen, representing Maine Central Institute, makes a leaping interception over the West's Samuel Chaves, representing Massabesic High School, in the annual Maine Shrine Lobster Bowl Classic in Biddeford on July 21, 2012.
LPGA Legends Tour golfer Cindy Figg-Currier lines up a putt at the Hannaford Community Challenge Tournament in Falmouth on June 24, 2012. Figg-Currier finished fourth, coming in one over par.
LPGA Legends Tour golfer Cindy Figg-Currier lines up a putt at the Hannaford Community Challenge Tournament in Falmouth on June 24, 2012. Figg-Currier finished fourth, coming in one over par.
A. Roy Curtis (right) and Gabor Degre negotiate the main drop of Upper Gordon Falls on the Mattawamkeag River on April 8, 2012.  The river flow was 2,800 cubic feet per second.
A. Roy Curtis (right) and Gabor Degre negotiate the main drop of Upper Gordon Falls on the Mattawamkeag River on April 8, 2012. The river flow was 2,800 cubic feet per second.
An ice boat sails across Davis Pond in Eddington. The lack of snow and cold temperatures and rain created the perfect conditions on lakes and ponds for skating and ice boat sailing.
An ice boat sails across Davis Pond in Eddington. The lack of snow and cold temperatures and rain created the perfect conditions on lakes and ponds for skating and ice boat sailing.
Recent freezing rain covers trees with ice in Dedham on Feb. 2, 2012, with aiew of surrounding hills from Chase Mountain.
Linda Coan O'Kresik | BDN
Recent freezing rain covers trees with ice in Dedham on Feb. 2, 2012, with aiew of surrounding hills from Chase Mountain.
Sunny, a 23-month old yellow Labrador retriever, waits with anticipation for his handler, Tom Balderacchi, of Vermont to give him his command to retrieve on Saturday, May 21, 2012. A weekend of hunt tests in Hermon was put on by Guns Up Hunting Retriever Club.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
Sunny, a 23-month old yellow Labrador retriever, waits with anticipation for his handler, Tom Balderacchi, of Vermont to give him his command to retrieve on Saturday, May 21, 2012. A weekend of hunt tests in Hermon was put on by Guns Up Hunting Retriever Club.
A female goldfinch perches on a cup plant in Portland on July 23, 2012.
A female goldfinch perches on a cup plant in Portland on July 23, 2012.
Sandra Tijerina and her son Santiago, 11, take a rest from the American Folk Festival on a hillside by the Dance Pavilion on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, 2012, in Bangor.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
Sandra Tijerina and her son Santiago, 11, take a rest from the American Folk Festival on a hillside by the Dance Pavilion on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 25, 2012, in Bangor.
Tim Grovo pummels Zach Labbay in an amateur mixed martial arts fight at the Biddeford Arena on Saturday night, April 14, 2012. Grovo was the winner by TKO.
Tim Grovo pummels Zach Labbay in an amateur mixed martial arts fight at the Biddeford Arena on Saturday night, April 14, 2012. Grovo was the winner by TKO.
The wind blows leaves from a maple tree in Bangor on Oct. 22, 2012.
The wind blows leaves from a maple tree in Bangor on Oct. 22, 2012.
Fourth graders Michael Raymond (center) and Tim McCann (right) have reading time with education technician Sarah Perkins (left) at the Fairmount School in Bangor on April 12, 2012. Bangor schools rank among the best in Maine, which according to Superintendent Betsy Webb is the result of a program that assesses individual student progress on a regular basis.
LINDA COAN O'KRESIK | BDN
Fourth graders Michael Raymond (center) and Tim McCann (right) have reading time with education technician Sarah Perkins (left) at the Fairmount School in Bangor on April 12, 2012. Bangor schools rank among the best in Maine, which according to Superintendent Betsy Webb is the result of a program that assesses individual student progress on a regular basis.
Roger Duncan, a U.S. Navy reservist, hangs a Blue Star flag on his house while his dog, Shelby, keeps an eye on the street below Monday, March 19, 2012. Duncan would deploy to Afghanistan in April and he didn't want his wife to have to go on the porch roof and hang it while he's gone.
Roger Duncan, a U.S. Navy reservist, hangs a Blue Star flag on his house while his dog, Shelby, keeps an eye on the street below Monday, March 19, 2012. Duncan would deploy to Afghanistan in April and he didn't want his wife to have to go on the porch roof and hang it while he's gone.
It has been over a year since Mindi Boon Peavey, 34, of Brooks — seen here June 1, 2012 — lost her 2-year-old son, Brantin Webster, due to an injury he suffered while playing with his older brother.  Brantin suffered internal injuries that remained undetected until after he died. Now Peavey made it her mission to tell parents about sibling safety.
It has been over a year since Mindi Boon Peavey, 34, of Brooks — seen here June 1, 2012 — lost her 2-year-old son, Brantin Webster, due to an injury he suffered while playing with his older brother. Brantin suffered internal injuries that remained undetected until after he died. Now Peavey made it her mission to tell parents about sibling safety.
Nine-year-old Noah Lachance, of Camden was the fastest in the Children's Cod Fish Carry event at the 65th annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.
Nine-year-old Noah Lachance, of Camden was the fastest in the Children's Cod Fish Carry event at the 65th annual Maine Lobster Festival in Rockland on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012.
Dan Levasseur is comforted by a friend named Julie on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 after learning that the body of his son, Dean Levasseur, had been found by Game Wardens with a K-9 unit in a dense wooded area of Howland not too far from the stage area at the Chickenfest party held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 where Levasseur was slated to preform with his band Roots, Rythum and Dub.
Dan Levasseur is comforted by a friend named Julie on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 after learning that the body of his son, Dean Levasseur, had been found by Game Wardens with a K-9 unit in a dense wooded area of Howland not too far from the stage area at the Chickenfest party held on Saturday, April 21, 2012 where Levasseur was slated to preform with his band Roots, Rythum and Dub.
Asa Marsh-Sachs, employee at the Central Street Farmhouse downtown Bangor, carries buckets of soil while planting hops along the wall of the store.  The owners of Central Street Farmhouse are transforming the lot next to their business into an organic garden, a test kitchen for brewing beer, canning classes, and a multi-purpose outdoor space for events.
LINDA COAN O'KRESIK | BDN
Asa Marsh-Sachs, employee at the Central Street Farmhouse downtown Bangor, carries buckets of soil while planting hops along the wall of the store. The owners of Central Street Farmhouse are transforming the lot next to their business into an organic garden, a test kitchen for brewing beer, canning classes, and a multi-purpose outdoor space for events.
Passers-by including Lincoln fireman Cory Stratton (left) and an unidentified woman try to extinguish a car fire on Union Street in Bangor just after 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.
Passers-by including Lincoln fireman Cory Stratton (left) and an unidentified woman try to extinguish a car fire on Union Street in Bangor just after 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012.
Steve Richens and his wife, Carolyn, release a bald eagle back into the wild in Pittsfield on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The couple helped with the bird's rescue two weeks earlier.
Steve Richens and his wife, Carolyn, release a bald eagle back into the wild in Pittsfield on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. The couple helped with the bird's rescue two weeks earlier.
Members of the Maine State Police dive team search the water near the Waterville boat launch on the Kennebec River for clues related to the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
Kevin Bennett
Members of the Maine State Police dive team search the water near the Waterville boat launch on the Kennebec River for clues related to the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
Maine Warden Service dive teams members confer before embarking on a water search of the Kennebec River just south of the downtown of Waterville for clues related to the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds  on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
Maine Warden Service dive teams members confer before embarking on a water search of the Kennebec River just south of the downtown of Waterville for clues related to the disappearance of Ayla Reynolds on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.
State Police Dive Team Members pull a diver from the water while searching the  Messalonskee Stream in Waterville on Feb. 3, 2012, for Ayla Reynolds, who has been missing since Dec 17, 2011.
Kevin Bennett | BDN
State Police Dive Team Members pull a diver from the water while searching the Messalonskee Stream in Waterville on Feb. 3, 2012, for Ayla Reynolds, who has been missing since Dec 17, 2011.
Angel a 9-year-old yellow lab swims back to the beach to his owner, Chris Stafford, while playing at Gould's Landing at Pushaw Lake in Orono on July 8, 2012.
Angel a 9-year-old yellow lab swims back to the beach to his owner, Chris Stafford, while playing at Gould's Landing at Pushaw Lake in Orono on July 8, 2012.
Angel Putney, of Portland spins a Gay Pride flag as she dences at the Mainers United for Marriage campaign party at the Holiday Inn in Portland. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the election returns on Tuesday night, Nov. 6, 2012.
Angel Putney, of Portland spins a Gay Pride flag as she dences at the Mainers United for Marriage campaign party at the Holiday Inn in Portland. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the election returns on Tuesday night, Nov. 6, 2012.
Hampden's Cody Varney dives for a line drive to right field during the first inning action on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, during the District 3 tournament against Houlton at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.
Hampden's Cody Varney dives for a line drive to right field during the first inning action on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, during the District 3 tournament against Houlton at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor.
Kate St. Clair cuddles her son Kyle, 8, for a moment while he plays a game on his iPad on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 at their home in Scarborough.
Kate St. Clair cuddles her son Kyle, 8, for a moment while he plays a game on his iPad on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 at their home in Scarborough.
Maeve Pelletier, 2, of Orrington peeks out of her dad, Jay's, pack basket as he carries her around the American Folk Festival on Aug. 25, 2012.
Linda Coan O'Kresik
Maeve Pelletier, 2, of Orrington peeks out of her dad, Jay's, pack basket as he carries her around the American Folk Festival on Aug. 25, 2012.
People at the Mainers United for Marriage campaign party at the Holiday Inn in Portland react to the news that Barack Obama was re-elected.  Hundreds of people gathered to watch the election returns.
People at the Mainers United for Marriage campaign party at the Holiday Inn in Portland react to the news that Barack Obama was re-elected. Hundreds of people gathered to watch the election returns.

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