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In Photos: The Best of March Photography

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Photo by Brianna Soukup

Calypso, 5, returns to her mother Nicole Jardis after looking at the menu at Red’s Dairy Freeze in South Portland on March 14, the opening day of the 2022 season. Jardis said her daughter asked almost daily if the South Portland staple was open to get ice cream. She promised Calypso that they would go on the first day of the season.

Photo by Ben McCanna

Track athletes Bonny Eagle warm up before a five-mile run in Standish March 28, the first day of high school sports practices in the spring.

Photo by Derek Davis

Ben and Victoria Bernard began waving homemade Ukrainian flags for an hour in the morning and an hour in the evening at a prominent location in the East End that faces Interstate 295.

Photo by Gregory Rec

Teacher Liz Pierce speaks to children in a preschool class at Youth and Family Outreach daycare in Portland on March 11. A bill would help child care centers recruit and retain staff.

Photo by Derek Davis

Due to the pandemic, musicians Martin Early and Colin Peters, the couple behind indie folk-rock band The Ballroom Thieves, had to scrap a tour and largely forget about their February 2020 album “Unlovely.” But their new album “Clouds” will be released in full in July.

Photo by Brianna Soukup

Terry Deering collects firewood outside Scott Dunn’s sugar shack while John Cenate, right, and Mike Hoyt, center, help make syrup inside on March 22. The three are all firefighters like Dunn who met years ago while working for the Gorham Fire Department. Every year they help Dunn boil the Maine maple weekend. “We’re like family,” Dunn said.

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Photo by Ben McCanna

Tracy Blake-Bell cries as she sits in the bedroom shared by two teenage Ukrainian brothers whom she and her husband, Nat Bell, are trying to adopt. The couple had traveled to Ukraine three weeks earlier to sign adoption papers. They were supposed to come back, but war broke out. Now they are waiting. And hope.

Photo by Ben McCanna

Flames leap from the grill as Sunny Chung sears steaks while his wife and business partner Kim Lully walks past the kitchen window of Maine St. Steak & Oyster in Brunswick. Due to the pandemic, they are the only two employees, Chung working in the kitchen and Lully working in the front of the house.

Photo by Gregory Rec

Joseph Parker leans on the bed of his truck at his home in Lewiston on March 17. Parker is a tough man on a lobster boat and was asked to repay $12,700 in overpaid unemployment, but was not notified in time to appeal. He was relieved when the Maine Department of Labor called him to fix the problem.

Photo by Derek Davis

Portland’s Ryan Langston strolls by a tidal pool at Higgins Beach on Friday while his friends went surfing. She said she didn’t have a winter wetsuit for surfing.

Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Seabreeze Property Services CEO Josh Flynn at a salt storage structure at the company’s Portland site. Warming Maine winters have led to an increase in salt use, which raises environmental concerns.

Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Annie Antonacos, left, plays toy pianos and Kallie Sugatski plays viola as they perform during Vigorous Tenderness, a vernal equinox concert at Southern Maine Community College on March 20. Both played Sky Macklay music.

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Photo by Gregory Rec

A woman and two dogs run under snow-covered trees along Bridle Road in Kennebunk on March 10. Warm temperatures melted snow from trees the following day.

Photo by Brianna Soukup

Students listen to chef Amy Kayne talk about making her tomato soup during one of their lessons as part of a 6-week local cooking course for 18 children at Maker’s Galley.At the end of the course, led by 2Gether Private Chefs, Kayne’s company out of Yarmouth, students will cook and host an event to raise money for the Full Plates Full Potential Child Hunger Relief Fund.

Photo by Derek Davis

Kevin Bellefountaine, 59, is a homeless man living in Biddeford. City officials discuss what they can do to respond to the growing number of homeless people in a community that has no shelter.

Photo by Gregory Rec

Cheverus softball coach Theresa Hendrix talks to pitcher Ashley Connor and catcher Olivia Bradford during the first day of softball practice March 21.

Photo by Brianna Soukup

A spinach and chickpea flour pancake filled with pea puree, preserved lemon slices, Toddy Pond Farm Bulgarian marinated feta and pea shoots, photographed for a Green Plate Special recipe.

Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Amber McDonald, Portland, Holly Bruns, Portland and Allison Carney, South Berwick, share a laugh over dinner at Eventide Oyster Co. in Portland at the start of Restaurant Week.

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Photo by Ben McCanna

Gladys Knight performed at Merrill Auditorium in Portland on March 11.

Photo by Derek Davis

After spending the morning loading medical supplies onto a truck on March 22, volunteers watch as the truck prepares from Partners for World Health in Portland. The supplies will be shipped overseas to help the people of Ukraine.

Photo by Gregory Rec

Westbrook’s Yuliia Pankratova is worried about her family, who are in Ukraine. His mother and stepfather are in kyiv, and his aunt, uncle and cousin live in a village on the outskirts of the city. “I can’t imagine what they’re going through,” she said.

Photo by Brianna Soukup

Cheverus students are killing time while they wait to take the stage and rehearse for their roles in the school play “Little Jobs” on March 10. The play was written by two students, Connor Haskell and Anna Vozelli.

Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Tori Crossman of Biddeford, Deb Monck of Damariscotta, Lisa Petruccelli of Westbrook and Libby Lachance of Westbrook, left to right, celebrate leaving the water during the Paddy’s Day Plunge in support of the Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Foundation on March 17 . The event is sponsored by Rí Rá Irish Pub in Portland.

Photo by Ben McCanna

Tracy Tingley, left, Portland, and Mary Katherine Spain, Hollis, twirl hoops to music Wednesday at Ft. Allen Park in Portland. Tingley, which makes water-weighted hoops by hand, said its hoops are different from Hula-Hoops toys in that they’re easier to use and more versatile. Until the pandemic, Tingley held weekly Hardcore Hoops sessions for large groups on the Eastern Promenade. Tingley plans to relaunch free weekly events beginning at 6 p.m. May 3 at the corner of Moody Street and Eastern Promenade. Hoops are provided.

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Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Kristen Stake, left, and Hannah Wasielewski rehearsing “YOU’RE GOING TO BE CURE” at Casco Bay Movers. Stake is one of three dancers from Maine who participated in the New England Now Dance Platform at the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.

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