Kevin Dreyer, of Quechee, Vt., gets the inside view of the dunk tank at the Robert E. Ammel Jr. Memorial Youth Day at the Maxfield Sport Complex, in White River Junction, Vt., on Sunday, July 22, 2018. The day honored umpire Bob Ammel, who died in a car crash in 2016, and awarded scholarships and offered various activities to give back to youth.
Pam Kneisel reacts to an account, told by Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vt., of what children have gone through in the wake of President Donald Trump's immigration initiative on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the Thetford Hill Congressional Church, in Thetford, Vt.
Margaret Turner, 12, tends to her family's sheep on a day where smoke from wildfires made outdoor work in Eugene difficult. Margaret's sister, Eleanor, 8, said the smoke has left her with headaches, an upset stomach, clogged nose and burning eyes. While the family purchased respirators to ensure they breathe in as little smoke as possible, they have been left wondering what affect the smoke is having on their animals. “I feel bad for animals, they're sort of stiff, not doing a lot,” Eleanor said.
Willow Kasper walks along the trail at Golden Gardens Park in Eugene's Bethel Neighborhood during the Willamette Resource and Educational Network's Family Exploration Day. WREN provided numerous families with nets, binoculars, and containers for studying insects and fish, before letting them loose on the wetlands with the goal of helping kids learn about the environment and land stewardship.
Dade Mitchell receives his last of six vaccinations from head of the North Eugene Medical Clinic Tricia Schroffner on exclusion day. Exclusion day marks the day a child's records must show they have been vaccinated or risk being sent home from school and be unable to attend school until they receive the vaccinations. While shots are required by law in Oregon for all children in attendance of public or private schools, the state's vaccination rates remain among the lowest in the nation.
Breanna Evans (left) consoles Jean Schaible after Schaible's mother's house went up in flames on her mothers birthday. Both Schaible and her mother Shirley Henson were able to safely make it out of the house with the help of neighbor Nolan Nease, 19, who ran into the house and helped carry Shirley and her wheelchair to safety. The damage to the house made it inhabitable, meaning it would have to be torn down.
Pianist Alexander Schwarzkopf plays “Night-Spell 1- Saggitarius,” by the composer George Crumb. The piece involves plucking on the strings of his piano, whistling and drumming on the piano.
Bryson Knopp dances with Brittany Franzel to the tunes of Chancey Williams at the dance of the 17th annual New Years Eve Buck and Ball on Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.
Flames roar up over the face of head chef and owner of Café Soriah, Ibrahim Hamide, as he prepares steak diane for his customers on the back patio of Café Soriah. Hamide was born in Bethlehem in 1950 and came to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon in 1969. He quickly fell in love with the Eugene community after noticing people smiled at him, that smiling captured his heart. After 9/11, Hamide became "the defacto spokesperson for Palestinians" in the Eugene community.
Josh Points stands for a photo at his home on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018. Points decided to enter in the City of Gillette Holiday Lighting Contest for the first time this year, and will walk away with the victory.
Hailey McKendrick, 7, and Lisa Ponder step outside the Frontier Heritage Fair to watch a rare snowfall in Eugene, Ore., on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2018. The Heritage Fair brought old fashioned clothing, art and tools to 21st century Eugene. Ponder attended the fair as part of the Pioneer Quilters, and with two other women demonstrated the art of quilting.
Nike Bowerman TC's Evan Jager kisses his girlfriend after winning the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Olympic Trials with a time of 8:22.48. By winning Jager qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro.
Mendon, Vt., resident Al Wakefield, left, takes a lesson from Dartmouth classical saxophone lecturer Michael Zsoldos, of Woodstock, Vt., at The North Chapel in Woodstock on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Wakefield was one of 70 students Interplay Jazz brought together for a summer program, and he is now applying the basics he learned there. After a life as a "corporate guy," music functions as a way for Wakefield to get his emotions out. "At this stage in my life, it brings me great joy," Wakefield said.
DanceAbility members Jana Meszaros (left) and Kelcie Laube rehearse for their performance at the Country Fair. DanceAbility incorporates dancers both with and without disabilities in improvisational dances to promote artistic expression. In some dances "props" from the disability world are used. The props both expand movement but can also be limiting. DanceAbility instructor Jana Meszaros hopes that by seeing the groups performances people will "broaden their idea of what dance is" and "broaden their idea of what art is." DanceAbility's goal is to change peoples preconceived ideas about disability and show everyone can dance.
With temperatures in the the 30s, people lined up for a full speed run and dive into the cold waters of the Willamette river on Saturday, Feb. 11, for the 7th annual Polar Plunge at Maurie Jacobs Park. Groups ranging from the Eugene police to Southerlin High school, dressed in banana costumes, made the commitment to the dive with the goal being to raise awareness and money for the Special Olympics.
Brian McGregor, the passenger representative of Green Mountain Railroad, helps Nicole Piasecki, 3, of Hanover, N.H., off the train at the end of her 40 minute train ride at Glory Days of the Railroad in White River Junction, Vt., on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.
A rock climber descends down from the rock known as "Monkey Face" as another climbers looks on at Smith Rock State Park. Monkey Face is a 350 foot pillar, that resembles a monkey from the correct angle. The pillar contains several of the most difficult climbs in the world, including "just do it," and the "east face" crack. The "just do it" route is also the first 5.14c rated climb in the United States, an elite level grade in rock climbing.
Special Olympic athlete on the Upper Valley Hawks team Rose Kerrigan, of White River Junction, Vt., swims through the water at CCBA's Witherell Recreation Center in Lebanon, N.H., on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. When it comes to important moments, Kerrigan thinks back to the bronze medal she won in the 100 meters in swimming. The medal was important not because it was her first, but because her family was there to watch.