A look at our communities through photos.

Chelsea McGrath, 6, of Yarmouth and her little brother Iggy, 5, had a ball splashing around in the water last week at the Winslow Park beach in Freeport. The children were there with their grandmother, Betty Jespersen of Farmington, who visits them every week.  Bike and Build, a national organization that cycles cross-country to raise money and spread awareness for the cause of affordable housing, sent 35 members to a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland site on Hummingbird Lane in Freeport last Thursday. They worked on the house from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., then began a trek across the country on Friday, volunteering with affordable housing organizations along the way. They will end their journey in Santa Barbara, Calif., on Aug. 27.  On the final day of school last Thursday at Pownal Elementary School, first-year librarian Patti Francis of Freeport carries flowers to her car. Francis said that the Parent Teachers Organization gave flowers to staff and also  treated them to a luncheon. This year, the school library will open two days a week during the summer, Francis said. The library will be open from 9-11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Francis will do a story hour from 9:30-10:30.  American flags flutter in the breeze outside the North Face and Crabtree & Evelyn, on Main Street in Freeport. Soon, the colors will be even more abundant as the town celebrates July 4. The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. and fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. 

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