The week in The Day
Gaige Shaw, 10, gets his frog to leap toward the finish during the 13th annual Plainfield Congregational Church Frog Jumping Contest Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Plainfield Town Hall. Children of all ages can participate with frogs they caught themselves or supplied by the organizers. The event raises funds for the church's children's programming.
Joe Berglund, of Norwich, ads a bucket of six sunflower bouquets to those gathered on a trailer for transport over to the ice cream stand as a team of volunteers harvest sunflowers Thursday, July 26, 2012 for Buttonwood Farms' annual Sunflowers for Wishes fundraiser. The fundraiser, in it's ninth year, sells bouquets of five sunflowers with the money going to the Make a Wish Foundation.
The 7th Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps races for the parking lot after performing in a driving rainstorm at New London High School Saturday, July 28, 2012. The group, which draws musicians from throughout the region and beyond staged the show to kick-off their summer competition season.
Alex McCullough, from left, 6, Nicholas Rofrano, 11, RJ Kelley, 8, and Matthew McCullough, right, 8, older brother of Alex, all of Pawcatuck, sell tropical punch Kool-Aid for 50 cents or a donation along Renee Drive in Pawcatuck to raise money for the Mystic Aquarium Rescue Fund Tuesday, July 24, 2012. The kids decide to raise money after hearing about the humpback whale that washed ashore in Stonington. The children raised about 33 dollars in three hours.
Over 50 local children rehearse for a performance of Hansel and Gretel with Dan (not pictured) and Britt Hensley, right, of the Missoula Children's Theater Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at the Garde Arts Center in New London.
Caden Sineral and his twin sister Delaney, 2, play in the splash from the Whale Tail fountain on the Parade Plaza in New London Friday, July 27, 2012. The siblings discovered the fountain on a trip to the New London Farmers Market with their mother Sara.
Brielle Ram, left, 5, of East Lyme, offers a blade of hay to "Cleopatra" a two-month-old female Pinto/Paint foal who yawns and startles Ram during the Five C's Farm in East Lyme opens its doors to the public during the third annual Open Farm Day in East Lyme Sunday, July 22, 2012. Ram's cousin Avery Stadler, back, 5, of East Lyme looks on. The farm is owned by Thomas and Ann Cummings of East Lyme.
Mike O'Brien, sits with his eight-year old son Brendan right, as his daughter Abby, 5, sits on his lap, as they pause for a few moments with Mike's wife Jennifer (not in photo) in their Old Lyme home to reflect on their late daughter Caroline, who died at age 11 from an inoperable brain tumor Thursday, July 26, 2012. The family is preparing goodie bags for nearly 300 runners participating in a fundraiser for Caroline's Miracle Foundation.
A Color Guard from the Three Rivers Young Marines, from left, Dakota Newth, Steven Newth, Lindsay DeLorge and Lisa DeLorge, march-in to open a wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of Samuel Huntington Tuesday, July 24, 2012 in Noriwchtown Cemetery on the 281st anniversary of Huntington's birth. A signer of the Declaration of Independence, Huntington was elected as the first president of the United States under the Articles of Confederation, the document that governed the new nation until the ratification of the Constitution.
Mystic teammates celebrate as Caroline Taber hits a two-run homerun in the third inning against Brooklyn-Killingly in the Jr. League Softball Connecticut Section 2 championship game at the Moosup Little League Complex in Plainfield Wednesday, July 25, 2012.
Ryan Yeomans caries Brittni Soucy piggy back along a flooded sidewalk on Bank St. in New London Saturday, July 28, 2012. A brief torrential downpour flooded a number of area streets Saturday evening.
Shaquana Nance, center, 13, of New London, counts feet to see "who's it" as she organizes a game of tag on the playscape at Fulton Park in New London during the late afternoon Thursday, July 26, 2012.
Norma Parrish of Norwich, records video as she attends the United Congregational Church in Norwich Sanctuary Celebration service in the newly renovated church Sunday July 22m 2012.
Osprey perch on platforms in the wetlands of the Great Island Wildlife Area on the Connecticut River in Old Lyme Monday, July 23, 2012.
Gavin_Luke Bartholet, left, 16, of Stonington, along with other competitors begin a two lap loop of Stonington Borough in the Stonington Village Fun Run along Water Street Tuesday, July 24, 2012.
Crowds fill the beach to see the bloated carcass of a dead juvenile humpback whale washed ashore on the beach at Lord's Point in Stonington Monday, July 23, 2012. Officials from the Mystic Aquarium arrived on scene to evaluate the situation and plan for the removal.
The Mystic Whaler makes its way up the Thames River during a sunset cruise Friday evening July 27, 2012.
Adam Goss (9) of Waterford, safely slides into home scoring on a first inning single as Simsbury catcher Mike Amato receives the throw during the the state 15-year old Babe Ruth baseball Championship at Memorial Field in Simsbury Monday, July 23, 2012.
U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon greets supporters at the opening of her new campaign office on Flanders Road in East Lyme Thursday July 26, 2012.
Nate Jordan, left, Max Knightly, center, and Rohin Jordan, right, squeeze together under an umbrella trying to get out of the rain while watching the Parading Paws Dog Show on July 28th, 2012 at the Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival at the Florence Griswold Museum. The Parading Paws Dog Show started as thunder sounded and was soon rain followed, yet people stayed to watch.
Sarah Tupper, age seven, bends down to pet a puppy brought to the Parading Paws Dog Show, on July 28th, 2012 at the Old Lyme’s Midsummer Festival at the Florence Griswold Museum.
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