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K-9 Day Afternoon

07.25.2015 - Mansfield, Ct.  - Ray Oullette of the New Britain Police Department hoists his dog "Pup" over a log while slogging through a water-filled pit in The Connecticut K-9 Olympics. Now in it's 24th year, the competition includes K-9 units from local and state police departments and Department of Corrections. Money raised goes to the Hometown Foundation, "CHIPS" Program, and Shriners Children's Burn Centers. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mark@markmirko.com

07.25.2015 – Mansfield, Ct. – Ray Oullette of the New Britain Police Department hoists his dog “Pup” over a log while slogging through a water-filled pit in The Connecticut K-9 Olympics. Now in it’s 24th year, the competition includes K-9 units from local and state police departments and Department of Corrections. Money raised goes to the Hometown Foundation, “CHIPS” Program, and Shriners Children’s Burn Centers. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mark@markmirko.com

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Down on Om Street

Over 1000 people gathered on LaSalle Road in West Hartford Saturday morning for a large-scale, outdoor, group yoga practice called Om Street.

West Hartford, CT - 07/25/15 - Bonita Weisman, of West Hartford, participates in the annual Om Street group event on LaSalle Road in West Hartford Saturday morning. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com

West Hartford, CT – 07/25/15 – Bonita Weisman, of West Hartford, participates in the annual Om Street group event on LaSalle Road in West Hartford Saturday morning. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN | bhorrigan@courant.com

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Boomin’

07.04.2015 - Willimantic, Ct. - Replicating "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by artist Emanuel Leutze, Steven Sweeney, dressed as a sword-wielding George Washington, stands in the middle of a boat pulled on a trailer during the Boom Box Parade in Willimantic. The Boom Box parade is an annual July 4th tradition for Willimantic started in 1986, after a marching band could not be found for Windham's Memorial Day Parade. Local radio station WILI plays music on the air, while people march and watch, playing their radios. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

07.04.2015 – Willimantic, Ct. – Replicating “Washington Crossing the Delaware” by artist Emanuel Leutze, Steven Sweeney, dressed as a sword-wielding George Washington, stands in the middle of a boat pulled on a trailer during the Boom Box Parade in Willimantic. The Boom Box parade is an annual July 4th tradition for Willimantic started in 1986, after a marching band could not be found for Windham’s Memorial Day Parade. Local radio station WILI plays music on the air, while people march and watch, playing their radios. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

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Grad Central

Friends and family of Central Connecticut State University graduates packed the XL Center Saturday for commencement.

Hartford, CT -  5/16/15 - Graduate William Bostic, of Windsor, takes a dramatic selfie at the conclusion of Central Connecticut State University commencement Saturday at XL Center.  Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

Hartford, CT – 5/16/15 – Graduate William Bostic, of Windsor, takes a dramatic selfie at the conclusion of Central Connecticut State University commencement Saturday at XL Center. Photo by BRAD HORRIGAN bhorrigan@courant.com

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Blue Skies, Bluegills

05.08.2015 - Stafford, Ct.  -  Cameron Ravetto, 4, fishes with his grandfather James Ravetto on Staffordville Lake. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com

05.08.2015 – Stafford, Ct. – Cameron Ravetto, 4, fishes with his grandfather James Ravetto on Staffordville Lake. Photograph by Mark Mirko | mmirko@courant.com