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Burlington Free Press Photos of the Year for 2012: A protester stares down riot police on College Street behind the Hilton Hotel on Sunday, July 29. Hundreds of protesters turned out for demonstrations against the 26th Annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers, a group of about 30 people trying to block a route in and out of the hotel’s parking garage. (Photo by ELLIOT deBRUYN/FREE PRESS)
Burlington Free Press Photos of the Year for 2012: Jenn Merrill smiles as her son, Wyatt, 11, surprises her with a hug in the foyer of their new home in Bethel. The Merrills are finally feeling settled after losing their A-frame house in Stockbridge’s Chalet Village during Tropical Storm Irene a year ago. (Photo by EMILY MCMANAMY/FREE PRESS)
Burlington Free Press Photos of the Year for 2012:Kyle Weidman, 21 of Burlington, cools off by diving into the waters of Lake Champlain in Burlington on the second day of record temperatures in the 90’s on Thursday, June 21, 2012. (Photo by GLENN RUSSELL/FREE PRESS)
Burlington Free Press Photos of the Year for 2012:It’s painful for Rich Conte of Stowe to talk about what he experienced on September 11 as a New York City firefighter. Conte is the only one who survived from Engine 33’s crew, something that he says is the worst burden of all. (Photo by RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS)
The Week in Pictures for Sept. 16:Lamoille Union High School School Board member David Whitcomb is spearheading a drive to recite The Pledge of Allegiance before each board meeting. (Photo by Glenn Russell/Burlington Free Press)
The Week in Pictures for Sept. 16: CVU’s #12 Abby Eddy fights for control of the ball with Essex #7 Alex MacFarlane during a hard fought battle Wednesday in Hinesburg that ended in a 2-2 tie in regulation play. In a second round of sudden victory, Essex won 3-2. (Photo by Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press)
The Week in Pictures for Sept. 16: Greg Tessier of Northfield looks at the gas pump screen telling him what he’s getting for his twenty dollars-worth at the pump: 5 gallons. Filling up at the Mobil station on US 2 in Richmond, regular is $3.999. Tessier estimates he is spending about $400 a month on gas, about twice what he was spending last year. (Photo by Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press)