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Photos of the Week, Sept. 15-21

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas speaks to school children about reading on Monday.  (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)
School board member Erika Connors helps first grader Declan Osborn select a book Monday at Highland-Goffe's Falls school. Children's Literacy Foundation director Duncan McDougall looks on.  (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)
Hundreds of sunflowers and other wildflowers have created a bright spot in the median of Route 101 in Epping. Similar flower beds have been created along other New Hampshire highways. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
In addition to sunflowers, other wildflowers are also in bloom in the median strip on Route 101 in Epping. (JASON SCHREIBER/Union Leader Correspondent)
Roberta Tenney, school standards administrator, speaks at the Department of Education Commissioner's Circle of Excellence recognizes schools during a ceremony held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Boss the clown, right, (Dustin Portillo) kicks off the opening of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Zing Zang Zoom show which starts on Thursday at the Verizon Wireless Arena and runs through Sunday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Armand Yergeau, left, the only voter at the moment, places his ballot into the machine with selectman Raymond Lamy watching, at Ward 11, Gossler Park School, during Manchester's City Primary, on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Edna Corson leaves Ward 8's voting station at Memorial High School, with Garry Haworth, left, helping out the Patrick Arnold campaign and Mayor Ted Gatsas holding his own sign in Manchester Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Roberta Tenney, left, school standards administrator, passes out a scroll to Dr. Frank Bass, superintendant of Hanover Schools, to recognize the zero drop out rate last year, at the Department of Education Commissioner's Circle of Excellence recognizes schools during a ceremony held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Victoria Sullivan, left, a current selectman, is running for alderman, as she talks with Arthur Beaudry, school board committee member and candidate at ward 9, Bishop Leo O'Neil Youth Center, during Manchester's City Primary, on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Emma Anderson, left, 8, with Theresa Mondor, 9, raise money for the Manchester South Sabres, at ward 9, Bishop Leo O'Neil Youth Center, with School Board member and candidate Arthur Beaudry, in the background talking to voters, during Manchester's City Primary, on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Holding a certificate for Jefferson Elementary gains educational growth in NECAP testing are from left Kelly Smith, third and fourth grade teacher, Judy Nichols, first grade teacher, Sherri Gregory the principal, as the Department of Education Commissioner/s Circle of Excellence recognizes schools during a ceremony held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on Tuesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Jason Prud'homme from the Red Arrow Diner serves a chicken sample to Katie Palmer of Manchester during the Taste of Downtown event in Manchester Wednesday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Laura Allred, left, of Merrimack, her sister Sara Allred, of Boston, and their mother Linda Allred of Portland, Maine, enjoy samples from the Taste of Downtown event in Manchester Wednesday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Volunteer Tony Ward serves chili from the Milly's Tavern stand set up for the Taste of Downtown event in Manchester Wednesday. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Former Boston Bruin Andy Brickley, color analyst with NESN, talks to his street hockey team during a visit by the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development team and NESN broadcasters at Mount Saint Mary Academy, on Thursday in Manchester.  (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
UNH grad and play by play Bruins commentator with NESN, laughs during a photo with the fourth and fifth graders street hockey teams during a visit by the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development team and NESN broadcasters at Mount Saint Mary Academy, on Thursday in Manchester.  (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Former Boston Bruin Andy Brickley, color analyst with NESN, talks to his street hockey team during a visit by the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development team and NESN broadcasters at Mount Saint Mary Academy, on Thursday in Manchester.  (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Jamie Erdahl, the NESN Sideline Reporter, motivates her street hockey team during a visit by the Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development team and NESN broadcasters at Mount Saint Mary Academy, on Thursday in Manchester.  (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Krysten Apostoles, owner of K-Fab's Boutique, shows the uneven, cracked sidewalk in front of her downtown store.  (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)
Raghad Basher, a 24-year-old graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University, listens to remarks at a community appreciation dinner hosted by the Manchester Iraqi community at the Manchester police station Thursday.  (MARK HAYWARD / UNION LEADER)