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Picturing 2017The year 2017 was momentous in New Hampshire for many reasons. We present some of the top photos that appeared in the New Hampshire Union Leader and Sunday News in 2017. Some are included for their news value, some for their artistic impact, and some for both.

Nov. 29: ART CROSSING: Artist Alexandra Bye crosses Elm Street with bookshelves for The Bookery in downtown Manchester in late November with help from Zack Mallor, left, and Dave Casinghino. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Aug. 21: ALL EYES ON THE SUN: The August solar eclipse drew a large crowd to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, including sisters, from left, Gargi, 11, Gauri, 14, and Vidhu Menon, 14, and their mother, Gayathri. The Menons are from Merrimack. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Dec. 1: CONSOLATION FROM THE JUDGE: In an unusual move, Judge Gillian Abramson, right, leaves the bench to comfort Gail Chenell, the sister of murder victim Richard Carlson, following the sentencing of Carlson's killer, Jonathan Bijeol, in Hillsborough County Superior Court in Manchester. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Sept. 25: LICENSE BATTLE: Dr. Anna Konopka, 84, poses in front of her offices next to her house in New London in September during her battle to regain her medical license. She surrendered the license to the state Board of Medicine in light of an investigation concerning her record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision making. A judge refused her bid for reinstatement. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Nov. 7: MADAM MAYOR: Joyce Craig arrives at the Webster School to cast her ballot in the Manchester city election. She defeated incumbent Ted Gatsas to be elected Manchester's first female mayor. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Oct. 29: CHAMPIONSHIP HUG: Newfound goalie Montana Bassett hugs teammate Hayleigh LeTourneau after defeating Mascoma Valley 2-0 to win the Division III NHIAA Field Hockey championship at Bedford High School. (MARK BOLTON/UNION LEADER)
Jan. 5: ANOTHER GOV. SUNUNU: Chris Sununu of Newfields kisses his wife, Valerie, after being sworn in as New Hampshire's 82nd governor. His father, John H. Sununu, was the 75th governor, serving from 1983 to 1989. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Jan. 28: WELCOME HOME: Lt. Joseph Legerstee got a warm welcome from finacee Katlyn Raymond and his family as a unit of the 197th Field Artillery, New Hampshire National Guard returned to Manchester after a one-year deployment. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER)
Aug. 4: CATCHING AIR: Isaiah Rollins, 15, does a flip against a backdrop of graffiti at Adam Curtis Skateboard Park in Manchester.  (NICOLE GOODHUE BOYD/UNION LEADER)
March 7: VICTIMS REMEMBERED: Parents hold pictures of their children who died from opioid overdoses at the New Hampshire Youth Summit on Opioid Awareness at SNHU Arena in Manchester.  (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
July 31: VETERANS HAVE THEIR SAY: Bob Philbrook Sr., of Manchester, speaks during the Manchester Veterans Affairs Medical Center forum at American Legion's Sweeney Post 2 in Manchester. A shake-up in top management at the medical center followed published reports of inadequacies in facilities and care. (MARK BOLTON/UNION LEADER)
Jan. 21: WOMEN'S MARCH: Carmelita Moe of Andover walks through the crowd with her sign during the New Hampshire Women's Day of Action and Unity at the State House in Concord. The rally was part of a nationwide event coinciding with the Women's March in Washington. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
July 7: DOWN IT GOES: The long closed 108-year-old Lilac Bridge was blasted into the Merrimack River in July to make way for a new pedestrian bridge. Work was halted on the new bridge when town officials discovered the sections of the bridge did not match. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
May 8: STILL SEARCHING: K9 officer Richard Valenti and Axel search behind a garage on Carpenter Street in Manchester while looking for clues in the still unsolved 2015 murder of Denise Robert. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Feb. 25: SURFIN' INDOORS: Keenan Flegel, a pro from Lighthouse Point, Fla., wipes out in the surf during the annual Tropical Wave Shred competition held at Surf's Up in Nashua. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Nov. 20: MEMORIAL MOURNS: Students huddle together in grief before a candlelight vigil at Memorial High School in Manchester for Ian Jewell, an 18-year-old senior who was shot and killed in Goffstown. A juvenile was arrested in connection with the shooting. (ALLEGRA BOVERMAN/UNION LEADER)
Holding posters are from left Letizia Ortiz, of Bedford and originally from Mexico and Carmen Ayala of Manchester during a Vigil and walk from Grace Episcopal Church to City Hall in Support of immigrants and refugees in Manchester. The vigil was organized by Granite State Organizing Project and local clergy. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Goffstown's Andrew Duval runs into the end zone to score a touchdown vs. Bedford in the first half of their game at Goffstown High School last fall. (MARK BOLTON/UNION LEADER)
Central receiver Nick Olibrice can't grasp a pass under pressure from Memorial defender Johnny Vargas during a match up in September. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Jay and Angela Sweet fight back tears talking about the prospect of losing the farm they care for in Chester in October. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Rob Boyce of Londonderry serenades his friend, Peggy Hain of Derry, on a park bench at Lake Massabesic in Manchester last fall. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Hamza Kapidzija, 9, of Manchester gathers with Muslims to worship during the midday prayer at the Manchester Islamic Center in August. Pictured right is his father, Irhad, and at left is Mohamed Ewiess of Amherst. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Susan Larkin and Carlo Raimondo take a spin past colorful foliage on the Londonderry Rail Trail in October. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Thick smoke blanketed the area near Manchester Central during a three alarm fire in early December. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Resident Rebehah Dube (visor) gets hugs during a fire at a rooming house where she lives on Hanover Street rooming house in Manchester in early December. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Pumpkin farmer Pete Desautels and his son, Craig, fill pumpkin orders at the The Pumpkin Farm in Milford in October. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Protesters shout to a guest arriving the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity at St. Anselm College in September. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Northeast Delta Dental Stadium hosted the Eastern League All Stars Classic in July. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Woma piloted by Rick Jones gains altitude on an early morning in August before the 36th Annual Suncook Valley Rotary Hot Air Balloon Rally at Drake Field in Pittsfield. (NICOLE BOYD GOODHUE//UNION LEADER)
Bishop Guertin players, from left, Jack Johansen, Doug Barker, and John Bruno, celebrate their 11-6 win over Pinkerton Academy in the NHIAA Div. I Lacrosse Championship at Exeter High School. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader )
Two bullets (among others) hit windows of children's bedrooms at 355 Brown Ave. in November during an incident in the parking lot behind the home. This bullet ripped through the screen, the window pane, and then lodged in the wall above the former crib in the room of JazMarie Santiago, 2. She was in the room at the time, playing nearby in a toy box. ( Allegra Boverman/ Union Leader)
It was windy and stormy as the group wearing capes from left, Melissa Crews, from the board of Hope for NH Recovery, Kelly Cook, volunteer coordinator at Hope, Kelly Riley, center manager for Hope and her son Richie Rodier was being honored with Chuck Rosa, founder of Chucky's Fight.com as they try to speak on video during the Superhero Swim in Seabrook on Saturday. The swim has been going virtually every day for ten years by Chuck Rosa, from Seabrook, who lost two of his children to drug overdose. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
The annual Playing for a Purpose event featuring 18 NH field hockey teams was hosted by the Manchester Memorial squad on Chabot Field in August. The event benefits the Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Memorial field hockey program. It is in its 7th year. The event was founded by Local field hockey athletes Jenna and Kelly Freitas after their mother Christine was diagnosed with melanoma. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER)
Conant and Monadnock girls basketball teams clashed for the NHIAA Division II championship in March at the SNHU Fieldhouse. Monadnock won defeating Conant with a final score Monadnock 44 Conant 36. (BRUCE TAYLOR/UNION LEADER)
"Honey", a Pomeranian mix, and her owner Christine Anderson, both left, of Fremont, and "Brady" with owner Jane Watson, who is Anderson's sister, of Andover, Mass., on a warm day at North Beach in Hampton. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Barb Champaigne from Holderness puts Cane, an Icelandic Sheep Dog, through a routine during a demonstration by Granite State Disc Dogs at the Hopkinton Library to benefit the dog park. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
Matt Butler of Boscawen was gel staining the door casing to the front door of the new Bonfire Restaurant & Country Bar in August while getting ready for the grand opening. There are distinctive bar stools outside the eatery. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
The plug was pulled on the controversial electronic billboard owned by Michael Gill on South Willow Street in Manchester. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Manchester Officers Justin Maguire, left, and Patrick Mullen monkey around with kids during The Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce community and downtown employee appreciation picnic at Victory Park in Manchester in July. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
A group of Pinkerton Academy students shovel a before playing pond hockey in Auburn in early January. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Manchester Fire Chief Dan Goonan, right, and Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, walk a person seeking treatment next door to Serenity Place after he checked himself into the Safe Station at Manchester Central Fire Station in May. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Tommy Oliva-Mahoney, 2, and his mom Katie Oliva of Brookline, admire the Christmas lights in November, at Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack. ( Nicole Goodhue Boyd/Union Leader)
Capt. Mike Harper and Dan LaBossiene, ministry assistant, pours coffee as they conduct the Salvation Army's Mobile Joes outreach to homeless at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester in April. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
Stevie Nicks with Chrissie Hynde from the Pretenders perform Tom Petty's "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around" at SNHU Arena in Manchester. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
West's Jacobee Burpee battles Souhegan's Ryan Boehm at West High School in Manchester in January. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Memorial's Jake Santiago goes for the hoop as Central's David Baraka gets a hand on the ball and Osiah Lewis jumps to defend at Memorial High School in Manchester in January. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Memorial's Michael Roumraj runs into the knee of Central's Eric Cortego at Memorial High School in Machester in January. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
West's Prajwal Ghalley battles Trinity's Cameron Tomko at West High in Manchester in September. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
Monarchs' Kevin Morris, center, scores their third goal as Brampton's Matt Petgrave falls over Monarchs' Daniel Doremus in the second period during game four of the Kelly Cup playoffs at SNHU Arena in Manchester in May. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Jim Zanfagna, from Plaistow, with his and his wife's booth Angels of Addictions during Rally4RecoveryNH at Veterans Memorial Park in Manchester (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Nick Koravos, left, of Auburn, gets ready to drill a hole as Matt Lemire, of Hooksett shovels while they ice fish at Lake Massabesic in Manchester in Febuary. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER )
Bahera Musemi Shukuru, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, tells the story of his family's experience in war during the event "Manchester: A Home For All" held at the Millyard Museum in Manchester in Feburary. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
The Bedford High girls and the Manchester Central girls took their NHIAA Division I championship game to a deciding shootout in November at Bill Ball Stadium on the Exeter High School campus. Central High took the winning tally of shootout attempts to take the championship. Manchester Central goalie Jessica Lewis punches away a Bedford attempt on goal over the head of Bedford's Briana CoCo. Central's Madison Tremblay (2) and Sabrynna Pearson (22) close in. (Bruce Taylor/Union Leader)
Dan LaBossiene, ministry assistant, puts his coffee backpack on after pouring coffee for Lisa Blue as they conduct the Salvation Army's Mobile Joes outreach in Manchester in April. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Conor Barrett of Manchester, 5, parks himself in a sunny spot to nosh on a cheeseburger in September on Elm Street. He and his family were enjoying the Rotary Club of Manchester's annual Cruising Downtown car show. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
A Merrimack County jury has awarded three Manchester-area business men at total of $274.5 million in damages in their defamation suit against mortgage kingpin Michael Gill. Steve Gordon, an attorney who represented AutoFair owner Andy Crews, Manchester developer Dick Anagnost and Primary Bank founder William Grenier, said it is believed to be the largest personal injury verdict in New Hampshire. From left: Steve Gordon, of law firm Shaheen & Gordon, embraces Crews, right, in September at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord. (Allegra Boverman/Union Leader)
U.S. Army veteran and member of the New Hampshire Patriots Guard Riders Dennis Soucy, of Concord, stands near a memorial during the 100 Nights of Remembrance at the New Hampshire State Veteran's Cemetary in Boscawan. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Checking out their photo booth photos are from left Beepana Gajmer, Kalpana Poudyel, Sarmila Rasaily, and Puja Gagmer, during West High School's prom held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
West's Bal Basnet battles Trinity's Cameron Tomko at West High in Manchester in September. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)
Timberlane's Cody Lewis, bottom, takes a hold of Kingswood Regional's forearm during their 138lbs bout in the championship round of the NHIAA Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School. Lindsay won the title 8-1. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader )