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Some of the 481 participants of the 36th annual Milltown Firecracker 5K Run are shown shortly after the race began July 4. A total of 110 participated in the One-Mile Fun Run. The nearly 600 participants is a record for the event, which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 7250, Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Milltown. Proceeds are used for the council’s charitable and community efforts. The Milltown Police Department, Borough Council and 4th of July Committee also help organize and support the event. -Chris Donahue photo  


Members of the 90-voice Archdiocesan Papal Mass Choir rehearse at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church in Hyattsville, Md., Aug. 24. The choir will sing at the Mass to be celebrated by Pope Francis Sept. 23 outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. -CNS photo/Michael Reynolds, EPA