2017: A year in photos

By Douglas McCulloch | Dec 27, 2017
Photo by: Douglas McCulloch Dartmouth residents watched the skies on August 21 as the first solar eclipse over the United States since 1979 blocked 65 percent of the sun for a brief period of time. Here, Lynne Lapalme, Tazkera Haque, and David Silverstein watch the eclipse at a party at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

As 2017 comes to a close, Dartmouth Week decided to take a look at some of the top moments of the year captured in photographs.

It was an eventful year in Dartmouth, with plenty of photogenic events happening throughout the year. Below, find some of staffers' favorite photos of the year.

Events covered by photographs include the dramatic conclusion of a decades-long cold case and the search for cop killer Donald Webb, to a violent storm which damaged more than a dozen boats in Padanaram Harbor.

Plenty of other events happened too, like a new Halloween tradition organized by Fire District No. 1 and Dartmouth Parks and Recreation, new summer enrichment programs, school happenings, and plenty of nature programs.


Haley Jenkins finds a place for bottled water on a bus bound for hurricane-ravanged Texas. The Dartmouth community filled an entire bus set up by Dartmouth Police with donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey in just five hours on September 9. It's one of several donation drives held for victims of the hurricane. Dartmouth schools also collected donations and Odies Place Animal Rescue owners Brian and Kerrie Harrington held a five-day donation drive which began on September 5. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
A powerful storm blew through Dartmouth overnight on October 29-30, knocking out power for hundreds of residents and tossing more than a dozen boats in Padanaram Harbor into land, like these boats along Smith Neck Road. Dozens of trees and power lines were also taken down, and a car was crushed by a fallen tree. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Anne Esperanca and her dog Glock at a grand opening meet-and-greet of Dartmouth's first off-leash dog park on June 13. The temporary park, located at the Dartmouth Parks and Trails site, opened as plans for a permanent park take shape further into the park. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Dartmouth Fire District No. 1 and Parks and Recreation teamed up to create a new Halloween tradition: trunk-or-treating in Padanaram. Pictured is Megan Breault as she plays in a makeshift sandbox at the trunk-or-treating event on October 28. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
A decades-old cold case came to a close on July 13 in a Dartmouth backyard. The remains of Donald Webb, a career criminal accused of gunning down a Pennsylvania police chief in 1980 and disappearing shortly after, were dug up in the backyard of his wife Lillian Webb's Maplecrest Drive home. He died in 1999, and was buried at his request by his wife. (Photo by: Angie Hilsman)
Deborah Capra, Colleen Roy, Daisy Amaral, Sherry Michael, and Sue Theriault step to "Sweet Home Alabama" at Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust's Super Bowl Hike on February 6. (Photo by: Angie Hilsman)
Colin Donovan hauls rocks out of a field. The two-year-old was helping out at the Dartmouth Grange's Earth Day event on April 22, as volunteers helped clear rocks at Jim Munger's farm. (Courtesy of: Julie Manley)
During an after-school career workshop program at DeMello Elementary School on March 30, Chad Beattie shows fourth grader Frank Maniglia, and third graders Kinnick Campbell, Charlie Santos and Jack Beattie how a cast is removed. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Ali Brodsky and Sloan Brodsky, 9, ride in a canoe made entirely of cardboard, packing tape, and glue in Apponagansett Bay on July 20. Students enrolled in the school district's new Summer Adventures in Learning program spent a week building the canoes. (Photo by: Douglas McCulloch)
Dartmouth resident Harry Baggen makes friends with five-year-old Gracie during a community dog walk hosted by Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust on May 13. (Photo by: Angie Hilsman)
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