• Owen Labrie, 21, at the end of a three-day evidentiary hearing Feb. 23 on whether he will be granted a retrial at Merrimack County Superior Court in Concord Labrie, then a prep school graduate, was convicted of using a computer to lure an underage girl for sex.

  • Salisbury townspeople say goodnight in front of the Town Hall after the town meeting Saturday, March 18, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER—Concord Monitor

  • Rekha Luther breaks down while listening to her father testify at her bail hearing at Merrimack County Superior Court on Tuesday, July 18, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER—Concord Monitor

  • Penacook Elementary School fourth-grader Holden Turner, 9, of Penacook visits Chris Foley with his parents Jeremy and Heather Turner outside Concord Regional VNA's hospice house in Concord on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Crew chief Jeff Ratcliffe of Thompson, Conn., prepares a RE/MAX balloon for flight during the Hillsborough Balloon Festival and Fair on July 7.

  • Alec White’s mother Tina (left) and his sister, Joli, embrace in tears during a funeral service for the 16-year-old who committed suicide the week prior in Loudon this fall.

  • Rev. Jonathan Hopkins poses for a photo on Friday, May 12, 2017. Hopkins arranged for a panel event with experts in suicide prevention in response "13 Reasons Why," a Netflix show revolving around what caused a teenager to kill herself. Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Diane Lang, the suspect in a robbery attempt at a Cumberland Farms store on North Main Street in Concord is restrained Jan. 6 after she tried to escape by stealing a Barnstead ambulance. The ambulance driver and others restrain Lang before the Concord police arrive.

  • Onlookers atop Memorial Field in Concord watch the Fourth of July fireworks in their beach chairs on July 4.

  • Hanul Hyun, 5, uses glasses handed out by Concord Parks and Recreation to view the solar eclipse at White Park. Some 200 people showed up to watch the event on Aug. 21.

  • Vietnam veteran Frank Tryon of American Legion Post 21 listens to the playing of Taps at the Memorial Day ceremony in front of the State House on May 29.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

The last year in the capital area saw endings and beginnings, causes for celebration and times for tears. Throughout it all, Monitor photographers were there to capture the moment. Here are their selections for the top images of 2017. View more in the online gallery.