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This Week in Pictures: June 11 - 17

This week in pictures from around Western New York highlights fans celebrating the return of the Taste of Country, a look at the Allentown Arts Festival and a glimpse of the Mother, Daughter, Sister, and Friend Tea. This week also brought great sorrow as WNY came together in Niagara Square to honor and remember those killed in Orlando. Firemen from Engine 39 and 19 were on hand at Forest Lawn cemetery to properly dispose of the American Flag for the 100th anniversary of Flag Day, meanwhile tourists did their best to view Niagara Falls through construction fences. Inspiring young people and student athletes excelled in competition and overcame great obstacles.

Take a look at these events and more in The Buffalo News' best photos from the week.

Vigil for Orlando shooting victims

James and Shannon Poupalos listen to the speakers duirng a vigil in Niagara Square in Buffalo Monday, June 11, 2016, in support of those killed in Orlando over the weekend. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

James and Shannon Poupalos listen to the speakers during a vigil in Niagara Square in Buffalo on Monday in support of those killed in Orlando. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Buffalo added its voice to a nationwide outpouring of grief and unity with a vigil that honored the 49 people killed and the 53 wounded in the mass shooting early Sunday at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, Fla. Read more

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Summer concerts begin

Timzania Chatman, center, and the Westminster Community Charter School Chorus performs during the M&T Bank Summer Concert Series at Fountain Plaza in Buffalo Tuesday, June 14, 2016. The chorus was doing selections from Beauty and the Beast. (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

Timzania Chatman, center, and the Westminster Community Charter School Chorus perform during the M&T Bank Summer Concert Series at Fountain Plaza in Buffalo on Tuesday. The chorus performed selections from "Beauty and the Beast." (Mark Mulville/Buffalo News)

The M&T Bank Summer Concert Series, which puts on free, outdoor concerts at noon every weekday this summer, was only one of the many festivals listed in Gusto's Summer Festival Guide. Read more

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Flying the flag

Buffalo Fireman from Engine 39 were on hand to burn old flags in the proper manner of disposal, on the 100th Anniversary of Flag Day, at Forest Lawn Cemetery , in Buffalo, N.Y.,on Tuesday June 14, 2016and the Buffalo Fire Dept. crew from Engine 19 helped out with the retirement of old flags by burning them. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Buffalo firefighters from Engine 39 and Engine 19 were on hand to properly dispose of American flags on the 100th anniversary of Flag Day at Forest Lawn in Buffalo. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Sean Kirst, a contributing columnist for BuffaloNews.com, shared what Flag Day means to him and his family: "I fly it for our nation, for everything so many families have sacrificed, for all we hope and dream might come to be." Read more

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A Taste of Country

Taste of Country returns to Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, Friday, June 10, 2016. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Fans celebrate as Taste of Country returned to Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Buffalo may never be confused with Nashville or Austin as a hotbed of country music, but for one night – Friday – the Bisons put down the bats and balls and Coca-Cola Field was transformed into a country Mecca of sorts. Read more

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Hats off

Toni Vazquez with a floral hat at the Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend Tea, dressed-up for the African-American Cultural Center the center's biggest fundraiser Lafayette Hotel in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday June 12, 2016. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Toni Vazquez, wearing a striking floral hat, enjoys the Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend Tea held by the African-American Cultural Center. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

The elegant Mother, Daughter, Sister, Friend Afternoon Tea Social at Hotel @ the Lafayette included about 250 people dressed in their Sunday best to watch dance performances, listen to classical music, eat finger foods, peruse local vendor stations, participate in a silent auction and, of course, sip tea. Read more

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Art for the whole family

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Vivienne Pagkos, 12 weeks, rides along as her mother, Kathleen, of the Town of Boston, browses the artwork at the Allentown Art Festival on Saturday. (Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News)

Founded in 1958, the Allentown Art Festival is the quintessential Western New York urban festival, held in the oldest part of town. Read more

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Confounding construction in Niagara Falls

Joslin Streck, of Oswego, N.Y. sits on the shoulders of her friend Quinn Hoko, of Blue Meadow, PA. to get a better photo at Niagara Falls State Park's Goat Island as construction fence keeps people out blocking views Terrapin Point and Horseshoe Falls, in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on Monday June 13, 2016. GPS Coordinates 43¼5'2" N 79¼4'27" W 550 ft Elevation, looking 226¼ W. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Joslin Streck, of Oswego, sits on the shoulders of her friend Quinn Hoko, of Blue Meadow, Pa., to get a better photo at Niagara Falls State Park's Goat Island. (John Hickey/Buffalo News)

Tourism season has begun, but you’ll have a difficult time catching a quality view in Niagara Falls State Park right now: A visit is like strolling through a broken amusement park. Read more

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Hello, Dolly

Dolly Parton performs at Artwork in Lewiston, Sunday. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Dolly Parton performs at Artwork in Lewiston on Sunday. (Sharon Cantillon/Buffalo News)

Her performance before an adoring crowd of 6,000 Sunday night at Artpark made clear that her downhome charm is genuine. Read more.

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Race to the top

Desmond Nicholas from Canisius competes in the 100 final during the NYSPHSAA Track & Field Championships at Cicero-North high school on Saturday, June 11, 2016. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Desmond Nicholas from Canisius High School competes in the 100 final during the track and field championships at Cicero-North High School. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

During the two-day track-and-field competition, Western New York’s boys track stars captured eight championships, while the girls accounted for the rest of the Section’s 14 titles. Read more

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Overcoming the odds

Simon Krywcun, Marvale baseball player and the winner of the BNspired award at Wednesday's Prep Talk Awardson Monday, June 13, 2016. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Cancer survivor Simon Krywcun, a Maryvale baseball player and the winner of the BNspired award. (Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News)

Simon Krywcun suspected something was wrong months before doctors confirmed the worst: He had a brain tumor. Read more

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Porta-problems

An Erie County Sheriff bomb technician examines a suspicious package in a portable toilet at Canalside, Friday, June 17, 2016. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

An Erie County Sheriff's bomb technician examines a suspicious package in a portable toilet at Canalside on Friday. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

A suspicious package found inside a portable toilet at Canalside held police attention for at least six hours Friday. Read more

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Walk a mile in her shoes

Lauren Walier, 18, of Milton, Ga. is the inspiration for the "The Make Lemon Aide® Foundation for Cerebral Palsy" which will host the third annual "Walk/Run/Roll In Lauren's Shoes" event at Woodlawn State Park this weekend, Tuesday, June 14, 2016. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Lauren Walier, 18, of Milton, Ga., is the inspiration for the "The Make Lemon Aide® Foundation for Cerebral Palsy," which will host the Walk/Run/Roll In Lauren's Shoes event at Woodlawn State Park this weekend. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

Lauren Walier has undergone intensive physical therapy to move from a wheelchair to a walker, then from a crutch to a cane. Refresh Editor Scott Scanlon shared her story earlier this week. Read more

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