Mary Schwalm is a freelance photojournalist based in the Boston area. Contact: 978-578-2921 or maryschwalm(at)gmail.com
Bomb blasts may cause early aging in brains of troops
The VA in Boston has a research program called Tracts where they have gathered together hundreds of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to research on the effects of things such post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
Power to Play: Power Soccer
The PowerCats, a team in the wheelchair sport of Power Soccer, is gaining momentum throughout the country. The fast-paced, action-packed, light-contact sport combines the skills of the wheelchair operator with the speed and power of the chair itself.
Timelapse: Snow Removal at the Car Dealership
Every time it snows, car dealers have to clean off hundreds of vehicles, move them to let plows clear the lots, then move the vehicles back. Here’s the scene at Commonwealth Motors captured by a time- lapse camera.
Pet of the Week at the local shelter
Owen is a rambunctious lab mix looking for his forever home. He anchors a series of weekly videos featuring an adoptable pet at the local chapter of the MSCPA at Nevins Farm in Methuen.
Ryisha Grant, center, looks up as she holds a photo of her boyfriend Travis Yell during a vigil in his memory outside his Haverhill home. Yell was killed after he was hit by a car in Waltham on Saturday night. The Eagle-Tribune/Mary Schwalm
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, left, takes a selfie with Harrison Adamec, 5, and his dad Shaun, of Framingham, Mass., during a campaign stop at Goldenrod Drive-in Restaurant, Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. Associated Press/Mary Schwalm
A family member reaches out to the hearse after the remains of Staff Sgt. Alex Jimenez were placed inside following a Mass at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church in Lawrence, Mass. Associated Press/Mary Schwalm
Republican presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reaches out to shake hands as he and his wife wife Mary Pat walk through the downtown during the 4th of July parade, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Wolfeboro, N.H. Associated Press/Mary Schwalm
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., shakes hands with Nellie MacDonald, 7, of Deering, N.H., as her father Gordon looks on before the 4th of July parade, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Wolfeboro, N.H. Associated Press/Mary Schwalm
Firefighters arrive on the scene of a 5-alarm fire at the Merrimac Paper Co. on Canal Street in Lawrence. The Eagle-Tribune/Mary Schwalm
Salem Director of Public Works Rick Russell lounges on the front of the scoop on a new front loader in the Public Works garage in Salem. The trucks haven’t had much use in the quiet leadup to winter. The Eagle-Tribune/Mary Schwalm
A synchronized swimming teammate holds a mirror for Laura Schmidt has she puts on her eye shadow before a competition. The Andovers/Mary Schwalm.
Lawrence School Committee member Pavel Payano, poses for a photo in the library at Lawrence High School. Payano has been an active member of the community, by advocating for initiatives that reduce the achievement gap and increase the number of students that plan to attend college. North of Boston Business/Mary Schwalm
Julie Paige, the lead dance instructor, poses for a photo in front of her class at The Paige Conservatory in North Andover. The Andovers/Mary Schwalm
Musician Emma Gallo poses for a photo on the boardwalk along the Merrimack River in Haverhill. Gallo will be performing in this summer’s Make Some Noise outdoor music series. The Haverhill Gazette/Mary Schwalm
Pelham track standout Kevin Cheam poses for a photo through hurdles at Pelham high school. The Eagle-Tribune/MarySchwalm
Andover head coach EJ Perry celebrates on the shoulders of his players after defeating Central Catholic at Andover High School. The Andover Townsman/Mary Schwalm
Justin Gimelstob dives for a return on the grass during a tennis match at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Associated Press/Mary Schwalm
Andover Nationals pitcher Cedric Gillette pitches during their semifinal game against New Hampshire in the Little League East Regional in Bristol, Conn. The Eagle-Tribune/Mary Schwalm
Pentucket fans stick their arms out as Arlington Catholic player Alexandra Ball prepares to inbound the ball on the sideline during the first half of their basketball game at St. John’s Prep in Danvers. The Salem News/Mary Schwalm
Boston Red Sox’s Manny Ramirez (24) throws his bat as he is almost hit by a pitch by Milwaukee Brewers’ Seth McClung during the seventh inning of the first game of their day-night baseball doubleheader on Saturday, May 17, 2008, in Boston. Associated Press/Mary Schwalm
Tony Stewart celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR race Saturday, June 28, 2008 in Loudon, N.H. Associated Press/Mary Schwalm
North Andover’s Cooper McLeod wrestles Methuen’s Rafael Caceres during their match in Methuen. The Eagle-Tribune/Mary Schwalm
Londonderry Middle School art teacher Brandon Stumpf, dressed as spiderman, checks in with a second place finish after racing in the Community Walk/Run event at the school. The Derry News/Mary Schwalm
Cori McMeniman, 5, of Hampstead, reacts as she lose her locks during a Pantene Cut-at-thon at the Central School in Hampstead. The Eagle-Tribune/Mary Schwalm
A Londonderry high school band member blows into a tuba as a smiling Amelie Fegan, 4, of Londonderry selects the note by pressing the valve as her sister Alyssa, 6, looks on at the Londonderry High School’s Symphonic Band Music Fair and Concert. The Derry News/Mary Schwalm
Kids gather around to watch a sheep shearing demonstration at the 41st annual Sheep Shearing festival on the town common in North Andover. The Eagle-Tribune/Mary Schwalm
A dragonfly hangs on to a flower outside Winnekenni Castle at the Annual Independence day pancake breakfast in Haverhill. The Haverhill Gazette/Mary Schwalm
Horses cast long shadows as they gallop along Hampton Beach on a warm spring day. The Eagle-Tribune/Mary Schwalm
Every year, Paul Boulanger and Kathy Gallagher open up the backyard of their North Andover home to the community as they share their love for making maple syrup.
Paul Boulanger and Kathy Gallagher pose for a photo for the cover of The Andovers magazine in the sugar house in their North Andover backyard.
Paul Boulanger checks the downward pitch of a line while tapping trees on private land in North Andover.
Kathy Gallagher and Paul Boulanger stoke the fire in their sugar house before a day of tours at their home.
Paul Boulanger leads a group of visitors in a demonstration of maple sap flowing through the trees, a small part of the educational half hour tour at the sugar house.
Sports Picture Story
Greater Lawrence Tech athlete Austin Poirier had his left foot amputated above the ankle when he was only a few months old. It hasn’t deterred him from wrestling where he competes and wins at the varsity level.
Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier stretches with his team before their meet against Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.
With his prosthesis resting at the edge of the mat, Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier warms up with a teammate before their meet against Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.
Wrestler Austin Poirier checks in at the scorers table before his match against Whittier Tech’s John Michitson during their meet in Haverhill, Mass.
Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier wrestles Whittier Tech’s John Michitson during their meet in Haverhill, Mass.
Greater Lawrence Tech wrestler Austin Poirier, center, joins his teammates for a post match meeting at Whittier Tech in Haverhill, Mass.