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Kendra Caruso has reported for The Republican Journal since summer 2019. She graduated from the University of Maine in 2019 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. She has won awards for her reporting and photography from Maine Press Association.

  • Published
    September 4, 2019

    Unity man gets new home through Maine Housing

    When Terry Shorey went to the Unity Planning Board for a permit to build a mudroom, he left with information about a program that replaces mobile homes older than 1976 through a Maine Housing program. The Albion native inherited his parents’ Unity home about 25 years ago, he said. The original trailer burned down seven years ago. An older-model trailer he found in Plymouth was all he could afford at the time to …

  • Published
    September 3, 2019

    Our Town Belfast proposes downtown safety changes

    During the City Council’s Aug. 26 meeting, Our Town Belfast proposed several safety changes downtown, including new signs, crosswalks, a one-way entrance and prohibition of bike-riding on city sidewalks. The proposals, spurred by a busy summer downtown, came after City Manager Joe Slocum drafted a list of changes and prohibitions at a previous council meeting. “Suddenly, when a local municipality decides to …

  • Published
    September 3, 2019

    Local business offers humane wildlife removal

    Ray Losnes captures and releases wild animals for a living. His company, Northeast Wildlife Services in Brooks, responds to wildlife problems at homes in Waldo County and beyond. Losnes guarantees all his work, which means if he doesn’t capture the unwanted wildlife the first time, he will return to try again. He said an extraction usually doesn’t take more than five days and, often, he is able to trap animals on …

  • Published
    September 2, 2019

    Passy Pete predicts an early winter

    Some will be dismayed to learn that Passy Pete, Belfast’s lobster medium, predicted an early winter for the second year at Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce’s fifth annual event at Heritage Park. Every Labor Day since 2015, the clairvoyant crustacean has accurately predicted whether Belfast will see an early winter or six more weeks of tourist season. The crowd drew closer Monday morning as Passy Pete favored one …

  • Published
    August 31, 2019

    Who scrambled first?

    The Kennebec Journal recently reported that Augusta will have the first “pedestrian scramble” crosswalk in Maine, where two crosswalks pass diagonally through an intersection. The crosswalk design depicted in the article appears to be the same as the one at the intersection of High and Main streets in Belfast. State Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Merrill was cited in the article saying that he …

  • Published
    August 30, 2019

    RSU 71 board discusses new tobacco policy

    Regional School Unit 71’s Board of Directors repealed an old tobacco use policy and discussed replacing it with another at its meeting this week. New discussions centered around adding a “no possession” clause in the policy. Directors talked about wording as well as who might be affected by the new policy. Board Member Charlie Grey, also a member of the Policy Committee, stated that the committee would like the …

  • Published
    August 29, 2019

    DMR postpones right whale meetings

    Maine Department of Marine Resources has canceled its remaining right whale meetings in Southern and Midcoast Maine. The department will reschedule the meetings before proposing a new fishing policy to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Maine DMR Communications Director Jeff Nichols said the department is taking time to perform a thorough evaluation of the data to develop a proposal regarding …

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    August 28, 2019

    Teachers settle into new math wing

    After a year and a half of moving from classroom to classroom at Belfast Area High School, teachers in the math department have new digs. The renovated wing that is now home to the math and special education departments was extended beyond the original area that housed only a few classrooms. Math teacher Lawrene Blair said she’s spent the past 18 months moving her supplies to different classrooms on a rolling …

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    August 27, 2019

    Economic director prepares for a market study

    Belfast Economic Development Director Thomas Kittredge received City Council approval to solicit quotes from companies for conducting a market study in Belfast. The city will seek information on 77.2 acres of the downtown and waterfront districts. Councilors have expressed interest in such a study during past meetings. The Aug. 20 market study approval is intended to encourage development at 45 Front St. and 115 …

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    August 26, 2019

    Lobstermen at NOAA meeting oppose new fishing regulations

    Area fishermen told National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration representatives on Aug. 13 that they feel targeted by proposed new gear regulations. The Ellsworth High School auditorium was packed during one of a series of meetings held near fishing communities in Maine. The crowd was made up of conservationists, scientists and politicians, but mostly fishermen. U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, and State Rep. …

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