Sign In:


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.

Latest
  • Published
    August 25, 2019

    Maine fishing practices at center of debate about endangered right whale

    A tall stump in Lincolnville is covered in lobster buoys; Mike Hutchings began hanging them over 20 years ago. The stump was a healthy tree when he first moved to the property when his son was just a year old. “It just faded away, like things do, I guess,” Hutchings said. A painting of the first few buoys on the tree hangs in the barn that doubles as Hutchings’ lobster shop. It’s a reminder of his 48 years as a …

  • Published
    August 23, 2019

    Belfast school board talks athletic fields, stays quiet on vandalism

    The most discussed topic at the Regional School Unit 71 Board of Directors meeting Aug. 12 was field maintenance, despite a recent break-in at the high school that resulted in charges against seven minors. Athletic directors from the middle and high schools talked about which fields needed critical maintenance and others that could wait. Troy Howard Middle School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Alta …

  • Published
    August 22, 2019

    DOT proposes elimination of Route 1 jug handle

    After City Manager Joe Slocum presented a plan by Maine Department of Transportation to eliminate the jug handle linking Route 1 and Northport Avenue, city councilors were predominantly against the project. It would remove the jug handle and widen the mouth of Northport Avenue on Route 1 to accept incoming and outgoing traffic. There would be no raised medians in the area and a left-turn lane would be installed …

  • Published
    August 22, 2019

    Keithan wins National Boatbuilding Championship for third year

    The 12th annual Harbor Fest celebrated Belfast’s maritime history over the weekend with several boat-themed events — the most popular being the National Boatbuilding Championships, sponsored by Belfast Rotary Club. Beneath a big white tent near the Boathouse Aug. 17, three teams competed for the title of world boatbuilding champion in a four-hour race to finish a 12-foot wooden skiff. Onlookers dodged sawdust as …

  • Published
    August 20, 2019

    Journal Focus: You were warned!

    In June, The Republican Journal reported pending changes to Miller and Spring streets, as well as planned four-way stops at three city intersections. Now they’re here. A recent City Council vote established four-way stops at the intersections of Miller and Church streets, Miller and Congress streets, and Market and Church streets. The same council action made Miller and Spring streets one-way between Church and …

  • Published
    August 20, 2019

    Thorndike votes on new location for salt and sand shed

    Thorndike voters at Town Hall Monday night chose a new location for the town’s salt and sand shed. After the old site violated Maine Department of Environmental Protection rules for years, residents voted to purchase and develop a new site on Brooks Road. The new location was selected from three potential sites. The chosen property on Route 139 won with 20 votes. The four acres of land initially will cost the …

  • Published
    August 19, 2019

    Mayor: 'I will certainly be here until the end of my term'

    Mayor Samantha Paradis has accepted a job in Fort Fairfield, 3-1/2 hours north of Belfast. Her recent move, first reported by Bangor Daily News, comes after her June announcement that she would not seek re-election. It is unclear how she will deal with her mayoral duties while employed 200 miles away, but there is no language in the city’s code requiring the mayor to be a full-time Belfast resident. Paradis has …

  • Published
    August 16, 2019

    EMA prepares with emergency shelter drill, spaghetti dinner

    Waldo County Emergency Management Agency got a chance over the weekend to practice its ability to care for many people in a disaster. The agency hosted a mass care shelter exercise at Mount View High School in Thorndike, designed to feed and house area residents in the event of a widespread weather incident or power outage. The exercise opened with a spaghetti dinner Friday night, offering the opportunity for EMA …

  • Published
    August 15, 2019

    Council approves first reading of smoking ban, new polling place

    Council discussions became heated Aug. 6 during a debate about a smoking ban on city sidewalks. Councilors, except Paul Dean, were in support of a smoking ban. He urged caution when making sweeping changes to people’s habits. “I understand it’s a health issue but I am unwilling to take this on and I’m not going to,” Dean said. “… We’re creating a new way of doing things and I would just caution everyone to …

  • Published
    August 14, 2019

    Council open to zoning flexibility in exchange for easement

    City officials appear to have made some headway in talks with developer Paul Naron about a permanent easement across two of his Front Street properties for the Harbor Walk. At its Aug. 6 meeting, councilors discussed new negotiations with Naron’s attorney, Joe Baiungo. Prior to the meeting, Naron requested an expansion of approved uses of the properties from Code and Planning Director Wayne Marshall in exchange …

close x