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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.

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  • Published
    July 13, 2019

    Possible mooring changes coming to Belfast Harbor

    Belfast Harbor Master Katherine Pickering introduced new mooring regulations for the City Council to consider July 2. Pickering singled out a specific type of mooring that is failing in the harbor and noted a potential safety issue: Inspectors can’t predict when steel welds will fail because it can be difficult to determine if the weld is strong or weak. “Welds can sometimes be very hard to determine if they’re …

  • Published
    July 12, 2019

    A new fish in town, The Fish are Okay! supports Nordic

    When Diane Braybrook started to have meetings with Belfast community members to discuss benefits of Nordic Aquafarm’s proposed land-based fish farm, she quickly realized there were many people in support of the corporate entity. Braybrook thought the opposition was too insistent that it represented the majority of Belfast-area residents. So, her group spoke to the City Council on July 2 to raise awareness of the …

  • Published
    July 10, 2019

    Belfast Soup Kitchen receives Spirit of America award

    Board members and volunteers at Belfast Soup Kitchen were honored with an award from the Spirit of America Foundation at the City Council meeting July 2. The Augusta-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit gives annual awards to honor a person, organization or project in Maine municipalities for commendable community service, according to its website. This year, Belfast councilors nominated the Belfast Soup Kitchen’s board …

  • Published
    July 10, 2019

    FarmDrop simplifies ordering local farm goods

    Unity is the latest town to join FarmDrop, a website that acts as an online grocery store for small farmers to sell their products directly to consumers, while reducing waste. Kari Hulva, Unity FarmDrop program manager, introduced the idea to Unity Barn Raisers as a way to connect local consumers with small farmers who face difficulties selling products consistently year-round. Hulva owns a small farm where he …

  • Published
    July 6, 2019

    Amateur radio operators ham it up

    A different energy flowed through the windy field behind Troy Howard Middle School June 22. The Waldo County Amateur Radio Association (WCARA) was participating in the annual Field Day competition for amateur radio clubs in the United States. The portable antenna, owned by the Waldo County Regional Communications Center, stood 40 feet tall in the middle of the field, a beacon extending into the sky pulling in …

  • Published
    July 5, 2019

    Beach Fourth a blast

    Lincolnville Beach was packed with locals and tourists for the Lincolnville 4th of July Beach Blast celebration that featured a live band, grilling, fireworks and a bonfire on a warm summer day in Maine. People stayed cool on the beach all day wearing star-spangled bathing suits, towels and miniature flags. The Lobster Pound Restaurant sold burgers and hot dogs grilled by the beach as The Midnight Riders played …

  • Published
    July 5, 2019

    People Places Things shop offers contemporary options

    When Elizabeth Oliver opened her new shop, People Places Things, on the second floor of 137 High St., she knew she was filling a niche that was missing in vibrant downtown Belfast. It was an idea she had been pondering for the better part of 10 years. “I felt strongly that the interest would be here if something was opened, and I kept thinking someone would swoop in and do it before I did,” she said, “and that …

  • Published
    July 2, 2019

    City Council discusses environmental projects

    City councilors discussed multiple projects to help address the future effects of climate change in Belfast at its meeting June 18. Hank Reisner, a member of the Belfast Climate Change Committee, said he supports applying for an Efficiency Maine Trust Grant to build new electric car charging stations at the Bridge Street parking lot. The idea was proposed by Economic Development Director Thomas Kittredge and City …

  • Published
    July 2, 2019

    Swan Lake Association holds silent auction for boat inspector funds

    Swan Lake contains no known invasive plant species, and property owners around the lake want to keep it that way. To that end, they employ a boat inspector and raise funds annually to pay him. The owners’ organization, Swan Lake Association, plans a potluck supper and silent auction for its meeting Monday, July 8, with photos and paintings from local artists up for bid. The supper begins at 6 p.m. at North …

  • Published
    June 29, 2019

    City Council approves parking spaces, appointees and block grant

    When they met June 18, City Councilors approved new parking spaces near the American Legion building, appointed seven new members to the Comprehensive Planning Committee and approved an application for a block grant to be used for the Front Street Shipyard. American Legion gets two parking spaces City Council approved two handicapped parking spaces across the street from the American Legion building. It was …

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