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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
    August 14, 2019

    Bayview Apartments to end HUD contract, but still take vouchers

    Bob Hutchinson is ending his 40-year subsidized housing program contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Bayview Apartments owner will continue to accept housing choice vouchers for people who qualify. The program expires in December. Hutchinson’s decision not to renew the HUD contract comes, he said, from an expanding economy in the Belfast area. He believes projects like Nordic …

  • Published
    August 11, 2019

    Climate Change Committee to start citizen scientist program

    The Belfast Climate Change Committee is establishing a citizen scientist program to monitor water levels in Belfast Harbor in the interests of heading heading off climate change threats. The committee generated a report last year that looked into how much the sea level will rise in Belfast Harbor as the world’s glaciers continue to melt. The study concluded that Belfast would see a 2- to 11-foot water rise but …

  • Published
    August 10, 2019

    Outdoor story hour focuses on monarchs

    The monarch butterflies to be released at Head of Tide Preserve Aug. 2 were still in their chrysalises during Belfast Free Library’s outside story hour. But children gathered anyway, with their parents, to hear about Mona the monarch butterfly. Cyrene Slegona covered the life span of a monarch butterfly in her story to the preschool-aged kids, from its wintering grounds in Michoacan, Mexico, to its migration …

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    August 9, 2019

    Rozalia Project visits Belfast on ocean cleanup mission

    Rachael Miller found her calling on a beach 10 years ago on Matinicus Isle after a Nor’easter hit. She was vacationing with her husband when she was struck by how much trash from the ocean had washed on shore. It inspired her to take action to protect the ocean. Soon after, she developed the Rozalia Project, which sails a specially equipped vessel, American Promise, from Massachusetts to Maine, stopping to do …

  • Published
    August 4, 2019

    Real Maine lobster rolls from a real Maine fisherman

    Sadie Samuels, a Belfast native, has been a lobsterman since she was 7 years old on her father’s boat and says the best lobster rolls she eats are ones made fresh from her own catch, with just a little mayo. It was her inspiration for the lobster shack, Must Be Nice Lobster Co., she recently opened along the Harbor Walk. She sells lobster rolls, crab rolls, cheeseburgers and hot dogs. “I just feel like people …

  • Published
    August 2, 2019

    Councilor Sanders: Keeping city jobs vital

    City Councilor Eric Sanders supported of a 2% cost-of-living increase to city employees while deciding the 2019-20 fiscal budget. For him, keeping jobs within the city was the most important part of the process. “If you’re cutting people to make a number, then I don’t think the number’s right,” Sanders said. City councilors wanted to take the initiative ahead of upcoming union talks, during which a raise would …

  • Published
    July 30, 2019

    Planning Board tables Tractor Supply application

    The Planning Board delayed its final vote on an application that would allow a Tractor Supply Co. store to be built on a 6-acre site off Route 3 until project managers submit a new plan with changes suggested by board members. The Planning Board discussed last-minute application changes identified as crucial to public interest or for future development in the area. Trees lining the access road next to the …

  • Published
    July 25, 2019

    Councilors approve staff raises, mil rate increase

    City Councilors discussed the long and tedious process it took to create a new 2019-20 fiscal year budget before voting to approve it July 16. In addition, they expressed concern about possible mil rate increases in the future. The mill rate is 22.9, which is a slight increase from last year’s rate of 22.7. Initial budget requests for this year came in at a nearly 10% increase and councilors speculated they might …

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    July 25, 2019

    Volunteers gather on Lake St. George for yearly Loon Count

    Martha Piscuskas and her partner Elise Brown own two properties on Lake St. George in Liberty where they help monitor lake health by participating in public events like Maine Audubon’s annual Loon Count. For one morning every July, over 1,000 volunteers comb designated sections of lakes in the southern half of Maine, counting loon sightings from 7 to 7:30 a.m. The sightings only count if the loons are spotted in …

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    July 22, 2019

    Belfast pair row the distance

    Leigh Dorsey met her partner, Dameon Colbry, after joining the Come Boating! organization in Belfast. They bonded over their love of rowing, a passion that would take them on a 17-day journey from Washington State to Alaska. Dorsey said she is always looking for new challenges when it comes to rowing. She and Colbry have rowed from Kittery to Lubec over the course of multiple trips, using the Maine Island Trail …

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