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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 20, 2019

    RSU 71 towns receive refund

    The Regional School Unit 71 Board of Directors has received a $86,500 reimbursement for an unexpected bus purchase from the state. The board intends to disburse the extra money to RSU 71 towns, which already have been notified. Each town will receive a rebate according to its share of the district budget. The city of Belfast will get the biggest portion because it’s the largest contributor. The school district …

  • Published
    July 19, 2019

    Midcoast Conservancy acquires Sheepscot River land

    On June 25, Midcoast Conservancy purchased a long-held land parcel to conserve wildlife on the Sheepscot River. The LeGore property is critical in linking a number of properties together to create a 1,100-acre block of land for conservation. Midcoast Conservancy is in the process of purchasing over 290 acres of land just south of the LeGore property, which is in line with its vision to protect 2.25 miles of river …

  • Published
    July 19, 2019

    Council resumes easement talks with developer's attorney

    The City Council continued a debate with Paul Naron’s attorney Tuesday night about property easements across two of the developer’s Front Street properties. The city has been in discussions with Naron for months about gaining a permanent easement for the Harbor Walk — which currently both crosses and goes around Naron’s properties. Talks have reached a stalemate. To date, Naron appears to be unwilling to give the …

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    July 15, 2019

    Justice rules in favor of Belfast in Nordic zoning lawsuit

    Justice Robert E. Murray granted a summary judgment in favor of the city in a lawsuit filed against it in July 2018 by Ellie Daniels and Donna Broderick, who are abutters to the proposed Nordic Aquafarms land-based fish farm property. The couple claimed the city didn’t take proper measures when changing the zoning ordinance to allow Nordic to build its facility in a residential district. On July 10, Murray found …

  • Published
    July 14, 2019

    Alchemy shop offers community for plant-based lifestyle

    Three women have taken their individual farmstand businesses to one shop on Beaver Street to make their products more accessible. The Alchemist Plant Based Wellness Cafe opened its doors July 3. Amanda Peaslee with Pure Herbal Healing, Linda Prichard with Fancy Plants and Kate Hall with Graze growing microgreens, developed a farmstand following at United Farmers Market that had customers inquiring about where to …

  • 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 …

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    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 …

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