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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 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 …

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    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 …

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    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 …

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    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 …

  • Published
    June 27, 2019

    Councilors support joining LGBTQ amicus brief

    Mayor Samantha Paradis proposed the city sign on with a Title VII amicus brief about employment nondiscrimination protections for the LGBTQ community during a City Council meeting June 18. She said the action by the council would join a national effort to show support for LGBTQ rights in the workforce. Three cases the brief will represent are R.G and G.R. Harris Funeral Homes Inc. v. EEOC and Aimee Stephens, …

  • Published
    June 25, 2019

    Developer's attorney talks easement with councilors

    The City Council further discussed the permanent easement it is seeking across Paul Naron’s land to secure open access to the Harbor Walk. Naron, who owns two properties at 7 and 15 Front St., was not in attendance while his lawyer, Joe Baiungo, discussed legal matters with councilors June 18. Councilors and the mayor expressed concern about the effect on local businesses of not having a permanent public access …

  • Published
    June 22, 2019

    BCOPE receives best alternative school award

    Belfast Community Outreach Program in Education school, a community-based alternative educational program, was recognized as Maine’s best alternative school by the Military Entrance Processing Station in Portland, through its ASVAB Career Exploration Program, at an award ceremony June 12. BCOPE Principal Dolly Sullivan said she was elated when she learned her school, which accepts only a limited number of …

  • Published
    June 19, 2019

    Mayor Paradis will not seek re-election

    Mayor Samantha Paradis will not seek re-election. She made the announcement at the City Council meeting June 18, saying that being the mayor of Belfast is one of her “greatest achievements.” Paradis declined to comment further. Councilor Eric Sanders announced he will not seek re-election to the City Council but will run for mayor. “I will not be seeking re-election to City Council this time. … I will be …

  • Published
    June 19, 2019

    Winterport residents debate Fire Department funding

    The annual town meeting June 13 drew a lively debate among voters about increasing emergency funds allocated to Winterport Fire Department. Discussion started when resident Mary Anne Royal requested an increase in the Fire Department’s emergency budget by $15,000. Joe Tyler argued that increasing the funds requested by the Fire Department could increase Winterport’s mil rate, property tax assessment, and put …

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