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  • Published
    June 8, 2021

    Town administrator to retire; broadband project advances

    Under the skillful guidance of moderator Lee Woodward, around 60 residents dispatched the town’s business in about an hour June 7, passing all warrant articles except one, which was skipped. In addition, two municipal officials were honored for their service to the town, the winners of the June 5 election were announced, and the chairman of the Broadband Internet Committee reported on the group’s progress. For …

  • Published
    May 10, 2021

    Town steps up ambulance director search

    The Board of Selectmen had a full agenda May 6, with Interim Ambulance Director Loren Cole and Fire Chief Vern Thompson attending, in addition to board members Peter Curley and Melissa Moody. Selectman Betsy Bradley was present by speakerphone. Leading the agenda in importance was a discussion of the status of the town’s search for a new ambulance director for one year, with the possibility of renewal at the end …

  • Published
    May 7, 2021

    Selectman candidates stress desire to serve town

    Marsha Shute and Darren Shute have turned in nomination papers for the seat on the Board of Selectmen being vacated by Melissa Moody in June. The election is June 8 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Town Office. The two candidates, both of whom are Stockton Springs natives and have lived in town most or all of their lives, acknowledged that they are related. Darren said he thought they were second cousins. He is an …

  • Published
    April 26, 2021

    Town to hire engineer to assess road

    First Selectman Kathy Littlefield told The Republican Journal April 23 that Peter Coughlan, director of the Maine Department of Transportation Community Services Division, had visited “a long time ago” to look at the dirt roads, including Bonne Terre Road, which had ruts up to 3 feet deep earlier this spring. However, with drier weather, Waldo’s unpaved roads have been graded and are “as good as anybody’s dirt …

  • Published
    April 19, 2021

    Ryan ready to let new director chart chamber's post-COVID course

    When Steve Ryan took over as executive director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce in September 2017, he thought of it as a way to serve his community while stepping back from the pressures of a long career in health care finance. At the time, he did not expect 3 1/2 years later to be planning a move overseas. Ryan is leaving his job at the chamber, probably around the beginning of July, “but it’s a little …

  • Published
    April 18, 2021

    For 2022, town budget down 1.4%, taxes up 8.2%

    Town officials worked to preserve the undesignated fund balance while also doing what they could to relieve the burden on taxpayers in crafting a municipal budget that is down by 1.4% percent from last year, according to Town Administrator Janet Anderson. The town budget for fiscal year 2022, which begins July 1, is $3,965,309, down $56,809 from the 2021 figure of $4,022,118. The final budget hearing was held …

  • Published
    April 17, 2021

    Voters choose successors for Flacke, Scribner; budget falls slightly

    The changing of the guard on the Board of Selectmen and at the Fire Department were emotionally freighted moments during the town meeting April 17. In addition, under the guidance of moderator Todd Greely, the town efficiently passed a 2021 municipal budget that is down by $7,975, or 1.6%, from last year, going from $491,902 to $483,927. The meeting began with Clerk Melinda “Mindy” Rowlands remembering former …

  • Published
    April 16, 2021

    Updated: Bebb wins special election for selectman

    Breanna Pinkham Bebb won the special election April 14 to fill out the rest of Zak Hollingshead’s term on the Board of Selectmen, by a vote of 101-41 over Ann Frenning Kossuth. Reached by phone the day after the election, Bebb told The Republican Journal, “I’m excited to be getting to work for the community I love,” adding that she has always enjoyed working with the Town Office staff and members of the Board of …

  • Published
    April 16, 2021

    Group tackles plan to restore historic cemeteries

    A small but enthusiastic group of volunteers is developing a plan for the restoration and maintenance of the town’s historic cemeteries. Spokesperson Jennifer Pierce told The Republican Journal April 14 that the group is not an official committee of the town, but is working with First Selectman Kathy Littlefield, since selectmen are sextons of the cemeteries in Waldo. The group was announced to the town at the …

  • Published
    April 15, 2021

    Select Board chair runs for reelection

    According to the Islesboro Town Office, three candidates will be running unopposed in the June 22 municipal election. Chairman Gabe Pendleton, whose term on the Select Board is expiring, is running for reelection, and Melissa Jagger and Julianna Reidy are running for two vacancies on the school board. The three were the only candidates who turned in nomination papers by the April 14 deadline. The town will …

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