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Sarah E. Reynolds has been a reporter and writer for more than 25 years, winning awards from the Maine Press Association and other professional organizations. She loves to read, ride her ATV and play word games.

  • Published
    January 13, 2021

    SERVPRO announces new owner

    SERVPRO of Belfast/Camden/Rockland has new ownership as of Jan. 1. According to a Jan. 13 press release, longtime owner Bill Frysinger of Northport has sold the franchise to a neighboring franchisee, Shawn Cox of SERVPRO of Bath/Brunswick, the two businessmen announced Jan. 13. The local SERVPRO team remains the same, and there are plans to add staff to the existing team. Frysinger, a former engineer who establish…

  • Published
    December 1, 2020

    Selectman candidates both have records of service to town

    Two candidates are running to fill the seat on the Board of Selectmen left vacant when David Barrows died in a tractor accident Sept. 13. The remainder of Barrows’ term is about 18 months, expiring in June 2022. Jordan Barnett-Parker and Jason Trundy will vie for the seat in an election set for Dec. 15. Jordan Barnett-Parker moved to Lincolnville with his family when he was 10 and grew up in town, married his …

  • Published
    August 13, 2020

    Updated: Cruise line scraps visits to Maine for 2020

    American Cruise Lines, based in Guilford, Connecticut, has scuttled its entire season in Maine. An advisory announcing the cancellation was forwarded to The Republican Journal by Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce Director Steve Ryan, who is American’s local contact. The advisory, issued Tuesday by Bret Bullock, American’s director, guest experience, states, “due to the continuing health crisis, we have made the …

  • Published
    May 10, 2020

    Updated: Mother's Day fire leaves family with nothing

    Sgt. Joel Davis of the state Fire Marshal’s Office said Tuesday a fire that claimed a home on Mother’s Day was caused by an accidental electrical malfunction in a bedroom. The investigation is complete, he said. Lincolnville Fire Chief Don “Donny” Fullington III said the house, a double-wide mobile home, was a total loss. “They’ve lost all their possessions … there was a lot of heat throughout the building,” he …

  • Published
    April 3, 2020

    Red Cross: Donating blood safe; need is great

    The COVID-19 pandemic has upended lives and societies around the globe. It also led to the cancellation of 13,000 Red Cross blood drives across the U.S. during the three weeks ended April 1, according to Mary Brant, communications manager for the organization’s Northern New England Region. Brant said since the Red Cross put out an urgent call for donors, people in Maine and around the nation “have come out in …

  • Published
    March 30, 2020

    Funeral homes adapt high-touch business to social distancing

    “It’s very awkward,” said Katie Riposta, managing funeral director at Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast. She was talking about the fact that when she meets with people who have lost a loved one — just in ones and twos, these days — she cannot give them a hug. The normally a high-touch funeral business is now hands-off because of concerns about COVID-19, the coronavirus. Riposta and Julie Clement, co-owner of Long …

  • Published
    October 8, 2019

    Program harnesses power of personal stories to create change

    Eight clients of Area Interfaith Outreach, a food pantry and fuel assistance program serving Knox County, are learning the power of their stories to help create change through a pilot program jointly developed by Good Shepherd Food Bank and AIO. Starting Sept. 18, the seven women and one man have been meeting weekly to learn how to craft their experiences of food insecurity and other challenges faced by people in …

  • Published
    May 28, 2019

    Island to vote for school, municipal offices

    Voters in Vinalhaven will face a slate of two candidates for two seats on the School Administrative District 8 Board of Directors. Caitlin Clapham and Alexandra McCarthy are running for the pair of three-year terms open on the board. Other offices to be filled include a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, for which Richard B. Hildings was the only candidate to turn in nomination papers by the April 12 …

  • Published
    November 7, 2018

    Voters approve playground bond for island school district

    By a vote of 436 to 260, voters in the island’s School Administrative District 8 approved borrowing Nov. 6 up to $157,929 to help fund playground improvements at the Vinalhaven School, the total cost of which is estimated at $271,763. The referendum states that if additional donations are received, the borrowing amount will be reduced accordingly.

  • Published
    June 17, 2018

    Vinalhaven budget proposed to rise by 4.9 percent

    Residents of Vinalhaven will gather for their annual meeting Wednesday, June 20, at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium to consider a budget that is up 4.9 percent overall from last year, as well as two bond articles and other business. The total proposed budget for fiscal year 2019 is $6,892.478, which is $318,934 more than was approved for the current fiscal year. It includes appropriations of $3,238,679 for School …

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