Today, MaineToday Media launches “Maine Streets,” a monthly series that will appear in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Each month, a different reporter will take an in-depth look at a town or city around the state. Staff Writer Kelley Bouchard kicks off the series today with her look at the town of Kittery.

The series will give readers nuts-and-bolts information, while at the same time answering the question: What makes our towns and cities unique? It will be told with words, photographs, graphics, videos and interactive online tools.

“As we continue to expand our coverage for the MaineToday Media newspapers, this new series is a natural evolution of what will be a continuum of growth,” said Richard L. Connor, CEO and publisher. “Our reporting staff knows the state as well as anyone. Our award-winning photographers, including Fred Field, who is the lead photographer on this project, are the best in the state. Together, they will tell the story of Maine and its people and cities and towns through their words and photographs as well as anyone has ever done.

“This project complements many of the other things we’ve done this year, including expanding our State House bureau to three reporters and reopening the long-shuttered Washington Bureau with the only journalist from Maine covering the national government. And now we’ll have our reporters and photographers roaming Maine looking for portraits of our communities that tell who we are, what we do, and how we live.”

Scott Wasser, executive editor, will oversee the project in the newsroom.

“Our goal is for this series to paint a picture of Maine’s cities and towns using the people who live there as a palette,” Wasser said. “Although I’m sure readers will enjoy it whether they read it in print or online, I’m excited about how Maine Streets takes full advantage of both platforms. This isn’t the first time a newspaper has attempted a series like this, but beginning with today’s profile of Kittery I think it will become obvious that nobody has done it better than our incredibly talented staff.”

– From staff reports