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    People walk on a footbridge over the Passagassawakeag River in Belfast. The footbridge connects to the town's popular Harbor Walk trail along the city's waterfront, which was completed in 2013 and was created to encourage people to walk. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    The homes in Belfast's Ecovillage are super insulated and get most of their heat from a passive solar design. The homes do have supplemental heat but don't need much – the average annual cost is only about $300. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    A couple walk along a portion of Belfast's Harbor Walk at sunset. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Cathy Morgan shops for produce at the Belfast Co-op, which was founded in 1973 during the back to the land movement in the neighboring towns around Belfast, The Co-op has 3,800 members and last year sold $2.48 million in Maine-grown food and Maine-made goods. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Buildings on Main Street in Belfast are reflected in the windows of Chase's Daily, a popular restaurant that also sells produce from its farm in nearby Freedom. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Joe Littlefield walks along a section of Belfast's Harbor Walk with his daughter Miriam while people row the Belle Fast, a Cornish Pilot Gig that was built by Come Boating, a volunteer-run organization that encourages people in and around Belfast to enjoy boating in Belfast Harbor and along the Passagassawakeag River. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Kyffin Doliver carries gear away from the Belfast waterfront after rowing in Belfast Harbor. Doliver was rowing as part of a program organized by Come Boating, a volunteer organization that encourages boating in Belfast. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Belfast's Harbor Walk is a mile-long trail along the city's waterfront and is popular because it affords great views of Belfast Harbor, like this scene of the schooner Timberwind returning from a sunset cruise. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    High bush blueberries are included in the landscaping along Belfast's Harbor Walk and the fruit is available for public grazing. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    An energy-efficiency program in Belfast led to this 180-panel solar array atop the city's fire department roof. A solar installation at an old landfill is also proposed. The two projects would provide 20 percent of Belfast's electricity needs. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    Belfast's Harbor Walk is popular for scenes like this: the schooner Timberwind, left, pulling into dock after a sunset cruise and the schooner Mistress tied up at dock after a day of sailing. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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    A woman walks along the Belfast waterfront on Thursday. The waterfront now has a milelong Harbor Walk trail, which was completed in 2013 in an effort to encourage people to get out and walk. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

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