Sorrento Select Board Chair Rob Wilpan photo

Seeking “a cleaner, less crowded area,” Sorrento Select Board Chair Rob Wilpan and his wife, Janet, moved to Sorrento from Long Island, New York in 1988 after he accepted a position with The Jackson Laboratory. A Sorrento selectman for 21 years (except for one year between 2017 and 2018), Rob became the board chair after the passing of Louis Sutherland Sr. in 2006. PHOTO BY BRIAN SWARTZ

Rob Wilpan, chairman of the Sorrento Board of Selectmen, moved to Sorrento with his wife, Janet, in 1988. Hailing from Long Island, N.Y., they wanted to live in “a cleaner, less crowded area,” Rob recalled.

Maine was the desired destination. Rob “was into bike riding while growing up on Long Island,” and he would bicycle to New Hampshire in the summer and camp along the way. “I had a pin on the map on Acadia National Park,” he said, intending to bike to Mount Desert Island one day.

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