Articles by: Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

  • Put a face on it! Mariaville resident Liz Flood

    Put a face on it! Mariaville resident Liz Flood

    Liz Flood cannot imagine living anywhere other than Mariaville. Born in Missouri, she moved to Louisiana, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida as her father, a Navy medical officer, pursued his military career. Home-schooled along with her siblings, she earned her high-school diploma through Christian Liberty Academy in Illinois. When he retired, her father took a position

  • Selectman Ross Edgecomb loves the country lifestyle

    Selectman Ross Edgecomb loves the country lifestyle

    Mariaville First Selectman Ross Edgecomb grew up “right here in Mariaville,” where his family has lived “since the early 1900s. The pulp industry, I think, moved them here” to cut wood and work in local mills. He attended Beech Hill School in Otis, competed on the wrestling team at Ellsworth High School, and “went right

  • Meet Mariaville Town Clerk Cindi Sargent

    Meet Mariaville Town Clerk Cindi Sargent

    Mariaville Town Clerk Cindi Sargent grew up in Ellsworth and, after graduating from Ellsworth High School, “learned how to be a travel agent” by attending the Wilma Boyd Travel School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then worked three years for Delta Dream Vacations in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Returning to Maine, Cindi worked at Union Trust Company

  • Administrative Assistant also does radio, plays tuba

    Administrative Assistant also does radio, plays tuba

    Originally from Winthrop, Lamoine Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon “started working in radio” while attending Rockland District High School. He worked for WVII-TV in Bangor and studied accounting at Husson College. Later, “when Kiss 94 came calling,” Marckoon moved to Ellsworth to work full time as that station’s news director. “An affordable house on the Buttermilk

  • Jo Cooper believes in being involved

    Jo Cooper believes in being involved

    Raised in Town Hill and the oldest of five children, Jo Cooper attended Bar Harbor schools and graduated from Mount Desert Island High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in medieval studies at Wellesley College and did her graduate work in Scottish medieval history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Jo married Don

  • Meet Lamoine Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs

    Meet Lamoine Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs

    When she was growing up in Norwalk, Connecticut, Lamoine Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs often visited her grandparents, Frank and Maria Kovacs, owners of the Pioneer Farm on the Bayside Road in Ellsworth, the city where Kovacs was born. “I used to come up here summers and Christmas,” she said. “Summers, I’d work on the farm;

  • Longtime fire chief got an early start

    Longtime fire chief got an early start

    Hancock Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Holmes grew up in Hancock, attended Hancock Grammar School and graduated from Ellsworth High School. His introduction to firefighting came early in life. “My mother’s father, George Marsters, was one of the first chiefs of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department,” Holmes said. Marsters took “us to the fire station,

  • Selectman sees lots of challenges ahead for town

    Selectman sees lots of challenges ahead for town

    After winning election to the Hancock Board of Selectmen in May 2016, George Colwell is finishing his first year as board chairman. He sees several challenges awaiting the town as 2020 approaches. Growing up in Hancock, Colwell graduated from Ellsworth High School and studied engineering physics at the University of Maine at Orono. He owns

  • Meet Hancock town clerk Toni Dyer

    Meet Hancock town clerk Toni Dyer

    Raised in Hancock, Town Clerk Toni Dyer attended kindergarten through 12th grade at Life Christian Academy in Trenton. She served in the Army for 10 years as a human resources specialist. Stationed “around the Baghdad area” in Iraq for 16 months in 2009-2010, she moved to Hancock in 2010 and completed her service with the

  • Descendent of original settler returns to his roots

    Descendent of original settler returns to his roots

    His ancestral roots deeply entwined in Great Pond, Reggie Archer moved there with his wife, Joan, in 1982. Though careers called them away for a while, they returned in the mid-1990s and never left. Descended from Joshua Williams, Great Pond’s first settler, Archer is the son of Burns Archer (born in Great Pond) and Corrine

  • Selectman Chairman John Wingert: From the pulpit to the town office

    Selectman Chairman John Wingert: From the pulpit to the town office

    John Wingert, who chairs the Great Pond Board of Selectmen, grew up in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, earned a bachelor’s degree in history and modern languages at Hamilton College in New York, and then graduated with a master of divinity degree from General Theological Seminary in New York City. Ordained an Episcopal priest, Wingert ministered at two

  • Small town, many hats for Town Clerk Joan Archer

    Small town, many hats for Town Clerk Joan Archer

    At Great Pond, Town Clerk Joan Archer wears many hats. “My father was in the Air Force, so I grew up all over the world,” Archer said. Her parents hailed from Kennebunk, and her father retired from the military in time for her to attend Kennebunk High School for four years. Earning an education degree