Articles by: Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

  • Bar Harbor town manager’s focus on sea and roads

    Bar Harbor town manager’s focus on sea and roads

    Bar Harbor Town Manager Cornell Knight has worked closely with town councilors and residents as this busy gateway to Acadia National Park has changed quietly in the past few years. While attending Cape Elizabeth High School, Knight played baseball, basketball and soccer for the Capers, then went to the University of Maine to earn a

  • There’s more to the game than sports, says Bunky Dow

    There’s more to the game than sports, says Bunky Dow

    Traveling to Mount Desert Island High School daily from his Tremont home, Bunky Dow played football, basketball and baseball for the Trojans. Graduating in 1978, he took his passion for baseball to Husson College, starting as catcher for the Eagles during his freshman year and shifting to first base his junior and senior years at

  • Bar Harbor Town Clerk Sharon Linscott on the job since May

    Bar Harbor Town Clerk Sharon Linscott on the job since May

    Bar Harbor Town Clerk Sharon Linscott grew up in Reading, Penn. and graduated from Central Catholic High School. She then went to Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Linscott earned a bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics, a discipline designed “more for the application to the business world.” While pursuing her graduate studies in Seattle, she married her

  • Donald Jordan has been a selectmen for nearly 50 years

    Donald Jordan has been a selectmen for nearly 50 years

    Donald Jordan, the Aurora Board of Selectmen chairman, attended the Caruso School with his twin sister, Donna, through grade eight. No bus ran to Ellsworth High School so Judge William Silsby gave Donald, then “14 or 15,” a special permit to drive. Among the “five or six students” he transported daily was his twin sister,

  • Aurora a tight-knit community

    Aurora a tight-knit community

    Aurora was the perfect place to grow up, according to Robin Larson Clarke, fitness director at the Down East Family YMCA. “I’m a New Year’s baby, born on January 1” in Ellsworth to Aurora residents Robert “Red Dog” and Joan Larson, Clarke said. Robert and his two older brothers, Pete and Arthur, had moved to

  • Aurora town clerk keeps home office hours

    Aurora town clerk keeps home office hours

    An Aurora native, Town Clerk Donna Manzo attended the one-room Caruso School, located in the current Aurora Town Hall. One teacher taught “all nine grades,” totaling 14-15 students, she recalled. After completing eighth grade, Aurora students “found your own way to high school,” Manzo said. Some students boarded at either Higgins Classical Institute or Lee

  • Meet Amherst Town Clerk Cheryl Tonero

    Meet Amherst Town Clerk Cheryl Tonero

    Amherst Town Clerk Cheryl Tonero grew up in New Jersey and met her husband, Louis, while working there at a Pontiac dealership. Her maternal grandparents lived in Aurora, and “my parents were moving up here” at the time, Tonero said. Married in 1974, Cheryl and Louis had two daughters (the youngest was six months old)

  • For Phil Deckers, Amherst is home

    For Phil Deckers, Amherst is home

    Looking for work that would carry him through the winter, Phil Deckers arrived in Amherst at age 17. “The night I got here, I stayed,” and the owner of Paul Bunyan Furniture “hired me and found me a place to stay.” Encompassing a furniture factory, a sawmill and a kiln, Paul Bunyan Furniture employed about

  • Amherst ‘felt right,’ says first selectman

    Amherst ‘felt right,’ says first selectman

    Elected Amherst’s first selectman in September 2018, Wes Ellington moved to Eastport from his native Texas as a teenager when a job transfer brought his father to Maine. After graduating from Shead High School, Ellington “went back to Texas for five years or so.” While at Shead, he had dated an Eastport girl named Vanessa.