Articles by: Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

  • Territories are unorganized, but not their supervisor

    Territories are unorganized, but not their supervisor

    As the Unorganized Territories supervisor for Hancock County, Millard Billings manages more land than some small European countries — Andorra, Leichtenstein and Luxembourg come to mind — contain. The Unorganized Territories date to the colonial era, when surveyors laid out townships across eastern Maine. In time, residents in particular townships organized town governments (Ellsworth upgraded

  • Meet Unorganized Territories resident Nora Sargent Garland

    Meet Unorganized Territories resident Nora Sargent Garland

    Originally from Ellsworth, Nora Sargent Garland played basketball in grammar school and attended Ellsworth High School and Mount Desert Island High School. She and her husband, Robert Garland, moved to Fletchers Landing (then Township 8) “a little over 40 years ago. “I just love it up there,” Nora said. From her Hummingbird Lane home, “it’s

  • Chief’s visit became permanent

    Chief’s visit became permanent

    Winter Harbor Fire Chief Tatum McLean grew up in Monmouth. He has lived and worked elsewhere in the United States, but his first visit to the Schoodic Peninsula convinced him “this was the place to be.” Graduating from Monmouth Academy in 1990, Tatum joined the Army as “an M-60 gunner, light infantry,” representing the third

  • Put a face on it: Town Clerk Joe Jordan

    Put a face on it: Town Clerk Joe Jordan

    Waltham Town Clerk Joe Jordan grew up not far from where his father, Harvey, built Jordan Brothers Garage at the intersection of routes 179 and 200 in Waltham in 1959. After attending Waltham’s Longfellow School through second grade, Joe went to Cave Hill School in Eastbrook and graduated from Ellsworth High School. The day came

  • Meet Waltham resident Chris Kravitt

    Meet Waltham resident Chris Kravitt

    A graduate of Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Conn., Waltham resident Chris Kravitt attended Goddard College in Plainfield, Vt. “I was at loose ends” afterward, he recalled, and then the Milford, Conn., owner of Mud Mill Pottery on the Bar Harbor Road in Trenton offered Chris a summer job in 1976. Expecting to stay

  • Selectman Glendon Bevan returns to serve his hometown

    Selectman Glendon Bevan returns to serve his hometown

    A Verona Island native, First Selectman Glendon Bevan “started school here” in a two-room schoolhouse. “I attended up to third grade there” before students were transferred to Bucksport, where he went to the Luman Warren and Jewett schools. After graduating from Bucksport High School, “I went into the service [Army] for a couple of years.

  • Verona Island Town Clerk Marlene Smith

    Verona Island Town Clerk Marlene Smith

    Her family means a lot to Verona Island Town Clerk Marlene Smith. Born on this island surrounded by the Penobscot River, Marlene attended the town’s two-room schoolhouse on School Street for 1½ years. “I was only in first grade when we [students] moved to Bucksport” to attend that town’s schools, she recalled. Soon after graduating

  • Verona Island resident Linwood Bridges Sr.

    Verona Island resident Linwood Bridges Sr.

    Linwood Bridges Sr. has crossed the Penobscot River only once to live somewhere other than Verona Island, where he was born. He traces his Verona Island roots back “a long ways, four or five generations. “I grew up on the East Side” in a farmhouse that “we just tore down … last spring. Twelve of

  • Meet Fire Chief Steve Corson

    Meet Fire Chief Steve Corson

    For Trenton Fire Chief Steve Corson, firefighting runs in the family. A Trenton native, Steve “played two years of football” and also played intramural sports while attending MDI High School. He later earned an associate degree in business management at Eastern Maine Vocational-Technical Institute in Bangor, then worked at Carroll’s IGA in Trenton. He “was

  • Selectman Ehrlenbach wears many hats

    Selectman Ehrlenbach wears many hats

    Frederick “Fred” Ehrlenbach traces his Trenton connection to just a few days after his birth in 1948. “I came home from the Bar Harbor hospital to Trenton, to my grandparents’ summer cottage,” Fred said. His parents and grandparents lived in Ellsworth; growing up there and graduating from Ellsworth High School, he studied civil engineering technology

  • Put a face on it: Town Clerk Carol Walsh

    Put a face on it: Town Clerk Carol Walsh

    Originally from Southwest Harbor, Trenton Town Clerk Carol Walsh graduated from Pemetic High School in the era when “all of the [Mount Desert] island towns had their own elementary and high schools.” After attending Becker College in Worcester, Mass., she moved to New York City and lived there for 11 years while working “in personnel,

  • Tremont Town Clerk Katie Dandurand

    Tremont Town Clerk Katie Dandurand

    Tremont Town Clerk Katie Dandurand grew up in western Massachusetts. “About 10 years ago, my husband (Nathan) and I came up to Lamoine State Park for a two-week camping vacation,” she said. “We love the quiet outdoor life, away from the hustle and bustle,” so “we went home and packed up our things and moved