Articles by: Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

  • Town Manager Fisher helping lead Deer Isle forward

    Town Manager Fisher helping lead Deer Isle forward

    Born and raised in Arlington, Va., Deer Isle Town Manager James Fisher is “related to a lot of families in the area,” including the Wymans and Nashes in Washington County (his grandmother was a Nash from Cherryfield) and the Rev. Jonathan Fisher, the first Congregational minister in Blue Hill. “I was a summer person on

  • Meet Deer Isle Town Clerk Heather Cormier

    Meet Deer Isle Town Clerk Heather Cormier

    A Deer Isle native, Town Clerk Heather Cormier graduated from Deer Isle-Stonington High School and attended John Brown University in Arkansas and the University of Maine. She and her husband, Jeffrey, lived in Presque Isle for a little while before moving home to Deer Isle. Their two daughters, Emily and Allison, also graduated from DI-S.

  • Longtime resident has rock solid roots

    Longtime resident has rock solid roots

    Except for his Navy service and a year spent at a Southern technical school, Peter Perez has lived all his life in Deer Isle. He traces his roots to the granite hewn from the local bedrock. “My grandfather came here from Spain to work in the quarries in the 1800s, so that’s why” he and

  • John Easton: Chairman of Dedham Board of Selectmen

    John Easton: Chairman of Dedham Board of Selectmen

    When not working at the New England School of Communications at Husson University, John Easton can often be found at home in Dedham, where he chairs the Board of Selectmen. While growing up in New Jersey, “I spent all my summers at Tenants Harbor, where my father wanted to move up to,” Easton recalled. That

  • Dedham town clerk wears many hats

    Dedham town clerk wears many hats

    Now approaching her tenth year as the Dedham town clerk, Lisa Lovely attended SAD 63 schools while growing up in Holden. After graduating from Brewer High School, she worked as a deputy town clerk for Holden and then worked at Ames A/E in Bangor. “I enjoy my work here” at the Dedham Town Office, said

  • Dedham’s administrative assistant on the job 13 years

    Dedham’s administrative assistant on the job 13 years

    Hired as the Dedham administrative assistant in December 2006, Michelle Begin is well into her 13th year working for the residents of this town located halfway between Ellsworth and Bangor. In her position, “I gather all the information for the selectmen,” Begin said. “I am responsible for managing the town office and the town employees.”

  • Meet Cranberry Isles Town Clerk Denise McCormick

    Meet Cranberry Isles Town Clerk Denise McCormick

    Cranberry Isles Town Clerk Denise McCormick attended Husson College after graduating from Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln. Her husband, Mitchell, grew up on Islesford; the McCormicks moved there in 1999 after living elsewhere for a while. Appointed the deputy town clerk in 2004, McCormick became the town clerk in 2005. She is also the tax collector,

  • Meet Cranberry Isles Administrative Assistant James Fortune

    Meet Cranberry Isles Administrative Assistant James Fortune

    James Fortune, the administrative assistant to the Cranberry Isles selectmen, served four years in the Air Force after graduating from Maranacook High School in his hometown of Readfield. Leaving the military, he went to the University of Southern Maine to earn a degree in geography and anthropology, with an applied minor in urban planning. Fortune

  • Joy Sprague was nation’s youngest postmaster in 1977

    Joy Sprague was nation’s youngest postmaster in 1977

    Cranberry Isles Selectman Joy Sprague loves the mail. It’s how her parents courted, it employs her as the Islesford postmaster, and the stamps she carries are sought worldwide. Born December 20, 1955 to Roland and Betty Lou Sprague, “I was brought out to the island on Christmas Day by my dad in his lobster boat,”

  • Castine resident Alyssa Radcliff

    Castine resident Alyssa Radcliff

    If anyone knows what’s happening in Castine, it’s Alyssa Radcliff. Born in Castine, Radcliff “mostly grew up in St. George” and ran track and cross-country while at Georges Valley High School. After earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Southern Maine, she worked at different jobs. “Eventually I moved out to