Oprah to Focus on Frenchboro



FRENCHBORO — One of the world’s biggest television personalities has taken an interest in one of Hancock County’s smallest communities.

A crew from the Oprah Winfrey Show visited Frenchboro last week to videotape footage for a segment on the town that will air this year. Three days later, almost all of the 38 year-round residents on the tiny offshore island gathered at the elementary school for a videoconference with Ms. Winfrey herself.

The Frenchboro segment will be one of several stories focusing on people who live in exceptional places, said Angela DePaul of Harpo Productions, Ms. Winfrey’s production company. Field producer Rita Thompson visited the island community about 15 years ago and suggested the town would be ideal for the series.

A date for the segment to air has not been set. It is expected to be about 15 minutes long.

Frenchboro is primarily a fishing community and located about eight miles from Mount Desert Island. Although the village is located on Long Island, the town actually consists of 12 islands. Ferry service to Long Island from the Bass Harbor Ferry Terminal in Tremont is limited. The trip takes about 50 minutes.

For complete story, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander.

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