Our Town

“Our Town” is a weekly feature, starting Jan. 3, that will profile each of Hancock County’s municipalities as well as the county itself.

  • 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

  • Bar Harbor by the numbers

    Bar Harbor by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (calendar year 2017) Births, 67 total: Bar Harbor residents, 29 Non-residents, 38 Deaths, 85 total: Bar Harbor residents, 66 Non-residents, 19 Marriages, 121 total: Bar Harbor residents, 17 Non-residents, 104   Registered voters (September 2018) 4,454 total registered voters 1,967 Democrats 833 Republicans 179 Green Independent Party 10 Libertarians 1,465 not enrolled

  • 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 by the numbers

    Aurora by the numbers

    Source: Aurora 2017-2018 annual report for the year ending June 30, 2018   Town Clerk’s report Births: 1 Deaths: 0 Marriages: 1   Registered voters (November 2018) 91 total registered voters 14 Democrats 41 Republicans 4 Green Independent Party 32 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report 2017-2018 past due property taxes First

  • 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)

  • Amherst police responses

    (November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018)     Maine State Police, Troop J Type of call                                                     Number Threatening/harassment                                        1 Marijuana possession                                            1 OAS/habitual offender                                          1 OAS infraction                                                      1 Traffic offense summons                                       4 Traffic stop                                                            2 Traffic complaint                                                   3 PI traffic accident                                                  2 PD traffic accident                                               11 Non-reportable accident                                        2 Assist local PD                                                      2 Assist