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.

  • 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,

  • Trenton by the numbers

    Trenton by the numbers

    Trenton town information   Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 15 Deaths: 16 Marriages: 0   Registered voters (March 2019) 1,324 total registered voters 349 Democrats 405 Republicans 75 Green Independent Party 495 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding tax liens as of June 30, 2018 18 accounts (15 taxpayers): $22,960.12  

  • 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

  • Tremont Town Manager Christopher Saunders

    Tremont Town Manager Christopher Saunders

    Hailing from Glendale, Calif., Tremont Town Manager Chris Saunders earned his bachelor’s degree — a double major in classics in Latin and public policy — at Brown University in Providence, R.I., and a master’s degree in public administration at the University of Arizona. While at Brown he met his wife, Grace Price, a medical student.

  • Tremont by the numbers

    Tremont by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 15 Deaths: 12 Marriages: 10   Registered voters (June 2019) 1,183 total registered voters 389 Democrats 315 Republicans 46 Green Independent Party 433 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report (source: 2018 Tremont town report) Outstanding 2014 real estate taxes One account (one taxpayer): $2,747.92   Outstanding 2015

  • Selectman Kevin Buck

    Selectman Kevin Buck

    Tremont Selectman Kevin Buck grew up in Hampden and graduated from Hampden Academy, where he “played football for three years,” competed on the ski team and ran track and field. Afterward he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Maine. “I swore I would never run for political office,” Kevin said.

  • Town Clerk’s island roots run deep

    Town Clerk’s island roots run deep

    Descended through her mother (Melita Smith) from David Smith, “the first white settler” on Swan’s Island, Swan’s Island Town Clerk Gwen May was born in Rockland, “and I came home after 10 days” to grow up in the town where her father, Milton “Bud” Staples, was the road commissioner for 40 years. After completing eighth

  • Swan’s Island Selectman Sonny Sprague Jr

    Swan’s Island Selectman Sonny Sprague Jr

    Myron Sprague Jr., known as “Sonny,” has served the town of Swan’s Island since 1968. Shortly after his birth in 1941 his family moved to Rockland, where his father worked at Snow’s Shipyard during World War II. In 1946, the Spragues moved back to Swan’s Island to be with Sonny’s grandmother, who had lost a

  • Meet Swan’s Island resident Nancy Carter

    Meet Swan’s Island resident Nancy Carter

    Swan’s Island resident Nancy Carter “was born during the war, [in] ’44. I was born in Knox County Hospital in Rockland,” where her mother, Beverly Simmons, was living with her parents while Nancy’s father, Byron, was serving as an Army sergeant in the Philippines. Byron returned safely from the war, and the family moved to

  • Swan’s Island by the numbers

    Swan’s Island by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 2 Deaths: 5 Marriages: 3   Registered voters 324 total registered voters 66 Democrats 131 Republicans 26 Green Independent Party 101 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding 2018 real estate taxes 56 accounts (47 taxpayers): 87,617.99   Swan’s Island Volunteer Fire Department (2018) Type of call