A Bucksport High School graduate, Eastbrook Town Clerk Methel Wilbur earned an associate degree in medical laboratory technology at Eastern Maine Vocational-Technical Institute in Bangor. Majoring in special education with a math emphasis and a minor in elementary education, she later earned an education degree online via Grand Canyon University.
“I worked in special education for 27 years,” including 10 years in Bucksport, 15 years at Cave Hill School in Eastbrook and two years at Mountain View School in Sullivan,” Wilbur said. When first elected town clerk four years ago, she worked at the town office on Route 200 “on Saturdays and the first of the month, when there were reports to go out.”
After Wilbur retired from teaching in June 2017, the Eastbrook selectmen asked her to consider working more hours at the town office, which is now open 3½ days a week. She is also the tax collector and registrar of voters.
Wilbur and her husband, Joey, lived in Franklin before moving to Eastbrook 17 years ago. Their son, Justin, is the Eastbrook fire chief, and Joey’s son, Zach, lives in Lamoine. The Wilburs have one granddaughter and three grandsons.
A part owner of Waltham-based Irving Wilbur & Son Construction, Joey Wilbur enjoys vegetable gardening, and “I do the canning,” Methel said. “We read a lot. I read books (she likes murder mysteries), he reads more magazines.”
The Wilburs schedule time together every Friday night, often going out to supper or sometimes meeting with friends. Methel and Joey like to travel. Preferring to drive rather than fly, they schedule side trips while en route to their ultimate destinations, such as Florida; the Wilburs have visited Gettysburg and different places in Virginia (including Colonial Williamsburg) while making such trips.