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.

  • Franklin by the numbers

    Franklin by the numbers

    Source: Franklin 2017 annual report for (March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018)   Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 14 Deaths: 21 Marriages: 16   Registered voters (January 2019) 1,120 total registered voters 298 Democrats 416 Republicans 42 Green Independent Party 364 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding 2017 real estate

  • Former GSA musician fashions noteworthy career as city clerk

    Former GSA musician fashions noteworthy career as city clerk

    Originally from California, Ellsworth City Clerk Heidi-Noel Grindle moved to Blue Hill with her family at age 5, played the clarinet and alto clarinet in the George Stevens Academy band and studied accounting for a year at Thomas College in Waterville. Grindle graduated from Beal College in Bangor with an associate degree in travel and

  • City Manager Cole keeps Ellsworth on the right path

    City Manager Cole keeps Ellsworth on the right path

    David Cole grew up in Lincoln, where “my father worked in the paper mill, like a lot of people. I was a runner, track and cross-country” at Mattanawcook Academy, from which he went to the University of Maine and earned a bachelor’s degree in public management and a master’s degree in public administration. “I went

  • Resident Mary Blackstone: “My heart is here”

    Resident Mary Blackstone: “My heart is here”

    Although her academic career took her to the Canadian prairie provinces, Mary Blackstone never strayed far from Ellsworth, her hometown. She and her husband, Cameron Louis, live the Ellsworth house where “I was born and raised,” Blackstone said. “Involved in all the dramatic productions” held during her middle- and high-school years, she lettered in basketball,

  • Ellsworth by the numbers

    Ellsworth by the numbers

    Ellsworth school information for Our Town   Ellsworth Elementary/Middle School, 2018-2019 enrollment 864 students total Pre-K: 16 students Kindergarten: 92 students 1st grade: 96 students 2nd grade: 88 students 3rd grade: 102 students 4th grade: 103 students 5th grade: 80 students 6th grade: 92 students 7th grade: 95 students 8th grade: 116 students   Ellsworth

  • Resident Carolyn Yeo’s Eastbrook roots run deep

    Resident Carolyn Yeo’s Eastbrook roots run deep

    Carolyn Yeo grew up in the Eastbrook house where she was born in September 1939. For grades K-4, she attended “a school on the Ridge” that later became a private home. For grades 5-8 she went “across the street to a school building they’ve [since] taken down. “There were only eight of us in that

  • Meet Eastbrook Town Clerk Methel Wilbur

    Meet Eastbrook Town Clerk Methel Wilbur

    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

  • Eastbrook by the numbers

    Eastbrook by the numbers

    Source: Eastbrook annual report for 2017-2018   Town Clerk’s report Births: 1 Deaths: 4 Marriages: 2   Registered voters (January 2019) 346 total registered voters 69 Democrats 128 Republicans 15 Green Independent Party 134 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding 2017 real estate taxes (as of June 5, 2018) 145 accounts

  • 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