Articles by: Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

  • Put a face on it! Mariaville resident Liz Flood

    Put a face on it! Mariaville resident Liz Flood

    Liz Flood cannot imagine living anywhere other than Mariaville. Born in Missouri, she moved to Louisiana, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida as her father, a Navy medical officer, pursued his military career. Home-schooled along with her siblings, she earned her high-school diploma through Christian Liberty Academy in Illinois. When he retired, her father took a position

  • Selectman Ross Edgecomb loves the country lifestyle

    Selectman Ross Edgecomb loves the country lifestyle

    Mariaville First Selectman Ross Edgecomb grew up “right here in Mariaville,” where his family has lived “since the early 1900s. The pulp industry, I think, moved them here” to cut wood and work in local mills. He attended Beech Hill School in Otis, competed on the wrestling team at Ellsworth High School, and “went right

  • Meet Mariaville Town Clerk Cindi Sargent

    Meet Mariaville Town Clerk Cindi Sargent

    Mariaville Town Clerk Cindi Sargent grew up in Ellsworth and, after graduating from Ellsworth High School, “learned how to be a travel agent” by attending the Wilma Boyd Travel School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She then worked three years for Delta Dream Vacations in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Returning to Maine, Cindi worked at Union Trust Company

  • Administrative Assistant also does radio, plays tuba

    Administrative Assistant also does radio, plays tuba

    Originally from Winthrop, Lamoine Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon “started working in radio” while attending Rockland District High School. He worked for WVII-TV in Bangor and studied accounting at Husson College. Later, “when Kiss 94 came calling,” Marckoon moved to Ellsworth to work full time as that station’s news director. “An affordable house on the Buttermilk

  • Jo Cooper believes in being involved

    Jo Cooper believes in being involved

    Raised in Town Hill and the oldest of five children, Jo Cooper attended Bar Harbor schools and graduated from Mount Desert Island High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in medieval studies at Wellesley College and did her graduate work in Scottish medieval history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Jo married Don

  • Meet Lamoine Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs

    Meet Lamoine Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs

    When she was growing up in Norwalk, Connecticut, Lamoine Town Clerk Jennifer Kovacs often visited her grandparents, Frank and Maria Kovacs, owners of the Pioneer Farm on the Bayside Road in Ellsworth, the city where Kovacs was born. “I used to come up here summers and Christmas,” she said. “Summers, I’d work on the farm;

  • Longtime fire chief got an early start

    Longtime fire chief got an early start

    Hancock Volunteer Fire Department Chief Chris Holmes grew up in Hancock, attended Hancock Grammar School and graduated from Ellsworth High School. His introduction to firefighting came early in life. “My mother’s father, George Marsters, was one of the first chiefs of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department,” Holmes said. Marsters took “us to the fire station,

  • Selectman sees lots of challenges ahead for town

    Selectman sees lots of challenges ahead for town

    After winning election to the Hancock Board of Selectmen in May 2016, George Colwell is finishing his first year as board chairman. He sees several challenges awaiting the town as 2020 approaches. Growing up in Hancock, Colwell graduated from Ellsworth High School and studied engineering physics at the University of Maine at Orono. He owns

  • Meet Hancock town clerk Toni Dyer

    Meet Hancock town clerk Toni Dyer

    Raised in Hancock, Town Clerk Toni Dyer attended kindergarten through 12th grade at Life Christian Academy in Trenton. She served in the Army for 10 years as a human resources specialist. Stationed “around the Baghdad area” in Iraq for 16 months in 2009-2010, she moved to Hancock in 2010 and completed her service with the

  • Ex-sailor Bruce Carter happy a fixture in his homeport

    Ex-sailor Bruce Carter happy a fixture in his homeport

    One among six Franklin High School graduates in 1948, Bruce Carter “kicked around home for a year” while researching two interesting college majors. “I looked into becoming a veterinarian” before deciding to pursue an engineering degree at Maine Maritime Academy, he recalled. Commissioned a Navy Reserve ensign at his 1952 college graduation, Carter left that