Articles by: Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

Brian Swartz

  • 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,

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Put a face on it: Surry Selectman Bill Matlock

    Put a face on it: Surry Selectman Bill Matlock

    “I grew up in Colorado,” says Surry Selectman Bill Matlock, who started working “for a corporation in the late ’60s” and saw his career take him to several states before “I retired in 2004” in New Jersey with his wife, Marget. They vacationed that year in Nova Scotia “and loved it there and wanted to

  • Town Clerk Angela Smith a people person

    Town Clerk Angela Smith a people person

    Originally from Island Falls, Surry Town Clerk Angela Smith attended Southern Aroostook Community High School in Dyer Brook for a few years. After attending an Anchorage, Alaska, school for about a year, she moved to Colorado and graduated from Steamboat Springs High School. With “family back here” in Maine, Angela came east to study business