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 Road” brought Marckoon and his wife, Bonnie, to Lamoine in 1984, and they have stayed ever since, raising their two daughters there. “It’s a small town. It’s a friendly town. You know everybody,” he said.
Marckoon became the Lamoine selectmen’s full-time administrative assistant in 1993, when only 900 people lived in the town. Lamoine has recently experienced significant growth, with its population reaching 1,602 residents in 2010 and Lamoine School enrollment rising to around 130 students after “dropping to below 100,” Marckoon said. “More people are moving here.”
In 2018, permits for new housing construction ran “about double a normal year,” activity that “doubled our code-enforcement time” from 2017, Marckoon noted.
Before starting his day at the Lamoine Town Office, Marckoon does the early morning news for Star 97.7-FM in Ellsworth. “I get there by 4:30 [a.m.] and then scoot down here,” he said.
Best known for his radio work, Marckoon does “a lot of sport officiating, probably close to 150 games a year.” He officiates at American Legion and high school baseball games from Deer Isle to Greenville and at collegiate and high school volleyball games in the region encompassing Calais, Fort Kent, and Waterville.
Officiating high school “basketball games takes us from Rockland to Greenville,” Marckoon said.
Playing “low brass, tuba and trombone,” he performs with the Ellsworth City Concert Band and the Fletchers Landing Philharmonic Orchestra, “a Dixie-style ragtime band” that has “some pretty darn good musicians in it — and me.”