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; it was hard work.”
Kovacs moved to Hancock County in 2003, a few years after her father, Frank Kovacs Jr., moved to Ellsworth to help his mother with the farm. Lamoine selectmen appointed Jennifer the town clerk on September 29, 2003.
She and her husband, Bryan Lord, live in Bar Harbor with his 18-year-old son and their two daughters, ages 12 and 6. Bryan works as a chef on Mount Desert Island.
The Kovacs enjoy attending activities (including concerts) involving their daughters at the Connor-Emerson School in Bar Harbor. “We hang out with the kids, go swimming” in summer, and “we get out in the winter,” Jennifer said. “The kids love sledding.
“We watch basketball games, Bryan and I. He’s a big Celtics fan,” Jennifer said. “Connecticut is kind of divided” with sports loyalties; people living closer to Massachusetts often support Boston-based teams, while people living nearer New York often support teams based in the New York City area, she explained.
Commuting to Lamoine weekday mornings, Kovacs encounters lighter traffic than that headed for MDI. The reverse occurs during her drive home, but no matter how crowded Route 3 might seem to local residents sharing the road with more tourists, “Bar Harbor traffic to me is nothing like New York City,” observed Kovacs, who spent time in the Big Apple when she was younger.
“I love Maine,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Maine is a great place to raise kids. The schools are great.”