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.

  • 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

  • Meet Deer Isle Town Clerk Heather Cormier

    Meet Deer Isle Town Clerk Heather Cormier

    A Deer Isle native, Town Clerk Heather Cormier graduated from Deer Isle-Stonington High School and attended John Brown University in Arkansas and the University of Maine. She and her husband, Jeffrey, lived in Presque Isle for a little while before moving home to Deer Isle. Their two daughters, Emily and Allison, also graduated from DI-S.

  • Longtime resident has rock solid roots

    Longtime resident has rock solid roots

    Except for his Navy service and a year spent at a Southern technical school, Peter Perez has lived all his life in Deer Isle. He traces his roots to the granite hewn from the local bedrock. “My grandfather came here from Spain to work in the quarries in the 1800s, so that’s why” he and

  • Deer Isle by the numbers

    Deer Isle by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 15 Deaths: 36 Marriages: 14   Registered voters (January 2019) 1,699 total registered voters 624 Democrats 386 Republicans 57 Green Independents 632 unenrolled   Tax Collector’s report (2017) Outstanding 2017 real estate taxes as of December 31, 2017 159 accounts (144 taxpayers), $163,290.93 2016 tax liens as of Dec. 31,