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.

  • Osborn resident Sylvia Sawyer

    Osborn resident Sylvia Sawyer

    Her Osborn roots go deep for Sylvia Sawyer, who lives in the elegant farmhouse at Moosehill Farm on Route 179 near the Osborn Town Office. “I actually was born down in East Mariaville,” but “I grew up in this house, until I was 14,” she said. “This has been in the family since it was

  • Put a face on it: Osborn resident David Magoon

    Put a face on it: Osborn resident David Magoon

    “Born and raised” in Osborn, David Magoon Sr. has lived in this town spreading along Moosehill Road (Route 179) almost all his life. While growing up, Dave attended the Monticello School, the one-room schoolhouse that now serves as the Osborn Town Office. “Sadie Haslam was the teacher,” an “excellent teacher, very strict,” he said. She

  • Osborn by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 1 Deaths: 0   Registered voters (March 2019) 49 total registered voters 10 Democrats 29 Republicans 10 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report 2016-2017 tax liens as of July 27, 2017 Eight accounts (seven taxpayers): $2,688.14   Osborn Volunteer Fire Department annual report for June 2017 —

  • Orland strikes the right note for David and Virginia Davis

    Orland strikes the right note for David and Virginia Davis

    Piano chords wafting through an open Orland window introduced David Davis to Virginia Soper more than 70 years ago. Born in Massachusetts, Ginny remembers when her father (an Orland native) purchased a player piano, “a joy for our family. We would sing along to the music the piano was playing. I grew up with music.”

  • Meet Town Clerk Connie Brown

    Meet Town Clerk Connie Brown

    Orland Town Clerk Connie Brown grew up in Orrington, attended Brewer High School, and “summered in Orland since I was 4 years old” at her family’s camp on Alamoosook Lake. She moved to Orland in 1979. Graduating from the University of Maine with an associate’s degree in plant-and-soil technology, Brown worked with her father, Ernest

  • Orland by the numbers

    Orland by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 15 Deaths: 21 Marriages: 17   Registered voters (March 2019) 1,683 total registered voters 503 Democrats 488 Republicans 77 Green Independent Party 615 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding real estate taxes (as of June 30, 2018) 120 accounts (101 taxpayers): $111,750.47 Outstanding tax liens (as

  • Meet Mount Desert Town Clerk Claire Woolfolk

    Meet Mount Desert Town Clerk Claire Woolfolk

    Mount Desert Town Clerk Claire Woolfolk earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Rutgers University after graduating from Longmont High School in Longmont, Colorado. She and her husband, Marc, later lived in Connecticut with their children, Matthew and Elizabeth. “We came up on vacation (to Maine), and we thought it was so beautiful, it would

  • “A very special place” for Manager Durlin Lunt Jr.

    “A very special place” for Manager Durlin Lunt Jr.

    Durlin Lunt Jr. describes Mount Desert as “a very special place.” It’s his hometown, and he’s been the town manager since 2010. A Northeast Harbor native, Lunt graduated from Mount Desert High School, “a great high school, the only one of its size in the state that had full accreditation” while housing grades 7-12. Thinking

  • Mount Desert resident Anna-Marie Hart

    Mount Desert resident Anna-Marie Hart

    Anna-Marie Hart relishes going to work every day at the Neighborhood House in Northeast Harbor. A Brewer native, she graduated from Brewer High School and, after a year spent at Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, transferred to the University of Maine to study sociology. “People fascinate me,” she said. “My favorite book growing up was