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.

  • 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

  • Meet Surry resident Gete Thompson

    Meet Surry resident Gete Thompson

    Although Gete Thomson was born in Portsmouth, N.H., her parents, Hollis and Regina Bonsey, were from Surry. They returned home in 1946 to care for Gete’s grandfather, Hollis Bonsey Sr. Gete was 3 years old at the time. “We stayed here until 1951, and then we moved back to Portsmouth,” where she graduated from high

  • Surry by the numbers

    Surry by the numbers

    Surry town information Town Clerk’s report (2018) Births: 13 Deaths: 25 Marriages: 11   Registered voters 1,358 total registered voters 474 Democrats 447 Republicans 64 Green Independent Party 373 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding 2017 real estate taxes (as of Dec. 31, 2018) Nine accounts (nine taxpayers): $7,909.46   Outstanding

  • Meet Sullivan Town Manager Rob Eaton

    Meet Sullivan Town Manager Rob Eaton

    Growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, Sullivan Town Manager Rob Eaton served in the Marine Corps from 1974-1977 and returned to Malden afterwards. There he met Candy, his future wife. Her mother lived in Columbia Falls, and her brother attended Narraguagus High School in Harrington. After visiting Maine on July 4, 1978, “we moved up here

  • Longtime resident Lynn Dunbar loves her extended family

    Longtime resident Lynn Dunbar loves her extended family

    While growing up in Sullivan, Lynn Dunbar attended kindergarten at the Sorrento-Sullivan Recreation Center and grades 1-8 at the Sullivan Grammar School, now the town office. She graduated from Sumner Memorial High School. “I worked at the Dunbar Store,” a Sullivan landmark owned by her great-uncle, Emery Dunbar, Lynn recalled. One day as the town

  • Sullivan by the numbers

    Sullivan by the numbers

    Town Clerk’s report (July 1, 2017 — June 30, 2018) Births: 15 Deaths: 8 Marriages: 12   Registered voters 922 total registered voters 229 Democrats 270 Republicans 60 Green Independent Party 363 not enrolled in any party   Tax Collector’s report Outstanding 2016 real estate taxes as of June 30, 2018 Nine accounts (five taxpayers),

  • Put a face on it: Town Clerk Stacy  Tozier

    Put a face on it: Town Clerk Stacy Tozier

    An Ellsworth High School graduate, Sullivan Town Clerk Stacy Tozier pursued paralegal studies at Husson College before working six years as a legal secretary at the Silsby & Silsby law office. Taking classes primarily online, she later earned via the University of Maine at Augusta an associate degree in liberal studies and a bachelor’s degree

  • Manager embraces town’s waterfront way of life

    Manager embraces town’s waterfront way of life

    “My family’s been here since the 1700s. I was born and brought up here,” says Stonington Town Manager Kathleen Billings, who lives in her native Deer Isle. After graduating from Deer Isle-Stonington High School, she earned an accounting degree at Beal College in Bangor. Returning home on weekends, Kathleen worked at the Stonington Lobster Co-op

  • Harbormaster Raelene Pert: ‘I’m up early, and I stay out late’

    Harbormaster Raelene Pert: ‘I’m up early, and I stay out late’

    The harbormaster and pier manager for Stonington, Raelene Pert is originally from Hancock. She attended Ellsworth High School and later earned her GED. Raelene married Christopher Pert on May 26, 2003. “We lived in Ellsworth for about two years. Then we moved to Brooklin, and we’ve lived there ever since,” she said. A lobsterman based

  • Put a face on it: Stonington Town Clerk Jennifer Stanley

    Put a face on it: Stonington Town Clerk Jennifer Stanley

    Stonington Town Clerk Jennifer Stanley grew up in Castine and attended Bucksport High School, where she participated in the Future Business Leaders of America. Jennifer met her husband, Keith, at BHS; “we are high school sweethearts,” she said, smiling. On May 11, 2019, Keith and other relatives proudly watched as Jennifer graduated from the University