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Susan Atwood and Tom Whalen,
have lived and worked in Maine since 1985, raising their three sons and living the Maine experience. Before owning the motor inn, Susan, a medical assistant, worked at Franklin Memorial Hospital and Tom spent over 30 years in institutional food service. Tom enjoys painting in watercolor and
oil, while Susan enjoys her perennial/shrub gardens and photographing the scenic beauty of Wilton and Franklin County. They have a saying they like to quote to people from away, “There is more to Maine, than lobsters and lighthouses, and it is called Western Maine!” Now, they would like to retire and spend more time traveling and visiting their grandchildren.
Christine Ward Baptista graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 1994 with a degree in professional writing, and has been published in The New Bedford Standard Times, The Cape Cod Times, The Providence Journal, Vim and Vigor, and several literary journals. For the past twenty-plus years, she has worked researching and teaching health,
nutrition and fitness. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, hiking, or riding her bike with her dog, Teddy.
William Clunie spent a lifetime in
the outdoors, most recently as a Registered Maine Master Guide, nature photographer, and outdoor writer. He was awarded the New England Outdoor Writer’s Association (NEOWA) Dick Cronin Award for 2017 “Member of the Year”. Previous to this he worked in the U.S. Navy as
a Hospital Corpsman and continues to help his fellow veterans by working with Operation ReBoot Outdoors, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans heal through hunting and fishing. He can be found most days hunting, fishing, or kayaking in the mountains of Western Maine with his lovely wife, Nancy, and their gorgeous Hungarian Pointer (Vizsla), Ginger.
Ron Fournier is the Director of the Bry- ant Pond 4-H Camp and Learning Cen- ter. He serves as Maine’s 4-H Shooting Sports Coordinator, overseeing the states 4-H Shooting Sports clubs and activities. Ron is also a Maine Master Guide operating a guide service that focuses on hunting, fishing and family recreation in Western Maine.
Kim Hamlin is a fiber artist, designer
and dancer living in Western Maine.
She knits, crochets, spins, sews, quilts, needle felts, weaves, gardens, dances, thinks and dreams, and tries to do at least three of these on a daily basis. Kim co-owns Fiber & Vine, a spacious and creative fiber shop that also specializes in wine, located on Main Street in Norway.
Writing about Western Maine is a favorite subject of Aranka Matolcsy. Born and raised in the Oxford Hills, she spent 20 years traveling and living in different regions across
the country to return home with the realization that this region is truly
one of the best places on earth to live and raise children. Aside from writing
and working to promote the arts, Aranka spends most of her time with her young son Colby, raising chickens, and tending vegetable and flower gardens.
Lisa Moore of Harrison has been a professional writer and teacher for more than 40 years. She is an accomplished poet who leads the Mountain Poets Society every month, and has self- published seven collections of her own poems. Moore is President of the Board of Directors of Fare Share Co-op.
She shares life with two sons, three
granddaughters, two dogs, one cat, and a scientist, and loves living in western Maine
Brendan Schauffler has called Western Maine home for the last 15 years, and spent that time getting to know the mountains, lakes, people and places of this remarkable region. He lives in Norway with his wife and children, works as a community health professional, and spends his free time hiking, DJing, reading, and
collecting trivial facts about the animal kingdom.
Scott Vlaun is a writer, photographer, and permaculture designer. His photog- raphy has recently been featured in two major publications: The Organic Seed Grower, and The Seed Garden. As the Executive Director of the Center for an Ecology Based Economy in Norway,
he has recently shifted his focus from documenting the organic seed and
agriculture movement to raising awareness about climate change and resource depletion, and engaging his local community in developing practical, ecological solutions to the challenges ahead. Scott lives in Otisfield were he enjoys growing and sharing food with his family and friends.
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