J.W. Oliver started work as the first full-time editor of the new Harpswell Anchor on June 21. He comes to the Anchor after 11 years with The Lincoln County News, the last five as editor. He was the Maine Press Association’s 2017-18 Journalist of the Year. Oliver grew up in South Bristol and now lives in Bristol with his wife and their two young children. He will split his work week between Harpswell and his home office.
Director of Development and Operations
Janice Thompson, a fundraiser with thirty five years of experience, is moving from the Acting President of the Board to the position of Director of Development and Operations. Janice and her husband Jeremy and child Isolde moved to Harpswell Neck in 2018 after advancing the missions of organizations like MIT, Harvard and the Boston Athenaeum. She has spent the last two years as Director of Development for the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
Sam Allen is joining the Harpswell Anchor as its Administrative Assistant. Sam, a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine, has lived in Harpswell since the age of 3. His Harpswell family goes back at least five generations. He has been writing for the Anchor since he was in high school, and is thrilled to be part of the effort to bring the Anchor back to life.
Current members of the Harpswell News Board of Directors:
- Greg Bestick, President
- Doug Warren, Vice President
- Deirdre Strachan, Secretary
- Kate Willeford, Treasurer
- John Boomer
- Robin Casey
- Connie Sage Conner
- Richard Moseley
- Erin O’Mara
- Rob Wallace
None of this would be possible without the founding members of Harpswell News:
Greg Bestick, John Boomer, Dave Brown, Robin Casey, Connie Sage Conner, Philip Conner, Robert Gibson, Jeremy Jones, Tom Lunde, Dick Moseley, Mary Ann Nahf, Helen Norton, Deirdre Strachan, Janice Thompson, Chris Tomasino, and Doug Warren.