David Branch, Publisher & Editor
My ancestors established the Pettengill Farm, a nineteenth century salt-water farm in Freeport. The Freeport Historical Society now owns and maintains the property. My great grandmother, Gertrude Goldrup, sewed the first pair of L.L. Bean hunting boots. Her sewing machine is proudly displayed at their flagship store.
I graduated from Freeport High School in 1978. In 2020, after chipping away at it for 35 years, I received my Bachelors Degree in Theater from the University of Southern Maine. Today I live in Westbrook with my wife, Heather. Our son, Henry, is a student at Westbrook Middle School.
One of my favorite questions when meeting new people is, “Where are you from?” My proud reply is always, “I’m a Mainer!”
Michael Kelley, Writer
Michael Kelley, a native of Portland and resident of Westbrook, has been working in the newspaper industry since 2006 writing about municipal news, education news, features, sports and other human interest topics for several weekly newspapers, most recently the Portland Forecaster. His work has appeared in weekly and daily publications in Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont. He has been a contributing writer for Memories of Maine Magazine since May 2013 and enjoys sharing stories about Maine’s history and people.
Aimee Lanteigne, Writer
Born in Waterville and raised in Fairfield as a Lawrence Bulldog, Aimee Lanteigne has been a middle school social studies teacher in Maine for twenty-seven years. She graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington, and holds a Masters degree in Civil War Studies, as well as a National Board Teaching Certificate for Adolescent History. She resides in Gardiner with her two sons. Keeling is a senior at the University of Maine at Orono with aspirations of becoming a teacher. Braden recently graduated from Gardiner Area High School with the accolade of Outstanding Male Athlete. He will be attending the University of Rhode Island to become a physical therapist.
Aimee enjoys dance, travel, hiking, history, reading, and sports of all kinds. She was a basketball player “back in the day” and has stayed involved with the sport as a coach and volunteer for the MPA officials. Although she has seen many countries, she considers Maine the most beautiful spot in the world. She writes for Memories of Maine Magazine because it gives her an outlet for two of her favorite passions …writing and telling stories about the place she loves above all others.
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Elizabeth Bennett, Writer
Elizabeth Bennett is from away, born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, but she married a Mainer and followed him back. She lives in Searsport, Maine, with her husband and five children, in a house they built with their own bare hands.
Elizabeth is fascinated by her adopted state’s rugged past. Reading and writing fill in her spare moments not consumed by raising children. She also previously worked as a commissioned artist and an art director for Shepherd’s Press.
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Camille Smalley, Writer
Camille is “from away” as they say in Maine, having moved to Maine at age 17. Born in Bremerton, Washington, she moved to Maine to attend the University of New England and earned a Bachelors of Art in English and Women’s Studies, followed by a Masters Degree in American and New England Studies from the University of Southern Maine in Portland. She spent seven years at the Saco Museum, planning everything from events and fundraisers to exhibits. Currently, Camille is an Associate Director at Foreside Financial Group, specializing in broker-dealer compliance.
Camille married a Mainer, Bryan, and they reside in Westbrook, Maine with their two daughters, River and Sabine. The family enjoys trips to Smiling Hill Farm and spending warm summer days splashing around on Thomas Pond. Camille enjoys history, and especially getting to the grittier, real stories of people and events. Writing for Memories of Maine Magazine allows her the opportunity to explore the history of Maine in greater detail and connect Maine’s history with the greater narrative of the United States.
Anne Gabbianelli, Writer
Anne Gabbianelli has strong Maine ties with an ancestor who built the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Winn in the 19th century and another who established “The Foundry” (Millinocket Fabrication and Machine Company) in the early 20th century. Anne’s mom spent her summers in Millinocket while growing up and later, Anne and her siblings, who grew up in Connecticut, also spent summers in Maine. The family camp on Silver Lake in Lee remains a favorite destination.
Anne resides in Winterport with her better half whose family roots are firmly planted in Maine. Anne and Phil enjoy traveling the state, discovering hidden towns, visiting museums and exploring antique shops and flea markets.
Anne has enjoyed an extensive career as a broadcast and print journalist and a professor of communication, journalism and English. She is well published and is also a hospice volunteer meeting amazing and brave people on their journeys. Anne’s proudest accomplishment is raising a son into a fine man. Memories of Maine Magazine offers Anne the opportunity to share stories of fascinating people, places and projects.
Sheila D. Grant, Writer
Sheila D. Grant is a freelance editor/writer/photographer who grew up in Milo. She is also a part-time staff reporter for The Eastern Gazette newspaper.
From 2008 to 2017, Sheila was the editor/writer of the Downtown Idea Exchange and the Downtown Promotion Reporter, two newsletters covering downtown revitalization throughout the U.S. and Canada. She is also the editor and a co-author of the book, Design Downtown for Women, Men Will Follow and is the author of one book, 50 Great New England Family Vacations.
Her work has frequently appeared in the pages of Maine Seniors and Maine Women magazines. Over the past two decades, her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, as well as several other regional magazines and newspapers, and at www.OneNewEngland.com. Grant’s work has been recognized by the Maine Press Association and the New England Outdoor Writers Association.
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Joline Violette Edwards, Graphic Designer
I was born and raised in Lewiston, Maine, a great place to grow up in the 1960s and 70s. I am very proud of my French heritage, and the actual results of my DNA test indicate that I am indeed 100% French…no segmented pie chart, just a full uncut pie! I have two independent, successful adult sons who I brought up in Yarmouth, Maine, and they continue to make me very proud. My wonderful husband Doug and I are now happily living in Saco, where I work from home as a freelance graphic designer. You can see some of my work at www.dependableld.com.
As the graphic designer for Memories of Maine Magazine since 2012, I thoroughly enjoy laying out each issue; it’s like putting together a complicated puzzle. It’s very rewarding. With each issue, I learn more about the people and places of the great state of Maine. Who knew that Maine was so full of interesting people and important history!