(from the April 2009 Maine Townsman)

Wilton Selectman Norman Gould will end his 40-year public service career in June after announcing he will not seek re-election for the first time since 1967. Gould has served as selectman in all but two of the past 42 years.

Jonathan Mahon, an Ellsworth city councilor and former school board member, has been named regional communications director for Hancock County. Mahon succeeds Linda Dunno, who resigned late last year to return to her native state of Ohio.

Jean Royle has been promoted to Palermo animal control officer, while Shane Murphy was named the new deputy.

Andrew Turcotte has been tapped as the new deputy fire chief and director of emergency medical services for the town of Kennebunk. Turcotte worked previously for the Old Orchard Beach Fire and Rescue Department. He is a registered nurse, EMT and former LifeFlight paramedic.

Amon Vaughan, an 18-year-old volunteer firefighter in Appleton, died March 17 in a car accident. Fire Chief David Stone said Vaughan would leave “a very big hole” both in the department and around town. Vaughan was driving to work and apparently fell asleep and crashed his pickup on Route 17, according to reports.

Partial results from contested March town meeting elections:

Voters in Strong elected Clyde Barker and Rebecca Croteau while unseating incumbent Selectman Rupert Pratt. Barker won 109 votes, while Croteau ran a close second with 104 and Pratt ended the day with 62.

Thorndike incumbent Selectman James Bennett held off challenger Travis Johnson for the position of first selectman. Steve Fitton was elected second selectman, and incumbent Gerald Berry ran unopposed for the third seat on the board.

Milo voters re-elected Gerald Brown and seated Robert Ade in a five-way race for two positions on the board of selectmen. Ade collected the most votes with 96, followed by Brown with 88.

Brooks voters elected Arthur Butler to replace Selectman Raymond Shute, who did not seek re-election. Butler won with 43 votes, holding off a challenge by former Selectman Ben Lufkin, who garnered 15 votes and Kathy McAvey, who collected five votes.

Amy Chapman was elected to replace Loretta Mikols, formerly chairwoman of the Greenwood Board of Selectman who did not seek re-election. She collected 45 votes to defeat Bryan Dunham and Shawn Houston.

Former Warren Selectman John Crabtree was elected with 95 write-in votes, holding off four challengers, including Marianne Pellicani, who collected 92 votes.

Fran Head defeated Gilead incumbent Selectman Mark Wigley by a vote of 46-29, while incumbent Tax Collector Beverley Corriveau won re-election, 66-16, against challenger Cynthia Hadlen. Both are three-year terms.

Linda Gallant defeated Geraldine Richards for a three-year term on the Byron Board of Selectmen. Gallant will replace her husband, Michael, who did not seek re-election.

Washington incumbent Selectman Donald Grinnell was re-elected with 145 votes, while challenger Larry Esancy picked up 62 votes.

Newcastle incumbent Selectmen Patricia Hudson and Ellen McFarland held off four challengers to win re-election to three-year terms. McFarland collected the most votes with 177, followed by Hudson with 158. The closest opponent garnered 106 votes.

Incumbent Dorothy Johnson was re-elected with 116 votes for another three-year term on the Baileyville Town Council, while Jason Fowler defeated incumbent Councilor Tim Call by a vote of 93-53.

Whitefield incumbent Selectman Susan McKeen defeated challenger David Hardman Jr. by a vote of 134-79 to win re-election to another three-year term.

West Gardiner write-in candidate Heidi Peckham was easily elected excise tax collector and administrative assistant to selectmen with 267 votes, replacing Nancy O’Laughlin, who retired this year. Peckham defeated three challengers for the job.

Kenneth Lincoln defeated one of the longest-serving selectmen in the history of Lincoln County when he out-polled South Bristol incumbent Donald Stanley by a vote of 137-94.

Rod Rovzar was elected to a one-year term as Stoneham selectman, replacing John Collins, who resigned.

Robert Richardson was re-elected Limerick’s road commissioner for a 27th consecutive year on March 13. Richardson has served as road commissioner since 1982.

Lamoine voters re-elected Jo Cooper to the Board of Selectman for a 3-year term, and selected Gary McFarland, replacing incumbent Brett Jones on the Selectboard. Michael Jordan defeated incumbent Colene Sharkey in the race for Board of Assessors. Balloting was on April 7, 2009.