(from the December 2010 Maine Townsman)

S. Wayne Ames, an Orland selectman for 40 years, died on Nov. 25 at the age of 68. Ames worked for the Maine Department of Transportation and was promoted to district superintendent in the Ellsworth division during his career. He was active in the community for decades in various capacities and was predeceased by two wives.

Ellsworth voters made Maine history in November when they elected Michael Boucher as city councilor. Boucher and his twin brother, Matthew, 23, who was elected last year, are believed to be the first twins to serve on a Maine municipal governing board at the same time.

Jackalene Bradley has been hired as interim Easton town manager, effective in November. She replaces John Hangen, who retired.

Eric Dyer (photo to right) has been hired as Chebeague Island town administrator, effective on Jan. 2. Dyer, who has worked for the town of Cranberry Isles as facilities supervisor, succeeds Scott Seaver, who retired earlier this year.

Wells Harbor Master Roland “Chick” Falconer, 80, retired in September. Falconer worked 24 of his 60 work years for the town and said he decided to step down because he wanted some time for himself.

Former Eastport City Manager George “Bud” Finch has been named manager of the western Maine town of Harrison. He replaces Michael Thorne.

Minot Fire Chief Steve French resigned after more than 25 years with the town, beginning as a volunteer firefighter in 1977. French, who will remain chief until February, said he intends to continue as a volunteer for the department.

Misty Gorski, 26, was hired in late September as the Waldoboro planning and development director, replacing Patrick Wright. Gorski graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in environmental studies.

Brewer Police Officer Jeff Gotreau is credited with saving a man from jumping off the Penobscot Bridge this fall after he received calls that the man was perched on the bridge with his feet undressed. Just as the man, a 50-year-old transient, leaned forward, Gotreau leaped, grabbed his shoulders and hauled him to safety.

Greenville selectmen have named Jack Hart as interim town manager and code enforcement officer, effective in November. He replaces John Simko.

Belfast has hired Thomas Kittredge, 33, as its first economic development director after he served three years as executive director of the Piscataquis County Economic Development. Kittredge is a Brewer native and graduate of Yale and Johns Hopkins universities. He bested 24 other candidates from eight states.

Gorham Town Councilor Burleigh Loveitt did not seek re-election this month, ending a public service career that dates to 1975 and his first election to the council. Loveitt did not always serve consecutive terms; he served as chairman of the board several times. A veterinarian, Loveitt, 63, said he thought it was time someone new served in his place.

Rockland Community Development Director Rodney Lynch will retire in 2011 after more than 13 years with the coastal city. Lynch is credited with helping the city win $4.5 million in grants and raising another $1.2 million in private investment. Lynch, a Navy veteran, hopes to continue working with city staff on development projects in some capacity. He is a former town manager for Bethel and Norridgewock, among other posts, over a 35-year professional career.

Topsham Public Works Director Rob Pontau resigned effective Oct. 31. Pontau has been named assistant general manager for the Brunswick Sewer District. He has worked for Topsham since June 2008.

Joyce Pratt has been named administrative assistant to the Leeds selectman, succeeding Jane Wheeler, who retired this year after 21 years of service. Pratt has worked for the town for seven years.

John Rouleau Jr. has been hired as the new Old Town public works director, replacing David Wright, who retired September. Rouleau most recently worked for Pizzagalli Construction Co. as a project superintendent and as project manager for Stillwater-based Sargent Corp.

Mexico Ballot Clerk Connie Tutlis, also known for her many volunteer efforts for the town, has been named Mexico Citizen of the Year, while Police Officer Dan Carrier received the Town Manager Award during an annual appreciation night for municipal staff and volunteers.