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Town of Penobscot, P. O. Box 4, Penobscot, ME
Telephone: 207-326-4364

Selectmen meet: Tue., except 5th Tue., 7-8:30 p.m., town hall.
Tax Collector: Mon., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-5 p.m.;
Tue., 4-8 p.m.; Thu., 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.
Web site:

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Town Description

The town of Penobscot takes its name from the Indian word “Penobskeag,” or “Penopeauke,” signifying a rocky place. Contemporary farmers will attest to the accuracy of this choice. As in other area communities, small farms have been reestablished and are again supporting local families. Other early trades included brickmaking, home and machine knitting and the manufacturing of fish barrels, lime casks, carriages, harnesses and coffins. Ice harvesting, peat bogs, shipping and gristmills employed other residents.

The Penobscot Nursing Home is, today, the town’s largest employer. The Penobscot Community School educates students from kindergarten through eighth grade. “Penobscot Days,” celebrated in July, involves the fire department, the historical society, Scouts and others to present a parade and day of exhibits and events.

Town Officials

Paul Bowen, Chmn., 326-8895
Stanley Shorey, 326-4492
Harold Hatch, 326-9383

Treasurer, Tax Collector, Town Clerk, Registrar
Mary Ellen Gross, 326-4364

Alewife Warden
Millard Wardwell, 326-8560
Eddie Reynolds

Animal Control Officer
Robert Gross, 469-3969
pager 759-6062

Board of Appeals
Jonathan Allen, 326-8750
Tom Adamo, 326-8868
Kristie Woods

Code Enforcement Officer
Judith Jenkins, 326-4364

Finance Committee
James Gross Sr., 326-8674
Richard Washburn, 326-4850
Sally Bridges, 326-8626
Lloyd Billings, Faith DeAmbrose, Nick Henry, Audrey Bradford, Cheryl Gross

Health Officer
Judy Jenkins, 326-4766

Planning Board
Dana Willis, chmn., 326-4364
James Gross Jr., 326-9697
Jonathan Allen 326-8750
Elizabeth Snow, 326-4364
Dennis Robertson, alt., 326-4885

Plumbing Inspector
Gerald Guse, 469-3055

Recreation Director
Jim Henry, 326-4364

Road Commissioner
William Hutchins, 326-8497

Shellfish Warden
David Wardwell 326-4128

Town Moderator
Sherman Hutchins, 326-8545
Ellen Sarna, deputy moderator

Tax Information

Property assessed: real estate and some personal property tax on commercial equipment. Tax bills are mailed on July 1 and are due when received. Discount of 2 percent if paid in first 30 days. Interest on unpaid bills is 7 percent annually.

Rules determined by the state are used to determine property value.

Exemptions: homestead and war veterans over the age of 62.
If you want to appeal: fill out proper request papers, which may be obtained at the town office, and return them at a selectmen’s meeting, every Tue. at 7 p.m.

Tax is calculated as property value times the mill rate.

Town Ordinances

Land use regulation, flood plain, shellfish and wind tower.


Building, earth moving, road building. They can be obtained at the town office or town CEO and at planning board meetings held first Tue. at 7 p.m.

Post Offices

Penobscot 04476
Lobby: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.-12 p.m.
Window: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-12 p.m., 1:30-4:15 p.m.; Sat., 8-11:45 a.m.

Penobscot by the Numbers
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Geographic Profile

Total area: 30,737 acres (48.03 sq. mi.)
Land: 30,496 acres
Bog: 634 acres
Flood: 152 acres
Inland water: 241 acres
Shoreline: 19.0 miles


2010: 1,263
2000: 1,344
1990: 1,131

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Education Contact Numbers

Union 93
20 Hinckley Ridge Rd.
P.O. Box 630, Blue Hill
Mark Hurvitt, supt., 374-9927
fax 374-2951

Penobscot Community School
66 N Penobscot Rd., P.O. Box 60
Allen Cole Jr., prin., 326-9421
fax 326-9422

School Board
Gerald Markley, chmn., 326-9308
Anne Hayes-Grillo, Carla Hutchins
James Goodman, Jennifer Pert

Enrollment figures

Oct. 12 Grades K-8 73
Grades 9-12 52

Emergency & Public Services
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Trash & Recycling

Newspapers, magazines, catalogs, telephone books, colored paper, junk mail, envelopes with windows, corrugated cardboard, plastic (#1 and #2), tin, aluminum and glass. Transfer Station hours: Tue. and Sat., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Stickers required; available at transfer station.

Public Restrooms

No information available.

Fire Department

To report a fire: 911

Non-emergency numbers:
Fire House, 326-4296
Dennis Robertson, fire chief, 326-4885

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Walking Trails

Starr Virginia Lampson Preserve, Rte. 199; Weinland Natural Area, trails, Gray Ridge Rd.

Public Landings

Partial tidal launching marked by sign near Northern Bay Market.Wight Pond, fresh water.


Approx. 60; Bay is the only public cemetery.