Linda Hillier Smith
Linda Hillier Smith is a first-grade teacher and mother of three children and grandmother of two boys. In addition to her family, her interests include gardening, cooking, birding, and traveling. Linda is a Winthrop, Maine native and the youngest in a family of seven children. A University of Maine graduate with a degree in nutrition, she was a stay-at-home mom when her children were young. While substitute teaching when her children were in elementary school, she fell in love with teaching and returned to the University of Maine at Farmington to earn a teaching degree. For the past 17 years Linda has taught grades K-3 at Mount Vernon Elementary School, where first graders have a very special place in her heart. She loves teaching children to read. Linda’s vegetable and flower gardens surround her home, where she cooks elegant meals taking pride in growing and using fresh vegetables and herbs for ethnic dishes. She says her current challenges – in addition to writing the Travelin Maine(rs) blog – are learning bird calls and identifying warblers in the fall.
George A. Smith
George A. Smith is an outdoor writer, newspaper columnist honored with awards from the Maine Press Association, television show host, and former executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, the state’s largest sportsmen’s organization. He writes monthly columns for The Maine Sportsman magazine (for more than 30 years), a weekly editorial-page column for central Maine’s two daily newspapers (for twenty years), and a blog for Downeast magazine’s website (started in 2009). He is co-host of a unique weekly television show called Wildfire, a talk show now in its 11th year, focused on conservation and environmental issues and seen on the Time Warner cable stations throughout the state (in 312,000 homes) and the internet (www.wildfiremaine.tv). He is the father of three children and grandfather of two boys. In addition to his family, his interests include hunting, fishing, birding, writing, reading, and eating. He is very fond of Maine’s micro-brews.