Who we are

The Penobscot Bay Pilot connects a wide range of communities into a larger and lively online regional network, emphasizing immediate and free access to community news, opinions, public discourse and perspectives, as well as business and citizen participation. The Pilot provides answers, information and resources, establishing a hub around which citizens actively engage.

Editorial directors, Lynda Clancy and Holly S. Edwards
Sales, Janis Bunting

Send news, tips and press releases to news@penbaypilot.com.

Send sports news to sports@penbaypilot.com.

Send obituaries to news@penbaypilot.com. Obituaries are posted free of charge as a community service.

Send photos, video and audio to pix@penbaypilot.com.

Editorial comments and questions can be sent to editor@penbaypilot.com.

Sales/advertising inquiries can be sent to sales@penbaypilot.com.

Lynda Clancy: lyndaclancy@penbaypilot.com, 207-706-6657
Holly S. Edwards: hollyedwards@penbaypilot.com, 207-706-6655
Janis Bunting: janisbunting@penbaypilot.com, 207-706-6656

Facebook Page: facebook.com/penbaypilot

Twitter: @penbaypilot

YouTube Channel: youtube.com/penobscotbaypilot

Lynda Clancy, a founding director of Penobscot Bay Pilot, has been reporting in Maine since 1984, when she first started covering Bucksport, its mill and union strikes. The beauty and complexity of New England and the Maritimes — their culture and controversies — have inspired her as a writer, editor and photographer. She has yet to tire of chronicling the lives of hard-working and unique individuals, all of whom shape the times here.


Holly S. Edwards is a founding director of Penobscot Bay Pilot. Tired of the rat race of Baltimore and Boston, she and her horse - Grizzley - moved to Camden in 1998. While the latter happily spent her days grazing, Holly quickly fell into the busy life of a Mainer.

Like most with a computer back then, Holly kept up with the news online and began learning more about the people in her new community - her new neighbors and future friends. A writer by hobby and education, Holly's ever-increasing appreciation of community journalism has led to 14+ years of sharing stories about Midcoast Maine through words and photos. The opportunities to climb the masts of majestic windjammers, to ride along with county deputies and to interview people, young and old, doing great things, are all reasons the job has yet to be boring.

Holly and her husband, David, share their home in Camden with three dogs, and their yard with several hives of honeybees.

(Photo by Jim Dugan/jimdugan.com)

Janis, a Penobscot Bay Pilot founding director, has more than 20 years of sales experience promoting unique businesses, products and services through trade shows, print and more recently online. Well versed in the opportunities and benefits of online advertising, she puts a lot of effort to stay on the cutting edge of this constantly changing field.

In 1993, Janis left Boston for a one-year residency program at the Maine Photographic Workshop, now known as Maine Media Workshops + College in Rockport. She had plans to return to Boston after completing the program, but, while headed south on Route 1 in her rented U-Haul filled with all her belongings, the thought of Camden and its beauty began to haunt her. She decided to turn around and make Camden her home.

Nearly 20 years later, Janis and her husband, Steve, are building a passive solar home in Hope. Janis is blogging about each stage of the building process and sharing some of the interesting and amusing incidents that have occurred.

They currently reside in Hope with daughters Kierra and Quinn, Jessie, their black lab mix, a brood of chickens and two guinea pigs. She is enjoying the benefits of this wonderful coastal town and boating on its beautiful nearby lakes. Janis also continues to stretch her artistic vision with collage work when time allows.

She can be reached at 207 706-6656 or janisbunting@penbaypilot.com


Kay Stephens, a Maine arts and lifestyle freelance writer, has been covering the Midcoast scene, events and people since 1995. She is the author of The Ghost Trap, a Maine lobstering novel, and co-author of Cyberslammed, a nonfiction cyberbullying guide. Follow her Facebook page, The Killer Convo.  

Favorite Maine escape: Somewhere sitting on a rock in the middle of a northern Maine lake.  Dream dinner guests: Girls Night at a gin joint with Zelda Fitzgerald, Hadley Hemingway, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Alice B. Toklas, Gertrude Stein, Dorothy Parker. Motto: Improvise, adapt and overcome.



Sarah Thompson is a writer for the Penobscot Bay Pilot. She grew up in Augusta and attended the University of Maine school of journalism.

For 10 years, she worked as an operating room technician for labor and delivery in Portland and Fort Collins, Colo.








Sarah Shepherd is the police and court reporter for Knox County. She moved to Camden in 2005 after living in Washington, D.C., for 21 years. Sarah’s professional experiences were in fundraising, community relations, special events and volunteer management at several national nonprofits. Her positions included creative writing projects so being a community reporter and writer is an exciting opportunity to share the experiences and stories of some interesting and special people.

After experiencing the fallout from 911, especially when she lived near the Pentagon, Sarah was ready to return to living in a small community. She fell in love with coastal Maine after visiting friends during her summer vacations.

Sarah is active in the local community including serving as a deacon at the First Congregational Church, member and former board member of the Camden Rotary Club and various special event committees, such as Winterfest.

The fall months will find her cheering away for the Penn State Nittany Lions (her Pennsylvania football roots) and now the Patriots, since the Washington Redskins still haven’t had a winning season since she left Washington, D.C.

Sarah lives in Rockport with her two spoiled basset hounds and three cats. Her dream is to write a children’s book through the eyes of her basset hounds.

Ron Hawkes is a freelance photographer and sports reporter in Rockland. Ron has been photographing local sports from every level since 2001 and is a former owner of Maine Sports Report, one of the oldest sports websites in the state.

Ron brings a personal view to his reporting, trying to bring his years of knowledge of the games to each and every story, weather it is a pee wee game or a varsity game, Ron treats them all the same. He grew up  in Portland and Bangor, attending Bangor High School and graduating from the University of Maine Augusta with a degree in liberal studies.

Ron is single, lives with his best friend, Maggie May, and has two daughters, Nicole, who lives locally, and Jessica, who resides in Richmond, Va. Ron can be reached at hawkesnews@gmail.comthrough sports@penbaypilot.com or by calling 207-975-2311.