Linda Hillier Smith
Linda Hillier Smith recently retired after teaching first-grade for 23 years. She is the mother of three children and grandmother of two boys and one girl. 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 23 years Linda taught first grade 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 a full time writer, writing about hunting, fishing , and other outdoor activities, current events and issues, book reviews, and travel, and has been honored with awards from the Maine Press Association. He was the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine for 18 years. 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 25 years), and a travel column that he and Linda write for central Maine's two daily newspapers (for five years). In 2014 Islandport Press published his book of columns about Maine titled "A Life Lived Outdoors.' He is the father of three children and grandfather of two boys and one girl. In addition to his family, his interests include hunting, fishing, birding, writing, reading, and eating. He is very fond of Maine’s micro-brews.