Contact Us / Who We Are

The Boothbay Register is a weekly newspaper chronicling the events and happenings in the towns of Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Edgecomb. Our office is at 97 Townsend Ave., in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. Have a question? Call our office at 207-633-4620, or find the extension or email address of the person you’re trying to reach below.

To subscribe to the printed newspaper, email To send us calendar events, press releases, obituaries, news or photos, email The deadline for submissions is 4:30 p.m. Monday. To advertise, call a member of the advertising staff below.

Stop by our office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 97 Townsend Ave. in Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538

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We are published by Maine-OK Enterprises, Inc.

Letters to the Editor

Everyone is free to write a letter to the editor. Your letter should reflect your opinion in a respectful manner and be 350 words or fewer. Include your full name, address and phone number in case the editor has a question about your letter. Letters including defamation of any kind will not be published. Submit all letters to Letters regarding elections or candidates will not be published in the issue immediately preceding the election. We reserve the right to decide which letters to publish in the interest of presenting a cross section of opinion, therefore, we may or may not publish all letters submitted.

To learn more about the history of this newspaper, visit our History page.

Editorial desk

Editor Kevin Burnham Kevin Burnham

Kevin Burnham joined the Boothbay Register staff in June of 1987, became assistant editor in December 1987, then with title changes in the spring of 1988, became editor under the tutelage of managing editor Mary Brewer. Burnham has won many personal Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for writing, photography and design, and was part of a few general excellence staff awards. He is married to Melodee Burnham, and they have two grown children, Sara and Timothy, and two grandchildren, Ella and Kayla. He is an honorary Rotarian, has coached high school basketball (boys and girls) for a combined 18 years, and has been involved in youth sports off and on for over 30 years. He was born and raised in Boothbay Harbor, graduated from Boothbay Region High School in 1975, studied journalism at the University of Maine (1975-1980), and has four brothers and two sisters. He enjoys family, writing, reading and photography.

Office: 207-633-4620, ext. 112 • Cell: 207-844-4626



Arts & Entertainment Editor Lisa Kristoff Lisa Kristoff

Lisa Kristoff began writing for the Boothbay Register part-time in 1999, while working full-time as the administrative assistant at the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce. In August 2006, Lisa was offered the position of assistant editor by editor Kevin Burnham and managing editor Mary Brewer. In July of 2013, Lisa was offered a newly created position, that of arts and entertainment editor. To say that she enjoys this position would be an understatement! Lisa, a writer since the age of 12, completed two years at a community college, 10 years after high school graduation in the early 1970s, earning a publications certificate, but not a degree. She has two grown daughters, Kassia and Melanie, and a granddaughter, Xaviera. Lisa lives with her “guy,” a Shih tzu named Merlyn and two felines, Cleo(patra) and Pyewackett. Outside the office, Lisa writes short stories, has outlined a murder mystery novel and actually, finally, completed a children's book this summer. The book, when published, will be the first in a series. Fingers crossed! When she isn't writing or a fictional character, Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends; reading, gardening, listening to classical, blues and pagan music, and sipping a glass (or two) of wine.

Office: 207-633-4620, ext. 106 • Cell: 207-380-1502

News Staff


Gina Hamilton Gina Hamilton

Gina Hamilton covers police, the Sheriff’s Office, courts and the jail, county government, Damariscotta and Newcastle government, and marine resources and environmental issues. Hamilton is a former news reporter, editorial editor, and arts editor at the Times Record in Brunswick. Prior to that, she was the editor of the Coastal Journal in Bath, and has also run the online-only New Maine Times. She has won several awards from the Maine Press Association for editorials and economic analysis. She has also written textbooks in math and science for the middle grades and high school, and has published three novels. One of these, “The Day of the Wave,” a novel for children, was set in post-tsunami Indonesia, and received critical acclaim. She lives in Bath with her husband, adult son, foster son, two Springer spaniels, and other animals on a small urban organic farm. The family raises laying chickens and ducks, tomatoes, peppers, berries, and cucumbers, and has a small apple orchard.

Office/Cell: 207-844–0711

Suzi Thayersuzi thayer

 Suzi Thayer has worked at the Boothbay Register for 10 years. After majoring in art education in college, she switched to graphics, and has been designing ads and laying out pages for more years than she cares to count. She began writing for the Register in 2012, winning a first place award from Maine Press Association in 2012 for her feature on the footbridge owners. She now divides her time between paginating and writing local stories about new businesses, local characters, and whatever odd happenings strike her fancy. Her life outside work is spent with her little dog, Elliot, and two kitties, Pokie and Ruby, at her Edgecomb bungalow, or and painting watercolors. During the summer she can often be found at her family cottage in Cushing, with her mother and other family members and friends. And the first person who can find the two typos in this bio gets a free cup of coffee with, and from, Nicole Lyons.


Office: 207-633-4620, ext. 119  • Cell: 207-844-1640



Bill Pearson Bill Pearson

Bill Pearson began working at the Boothbay Register in June 2014. He previously worked at weekly newspapers in Ellsworth, Dover-Foxcroft, Newport and Calais. He has received several mentions in the Maine Press Association for his education, sports and feature writing. In 2012, he received first place for news feature photo. Pearson grew up in Corinna. He graduated from Nokomis Regional High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Maine at Orono. He represented Corinna for one term on the SAD 48 board of directors. Pearson is an avid tennis player. Pearson has also attend the US Open in New York City. He's visited London. Pearson also had lunch with radio talk show host Howie Carr.

Office: 207-633-4620 • Cell: 207-844-4634

Susan Johns Susan Johns

Susan Johns has covered a disturbing number of homicides, but these days she’s happy interviewing someone who takes in a wayward ram, brings life back into a local landmark, or helps jail inmates find another path. Johns’ news reporting has been recognized by the Maine Media Women and Maine Press Association. She started out in radio news after earning her bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Southern Maine. She came to prefer print work for the fuller story it can tell. When Johns isn’t working, she’s all about her family and her horses. Her future plans include starting a campaign against winter.

Office/Cell: 207-844-4633


Sue Mello

Sue Mello splits her work hours between the Boothbay Register and the Boothbay Region Water District. Mello has covered a variety of beats in her tenure as a small-town reporter, but these days focuses mostly on local crime and high school sports. She works from home in Boothbay, which is a distinct pleasure. Dogs and cats generally like her, but she will never own a monkey.

Office/Cell: 207-844-4629


Correspondents & Columnists

Comments or questions for columnists or other freelance or news contributors can be sent to

Advertising Sales, Production & Front Office Staff


Sales Manager Kathy Frizzell

Office: 207-633-4620, ext. 107 • Cell: 207-844-4631

Sales Representative Sarah Morley

Office: 207-633-4620, ext. 113 • Cell: 207-844-4630


Graphic Artist Steve Edwards

Office: 207-633-4620, ext. 117




Business Manager Pat Schmid

Office: 207-633-4620, ext. 10

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