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About Us

The Peaks Island News is a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation formed by a group of island citizens who felt it was important for the island to have its own newspaper again. For years, island news was primarily available through individual voices through social media sites, often resulting in less than civil discourse on community matters.

Our print-only, bi-monthly newspaper is dedicated exclusively to coverage of our island community.  We are the Island's paper of record that aims to deliver in every issue news about our schools, businesses, local government and organizations, featuring current events, arts, history, people and island culture.

When something happens on or around Peaks Island, the place to read about it is in the Peaks Island News.


Board of Directors


Bridget Joyce and her husband, Chris Marot of Peaks Island Radio, live with their two children, Desmond and Ruby, on Brackett Avenue across from the Parker Wildlife Preserve. They have enjoyed living on the island since 2012. Bridget is a teacher librarian at Peaks Island Elementary School and Longfellow Elementary School in the Portland Public School District. Bridget has been in the education field since 2007, but has enjoyed writing for smaller publications in the past. She also spends time listening to their ducks wander around while she sells second-hand books out of her small bookshop, Quay Words, in their front yard. 

Vice President

Rhonda Berg is a long-time islander and real estate agent originally from Bangor.  She loves island life because it’s like being at camp all year round. She hopes the newspaper will encourage year-round rentals, prosperity of island workers and crafts people and all ways that support Peaks Island and its people.

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Ross Sneyd and his husband, Warren, live with their two little black-and-white dogs (Salty and Zorro) on Island Avenue, across from the school playground. They’ve been here since 2011 and moved to the island permanently from Vermont in 2020. They spent about 10 years running a small bed-and-breakfast outside Montpelier. Ross is semi-retired and works part-time as a bicycle tour guide for Lighthouse Bikes. Most of his career was spent as a news reporter and editor, primarily for the Associated Press and Vermont Public Radio. 


Scott Dolan worked for 17 years in the daily newspaper industry as a news reporter and editor, most recently as a reporter covering the courts for the Portland Press Herald. Scott left the Press Herald in 2016 to pursue a career in law, and now works at the Portland law firm, Petruccelli, Martin & Haddow. Scott and his wife, Cara, and their three children, Sid, Lizzie, and Joe, live on Brackett Avenue in “Summit House.” They moved to Peaks Island in 2022 from South Portland. 


Stacey Kors is the former editor-in-chief of Take, a regional arts and culture magazine, and has written about the arts for numerous publications including the New York Times, Financial Times, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Newsday, TimeOut New York, Playbill, Salon, Decor Maine, and the Portland Press Herald. Stacey began her journalistic career writing for community newspapers on the other Long Island at age 16, and is excited to be involved in the revival of a paper on Peaks. She moved to the island in 2018, and lives on the “high road” with her husband Michael and dogs Shiva and Cricket.

(Portrait of Stacey by Jamie Hogan)


Susan Hanley has been trying to figure out what to do for work ever since the arrival of her third child put her blossoming career as a world-famous photolithography engineer on hold. Inexplicably, her interests in textiles, needlework, writing, history, and all things French have coalesced into her current job as a teacher. She married onto Peaks Island in 1989, and has six kids and four grandkids to make life interesting.

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