STONINGTON, Maine — Penobscot Bay Press, a family-owned newspaper company on (and off) the coast of Maine, added two new staffers earlier this year to provide leadership and expertise to continue its evolution and adaption of 21st century digital technology and systems.
Penobscot Bay Press publishes The Weekly Packet in Blue Hill, Castine Patriot in Castine and Island Ad-Vantages in Stonington, along with numerous special publications throughout the year.
Benjamin Barrows has been hired for a new position of general manager. This position is designed to “lead the press into the world of 21st century communication; to act as a change champion for development and implementation of new models for the company business, technology use, product conceptualization, internal function and staff supervision to insure long term financial viability and overall success,” according to the publication’s press release
Barrows, a graduate of Deer Isle-Stonington High School and the School of International Service at The American University in Washington, D.C., has traveled extensively and lived and worked in various locations around the world for the past nine years. After a year working on community and infrastructure development in southeast Afghanistan, Barrows spent 2006-2009 living in Amman, Jordan where he owned a consulting company focused on economic and social development and research in Iraq and managed projects around the Middle East region.
In 2010 he joined the Emergency Response Team at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a nonprofit based in New York. On the emergency team, Barrows focused on economic recovery from conflicts and natural disasters in the developing world, and deployed to emergencies in Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, the Palestinian Territories, the Ivory Coast, Kenya, and The Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other places. At the IRC Barrows was appointed the organization’s global lead on the Emergency Market Mapping and Analysis tool, a cutting-edge methodology developed to rapidly measure, understand and address the economic effects of sudden-onset, large-scale humanitarian crises.
Barrows has written extensive articles for Penobscot Bay Press newspapers on his work in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Libya and at the Admunsen-Scott south pole station in Antarctica. He also has worked as a reporter during some summer school vacations. Barrows, who is the son of Press Publisher, Editor and owner Nathaniel Barrows, lives in Deer Isle.
“It is a great honor and a pleasure to serve the communities in which I grew up,” Barrows said. “During my travels far and wide I never stopped thinking of the island and this part of the Penobscot Bay area as home. Many in the communities and a number of the people at the Press who are now my colleagues have known me since the day I was born, which is very special to me, particularly after having spent most of my working life doing short stays in places where I was a stranger.
“To me, Penobscot Bay Press is a family business in every sense, and I know that together we’ll continue to grow and improve the important role that the Press plays in the 10 towns and in the lives and businesses of those who have the good fortune to live, work or visit in the area.”
George Eaton has been hired to fill two open part-time positions as support technician in the Graphics and Technology Departments. He will be extensively engaged in Internet product design and development and videography.
A native of Milnathort, Scotland, Eaton graduated from Kinross High School in 2004 and the University of Dundee, Scotland, in 2008, where he received a BSc Honors Degree in Innovative Product Design. He worked for three years as a freelance photographer, and most recently as retail manager for a interior design company in Edinburgh. After a year of traveling in Asia and the UK he and his wife arrived in Stonington in September 2012. He has photography, design, computer and IT systems and retail management/customer service experience. Eaton is a legal U.S. immigrant, is married to Hannah Barrows and lives in Stonington.
“It is wonderful to be part of this family business, and to be involved in the exciting process of bringing the company into a new age of media, but the best thing is the opportunity to do my bit for the welcoming community I now call home,” said Eaton, in a press release.
Publisher Nathaniel Barrows said, “It is really exciting to have this new energy, talent and experience join the company. Also, for me, having two members of my family working in the company is a real bonus.”
More information about Penobscot Bay Press can be found at penobscotbaypress.com.