The Lincoln County News and Lincoln County Publishing Co. are beginning 2018 with a new hire, two promotions, and the retirement of a longtime employee.
After almost 18 years of service, Special Projects Director Greg Latimer retired from full-time employment with Lincoln County Publishing effective Dec. 15. He started work at Lincoln County Publishing in June 2000.
During his tenure at Lincoln County Publishing, Latimer helped develop The Lincoln County News website and niche publications, including Lincoln County Magazine and the Lincoln County Road Atlas.
Most recently, Latimer helped introduce two new seasonal publications: Everything About Lighthouses on the Midcoast and Everything About Lobster on the Midcoast.
Latimer will remain active in the area as the event director of the Damariscotta River Pirate Rendezvous and the Pemaquid Oyster Festival, and as marketing director for Red Cloak Haunted History Tours.
He is working on a book about piracy in Maine for History Press/Arcadia Publishing, the national publisher of his two previous books: “Haunted Damariscotta” and “Ghosts of the Boothbay Region.”
“The projects I helped develop for the Lincoln County Publishing Co. are presently in great hands, with staffs of talented folks handling efforts that began under the direction of just one person, and are now permanent parts of the Lincoln County Publishing Co.,” Latimer said. “That’s why the time is right for me to move on to other projects.”
“While I am proud of my efforts during my years at the Lincoln County Publishing Co., I take more pride in being part of a great team that enabled these efforts to move forward, including generations of continued local commitment from the Roberts family,” he said.
“We are grateful for Greg’s dedication to the company,” Lincoln County Publishing Co. President Christopher A. Roberts said. “His experience and innovative approach have helped the company evolve over the last two decades. We wish him well in his retirement from full-time employment with the company.”
Latimer lives in Waldoboro with his wife, Sally Lobkowicz.
Christine LaPado-Breglia is now the editor of Lincoln County Magazine.
Lincoln County Publishing Co. publishes Lincoln County Magazine five times a year, from May through September. The free magazine arrives as an insert in local copies of The Lincoln County News, and is available at many area businesses and visitor centers.
Readers of Lincoln County Magazine will notice several changes this year, including a fresh new design and themes for each edition: Farm and Table, Made in Lincoln County, Outdoors, Live from Lincoln County, and Live Well.
LaPado-Breglia, in collaboration with the staff of The Lincoln County News, aims to reshape the magazine to bring readers a more cohesive product and more engaging features, with content that remains relevant through the entire season.
LaPado-Breglia joined The Lincoln County News as its copy editor in March 2016. She now serves as the newspaper’s arts and lifestyle editor as well.
She writes the “Lincoln County Artsbeat” column, compiles the “County Culture” calendar, reviews art shows and theater, and reports on arts happenings and general news.
LaPado-Breglia moved to Lincoln County in 2016 from Chico, Calif., where she was the associate editor at the Chico News & Review. She holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and social work from California State University, Chico.
LaPado-Breglia lives in Whitefield with her husband, David Breglia, and daughter, Lydia LaPado.
Maia Zewert is the new marketing and engagement coordinator for Lincoln County Publishing Co.
Zewert joined The Lincoln County News as a general assignment reporter in August 2015. For the last two-plus years, she has covered the towns of Bristol, Damariscotta, Newcastle, and South Bristol.
In November 2017, she received the Bob Drake Young Writer’s Award from the Maine Press Association. In addition to her work as a reporter, she oversees the newspaper’s social media and the #LCNme365 reader photo contest.
In her new position, Zewert will take charge of internal marketing for the newspaper and print shop and serve as project coordinator of Lincoln County Magazine. She will continue to oversee the photo contest and social media, as well as the new Business Directory at lcnme.com/business-directory, and will offer marketing services for company clients.
Zewert will also continue to use her journalism background to serve as a substitute editor and reporter, including while the company continues a search for her permanent replacement; and to participate in education and outreach efforts in local schools.
A 2015 graduate of Iowa State University, she lives in Newcastle.
With Latimer’s departure, editorial oversight of the magazine will transition to LaPado-Breglia and coordination of the magazine to Zewert, while most of Latimer’s sales responsibilities will transition to the LCN sales staff.
Candy Foster, formerly a special projects marketing associate responsible for sales of the magazine, website, and specialty publications, will join the LCN advertising sales team.
This team will now sell all company products, giving advertisers a single point of contact focused on creating the best value for their advertising dollar.
The Lincoln County News has welcomed a new reporter to cover the Wiscasset desk.
Sam Luvisi will cover the towns of Alna, Dresden, Edgecomb, Westport Island, Whitefield, and Wiscasset, in collaboration with veteran reporter Charlotte Boynton in Westport Island and Wiscasset. She started work Jan. 3.
Luvisi brings experience from daily and weekly newspapers in Wyoming, Washington state, Maryland, Mississippi, and, most recently, The Salt Lake Tribune in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was also a freelance journalist with National Public Radio in Miami.
Luvisi has a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Arizona. She lives in East Boothbay.