I was born in 1964 in Putnam, CT, a small milltown in the northeastern part of the state. My parents, Joe and Fran provided a modest home for my younger sister, Barbara and me. We never lacked for anything and I probably got my love of traveling from my parents and love of the outdoors from my father in particular. I graduated from Putnam High School in 1982 where I did pretty well in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track. I wasn't big enough for football or basketball--or good enough at baseball. Running came naturally. I graduated from Unity College in Unity, Maine--earnng a BA in Interdiscplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Park Management. I was lucky enough to land a ranger position with Baxter State Park in northern Maine upon graduating from Unity. The Baxter State Park days are what THE BEAR DOGS OF KATAHDIN is all about. I currently reside in Dayville, CT--about 5 minutes from my hometown of Putnam. My wife Patricia is a realtor. My oldest daughter, Amie is attending Thomas College in Waterville, Maine with hopes of earning a degree in Early Childhood Education. My youngest daughter, Emily is a sophomore at Woodstock Academy in Woodstock, CT. When we get the chance, we all love to travel to northern New England, Atlantic Canada and down south along the Blue Ridge Mountains. When we save enough money, my wife and I enjoy going to Las Vegas, NV. As young as I am, you'd be surprised that I have THREE grandchildren by marriage, ages 18 months, 3 yrs. and 8 yrs.