Scarborough 350: Carroll Tiernan

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I met Carroll Tiernan my first summer here, when I began volunteering at the nature center at Scarborough Marsh. As the retail sales and facility rental manager at Maine Audubon in Falmouth, she would pop in periodically at the gift store at the marsh to see how everything was going. Carroll has lived in Scarborough for 30 years, but she is originally from New Jersey and grew up in Essex County, about 20 miles from where I lived when I worked there. Although she was raised in an urban environment, Carroll says, “I’m not a city person. I wanted to get away from New York City.”

Initially, she moved to southwest New Hampshire, but she longed to be closer to the ocean. “I like the smell of salt water. I guess it’s because I’m a Cancer — that’s a water sign,” she says.Carroll had spent summers in Maine, renting rooms at the Pride Motel. When she moved here, Carroll chose to live in Scarborough because she had a job as a racing official at Scarborough Downs. Later she worked as a teacher’s assistant at the Blue Point School. She lived for a time at Pine Point and says she used to run on the beach every day, regardless of the weather. She makes her home in north Scarborough now, but loves taking her grandson, Jack, to Pine Point Beach and scrambling with him out on the jetty. Carroll began her career with Maine Audubon by volunteering at Scarborough Marsh in 1982. The following two summers she was a paid staffer at the marsh; she was hired as a full time staffer at Audubon headquarters in Falmouth in 1985. Anyone who has visited the great gift shop there will know her by her lilting voice and her dedication to customer service. 

2 Responses to “Scarborough 350: Carroll Tiernan”

  1. Dick Tiernan Says:

    Hi Carroll ,
    Nice write up. I always wondered why you went from NH to Maine. I thought it was because of the weather. Dick

  2. Jak Says:

    Nice Site! Thanks!

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