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THIS WEEK IN THE MIDCOAST
Hello again.

I know that death and taxes are supposed to be the only things certain in life. I would, however, add one more thing to Ben Franklin's overused saying: Change. Change is a constant, and it's often scary, no matter how many times it occurs.

Brunswick went through an enormous change over 10 years ago when the Navy base closed. A lot of folks braced for the worst. And there were times since when one wondered if the town could withstand the base's absence. But through a lot of planning, a lot of meetings and a lot of hard work by a lot of people, the town survived. In place of a Navy base we have Brunswick Landing, where a huge diversity of businesses, schools, startups and even eateries have sprung up. It's still growing, too.

Brunswick isn't the same, and for a lot of folks, that change is bittersweet. But Brunswick is still alive, still vibrant, and still one of my favorite places. I'm a lucky guy, in that I get to be a part of telling its story at The Times Record.

As always, thanks for reading, and please email me with any suggestions on how to make The TR and this newsletter better.

-John Swinconeck,
Executive Editor
 
Brunswick Landing mastermind takes on more base revitalization -- this time in The County
Steve Levesque, who guided the redevelopment of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, will lead a project to bring businesses to the former Loring Air Force Base in Aroostook County.

Related: Q&A: Outgoing MRRA director Steve Levesque reflects on 16 years redeveloping former military base
 
 
Lookout, Clamfest. In Freeport, it's oyster time
The first Maine Oyster Festival will give Freeport residents and guests a chance to sample shellfish from up and down Maine's coast.
 
MIDCOAST THROWBACK
Former Brunswick Naval Air Station redevelopment continues at brisk pace
Business continues to boom for Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority as it tries to divvy up nearly 600,000 square feet of leased space to 65 business tenants between Brunswick Landing and Topsham Commerce Park, according to Executive Director Steve Levesque. Originally published Oct. 22, 2018
 
Harpswell cemetery hit by vandals
Someone apparently drove through the cemetery, damaging gravestones and knocking over a 6-foot obelisk
 
Bath YMCA mainstay, director Sabrina Murphy, is moving on
She joined the Bath YMCA 22 years ago and became its first female CEO in 2010.
 
More good news for Bath shipyard
Sen. Angus King says the Senate Armed Services Committee's markup of the National Defense Authorization Act allows for up to 15 DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers the shipyard can compete to build.

Related: Bath shipyard wins $54 million contract to service, support warships, Christening BIW’s latest warship, Collins and Navy leaders call for more


 
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