Navy awards destroyer contracts to Bath Iron Works

BATH, Maine (AP) -- Maine's Bath Iron Works has won the competition for two out of three destroyers to be built in addition to three next-generation destroyers already on the books.

The Navy agreed to award one ship apiece to Bath Iron Works and Huntington Ingalls in Mississippi. The third ship was to be awarded on a competitive basis, and the Navy said Monday that it awarded an option for the third ship to Bath.

Earlier this month, the Navy announced that it had come to terms with the contract to complete all three next-generation Zumwalt destroyers.

Because they're so expensive, the Navy decided to go back to building Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, and those three contracts were announced Monday. Both Bath and Huntington were awarded $680 million apiece for the first two ships.

MRRA and Navy Reach Agreement on NASB Land Sale

Brunswick, ME – The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA) and the US Navy have reached a creative agreement on the sale of approximately 1,100 acres of land at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick. 

Under this agreement, which utilizes an Economic Development Conveyance from the Navy, MRRA will purchase the former NAS Brunswick property under two major considerations: 1) the Navy will provide a $3 million note to MRRA to be payable over twenty years; and 2) the Navy and MRRA will share a revenue sharing formula based upon gross proceeds from future property sales and leases through 2034.  With this agreement, the first segment of this property could be transferred this month.

“This approach will allow MRRA to affordably purchase the property and push ahead with implementing the reuse plan, while allowing the U.S.

Black bear sighting gets neighbors talking

TOPSHAM, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A black bear sighting on Bridge Street in Topsham has neighbors talking.

Reports of the bear sighting came early this week.

Doris Nieman says the bird feeder in her back yard was ripped down by a bear.  She grew up on Bridge Street but this is the first time she has heard of a bear in the neighborhood.

Officials with the Maine Warden Service say it is normal for bears to search for food anywhere they can get it this time of year as they prepare for the long winter.

However, if a bear lingers in a neighborhood, appears comfortable in the environment and is no longer afraid of you, you should contact officials to investigate the situation.

Rich Brooks and the Social Media FTW Conference

Rich Brooks and the Social Media FTW Conference


The 3rd Annual Social Media FTW Conference takes place on Thursday, September 22nd and is the biggest social media conference in Maine.  Business owners, non-profits, marketers, and PR folks will network and learn platform specific information.

Speakers include Mike Volpe from Hubspot and Saul Colt from Freshbooks, plus 12 other workshops with speakers from around Maine, Boston, Chicago and Canada.

WCSH6 and WLBZ2 will be live streaming the keynote addresses for free so even if you can't make it, you can watch some of the highlights.

For more information on the Social Media FTW Conference click here:  SOCIAL MEDIA FTW CONFERENCE

Rowers building stronger community & bodies

BRUNSWICK, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- After an absence of over a decade, members of the Midcoast community have come together to reestablish a rowing club to promote the sport, get some exercise, and make new friends.

"We are just getting rowing reestablished on the river," explained Douglas Richmond, one of the organizers of the Merrymeeting Community Rowing Association.  "There is a base here, people who are interested and have been at it for a while, and we want to spread the good activity."

The rowers come from all kinds of backgrounds and ability levels, with a wide variety of experience in rowing.

Former pizza shop burns

WISCASSET (NEWS CENTER) -- The State Fire Marshal is investigating fire in a vacant building on Route 1.

The building is located across from the Circle K Irving on Route 1. It was once home to Tony's Pizza.  Officials say the building had been vacant for several years.

The fire was called in around 9:00 Sunday morning.  Firefighters were able to knock the fire down quickly.  The building suffered heavy damage to the backside and interior.

A cause has not been determined.

Amcomm Wireless will hold a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. Today Thursday, Sept. 15

Amcomm Wireless will hold a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m.  Today Thursday, Sept. 15

LEWISTON — Amcomm Wireless will hold a grand opening from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15, at its newest store at 456 Sabattus St.

Owner Peter McAvoy and his staff will host the event at the company’s fourth store, formerly a Bank of America branch office. McAvoy also owns an Amcomm Wireless store at the Auburn Mall, as well as a store on Kennedy Memorial Drive in Waterville and a fourth in Rochester, N.H.

Amcomm Wireless is a retailer of Verizon cellphones. For more information, contact McAvoy at 207-713-4911