Base redevelopment in Maine official wins award

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) -- The executive director of the agency tasked with redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station in Maine is being honored by a national organization.

The Association of Defense Communities has awarded its 2011 Base Redevelopment Leadership Award to Steve Levesque from the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority.

The authority has secured commitments from companies that bring the promise of up to 650 jobs, nearly as many as the number of civilian jobs when the base was in operation.

Officials have secured commitments from aircraft manufacturer Kestrel Aviation Company, which intends to spend $100 million, as well as Molnlycke Health Care, Maine Tool and Machine and information technology company Resilient Communications, among others.





Tuesday - July 26, 2011


"Governor's Travels" recounts former Governor Angus King's trip across country in an RV.  Subtitled "How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America", the book is available at local libraries and bookstores.

Angus King will be holding booksignings in Searsport on Wednesday, July 27th at Union Hall (upstairs at Searsport Town Hall) from 7:00pm - 9:00 pm; and in Portland on Friday, July 29th at the Portland Public Library from 6:30-8:30 PM.

For more information about the event in Portland click here: PORTLAND BOOKSIGNING

Author Tess Gerritsen


Author Tess Gerritsen has just published the lastest novel in her Rizzoli and Isles series, "The Silent Girl."  Gerritsen began writing while on maternity leave from her work as a physician.  Her first novel was published in 1987.  Gerritsen has just finished the american leg of her book tour for "The Silent Girl," and is now headed out on a book tour in the UK.

For a sneak peak at the first two chapters of "The Silent Girl" click here:  TESS GERRITSEN




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Harpswell Shindig continues Sunday

HARPSWELL, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The name is unusual but after 8 years the Harpswell Festival and Shindig has become a popular summer event.

The weekend features the local trades and skills from artisans to the fishing fleet.

One of the more popular aspects of the carnival-like weekend is the salt-water tank where you can explore coastal Maine's common creatures up close.

The festival and shindig continues Sunday with boat races that start at 11am.

The event is also a fundraiser for a scholarship program available to anyone in town who is exploring post-secondary education.

Maine board denies appeal of dredging decision

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A decision by Maine's Board of Environmental Protection will allow a dredging project in the Kennebec River to go forward in August.

The board voted 6-1 Thursday to deny an appeal of the state-issued permit allowing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge the Kennebec River in Phippsburg starting Aug. 1.

The dredging is to enable a Navy destroyer, the USS Spruance, to leave the Bath Iron Works shipyard and get out to sea.

The Department of Environmental Protection says it welcomes the board's decision.

The DEP says it's always agreed that the project will have an impact on the Kennebec River in the area of the dredging, but the impact is within state standards and will not have an unreasonable effect on the environment.

Maine senators want commissary kept open

TOPSHAM, Maine (AP) -- Maine's U.S. Senators are pressing the Pentagon to reconsider plans to close a commissary in Topsham that serves about 10,000 people in the military community.

U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins sent a letter Thursday to Under Secretary of Defense Clifford Stanley to ask for a response to previous pleas that the Department of Defense review its guidance on the closing.

The facility was scheduled to close in March, but a bill passed in January required the Pentagon to review a Government Accountability Office report before making a decision.

The bill said targeted stores must remain open for at least two months after the Defense Secretary makes a decision, or Sept. 15 at the earliest.

The commissary serves active duty military, National Guard members, reservists, retirees and their families.