Thursday, August 31, 2006

Hazardous Waste Remediation Program

For those interested in the Hazardous Waste Remediation Program at the Brunsick Naval Air Station, please refer to the website of the Brunswick Area Citizens For a Safe Environment.

BACSE is a group of residents who have been partnering with the U.S. Navy, USEPA and MDEP since 1991. Their primary focus has been the protection of residents and base personnel who are at risk from contaminants buried on the base during the 1940's and 1950's. They also advocate for the protection of groundwater from these contaminants, because of the risk to private wells and shelfish harvesting areas of Harpswell Sound.

Currently, because of the planning for the base closure in 2011, they are advocating for careful examination of the hazardous conditions in hte reuse planning.

You can contact BACSE at:

P.O. Box 245
Brunswick, ME 04011

Ed Benedikt, BACSE Co-Chair

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

BRAC to Basics: Your Brunswick Naval Air Station

BRAC to Basics: What would YOU do with 3300 Acres? The second in our series of public workshops, BRAC to Basics will be offered to three different groups the last week of September, and will conclude with the Reuse Review workshop the first week of October. (See below for schedule.) These workshops promise to be intensive, interactive planning opportunities where community members and our Planning Team will begin creating viable reuse concepts for the Base. For discussion purposes, we will consider two scenarios - one plan WITH an airport and one plan WITHOUT an airport. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get to work!

1. A general public workshop will be held all day Saturday, September 30 at the Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Street.

2. The same workshop described above will be presented to Brunswick High School's Service Learning classes on Friday, September 29. Input from the community's youth is vital as they will inherit the legacy of what we create today.

3. On Thursday, September 28, a modified version of this workshop will be presented to the Base Community for their input as well. Their "hands on" perspective will be an invaluable contribution to the whole planning process.

4. Reuse Review - Tuesday, October 3. We invite participants from all three workshops to come together at Brunswick High School to review the plan designs that were generated during all three workshops from the previous week. Prior to the Review, the consulting team will transform the workshop plans into a graphic format that will be presented at the Reuse Review.

I strongly urge everyone to reconvene with us that day to review your initial concepts of a reuse plan.

We are heading into a very busy and exciting fall. There is a lot of work to do. With your good ideas and active participation, we will design a master reuse plan that translates the community's vision into a tremendous opportunity for Brunswick, the Mid-coast region and the State as well.

I look forward to seeing you this fall!

Steve Levesque
Executive Director

What's Going On?
There are several ways you can stay "in the loop" with BLRA activities. Just go to or call 207-798-6512 to find out what's going on.

BRAC to Basics: What would YOU do with 3300 acres?
Offered to three different audiences, this is an in-depth, hands-on workshop that will bring the public together to work on base reuse concepts. The three workshops are offered on the following dates:

September 28 - This is an on-base reuse planning workshop for base personnel and their families only. 11am - 4pm.

September 29 - This workshop is designed to capture base reuse ideas and concerns from the teens' point of view.

September 30 - From 8:00am to 2:30pm, we will meet at Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road. A light lunch will be served. This workshop is geared to the general public.

October 3 - Reuse Review. Participants from all previously mentioned workshops will convene at the Brunswick High School from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for a graphic illustration of the ideas generated during these public workshops.

October 12 - Aviation Feasibility Study review and update. 7:00 pm at Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road.

BLRA Meetings
Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month from 3:30pm until 5:30pm at the Old Brunswick High School at 44 McKeen Street. The public is always invited and encouraged to attend these meetings. These meetings provide an opportunity for the public to stand up, make suggestions and asks questions.

BLRA Committee Meetings
The public is invited to attend the BLRA committee meetings that are held at the BLRA offices at Fort Andross. Note: please call 798-6512 or check the calendar page of our website for committee meeting updates and/or changes.

Executive Committee meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 8:30am.
Aviation Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 8:30am.
Homeless and Housing Committee meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 3:30pm.
Environmental Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 3:00pm.
State and Local Screening Committee meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10:30am. (Cancelled for September)
Personnel and Contracts Committee
meets as needed.

Stay in Touch
Have something to say? Need more information? Please contact us at any time. It's great when we hear from you with your ideas and questions.

Brunswick Local Redevelopment Authority
Fort Andross
14 Maine Street, Box 17
Brunswick, ME 04011
p. 207-798-6512
f. 207-798-6510

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Poetry at Bowdoin, September 7th

Tyehimba Jess, author of the National Poetry Series selection, "leadbelly," will give a public reading of his poetry in Brunswick on Thursday, September 7, 2006, at 7:30 p.m., on the Bowdoin campus in the Donald B. MacMillan House, 5 McKeen Street. The event, sponsored by From the Fishouse and Bowdoin's Office of Residential Life, is free and open to the public.

Brooklyn, New York, native Tyehimba Jess was recognized as one of 2005's eighteen debut poets to watch by "Poets & Writer's" magazine. His first book of poetry, "leadbelly" (Verse Press, 2005), was a National Poetry Series selection, and was voted one of three best poetry books of 2005 by "Black Issues Book Review." Jess is winner of many awards for his poetry, including the 2001 Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Poetry Award, an Illinois Arts Council Artist Fellowship in Poetry for 2000-2001, and the 2001 Chicago Sun-Times Poetry Award. He was on the 2000 and 2001 Chicago Green Mill Slam teams, was a 2004-05 Winter Writing Fellow at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and received a 2005 Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Copies of "leadbelly" are available at Gulf of Maine books on Maine Street in Brunswick, at the Bowdoin College Bookstore, and will be on sale at the event.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Can't find a book you want in Maine? Search the WorldCat.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Global Warming?

Hot enough for you? If you've seen "An Inconvenient Truth" and want to learn more about this issue, take a look a this Librarians' Internet Index collection of web sites relating to global warming concerns.

And if you'd rather have a book that discusses the issue to take to the beach with you while you cool off, try any of these from the Curtis Library Collection.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Who Owns Whom 2006/07: a business reference

Ever wonder who owns the company that makes your shoes? Who owns that company? If you're researching company information or developing business initiatives you need timely information.

Who Owns Whom 2006/07 in the Reference Area of the Library (Ref 332.673025 .W628 to be precise) can let you know the immediate or ultimate parent company, how many enterprises belong to the same group, any sister companies, company associates and affiliates.
The two North & South America volumes have 273,000 entries.