Articles by JT Leonard


Oil waste bin explodes in Brunswick

By JT Leonard on Aug. 27, 2013, at 9:19 a.m.
A waste oil bin exploded Friday at a Cook’s Corner garage, leaving a nearby employee shaken and coated in oil but unhurt. The blast occurred at 11:45 a.m. at Lee’s Tires, 35 Gurnet Road. An oil-soaked employee, whose name was not released, was working in the area …

Reward offered in Brunswick hit-and-run that left cyclist with broken leg

By JT Leonard on Aug. 22, 2013, at 7:20 a.m.
The family of a Brunswick woman, injured when a box truck allegedly knocked her off her bicycle, now is offering a reward for information about the accident. Dianna Smith, 54, was riding against the flow of traffic Aug. 13 on Stanwood Street when she reportedly was clipped …
The Brunswick Armed Forces Readiness Center is being built at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. The USMC Reserve Training Center can be seen at top, directly adjacent to the new National Guard site.

$23 million National Guard building taking shape on old Brunswick naval base

By JT Leonard on July 22, 2013, at 6:36 a.m.
Most of the work already completed at the Maine Army National Guard 133rd Engineering Battalion’s new headquarters is underground, so it doesn’t yet look like much. But Guard officials say that, when it’s done, the ultramodern, $23 million structure will be a sparkling example of efficient design …

Bowdoinham rollover leads to OUI charge

By JT Leonard on July 10, 2013, at 2:22 p.m.
A Topsham man was charged with drunken driving after flipping his car Tuesday night on Post Road. Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s deputies charged Gregory Thibeault, 24, of 27 Loon Drive, with operating while intoxicated after the 7:30 p.m. crash. Neither Thibeault nor his passenger, 20-year-old Nicholas Votta of …

MDOT plans to remove crumbling car deck from Brunswick bridge

By JT Leonard on July 05, 2013, at 6:21 a.m.
Rather than spend more than $1 million to repair or replace the crumbling car deck beneath the Black Bridge, state transportation officials have said they will spend a quarter of that amount to demolish it. Brunswick and Topsham officials, too, are loathe to contribute any funds to …

High bids cause Brunswick group to delay moving vintage Navy plane

By JT Leonard on June 28, 2013, at 1:17 p.m.
The P-2 Neptune isn’t going anywhere for a while. In April, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority began seeking proposals to move the vintage warplane half a mile down Admiral Fitch Drive and place it next to its cousin, the P-3 Orion. The move is needed to make …
Pennell's clothing store on Maine Street in Brunswick is on the market. Owners David Girardin and John Simonson are looking for "just the right buyer."

Brunswick’s oldest clothing store, opened in 1889, needs new owners

By JT Leonard on June 20, 2013, at 8:47 p.m.
Despite being for sale, Pennell’s clothing store remains open — and will for at least a few more months, according to co-owner David Girardin. After purchasing the building and business at 52 Maine St. in 1972, Girardin and his brother-in-law, John Simonson, put both up for sale …
This drawing depicts what the front entryway to Freeport High School would look like after a proposed nearly $17 million renovation project is complete. Voters in the Regional School Unit 5 towns of Freeport, Durham and Pownal will decide whether to support the project at the polls Tuesday.

Freeport residents angry about defeat of school district bond, want to dump Durham and Pownal

By JT Leonard on June 20, 2013, at 9:32 a.m.
Citing frustration with “a marriage that isn’t working,” residents asked councilors Tuesday to explore removing the town from Regional School Unit 5. Residents were reacting to a $27 million school budget validation and $17 million expansion and renovation of Freeport High School both opposed June 11 by …
Tom Hincks of Yarmouth plans to reopen the historic Jameson Tavern by July 4th.

Freeport to drop debunked ‘Birthplace of Maine’ moniker

By JT Leonard on June 18, 2013, at 4:32 p.m.
It officially is the end of an era. Municipal officials are poised to acknowledge Tuesday that Freeport’s long-standing motto, the “Birthplace of Maine,” is nothing more than colorful local fiction. The claim has been suspect for more than a decade. Even the Daughters of the American Revolution …

Taste of Brunswick event postponed because too few restaurants signed up

By JT Leonard on June 17, 2013, at 7:29 p.m.
The Taste of Brunswick, Brunswick Downtown Association’s signature event, has been postponed because too few local restaurants signed up. Originally scheduled for Saturday, June 22, the event is likely to be held instead sometime in early fall, according to Patti Spencer-Yost, BDA’s marketing coordinator. “We didn’t have …

Lawmaker seeks $25M bond for jobs in Brunswick, Limestone

By JT Leonard on June 17, 2013, at 6:17 a.m.
A bill sponsored by state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, DBrunswick, that would bond $25 million to create jobs at Brunswick Landing went to committee hearings this week and awaits inclusion within the state’s overall year-end bond package. If passed by the Legislature and approved by voters, the bond …

Bill to change Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority board dies

By JT Leonard on June 03, 2013, at 6:27 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | A bill that would have added two seats to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s board of directors died Monday when neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate would budge in a legislative standoff. LD 1476, An Act to Protect Local Input in Economic Development and Redevelopment …

Brunswick officials propose $1.2 million in additional budget cuts for 2014

By JT Leonard on May 22, 2013, at 1:23 p.m.
With adoption of 2014 town and school budgets looming, Town Manager Gary Brown and School Superintendent Paul Perzanoski have prepared $1.2 million in new cuts for the council’s approval Thursday. Town councilors two weeks ago requested cuts to keep the property tax increase required to fund next …
Rep. Matthea Daughtry

Brunswick lawmaker says ‘backroom politics’ is plaguing base redevelopment bill

By JT Leonard on May 21, 2013, at 7:21 p.m.
After failing to gain committee favor by a single vote, a prospective bill to give Brunswick and Topsham direct appointments to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority board of directors now will have to win approval during a floor argument in the House of Representatives. The bill, LD …
Bowdoin College junior Cindy Cammarn, who is competing in the annual "Jeopardy! College Championship,"” is a native of Charlotte, N.C., majoring in English and history, with a minor in theater.

Bowdoin College student advances to “Jeopardy!” semi-finals

By JT Leonard on May 10, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Bowdoin College junior Cindy Cammarn progressed to the semi-final round of the “Jeopardy! College Championship” with a strong showing Thursday night. Competing against students from Stanford and Azusa Pacific universities, Cammarn, 21, never trailed after taking the lead midway through the first round. She finished with a …

Brunswick couple hired to conserve Nixon’s Oval Office desk, other pieces of historic Washington furniture

By JT Leonard on April 19, 2013, at 2:32 p.m.
When the furniture used by U.S. senators during the past 150 years starts to get a little creaky, Jon and Linda Brandon will get the call. The Brandons own East Point Conservation Studio in Brunswick, located in Fort Andross. Recently they learned they had won a five-year …
Swimmers and Swinging Bridge, Topsham, Androscoggin River, Maine, 2012” is a unique ambrotype that’s part of Brunswick photographer Michael Kolster’s photographic work documenting the rise and fall of American rivers, including the Androscoggin River. Kolster was selected as a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow for his work.

Brunswick photographer wins prestigious Guggenheim fellowship for river project

By JT Leonard on April 15, 2013, at 12:50 p.m.
Winners of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s Fellowship shouldn’t have to answer their own phones. Particularly, Guggenheim Fellowship winners who receive the prestigious honor for their photography work shouldn’t have to answer the phone while processing film in a darkroom. But Brunswick photographer Michael Kolster did …
Bowdoin College junior Cindy Cammarn, who is competing in the annual Jeopardy! College Championship.

Bowdoin College student to go on game show ‘Jeopardy!’

By JT Leonard on April 08, 2013, at 1:40 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Gogettem, Polar Bear. Bowdoin College junior Cindy Cammarn left Saturday morning for several days of hullabaloo and ballyhoo in Hollywood, where she will compete against her postsecondary peers in the annual “Jeopardy! College Championship.” The winner gets $100,000 and a slot in the historic game show’s “Tournament …

Scabies outbreak contained at Brunswick shelter

By JT Leonard on April 04, 2013, at 9:48 p.m.
Officials quickly contained a parasite outbreak at a Brunswick homeless shelter, according to municipal health inspectors and officials from the Maine Center for Disease Control. Thirteen people at Tedford Housing’s adult facility on Cumberland Street were diagnosed with scabies in mid-March. Jeff Emerson, Brunswick’s deputy fire chief …
Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick

State lawmaker says Brunswick neighborhood ‘abused’ by Downeaster officials

By JT Leonard on April 03, 2013, at 1:33 p.m.
Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, has told the operator of Amtrak’s Downeaster that building a $12 million layover facility for passenger trains in town could harm Brunswick residents. In a March 25 letter, Gerzofsky said Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, the Portland-based agency that operates the Downeaster, …