Articles by JT Leonard

Robert Zildjian, world-famous musical instrument maker, died in Brunswick last week.

Robert Zildjian, world-famous cymbal pioneer, dies in Brunswick

By JT Leonard on April 01, 2013, at 1:36 p.m.
Robert Zildjian, whose surname is synonymous with cymbals played by the best drummers in Western popular music, died March 28 at age 89 in his Brunswick home. A descendant of 10 generations of metallurgical and cymbal-making lineage, Zildjian’s genealogical tree dates back 350 years to the Ottoman …

Train facility on track: Amtrak Downeaster operator authorizes deal for $12.2 million layover structure in Brunswick

By JT Leonard on March 26, 2013, at 3:49 p.m.
The operator of Amtrak’s Downeaster passenger trains will develop an indoor train layover facility in Brunswick. The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority board authorized the award of a design-build contract for the facility Monday to Consigli Construction Co. of Portland. According to a news release from …

Youth homelessness on ‘shocking’ rise in Brunswick area

By JT Leonard on March 22, 2013, at 1:54 p.m.
Child homelessness is not supposed to happen here. Children in affluent, educated communities anchored by top-level private colleges aren’t supposed to go to school hungry, or be without a place to live when classes let out for the day. But it does happen here, and indications are …

Sandy Polster, former Times Record editor and BDN columnist ‘fired by the best,’ dies

By JT Leonard on March 22, 2013, at 1:19 p.m.
Editor’s note: Sandy Polster was a Bangor Daily News columnist in the mid 1990s. Sandor M. “Sandy” Polster, former managing editor of the Times Record, died Thursday, March 21, from the effects of an almost-three-year battle with gastric cancer. He was 71. Polster was an Ohio native whose subsequent life …

Brunswick board approves larger gun lockers to allow ‘patrol rifles’ in schools

By JT Leonard on March 14, 2013, at 4:04 p.m.
Police will be able to stow AR-15 patrol rifles inside Brunswick’s public schools after a 7-1 school board vote Wednesday. Board members approved new, larger lockers for school resource officers to secure their larger weapons while on duty at the schools. Official costs were not available, but …

Harpswell to decide budget, elect selectman

By JT Leonard on March 08, 2013, at 8:15 p.m.
It’s a bind hardly exclusive to Harpswell. Voters at Saturday’s annual town meeting will face an array of spending choices based largely on how to provide equal or increased services with less revenue. The meeting is scheduled to commence at 10 a.m. at Harpswell Community School. Polls …
Project manager Don Borkowski holds architectural drawings of the Longfellow Arts Building floor plans in this photo published Feb. 5, 2012.

Work progressing on new Bowdoin College arts building

By JT Leonard on Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:14 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | At the moment, Bowdoin College’s planned Longfellow Arts Building is little more than a storm of concrete forms, framing and sawdust. When the cement cures and the paint dries, however, administrators from the illustrious school envision a fourth and final point on the campus’ artistic compass. The …
The former site of the Brunswick Naval Air Station.

New York company plans bacteria-based power plant for former Brunswick Navy base

By JT Leonard on Feb. 05, 2013, at 3:11 p.m.
A New York company plans to build a bacteria-based power generation facility at Brunswick Landing. Village Green Ventures hopes to file permit applications for the project by the end of the month and will hold a public meeting about it Wednesday evening. Planned for 2 acres of …
Harold Arndt stands in front of his 113-foot-long, unfinished, steel schooner made completely out of reclaimed materials in a residential Freeport neighborhood in July 2012. Arndt has been working on the boat for almost 20 years.

Freeport man building ship out of recycled steel fails to meet town deadline

By JT Leonard on Feb. 01, 2013, at 11:35 a.m.
Former trap manufacturer Harold Arndt’s embattled “Island Rover” is out of time and hanging in the balance. Arndt failed to meet a Jan. 26 town deadline to meet conditions that would have temporarily relieved the project from its zoning nonconformity and given him three more years to …
Molnlycke Health Care's $14 million production plant at Brunswick Landing is expected to be completed early next year with production beginning in February.

Medical products manufacturer hiring at former Brunswick Navy base

By JT Leonard on Jan. 31, 2013, at 5:26 p.m.
The bricks are being set, the mortar is drying and production line machinery is on the way. What remains now is finding people to run it. Molnlycke Health Care is advertising for production operators, quality assurance and maintenance technicians, facilities and manufacturing equipment engineers, warehouse and shipping …
A Brunswick-area teenager brandishes a fake weapon in this screen grab of a USN Video. A group of Brunswick-area teens received warnings for trespass after their violent and gun-centered videos — some of which were filmed on public property — grabbed the attention of local police.

Controversy swirls around violent, gun-heavy video made by Brunswick youths

By Darcie Moore and JT Leonard on Jan. 15, 2013, at 4:37 p.m.
The film opens with scenes of recognizable buildings in downtown Brunswick and a backdrop of sad music. An alarm sounds. A character, played by a teenage boy, wakes, jumps to his feet, grabs a handgun and runs to a window, peering from a crack in the blinds. …
Parking requirements in Freeport's retail district could change if town officials adopt a Planning Board proposal next month. The revisions would reduce the amount of parking required of small businesses, make the slots less costly and liberate as many as 100 spaces for other use, according to Town Planner Donna Larson.

Freeport aims to improve parking for small businesses, shoppers alike

By JT Leonard on Jan. 11, 2013, at 3:52 p.m.
In a town where shopping is king, being able to find a parking space is like holding the keys to the kingdom. But the current retail environment here isn’t as robust as it was more than 20 years ago, when Freeport’s parking ordinance last was overhauled. As …
This oil painting by Bowdoin College student Dana Hopkins, based on Georgia O’Keefe’s “Red Cana,” was stolen from the college’s Visual Arts Center in Brunswick over the weekend.

Art theft baffles Bowdoin College security, artist

By JT Leonard on Dec. 12, 2012, at 5:52 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Gone. The painting was gone. It was big and red and it took Bowdoin College junior Dana Hopkins 30 hours to create — and then it was just gone. Hopkins, a visual arts/art history double major, created a replica of Georgia O’Keefe’s “Red Cana” for James Mullin’s …
Adrian Norris, co-founder of Kestrel Aeroworks, talks with open house attendees on Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, while leaning against the production mockup of a new plane currently in development.

Remaining Kestrel officials show off innovative new plane at Brunswick facility

By JT Leonard on Dec. 11, 2012, at 2:56 p.m.
It was a raw, damp afternoon for a look at a new bird. Still, more than 125 people strolled through Kestrel Aeroworks’s design, testing and manufacturing facility at Brunswick Executive Airport during the fledgling aircraft company’s open house Monday. Most of the prospective buyers and curious aviation …
This image advertises the History Channel's new reality show "Nor'easter Men," which debuts Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, and features a fishing crew from Harpswell.

Harpswell fishing crew stars in new History Channel reality show

By JT Leonard on Oct. 04, 2012, at 7:45 p.m.
For viewers who just can’t get enough of reality television series such as “Deadliest Catch” or quasi-regional movies such as “Perfect Storm,” wait until you get a load of History Channel’s upcoming series “Nor’Easter Men.” Think “Survivor” on a fishing boat. Or “Orange County Choppers” at sea. …
Pumps drain standing water from a section of Main Street where a 100-year-old water pipe burst Tuesday, leaving L.L. Bean’s retail store without its primary fire sprinkler system for most of the day.

Water pipe feeding L.L.Bean flagship store in Freeport breaks, closing Main Street

By JT Leonard on Oct. 04, 2012, at 6:45 a.m.
FREEPORT, Maine — A broken water pipe underneath Main Street ruptured early Tuesday morning, forcing the road to be closed from just north of Bow Street to Mill Street. The town issued a news release advising “final repair work and paving may continue for several days.” The fractured pipe was …
Brandon Bernard, left, and Joe Maisonave carry one of 44 photovoltaic solar collection panels toward its place in a solar array on the roof of Reversing Falls Lobster Wharf in Harpswell recently. Each panel weighs about 44 pounds and can harness 240 watts of energy.

Harpswell commercial wharf becomes first to get all its energy from ‘green’ sources, owner says

By JT Leonard on Sept. 18, 2012, at 2:30 p.m.
The business is called Reversing Falls Lobster Wharf, named for the fickle tidal current that flows both into and out of Basin Cove. If all goes according to plan, the electrical meter, too, will be running in reverse at least part of the time. Owned by Harpswell …

Durham residents to consider backing out of RSU 5

By JT Leonard on Sept. 13, 2012, at 1:40 p.m.
Voters will decide in a referendum, set for Nov. 6, whether to remain a part of Regional School Unit 5 with Pownal and Freeport or to bail out and operate as a stand-alone school district. The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday to put the issue before …