Antczak excited about community, businesses
Waldoboro — The new Planning and Development Director in Waldoboro said she is impressed with the sense of community and creative entrepreneurship she has found since taking the position in August.
Willa Antczak replaced former director Bill Najpauer who assumed the same position in Rockport earlier this year.
Antczak, who grew up in Jericho, Vt., is excited to be in Waldoboro.
"I love the feeling of community that I've found here," she said in a Nov. 13 email.
During the past several weeks, Antczak said she has spent time reviewing past planning and economic development work as well as code enforcement regulations — the other part of her job.
Antczak has also been spending time in the community, both downtown and throughout the entire area — visiting businesses, speaking with business owners and community members.
"There are a lot of fantastic ideas and engaged people here," she said.
New developments in the Waldoboro area include the YMCA which "is happening," according to Antczak. The project has begun to take shape in the old A.D. Gray school building on School Street.
"It's a long process and fundraising is tough," she added.
The Well-Tempered Kitchen has moved back to Waldoboro from Camden. It is located at 122 Atlantic Highway, she said. Also The Lower Deck opened this summer on Friendship Street, and is in the process of becoming the one and only food delivery service in the area, Antczak noted.
Another pizzeria in the process of renovations is Harvest Moon Pizza, next to Narrows Tavern on Friendship Road. The Country Store on Winslows Mills Road is another projected future business, according to Antczak.
Antczak received an undergraduate degree from University of Vermont, majoring in environmental studies. She went on to earn a master's degree from McGill University in Montreal, in urban planning.
"I'm very excited to be working here with this community and I look forward to further collaboration," said Antczak.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.