MARI EOSCO, left, interim director of Main Street Bath, and Alison Freeman, manager of the Bath Regional Information Center, engage in a discussion at the Main Street Bath office.

MARI EOSCO, left, interim director of Main Street Bath, and Alison Freeman, manager of the Bath Regional Information Center, engage in a discussion at the Main Street Bath office.

BATH

Some changes are in store for Main Street Bath with Carolyn Lockwood’s resignation from her position as the organization’s director this week.

“I was happy to be a part of all of it, happy to be working with the merchants, organizations and volunteers,” Lockwood said of her experience with the organization.

Lockwood served as Main Street Bath’s director since August and has stepped down from her role due to personal reasons.

She was confident the organization would find another director who would “steer the ship in the right direction.”

“We just want to thank her for the work that she did for us, and wish her well in her new endeavors,” said Gayle Hunt, owner of Ornament Home and Garden and the current president of Main Street Bath.

City Council Chairwoman Mari Eosco, who was Main Street Bath’s director several years ago, is currently serving as the interim director for the organization until the position is filled. Eosco was the organization’s director from 2002 to 2006, and she has continued to serve on the board of directors since 2007.

Eosco said she’s experienced some nostalgia after returning to the position.

“I’m so familiar with the process of things and the events and what needs to happen, that it’s come rushing back,” she said. “It’s fun to be networking and seeing old friends again.”

Despite the the changes, Hunt was optimistic about the future of Main Street Bath and its goals of preserving and growing the city’s downtown community.

“We have a lot to look forward to — we have a strong board and a wonderful group of volunteers who help us do everything we need to do,” she said.

Hunt said she hopes the director position will be filled in the next month or two.

“We are fortunate to be in a city like Bath,” she said. “We’re hopeful for a good response and a wide variety of candidates that we could select from.”

Eosco also voiced her confidence in the organization’s future, especially because of the hard work of volunteers in the community.

“That’s why Main Street is strong — because it’s volunteer strong, and that’s something that has not changed in all of these years,” she said. “It’s got a great base of people who are so committed to the city, and it’s just something you can’t replicate without having this nonprofit structure to bring people together.”

Hunt expressed similar thoughts.

“Because of the community we live in and the volunteers we have,” she concluded, “I think we have a bright future working with the Main Street organization in Bath.”

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