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Opinion

January 30, 2014

Amesbury owes a lot to Bob Wallack's vision

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But most importantly, when others could not see beyond what many said was a town down on its luck and fading while neighboring communities were basking in the light of renewal, Bob saw the vision of Amesbury’s future and used his position as a catalyst, encouraging town leaders to make it a reality. He was committed, tenacious and effective. It’s not often that one person can have such a major influence on a community or shape its future in such a positive way. Bob did that for Amesbury.

Bob left Amesbury to bring his services to a number of other publications along the Maine coast. He brought his exceptional culinary abilities to a small café in Mt. Vernon, Maine, which, in keeping with his history, is a noted success.

So I ask Amesbury residents, as you walk through the tree-lined plaza of Market Square or stop to ponder the falls in the Millyard, take a moment to think of Bob and whisper a thank-you. He was a friend of mine and a great friend of Amesbury.

Joe Fahey, Director

Office of Community and Economic Development

Amesbury

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