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Nell Newman gifts $20,000 for COA Turrets renovation

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BAR HARBOR - College of the Atlantic is pleased to announce a gift from alumna Nell Newman to help fund its renovations of the iconic Turrets building. The $20,000 grant will aid in the extensive repairs of the national historic landmark's outer envelope.

Newman '87, the daughter of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, launched Newman's Own Organics in 1993 and is responsible for the company's product development and marketing. During her undergraduate years at the college, she lived in Turrets.

"Nell's work with Newman's Own embodies the kind of business we're trying to teach and promote here at COA," said COA's President Darron Collins. "We're grateful to have the support of a real human ecologist like Nell -- I know Turrets was meaningful to her in her own COA experience."

With help from the grant and other gifts to the project, COA will preserve the outer envelope of Turrets for the next century. Specifically, the work will include a new roofing infrastructure, new copper drainage system and copper roof flashing, dismantling and reconstruction of two ocean-side turrets, and new energy-saving and historically honest doors and windows.

Renovations of Turrets began in April 2013. The cost of the repairs is $3.5 million. Over $800,000 has been raised to date. For more information about saving Turrets, please visit Time-lapse images of the project are available on COA's website:  


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