Mike Roy '74 can picture two Watervilles.

One is the humming, smokestack city where he grew up, a community built around mills and factories that churned out cloth, paper and fancy shirts, where downtown sidewalks teemed with shoppers and schools were filled to bursting

The other is a city where mills are still, or even gone, as are the big Main Street department stores. Hospitals and colleges are the biggest employers and Main Street is lined with restaurants and shops. There is an amphitheater on the riverfront, and the former Hathaway Shirt factory is home to boutiques and galleries, artists' studios and condos

That is the Waterville Roy hopes to see in the not-so-distant future. And he isn't alone.


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