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Only thing that is certain: change

Published July 27. 2012 4:00AM   Updated July 27. 2012 10:36AM

The region has seen plenty of comings and goings of late.

Penny Parsekian, chief executive officer for the nonprofit New London Main Street organization, recently confirmed she will be departing, her last day a week from today. Finding new leadership for the non-profit organization will be a challenge. Ms. Parsekian joined the organization in 2000 and was its third executive director.

During her leadership the Main Street group created the popular, twice yearly food stroll; started a bronze plaque program highlighting historic sites; beautified streets with promotional banners; and persuaded the state to erect better signs on Interstate 95, directing drivers into the city. Last winter a synthetic skating rink was installed downtown to attract wintertime visitors.

While some might disagree with the organization's approach under her leadership, no one should question her dedication.

Departing as New London High School football coach is Jeff Larson, 34, who took control of the team during a difficult time and helped maintain its high level of play. Also a teacher at the high school and its athletic director, he leaves to become assistant principal at Classical Magnet in Hartford.

The school wasted no time in naming Duane Maranda, 38, as its new head coach. He leaves Bacon Academy in Colchester after building the program there.

The Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, introduced former city mayor Benjamin P. Lathrop as its new president and executive director. With his experience, the affable Mr. Lathrop was a good choice.

Also stepping down is Christy Hammond, executive director of the Children's Museum of Southeastern Connecticut in East Lyme who says she wants to spend more time with family. Who can fault that?

As author Octavia E. Butler noted, "The only lasting truth is Change."

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