Jim is known as Jim Baumer or Mark’s Dad. Jim Baumer is a freelance writer living in Biddeford, Maine. He has written about economic development, lobsters being shipped to China, Moxie (the soft drink), and the renewal of former mill towns across New England. At the heart of his writing has always been people and place. In addition to his writing, he has considerable experience as a community developer, nonprofit facilitator, and youth advocate. For 33 years, he had the honor of being Mark Baumer’s dad until tragedy stole that from him in early 2017. He has been married to Mark’s mom, Mary, for more than 37 years.