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Rochester Main Street Volunteers Celebrate Past Year, Bestow 2016 Downtown Awards

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Nearly 80 volunteers and guests gathered on a snowy morning to celebrate at Rochester Main Street’s 10th Annual Meeting  and 2016 Awards Breakfast Wednesday, February 1st  at the Frisbie Community Education Conference Center. Sponsored by Frisbie Memorial Hospital, the guests enjoyed a breakfast and “State of Downtown” presentation before moving on towards the awards.
After a brief welcome and recap of the year by Executive Director Michael Provost and keynote address form Kathy LaPlante, Senior Program Officer and Director of State Coordinating Programs for the National Main Street Center, treasurer James Schwartz was called to the podium to give the 2016 preliminary financial report.

Next on the agenda was the presentation of the 2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards by President Emily Pelletier and Past President Jeffrey Bisson.. Rochester Main Street volunteers tracked 4,672 hours last year on advocacy issues and planning and executing projects and events with a volunteer value of time of more than $107,000 to the City of Rochester. Receiving Bronze Medals and Certicates for amassing over 150 hours of community service in the program were:  Bonnie Amirault, Taylor Gauthier, Lori Gay, Emily Pelletier, James Schwartz, and Matthew Wyatt. Special recognition with Bronze Medals for Presidential Service Awards for the creation and execution of the new Rochester Farmers Market went to Alicia Frye, Jeanne Grover, and Charlene Sanborn. Receiving a Silver Medal was Jennifer Marsh, for achieving over 250 hours of service as a Rochester Main Street volunteer and member of the Rochester Farmer’s Market Committee. Following the volunteer awards the sponsors of Main street events throughout the year were recognized for their support with certificates of appreciation.

The Annual Downtown Awards  are given to celebrate the accomplishments of businesses and volunteers who contribute to downtown revitalization efforts. These are not the only investments in downtown over the past year, but were deemed by the Board of Directors at Rochester Main Street to be significant contributions to the downtown efforts. Collec-Tiques was named as 2016 Business Of the Year.  Other award winners were: Best New Sign- Progressive Esthetics , LLC, Stewardship Award-Revolution Taproom & Grill, Golden Hammer Award (for Investment and their business expansion)-Moe’s of Rochester,  Volunteer of the year was shared by Jennifer Marsh and Elena Poirier, and Board Member of the year was Bonnie Amirault of Liberty Mutual, while the Tyler J. Bisson Youth Volunteer Award was bestowed upon Taylor Gauthier of Spaulding High School. The Heritage Award for sympathetic and compatible renovation of a historic downtown property went to Independence Financial of South Main Street, while thye Community Partner Award for participation and investment in downtown revitalization was awarded to Service Credit Union.   In addition, Outgoing 2015-16 Board President Jeffrey Bisson was recognized for his leadership and services.

We are pleased to announce that the 2016 Rochester downtown awards are truly a Rochester award as each one was designed and made by students of Mr. Jason Eberl’s Engineering Class at the RW Creteau Technology Center at Spaulding High School. The students were on hand at the breakfast to see the awards presented, and were also recognized for their creativity. 2017 Rochester Main Street Board President Emily Pelletier was introduced, speaking of the organizations plans for the upcoming year, thanking all those that attended and congratulating the winners. The Rochester Main Street Program is a volunteer -based community revitalization organization operating as a member of the Main Streets America network. If you are interested in volunteering or helping the revitalization efforts, then please contact our office by emailing director@rochestermainstreet.org or calling our office at 603-330-3208.

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