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Rochester Cares — More Than Just A Clean Up Day

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Homemaker Health Services sporting their pink shirts tackle Central Square at Rochester Cares Day
Homemaker Health Services sporting their pink shirts tackle Central Square at Rochester Cares Day

Well, the community spirit of organizations and residents on Saturday April 22 was evident as more than 200 volunteers turned out for the eighth annual Rochester Cares Clean-Up Day. On behalf of the organizers, Rochester Recreation & Arena and the Design Committee at Rochester Main Street along with our sponsor the Rotary Club of Rochester, and producing partners; Rochester Department of Public Works, Waste Management of NH, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Seacoast Coca Cola, we would like to say a huge thank you to the sponsor, partners, and the volunteers who turned out to help clean, rake, sweep, prune, plant, weed, mulch and fertilize in downtown and throughout many areas of Rochesteron a cold and drizzly day. It wouldn’t have been possible without you as hundreds of bags of trash, tires, old televisions, rugs, a purse, credit card and assorted debris were hauled away from over 20 miles of Rochester roadways and downtown. The perennial gardens were cleaned and mulched at Wyandotte Walkway, Central Square and along the Riverwalk area. Ray Felts of the Riverwalk Committee cleared away about 350 gallons of debris by the North Main Street Bridge and the banks of the Cocheco River along the downtown Riverwalk.

Four pet waste stations were added in the downtown area (1 in Central Square, 1 in Wyandotte walkway, and 2 on the North Main Street Riverwalk). Two were funded from the Waste Management Think Green America grant and two from the Rochester Rotary Club sponsorship. We would like to take this opportunity to remind our downtown pet walkers that not only is it nice to pick up after your pets, but it’s the law. Not doing so can result in the pet owner being fined.

Before the event began, Dunkin Donuts was on site in Central Square to provide coffee, hot choc0late and breakfast items to start off the day. Following the event volunteers gathered at the Rochester Community Center for a complimentary thank-you lunch courtesy of Little Caesars Pizza and Seacoast Coca-Cola . and organized by Rochester Recreation and Arena.

A big shout out goes to all of the stalwart volunteers! Participating groups included many city residents, Public Works Employees, Main Street volunteers, Rochester Social Club, Spaulding High Boy’s Lacrosse, JC Penney employees, New Frontiers Church, city employees, Rochester Democrats, Girl Scout Troop 20253, Spaulding High Air Force JRROTC, Athletic Instinct, and Cub Scout Pack 237. A special award was presented to the most spirited group of volunteers, “The Golden Pitchfork Award” was bestowed upon the spirited pink shirts of the Homemaker Health Services volunteers h who tackled Central Square and finished the job in record time. .

Thanks to all of you, Rochester is now brighter and neater! The volunteer value of time and materials donated to the city was in excess of $14,000. We not only clean up, but we help to build community pride!

Lauren Krans, Rochester Recreation & Arena
Michael Provost, Rochester Main Street

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