Jessica Sacco – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Jessica Sacco – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 City of Rochester Votes to End Negotiations with Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA) over Land Purchase https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/04/city-of-rochester-votes-to-end-negotiations-with-rochester-agricultural-and-mechanical-association-rama-over-land-purchase/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/04/city-of-rochester-votes-to-end-negotiations-with-rochester-agricultural-and-mechanical-association-rama-over-land-purchase/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 02:09:18 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1417 ROCHESTER -- Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick report that the City of Rochester today voted to cease all negotiations with the Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA) with regard to a proposed land purchase.

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  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

City of Rochester Votes to End Negotiations with Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA) over Land Purchase

ROCHESTER — Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick report that the City of Rochester today voted to cease all negotiations with the Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA) with regard to a proposed land purchase.

The city had considered locating its planned public works facility on an 11-acre section of the Rochester Fairgrounds after RAMA approached the city about its interest in selling some portion of the property.

City Manager Fitzpatrick stated that twice in 2017 members of the RAMA Board approached him about the possibility of the city purchasing RAMA property. The second time that he had been approached by Board members of RAMA, they asked about the possibility of selling a portion of the property specifically for a public works facility. Negotiations began in the Fall of 2017.

During negotiations, the City of Rochester gave RAMA a March 1 deadline for a signed and executed purchase and sale agreement in order for the city to meet the ideal construction timeline for 2018. When that deadline passed, RAMA Director Donald Whittum asked that the negotiations be suspended until RAMA received a new appraisal for the 11 acres. The city agreed to a one-month extension, which has since elapsed.

“Our sole responsibility as a city government is to the taxpaying residents and business owners of Rochester, and a large purchase such as this must be conducted with all due diligence performed,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “Unfortunately this purchase no longer makes financial or practical sense, and it is our responsibility to go no further in this process.”

During negotiations, the asking price for the property more than doubled. Additionally, there have been several recent news articles about sweeping changes to the RAMA board and staff. The price, the timing, and other logistical concerns ultimately raised concerns on the part of the City of Rochester about its ability to finalize a major real estate transaction with RAMA, making a deal untenable.

“We are ready to move forward with another location for our new public works facility and cannot delay this any longer. A new DPW facility is our top capital priority,” said City Manager Fitzpatrick. “The location at the Fairgrounds was a good one for the facility and would have provided funds for RAMA to use as it saw fit. Ultimately, we have to make a responsible decision. We have other options and have concluded our negotiations.”

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Dewey Street Pedestrian Bridge Reopens Following Renovations https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/dewey-street-pedestrian-bridge-rochester-re-opens-following-renovations/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/dewey-street-pedestrian-bridge-rochester-re-opens-following-renovations/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 21:40:21 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1014 ROCHESTER -- Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick are pleased to announce that after five months of renovations, the Dewey Street Pedestrian Bridge is once again open to the public.

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ROCHESTER — Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick are pleased to announce that after five months of renovations, the Dewey Street Pedestrian Bridge is once again open to the public.

At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, Dec. 8, officials — including City Councilors Elaine Lauterborn, Bob Gates, Ralph Torr and Ray Varney –, residents and students gathered at the bridge for the official reopening.

“Our new pedestrian bridge came out great,” Mayor McCarley said. “I want to thank everyone who was involved in the rebuilding process. I think residents will be happy to once again get across the river and will enjoy the new design.”

First built in 1958, the Dewey Street Pedestrian Bridge runs above the Cocheco River, and has long served as a crossing point for students going to Spaulding High School and residents walking or biking at Hanson Pines.

Lifelong resident Bob Broadbent and his wife, Carol, along with Spaulding High School 2017 graduate Emily Reynolds, who created an interpretive trail in the Pines as part of her senior project, attended the ceremony and performed the ribbon cutting. They then led the group of city officials, students and residents across the bridge.

Broadbent remembers first crossing the bridge when it opened almost 60 years ago. He and Carol now live just a few houses down from the Pines.

“I used to fish off the bridge, and went to school over the bridge,” he recalled. “Going over it today felt great. I love it.”

Students from Spaulding High School’s environmental sciences program made a special trip out to cross the bridge, as they often do work in the Pines, under the leadership of teacher Darren Scopel.

Once over the bridge, guests were provided with coffee and breakfast treats, which the Trustees of the Trust Fund generously donated to the event. Mayor McCarley would like to thank the trustees for their continued dedication to maintaining and beautifying the Pines.

Reynolds, who arrived home last night from Alaska Pacific University, was happy to see the bridge completed. She hopes current and future students will be able to add the history of the old and new structure to the interpretative trail, which is a one mile loop through the Pines that’s lined with QR codes for those traveling through to find out more about the area.

“I really wanted to make this community better with the interpretive trail. Hanson Pines is beautiful,” Reynolds said. “I hope the new bridge gets more people on the trail.”

The $780,000 in renovations to the bridge were completed using city funds.

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City of Rochester Appoints Jonathan Rice as Chief Assessor https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/08/18/city-rochester-appoints-jonathan-rice-chief-assessor/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/08/18/city-rochester-appoints-jonathan-rice-chief-assessor/#respond Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:16:42 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=489 ROCHESTER -- City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that the City of Rochester has appointed a new chief assessor.

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  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

City of Rochester Appoints Jonathan Rice as Chief Assessor

ROCHESTER — City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that the City of Rochester has appointed a new chief assessor.

Jonathan Rice will step into his new role as Rochester’s chief assessor on Aug. 21. (Courtesy Photo)

Jonathan Rice will begin his new role on Aug. 21 and will be responsible for high-level oversight of the assessing department, including supervising the appraisal of residential, commercial, industrial and personal property on behalf of the city in order to determine its full market value. He will also be tasked with determining the taxable value of a broad range of property types throughout Rochester.

“We are eager to have Jonathan’s leadership and wealth of experience in the assessing department,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I have no doubt that he will provide valuable guidance and further enhance the department and city as a whole.”

Rice most recently worked with Avitar Associates of New England in Chichester, where he served as Assessor Supervisor since 2014. There he provided assessing services for 13 communities, overseeing more than 17,000 parcels.

“I look forward to leading Rochester and its assessing department. I am confident in the ability of our team and we look forward to serving our constituents,” Rice said. “This is a fantastic opportunity to be a part of a thriving and vibrant community.”

Rice graduated from Keene State College in 1999, and is a state certified residential appraiser, assessor supervisor and real estate salesperson.

Prior to his most recent role, Rice enjoyed a lengthy career as a tax consultant and real estate appraiser, a path he transitioned to after a 12-year stint managing food service and hospitality at New Hampshire International Speedway. During that time he also worked as a technology educator at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook.

In his free time, Rice serves as a youth hockey coach and is a member of the Knights of Columbus.

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Rochester Public Schools to Host Important Dyslexia Awareness Event for Parents and Educators https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/06/09/rochester-public-schools-to-host-important-dyslexia-awareness-event-for-parents-and-educators/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/06/09/rochester-public-schools-to-host-important-dyslexia-awareness-event-for-parents-and-educators/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:41:15 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=376 Rochester Public Schools to Host Important Dyslexia Awareness Event for Parents and Educators Rochester Public Schools Initiative to Train Educators on One of the Major Approaches for Teaching Students with Dyslexia ROCHESTER — Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that the Rochester School District, working with the Seacoast Learning Center, will be giving …

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Rochester Public Schools to Host Important Dyslexia Awareness Event for Parents and Educators

Rochester Public Schools Initiative to Train Educators on One of the Major Approaches for Teaching Students with Dyslexia

ROCHESTER — Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that the Rochester School District, working with the Seacoast Learning Center, will be giving educators the opportunity to complete a free continuing education course on dyslexia throughout the 2017-2018 school year.

Starting in the fall, faculty will have the opportunity, free of charge, to complete the 60 hours necessary to achieve certification in the Orton-Gillingham Approach, one of the two widely accepted methods for teaching students with dyslexia, along with the Wilson Reading System.

To kick off the initiative, Rochester schools, in conjunction with the Children’s Dyslexia Center, are hosting a free event for parents and educators on dyslexia.

WHERE:

Rochester Opera House, 31 Wakefield St.

WHEN:

Thursday, June 15

Doors open — 5:30 p.m.

Showing of the movie “The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia” — 6-7 p.m.

Panel discussion with question and answer session — 7-8:30 p.m.

WHAT:

The event will give teachers and parents a look into the complexities of language and how best to work with students who have dyslexia.

Following the movie — which presents personal accounts of the dyslexia experience from children, adults, experts and industry leaders — attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to a panel of representatives from the Children’s Dyslexia Centers, Seacoast Learning Center, the Rochester School Department, New Hampshire dyslexia law stakeholders, parents and students.

Information shared at the event, and the training class in the fall, will follow the Orton-Gillingham approach, which focuses on addressing students’ individual learning needs in reading, spelling and writing. The teaching concept is systematic, sequential, cumulative, multi-sensory, diagnostic and success-oriented.

Educators who complete 60 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of supervised practicum earn continuing education credits and become certified Orton-Gillingham teachers. Certification in Orton-Gillingham is viewed with high regard in the education community, and the approach is a widely accepted method of teaching students with dyslexia.

“This is an incredibly valuable opportunity for educators to receive this extensive training for free,” Superintendent Hopkins said. “The Orton-Gillingham approach is key for teachers and students because it provides individualized learning to students with dyslexia, giving them the skills they need become competent readers and writers at their own pace.”

Rochester Public School has collaborated with Seacoast Learning Center since the 2014-2015 school year to train new cohorts of teachers on the Orton-Gillingham practice.

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Rochester Firefighters Donate Time and Materials to Build Wheelchair Ramp for Amputee with Cancer https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/06/07/rochester-firefighters-donate-time-and-materials-to-build-wheelchair-ramp-for-amputee-with-cancer/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/06/07/rochester-firefighters-donate-time-and-materials-to-build-wheelchair-ramp-for-amputee-with-cancer/#respond Wed, 07 Jun 2017 17:47:20 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=352 Rochester Firefighters Donate Time and Materials to Build Wheelchair Ramp for Amputee with Cancer ROCHESTER — When resident Carolyn Hyde reached out to the Rochester Fire Department for help obtaining a wheelchair ramp for her fiance Raymond Olson, who recently had a portion of his leg amputated and is battling stage three lung cancer, firefighters …

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Rochester Firefighters Donate Time and Materials to Build Wheelchair Ramp for Amputee with Cancer
Left to right: Firefighter Matt Furtney, local contractors Tyler Kraytenberg and Chris Edgecomb, Firefighter Chris Stevens, Firefighter Devon Pageau, Firefighter Brian Snyder, Capt. Paul LaClair and Raymond Olson. Not pictured: Firefighter Micah Ruel, Lt. Mike George, Captain Joe Burns, and Firefighter Kaitlin Taatjes.

ROCHESTER — When resident Carolyn Hyde reached out to the Rochester Fire Department for help obtaining a wheelchair ramp for her fiance Raymond Olson, who recently had a portion of his leg amputated and is battling stage three lung cancer, firefighters didn’t hesitate to help.

On May 27, Hyde contacted the Rochester Fire Department simply looking to be pointed in the right direction for obtaining resources to have a wheelchair ramp, which was not covered by Olson’s insurance, constructed at her home.

Hyde reached Firefighter Sam Morrill, President of Rochester Professional Firefighters Local 1451, who took down the details of the ramp specifications. Six-and-a-half hours later, he called back and said Rochester firefighters would be able to help.

On Friday, June 2, at 6:45 a.m., seven firefighters arrived at Hyde’s home on Davis Boulevard with materials in hand to construct the ramp free of charge. By the afternoon, another eight firefighters had joined in the effort.

“I want to commend each and every one of these fine gentlemen for all their hard working efforts, for voluntarily making our lives a little easier during this troublesome time of bad news,” Hyde said. “They paid for supplies, materials, time and labor with no questions asked! They are angels in my book.”

By 1:30 p.m., firefighters had constructed a ramp, which Olson promptly tried out. After a week and a half of being without a way to easily enter and exit his home, Olson was finally able to go outside and enjoy the weather.

“I’m extremely proud of the firefighters who went above and beyond the call of duty by volunteering their time and money to help these residents in need,” Interim Chief Mark Dupuis said. “Being a firefighter is about more than just fighting fires. We’re here to assist our community in whatever way we can.”

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Rochester Creates Economic Revitalization Zones for Business Redevelopment Opportunities https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/30/rochester-creates-economic-revitalization-zones-for-business-redevelopment-opportunities/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/30/rochester-creates-economic-revitalization-zones-for-business-redevelopment-opportunities/#respond Tue, 30 May 2017 20:52:16 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=273 ROCHESTER -- City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick announces that Rochester has established several Economic Revitalization Zones to promote business redevelopment in the city.

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ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick announces that Rochester has established several Economic Revitalization Zones to promote business redevelopment in the city.

The state of New Hampshire offers communities with designated Economic Revitalization Zones short-term business tax credits for projects that improve infrastructure and create jobs in designated areas of the community.

New Hampshire has designated $825,000 statewide, per year, to be made available for Economic Revitalization Zone tax credits.

An Economic Revitalization Zone is defined as:

1. An unused or underutilized industrial park, or

2. Vacant land or structures previously used for industrial, commercial, or retail purposes but currently not used due to demolition, relocation of the former occupant’s operations, age, obsolescence, deterioration, brownfields, or cessation of operation resulting from unfavorable economic conditions either generally or in a specific economic sector.

Rochester has established six Economic Revitalization Zones:

  • Cocheco Zone (125 South and Old Dover Road area)
  • Downtown
  • Gonic
  • Granite Ridge
  • Granite State Business Park
  • Milton Road

“We’re always looking for new ways to stimulate economic growth in Rochester,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “The six areas we identified are ones that we see have the most potential to benefit current and future businesses, as well as residents and the community as a whole.”

For businesses to qualify for the tax credit, they must create at least one full-time job and make infrastructure improvements (equipment purchases meet eligibility requirements). Business owners who would like to check program eligibility or have questions, are encouraged to call Rochester’s Office of Economic & Community Development at 603-335-7522 or visit them online at rochesteredc.com.

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Rochester’s Collaborative Open Gym Program Triples in Second Year https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/18/email-johnjgpr-net-rochesters-collaborative-open-gym-program-triples-in-second-year/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/18/email-johnjgpr-net-rochesters-collaborative-open-gym-program-triples-in-second-year/#respond Thu, 18 May 2017 14:54:25 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=207 ROCHESTER -- City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that participation in the city’s Collaborative Open Gym program has tripled in its second year.

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ROCHESTER — City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that participation in the city’s Collaborative Open Gym program has tripled in its second year.

Participants from the Bud Carlson Academy and Community Partners meet once a week for the Collaborative Open Gym program. (Courtesy Photo)

The program works as a partnership between Rochester Recreation and Arena, the Bud Carlson Academy and Community Partners — the area agency for developmental disabilities and the community mental health center for behavioral health services for all of Strafford County.

From September through May, adult clients at Community Partners meet every Wednesday for an hour at the Rochester Community Gymnasium, a facility space provided by the Rochester Recreation Department, to play games and participate in social activities.

“Rochester Recreation and Arena is lucky to be able to support such programs in our facility,” said Lauren Krans, Assistant Director of Rochester Recreation and Arena. “We love seeing these community connections being made.”

The gym session is run by Jason Bushway, a teacher from the Bud Carlson Academy. He works to ensure that all activities are modified to meet the abilities of everyone involved, as the goal of the program is to have 100 percent participation, regardless of one’s physical or developmental abilities. Popular activities include dodge ball, Wiffle ball and basketball.

“Our students come to school every Wednesday excited to see their friends from Community Partners,” Bushway said. “Watching our students in a mentor and leadership role has been a true testament to our mission at the Bud Carlson Academy. We’re always reminding our students of our guiding skills, one of which is being a responsible and involved citizen. Collaborative Open Gym has really helped students demonstrate this.”

Now in its second year, the program grew from 10 participants to 30. Program activities are led by Rochester students from the Bud Carlson Academy and participants include adult clients of Community Partners from Rochester and surrounding communities.

“We’re happy that through our recreation department, we’re able to provide a space for adults at Community Partners and the Bud Carlson Academy to come and participate in athletic activities with friends and community members,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I imagine that as we go into our third year, participation will continue to increase.”

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Rochester Chamberlain Street School Hosts Pancake Breakfast for Dads https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/16/rochester-chamberlain-street-school-hosts-pancake-breakfast-for-dads/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/16/rochester-chamberlain-street-school-hosts-pancake-breakfast-for-dads/#respond Tue, 16 May 2017 17:10:25 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=134 ROCHESTER — Principal Mark Campbell is pleased to announce that the Chamberlain Street School hosted a free pancake breakfast for students and their dads last week. On Tuesday, May 9, the school’s cafeteria was filled to capacity with 110 dads, dad-like figures and their children, all who enjoyed delicious pancakes with strawberries, a side of …

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ROCHESTER — Principal Mark Campbell is pleased to announce that the Chamberlain Street School hosted a free pancake breakfast for students and their dads last week.

On Tuesday, May 9, the school’s cafeteria was filled to capacity with 110 dads, dad-like figures and their children, all who enjoyed delicious pancakes with strawberries, a side of sausage and some milk.

The Title 1 sponsored event was designed to promote dads and/or a family’s male parental figure to be more involved in their children’s school life, and to in turn, promote a positive relationship with school officials.

Following the breakfast, dads walked their children to their classrooms and spent the first 15 minutes with them to see how the day starts. They heard the morning announcements and participated in the Pledge of Allegiance.

As students began classwork, the dads returned to the cafeteria for a recap and thank you with the Chamberlain Street School administration.

“This was a fun and relaxing event that gave students’ fathers or guardians a chance to see more of the school and enjoy time with their kids,” Principal Campbell said. “Our goal here at Chamberlain is to have successful relationship with students’ primary caretakers, whether that’s a mom and a dad, grandparents or parental guardians. Thank you to all who took the time to come out for this pancake breakfast.”

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Rochester City Employees Compete in Commute SMART Challenge https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/02/rochester-city-employees-to-compete-in-commute-smart-challenge/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/02/rochester-city-employees-to-compete-in-commute-smart-challenge/#respond Tue, 02 May 2017 13:21:17 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=101 Now in its fourth year, the free competition, which runs from May 1-31, is organized by CommuteSMART Seacoast -- a Transportation Management Association that works to promote alternative commuting options (walking, bicycling, carpooling, etc.) in Dover, Portsmouth and Rochester.

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ROCHESTER— City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that several city employees are participating in the Commute Smart B2B Challenge this month.

Now in its fourth year, the free competition, which runs from May 1-31, is organized by CommuteSMART Seacoast — a Transportation Management Association that works to promote alternative commuting options (walking, bicycling, carpooling, etc.) in Dover, Portsmouth and Rochester.

To participate, businesses and cities throughout the seacoast form teams and work toward changing their commuting habits. Teams also compete to win a number of titles, including most sustainable trips, most social media buzz, most team spirit, most improved team and most new smart commuters. Winners are entitled to bragging rights and awarded a plaque for their accomplishments. Each team that enters is also given a swag bag and a coffee gift card at the end of the competition.

“This challenge not only helps reduce participants’ carbon footprint, but it puts money in their pockets,” said Anne Rugg, Manager of CommuteSMART Seacoast. “It’s also a fun way to bond with colleagues, and gets people in the habit of using alternative commuting methods even after the competition is over.”

Teams can view their and the competition’s progress on the Leaderboard, which tracks trips logged and calculates cost savings.

Rochester’s team, led by co-captains Karen Pollard, Economic Development Manager, and Government Channel Coordinator Celeste Plaia, encompasses members from a number of departments throughout the city, including police, finance and recreation.

“Our goal is to really increase a feeling of comradery among city employees,” Pollard said. “Even if we carpool or ride our bikes to work a few times a week, that’s beneficial to the environment.”

This is Rochester’s third year participating in the competition. Last year the team won a bronze Sustainable Commuting Champion Award for its efforts in improving sustainability throughout the city.

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Rochester to Host Community Photography Show https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/04/27/rochester-to-host-community-photography-show/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/04/27/rochester-to-host-community-photography-show/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 17:19:37 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=93 ROCHESTER -- Rochester Main Street and Rochester First United Methodist Church are teaming up to host a free community photography show and contest for local photographers next month.

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ROCHESTER — Rochester Main Street and Rochester First United Methodist Church are teaming up to host a free community photography show and contest for local photographers next month.

Continuing the tradition started years ago with the Rochester Public Library Community Photography Show, the Rochester First United Methodist Church, in partnership with Rochester Main Street, are now sponsoring  the inaugural Community Photography Show for amateur photographers May 24 -June 13.

The public is invited to an opening reception on May 24 at 7 p.m., when the winners will be announced and prizes awarded. Refreshments and entertainment will follow.

A panel of professional photographers will be on-hand to discuss individual exhibitor’s work with those who wish to take advantage of this opportunity. This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Rochester’s vibrant and thriving art community.

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. — Photographers Reception

May 27 to June 12 — Photography Show Times Throughout the Exhibition:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 3-5 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
  • Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m.
  • Special Showings: Friday, May 26, June 2 and June 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

WHERE:

Rochester First United Methodist Church, 34 South Main St., Rochester

WHAT:

The event will kick off with an opening reception to announce winners and award prizes. A panel of professional photographers will discuss individual amateur exhibitor’s works and judge the photographs. First and second places ribbons will be awarded, and each judge will also award a “Judges Favorite” ribbon as well as “Best of Show” and “Special Merit” ribbons.

Photographers have been submitting their work over the past month. Please come out and support Rochester’s photographers.

For more information on the event or to become a sponsor contact coordinator CindyEdgerly at cindyedge@myfairpoint.net.

Rochester Main Street is a nonprofit organization focused on bringing together stakeholders in the downtown to aid in downtown revitalization. The organization is supported by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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