Jordan Mayblum – 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 Jordan Mayblum – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Rochester Named a ‘City on the Rise’ by New Hampshire Magazine https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/06/15/rochester-named-a-city-on-the-rise-by-new-hampshire-magazine/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/06/15/rochester-named-a-city-on-the-rise-by-new-hampshire-magazine/#respond Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:50:10 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1749 Rochester was named as a City on the Rise in New Hampshire Magazine's Best of NH edition. The city's commitment to supporting its arts and culture scene played a big part in helping the city earn the accolade. 

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Rochester was named as a City on the Rise in New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH edition. The city’s commitment to supporting its arts and culture scene played a big part in helping the city earn the accolade.

“There’s a significant grassroots movement to bootstrap the city into prominence as a center for art, culture, dining and economic vitality. Great bone structure helps, notably the unique and historic Rochester Opera House that hosts touring acts and has its own production company for the stage, plus a new Performance & Arts Center for smaller acts and events.”

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Rochester Library Installs New Flagpole https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/06/13/rochester-library-installs-new-flagpole/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/06/13/rochester-library-installs-new-flagpole/#respond Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:32:15 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1746 Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that a new flagpole has been placed outside the Rochester Public Library, just in time for Flag Day. 

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Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that a new flagpole has been placed outside the Rochester Public Library, just in time for Flag Day. 

Last year, the Library Trustees asked library leaders to seek out a new flagpole, and they ultimately located an unused one standing on Wakefield Street near the City of Rochester Revenue Offices. 

Workers from the Department of Public Works disassembled and painted the pole, which was installed today. Following the installation, an American flag donated by former trustee John Roese was hoisted to the top.

“I’m grateful for the work of our Public Works colleagues and to John Roese for his gift to the library,” Director Sylvester said. “This new flagpole will be a beautiful part of the library for years to come.” 

The pole and flag will be used year round, and a New Hampshire state flag and lights will be installed later this summer. 

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Rochester Library Partners With Chamber of Commerce to Host Business After Hours https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/31/rochester-library-partners-with-chamber-of-commerce-to-host-business-after-hours/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/31/rochester-library-partners-with-chamber-of-commerce-to-host-business-after-hours/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 17:52:08 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1721 ROCHESTER — Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Rochester Public Library will host a networking event for area business leaders next month.  In partnership with the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the library will serve as the venue for the Chamber’s Business After Hours event on Tuesday, June 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. …

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ROCHESTER — Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Rochester Public Library will host a networking event for area business leaders next month. 

In partnership with the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, the library will serve as the venue for the Chamber’s Business After Hours event on Tuesday, June 19, from 5:30-7 p.m.

The event is the next part in the library’s yearlong celebration of its 125th anniversary, and will provide professionals from throughout the Rochester region an opportunity to get to know one another and learn about the diverse resources, programs and services the library offers. 

To accommodate the event, the library will close to the general public at 5 p.m. rather than its normally scheduled 8:30 p.m. closing time. Residents are encouraged to come in early on June 19 for any regular library business they wish to conduct. 

“I’m very much looking forward to this event, since it will give members of our local business community a unique opportunity to learn more about all that the library has to offer,” Sylvester said. 

The event will also feature hors d’ouerves provided by the Governor’s Inn and door prizes courtesy of the Friends of the Rochester Public Library. 

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP online by June 12. RSVPs may be submitted at www.rochesternh.org/BAH-June.

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Rochester Residents Invited to Celebrate Retirement of Assistant Chief Dupuis https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/31/rochester-residents-invited-to-celebrate-retirement-of-assistant-chief-dupuis/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/31/rochester-residents-invited-to-celebrate-retirement-of-assistant-chief-dupuis/#respond Thu, 31 May 2018 17:41:10 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1714 Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dupuis will be retiring from the Rochester Fire Department after 30 years of service to the city. Members of the public are invited to a ceremony celebrating his career and retirement, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15. The department will also host an open house beginning …

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Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dupuis will be retiring from the Rochester Fire Department after 30 years of service to the city. Members of the public are invited to a ceremony celebrating his career and retirement, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 15. The department will also host an open house beginning at 8 a.m. that same day at Fire Headquarters, 37 Wakefield St.

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Rochester Police Officer to Light Cauldron at Special Olympics State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/29/rochester-police-officer-to-light-cauldron-at-special-olympics-state-summer-games-opening-ceremonies/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/29/rochester-police-officer-to-light-cauldron-at-special-olympics-state-summer-games-opening-ceremonies/#respond Tue, 29 May 2018 20:19:35 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1710 Community Engagement Officer Kyle Danie will light the ceremonial cauldron to signify the start of the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games later this week.

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Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that Community Engagement Officer Kyle Danie will light the ceremonial cauldron to signify the start of the Special Olympics New Hampshire State Summer Games later this week.

The lighting of the cauldron will serve as the culmination of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, during which the Flame of Hope will be carried more than 500 miles by participating law enforcement officers from throughout the state.

On Friday, June 1, residents are encouraged to come out and cheer on the Rochester officers running Rochester’s portion of the Torch Run. Officers receive the torch from members of the Farmington Police Department on Route 11 at the town line at approximately 6:30 a.m.

They will run the torch on an eight-mile stretch from Route 11, through downtown, up Rochester Hill Road and will then hand off the torch to the Somersworth Police Department.

The Flame of Hope will conclude its journey at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium. The Opening Ceremonies parade will begin at 8 p.m. in the stadium, and Officer Danie will light the cauldron to officially open the games.

“Officer Danie has been fantastic in his role as our community engagement officer, and I know he is eager to be involved in an incredible event that brings so many people together,” Chief Toussaint said. “The Law Enforcement Torch Run is a meaningful tradition that we’re all proud to take part in, and we’re all looking forward to it again this year.”

Officer Justin Seckendorf of the Rochester Police Motor Unit will also represent the department at the opening ceremony, where he’ll ride a department motorcycle in the motor parade for the Olympians.

During this year’s Summer Games, 800 athletes from across New Hampshire will compete in numerous events.

About the Law Enforcement Torch Run:
The Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics (LETR) is a volunteer movement that was established by members of the law enforcement community to support the Special Olympics. The mission of LETR is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement.

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Rochester City Planners Earn Nationally Recognized Industry Certification https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/25/rochester-city-planners-earn-nationally-recognized-industry-certification/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/25/rochester-city-planners-earn-nationally-recognized-industry-certification/#respond Fri, 25 May 2018 20:15:15 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1707 City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that two Rochester city planners have earned certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

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City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that two Rochester city planners have earned certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Director of Planning and Development Jim Campbell and and Chief Planner Seth Creighton both passed the AICP exam on May 18 and 19, respectively. The certification affirms their qualifications in the field and their understanding of industry history, standards, ethics and professional conduct. 

The exam, which is administered by the AICP and the American Planning Association, evaluates planners on their ability to analyze real world scenarios and theories so they can demonstrate their ability to implement industry best practices.

By earning the certification, Campbell and Creighton also demonstrated their practical knowledge of planning issues on both a local and nationwide scale. As planners in the northeast, they regularly evaluate issues that differ from those their peers face in different regions — like water rights in more arid regions, the complexities of high-speed passenger rail or the issues related to tribal territories.

“These certifications are a reflection of Jim and Seth’s deep knowledge of the planning field,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “I’m proud of the effort they both put forth to earn this accolade, and their professionalism is ultimately a great positive for the city.”

To maintain their certifications, Campbell and Creighton will be required to take a minimum of 31 hours of training every two years.

Campbell has been with the City of Rochester since July 2012, while Creighton joined the planning and development office in August 2013.

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Rochester Schools Partner With McDonald’s to Raise Money for Elementary Band Program https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/24/rochester-schools-partner-with-mcdonalds-to-raise-money-for-elementary-band-program/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/24/rochester-schools-partner-with-mcdonalds-to-raise-money-for-elementary-band-program/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 18:01:42 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1703 Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that Rochester schools have partnered with McDonald's to raise money for the city's youngest musicians. 

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Superintendent Michael L. Hopkins is pleased to announce that Rochester schools have partnered with McDonald’s to raise money for the city’s youngest musicians.

The Napoli Group, which owns the McDonald’s at 291 North Main St., will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from its sales on June 8-10 to the Rochester’s elementary school band program. The fundraiser is part of an ongoing celebration of the restaurant’s recent renovation.

“We are very appreciative of the Napoli Group and our local McDonald’s, as they continually support our students,” Assistant Superintendent Kyle Repucci said. “It is wonderful to have such an amazing partner in our city.”

The proceeds of the fundraiser will be used to invest in the loaner instruments that the schools make available to students who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford one of their own. This summer, the money raised will be used to clean, sterilize and repair the loaners so they can be reassigned to students in the fall.

“We are so grateful for this generous donation so that we can provide instruments for all of our well deserving Rochester students,” Director of Music Joanne Houston said.

“Since 2009, the McDonald’s in Rochester have enjoyed a tremendous partnership with the Rochester Elementary Band. Given that longstanding relationship, we thought it was fitting to join together in celebration of the Grand Re-opening of our McDonald’s located at 291 North Main Street” said Sal Napoli. “We are as dedicated as ever to being involved in the communities we serve, and are proud to give back to our neighbors through partnerships like this one to benefit the Rochester Elementary Band.”

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Last Chance to Register for Free Business Development Workshop https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/23/last-chance-to-register-for-free-business-development-workshop/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/23/last-chance-to-register-for-free-business-development-workshop/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 13:52:07 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1698 Rochester Main Street will be hosting a free Business Development Workshop for city business owners. 

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Rochester Main Street will be hosting a free Business Development Workshop for city business owners.

The workshop will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 24, from 9-10 a.m. in the City Hall Annex Conference Room. The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center’s Seacoast Regional Director, Warren Daniel, will be facilitating the workshop.

Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

To register for this free and informative event, please click here.

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Artisans’ Gallery Fills a Unique Niche Downtown https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/17/artisans-gallery-fills-a-unique-niche-downtown/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/17/artisans-gallery-fills-a-unique-niche-downtown/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 16:11:13 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1685 ROCHESTER -- When it opened its doors less than a year ago, the Artisans’ Gallery helped to fill a previously untapped niche in downtown Rochester.

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ROCHESTER — When it opened its doors less than a year ago, the Artisans’ Gallery helped to fill a previously untapped niche in downtown Rochester.

The store stands out as the only one in the heart of the city to specialize in local, handmade, one-of-a-kind items from dozens of local artists and craft makers. It currently counts a broad range of items — pottery, sculptures, jewelry, woodworking, blown glass, fabrics and more — among its collection.

Many of the gallery’s featured artists are League of New Hampshire Craftsmen juried members, establishing them as some of the very best in their craft.

“I want to make a positive difference to our downtown and our community,” said gallery owner Sherry Beaudoin, who has made Rochester her home since 1990. “The Artisans Gallery provides a critical outlet for artists and makers in our area to make their work accessible to the community and allow customers to find unique items for their homes.”

Beaudoin is also coordinating Arts Around Town, which will kick off this summer. The three month event will feature the works of over a dozen New England artisans showing their work at various downtown locations. In June, July and August, residents will be able to qualify for prizes if they visit 16 participating businesses. Click here for more information and a map of Arts Around Town locations.

Printed maps will be available soon at each of the 16 locations. Artists interested in participating in the August showcase should reach out to Beaudoin directly here.

The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

For more about the Artisan Gallery’s collection, visit its website, Facebook and Instagram.

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Photo Gallery: Greater Rochester Camera Club Celebrates First Anniversary https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/16/photo-gallery-greater-rochester-camera-club-celebrates-first-anniversary/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/16/photo-gallery-greater-rochester-camera-club-celebrates-first-anniversary/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 20:00:51 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1676 ROCHESTER — Shawn Pierce and Tanya Hervey are both passionate about photography, and were eager to share their passion with the rest of their community, which they did last spring after launching the Greater Rochester Camera Club. This week, the club celebrated its first anniversary at its regular monthly meeting. Gatherings feature guest speakers and …

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ROCHESTER — Shawn Pierce and Tanya Hervey are both passionate about photography, and were eager to share their passion with the rest of their community, which they did last spring after launching the Greater Rochester Camera Club.

This week, the club celebrated its first anniversary at its regular monthly meeting. Gatherings feature guest speakers and workshops, as well as time to socialize and discuss photography. The group also dedicates time each month to critique members’ photos and reflects on what photographers did well with their work and what they can do to improve. The meetings conclude with a new photo challenge for the upcoming month.

“Both Tanya and I own photography businesses in Rochester, so we’re familiar with everything that goes into pursuing this as a career or just as something fun to do in your free time,” Pierce said. “We decided to start the camera club so that we could share our love for the art with our neighbors and be part of the city’s budding arts community.”

In its second year, the camera club remains focused on serving as a forum for photographers across all skill levels while also working to expand its footprint in the Rochester arts scene. This summer, the club will host its first photography exhibition at The Franklin Gallery at Riverstones Custom Framing on Main Street. The opening reception will be held on July 6, and is open to the public.

The group meets monthly each month except July and August, and membership dues are $35 per year on a May through April cycle. Anyone who is interested in joining may attend up to two regular meetings — those not featuring a speaker — as guests.

“Our goal is to build a strong community of photographic artists, and we’re really proud of how vibrant its become a year after we started the camera club,” Pierce said. “We want anyone who is interested in photography, whether they do it for a living or are just starting out, to take part so that we can all develop our skills together.”

Meetings are typically held from 6-8 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Rochester Performance and Arts Center, 32 North Main St. The next meeting is scheduled for June 19.

For more information about the club, and to keep up to date on photo challenges and meeting information, visit the club’s website and its Facebook page.

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