Jordan Mayblum – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:01:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32 Jordan Mayblum – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 R.W. Creteau Regional Technology Center Announces Winner of Logo Design Contest https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/18/r-w-creteau-regional-technology-center-announces-winner-of-logo-design-contest/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/18/r-w-creteau-regional-technology-center-announces-winner-of-logo-design-contest/#respond Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:11:55 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1583 The Rochester Schools are pleased to announce that students at the Creteau Regional Technology Center have chosen the center's new logo from a series of student-designed entries. 

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The Rochester Schools are pleased to announce that students at the Creteau Regional Technology Center have chosen the center’s new logo from a series of student-designed entries. 

Creteau Tech students entered a logo design contest with a mandate to create an image that best represents the school and its wide variety of career technical education programs.

Students voted on the logo they liked best, with junior Emily Johnson’s CTE Tree of Knowledge emerging as the favorite. Junior Emelia Lamie’s CTE Shield earned second place, while senior Esther White’s CTE Depth of Knowledge design earned third place.

Johnson was awarded a $100 gift card, while Lamie and White each received $50 and $25 gift cards, respectively. They were chosen from among 38 entries.

“Each of the designs were great representations of Creteau Tech’s programs, and I’m confident that Emily’s design will represent the school for years to come,” Superintendent Mike Hopkins said.

“Creteau Tech provides our students with so many opportunities to earn real world experiences and develop practical skills,” Mayor Caroline McCarley said. “The logo design contest is a great example of the type of opportunities available to students, and I want to congratulate everyone for exercising their creativity.”

The winning logo will be transformed into a digital image and placed on display next month.

The winning logo.

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Colonial Pines Sewer Project Featured in Trade Magazine https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/16/colonial-pines-sewer-project-featured-in-trade-magazine/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/16/colonial-pines-sewer-project-featured-in-trade-magazine/#respond Mon, 16 Apr 2018 18:42:59 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1577 The City of Rochester's Colonial Pines sewer project was recently featured in the trade magazine NASTT-NE Northeast Journal of Trenchless Technology Practices. 

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The City of Rochester’s Colonial Pines sewer project was recently featured in the trade magazine NASTT-NE Northeast Journal of Trenchless Technology Practices.

The project was the first phase of installation of a full gravity flow sewer system in the Colonial Pines neighborhood — which will one day serve 200-plus homes.

The newly installed sewer line earned recognition overcoming the challenges associated with connecting the neighborhood on the east side of the Spaulding Turnpike with Rochester’s wastewater treatment plant on the western side.

Phase one of that project was completed last fall, and future phases are expected to be completed in the coming years.

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Keller Williams Realty Volunteers to Complete Improvements at Rochester’s McClelland School Complex https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/13/keller-williams-realty-volunteers-to-complete-improvements-at-rochesters-mcclelland-school-complex/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/13/keller-williams-realty-volunteers-to-complete-improvements-at-rochesters-mcclelland-school-complex/#respond Fri, 13 Apr 2018 19:09:42 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1572 City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Mayor Caroline McCarley are pleased to announce that representatives from Keller Williams Coastal, Lakes, and Mountains Realty will visit Rochester next month for the company's annual day of community service, known as RED Day.

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City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Mayor Caroline McCarley are pleased to announce that representatives from Keller Williams Coastal, Lakes, and Mountains Realty will visit Rochester next month for the company’s annual day of community service, known as RED Day.

WHEN

Thursday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m.

WHERE

Rochester Middle School and McClelland Middle School, 47 Brock St., Rochester

WHO

  • Representatives from the City of Rochester
  • Approximately 250 Keller Williams volunteers
  • RED Day Committee Co-Chairs Barbara Marzoli and Melissa Lesniak

WHAT

Keller Williams’ RED (Renew, Energize and Donate) Day is an annual tradition in which associates give back to the communities they serve. This year, approximately 250 representatives from the company’s various office locations in New Hampshire and Maine will do hands-on improvement work at the McClelland School complex in Rochester. 

Among many smaller beautification projects, KW associates will plant flower beds around the elementary school and trim the fence line around the complex. They will also begin work to refurbish an area known as “the dust bowl,” by laying a bed of gravel and establishing a perimeter for an eventual outdoor basketball court.

The largest project being completed will be the complete refurbishing of the enclosed playground area at the elementary school.

“RED Day is an opportunity for us to give back to the communities that have supported us throughout the year,” Keller Williams agent and RED Day Committee Co-Chair Barbara Marzoli said.

“This day of service is something all of our agents look forward to every year, and this project will have a great impact on Rochester and its kids,” added Co-Chair and Agent Melissa Lesniak.

Keller Williams’ Red Day Committee identified the McClelland School projects as a unique fit for the program, given the amount of work required, as well as the size and overall skill set of their volunteer force.

“I am absolutely thrilled and extremely grateful that so many members of the Keller Williams team will be pitching in to help get this work done,” Mayor McCarley said. “This project will go a long way toward improving the school complex for students and the community as a whole.”

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Rochester Public Library Partners With Collections Agency to Ensure Overdue Items Are Returned https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/12/rochester-public-library-partners-with-collections-agency-to-ensure-overdue-items-are-returned/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/12/rochester-public-library-partners-with-collections-agency-to-ensure-overdue-items-are-returned/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 18:03:55 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1570 Director Brian Sylvester announces that the Rochester Public Library has partnered with a collection agency to enhance its efforts to collect overdue items and fines.  Under the new policy, which is expected to start next month, the library will use a collection agency to help encourage patrons with more than $75 worth of overdue materials to …

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Director Brian Sylvester announces that the Rochester Public Library has partnered with a collection agency to enhance its efforts to collect overdue items and fines. 

Under the new policy, which is expected to start next month, the library will use a collection agency to help encourage patrons with more than $75 worth of overdue materials to return them. The cost of this service will be passed on to each patron whose account will be handled by the collection agency, Unique Management.

“This policy was developed with fairness to all library patrons in mind, and I expect this will only impact a very small number of library users,” Director Sylvester said. “When materials aren’t returned, they’re not available for others to borrow and in most cases requires us to use money that would otherwise be spent on new items to instead be used to replace missing ones.”

The library will continue to notify patrons that their materials are overdue and send courtesy notices about items that will soon be due, and patrons will have ample time before their accounts are turned over to collections.

Accounts owing $75 or more may be referred to collections, and will have an additional $10 charge added to their account. When an account is referred to collections, the account holder or adult who signed for the account on behalf of a child or organization will be contacted by Unique Management and will be held responsible for fines and fees.

To maintain patrons’ privacy, Unique Management will not be provided with any identifying information about the items borrowed.

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American Red Cross Donates Smoke Alarms to the Rochester Fire Department https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/11/american-red-cross-donates-smoke-alarms-to-the-rochester-fire-department/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/11/american-red-cross-donates-smoke-alarms-to-the-rochester-fire-department/#respond Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:06:26 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1564 Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department received 18 donated smoke alarms that will be distributed to residents in need. 

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Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce that the Rochester Fire Department received 18 donated smoke alarms that will be distributed to residents in need. 

The American Red Cross donated the smoke alarms to Rochester Fire, which will carry them on each of its fire trucks and distribute them on an as needed basis. 

“Every single home needs to have working smoke detectors, and this donation will help residents and potentially save lives,” Chief Klose said. “We are grateful for the American Red Cross and its support of our department.”

Unlike a separate program made possible by a grant, firefighters will be able to provide the alarms by the Red Cross to any household without working alarms, as long as supplies last.

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Photos: Rochester Police and Fire Departments Celebrate Public Safety Dispatchers https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/10/rochester-police-and-fire-departments-celebrate-public-safety-dispatchers/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/10/rochester-police-and-fire-departments-celebrate-public-safety-dispatchers/#respond Tue, 10 Apr 2018 15:56:49 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1552 On behalf of Police Chief Paul Toussaint, Fire Chief Mark Klose and Director of EMS at Frisbie Hospital Gary Brock we take this opportunity to thank the Rochester Public Safety Communications Specialists.

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On behalf of Police Chief Paul Toussaint, Fire Chief Mark Klose and Director of EMS at Frisbie Hospital Gary Brock we take this opportunity to thank the Rochester Public Safety Communications Specialists.

The Rochester Public Safety Communications Center is staffed with exceptional employees, who are well trained and dedicated to the profession. They work all hours of the day; weekends and holidays, often missing milestone events with family. This team plays a critical role in all that we do. The initial call always begins with them. They are the lifeline people do not see, behind the scenes and away from all the sirens and emergency vehicles.

On any given day in the City of Rochester a small group of men and women are all that links citizens to a lifeline in their hour of need. Dispatchers are speaking with callers to learn critical details that are important to responding emergency services. Without the ability to manage chaos over the telephone, public safety agencies would be helpless and outcomes could often be worse.

The job is stressful and tough. They are often criticized and rarely thanked. Yet, they go home at the end of their shift, and they come back the next day to do it all over again. Each and every day they are doing good work for the citizens of our communities. We want to publicly thank the professional team in Rochester’s Communication Center; Andrea, Andrew, Ellen, Jen, Jody, Kayla, Maddie, Michelle, Nicole, Sarah, Tiffany, and our per diems Candace, Keri and Rebecca —THANK YOU for what you do—the rest of us could not do what we do without you!!

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Rochester Fire Department Advises Residents of Fundraising Scam https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/06/rochester-fire-department-advises-residents-of-fundraising-scam/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/06/rochester-fire-department-advises-residents-of-fundraising-scam/#respond Fri, 06 Apr 2018 18:41:35 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1449 Residents should be a aware of a scam involving an individual falsely claiming to be collecting donations on behalf of the Rochester Fire Department. 

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Chief Mark Klose reports that residents should be a aware of a scam involving an individual falsely claiming to be collecting donations on behalf of the Rochester Fire Department. 

A resident reported receiving a phone call yesterday from someone soliciting donations on behalf of the department, however neither Rochester Fire nor the Rochester Professional Firefighters Local 1451 are currently conducting any fundraisers.

Residents should disregard any calls they receive claiming to come from either group requesting donations. 

“I want to be certain that residents don’t fall victim to a scam while believing they’re supporting a good cause,” Chief Klose said.

To avoid falling victim to these telephone scams, Rochester Fire recommends that residents follow these tips outlined by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC):

  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
  • If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.
  • If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FTC.
  • Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. You can also visit the FTC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.
  • Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry. Access the registry online or by calling 1-888-382-1222.

These scams can also be reported to the FTC at 877-382-4357, as well as the Rochester Police Department at 603-330-7127.

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Rochester Public Library Pays Tribute to Trust Fund Benefactors https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/05/rochester-public-library-pays-tribute-to-trust-fund-benefactors/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/05/rochester-public-library-pays-tribute-to-trust-fund-benefactors/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:46:13 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1446 Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Rochester Public Library, as part of its ongoing celebration of its 125th anniversary, has installed plaque commemorating the donors who created the the library trust funds.

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Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Rochester Public Library, as part of its ongoing celebration of its 125th anniversary, has installed plaque commemorating the donors who created the the library trust funds.

The commemorative plaque was presented to the library by the Board of Library Trustees in recognition of the vital role the trust funds play in supporting the library, and to honor the individuals who made those invaluable funding sources possible.

The trust funds are one of three ways the library’s collection of books, movies, magazines, newspapers, audio books and television shows are funded. The majority of the money comes from the annual appropriation from the city during the budgeting process.

Interest earned on the library trust funds has been a consistent source of funding for the library since as early as 1900, when the Farrington Trust was created in memory of Walter F. and Jennie I. Farrington.

“The extensive collection and materials we have available at the Rochester Public Library would not be possible without the trust funds,” Director Sylvester said. “I’m glad we’ve found a way to permanently honor the people who made those funds — and the work they support — possible.”

Several of the trust funds, which amount to more than half of the total value of the trusts, are restricted for the purchase of specific types of books, or specific subjects, while others are unrestricted, and can be used for any purchases.

Although the trusts are used almost exclusively for the collection, some also allow for other uses, such as facility improvements.

The Rochester Public Library is celebrating 2018-19 as the 125th anniversary of the City’s incorporation of a public library. Several events are planned throughout the year, including an open house celebration in the summer and exhibits about the library’s long history in the city. For more information, visit the library’s website at www.rpl.lib.nh.us

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Friends of the Rochester Public Library Announce Upcoming Events and New Pass Offering Following Annual Meeting https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/05/friends-of-the-rochester-public-library-announce-upcoming-events-and-new-pass-offering-following-annual-meeting/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/05/friends-of-the-rochester-public-library-announce-upcoming-events-and-new-pass-offering-following-annual-meeting/#respond Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:38:17 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1442 Library Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Friends of the Rochester Public Library held their annual meeting earlier this week.

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Library Director Brian Sylvester is pleased to announce that the Friends of the Rochester Public Library held their annual meeting earlier this week.

At the meeting, the group voted to add the New Hampshire State Parks to the library’s list of museum and parks passes, which would provide members access to Pawtuckaway, Bear Brook, Northwood Meadows State Parks nearby, among others.

Tickets are also now on sale for the Sweet Art Baking Contest, where attendees will have the opportunity to sample and judge more than a dozen baked goods.

The Sweet Art event, a joint effort between the Friends of the Rochester Public Library and the Rochester MFA, will be held on Saturday, April 28 in the library community room. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event will continue until 3:30 p.m.

Tickets cost $5 and are on sale at the library circulation desk. All proceeds go to supporting the library and its programs, and the winner of the baking competition will receive a custom apron. There will also be a reception in the Carnegie Gallery hosted by the MFA. The Friends are currently seeking additional bakers for the event.

Anyone interested in baking may sign up at the circulation desk. There is a $5 fee to participate.

In May, the Friends of the Library will sponsor a selfie booth outside the library for Free Comic Book Day on May 5. Visitors will have the opportunity to take selfies wearing comic book themed masks provided by the Friends of the Public Library.

“The Friends are an essential resource that the library depends on to keep our programs fresh and engaging,” Director Sylvester said. “I am grateful for their dedication and continued support of our mission.”

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Sweet Peach’s Candy and Confections Celebrates its First Year on North Main Street in Rochester https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/04/sweet-peachs-candy-and-confections-celebrates-its-first-year-on-north-main-street-in-rochester/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/04/sweet-peachs-candy-and-confections-celebrates-its-first-year-on-north-main-street-in-rochester/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:20:03 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1419 Kayla and Melissa Peach made their lifelong dream of owning a candy shop a reality when their store, Sweet Peach's Candy and Confections, opened its doors on North Main Street last April.

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Kayla and Melissa Peach made their lifelong dream of owning a candy shop a reality when their store, Sweet Peach’s Candy and Confections, opened its doors on North Main Street last April.

The mother and daughter pair decided that the time was right to open up the shop following the birth of Kayla’s son, Brayden, and they have spent the last year offering Rochester residents a variety of nostalgic candies and chocolates.

“The store is definitely something that her and I had wanted to do since she was a little girl,” Melissa Peach said, “because I was brought up going to candy stores as a child so I did the same with my children.”

Sweet Peach’s prides itself on its wide variety of old and new age candy, which it sells at affordable prices. The store features more than 30 jars of candy under 25 cents, as well as fudge, chocolate, 17 flavors of gummy bears and handmade treats like caramel apples, chocolate covered strawberries, dipped Oreos and rice crispy treats.

As they embark on their second year, the Peachs hope to offer more penny candy and a larger variety of homemade treats. For Easter, they resolved to make their own chocolate bunnies rather than buy them elsewhere.

Sweet Peach’s also takes steps to give back to the community, whether through Facebook giveaways or by donating portions of its sales to people in need, as it did with 10 percent of its sales of bouquets ahead of Valentine’s Day earlier this year.

The shop is located at 16 N. Main St., and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

You can keep up with the store online on Facebook and SweetPeachsCandy.com.

 

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