Community Engagement – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Thu, 17 May 2018 18:50:33 +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 Community Engagement – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Sixth Annual Wings and Wheels Coming to Skyhaven Airport Next Month https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/08/sixth-annual-wings-and-wheels-coming-to-skyhaven-airport-next-month/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/08/sixth-annual-wings-and-wheels-coming-to-skyhaven-airport-next-month/#respond Tue, 08 May 2018 14:20:23 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1634 ROCHESTER -- Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that the Rochester Police Department will host the 2018 Wings and Wheels event next month. 

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ROCHESTER — Chief Paul Toussaint is pleased to announce that the Rochester Police Department will host the 2018 Wings and Wheels event next month.

WHEN

Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE

Skyhaven Airport, 238 Rochester Hill Road, Rochester

WHO

  • Rochester Police Department
  • Rochester Rotary Charities
  • Pease Development Authority
  • Waste Management
  • Multiple food trucks and community vendors
  • Entertainment from Matt Gelinas, Sole City Dance, the BJ Hickman Family Magic Show, McDonough Grimes Irish Dance and musicians The Toes

WHAT

The Rochester Police Department, along with several partner organizations and sponsors, will host its annual Wings and Wheels event featuring a variety of fun, family-oriented activities.

The sixth annual event will include plane and helicopter rides, multiple demonstrations and performances throughout the day and a large selection of food trucks and concessions.

Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in the Car, Motorcycle and Aircraft Show, which showcases hundreds of vintage and custom vehicles and aircrafts that families can see up close.

Wings and Wheels will also feature a buffalo wing eating contest — with the winner earning a free helicopter ride — as well as skateboard demonstrations, skateboard painting, crafts, games and raffles.

“This event is something we look forward to every year, and we’re excited to invite members of the community for a day of fun activities that help support a good cause,” Chief Toussaint said.

While there is no cost of admission, attendees are encouraged to make a donation that will benefit local Rochester non-profit organizations and programs like SHARE Fund, FeastBox, Howie’s Field of Dreams and many more.

“Rochester Rotary is proud to be a part of this fun family event,” said Rochester Rotary member and event Co-Chair Jenn Marsh. “It is a great way to bring the community together in a unique and special way that’s enjoyable for people of all ages.”

For more about the event, please visit www.wingsandwheelsrochesternh.com/.

 

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Earth Day 2018! https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/19/earth-day-2018/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/19/earth-day-2018/#respond Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:03:50 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1607 Rochester Cares Clean Up Day!  Join us on Earth Day, April 22,  2018. Make a difference in your community.  Show your support for the betterment of Rochester by participating in the Rochester Cares Clean Up Day 2018! We are sure everyone knows an area that could use a little extra attention. Sign up today to …

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Rochester Cares Clean Up Day! 

Join us on Earth Day, April 22,  2018. Make a difference in your community.  Show your support for the betterment of Rochester by participating in the Rochester Cares Clean Up Day 2018!

We are sure everyone knows an area that could use a little extra attention.

Sign up today to make a difference.

 

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Vision Board Workshop https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/11/the-rochester-public-library-presents-vision-board-workshop/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/11/the-rochester-public-library-presents-vision-board-workshop/#respond Thu, 12 Apr 2018 00:23:58 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1567 May 9th at 6pm with Certified Life Coach Laura Klain So what is a Vision Board? This visual representation of your goals, hopes, and dreams will inspire you to work toward what you really want. We’ll be using collage to create a unique personalized, and inspiring poster to display in your personal space at your …

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May 9th at 6pm

with Certified Life Coach Laura Klain

So what is a Vision Board? This visual representation of your goals, hopes, and dreams will inspire you to work toward what you really want. We’ll be using collage to create a unique personalized, and inspiring poster to display in your personal space at your home or office.

This workshop is free but space is limited and registration is required. You may register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or by emailing reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Yoga For Every Body https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/02/the-rochester-public-library-presents-yoga-for-every-body/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/02/the-rochester-public-library-presents-yoga-for-every-body/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:17:49 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1406 Registration is now open for May 2nd, 16th, and 23rd!   Join yoga teacher Naomi Kaplan, RYT 200, for a class that is built for everyone. Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own! You may also wish to bring a blanket for use during relaxation. Classes are free but registration …

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Registration is now open for May 2nd, 16th, and 23rd!

 

Join yoga teacher Naomi Kaplan, RYT 200, for a class that is built for everyone. Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own! You may also wish to bring a blanket for use during relaxation. Classes are free but registration is required. You may register at the main desk or by calling 332-1428 or by emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us Participants ages 13-17 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

This event is free but space is very limited. You can register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Understanding Reiki https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/22/the-rochester-public-library-presents-understanding-reiki/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/22/the-rochester-public-library-presents-understanding-reiki/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:13:42 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1339 Wednesday, April 25th, 6pm *This event is free, but registration is required. You can register at the Main Desk, or by calling 332-1428, or you can email us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us* In this presentation Marilynn Carter, Reiki Master Teacher, progressive wellness practitioner, and author at Many Paths for Health, will introduce you to the simple, amazing …

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Wednesday, April 25th, 6pm

*This event is free, but registration is required. You can register at the Main Desk, or by calling 332-1428, or you can email us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us*

In this presentation Marilynn Carter, Reiki Master Teacher, progressive wellness practitioner, and author at Many Paths for Health, will introduce you to the simple, amazing healing practice of Reiki. If you have heard about Reiki but know little about it, please join us to learn more about this Japanese art. The program includes a brief introduction to Reiki and a demonstration of an exercise to help you feel your own energy. A volunteer from the audience will have an opportunity to experience a few minutes of Reiki. There will be time for questions and answers. Live relaxing background music by well-known jazz guitarist, Steve Carter, will complement the evening.

Copies of Marilynn’s new book, “Experience theLove, Light, Wisdom of Reiki,” will be available for sale and signing.

About the Book: “Experience the Love, Light,Wisdom of Reiki” helps you get to know Reiki and see what it can do for you,your loved ones, and your pets. You’ll also find information about the energyfield with exercises you can try at home. The best part of the book is the morethan 50 pages of true personal stories shared by the author, some of herclients, and students.

About the Author: Marilynn Carter has been working in traditional health settings since the age of 15. Seeking answers to her own health, she began exploring alternative therapies. After experiencing and learning the Japanese healing system known as Reiki, she knew she wanted to share it with others. Since 2002 she has been a practitioner and teacher at Many Paths for Health certified in both Usui and Karuna Reiki. She is also certified in Jin Shin Jyutsu as a Self Help Teacher, certified in Healing Touch, Magnified Healing, and is interested in Chinese medicine, environmental health, and healthy eating. Experience the Love, Light, Wisdom of Reiki is her second book.

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Rochester Writers Night and the Rochester Public Library present: Young Writers Night https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/22/rochester-writers-night-and-the-rochester-public-library-present-young-writers-night/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/22/rochester-writers-night-and-the-rochester-public-library-present-young-writers-night/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:39:57 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1333 April is National Poetry month! Rochester Writers Night holds its 10th annual Young Writers Night at the Rochester Public Library on Weds. April 11 at 6 PM. Our group strives to support young writers and showcase their work in an effort to encourage young people to write, and to introduce them to other area writers. …

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April is National Poetry month! Rochester Writers Night holds its 10th annual Young Writers Night at the Rochester Public Library on Weds. April 11 at 6 PM. Our group strives to support young writers and showcase their work in an effort to encourage young people to write, and to introduce them to other area writers. There will be several feature writers of high school age, presenting their original work to a listening audience. This will be followed by an open mic, but priority will be given to young people. Sign ups will begin at 6 on site, and our features will begin at 6:15. After the features there will be a short break, followed by the open mic portion of the program. Writers of poetry, prose, or music are welcome to sign up to share their original work. There is a 5 minute limit per participant. The evening ends promptly at 8 PM. This event is free and open to the public.

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Rochester’s Community Engagement Officer Builds Bonds Throughout the City https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/02/1274/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/02/1274/#respond Fri, 02 Mar 2018 20:42:19 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1274 Officer Danie spends little time fulfilling traditional police patrol duties, instead focusing his attention on being an approachable public face of the department for students, business owners and residents alike. 

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No two days are exactly the same for the Rochester Police Department’s new community engagement officer, Kyle Danie, and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Officer Danie spends little time fulfilling traditional police patrol duties, instead focusing his attention on being an approachable public face of the department for students, business owners and residents alike.

Sitting in an office with a whiteboard filled with upcoming events in the city, Officer Danie started his shift last Thursday morning by meeting with a community college student to provide some insight on police work.

Following that meeting, he moved on to Spaulding High School for a brief walking patrol — part of an increased presence by the department as a whole — before moving on to the School Street School to visit with and read to third and fourth grade students.

As Officer Danie made his way through the building, a student who he seems to run into every time he’s there greeted him and told him, “It’s like we’re best buddies!”

“A lot of this job is making friends with the community and gaining their trust,” Officer Danie said. “It’s a different mindset than patrol in a lot of ways, but it’s very rewarding, I think.”

Another rewarding aspect is the variety of responsibilities he has on a given day and how much his role changes from one day to the next. In a single day Officer Danie could be participating in a skating event, helping Girl Scouts earn their detective badges, or working directly with community members to help enhance their understanding of his and the department’s role in the city.

“I haven’t found myself twiddling my thumbs thinking of something I need to do,” he said. “And I eventually see myself getting more creative with this position.”

During his stop at School Street School, Officer Danie read to and fielded a litany of questions from third and fourth grade students — confirming police officers’ love for coffee and doughnuts and explaining the different items on his belt, among other inquiries.

He then joined the students for recess, playing basketball and jumping rope outside before moving inside and arriving fashionably late to a dance party.

“Being a police officer forces you to step out of your comfort zone, especially this role,” said Officer Danie, a four-year veteran of the Rochester Police Department. “A lot of what I do is different than what you’d expect out of typical police work, but I like making the bonds with people and understanding more about where they’re coming from.”

Following his stop on School Street, Officer Danie moved on to Tri-City CO-OP to speak with staff members about how things are going for them and what he can do to help. On his way out, he paused for a brief chat with a woman who he had met at the city warming shelter a few weeks earlier to see how she’s been doing.

His afternoon schedule included performing a regular walking beat through downtown, visiting with business owners and listening to any concerns they may want addressed.

“Our downtown, in my eyes, has a lot of ability to thrive,” Officer Danie said. “I’m really enthusiastic about working with our businesses and with the community as a whole to make Rochester as great as it can be.”

Officer Danie began working as the community engagement officer in January and will fill that role for at least a year.

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-monthly-meditation/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-monthly-meditation/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:30:28 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1102 The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation February 2nd March 2nd April 13th May 11th June 8th Join us one Friday every month from 10-11am when Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon presents a workshop on meditation. Are you new to meditation? Looking to deepen your practice? All are welcome! Where does most of your awareness and attention go? …

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Monthly Meditation

February 2nd March 2nd April 13th May 11th June 8th

Join us one Friday every month from 10-11am when Healthy Lifestyle Coach Cindy Simon presents a workshop on meditation. Are you new to meditation? Looking to deepen your practice? All are welcome! Where does most of your awareness and attention go? Do you live in the moment?

Relax and imagine peaceful scenery, learn deep stillness and quiet, utilize positive affirmations, rid your mind of negative chatter. Learn to bring meditation into your everyday life and discover deeper relaxation, sleep, patience and calm and less anger, anxiety and depression.

This event is free but space is limited. You can register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

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The Rochester Public Library presents: Yoga For Every Body https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-yoga-every-body/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/18/rochester-public-library-presents-yoga-every-body/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:07:39 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1098 FEBRUARY 7TH YOGA HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH. Registration is now open for February 15th and 21st!   Join yoga teacher Naomi Kaplan, RYT 200, for a class that is built for everyone. Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own! You may also wish to bring a blanket …

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FEBRUARY 7TH YOGA HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH.

Registration is now open for February 15th and 21st!

 

Join yoga teacher Naomi Kaplan, RYT 200, for a class that is built for everyone. Mats and blocks are provided, but feel free to bring your own! You may also wish to bring a blanket for use during relaxation. Classes are free but registration is required. You may register at the main desk or by calling 332-1428 or by emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us Participants ages 13-17 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

This event is free but space is very limited. You can register at the Main Desk or by calling 332-1428 or emailing us at reference@rpl.lib.nh.us

 

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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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