Community Engagement – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:52:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 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 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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Photo: Rochester Fire Department Supports the End 68 Hours of Hunger Program https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/photo-rochester-fire-department-supports-end-68-hours-hunger-program/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/08/photo-rochester-fire-department-supports-end-68-hours-hunger-program/#respond Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:58:32 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1004 ROCHESTER — Fire Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce the Rochester Fire Department’s participation in the city’s End 68 Hours of Hunger Program. The End 68 Hours of Hunger program, is a non-profit community organization that helps provide food to school children that may otherwise go without during their weekend break from school. Rochester’s …

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ROCHESTER — Fire Chief Mark Klose is pleased to announce the Rochester Fire Department’s participation in the city’s End 68 Hours of Hunger Program.

The End 68 Hours of Hunger program, is a non-profit community organization that helps provide food to school children that may otherwise go without during their weekend break from school. Rochester’s program, assisted by City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick and sponsored by the Rochester Rotary Club, provides children with meal bags that include two breakfasts, two lunches and three dinners.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is a private, not-for-profit, effort to confront the approximately 68 hours of hunger that some school children experience between the free lunch they receive at school on Friday afternoon and the free breakfast they receive at school on Monday morning. This weekend program, established in New Hampshire in 2011, puts nourishing food in the hands of school children to carry them through the weekend.

This is the second time that the Rochester Fire Department has helped the program by stuffing bags with assorted food, such as cereal, crackers, vegetables, peanut butter and oatmeal.

“We’re grateful that we can help out this cause that supports so many children in our community,” Chief Klose said. “We thank City Manager Fitzpatrick and the Rotary Club for leading this initiative and we look forward to volunteering in the future.”

When the program’s volunteer numbers were low, City Manager Fitzpatrick asked Chief Klose if on-duty firefighters would be willing to help. On each occasion, the on-duty shift, which has happened to be the D Shift both times, has volunteered. Most recently, Lt. Mike George and firefighters Jason Laferte and Matt Parker helped stuff 125 bags in about 30 minutes. The department’s prior participation in the program was led by Lt. George, firefighter Micah Ruel and firefighter Josh Biron.

End 68 Hours of Hunger is entirely volunteer based and contributes 100 percent of its funds to feeding at-risk children. For more information on the program and how to get involved, visit their website at http://www.end68hoursofhunger.org/.

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Members of the Rochester Fire Department pose with bags of food that will go to city children to help ensure that they have healthy meals to eat during the weekend days when they are away from school. Pictured left-to-right: Dave Bogan, Jason Laferte, Matthew Parker, Mike George, Chief Mark Klose, Former Mayor John Larochelle (Courtesy photo)
Members of the Rochester Fire Department pose with bags of food that will go to city children to help ensure that they have healthy meals to eat during the weekend days when they are away from school. Pictured left-to-right: Dave Bogan, Jason Laferte, Matthew Parker, Mike George, Chief Mark Klose, Former Mayor John Larochelle (Courtesy photo)

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Rochester’s Christmas Tree Arrives https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/21/rochesters-christmas-tree-arrives/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/21/rochesters-christmas-tree-arrives/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:39:50 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=852 It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Rochester.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown Rochester.

The city’s Christmas tree arrived today and is standing tall between Wakefield and North Main streets, prepared for decorating.

As is the nearly 20-year tradition in Rochester, SUR Construction sent its low bed trailer, operated by Tim Watson, to transport the tree to its holiday home. This year, Tim did not have far to travel. The 25-foot blue spruce was graciously donated by Chris and Danielle Bowlen of Western Avenue in Rochester. The tree stood near their home for many years and has grown with the Bowlen family.

When the family moved into their home in 1999, Chris said he could easily decorate the whole thing without a ladder! Today, a crane and bucket truck staffed by Doug Gunnison, Chad Demers and Tom Healey of Urban Tree Company were needed to stand the tree in downtown Rochester.

In the spirit of the Christmas season, both companies donate their people, equipment, and time each year to make sure the city of Rochester’s Christmas tree is well taken care of. Sam Grenier, Dave Desjardin, Paul Michaud and Gregg Barron from Rochester DPW provided the labor and safety support to get the tree in the perfect position.

“The city of Rochester appreciates the donation of time, manpower and equipment that is provided by SUR and Urban Tree every year,” City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick said. “Their annual support with this effort demonstrates their high level of commitment to their community.”

This tree has been a beloved part of the Bowlen’s home and was the backdrop for many family pictures. A few years ago, their neighbors, Mr. & Mrs. Roy Edgerly, were married in front of this tree. However, the tree had grown too large for the yard, and some of its branches were starting to die off. The family felt that serving as the city’s 2017 Christmas tree was a fitting sendoff.

“We will definitely miss the tree, but our family is pleased to see it serve as the centerpiece of Rochester’s Christmas display,” Chris Bowlen said.

Now the tree has to be decorated!

On Tuesday, Nov. 28, students from the Monarch School of New England will be on-hand to assist with the trimming of the tree. Each year the city of Rochester and local school children work together to make homemade decorations and bows for the Christmas tree.

This year’s decorations were created by the Rochester Childcare Center, the St. Elizabeth Seton School, the Jack and Jill Preschool, the Rochester Middle School and the Rochester Elementary Schools.

This year’s tree lighting event will be held on Friday, Dec. 1 at 5:30 p.m.

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Rochester to Host 10th Annual Meeting Between Local and Irish Students https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/19/rochester-host-10th-annual-meeting-local-irish-students/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/19/rochester-host-10th-annual-meeting-local-irish-students/#respond Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:52:01 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=760 ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that a group of students visiting the United States from Northern Ireland will spend the day in Rochester next week, interacting with students and residents while enjoying all the city has to offer. The trip will conclude with a dinner at one of Rochester’s Irish …

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ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that a group of students visiting the United States from Northern Ireland will spend the day in Rochester next week, interacting with students and residents while enjoying all the city has to offer. The trip will conclude with a dinner at one of Rochester’s Irish restaurants.

WHEN:

Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Mel Flanagan’s Irish Pub and Cafe, 50 N. Main St., Rochester

WHO:

  • Catholic and Protestant students visiting from Northern Ireland
  • Friends Forever International
  • Rochester students
  • Local band Bradagan

WHAT:

Students from Northern Ireland are visiting New Hampshire as part of Friends Forever International’s yearlong peace-building program, which aims to ease tensions between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland. Mel Flanagan’s has hosted the group in Rochester for each of the last 10 years.

Part of the FFI program includes a two-week visit to the United States, which gives the students a chance to participate in a cultural exchange while building lasting relationships that they can maintain and build upon once they return to Belfast.

“It’s baby steps to peace, but I can see this is a pathway to an end to the conflict some day,” Mel Flanagan’s co-owner Melanie Belville said. “These kids are considered future leaders, and they’re making a huge difference over there.”

One former FFI participant is now a city councilor in Belfast, Belville added.

The evening will feature an open and informal discussion between local students and the Irish visitors, followed by a buffet and performances of Irish music by local band Bradagan.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Rochester’s residents to learn about a different culture and get to know people they may otherwise never have the chance to meet,” City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick said. “I hope high school students especially will capitalize on this chance to broaden their horizons in a fun and engaging setting.”

The event is free and open to the public, though a $5 donation is requested of those who wish to enjoy the buffet dinner.

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Rochester Cares — More Than Just A Clean Up Day https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/04/27/rochester-cares-more-than-just-a-clean-up-day/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/04/27/rochester-cares-more-than-just-a-clean-up-day/#respond Thu, 27 Apr 2017 19:00:16 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=95 Well, the community spirit of organizations and residents on Saturday April 22 was evident as more than 200 volunteers turned out for the eighth annual Rochester Cares Clean-Up Day. On behalf of the organizers, Rochester Recreation & Arena and the Design Committee at Rochester Main Street along with our sponsor the Rotary Club of Rochester, …

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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