Recreation and Arena – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:48:13 +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 Recreation and Arena – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 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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Summer Employment at the Rec https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/20/summer-employment-at-the-rec/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/20/summer-employment-at-the-rec/#respond Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:59:22 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1317 What do you get when you cross a teenager and summer vacation? An empty wallet! Rochester Recreation & Arena is hiring counselors and lifeguards for summer employment.  Enjoy your summer doing what you should be doing, outside having fun and MAKING MONEY! The Rec is hiring Junior Counselors, Counselors and Head Counselor.  Counselors maintain a …

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What do you get when you cross a teenager and summer vacation?

An empty wallet!

Rochester Recreation & Arena is hiring counselors and lifeguards for summer employment.  Enjoy your summer doing what you should be doing, outside having fun and MAKING MONEY!

The Rec is hiring Junior Counselors, Counselors and Head Counselor.  Counselors maintain a fun, safe environment that campers want to return to day after day.

Poolside more your thing?  How about life-guarding?  In addition to getting the best tan ever, your office is outside!

Lifeguards are Responsible for the safe operation of the aquatic facility.  Implement daily schedule of activities such as swim lessons and public swim times.  Responsible for enforcing pools rules. Maintain positive public relationships at all aquatic facilities.

Interested in becoming a Lifeguard but not certified? No problem!

Lifeguard training courses can be expensive. Here at Rochester Recreation & Arena, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to pursue a job that interest them-that’s why we offer FREE, exclusive lifeguard certification courses for eligible candidates.

Recently certified/recertified as a Lifeguard? We’ll reimburse you!

Receiving your lifeguard certification is a big financial investment. We want our lifeguards to earn a fair wage and not have to worry about investing all of their pay into covering their training costs. That’s why if you’ve been certified between August 2017-June 2018, we’ll reimburse you up to $200 after a successful summer of employment.

Let this be your best summer yet!

How to apply can be found at www.RochesterRec.com

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Rochester Recreation’s February Vacation Camp Features Activities in Art, Cooking and More https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/07/rochester-recreations-february-vacation-camp-features-activities-in-art-cooking-and-more/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/07/rochester-recreations-february-vacation-camp-features-activities-in-art-cooking-and-more/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 16:45:45 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1289 ROCHESTER -- With a full week off from school last week, Rochester youth and teens came together for a fun-filled week of themed activities at Rochester Recreation and Arena's February Vacation Camp hosted at the Rochester Community Center.

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ROCHESTER — With a full week off from school last week, Rochester youth and teens came together for a fun-filled week of themed activities at Rochester Recreation and Arena’s February Vacation Camp hosted at the Rochester Community Center.

Kids ages 6-13 participated in a wide variety of activities during the week, with each day centered on a dedicated theme.

On Artsy Fartsy Day, campers completed arts and crafts and took a tour of the Rochester Museum of Fine Art Gallery at the Rochester Community Center. The tour gave them a chance to appreciate art that’s easily accessible. “We want our camp programs to expose Rochester kids to the many great people and organizations available our community, one of them being the Rochester Museum of Fine Arts.” said Recreation Program Coordinator Cindy Lamie, who planned the theme days and camp activities for the week.

Hero Day allowed campers to learn about the different types of everyday heroes. To help bring the event to life, Nick Fitts, a special forces staff sergeant with the Massachusetts Army National Guard, and Army veteran Chris Dooley visited and shared their experiences as members of the armed forces.

The camp also included a Chef for a Day event, which allowed campers to visit the Rochester Area Senior Center’s kitchen and experiment with various cookie recipes before indulging in a taste test. The day also featured a visit from Kayla Peach of Sweet Peach’s Candy and Confection in downtown, who talked about the candy business and taught campers with an interactive lesson on creating candy, including their famous candied apples.

Campers also had an opportunity to participate in games in the Community Center gym, keeping them active throughout the week.

“We do everything we can to provide kids with a unique and fun experience each day at camp,” Assistant Recreation Director Lauren Krans said. “It’s also a great way for the whole community to come together and build lasting relationships that can continue even when camp comes to a close.”

Camp staff are all involved members of the Rochester community and include Spaulding High School student athletes, honor society members, alumni and teachers.

Rochester Recreation & Arena offers various camps throughout the year, including April Vacation Camp and Summer Camp. Registration for Rochester Rec Summer Camp opens on April 2. For more information on the summer camp and other programs, visit their website www.RochesterRec.com

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Photos: Thousands Run in Rochester to Remember James Foley https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/17/thousands-run-rochester-remember-james-foley/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/17/thousands-run-rochester-remember-james-foley/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 14:21:25 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=741 The Rochester Fairgrounds sprung to life Saturday as over 1,000 runners converged on the starting line of a 5K race to honor the life of James Foley.

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ROCHESTER — For a few hours on Saturday, the Rochester Fairgrounds sprung to life as more than 1,000 runners converged on the starting line of a 5K race to honor the life of one of New Hampshire’s own.

The James W. Foley Freedom Run brought together runners from throughout the area–and across the world, thanks to its virtual component–to pay tribute to the late conflict journalist, who dedicated his life to finding and telling the stories of people living in war torn regions.

“In a time when people are so divided, this is a great unifying experience,” his father, John Foley, said as he walked with his arms wrapped around a large box of supplies before the start of the race. “Jim would have been so proud to be here. He’s like his mother, they bring people together.”

This year’s race injected new life into the Rochester Fair building that had until then been quiet, as racers arrived to register and volunteers offered mugs, shirts and other memorabilia for sale to benefit the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation. Proceeds from the race and the foundation help provide freelance journalists–like Foley–essential safety training that helps them protect themselves when going to work in conflict zones.

Mayor Caroline McCarley repeatedly stopped to greet friends and fellow city leaders that had come to support the 5K, and noted the truly unified effort that made it all come together.

“A lot of city departments got involved and dedicated a tremendous amount of energy to this, ” she said. “The Fair Association also really stepped up to help bring this to life, and I’m so grateful for their support.”

The race ultimately netted approximately $85,000 for the Legacy Foundation, which came from support from runners in Rochester, as well as from around the U.S., and as far away as Beirut, who participated through the race’s virtual component.  

“James Foley was a part of our community in New Hampshire, and when he came home to visit his family, he came to Rochester,” race organizer Walter Hoerman said. “I’m honored to pay tribute to his legacy while helping to support the work that he cherished so dearly.”

Foley died in 2014, two years after being kidnapped by ISIS gunmen while working as a freelance journalist in Syria. Foley’s life is the subject of the HBO documentary, “Jim,” by filmmaker and Foley’s childhood friend, Brian Oakes.

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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 Department of Recreation & Arena Supervisor Receives Professional Certification https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/01/12/rochester-department-of-recreation-arena-supervisor-receives-professional-certification/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/01/12/rochester-department-of-recreation-arena-supervisor-receives-professional-certification/#respond Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:41:17 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=9 ROCHESTER, N.H. -- Director of Recreation & Arena Chris Bowlen is pleased to announce that Recreation Supervisor Art Jacobs has earned his license as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board and the National Recreation and Park Association.

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ROCHESTER, N.H. — Director of Recreation & Arena Chris Bowlen is pleased to announce that Recreation Supervisor Art Jacobs has earned his license as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) by the National Certification Board and the National Recreation and Park Association.

Art Jacobs earned his license as a Certified Park and Recreation Professional by the National Certification Board. (Courtesy Photo)

CPRP certification is granted to individuals employed in the recreation, park resources and leisure services who meet the eligibility requirements, including a combination of higher education and/or work experience. Additionally, applicants must complete the national CPRP examination, which tests knowledge in all aspects of general administration, programming and operations management for parks and recreation.

As a CPRP, Jacobs meets high standards of expertise established in the field of park and recreation professionals. CPRP certifications are valid for two years, and professionals who wish to re-apply are required to complete professional continuing education unit requirements or equivalent academic course work.

“Art has been involved in the recreation community in Rochester for over 30 years. Known by many as ‘Coach Jacobs,’ he has been a part of so many families and lives within Rochester that he is known by thousands of people, young and old,” Bowlen said. “His dedication to the community is remarkable, and his recent accomplishment of becoming a Certified Park and Recreation Professional is a testament to his drive to better himself to serve the constituents of Rochester.”

Over the years, Jacobs has created numerous programs that have become an integral part of the community. The Rochester Recreation’s Youth Basketball League, Summer Camp, a Co-Ed Basketball League for those 30 years old and over, and Rochester Teen Night are some of the most popular offerings overseen by Jacobs.

In addition to these programs, Jacobs has brought together a steady group of active senior citizens through a variety of free classes that include cardio, strength fitness, yoga, art and dance lessons.

Jacobs is committed to providing programs that promote a healthy lifestyle and foster meaningful community connections. He credits his successes to surrounding himself with a talented and dedicated program staff.

Rochester Recreation & Arena is committed to providing programs, services and facilities that promote a healthy lifestyle and foster meaningful community connections. For more information on the programs mentioned here, please visit www.RochesterRec.com

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