Sunday, July 3, 2022

City Fireworks set for Saturday, July 9 (4-9pm) at Spaulding High School

The City of Rochester will be hosting the Lilac Family Fun Festival and City Fireworks on Saturday, July 9 from 4-9pm at Spaulding High School and the James W. Foley Memorial Community Center.The event will feature free kiddie carnival rides for young children, games,...

Rochester Pride Rally to return in late August

Volunteers working in collaboration with Rochester Main Street are pleased to announce that Rochester...

Cornerstone VNA Honors Laars with the 2022 Cornerstone Award

There are many businesses within the community that are quietly engaging with, and generously...

Rochester’s Maple Street Magnet School Students Write and Perform Plays About the American Revolution

Superintendent Kyle Repucci and Principal Dr. Erin Mahoney are pleased to share that Maple...

Eversource: How to save money this summer

Eversource is encouraging customers to act now to save money and energy to help...

Library: “Our Summer Reading Kick-Off was one of the best ever!”

"Our Children’s Room Summer Reading Kick-Off was one of the best ever! And the...

The Franklin Gallery to present works by Greater Rochester Camera Club

The Greater Rochester Camera Club (GRCC) is excited to host its 2022 Summer Show...

Dennis Dube is the next Fire Chief for the City of Rochester

In a letter to staff on June 23rd, City Manager Blaine Cox announced that...

Governor Chris Sununu Takes Action on 38 Bills

This week, Governor Chris Sununu signed 36 bills into law:HB 84, An act declaring...

Municipal Offices CLOSED on Independence Day, trash and recycling delayed 1 day

In observance of Independence Day, Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th. The Rochester Public Library will also be closed. Regular hours of operation will resume on Tuesday, July 5th. Additionally, trash and recycling pickup will be delayed by one day, due...
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Dennis Dube is the next Fire Chief for the City of Rochester

In a letter to staff on June 23rd, City Manager Blaine Cox announced that Dennis Dube has accepted the position of Fire Chief for...

Deputy Finance Director updates City Council on Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) Districts

On June 7th, Deputy Finance Director Mark Sullivan provided a presentation to City Council regarding Rochester’s 3 Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) Districts, which include...

WATCH: Rochester Rewind (June 2022)

Meeting Highlights from the Rochester Government Channel Including links to video and agenda.Police Commission 6/1/22 Agenda items included: Public Input, Monthly Reports - Operations, Administration,...

Deputy Chief of Prevention: “Sprinklers and smoke detectors save lives.”

On June 19th, the Rochester Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in a 2.5-story building with 3 apartment units. The units house...

City Council hears from 3 candidates seeking to occupy the vacated Ward 5 / Seat A position

On June 21st, the City Council heard 3 statements of interest from candidates seeking to fill the vacated Ward 5 / Seat A seat....

WATCH: City Council – 6/21/22

VIDEO: City Council - 6/21/22. Public Hearing - re. Economic Development Reserve Fund and re. Sewer/Wastewater CIP Supplemental Appropriation. Special Council Meeting - g...

LISTEN: Summer Theatre Series returns to the Rochester Opera House

In this episode, Matt talks to Jenry Towle from the Rochester Opera House about the return of the Summer...

Municipal Offices CLOSED on Independence Day, trash and recycling delayed 1 day

In observance of Independence Day, Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th. The Rochester Public Library will...

Rochester’s Maple Street Magnet School Students Write and Perform Plays About the American Revolution

Superintendent Kyle Repucci and Principal Dr. Erin Mahoney are pleased to share that Maple Street Magnet School (MSMS) students...

LISTEN: Chris Bowlen retiring from Rochester Recreation & Arena after 30+ years

In this episode, Matt talks to Chris Bowlen who is retiring from the Rochester Recreation & Arena after 30+ years of service. Bowlen discusses...

WATCH: Public Works and Buildings Committee – 6/16/22

VIDEO: Public Works and Buildings Committee - 6/16/22. Public Input, Pavement Moratorium Waiver 45/55 North Main, 536 Columbus Ave Municipal Pkg Lot Fence, Consumer...

WATCH: Public Safety Committee – 6/15/22

VIDEO: Public Safety Committee - 6/15/22. The Committee heard public input and took action on several items of safety concern. Agenda included: Public Input,...

LISTEN: Record Store Day, Downtown Vibrancy, and More

In this episode, Matt talks to Todd Radict, founder of Rochester Rise Up, owner of Skeletone Records, and Rochester Main Street board member. Todd...

WATCH: Finance Committee & City Council Special Meeting

VIDEO: Finance Committee & City Council Special Meeting. Agenda items included: New Business, Dispatch Software Upgrade Project, Water System Development Fee, Sewer System Development...

City Council adopts annual budget for Fiscal Year 2023

At the June 14th City Council meeting, City Council adopted both the operating and capital budgets for fiscal year 2023. The $149,644,462 operating budget is...

Regional

Governor Chris Sununu Takes Action on 38 Bills

This week, Governor Chris Sununu signed 36 bills into law:HB 84, An act declaring May 21, 2022 as Ona Judge Staines Day HB 293, An...

Conservation Moose Plate Grant Funds Available

The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC) is pleased to announce the opening of...

Surging electric bills to sting NH customers: Here’s how much, why and how to get help.

Megan Fernandes Fosters Daily DemocratNew Hampshire residents are expected to take a hit on their...

Smuttynose Beer Garden coming to The Ridge in Rochester. Here’s what to expect.

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — The latest addition to The Ridge Marketplace shopping plaza will be a beer garden.Shoppers may have noticed a shipping container dropped on the green space at The Ridge at 92 Farmington Road. Smuttynose Brewing Co. will use the modified container as...

State of NH and Department of Energy announce Emergency Energy Relief Programs

On the morning of June 22nd, Governor Chris Sununu, Legislative leaders, and the New Hampshire Department of Energy announced the NH Emergency Energy Relief...

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LISTEN: Summer Theatre Series returns to the Rochester Opera House

In this episode, Matt talks to Jenry Towle from the Rochester Opera House about...

City Fireworks set for Saturday, July 9 (4-9pm) at Spaulding High School

The City of Rochester will be hosting the Lilac Family Fun Festival and City...

Municipal Offices CLOSED on Independence Day, trash and recycling delayed 1 day

In observance of Independence Day, Municipal Offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th....

Rochester Pride Rally to return in late August

Volunteers working in collaboration with Rochester Main Street are pleased to announce that Rochester...

Cornerstone VNA Honors Laars with the 2022 Cornerstone Award

There are many businesses within the community that are quietly engaging with, and generously...

Rochester’s Maple Street Magnet School Students Write and Perform Plays About the American Revolution

Superintendent Kyle Repucci and Principal Dr. Erin Mahoney are pleased to share that Maple...

Eversource: How to save money this summer

Eversource is encouraging customers to act now to save money and energy to help...

Library: “Our Summer Reading Kick-Off was one of the best ever!”

"Our Children’s Room Summer Reading Kick-Off was one of the best ever! And the...

The Franklin Gallery to present works by Greater Rochester Camera Club

The Greater Rochester Camera Club (GRCC) is excited to host its 2022 Summer Show...

Dennis Dube is the next Fire Chief for the City of Rochester

In a letter to staff on June 23rd, City Manager Blaine Cox announced that...

Governor Chris Sununu Takes Action on 38 Bills

This week, Governor Chris Sununu signed 36 bills into law:HB 84, An act declaring...

Deputy Finance Director updates City Council on Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) Districts

On June 7th, Deputy Finance Director Mark Sullivan provided a presentation to City Council...

WATCH: Rochester Rewind (June 2022)

Meeting Highlights from the Rochester Government Channel Including links to video and agenda.Police Commission 6/1/22...

Air Pollution Levels Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Predicted for Sunday

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is expecting air pollution concentrations to...

Public Pools suffer effects of labor shortages, staff committed to providing daily updates online

The Rochester Recreation Department is gearing up to re-open public pools in Rochester, Gonic,...

Smuttynose Beer Garden coming to The Ridge in Rochester. Here’s what to expect.

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — The latest addition to The Ridge Marketplace shopping plaza...

Deputy Chief of Prevention: “Sprinklers and smoke detectors save lives.”

On June 19th, the Rochester Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire in...

Cornerstone VNA Names Kathryn Howard as LNA of the Year

Cornerstone VNA, a local nonprofit home health and hospice care provider, has named Kathryn...

City Council hears from 3 candidates seeking to occupy the vacated Ward 5 / Seat A position

On June 21st, the City Council heard 3 statements of interest from candidates seeking...

Conservation Moose Plate Grant Funds Available

The New Hampshire State Conservation Committee (SCC) is pleased to announce the opening of...

Surging electric bills to sting NH customers: Here’s how much, why and how to get help.

Megan Fernandes Fosters Daily DemocratNew Hampshire residents are expected to take a hit on their...

State of NH and Department of Energy announce Emergency Energy Relief Programs

On the morning of June 22nd, Governor Chris Sununu, Legislative leaders, and the New...

WATCH: City Council – 6/21/22

VIDEO: City Council - 6/21/22. Public Hearing - re. Economic Development Reserve Fund and...

Chamber of Commerce Holds Ribbon-cutting to Celebrate Meredith Village Savings Bank Branch

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of Meredith Village Savings Bank’s...

Bitter Pill to perform at the Rochester Opera House on 6/24

The Rochester Opera House will welcome Bitter Pill, with special guest Fling, to the...

LISTEN: Chris Bowlen retiring from Rochester Recreation & Arena after 30+ years

In this episode, Matt talks to Chris Bowlen who is retiring from the Rochester...

Public Library announces new Guessing Game, Summer Reading Programs, Beanstalk Logging, and more

"The Children’s Room is all-in for the Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program! Stop...

WATCH: Public Works and Buildings Committee – 6/16/22

VIDEO: Public Works and Buildings Committee - 6/16/22. Public Input, Pavement Moratorium Waiver 45/55...

WATCH: Public Safety Committee – 6/15/22

VIDEO: Public Safety Committee - 6/15/22. The Committee heard public input and took action...

Rochester Farmers Market attracts more than 350 visitors on opening day

The 2022 season of the Rochester Farmers’ Market opened for the 7th season, on...

LISTEN: Record Store Day, Downtown Vibrancy, and More

In this episode, Matt talks to Todd Radict, founder of Rochester Rise Up, owner...

WATCH: Finance Committee & City Council Special Meeting

VIDEO: Finance Committee & City Council Special Meeting. Agenda items included: New Business, Dispatch...

City Council adopts annual budget for Fiscal Year 2023

At the June 14th City Council meeting, City Council adopted both the operating and...

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County reutilizes Gafney Victorian Mansion for Senior Living

On June 15th, Community Action Partnership of Strafford County (CAPSC) hosted a walkthrough of...

City website transitions from .NET to .Gov, email for staff and representatives to follow

The City of Rochester’s online services will be transitioning from .NET to .GOV starting...

Superintendent says Rochester Schools are committed to student safety

At the June 9th School Board meeting, Superintendent Kyle Repucci briefly talked about student...

Public Schools, Community Partners Kick Off Summer Reading Program

ROCHESTER — Superintendent Kyle Repucci is excited to announce that Rochester Public Schools, in...

Senior Activity Center plans trip to Old Orchard Beach on 6/15

Registration is now open for the June Senior Trip to Old Orchard Beach and...

‘You matter’: Spaulding High School honors Class of 2022 in graduation ceremony

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — The 261 members of the Spaulding High School graduating...

Public Library boasts new art exhibit, Pride Month displays, lighthouse program, and more

"The Children’s Room’s Summer Kickoff is this week! Bring the whole family down for...

WATCH: School Board – 6/9/22

VIDEO: School Board - 6/9/22. Agenda items included: Superintendent’s Report and Communications (includes Employees...

Rochester no longer requires fire chief to live in city. New chief hiring expected soon.

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — When a new fire chief is hired, he or she...

Dispatchers Khristine Bibeau and Michelle Kochanowicz awarded the Distinguished Unit Award

In the early hours of Tuesday, June 15, 2021, the Rochester Communications Center received...

Revival Day of Hope returns on 9/10, additional benefit concerts planned

Volunteers for the Revival Day of Hope are pleased to announce that the event...

State Unveils Two New Initiatives Aimed at Recruiting and Retaining State Employees

Concord, NH – On June 7th, the state submitted two items before the Joint...

Rochester Main Street to host Annual Meeting and BBQ for downtown business owners

The volunteers of Rochester Main Street, in partnership with Rochester's Economic Development Department, are...

Will housing be allowed at The Ridge? Rochester City Council’s questions hold up decision

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — The City Council raised questions when considering a zoning...

Rochester Public Library Children’s Room introduces Outside Play Cart

Last winter, as the Children’s Room worked to bring back in-person programming, a 'Stay...

Governor Chris Sununu Signs 48 Bills Into Law

CONCORD — On June 7, 2022, Governor Chris Sununu signed 48 bills into law.HB 314, An...

WATCH: Zoning Board of Adjustment – 6/8/22

VIDEO: Zoning Board of Adjustment - 6/8/22. Public Hearings and action was taken on...

Tax Collector: Tax bills are expected to be mailed on 6/15

According to the Tax Collector's Office, for the City of Rochester, tax bills are...

Relay for Life scheduled for 6/25 at Spaulding High School

The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life will take place at Spaulding High School,...

Rochester Opera House boasts several summer theatre productions and concerts

The Rochester Opera House is reviving its summer theatre series with three unique productions...

Hiring, affordable housing, top questions for Gov. Sununu at Tri-City chamber event

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — When Gov. Chris Sununu gave his State of the...

New Hampshire First State to Implement Broadband Expansion

Federal Government approves $50 million program to install high-speed internetConcord, NH – On June 7th, Governor...

WATCH: City Council – 6/7/22

VIDEO: City Council - 6/7/22. Agenda items included: City Manager’s Report, Communications from the...

Spaulding High School names Top 10 students from Class of 2022

The Spaulding High School faculty and staff are thrilled to announce the top 10...

Rochester may drop residency rule for fire chief. What does it mean about impending hire?

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — When the City Council meets Tuesday night, it is...

Delay in Rochester: Hoffman building developers seek extension for 45 apartments, eatery

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — Progress on the construction of the anticipated project to revamp...

Rochester Historical Society and Museum to host free film screening on 6/9

The volunteers at the Rochester Historical Society and Museum welcome the public to enjoy...

City of Rochester still seeking applications for vacant City Council position

The City of Rochester is seeking to fill the currently vacant office of the...

Governor Chris Sununu Joint Letter on School Safety

Concord, NH – Last week, Governor Chris Sununu, Department of Safety Commissioner Robert Quinn,...

Governor Chris Sununu Signs Executive Order Ending Cash Tolls for Funeral Processions

Concord, NH – On June 6th, Governor Chris Sununu signed Executive Order 2022-05, Exempting...

WATCH: Planning Board – 6/6/22

VIDEO: Planning Board - 6/6/22. Agenda items included: Public comment, Discussion of general planning...

WATCH: Police Commission – 6/1/22

VIDEO: Police Commission - 6/1/22. Agenda Items included: Public Input, Monthly Reports - Operations,...

Rochester Main Street volunteers work to beautify Central Square

On the afternoon of Friday, May 27th, volunteers for Rochester Main Street worked to...

8th Annual James W. Foley Freedom Run set for October 15

On Saturday, October 15th, thousands of participants will “Run for Jim” in Rochester, NH,...

Public Library: Beach Reads, Dad Rock, Cooking With Fire, and much more

"We have some great programs coming up. If you are interested in learning about...

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce names Kathy Sessler Citizen of the Year

The Citizen of the Year award, presented by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce,...

Sign up now: Seashell Painting at the Library 6/29

Seashell Painting at the Library Wednesday, June 29th from 5:00pm-7:30pm, in the Community Room Ages 12...

A Statement from NHSAA Executive Director Carl Ladd Regarding Anti-Education Positions by Commissioner, Board of Education

CONCORD — The following is a statement from Executive Director Carl Ladd and the...

Rochester group opening Catholic school after diocese closes St. Elizabeth Seton

Karen Dandurant Fosters Daily DemocratROCHESTER — A new private Catholic school is set to launch in...

Key LEACT Initiatives Move Forward

On June 1, 2022, it was announced that the State of New Hampshire is...

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce names Potter’s House Bakery & Café Business of the Year

The Business of the Year award is one of the Chamber’s most prestigious awards...

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce names Homeless Center for Strafford County Nonprofit of the Year

The Non-Profit of the Year award presented by the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce...