City of Rochester Has Agreement in Principle to Purchase Portion of Rochester Fair Property

  City of Rochester
Daniel Fitzpatrick, City Manager
31 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

City of Rochester Has Agreement in Principle to Purchase Portion of Rochester Fair Property

ROCHESTER– Mayor Caroline McCarley and City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick announce that the City of Rochester has reached an agreement in principle to purchase a portion of the Rochester Fair property.

Yesterday evening, a representative for the Rochester Agricultural and Mechanical Association (RAMA), which owns the Rochester Fair, notified City Attorney Terence O’Rourke that the organization’s board voted to accept the city’s offer of $450,000 in exchange for approximately 11 acres of property.

The City of Rochester anticipates that it would use the land to construct a new public works facility.

“This is an extremely positive development for the city, and I’m glad that we were able to come to a preliminary agreement,” Mayor McCarley said. “Having this land will ultimately benefit the city and its residents, and I’m eager to move ahead.”

“We have been working cooperatively with RAMA, and I’m pleased that those efforts have resulted in a mutually beneficial agreement,” City Manager Fitzpatrick. “This is an excellent opportunity to further modernize and streamline our city services for the direct benefit of our residents.”

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Rochester Fire Department Extinguishes Fire in Basement of Home

Rochester Fire Department
Mark Klose, Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-742-3922
Email: ben@jgpr.net

Rochester Fire Department Extinguishes Fire in Basement of Home

ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose reports that the Rochester Fire Department put out a fire in the basement of a home Saturday morning.

At approximately 9:24 a.m., the Rochester Fire Department received a 911 call from a resident who reported there was a fire inside her house at 59 Lowell St.

Upon arrival, firefighters saw smoke and flames in the basement and worked quickly to extinguish the fire.

The female resident was able to escape safely from the house with her dog. No injuries were reported.

The fire was contained to the basement, where a space heater and other nearby items were on the floor. The rest of the house sustained a significant amount of smoke damage.

The two residents of the house will be temporarily displaced.

While the cause of the fire remains under investigation, Chief Klose would like to remind residents not to leave anything that is potentially combustible near space heaters that are in use.

Firefighters from Dover, Durham and Barrington were called to the scene to provide assistance, while the Somersworth and Milton fire departments provided station coverage for Rochester. A Frisbie Memorial Hospital ambulance was also on medical standby.

The Rochester Police Department also assisted at the scene by directing traffic and closing the road for about a half hour.

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*Joint Release* Rochester Firefighter Earns City’s 2017 Employee of the Year Award

Rochester Fire Department
Mark Klose, Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 603-471-3154
Email: john@jgpr.net

*Joint Release*

Rochester Firefighter Earns City’s 2017 Employee of the Year Award

Firefighter Matt Furtney is Rochester’s 2017 Employee of the Year. (Courtesy Photo)

ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Fire Chief Mark Klose are pleased to report that Firefighter Matt Furtney has been named the City of Rochester’s Employee of the Year for 2017. 

Firefighter Furtney earned the recognition for his immense dedication to protecting the safety and welfare of Rochester’s residents throughout the year. He will be officially recognized at Employee Recognition Night on Friday, March 16, at the Elks Club.

In June, he spearheaded an effort by several Rochester firefighters to build a wheelchair ramp for an East Rochester resident, helping to make his home more accessible.

Additionally, in July, Firefighter Furtney showed extraordinary courage when he rescued a man at risk of drowning in the Cocheco River. First responders initially could not locate the man in the open water, but Firefighter Furtney was determined and initiated a search through dense brush and swampland. He was eventually able to locate the victim with a flashlight, allowing crews to reach him and pull him to safety.

“Matt sets an extraordinary example for our entire department of what it means to be a firefighter, and I’m proud of him for earning this honor,” Chief Klose said. “He’s someone that all of our firefighters look up to, and his commitment to excellence in service to the people of Rochester is something that we all admire.” 

Rochester’s Employee Recognition and Achievement Team selected Firefighter Furtney from a group of finalists that also included Firefighter Kaitlin Taatjes, who earned an honorable mention for her work in 2017.

“I want to congratulate Firefighter Furtney for earning this award, which represents his extraordinary contributions to the fire department and the city throughout 2017,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “He distinguished himself with his courage and willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty, and this honor is well deserved.”

Firefighter Furtney has been with the Rochester Fire Department since 2014. He was named the city’s Employee of the Month in September of 2017, and was nominated by Capt. Mark Avery.

 

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Spaulding High School Students Participate in Penguin Plunge

Rochester Public Schools
Michael L. Hopkins, Superintendent
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

Media Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Spaulding High School Students Participate in Penguin Plunge

ROCHESTER — Superintendent Michael Hopkins is pleased to announce that members of the Student Athlete Leadership Team (SALT) participated in the High School Penguin Plunge last weekend.

The Penguin Plunge, held on Saturday, Feb. 3, at Hampton Beach, brought together high school students, faculty and staff from throughout New Hampshire in support of  Special Olympics of New Hampshire and its partner organization, Project UNIFY. Spaulding students raised $1,800 to benefit those causes.

This year marked the first time that Spaulding entered a full team, which was organized just a week ahead of time by SHS Physical Education Teacher Sheila Colson. Temperatures on plunge day peaked at just 25 degrees.

“The Plunge was a fun way for our students to get involved and give back to two worthy organizations,” Colson said. “I’m thrilled with how enthusiastic they were about participating, and we all had a great time.”

The Penguin Plunge is an annual event in which hundreds of people from New Hampshire high schools dive into the Atlantic Ocean.

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