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  1. Life has turned a little topsy-turvy since March, as the pandemic has changed just about everything. A sample would be lots of residents of the Garrison City and environs have missed weddings, (even local entrepreneurs who host and MC weddings suffer financially), traveling (my close friends were due to leave the beginning of the COVID19 challenge for an annual trip to the Caribbean, and perhaps your or friends as well had things happen.Lots of things have been missed. [...]
  2. ROCHESTER — It is difficult to find anyone in the Tri-City area who has not been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, many as they struggle to cope. Such struggles, however, at times bring out the best of human nature, as many in the Rochester area have found.For more than 100 years Cornerstone VNA has been a respected home, health and hospice nonprofit based in Rochester and serving New Hampshire and Maine. Like many organizations, its staff was surprised by the sudden and [...]
  3. PORTSMOUTH — The Seacoast Board of Realtors made its annual presentation of three scholarships to area graduating seniors last month.The $2,000 grants are given in memory of Lori Breard-Weeden, a long-time area Realtor and former vice president of the Seacoast Board.This year, social distancing forced the scholarship committee to come up with a new plan to present checks. Each recipient was surprised with a "Publisher's Clearing House" style awards presentation. [...]
  4. LEE — John Forti, an award-winning garden historian, ethnobotanist, garden writer and local foods advocate, is the recipient of a national 2020 Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs, one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.Nominated by the New Hampshire Federation of Garden Clubs, Forti is executive director of Bedrock Gardens, a leading regional resource for horticultural education and [...]
  5. PORTSMOUTH — A collection of vintage automobiles and collectables including a 1928 Chrysler roadster will be up for auction later this month.William (Bill) Walsh, former owner of Wood Bros. Moving and Storage Company of Portsmouth, died March 28. One of his final wishes was for Paul McInnis of Paul McInnis LLC Auctioneer to handle the sale of his beloved collection of vintage automobiles and collectables.Walsh had a lifelong passion for buying and restoring [...]
  6. KITTERY, Maine – A famous face dined at Bob’s Clam Hut with her three dogs ahead of the July 4th weekend.The Route 1 seafood restaurant in Kittery posted a photo on Facebook of "special visitor" Martha Stewart – businesswoman and TV personality – seated at one of its picnic tables, smiling with french fries and a lobster roll.Stewart [...]
  7. The Rotary Club of Portsmouth presented Rotary Vocational Awards to four deserving citizens.The club annually honors four community members who exhibit Rotary’s mission of "service above self" in four avenues of service: health and human services, public service, education and general. Each winner receives a plaque in recognition of their service and the club provides a $500 donation to a non-profit of their choosing.Over the last few months, club members were [...]
  8. PORTSMOUTH — Senior Companion volunteers are providing friendly check-in calls to older adults who are isolated and would benefit from regular connection to our friendly volunteers.Senior Companions call program participants once a week to check on their well-being and to report any concerns to program staff, who then make referrals to family members, other resources or agencies. Socialization, peace of mind and a friendly voice are all part of the experience for the Senior [...]
  9. PORTSMOUTH — Great Bay Community College is making up to $100,000 in tuition assistance available immediately to currently enrolled and new students who enroll this fall.This is an unusually large amount of scholarship money for the college to offer in a single academic year. Historically, Great Bay has provided donated funds at a fraction of this amount. Because of the pandemic, Great Bay has accelerated its efforts to make college accessible, retain enrolled students and [...]
  10. PORTSMOUTH — Looking for the ideal outdoor activity during these unprecedented times?The Portsmouth Historical Society suggests its historical walking tours, which are affordable, educational and entertaining. They also provide outdoor exercise, allow for social distancing and are a great way to get to know New Hampshire's oldest city and only seaport.The 2020 downtown walking tour season is scheduled to begin Friday, July 10. All tours depart from the Discover [...]
  11. WELLS, Maine — When he walked out the main doors of St. Mary Church in Wells on the afternoon of June 24, Fr. Fred Morse, pastor of Holy Spirit Parish in Kennebunk and Wells, couldn’t believe his eyes and ears. The large parking lot that sat empty when he arrived in the morning was now filled with rows and rows of parishioners in their cars and the sound of celebratory honking.One by one, more than 50 cars drove past Fr. Morse, who stood in the walkway in front of the [...]
  12. KENNEBUNK — Twenty-six-year-old Clare McLaughlin is a Kennebunkport native and lifelong art and design lover. A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Parsons School of Design in New York City, she holds a bachelor’s degree in history and an MFA in interior design. She is also the third generation in the family business: The Snappy Turtle, a fresh, preppy, resort clothing and accessory store now open in Lower Village.The original Snappy Turtle store opened in [...]
  13. RYE — Seacoast Science Center will reopen for public visits on weekends only this summer, starting Saturday, July 4, after nearly four months of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Saturday and Sunday hours will be split into sessions of 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Advance reservations are highly recommended for SSC visitors; walk-in visits will be subject to availability. Reservations are required to enter Odiorne Point State Park. You can purchase SSC [...]
  14. DURHAM — Leadership Seacoast, a local community engagement program, recently held its annual meeting and elected three new board members, each to serve an initial three-year term. New members are Nichole Rutherford, Kim Lindquist and Kelly Decourcy.Rutherford is a 2014 Leadership Seacoast graduate and is vice president of advancement for Seacoast Science Center. She has been with the center for more than 13 years and is responsible for cultivating donors, soliciting [...]
  15. Current events in our country have left me angry, sorrowful, disillusioned. The death of George Floyd and others, the resulting peaceful protests that turned into violent attacks, the headlines that seem to be ripped from some dystopian society … I have internalized the ugliness until there are moments where tears well up and spill over before I even know I’ve been thinking about the craziness around me.I recognize this abrupt emotional upheaval that springs from [...]
  16. Notes: James Kences’ article on the Treaty of Portsmouth on Sept. 5, 1905, recounts the signing of the treaty that ended the Russo-Japanese War, a conflict between two great world powers. An elaborate lawn party in late August at the York River home of Mary and Elizabeth Perkins, a prominent York family, encouraged the two delegations to continue their difficult negotiations, after serious disagreements almost derailed the talks.By James Kences"Oh Lord! I [...]
  17. FARMINGTON – Farmington has a new bakery downtown. Congratulations to Beth Carrier-Howland and Beth’s Hometown Bakery. A welcome addition to our community!Farmington Preservation & Improvement OrganizationVolunteers recently hung the beautiful decorative summer banners. To learn more about FPIO or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit its website at: www.farmingtonpio.com. Volunteers are welcome.Blessed [...]
  18. PORTSMOUTH — Despite the COVID-19 economic lockdown, 26 Seacoast employers participated in Commute Smart’s annual May Commuter B2B Challenge.The goal of the challenge is to change commuter behavior from driving alone to using a more sustainable options such as telework, bicycling, walking, taking transit and carpooling.Although the number of commuters participating was down by 34% this year’s smart commuters logged 25% more trips than last year. [...]
  19. PORTSMOUTH — While COVID-19 has increased the need for its services, positive developments have emerged in several programs at the Chase Home.Among them is the Seacoast Community Diversion Program. Cory Towne-Kerr, who manages the SCDP, said the program holds youth accountable for disruptive behavior while providing education and support services."When social distancing protocols were enacted, we adjusted our approach to SCDP," she said.Citing COVID-19, [...]
  20. PORTSMOUTH — Visitors to poet Celia Thaxter at her hotel on Appledore Island at the Isles of Shoals once enjoyed the vibrant conversation of their fellow guests at her literary "salons;" but they were equally entranced by her gardens.Childe Hassam, America’s Impressionist, made her garden famous in his paintings and Thaxter published a book with collected poems and watercolor illustrations of her gardens. Nowadays, in a typical summer season, Appledore Island welcomes [...]