Seed Saving

Seed Saving with Master Gardener Sarah Marcoux on October 6th beginning 6pm at the Hill Library. Come join us if you would like to save seeds from your harvest this year to enjoy planting in the spring.

Cocheco Quilt Guild Annual Quilt show

Cocheco Quilt Guild Annual Quilt show on Saturday, October 16th and Sunday October 17th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the James W. Foley Community Center, 130 Wakefield Street, Rochester. Something for everyone – vendors, penny sale, a quilt appraiser, gift boutique, luncheon, and over 200 plus awesome quilts for viewing

2021 Winter Faire Reworked!

2021 Winter Faire Reworked! Spread out over 4 Saturdays from 8am to noon at the First Church Congregational of Rochester. Oct 16 features Apron Alley, Once Again Jewelry, Clutch Corner and Halloween- Fall stuff. On October 23rd is Handcrafts, Bakery and Country Pantry. Oct 30th is Recycled Xmas and Xmas books nook and General Store. Nov 6th includes 2020 Gift baskets, Beef Stew to go, handcrafts and raffles.

Team Tori Vendor event

The Team Tori Vendor event on September 25th at the Christmas Dove is supporting local resident Kevin Canepa for his marathon run in October for the American Liver Foundation. The Barrington American Legion Post #114 will be providing food. There will be 20+ vendors and raffles including a scratch ticket bonanza. We hope to see you there. Learn more click here.

Cornerstone VNA Celebrates Building Expansion, Special Donors and Friends

Cornerstone VNA Celebrates Building Expansion, Special Donors and Friends


Rochester, NH – Cornerstone VNA, your local nonprofit visiting nurse association, held a special event on August 26th to celebrate the completion of their exciting building expansion and renovation. Cornerstone VNA proudly partnered with SMP Architecture of Concord, Groen Construction of Rochester, and First Seacoast Bank on this significant project, which began last October. The August celebration also included a special presentation to recognize their generous capital campaign donors and to honor their 2020 and 2021 Cornerstone Award recipients.


Guests received guided tours of the new and improved areas, which includes a new wing for Hospice, Palliative Care and Intake, expanded spaces for community programming and staff education, a dedicated family room, a dedicated mother’s room, a new volunteer workspace, and a beautiful multi-purpose outdoor patio. According to Erika Lee, Cornerstone VNA Advancement Director, “It was so much fun to be able to share the excitement of our new spaces with our donors and give them a tour of our building. We have a bright future ahead thanks to the support of so many community members and donors, and especially thanks to the work of our incredible staff, volunteers and board members.”


During the event, guests enjoyed a special presentation that included the announcement of their Cornerstone Award recipients, given to an individual or group dedicated to advancing the mission of Cornerstone VNA. The 2020 Cornerstone Award was given to Dr. Archana Bhargava, Medical Director at Frisbie Memorial Hospital’s Center for Cancer Care and Hematology, and longtime Cornerstone VNA board member. Erika Lee explains, “The presentation of our 2020 Cornerstone Award was delayed a year due to COVID-19, so we were thrilled to finally honor Dr. Bhargava for her important contributions to our organization and the community.”


Dr. Bhargava was instrumental in establishing a Palliative Care program at Cornerstone VNA in 2014. As a local physician, she identified a need in the community for this type of service and knew that patients would greatly benefit from receiving this type of support to better manage their chronic illness. Thanks to Dr. Bhargava’s vision and passion for the program, Palliative Care has grown tremendously over the past 7 years. The program now includes a partnership with Frisbie Memorial Hospital and Portsmouth Regional Hospital to provide in-patient consultations by Dr. Andrew Kunkemueller, Palliative Care Medical Director at Cornerstone VNA.

Dr. Bhargava also helped establish a special Kiddie Cornerstone Fund. The Fund, which was launched in 2016, is used to purchase gifts for pediatric patients to build relationships and ease anxiety when receiving care at home by Cornerstone VNA pediatric nurses. Gas cards are also purchased to help families with travel expenses to medical appointments. According to Julie Reynolds, RN, President/CEO, “We are very pleased to honor Dr. Bhargava for this important award.  She continues to share her passion and expertise to strengthen our organization, and to improve the quality of life for our patients and the community.”


The 2021 Cornerstone Award was given to four local community Mask Maker Groups: Tara Estates Mask Brigade, Face Mask Makers from Barnstead and beyond, Seacoast Mask Makers, and Friends of Farmington. These generous area mask makers pooled together their fabrics and elastics, fired up their sewing machines and got to work at a rapid pace. They developed safe ways of picking up completed masks from each other and proudly delivered their masks to organizations around the community, including Cornerstone VNA. According to June Gallup, Quality Improvement Director, “At a time when medical masks needed to be used for patient care by our field staff, these beautiful handmade masks were just what we needed to share with our office staff, patients, families, volunteers and caregivers.”


In the span of 12 months, Cornerstone VNA received over 2,200 handmade masks from these mask maker groups and local individuals in a show of extreme kindness. Erika Lee adds, “They were a bright and happy spot for us during a time of great uncertainty.” Attending the event and accepting their special awards were Karen Williams from Face Mask Makers from Barnstead and beyond, Kathy King from Friends of Farmington, Amy Ouellette from Seacoast Mask Makers, and Lise-Marie Descoteaux from Tara Estates Mask Brigade.


Community members are welcome to call the Advancement Department at Cornerstone VNA to set up a time to tour their building expansion and renovation. Call Erika at 603-332-1133 x1203 to schedule a tour or to learn more about how you can donate and be a part of Cornerstone VNA’s capital campaign. You can also visit


About: Cornerstone VNA is a nonprofit organization currently serving Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap and Carroll Counties in New Hampshire and York County in Maine. The team at Cornerstone VNA provides award-winning care and support through five distinct programs: Home Care, Hospice Care, Palliative Care, Life Care-Private Duty and Community Care. For 108 years, Cornerstone VNA has been committed to bringing services to people of all ages so that families can stay together at home, even when facing the challenges of aging, surgical recovery, chronic or life-threatening illnesses or end-of-life care. To learn more about Cornerstone VNA, visit or call 800-691-1133.

Weekend Walkabout

Weekend Walkabout- Hiking and blazing new trails at Brasen Hill Farm on Sat, 11 Sept, 9:30A, Brasen Hill Farm, 71 Warren Rd. Please wear patriotic colors to honor this day in US history. Wear appropriate footwear, bring mosquito & tick protection and leave the family dog at home, as there are many farm animals. RSVP to

Casting Call for Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”

Casting Call for Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” on Wednesday, September 8, and Thursday, September 9 from 6:30pm–9:00pm at Garrison Players Arts Center, Corner of Roberts Road and Portland Ave (Rte 4), Rollinsford.

Some parts have been cast from our original 2019 production; however, we still have many parts to fill.

Needed: Singers of all ranges and ages for Madrigals who narrate and sing traditional Christmas carols.
Singing auditions specifically on September 9 with Music Director, Kathy Fink.

Also, Men aged 18–40 and Women 18 and up.  Singing and non-singing roles.
Small children for Tiny Tim age 6–9.

Questions: E-mail

Garrison Players Arts Center (GPAC) is a nonprofit, volunteer-based community theatre group dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the area by presenting high-quality theatrical performances geared for family audiences. Established in 1953, the players encourage people of all ages to enjoy and participate in the many facets of the performing arts, and to help maintain the Garrison Players Arts Center. For more information about auditions, shows, or GPAC, visit the website at

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