Durham Great Bay Rotary Club names Citizens of The Year
NEWMARKET — The Durham Great Bay Rotary Club awarded two local citizens with its annual “Citizen of the Year Award” at an event hosted at The Riverworks in Newmarket. The Citizen of the Year Award honors outstanding members of the community for their work and dedication to making our communities a better place to be. The 2022 recipients are Michael Hoffman of Durham and Thomas Dronsfield Jr. of Lee.
Hoffman was nominated by club member Will Lenharth for his dedication to serving the communities of Newmarket and Durham through his commitment to the local fire service and his passion for revitalizing the downtown areas of Newmarket and Durham. In a volunteer capacity Hoffman has served as president of the Newmarket Business Association and currently serves as a member of the Durham Heritage Commission, the Durham Historical District Committee, the Newmarket Historical Association, and the Newmarket Community Development Corporation. Hoffman also graciously served 28 years in the fire service becoming Deputy Chief and retiring with the Durham Fire Department. The club was proud to donate to Oyster River Womenade as the charity of his choosing and to award him with the Citizen of the Year award for 2022.
Dronsfield was nominated by club member Candace Pratt Stiteler for his passion and commitment to keeping our communities safe. Chief Dronsfield has been a member of the Lee Police department since 1991 providing excellent service to the community of Lee in his law enforcement career and his initiative toward community centered policing. The club was proud to donate to Stratford County Child Advocacy Center as the charity of his choosing and to award Thomas as Citizen of the Year for 2022.
COAST announces new bus tracking mobile app
DOVER – The Cooperative Alliance for Seacoast Transportation (COAST) announced that our new bus tracking mobile app will officially go live on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Passengers can download Passio GO! to their smartphones to view arrival times and bus locations in real-time. This app is free to download from the Google Play or App Store. The current mobile app used for tracking COAST buses, DoubleMap, will no longer track the locations of COAST buses as of Sept. 6.
With this technology upgrade, Greater Seacoast public transit riders can access Information about individual COAST routes, schedules, and stops. Riders can also set bus arrival alerts and tag favorites, saving time, and reducing wait times at bus stops. Additional alerts for route changes or delays serve to keep all riders informed.
“As was the case with the rollout of our previous bus tracking mobile app, there may be a break-in period for our staff as we integrate the new technology into our day-to-day operations,” remarked Rad Nichols, COAST Executive Director. “We are very excited to move to this new platform and expect that our passengers will be pleased with the new app. The convenience of being able to see how our bus system is operating in real time on your phone or computer makes a real difference for public transit users.”
Madbury Church Yard Sale during Madbury Day on Sept. 10
MADBURY — Madbury United Church UCC will have a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in their parking lot at 18 Town Hall Road during the annual Madbury Day 2022 festivities on Sept. 10. Featured will be furniture, antiques, books, tools, sporting goods, clothing and housewares. A church picnic barbecue will run simultaneously, with hamburgers, hot dogs, homemade ice cream and desserts for sale, as well as Indonesian food created by the Maranatha Indonesian UCC congregation.
Each year, the Town of Madbury displays their small-town charm with a day-long celebration of parades, music, games and food. The town library will hold a book sale; dedication of a new playspace and an acrobatic aerial show are also planned. To donate items for the yard sale or for information please call 603-978-9548.
Seacoast Science Center receives over 12K from The Fabulous Find
RYE — Seacoast Science Center received a donation of $12,299.71 from The Fabulous Find, a non-profit resale boutique located in Kittery, Maine. This generous donation will help Seacoast Science Center continue to develop and provide high-quality science-based education for visitors of all ages. The Center’s mission is to enhance understanding and inspire conservation of our Blue Planet.
“We were honored to be chosen as a recipient of July’s sales proceeds at The Fabulous Find,” said Karen Provazza, Chief Communications Officer at Seacoast Science Center. “They have made a tremendous contribution to the non-profit community here on the seacoast. In addition, their shop keeps thousands of perfectly good items out of landfills each year, and this resonates with our focus on caring for our planet. We feel very aligned with their efforts and know many of our members and staff now donate clothing and other items to the Fabulous Find on a regular basis.”
The Fabulous Find partners with non-profit recipients each month and encourages them to use their contact lists to drive up merchandise donations and sales, as all profits benefit them at the end of their month. Since its inception in 2010, The Fabulous Find has given more than $2,000,000 to over 155 area non-profits.
This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Citizens of the Year, COAST bus tracking app: Community news update