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Portsmouth, NHFosters Daily Democrat

New price records set for homes in Seacoast and county with no end in sight

PORTSMOUTH — As seasonal temperatures rise, records continue to fall in the local real estate market. For the first time ever in May, the median price of a home in Rockingham County soared over a half million dollars, while on the Seacoast, a record number of sales in the million-dollar-plus category pushed the median house price in the region to $625,000, another first.
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Strafford County, NHFosters Daily Democrat

'I am in awe': Homeless Center for Strafford County gets $30K for new home

ROCHESTER — The Homeless Center for Strafford County is getting a new home and it just received a financial boost of $30,000. The homeless center, currently located at 9 Isinglas St., is in the process of constructing a new home at 202 Washington St., a location that will offer better amenities and offer space to fill a larger need, said Tracy Hardekopf, executive director of the shelter.
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Chidester: The inspiring, huge hearts of Matt Mayberry and Gabrielle Selig

It is easy to feel overwhelmed in what often feels like a huge world, with huge problems. The events of 2020 have only served to further exacerbate the hopelessness that some experience when trying to figure out how to help those in need. I get it, I understand the frustration and the urge to give up and to surrender to the often-heard utterance of “what good can I do in a world with seemly so many problems.”\
Strafford County, NHFosters Daily Democrat

Treating substance use disorders in and after prison a challenge

Many people in jail are there because of what they do to support their disease. We need to do better in how we help them overcome their disease, local recovery experts say. "We need to stop arresting people who have SUD or mental health issues," said John Burns, executive director of SOS Recovery Community Organization of Greater Seacoast Community Health. "We need to stop putting people in cages. We still believe that if we hit them hard enough with a stick, they will get better."
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Morse: NH's 'divisive concepts' bill designed to hide and deny racism and prejudice

HB 544, the so-called "divisive concepts" bill, looks to solve a problem in New Hampshire that does not exist. I listened to hours of testimony in which critical race theory was discussed as the foundation for the rationale for this bill. When the "experts" were asked where in New Hampshire CRT is practiced, they had no examples, no public schools, no public institutions, nothing. Yet, this bill is designed to stop CRT by curtailing freedom of speech, freedom of expression and academic freedom in New Hampshire. This bill is opposed by NH Business for Social Responsibility, the NH ACLU, and many others.
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Rochester council poised to finalize budget and fill a vacant seat

ROCHESTER — The City Council is expected to approve the fiscal year 2022 budget and fill a vacant council seat Tuesday. Two candidates, former mayor T.J. Jean, and Collins Coppinger, have expressed interest in filling the Ward 1 seat vacated by former councilor Doug LaChance, who resigned amid sexual abuse allegations, which are under investigation by the Strafford County attorney.
Strafford, NHstrafford.nh.us

NOTICE AND AGENDA STRAFFORD COUNTY COMMISSIONERS PUBLIC MEETING

THURSDAY, JUNE 3, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/92717789906?pwd=QjFwS1A1UnMzc3dNUERvOUhOMDdGQT09. One tap mobile +19292056099,,92717789906#,,,,*033388# US (New York) Dial by your location +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) HELPLINE: Call 603-516-7100 or email: jhilber@co.strafford.nh.us with any issues accessing the meeting. If the public is unable to access the meeting, it...
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First StoryWalk to take place at Strafford County YMCA for Healthy Kids Day

ROCHESTER - This week, the Rochester Public Library will be open for browsing without appointments. We look forward to seeing our patrons coming in to choose materials. The Children’s Room will host its first Story Walk on Saturday, June 5. Other walks are scheduled throughout the summer. Appointment-free browsing. Beginning...