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Chamber ribbon cuttings, new partnership and recognitions: Seacoast business news – Seacoastonline.com

by Arifa Rana

SOMERSWORTH – David Wold’s Piano and Organ Studio has come to Somersworth. In addition to the move, the studio is celebrating 30 years.
On Thursday April 14, the Falls Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the momentous occasion. Joining the ceremony was the Falls Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor of Somersworth, Dana Hilliard, and a student of David’s, Hannah.
“My heart has been in Somersworth for a long time,” stated Wold.
“In 1981 I graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in classical organ performance. After a little bit I went back and studied piano pedagogy which is the art of teaching piano. I opened my studio in 1991 and I’ve been going strong for over 30 consecutive years,” continued Wold.
“My piano studio welcomes all ages and levels including beginners, and adults. I invite anyone interested in music and piano to call me at 603-828-6402,” said Wold. 
After David’s remarks, Mayor Dana Hilliard congratulated him on his success and thanked him for his continued commitment to the Hilltop City.
“Thank you, David, for locating in Somersworth and for your commitment to the Hilltop City. You’re not only bringing your business to Somersworth but a commitment to the arts. We know over the last two years how rough it has been for all of humanity and the arts are what get us through. The arts are what inspire, the arts are what feed the soul, and the arts are certainly what feed the soul of the city. I could not be happier that not only have you come back to your roots of the Hilltop City, but that you have made a commitment to have your business here and expand here. I wish you many happy years of success both for your talent as an artist and expanding your personal training and talents to help inspire the next generation of great musicians. Thank you for choosing Somersworth,” stated Mayor Dana Hilliard.
Wold is a Teacher, Church Musician, Performer, and Concert Promoter/Producer in the Seacoast, N.H. area. His studio is located at 274 Green St., Somersworth, N.H.
ROCHESTER — The Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce welcomes their newest member, Meredith Village Savings Bank, who will be opening their doors in late May 2022, at 21 Farmington Road in Rochester.
Meredith Village Savings Bank is a mutual savings bank which was founded in 1869 and now has over 300 employees and locations in Ashland, Alton, Center Harbor, Gilford, Melvin Village, Meredith, Moultonborough, Plymouth, Portsmouth and Wolfeboro. The new location offers added banking convenience for those local to the greater Rochester area, as well as those that might travel to and from the Seacoast or Lakes Region.
For more information about Meredith Village Savings Bank, visit: www.mvsb.com or call: 800-922-6872.
ROCHESTER — Strafford County Board of Realtors’ community service committee has chosen Waypoint as one of its charitable partners in 2022.  Through a series of community events throughout the year, SCBR will support Waypoint’s array of services for Tri-City area families, with specific focus on the Agency’s expansion of services to youth experiencing homelessness in Rochester.
“When the SCBR Community Service Committee met in January to discuss our choices for the charities that we would support for the 2022 year, it was immediately apparent, the correlation between what we do for a living and Waypoint’s overall goals,” says Virginia Frost, co-chair of the SCBR Community Service Committee. “We help people find homes for their families and Waypoint gives young people a place to call home and helps keep them safe.”
In New Hampshire, Waypoint is currently the sole provider of comprehensive services for youth who are housing insecure or enduring active homelessness.  The agency puts boots on the ground through its Street Outreach program to serve as a lifeline to youth on the streets, and offers a safe space and supportive services at its Youth Resource (drop-in) Centers.  In addition, the agency offers Transitional Living and Rapid Rehousing programs, as well as Runaway and Homeless Youth prevention services within schools and the community. 
In 2022, Waypoint will open a new Youth Resource Center in Rochester at 3 Wallace Street.  There, youth will be able to access basic needs relief such as food, clothing, showers, and laundry facilities, and gain educational support, job and life skills training, housing, access to mental health and addiction treatment services, and more, to contribute to their long-term stability and self-sufficiency. 
“We are honored and thrilled to be a partner with Strafford County Board of Realtors, and a beneficiary of their 2022 community events,” says Borja Alvarez de Toledo, president and CEO of Waypoint. “As we expand our services to young people experiencing homelessness in the Tri-City region, these public activities will help raise interest in our cause and provide a way for concerned citizens to support life-changing services for those who live here.  We can’t thank SCBR enough for their philanthropic ingenuity.”
“We love seeing more support in Strafford County,” says Frost. “We are overjoyed to support Waypoint’s newest project in Rochester. They are a great partner for us this year!”
Strafford County Board of Realtors kicked off its partnership with Waypoint in the agency’s March 25 SleepOut event to raise awareness and funds toward ending youth homelessness in New Hampshire.  Throughout the rest of the year, SCBR will produce a series of community events, including mini-golf, a cornhole competition, a bowling tournament, and more, and hopes to raise another $20,000 to benefit its 2022 charitable partners, Waypoint and Gather.  (Dates and locations to be announced.) 
For more information on Strafford County Board of Realtors and their upcoming events, visit www.scbr.org. To learn more about Waypoint, visit www.waypointnh.org.
CONCORD — For the third year in a row, Gov. Chris Sununu has declared April 22 as CASA Appreciation Day in New Hampshire.
On April 6, Marcia Sink, CASA of New Hampshire President and CEO, along with several advocates and staff members, visited the State House to be recognized by the governor. Gov. Sununu read the formal proclamation which honors and recognizes the work of over 600 volunteers who advocate on behalf of children experiencing abuse and neglect throughout New Hampshire.
“Whereas, there are over 600 CASA guardian ad litem volunteers in New Hampshire, who are ordinary citizens with a desire to help children grow up in safe and permanent homes; and whereas, they get to know the children they serve, and make unbiased recommendations about what they believe to be the best interests of the child’s future so that judges can make informed decisions; and whereas, CASA volunteers provide compassion and consistency to children, and use their time and resources to help children navigate through uncertain and difficult times,” declares the official proclamation. The full proclamation can be read at www.casanh.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/CASA-Appreciation-Day_proclamation.pdf.
CASA Appreciation Day falls during Child Abuse Prevention Month and National Volunteer Week.
“Our advocates are truly deserving of this recognition and praise. Their dedication and commitment to our children and youth, and to the state, is phenomenal,” says Sink. “We are grateful for Gov. Sununu’s longstanding support of the work that our volunteer advocates and staff do to help New Hampshire’s children facing uncertain futures to feel settled in a safe, permanent home,” she adds.
Since 1989, CASA of New Hampshire has provided a voice for abused and neglected children in New Hampshire by empowering a statewide network of trained volunteers to advocate on their behalf so they can thrive in safe, permanent homes.
To learn more about CASA and how to get involved or support this statewide nonprofit, visit www.casanh.org.
YORK, Maine – Today, award-winning specialty food and home goods producer Stonewall Kitchen opened its first ever Stonewall Home Company Store, located at the company’s campus headquarters in York, Maine.  The new retail location is more than 1,500 square-feet and will offer a unique shopping experience, showcasing Stonewall Kitchen’s growing selection of home goods brands, including Village Candle and Michel Design Works. Stonewall Kitchen will also feature its Fine Home Keeping line and its Stonewall Home brand.
“We’re thrilled about this opportunity,” said Stonewall Kitchen’s Vice President of Retail Operations, Alyce Morris. “The Stonewall Home store, along with our flagship Company Store, Café and beautiful garden will really add to the overall guest experience here on campus. We’re so much more than jams these days, and this beautiful new space will glisten with wonderful soaps, lotions, candles, home goods and garden décor!”  
Stonewall Kitchen acquired Michel Design Works in October of 2021, a brand that features elegantly designed and premium crafted personal and home care products, and Village Candle in January of 2020, a brand of fragranced candles, gifts and accessories. Like its sister stores, the Stonewall Home Company Store has a premium feel, but is designed to look and feel unique. Cool tones of blue and white cover the walls, along with decorative textiles and artwork. The space also features a specially designed kitchen intended to spark inspiration as guests peruse the store.  
“With spring just beginning, we’re excited for our guests to come browse the campus and check out the new space,” Morris added. “So, whether you’re a local resident, in town on vacation or just passing through…please, come visit us!”
Stonewall Kitchen’s headquarters are located at 2 Stonewall Lane in York, just off of exit 7 on route 95. The Stonewall Home Company Store will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The official ribbon cutting will took place on Thursday, April 13. For more information about Stonewall Kitchen, please visit: www.stonewallkitchen.com.


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