Selectboard Meetings
& Town Meetings

P.O. Box 238
Rochester, VT 05767
Phone: 802-767-3631

Town Clerk/Treasurer/
Tax Collector:

Julie Smith

Assistant Clerk/Treasurer
Kristen LaPell

Delinquent Tax Collector:
Rebecca Klein

Highway/Road Dept:
John Champion, Road Foreman
Dana Spalding
Teddy Smith



All homepage rotating photos:
© 2022 Jeffrey Mather
© 2022 Jerry LeBlond
Photos used on this website are not public domain and need permission for use.

SkateSpace Newsletter

Please check out the latest updates about the SkateSpace Fundraiser by downloading this pdf:

>> SkateSpace Newsletter November 2022

The Generosity of Community Donors is Inspiring!



Angels in the Valley


This program is for families in our valley who need help providing gifts for their children this Christmas.


We all know that the joy of Christmas for a child involves gifts.

Are you concerned that you may not be able to provide that joy for your child?  We want to help.  For many in our valley, the joy of giving to a Christmas Angel is like receiving a gift themselves.  If your child is in need of new/ warm clothing, please be sure to supply sizes in the spaces below.

In order to help, we need the following information:



Child’s Age  ____________


Phone number___________

All information will be kept completely confidential and is used only if absolutely necessary.




Tops    _______________

Pant     _______________

Shoe    _______________



Special interests:



Please be sure to return this form to the Town Office in Rochester by using the drop box at the lower right of front door if needed on or before November 30th, 2022.


Presents will be available for pick up at the Town Office on December 22, 2022 by appointment only.  Katy Landwehr 802-565-0339


Please contact Katy Landwehr 802-565-0339 with any and all questions.

Warning – Vermont General Election – November 8, 2022

Please click below to download full Warning document:

>> Rochester Vote Warning Nov. 8 2022

Halloween Events in the Valley 2022

>> Download Halloween Flyer .pdf

Saturday, Oct 22, 2022, 5 to 6:30 pm
Sunday, Oct 23, 2022, 5 to 6:30 pm

“The Graveyard Society”
a production by the White River Valley Players
Where: Rochester, VT Village Cemetery, Rte 100, next to Mac’s

The White River Valley Players will present a Players Outdoors production of The Graveyard Society on Saturday, October 22 and Sunday, October 23 beginning at 5 pm in the Rochester Village Cemetery (next to Mac’s.) Come listen to voices of Souls from Rochester’s past tell their own stories when they meet for All Souls’ Day. Their meeting is interrupted by a present-day tour guide who likes to embellish the truth, much to the dismay of the Souls gathered in the cemetery. Instrumental and vocal music will enhance the performance.

Audience members are asked to bring their own fold-up chair and are reminded to dress for the weather. Early arrival, at 4:45, would be appreciated. Suggested donations at the door, from $5 to $15. Refreshments will be available at the end of the performance.

Friday night, Oct. 28th (through Halloween)

Pittsfield’s gazebo on the green will be decorated for all to see. Drive by when it’s dark!

Sunday, October 30

Halloween Party! 1 – 3 pm
Hancock Town Hall
Games, crafts, treats and more!

Hancock Trunk or Treat 1 – 3 pm
Hancock Town hall parking lot.
Anyone wanting to have a car in the trunk or treat lot – set up begins at 12:30.  1st and 2nd place prizes (prizes tbd). 

Pumpkin Display 1 – 8 pm
Hancock Town Green
Jack o lantern contest with 1st and 2nd place prizes (prizes tbd).  Pumpkins should be dropped off between 12:00 – 1:00.  People should pick their pumpkins up between 8:00 – 8:30.

For more info check the Hancock Rec Committee Facebook page or email hancockreccommittee@gmail.com. 

Stockbridge Trunk or Treat 4 – 6 pm
at the Stockbridge Common
Games and Music! Awards for the Most Creative Trunk, Scariest Trunk, and Trunk Offering Best Treats!If you plan to set up a trunk, please contact stockbridgepto@gmail.com


Monday, October 31

Pierce Hall Halloween Party 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Pierce Hall, Route 100, Rochester
Come by for fun, music, laser lights, and dancing! Bring the whole family! We will be serving pizza, fruit, ice cream, hot chocolate, trick or treats, etc.  And the restrooms will be open for the community to use that evening. 

The traditional Halloween Book Giveaway 5 – 7 pm
at Roger Clark Memorial Library in Pittsfield


RHS Repurposing Project Feasibility Study Final


Also, an article in Our Herald “What to do with Our Old School”:

ourheraldcom-What To Do with the Old School

Town of Rochester 2022 Primary Results

Please click on link below for the results


2022 August Primary Results for Rochester

Seeking Administrative Selectboard Assistant

The Rochester Selectboard is seeking an articulate, energetic person to provide part-time administrative support to the Selectboard. Position requires an individual who can work independently with boards and committee’s as well. and can interact positively with Town office personnel and elected Town officials. Must possess superior communication skills and must demonstrate an interest in grant writing and research. Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and a comfort level working with portals is required. Familiarity with Vermont Statutes helpful. Salary commensurate with experience. Position available after August 15, 2022.

Qualified applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and references to: Selectboard, Town of Rochester, PO Box 238, Rochester, VT 05767

The Town of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

RHS Repurposing Project Feasibility Study Report

Rochester High School Repurposing Project
Presentation of Feasibility Study Report

Wednesday, July 13th at 7 PM
Rochester High School Auditorium

Fairweather Consultants will report the results of their feasibility study
Concerning the repurposing of the Rochester High School building
At a public presentation in the Rochester High School Auditorium
On Wednesday, July 13 at 7:00 pm

All community members are invited to attend and
engage in discussion about this important town issue.
Please make plans to come join the conversation.

For more information about this committee’s work to date,
please visit the website:

Pickleball is Here!

We have painted dark blue pickleball lines on one court. It shouldn’t interfere with players that prefer to play tennis on that court, because the line-color is diffent and there are no solid colors covering regions.

You can try out pickleball by borrowing paddles and balls from the town library’s “Library of Things”. Library is open Tu, Th, Sat.

You can learn about pickleball and get its rules here:

Vermont Fish & Wildlife PSA: Bear Coexistence Message

Bear Coexistence Advisory from Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department


The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is receiving reports from across the state of black bears seeking food in yards, outbuildings, and livestock enclosures this spring.  Many of these situations can be prevented if people take steps to make their backyards bear-safe before a bear shows up.


Bears—and people—are at risk when bears spend time in human-dominated landscapes.  And every time a bear finds an easy meal of birdseed, compost, or unsecured garbage, they are learning a dangerous association between people and food.  Coexisting with bears starts with you taking the following steps to help keep bears wild:


  • Birdfeeders are a big problem!  Take down birdfeeders until December.  You can attract birds by planting bird friendly native plants instead—check out Audubon’s Native Plants for Birds Program: https://www.audubon.org/native-plants



  • Dispose of garbage frequently.  If you have pick-up services, wait until the morning to put your garbage out.


  • Demand bear proof dumpsters for your community. 


  • Follow steps for composting in bear country.  Compost needs to be 3 parts brown materials to 1 part kitchen scraps, turned frequently, and kept in a sturdy tumbler or bin: https://vtfishandwildlife.com/node/260



  • Clean your grill after every use.


  • Make bears feel uncomfortable in your yard.  Yell, bang pots and pans, or use other noise devices from inside your home.  Never shoot a bear to scare it.  Even BBs can seriously injure bears.


  • Please report your bear encounters to Vermont Fish & Wildlife.  These reports allow us to help you prevent future bear incidents.  They also give us information to help all Vermonters better coexist with bears: https://anrweb.vt.gov/FWD/FW/WildlifeBearReport.aspx 


Following these steps can save bears’ lives, and help protect you, your neighbors, and your property.  Please do your part to be a good neighbor and help keep Vermont’s bears wild! 

If you have questions, contact the Vermont Fish and Wildlife department at 802-828-1000, or fwinformation@vermont.gov.