Monthly Archives: June 2012

Dover’s ‘cheerleader’ memorialized in corner of the city

Foster’s Daily Democrat
Tuesday, June 12, 2012


For many years, Lorraine Goren could be found working in Farnham’s Department Store in downtown Dover. Working for the family business and working for her beloved City of Dover.

Goren, a long time resident of Dover, died from cancer in 2009, and was memorialized by several hundred people on the Sunday afternoon. Although diagnosed with cancer in 2005, Goren battled the disease continuing to do good works for the city and its residents.

Said her husband Steve, “She never stopped volunteering, what I have come to realize is that through this beautiful garden, she will continue to do what she always did — give of herself by helping others.”

Sunday, the memory of Goren was honored as, just across the Cocheco River from that Farnham’s location, Lorraine’s Corner was dedicated.

In the past year, a concerted effort by many of Lorraine’s friends plus the added support of Amy’s Treat resulted in the creation of the memorial located on the Joe B. Parks Riverwalk, designed and implemented by Bernadette Norton with stonework done by Full Circle Stone Works.

The corner, according to Amy’s Treat board of directors member Lenore Rogers, “Is a quiet place for meditation and healing.”

The garden has two stone benches one inscribed, “Where hope grows and miracles blossom,” and the other, “Once you choose hope, anything is possible.”

There is also a stone-meditative-healing well where people may drop inspirational feelings with the inscription, “all nature ministers to hope.”

“Lorraine was special,” said old friend Beth Fisher. “If there was ever a model for volunteerism, she was it. Nobody worked harder and she wasn’t afraid to ask for help with a project.”

Goren was active in all areas of the community having been named, along with her husband, Dover’s Citizen of the Year.

Another longtime friend, Jon Breen, while surveying the assemblage, commented, “This is Lorraine. She was one of a kind.”

In attendance at the brief ceremony were Goren’s husband Steve; their children Dave and Sue; grandchildren, Aaron, Noah, Mathew and Nate.

“This tribute is most fitting,” said daughter Susan, “my mother would have loved to see all these people here in this peaceful place.

According to former City Councilor Gina Cruikshank, “We loved this lady — she made a difference. I helped this go forward when I was on the council and it was one of my proudest moments to have had a small part.”

Connie Roy, a former chair of the Dover Chamber of Commerce, spoke of Lorraine saying, “I found her to be a very giving person, whatever you needed done, she’d do it. She really cared about the City of Dover and its people.”

Mayor Dean Trefethen commented, “This is a very fitting tribute to remember, in this manner, someone who has done so much for our community.”

Dover native son Jack Buckley referred to Lorraine Goren saying, “She was one of my best friends, she loved the city and its people, she was always a cheerleader for Dover and any cause she was involved with.”

Steve Goren read a note from a friend who could not be in attendance, “We have to remind ourselves that Lorraine is not here. I know she is busy with some good work somewhere.”


DHS art students help revitalize Joe B. Parks river walk with a sculpture garden

Friday, June 8, 2012


EJ Hersom/Staff photographer Hanna Munoz sculpts a tree at Dover High School in an effort to support the Joe B. Parks Riverwalk Community Sculpture Garden in Dover.

DOVER— After being awarded a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, Dover High School art students are helping revitalize the Joe B. Parks Rover walk with a community sculpture garden.

The garden and students artwork will be revealed to the public on Saturday, June 9, following months of work by local young artists bringing a fairytale theme to the space.

“We wanted to come up with a fun theme,” said Peter Mareck, 17.

Splitting up the work between classmates, students of Francine Kontos’ sculpture class are participating in the project just as professional artists would and with the help of Green Foundry casting services at Sanctuary Arts.

Building stepping stones, a castle, a dragon and a number of other pieces, the students all said they really loved being asked to participate and look forward to having their artwork become permanent fixtures in the community.

“We want it to be top notch. We want tot show the public that teenagers can do good things, too,” Michaela Therrien, 18, said.

She and her peers understand that youths in the community don’t always have the best reputation and they intend to change that through their dedication to community and the artwork they’re passionate about. Therrien said she and her classmates want people to see that they each want to help improve the Garrison City.

“We’re ready to be good Samaritans,” she said.

The two-step process of creating each piece uses a new type of rubber new to the students as well and is being completed by the Green Foundry.

“This whole project has kind of been an experiment,” Hannah Porter, 18, said.

“It’s a big deal for these guys, they’ll be able to leave a legacy,” Kontos said.

Christopher Strickland, district fine arts coordinator, wrote the grant proposal that allowed the students to participate in the project and get an authentic experience as artists. The building class at DHS will help to install the pieces in the garden where they will remain.

An official ceremony to reveal the sculptures to the Joe B. Parks Sculptural Garden will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday and is open to the public.

Dedication of ‘Lorraine’s Corner’ June 10 alongside the Parks garden

Saturday, June 2, 2012

DOVER — A portion of the Joe B. Parks Riverwalk public garden will be dedicated next weekend in memory of longtime resident and activist Lorraine Goren.

At 2 p.m. Sunday, June 10, a garden area in the pathway that runs along the Cocheco River will be deemed “Lorraine’s Corner” in honor of her tireless effort to the make the city a better place.

Lorraine’s Corner is located in a section of the riverwalk that is most easily accessed next to Coldwell Banker on Central Avenue.

Lorraine moved to the Garrison City when she was a junior in high school and worked at her family’s Central Avenue business known as Farnham’s Department Store. She spent her years as a resident displaying multiple acts of volunteerism and was named, alongside her husband, as Dover’s Citizen of the Year in 1997.

In 2005, Lorraine was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She battled the disease with her family at her side until she passed at the age of 68 in 2009. Despite dealing with cancer, Stephen Goren said his wife didn’t let it stop her from continuing to aid the city and its many residents.

The Gorens were introduced to Amy’s Treat, a 501c3 that reaches out to those affected by cancer, during Lorraine’s four year battle. As a couple who loves music and theater, they were treated to a night out at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre.

After Lorraine’s passing, Goren was again approached by the nonprofit. The group wanted Goren’s OK to create a meditation and healing garden along the Cocheco River walkway that would be a memorial to his wife.

“I think they were looking for someone who was representative of the community,” said Goren. “There’s probably very few people who were better known than Lorraine.”

The memorial includes the installation of a stone near the Central Avenue entrance to the walkway bearing the inscription, “Lorraine’s Corner, where hope grows. Meditative healing garden supported by Amy’s Treat in memory of Lorraine Goren.” Flowers and shrubbery conducive to healing and meditation have been planted, and benches and a stone walkway have been constructed as well.

Goren said he thinks the location of Lorraine’s Corner is fitting because his wife was such a presence in the downtown community.

As for the healing garden, Goren said he also thought that was an appropriate reflection of his wife’s spirit.

“Lorraine is continuing to leave her mark on the city through the garden,” he said with a smile.

Goren said he is hoping people will adopt a habit he has already created for himself, which consists of visiting the garden almost every time he passes through town. He said he hopes that Lorraine’s Corner will serve as a place for patients, their families and anyone looking for a moment of serenity to go and relax.

“It will also help bring attention to what types of things Amy’s Treat does for the community,” said Goren.

City officials as well as members of Amy’s Treat and the Joe B. Parks Committee will be on hand for the June 10 dedication. The public is encouraged to attend and enjoy the garden.