• Despite Ice, River has First Day Events

    Posted on Dec 30, 2016

    For the first time in 36 years, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers have been forced to change their traditional New Year’s Day kayaking event, due to ice on the lower parts of the Winnipesaukee River. Thanks to the efforts and expertise of Marty Parichand, owner of the Outdoor New England store in Franklin, and Ken Norton of the MVP, and the State of New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, there will be a water release to increase river water flow. Because of their efforts, kayaking will be possible, especially on the upper portion of the river.

  • New Hampshire Start-ups Bet on Community Revitalizations that Include Active Lifestyles

    Posted on Dec 09, 2016

    Those with active lifestyles are seeking to better the businesses and options around their sporting spots and are opening new businesses, not just in Franklin, but within communities all around New Hampshire.

  • Former Paper Mill Site in Franklin could become Adventure Park

    Posted on Aug 10, 2016

    A fundraising barbecue is planned which will support efforts to turn a former paper mill site in Franklin into an outdoor adventure park. The Concord Monitor reported Marty Parichand, who already operates an outdoor equipment store in Franklin, hopes to install whitewater paddling amenities, a mountain bike pump track, a community garden and an "eco-village" campsite.

  • The Vision: Replacing Old Mill Ruins With a White Water Park in Franklin

    Posted on Aug 09, 2016

    By ELODIE REED, Concord Monitor

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    Many are paint-chipped, broken and boarded up at the moment, but looking through the windows of the former Acme Knitting Machine and Needle Co. site Monday, Caite Foley, CATCH Housing vice president of real estate, laid out a grand vision for how the old mill building will soon be restored.

    The 45-unit, nearly $12 million affordable housing project, first conceived of a year ago, expects to have all of its funding in time to break ground in August. The final product will be three floors of apartments intended for low-income, workforce res...

  • Seeing the Progress in Franklin's Downtown

    Posted on Jul 22, 2016

    Franklin Clothing Company is among one of the new businesses joining the downtown in stimulating the local economy. Below Toad Hall Tavern, Last Hop Brewing will install a micro-brewery in Franklin Street corner building, Workman said, and the second floor is now merged with the building next door. The co-working center, cultivated by Salisbury resident Oscar Gala Grano in partnership with PermaCityLife for the past year and a half, will offer shared office space for people like himself, a programmer running his own business called JINFO.

  • Best of NH 2016: New Hampshire Magazine

    Posted on Jul 01, 2016

    In 2016, New Hampshire Magazine recognized the city of Franklin as "the City on the Rise", and Toad Hall Art Barzaar located at 361 Central Street was names "the Best Arts Hangout" in New Hampshire.

  • CATCH Housing to restore old Franklin mill building into apartments

    Posted on Jun 08, 2016

    The CATCH Housing project on Memorial Street in downtown Franklin, NH, will cost nearly $12 million. The project is turning an old sewing needle manufacturing factory building into residential housing. The final product will be three floors of apartments intended for low-income, workforce residents, and will include a community garden and other common spaces.

  • Focus on Franklin (Part 1): What does the City have to Offer its Children?

    Posted on May 22, 2016

    Community member's concerns regarding the school system in Franklin, has enrollment rates down and parent's worried. Additional recreational opportunities directed at teenagers in Franklin, is needed.

  • Franklin Sculptor Draws Attention with Giant Likeness of Trump

    Posted on Mar 29, 2016

    Local artist Joseph Kildune of Gilford has created scrap metal statues of political candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders. He works for his family-run car dealership in Tilton, but his passion, which is relatively new, is attaching things to make other things. He’s part of the recent revitalization of Franklin, bringing his colorful personality and creations to the city.

  • Downtown Coordinator, Developer Continuing Franklin Growth

    Posted on Mar 01, 2016

    Todd Workman is doing his best to bring in more people, more businesses and more opportunities. After spending the last year or so acquiring property through his limited liability company, PermaCityLife, in partnership with Franklin Business and Industrial Development Corporation, Franklin Savings Banks and the Franklin industrial park, PermaCityLife now owns 10 properties in the city.