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  • Colby-Sawyer College Launches Three-Year Degree in Community-Based Sustainability

    Posted on Feb 19, 2016

    In the Spring of 2016, Colby-Sawyer College's Board of Trustees approved a three-year Bachelor of Science degree in Community-Based Sustainability that will launch in fall 2016. The major was developed as a result of an innovation grant that the college received from the Davis Educational Foundation.

  • Bank's $30,000 Grant Supports Franklin Revitalization Effort

    Posted on Feb 10, 2016

    Franklin Savings Bank has donated $30,000 to PermaCityLife, an organization working to revitalize Franklin’s downtown. “Within the last two years, we have seen progress in downtown Franklin with the revival of two buildings and a storefront – all within a few steps of our main office,” said Ron Magoon, president and chief operating office of the bank.

  • Colby-Sawyer College Announces 3-yr Degree in Community Sustainability (Page 33)

    Posted on Feb 01, 2016

    The new Community-Based Sustainability curriculum gives students valuable professional work experience while they are still in school and encourages them to discover and develop their talents and passions. The new major is a three year program which will allow graduates to pay 20% less for their college education, they also get the chance to start careers or enter graduate school earlier. Students will have many unique opportunities.

  • Franklin NH: A Vision for a Permaculture City

    Posted on Feb 01, 2016

    After buying a home on Webster Lake, Todd Workman walked around the downtown and wondered why the city so rich in heritage and natural resources never returned to its state of prosperity. He imagined a transformed city—a model of a resilient, vibrant, diverse and sustainable community. So, he began connecting with others who shared a similar vision.

  • CATCH Housing Funds, Coordinator to add to Franklin’s Downtown

    Posted on Jan 06, 2016

    The final cost of the CATCH Housing project is estimated between $10 million to $12 million. “The city council overwhelmingly supported the project and is very excited to see something happening with this building,” Elizabeth Dragon, Franklin's city manager, said. She added, “We actually have an abundance of affordable housing – but this will be good quality affordable housing. I think that’s key.”

  • First Day Whitewater Rapids Tradition a ‘Flow Moment’ for Franklin

    Posted on Jan 04, 2016

    “The crazy thing about Franklin is the infrastructure is already here,” Marty Parichand, owner of Outdoor New England (ONE) said. “You just need the initiative.” Parichand said he expects “flow moments” – moments where someone is completely concentrated and immersed with what is at hand – during whitewater rafting are a good place to start in Franklin.

  • Largest Group of Paddlers, Participants Takes Part in Franklin First Day

    Posted on Jan 01, 2016

    The city's First Day event drew its biggest crowds ever, as hundreds of Greater Franklin residents packed into Trestle View Park and filled area businesses, and as the largest crew of kayakers ever to paddle through the downtown area turned out.

  • Franklin Mill Affordable Housing Project Receives Funds

    Posted on Dec 03, 2015

    “We have been looking at doing a redevelopment project in Franklin for a long time,” said CATCH president Rosemary Heard by phone Thursday. “To create housing in a setting that is a walkable community is important for the residents and a vibrant community.”

  • Franklin’s New Coffee Shop ‘An Investment in the Town’

    Posted on Nov 08, 2015

    Jo Brown, a Franklin native, involved community member and a career Air Force veteran, had never been a coffee shop owner before. But she thought that Franklin, a small city with few community spaces, could use a coffee shop and place for residents to gather. And The Franklin Studio was born.

  • Plan to Spruce up Franklin’s Appearance a Work in Progress

    Posted on Nov 08, 2015

    “I’ve always known that Franklin could be a great little city,” said Ron Magoon, Franklin Savings Bank executive vice president and chief operating officer. “For as much as we have struggled over the years with our identity and our image, we have an opportunity to redefine who we are and what we are.” A few years ago, Todd Workman, a Gilford resident with a vision focused around permaculture, came to Franklin, seeing potential in the city. Bringing new life to this city is currently his full-time job. He envisions a sustainable city with businesses to attract people downtown, such as a microbrewery, restaurants and co-working spaces.