• Franklin Risin -- Interview

    Posted on Sep 02, 2015

    Ryan Reminisce, 29, from Franklin, has been touring and playing music since he was a teenager. But now he is one part of a much larger vision for the mill town of Franklin. Sound Check caught up with Reminisce, who runs the Toad Hall music venue, to find out about the revitalization of downtown Franklin and what it’s like to finally be his own boss.

  • Franklin Plans to Use Grant for a Downtown Boost

    Posted on Aug 25, 2015

    Franklin has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture worth $50,000. The grant money will help pay the salary of the person hired to: provide marketing assistance and website development for the downtown business community; conduct workshops or one-on-one sessions for existing or emerging businesses on the preparation of business plans and assist with general outreach and assistance efforts; and work with property and business owners on signage and branding activities.

  • Kuster Discusses Economic Development during Visit to Downtown Revitalization Project in Franklin

    Posted on Jul 20, 2015

    Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) visited a downtown revitalization project in Franklin to get an update from community stakeholders and discuss the importance of economic development in the area.

  • Franklin for a Lifetime: Promoting Livability through Age-Friendly Design

    Posted on Jul 15, 2015

    "Franklin for a Lifetime" focused on creating a healthy and vibrant community and a reinvigorated downtown for all ages to enjoy. The workshop did an excellent job in unifying the Franklin community around a core vision and mobilizing participants to tackle a set of actionable goals. Franklin defined livability as the need for smaller and more efficient homes that are affordable and accessible to downtown without an automobile.

  • Toad Hall, Part of Revitalization Project in Franklin, Opens to Public

    Posted on Jun 05, 2015

    Toad Hall, one of the many properties Todd Workman, executive director of PermaCityLife, owns in downtown Franklin, is one of his first properties to move from concept to fruition. In addition, another piece in Workman’s downtown revitalization efforts progressed. CATCH Neighborhood Housing, a nonprofit housing provider in Merrimack County, announced plans to develop an old mill along the Winnipesaukee River,

  • Historic Mill is Planned to be CATCH Neighborhood Housing’s First Development in Franklin

    Posted on Jun 03, 2015

    CATCH Neighborhood Housing announced its intentions to renovate the Riverbend Mill building on Memorial Street at Franklin City Council meeting.

  • $10M to be Invested in Historic Franklin Mill

    Posted on Jun 02, 2015

    “I think this is the largest single investment in the history of downtown Franklin,” said Mayor Ken Merrifield, speaking of CATCH Neighborhood Housing’s purchase and sales agreement to for the historic Riverbend Mill building.

  • Breathing New Life Into an Old Mill Town

    Posted on May 09, 2015

    Each year, junior environmental studies and environmental science majors participate in a yearlong community-based research project. They are encouraged to think critically and creatively as they apply the knowledge they've gained in the classroom to a real-life situation: working with a local client on a project of environmental concern to evaluate how to increase sustainability and resilience. “Our goals and initiatives are very much in line with the … platform embodied [by] Colby-Sawyer,” said Todd Workman, executive director of PermaCityLife.

  • New Candy Shop Sweetens up Central Street in Franklin

    Posted on Apr 26, 2015

    “Someone on Facebook mentioned we should have a candy store,” Kathy Charbono of Franklin, owner of Central Sweets Candy Shop, said. Franklin, Kathy agreed, should have a place to buy sweets. And she decided her family would be the one to bring it there.

  • Franklin In Court To Try & Force Building Repairs By Man Hailed For Turn-Around Plan

    Posted on Apr 03, 2015

    FRANKLIN — As Gilford resident Todd Workman plods away at turning his dream vision of Franklin into a reality, he got a reality check when he was forced to attend a hearing in the Belknap County Superior Court Tuesday to answer a request by the city to address potential life-safety hazards in the Buell's Block building, downtown. The city was working on a similar injunction aimed at the previous owner of Buell's Block. The injunction is to get whoever owns the building to make the necessary repairs.