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CATCH Receives Golden Trowel from Lakes Region Chamber

CATCH Neighborhood Housing is pleased to announce that it received the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Trowel Award at the Chamber’s 99th Annual Meeting on January 25, 2018.

The Golden Trowel Award recognizes businesses for outstanding renovations and rehabilitations in the 2017 calendar year.

CATCH received this award for its renovation of the Franklin Light and Power Mill, now 45 units of affordable, workforce housing in downtown Franklin. The mill was originally constructed in 1895 and has housed many different businesses, including the Acme Knitting Machine and Needle Company, a foodstuffs warehouse, and rental storage space.

Sarah EM Stanley, CFMP, the Community Relations and CRA Officer at Franklin Savings Bank, nominated the project for the Chamber’s annual awards. She said, “The CATCH Light and Power Mill renovation epitomizes the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Golden Trowel award.  This impactful project provides visible improvement from the rehabilitation of a mill building that had been underutilized for decades. Now previously vacant space will be home to many individuals and families because of this quality mill renovation on the scenic Winnipesaukee River. Franklin Savings Bank was pleased to be a part of this important project that is yet another accomplishment in Franklin’s continued revitalization movement.”

Rosemary M. Heard, CATCH’s President, said, “We are so grateful to Sarah for this nomination, the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Franklin for their wonderful support of this development. We are thrilled with the transformation of the Light & Power Mill and are so happy that 45 families will have a safe, affordable place to call home there.”

Other 2017 Golden Trowel recipients included The Center Harbor Inn, Outdoor New England, Studio 73, and Kettlehead Brewery. CATCH is honored to be recognized among these great businesses and thanks the Chamber for this award.

About CATCH Neighborhood Housing
CATCH Neighborhood Housing is an award-winning, non-profit, housing provider that has been providing affordable homes in Merrimack County for over 25 years. CATCH offers a full spectrum of housing services, such as homebuyer education, housing counseling and foreclosure assistance through HOMEteam NH (, asset and property management through Alliance Asset Management (, and 325 affordable rental apartments that over 680 low-income adults and children call home. For more information on CATCH Neighborhood Housing call (603) 225-8835 or visit

Posted on: February 9, 2018
Topics: Award Winners | Something New

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