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Another Energy Star award for Chinburg, two join JSA staff … and more

Homeowners in Poplin Estates Cooperative, Fremont, have purchased their 56-unit manufactured-home park, making it New Hampshire’s 142nd resident-owned community, or ROC. They used Using training and technical assistance from the NH Community Loan Fund’s ROC-NH team to form the Poplin Estates Cooperative Inc. in 2020. The cooperative then matched the $2,850,000 offer made by Patriot Holding of Las Vegas, and finalized the deal on March 31, 2022, with a mortgage from the Community Loan Fund. Shown here are Poplin Estates Cooperative Vice President Neal Janvrin and Treasurer Don Pinard.

For the fifth year, Chinburg Properties, Newmarket, has earned a Sustained Excellence Award through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Parnter of the Year Awards. It was one of a limited number of companies nationwide to do so. Chinburg earned Energy Star certification for its single-family construction as well as for two of its larger multi-unit developments, the Brewery 145 project with 92 apartments in Portsmouth, and the Scenic Salinger building with 50 apartments in Rochester.

JSA Design, a Portsmouth architecture, planning and interior design firm, has added two new staff members, Heidi Smith as interior designer and Karen Morse as accounting and office manager. A resident of Maine, Smith has extensive healthcare design experience as a former interior designer and construction administration coordinator with Cannon Design in Boston. Morse previously worked in administrative positions in the senior living industry, most recently as business office director for Windsor Place of Wilmington, an independent/assisted living and memory care community in Wilmington, Mass.

The NH Preservation Alliance will present an Old Building & Trades Fair at Sanborn Mills Farm, Loudon, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 14. The event will feature opportunities to observe traditional tradespeople at work and a chance to connect with trades organizations and experts who can help you understand the issues faced by stewards of older buildings. Online preregistration will continue through Thursday, May 12, with tickets $15 for general admission and $7 for students and seniors. Tickets for admission on the day of the event will be $20. For more information, visit

Lrcd Childrens AuctionThe Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction recently presented a grant of $12,500 in support Lakes Region Community Developers’ Healthy Housing and Community Development program. Shown in the photo are Carmen Lorentz, left, executive director of LRCD, and Jennifer Kelley, executive director of the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction.

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