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Kenneth Koornneef accepts CATCH Neighborhood Housing’s Volunteer of the Year Award

Koorneef honored as CATCH Volunteer of Year

Nobis Group President and CEO Kenneth Koornneef was named Volunteer of the Year by CATCH Neighborhood Housing during the nonprofit’s Annual Event, “Making Community Home,” held in March at The Barn at Bull Meadow in Concord.

The award is presented to individuals who demonstrate a commitment to CATCH, a community-based organization focused on providing a full spectrum of much-needed housing and education services in Merrimack County.

Koornneef, who spent several years as a member of CATCH’s board of directors, including as chair, “understands how important affordable and workforce housing is to our community and is someone who is willing to devote his time and energy to the cause,” said Tom Furtado, CEO of CATCH.

CATCH presented several other awards during the event:

  • The Concord Planning Division, 2023 Community Collaborator of the Year
  • Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green, 2023 Business Partner of the Year
  • Robert Tourigny, executive director of NeighborWorks Southern New Hampshire, Helen M. Greene Visionary Award
  • Arthur F. Casavant III, Rosemary M. Heard Housing Champion Award

Pease Restoration Advisory Board seeks community members

The Restoration Advisory Board at the former Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth is seeking community members to fill five openings on the board.

The RAB is a working group composed of local community members and representatives from the Air Force and other state and local organizations to meet and discuss Air Force environmental restoration activities associated with the former installation. The RAB is also a forum for community members to provide feedback at certain points throughout the restoration process.

Individuals who live or work in the community or are affected by the former installation’s environmental restoration activities can apply to be RAB members. The members serve without compensation and average six hours or more quarterly on board duties.

Click here to download an application.

Lakes Region Community Developers receives grant

Laconia-based Lakes Region Community Developers recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Greater Lakes Region Children’s Auction in support of LRCD’s Affordable Housing Program, which is responsible for developing and managing affordable rental housing throughout the Lakes Region, including Belknap, southern Grafton, southern Carroll, and northern Merrimack counties.

LRCD owns and operates a portfolio of affordable rental apartments throughout the region.

Flag Hill Distillery expands with new building

Flag Hill Distillery Concept

Rendering of Flag Hill Distillery’s new building

Flag Hill Distillery in Lee has broken ground for a 5,000-square-foot building to house its distillery production as well as a tasting room and store.

The new distillery will house a new still for Flag Hill, increasing volume and allowing it to create spirits while increasing energy efficiency. Flag Hill will also provide co-packing services to other distillers.

The main stages of construction are expected to be completed by fall, said Brian Ferguson, Flag Hill’s owner and founder.

Former Ames and Papa Gino’s sold in Dover

The Boulos Company’s Drew Sigfridson and Kent White represented Hannaford Bros. Co. LLC in the sale of 829 and 831–833 Central Ave., Dover, to Calico Properties LLC for $3.7 million.

The sale includes a 62,235-square-foot retail box store that was formerly occupied by Ames Department Store and a free-standing Papa Gino’s restaurant. Sigfridson and White said the buyer owns several other properties in the area and believes the location has good redevelopment potential for either retail, general office or medical services.

Riley elected NH Good Roads Association president

Jason Riley, Northeast Division manager for Maine Drilling & Blasting, Auburn, has been elected president of the NH Good Roads Association, which represents individuals and businesses involved in the state’s infrastructure.

Riley, who has worked at Maine Drilling & Blasting since 1994,

is active in several other industry and professional organizations, including the Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire.

Harrisville becomes NH’s 29th certified local government

The NH Division of Historical Resources has announced that the town of Harrisville has achieved Certified Local Government designation.

The CLG program in New Hampshire promotes the preservation of prehistoric and historic sites, structures, objects, buildings and districts by establishing a partnership with local governments. As a CLG, Harrisville will be able to gain access to expertise and resources related to historic preservation at both the state and federal levels.

CLGs are overseen by either a historic district commission or a heritage commission, which are a requirement of the CLG program. In addition to being stewards of their local history, these commissions also serve as advisory bodies to their municipal governments and land use boards.

Badger Peabody & Smith donate to AHEAD

Badger Peabody & Smith Realty has once again made a donation to Affordable Housing Education and Development (AHEAD) with proceeds from an interest-bearing account in which buyers and sellers place their escrow, with 100 percent of the interest going to support AHEAD’s housing-related projects.

In addition, Badger Peabody & Smith Realty doubles the impact by matching the interest earned. This year’s total was nearly $5,500, said broker/owner Andy Smith.

Fire Equipment Inc. opens Hooksett location

Fire Equipment Inc., a full-service fire protection provider, has opened a new location in at 78 Londonderry Turnpike in Hooksett. The company has seven office locations throughout New England and services, installs, designs and repairs fire alarm systems, sprinklers, kitchen suppression, clean agent systems, fire extinguishers, and alarm monitoring. FEI works with many customers, including but not limited to healthcare facilities, educational institutions, manufacturing, office buildings, power plants, resorts, restaurants, and new construction.

Industrial/flex sale and lease in Nashua

White Family Ventures LLC has sold Unit 1 at 12 Murphy Drive, an 18,000-square-foot industrial/flex unit, to KBC Capital LLC for $2.25 million. The Boulos Company was involved in the transaction as well as another in which White Family Ventures leased the 14,660-square-foot Unit A, as 12 Murphy Drive. The Tenant was represented by Dave Tanguay and Chris Pascucci of SVN Masiello.

HydAway Hydraulic Walls earns award for Best Outdoor Product

HydAway Hydraulic Walls, a South Dakota provider of kinetic wall systems, recently won the Best Outdoor Product award at the annual National Association of Home Builders International Builders’ Show.

HydAway Walls of New England are built and installed by Macy Industries Inc. in Hooksett.

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