By Ken Johnson
Spring is here, crocuses are flowering, the trees are budding, the harsh winter temperatures have changed over to the warm breezes of Spring, and New Hampshire Public Television has held its annual Spring auction.
The Spring NHPTV auction raises money so that they can bring quality programs to the public, for free. This year was the 42nd year of the Spring NHPTV auction.
“The NHPTV Spring Auction is the most significant fund raiser for the Station as well as our biggest Community Outreach event,” Judy Pinkham, Director of Special Events and Auction for New Hampshire Public Television, said. “The timing is at the end of the fiscal year for New Hampshire Public Television – a 501c3 non-profit organization, and the influx of money raised allows us to pay for the high quality programs that the residents of New Hampshire have come to rely on from NHPTV as well as the critical services offered to children throughout the state that prepare them for school.
Yankee Thermal Imaging works to provide homeowners and businesses with top of the line energy consultations to determine how they can increase their energy efficiency and save money. This summer, YTI is offering Green Alliance members an exclusive incentive for energy efficient upgrades to be implemented in their homes. YTI will conduct an energy audit at the normal price, which will then be refunded to the homeowner when they implement qualifying energy upgrades. In addition, YTI will help residents to access available rebates to help offset the cost of implementing the upgrades.
Heat loss and energy efficiency are major concerns for homeowners during the winter months. These issues are equally important to address in the summer months as well. An energy audit assesses the efficiency of a home and determines the levels of insulation, ventilation, and possible cracks or penetrations within the attic, basement areas and structure of the home. When cool or warm air escapes the home, not only are residents losing money, but they are also wasting energy and creating a larger carbon footprint.
By Ken Johnson
DOVER – Organic, hair and salon are not terms generally heard together, especially considering some of the ingredients that often appear within hair care products. However, Acorn Organic Salon in Dover takes pride in combining these terms together successfully.
One of the immediate differences between Acorn is that it doesn't smell like other salons; there's less harmful chemicals in the air because Acorn uses eco-hair sprays instead of industry-favorites. It's a conversation starter for the stylists and their customers on what makes Acorn's product selection a healthier alternative.
“The ingredients that we use are another big factor,” Laura MacKay, owner of Acorn Organic Salon, said.
A significant portion of Acorn's clientele choose the salon because of allergies, for example, with hair dyes. Acorn's choices of eco-friendly hair dyes gives customers who've never been able to color their hair due to allergies, the chance to try something new without an adverse reaction.
With the first hot days of the season behind us, we have gotten a taste of what this summer may bring. Residents throughout New England are beginning to think about cranking the AC to make their homes more comfortable during the summer. Most homeowners don't think twice about turning on the air conditioning when it gets hot; however, air conditioning units require yearly maintenance and should be frequently checked to ensure efficiency.
Regular maintenance keeps air conditioners running efficiently, reduces unnecessary energy use and extends the life span of the unit. This summer, Aucella Heating and Cooling is offering all Green Alliance members who are first time air conditioning customers 50% off their unit maintenance (originally $139.00) when scheduled before June 30. Aucella’s comprehensive checklist used to inspect air conditioning units ensures that the system is in compliance with manufacturers guarantees and is ready to be used throughout the summer.
At each maintenance inspection, Aucella thoroughly checks and cleans all aspects of the cooling unit including exterior compartments and electrical connections. Homeowners can expect Aucella to inspect interior drains and pumps, clean the system and make any minor repairs that are necessary.
Kristyn Lak Miller is a freelance writer for the Green Alliance and Green Familes Club Member
For the Miller family, being green isn’t easy, but it is essential.
“For us, doing things like composting and recycling are baseline non-negotiables,” says Kristyn Lak Miller. “Sometimes it’s messy or time-consuming—admittedly, it’s often both—but we can’t imagine living any other way. It just feels right to be doing our part to protect the well-being of the planet, while keeping every member of our family healthy, too.”
Kristyn and husband Mark are raising two young children in downtown Portsmouth. They moved to a townhome six years ago, downsizing from a much bigger house in order to minimize their environmental impact. Kristyn works from home, Mark drives a Prius, and the family makes the eco-friendly choice whenever possible, from sleeping on all-natural mattresses to cleaning without chemicals, always using cloth bags, and eating an organic vegan diet, with some veggies harvested from their tiny urban garden.
The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) and New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) have joined forces to deter littering while promoting recycling programs through their continuous state-wide roadside cleanups.
This year, New Hampshire the Beautiful has given away 311 cases of Litter Free Blue Bags, the ones often seen along roadsides during spring clean ups. Each case holds 500 bags. With the help of 1,525 volunteers and DPW workers, the cleanups yielded 8,431 bags of trash and recyclables from over 545 miles of roadways within the state.
Some of the cleanups took place during Valley Pride Day, the annual litter cleanup in the Mount Washington Valley, which served as an opportunity to help remove large quantities of roadside litter throughout Carroll County. NHtB and NRRA's combined efforts during Valley Pride Day have gained recognition in other parts of the state as well as in Maine and even into Canada. This warm reception has led the NRRA and NHtB to ask the state for the first Saturday of May each year to be sanctioned as Community Pride and Litter Awareness Day. Through the charitable efforts of groups like New Hampshire the Beautiful the steps towards a litter free New Hampshire are well under way, the only question is what successes will come next?
When considering what is needed to live an active and healthy lifestyle, one immediately falls back onto the ideas of intense workout regiments and daily calorie cutbacks, almost to the point where you’re leading an entirely different life.
Bouncing between the common issue of having a busy schedule, the time commitment and personal commitment of becoming fit and healthy can become too much to bear. However, changing your life can be as simple as becoming more mindful of your body’s needs and implementing small changes to your daily routine to avoid injury and lead a healthier lifestyle.
What: With its iconic white 340 passenger vessel M/V Thomas Laighton leading the way, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has taken passengers down the Piscataqua River and out to the Isles of Shoals for decades. Each summer, the company offers seasonal daily tours of the Seacoast, and its isles, as well as evening events featuring live music, drinks and food.
Founded by Arnold Whitaker in 1962 as Viking Cruises, today the company is owned and operated by Capt. Jeremy Bell and Capt. Jerod Blanchette. With the addition of a second vessel, the M/V Celia Thaxter in 2014, Bell and Blanchette have made sustainability an integral part of their fleets' design and daily operations.
Recently, the larger, three-deck Thomas Laighton, underwent a full sustainability renovation. All interior lighting was replaced with high-efficiency LEDs that use less mercury and lead than traditional lighting; the new carpet was made from recycled materials and the new ceiling tiles, ceiling grid, and carpet are recyclable. A stainless steel railing system was installed to replace the old railing system, which will last the life of the vessel, and eliminates the need for the epoxy-based paint that was necessary to maintain the old rails. Half of all the demolition waste was either reused, recycled or donated. Both of the vessels also run on a bio-diesel fuel blend from a local supplier and their engine oil waste is recycled.
By Kristyn Lak Miller
During the summer season, the M/V Thomas Laighton is a common sight plying the waters in and around Portsmouth harbor. This bright white, 340-passenger vessel celebrates the natural beauty of the New Hampshire seacoast; so it’s only fitting that it took a green approach to its recent renovations.
“The first eco-element of the renovation was the demolition of the vessel interior,” says Captain Jeremy Bell, co-owner of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, which runs the M/V Thomas Laighton. “We were able to recycle, reuse, or donate about 50 percent of all the demolition materials, including several hundred pounds of steel from the old railing.”
For the renovation itself, all interior lighting was replaced with high-efficiency LEDs that use less mercury and lead than traditional lighting. The new interior carpet is made from recycled content and, along with the new ceiling tiles and ceiling grid, is recyclable. Additionally, when planning the renovations, Bell thought long-term about the ship's sustainability. A stainless steel railing system was installed to replace the old railings. This new system will last the life of the vessel, and eliminates the need for the epoxy-based paint necessary to maintain the old rails.
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Integrated Fitness of Dover has recently brought on two new personal trainers, Andrew and Sue. Both new trainers have prior experience in fitness leadership, Sue having run a fitness business in Lee, New Hampshire and Andrew being a former manager at Planet Fitness in Newburyport, Mass. and is certified through the National Academy of Sport Medicine.
Sue will lead Integrated Fitness's popular Weight Loss Challenge Classes held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and Andrew will teach the 5:30 a.m. Boot Camp classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These resistance training classes promote structural integrity throughout the body, and incorporate cardio conditioning to help burn fat.
Both Sue and Andrew are available for a free initial consult to begin helping clients get healthier.
Integrated Fitness is dedicated toward helping clients lose weight naturally (without surgery) and provide them with proper nutrition information to improve their dietary habits. Founder and president Jon Arnold is dedicated to helping his clients lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier, and meet personal goals. He and his staff are certified personal trainers who encourage clients to make sustainable life choices at home, and at work, with a proper diet and active lifestyle.
From an early age we're taught the basics of good citizenship, like throwing our garbage in the bin instead of on the ground, or recycling bottles and paper. New Hampshire the Beautiful helps bring the "why" back into the classroom discussion on these issues through different events and educational programs.
New Hampshire the Beautiful has long been an advocate for responsible recycling and waste disposal throughout the state. The non-profit, comprised of a team of grocers and beverage companies, helps towns and cities throughout the state develop recycling programs. The nonprofit does the same for area schools.
To ensure these programs' success, New Hampshire the Beautiful partners with Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA), a non-profit made-up of over 400 state municipalities, individuals and businesses throughout New England, to meet with school administrators and school board directors to develop and implement recycling and waste programs in schools. New Hampshire the Beautiful's board insists every person - from the principal, to faculty, to the janitorial staff - are included in these meetings to ensure they are educated on proper procedures.
What better way to get together friends, family, or colleagues than around a mouth-watering meal made with local, organic ingredients? For a limited time, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is offering a special lunch deal - buy one lunch entree, get an entree of equal or lesser value for 50% off. At either Epping or Manchester locations, Monday through Thursday, present this coupon at the time of purchase to enjoy this special offer.
At 900 Degrees, meals are prepared by an open wood burning fire. This artisanal style of cooking enhances the flavors for a unique and authentic culinary experience. Some of their lunch menu items include classic tomato bruschetta, antipasto di verdura, signature salads, paninis, and of course, their signature pizzas at personal or full size. In addition, 8 of their 24 wine offerings are as organic as they are delicious.