Blog : October 2014

Combating Rising Fuel Prices and Staying Environmentally Conscious

By Craig | Oct 28, 2014 | in

Simply Green Biofuels and Yankee Thermal Imaging are offering a joint energy audit program available until October 31. For more information, call Simply Green at (603) 430-9919 or Yankee Thermal Imaging at (603) 330-3377. Proulx Oil & Propane is offering fixed-rate programs for their different home heating options. Call 800-287-1921 or their offices in Newmarket at (603) 659-7011 for rates.

Last year, with some of the most frigid winter months on record, homeowners felt left in the cold by high home heating costs. But this winter the U.S. Energy Department predicts lower home heating costs for customers. This prediction comes as crude oil prices dropped to an average of $3.41 a gallon in September, 29 cents below the month of June's average. That number is estimated to continue to drop to an average of $3.14 a gallon in December, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's (EIA) short-term energy and winter fuels outlook for the 2014 and 2015 winter season.

And while those numbers have some New Englanders breathing a sigh of relief, it also has many homeowners thinking about the winter to come and wondering if the moderate temperatures seen through the fall will continue. A drastic drop in temperature like last year could send oil prices skyrocketing once again.

Home heating is not an easy market to gamble with. Fuel options – propane, Bioheat, oil – see fluctuating costs each year. Many people choose to switch their home heating option for a cheaper, more efficient product after the previous year's expenses. So what are homeowners in the Northeast to do come this winter season? How can they ensure the lowest expenditure for their home heat, even if the downturn ends and fuel rates climb once again?

Three seacoast companies are making that dilemma a little easier.

Join 900 Degrees for the Brickyard Scare

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 24, 2014 | in

The best way to get in the Halloween spirit this fall is by celebrating with some family friendly fun and pizza! Come out to Brickyard Square Plaza on Route 125, just off Route 101, in Epping on Tuesday, October 28 for the Brickyard Scare from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m.

The event is a great chance to enjoy Halloween activities for the whole family. There will be store-to-store trick-or-treating, hair coloring, bag decorating, a costume parade, costume contests and more! Special guests will include Max the Manchester Monarchs' mascot, a singing Cinderella, Parkour Spider Man, Macaroni Kids, Rye Airfield Skate Park's “Get on Board" program to teach kids tricks and techniques on skateboard decks without wheels, as well as balloon animals, free popcorn, candy and cider for all who attend.

Plan to stick around after the event for dinner or cocktails at 900 Degrees Pizzeria. Enjoy 900 Degrees’ signature pizzas as the perfect ending to National Pizza Month. In addition to their 2-for-1 Tuesday deal on pizzas (starting at 5 p.m., dine in only), 900 Degrees offers $5 Martinis from their ‘Tini Tuesday martini list

UNH Hosts Oil Spill Response Forum Oct. 28-29

By Madalyn | Oct 23, 2014 | in

Join the University of New Hampshire, the UNH Center for Spills in the Environment (CSE), and the School or Marine Science and Ocean Engineering on October 28 and 29 for a UNH-funded forum titled “Oil Spill Response: 25 Years After the Exxon Valdez and in the Wake of Deepwater Horizon, What Have We Learned and What Are We Missing?”

It's been 25 years since the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. Also, it's been five years since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which gushed 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the largest recorded oil spill in U.S. history.

In response to these tragic oil spills, UNH is hosting a two-day forum with nearly 40 scientific experts, eyewitnesses, industry specialists, and NGOs. These experts will facilitate discussions in regards to understanding what went wrong to cause these spills, and also taking the next step to make a plan for spills in the future.

Green Jobs: Carpenter with Ridgeview Construction

By Craig | Oct 23, 2014 | in

Looking for a job in the green industry? Our Green Jobs Board provides a listing of the latest open positions with our Business Partners in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. And it is also the place to check when we've are looking for qualified candidates to help us grow the local green community from our Green Alliance headquarters located in downtown Portsmouth.

Our latest listing comes from Ridgeview Construction, a company that uses sustainability to create environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient homes. Ridgeview is looking for a carpenter immediately.

Requirements for all interested applicants are as follows:

  • Skilled in carpentry related work.
  • Skilled at layout, framing, finishing of typical projects.
  • Able to independently supervise small jobs or work without instruction.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in residential construction.
  • Shape or cut materials to specified measurements, using hand tools, machines, or power saws.
  • Follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean site.
  • Complete projects on schedule and on budget.

Gary Hirshberg, Co-Founder of Stonyfield Farms Speaks at UNH

By Madalyn | Oct 23, 2014 | in

Co-founder of Stonyfield Farm Gary Hirshberg will be visiting UNH Tuesday October 28 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The topic of his lecture is “Lessons from the Trenches for Building High-Impact Enduring Social Ventures” and will take place at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics.

Hirshberg is one of the most recognizable social venture pioneers. His work with Stonyfield has made him a legendary organic food producer with openly sustainable business practices. Hirshberg believes in social responsiblity, which he promoted during his time as “Ce-Yo” of Stonyfield Farms.

Now Hirshberg is helping prepare the next generation of social ventures by teaching people the lessons that he learned from his experiences building Stonyfield Farms, the world's leading organic yogurt producer. His newest project is "Just Label It, We Have the Right to Know," a national campaign to label genetically engineered foods or GMOs. Also, after the lecture there will be a Q & A portion where attendees can ask Hirshberg any questions they might have in regard to social ventures and sustainable business practices.

Blue Ocean Society's Halloween Party

By Madalyn | Oct 23, 2014 | in

Blue Ocean Society is hosting a Halloween Party at the Blue Ocean Discovery Center on October 25 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. It will be a wonderful event for families with small children to get excited and do a trial run before Halloween. All are invited to come dressed in costume to celebrate the season (extra bonus for those who come dressed as their favorite marine animal or sea creature).

During the Halloween party there will be a number of family friendly activities to participate in: there will be a scavenger hunt, arts and crafts, and cookie decorating. There will also be a costume parade for everyone to show off their costumes and strut their stuff. And of course there will be time for families to visit and interact with the Society's two 100-gallon touch tanks, so don't miss out on the fun!

The goal of the Center is to provide a family-friendly attraction at Hampton Beach where visitors can learn about marine life, local and maritime history, and actions they can take to protect the marine environment. The Center is operated by the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research and conservation.

NH Brewfest 2014

By Katie | Oct 22, 2014 | in

Redhook Brewery is opening its backyard to local and national brewers for an afternoon of fun, sampling, and beer. The sixth annual NH Brewfest takes place this Saturday, October 25 from 1 - 9 p.m. at Redhook's Portsmouth location. The outdoor event features beers from all over the United States, while placing special emphasis on those from New Hampshire and neighboring New England states. 

Tickets are available for purchase now, and come with a sampling glass to take with you from booth to booth, sampling the best the world of beer has to offer. There will also be live music and festivities, making this afternoon event a party you won't want to miss! 

Acorn School's Fall Fundraiser Features Comedy, Food, and Drink!

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 22, 2014 | in

For some students, the transition from hours outdoors in the summer to being herded into classrooms may come with a bit of a struggle. Let’s face it, not all kids flourish in a traditional classroom, which may lead to frustrations with school and learning. The Acorn School of Stratham allows kids to develop healthy, encouraging learning habits by forging (maybe even disguising) their love of outdoors and hands-on activities with education. To celebrate the new school year, and the unique atmosphere The Acorn School has created, they are hosting a Back to School Comedy Night from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Portsmouth Gaslight Co. The night includes food, drinks and laughter by comedian Wes Hazard, named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by the Boston Globe.

The night of the event the Acorn School will announce the winner of their ongoing 50/50 raffle. Only 200 raffle tickets are being sold at $50 a piece for a chance to win $5,000. Ticket purchases for the raffle will help support the Acorn School. The winner will be drawn at the fundraising event on November 15, but participants do not need to be present to win. Those interested in the raffle should contact Chrissy Caron at for ticket information.

“The fundraiser will be a great chance for our Acorn community to come together and enjoy an evening filled with laughs and prizes,” commented Sue Bendroth, Executive Director of the school.

Best of Taste Bash 2014

By Katie | Oct 22, 2014 | in

While you're reading an issue of TASTE of the Seacoast Magazine, do you ever find yourself thinking, "I could just devour that"? Well, here's your chance! 

The Best of TASTE Bash 2014 is coming up on November 22, bringing together the 2014 winners of "Best of TASTE" competition. The winners represent over 50 restaurants, and will be cooking up some delicious foods for guests, accompanied by signature cocktails.  Green Alliance Business Partner, TASTE of the Seacoast Magazine will play host for this evening of indulgence. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Green Maids

By Madalyn | Oct 21, 2014 | in

Who: Green Maids

What: Launched in 2009, Green Maids is a residential and commercial green cleaning company that services New Hampshire and southern Maine. The company uses eco-friendly products and methods that are all-natural, biodegradable, Earth friendly, non-toxic, and EPA and Green Seal certified. Owner Johnmark O'Brien is adamant that keeping a home clean with organic or natural products can help alleviate, or prevent, respiratory illnesses, allergens and certain types of cancers. By making the switch to Green Maids, O'Brien says homeowners also contribute to the overall health of the environment; keeping harmful chemicals from leaching into the soil and drinking water sources. O'Brien purchased a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle as Green Maids' company car to lower auto emissions when traveling to different job sites.

Where: P.O. Box 349, York Harbor, Maine Call: (207) 361-4445


Redhook Brewery 10% Tuesday to Benefit Blue Ocean Society!

By Katie | Oct 21, 2014 | in

Breweries and community giveback, may not seem to be synomynous. Breweries and local environmental protection organizations may seem even further apart; yet, Redhook Brewery combines all of these components effortlessly. Aside from making bold, flavorful beers and equally great foods, Redhook Brewery has made community support a part of its mission. Aside from the great things the Portsmouth-based brewery does to make the community greener, they also play host to the 10% Tuesdays program. Every Tuesday Redhook donates 10 percent of its profits to a local, New Hampshire non-profit organization. The recipient of this charitable giving this month is a fellow Green Alliance partner, the Blue Ocean Society.

Founded in 1996, Blue Ocean Society has become an indespinsible resource for researchers, environmental advocates and citizens of all ages thanks to a bevy of engaging and educational outreach programs. In 2012 alone, Blue Ocean Society headed 219 beach cleanups - all in an area extending from York, Maine to Salisbury, Massachusetts - in the process collecting 12,477 pounds of trash.

Print Bounces Back to the Top of Direct Mail Marketing

By Craig | Oct 20, 2014 | in

By Barbara Perkins

In the world of direct mail marketing, print was long considered best in class. Business was still decent enough when The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General reported 213 billion pieces of mail were handled in 2008. That was then. Today most direct mail marketing is distributed digitally.

While digital, offers a cheap and quick point of entry, it falls short at providing evidence that it works. Complaints about unwanted banners, pop-up ads and unrequested email have skyrocketed. Indicators point to an overload of online messages being sent to folks who don’t want to hear them. Toss in security breaches or computer viruses and the world of online marketing is not only plagued by too much noise, it is now all-out interruptions.

Consumers fed-up with bloated in-boxes come as no surprise to John Sobczak. An industry veteran, with Hampstead, N.H.-based RAM Printing, Sobczak says he personally gets more than 200 emails a day. “I don't have time to deal with that either,” he says. However, customers angered by online marketing is precisely the type of news that bodes well for companies like RAM – one of a handful that remain smitten by print.

Gundalow Company Donates Vessel to City of Dover at No Charge

By Craig | Oct 20, 2014 | in

For centuries the gundalow connected the cities of Dover and Portsmouth for trade by way of the Piscataqua River. With the implementation of the railroad and the automobile, the need and popularity of gundalows quickly decreased by 1900. Soon the gundalow - unique to the seacoast - became a memory.

In 1982, however, with a renewed interest in the history of Portsmouth's past as a bustling port, gundalows caught a second wind and a replica, christened the Edward H. Adams, was built. The 70 foot by 17 foot vessel is a gift to the city of Dover from the nonprofit Gundalow Company. Plans and approval fo the gundalow's placement, which include installing it at Henry Law Park, will be decided at a City Council meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 22.

In a report by Fosters Daily Democrat, Gary Bannon, City Recreation Director, said the boat will be incorporated into the $400,000 playground improvement project scheduled for summer 2015. Installing, storing and moving the gundalow will cost nearly $25,000. The city and the Gundalow Company have worked out logistics and other technical issues relating to the donation. Funds have also been raised by local residents and businesses to handle the cost of moving and storing the gundalow.

A Watershed Moment

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 18, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is helping to promote the 12th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser and will be giving away 2 free tickets to the gala to the first new Sustaining Member to join the GA and email These tickets are valued at $75 each so the first new sustaining member will pay $150 for a membership and event with a combined value of $300! To become a sustaining member click here.

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will be celebrating their merger at the 12th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser with the theme “A Watershed Moment.” The event will take place on Friday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center (100 Deer St, Portsmouth).

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and conserving the natural resources, beauty and character of the land throughout the Strafford County region of New Hampshire. The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire’s mission is to protect and sustain the land in our community for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests and wildlife. The organization has acquired more than 150 properties, totaling in excess of 9,300 acres of land. Both organizations achieve their missions through the promotion and acceptance of conservation easements, education and the acquisition and stewardship of land.

Open Houses at Brixham Montessori Friends School

By Madalyn | Oct 17, 2014 | in

It's admission season at the Brixham Montessori Friends School located at 18 Brickyard Court, York, ME! They are hosting three Open House events for prospective parents and families, one November 11, December 9, and January 13. All of the Open Houses are from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the school.

The Open Houses allows caregivers with interest in the school to come and check out the overall facility as well as the classrooms. The tours are lead by faculty and staff of the school, which allow parents to ask and receive answers to their questions while visiting the school.

The school has dual roots in the traditions of both Montessori (an educational philosophy which champions independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development) and the Quaker-inspired Friends movement, Brixham prides itself on values of simplicity, equality, community, and peace education. Brixham’s  student-to-teacher ratio is 7:1, which assures that every student gets the attention – and the creative encouragement –they deserve.