Blog : August 2015

Set your Sights on Back to School with Harbor Eyecare Center

By Anne | Aug 12, 2015 | in

According to the American Optometric Association, 80% of learning is visual. Visual acuity, or ability to discern letters and numbers from various distances, is an absolutely essential component of effective learning. Comprehension and retention of information relies heavily on visual health and function. In the spirit of bolstering scholarly pursuits, Harbor Eyecare Center is offering a special “Back to School” discount of 25% off a complete pair of glasses to teachers and students. Additionally, the Harbor Kids Sports Package, including recreational specific frames with single vision polycarbonate lenses, is now on sale. This package is a perfect utilitarian accessory to any fall student-athlete’s competition kit.

Harbor Eyecare Center’s friendly physicians and opticians offer a wealth and duality of expertise on both the function and fashion components of proper eyewear. Choose new frames from a variety of name brand frames and return to class in style this fall. One such brand offered, Modo, is an Italian designer eyewear company that has differentiated itself from other high fashion brands by offering a sustainable and socially responsible line of frames, the Eco line. Frames from this green line are made of bio-based

or recycled materials to ease the environmental burden of global commodity production. Each set of frames sold additionally fuels socially responsible programs to address vision and health needs around the world. The campaign “Trees for the Future” plants one tree in Cameroon, Africa for every Eco frame sold. To date, this initiative has facilitated the planting of over a million trees in the region, nourishing the soil and empowering local farmers with a sustainable income source. The second charity that the Eco line supports is “Buy a Frame, Give a Frame” which matches each frame purchase made by donating a full set of glasses to a needy vision patient in Nepal.

In addition to actively seeking out and carrying products with social and environmental benefits like the Eco line by Modo, Harbor Eyecare Center as a business, has committed to sustainability through addressing operational consumables and waste diversion in-house. The facility has implemented a comprehensive office recycling program in addition to sourcing office supplies from green vendors. Harbor Eyecare Center is a Green Alliance Business Partner.

The 3rd Annual Dover Mini Makers Faire

By Sam Lane | Aug 12, 2015 | in

On Saturday August 29th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., be sure to make it to the 3rd annual Dover Mini Makers Faire. The event is comprised of interactive demos, building sessions and lots of other fun activities to get you and your kids’ brains in gear. The event is located in Henry Law Park in Dover, NH. Both new and returning local businesses, university services and public groups will be attending, each with their own slice of inventiveness to share. All makers and creators are encouraged to attend to perform, showcase a project, or to simply show off something cool that you’ve invented! Early bird sign-up is open now for those who hope to hop on the opportunity as soon as possible. Early bird ticket pricing are being sold for $8 per person.

Returning groups Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and University of New Hampshire will be demonstrating Remotely Operated Vehicles as part of the Office of Naval Researched STEM Outreach Program. Attendees will get the chance to drive their own Remotely Operated Vehicles in a 1000-gallon tank or even in the Cocheco River. Portsmouth Public Library will also be returning to the Faire prepared with a few hands-on projects for all to try.

Tell Your Friends! Spread the Word About the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Aug 11, 2015 | in

Hey Green Alliance members! Have you told your friends and family about the Green Alliance? Share a little about the GA, like the benefits of shopping with local and environmentally conscious businesses, and how the Green Alliance aims to create the kind of communities we all want to live in.

Are you not yet a member of the Green Alliance, but are interested in joining the GA community? Take a look at the various memberships we offer, what you get by joining the Green Alliance, and some special summer offers to take advantage of!

Becoming a member of the Green Alliance entitles you to discounts with our long list of local and green Business Partners ranging from landscaping, building, and heating companies to restaurants and fitness centers. Are you interested in starting a new home improvement project? We have the guys for you- save big with local businesses like 10% off services with Purely Organic Lawncare or 5% off all paint jobs with Minute Men Painters. Stop by some of your local favorites like the Portsmouth Brewery, Redhook Brewery, and Poco's Bow Street Cantina and take 10% off your bill.

21 Puppies Want to Go Home!

By Rich | Aug 10, 2015 | in

One of our favorite business partners, Mary’s Dogs of Northwood NH, specializes in placing mixed breed dogs (aka mutts, the most delightful breed of dog in my opinion) into their new forever homes. Mary currently has 21 dogs up for adoption including – puppies. Not much makes the heart feel more warm and generous than helping find a new home for a puppy. Try to resist. Babe. Barbie. Raven. Brody....21 Puppies want to go home!

If you are looking for a new family companion, check out Mary’s dogs GA profile, website, or facebook and peruse the stupendous selection of pups ready and available to adopt today! Mary’s dogs are healthy, happy, vaccinated, and ready to go. Mary puts it so well:

“Our dogs are good old fashioned, follow-you-to-the-moon-and-back, loveable mutts. They’re “a mix of a mix and mix”. You’ll be adopting a one of a kind, mixed breed wonder. We’ve got them in all shapes and sizes. If you want to know the truth, we’ve loved every dog we’ve rescued. We’re sure you’ll love them too. A rescue dog is a great dog, plain and simple. If you love them, they’ll love you right back. And remember, when you rescue a dog, you save two lives: the one you bring home and the one who takes their place in our rescue."

Beer & Oyster Party at the Franklin Oyster House

By Sam Lane | Aug 6, 2015 | in

Tonight, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. the Franklin Oyster House welcomes all to join them for the Beer and Oyster Party. If you care to start things off with a drink you’re in luck, as there will be six 5-ounce beer samples from Smuttynose Brewing Company and Great Rhythm Brewing Company. Some of the brews included are Smuttlabs' Cherry Short Weisse and Oak Tripel, Smuttynose's Vunderbar Pilsner and Great Rhythm Resonation Pale Ale. Each beer will be paired with a variety of six locally sourced oysters. The pairings cost $34, but jump on the opportunity quick as there is only standing room available. During the event WXGR 103.5 will provide music to accompany the good eats.

As any local beer drinker would tell you, Smuttynose brews some of the top beers in New England. Active at fun, local events such as the Beer and Oyster party, Smuttynose makes a tremendous effort to be involved lsocially, as well as consciously. At their new sustainable and eco-friendly facility in Hampton, NH, you can find the Smuttynose staff brewing locally prized craft beers such as the ever so secret Smuttlab brews and old favorites like Old Brown Dog Ale and Bouncy House IPA.

Dover Cultivates Good (Green) Health

By Craig | Aug 5, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

It’s easy being green, and being healthy, in Dover, New Hampshire. About a dozen fitness companies are members of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce; several restaurants in the city serve local, seasonal, organic fare; and wholesome events are commonplace, from road races and farmers’ markets to Apple Harvest Day.

But the city of Dover also appreciates its green spaces and the active lifestyles of its residents.

“Dover has a lot of open park space, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor hockey arena, and other recreational activities for children and adults,” said Katie MacKinnon, Membership and Business Resource Manager for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, The Dover Community Trail and Cocheco River Walk encourage outdoor fun, and WalkDover.org is making Dover more walkable through signs showing the distance from that point to the next landmark.

“The majority of our clients are from Dover, and we’ve found that the Dover community is very health-conscious, with a big demand for what we’re doing,” said Jon Arnold, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Dover LLC.

Arnold and his team of trainers work with clients to help them lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier and meet personal goals for a more balanced lifestyle.

“We welcome all fitness levels, from body builders to those who need to lose 200 pounds,” said Arnold. “We also address the emotional and mental aspects of weight loss; we get involved in a way other gyms can’t, or won’t—for example, a trainer will go to a grocery store with a family to help them shop, and then will go to their home to discuss exercise and lifestyle.”

Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market to Host Families Celebration

By Katelyn | Aug 4, 2015 | in

KITTERY - The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market come together to host the Green Families Celebration and Market, a day of fun featuring the traditional farmers market vendors and new family friendly vendors and activities. Discover the Green Families community on Sunday, August 23.

This year, the Kittery Community Market added new venders and sponsors. One new sponsor is the Green Alliance, a union of local and regional businesses that have sustainable initiatives at the core of their business model, and consumer members looking to shop with eco-friendly businesses.

The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids. As its own weekly summer event, the Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kittery at Post Office Square featuring local produce, foods, and crafts. On August 23 the market will expand with the addition of sustainable vendors from the Green Alliance, along with a post celebration meet-up at nearby Tributary Brewing Company.

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. Its formation was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about members.

Green Collar Careers: Eolian Renewable Energy Chief Executive Officer, Jack Kenworthy

By Craig | Aug 3, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

Wind is a vast, natural, and renewable energy. Despite being used as a power source for centuries, it wasn't until 1888 that Charles Brush first harnessed its potential to create electricity.

Eolian Renewable Energy, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, carries on Brush's work on a much larger scale. Brush's first wind turbine powered one home. Eolian's current project in Antrim, New Hampshire, will power about 12,500 average New Hampshire homes when completed.

The Antrim Wind Project is a venture that Jack Kenworthy, CEO of Eolian Renewable Energy is incredibly proud of. Not just because of the clean, renewable energy that it will create for the state of New Hampshire, but also for the many other innovative elements built into the project including vast amounts of forestland that the project will permanently conserve.

“It's a project we believe is really the best sited wind project in the state of New Hampshire,” Kenworthy said. “It has enjoyed long standing support from the town of Antrim, which is difficult to achieve, and we are very proud of our ability to have garnered and maintained that support over so many years. And we continue to have a very strong and positive relationship with both the leadership and the residents of the town.”

Not only will the Antrim project provide clean renewable energy, due to agreements with the town of Antrim, the Harris Center for Conservation Education and the individual land owners, it will also permanently preserve 908 acres of valuable open-space forest, including 100 percent of the project ridge line.