Blog : October 2015

Integrated Fitness Welcomes New Trainer

By Katelyn | Oct 30, 2015 | in

Integrated Fitness recently expanded with the opening of their second location in Epping and has continued to grow with the addition of new trainers at both fitness facilities. Jennifer Lake, an experienced yoga instructor and personal trainer, is the most recent addition to the Integrated Fitness team.

Jennifer Lake is an Ace Certified personal trainer and certified Yoga Teacher 200 E-RYT. She has over 6 years of experience providing professional, customized training sessions and coaching for her clients. Lake is a long time yoga practitioner (over 10 years), teaches yoga therapeutically, and released her premier DVD Active Chair Yoga in 2012. Her area of specialties includes: weight loss, functional training, core training, meditation/ relaxation techniques, personal development and yoga; but whatever the focus may be, Lake’s main goal is to help clients transform their relationship to themselves; body-mind-spirit.

Part of the success of Integrated Fitness comes from strict, one-on-one sessions and classes that challenge Integrated Fitness' clients to change their habits and concentrate on their body's health. To lead these comprehensive, and sometimes rigorous, classes, Integrated Fitness's trainers are specially certified to help clients reach their individual health goals; from nutrition consulting and weight loss, to building muscle and becoming more active.

To introduce the newest trainer to Integrated Fitness, Jennifer Lake will host a free meet and greet hour on Saturday, November 14 at 9:00 a.m., at the Dover location. The first 30 minutes will be a demo of her new class, Cardio Core and More, and the second half will be yoga.

Critical Vote to Support the Brave Boat Headwaters Preserve

By Katelyn | Oct 29, 2015 | in

On Tuesday, November 3, Kittery residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether or not town land will be protected through the creation of the Brave Boat Headwaters Preserve. A bond question will come before voters to determine if the land will be conserved to provide the community with opportunities for outdoor recreation and nature-based education while safeguarding clean water and vital habitats for wildlife.

In February 2015, the Kittery Land Trust closed a deal on 43 acres of donated woodland and fields off of Bartlett Road in Kittery. This addition of protected land in the town added to the efforts to protect Brave Boat Headwaters, a 150 acre plot of valuable land.

The 150 acre Brave Boat Headwaters Preserve will be an open space for residents and visitors to the area, as it will provide a public place for outdoor recreation. Additionally, the land will allow for nature based education opportunities for area children, as well as adults, and the preserve will protect the scenic views between Brave Boat Harbor and Bartlett Road.

Locally-Owned, Family Run: Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Now Offers Commercial Insurance for Growing Businesses

By Katelyn | Oct 27, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

After ten years of providing the insurance needs of their New England client base for auto, home, life and health insurance, Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI) is now offering Commercial coverage for local businesses. With their new commercial lines focus, the local company is able to deliver competitive rates and customized plans for businesses as they have consistently for their personal insurance clients.

“It’s a new product for our agency,” says Jessica Roberts, Senior Account Manager at PAI and head of commercial lines, “we have a lot of long-term personal lines clients who depend on us to cover their homes and autos. They may have previously asked us to quote their business, now we have the means to take care of all their insurance needs in one place. It’s exciting!”

The International Risk Management Institute (IRMI) defines an “exposure”, in the insurance industry, as “The state of being subject to loss because of some hazard or contingency.” As they do with personal insurances, Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance identifies all of the possible exposures that a business client could be subject to in operations. In identifying the specific hazards to that business, the agent can then find the best possible coverage given their unique risk.

Through personalized consultation and careful assessment of the potential exposures to a specific line of business, Roberts can make sure that such losses are properly covered. Taking the extra time and doing the research is an important part of the job.

Oil and Water: Legends of Grassroots Action

By Katelyn | Oct 27, 2015 | in

In the 1970s, Aristotle Onassis of Olympic Oil tried to build a refinery in Durham with a pipeline through Rye to the Isle of Shoals, this would have been the world’s largest oil refinery. A small group lead by Nancy Sandburg, Sharon Meeker, Dudley Dudley, Phyllis Bennett and many others took up the cause to refuse the development. After months of controversy, residents rejected to change Durham zoning laws to allow the 400,000 barrels-per-day oil refinery and tank farm covering 3000 acres of the town.

On November 17 at 6:30 p.m., three of the early activists at the forefront of the fight will share their efforts, strategies and tactics. Nancy Sandberg and Sharon Meeker of Save our Shores, and Dudley Dudley NH Legislative Representative from 1972-1976 will explain how New Hampshire fought the refinery and Virginia Prescott of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth” will moderate the event. This interactive event will explore how those original strategies are being implemented today in other struggles and community efforts.

The event is co-hosted by the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspire, connect, and support community-based environmental projects throughout New England. NEGEF helps local, often informal, grassroots groups and those too new to qualify for support from the private and community foundations and makes grants directly to these groups.

Green Story - McLean Communications: Sharing the Best of New Hampshire

By Katelyn | Oct 26, 2015 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a three part Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. You can see the full certification documents for New Hampshire Magazine, The Square, and NH Home, all publications of McLean Communications, on their Green Alliance pages. Check out McLean Communications' Green Story below.

McLean Communications, a division of Yankee Publishing, is passionate about our state. As publishers of New Hampshire Home, New Hampshire Magazine, and The Square, the McLean team takes pride in our communities. “Our goal is to highlight why New Hampshire is so unique,” explains Sharron McCarthy, President/Publisher at McLean Communications. “Part of the reason we’re unique is because our citizens, businesses, and nonprofits are changing what it means to be green. McLean uses soy based inks and environmentally friendly finishes on our magazine products to assist in this mission."

Although each magazine caters to a different demographic, all McLean publications have embraced the environmental movement. Every spring, New Hampshire Home highlights sustainable construction and architecture in their “Green Issue.” New Hampshire Magazine raises awareness about environmental issues with stories about local business and nonprofit initiatives. Articles in The Square feature leaders from Seacoast communities who are helping to build a strong New Hampshire economy. With their magazines, McLean has the opportunity to promote sustainability throughout New Hampshire. 

My Breast Cancer Support Raffle - Win a Scooter from EZ Bikes and Scooters!

By Anne | Oct 21, 2015 | in
Love local scooter and electric bike source, EZ Bike and Scooters of Exeter? You could win one of their beautiful Mio 50 scooters by entering into the My Breast Cancer Support raffle. The drawing for the lucky winner of this $2,500 machine will be on October 31st. That means there’s still time to purchase tickets for a chance to win while donating to an awesome local cause that aids victims of cancer and their families in the greater seacoast area.
My Breast Cancer Support is a local non-profit organization dedicated to aiding the victims and families of breast cancer. Two thousand individuals in New Hampshire and Maine are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. My Breast Cancer Support focuses on mitigating the financial stress that the disease can inflict on families. Scientific research shows that high stress levels can actually interfere with the body’s immune system and have a negative impact on the course of the disease. My Breast Cancer Support’s website sums up this mission as; “we’re here to lend a hand, to ease a patient’s discomfort, and to help take the day-to-day stress out of their lives so they can focus their energy on getting WELL.”

Comedian Wendy Liebman Hits the Stage to Benefit NH Sierra Club

By Katelyn | Oct 21, 2015 | in

Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates, in partnership with the Boston Comedy Festival will bring Wendy Liebman to the Sheraton Harborside Hotel in Portsmouth on November 8, at 7:00 p .m.

Liebman has been seen on America's Got Talent, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Johnny Carson, Jimmy Kimmel Live and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She has also been a regular on the Late Show with David Letterman. Steve Scarfo, a Boston Comedy Festival favorite, will open the show.

10% of net proceeds from the show will benefit the New Hampshire Sierra Club. New Hampshire Sierra Club is a non-profit member-supported, public interest organization that promotes conservation of New Hampshire's natural environment by influencing public policy decisions—legislative, administrative, legal, and electoral. There are more than 10,000 Sierra Club members and supporters in New Hampshire and over 2.1 million across the country.

Richard Smith and his Portsmouth-based company, Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates, have a long history of representing musicians and music festivals from all over the Seacoast -- and the country. Cuzin Richard offers a vast array of music and entertainment services, event planning for weddings, family entertainment, corporate functions, graduations, organizing and managing of fundraisers, and more.

SEAREI Energy Panel this Thursday: Unleashing Solar Power

By Anne | Oct 20, 2015 | in
Read the guest blog below from SEAREI's Doug Bogen. The Seacoast Area Renewable Energy Initiative is a non-profit organization with a mission to “build sustainable communities in the Greater Piscataqua Region through education and projects that promote efficient, renewable energy.”
SEAREI Energy Panel this Thursday: Unleashing Solar Power
Portsmouth – “Unleashing Solar Power in New Hampshire” will be the topic of SEAREI’s next "Energy Share" panel discussion and potluck dinner on Thursday, October 22nd at 6:30 PM at the Portsmouth Women's City Club, 375 Middle St. The public discussion was organized in response to growing concerns that solar power could be constrained from future development in the Granite State due to existing policies and limits imposed on utility support for solar, including a “cap” on net metering connections.

Green Story- New Hampshire the Beautiful: Making a Beautiful Difference

By Katelyn | Oct 19, 2015 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a three part Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. You can see the full certification documents for New Hampshire the Beautiful on their Green Alliance page. Check out NHtB's Green Story below.

New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Charitable Trust. NHtB has developed comprehensive programs to address litter issues and recycling challenges throughout our state. NHtB is supported by members of the NH Soft Drink Association, the Beverage Distributors of New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Grocers Association. Though their programs and grants, NHtB has the opportunity to promote sustainability throughout New Hampshire.

In 1983, the original members of New Hampshire the Beautiful were concerned about increasing amounts of litter on roads around the state. Members also worried about the excessive amount of recyclable materials reaching landfills. NHtB began with a blue bag program to pick litter up off the highways. Litter removal is still an important part of their mission, but 30 years later, New Hampshire the Beautiful does so much more. In 2013 alone, NHtB donated or subsidized 67,650 blue bags, $53,560 recycling grants, and $25,000 in school initiatives. These significant investments in our communities have had incredible positive impacts.

Jeff Hiatt: A Bottom Line Approach to Sustainability

By Katelyn | Oct 19, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

For Jeff Hiatt, environmental stewardship is as simple as helping businesses, both big and small, stabilize their energy expenses.

Since 1995, Hiatt, founder of Performance Business Solutions in Hampton Falls, estimates he has helped hundreds of clients save millions of dollars through the firm’s multi-phase consulting approach. His time-tested analysis formula matches rigorous expense reviews and energy efficiency programs that can add to a company’s bottom line.

“I enjoy the dual positive of making an impact on the environment and the economy,” Hiatt said. “By implementing green solutions and green tools, my clients will use less energy and that helps their bottom line. It helps sustain the future of the company.”

New Hampshire is not the most robust state for green energy projects, especially when compared to its neighbors. Hiatt said New Hampshire's solar programs leave little to be desired with fewer tax incentives.

“Utilities in New Hampshire have a much more limited budget for implementation of green energy technology than other states like Massachusetts,” he said.

Southeast Land Trust to Host Annual Fall Fundraiser

By Katelyn | Oct 19, 2015 | in

The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire (known as SELT) will celebrate the 13th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser on November 7, from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center in Portsmouth. This evening is the Land Trust’s biggest event of the year and will feature complimentary food and drinks, silent and live auctions, a fun photo booth, and live music by Sea Smoke.

SELT is a nonprofit conservation organization working throughout the southeastern region of New Hampshire, from Salem in the south to as far north as Wakefield. The Southeast Land Trust’s mission is to protect and sustain the land in our community for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests and wildlife. In 2014, the Southeast Land Trust merged with the Strafford Rivers Conservancy to create a stronger land trust and protect an even greater portion of southeastern New Hampshire.

At the time of the merger, the new SELT was responsible for the stewardship and protection of more than 13,000 acres throughout the region. The merger resulted in a more united voice in conservation, and SELT now covers 99% of the Great Bay Watershed.

“This means that nearly every drop of water that falls in our territory will end up in the Great Bay – and protecting our region’s water quality is a core piece of our mission,” said Isabel Aley, Development & Communications Manager at SELT.

Students Learn Through Nature Based Education at Acorn School

By Katelyn | Oct 19, 2015 | in

With students and parents settled into their new school routines, some seacoast area children are taking an environmental approach to another year of learning. The pre-K and kindergarteners at Acorn School in Stratham learn to connect with the environment at an early age. Teachers and administrators take advantage of the school’s natural surroundings to create a curriculum and philosophy that instills a sense of environmental appreciation in their students.

Students at this unique school are exposed to environment through nature-based learning, much of which is done through outdoor education focused on composting, gardening, or learning about native species. Aside from the environment, the curriculum also offers classes in theater, music, the arts, and world cultures.

“One of our major goals is to instill a love for learning across the board,” said Sue Bendroth, Executive Director at the Acorn School since 1987. “Yes, we want them to learn their numbers or letters, but that’s not as important as developing a passion for learning and an ability to communicate with one another. They have a long school career ahead of them.”

To continue to offer a diverse education to local students, the non-profit Acorn School relies on fundraising and donations to bridge the gap between student tuition and everyday operating expenses. Each fall, they host a fundraiser, which serves as one of the main contributions to the Acorn School Endowment Fund. This year, the fall fundraiser will be held at Abenaqui Country Club in Rye, on Saturday, November 7, from 6 - 10 p.m.

Hit the Road to Support the Great Bay Stewards

By Katelyn | Oct 19, 2015 | in

Its not too late to register for the Great Bay 5k this Saturday, October 24 to benefit the Great Bay Stewards. Runners start at Sandy Point Road in Stratham, continuing along Rt. 33, through quiet neighborhoods before finishing at the Great Bay Discovery Center on Depot Road in Greenland.

A rolling sixteen years of success and popularity for this annual fundraiser can be attributed to the great cause the proceeds serve, but also to the fantastic course and wide spectrum of runners.

Aside from its natural scenic beauty, the topography of the course is predominantly downhill, giving competitive runners an opportunity to race a new personal best time. There are also lucrative cash awards for the top three-female and male finishers, as well as an added bonus for new course records, which draws in a variety of runners from around New England. Additionally, the MacKenzie Mile, named after local resident Jim MacKenzie, offers the first male and female runners to cross this one-mile mark within the 5k - and who complete the rest of the race at a similar pace - an additional monetary prize.

Redhook Brewery Continues to Give Back to Employees with Annual Wellness Fair

By Katelyn | Oct 14, 2015 | in

Redhook Brewery will once again host their annual Wellness Fair for company employees and their families to explore options for improving their health and wellbeing. The 7th Annual Wellness Fair will feature a range of businesses located around the seacoast, from traditional medical providers to alternative providers and products. Social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and employee benefits have always been important aspects of Redhook Brewery’s business practices.

Redhook prides itself on an impressive employee wellness program, including substantial discounts on health-care packages, the yearly Wellness Fair, and free biometric screening. In past years, the Wellness Fair offered a discount on a new health-care package if employees participated in the event and a biometric screening. Employees who received a full check-up, and provided information on weight, cholesterol, and other pertinent numbers, received a discount on the health care package offered through Redhook.

“It simply provides the employees with options and information about their personal health status. They are able to choose how and what they do with this information,” explained Linda Currier, Human Resources Manager at Redhook, of past wellness fairs.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: New Hampshire Public Television

By Craig | Oct 13, 2015 | in

What: New Hampshire Public Television, the Granite State’s only statewide, locally owned television network and PBS station, offers commercial-free programming that engages viewers, connects communities, and celebrates the region in a way that entertains as well as enriches.

Headquartered in Durham, NHPTV provides locally focused programs such as “Windows to the Wild,” “Our Hometown,” “Granite State Challenge,” and special documentaries, along with PBS favorites like “Downton Abbey,” “Nature,” “Nova,” “Frontline,” “Antiques Roadshow” and PBS KIDS, offering educational services and a high-tech public safety communications infrastructure. Using five broadcast transmitters the station’s signal to 98 percent of New Hampshire homes, NHPTV reaches more than 500,000 viewers each month, and 110,000 children weekly. NHPTV’s programs are available free via over-the-air broadcast and online, not just through paid cable and satellite companies.

NHPTV also has a steadfast commitment to environmental-themed programming. From national staples like “Nature” and “Nova,” to local favorites like “Planet Granite,” to “Windows to the Wild” and special documentaries about New England’s migratory birds and the fishing industry. And NHPTV is committed to partnering with community organizations to help shine a light on the issues and topics at the forefront of public concern and discussion.