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Enjoy a Fun Filled Evening and Support a Great Cause

By Katelyn | Nov 3, 2015 | in

On Saturday, November 7, the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire(SELT) will celebrate the 13th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center. This party is the Land Trust’s biggest event of the year and helps support the organization’s conservation and stewardship efforts.

The Fall Foliage Fundraiser will feature a silent auction with over 100 items donated from local businesses, and a live auction orchestrated by a professional auctioneer. The live auction will include many exciting items like a week stay at Mittersill Alpine Resort in Franconia Notch, a weekend stay slope-side at Sugarloaf, and Cabernet Lovers Dream Collection. The night will showcase live music by Sea Smoke, a photo booth, delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts as well as complimentary beer & wine.

Join the Green Alliance as a new Sustaining Member by noon on Friday, November 6 for two free tickets ($150 value) to this great event!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Art of Reuse Event to Benefit the Post-Landfill Action Network

By Katelyn | Oct 7, 2015 | in

Join the Post-Landfill Action Network for an evening benefit of art, hors d'oeuvres, and community as they celebrate reuse at the 3s Artspace in Portsmouth on Sunday, October 11, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. The Art of Reuse will feature local and nationally recognized artists who incorporate found objects, recycled materials, or messages about consumption and waste into their work.

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit working with student leaders across the country to build a world where landfills and incinerators are obsolete. The organization was founded by the creators of the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which helps students combat waste on their college campuses.

In 2011, University of New Hampshire students created Trash 2 Treasure after noticing mounds of perfectly useable items from spring move out, only to see them reappear when students moved back in that fall. To end the cycle of waste, they collected items discarded by students in the spring, cleaned and organized those items over the summer, and sold them to students moving back to campus in the fall.

UNH Hosts Free Seminar: "All About Internships for Employers"

By Anne | Oct 7, 2015 | in
The Green Alliance doesn’t just promote your business; we also connect you with the right resources to help you grow in every way possible. It’s to the end that we share with you this valuable information about utilizing interns in your organization. 
Your business is successful because of your customers, your managers, your employees and your interns. Interns? Of course! It can be very effective to hire somebody who already knows your business. 
Here at the Green Alliance, one of our most valuable players was once a humble intern. Our Community and Member Manager, Katelyn Monroe (pictured left), got her in at the GA through a UNH internship.
Join our friends at UNH for a free and informative seminar, “All About Internships for Employers” on Tuesday, October 13th from noon to 2 p.m. at the Memorial Union Building. 

Join the Green Alliance on Our Sustaining Member Sail

By Katelyn | Oct 7, 2015 | in

Show your commitment to the local green economy with a lifetime membership with the Green Alliance and help us work with more local businesses and expand to more surrounding communities. Become a Sustaining Member and you'll receive 4 free tickets on our Fall Foliage Sunset Party Sail- our way of saying thank you for your ongoing support. 

Are you already a Green Alliance member and like the work we do and what we stand for? We invite existing Green Alliance members to step up their yearly membership to a lifetime membership and when they do, they'll receive 4 free tickets aboard our sail on October 15, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. with the Gundalow Company

A Sustaining Membership is a lifetime individual membership and gets you unlimited GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy.Since the Green Alliance’s creation in 2009, Sustaining Members have provided unwavering support to the mission to grow the local, green economy.

This sail will showcase beautiful Portsmouth foliage, a picturesque sunset, and great networking with those who are equally as committed to the conservation of the local environment and economy.The GA Foliage Sail is an excellent opportunity to enjoy autumn on a genuine replica of a gundalow, a historic vessel used to navigate the New Hampshire coastline. Complementary appetizers and beers will be served, and guests will enjoy live music aboard the boat.

Upgrade to a Sustaining Membership or become a new Sustaining Member and email to save your 4 free tickets.

FootGolf Gives Local Soccer Teams Dynamic Edge

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

Mini golf is a classic American pastime, a simplified and strategically edited version of golf’s traditional gameplay. Whereas traditional golf involves a large sprawling natural landscape, a spectrum of varied clubs, and heavily technical gameplay, mini golf is played in a shrunken, often fantastical, manufactured course allowing for faster paced game transitions between erratic swings of a one-size fits all standardized club. A concentrated dose of the marketable highlights of the traditional golf experience, mini golf aims to please the masses.

Like mini golf, FootGolf, an up-and-coming hybrid of soccer and golf, borrows the latter’s perceived highlights. However, contrary to the aspects hailed in mini golf, a Foot Golf course traditionally runs within or directly parallel to a traditional golf course.

Sagamore –Hampton Golf Club began offering FootGolf just last year, a welcome addition to the facility by both staff and local players. At Sagamore, the hybrid sport has met with success partly because of its symbiotic relationship with the club’s traditional 18-hole course.

“Typically, per hole, there’s two FootGolf holes. The yardages range anywhere from our shortest hole which is 50 yards to our longest hole which is 165 yards - those being par five,” said Kate Blais, Clubhouse Manager at Sagamore.”

Fast Festive 5k Benefits Great Cause

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

STRATHAM - For many fall is a time to reflect on the ecological beauty of the state before the warm weather dissipates. It’s only natural that The Great Bay Stewards, an organization dedicated to conservation and preservation of the New Hampshire’s Great Bay Estuary, would host their annual 5k at the apex of the season. This year the race will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 24 at Sandy Hill Road in Stratham.

The Great Bay 5K Road Race is a primary fundraiser for the Great Bay Stewards, with proceeds supporting the non-profit’s educational and stewardship programs as well as facility improvement projects. Along with sponsoring erosion control efforts, invasive species removal, and runoff prevention campaigns, the non-profit also funds the Great Bay Discovery Center, an educational hub of the Research Reserve.

The Discovery Center offers visitors a chance to learn more about ecology and marine biology issues involving the Great Bay. The Stewards help manage over 6,000 acres of protected land. Only one acre is developed, which houses the Great Bay Discovery Center, with the other 5,999 acres providing prime estuary habitat, recreation space and undisturbed wetland area.

Spooktacular Kids Festival this Saturday at Stratham Hill Park

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

Stop by the Spooktacular Kids Festival at Stratham Hill Park this Saturday, October 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. The day will feature a spooky fun run, music, magic, train ride, face painting, games, crafts, a toy flea market, food trucks, and promises to have a little something for everybody.

The Spooktacular Kids Festival will benefit Rett's Roost, a sanctuary for families with a child affected by cancer. Rett's Roost is a non-profit organization established by Jim and Deana Cavan in memory of their son Everett "Rett" Cavan who passed away from pediatric cancer at just 10 months old.

Jim Cavan worked as the Director of Media at the Green Alliance for five years, and although he continues to write for publications in the area, Jim and Deana have made it their mission to honor Rett. In memory of Rett, the Cavans launched Rett’s Roost in early July. Families attend these “Roosts” free of charge and to cover expenses, Deana and Jim plan to conduct regular fundraisers to supplement individual donations.

Fall is Still Active Season for Wasps

By Craig | Oct 5, 2015 | in

At a family outing to a nearby apple orchard they swarm around crushed apple cores, spilled cups of cider and sticky trash bins. Even with autumn’s crisp evening air, wasps are still active.

Already this fall Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Services in Eliot, Maine, says there have been a number of reports regarding large wasp nests both inside and outside of homes, with nests growing to the size of volleyballs and hanging like a paper lantern under an eave or porch.

"Last year we had a bumper crop of bald face hornets and wasp nests. We're probably seeing the result of that," Pray said. "All those nest sites last year created new queens for this year, so a large number of them survived last winter, built large nests during the summer and seek warmth as the weather cools again."

Homeowners can take some minor precautions themselves by walking their property both inside and out to check for nests, which remain active until mid-November.

Each of the varying wasp species, over a dozen in New Hampshire, have a favorite place to build, which is why many homeowners find nests in the ground, hanging from a tree and hidden in the wall or attic of a house. If a homeowner, or business owner, finds a nest on their property Pray insists they call him instead of taking matters into their own hands with over-the-counter insecticides.

"People shouldn’t go after a nest site with a can of Raid, that’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight. You have to be really close when you set that off and they will come after you," he said.

Pray added that wasps will often post guards outside a nest site that will attack if a nest is disturbed even slightly.

Different species of wasps, build nests in a variety of locations. The "paper" nest is the most commonly seen. Circular in shape and grey in color these nests feel like papier-mâché and are often found hanging under decks, rooflines and tree branches. But the wasps that build inside a home's wall cavity can be particularly dangerous if unchecked.

Fall Programs are in Full Swing at the Gundalow Company

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

With autumn well underway, tourists have packed up their beach chairs, vacated summer cottages, and headed home. As the heat of the summer slips into memory, there are still plenty of warm days left for locals to get outside and enjoy fall in New Hampshire.

One of the more popular ways to take in fall’s changing scenery is sailing along the Piscataqua River aboard a replica historic gundalow vessel, unique to the Seacoast region. The Gundalow Company, which operates regular educational and public sails, is open through the last week of October.

Established in 2002, the Gundalow Company provides a fun and educational experience for thousands of school children and adults. Today the Gundalow Company continues to carry out their mission - to protect the Piscataqua Region’s maritime heritage and environment through education and action on their newest gundalow replica, the Piscataqua.

“We built this boat for the community and want it to be thought of as a resource for local kids and families,” said Molly Bolster, Gundalow Company Executive Director.

From the early 1700s to 1900, gundalows were a common sight on the Piscataqua River and a staple of the seacoast’s economy. Gundalows evolved in style and function, adding sails, decks and cabins, and served as the primary mode of transportation for local commerce delivering raw materials up river to cotton factories and brickyards. In 2011, the Gundalow Company built the Piscataqua at Strawbery Banke, following in the footsteps of the Capt. Edward H. Adamsreplica built and launched in 1982.

Smuttynose Hosts First Oktoberfest Party on October 10

By Craig | Sep 30, 2015 | in

Zum wohl! (Cheers!)

Oktoberfest, the German holiday which begins mid-September through early October, draws roughly 6 million people to the city of Munich each year, and is celebrated worldwide. Though part of its roots trace back to the marriage celebration of King Ludwig I, Oktoberfest is most commonly known today for its traditional love of beer. Not straying far from this tradition, Smuttynose Brewing Co. will host its first Oktoberfest Party on October 10 from 2 - 7 p.m. at their sustainable brewery in Hampton.

Craft beers on tap will include Smuttlabs' (Smuttynose's experimental arm) traditional Oktoberfest lager as well as the brewing company's Vundebar German pilsner, Finestkind IPA, Pumpkin Ale and the newly released Big Double IPA, with limited-release surprises to be revealed.

Live music will be provided by Boston's synth-dance group, and Converse Rubber Tracks winner, Bearstronaut and opener Superhuman Happiness, the Brooklyn four-piece called "pop perfection, with uplifting male and female vocal harmonies and extended disco beats laced with electronic nuances," by The New Yorker.

Local food will be provided courtesy of Hampton's The Old Salt restaurant, Exeter's Clyde's Cupcakes food truck and Belles on Wheels. Smutty will also host tours, showcasing how they reduce their carbon footprint and conserve energy, of their new brewing facility, and field games like Stein Time and Maas Relay.

Top Ten Questions About Healthcare at RiverWoods

By Katelyn | Sep 29, 2015 | in

Join the professionals at RiverWoods for a discussion about some of the most common questions about healthcare at the continuing care retirement community. Speakers will include Mary Flanagan, a nurse practitioner, Christine Hegarty, Director of Social Services, and Cindy Martin, V.P of Health Care. This event serves as an introduction to healthcare at RiverWoods and is open to people who are not currently enrolled in the Futrure Resident Program.

More than 20 years ago, RiverWoods was founded as a Continuing Care Retirement Community by people who wanted to create an active community of adults who cared about each other and the world around them. Today, RiverWoods is nationally accredited, and has three campuses on 200 wooded acres in Exeter.

Residents enter the community when they are 62 or older, and live active, independent lives. If at any time their health changes, they need assisted living or skilled nursing, it is available, for no increase in fee, right within their campus.

Join Us for a Fall Foliage Sunset Sail

By Katelyn | Sep 28, 2015 | in

We invite all existing Green Alliance members to step up their membership and when they do, they'll receive 4 free tickets on our Fall Foliage Sunset Sail, on October 15, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Do you like the work the Green Alliance does and what we stand for? Show your commitment to the local green economy with a lifetime membership and help us work with more local businesses and expand to more surrounding communities.

Not yet a member of the Green Alliance? No problem. Become a new Sustaining Member and you too will get 4 free tickets aboard the sail with the Gundalow Company

Chloe's Bootcamp at Integrated Fitness of Dover

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2015 | in

Bathing suit season is over, but don't let all your hard work this summer disappear. Chloe's Bootcamp at Integrated Fitness of Dover starts on September 30 and is the perfect way to keep your summer body into winter. The weekly fitness classes are designed for all levels and the workouts are effective for those new to fitness or seasoned gym veterans. The program aims to tone the entire body and helps eliminate body fat. 

Participants can choose from classes on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. or Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. for 12 weeks, or can sign up for both classes for the full 12 weeks. 

Driving to work each day, it is hard not to notice the countless gyms that keep popping up in each town. While large, corporate fitness facilities offer cheap monthly memberships, there is no personal connection and very little focus on customer service. However, Integrated Fitness of Dover was launched in 2010 with exactly that in mind. The team of personal trainers helps clients live a more sustainable lifestyle by working with them one-on-one and in a group setting to lose weight, build muscle, and eat healthier for a more balanced lifestyle.

Drive in Style this Fall Thanks to NHPTV

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2015 | in

New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) is once again hosting their annual car raffle to support the station’s programming. The NHPTV Car Raffle will continue until October 20, 2015, and the winners will be selected in a random drawing on October 21, 2015. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 towards a new vehicle from Grappone Auto Group!

Taste of the Seacoast has donated a $1,000 dining out package to the first prize winner, the second prize winner will receive a Weber Genesis Gas Grill from Rocky’s Ace Hardware, and third place will win a Cannondale 2016 Quick 6 bike from Philbrick’s Sports. Early Bird ticket purchasers from September 15 - October 6 are also entered to win a $1,000 VISA gift card donated by Kennebunk Savings.

The NHPTV Car Raffle, and fundraisers and auctions throughout the year, supports their community and education initiatives and keeps the programs you love on NHPTV.

The station is New Hampshire’s only statewide, locally owned television network and remains committed to commercial free programming that engages minds, connects communities, and celebrates the region in a way that entertains as well as educates. NHPTV provides educational programming, PBS staples, locally focused programs like Windows to the Wild and Granite State Challenge, and the technology for a high-tech public safety communications infrastructure. It offers enriching on-air and online media to 98% of Granite State residents and nearly a million viewers every month.

Making Sure Your Investments Match Your Values

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

As we all know, busy mom’s do everything, including keeping a pulse on household finances and retirement savings. There is a growing interest in the consumer community around the social responsibility of investment portfolios, in particular, the company selections that comprise various mutual funds. Individuals want to be sure their family’s nest egg is not unwittingly investing money into companies whose products and services diverge from their own personal values.

Enter the concept of impact investing, investments made into companies with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact along with an overall financial return. There are now ways for your investments to follow family values and still be financially competitive, following a strategy that seeks to maximize both financial return and social good.

According to the most recent trends report by The Forum on Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF), the total U.S. assets under management using SRI strategies dramatically increased by 76 percent from 2012 to 2014. Overall, those SRI-strategy assets rose from $3.74 trillion at the beginning of 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014.

The explosive growth of socially and responsibly targeted investing does not surprise Mike Smith, the Newmarket, New Hampshire based representative for the Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group), the first independent brokerage firm to specialize in socially responsible investing. The PAM Group is committed to serving as a socially responsible business, offering diverse investment options all with some aspect of social or environmental concern.