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Upcoming Events at Great Bay Stewards

By Mike | Mar 5, 2015 | in

Great Bay Stewards will be hosting a few upcoming events. The first is the latest Brown Bag Lecture on March 18 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. As with all Brown Bag Lectures, attendees will have an opportunity to learn about something new from a local expert. This time Jamie Colem, the Garden Director at Fuller Gardens, will be discussing natural gardening techniques and the history of gardening. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bagged lunches. Drinks will be provided at this free and open event.

In addition to the Brown Bag Lecture, Great Bay Stewards will be holding the opening reception for their 11th annual Art of Great Bay Show on April 17 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The show will continue to be held on April 18 through April 19 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The theme of the artwork this year will focus on Architecture, Agriculture, and Diversions of the New England Coast. This event is free and open to the public as well.

The Great Bay Stewards was established in 1995 when volunteers banded together in support of the Research Reserve and Great Bay Discovery Center. The merger of The Stewards and The Great Bay Trust brought about the The Great Bay Stewards in 1997. The Great Bay Stewards are active in a number of issues, such as converting the former Pease Air Force Base land to a National Wildlife Refuge and developing the Great Bay Discovery Center for Great Bay education programs.

Local Business to Host Extreme Weather and Business Preparedness Forum March 12th

By Corey | Mar 3, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

In 2005, Hampton fire chief Chris Silver surveyed local businesses on whether or not they had an extreme weather plan. An astounding two-thirds of all businesses surveyed had no plan, while five out 10 said their business operations couldn’t afford to be down for more than five days without suffering significant loss to profits and employees.

It’s clear that extreme weather is a serious issue especially for business. It’s also clear that more frequent and severe storms have now become a fact of life in the region and are a result, at least in part, of climate change.

The Green Alliance, a local organization that works to promote and unite sustainable businesses and individuals across the region, will be hosting a free and open Business Preparedness Forum on March 12 from 6-8:00 PM at their office on 75 Congress St, Suite 304 to discuss some of these issues. The forum will be held in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, an organization that works to help communities learn about and use existing resources to prepare for extreme weather and the effects of climate change.

Proulx Oil Expands into Manchester

By Craig | Mar 2, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Newmarket-based Proulx Oil & Propane has expanded its market share into central New Hampshire by acquiring a long-established Manchester company.

The acquisition in early February by Proulx Oil & Propane of J. A. Bourque & Sons came after discussions between the companies began in the fall of 2014. Proulx Oil & Propane President James Proulx said his company’s third acquisition is a strong one because both companies have established brand names and high marks for customer service. Additionally, both companies are family-owned with deep roots in the two regions.

According to Proulx the acquisition made sense both in brand and service, especially given his company's work along the Route 101 corridor.

“It’s a nice fit with what we are trying to do. We feel there is a lot of brand equity and we will be able to bring more products and services to Bourque customers and other homeowners throughout the Manchester service area,” Proulx said. “Because of market demand over the past two years, we’ve stretched our geographic service boundaries farther west. We had already been doing a fair amount of business in Hooksett and Auburn.”

Proulx Oil & Propane was founded in 1944 and Bourque in 1938. Proulx said Bourque, which has more than 1,200 customers, will retain its name and that very little will change for its customers. “There won’t be any big changes. People will see the same store fronts and trucks,” Proulx said. “There will be modernization and an expansion of online options. We are adding propane to their product offerings.”

Remembering Everett Thomas Cavan

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 2, 2015 | in

The below words are from former GA Assistant Director Scott Szycher who during his two year tenure worked alongside former GA Director of Media Jim Cavan. Jim's darling baby Everett pass a week ago after a long battle with cancer. We continue to honor Jim and Everett and his wife Deana as the entire community mourns the loss of this wonderful baby boy.

I never got to know, or even meet Everett Thomas Cavan during his short lifetime. And it’s my loss, as this baby boy – and make no mistake about it, he was just a baby, his eyes full of wonder, amazement, and curiosity – showed the world what courage was all about during his heroic battle against rhabdoid cancer; a cancer so rare and aggressive that all the king’s horses and all the king’s men (in this case, the phenomenal medical staff at Boston Children’s Hospital) couldn’t overcome the long odds.

But I did have the pleasure of meeting his parents, Jim and Deana Cavan. In fact, during my tenure as the Green Alliance’s Assistant Director, I had the pleasure of working very closely with Jim, who served as the Director of Media. I’d quickly get to know him as a talented, versatile writer whose prose could somehow make seemingly mundane of subjects come to life, often on absurdly short deadlines. For my money, nobody who could write faster could write better, and nobody who could write better could faster.

Yankee Thermal Imaging Founder Helps Customers Benefit on Energy Costs

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 2, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Rochester-based Yankee Thermal Imaging founder and owner, Chris Meyer, started his company with a simple idea born of necessity. Meyer, a Portsmouth native and University of New Hampshire graduate, owned and managed residential and commercial properties in the seacoast region for some time when he began to take a serious look at controlling energy costs.

In particular, he noticed there was a major deficiency in determining energy efficiency cost impacts; no small matter in a region with high energy and heating costs.

“It made very little sense to me that you could go into a 30,000 square-foot building and somebody would look at the roof or the age of the structure but it seemed that nobody was assessing energy efficiency,” Meyer explained. “There are substantial costs but it really wasn’t being checked or calculated. There was nothing that a guy like me could use to determine the real operating costs of the buildings.”

After a lot of brainstorming and self-education about energy efficiency applications, Meyer, along with co-owner Edward Marquardt, came up with a solution. Since its founding in 2008, Yankee Thermal Imaging has worked to help residential and commercial customers reap maximum benefits from energy efficiency initiatives. With 21 employees, including certified energy auditors, the company offers a wide range of programs and technological support to serve a growing customer base in the residential, commercial and municipal sectors.

Tea Company Offers an Honest Alternative

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 2, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

BEDFORD – For Seth Goldman, saving the environment and helping Americans become healthier has been a lifelong mission.

Goldman grew up in Massachusetts across the street from Paul Sabin, a childhood friend who became one of the nation's most respected scholars of environmental history. While Sabin went into academia, Goldman pursued the entrepreneurial path when he launched a less sweet tasting alternative to the mass produced bottled beverages on the market.

That product is Honest® Tea, a hand-plucked organic and Fair Trade Certified bottled iced tea. Goldman made it part of his company's mission statement to seek to create organic beverages using honesty, integrity and sustainable practices to produce a product that doesn't sacrifice taste.

And it was that same mission Goldman put at the forefront when he decided to sell the company in 2011 just 13 years after its launch. He wanted to sell to a partner that could help further his mission of democratizing organics. After some research and many long conversations, Goldman decided The Coca-Cola Company, who has their own extensive company-wide sustainable initiatives, was the perfect partner.

Join the Community of Green Minded Individuals

By Katelyn | Mar 2, 2015 | in

With the month of February out the door, most New Englanders are hopeful that March will bring warm temperatures and an end to the record breaking snowfall of the 2014-2015 winter season. While the majority of New Hampshire residents are fed up with snow and frosty temperatures, snow removal businesses in the area are grateful for a busy and profitable couple of months. Many landscaping companies switch to plowing, clearing roofs, and removing ice dams during like winter, like our Business Partners Cornerstone Tree Care, Site Structures Landscaping, and Purely Organic Lawncare. When it becomes warmer, these businesses switch back to focusing on outdoor beautification and design services, but Green Alliance members receive a variety of discounts regardless of the time of year!

Celebrating Ten Wild Years

By Corey | Feb 26, 2015 | in

New Hampshire Public Television is celebrating ten years and seasons of Windows to the Wild, an outdoor series that follows adventurer Willem Lange as he hikes, paddles and explores New England's wild. An avid outdoorsman, Lange has worked as a ranch hand, Adirondack guide, and director of the Dartmouth Outward Bound Center. Lange offers insights into the history, ecology and special character of each place visited, giving viewers quiet moments to reflect on the beauty and splendor of the natural world. Windows to the Wild takes viewers outdoors and to New England's best natural places, in hopes to exemplify how the beauty of nature can be seen just outside a window. Whether it's canoeing down the Connecticut, taking on Acadia's Great Head Trail, or traveling to the waterfalls of the White Mountains, Lange transports viewers into his world of the great outdoors. 

On Wednesday March 4 at 7:30 PM, the Windows to the Wild 10th Anniversary Special will have clips from Lange's adventures over the years and much more. Not only will this television event celebrate 10 years of adventures with Lange, but it is also celebrates Lange's 80th birthday! NHPTV is also giving viewers the opportunity to bid on a chance to join Lange and the Windows to the Wild producers on a hike. NHPTV members will recieve Lange's new book Words from the Wild, with stories inspired by Windows to the Wild adventures, a special 2-DVD set of eight favorite shows, and a trademark hiking bandana through a one-time donation to the program. 

NHPTV is New Hampshire’s only statewide, locally owned television network. NHPTV is dedicated to broadcasting programs that engage minds, connect communities, and celebrates the region that entertains and educates. They offer a wide range of environmentally-themed programming, while emphasizing commitment to supporting local economy. NHPTV has also instituted a comprehensive recycling program, showing their support of sustainability both on and off the screen.

Yoga Gets a New Twist with Broga

By Corey | Feb 26, 2015 | in

GateWay Taiji Qigong and Yoga hosts workshop on the latest trend in fitness– yoga geared toward men.

PORTSMOUTH - There's a new trend gaining popularity in the yoga community that has men emerging from their mancaves and stretching their way into yoga studios. Known as Broga, this class offers a unique and innovative type of yoga designed to engage men through a challenging set of routines that combine traditional yoga postures with strengthening exercises. The result is a workout that improves flexibility, builds muscle, reduces the risk of injury, relieves stress and improves balance.

One local yoga studio that has picked up on this growing trend is GateWay Taiji Qigong and Yoga center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Focused on taiji and qigong, in addition to yoga, GateWay has been a center for practicing and teaching the martial arts and energy work since 2012. Its large studio provides a spacious, sunlit, inviting environment for daily classes and special seminars. Gateway founder Bill Buckley creates a welcoming, non-judgmental and fun atmosphere where people of all ages and fitness levels can explore, get fit and connect with other like-minded seekers. Buckley hopes that incorporating the Broga workout will open his studio space to a wider range of students, especially men who don't often participate in yoga.

“Many men avoid yoga because they don’t have the natural flexibility most women have. Traditional yoga classes often highlight this weakness, leading to frustration,” says Buckley.

Zev Yoga Studios Wins Best of the Best for All Three Studios

By Corey | Feb 26, 2015 | in

For the third year running, Zev Yoga Studios keeps the crown of Best Yoga Studio in the New Hampshire Business Review's 2014 Best of the Best Awards. The mission of the BOB Awards is to find the Granite States's most stand-out businesses; businesses that offer the best customer service, pay attention to details, and are willing to go above and beyond to ensure an exceptional customer experience. BOB voters are other businesspeople and the public in each community. This year, Zev Yoga took the title of Best Yoga Studio in not one, but all three locations - Exeter/Stratham, Portsmouth, and Tri-City (Dover). 

Join as a Sustaining Member or Upgrade to the Level and Enjoy Two Free Tickets to the Showing of Dogs and Lesser Mortals

By Katelyn | Feb 25, 2015 | in

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member or upgrade from the basic one year membership, and get two FREE opening weekend tickets to Kent Stephens’ Stage Force show Dogs and Lesser Mortals at the Star Theatre in Kittery! Those who become new sustaining members with the Green Alliance will receive two tickets to the show for the night of their choice ($60 value) on opening weekend from Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15.

Kent Stephens’ Stage Force was founded in 2006 with the goal of bringing live theater performances to southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire. The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, and Star Theatre in Kittery serve as the popular venues for the Stage Force productions and the Star Theater is pleased to present Dogs and Lesser Mortals for six performances only during March. This theatrical production uses music, poetry, and stories, to give us humans an inside look at what it might be like to live the life of a canine. From chasing squirrels to waiting for dinner time, the Stage Force presents a humorous tale of the everyday life of being a dog. The Green Alliance is proud to help sponsor the showing of Dogs and Lesser Mortals at the Star Theater, along with fellow Business Partners Mary’s Dogs and the Natural Dog.

Become a Sustaining Member now, and get two free tickets to the Dogs and Lesser Mortals showing of your choice ($60 value). That's almost half your lifetime membership dues right there!

Local Tech Company Does Its Part to Protect Digital Information

By Ken | Feb 25, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

PORTSMOUTH – The recent snow storms in the Northeast should serve as a reminder that Mother Nature is a force to be reckoned with.

And while severe weather can cause serious damage to physical property, it's just as dangerous to digital property. That's why measures should be taken to protect both. Since 1997 Jenaly Technology Group, Inc., has helped individuals and businesses with the latter.

MJ Shoer, the company's president and virtual chief technology officer, says changing weather patterns are becoming more unpredictable and more severe. Storms such as hurricane Sandy that walloped the New York City area and masses of snow, like what we've been experiencing here in New England this winter make the risk of impact on your IT infrastructure more possible.

Join as a Sustaining Member and Enjoy Two Free Tickets to the Showing of Dogs and Lesser Mortals

By Katelyn | Feb 24, 2015 | in

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member and get two FREE opening weekend tickets to Kent Stephens’ Stage Force show Dogs and Lesser Mortals at the Star Theatre in Kittery! The first three people to become new sustaining members with the Green Alliance will receive two tickets to the show for the night of their choice ($60 value) on opening weekend from Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15.

Kent Stephens’ Stage Force was founded in 2006 with the goal of bringing live theater performances to southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire. The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, and Star Theatre in Kittery serve as the popular venues for the Stage Force productions and the Star Theater is pleased to present Dogs and Lesser Mortals for six performances only during March. This theatrical production uses music, poetry, and stories, to give us humans an inside look at what it might be like to live the life of a canine. From chasing squirrels to waiting for dinner time, the Stage Force presents a humorous tale of the everyday life of being a dog. The Green Alliance is proud to help sponsor the showing of Dogs and Lesser Mortals at the Star Theater, along with fellow Business Partners Mary’s Dogs and the Natural Dog.

Become a Sustaining Member now, and get two free tickets to the Dogs and Lesser Mortals showing of your choice ($60 value). That's almost half your lifetime membership dues right there!

Hayseed Farmstyle Restaurant Grand Opening

By Katelyn | Feb 24, 2015 | in

The long awaited day has finally arrived; Smuttynose Brewing Co. is set to open Hayseed Farmstyle Restaurant on Wednesday, February 25! Last year, Smuttynose opened their new brewing facility at Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. and preserved much of the charm of the historic farmstead, including the Victorian-era farmhouse, while establishing a new state of the art brewery focused on sustainability.

For years, Smuttynose has worked to create a more sustainable business and to reduce their environmental footprint. With the establishment of the new facility at Towle Farm, Smuttynose incorporated more environmentally friendly practices into their every business operations including sending spent grain to nearby farms, producing their own hops on grounds, and becoming Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. Hayseed Farmstyle Restaurant, located in the former farm house, will continue the sustainable practices pioneered by Smuttynose Brewing Co.

Catch the Smuttynose Brews During Portsmouth Beer Week

By Katelyn | Feb 23, 2015 | in

Portsmouth Beer Week is in full swing and if you’re a beer lover then there is no better place to be right now than Downtown Portsmouth. The 6th Annual Beer Week is a celebration of craft beer created thanks to the collaborative efforts of local breweries, regional breweries, and Portsmouth restaurants. Not only do visitors and participants of Beer Week get to enjoy locally made brews, but they also help the City of Portsmouth gain more attention as a nationally recognized beer city.

Smuttynose Brewing Company and its sister company, the Portsmouth Brewery are long time Business Partners of the Green Alliance because they are not only local breweries, but they also value sustainability. The two breweries have incorporated more environmentally friendly practices into their everyday business operations. The Smuttynose Brewery is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified meaning that the company took great strides to build a brewery with a smaller environmental footprint. At the same time, Smuttynose sends their spent grain to nearby farms, produces some of their own hops on the grounds, and tends to beehives to continue the pollination processes nearby. As a downtown restaurant and bar, The Portsmouth Brewery must approach sustainability from a slightly different angle and has created an extensive composting and recycling program to send as little restaurant waste to the landfill as possible. Over the years, the Brewery has taken small steps like replacing incandescent lighting, installing low flow nozzles, and supporting local food providers to continue to lessen their environmental impact.

The Green Alliance Community Rallies Around Jim and Deana Cavan

By Katelyn | Feb 23, 2015 | in

From Sarah Brown

It is with great, great sadness that we extend all of our love and support to former Green Alliance Director of Media Jim Cavan and his wife Deana, as they carry the unimaginable grief of the passing of their lovely baby son Everett Cavan. For those of you who know Jim, you know him as an incredible writer and a major contributor to the Green Alliance. Jim worked four years to make this organization into what it is today and in the last year I saw him apply the same love, passion and creativity to fatherhood. Both Jim and Deana were nothing short of master parents and I watched as these two newbies mothered and fathered as if it was their natural calling. As the mom of 3 girls I have never seen such fabulous parents; two adults that were at once loving, instructive and fun. They clearly were enjoying every minute of this lovely creature they had in their hands!

Jim and Deana graced us with little Rett a few times; allowing me and my girls to babysit and play with the vibrant and sharp little guy on a few occasions and boy did we have a great time with him. When Jim or Deana came to pick him up we didn’t want to give him back. He was so easy and fun to be with – I had to reprimand my girls for not sharing Rett, with my oldest Daria “hogging” the beautiful boy to the detriment of Auden and Claire who were losing patience waiting for their turn to hold him. We know firsthand the wonder of this child, his tenacity, energy and beauty. My whole family thanks Jim and Deana for sharing Rett with us – and I thank Jim for making me a better person and a better mom. Jim and Deana you are an inspiration to all of us.

We will always hold Rett in our hearts and the Green Alliance community sends all of our support to Jim and Deana and our blessings to little Rett who we commend for his strength and the love he has given to his parents and this world.

Jim and Deana have asked that in lieu of gifts to them you consider donating to Rett’s GoFundMe site where they will take the money raised and put it towards other families with sick children and to battling this devastating cancer that has taken Rett from this world. To donate or learn more click here

Celebrate Portsmouth Beer Week with Redhook Brewery!

By Katelyn | Feb 23, 2015 | in

Breweries and restaurants around Portsmouth have teamed up to celebrate local beer and to push Portsmouth further along in becoming known as a great American beer city. Portsmouth Beer Week will be in full swing from February 21- March 2, with various tastings and events throughout the city each night of the week. Local breweries such as, Redhook Brewery, Smuttynose, The Portsmouth Brewery, Earth Eagle, and Throwback, along with regional breweries, will work with Portsmouth restaurants to bring guests unique tastings and offerings.

Redhook Brewery is a Seacoast New Hampshire staple, and is at the center of many of the events during Beer Week. The Redhook Longhammer IPA will be featured at the 4th Annual Clash of the IPAs at TJ’s on February 24, where guests can experience a long list of IPAs from around the country and pick their favorite. On Wednesday, February 25 Redhook will be featured at the free New Hampshire Beer Tasting at the Craft Beer Cellar along with other area breweries such as 603 Brewery, Kelsen Brewery, and Tuckerman’s Brewing Company.

NH EATS Wine and Cheese Affair Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester

By Corey | Feb 19, 2015 | in

In support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester, NH EATS (New Hampshire Entertainment and Tastes of the State) is hosting A Wine and Cheese Affair at the most prominent dining and entertainment establishments in downtown Manchester. Held at The Palace Theatre, NH EATS is showchasing signature cheese-themed dishes from their founding partners and delicious wines from around the world. Attendees can enjoy their local and delicious meals to the music of Godspell and other exclusive theatre tours. The mission of NH EATS is to provide the public with the most enjoyable and most reliable hospitality opportunities in downtown Manchester. The NH EATS founding partners whose food will be featured at the event include Gauchos Churrascaria Brazilian Steak House, Hooked Seafood Restaurant and Raw Bar, Ignite Bar and Grille, N'awlins Grille and All the JAZZ, Palace Theatre, Red Arrow Dinner, and 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria. 

900 Degrees creates pizza as they were originally conceived in Naples, Italy with daily-made dough, wood-fired brick ovens, and fresh, local ingredients. Not only does this New Hampshire pizzeria keep their Italian traditions alive, but they also keep their business green. In addition to their use of local, organic ingredients, 900 Degrees uses a comprehensive recycling program, keeping recycled paper throughout the premises and reducing their waste by over 50% since opening. The building itself is also sustainable, with LED and motion sensored lighting throughout the restaurant, with paint and finishes all containing low-VOC (volatile organic compounds). 

A Legacy of Sustainable Change

By Katelyn | Feb 18, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – A local downtown establishment is up for sale, but the current owner's legacy of bringing green and sustainable products to the Seacoast is expected to live on. Holly Landgarten, the owner of Prelude “purveyors of imported soaps, fine jewelry & gifts” on Market Street, is putting the store up for sale and she is confident that much of its value lies in the community building and local focus the store has exhibited for over 25 years.

“I've been here nearly 26 years, which is wonderful and it's the longest time I've ever worked anywhere,” Landgarten said. “I would love to still work here as an employee but I need not to work as many hours or have as much responsibility.”

Prelude is a different store than when Landgarten first bought it from Florence 'Fa' Vereen in May of 1998.

Prelude was founded by Thom Lager in April of 1983, who also founded many candle shops in the seacoast. Prelude was different from his candle stores since it carried bath, body and gift items. He also opened a second Prelude in Newburyport, Massachusetts, that closed about 15 years ago.

“He loved to start stores,” Landgarten said. “He was very creative that way and he also loved people but he just didn't enjoy standing still and solely doing retail.”

Local Business to host Extreme Weather and Business Preparedness Forum March 12th

By Mike | Feb 18, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

PORTSMOUTH- In 2005, Hampton fire chief Chris Silver surveyed local businesses on whether or not they had an extreme weather plan. An astounding two-thirds of all businesses surveyed had no plan, while five out 10 said their business operations couldn’t afford to be down for more than five days without suffering significant loss to profits and employees.

It’s clear that extreme weather is a serious issue especially for business. It’s also clear that more frequent and severe storms have now become a fact of life in the region and are a result, at least in part, of climate change.

The Green Alliance, a local organization that works to promote and unite sustainable businesses and individuals across the region, will be hosting a free and open Business Preparedness Forum on March 12 from 6-8:00 PM at their office on 75 Congress St, Suite 304 to discuss some of these issues. The forum will be held in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, an organization that works to help communities learn about and use existing resources to prepare for extreme weather and the effects of climate change.