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Prelude Turns 30!

By sarah | May 13, 2013 | in

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Prelude, a purveyor of unique, locally made, organic, and timeless jewelry, bath and beauty products, and other accessories. Conveniently located in downtown Portsmouth, Prelude has truly proven itself to be a defining feature of the local charm Portsmouth offers to all who visit and have visited for the past 3 decades.

In celebration of this special occasion, a big sale will be held on Sunday, May 19th including 30% off all jewelry and 10% off everything else in the store! Prelude will also have treats to eat and drink for any shoppers that stop in that day as a thank you for supporting this great achievement.

Busy on Sunday? Prelude is also offering a month-long sale of 15% off all necklaces, colognes, and perfumes throughout the month of May!

Some of the more popular items sold by Prelude include: Photography by Joseph Barnett of Maine; Beautiful jewelry by Kim Burke (also from Maine); Native American silver and turquoise; Italian Cameos; Israeli Roman Glass and Ayala Bar; Russian and Polish amber; and Skagan watches from Denmark. 

Prelude has something special to give for any occasion. Need a gift for an upcoming graduation, prom, birthday, or anniversary? Or just want a “just because it’s May” gift for yourself? Whatever your motivation may be, be sure to take advantage of Prelude's great discounts this month to get all your shopping done in one place.

Prelude is located at 65 Market Street in downtown Portsmouth and is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Sunday, and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday.

To learn more about Prelude, visit www.preludeportsmouth.com.

EZ touts new line of sleek electric bikes

By Jim Cavan | May 10, 2013 | in

The growing appeal of electric bicycles isn’t difficult to grasp: As many Americans continue to feel the effects of unstable gas prices, having a more efficient secondary or tertiary transportation alternative can go a long way in easing pocketbook strain.

But for as effective and efficient as many electric bikes are, they continue to harbor – fair or not – something of an aesthetic stigma.

“The way a lot of models are built, you can kind of tell they’re electric,” says Teresa Hemenway, co-owner of the Exeter-based EZ Bikes and Scooters. “Now, for some people, the functionality is all that matters. But younger people are always looking for something with style.”

Just last week, EZ introduced two new lines of electric bikes – The Neo Race, manufactured by E Motion; and the Outlaw SS – made to be as eye-poppingly hip as they are fuel-efficient.

Hemenway said that the Bikes – one of which, the Outlaw SS, is made in the United States – are more reasonably priced than many of their competitors.

Designed to compliment traditional road racing bikes, the Neo Race offers what Hemenway calls a “purist appeal.”

“It’s a great way for traditional riders who want to cover the same distance in a shorter period, or for people who want to better keep up with a partner who is used to covering longer distances,” she said. “So you have the look and feel of a road bike, but with that extra boost when you need it.”

Contrastingly, the Outlaw SS is designed to embody the look and feel of a rugged off-road bike, with a sturdy frame and knobby tires to help ease the impact of tough trails.

Oh yeah, and they top out at 28 miles an hour, too.

Pocos, Two Ceres want you to Hit the Decks

By Jim Cavan | May 9, 2013 | in

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more quintessential Portsmouth tradition than the annual opening of the city's waterfront decks. Every spring, locals and early tourists alike flock to the quaint row of bars and restaurants lining the Piscataqua, welcoming summer more than a month ahead of the season's official arrival. 

Now in its third year, Hit the Decks will formally take place this Friday, May 10th. According to the Portsmouth Herald, more than 85 businesses are expected to celebrate with discounts, specials, and other promotional fodder throughout the weekend. 

Of course, we here at the GA can't help but be biased to our two waterfront Business Partners: Pocos Bow Street Cantina, and sister restaurant Two Ceres Street.

Pocos in particular will be pulling out all the usual spots -- a Sam Adams Summer Launch Party from 3pm to 5pm complete with giveaways and a live broadcast from WHEB. 

Remember, GA members who show their Green Card will receive 10% off all food and drinks (including alcohol) at both Pocos and Two Ceres -- all day, every day. 

While rain showers are expected intermittently throughout the day on Saturday, temperatures are still expected to be in the 70s. Besides, since when has a little bad whether kept New Englanders from having fun?

See you down at the decks!

Great Works launches new Pathways Connect Group

By Jim Cavan | May 9, 2013 | in

The quaint red brick mill buildings that make up South Berwick’s charming Main Street can’t help but harken to a time when community was a true way of life.

With that heritage and spirit squarely in mind, the folks at Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness recently announced the launch of Pathways Connect, a gathering group for families interested in creating a “conscious living community.”

The group hosted its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, May 14th at the Great Works office in downtown South Berwick. Specific topics included “How to Harvest Happiness in Motherhood,” “Becoming Gluten Free,” and “Gratitude.”  

Dr. Briana Duga, co-owner of Great Works along with her husband, Dr. Seth LaFlamme, is spearheading the initiative. For the better part of 18 months, the practice was the exclusive province of Dr. Seth. However, Dr. Bri joined the growing practice in February, which has since moved to 249 Main St. – just a few doors down from the practice’s original office.

An offshoot of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Pathways Connect includes myriad subsidiary organizations throughout the country.

Dr. Bri says she is excited by the prospects of using Pathway Connect as a launching pad for helping foster what she calls an “intentional community” in and around South Berwick.

“We want people to be able to create and connect with their ‘urban tribe,’” she says. “It’s about parents and caretakers interacting with like-minded people and talking about issues and ideas they have in common.”

Moharimet Elementary Seeks to Renovate and Preserve Beloved Playground

By sarah | May 8, 2013 | in

A community-wide project is in the works to renovate the widely known and loved Moharimet Elementary playground in Madbury. The renovation will take place the weekend of September 27-29 and will need more than 100 community volunteers to complete.

The Moharimet Playground was built by parent and teacher volunteers in 1991 shortly after the school first opened. Since, the playground has been a shining example of the Oyster River district’s policy to “Engage Every Learner” by promoting freedom, exploration, and imagination in all students.

According to Rebecca Kell, local mom and president of the Parent Teacher Organization, this playground holds a special place in the hearts of community members.

“Not a day goes by when the students are not soaking in all the opportunities for freedom, exploration, and imagination that the playground has to offer” she says of the playground’s value. “It is truly a playground beloved by all.”

While the playground was updated and repaired eight years ago, more work still needs to be done to retain its memorable structures and, more importantly, its safety.

Robert's "Community Suppers" to Benefit Brixham Montessori Friends School

By sarah | May 8, 2013 | in

Every Tuesday and Wednesday, Robert's Maine Grill in Kittery hosts "Community Suppers" where a specially priced 3-course menu is offered as a way of giving guests a break in the middle of the week while bringing the community together.  On May 22nd and May 29th, Robert’s “Community Supper” will benefit Brixham Montessori Friends School.

Brixham is a proud Green Alliance Partner that prides itself on values of simplicity, equality, community, and peace education. Combining a dedicated staff with a commitment to partnering with parents and students, Brixham is a model of forward-thinking education. With programs in language, math, foreign languages, fine arts, music, as well as “sensorial and everyday living,” Brixham offers a well-rounded program designed to nurture “the whole child.”

Lately, that has meant an increased emphasis on unique green programs including composting (the resulting scraps from which are used to feed the chickens as well as the school’s vegetable garden), recycling, and environmental awareness.

The suppers held at Robert's will be a $14, 3 course menu – a mid-week “recession buster” offering -- in the spirit of Robert’s style: Maine Comfort Food with an updated twist. Robert’s regular dinner menu will also be available. The event will begin at 4 pm and go till close, so stop in to enjoy delicious food while supporting a great cause!

Reservations are recommended. Community Supper menus and more info is available at www.robertsmainegrill.com!

To learn more about Brixham, visit brixham.earthhost.biz.

Green Card holders: Use your Green Card to receive 15% off your Brixham application fee!

Visions Kitchens and Design shows support for the Komen Race for the Cure

By sarah | May 8, 2013 | in

On Saturday, May 11, the 31st annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k will be held at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH. The race is held each year in honor of the millions women and families affected by breast cancer in order to spread awareness of the disease while raising significant funds to help in the fight against it.

This event holds significant meaning for the family of Nathan Johnson, owner of GA business Visions Kitchens and Design, a Hampton-based kitchen and design company.

Danielle Johnson, Nathan’s wife, is running the race this year to show support for her mother and cancer survivor Donna Canney-Marcotte.

“I'm doing this because I love my mom,” says Danielle on her involvement. “I'm so proud of her for what she has done and how she can keep her spirits up even when things are down. She truly is an amazing woman, mother, role model, and friend.”

Visions also donated money to the race in support of the cause—a decision that Nathan describes as a no-brainer.

“Visions was started so I could put family first, and a simple donation is the least I can do” he says. “I will be there with Donna and our sons waiting at the finish line cheering their Mom on together! We are a family, so we help each other out and cheer each other on in all aspects of life.”

Green Alliance is also supporting the event by forming its very own team to race. To join the Green Alliance team, visit www.komenvtnh.org, go to registration and search “The Green Alliance” as your team! If you have any problems, please contact team captain Megan McCann at megan@greenalliance.biz.

To learn more about Visions Kitchens, visit www.visionskitchens.com.

Use your Green Card to save 10% on all products and services at Visions, and it will give a portion of the proceeds to The Blue Ocean Society!

Jewett Farms + Co.’s Newburyport showroom a beacon to past

By Jim Cavan | May 7, 2013 | in

With nearly four hundred years under its belt, Newburyport can’t help but be a city of superlatives. The first clipper ship, the first “Tea Party” rebellion, the oldest continuously running courthouse – the quaint Massachusetts harbor town practically oozes history and heritage.

For the folks at Jewett Farms + Co. (JF +Co.), a cabinetry, soapstone, and flooring outfit specializing in sustainable materials and design, the fit could scarce be more seamless.

Co-founded in 1999 by Mike Myers and Matthew Lord, JF +Co. has staked its subsequent claim on a traditional, quintessentially New England approach to the craft: Make the most of what you have, and always – always – make it beautiful.

For years, the company operated a pair of locations: a cabinet shop in York, Maine, along with their Newburyport design studio and showroom. But after expanding the York space no less than four times, in 2011 the team decided to lift stakes. After JF + Co. took over part of a century-old factory in Dover – necessary in order to house its growing business – the Newburyport showroom became the company’s signature showcase.

Complete with myriad displays highlighting JF +Co.’s steadfast commitment to beauty and precision, the showroom offers potential clients an opportunity to imagine a little slice of Yankee ingenuity in their own home.

“It’s a great way to display our work – work that we’re proud of,” said Olivia Lord, Marketing Director for JF +Co. “Here, the work speaks for itself – you can touch it, feel it, pull out the drawers, and really get a sense of how we create it.”

The breathtaking detail and peerless care exuded by JF +Co.’s inventory might be what helps make the singular sale, but if you ask Lord what makes her company’s space unique, the answer might surprise you.

5K Memorial Road Race and Kid's Fun Run to Benefit Krempels Center

By webmeadow | May 6, 2013 | in

The 5K sponsored by Runner's Alley and Redhook Brewery will be to benefit the Krempels Center.

The race is for: runners, walkers, strollers, people in wheelchairs and kids. The road race begins at 11am and they will be having the kid's fun run before then starting at 10:15am. The road race will begin and end at Redhook Brewery on the Pease Intl. Tradeport.

For more information about the Krempels Center, Click Here!

For more information on the race, Click Here!

Site Structures: Where are the Spring Showers?

By webmeadow | May 6, 2013 | in

Mother nature is giving us an unbelievable stretch of weather! Typically Spring brings with it plenty of rainfall, but with this sunny stretch, we haven't had any appreciable amounts. Even here at our staging area we are checking the rootballs of our trees and shrubs. We encourage you to do the same.

Water is essential for the health of any newly planted lawn, tree or shrub, before they show signs of stress because by then it may then be too late.

For a newly installed lawns:
Lightly water your new seed everyday for one month then return to your normal schedule. The rest of the lawn should be fine as long as you return to the old schedule after a month.

For trees and shrubs installed this year or last:
Water less frequently but deeper. First determine sub surface soil moisture by 'feel' method. Simply put, get soil near plant root from 4-8" depth. Squeeze the soil in your hand, it should leave a thin, moist film or staining on your skin. The soil should not be dripping water (too wet) or if it is dry and dusty watering is necessary. Usually 2-3 waterings a week is great!

Enjoy more free time this Spring and Summer!

FREE Estimates - Simply email or call Ben at 603-817-0116, Charlie 603-817-0115

For more information on Site Structures, Click Here!

Whaleback Environmental Film and Art Festival

By sarah | May 6, 2013 | in

For the third year, the Whaleback Environmental Film Festival will keep up with its theme of foods, farming, and gardens with a weekend of films that look at our nation's food industry in a way that will change your perspective on the food and farming industry. Every spring, Whaleback brings this festival of environmentally themed films to downtown Portsmouth in an effort to promote sustainability in our comunity.  This year's festival will take place on May 9th and 11th.

Opening night will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on May 9th at the Portsmouth Local Library with two films: "Dirty Works" and "Piglets & Perspectives".

"Dirty Works" documents the story of a developing community farm. This film observes the lives of folks dedicated to, and inspired by, the idea of growing local food in a sustainable way.

The second film, "Piglets & Perspectives", covers five farms in Southern New Hampshire and looks at the day-to-day lives and struggles of local farms in the area. Take this chance to learn about local farmers' philiosophies and sustainable practices in a modern day food market.

Following the screening, a panel discussion will take place with the five farmers and the "Piglets & Perspectives" filmmakers, a discussion that will surely be as enlightening as the film itself.

Then, starting at 6:30 p.m. on May 11th, four amazing films about sustainability and the relationship between man and nature will be screened at the Music Hall Loft. The evening will begin with a showing of the short documentary "The Credible Egg", which looks at the search to find an egg substitute that can reduce pressure on commercial egg production as well as provide proper nutrients.

Mother's Day Special from New Freedom Laser

By webmeadow | May 6, 2013 | in

No one loves you more than your Mom. That's why they created Mother's Day, so you can be sure to let her know how much you love her back!

New Freedom Laser is helping you show the love by offering a great discount on both our microdermabrasion and massage services. Now through May 10th you can give Mom a Microdermabrasion for just $50! This service will have Mom glowing with the use of the latest technology that helps restore the skin to a more youthful appearance.

Or...give Mom the gift of Massage, one hour for $60 (that's $10 OFF!) Call today and make Mom really happy this year! 

For more information on New Freedom Laser, Click Here! Free consultation - $50 gift certificate for each referral - Gift certificates available

GA Member Discount – Get $75 off any laser package of three or more treatments!

Mother's Day Special May 8th at Healing Hands Community Chiropractic!

By sarah | May 6, 2013 | in

On Wednesday, May 8th all Healing Hands Community Chiropractic patients who come in for care that day (who are mothers:) will receive the following (while supplies last): coupon for a free 1/2 hr massage from Inner Truth Massage, coupon for $20 off an acupuncture visit at Natural Entities: Family Acupuncture and Apothecary, coupon for 50% off a manicure from Mei Zen Spa and a free Gerber Daisy to take home courtesy of Flowers by Leslie!

Not a chiropractic patient yet? No problem! You may book your New Patient Visit right online by simply clicking here!

To learn more about Healing Hands, visit www.healinghandscc.org.

Remember: all Green Card holding new patients receive a FREE stainless steel water bottle at Healing Hands! Also, receive a new patient consult and exam for just $10!

WSCA's "Environment Show" features interviews with GA Business Partners tomorrow morning

By sarah | May 6, 2013 | in

WSCA's monthly "Environment Show" on 106.1 FM gives great information on environmental news featuring discussions on anything from composting to climate change. This week, the show’s host Tim Stone will be interviewing special guests from two of GA’s Business Partners, Geoff Spitzer from Chinburg Builders and Jesse Ware from Futuro Builders to discuss green building and sustainable development. The show will air tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7th, from 9:00am to 10:00am.

As the impacts of climate change and the over-use of resources become more prevalent each day, the sooner we all tune in to green building and consider it a must for all community development, the better.  This show is a great opportunity to begin your green learning, so be sure to give it a listen!

To learn more about Chinburg Builders, visit www.chinburgbuilders.com.

To learn more about Futuro Builders, visit www.greeneggsandhammers.com.

Remember: with your Green Card, you can receive $250 toward any of Chinburg's green upgrade options, including flooring, lighting, low or no-VOC paints, Richlite or concrete countertops, or an on-demand hot water system! Also, receive a FREE Toyota Prius C with the purchase of Futuro's model home!

Learn more about WSCA at portsmouthcommunityradio.org.

Conference Welcomes All Who are Interested in Sustainability

By webmeadow | May 3, 2013 | in

NHBSR CONCORD — Sustainability might seem like a new, popular craze, but for New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, it has been two decades since its start in promoting and educating businesses on sustainability.

NHBSR was first founded as the New Hampshire chapter of New England Business Association for Social Responsibility in 1989; and in 1991, it held a conference at The New England Center at the University of New Hampshire titled, “Why Good Things Happen to Good Businesses."

Today, NHBSR is ongoing with its efforts to educate and promote sustainability in the realm of businesses, non-profits, and students.

Michelle Veasey, the NHBSR executive director, is currently preparing for the spring conference on May 21, 2013, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Your Sustainability Playbook,” and with Jay Friedlander as keynote speaker, every participant is sure to have a truly rewarding experience.

Friedlander is the Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine. Other speakers include Wood Turner, who is Stonyfield's vice president of sustainability innovation, and Kasey Harris, who is a sustainability program specialist for Hannaford Supermarkets.

On top of having impressive speakers at this year’s conference, Veasey decided to add more opportunities for attendees to get involved and to actively participate during the conference. “We are going to integrate online polling software to provide a really interactive experience for participants,” says Veasey.

“Prior to the conference, participants can go online and submit topics and questions,” Veasey says. “From these, twenty will be chosen and half will be discussed in the first break out session, and the other half will be discussed in the second.”

At the end of the conference, highlights from each breakout session will be shared between all the participants, and ideas will be generated on how these thoughts can be turned into actions.

The conference has a unique combination of hands-on group discussions and lectures given by successful leaders in sustainability. “We are combining electronic feedback with old-fashioned networking,” Veasey says.

She adds that the target for participants for the conference is anyone interested in sustainability. “Regardless of their level in a company, or where they or the company lay on the sustainability spectrum, we encourage anyone to join.”

To learn more about the NHBSR Spring Conference or about NHBSR, please visit www.nhbsr.org/.

Prelude's May and Mother's Day Sale

By sarah | May 3, 2013 | in

Spring is in the air and Mother’s Day is on its way. Haven’t found that perfect gift to show your mom, wife, grandmother, or aunt how much you really appreciate her? Luckily, Prelude, a downtown Portsmouth purveyor of quality bath and body products, jewelry, and gifts, is having a sale!

Prelude is offering 15% off all necklaces, colognes, and perfumes throughout the month of May!

Additionally, May marks Prelude’s 30th anniversary! In celebration, a big sale will be held on Sunday, May 19th that will include 30% off all jewelry and 10% off everything else in the store.

Prelude has something special to give for any occasion.  Need a gift for an upcoming graduation, prom, birthday, or anniversary? Be sure to take advantage of Prelude's great discounts this month to get all your shopping done in one place!

Prelude is located at 65 Market Street in downtown Portsmouth and is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Sunday, and from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm Friday and Saturday.

To learn more about Prelude, visit www.preludeportsmouth.com.

Experience the Gundalow Piscataqua!

By webmeadow | May 3, 2013 | in

Gundalow CompanyIf you are looking for a memorable boat tour of Portsmouth Harbor, take a two-hour sail with the Gundalow Company. For three centuries, wooden sailing cargo barges, or gundalows, were common sights on the Piscataqua River. Now you can enjoy the gorgeous Portsmouth scenery in an old-fashioned way aboard the Piscataqua, which was built in 2011 as a sailing classroom for students, visitors, and community members.

Starting Memorial Day through the end of October, choose from scheduled trips three times a day, five days a week! In addition to live music on Thursday nights, Sunday brunch, and sunset sails, you can also take thematic trips with guest speakers and Saturday morning trips when kids sail for free when accompanied by an adult.

You can purchase public sail tickets here or at the Gundalow Company office at 60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth.

For more information, you can also call 603-433-9505.

The Gundalow Company is a proud business partner of the Green Alliance. GA Green Card members save $5 off a sail on the Gundalow! To learn more, click here!

Whaleback Environmental Film Festival 2013: Two Nights of Sustainability-Minded Films

By sarah | May 2, 2013 | in

This upcoming May 9th and 11th the Whaleback Environmental Film Festival will keep up with its theme of foods, farming, and gardens with a weekend of films that look at our nation's food industry in a way that will change your perspective on the food and farming industry. Every spring, Whaleback brings this festival of environmentally themed films to downtown Portsmouth in an effort to promote sustainability in our comunity.

Opening night will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on May 9th at the Portsmouth Local Library with two films: "Dirty Works" and "Piglets & Perspectives". "Dirty Works" documents the story of a developing community farm. This film observes the lives of folks dedicated to, and inspired by, the idea of growing local food in a sustainable way.The second film, "Piglets & Perspectives", covers five farms in Southern New Hampshire and looks at the day-to-day lives and struggles of local farms in the area. Take this chance to learn about local farmers' philiosophies and sustainable practices in a modern day food market. Following the screening, a panel discussion will take place with the five farmers and the "Piglets & Perspectives" filmmakers, a discussion that will surely be as enlightening as the film itself.

Turnip The Beet for Sustainability

By Jim Cavan | May 2, 2013 | in

On Saturday, May 4th, Charlie McGee is coming all the way from Australia to the Kittery Community Center for the WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio Green Living Fair!

The event is being conducted in collaboration with Kittery Community Center/Star Theater, Cornerstone Tree Care, and the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group!

At 7pm, special guest Andrea Szirbic and the Bearded Four will be taking the stage. If you love to dance, love the planet, and love music, be sure to stop by and check it out. In the mean time, scope this sweet video: 

Solarfest Dazzles with Fantastic Live Music and Educates Through Presence of Community-Minded Businesses

By sarah | May 2, 2013 | in

 By Drew Obston, Green Alliance writer and UNH Junior

As gorgeous springtime sun shone down Sunday on a pristine New Hampshire spring day, the festivities of the 20th annual Solarfest bloomed.

It was a popular event as numerous sunglasses-bespectacled, hoola-hooping UNH students and music-loving Seacoast residents attended the hippy-fueled, zero-waste celebration of all things environmental. Solarfest once again brought together live music, environmental activists and sustainability-minded businesses. 

Each year, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, better known as SEAC, hosts Solarfest, an all-day event powered exclusively by solar energy. Solarfest includes performances by local bands, delicious organic and locally grown food, and various local vendors.It's an event that shows just how sustainable the campus can be.