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Summer Solstice Celebration with ReVision Energy!

By sarah | May 16, 2013 | in

ReVision Energy Summer Solstice invitation  Summer, sun, solar, and the environment will all converge at a Summer Solstice Celebration on Friday, June 21st. In collaboration with the Surfrider Foundation, ReVision Energy will be hosting this event at their Brentwood, NH location from 5-8pm. With free drinks (including beer!), live music, door prizes, a bounce house and other activities for the kids, this celebration is fun for the whole family!

If food, beer, and music isn't quite your thing, ReVision Energy will have solar demos for both PV and hot water throughout the day as well as displays of their new PV array, solar hot water system, automatic pellet boiler, and plug in Prius with charging station. In addition, the Surfrider Foundation will provide an update on the state of the Seacoast's beaches and what actions can be taken to keep them pristine. EZ Bikes will also be in attendence with test rides of their electrically motored bikes available. Extending its invitation to pets of all kinds, the Summer Solstice Celebration is truly family friendly. The New Hampshire SPCA will be there with animals up for adoption. 

What's more, with the presentation of their card at the door, Green Alliance Card Holders will recieve a gift---rumor has it, it's a nice ReVision Energy stamped beer glasss!

For more information on ReVision Energy, click here!

URGENT: Act Today to Save Maine's Solar Rebate

By webmeadow | May 16, 2013 | in

Urgent: Green Alliance business partner, ReVision Energy, just passed along this important information regarding the future of solar rebates in Maine. Green Alliance recognizes the importance of this energy bill and encourages you to read this message, show your support, and pass this message along!

As you have likely heard, Efficiency Maine is running out of funds for the solar rebate; additionally, the current 'omnibus' Energy Bill going forward includes no further funding structure for this rebate. This energy bill will be finalized within the next two days before going to the legislature and it is not too late for the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee to add the solar rebate into this bill. With broad bipartisan support, the solar rebate has the best chance of being restored if it is part of this larger bill.

Without action now, the Maine solar rebate will cease to exist as early as next month.

People from all political backgrounds are necessary in order to tell legislators that solar is important to Maine's economy and energy future. Take a minute to show your support of solar in Maine:• Contact members of the Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee and urge them to add the solar rebate to the Omnibus Bill. Even if you live outside their district it's important they hear that Mainers are passionate about solar.
• Contact your legislator and urge him/her to support solar in the Energy Omnibus bill (Find yours by clicking here).
• Contact Patrick Woodcock of the Governor's Energy Office directly: and phone: (207) 624-7405. The Governor has come out specifically opposed to solar legislation, even though solar energy systems accomplish his stated goal of reducing Mainer's consumption of oil.
• OK, a fourth. Tell others and ask them to speak up as well!

Tell your story to your representatives - are you a proud owner of a solar array who has saved money on your electric or oil bills because of it? Are you hoping to be able to invest in a solar array but question whether you can do it without a rebate? Do you have a friend or family member employed by the solar industry who loves their job and wants to see more good-paying renewable energy jobs in Maine?

The solar industry is growing in Maine and providing jobs while lowering our dependence on fossil fuels. Every year Maine receives 33% more sun than Germany, so why doesn't every Maine town look like this?

ReVision Energy is a proud business partner of the Green Alliance. Green Card holders receive a $250 direct discount on a solar energy system, as well as $250 to “pay it forward” to a GA nonprofit. To visit ReVision’s Green Alliance page, click here!

ReVision Energy to Host a Solar Home Open House

By sarah | May 16, 2013 | in

Buttaro Solar HomeReVision Energy is hosting an open house at the Buttaro's solar home in Salisbury, MA on Saturday, June 1st from 10am-12pm.

Since the 1980s, Joe and Terry Buttaro have had solar on their roof. They were participants in a solar hot water heating experiment that was conducted by their local power company. However, over the last 30 years solar energy has made great progress in both equipment and affordability.

As residents of Massachusettes, the Buttaros were eligible for a 30% federal tax credit, an additional $1,000 state tax credit, a state rebate of up to $4,250, and participation in the state’s Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SRECs) program.

Realizing that they could recieve a 'simple' return on their investment in solar array in as little as 5 years, the Buttaros had ReVision Energy decommission their old collectors and replace them with modern, high-performing solar electric modules.

The result? A 7.5kw grid tied solar electric array that blends into the roof surface and meets close to 100% of the home's energy needs. According to Joe, not only only does their new system offer great energy savings, it also makes their home look better! 

During the open house there will be a short presentation by ReVision Energy, a tour of the system, and an opportunity to ask the Buttaros questions about their home. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on this event, click here!

For more information on ReVision Energy, click here!

ReVision Energy is a proud Business Partner of the Green Alliance. Green Alliance Card Holders receive a $250 direct discount on a solar energy system (PV or solar hot water), as well as $250 to "pay it forward" to a GA nonprofit! To visit ReVision's Green Alliance page, click here!

Chinburg Properties Helps to Sponsor Kittery Block Party

By webmeadow | May 15, 2013 | in

Kittery Block Party LogoThe 2013 Kittery Block Party, scheduled for June 15, is a free event for all. Conveniently located in downtown Kittery, the Block Party will feature artisans, artists, non-profits, area farmers, and restaurants, placing a strong emphasis on local. Throughout the day there will be live entertainment, demonstrations, and educational exhibits as well as a children’s area. This event is geared toward people of all ages, hoping to engage the community rain or shine! Proceeds from this event will be donated to benefit End 68 Hours of Hunger—Kittery, Fair Tide, Inc. and the Kittery Recreation Department.

A proud sponsor of the Kittery Block Party this year is Green Alliance business partner, Chinburg Properties. Chinburg Properties’ $350 donation has helped to create this event and once again showed its commitment to supporting the community.

"Chinburg Properties is pleased to be a sponsor of the 2013 Kittery Block Party,” said Jen Chinburg, Director of Marketing. “We are strong advocates of local initiatives that build neighborhoods and strengthen communities. And it sound like a whole lot of fun!"

Founded in 1987 by Eric Chinburg, Chinburg Properties has grown to become one of the Seacoast’s most trusted and recognizable building companies. As it has grown, Chinburg Properties has embraced a green ethos. Beginning in 2002, Chinburg began devoting more attention to building Energy Star homes and in 2011 made a commitment to build all of their homes to Energy Star standards. In addition to building sustainably, Chinburg has also begun recycling old buildings in many of its new commercial projects.

A proud Green Alliance business partner, Chinburg Properties offers Green Card holders $250 toward any of Chinburg’s green upgrade options. To learn more about Chinburg Properties, click here!

To view the Kittery Block Party event page, click here.


Portsmouth Science Café: Brewing Science with Steve Parkes!

By webmeadow | May 15, 2013 | in

Science CafeIn celebration of American Craft Beer Week, The Portsmouth Brewery is very pleased to welcome Steve Parkes, Owner and Lead Instructor of the American Brewers Guild and its brewery, Drop In Brewing Company in Middlebury, V.T. to the LaPanza Lounge to lead a discussion about the science of brewing.

Parkes’s resumé makes him uniquely qualified for this event. A graduate of the prestigious International Centre of Brewing and Distilling at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, not only has Parkes operated successful breweries on both sides of the Atlantic, but he's also been teaching professional training for craft brewers since 1997 through the Guild. Parkes won one of the highest honors in the industry when he received the Russel Scherer Award for Innovation in Craft Brewing in 2009.

Doors for this event will open at 5p.m. allowing for time to grab a bite to eat before Parkes begins at 6p.m. Science Café is hosted by The Portsmouth Brewery in the downstairs LaPanza Lounge at 225 Heritage Ave, Portsmouth, N.H. This event is one of many for American Craft Beer Week; you can find the full schedule of events on the Portsmouth Brewery blog by clicking here.

The Portsmouth Science Café provides a unique chance for members of the public to learn about and discuss issues in contemporary science from scientists in the relaxed atmosphere of a pub. The Science Café is free and open to all.

The Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewery are proud partners of the Green Alliance. Green Card holders save 10 percent on all food for themselves and a guest! To learn more about Portsmouth Brewery, click here. To learn more about Smuttynose Brewery, click here.

Come Sail Away on Thomas Laighton for Family Fun

By Herb | May 14, 2013 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Among the most enduring signs that summer lies just around the corner is the sight of the M/V Thomas Laighton plying its way around Portsmouth Harbor. And while residents and visitors alike associate the vessel with fun and exploration, the Thomas Laighton also exemplifies environmental action.

The Thomas Laighton is the cruise ship of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, an iconic Seacoast institution. Having been in Portsmouth since 1962, the ISSCo. is truly part of the community. Originally founded as Viking Cruises by Arnold Whittaker, the Steamship Company is still in the family, having been passed along first to Arnold’s son, Bob, and most recently, in 1999, to Arnold’s daughter-in-law, Robin Whittaker.

The company offers a variety of tours to New Hampshire’s historic Isles of Shoals and throughout Portsmouth Harbor and the Greater Piscataqua Region, thoroughly committed as it is to preserving the amazing history and heritage of the Seacoast.

ISSCo.’s regular schedule begins June 22 with daily trips around the Isles of Shoals from Tuesday through Sunday. And starting at 9:25 a.m. every Sunday, Wednesday and Friday of the summer, ISSCo. will also run Star Island walking tours, the walking tours a family-friendly activity that take about an hour to explore an area containing a lot of interesting history. The boat returns to Portsmouth at 1:15 p.m. There is also an extended Monday’s Star Island Walking Tour that runs from 12:55 to 5:15 p.m.

Beyond those iconic tours, the company also charters the famous Thomas Laighton “party ship,” where during the summer hundreds pack the vessel to hear the best in local music — everything from rock cover bands to reggae to DJs — all while taking in the crisp evening air of summertime on the Seacoast. The company anticipates offering three or four “party cruises” a week this summer.

Shindig Cooks Up A Storm at Jewett Farms + Co Newburyport Studio

By sarah | May 14, 2013 | in

Shindig Cooking Series LogoJewett Farms + Company and Shindig have joined together to offer a summer cooking series at Jewett Farm's showroom in Newburyport, MA. Jewett Farms + Company started as a small cabinet shop fueled by the fine craftsmanship of owners Matthew Lord and Mike Meyers. The business has since grown to include soapstone and flooring divisions. Jewett Farms designs and creates cabinetry that fits your needs, style and home perfectly, as well as is an expert in hardwood flooring and a proud distributor of M. Teixeira Soapstone throughout New England. Jewett Farms is excited to host the Shindig Cooking Series in its showroom.

Shindig is a local Newburyport business owned by Bethany Scalise and Sean Ryan. They create and cater events, parties, and shindigs throughout the Merrimack Valley. Their enthusiasm and love of food is energizing and will turn even the clumsiest cook into a discerning foodie. 

The first cooking session will be held Thursday, May 16th from 7-8:30pm and will be followed by sessions on June 20th and July 18th. Participants will have to opportunity to watch and learn the cooking method of Shindig chef, Sean Ryan, who will be working with locally grown produce from Tendercrop Farm to create the perfect taste of spring in New England. Not only will you get to taste the results, but all participants will leave with a recipe card and the know-how to make this delicious dish at home. And if that isn't enough, the tasty bites will be paired with wines from the fine folks at New England Wine and Spirits.With a cost of $25 per person, this popular event is not to be missed! Please contact Sean to register as space is limited. RSVP to Sean Ryan at 978-387-5996 or email

For more info on this event, please click here!

For more info on Jewett Farms+ Company, click here!

For more info on Shindig, click here!

Jewett Farms + Company is a proud business partner of the Green Alliance. Green Alliance Card Holders receive 50% off design services. To visit its page on the GA site, click here!

Free Lecture and Demo by Master Tung at GateWay Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

By webmeadow | May 14, 2013 | in

Master TungGateWay Taiji, Qigong, & Yoga seeks to offer an inviting environment in which people are able to condition the body while promoting mindfulness. Through the arts of taiji, qigong, and yoga, GateWay is a center for exploring these ancient arts through classes and special seminars.

On Friday, May 24, from 6-7:30 p.m, GateWay is hosting a free lecture and demo by Master Tung at its studio at 875 Islington, Portsmouth, N.H. Master Tung is a direct lineage holder of the Chen style of taiji and teaches the principles of Feng Zhiqiang and Chen Fake. During his lecture and demo, he will explore four aspects of taiji: history and applications, steps of proper training, variations of Chen taiji, and deeper applications of the Chen style along with demonstrations.

This event is free, but registration is suggested. For more information, click here. To register for this event, click here.

GateWay Taiji, Qigong, & Yoga is a proud business partner of the Green Alliance. Green Alliance Card Holders receive their first month of classes free! To learn more about GateWay Taiji, Qigong, & Yoga, click here.

Hypnotherapy Exclusive at Starry Brook Natural Medicine!

By webmeadow | May 14, 2013 | in

Starry Brook LogoIn continuing its efforts to offer alternative medicine, Starry Brook Natural Medicine has recently added hypnotherapist, Alena Ciriello. Starry Brook integrates vitamins, oils, and body care products with massage therapy, as well as acupuncture, diet counseling, and other services. Starry Brook offers patients a broad perspective of healthy options.

Hypnotherapy continues to offer another aspect of alternative medicine practices at Starry Brook. Through her Kappasinian Hypnosis training, Ciriello uses hypnosis to influence the subconscious mind in order for patients to reach their desired goals. Hypnosis can be used to alter or overcome obstacles such as stress, phobias, grief, lack of confidence, and other difficulties.

Starry Brook is currently offering an exclusive deal with an initial hyponotherapy session. Using language patterns and techniques, Ciriello is able to target unhealthy practices to help patients overcome certain fears and break other habits. Be sure to take advantage of this great promotional offer by clicking here!

Starry Brook Natural Medicine is a proud business partner of the Green Alliance. Green Alliance Card Holders receive 20 percent off hourly consultation and service rates! To learn more about Starry Brook Natural Medicine, click here

Shapleigh School's Green Accomplishments

By webmeadow | May 14, 2013 | in

Shapleigh SchoolLittle kids can make a difference, a fact proven by the efforts of the Shapleigh School’s Green Team. This group of motivated fourth- and fifth-graders, composed of 20 core members, but a 50-person team, has been working hard since September policing their school cafeteria. Helping their fellow students and staff and faculty members, the Green Team has been separating compost from recycling, as well as teaching the importance of recycling and composting. With the help of Green Alliance partner EcoMovement, which picked up 200 to 300 pounds of compost each week, the Shapleigh School’s Green Team recently welcomed back two yards worth of soil. This composted soil is now in use in the new greenhouse where the students have been planting vegetables and greens to eventually use in school lunches.

In only a few short months, the Green Team has made significant accomplishments in implementing a composting and education program at the Shapleigh School. Flyers and posters have been important in helping direct students and faculty towards proper composting and recycling. The creation of a monthly rotation has allowed for different team members to be in charge of manning the compost and recycle bins during snack and lunch. They have created a Question and Answer board to field questions about the process. The Green Team successfully organized a presentation, which they presented to both students and parents at a recognition assembly as well as the monthly town hall meeting. The students also presented a skit at both the town hall meeting and The Kittery Art Gallery’s monthly music festival, “First Friday The Next Generation Stage."

The Team is currently working on producing a movie that will be broadcast on the local public access channel. A few students are looking forward to a live interview on WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio Station in June. They are also very excited about the upcoming Northeast Resource Recovery Association's 32nd Annual Recycling Conference & Expo in Manchester, N.H., on June 3 and 4.

For more information and to register for this event, click here.
EcoMovement is a proud business partner of the Green Alliance. Green Alliance Card Holders receive one free month of compost pick up! To learn more about EcoMovement, click here.

Transportation 101, Bike/Walk to Work Week This Week in Portsmouth

By sarah | May 13, 2013 | in

If you live, work and/or play in Portsmouth, you are invited to join a community conversation called Transportation 101 and Study Circles on the Portsmouth transportation system on Wednesday, May 15th from 6:30 to 9 pm at the City Council Chambers in Portsmouth. Portsmouth Listens will be hosting the event and is seeking input from all citizens who care about how we get to, from, and around town.

Questions will be asked such as is it easy for you? Is it convenient? How do you see a transportation system as contributing to the health and vitality of the community? What would you like to see? What is important to YOU?

Transportation 101 will be an introduction to key concepts related to “transportation.” The Study Circles following the Kickoff event will be held once a week for five weeks starting the week of May 20th.

These circles will focus on and ask questions such as: based on Transportation 101, what are the characteristics of a sustainable transportation system for Portsmouth, and what impacts do these characteristics have and on whom? What do you see as larger goals of a sustainable transportation system here in Portsmouth? What do you believe are the priorities? Ideas for improvements to the existing transportation network – and how do these support the above goals?

This event is perfectly timed with the start of the Seacoast’s 11th annual Bike/Walk to Work Week—which starts today, Monday, May 13, 2013—as part of a national effort to encourage commuters to leave their cars at home, get a little more exercise, and reduce their fuel usage/greenhouse gas emissions.

Until Friday, all commuters are asked to try out biking or walking to work—just for one week—to see the change it could make across the Seacoast.

The Gundalow Company and NH Surfrider Foundation present “Bag It”

By sarah | May 13, 2013 | in

The Gundalow Company is pleased to host special presenters from the New Hampshire Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, a group of local volunteers dedicated to the protection of the oceans, waves and beaches, to discuss their initiative to “Rise Above Plastics” (RAP) and host a showing of the award-winning documentary “Bag It."

This free program is the fourth in a year-long series hosted by the Gundalow Company at 60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth. Beverages and snacks will be served beginning at 6:30 PM; with the program running 7:00-8:45 PM.

Founded in 2002, the nonprofit Gundalow Company aims to connect residents of the Seacoast and beyond with this historic icon of river commerce, while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship for the Piscataqua region’s cherished waterways. In 2011 the organization built a new gundalow – the Piscataqua – as a floating classroom for school and youth groups.

They also offer two-hour public sails for up to 42 passengers Memorial Day through the end of October. Their daily river tours – which typically last about 2 hours – depart primarily from Portsmouth and are a great way to experience our rivers. They offer a variety of special sails too such as concerts, lectures, sunset sails, private charters, free trips for kids on Saturday mornings, and even brunch on Sundays.

Gundalow Company's program series is funded by the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act in conjunction with the NH Coastal Program & NH Department of Environmental Services.  The event on May 20th is a part of its Contemporary Coastal Issues program.

Chinburg Properties Introduces New Brand and Website

By sarah | May 13, 2013 | in

The companies formerly known as Chinburg Builders and Great Mills Management have announced their launching of a new brand—Chinburg Properties—and a new website, The brand Chinburg Properties has created a new image with the tagline Develop.Build.Manage, which the company says better reflects its areas of expertise.

Chinburg Properties was founded in 1987 from a single-family home building. Over the past 25 years, the company has expanded to include development of award-winning residential subdivisions, multi-family properties, mixed-use developments and conversion of historic Mills that are all built to Energy Star standards.

An example of Chinburg’s commitment to green building is its Laurel Court subdivision in Portsmouth, built in 2012. From a state-of-the-art solar hot water system to super-tight insulation to energy efficient lighting, Laurel Court’s eco-friendly features are as impressive as they are wallet-friendly in terms of short and long term energy cost savings—the average energy savings being $1200 per home per year.

Chinburg Properties’ flexible model doesn’t restrict its green building capabilities to residential homes, but in fact builds a range of facilities including commercial, medical, student housing and restaurant buildings with the same standards.

Currently, Chinburg is building new homes in Portsmouth, Londonderry, Greenland, Exeter, Manchester and Barrington, NH and in Kittery, Maine. In addition, it is leasing brand new apartments at the Cocheco Mills in Dover, NH that will be ready for occupancy July 1—all of which to have excellent energy efficiency features.

Chinburg Properties also manages over 400 mill apartments in Exeter, Newmarket, Portsmouth, and Somersworth, as well as over 750,000 sq. ft. of commercial space, ranging in size from 150 – 20,000 sq. ft.

Chinburg Properties’ new brand and website are sure to raise the bar when it comes to new development standards and widely expand knowledge of green building around the Seacoast.

In the midst of climate change and resource scarcity, green development is more important now than ever before—and Chinburg Properties has the ability to lead our community in the right direction.

To learn more about Chinburg Properties, please visit

Remember: Green Card holders 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!

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

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!

To learn more about Brixham, visit

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, go to registration and search “The Green Alliance” as your team! If you have any problems, please contact team captain Megan McCann at

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