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Eco Firebox Brings Centuries-Old Technology to the Seacoast

By Patrick | Feb 24, 2014 | in

ELIOT – Nothing beats the pleasure of coming in from shoveling the cold wet snow off your driveway, making a hot cup of tea and sitting down in front of a fire to rest. Being able to put your feet up and watch as the flames deliver you to a warmer place is the ultimate form of reward for your strenuous effort outside. You just can’t get the same aesthetic enjoyment from the other methods of heating your home.

With the unstable market price of heating oil more than tripling over the past 20 years, now may be an advisable time to switch to a more efficient and environmentally friendly means of keeping your house warm through the winter.

Green Alliance Business Partner Les Veilleux and his invention, the Eco Firebox, have changed the way we think about wood-burning heating elements.

Smuttynose Beer Week Events

By Mary | Feb 22, 2014 | in

The historic city of Portsmouth is sometimes referred to as the capital “Beer City” of New Hampshire. Portsmouth has a huge beer culture because it is home to some of the best breweries in New England. 

As part of Portsmouth’s annual Beer Week, Smuttynose Brewing Company has decided to host some exciting beer-tasting events. Beer Week begins on Saturday, February 22 and lasts until Monday, March 3. Each year, a combination of breweries, shops, and restaurants collaborate to create a fun celebration of local beer.

Smuttynose’s first event of the week is a “Hotter Than Hell Brunch” at the Blue Mermaid on February 23. They will serve a a four-course brunch paired with Smuttyhouse favorites for $45.00. Smuttynose beers like the 2014 Big A IPA and 2010 Farmhouse Ale will be on the menu. The following day, Smuttynose will team up with the Black Trumpet, one of the most scenic spots on the Portsmouth waterfront. A creative cuisine will be paired with four great Smuttynose beers. The selection includes 2010 Really Old Brown Dog and Bouncy House v2.0.

Portsmouth Short Film Night

By Mary | Feb 21, 2014 | in

Do you love comedies, documentaries AND dramas? Come watch an assortment of films at the Portsmouth Short Film Night on February 28. PSFN is celebrating their second year of film screenings starting at 7:00 p.m. at Portsmouth Public Media TV. PPMtv is a community accessible center located at 280 Marcy Street in downtown Portsmouth. PSFN's lineup for the night includes a variety of genres. A discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers will take place following the screening. Enjoy the show with popcorn and refreshments provided by a local business. The event is free and open to all, whether you happen to be an independent filmmaker or just a movie fanatic.

Building a Strong Team Starts at the Foundation

By Patrick | Feb 21, 2014 | in

With spring right around the corner and business picking up for some, it is imperative to select the correct employee when hiring.

According to Green Alliance Business Partner Cultural Chemistry, the criteria for selecting the perfect employee does not only cover skills and experience relative to the job. Instead, this new-age human resources firm believes that ensuring that the candidate is a good fit culturally is just as important.

An employee may be the perfect match on paper but it is difficult to gauge whether they will expedite or disrupt the productive flow of an organization. Cultural Chemistry aims to help you find a fit for your organization that is perfect in every sense of the word.

The negative impacts of a bad hire can often resonate within a company long after the person has departed. Selecting the right person is especially important when factoring in the time wasted with the process and the financial costs.

Habor Eyecare's Recyclable Line

By Mary | Feb 21, 2014 | in


Green Alliance members receive 20% off any complete prescription from Habor Eyecare Center. To find out more about HEC, click here!

Portsmouth Beer Week

By Jenn | Feb 20, 2014 | in

It's time for Beer Week in Portsmouth! For the fifth year in a row and are teaming up with local breweries, bars, and pubs to promote local craft beer. The goal is to "push Portsmouth further along into the national eye as the great beer city that we locally know it is." Make sure you check out the special offerings at GA businesses: Redhook, The Portsmouth Brewery, and Pocos. And don't miss the Smuttynose Hotter than Hell Brunch at the Blue Mermaid.

This year Beer Week takes place Saturday, February 22nd through Monday, March 3rd. To learn more about the different events and offerings visit

Don't forget, GA members receive special discounts at The Portsmouth Brewery, Poco's, and Redhook! To join the Green Alliance, click here.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: ENH Power

By Madelaine | Feb 20, 2014 | in

Who: ENH Power

What: ENH Power, part of the Provider Power family of companies, serves residential and business customers in New Hampshire, purchasing electricity directly from the New England Power Pool, offering competitive, fixed rates to consumers. ENH Power works with a growing contingent of Community Partners, helping to raise both money and awareness for a range of causes — from school departments and towns to church committees to animal welfare agencies. ENH also offers green energy options including Coal-Free and Pure Green plans — both designed to help customers fit both their budget and their green ideals.

Where: 1465 Woodbury Ave., Portsmouth


What makes us green:

Encourages customers to help support local community.
Have undertaken considerable charitable initiatives.
Offers coal-free and pure green power options.

Green Alliance Members get ENH Power’s 6-month Coal-Free Plan for the lower price of its 6-month Standard Rate! To become a GA member, click here

Promising Much, Obamacare Does Not Always Deliver As Advertised

By Herb | Feb 20, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Staff Writer

Well-known are the start-up problems with Obamacare — aka the Affordable Care Act. However, government officials are telling us that once the initial bugs in the system were solved, people seeking affordable comprehensive health-care coverage would be able to find it.

But is that really the case in New Hampshire and Maine? For a naturopathic doctor in New Hampshire that has not been true. And for a Maine chiropractor, it’s too early to tell.

People who do not have health insurance, are looking to change insurance policies or do not have access to coverage through their employer can sign up for health insurance during open enrollment until March 31. Federally funded subsidies to help people pay for the cost of their insurance are also still available, according to a joint press release by Covering New Hampshire, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s office, the N.H. Dept. of Insurance, and Anthem Insurance.

“For many, their new health insurance plans include the comprehensive health care they were looking for at a lower price than they had previously paid,” the statement said, adding, “Thousands of people have also contacted Covering New Hampshire, the state’s official source for information and assistance on the Health Insurance Marketplace, looking for information about obtaining health coverage in the new year. These people are learning that regular doctor visits, medications, important preventative health screenings and other treatments are now more reasonably priced through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Under the Affordable Care Act, 51 percent of currently uninsured nonelderly people in New Hampshire are eligible for financial assistance in gaining coverage. About 62,000 (more than one in three) uninsured people from New Hampshire are eligible for tax credits to help them purchase coverage in the Marketplace.

Mirror Image Reflects on Hot Rod Project

By Patrick | Feb 19, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Staff Writer

GREENLAND -- Imagine tearing down I-95 with the wind in your hair and the sun beaming down overhead. Beneath you the purr of your dream car plays a nice complement to the blaring radio. Sound like a fantasy to you? Greenland's Mirror Image Automotive has helped Frank Day make his a reality.

Green Alliance business partner Mirror Image is well known for combining collision repair and mechanical maintenance under one customer-friendly roof. Previous customers have likened owner Jason Battistelli to a lawyer that goes to bat for customers – fending off the knuckleballs thrown by big insurance companies. helps out Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Mary | Feb 14, 2014 | in

Do you use on a weekly or perhaps daily basis? You probably do given the fact that they sell everything you could ever want and then some. And now, the whole Amazon gig just got that much better because you can help out Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast with every purchase you make. is a new Web site that allows you to receive your favorite Amazon items at a low-cost all while benefiting BBBSGS! For every purchase you make, will donate 0.5 percent of the price to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast, one of the Green Alliance’s Business Partners. Only a small portion of the cost will be donated to BBBS, but the profits will add up quickly because Amazon is known for having consistent business.

Celebrating Storytelling: A Recap

By Sam | Feb 14, 2014 | in


This Wednesday we celebrated Green Alliance storytelling! We bid farewell to the great Jim Cavan, and our business partners came together to give their testimonials about how the Green Alliance has benefited them over the years. It was truly great to see everyone come out and enjoy themselves while learning about each other's businesses. Business Partners and Sustaining Members also got to meet Business Partner and Media Manager Sam Ueda, the newest addition to the GA staff. 

It's events like these that remind us the Green Alliance is bigger than just business, it's a community of individuals who come together under one green roof. We are all working together to bring sustainble and green options to consumers, but most importantly, we're doing it for the earth!

Brixham Montessori Friends School Makes Eco-Friendly Improvements

By Mary | Feb 14, 2014 | in

YORK -- It’s quite unusual to find a school as unique in curriculum as it is in sustainability. The Brixham Montessori Friends School teaches a greener way of living to its youth in addition to offering all students an exploratory learning experience.

In 2001, the Brixham Montessori Friends School was founded in York, Maine, as a result of Alica Johnson-Grafe’s innovative idea to transform the Grange Hall. With the assistance of parents in the local community, Grafe successfully started a preschool and elementary school staffed with 18 teachers. The mission of BMFS is to provide children with the special attention they need to thrive. Students are able to express themselves freely and equally rather than having a forced curriculum typical of structured school settings. Brixham Montessori is designed to make kids feel at home while they learn enriching material in the areas of math, art, music and foreign languages.

Save the Date! Wild & Scenic Film Festival coming to Portsmouth

By Madelaine | Feb 13, 2014 | in

ReVision Energy is the lead sponsor in bringing the largest environmental film festival in North America to Portsmouth this spring! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held at The Music Hall Historic Theater on April 25th.

The festival will consist of a collection of short films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. This year the festival’s theme is “emPOWERment,” it will have a special focus on the topic of energy. This theme also refers to the positivity and inspiration that the festival embodies and promotes.

Every year filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, and social innovators from all around the nation are drawn to this festival. It combines high quality cinematography, story-telling, and exquisite filmmaking to ignite inspiration and enthusiasm in the audience. The films will expose shots from beautiful, remote areas of our planet that the audience has never seen before. It will introduce them to rare magnificent animals, and social activists who are working to protect these exotic environments.

Attending this event is an incredible opportunity to learn more about environmental justice, energy concerns, adventure, wildlife and more. These eye-opening films can instill a great sense of wonder and appreciation for our natural world.

Vital Essential's Raw Food Seminar

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

Have you tried adapting a new, healthy life style for 2014? Did you forget about your dog’s health or the well-being of your cat? Don’t overlook the healthy food options available to your household pet. Give your dog or cat the natural fuel it needs to play all day long. Green Alliance business partner The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is hosting an event on raw pet food alternatives next month.

If you’re curious about feeding your furry friend a raw food diet make sure to attend the Vital Essential’s seminar on March 4 or March 5. The first presentation on raw food diets will take place at the Natural Dog and Holistic Cat’s newest location in Newburyport, Mass on March 4. The same seminar will be presented at their Portsmouth location the very next day. Both presentations will last from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Riverworks Eco-Fabric Printing

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

GREENLAND, N.H -- Riverworks Printing is an eco-friendly production studio that uses biodegradable Photo Tex posters and stream-lined procedures. It transforms the average photograph into a life-like masterpiece. The images have a sticky adhesive backing which allows buyers to reapply the posters onto the walls of their house or office as many times as they’d like.

Together founder Jeff Cutter and Print Manager Danis Chamberlin have greatly impacted the format print industry with their green thumbs. Riverworks began its journey with the idea that individual passions, like Cutter’s own for fly-fishing, should be displayed and stored in photo form. Wall Shotz were the original frame-able works of art that resulted. The environmentally friendly fabric was designed to reflect the hobbies of customers in a clear, eye-catching manner.

Enjoy a Romantic Valentines Dinner at 900 Degrees

By Madelaine | Feb 11, 2014 | in

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is offering a special dining experience for Valentines Day! Their will be a prix fixe menu with special dishes that are not available on its regular menu. The dining rooms will be decorated with candles and other accents to create a romantic atmosphere. The dinner will consist of three courses; your choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert, for only $35 per person. You can also add a bottle of wine from a select menu for $15.

It is currently taking reservations for the Valentines menu only. Some tables will still be held for walk-ins and the regular menu will also be available.

Its Manchester and Epping locations are offering different specialized menus. Some of their courses include a lobster bisque, pan-seared halibut with potato au gratin, stuffed haddock with crabmeat, warm bread pudding, and decedent chocolate cake.

Poco's Bow Street Cantina - Comfortable Atmosphere with a Mexican Flare

By Patrick | Feb 10, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH -- Valentines Day is fast approaching. If you haven’t made plans yet, why not try something new?

Poco’s Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth offers fine Mexican dining and an unbeatable atmosphere. Take in the beautiful view of the Piscatuqua River from the dining room while you enjoy a full menu of traditional Mexican classics made right. If you’re looking for a more intimate environment, head down stairs to the Cantina lounge and share drinks by the warmth of the fireplace.

For a limited time, Poco’s is offering a great deal. Spend $50 in a visit and receive a $10 gift card, redeemable at either Two Ceres or Poco’s. Spend $75 and receive a $15 gift card or spend $100 and receive a $25 gift card.

900 Degrees Wins at 2014 Macaroni and Cheese Bake-off

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzaria's macaroni and cheese was recently named the best out of all New Hampshire restaurants at the 2014 Best Macaroni and Cheese Bake-off! The Bake-off welcomes macaroni recipes from all around New Hampshire. It judges them within four respective categories: Best N.H.-Made, Best Traditional, Most Creative/Exotic, and Best Restaurant/Café Macaroni and Cheese.

The owner of 900 Degrees, Pricilla Lane Rondeau, utilizes a unique approach when cooking her macaroni and cheese. While working on her recipe, Pricilla had a hunch that the taste of a wood fire stove would add to her macaroni, and she was right! Now, every order of her macaroni and cheese, both in her restaurant and at home, are cooked individually in a cast iron skillet cooked in a wood fire oven. This technique and recipe have created a staple meal for Pricilla’s family events. Whether it’s a family barbeque or a holiday, Pricilla always gets the question “You’re bringing the mac and cheese, right?” Of course, she always does.

Want to taste for yourself how delicious this macaroni and cheese really is? Stop by 900 Degrees in Manchester or Epping to try it out! Or if you’re feeling ambitious, we have Pricilla’s recipe for you below.

The Natural and Holistic Cat to Expand in Newburyport

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

The Seacoast’s favorite pet supply store, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, was recently presented with an opportunity it couldn’t pass up. After opening its new Portsmouth location only a year ago, it is now in the process of expanding its Newburyport store.

Natural Dog’s Newburyport neighbor went out of business six months ago. It took some time and convincing, but eventually owners Jeff and Dawn Price decided it would be a great opportunity for expansion.

They’ve been in their Newburyport location for close to 10 years now. It’s a great location that offers convenient parking for their customers. But they were admittedly a little cramped. “We’ll be primarily adding new products that we’ve wanted to bring in for awhile but couldn’t because of space constraints,” Jeff Price said in a recent telephone interview.

Adapt Design Utilizes Practical Design Techniques

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTHAdapt Design is a Portsmouth-based architectural and design firm that places a strong emphasis on sustainability in its work. Its team of two employees utilize their extensive knowledge in their field to build properties creatively and practically.

Its team is currently working on the renovation of a South End Portsmouth home that belongs to a family of four. The team are building an addition that will include an office, storage area, and provide extra living space for the family.

One technique they are using for this renovation is The Zip System, an approach of coating seams in windows or walls throughout a home to make it airtight. This system improves the overall ability to control a home's climate by making sure heat or cool air will stay in the home longer.