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The Last Week of April Means the Last Week of Exclusive GA Discounts

By Katelyn | Apr 27, 2015 | in

As the month of April is coming to an end, we don't want you to miss out on these exclusive discounts for Green Alliance members available until the end of the month. Get your home and garden ready for spring and save big with these participating Business Partners!

$20 off an EcoTech Fly Cage
So you’re excited for warm weather, and we don’t want to rain on the parade, but guess what else comes with warm weather? That’s right, flies, and lots of them. Tom Pray of EcoTech Pest Services has a new invention called the Fly Cage. It’s pretty simple, but incredibly powerful; built to resemble a four-legged animal, the cage attracts flies simply by sight – no chemicals whatsoever! It’s great for backyards, barns, fields, anywhere you want to keep pest-free and chemical free.

$10 off a $50 purchase at The Natural Dog
Warm weather also means more time to play with your furry friends! No more hurried laps around the block, it’s time to have some serious fun. Check your garage though – are your chew toys gross and old? Think your pup deserves something new? The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more on toys and treats, so everyone’s happy, especially your dog! There are plenty of cat toys to choose from too.

Spray Foam Insulation Offers a Reputable Career

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 27, 2015 | in

Mike Materkowski grew up in Amesbury, Mass. and has lived there for 25 years. He was given an opportunity to try his hand at insulation with Green Cocoon when his brother Jim started the company in 2006; this initial foray has led to a productive and fulfilling career installing spray foam insulation in homes across New England.

Spray foam insulation isn’t your average contractor’s job. It’s hot, sweaty, and takes precision. The installer must work quickly, as insulation is just one of a whole line of fundamental work that must be done before other aspects of construction can move forward.

Mike takes it all in stride.

“Sometimes we have roofers who come in thinking they can handle the heat, and they have a lot of respect for what I do after,” he laughs. “It’s a tough job, but very rewarding.”

Installing spray foam is a crucial element to building a house. Those who work with spray foam work in high heat and on a tight schedule, but knowing that a tightly sealed home can save families money is a motivating factor for employees.

Brave Boat Harbor: Beauty in our Backyard exhibit to open at the Morgan Gallery

By Ken | Apr 24, 2015 | in

The Morgan Gallery at the Kittery Community Center is opening a new exhibit on May8th, Brave Boat Harbor: Beauty in our Backyard.  The exhibit will feature local art, both paintings and photographs, by local artists.  The artwork will celebrate the natural beauty of Brave Boat Harbor, an approximately 740 acre area which includes an oak-pine forest with vernal pools, estuary habitat, salt marshes, and old field upland, and the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, which will contain 14,600 acres (when finished) of forest, shrub lands, salt marshes, and estuaries.  This is an exhibit not to be missed!

On May 8th, an opening reception will be held, that is free to the public, to kick-off the exhibit.  The reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m..  Visitors can also learn about the Brave Boat Headwaters.  Brave Boat Headwaters is a 150 acre nature preserve being established by the Kittery Land Trust, to ensure between Brave Boat Harbor and Bartlett Roads is permanently protected.  The preserve will include historical remnants of early Kittery along with natural habitats for plants and animals as well as protecting clean water and providing outdoor recreation and education.

For more information on Brave Boat Harbor: Beauty in our Backyard visit the Kittery Community Center's website here.

GateWay Celebrates Self Defense and Well-Being on World Taiji Day

By Mike | Apr 23, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

The martial art of taiji (pronounced tai-chee) and qigong (pronounced chee-kung) have been practiced for centuries. In Chinese, the word qigong literally translates to “energy work,” a concept that is essential in Taiji. Unlike the hard forms of martial arts, like karate, taiji focuses on using the body’s energy, or qi, to support physical activity. Since 1999, Taiji and Qigong have been celebrated on a global scale as World Taiji Day.

In Portsmouth, GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga will host its own World Taiji Day event this Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. featuring a range of special classes for attendees as well as student demonstrations.

“The basic concept of World Taiji Day is to try and get as many people involved with this as possible,” says Bill Buckley, GateWay’s owner. “It’s kind of like a meditative sit-in. Schools across the country and the world get together and practice on this particular day.”

World Taiji Day will kick off with a YogaQi class at 8 a.m. This intermediate class transitions from yoga to qigong, emphasizing muscle stretching and relaxing to circulate the body’s energy. Guest instructor, Mary Sturtevant will teach a workshop on the beautiful Dancing Bamboo Fan Form at 10 a.m. At 2 p.m., attendees are welcome to a free 45 minute introductory Qigong class. A student-led demonstration of Taiji for Balance follows at 2:45. Finally, an Advanced Taiji demonstration will close the day’s events at 3:15 p.m.

On Tap: Good Food, Good Beer, Good Green Fun

By Craig | Apr 22, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

Set on a historic 14-acre farm, Smuttynose Brewery’s new farmhouse restaurant, Hayseed, energetically enhances the farm style dining experience. And the restaurant, like the new brewing facility, keeps sustainability at the cornerstone of their operation.

“From recycling to buying bio-degradable products, we have a very conservational mind behind all designs and projects,” says Hayseed Executive Chef Kevin Hahn.

In 2013, Smuttynose moved to Towle Farm in Hampton from its original location in Portsmouth. In purchasing the land, Smuttynose inherited the property's aged barn and Victorian-era farmhouse. From the beginning, the Smuttynose team knew they wanted an on-site restaurant and the house met their aesthetic criteria.

“It was perfect for a restaurant and, by creating Hayseed, we were able to save and repurpose a really unique building,” says JT Thompson, Smuttynose’s official Minister of Propaganda.

The farmhouse was completely renovated—with the exception of the character-worn staircase—and showcases local products, like the lumber used liberally around Hayseed’s interior that was milled from red oak trees cut down during construction of the brewery.

“Being an old farmhouse, Hayseed is welcoming with an inviting exterior and a relaxed interior,” says Thompson. “It has a comfortable simplicity—it’s timeless, with no temporal references to 2015, while also being not at all bland.”

Local Company Helps Businesses Go Paperless

By Mike | Apr 22, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

Every business has a paper document, or series of forms, based on each of its needs. Annually, businesses spend billions of dollars on paper - along with purchasing costs, businesses put money into printing, postage, copying and storage. With the US consuming nearly 30 percent of the world’s paper, it’s clear that something needs to change.

Rochester-based company SnAPPii creates apps that ease a business's reliance on paper documents for invoicing, project management, and health and safety inspection. With an easy DIY app creation system, and an on-call service for premium accounts, SnAPPii is helping local businesses go paperless. And with the My PDF Form Manager, SnAPPii is able to directly upload existing PDF documents to Apple and Android products without losing valuable information.

“There’s not a business on the planet that doesn’t have a form, and we noticed that the bulk of the time we spent was actually recreating forms they already have,” SnAPPii owner Alex Bakman says. “I kind of looked at that and said, ‘Well, why can’t we use their existing forms?’ If we could do that, then we could go from zero to 60 in three seconds.”

Kennebunk Savings Bank Welcomes Kelly Goodwin as the New Retail Lending Officer

By Katelyn | Apr 21, 2015 | in

With 17 locations throughout seacoast New Hampshire and York County, Maine, Kennebunk Savings Bank continues to grow, hiring Kelly Goodwin as its new Retail Lending Officer. Goodwin will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to Kennebunk Savings's Strafford and Rockingham county locations from his office in Dover, New Hampshire. By hiring Goodwin, Kennebunk Savings is confident he will help ensure future growth and success for the local banking institution.

Goodwin joins Kennebunk Savings with nearly 30 years of experience under his belt and was most recently the Vice President of Loan Administration at Portsmouth's Optima Bank & Trust. Additionally, Goodwin has served as a Loan Recovery Officer, Vice President and Operations Officer, and Senior Loan Officer at banking and lending businesses across New England.

Goodwin not only has an extensive history in the banking industry, but also a deep commitment to the community: a value that pairs perfectly with Kennebunk Savings Bank own core values. Over the years, Goodwin has given back to the seacoast community by volunteering with the Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Eliot Community Service Department and the local United Way chapter.

Hit the Decks in Portsmouth

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 16, 2015 | in

Spring fever is here! It's that time of year again when all anyone wants to do is spend time outside with friends and family. There's no better way to do this than to enjoy great food, drinks, and shopping at the best businesses in town.

On May 8, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Hit the Decks, a celebratory day for enjoying dining on decks and al fresco patios throughout the seacoast. 

Restaurants such as 250 Market, British Beer Company, Old Ferry Landing, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Poco's Bow Street Cantina, and many more will be participating in this great day. Poco's decks are a favorite spot amongst local and visitors. As a member of the Green Alliance, Poco's is committed to sustainability. They recycle everything possible including paper, plastic, frying oil, metals, etc. And they compost 100% of their food waste, have installed outdoor motion light sensors to cut down on energy use, and replaced one heating system with an efficient fireplace, and plan to install a new efficient pump system to replace the current, older model. 

Coastal Home and Garden Show Inspires Fun in the Sun

By Mike | Apr 15, 2015 | in

At long last spring has finally sprung! To celebrate the new season, the Greater York Chamber of Commerce will be holding the first Coastal Home and Garden Show at the Kittery Community Center located at 120 Rogers Road, Kittery Maine on Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. With a wide range of vendors showing their latest innovations in home remodeling and landscaping, the Coastal Home and Garden Show is sure to inspire attendees to soak up the sun and enjoy the warmer weather.

Of the 14 vendors slated to set up, visitors can expect to find Urban Tree Service from Rochester, Your Kitchen Imagined from Scarborough, Maine, and Make a Difference Landscaping from Lee. Several sustainable businesses will make appearances as well, such as Evergreen Energy from Naples, Maine and Homesnuggers from Windham Maine. Evergreen is a heating company that warms homes with clean, wood burning boilers while Homesnuggers provides foam insulation- a cheaper and much greener alternative to fiberglass insulation. The Green Alliance will be setting up at the show as well.

Gundalow Gatherings Teaches Children and Adults About the Seacoast's Maritime History

By Corey | Apr 14, 2015 | in

PORTSMOUTH - The rivers of the Piscataqua Region are the veins running through the seacoast's historic maritime region, connecting commerce, trade, people and history. Between 1690 and 1900, the vessels that dominated these waters of the Piscataqua Region were gundalows – flat-bottom, shallow drafted cargo barges reaching 70 feet in length. These unique ships helped shape the way business ran throughout the seacoast region, transporting goods and people before roads and bridges were viable options. But as the rail system became the preferred method of trade, gundalows, and the waterways of the seacoast, fell out of favor. Today, The Gundalow Company, a non-profit organization based in Portsmouth, uses educational programs aboard recreation gundalow ships to ensure that the people of today and tomorrow understand the significance of the region’s maritime heritage and environment.

On April 25 the Gundalow Company will host the 4th Annual Gundalow Gatherings, a night of food, drinks and conversation focused on the area's maritime history and future conservation. Attendees of the fundraising event can choose between nine dinner locations held at the homes of the hosts in Portsmouth, Kittery and York, Maine. All of the evening's proceeds support the Gundalow Company's 2015 education programs.

Green Alliance Seeking Assistant Director

By Sam | Apr 14, 2015 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs BoardWe actually have a few jobs up at the moment, with an Assistant Director being one of them. For more information, view the Assistant Director Job on Jobscore here.

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS
The purpose of the Green Alliance Assistant Director is to support all tiers of the company with a special emphasis on Business Partner (BP) story-telling, sales, satisfaction, and service. The Assistant Director works alongside the Director to provide support in different ways when needed. The sales aspect of this position is to generate leads, close business partnerships, and on-board new businesses by familiarizing them with Green Alliance policies and practices and then helping to execute all the GA services. The Assistant Director is instrumental in all aspects of writing, editing, PR and Marketing, social media and technology support. Strong writing and editing skills are required. The ideal candidate understands the realities of working for a growing small business powered by a little budget and a whole lot of entrepreneurial spirit. Computer skills and customer service experience are a must. The perfect candidate is well organized and has a knack for improving the efficiency of business operations. A passion for the environment and social responsibility are also a must. This is not a “punch-the-clock” position but rather, the ideal candidate is self-motivated to go the extra mile.

Enjoy Exclusive Discounts with the Green Alliance During the Month of April

By Katelyn | Apr 14, 2015 | in

$20 off an EcoTech Fly Cage
So you’re excited for warm weather, and we don’t want to rain on the parade, but guess what else comes with warm weather? That’s right, flies, and lots of them. Tom Pray of EcoTech Pest Services has a new invention called the Fly Cage. It’s pretty simple, but incredibly powerful; built to resemble a four-legged animal, the cage attracts flies simply by sight – no chemicals whatsoever! It’s great for backyards, barns, fields, anywhere you want to keep pest-free and chemical free.

$10 off a $50 purchase at The Natural Dog
Warm weather also means more time to play with your furry friends! No more hurried laps around the block, it’s time to have some serious fun. Check your garage though – are your chew toys gross and old? Think your pup deserves something new? The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more on toys and treats, so everyone’s happy, especially your dog! There are plenty of cat toys to choose from too.

25% off a full house clean with Green Maids
Of all the associations with spring, "cleaning" is one of the most prominent. It's time to open the windows and fill your house with freshness again. But with all this dog playing and fly catching you have going on, who has time? Why not let Green Maids clean your house with all natural, toxin-free cleaning products, a reputable staff, and at a full 25% off to boot! This offer is valid only on a full house clean, and for first-time Green Maids customers.

$250 Lowe’s gift card from Yankee Thermal Imaging
Lastly, you probably have some home improvement plans for this year – planting some shrubs, rebuilding your walkway, or maybe buying that industrial weed puller you’ve been eyeing for months. What would you say to a $250 gift card to Lowe’s Home Improvement? Probably something like “oh, heck yes!” right? Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering gift cards to any Green Alliance Members who have weatherization and insulation completed in the month of April. That means by next winter, you could have a warm, tightly sealed house, and by the end of the month, you could have a head start on your next home improvement project!

During the entire month of April, you can join the Green Alliance for just $20!

Racing for a Cure

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

By Sarah Mahoney

PORTSMOUTH - The Green Alliance team is lacing up their sneakers and getting ready to run in the 4th Annual Komen NH Race for the Cure. The Green Alliance is a proud sponsor of the race and has created a team to further support Susan G. Komen. Green Alliance members are encouraged to join the team and will receive a free t-shirt to wear on race day. To join the team, click here and register by searching "Green Alliance" under team names. Once you've registered, contact Sarah at sarah@greenalliance.biz to let her know you've signed up.

For the last three years, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in New Hampshire has had a strong run as one of the largest events to bring awareness to survivors and those suffering from breast cancer. With the race returning for a fourth year, there’s no end in sight for its continued success.

The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization will hold its fourth annual race on May 9th at the Strawberry Banke Museum on 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, N.H. at 9 a.m. To date, the Komen organization’s national race days have become some of the largest and most successful fundraising events for breast cancer around the world.

Seacoast Spine will provide medical services in the First-Aid tent for runners along with massages for breast cancer survivors. There will also be a silent auction featuring local business, like Art with a Splash and Coastal Fitness, donating their goods and/or services to the event.

Redhook /Green Alliance Party for the Planet; Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration with Special Guest Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

By Katelyn Monroe

PORTSMOUTH - Redhook and the Green Alliance, celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, with a drop-in clean-up and a party, featuring special guest Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and StampStampede.org. The event is open to the public and guests enjoy live music and complimentary eats. $2 from every beer purchased goes to the local environmental non-profit Hodgson Brook Association. Free ice cream compliments of Ben & Jerry’s!

The event brings together sustainable business leaders, green-minded residents and Ben & Jerry’s fans. The Party for the Planet is 6- 9pm at Redhook in Portsmouth with a $5 entry also going to Hodgson Brook. All are invited but GA members get in free and clean-up participants get free raffle tickets for every bag of trash collected. The triumvirate between the Green Alliance, Redhook and Ben & Jerry’s is a match made in environmental heaven; not only is Redhook a staple on the seacoast's craft brewing scene, but also a leader in sustainable business practices.

“This is where the collaboration really becomes powerful,” says GA Director Sarah Brown. “A business like Redhook is ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability and is thrilled to be hosting green business leader, citizens and Ben Cohen. We want folks to connect the dots between responsible business practices and protecting the environment; all three of our organizations share these values.”

Kittery Community Market Now on Sundays

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

The Kittery Community Market is starting up again, but on Sundays this year! Their goal is to provide fresh local food choices and artisans work to Kittery and surrounding areas. 

The Kittery Community Market will be on Sundays instead of Wednesdays beginning June 7th and continuing every Sunday until October 4th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. It will be located at The Kittery Community Market (KCM), Kittery Center Village at Post Office Square, 10 Shapleigh Road, in Kittery, ME.

There are over 30 vendors present offering a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, maple syrup, baked goods, candy, pickles, jams/jellies, crafts and much more. This market is currently seeking vendors, email kitterycommunitymarket@gmail.com if you're interested in becoming a vendor. 

To learn more about this event, click here.

Integrated Fitness' Free Running Class with Frank

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

For runners and triathletes who want to bulletproof their bodies, improve efficiency, and get faster through specific strength, drills, and structural fitness...and also for anyone who loves free stuff!

Join Frank from Integrated Fitness of Dover for a free class on Thursday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m. It is located at Integrated Fitness of Dover, 42K Dover Point Road, Dover, NH. This is part of a 12 week indoor program that is focused on making clients a more resilient, balanced, and stronger runner while complementing their existing endurance training. Each class will have a mix of running-specific strength work, balance work, running drills, and core work to set you up for your best season of training and racing yet!

The main mission of Integrated Fitness is to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help new clients get started (about two thirds of the business) or help more advanced people take their fitness and nutrition regimen to the next level.

Gundalow Announces New Day Camps for 2015

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

Summer is the perfect opportunity to go outside and try new things! New this year, the nonprofit Gundalow Company is offering two types of day camps for children ages 9 to 12. It is a week-long River Kids day camp and a Crew for a day camp.

The week-long day River Kids camp, will be held August 3rd through 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Campers will spend their mornings on the water engaging in activities on navigation, the environment and maritime history and their afternoons doing shore based explorations. The Crew for a Day camps will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 1, July 15, July 29 and August 12. It will combine dockside activities with hands-on sailing.

Students in both camps will join the crew in setting the sail, steering the vessel, learning to navigate, towing for plankton, analyzing water quality and exploring human impact on our rivers. In addition, children will learn about Piscataqua region’s rich maritime heritage.

Join the GA During April for $20!

By Katelyn | Apr 13, 2015 | in

To celebrate the coming of warmer months and the end of a very long winter, the Green Alliance is offering a reduced membership for new members to join to GA and start the season off right! Join anytime during the month of April for only $20 (save $15 off the normal membership) and enjoy a year of discounts with 100+ local green businesses.

A membership with the Green Alliance gives you discounts with local sustainable businesses, access to member exclusive events, such as holiday parties and summer sails on the Gundalow, and is the perfect way to show your dedication to working with local and green businesses. Speaking of parties...join us for the Redhook and Green Alliance Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 (members get in for free)!

On top of the exclusive discounts GA members receive throughout the year, several Business Partners are offering additional specials during the month of April to jump start the season. Click here to see how you can get ready for warmer weather and score a great deal at the same time.

Click here to join the Green Alliance today for only $20!

GateWay Celebrates Self Defense and Well-Being on World Taiji Day

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

PORTSMOUTH- The martial art of taiji (pronounced tai-chee) and qigong (pronounced chee-kung) have been practiced for centuries. In Chinese, the word qigong literally translates to “energy work,” a concept that is essential in Taiji. Unlike the hard forms of martial arts, like karate, taiji focuses on using the body’s energy, or qi, to support physical activity. Since 1999, Taiji and Qigong have been celebrated on a global scale as World Taiji Day.

In Portsmouth, GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga will host its own World Taiji Day event on Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. featuring a range of special classes for attendees as well as student demonstrations.

“The basic concept of World Taiji Day is to try and get as many people involved with this as possible,” says Bill Buckley, GateWay's owner. “It’s kind of like a meditative sit-in. Schools across the country and the world get together and practice on this particular day.”

Spring is the Right Time to Protect Yourself Against Summer's Worst Pest

By Craig | Apr 9, 2015 | in

They'll be coming sooner than you think. Rising from the backwoods and marshes, deer flies, horse flies and green-heads terrorize backyards and beach days, from the Cape up the coast of Maine, throughout the summer. But Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services has developed a solution that could finally alleviate one of the summer's biggest backyard woes. He calls it the Fly Cage.

Pray's invention, which mimics the appearance of a four-legged animal, is completely environmentally-friendly. Built with recyclable materials, the Fly Cage is meant for residential and commercial use.

"There are no chemicals or pheromones or anything," said Pray. "Its a visual trap so it will catch the biting flies known as green-heads, deer flies, horse flies; it will catch them without using anything but a visual lure to bring them in."

That visual lure is a buoy, black in color, with a shimmering exterior that attracts the seasonal flies. The flies are drawn in, acting on their natural behavior to attack the underside of large animals like deer and cattle. Once the flies realize their mistake they fly straight up, toward the light coming through the top of the trap, getting caught in its mesh netting and perish. The netting works like a lobster trap allowing the flies to enter, but not exit.

Pray advises erecting the trap near the shaded areas of a property where a majority of the flies spend their day, and are most likely to approach it.