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Kittery Community Market Opening Sunday, June 7th

By John | Jun 1, 2015 | in

June 1, 2015 (Kittery, Maine)

Kittery Community Market is an outdoor seasonal farmers market and opens this Sunday, June 7 for the 2015 season. The market is open rain or shine each Sunday from 10am to 2pm through October 4, and is located in front of Tributary Brewing Company, at Post Office Square, 10 Shapleigh Road, Kittery Center Village, Kittery, Maine 03904.

Opening Day will feature a plant sale from the Shapleigh Sharks "Green Team" to raise funds for their ecological educational program, as well as variety of agricultural, prepared food and artisan vendors. Attend the market each week through August 9th and you'll be entered to win a Kayak from Portsmouth Kayak Adventures.

"It's summertime in the Seacoast and Kittery Community Market is your spot to shop and eat local every Sunday. Get fresh food from Zach's Farm, Greenlaw Gardens, Bumbleroot Organic Farm, AJ's Pizza, Belle's on Wheels, the Soup Guy, Robert's Maine Grill, and Lil's, as well as fine artisan crafts including White Pine Pottery and so much more. In addition to fresh local food, enjoy live music, a kid's corner with fun activities and a different community nonprofit featured each week. This year will be great for locals and tourists alike, and we are so excited for this season to start!" says market manager, Kris Bowden.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: RAM Printing

By John | Jun 1, 2015 | in

What: As New Hampshire's first printing company to receive Forest Stewardship Council certification, RAM Printing in East Hampstead was an early adopter of sustainable printing operations. Through the FSC certification process, RAM Printing completed the nonprofit's "chain of custody," which indicates that from pulp, to paper mill, to distributor, to printer; each process was evaluated and certified by the FSC for sustainability.

Additionally, RAM only selects paper approved by the Rainforest Alliance, a non-government, nonprofit, organization that protects rainforest ecosystems through sustainable agriculture, forestry, business practices and consumer behavior. And RAM uses local paper suppliers like Mohawk and Monadnock Papers. For its production purposes, RAM operates with highly efficient printing presses to reduce waste and cut back on printing time; taking only 12 minutes to set up, RAM's latest printer has the ability to print 15,000 copies per hour. The company prints with water-based, recyclable printing plates, as well as soy and vegetable-based inks instead of common, oil-based inks. The final products' quality is comparable to that of traditional printing companies.

RAM is transparent about its environmental efforts, actively educating clients and the public on its sustainable printing practices, fully documenting its green initiatives and offering full tours of the company. And RAM is an avid supporter of local organizations such as City Year, N.H. Philharmonic, Children's Museum of New Hampshire and more.

Green Businesses Team Up to Take the Bite Out of Golf

By John | Jun 1, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

NORTH HAMPTON – There will be a few more traps at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club this summer, but golfers need not worry, these traps will be installed to enhance the playing experience.

This summer Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services, LLC is working with Sagamore-Hampton to test his Fly Cage at the 18-hole course. The Fly Cage, developed by Pray over the last year to control horseflies, greenheads and deerflies, will be positioned at two of the course's holes with two traps at each hole to test the cage's effectiveness.

“I want to put some out and see which spots will be best,” Pray said.

Richard Luff, the president of Sagamore-Hampton said he'd like to start testing at some of the holes on the course's back nine. Holes 10, 11 and 12 wind through the woods and that's where Luff said the deer-flies are most prevalent, especially in the morning.

“In those early morning rounds they can chase you around and make it unpleasant,” Luff said.

Luff said he has tried several other options to control the deerfly problem in the past, but none were successful. He hopes installing the Fly Cage will have better results.

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company helps out NHPTV in a big way.

By Ken | May 29, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

Spring is here, crocuses are flowering, the trees are budding, the harsh winter temperatures have changed over to the warm breezes of Spring, and New Hampshire Public Television has held its annual Spring auction.

The Spring NHPTV auction raises money so that they can bring quality programs to the public, for free. This year was the 42nd year of the Spring NHPTV auction.

“The NHPTV Spring Auction is the most significant fund raiser for the Station as well as our biggest Community Outreach event,” Judy Pinkham, Director of Special Events and Auction for New Hampshire Public Television, said. “The timing is at the end of the fiscal year for New Hampshire Public Television – a 501c3 non-profit organization, and the influx of money raised allows us to pay for the high quality programs that the residents of New Hampshire have come to rely on from NHPTV as well as the critical services offered to children throughout the state that prepare them for school.

Our Summer Cruise Television Spot for NHPTV

By Craig | May 28, 2015 | in

NHPTV helped us put together a TV spot for our summer cruise on June 13 aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.'s M/V Thomas Laighton vessel, with food provided by 900 Degrees. We hope to see you there!

Watch the video below. 

Yankee Thermal Imaging Energy Audit Refund with Upgrades

By Katelyn | May 28, 2015 | in

Yankee Thermal Imaging works to provide homeowners and businesses with top of the line energy consultations to determine how they can increase their energy efficiency and save money. This summer, YTI is offering Green Alliance members an exclusive incentive for energy efficient upgrades to be implemented in their homes. YTI will conduct an energy audit at the normal price, which will then be refunded to the homeowner when they implement qualifying energy upgrades. In addition, YTI will help residents to access available rebates to help offset the cost of implementing the upgrades.

Heat loss and energy efficiency are major concerns for homeowners during the winter months. These issues are equally important to address in the summer months as well. An energy audit assesses the efficiency of a home and determines the levels of insulation, ventilation, and possible cracks or penetrations within the attic, basement areas and structure of the home. When cool or warm air escapes the home, not only are residents losing money, but they are also wasting energy and creating a larger carbon footprint.

Dover Salon Offers Truly Healthier Hair Products

By John | May 28, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

DOVER – Organic, hair and salon are not terms generally heard together, especially considering some of the ingredients that often appear within hair care products. However, Acorn Organic Salon in Dover takes pride in combining these terms together successfully.

One of the immediate differences between Acorn is that it doesn't smell like other salons; there's less harmful chemicals in the air because Acorn uses eco-hair sprays instead of industry-favorites. It's a conversation starter for the stylists and their customers on what makes Acorn's product selection a healthier alternative.

“The ingredients that we use are another big factor,” Laura MacKay, owner of Acorn Organic Salon, said.

A significant portion of Acorn's clientele choose the salon because of allergies, for example, with hair dyes. Acorn's choices of eco-friendly hair dyes gives customers who've never been able to color their hair due to allergies, the chance to try something new without an adverse reaction.

Stay Cool Throughout the Summer with Aucella Heating & Cooling

By Katelyn | May 27, 2015 | in

With the first hot days of the season behind us, we have gotten a taste of what this summer may bring. Residents throughout New England are beginning to think about cranking the AC to make their homes more comfortable during the summer. Most homeowners don't think twice about turning on the air conditioning when it gets hot; however, air conditioning units require yearly maintenance and should be frequently checked to ensure efficiency.

Regular maintenance keeps air conditioners running efficiently, reduces unnecessary energy use and extends the life span of the unit. This summer, Aucella Heating and Cooling is offering all Green Alliance members who are first time air conditioning customers 50% off their unit maintenance (originally $139.00) when scheduled before June 30. Aucella’s comprehensive checklist used to inspect air conditioning units ensures that the system is in compliance with manufacturers guarantees and is ready to be used throughout the summer.

At each maintenance inspection, Aucella thoroughly checks and cleans all aspects of the cooling unit including exterior compartments and electrical connections. Homeowners can expect Aucella to inspect interior drains and pumps, clean the system and make any minor repairs that are necessary.

Meet a Green Alliance Family: The Millers

By Sam Lane | May 27, 2015 | in

Kristyn Lak Miller is a freelance writer for the Green Alliance and Green Familes Club Member

For the Miller family, being green isn’t easy, but it is essential.

“For us, doing things like composting and recycling are baseline non-negotiables,” says Kristyn Lak Miller. “Sometimes it’s messy or time-consuming—admittedly, it’s often both—but we can’t imagine living any other way. It just feels right to be doing our part to protect the well-being of the planet, while keeping every member of our family healthy, too.”

Kristyn and husband Mark are raising two young children in downtown Portsmouth. They moved to a townhome six years ago, downsizing from a much bigger house in order to minimize their environmental impact. Kristyn works from home, Mark drives a Prius, and the family makes the eco-friendly choice whenever possible, from sleeping on all-natural mattresses to cleaning without chemicals, always using cloth bags, and eating an organic vegan diet, with some veggies harvested from their tiny urban garden.

New Hampshire the Beautiful: State Wide Community Pride and Roadside Cleanups

By Sam Lane | May 27, 2015 | in

The Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) and New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) have joined forces to deter littering while promoting recycling programs through their continuous state-wide roadside cleanups.

This year, New Hampshire the Beautiful has given away 311 cases of Litter Free Blue Bags, the ones often seen along roadsides during spring clean ups. Each case holds 500 bags. With the help of 1,525 volunteers and DPW workers, the cleanups yielded 8,431 bags of trash and recyclables from over 545 miles of roadways within the state.

Some of the cleanups took place during Valley Pride Day, the annual litter cleanup in the Mount Washington Valley, which served as an opportunity to help remove large quantities of roadside litter throughout Carroll County. NHtB and NRRA's combined efforts during Valley Pride Day have gained recognition in other parts of the state as well as in Maine and even into Canada. This warm reception has led the NRRA and NHtB to ask the state for the first Saturday of May each year to be sanctioned as Community Pride and Litter Awareness Day. Through the charitable efforts of groups like New Hampshire the Beautiful the steps towards a litter free New Hampshire are well under way, the only question is what successes will come next?

Free injury prevention seminar at Integrated Fitness of Dover

By Sam Lane | May 27, 2015 | in

When considering what is needed to live an active and healthy lifestyle, one immediately falls back onto the ideas of intense workout regiments and daily calorie cutbacks, almost to the point where you’re leading an entirely different life.

Bouncing between the common issue of having a busy schedule, the time commitment and personal commitment of becoming fit and healthy can become too much to bear. However, changing your life can be as simple as becoming more mindful of your body’s needs and implementing small changes to your daily routine to avoid injury and lead a healthier lifestyle.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Isle of Shoals Steamship Company

By Sam Lane | May 26, 2015 | in

What: With its iconic white 340 passenger vessel M/V Thomas Laighton leading the way, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has taken passengers down the Piscataqua River and out to the Isles of Shoals for decades. Each summer, the company offers seasonal daily tours of the Seacoast, and its isles, as well as evening events featuring live music, drinks and food.

Founded by Arnold Whitaker in 1962 as Viking Cruises, today the company is owned and operated by Capt. Jeremy Bell and Capt. Jerod Blanchette. With the addition of a second vessel, the M/V Celia Thaxter in 2014, Bell and Blanchette have made sustainability an integral part of their fleets' design and daily operations.

Recently, the larger, three-deck Thomas Laighton, underwent a full sustainability renovation. All interior lighting was replaced with high-efficiency LEDs that use less mercury and lead than traditional lighting; the new carpet was made from recycled materials and the new ceiling tiles, ceiling grid, and carpet are recyclable. A stainless steel railing system was installed to replace the old railing system, which will last the life of the vessel, and eliminates the need for the epoxy-based paint that was necessary to maintain the old rails. Half of all the demolition waste was either reused, recycled or donated. Both of the vessels also run on a bio-diesel fuel blend from a local supplier and their engine oil waste is recycled.

A Portsmouth Maritime Favorite Gets a Green Make-Over

By Corey | May 25, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

During the summer season, the M/V Thomas Laighton is a common sight plying the waters in and around Portsmouth harbor. This bright white, 340-passenger vessel celebrates the natural beauty of the New Hampshire seacoast; so it’s only fitting that it took a green approach to its recent renovations.

“The first eco-element of the renovation was the demolition of the vessel interior,” says Captain Jeremy Bell, co-owner of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, which runs the M/V Thomas Laighton. “We were able to recycle, reuse, or donate about 50 percent of all the demolition materials, including several hundred pounds of steel from the old railing.”

For the renovation itself, all interior lighting was replaced with high-efficiency LEDs that use less mercury and lead than traditional lighting. The new interior carpet is made from recycled content and, along with the new ceiling tiles and ceiling grid, is recyclable. Additionally, when planning the renovations, Bell thought long-term about the ship's sustainability. A stainless steel railing system was installed to replace the old railings. This new system will last the life of the vessel, and eliminates the need for the epoxy-based paint necessary to maintain the old rails.

Join NHPTV and the Green Alliance for the 2015 Summer Cruise

By Ken | May 22, 2015 | in

 

For more information on the NHPTV and Green Alliance Summer Cruise 2015 click here!