Fast Festive 5k Benefits Great Cause

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

STRATHAM - For many fall is a time to reflect on the ecological beauty of the state before the warm weather dissipates. It’s only natural that The Great Bay Stewards, an organization dedicated to conservation and preservation of the New Hampshire’s Great Bay Estuary, would host their annual 5k at the apex of the season. This year the race will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 24 at Sandy Hill Road in Stratham.

The Great Bay 5K Road Race is a primary fundraiser for the Great Bay Stewards, with proceeds supporting the non-profit’s educational and stewardship programs as well as facility improvement projects. Along with sponsoring erosion control efforts, invasive species removal, and runoff prevention campaigns, the non-profit also funds the Great Bay Discovery Center, an educational hub of the Research Reserve.

The Discovery Center offers visitors a chance to learn more about ecology and marine biology issues involving the Great Bay. The Stewards help manage over 6,000 acres of protected land. Only one acre is developed, which houses the Great Bay Discovery Center, with the other 5,999 acres providing prime estuary habitat, recreation space and undisturbed wetland area.

Spooktacular Kids Festival this Saturday at Stratham Hill Park

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

Stop by the Spooktacular Kids Festival at Stratham Hill Park this Saturday, October 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. The day will feature a spooky fun run, music, magic, train ride, face painting, games, crafts, a toy flea market, food trucks, and promises to have a little something for everybody.

The Spooktacular Kids Festival will benefit Rett's Roost, a sanctuary for families with a child affected by cancer. Rett's Roost is a non-profit organization established by Jim and Deana Cavan in memory of their son Everett "Rett" Cavan who passed away from pediatric cancer at just 10 months old.

Jim Cavan worked as the Director of Media at the Green Alliance for five years, and although he continues to write for publications in the area, Jim and Deana have made it their mission to honor Rett. In memory of Rett, the Cavans launched Rett’s Roost in early July. Families attend these “Roosts” free of charge and to cover expenses, Deana and Jim plan to conduct regular fundraisers to supplement individual donations.

Fall is Still Active Season for Wasps

By Craig | Oct 5, 2015 | in

At a family outing to a nearby apple orchard they swarm around crushed apple cores, spilled cups of cider and sticky trash bins. Even with autumn’s crisp evening air, wasps are still active.

Already this fall Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Services in Eliot, Maine, says there have been a number of reports regarding large wasp nests both inside and outside of homes, with nests growing to the size of volleyballs and hanging like a paper lantern under an eave or porch.

"Last year we had a bumper crop of bald face hornets and wasp nests. We're probably seeing the result of that," Pray said. "All those nest sites last year created new queens for this year, so a large number of them survived last winter, built large nests during the summer and seek warmth as the weather cools again."

Homeowners can take some minor precautions themselves by walking their property both inside and out to check for nests, which remain active until mid-November.

Each of the varying wasp species, over a dozen in New Hampshire, have a favorite place to build, which is why many homeowners find nests in the ground, hanging from a tree and hidden in the wall or attic of a house. If a homeowner, or business owner, finds a nest on their property Pray insists they call him instead of taking matters into their own hands with over-the-counter insecticides.

"People shouldn’t go after a nest site with a can of Raid, that’s like bringing a knife to a gun fight. You have to be really close when you set that off and they will come after you," he said.

Pray added that wasps will often post guards outside a nest site that will attack if a nest is disturbed even slightly.

Different species of wasps, build nests in a variety of locations. The "paper" nest is the most commonly seen. Circular in shape and grey in color these nests feel like papier-mâché and are often found hanging under decks, rooflines and tree branches. But the wasps that build inside a home's wall cavity can be particularly dangerous if unchecked.

New Hampshire Businesses Come Together at the Just One Thing Sustainability Slam

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

AMHERST - Twelve sustainability stories by businesses from across the state will come to life at New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (NHBSR) Just One Thing Sustainability Slam at the LaBelle Winery on Thursday, October 15 in Amherst, New Hampshire. The evening will feature the top Just One Thing Stories, and guests will vote for the most impactful story.

NHBSR, a nonprofit membership-based organization of socially and environmentally friendly businesses, launched the Just One Thing campaign to bring together businesses from across New Hampshire to share ideas regarding sustainability and recognize businesses for their environmental, community, and workplace initiatives.

At the Sustainability Slam, guests will hear twelve winning stories, determined by a panel of sustainability experts, each in 90 seconds or less, and select the overall best stories using a polling app on their phones. Finalists were selected by a panel of experts consisting of Lisa Drake, Director of Sustainability Innovation at Stonyfield Farm, Matt Gardner, Principal of Sustainserv and Fiona Wilson, Co-Director for the Center for Social Innovation and Enterprise at the UNH Paul College of Business and Economics. Four finalists were chosen from each category, with two large companies, and two small companies or organizations in each category:

Fall Programs are in Full Swing at the Gundalow Company

By Katelyn | Oct 5, 2015 | in

With autumn well underway, tourists have packed up their beach chairs, vacated summer cottages, and headed home. As the heat of the summer slips into memory, there are still plenty of warm days left for locals to get outside and enjoy fall in New Hampshire.

One of the more popular ways to take in fall’s changing scenery is sailing along the Piscataqua River aboard a replica historic gundalow vessel, unique to the Seacoast region. The Gundalow Company, which operates regular educational and public sails, is open through the last week of October.

Established in 2002, the Gundalow Company provides a fun and educational experience for thousands of school children and adults. Today the Gundalow Company continues to carry out their mission - to protect the Piscataqua Region’s maritime heritage and environment through education and action on their newest gundalow replica, the Piscataqua.

“We built this boat for the community and want it to be thought of as a resource for local kids and families,” said Molly Bolster, Gundalow Company Executive Director.

From the early 1700s to 1900, gundalows were a common sight on the Piscataqua River and a staple of the seacoast’s economy. Gundalows evolved in style and function, adding sails, decks and cabins, and served as the primary mode of transportation for local commerce delivering raw materials up river to cotton factories and brickyards. In 2011, the Gundalow Company built the Piscataqua at Strawbery Banke, following in the footsteps of the Capt. Edward H. Adamsreplica built and launched in 1982.

Favorite Foods Continues to Lead ‘Green’ by Example

By Craig | Oct 5, 2015 | in

By Rich Collins

For the past 27 years, Favorite Foods, a New Hampshire based food distribution company, made it its mission to provide superior quality food distribution and service to their clients, typically independent restaurants, in New Hampshire, Maine, and central and northern Massachusetts. Family owned and operated by son Kelly, father Chris Barstow, and mother Petra Barstow both have always held a strong belief that Favorite Foods could run both profitably and efficiently, with a company-wide focus to improve its overall environmental footprint.

Favorite Foods has had many green successes to date, including a massive 572 Panel, 140 kW Solar installation, and the Barstow family is focused on continuously lessening their impact on the environment, increasing energy efficiencies and continuing their mission to maintain a sustainable business. Locally, Favorite Foods has had a longtime relationship with the Green Alliance, a union of local, sustainable businesses and members working to unite the green community.

The company’s latest ‘green’ effort was prompted not only by its continuous drive to improve efficiencies, but also by the realities of the significant energy use involved in large-scale refrigeration.

In order to best serve their customers, Favorite Foods relies on a large refrigerated warehouse complex located onsite in Somersworth. The building consists of industrial scale refrigerated and freezer space, and refrigerated cooled loading docks, which serve as their cold storage as well as their primary distribution center. Such a large, climate controlled space requires a significant amount of time, money, and, in particular, energy to operate. Keeping consumption and costs down benefits both the company’s sustainable mission as well as their bottom line.

Kelly Barstow, Favorite Foods’ Director of Process Improvement, began working with John Guidotti of Biotek Environmental LLC, an efficiency solutions company based in Lebanon, N.H., to audit the facility and offer suggestions to improve operations.

Smuttynose Hosts First Oktoberfest Party on October 10

By Craig | Sep 30, 2015 | in

Zum wohl! (Cheers!)

Oktoberfest, the German holiday which begins mid-September through early October, draws roughly 6 million people to the city of Munich each year, and is celebrated worldwide. Though part of its roots trace back to the marriage celebration of King Ludwig I, Oktoberfest is most commonly known today for its traditional love of beer. Not straying far from this tradition, Smuttynose Brewing Co. will host its first Oktoberfest Party on October 10 from 2 - 7 p.m. at their sustainable brewery in Hampton.

Craft beers on tap will include Smuttlabs' (Smuttynose's experimental arm) traditional Oktoberfest lager as well as the brewing company's Vundebar German pilsner, Finestkind IPA, Pumpkin Ale and the newly released Big Double IPA, with limited-release surprises to be revealed.

Live music will be provided by Boston's synth-dance group, and Converse Rubber Tracks winner, Bearstronaut and opener Superhuman Happiness, the Brooklyn four-piece called "pop perfection, with uplifting male and female vocal harmonies and extended disco beats laced with electronic nuances," by The New Yorker.

Local food will be provided courtesy of Hampton's The Old Salt restaurant, Exeter's Clyde's Cupcakes food truck and Belles on Wheels. Smutty will also host tours, showcasing how they reduce their carbon footprint and conserve energy, of their new brewing facility, and field games like Stein Time and Maas Relay.

Barking Up The Right Tree; Jeff Price of The Natural Dog Brings Sustainability to Pet Sector

By Katelyn | Sep 30, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Sustainability doesn’t immediately come to mind when put in the context of a pet store. But Jeff and Dawn Price, the owners of The Natural Dog, have made it their mission to change that perception.

“We believe that sustainable thinking and practice are good for our customers,” Jeff Price said. Since 2004 when they opened their first store in Newburyport, Mass., the Prices have seen their customer grow steadily as one referral led to another. That led to a second store – named The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat – that opened in 2013 in Portsmouth.

Like location being a key in real estate success, Price said that education has been the driving force behind the growth of customer awareness and demand.

“We think the knowledge we and our staff offer sets our level of customer service apart,” Price explained. “Just because a big pet food company rolls out a commercial that says their product is good doesn’t necessarily make it so. We maintain a high level of scrutiny and that makes us as much of an education center as a store.”

The Prices have proven that offering a wide range of all-natural, organic and responsibly produced pet foods and goods can result in sustainable success. It becomes all the more appreciated when the knowledge they gather from continuous research is shared with customers who are concerned about their pets eating healthier.

Renew the 603

By Katelyn | Sep 29, 2015 | in

Smuttynose Brewing Company, NextGen Climate NH, and the 603 Initiative will host Renew the 603 at Smuttynose on October 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This evening will highlight renewable efforts around the seacoast and what makes these projects possible. Speakers will discuss topics such as technology, policy, and implementation and offer time for answer questions from attendees. Following the talks there will be a reception & brewery tours showcasing the sustainable measures of LEED certified & repurposed Smuttynose Brewery.

Event speakers will include Patrick Jackson & Bobby Lambert , Co-Founders of SunRaise Investments, Joe Harrison, Director of Clean Energy Finance at CDFA, David Funk, Senior Financial Analyst at Enel Green Power North America, Martin Wosnik , Assoc. Mechanical Engineering Professor at UNH's Center for Ocean Renewable Energy, and Lisa Demaine - Climate Activist, University of New Hampshire, will lead discussions as well. Green Alliance Business Partners Peter Egelston, Founder and Owner of Smuttynose Brewery, and Andrew Kellar, Founder of NH Solar Garden will also discuss sustainability in their businesses.

Top Ten Questions About Healthcare at RiverWoods

By Katelyn | Sep 29, 2015 | in

Join the professionals at RiverWoods for a discussion about some of the most common questions about healthcare at the continuing care retirement community. Speakers will include Mary Flanagan, a nurse practitioner, Christine Hegarty, Director of Social Services, and Cindy Martin, V.P of Health Care. This event serves as an introduction to healthcare at RiverWoods and is open to people who are not currently enrolled in the Futrure Resident Program.

More than 20 years ago, RiverWoods was founded as a Continuing Care Retirement Community by people who wanted to create an active community of adults who cared about each other and the world around them. Today, RiverWoods is nationally accredited, and has three campuses on 200 wooded acres in Exeter.

Residents enter the community when they are 62 or older, and live active, independent lives. If at any time their health changes, they need assisted living or skilled nursing, it is available, for no increase in fee, right within their campus.

Join Us for a Fall Foliage Sunset Sail

By Katelyn | Sep 28, 2015 | in

We invite all existing Green Alliance members to step up their membership and when they do, they'll receive 4 free tickets on our Fall Foliage Sunset Sail, on October 15, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Do you like the work the Green Alliance does and what we stand for? Show your commitment to the local green economy with a lifetime membership and help us work with more local businesses and expand to more surrounding communities.

Not yet a member of the Green Alliance? No problem. Become a new Sustaining Member and you too will get 4 free tickets aboard the sail with the Gundalow Company

The Business of Politics and Climate Change

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2015 | in

Written by Peter Egelston, Presdent of Smuttynose Brewing Company, including Smuttynose Brewery, Hayseed Restaurant, and the Portsmouth Brewery. Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Aside from our mutual appreciation for good beer, Kelley Ayotte and I have something else in common: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in New Hampshire appeals to both of us.

RGGI appeals to Senator Ayotte because it is a market-based approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in nine northeastern states, and because RGGI was approved and established in New Hampshire by a bi-partisan state legislature. I like RGGI for those same reasons, and also because the program offers incentives to encourage businesses like mine to opt for conservation and cutting-edge energy efficient technologies when making plans for expansion or new construction. These incentives help make those choices economically viable in the short term, so all of us can benefit in the long term.

Having just returned from meeting with several US Senators and their staffs in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, I want to reflect on my recent Washington, D.C. visit. I met with Senator (Jeanne) Shaheen and several of her colleagues on the Senate Climate Change Task Force. One senator said in the introductions that we were at the "scene of the crime" — that is, we were sitting in the hearing room in which the senate majority will likely vote to reject the Clean Power Plan before the end of the year.

Chloe's Bootcamp at Integrated Fitness of Dover

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2015 | in

Bathing suit season is over, but don't let all your hard work this summer disappear. Chloe's Bootcamp at Integrated Fitness of Dover starts on September 30 and is the perfect way to keep your summer body into winter. The weekly fitness classes are designed for all levels and the workouts are effective for those new to fitness or seasoned gym veterans. The program aims to tone the entire body and helps eliminate body fat. 

Participants can choose from classes on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. or Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. for 12 weeks, or can sign up for both classes for the full 12 weeks. 

Driving to work each day, it is hard not to notice the countless gyms that keep popping up in each town. While large, corporate fitness facilities offer cheap monthly memberships, there is no personal connection and very little focus on customer service. However, Integrated Fitness of Dover was launched in 2010 with exactly that in mind. The team of personal trainers helps clients live a more sustainable lifestyle by working with them one-on-one and in a group setting to lose weight, build muscle, and eat healthier for a more balanced lifestyle.

Climate Reality Project "Know Tomorrow" Event at UNH

By Anne | Sep 23, 2015 | in
The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to shifting awareness of climate change into urgent action in order to accelerate the global shift to clean energy and a healthier planet. The organization’s ultimate goal is to attain net zero carbon emissions worldwide through culturally shifting from fossil fuel use to chiefly clean renewables. A brainchild of Nobel Laureate, former U.S. VP, and environmental advocate behind the Academy Award winning film “An Inconvenient Truth”, Al Gore, this organization seeks to create both awareness and a call to action.

Drive in Style this Fall Thanks to NHPTV

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2015 | in

New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) is once again hosting their annual car raffle to support the station’s programming. The NHPTV Car Raffle will continue until October 20, 2015, and the winners will be selected in a random drawing on October 21, 2015. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 towards a new vehicle from Grappone Auto Group!

Taste of the Seacoast has donated a $1,000 dining out package to the first prize winner, the second prize winner will receive a Weber Genesis Gas Grill from Rocky’s Ace Hardware, and third place will win a Cannondale 2016 Quick 6 bike from Philbrick’s Sports. Early Bird ticket purchasers from September 15 - October 6 are also entered to win a $1,000 VISA gift card donated by Kennebunk Savings.

The NHPTV Car Raffle, and fundraisers and auctions throughout the year, supports their community and education initiatives and keeps the programs you love on NHPTV.

The station is New Hampshire’s only statewide, locally owned television network and remains committed to commercial free programming that engages minds, connects communities, and celebrates the region in a way that entertains as well as educates. NHPTV provides educational programming, PBS staples, locally focused programs like Windows to the Wild and Granite State Challenge, and the technology for a high-tech public safety communications infrastructure. It offers enriching on-air and online media to 98% of Granite State residents and nearly a million viewers every month.