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5 Green Tips from Cornerstone Tree Care

By Patrick | Jan 27, 2014 | in

Spring is right around the corner, and it's time to start thinking about your backyard! This week's Green Tips come from Cornerstone Tree Care and provide some great info on how to more gently care for the trees on your property. Learn more about Cornerstone Tree Care by visiting their website.

1. Compost your leaves and other garden waste at home instead of bagging and carting them to the transfer station. All that material is food for your plants and trees. Why pay for compost from somebody else when you already have the ingredients to make your own? Don't have the space? Get together with your neighbors to create a shared spot that you all can use.

Cuzin Richard Spearheads 13th Comedy Benefit

By Jim Cavan | Jan 24, 2014 | in

They say that laughter is the best medicine, but for two Seacoast nonprofit organizations, it can also make for a fantastic fundraiser.

On Valentine’s Day, comedian Michael McDonald and Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates (CREA) will host the 13th Annual Comedy Xxtravaganza at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.

A percentage of the proceeds from the show will benefit a pair of local causes: the Seacoast Family Food Pantry and Cross Roads House, a transitional shelter and outreach center for individuals and families.

McDonald, who returns for his 12th straight year at the show’s helm, highlights an impressive cast of nationally renowned comedians including Tony V, Mike Whitman, and Dave Rattigan.

If the last dozen events are any indication, the Xxtravaganza is sure to be as successful at selling tickets as they are providing much-needed boosts – moral as well as financial – to two organizations that genuinely need it.

“Basically, it’s like having seasons tickets for the Green Bay Packers – the only way to get in is if someone dies,” says Mike McDonald, who has headlined the show since its initial incarnation. “There’s definitely a loyal fanbase that turns out, the comics are all top-notch, and it’s all for a good community cause.”

Asked if hosting the show on Valentine’s Day will hinder attendance, McDonald is unequivocal.

“Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or any other occasion – what’s better than giving someone an experience you both can share?” McDonald posits “Nothing says I love you more than comedy. It certainly beats gas station roses.”

As for the show itself, McDonald says this year’s lineup was built with a single goal in mind: to knock it out of the park from the second the stage lights flash.

“We tried to put together a lineup that, top to bottom, is going to rip it up,” he says.

Dave Rattigan – another of the event’s headlining acts – is looking forward to collecting some money of his own.

"Portsmouth is one of my favorite places and the Music Hall is a fantastic place to see a show, or perform in," said Rattigan. "I especially love performing with Tony V., because he owes me money and this will be another chance to collect."

Ridgeview Construction seeks Seasoned Project Manager

By Patrick | Jan 24, 2014 | in

Did you know the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We post information about job openings within our business partner community. Open the door to your green career today. 

Green Alliance business partner, Ridgeview Construction is seeking a seasoned Project Manager. This award-winning custom homebuilder has recently had its share of success and growth and is trying to find an enthusiastic candidate to move forward with. Don't miss this opportunity to join such a unique construction business. If you would like to read more about the position and the necessary qualifications, please visit our Green Jobs Board.

Winter Pruning Protects Trees Facing New Threats 

By Mary | Jan 24, 2014 | in

Winter is the perfect time to invest in preventative tree care that will help keep trees healthy and green all spring and summer long and reduce the potential for costly winter storm tree damage and even extended power outages.

“Because the leaves are gone, we have an opportunity to clearly see the structure of a tree, and identify what should be removed for its health,” according to Portsmouth arborist Micum Davis of Cornerstone Tree Care. Cornerstone’s Davis is sometimes referred to as the Seacoast’s “tree whisperer”.

“The dormant season is also the best time to trim a tree from a biological standpoint, in large part because harmful fungi are also currently dormant,” he says. 

Winter structural pruning gives trees a head start in realizing their ideal form aesthetically and architecturally.  Ignoring the internal structure of a tree can lead to rubbing wounds, unseen hazards, branch failure, fungi prevalence, and premature tree failure and removal. When a rubbing limb is removed early on, it conveniently allows the tree to focus its resources on expanding those healthy and necessary limbs which contribute to the tree’s overall strength and beauty.  Experienced arborists have an eye for seeing which limbs will cause problems down the road.  A precise nip here and cut there can make a world of difference in the long run.

That kind of preventative care is particularly important today, as climate change, disease, and invasive species combine to pose new threats to local tree species. 

ReVision Energy bolsters Exeter sales staff

By Michael | Jan 24, 2014 | in

EXETER – In a sign of continued strength for the solar energy sector, ReVision Energy has added two sales professionals to its Exeter branch.

The company said the hiring of Jonathan Gregory and Jason Tuttle highlight the rapid growth of the solar installer in New Hampshire. Revision has grown from one representative in 2010 to the current staff of 19 full-time employees working out of a 7,000 square-foot solar showroom and warehouse in Brentwood.

“We are delighted to add Jonathan and Jason to the team,” said Dan Clapp, operations manager of the Exeter Office. “They each bring a wealth of relevant experience and knowledge that will be vital to us as we work to help more homeowners and businesses transition to cost-effective, clean solar energy.”

Meet a Green Alliance Business!

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

Every Monday the Portsmouth Herald features a different Green Alliance business. The most recent business featured was Redhook Ale Brewery. Check out their profile below to see what makes them green! 

Who: Redhook Ale Brewery

What: A New-England staple since 1996, Redhook Ale Brewery has for more than a decade helped define the rise of the American microbrew. But while the Portsmouth-based Redhook might be known for its famous line of bold and flavorful brews, its growing list of green initiatives and policies are going a long way in setting Redhook even further apart from the competition.

Where: 35 Corporate Drive at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

Web: www.redhook.com

What makes it green:

-- Installed compact fluorescent lighting throughout the facility.

-- Uses water treatment and filtration system that cuts down not only on water used, but electricity as well.

-- Diverts spent grains from brewing process to regional dairy farms.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Redhook's full certification documents, and learn more about its sustainability initiatives here!

All Green Alliance members receive 10 percent off food at Redhook! To join the GA click here

Chinese New Year Celebration

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, February 1st! The afternoon will be filled with events for people of all ages, including martial arts, Chinese brush and silk painting, acupuncture, and a Gateway open house.

From Noon to 2 p.m. there will be tons of activities for children! There will be a dragon mask parade, featuring a mask contributed by Newmarket kindergarteners. Taiji Fan exercises will take place, and there will also be arts and crafts activities for kids, including face painting, and Chinese brush painting.

Select services and activities will take place the entire day. Shiao-Ping Wang will be hosting Chinese Cultural Arts. Betty Lathrop will be performing silk painting. Angela Lambert will be providing Acupuncture services. The Gateway open house will also take place all day, too! They will be providing Face Body Spirit, Patrix, Jenny Harrison Skincare, Vanish Laser Studio, Personal Touch Electrolysis. Imagine You will offer chair massage, foot reflexology, brow shaping, laser and hair consultations, color analysis, and raffles and door prizes.

Some of the demonstrations and activities will only take place at certain times of the day. Check out the schedule below to make sure you won’t miss these special events.

Storm Surge! Meeting the Sea’s Challenge on the Seacoast!

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

RYE — The Seacoast Science Center is offering the public a unique event to learn more about climate change and our seacoast. On Thursday, Feb. 6, three founding members of the N.H. Coastal Adaptation Work Group will be hosting a dinner and conversation about these topics. Sherry Godlewski, Steve Miller, and Peter Britz will be giving us the straight answer on what we can expect from our seacoast during the next 50 years.

The conversation will be broken up into three segments. First will be a review on the science behind climate change. They will also explain how human activity affects and even accelerates the process. Second, they will explore the component of sea level rise in relation to climate change to distinguish the difference between sea level rise and storm surge. You will learn about how communities are giving special attention to coastal infrastructure, historic resources and habitats. The last segment will review the ways that our coastal communities are stepping up to the climate challenge.

January Ring Sale at Prelude

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH —Prelude offers a wide selection of locally and internationally made beauty products and jewelry. Much of its jewelry is handmade locally in Maine. For the remainder of January, Prelude is offering a discount of 15 percent off all rings. Don’t miss out on this great deal! It has many other unique green products to check out while you’re there.

Prelude has been Portsmouth’s premier boutique for locally made bath and beauty products since 1983. Many of its products are also imported from fine retailers across Europe. It is one of the largest vendors in the area for Burt’s Bees, which is one of the most popular brands of all-natural beauty supplies.

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6th Annual Yoga Mala Fundraiser

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

Zev Yoga not only supports sustainable choices for the environment, but also for the individual and community. Zev Yoga’s practices are designed to produce internal heat in the body to purify sweat and detoxify muscles and organs, thus sustaining the body. Owner Jonas Amberger also offers his studio space to the community. It is frequently used for gatherings, educational events, and workshops.

Zev Yoga will have a team participating in this year’s 6th annual Yoga Mala Fundraiser. Expected to attend will be approximately 200 yogis from more than 20 studios. The Yoga Mala is a three-hour class of 108 sun salutes. Sun salutes are a series of yoga moves often performed in the morning as a way to start the day off. Synchronization is a very important aspect of sun salutes. The more your breath and motions are in sequence, the more benefits you can reap from the practice.

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Little Waiting to be Matched

By Mary | Jan 22, 2014 | in

Below is a guest blog from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast. The program is run by Executive Director Stacy Kramer in Portsmouth, NH. BBBS is on a mission to give all children the opportunity to achieve success. They are a Green Alliance Business Partner dedicated to matching young kids facing adversity with responsible, strong role-models. Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters highlights a child waiting to be matched with a potential Big. 

Kaden is 12 years old and lives in Dover. He loves camping, fishing, archery, nature walks, football and building things. His mom describes him as even-keeled, laid back and shy, but comfortable once he gets to know someone.
 
Kaden has been raised by a single mom since he was 6 months old. His dad lives locally but has his own struggles and is not interested in having a relationship with his son. Kaden is having a hard time with his dad's decision and really needs a positive male influence in his life.

Contact NH Representatives About Wind Energy Bill Today

By Mary | Jan 21, 2014 | in

Tomorrow the New Hampshire House of Reps is likely to vote on HB 580, a bill which would halt all wind energy development in NH. The Former NH Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald stated:


"Policy decisions like a moratorium can have consequences to the state’s reputation as a business-friendly place and can directly affect projects that have a major economic benefit for the state...A recent study by economist Ross Gittell (now chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire) and Matthew Magnusson shows that just one 30-megawatt wind project would bring nearly $56 million in economic development to surrounding cities and towns, and create nearly 100 construction jobs and more than a dozen post-construction jobs.”

Green Earth Baby Works Introduces New Eco-Friendly Toys and Accessories

By Mary | Jan 21, 2014 | in

EPPING — For those who may not know that you can get cloth diapers delivered to your home, Green Earth Baby Works is the easy and sustainable solution for your little ones, and the only cloth diaper service in New Hampshire. Owner and President Kim Leo’s mission is to provide alternative diaper options for new mothers trying to save money and minimize their carbon footprint. Green Earth Baby Works assists busy mothers by washing their cloth diapers every week based on a personalized pick up and delivery plan. Their service aids people in northern Massachusetts all the way up to Portland, Maine. Customers can visit their store in Epping or shop online for 100% cotton diapers, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, diaper bags, and more.

Green Earth Baby Works recently added several new environmentally friendly and non-toxic products for you and your baby: