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Public Hearing for Brave Boat Headwaters Preserve

By Katelyn | Aug 19, 2015 | in

In February 2015, the Kittery Land Trust closed a deal on 43 acres of donated woodland and fields off of Bartlett Road in Kittery. This addition of protected land in the town added to the efforts to protect Brave Boat Headwaters, a 150 acre plot of valuable land.

A public hearing will be held on Monday, August 24 at 7 p.m. at the Kittery Town Hall to decide whether a bond for Brave Boat Headwaters Preserve will appear on the November ballot. The town is being asked to contribute $350,000 toward a $2 million project through a $275,000 bond and $75,000 appropriation from the Open Space Fund.

The 150 acre Brave Boat Headwaters Preserve will be a valuable open space for residents and visitors to the area, as it will provide a public place for outdoor recreation. Additionally, the land will allow for nature based education opportunities for area children, as well as adults, and the preserve will protect the scenic views between Brave Boat Harbor and Bartlett Road.

The preservation of Brave Boat Headwaters is crucial for the protection of rare and endangered wildlife habitats in the area and will ensure the quality of the water flowing into Brave Boat Harbor.

The Kittery Land Trust asks for the help of its members and supporters to make sure Brave Boat Headwaters is protected. Attend the public hearing on August 24 or write to the Town Councilors in support of Brave Boat Headwaters to keep this area protected for future generations to enjoy.

Click here for more information on Brave Boat Headwaters and the Kittery Land Trust.

Making a Beautiful Difference in New Hampshire

By Katelyn | Aug 18, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Founded in 1983, New Hampshire the Beautiful is a private, non-profit charitable trust that has left a vital imprint on every town and city in the state.

NHtB has made a mark by developing comprehensive programs that address litter issues, recycling challenges, environmental awareness and education. To be more precise, the colorful recycling bins and roadside blue liter bags seen everywhere in the state have direct roots to NHtB. The educational efforts that have engaged school children and the help to cities and towns to streamline and maximize their recycling capabilities are also due to the efforts of NHtB.

And, while New Hampshire The Beautiful may not be well known to the public at large, municipalities and large parts of business, nonprofit and educational communities in the state are very familiar with and often times reliant upon the organization’s good work. Since its founding, NhtB has given out more than $2 million in grants, explains John Dumais, NHtB chair and President of the New Hampshire Grocer’s Association.

The grants have helped established recycling programs, signage, and recycling program technical assistance. Cities and towns can also apply for funding to assist with the purchase of recycling equipment. This includes monies to purchase curbside collection bins, balers, crushers, roll-off containers and other equipment that will help a community achieve higher diversion rates.

Green Families Celebration and Social

By Katelyn | Aug 17, 2015 | in

Join the Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market for the Green Families Celebration and Market, a day of fun featuring traditional farmers market vendors and family friendly vendors and activities. The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids.

Stop by the market at Post Office Square in Kittery on Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Green Families Celebration. Join us afterwards for a post celebration meet up at nearby Tributary Brewery and enjoy a beer with fellow Green Alliance members and Business Partners. Don’t forget to show your card for a special Green Alliance offer!

Sustaining Member Gift Giveaway!

By Katelyn | Aug 17, 2015 | in

Summer is coming to an end, but it's not over yet, so celebrate summer with your choice of tickets or gifts from your favorite local businesses. Become a new Green Alliance Sustaining member or upgrade to the lifetime membership and email katelyn@greenalliance.biz with gift you would like to collect. 

A Sustaining Membership is our highest level of individual membership and affords you a lifetime of GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy.

 

What are you waiting for!? Become a Lifetime Member now and choose one of the awesome summer gifts above. Simply join or upgrade and email katelyn@greenalliance.biz with your choice.

The Buzz: Five Tips for a Bee-utiful Lawn

By Katelyn | Aug 12, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

Honeybees are dropping like flies. According to Greenpeace, wild and domestic honeybees pollinate about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition, yet - despite their vital role in helping create much of the food we eat – the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports American honeybee keepers lost 42 percent of their colonies for 2014-2015, with losses of 34 percent for 2013-2014, 45 percent for 2012-2013, 28 percent for 2011-2012, and 36 percent for 2010-2011.

“Simply put, we need honeybees and we need to do something about their dramatic decline,” said Jason Lefebvre of Purely Organic Lawn Care, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “The good news is that every one of us with a lawn can take a few simple steps to look after the pollinators. In turn, bee-friendly landscaping is inherently safer for our kids, our pets, and ourselves.”

Here are Purely Organic’s five steps for a bee-utiful lawn.
 

Green Homes Built on a Budget

By Katelyn | Aug 12, 2015 | in

By Josh Rosenson

GREENLAND - Little Green Homes is heading up construction of an all-electric house in Kittery, Maine for partners Ann Grinnell and Marge Pelletier. It is the fourth home Grinnell has had built, and it’s being done on a modest budget of $300,000 to $350,000. When complete, the sustainable project will be Grinnell and Pelletier’s retirement home.

Chris Redmond and his business partner, Jeff Stacy, started Little Green Homes, located in Greenland, in 2007. Redmond says that since the beginning each house his team builds is unique and budgets vary, so wise choices are key. For Grinnell and Pelletier, Redmond said the goal is a durable house for retirement, with low utility costs and great energy efficiency.

“You always have to make decisions on, what are the important things for this house,” Redmond said. “[What] they spent money on were really all the things that are going to help in that respect.”

Redmond said the two spent a little extra on a 30 panel, 8.4 kilowatt solar electric system, essentially creating a self-sustaining energy source on the roof of the Kittery Foreside home. Spending on solar drives the design process, and resulted in the house not being parallel with the street, but instead is rotated about 15 degrees so that the rear roof (with panels) faces as close to due south as possible. Grinnell said she’s done with oil and propane, and this house is being built with that in mind.

Set your Sights on Back to School with Harbor Eyecare Center

By Anne | Aug 12, 2015 | in

According to the American Optometric Association, 80% of learning is visual. Visual acuity, or ability to discern letters and numbers from various distances, is an absolutely essential component of effective learning. Comprehension and retention of information relies heavily on visual health and function. In the spirit of bolstering scholarly pursuits, Harbor Eyecare Center is offering a special “Back to School” discount of 25% off a complete pair of glasses to teachers and students. Additionally, the Harbor Kids Sports Package, including recreational specific frames with single vision polycarbonate lenses, is now on sale. This package is a perfect utilitarian accessory to any fall student-athlete’s competition kit.

Harbor Eyecare Center’s friendly physicians and opticians offer a wealth and duality of expertise on both the function and fashion components of proper eyewear. Choose new frames from a variety of name brand frames and return to class in style this fall. One such brand offered, Modo, is an Italian designer eyewear company that has differentiated itself from other high fashion brands by offering a sustainable and socially responsible line of frames, the Eco line. Frames from this green line are made of bio-based

or recycled materials to ease the environmental burden of global commodity production. Each set of frames sold additionally fuels socially responsible programs to address vision and health needs around the world. The campaign “Trees for the Future” plants one tree in Cameroon, Africa for every Eco frame sold. To date, this initiative has facilitated the planting of over a million trees in the region, nourishing the soil and empowering local farmers with a sustainable income source. The second charity that the Eco line supports is “Buy a Frame, Give a Frame” which matches each frame purchase made by donating a full set of glasses to a needy vision patient in Nepal.

In addition to actively seeking out and carrying products with social and environmental benefits like the Eco line by Modo, Harbor Eyecare Center as a business, has committed to sustainability through addressing operational consumables and waste diversion in-house. The facility has implemented a comprehensive office recycling program in addition to sourcing office supplies from green vendors. Harbor Eyecare Center is a Green Alliance Business Partner.

The 3rd Annual Dover Mini Makers Faire

By Sam Lane | Aug 12, 2015 | in

On Saturday August 29th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., be sure to make it to the 3rd annual Dover Mini Makers Faire. The event is comprised of interactive demos, building sessions and lots of other fun activities to get you and your kids’ brains in gear. The event is located in Henry Law Park in Dover, NH. Both new and returning local businesses, university services and public groups will be attending, each with their own slice of inventiveness to share. All makers and creators are encouraged to attend to perform, showcase a project, or to simply show off something cool that you’ve invented! Early bird sign-up is open now for those who hope to hop on the opportunity as soon as possible. Early bird ticket pricing are being sold for $8 per person.

Returning groups Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and University of New Hampshire will be demonstrating Remotely Operated Vehicles as part of the Office of Naval Researched STEM Outreach Program. Attendees will get the chance to drive their own Remotely Operated Vehicles in a 1000-gallon tank or even in the Cocheco River. Portsmouth Public Library will also be returning to the Faire prepared with a few hands-on projects for all to try.

Tell Your Friends! Spread the Word About the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Aug 11, 2015 | in

Hey Green Alliance members! Have you told your friends and family about the Green Alliance? Share a little about the GA, like the benefits of shopping with local and environmentally conscious businesses, and how the Green Alliance aims to create the kind of communities we all want to live in.

Are you not yet a member of the Green Alliance, but are interested in joining the GA community? Take a look at the various memberships we offer, what you get by joining the Green Alliance, and some special summer offers to take advantage of!

Becoming a member of the Green Alliance entitles you to discounts with our long list of local and green Business Partners ranging from landscaping, building, and heating companies to restaurants and fitness centers. Are you interested in starting a new home improvement project? We have the guys for you- save big with local businesses like 10% off services with Purely Organic Lawncare or 5% off all paint jobs with Minute Men Painters. Stop by some of your local favorites like the Portsmouth Brewery, Redhook Brewery, and Poco's Bow Street Cantina and take 10% off your bill.

21 Puppies Want to Go Home!

By Rich | Aug 10, 2015 | in

One of our favorite business partners, Mary’s Dogs of Northwood NH, specializes in placing mixed breed dogs (aka mutts, the most delightful breed of dog in my opinion) into their new forever homes. Mary currently has 21 dogs up for adoption including – puppies. Not much makes the heart feel more warm and generous than helping find a new home for a puppy. Try to resist. Babe. Barbie. Raven. Brody....21 Puppies want to go home!

If you are looking for a new family companion, check out Mary’s dogs GA profile, website, or facebook and peruse the stupendous selection of pups ready and available to adopt today! Mary’s dogs are healthy, happy, vaccinated, and ready to go. Mary puts it so well:

“Our dogs are good old fashioned, follow-you-to-the-moon-and-back, loveable mutts. They’re “a mix of a mix and mix”. You’ll be adopting a one of a kind, mixed breed wonder. We’ve got them in all shapes and sizes. If you want to know the truth, we’ve loved every dog we’ve rescued. We’re sure you’ll love them too. A rescue dog is a great dog, plain and simple. If you love them, they’ll love you right back. And remember, when you rescue a dog, you save two lives: the one you bring home and the one who takes their place in our rescue."

Beer & Oyster Party at the Franklin Oyster House

By Sam Lane | Aug 6, 2015 | in

Tonight, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. the Franklin Oyster House welcomes all to join them for the Beer and Oyster Party. If you care to start things off with a drink you’re in luck, as there will be six 5-ounce beer samples from Smuttynose Brewing Company and Great Rhythm Brewing Company. Some of the brews included are Smuttlabs' Cherry Short Weisse and Oak Tripel, Smuttynose's Vunderbar Pilsner and Great Rhythm Resonation Pale Ale. Each beer will be paired with a variety of six locally sourced oysters. The pairings cost $34, but jump on the opportunity quick as there is only standing room available. During the event WXGR 103.5 will provide music to accompany the good eats.

As any local beer drinker would tell you, Smuttynose brews some of the top beers in New England. Active at fun, local events such as the Beer and Oyster party, Smuttynose makes a tremendous effort to be involved lsocially, as well as consciously. At their new sustainable and eco-friendly facility in Hampton, NH, you can find the Smuttynose staff brewing locally prized craft beers such as the ever so secret Smuttlab brews and old favorites like Old Brown Dog Ale and Bouncy House IPA.

Dover Cultivates Good (Green) Health

By Craig | Aug 5, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

It’s easy being green, and being healthy, in Dover, New Hampshire. About a dozen fitness companies are members of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce; several restaurants in the city serve local, seasonal, organic fare; and wholesome events are commonplace, from road races and farmers’ markets to Apple Harvest Day.

But the city of Dover also appreciates its green spaces and the active lifestyles of its residents.

“Dover has a lot of open park space, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor hockey arena, and other recreational activities for children and adults,” said Katie MacKinnon, Membership and Business Resource Manager for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, The Dover Community Trail and Cocheco River Walk encourage outdoor fun, and WalkDover.org is making Dover more walkable through signs showing the distance from that point to the next landmark.

“The majority of our clients are from Dover, and we’ve found that the Dover community is very health-conscious, with a big demand for what we’re doing,” said Jon Arnold, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Dover LLC.

Arnold and his team of trainers work with clients to help them lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier and meet personal goals for a more balanced lifestyle.

“We welcome all fitness levels, from body builders to those who need to lose 200 pounds,” said Arnold. “We also address the emotional and mental aspects of weight loss; we get involved in a way other gyms can’t, or won’t—for example, a trainer will go to a grocery store with a family to help them shop, and then will go to their home to discuss exercise and lifestyle.”

Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market to Host Families Celebration

By Katelyn | Aug 4, 2015 | in

KITTERY - The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market come together to host the Green Families Celebration and Market, a day of fun featuring the traditional farmers market vendors and new family friendly vendors and activities. Discover the Green Families community on Sunday, August 23.

This year, the Kittery Community Market added new venders and sponsors. One new sponsor is the Green Alliance, a union of local and regional businesses that have sustainable initiatives at the core of their business model, and consumer members looking to shop with eco-friendly businesses.

The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids. As its own weekly summer event, the Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kittery at Post Office Square featuring local produce, foods, and crafts. On August 23 the market will expand with the addition of sustainable vendors from the Green Alliance, along with a post celebration meet-up at nearby Tributary Brewing Company.

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. Its formation was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about members.

Green Collar Careers: Eolian Renewable Energy Chief Executive Officer, Jack Kenworthy

By Craig | Aug 3, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

Wind is a vast, natural, and renewable energy. Despite being used as a power source for centuries, it wasn't until 1888 that Charles Brush first harnessed its potential to create electricity.

Eolian Renewable Energy, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, carries on Brush's work on a much larger scale. Brush's first wind turbine powered one home. Eolian's current project in Antrim, New Hampshire, will power about 12,500 average New Hampshire homes when completed.

The Antrim Wind Project is a venture that Jack Kenworthy, CEO of Eolian Renewable Energy is incredibly proud of. Not just because of the clean, renewable energy that it will create for the state of New Hampshire, but also for the many other innovative elements built into the project including vast amounts of forestland that the project will permanently conserve.

“It's a project we believe is really the best sited wind project in the state of New Hampshire,” Kenworthy said. “It has enjoyed long standing support from the town of Antrim, which is difficult to achieve, and we are very proud of our ability to have garnered and maintained that support over so many years. And we continue to have a very strong and positive relationship with both the leadership and the residents of the town.”

Not only will the Antrim project provide clean renewable energy, due to agreements with the town of Antrim, the Harris Center for Conservation Education and the individual land owners, it will also permanently preserve 908 acres of valuable open-space forest, including 100 percent of the project ridge line.

Are your Pets Tired of Ticks? Looking for Natural Alternatives?

By Rich | Jul 30, 2015 | in

By Rich Collins

New England is graced with somewhat unusual climate conditions – harsh winters often followed by beautiful, somewhat dry spring. But with these weather patterns come an onslaught of biting insects – ticks in particular – that target pets and their owners across the East. It’s well known that ticks carry Lyme and other types of debilitating diseases, as they lie in wait on tall grasses readying themselves to hitch a ride on cats and dogs. Pet owners often have their dogs and cats vaccinated against ticks; however, the nightmarish insects can still travel into our homes via pets and feed on humans.

So what can homeowners do to protect their dogs and cats, as well as themselves? The first solution is to avoid grassy or wooded areas entirely. But during the summer months, it’s not feasible to avoid the outdoors throughout the seacoast and the Great Bay (a known tick hotbed) area.

To determine what options are available, it’s best to turn to professionals. Locally, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat offer choices on a variety of natural products, from holistic pet foods to natural flea and tick remedies. Co-owned by husband and wife team Dawn and Jeff Price, The Natural Dog is a holistic and organic pet supply store specializing in direct, personal customer service, advice, and a host of natural product alternatives. Located at 801 Islington Street in Portsmouth’s revitalized “West End” neighborhood in Gallagher Plaza, the store is a local resource for pet owners who prefer a more holistic approach or have dogs and cats with special diets or needs.