Fall Programs are in Full Swing at the Gundalow Company

Oct 6, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online

By Katelyn Monroe

PORTSMOUTH – 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.

Portsmouth's Gundalow Company offers educational public, school, and fall foliage sails through the end 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.

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FootGolf Gives Local Soccer Team Dynamic Edge

Oct 6, 2015
Originally published on
By Anne Twombly
NORTH HAMPTON - Mini golf is a classic American pastime, a simplified and strategically edited version of golf’s traditional gameplay. Whereas traditional golf involves a large sprawling natural landscape, a spectrum of varied clubs, and heavily technical gameplay, mini golf is played in a shrunken, often fantastical, manufactured course allowing for faster paced game transitions between erratic swings of a one-size fits all standardized club. A concentrated dose of the marketable highlights of the traditional golf experience, mini golf aims to please the masses.
Like mini golf, FootGolf, an up-and-coming hybrid of soccer and golf, borrows the latter’s perceived highlights. However, contrary to the aspects hailed in mini golf, a Foot Golf course traditionally runs within or directly parallel to a traditional golf course.

Fast Festive 5k Benefits Great Cause

Oct 6, 2015
Originally published on
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 programs and facility maintenance. Along with facilitating erosion control efforts, invasive species removal, and runoff prevention campaigns, the non-profit also staffs the Great Bay Discovery Center, an educational hub of the Research Reserve. 

Green Collar Careers: Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

Oct 5, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

Voted Best Gourmet Pizza by N.H. Magazine six years in a row, it’s definitely worth checking out 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria at either of their two locations, the newest location in Epping and the original in Manchester N.H. Owner Priscilla Lane-Rondeau is dedicated to providing her customers with the best wood-fired pizza around while simultaneously promoting green business practices and giving back to her local community. Using fresh, organic ingredients when possible and a wood fire oven that cooks Neapolitan-style pizza at an average temperature of 900 degrees Fahrenheit, 900 Degrees serves pizza prepared in the traditional style native to Naples, Italy. In addition to their award-winning pizza, the menu also boasts mouth-watering appetizers, soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau is the owner of 900 Degrees, a local pizzeria with two locations, who loves making pizza and promoting sustainability.
After sixteen years working as an Employee Assistance Profession (EAP), Lane- Rondeau decided she wanted to do something different and bring delicious, authentic Italian food to her community. For her entire life, Lane-Rondeau has been dedicated to living sustainably. When she conceived the idea for 900 Degrees with a friend who had restaurant experience in 2007, it was never a question for Lane-Rondeau that the business would be green as well.

900 Degrees conducts sustainable business practices by using LED and motion sensor lighting throughout the restaurant, utilizing low-flow kitchen appliances, and supplying guests with water only upon request. They have a comprehensive recycling program, use green-certified cleaning products, and have reduced waste by over 50 percent since opening.

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Ecotech Pest Services Still Pursuing Wasps

Oct 5, 2015

Originally published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Craig Brown

ELIOT, Maine - 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.

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."

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New England Insurance Businesses Staying Green

Sep 30, 2015

Originally Published on Seacoast Online

By John Brescia

PORTSMOUTH – Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI) is an independent insurance agency operating throughout most of New England, and serves 2,000 clients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. PAI offers localized experience with options to suit their client’s specific needs, such as life, auto, health, and home and renter’s insurance, as well as financial services. The company recently celebrated its 10th anniversary this past June.

PAI not only covers costs, but also sustainability. As an insurance agency, PAI acts as an intermediary by purchasing policies from larger insurance companies, for their clients. While some believe they would spend less money by forgoing the insurance agency and buying the policy directly from the company, most save through working with PAI. This is because PAI gains the majority of their clients through word-of-mouth referrals, so their costs for customer acquisition are very low. However, their efforts to be green are very high

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance aims to work with companies that are equally environmentally friendly.
Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance utilizes a paperless agency management system, uses 100% recycled paper products and biodegradable plastic bags, and recycles all printer and toner cartridges. The business also digitizes all documents as PDFs, and uses 7th Generation products, which are environmentally-safe cleaning products. On Earth Day, PAI employees are given the day off to instead work for an environmental concern of their choice. In the future, PAI plans to incorporate soy-based inks, Energy Star office equipment, and chlorine-free paper.

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Favorite Foods, a Family Business Embracing Sustainability

Sep 28, 2015

Originally Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

SOMERSWORTH — Chris Barstow has a philosophy that has served his company Favorite Foods well for more than a quarter century: “If we help our customers do more business and become more profitable, then we will reap the benefits.”

Barstow is the president and chief executive of Favorite Foods, the Somersworth-based restaurant supply company that has carved a profitable niche in a highly competitive industry that includes giants such as Sysco, US Foods and Performance Food Group.
Barstow admits to not seeking individual recognition and says credit goes to the 53-employee team. The firm provides supplies to local, independent restaurants as well as some state prisons, military installations, private schools and food manufacturers. It has annual revenues of about $37.5 million.

Barstow, a Pennsylvania native, was working in Silicon Valley as a high-tech distributor for Texas Instruments when his brother, Jeff, founded the company. When he came for a Maine vacation to visit his brother he was already at a career crossroads.

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Making New Hampshire Beautiful Through Classroom Education and Outreach

Sep 24, 2015

Originally Published on and Seacoast Online

By Katelyn Monroe

MANCHESTER – School is back in session, but students aren’t the only ones returning to the classroom this fall. New Hampshire the Beautiful and the Northeast Resource Recovery Association are also heading back to schools across the state to teach students the importance of recycling and to implement lasting programs.

Through the School Recycling Club (the CLUB), both New Hampshire the Beautiful and the Northeast Resource Recovery Association work with students and educators to start and maintain new recycling programs or help improve existing programs to reduce waste and save energy in schools.

“What we really like about the program is that it’s an ongoing education that trains future generations to be more conscious of the environment and their actions,” said John Dumais, President and CEO of the N.H. Grocers Association and long-time member of New Hampshire the Beautiful’s Board of Directors.

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Green Collar Careers: Eco Sound Builders Co-Owner, Peter Robie

Sep 24, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online

By Ken Johnson

When Peter Robie first met Ethan Korpi back in 2004, their shared vision to build structures utilizing sustainable and efficient methods made them bond instantly. Both Robie and Korpi shared a background of being highly trained in building and carpentry. They created a southern division of Eco Sound Builders on the seacoast in 2008, an offshoot of the original business founded by Korpi and his father, Roger, in the Lakes and White Mountain region of New Hampshire.

The goal of Eco Sound Builders’ two divisions is to build quality homes and buildings that are durable and sustainable throughout New Hampshire. Wood used for each project is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified forests, super-efficient insulation is used, and the subcontractors Robie works with specialize in using non-toxic paints and source their materials locally whenever possible. Working with sustainable technology, and building materials, is something Robie has specialized in since earning degrees in Civil Technology and Environmental Conservation.

Not limited to new buildings, Eco Sound Builders will renovate existing buildings to bring them up to Eco Sound’s high standards of performance. Recently, they renovated an older building in Portsmouth’s historic South End district, keeping within the city’s tight regulations for work on historic properties while making the home green and much more energy efficient. When it comes to renovating an older, historical property, Eco Sound will perform an energy audit, add a thermal ‘envelope’ wrapping, and other green and sustainable aspects.

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The Business of Politics and Climate Change

Sep 23, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald

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.

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