2015 Recycler of the Year Loudon Veteran Goes Above and Beyond for Recycling Success

Jul 29, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By John Brescia

MANCHESTER- Every year, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) presents one recipient the Recycler of the Year award, in honor of Sami Izzo, a late member who was both known and loved by the organization for her contributions to recycling and waste management. The NRRA is an organization working throughout New England to provide information and assistance in waste reduction and recycling. It also serves to bring organizations and responsible businesses together to achieve each other’s green goals.

According to the NRRA, “this award is given to an individual who best combines the qualities of commitment, leadership, and enthusiasm in developing and sustaining an environmentally and financially sound solid waste management program.” On June 8, Steve Bennett, manager of the Loudon, N.H transfer station, was honored with the award at the NRRA’s 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

“I am totally surprised. I did not expect it at all,” said Bennett. He has been with the Loudon transfer station for twelve years. Having retired from his previous occupation at the age of 50, Bennett was seeking temporary employment when he saw a job posting for the transfer station, and decided to give it a shot. “I was intrigued by the challenge,” Bennett recalls. After beginning his new job over a decade ago, he realized that there was a lot more to the NRRA than he thought. “The NRRA is the place to go if you have no market, no place to sell or ship recyclables.”

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Flexibility and Community Keep Classes Full for Local Fitness Businesses

Jul 28, 2015

Originally Published on Seacoast Online.

By Anne Twombly

The record breaking snowfall in New England this past winter makes outdoor summer fun all the more desirable to New Hampshire residents. While beaches, streets and restaurant patios welcome a flood of tourists and locals eager to get outside, Seacoast fitness businesses offer great variety and a welcome break from the summer heat.

Nationally, the fitness industry typically experiences a cyclical wane in class attendance during the summer. Yet three Seacoast businesses, Zev Yoga, Gateway Taiji and Integrated Fitness of Dover, keep their studios busy throughout the summer months with flexible schedules, special seminars and classes complimentary to outdoor summer fun.

Are Your Pets Ticked Off? Natural Repellants may be the answer to pest management.

Jul 28, 2015

Originally Published in Portsmouth Patch.

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.

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900 Degrees Makes Sustainability Work

Jul 27, 2015

Originally published in New Hampshire Business Review.

By Michael McCord

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau grew up on what she calls a “gentleman’s farm” in New Ipswich. It was there that she says she learned firsthand about the importance of sustainability and locally sourced agriculture – long before they became trendy concepts.

“We had five pigs, eight goats and five lambs – different animals all the time. I learned so much even if I didn’t realize it at the time,” said Lane-Rondeau, owner of 900 Degrees, the Neapolitan pizzerias in Manchester and Epping.

She says she learned habits about keeping waste to a minimum and practicing conservation as a way of life, and chose to go as green and sustainable as possible when she opened the first 900 Degrees in the Manchester Millyard in 2007.

“Customers want this and tell me so every day. They are not only happy that we are so involved in our communities, but they want the freshly sourced ingredients that we use for all our meals,” she said. “And you see it now in grocery stores with much larger organic sections than just a few years ago because customers are demanding it. Every time you go to a grocery store and put local, organic goods on the checkout counter or one of our customers eats a pizza or salad with ingredients from local farms, it’s a vote for sustainability.”

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Local Golf Course Works to Protect Great Bay

Jul 27, 2015

Originally published in the Hampton Union.

By Rich Collins

NORTH HAMPTON - A joint conservation effort between Sagamore-Hampton Golf, the state Department of Environmental Services, and UNH has put one North Hampton golf company at the forefront of conservation of Great Bay.

Though it appears at times as no more than a mere trickle of water, Cornelius Brook is a small stream that flows quietly through the Sagamore-Hampton Golf course. Its significance lies in the fact that its ultimate destination is New Hampshire’s Great Bay, which has been succumbing to pollution pressures in recent times. The Great Bay is one of the most important estuaries in the country, and named as one of 28 US EPA, Estuaries of National Significance.

Cornelius Brook is perhaps no more important than any of the numerous tributaries that feed into the Great Bay, but thanks to a new joint project that is underway, the water that flows into the brook will be that much cleaner and free of dangerous fertilizers as it enters the larger Winnicut River on its way toward Great Bay and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean.

According to the state DES website, seven rivers in total carry pollution from 42 New Hampshire and 10 Maine communities into the Great Bay watershed, which comprises of 1,023 square miles. A 2013 State of Estuaries report shows the Great Bay is in trouble, resulting in 12 of 16 environmental indicators with negative or cautionary trends.

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RiverWoods Draws Parallels with "Blue Zones"

Jul 27, 2015

Originally published in Fosters.

By Josh Rosenson

EXETER - Blue Zones have been identified by author Dan Buettner in the book "The Blue Zones" as areas where populations live longer and enjoy a superior quality of life into old age.

Several Blue Zones have been identified around the world such as Sardinia, Italy, and Okinawa, Japan, and the areas studied have been identified as sharing six specific characteristics that are believed to aid in the superior quality of life at an older age.

RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter, also shares many of these characteristics that are suggested to be linked with living longer and healthier in older age.

“RiverWoods is structured in a unique way,” said Cathleen Toomey, RiverWoods’ VP. “People join when they are independent and able to live on their own. They make their home here and gain friends. When and if they need another level of care they can transition to assisted living or skilled nursing, in a private room, with no limit in length of stay, and no increase in fee. Meanwhile, your community is here to support you. That is the extraordinary benefit of a CCRC.”

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Seacoast Salutes Festival at Redhook to Honor Military

Jul 22, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald.

More than 3,000 people are expected to attend Seacoast Salutes, a military appreciation day, Sunday, July 26 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on the grounds of Redhook Brewery at Pease International Tradeport.

The event will feature live music, a BMX stunt show, children's activities and a barbecue while honoring the men and women of the military and raising funds for the New Hampshire Air National Guard’s Chaplains Emergency Relief Fund and the New Hampshire Military Assistance Foundation. The show will be hosted by Greg Kretschmar from WHEB’s Greg and the Morning Buzz.

The festival will feature an all-day barbecue hosted by Foster’s Clambake and Catering.

Admission is $15 for the general public, $10 for veterans and free for all active duty military personnel and their families. Advance ticket sales available to the general public at

Seacoast Salutes is sponsored by Service Credit Union and Redhook Brewery.

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Driving Change in Transportation

Jul 22, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald.

By Anne Twombly

Any Seacoast local will tell you, parking in Portsmouth can be a challenge, especially among commuters who also cope with increases in gas prices. And with the city’s recent decision to build a new $23.2 million parking garage with funding in part from increased parking fees at meters and the High-Hanover garage, drivers are turning to different forms of transportation.

Local electric bike and scooter dealer, EZBikes and Scooters of Exeter has been meeting this growing demand for alternative transportation on the Seacoast.

After nearly 30 years of providing mobile electronic services through his business Autosounds of NH, Tom Hemenway, expanded his business six years ago to include electric bikes. One year later, he and his wife and co-owner Teresa Hemenway, added gas powered scooters to the mix.

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Local Businesses Team Up to Reduce E-Waste

Jul 20, 2015

Originally published on and Seacoast Online.

By Anne Twombly

PORTMOUTH – The fast pace of technological change coupled with the short lifespan of modern consumer goods leaves many individuals and businesses with obsolete electronics. These unwanted electronic goods, known as e-waste, are often carelessly discarded, causing an unwitting environmental and health threat. But two local businesses are coming together to bring awareness to this issue and offer a sustainable opportunity for retiring unwanted electronic goods.

On July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local e-cycler, MetalWave, is extending its electronic recycling services to the entirety of Pease Tradeport tenants and their employees mostly free of charge at Redhook Brewery.

To give some perspective as to the scope of this service to the community, the Tenants Association at Pease, or TAP, encompasses just under 100 businesses and approximately 6,000 employees – all of whom are eligible to participate in the July 21st e-cycle fest.

“After last year’s success,” said Jim Jubb, Business Development Manager at MetalWave. “We’re pleased to partner with Redhook and TAP for the second annual event, we know this kind of thing is meaningful on so many levels.”

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Socially Responsible Investing Reaches New Asset High

Jul 15, 2015

Originally published in Seacoast Online.

By Michael McCord

The popularity of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) for investors who want to express their progressive values has reached a new high.

According to the most recent trends report by The Forum on Sustainable & Responsible Investment (US SIF), the total of U.S. assets under management using SRI strategies dramatically increased by 76 percent from the period of 2012 to 2014. Overall, those SRI-strategy assets rose from $3.74 trillion at the beginning of 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014.

The explosive growth of SRI-targeted investing does not surprise Mike Smith, the Newmarket-based representative for the Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group).

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