News : May 2011

Simply Green Biofuels moves from Dover to Regeneration Park

May 27, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

DOVER / PORTSMOUTH — Driving south down Route 1 in Portsmouth, just a mile or two before the North Hampton border, a five-years abandoned Toyota dealership is getting a new lease on life.

Now called Regeneration Park, the near 25,000 square foot space is being transformed into a green-oriented business campus and “green realty trust” that will eventually house as many as seven companies.

Simply Green Biofuels, the environmentally friendly heating oil provider and sustainability trailblazer, will be its chief tenant.... read the full story here!

Boutique to offer special day for female customers

May 26, 2011

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

KITTERY, Maine — Gentiques, a nonprofit repurposing boutique, will host Get Pampered: You Deserve It for "the hard working women of the Seacoast community" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Featuring 10-minute makeovers and hand treatments by Nancy Merrill, chair massages by Craig Davis from Tranquility Wellness, and jewelry display and aromatherapy products, the event will also offer complimentary brunch and door prizes given away every 15 minutes. To read more, visit Seacoast Online!

Twenty years of beer at Brewery

May 26, 2011

By Charles McMahon

Portsmouth Brewery (Seacoast Online)

PORTSMOUTH — A birthday party is brewing on Market Street.

Next week, The Portsmouth Brewery will celebrate its 20th anniversary, and owner Peter Egelston said he can't wait to raise a glass to two decades of being in the craft beer business.

With a pint of his favorite brew in front of him, Egelston recently reflected on the evolution of his business over the years.

As a New Hampshire original craft brewpub, Egelston said, the brewery has come a long way from its early days of being a "cool and hip" place to drink, dine and listen to music. To continue reading, visit Seacoast Online!

Exeter's ReVision Energy to have grand opening bash in June

May 26, 2011

Foster's Daily Democrat

By David Anderson

EXETER — Summer is a magical time for solar power enthusiasts. Gone are the 4 PM winter sunsets, replaced by longer, warmer days and more sunshine.

ReVision Energy will celebrate the summer solstice by throwing a grand opening bash on June 17 at their new solar showroom at 7 Commercial Drive in Exeter.

“We’ll have local food, drink, music, and fun,” promises Dan Clapp, New Hampshire branch manager for the renewable energy company. A blow up bounce house will provide entertainment for the kids while adults enjoy Reedhook beer and local wine.

Get the full low down on Fosters.com

Inspector says radon is a hidden menace

May 23, 2011

Foster's Daily Democrat

By Scott Szycher

ELIOT, Maine — Ask most people about radon, and they'll mention something about the testing they had done when buying or selling a property. But that could be a mistake with significant consequences.

Radon is a naturally-occurring element that forms from decaying uranium – which itself is abundant in eastern New England. Because Ice Age glacial action ground up uranium deposits and mixed them into the soil, radon comes mostly from the soil, but can also come from ledge and rocks.

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Seacoast Volkswagen's green efforts go beyond efficient vehicles

May 23, 2011

The Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan

GREENLAND — When hybrid cars first broke onto the scene in the early 2000s, green-minded consumers and environmentalists lauded the impressive step forward for the auto industry.

Now, nearly a decade later, it seems like every manufacturer has hopped aboard the hybrid train. That includes Volkswagen, which offers a growing variety of super-efficient hybrids and diesels.

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Car dealership's green efforts go beyond efficient vehicles

May 23, 2011

Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

GREENLAND — When hybrid cars first broke onto the scene in the early 2000s, green-minded consumers and environmentalists lauded the impressive step forward for the auto industry. Now, nearly a decade later, it seems like every manufacturer has hopped aboard the hybrid train. That includes Volkswagen, which offers a growing variety of super-efficient hybrids and diesels.

But if you ask Doug Miles, General Manager at Seacoast Volkswagen in Greenland, his dealership's green footprint doesn't end with the cars driven off the lot. "We're really lucky to be in a position where we can be an early adopter of new, green technologies, both with our cars and with our energy use," explains Miles. "Most car dealerships in this economy have had a tough go of it, but we're fortunate enough to have been in the market of fuel efficient vehicles for a long time."

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Local Builder Wins Award for Green Construction

May 20, 2011

From The Forum

By Dave Anderson

Over the past several years, Ridgeview Construction owner Shane Carter has built a reputation as one of New England's greenest builders. Now he has the award to prove it. In April, the Deerfield-based builder won the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire's Bronze Cornertsone Award for Green New Construction.

This is the second time in three years Carter and Ridgeview have taken home the prestigious Cornerstone Award, which recognizes excellence in the building industry... read the full story here!

Green is Any Season Painting's Favorite Color

May 16, 2011

By David Anderson

Foster's Daily Democrat

When Jay DeVincenzo started Any Season Painting after graduating from the University of New Hampshire back in 2005, saving the environment was not at the top of his to do list. Today, with more than 10 years of experience under his belt, DeVincenzo is proud to say that going green has not only improved the health and productivity of his workers, it has improved his bottom line.

Exposure to volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can lead to both short-term and long-term health problems ranging from headaches to liver, kidney, and central nervous damage. It's a lesson DeVincenzo learned first hand. "There were times when I'd be spraying a house outside without a mask on," he recalls. "I started experiencing what felt like really bad allergies at night." If you'd like to continue reading, visit the Foster's Daily Democrat website!

Entertainment, sponsors line up for Kittery Block Party

May 13, 2011

Portsmouth Herald

By Deborah McDermott

KITTERY, Maine — The Kittery Block Party is taking on a life of its own, "and we're holding on for dear life," said organizer Michael Landgarten.

The downtown block party on Saturday, June 18 — a daylong event of music, crafts, children's activities, great food and more — has gone from zero to 100 in no time at all, Landgarten said, as more and more businesses and institutions come on board.

Two sponsors join Landgarten's restaurants, Bob's Clam Hut and Robert's Maine Grill, in the "gold" category: York Hospital and Kennebunk Savings Bank.

Read the complete story on Seacoastonline.com

Tour de Breakfast part of National Bike Day; business strong for Papa Wheelies

May 13, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — One hundred and thirty-one years ago, a group of intrepid bicycle enthusiasts banded together to form the League of American Wheelman. After later changing their name to the League of American Bicyclists, in 1956 the organization launched the first ever National Bike Day.

Today, we not only have National Bike Day – slated this year for May 20 – but National Bike Month as well. There's even a National Bike to Work Week, which coincides with National Bike Day and runs from May 16 through the 20.

Here on the Seacoast, Papa Wheelies has been gearing up for all three... read the full story in Foster's by clicking here.

Biddeford Mill reinvents itself as own green stimulus package

May 13, 2011

From High Profile's blog

By Jim Cavan

For many New England mills and the communities around them, the road to closure is a painful one. And it’s become a road all too familiar to residents in the Biddeford-Saco area.

During the region’s 19th century heyday, Biddeford’s Pepperell Manufacturing Company was the heart and soul of the local economy, with the complex occupying over 4 million square feet at its turn-of-the-century peak. But the advent of mass electricity – which meant Southern cotton growers didn’t have to ship their product north to be processed – began to take a steady toll on the mill over the decades. By 2006 all production had stopped, and in 2009 the mill was put up for sale.

For a while it looked as if the 21st century would be the death knell for Pepperell, which seemed doomed to follow the outsourced-driven fate of countless mills before it. Instead, one local entrepreneur also saw it as an opportunity to remake the mill in an equally 21st century light – one that was as green as it was bright and forward-facing.... read the full story in High Profile's blog by clicking here!

5th annual Kittery Fire Association 5K run and walk

May 12, 2011

Foster's Daily Democrat

By David Anderson

KITTERY — If you drive into Kittery on Sunday morning, May 22, do not be surprised if you see fire trucks and hundreds of people running.

It's not an emergency – just the 5th annual Kittery Fire Association 5K Run and Walk.


The Kittery Volunteer Fire Department turns 101 this year, giving the entire community plenty of reason to celebrate. The fun kicks off on Saturday, May 21 with a $5 pancake breakfast at the new fire station, located on Gorges Road off the Route 1 Bypass. 


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Frisbie Memorial takes aim at carbon footprint

May 9, 2011

By Jim Cavan

Foster's Daily Democrat

Where would we be without hospitals? Indeed, it's hard to imagine a functioning society without them. But for as much as hospitals help save lives and advance health and human wellness, one noted criticism of these necessary giants has always been their relatively large environmental impact.

At least here in the U.S., hospitals don't have a choice when it comes to much of that refuse — hazardous materials like surgical tools, instruments, needles, and human waste must be thrown away. After all, it's not as if any of them can be recycled, at least not without prohibitive cost and the lingering risk of contamination. Frisbie Memorial Hospital, located in Rochester, might never completely eliminate its carbon footprint. But that's not stopping them from trying. In 2009, Frisbie launched its Green Team. At first, the initiative began with the idea of cutting both costs and waste. But when they started realizing that the two could go hand-in-hand, "going green" became that much easier. To continue reading, check out the Foster's Daily Democrat website!

Clay Hill Farm supports local schools

May 6, 2011

From the Portsmouth Herald

To support the local movement for better quality food products served to children in our community schools, Clay Hill Farm restaurant purchased a side of beef from a Maine farm that then issued a credit to the York School Department's food service program.

Linda and Ray Buck of Archer Angus in Chesterville offered residents the chance to help the local schools by offering a side of beef, in various cuts, at a special rate. With each side of beef purchased, Archer Angus will issue a $50 credit toward the purchase of all-natural, locally-raised beef to York's schools. Clay Hill Farm was the first restaurant to support this initiative... read the full story here!

Dover alternative energy firm's many projects include installing school solar energy system

May 3, 2011

By Jim Cavan

Foster's Daily Democrat

To say last week was a busy one for Revolution Energy would be an understatement. 



Last Tuesday, Revolution's Mike Behrmann was one of roughly ten small business owners to attend Rep. Frank Guinta's (R-NH) forum at the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce – a meeting that wasn't without its fair share of heated exchanges and debate. 



Then on Wednesday, the Dover-based alternative energy company met with U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Gov. John Lynch and University of New Hampsjore President Mark Huddleston in Hudson, N.H.to discuss the future of federal funding for green tech in New Hampshire.

Click here to read the full story in Foster's Daily Democrat

Volunteers give trees TLC

May 2, 2011

By Charles McMahon

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

PORTSMOUTH — The city turned its attention to the trees on Friday.

For the third consecutive year, representatives from four local tree companies joined city officials in celebrating Arbor Day by performing maintenance on many trees at Langdon Park.

Companies taking part on Friday included Cornerstone Tree Care, Suntree Corp., Northeast Shade Tree and the Organic Arborist. If you'd like to keep reading, check out the Seacoast Online website!

Volatile Oil Markets Draw Attention Back to Geothermal

May 2, 2011

By Jim Cavan

Foster's Daily Democrat

Rising tensions in the Middle East might be far too complicated to fully comprehend. But anyone who's had to fill up at the pump or have their home oil tank topped off in the last 6 weeks understands at least one consequence of the turmoil. 

With oil at a two year high, American consumers are once again wondering aloud whether our century-old dependence on fossil fuels might not be reaching critical mass. To continue reading, check out the Foster's Daily Democrat website!

Green Star Rising at Redhook Brewery

May 2, 2011

By Scott Szycher

Foster's Daily Democrat and Granite State Sentinel

It almost sounds too good to be true: a young man returns to his native New England to apply what he's learned in distant places, leading a major New Hampshire brewery into new territory. 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Restore

May 2, 2011

By Scott Szycher

Foster's Daily Democrat

Some businesses explode virtually overnight. Their products or services receive rapid, although sometimes fleeting, success. 

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Dover is not one of those businesses. While their growth has been steady and impressive since their opening in 2008, it's been accomplished through sweat equity, not shareholders' equity; something that makes perfect sense for the unique non-profit. And Tom Boisvert, President of the Habitat for Humanity's Southeast New Hampshire affiliate, wouldn't have it any other way. To continue reading, check out the Foster Daily Democrat's website!