News : June 2011

Newmarket's Green Dentist Offers Digital X-Rays

Jun 30, 2011

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and Fosters Daily Deomocrat

By Dave Anderson

As a green dentist, Dr. Nathan Swanson has proven himself and his practice with endless sustainable choices. Swanson, who now only utilizes corn-based rinse cups and biodegradable toothbrushes, has just invested $30,000 in digital x-ray technology. This choice was aimed to better serve his patients, as it exposes only 1/3 of the radiation of conventional x-rays, as well as the environment and it’s paying off.

“My customers often say, ‘All this new technology is really great!’” he says. “But I like to remind them, ‘Yeah, well it is also very green!’”

To read the full story from Portsmouth Patch here! Read the full story on Fosters Daily Democrat here.

 

Cornerstone Tree Care Helps Replant Brazil's Endangered Atlantic Forest

Jun 29, 2011

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and Fosters Daily Democrat

By Dave Anderson

Micum Davis, owner of Cornerstone Tree Care is proving his endless appreciation for trees by now helping replant them in Brazil’s endangered Atlantic Forest. Davis, who quickly realized how many were being cut down by forest work and tree care, wanted to “look for a low cost way to help customers replace the trees we were removing for them” says Davis. With a goal of $1 million in mind, Davis is well on his way to making this dream a reality.

“Through this fund it is possible to give back to the world in a way we could never do here in the US, by planting a tree for a dollar a piece,” Davis reports.

Read the full story here in the Portsmouth Patch or Fosters Daily Democrat!

 

Modern composting toilets are a boon for the environment

Jun 27, 2011

Published in Foster’s Daily Democrat

Composting toilets are now paving the way with green consumers, providing a waterless, clean, safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of human waste. Both Middleton Building Supply and Seacoast Energy Alternatives Solar Store are strong advocates for these composting toilets as both they sell several models of them. They offer endless benefits not only to the homeowner’s wallet but to the environment. With the option of the composting toilet we can eradicate the issue of nitrogen which often enters rivers, ponds and other waterways. And by simply running on electricity, these toilets are sure to please without the need of a complex septic system, sewer connection or any pluming. Composting toilets are great for areas where pluming can not be accessed.

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Redhook's Food Turning Heads Naturally

Jun 23, 2011

Published by the Portsmouth Patch

By Scott Szycher

Most breweries are known more for their beer than for their food. But Redhook Brewery’s dining, revitalized by an emphasis on local, all-natural food, may start rivaling the popularity of its nationally-known beer.

The Portsmouth-based Cataqua Pub at Redhook Brewery is now offering a dedicated all-natural section of the menu that’s, according to Pub general manager Ryan Colwell, “antibiotic-free, hormone-free, and chemical-free.” And this isn’t just salads we’re talking; the menu includes delicious chicken, burgers, and even pork, all sourced from New England farms, not industrial slaughterhouses in the Midwest... to read more click here.

The Ride For Your Life

Jun 23, 2011

Published in the Exeter Patch

By Scott Szycher

Tom Hemenway’s wakeup call came in the form of rejection - from his physician.

“He basically threw me out,” recalls Hemenway, the owner of Exeter-based eZee Bikes, New England’s largest electric bicycle dealership. “The doctor said he didn’t want me as his patient anymore.”

But deep down, Hemenway understood the doctor’s frustration with him. Despite his success as a business owner, he had developed poor lifestyle habits, and was diagnosed as diabetic... to read more click here.

 

ReVision Energy’s Grand Opening Bash in Exeter

Jun 21, 2011

Published in the Exeter Patch

By Dave Anderson

EXETER- ReVision Energy is once again proving their dedication to renewable energy by holding a Grand Opening Bash last week to celebrate the Summer Solstice. Local food, drink, music and fun were all part of the mix, as were hopes of getting others just as excited about the new solar showroom as the employees are.

ReVision has been a huge success with over 2,500 solar installations in Maine and New Hampshire alone. Citizens of the Seacoast are beginning to realize the huge advantage it offers not only financially but environmentally. With interest on the rise, ReVision is expected to grow at least twofold in the upcoming years.

To read the full story on ReVision click here!

Adapting and Thriving in a Stressful World

Jun 20, 2011

Published on the Portsmouth Patch

By Scott Szycher

If you feel like life’s daily stresses are more acute these days, you are not alone.
While somewhat less severe in the Seacoast region, the economic recession and its attendant high unemployment rates have created a double whammy: job seekers suffer significant stress while unemployed, and those with jobs often feel overwhelmed by the workload they must pick up under austere company budgets and a reduced workforce.

For the full story, click here!

TMS Architects' Lakehome Profiled

Jun 20, 2011

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

“The Joys of Summer,” an article in the May/June issue of New England Home magazine, features a lakefront New Hampshire home designed by TMS Architects. The home needed to be large enough to accommodate an extended family, but the owner also wanted the home to feel cozy. William H. Soupcoff, principle with the TMS Architects, said, “The two primary motivations for the design were that the scale of the house not to be overwhelming and that the plans take full advantage of the magnificent panoramic view… from the back of the house.”

For the full story on TMS Architechs, click here!

Minute Men Painters gives back to the community

Jun 15, 2011

Published by Foster's Daily Democrat

By David Anderson

Summer is a busy time for any New England painting company. Warm sunshine and long days make for the perfect conditions for outdoor painting. For Sean Sturk of Minute Men Painters, summer is also a great time of year to get busy giving back to the local community.

Sturk's Portsmouth-based painting company is helping to sponsor the 3rd Annual Bobcat Bolt at Oyster River High School in Durham. "We've helped sponsor and volunteered at the event every year so far," he is proud to say. "Our friends at Gault Builders are the primary sponsors."

Read the full story on Fosters.com

Jumpin' Jays Green Initiatives

Jun 14, 2011

Published in The Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH- Jumpin’ Jays is paving the way with an array of energy options and people are starting to take notice. A solar hot water array has been approved to be installed on the roof of Congress Street and will be installed by Jack Bingham of SEA Solar Store. This restaurant has also taken the time to install a high efficiency water system showing the public that Jumpin’ Jays cares about going green.

The main hope in the future is to mix Portsmouth’s past with a spin of a sustainable future, read the full story here!

 

Restaurant Gets Green Light for Solar Water System

Jun 7, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — For as committed to sustainability as Portsmouth has been, the town is equally dedicated to protecting its architectural heritage particularly in the downtown corridor. Which is what makes a recent decision by the Portsmouth Historic District Commission to allow a solar hot water array on top of Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café so significant.

In a near-unanimous decision, the Commission voted to authorize the installation of nine 4-by-8 foot flat solar panel collectors and a 500 gallon water storage tank to the roof of the Congress Street restaurant. The system will be installed by Jack Bingham of SEA Solar Store in Dover, with plans to begin construction within the next few weeks. 

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Portsmouth Historic District Commission Gives Solar "Green" Light

Jun 7, 2011

Published in the Portsmouth

By Jim Cavan

For as committed to sustainability as Portsmouth has been, the town is equally dedicated to protecting its architectural heritage – particularly in the downtown corridor. Which is what makes last Wednesday's decision by the Portsmouth Historic District Commission (PHDC) to allow a solar hot water array on top of Jumin’ Jay’s Fish Café so significant.

For the full story visit, Portsmouth Patch

Clay Hill Farm Celebrates Father's Day and Mother Earth

Jun 7, 2011

Published on the Portsmouth Patch

By David Anderson

Looking for something different to do with dad this Father’s Day? Summer Solstice at Clay Hill Farm is a free community event celebrating the great outdoors and honoring fathers, families and Mother Earth. The Sunday, June 19th event will feature local food, music, games, and family fun for all ages from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 

For the full story, click here!

Clay Hill Farm to Celebrate Father's Day and Mother Earth

Jun 6, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By David Anderson

CAPE NEDDICK, Maine — Looking for something different to do with dad this Father's Day? Summer Solstice at Clay Hill Farm is a free community event celebrating the great outdoors and honoring fathers, families and Mother Earth.

On Sunday, June 19 Clay Hill Farm, located at 220 Clay Hill Road in Cape Neddick, Maine will celebrate the Summer Solstice by featuring local food, music, games, and family fun for all ages from 11 am -2 pm
 

For the full story, click here!

Going green with Green Alliance

Jun 3, 2011

Freelance Reporter Roger Wood, whose work is often featured on NHPR, recently sat down with GA Director Sarah Brown to talk about the Green Alliance -- where it's been, where it's going, and how it's helping shape the local economy here on the Seacoast.

To hear the interview, go to www.theseacoast.co (click on the link -- it's not a .com!), and scroll down just a bit to find the interview.

Habitat for Humanity Goes Green

Jun 2, 2011

By Jim Cavan

Published in The Forum

For many years Habitat for Humanity has been working to create shelter that is affordable, safe and now green!

Located in Southeastern New Hampshire, two new structures are going up with the help of the GA’s own Ridgeview Construction and Habitat for Humanity’s Restore. Both of these environmentally savvy homes will be EnergyStar certified and environmentally-friendly. Habitat for Humanity believes that this will bring in more revenue by having them be certified, which in the long run can fund more houses.

Read the full story here!

Kittery Block Party saves paper with social media

Jun 2, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By David Anderson

Kittery, Maine - Organizers of the Kittery Block Party will not be handing out many brochures or tacking up tons of fliers to promote their Sunday, June 18 celebration of local art, culture and food. In a conscious effort to conserve paper and save trees, promotion for the event is being done mostly via social media. 

"Social media advertising is inexpensive and it doesn't pollute," boasts event sponsor Michael Landgarten, who has owned Bob's Clam Hut, a Kittery landmark, since 1986.

Read the whole story on Fosters.com

Brewery Celebrates 20th Anniversary with New Craft Beer

Jun 1, 2011

From Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

By Rachel Forrest

My coverage of craft beer has increased dramatically over the past five years and I can say without a doubt that the reason for that is The Portsmouth Brewery.

I spend a lot of time at the Brewery, sipping IPA or something new that's come out, crafted by Head Brewer Tod Mott and Assistant Brewer Tyler Jones. I even got to help make one of those beers a few months ago, the Bottle Rocket IPA.

On June 1, I'll be sipping a new great craft brew from the Brewery — the 20th Anniversary beer... click here for the full story!

20 Years for Portsmouth Brewery

Jun 1, 2011

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Rachel Forrest

Two members of the Portsmouth Brewery family have been there for all of their 20-year history — Donna Marcotte started behind the bar just a few days before the Brewery opened on June 1, 1991, and Brennan Rumble, now general manager, started as a bartender just a few months later, in August.

For the full story, click here !