News : February 2012

Button Up NH, Seabrook Edition

Feb 27, 2012

Published by Portsmouth Patch.

By Dave Anderson

Local residents are invited to attend a free home weatherization workshop at the Seabrook Public Library on Thursday, March 1, 2012. Cosponsored by Atlantic Green Energy, Harmony Energy Works and the Seabrook Public Library, the event is one of a number of Button Up New Hampshire workshops being held throughout the state this winter.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Paul Button of Energy Audits Unlimited will present information on how to “Button Up” your home to save both energy and money.

To read more, visit Portsmouth Patch.

"Eco-Broker" Expects Big Things From U.S. Green Building Council’s NH Chapter

Feb 24, 2012

Published by Exeter Patch, Seacoast Online, and Fosters Daily Democrat

Written by Jim Cavan

As the Seacoast’s first-ever certified “GREEN” Realtor, Hillary Gaynor knows a little something about sustainable construction. Over the years, she’s brokered dozens of deals for real estate clients based on the merits and features of green homes and properties throughout the region.

But as the newly elected Vice Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council’s New Hampshire chapter (USGBCNH), Gaynor is gaining experience in a sector whose growth and vitality is inextricably linked with her own.

“From the get go, I wanted to connect with an organization that had a similar mindset and perspective on a lot of the things that I care about,” recalls Gaynor, who received her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy from UNH and worked in the field for years before switching to realty full time. “Now, I’m trying to expand that to include other like-minded organizations throughout the state..."

Read the full story at the Exeter Patch here! Read on Seacoast Online here. And on Fosters, here

Still golfing in February Sagamore Golf Club takes advantage of odd winter

Feb 20, 2012

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat.
By Jim Cavan

NORTH HAMPTON — It might technically be the dead of winter, but you wouldn't know it watching the pull-carts and shoulder-strewn bags traversing across the pristine pitch of North-Hampton's Sagamore Golf Club. For just the second time in the 50-year-old course's history, February has arrived to find Sagamore's doors and links open for business.

From 9 am until sundown, anyone Jonesing for a trip across the links can work out driver, wedge and putter on the course's 18 scenic holes. According to owner Richard Luff, plenty of regulars have thus far taken advantage of the unusual weather.

To read more, visit Foster's Daily Democrat.

Workshop will help homeowners 'button up' for winter

Feb 17, 2012

Published in the Newburyport News

By Angeljean Chiaramida

The Seabrook Public Library will host a Button Up N.H. weatherization workshop on Thursday, March 1, in conjunction with Atlantic Green Energy and Harmony Energy Works.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the workshop will cover basic air sealing and insulation techniques, where to find technical and financial resources, sources of energy waste and easy do-it-yourself conservation measures to reduce fuel and electricity use, which will save money and make homes more comfortable throughout the year... 


Favorite Foods' Local Stance Rings True Eight Years Later

Feb 17, 2012

Published in: Seacoastonline blog and ExeterPatch

Written By: Jim Cavan

If one of the most successful restaurants in America came knocking at your door, eager for your business, would you turn them away?

For most, and particularly for an independent food supplier, shunning that kind of opportunity – while perhaps noble – would be an awfully tough pill to swallow.

But that’s exactly what Favorite Foods did when – back in 2004 – the Somersworth-based food distributor told Applebee’s to take the proverbial hike, in the process shunning a potentially lucrative distribution deal...

Read more here on Seacoast onling blog and here on ExeterPatch.

Ticket sales expected soon for "Kate the Great" Day

Feb 17, 2012

Published in the Portsmouth Herald.

By Rachel Forrest

PORTSMOUTH — Kate the Great, a Russian Imperial Stout first brewed in 2005 by Portsmouth Brewery Brewmaster Tod Mott, and ranked No. 2 in the world and best beer in America by Beer Advocate Magazine in 2006 will return once again March 5.

Announcement of the sale of scratch tickets to get a chance to purchase a bottle of the beer may happen at any moment. Beer lovers are directed to Portsmouth Brewery's Facebook page to find word on the start of ticket sales.

In past years, “Kate Mania” has prompted long lines for bottles and for the beer on tap and last year Gov. John Lynch declared March 7, 2011, the official Kate the Great Day, recognizing the impact of the stout and the role of the Portsmouth Brewery as a unique beer ambassador for the state.

To read more, visit the Portsmouth Herald.

Ski for just $9.25 with the GA with Shawnee Peak!

Feb 17, 2012

Published by Portsmouth Patch

Written by Jim Cavan

March typically finds New England residents raring for the warmth and comforts of spring. But with winter having hardly arrived here in the Northeast, chances are many will take the next six weeks or so to get some much-needed use out of ski and snowboard about the region’s myriad snow-capped hubs.

Luckily, Shawnee Peak is one resort planning to save one of its best weekend events for that most unpredictable of months. And the GA plans to make it more than worth your while!

Together with Green Alliance and 92.5 The River, Shawnee will play host to a day of great runs, sweet tunes, and evening revelry at their Bridgeton Maine resort on Friday, March 9th...

To read the full story at the Portsmouth Patch, click here!

York County Shelter Programs Tries to Offset Recent Budget Cuts

Feb 17, 2012

Published in Seacoast Online Blogs.

By Derek Zaentz

Due to budget cuts from the York County Commissioners office, many social service agencies have been worried about covering their operating costs. The York County Shelter Program’s funding has been cut by $31,000, part of the York County Commissioners’ mass cut of $100,000 to the area’s six social service organizations.

YCSP fear that, due to rising costs, along with their grant being cut, covering expenses will be unattainable. Donations have helped stopped the bleeding, but it has not been enough.

Mary Doyle, Public Relations Manager at the York County helper Programs, made a few comments on how she felt about the significant cut towards her company’s budget. “It’s been really frustrating because the need for food at the food pantry has doubled since last year.”

She went on to say that the budget cut of $31,000 came at a very tough time due to the increased demand for food.

To read more, visit Seacoast Online Blogs.

Green Launching Pad helps create manufacturing jobs with EarthTec

Feb 13, 2012

Published by Portsmouth Herald.

By Michael McCord 

PORTSMOUTH — Bringing home more manufacturing production has become a top political and economic priority from the White House to the N.H. State House and to local companies such as EarthTec.

EarthTec, which makes a sustainable line of clothing products derived from recycled plastic water bottles, plans to utilize a money and services grant from the University of New Hampshire-based Green Launching Pad to increase local manufacturing capability at its Portsmouth location. This step, said founder and CEO Dennis Randall, will help the company buy new equipment, add more jobs and expand its product line...

To read more, visit Portsmouth Herald.

Go & Do: Mike McDonald's 11th Annual Comedy XXtravanganza

Feb 13, 2012

Published by Seacoast Online

By Andrew Tiebout

Join host Mike McDonald and guests DJ Hazard, Ira Proctor, Stacy Kendro & pianist Curtis "12 Finger" Haynes for a night of stand-up insanity. Strap yourself down as Mike and friends rip powerhouse punchlines to your funnybone. Seriously funny.

This year, the show takes place in Portsmouth and Concord...

To read more, visit Seacoast Online.

Prelude Offers Green Gifts for Valentines Day

Feb 13, 2012

Published by Portsmouth Patch

By David Anderson

A quest for the perfect Valentines Day present for my fiancé led me to venture for the first time across the threshold of Prelude, a local purveyor of imported soaps, fine jewelry and gifts located at 65 Market St. in downtown Portsmouth, NH, where longtime shop owner Holly Landgarten opened my eyes to a whole new world of products that are not only romantic, but also eco-friendly and socially conscious.

A visit to Prelude may begin with a sampling of Dr. Hauschka, a legendary line of natural skin care products that Landgarten describes as “Delicious!”

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Green Business Learning Series to Feature Be Good Branding's Bridget Sprague

Feb 10, 2012

From Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

Last month, the GA hosted the first installment of its Green Business Learning Series, an on-going program designed to help area business owners and community members foster idea-sharing and creative marketing strategies.

In that seminal presentation, Mirjam IJtsma, owner of Cultural Chemistry, gave an engaging, all-encompassing look at “company culture,” highlighting the ways in which businesses of every size can get the most out of their employees by better defining the workplace’s unique goals, values, and dynamics.

On February 22nd, the spotlight will turn to Bridget Sprague, founder and owner of Be Good Branding. Sprague – who boasts years of marketing experience, many of those with a number of Fortune 500 companies – will present on “Meaningful Brand Strategy.”

Click here to read the full story in Portsmouth Patch!

Mild Winter Means More Time on Links for Local Golf Course

Feb 10, 2012

From Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

It might technically be the dead of winter, but you wouldn’t know it watching the pull-carts and shoulder-strewn bags traversing across the pristine pitch of North Hampton’s Sagamore Golf Club.

For just the second time in the 50-year-old course’s history, February has arrived to find Sagamore’s doors and links open for business. From 9am until sundown, anyone Jonesing for a trip across the links can work out driver, wedge and putter on the course’s 18 scenic holes.

According to owner Richard Luff, plenty of regulars have thus far taken advantage of the unusual weather...

Read the full story in Exeter Patch by clicking here!

Comedian with a heart of green returns to New Hampshire

Feb 10, 2012

Published by the Portsmouth Herald.

By Andrew Tiebout

Supporting a good cause doesn't have to be a serious affair – and it never will be as long as Mike McDonald is involved. In association Cuzin Richard Entertainment Associates (CREA), the Bostonian comedian will host the 11th Annual Comedy Xxtravaganza this month. As usual, they will donate proceeds to several worthy New Hampshire organizations.

The Xxtravaganza will take place at two venues: Feb. 17 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth and Feb. 18 at the Concord City Auditorium. McDonald, who has appeared on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central, will belittle and enlighten the audience alongside the likes of “tauntingly contemptuous” Stacy Kendro as well as DJ Hazard, who once lived out of his car for three years...

To read more, visit Portsmouth Herald.

Cornerstone Treecare joins fight against nitrogen pollution in Great Bay

Feb 8, 2012

Published by Portsmouth Patch, Seacoast Online, and Granite State Centennial

By David Anderson

Local arborist Micum Davis of Portsmouth has become the newest member of the New Hampshire Coastal Protection Partnership’s Board of Directors.

Founded in 2008 by a group of local experts and citizens concerned about declining water quality in the Great Bay Estuary, NH Coast is a Portsmouth-based nonprofit organization dedicated to combining sound science with education, collaboration and advocacy to protect the natural resources of the coastal watershed and effect long-term visible change...

Read the full story online at or on Seacoast Online

Cultural Chemistry's Mirjam IJtsma Interviewed on Friends of Kevin Radio Show

Feb 6, 2012

Featured on the Friends of Kevin Radio Show WSMN 1590.

Mirjam IJtsma, president and owner of Cultural Chemistry, was interviewed on the Friends of Kevin Radio Show WSMN 1590. Her business focuses on employee engagement and helps to grow a culture within a workplace environment. Cultural Chemistry is a consulting company that meets with business owners to teach ways for managers to become better leaders and coaches within the business environment. It focuses on cutting labor cost, while improving productivity, which would result in a better bottom line.

The Friends of Kevin Radio Show is hosted by Kevin Willett. His show focuses on business topics. The topic of this show was to help businesses create a culture that allows it to become a positive, more efficient company. After this culture is formed, it important that the members of the business are engaged and buy into that culture.

To learn more about the show, visit the Friends of Kevin Radio Show website.

To learn more about Cultural Chemistry, visit their website.

Behrmann Hopes PUC Board Yields Growth for NH’s Alternative Energy Sector

Feb 6, 2012

Published by Portsmouth Patch

Written by Jim Cavan

To say it’s been a whirlwind year for Mike Behrmann would be an understatement as grand as the budding green entrepreneur’s recent accomplishments.

In December, Behrmann – who co-owns the Dover-based Revolution Energy – was appointed to the Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy (EESE) Board of the state’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC).

At 28, Behrmann is – by a good seven years – the youngest member of the now three-year-old committee, established to help both the PUC and state legislature understand the impact of various policies, programs, and initiatives on New Hampshire’s ever-growing green sector...

To read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch, click here!

Small solar has big future

Feb 6, 2012

 Published by the Portsmouth Herald

Written by Jim Cavan

It's not often that peer pressure is thought of in positive terms. But that's exactly what helped put matching alternative energy systems on two neighboring Somersworth homes.

Back in March, Somersworth resident Tim Sullivan was contacted by friend and former colleague Jack Bingham, owner of the nearby SEA Solar Store and one of the region's foremost alternative green energy purveyors. Bingham, recognizing his old friend's long-held interest in incorporating solar on his property, told him about a revolutionary new technology.

Read the full story at The Portsmouth Herald.


On the Move

Feb 3, 2012

Published by Coastal Home

Written by Jim Cavan

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, an estimated 37.1 million Americans move every year. And anyone who has ever had to transfer belongings from one place to another - be it across town or across the country - knows that the process often entails a lot of waste. From cardboard boxes to long-forgotten trinkets and heirlooms, no move is really complete without a trip or two to the landfill or a curb full of refuse.

It is a problem that Genevieve Benton desperately wanted to address when she launched A Perfect Move in October 2007. After 25 years of working in the moving industry, Benton - a New Hampshire native who spent time in South Carolina before moving back to the Seacoast area - wanted to forge a unique and waste-conscious niche in the super-competitive moving industry. A true family affair, A Perfect Move's business team includes daughter Erin O'Connell and son James...

The Winter 2012 issue of Coastal Home is not yet available online, but can be purchased at your local newsstand.

Ask the Experts: Cleaning Services

Feb 3, 2012

Published by Coastal Home

John O'Brien of greenMaids LLC gives his best cleaning tips in the Talking Trends section of the Winter 2012 issue of Coastal Home magazine. O'Brien, along with representatives of other cleaning services, answers questions on topics such as saving time, households with pets and efficient cleaning products.

The Winter 2012 issue of Coastal Home is not yet available online, but can be purchased at your local newsstand.

With background in forestry, Shane Carter has a unique take on building

Feb 3, 2012

Published by Union Leader

Shane Carter says his path to a career in construction has not been a traditional one, but as president and owner of Ridgeview Construction, his unique background has helped him create one of New Hampshire's most progressive building companies.

With degrees in forestry and wildlife biology, Carter said he moved to Colorado after college to work for the forest service. At that time he said he was particularly passionate about fine woodworking and luthiery – the building and repair of guitars...

Read the full story in the Union Leader by clicking here!