News : December 2012

New Law Helps Exeter Naturopathy

Dec 28, 2012

Published in Exeter Patch.

By Heikki Perry

A law officially taking effect in 2013, but already being implemented by three N.H. companies, requires insurers to provide coverage for services delivered by naturopathic doctors if those services would be covered when provided by other primary care providers.

And that has put patients who qualify for the coverage in a better state of mind.

“Instead of paying an almost $200 bill, I had to pay a $20 co-pay in my last visit. It’s amazing. It’s a huge change,” says Laura E. Mayer, a patient of Dr. Robyn Giard, an ND with a practice named Starry Brook Natural Medicine in Exeter, N.H.
 

 Read the full article at Exeter Patch.

Green Alliance Holiday Bash Brings Green Business and Consumer Communities Together for Christmas Cheer

Dec 18, 2012

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

PORTSMOUTH — Clear your schedule for Thursday, Dec. 20, for the best holiday party you will attend this year. The Green Alliance Holiday Party will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Two Ceres St., a martini and wine bar that features inspired drinks and delicious bites in a welcoming atmosphere.

Last year’s GA Holiday Party was so crowded that GA Director Sarah Brown’s own mother could not get in! And at least three sources who attended last year reported that a surplus – if you can believe it – of interesting, urbane ladies and gentlemen found their way to the party. It is a hip and cool crowd that believes in sustainability and associates itself with Green Alliance.

Organic beer and wine will be offered at a cash bar, with a few green drink specials. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres on the Green Alliance, or for more filling fare choose from Two Ceres Streets’ new Asian inspired menu.
 

Green Maids’ business blossoms as brand becomes known

Dec 18, 2012

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

Business is booming for a green cleaning company serving the Seacoast, not only because the products it uses are safe and effective, but also because it allies itself with a group of other businesses that consider sustainability as important as profits.

York-based Green Maids cleaning company has grown by 50 percent since the start of 2012, and owner John O’Brien attributes much of that growth to being a business partner of Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its individual and family members.

“In one month, of the five new clients we gained, three of them were Green Alliance members. That’s 60 percent,” says O’Brien.

Read the full article in Foster's Daily Democrat.

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Two Ceres Street Makes Practicing Sustainability Taste So Good

Dec 13, 2012

From Portsmouth Patch

PORTSMOUTH — Described by a recent patron as “Portsmouth’s best date spot for the wintertime,” Two Ceres Street, a martini and wine bar, features inspired drinks and delicious bites in a welcoming atmosphere.

Open in the winter at 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Two Ceres Street changes its menu often. “We try to source local foods and organic produce. That’s why the menu changes,” says Marlisa Geroulo, who co-owns the place with her husband, John Golum. “We use organic foods as much as possible, whatever is local that we think will be successful.”

Its focus on local foods and organic produce is no accident: The establishment practices sustainability in several ways, and it is a business partner of the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices, and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members. Green Alliance members receive a 10 percent discount on meals and drinks and can save more than $3 on a meal consisting of a martini, shrimp tacos, and PEI mussels.

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Jack Bingham brings solar work home

Dec 11, 2012

From Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

At first glance, Jack Bingham’s pine-strewn Barrington property – many of whose conifers reach six stories skyward – would seem less than ideal for a state-of-the-art solar array, what with the dearth of post-autumn sunshine.

Notes Bingham: “The only place on the property that gets full year round sun light is right on top of prime wetland, which raises some issues to say the least.”

Despite some topographical roadblocks, the owner of SEA Solar Store was determined to make it work, even if it meant going through myriad state and local agencies, each of which expressed concerns about how the wetlands might be affected.

“Prime wetlands are a pretty rare thing, so everyone just needed to assure that whatever went in wasn’t going to affect it – and righty so,” recalls Bingham, before adding with a laugh “let’s just say I got some pretty good practice filling out paperwork.”

For the full story on Seacoast Online, click here!

B&C Floor Store a totem to local, family ownership

Dec 11, 2012

From Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

When one door closes, another opens.

If certain adages flirt with being cliché, it’s probably because they’re so often true. It certainly was for Carol Burgard when, in 2003, she was laid off from her job in the electronics sector.

Around the same time, Messina’s Flooring – located in Portsmouth – was looking to sell their three-year-old business to Burgard’s husband, Brett, himself a 20-year veteran of the trade.

In what was a literal marriage of convenience, the Burgards decided to go into business together, re-opening the shop under the B&C Floor Store moniker shortly thereafter.

Today the Burgards continue to preside – just the two of them, proudly, and with no looking back – over a business nearly a decade strong. Located in Portsmouth, B&C specializes in both residential and light commercial flooring sales and installation, and touts products ranging from hardwood to tile, carpets, area rugs, as well as laminate and vinyl.

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Green Alliance families plan holiday crafting party

Dec 10, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Tricia Dinkel

Since the July launch of the Green Alliance Families Club, families from all over New England have signed up to honor their commitment to green family values. In addition to scores of discounts at green businesses, the GFC membership offers a free Field Trip program to engage families in hands-on activities and projects and to learn more about the green businesses in their own communities.

On Tuesday, December 11, Pixels & Pulp, Mary’s Dogs, and the local Arts In Reach program will host a Holiday Craft Party at the Green Alliance office in downtown Portsmouth. From decorating bandanas for Mary’s adoptable dogs to designing recycled and nature-inspired ornaments, families of all agesare encouraged to join the holiday fun.

In true holiday spirit, kids will have the opportunity to donate their designed bandanas to the rescued pups from Mary’s Dogs and/or make a bandana for a dog they love. Mary Doane, founder of Mary’s Dogs, is excited to share the joys of dog adoption with the Green Families Club.

“This is a unique way for children to help dogs in need.” Says Doane, “Even though they may not meet the dog who gets the bandana they decorated, they know they’ve helped! I love that!”

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Advocates: Tactics hurting Great Bay

Dec 6, 2012

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Aaron Sanborn

PORTSMOUTH-Officials from the Conservation Law Foundation and the Rescue Great Bay advocacy group argue that continued objections by the Great Bay Municipal Coalition communities to waste-water treatment plant upgrades fail to “hold any water”.

For more than two years there has been a back-and-forth debate regarding the science the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is using to issue nitrogen discharge permits to wastewater treatment plants in communities along the Great Bay estuary. The debate has been led by the coalition communities of Portsmouth, Exeter, Newmarket, and Dover. The ongoing debate has led to at least one lawsuit and a special Congressional hearing.

To read the full story in The Portsmouth Herald, click Here!

Local Solar Company Gives Back This Holiday Season

Dec 6, 2012

From Exeter Patch

By Megan McCann

The gift giving season is underway, and the pressure is certainly on to find that perfect item for sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. While it is almost impossible to please everyone with your gift choices, there is one place you can go where you can be sure your gift will be loved, used, and greatly appreciated.

Solar purveyor ReVision Energy of Exeter has partnered with the Children’s Museum of NH to hold a Toys for Tots drive to benefit the Dover Fire & Seacoast Area Firefighters Toy Bank.

The Dover Fire Toy Bank has been coordinated by current and retired members of the Dover Fire & Rescue for more than 35 years. While Christmas typically conjures up visions of Santa and toys, they also provide educational aids, warm clothing, and boots to many children in need in the Seacoast area.

Small Biz Rules for HR

Dec 6, 2012

From  Business NH Magazine

By Mirjam IJtma

A few years ago I became involved with a small, owner-operated construction company that was building our dream home. One day when i was visiting the construction site, Ridgeview Construction Owner Shane Carter invited me to join him for lunch and we started to talk. He mentioned that he would love to learn how to create an engaged, high-performing workforce. Excited to help, I jumped at the chanceto help him with HR issues, but I honestly didn't know what to expect. Would techniques I used for development, human resources and consulting at much larger firms (multi-nationals) work on this scale? The answer is yes - a small company with a limited budget and without a team of in-house HR professionals can establish robust HR practices that hel to move the company forward.

The approach we developed for Ridgeview enabled them to grow at a time that most construction companiesdid jusst hte opposite. the following six-step model is what we worked from to improve employee engagement, decrease turnover and facilitate growth at Ridgeview.

1. Identify Where You Want to Go

To read this full article, please pick up the Octber 2012 copy of Business NH Magazine (page 16).

Turning Seacoast trash into treasure

Dec 5, 2012

From Portsmouth Herald

When Rian Bedard founded EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling in 2009, he had been inspired by a year living in San Francisco, where residential curbside pick-ups of compost was part of the city's civic fabric. But when he started EcoMovement, the company struggled against perception.

"We were constantly fighting against the tradition of waste hauling," said Bedard of his Dover-based company. In a lean economy, banks weren't willing to lend to a small waste-hauling start-up. It was a challenge to secure financing and clients, but then, as Bedard found out, EcoMovement was blazing a one-of-a-kind trail not only in the Seacoast region but in the country as well.

"We had to create everything from scratch because no one was hauling at the scale we were," Bedard said about his business model. In its first year, the company used a pickup truck and a trailer, and Bedard ended up with a sore back from lifting the heavy trash containers. But the company began to pick up steam and ended with 30 customers after its first year. As it celebrates its third anniversary in December, EcoMovement now serves more than 70 commercial clients (businesses, schools and other institutions) and 100 residential customers in the areas of Dover, Portsmouth, New Castle, Newmarket and Kittery and Eliot, Maine.

In an unusual partnership, a few of EcoMovement's customers co-signed loans to help the company buy a more functional and efficient dump truck. This ethos fits in with the company's "triple bottom line" mission, Bedard said, to create a financially sustainable company, while educating its clients and the public and helping to build a sustainable community.

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Home generators an insurance policy for bigger, more numerous storms

Dec 4, 2012

Heart-breaking scenes of devastation, stories of lives lost, and homes and businesses destroyed by hurricane Sandy on the Mid-Atlantic coast rightfully overshadow a more pedestrian concern in the aftermath of a storm: access to a reliable supply of power.

But its loss is a serious concern.

Seacoast New Hampshire and areas of Maine also suffered power outages from Sandy as they did from Irene, and ice storms in the last decade have cut power to thousands of homes and businesses for weeks at a time, representing two of several reasons why a local power expert sees a disturbing trend of power disruptions.

“We have many customers coming in saying they’re experiencing more power outages now, either because there are more people on the grid or the utilities don’t take care of downed power lines as quickly as they used to. In my experience there are more power outages than there were 25 to 30 years ago. And with the devastation of storms such as Katrina, Irene and Sandy, people are frustrated with the amount of time it takes for power to come back on,” says Gino Milne, manager of the Newington Rockingham Electric Supply Co. store, located at the southern entrance to the General Sullivan Bridge connecting Newington and Dover, one 10 Rockingham Electric sales locations across New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts.

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

Healing Hands Holiday Health Tips

Dec 4, 2012

From Exeter Patch

By Dr. Jessica Caruso

Throughout my years in the healthcare field, there is one problem that I continue to see year after year. Every year, in the midst of all the holiday cheer, I hear coughs, sneezes, and groans amongst my fellow community members. Between the cold weather and holiday stress, it is no wonder that the wintertime brings about sicknesses, aches, and ailments of all kinds. This year I’d like to offer some preventative tips that can help folks more effectively avoid the holiday health blues.

1. Get Adjusted
Chiropractic adjustments release stress from your body and improve your nervous system by regulating the “Fight or Flight” response, improving your sleep and boosting your immune system 200%.

2. Use a Neti Pot
Neti pots help clean out your sinuses and keep your breathing pathways clear and fresh by removing dirt, pollen, excess mucous and other irritants. Pick one up at the local health food store.

Click Here to read the full story in Exeter Patch!

Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness Combats Toxic Environments

Dec 4, 2012

From The Weekly Sentinel

SOUTH BERWICK- Dr. Seth LaFlamme of Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness, 235 Main Street in South Berwick, is also a Green Alliance business partner. GA members receive a complimentary consultation and examination when they show their Green Card at Great Works.

“It’s hard to say as a doctor that I know everything that’s going on with a person,” LaFlamme says. “But everyone is carrying a greater toxic load these days. There are so many toxic materials, fumes from carpet and gasoline, for example, that make it harder for bodies to cope, that are causing a toxic buildup making us weaker and sicker as a population.”

Paradoxically, efforts to sanitize our environments may contribute to people becoming sicker, LaFlamme says, citing the antibacterial soaps we use to wash our hands as one example.

To read the full article, please pick up the newest copy of The Weekly Sentinel, a free newspaper available at many local stores.