News : January 2013

For Green Lotus, giving a part of the practice

Jan 30, 2013

From Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

Two weeks ago, a swell of over 200 yoga students filled the old wood-lined floors of The River Mill at Dover Landing for the Fifth Annual Yoga Mala. The goal: To complete 108 sun salutations – a foundational sequence of postures common in most traditional forms of yoga – in a little over two hours.

Some were novices; others had been practitioners for decades. But all of them came with a common purpose: to help raise money for two local nonprofits committed to helping families in need find warmth and nourishment in trying times.

This year’s Mala is expected to net in excess of $20,000 for H(EAT) – which looks to donate 10,000 gallons of heating oil and 10,000 meals annually – and SNAP (Supported Nutritional Agriculture Program), an organization seeking to make locally-grown produce and farmer’s markets eligible for various state and federal food voucher programs.

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It's All Downhill From Here As Shawnee Peak Turns 75

Jan 30, 2013

From The Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

BRIDGTON, Maine — It’s a season to celebrate at Shawnee Peak, which kicked off the ski season with its 75th anniversary, making it the longest continuously running family ski park in Maine.

“We're proud of our history and excited about our future. The whole season will be special with contests, giveaways and special events,” says Rachael Wilkinson, Shawnee Peak director of marketing.

Originally founded in 1938 as Pleasant Mountain, Shawnee Peak was purchased in 1988 by Shawnee Mountain, a Pennsylvania ski company, which gave the mountain its current name. In 1994, Chet Homer purchased the mountain, and it has since remained a decidedly family-owned and run operation. Servicing more than 135,000 skiers every year, Shawnee Peak has long been one of New England’s most popular and well attended ski resorts. Half of its 240 acres and 40 ski runs are lit at night, making it an attraction for families and students from all over New England.

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

Local Green Kitchen Designer Needs Help Getting Her Champion Dogsled Team to Alaska

Jan 29, 2013

From the Exeter Patch

By Ryan Dunfee

After passionately giving back to the Seacoast community since its 2010 founding, supporting Lakota organizations, the Blue Ocean Society, and area veterans, Hampton-based Visions Kitchens needs help supporting the passions of one of its town. One of their kitchen designers, Lis Bailey of Strafford, needs help raising money for the traveling expenses to send her K-Teris dog sled team, one of the world’s fastest, to Alaska for the North American and World dogsledding championships.

If you didn’t realize a world-class dogsledding team called the Seacoast home, you’d be forgiven; while the dogsledding scene in New England is a quiet community compared with those in Alaska and Scandinavia, Bailey’s passion for dogs and racing, which began when she convinced her parents to let her get her first dogsled pup at ten years old, has turned into a family affair that has stood up to teams around the world and now breeds top-shelf racing dogs. Since showing an early talent for the sport at 11, when she went undefeated in local races in the three-dog category, Lis’ homeschooling schedule and self-imposed discipline afforded her the chance to train “like a full time job:” going on six-mile training runs in the summer, having the dogs gain strength in the fall by hauling an ATV around local trails, and then transferring to light, nimble carbon fiber sleds for the winter race season.

But after 15 years training dogs, Lis’ focus has had to shift to motherhood after giving birth to her first child last year. So her younger sister Grace, who started racing dogs in 100-yard sprint races at the tender age of 5, will be taking the K-Teris Kennel team to Alaska herself as a captain of Team USA, starting with a cross-country drive to the Rockies to get some warm-up races in. They’re currently looking for $3,000 in donations to cover part of the $7,000 overall budget for the trip, and have started an online campaign on FundRazr to do so.

Read the full story here.

Bob's Clam Hut legend Lillian Mangos dies at 87

Jan 28, 2013

From The Portsmouth Herlad

By Deborah Mcdermott

KITTERY, Maine — Did you wait in line at Lil’s window?

For more than 20 years, thousands of locals and tourists alike certainly did, standing patiently at Bob’s Clam Hut in Kittery to give their order to Lillian Mangos — even if few were waiting at other windows.

Mangos, 87, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, leaving behind a legacy of hard work, kindness and liveliness, said Bob’s manager Patricia Barrigar.

“Lil was a big part of the memories of Bob’s,” she said. “People going on vacation would stop by every year, just to be waited on by her.”

That might explain why 197 people commented and another 530 people liked the Facebook entry on Bob’s Clam Hut about her passing.

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Electrolyzed Water Revolutionizes Housekeeping and Food Service

Jan 28, 2013

From The Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

LYNNFIELD, Mass. — A former journalist and a former computer security executive turned entrepreneurs have transformed an interest in science and the environment into selling cutting-edge cleaning and sanitizing products that work better, cost less and are safer than their chemical counterparts, helping Mother Earth in the bargain.

Patrick Lucci and Gerard Kiley are the managing partners of Massachusetts-based Lynnfield Green Technologies, which sells the Toucan - ECO, an “electrolyzer” that produces a harmless yet effective cleaning and sanitizing solution created from table salt, tap water and a small charge of electricity. The tabletop device takes four minutes to activate 1.5 liters of a cleaning and sanitizing solution which is electrolyzed water. Lynnfield also sells the Toucan Mini, which does the same thing in the same way as the Toucan - ECO, only it makes a smaller quantity of electrolyzed water, and it sells industrial-size sanitizers to hotels, restaurants and large institutions.

The electrolyzers are producing great results: a large one has been installed in a Minnesota prison where not one case of the flu has occurred all season — a remarkable situation considering the close living quarters — and the prison is attributing the lack of illness to using the electrolyzer for hand sanitizer. Previously, the prison could not consistently employ typical sanitizers because of inherent problems with their composition. Chemical-based sanitizers are potential health hazards while alcohol-based sanitizers pose another problem: Prisoners figured out how to separate out the alcohol from alcohol-based sanitizers and drank it.

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

Seacoast Environmentalists Cheer as Obama Calls Climate a Priority

Jan 23, 2013

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Deborah Mcdermott

Environmentalists and climate change activists are responding with near glee to President Barack Obama's words about climate change in his inauguration speech Monday.

"This is the Apollo Project we've been waiting for," said N.H. state Rep. David Borden, a longtime environmental advocate.

"It's amazing," said Jim Rubens, a New Hampshire consultant to the Union of Concerned Scientists. "He's directly on point. It's as accurate as we would hope for a national leader."

In his speech, the president said the country will "respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."

He went on to say that "the path toward sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it."

Sarah Brown of the Green Alliance, a Portsmouth-based green business organization, said she'll be looking for that leadership from the White House.

To read the full article from the Herald, click here!

Green Tips come from AutoBeGreen

Jan 23, 2013

From The Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from AutoBeGreen, a family-owned business based in Exeter specializing in green car care and maintenance products and services.

1. Switch to environmentally friendly motor oils. New "green" motor oils are not only biodegradable and non-toxic, they are API Certified and outperform most standard brands. Whether you change your own oil or have it done, this is by far one of the easiest green switches you can make for your vehicle. Manufactured by Green Earth Technologies (in biodegradable bottles, no less), the oil is much greener than just about any other on the market, with sustainability being part of the calculus from cradle to grave.

2. Replace your spent wipers with Tripledge® Green Wiper Blades, the world’s first fully recyclable blades. Not only are these blades made of non-petroleum based materials and easy to recycle, they also come in eco-friendly packaging!

To read the rest of the tips, click here!

For the Dogs: Mary's Dogs makes sure every dog has its day

Jan 23, 2013

From Coastal Home Magazine

By Jim Cavan

Mary Doane likes to say that every dog she takes into her recue program has its own story -- harrowing, often frightening, but almost always destined for a happy ending.

Since launching Mary's Dogs in early 2011, Doane has helped place hundreds of wayward pups into foster families throughout New England.  Her business's website, chock full of photo-adorned bios and sweet success stories, combined with her daily updated Facebook page -- it already boasts over 1,800 "likes" -- are testaments to the capacity of Internet engagement.  Meanwhile, regular mobile adoption pickups, set up at accessible locations with adjacent grass or wooded areas, offer adopters a chance to get to know their new pooch in a manner far more intimate than what is usually offered by a typical mall pet store.

Thus far, Doane has more than managed to "do well by doing good," while helping raise local awareness of the challenges posed by overbreeding.  But while saving lives and bolstering families remain indispensible pillars of Doane's business philosophy, she has also begun to tout another, somewhat more unlikely mantra: the sustainability of dog adoption.  It is a focus that has for over a decade guided the gregarious Doane through myriad ventures.

This article is not available online, so to read the full article please pick up a Winter 2013 edition of Coastal Home at your local newsstand!

Riverworks Printing Offers Affordable, Sustainable Advertising With Vehicle Magnets

Jan 23, 2013

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

These days, advertising is everywhere: billboards, television, radio stations, you name it.

But advertising can also burn an enormous hole in your pocket, particularly if you’re a small business that’s just gotten its feet off the ground.

Recognizing the need for a more affordable option, Riverworks Printing is helping make advertising more efficient and affordable with their customizable, eco-friendly vehicle magnetics.

“We have seen a dramatic increase of vehicle magnet orders this year,” says Danis Chamberlin, Printing Manager at Riverworks. “I think many people forget how great magnets can be for business advertising but now they are realizing that instead of an expensive full car wrap they can still get their business name out there pretty effectively with a simple car magnet.”

Click Here to read the full story in Exeter Patch!

Local 'Green' Doctors Pursue Advanced Certifications For Optimal Patient Care

Jan 23, 2013

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

Doctors Seth LaFlamme and Bri Duga of Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness have long been committed to teaching families how to be happier and healthier.

Now, the owners of Great Works Chiropractic and Wellness are getting an education of their own.

Though they already maintain a well-established practice, LaFlamme and Duga are taking the next step in their own professional development by participating in a fifteen month long program – offered by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association – in an effort to achieve advanced certifications.

To view the whole story in Exeter Patch, click Here!

Life (Insurance) Begins at 50

Jan 23, 2013

From Kiplinger's Personal Finance

By Kimberly Lankford

If your term life policy is ending but your needs continue, consider the cash-value alternative.

For anyone weary of writing checks to pay for life insurance, retirement used to spell relief. With the mortgage paid, the kids on their own, and Medicare and Social Security on the way, common sense suggested you could safely let your insurance expire. But now many fifty- and sixtysomethings don't have the flexibility to shorten the life of their life insurance. Life expectancies are longer, and the expenses that the death benefits were earmarked to take care of are hanging around longer, too. You may be retired, but you haven't retired your mortgage. Without a pension, your spouse may need an extra financial safety net after you die. And what if your children aren't self-sufficient?

You could buy another term insurance policy if you're healthy, but that coverage could still end before your needs disappear. If you want your insurance to last for the rest of your life -- no matter how long you live -- then signing up for a "permanent," cash-value insurance policy may make sense. In return, you get tax advantages and savings guarantees -- plus a death benefit that never expires.

View the full article in Kiplinger's here!

Larry Russell, an Insurance Agent for Northwestern Mutual, is a proud partner of Green Alliance. To learn more about his services or to contact him, click here!

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Portsmouth students lead solar 'revolution'

Jan 21, 2013

From the Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — Students at Portsmouth High School are taking the reins of change into their own hands, embracing the future of clean energy.

 

With the help of Revolution Energy, an alternative energy company based in Portsmouth, PHS has launched a fund-raising campaign to spur what could become a beacon for schools and municipalities looking to green their operations. Called "Sell-a-Cell," the program invites citizens and local businesses to purchase individual solar panel cells — standard panels include roughly 60 cells — for $5 apiece, or about $300 a panel...

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Seacoast Students Spearhead Solar 'Revolution'

Jan 15, 2013

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

As far as contentious issues go, it doesn’t get much more heated than climate change, a topic where economic, political, and even scientific gridlock have risked rendering it further below the cultural fold than might reasonably be expected.

But students at Portsmouth High School (PHS) have begun taking the reins of change into their own hands, in the process proving that, when it comes to the future of clean energy, inertia simply isn’t an option.

With the help of Revolution Energy, an alternative energy company based in Portsmouth, PHS has launched a fundraising campaign designed to spur what could become a blazing beacon for schools and municipalities looking to green their operations.

Read the full story in Portsmouth Patch or Exeter Patch!

Redhook Brewery Program Helps Charities to Help Others

Jan 15, 2013

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — A program conceived by a local company dedicated to performing good works will give back a portion of its profits to organizations that also help others.

Redhook Ale Brewery, located at 1 Redhook Way, will donate 10 percent of total pub sales every Tuesday for an entire month to a local charity, 12 charities in all, one for each month of 2013. The 10 percent comprises overall sales for the Cataqua Pub House, including beer, soda and food all day.

“We would like to build relationships with local charities so that the brewery and the local community have more opportunities to give back,” says Ryan Colwell, Redhook Cataqua Pub House manager. “We want the charities to be local so our support has the most impact to our community. Many of the local organizations can help drive business in so we can get the most out of the program. We support them and they support us.”

Forum Will Offer Businesses Bright Ideas on How to Spend Less on Lighting Energy

Jan 15, 2013

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — Rockingham Electric invites small-business owners to learn how to implement cost-saving green solutions in 2013 at a free Jan. 29 forum at Redhook Brewery. Attendees will learn about easily implemented sustainable business practices, utility-cost- saving incentive programs and simple and easy energy efficient lighting solutions.

All this information can save small-business owners money in 2013.

The Small Business Green Incentive Forum is co-sponsored by 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. The event is open to all Green Alliance members, with a focus on small businesses. Rockingham Electric is a business partner of the Green Alliance.

To read the full story click here.

 

 

Talented UNH Student Ensures Local Agency’s Success

Jan 15, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — Working only part-time at a Portsmouth insurance agency, a talented UNH business student now influences how the firm operates, allowing it to be more competitive, reflecting well on the quality of UNH students.

Alex Kaminski, 21, a student at UNH’s Whittemore School of Business & Economics, started working two years ago at Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance, a local independent agency serving customers in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont from its office at 40 Pleasant St.

“We initially hired him to help us out with marketing; however, over time we realized he was much more dynamic,” says PAI owner Jon Merwin, speaking about Kaminski. “He organized the agency in a way that we weren’t organized before. He’s an expert in many different ways. In fact, he paved the way for us.”

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Small business forum scheduled

Jan 15, 2013

Plublished in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — Rockingham Electric invites small-business owners to learn how to implement cost-saving green solutions in 2013 at a free Jan. 29 forum at Redhook Brewery. Attendees will learn about easily implemented sustainable business practices, utility-cost- saving incentive programs and simple and easy energy efficient lighting solutions.

All this information can save small-business owners money in 2013.

The Small Business Green Incentive Forum is co-sponsored by 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. The event is open to all Green Alliance members, with a focus on small businesses. Rockingham Electric is a business partner of the Green Alliance.
 

 To read the full article, click here.

Rockingham Electric hosts energy-efficiency forum

Jan 15, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Herald.

By Michael McCord

PORTSMOUTH — Rockingham Electric is holding a forum later this month to help small businesses take maximum advantage of green savings and energy-efficiency programs in 2013.

Set for Jan. 29 at Redhook Brewery at Pease International Tradeport, the Small Business Green Incentive Forum is co-sponsored by Rockingham Electric and the Green Alliance. Dianne Taylor of Rockingham Electric said the business-only seminar will help attendees learn about easily implemented sustainable business practices, utility cost-saving incentive programs and simple and easy energy-efficient lighting solutions.
 

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5 Green Tips from Healing Hands Community Chiropractic

Jan 14, 2013

From the Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from Dr. Jess Caruso of Healing Hands Community Chiropractic, a Portsmouth-based holistic health service offering everything from pregnancy, pediatric and family focused chiropractic care to reiki, massage therapy and childbirth education.

Five green health tipwww.seacoastonline.com/articles/20130114-NEWS-301140345s to stave off winter colds:

1. 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.

2. Add more fiber to your diet. Adding fiber such as whole grains to your diet improves colon health and increases immunity.

Click here to read the rest of the tips from the Herald!

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Ancient Traditions Founder Takes Naturopathic Path Back to Seacoast

Jan 9, 2013

From Portsmouth and Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

Career callings can come in any number of incarnations, from conscious networking to chance encounters, family recommendations to fiscally fruitful passion projects. Sometimes, however, the prompt can be much more intense – frightening, even.

In a journey that has taken her from the Seacoast to the Pacific Northwest and back again, Dr. Angela Lambert’s career path fell squarely in the latter camp.

Growing up, Lambert, owner of Ancient Traditions Natural Medicine in Portsmouth, displayed an immutable passion and talent for music, learning piano by the age of four, the oboe shortly thereafter, and eventually teaching herself flute and tenor sax. When her dad needed a drummer to help hold the beat for his jazz band, Lambert learned that, too.

Read the full story in Portsmouth or Exeter Patch!

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Ancient Traditions founder takes naturopathic path back to Seacoast

Jan 3, 2013

From Seacoast Online Blogs

By Jim Cavan

Career callings can come in any number of incarnations, from conscious networking to chance encounters, family recommendations to fiscally fruitful passion projects. Sometimes, however, the prompt can be much more intense – frightening, even.

In a journey that has taken her from the Seacoast to the Pacific Northwest and back again, Dr. Angela Lambert’s career path fell squarely in the latter camp...

Click here to read the full story at the GA's very own Seacoast Online blog! 

Progressive Group moves to Newmarket Mills

Jan 3, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Sunday Herald.

By Heikki Perry

NEWMARKET — Recognizing a similar "green" approach to sustainability, Progressive Asset Management Group — a leader in socially responsible investing — has moved to Newmarket Mills, a former mill that developer Eric Chinburg repurposed into 50,000 square feet of commercial space and 112 apartments.

Business partners Michael Smith and Hunter Brownlie have operated Progressive Asset Management Group — or PAM Group — in the Newmarket Mills since March 1 of this year. They previously worked out of an old farmhouse that had been converted into office space where they conducted several sustainability practices, before Brownlie, a Newmarket resident, had heard that a crumbling local mill was being renovated.

PAM Group talked to Great Mills Management, Newmarket Mills' property management company, about what kind of tenant it would be looking for, and Great Mills Management liked what it heard.
 

Generators offer insurance for storms ahead

Jan 3, 2013

Published In Foster's Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Patch.

By Heikki Perry

GREENLAND -- 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.
 

Read the full article at Foster's Daily Democrat or on Portsmouth Patch.

Green Tips: Ski resort advice from Shawnee Peak

Jan 3, 2013

From the Portsmouth Herald 

This week's Green Tips come from the folks at Shawnee Peak, a Maine ski resort using a number of cutting-edge green technologies.

1. Remember to use your mug at the lodge. Instead of getting your coffee or hot chocolate in disposable cups, bring along your favorite travel mug.

2. Use duct tape to repair small tears in your jacket or gloves instead of throwing them out or buying new ones. Not only will you help extend the useful life of a resource-intensive product, but you'll also look a lot tougher out on the slopes...

Read all of Shawnee Peak's Green Tips from the Herald by clicking here

Gateway builds personal energy in a green environment

Jan 3, 2013

From Seacoast Online Blogs

By Austin Sorette

Bill Buckley, founder of Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga, believes the idea of a “green” studio dovetails perfectly with the mission and philosophy of his studio, which he describes as “a center for practicing and exploring the ancient energy arts.”

For all their unique histories and characteristics, Taiji (tai chi), Qigong (chi kung) and yoga share one crucial thing in common: All tout themselves as in-depth practices aimed at channeling one’s personal energy towards overall health and wellbeing.

Which is why it came as no surprise when Buckley decided to renovate his portion of Portsmouth’s historic Button Factory building – located at 875 Islington – with the dual goal of creating a positive energetic environment and minimizing consumption of electricity and fossil fuels squarely in mind...

Read the full story here!

Resolving to do even better in 2013

Jan 3, 2013

Published in Seacoast Online

By Michael McCord

Behavior-changing and goal-setting resolutions for the new year are an annual rite of passage. For business owners and managers, resolutions can be an important step to setting the right tone for the challenges and opportunities of the coming year. Seacoast Sunday found five owners and managers willing to share their business resolutions for 2013.

Read the full article in Seacoast Online

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

Jan 3, 2013

Published in 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, owners of Messina's Flooring — located in Portsmouth — were 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.

Green Alliance Builds Bridge To Art Community Through Artist In Residence Program

Jan 3, 2013

Published in Portsmouth Patch.

By Becky Holt

The Green Alliance Artist in Residence Program is hosting its 3rd artist, Lynn Szymanski, at The Green Alliance Gallery. Szymanski was trained as a fine furniture maker and this craftsmanship is clearly displayed in her beautiful wall pieces whose themes touch on the intricacies of our inner world, the subtleties of relationships, and the weeded stories of life histories. Szymanski’s work has always been more poetic than practical, finding beauty in imperfection and comfort in the detritus of the past. She is inspired by the Modernist language of simplicity that focuses on clean defined elements, fused ambiguity, and nuance. Organic lines, slumping shapes and not-quite symmetrical forms are all part of this vocabulary. Taking cues from formal, sculptural, and architectural space, has also led her to an exploration of personal space and the way objects can be receptacles for ideas.