News : May 2014

Smuttynose opening new facility

May 29, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and SeacoastOnline

By Kyle Stucker

HAMPTON — Two things permeated the air at Towle Farm on Wednesday: the sweet, pungent smell of hot, brewing beer, and unbridled joy.

Wednesday was a production day at Smuttynose Brewing Co.'s recently completed brewing headquarters on its new $24 million campus located on the western side of Hampton. Company officials gave tours of the facility while taking in the excitement surrounding the completion of a major project that has gone through many permutations since it first started in 2007.

"This is really where we were meant to be all along," said company President Peter Egelston. "It took us a while to get here, but (we're) fortunate because this is where we were meant to be all along."

Smuttynose, which had been located in Portsmouth since opening in 1994, first began searching for a new home in 2007. A number of locations were considered in and around the Seacoast area, but Egelston and company officials fell in love with Towle Farm because of its character, rustic structures and potential.

The company purchased the land off Route 27 in 2008, although the construction of the new brewing facility and the work to turn the existing 19th century home on the property into a restaurant didn't begin until 2012.

 

Pick up a copy of the Portsmouth Herald and your local news stand or read the article online at SeacoastOnline.  

Save Green While Going Green at ReVision's Solar Celebration

May 29, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Ali Plankey

EXETER - June 21 marks the official start of summer and what better way to celebrate the solstice than by throwing a party?

ReVision Energy is one step ahead of the game. On June 20 Revision will host their Celebrate the Sol - short for solstice - event to ring in the summer season. ReVision’s office and marketing manager, Heather Fournier says that the meaning behind the celebration is to gather the community together and get people excited about the sun, summer, solar power and the environment.

The event is full of fun-under-the-sun action including beer, free food, music, children’s activities and solar demonstrations. If you're interested in learning how to begin your own compost pile, adopting a pet or even learning how to make your car more sustainable, there will be workshops and area vendors on hand.

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch.

ENH Power Brings Honest Business Practices to the World of Electricity

May 29, 2014

Published in SeacoastOnline and Portsmouth, Hampton, N. Hampton, Exeter, Nashua, Merrimack and Salem Patch sites

By Emily Norloff

Few disagree that having the choice of an electric supplier has been good for New Hampshire. Competition has resulted in lower electricity prices. Unfortunately competition for the consumer’s dollar has some power companies straying from an honest path to better off their own wallets.

New England owned ENH Power hopes to avoid the further tarnishing of the electrical industry through upfront and transparent business practices.

Recently, several electricity supply companies have come under fire for customer contracts and terms that include a variable rate; any interest rate or dividend that changes on a periodic basis.

Variable rate products usually go without a second glance until times of high energy usage. Cold winter weather and warmer summer months result in a spike in energy use. This past winter consumers with variable rate plans experienced up to a 300 percent increase in energy rates.
 

Read the full story on SeacoastOnline.

Sprouting Solar Gardens

May 28, 2014

Published in Busniess NH

By Michael McCord

Spring is in the air, but flowers and vegetables are not the only gardens growing in the Granite State.  Eco entreprenuer Andrew Kellar, who founded Simply Green, a successful biofuel company in the Seacoast, is now tackling solar energy with his newest venture, NhSolarGarden.  

Kellar launched Stratham-based NhSolarGarden in January on the hells of new legislation allowing group net metering, the basis for his new venture.  NhSolarGarden is a community solar developer that works to establish solar arrays to power one location, and then shares the value of the excess power with another location, as long as the same utility company services them.  

Kellar works with financing groups to find farmers and other land owners, malls, warehouses, or other building owners who are willing to lease land or roof space for these arrays.  He then helps them with recruiting residents, businesses and municipalities to join these community solar gardens. The excess power generated by these arrays is sold back to the utilities, with the profit going to the financers as well as members of the solar garden, who save up to the equivalent of 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour on their monthly electric bill.  Participants receive a rebate check every six months.  

To read the full story, pick up a copy of Business NH at your local newstand.  For more related articles visit their website.

Get Your Green On

May 28, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Mike Zhe

On the Seacoast, golf courses come in all shapes and sizes. From a club that has hosted a United States Golf Association championship to a spot for a nine-hole casual buddy round, there’s a course for every type of player. What the area lacks in hilly terrain it more than makes up for in unique layouts.

“I always tell people that when you look at a golf course in New Hampshire or New England, you’re dealing with the terrain that’s there,” said Billy Andrews, the head pro­fessional at Portsmouth Country Club in Greenland. “It’s not like Florida, where you move dirt around and build a pond where you want.”

Semi-private Portsmouth CC, with several of its holes bordered by Great Bay, is one of the area’s jewels, a chal­lenging layout that can stretch out to near 7,200 yards and is a favorite of players who like to hit the driver regularly and take in the great scenery.

“It’s the only Robert Trent Jones Sr. design in the state of New Hampshire,” said Andrews, citing the late, renowned architect. “That right there makes it special. Secondly, it sits on the bay. Not a lot of golf courses in the U.S. can boast something like that.”

Read the full story in the special sections of the Portsmouth Herald, select page 37 in the dropdown bar to view the article.  

Mirror Image Goes Green One Step at a Time

May 28, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Michael McCord

Jason Battistelli, founder and owner of Mirror Image Automotive in Greenland, puts a premium of unparalleled service and value for his growing customer base in the the New Hampshire Seacoast region.  But he also has ambitions to make his auto body and mechanical repair facility into the greenest shop around.  

In addition to helping customers navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of insurance coverage, Battistelli has implemented green plans to educate his customers on the value of small steps while adding more sustainable solutions to paperwork, priming, painting and oil changes.

“We are taking every green step we can,” said Battistelli who opened his business in Goffstown in 2006 before relocating to Greenland. Jason and his crew recycle everything they can from paper to metal to waste fluids and are moving towards more paperless billing and encouraging the use of recycled parts when appropriate.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch.

 

Conservation Law Foundation's Waterkeeper: Building a Voice for Great Bay

May 27, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and SeacoastOnline

By Katie Seraikas

The Great Bay Estuary – consisting of Great Bay, Little Bay, and the Piscataqua River – is a remarkable natural resource on the New Hamsphire and Southern Maine seacoast. Since its founding in 1966, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has made New England’s land and waters a priority, as evidenced by the launching of the Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper program in 2012. The program is dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the estuary.

“Great Bay is facing a number of challenges, leading to an uncertain future,” says Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Jeff Barnum. “Being an advocate to help solve the estuary’s problems is the best and most demanding job I have ever had. Clean water doesn’t just happen by itself. I am a catalyst for change, and will only succeed if everyone does their small part.”

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch and SeacoastOnline

The Green Cocoon, by Mary Boland

May 23, 2014

Featured on vimeo.com

Hear Jim Materkowski and Candace Lord of The Green Cocoon explain their work installing soybean-based insulation in this beautiful video by Mary Boland! Watch as the soybean and recycled plastic insulation is sprayed onto surfaces as you hear explanations of how the insulation works, why it's green, and how easy it is to have it installed in your home.

Green Collar Careers: Dr. Robyn Giard at Starry Brook Natural Medicine

May 20, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth, Hampton- N. Hampton, Exeter, Nashua, and Salem Patch sites. 

By Theresa Conn 

Dr. Robyn Giard, of Starry Brook Natural Medicine, is a leader in the rapidly expanding field of alternative and natural medicine. Along with prescribing medications and ordering labs as a primary care physician, Dr. Giard offers her patients acupuncture, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, counseling, and homeopathy. “When I meet with a patient, I consider more than just their symptoms,” says Dr. Giard. “I think about my patients in a holistic way. What is the root cause of their health issue? Could it be an emotional problem, or an environmental one? It’s important to think outside the box.”

Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?

Robyn Giard (RG): I love that I can make a difference in a patient’s quality of life. The old medical model of more drugs for health clearly doesn’t work. On top of making us dependent on pharmaceuticals, we now know it has an impact on our environment through urinary excretion of medications. Starry Brook Natural Medicine offers alternative methods for our patients to get well. I get really excited when patients realize they’re in charge of their own health, and they start to make their own, healthier changes!

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch.  

adaptDesign Green Story: Redefining Green Architecture

May 20, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Theresa Conn

adaptDESIGN, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, takes pride in bringing sustainability into every aspect of their architecture firm. Robert Cook and Paul Fowler, cofounders of Adapt, specialize in designing beautiful homes that complement the land they are built on. By focusing on three fundamental aspects of architecture – creative practicality, durability, and regionalism – Adapt designs homes that please environmentalists and architecture lovers alike.

For Cook and Fowler, creative practicality comes with constant assessment of the size, scale, and program of each project. By considering how a building will naturally fit into a site, Adapt can maximize energy efficiency. For example, many homes designed by Adapt have large southerly windows that take advantage of passive solar heating. According to Cook, creating energy-efficient buildings is not a far fetched dream; “it’s just good design. We design homes that fit the build site.”

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Green Collar Careers: Richard Luff, president of Sagamore Golf

May 19, 2014

 Published in Fosters, the Hampton Union, The New Hampshire and the Porthsmouth Patch

By Theresa Conn

Sagamore Golf, located in North Hampton, NH, and Lynnfield, MA, has found a way to integrate sustainability into an industry that historically has not been known for being environmentally friendly. By using predominantly natural and organic fertilizers and limiting pesticide use as a last resort in turf maintenance, Richard Luff, 46, has perpetuated his family’s successful business while still protecting the planet. According to Luff, “We look at ourselves as stewards of the land and how we treat the golf course not only has an impact on the immediate property but it has an impact on the surrounding area and beyond.”

What do you like most about your job?

Richard Luff (RL): I love seeing the hard work of all of our staff pay off. As President, I do a lot of the planning behind our business. However, at the end of the day, it’s the people on the ground who make things happen. Nothing makes my day more than hearing from a customer what a great time they had out on the course or how well they were taken care of by our staff.

Where did you go to college? What skills from college most prepared you for the work you do now?

RL: I went to the University of Vermont and got my bachelors in History and Geography. While my studies did not directly correlate to my job today, the processes you learn while in college when it comes to handling the work load certainly do. The most important thing I learned in college was prioritizing. When you’re in school, you have a million things to do… If you don’t figure out how to multitask, you will probably struggle. Those skills are vital to running a business as well. I remember I also really enjoyed doing small group projects. In retrospect, managing those group projects is just like managing a business. You have to know how to interact with people, how to encourage productivity without taking too much control.

Read the full story in Fosters, the Hampton Union and the Portsmouth Patch or go to your local newstand and pick up a copy of The New Hampshire

Our Town Energy Alliance Provides Low Prices for Energy Users

May 15, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online 

By Heikki (Herb) Perry

BARNSTEAD — Most people view their home-heating fuel options like they do a nightmare, feeling vulnerable to the vagaries of a volatile energy market, fearing they will be ripped off when they do buy fuel, therefore not knowing what to do. However, by hitching their wagons to Our Town Energy Alliance — or “OTEA” for short — consumers no longer face this challenge alone. Guided by a commitment to help New Englanders save money while reducing their environmental footprint, OTEA has grown from a small contingent of 75 members to a vibrant organization of roughly 10,000.

From researching pricing plans to find optimal savings to offering a range of products designed to maximize energy efficiency, to using only trusted fuel-oil vendors, OTEA is a trusted third-party voice doing the homework for the consumer. Launched in 1999 by Dan and Cate Barraford, OTEA started as a cooperative for seniors looking to save money on home heating oil, propane and kerosene. In 2014, seniors still comprise 25 percent of OTEA’s customer base, benefitting from a special program that caters to their unique needs.

“One of the reasons we started the business was to help with escalating heating bills for seniors, and we also wanted to help young families. We have since expanded our services to small businesses and municipalities,” said Cate.

Read the full story on Seacost Online

Montessori School Builds Vernal Pool Viewing Deck for Students

May 13, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat, SeacoastOnline, the Portsmouth, Hampton-N. Hampton, Exeter, and other Patch sites.

By Sam Ueda

Kids are naturally adventurous. They play in the mud, get their clothes dirty, and are often fearless about their surroundings. But how do you engage this sense of discovery in an educational setting?

Ainsley, 10, student at the Brixham Montessori Friends School in York, shares her discoveries in the vernal pool, situated naturally outside the school.

“There’s some frog eggs this year, there’s a lot of plants. It’s questionable whether there’s poison ivy… We’ll find out.”

The Brixham Montessori School in York has built a wooden viewing platform and a boardwalk for the vernal pools that appear on the school’s grounds in the spring. On the deck, students can lie on their stomachs and cup their hands into the water to view the amphibious life, as well as the surrounding flora. When the school moved to their new location in York, they discovered a new opportunity to educate students using the natural resources right in their yard.

Read full story in Foster's, the Portsmouth Patch, and SeacoastOnline.  

Recycle Your IT Waste the Environmental Way on May 17 in Hampton

May 13, 2014

Pubished in Seacoast Online and the Hampton-North Hampton, Portsmouth, Exeter, and Salem Patch sites

By Craig Robert Brown

Each year there's a new electronic device we're itching to buy, whether it’s a smartphone, TV, tablet or computer, we're inundated with messages telling us to upgrade. So what happens when we do upgrade? Where does an old iPhone or laptop end up? Some consumers wipe the memory from their devices and donate their old equipment to charities that refurbish the technology. But sadly, many people throw their electronics out with the household trash, which can lead to both environmental and personal data issues.

On May 17 from 8 a.m. to noon, MetalWave, Inc. will support a large-scale recycling event located in the lot of the Old Hampton Court House and the fire department headquarters on 130 Winnacunnet Road in Hampton. Items to bring include any end-of-life IT products, from laptops, servers and PCs, to keyboards, mice, printers, hand-held electronics such as smart-phones, tablets, PDAs and household items like telephones and televisions. The event is open to southern New Hampshire residents living within the Southeast Regional Refuse Disposal District - Brentwood, Fremont, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, New Castle, North Hampton, Rye, Sandown and South Hampton. Due to the popularity of the event, residents from outside these areas might risk being turned away.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online and the Hampton-North Hampton Patch 

Tours of New Smuttynose Brewery Begin May 31

May 12, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Dan Tuohy

Tours of the new Smuttynose Brewery on Towle Farm in Hampton begin May 31.

Smuttynose Brewing Co. just issued a press release describing the transition from brewing operations from the original Heritage Avenue brewery in Portsmouth to the new company headquarters at Towle Farm in Hampton.

The new brewery and headquarters is at 103 Towle Farm Road, Hampton, 03842 (for those who want to punch it into a GPS and bookmark it).

Below is the Smuttynose Brewing Co. press release issued April 30:

Doors open on May 31 for brewery tours and the Smerchendise boutique after two weekends off for moving in and tour preparations.

"Our entire staff is so excited to open the new brewery to the world,” said Peter Egelston, Founder and President of Smuttynose, “but closing Heritage Avenue is bittersweet. It’s been our home for nearly 20 years and we hope to send it off in style."

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch.

At UNH Dairy Bar, Education In The Salad

May 12, 2014

Published on NHPR

By Michael Samuels

An on-campus eatery makes sustainability a learning experience.

Colleges and universities are moving toward greener, more local sources for the ingredients that go into what students are eating. That's particularly true for places like the University of New Hampshire, which was originally founded as an agricultural school, and is still a big innovator in food production.

One of UNH's many answers to the call for sustainable food is the Dairy Bar.

“We have a lot of products that are local or that we make in-house,” says senior Amanda Taitel, who has worked at the Dairy Bar for three years, preparing and serving sandwiches, soups, salads, and ice cream. “One of the things we're most proud of is the UNH high tunnels. There are two of them, and we get most of our greens there throughout the year as well as our leaf lettuce. Then, in the summer, we get our tomatoes when they're available, some cucumbers, radishes, carrots, stuff like that.”

The Dairy Bar operates like a casual restaurant but is part of UNH Dining, and mainly employees students. But Taitel, who majors in Environmental Sustainability and Eco-Gastronomy, says it's not just a job. “My advisor actually told me to maybe come in here, and that I'd be a good fit,” she recalls.

Read the rest of the story at nhpr.org.

 

adaptDESIGN Green Story: Redefining Green Architecture

May 8, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Theresa Conn

AdaptDESIGN, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, takes pride in bringing sustainability into every aspect of their architecture firm. Robert Cook and Paul Fowler, cofounders of Adapt, specialize in designing beautiful homes that complement the land they are built on. By focusing on three fundamental aspects of architecture - creative practicality, durability, and regionalism – Adapt designs homes that please environmentalists and architecture lovers alike.

For Cook and Fowler, creative practicality comes with constant assessment of the size, scale, and program of each project. By considering how a building will naturally fit into a site, Adapt can maximize energy efficiency. For example, many homes designed by Adapt have large southerly windows that take advantage of passive solar heating. According to Cook, creating energy-efficient buildings is not a far fetched dream; “it’s just good design. We design homes that fit the build site.”

AdaptDESIGN creates homes that can be enjoyed for years to come. By building with durable, high-quality materials, homes last for many generations. This reduces waste and benefits both the environment and the homeowner. When choosing building materials, Adapt prefers to work with local business owners. This cuts down on transportation costs and improves the local economy. By combining creative practicality, durability, and regional purchasing, AdaptDESIGN has incorporated sustainability into the backbone of their business.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch

Great Bay Stewards Green Story: Protecting New Hampshire's Precious Coasts

May 8, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Theresa Conn

Over four decades ago, the Great Bay Stewards organization was formed by a group of environmentalists determined to prevent the development of an oil refinery along New Hampshire’s pristine coastline. Since their success, the Great Bay Stewards have grown and transformed into one of the Seacoast’s most steadfast and hard-working conservation organizations. The Great Bay Stewards also act as a ‘friends group’ to the Great Bay Discovery Center and the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR).

In the mid 1990s, the Stewards spearheaded an effort to convert the former Pease Air Force Base into a National Wildlife Refuge. They were also instrumental in the implementation of the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Reserve is one of just 28 in the nation, and offers immeasurable opportunities for environmental education and research.

Today, the Stewards coordinate volunteer efforts throughout the Seacoast. Some of their recent projects have included erosion control efforts, invasive species removal, and runoff prevention campaigns. They also staff the Great Bay Discovery Center, the educational hub of the Research Reserve. The Discovery Center offers visitors a chance to learn more about ecology and marine biology issues involving Great Bay. The Stewards host workshops, design Center displays, and lead educational nature walks through the beautiful acres surrounding Great Bay. The Stewards help manage over 6,000 acres of protected land. Only one acre is developed, which houses the Great Bay Discovery Center. The other 5,999 acres provide prime estuary habitat, recreation space, and undisturbed wetland area.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch

Marcom4 Green Story: Bringing Sustainability to the World of Marketing

May 8, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Theresa Conn

Marcom4, a marketing collective comprised of four New Hampshire women, has found a way to incorporate sustainability into their business model. Andrea Knowles, Jane Marlow Cutter, Kara Stere, and Dannielle Sargent have come together with years of combined marketing experience to offer top-notch branding, messaging, content, and strategy services to their clients.

Marcom4 shares office space with RiverWorks Printing, a large-scale eco-friendly printing company based in Greenland, New Hampshire. In an industry known for excess waste, RiverWorks Printing provides customers with a full suite of eco-friendly options, from biodegradable banners and recyclable posters to banner stands made from bamboo. Although a majority of their work is done online, Marcom4 does their printing almost exclusively with RiverWorks. The Marcom4 team also designed RiverWorks’ new logo.

RiverWorks Printing is also a member of the Green Alliance. “When we heard about the Green Alliance from RiverWorks, we knew that we had to find a way to get involved,” explains Andrea Knowles, Director of Media Strategy.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch

Seacoast Gardening Club on the Cutting Edge of Sustainability

May 8, 2014

Published in Seacost Online, The Fosters Daily Democrat, and the Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton, and Salem Patch Sites

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH – An upcoming meeting of the Piscataqua Garden Club will have a very green theme. The May 13 event will include presentations from three business partners of the Green Alliance, the Portsmouth organization that connects green-driven consumers with more than 100 green-minded businesses. The unique meeting was organized by the conservation committee of the Piscataqua Garden Club and will take place at Service Credit Union in Portsmouth. The three Green Alliance presenters will be Site Structures, EcoTech Pest Control Services, and Green Maids.

The next Piscataqua Garden Club meeting will focus on greener, healthier lawns and gardens.
“This is part of our mission as an organization,” said Deb Chag, co-chair of the club’s conservation committee. The Piscataqua Garden Club was founded in 1926 and boasts a membership ranging from Biddeford, Maine to Hampton, New Hampshire. The Green Alliance presentations, Chag explained, will be an environmental education platform to better inform members on conservation issues.

“We have eight meetings a year and often have some eclectic speakers,” Chag said. “But we haven’t done anything like this before.”

To read the full story on Seacost Online, Fostersor Portsmouth Patch

Newmarket Dental Goes Green In Style

May 7, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Sam Ueda

Let’s face it; dentists aren’t widely regarded as the stylish trendsetters of our society. Nate Swanson of Newmarket Dental, however, has broken the mold by designing a modernized office with a twist, using vintage, reclaimed, and recycled materials. It’s truly a hip design, but the real kicker is its sustainable edge.

The office is a clever combination of vintage décor in a sleek, modern layout, with a monochromatic, industrial color scheme. In the waiting room, magazines and lamps sit on top of reclaimed typewriter stands. Edison-style bulbs hang above the front desk, which is lined with a tin-roof style metal. The walls are decorated with Dr. Swanson’s private collection of antique toothpaste ads and dentist’s charts.

In the chair, which was moved from the old office, patients are surrounded by LEED-certified cabinetry, linseed-based linoleum, motion-sensing LED lights, and a synthetic recycled floor that resembles aged wooden boards. It does, in many ways, resemble the imagery of an antique mill building, but with the clean and bright comfort of a healthcare facility.

Read the full article in the Portsmouth Patch.

Preventing and treating ticks the environmental way

May 6, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By: Craig Brown

They live among us. Small hoards of roaming creatures that embed themselves in a host's flesh gorging on blood, spreading disease and driving humanity into a frenzy. Sound like a cheesy b-movie? It's not. They're ticks and if you're a pet owner, a parent, an avid outdoors explorer or a property owner, then you've probably had an encounter with them. Now that the snow has cleared and we're making use of our yards and wooded areas again, it's good to have a line of defense against these potential disease carrying ectoparasites.

For some even saying "tick" gives the sensation their body is crawling with the insect. But fear not, Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Control Services wants to put minds at ease with his arsenal of natural remedies, sprays, and education to help prevent exposure to ticks this summer.

Pray uses a variety of natural methods, coupled with education, to help in the ongoing struggle against this outdoor nuisance. Pray suggests mowing the lawn first. Cut grass creates desert-like conditions for ticks who cannot survive without the moisture tall grass provides. However, cutting grass to a property's tree line creates a habitat for ticks to thrive in. Parents should move their children's play-sets away from these areas and also remove piles of lawn debris like leaves and sticks where ticks are often found. These methods help prevent exposure to ticks without the use of sprays and chemicals.

Read full story in Foster's

Yankee Thermal Imaging launches new savings program

May 5, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Michael McCord

Since its founding in 2008, Yankee Thermal Imaging has worked to help residential and commercial customers reap maximum benefits from energy efficiency efforts.

Chris Meyer, the founder and owner of the Rochester-based company, now has taken the next step with the Instant Savings Program, or ISP, which was officially launched in early April.

A soft launch in March quickly drew almost 50 requests for energy audits. The approach is to combine an energy audit and a number of bundled energy efficiency practices that immediately can be put in place while saving money at the estimated rate of $500 or more a year.

Read the full story in Foster's

The 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure

May 5, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

PORTSMOUTH — Did you know that breast cancer affects one out of every eight women during their lifetime? Each year millions of women and families suffer because of this life-changing disease. The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the renowned Susan G. Komen organization is hosting its annual 5K run/walk on May 10 to raise money for breast cancer survivors and current breast cancer patients. The scenic 3.1 mile race will begin at the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth.

This will be the third Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in New Hampshire. The past two 5K runs have successfully raised more than $300,000 to put towards breast cancer research, screening, treatment and education programs in N.H. and Vt. The Susan G. Komen Affiliate is proud to have four local agencies supporting them with grants this year. The organization is hopeful that they can surpass last year's efforts in terms of both dollars and participants.

The Komen survivor tent, kids tent and sponsorship tent will open at 7:30 a.m. so that runners and walkers can properly rest and fuel up before the race. This year's breast cancer survivor tent is sponsored by Aptus Risk Solutions, a medical cost consulting organization. This year's overarching theme of the race is "Hope Grows.” Each survivor will get to take home a potted seedling to bring home and care for. The Survivor tent is the Susan G. Komen organization's way of giving back to those who have fought, or continue to fight, in the battle against breast cancer. There will also be a special raffle for participants at the survivor tent.

Read the full story in Foster's

Granite State of Mind

May 5, 2014

Published in Coastal Home

By Jim Cavan

Few nicknames resonate with more authority than the Granite State, that steadfast New Hampshire moniker that serves as a reflection of the state's people as much as it does the endless bounty of rock below.

During the nineteenth century, New Hampshire boasted one of the country's largest -- if not the largest -- granite industries in the country. Even today, the town of Milford, still known colloquially as "Granite Town," houses a now-defunct quarry made famous for its part in helping construct the US Treasury Building, whose New Hampshire stone pillars can still be seen on the back of the ten dollar bill.

While the granite mining industry has since largely fallen by the wayside, one New Hampshire company is determined to make sure that both the narratives of a people's resourcefulness and of a proud state's namesake continue to thrive.

Read the full story in the Spring 2014 copy of Coastal Home. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Eolian Renewable Energy

May 5, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

Who: Eolian Renewable Energy

What: Started in 2009 in Portsmouth, Eolian is focused on building a stronger, healthier and local clean energy infrastructure using the latest in wind technologies. Currently, Eolian has four wind energy projects in development throughout Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Eolian's wind project in Orland, Maine, set a goal to produce 9 megawatts of power, providing 2,700 Maine homes with renewable energy. Helmed by Chief Executive Officer Jack Kenworthy, Eolian strives to ensure that every project it undertakes is done with active community engagement; that all site plans minimize impacts and maximize local benefits, and that the final product is one of which communities can be proud.

Where: 155 Fleet St., Portsmouth

Web: www.eolian-energy.com

Read the full profile at Seacoast Online

Proulx Oil & Propane Pioneers Route Toward Greener-Energy Future

May 2, 2014

Published in Seacost Online and the Portsmouth, Hampton-N. Hampton, Exeter, and other Patch sites

By Heikki (Herb) Perry

NEWMARKET — From the soot and smoke of coal when, in 1944, he first started the company, to cleaner and greener propane gas, Joe Proulx cemented his reputation as a forward thinking and environmentally minded business owner.

Now led by Joe Proulx’s grandsons Jim, John, and Tom Proulx, Proulx Oil & Propane continues to embrace cutting-edge technologies, steadfast customer service and ever-improving more efficient products. Proulx Oil & Propane and its other division, Proulx AutoGas, lead in providing sustainable products.

Proulx AutoGas focuses on fueling propane-powered vehicles and converting vehicles to propane use. AutoGas is propane used as a motor fuel. Proulx Oil & Propane also delivers biofuel and propane to residential and commercial customers in New Hampshire’s Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap, and Carol counties, and parts of Hillsborough County; to York and Oxford counties in Maine; and to Essex County in Massachusetts.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online and the Portsmouth Patch.

Great Works Chiropractic celebrates 3 years with spring extravaganza

May 2, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online, Foster's Daily Democrat, and the Patch sites

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — If you've ever had a seething migraine, a back pain so bad that it sidelined you for days, or even a simple case of feeling lethargic and not at your best, the cause could very well be a long-ago accident or even birth trauma.

Many don't realize that their everyday aches and pains can stem from stressors encountered years prior. The lasting symptoms can take years to surface and, when they do, treating them with pills might not be the answer.

According to Dr. Seth LaFlamme, of Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness in South Berwick, most health problems can be traced back to traumas that appear mild at first, but pose serious problems later in life. Dr. Seth's Great Works practice has been helping Seacoast residents heal from these traumas and strengthen their overall wellness for three years now. To recognize that three-year mark, he is holding an old fashioned family-style party.

Read the full article in Foster's.