The Alliance GAzette

Dear GAzette Readers:

Can you believe it's already July? We have lots to look forward to this month, like our annual Green Alliance Summer Party Cruise aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton on July 10. We've partnered with our Business Partners NHPTV and the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company for a night of fun and live music that you won't want to miss! The boat leaves at 7:30 p.m., so get there early!

Big things! We're extremely happy to have new Business Partner Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England join the Green Alliance. We can't wait to share with you all the great work CCNNE does to reduce their impact on the environment, their education efforts on sustainability and their work within the community.

We're also very proud to co-sponsor the Ultra Geothermal and Green Alliance Benefit Yardsale on July 26. Donations are welcome and the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Travis Aho Leukemia Fund. Travis, brother of Ultra Geothermal owner, Melissa Aho, was diagnosed in December and struggles with the physical and financial strain of his treatments. We hope you'll consider coming to the event and donating. Email to donate.

Please have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!

Sarah Brown
GA Director

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Don't Miss the Party of the Summer!

The Green Alliance prides itself in bringing businesses and consumers together under one sustainable roof. On Thursday, July 11th, that roof will be on the Piscataqua River, as the Green Alliance and NHPTV team up with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company for a cruise on the M/V Thomas Laighton.

“This is probably the biggest party we have all year,” says Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown. “We’re ecstatic to have NHPTV on board with us as well. Not only is it a great party, but it’s a great opportunity for sustainable businesses to meet up with sustainable people, which is our greatest goal and achievement.”

NHPTV Manager of Community Relations Bryn Burns was excited for the station to collaborate with the Green Alliance in putting on the event.

“The Green Alliance does so much good for the local business community, ourselves included,” says Burns. “This a great opportunity for us to let everyone know about our environmental programming; nature gives us such opportunities for education, which has always been a priority for us.” Read the rest of the story here.

If you're already a Green Alliance Member, RSVP to to attend this party! Otherwise you can join right now at a special discounted rate, and then RSVP to Katie!

Developing a Sustainable Masterpiece

One of the more spectacular green development projects in downtown Portsmouth should be completed later this year, and no less than three Green Alliance businesses are involved.

Simply known as 233 Vaughan Street, the $15 million project in the city’s northern tier is being developed and built by Chinburg Properties and will establish a high standard of sustainable development. It will combine 9,000 square-feet of first-floor commercial space and nine luxury condominiums including two luxury penthouses overlooking the Portsmouth skyline and harbor.

"The journey to create this building began with an idea: to combine three desirable high performance green technologies in a unique building located in a great city," said Carla Goodknight of Portsmouth's CJ Architects. "The building infrastructure comes at a premium. The frame will be steel throughout to support real trees and a grass growing green roof. The building envelope is sealed with foam insulation and designed to create energy demands so low that the geothermal system design by Petersen Engineering and will easily handle the heating and cooling loads. They have a great deal of experience in this type of application and were instrumental in implementing the concept.

Candace Lord of The Green Cocoon said her company is excited to be a part of this unique project as well. "This is the biggest project Green Cocoon has undertaken," Lord said. "It's also challenging because it will require the use of two different types of sustainable installation." Read the rest of the story here.

Green Card holders receive $250 toward any of Chinburg's green upgrade options, including flooring, lighting, low or no-VOC paints, Richlite or concrete countertops, or an on-demand hot water system!


Mary's Dogs Inn Is Now Open

After an 18-month search, Mary Doane of Mary’s Dogs has finally found a new location for “Mary’s Dogs Inn”. “It took us awhile but this is the best place that we can be in”, said Doane. The Inn will serve many purposes from quarantining adoptable dogs to boarding dogs that already have homes. 

New Hampshire has a law that requires all dogs that are being brought from out of state must be quarantined away from other dogs for 48 hours. This process is to ensure that the dogs are healthy and safe before they can be placed in their new homes. Prior to the Inn, the dogs had to be quarantined at a vet and not on site. With the new Inn Mary will be able to quarantine the dogs herself on site helping to streamline the adoption process. 

The Inn will also be able house dogs that do not have homes set up for them yet. Dogs that will be brought into the shelter will be able to go through their initial quarantine and then will become available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs first you must fill out a questionnaire with Mary’s Dogs. Once your questionnaire is reviewed and approved you will be able to schedule an appointment to go to the Inn and visit with the adoptable dogs. Read the rest of the story here.

Receive a FREE gift basket complete with informational books, organic shampoo, wipes, and other accessories when GA members adopt a dog through Mary's Dogs!

Young Players Practice Year Round at Sagamore Golf

From the tee to the green, Sagamore Golf has something to offer all young golfers, from those looking to improve their drive at the Sagamore Golf Center to those looking to spend the day playing 18 holes at the Sagamore Hampton Golf Club. Sagamore's two facilities, just minutes away from each other, are designed for golfers of all levels, and are just a few good driver swings away from the University of New Hampshire or a 7 Iron away from Portsmouth.

Everybody knows that practice makes perfect, and in New England, that time is limited. At the Sagamore Golf Center, weather isn't a problem. For students home on winter break or younger golfers living in the area, the golf center offers year round access to the driving range.

“Our covered semi-indoor driving range ports include overhead heaters and southern exposure to provide heat from the sun,” said Richard Luff, Sagamore's owner and operator.

Besides the many driving range mats, the indoor range also includes eight “power tees." This state of the art system automatically re-tees a player's practice ball from the ball-well after each swing. Read the rest of the story here.

Your GA Membership saves you 15% on normal weekday 18-hole greens fees at Sagamore Golf Club in North Hampton and Sagamore Spring Golf Club in Lynnfield, Massachusetts!

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Great Works Chiropractic Celebrates Third Anniversary

Coinciding with an office expansion that further strengthens his ties to the community and the history of the Berwicks, a local chiropractor celebrated an important milestone for his successful and growing practice just this week.

On July 1, Dr. Seth LaFlamme — known to his patients as “Dr. Seth” — and his wife, Dr. Briana Duga — aka “Dr. Bri” — celebrated the third anniversary of the opening of Great Works Chiropractic & Health with a Hawaiian luau, replete with South Pacific decorations, surf music and tropical fruit. Dr. Seth and staff wore Hawaiian shirts and leis “just to make it a little fun party in the midst of a regular business day,” he said. Current and potential patients attended the event which was held during normal business hours.

The day celebrated not only the success of the practice, but also the people who support it.

“We haven’t done it alone; the community helped us get there,” said Dr. Seth, adding that the public was welcome to check out the celebration, (and they did!). Read the rest of the story here.

Use your Green Card to receive your first consultation and examination for just $49 at Great Works Chiro!

Snappii Bests Overseas Business App Options

It may seem hard to believe, but there's a shortage of mobile app developers in the United States. It's a troubling fact for small business owners looking to create a mobile app for their company. The trouble starts with the need to satisfy a country with growing consumer demand, a lack of resources in IT departments and the large price tags domestic app developers charge. These limitations force many business owners to seek services outside the U.S. where app creation can be done cheaply.

In 2011 local entrepreneur Alex Bakman launched SnAPPii - a Durham-based company that has devised a visual mobile app creation system - in hopes of helping small businesses make apps easily and affordably for iPhone, iPad and Android systems. SnAPPii offers a platform that can dramatically speed up mobile app creation and therefore lower the cost of custom apps.

“My motivation was to solve some of the problems of mobile app development. I realize that people need about a gazillion apps because, as the Apple commercial goes, ‘there is an app for that’— we now live in a world where there is a growing sense that each of us does indeed need an app for everything. Businesses that can meet this demand are finding handsome rewards in profits,” says Bakman. Read the rest of the story here.

The first 20 Green Card holders to sign up for an app will receive 20% off development fees!


Cultural Chemistry Helps Businesses Hire Effectively

It is nearly impossible for small business owners to take the time to structure their company and increase efficiency when faced with the task recruiting, terminating and managing staff. Whether structuring a local restaurant or small energy company, HR companies offer a successful plan for managing businesses.

On July 3 Cultural Chemistry, an HR consulting company, will host an interview workshop to teach employers the most effective methods to use during the interview process. The discussion includes how to develop interview conversation techniques and how to determine if a candidate is right for your culture. The event is geared toward business owners who want to learn how to simplify the hiring process and be confident in their decisions.

Cultural Chemistry has a unique approach to increase business dynamics and efficiency at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HR business. This sustainable company helps businesses improve their structure with environmentally friendly approaches catered to specific business types. Offering a variety of workshops and individual business appointments, Cultural Chemistry can help improve everything from a company’s hiring approach to communication within the business community. One way Cultural Chemistry helps maximize work place efficiency is by guiding companies in their search for employees that could be the right fit for a business. Read the rest of the story here.

GA Members receive a FREE human resources audit with Cultural Chemistry (a $1250 value)! Also save 5% on all additional services!

Giant Benefit Yard Sale July 26

To support her brother Travis' battle with Leukemia, Ultra Geothermal owner Melissa Aho and the Green Alliance are bringing together local businesses for an enormous yard sale. Join the Green Alliance and Ultra Geothermal Saturday July 26 at 358 Rte. 4, Barrington, NH (just off the Lee traffic circle) from 9 to 4! The GA and Ultra are still looking for donations to this important event; to contribute or volunteer, email

Travis was diagnosed with Leukemia in December 2013 and has since struggled with the physical and financial burden of the disease. In order to help alleviate some of his financial stress, Melissa organized a large-scale community yard sale. Melissa came up with the idea to use her business and its connection with the Green Alliance to help promote and support the yard sale.

Ultra Geothermal was one of the first twenty Business Partners to join the Green Alliance, an organization that connects environmentally conscious consumers with local sustainable businesses. The Green Alliance was inspired by Travis’s story and his sister’s efforts to support his battle, and was excited to help out in any way they could. Read the rest of the story here.

Green Alliance Members receive up to three FREE thermostats (a $300 value) when purchasing a geothermal system from Ultra!

Families See a Different Side of Portsmouth on a Gundalow Company Sail

In an area rich in history, it’s important to have opportunities to take a step back from the present and learn from the past.The Gundalow Company offers school children and the public a chance to use their vessel as a time machine to sail back in time and learn the importance these unique transports had on the region's maritime industry.

In the 1650s, gundalows, a shallow drafted type of cargo barge, were specifically designed for the region. Their unique flat-bottom design allowed for the vessel to rest on the muddy river-bottom when the tide went out, and evenly rise with the incoming tide. Gundalows made it possible for cargo to be shipped upstream from Portsmouth to towns such as Durham, Newmarket and Dover, expanding trade and developing Portsmouth into a successful port town. Because of their key role in developing the area's economy, the gundalow is often referred to as the tractor-trailer of its time. Read the rest of the story here.

GA Members get 10% off sailing tickets and 10% off private charters. Join the GA now and receive one FREE ticket to a Gundalow Sail (up to a $40 value)!

The Blue Ocean Society Annual Cruise Fundraiser
The ocean is a mysterious place. Covering over 70 percent of the planet’s surface, there is plenty of room for marine life under the blue rolling waves that surround us. It's the mission of The Blue Ocean Society to protect that marine life.

One of the ways The Blue Ocean Society works to sustain this mission is through their annual cruise fundraiser. July 8 marks the Ninth Annual Tropical Cruise onboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's flagship boat, the M/V Thomas Laighton. It's become a popular event for BOS who has seen a positive spike in attendance since the cruise's inception.

“We have previously held our cruises on a smaller vessel but, with the success of past cruises, need a larger boat,” said Brenna Bullis, Development Coordinator for the Blue Ocean Society.

Boarding for the cruise starts at 6:20 p.m. at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company dock. The boat will leave promptly at 6:55 p.m., sailing the Piscataqua River at sunset, and return to the dock at 9 p.m. All proceeds from this event go to marine conservation.

“It should be a great night with friends and supporters old and new,” said Bullis. Read the rest of the story here.

Green Alliance Members receive FREE admission to the Blue Ocean Discovery Center! Also save 10% on all items in Blue Ocean Society's online store! (Just follow the link below, click on "store," and enter the promo code GA10)


Purely Organic Targets Beauty and Health of Your Lawn and Garden

Did you know your feet contain over 4,000 pores that are the largest on the human body? Many people take pride in the outdoor appearance of their homes—going to great lengths to grow and maintain beautiful lush gardens and lawns—but are unaware of the negative impacts these chemicals can have on your lawn, pets and even family. Our body absorbs chemicals through the skin at an alarming rate and that can affect our overall health.

Owner of Purely Organic Lawn Care Jay Palladino knows firsthand the impacts lawn care chemicals can have on family pets. Before starting Purely Organic, Palladino found his two month year old puppy, Pal, unconscious after playing outdoors in the yard. That same morning a chemical lawn care company had treated his property. After two nights in the veterinary hospital, Pal was diagnosed and treated for chemical poisoning. After Pal was given a clean bill of health, Palladino requested the company he’d hired use organic fertilizer. When they said no, Palladino decided to start his own organic lawn care company with a focus to help other property owners avoid the same risks. Purely Organic's Residential Foreman Jason Lefebvre also equates traditional lawn care to putting your lawn on drugs.

“As soon as it runs out of drugs it’s going to deplete very quickly,” said Lefebvre. Read the rest of the story here.

Purely Organic offers 10% off services for Green Alliance Members!



Jul 03 - Hire the Best Fit for You! Cultural Chemistry Interview Workshop
Cultural Chemistry; 150 Dow Street, Manchester, NH 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Learn how to develop interview conversation techniques to see if candidates are right for you. Green Alliance Business Partners will receive free admission. GA cardholders will receive 10% off the event. More info here.

Jul 08 - Pints for a Purpose to Benefit SENH Habitat for Humanity 
Red Hook Brewery, Portsmouth All Day 
Join us every Tuesday in July at Red Hook Brewery for Pints for a Purpose. A percentage of every pint purchased will go to support SENH Habitat for Humanity. More info here.

Jul 08 - Greenland Farmers Market 
Post Road, Greenland NH 3:00-6:00 p.m. 
Come check out the newly redesigned farmer’s market. Over 30 vendors will sell locally grown food to locally produced beer and wine. More info here.

Jul 08 - Blue Ocean Society Annual Cruise Fundraiser 
M/V Thomas Laighton Cruise Ship 6:30-9:00 p.m. 
Join the Blue Ocean Society for their 9th annual Tropical Sunset Cruise! Enjoy the night with music, appetizers and a cash bar. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 dollars at the door. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling (603) 431-0260.

Jul 10 - Green Alliance/ NHPTV Summer Party Cruise 
Isles of Shoals Steamship Co., 315 Market St. Portsmouth 7:00-10:00 p.m. Boarding at 7 p.m., returns 9:30 p.m.
It’s time for the annual isles of Shoals Steamship party cruise! Join as we sail down the Piscataqua with drinks, music, and all your GA Friends! Admission is free with your Green Alliance Card but new members can buy a membership in advance for $25. Or join at the dock for $35. Please RSVP to

Jul 12 - Sneakers and Speakers 
Red Hook Brewery, Portsmouth 6:00 p.m. 
This fundraising concert at Red Hook Brewery is worth your time and promises to be better than last year! Info here.

Jul 20 - Sunday Concerts with Round Trip Sail
Gundalow Company, Portsmouth, 5:15 p.m.
Sail on the Gundalow for a special Sunday Concert at the Piscataqua Café. Guests will have the option of sailing aboard the gundalow to and from the concert from the Prescott Park Dock, or meeting us at the Piscataqua Café and receiving a pass for a future sail. Buy tickets here.

Jul 20- Wine Tasting Aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton 
Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, 315 Market Street 7:00 p.m.-9:00p.m. 
Come join The Isle of Shoals Steamship Company for a magical summer cruise. You will be able to relax taste wines and snack on appetizers while listen to live acoustic entertainment. The cruise is 21+ and tickets can be purchased here.

Jul 23 - Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. Captain John Smith 400th Anniversary 
Isles of Shoals 9:25 a.m.
Come join the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of Captain John Smith charting of New England and the Isle of Shoals. These special cruise tickets include lunch at the Oceanic Hotel, boat transportation and access to a wide range of events! More info here.

Jul 26 - Green Alliance and Ultra Geothermal Benefit Yard Sale
Ultra Geothermal; 358 Rte 4, Barrington 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 
In support of Travis Aho, brother of Ultra Geothermal owner Melissa Aho, in his battle with Leukemia, the Green Alliance is working with Ultra Geothermal to put on a yard sale to help with the financial burden of the disease. If you need to get rid of anything lying around the house, this is the perfect opportunity to donate! To learn more about the Travis Aho Leukemia Fund, visit the website. To have your donations picked up please call Melissa at 603-380-6126.

Check out more awesome local happenings on our GA Events page by clicking here!