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|Begin the Month with a Bang! |
The beginning of July always arrives with pomp and celebration, fireworks filling the night skies across the states with mesmerizing displays of exploding color. What a great way to start the month!
This newsletter is full of enough exciting topics to keep that bang going until August and beyond: learn about financing energy efficiency upgrades in your home, read about the winners of some fun prizes and awards (and how you can win stuff too!), plus a resource we created to help you have new adventures using your SunriseGuide coupons.
Most importantly, we encourage you to relish in the long midsummer days!
-The SunriseGuide Team
Hike or Bike Your Favorite Trail and Raise Funds for MaineShare
The Smaller Footprint Hike and Bike is a fantastic (and fun!) opportunity to support the work of MaineShare. MaineShare provides an easy way to donate to over 30 statewide organizations working to achieve good health, environmental protection, safe communities, economic opportunity, human rights, animal welfare, and peace in the state of Maine. Participants will start and end their hike or bike anywhere and anytime between now and Labor Day, so there will be no expenses involved and all funds raised will go directly to MaineShare's efforts.
To get you inspired, we've collected a list of resources that will help you find the perfect trail near you:
List of State Parks, State Historic Sites, and Public Reserved Lands at
Multi-use Trail Finder at Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Interactive map of Maine trails at mainetrailfinder.com
List of off-road trails at Rails to Trails Conservancy's traillink.com
|This Month's FREE E-coupons|
Click on the logos below for this month's exclusive offers!
your purchase of $25 or more
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$2 OFF any scenic cruise for
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(Formerly H.W. Horch)
PACE Helps Finance Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Have you heard of the new PACE
financing program? PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) helps homeowners finance energy efficiency upgrades - from insulation projects to alternative energy installations like solar hot water. Homeowners can borrow up to $15,000 at 4.99%. Low monthly payments mean that the savings in your month-to-month energy costs might even exceed your monthly loan payment - meaning more money in your pocket every month and reduced energy costs into the future.
PACE is available in a growing number of communities in Maine. Learn more here
| We're Proud to Announce! |
Heather Chandler, owner and publisher of The SunriseGuide, won an entreverge award this year, a recognition that pays tribute to the skills, passion, and commitment of greater Portland's young entrepreneurs. What an honor! Read more about the award in the Portland Press Herald article here.
|Survey Results Are In! |
Plus a fun way to take advantage of your unused coupons
Thanks for taking last month's survey! The results confirm our inkling about how folks use their SunriseGuides: 80% of you told us that you've visited a store that you learned about from the guide without using the corresponding coupon. Furthermore, 90% of those coupon-less visits resulted in a purchase! We're so thrilled to be increasing traffic to our favorite locally-owned businesses. Of course, we want you to save money and we want the store to know you were there. So we hope you'll use your coupon and if you forget it, please be sure to tell the store you found them in the SunriseGuide!
If you're wondering how to use those coupons gathering dust in the neglected corners of your SunriseGuide, we're here to help with some ideas! Check out a recent addition to our website, 2011 Coupon Adventures. Let your SunriseGuide lead you on a thrifty discovery of Maine!
|Congrats to Our Facebook Giveaway Winners! |
Did you know you can win pretty awesome stuff by "liking" our Facebook page? We just gave away five Golf Privilege Cards from the American Lung Association Maine chapter ($79 value), and a free one-hour massage with Sue Vittner.
Congratulations to everyone!
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
Three of our partners (Rising Tide
, Hannaford Bros.
) have been certified as Environmental Leader grocers
by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection!
Welcome, Shift! Formerly FW Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies in Brunswick, Shift's philosophy and products are very similar. If you are looking for supplies to support your sustainable lifestyle, visit Shift at 56 Maine Street in Brunswick and check them out online at shiftofmaine.com.
Wellness Designed, Inc. is located in the new Camden Whole Health Center. Look for the beautiful new sign at 91 Elm St in Camden. Check out their FB page Camden Whole Health.
New this summer at the Apprenticeshop
in Rockland: workshops and short programs! Sign up for weekend skill building workshops to week-long intensives. Learn to sew a ditty bag or build a toboggan. For more information go to apprenticeshop.or
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
Included below, you'll find a sampling from the complete event list on our website. Consider it an appetizer. For a complete list of local events, please click here
.Cathance River Kayaking Series
Along the Cathance River, Midcoast MaineCanning and Preserving Workshops with UMaine Cooperative Extension July 12 through September,
StatewideDiscovery Treks with Portland Trails Fridays through September,
5:30pm-6:30pm, Greater PortlandDesigning/Installing a Small Scale Solar Electric System July 10,
9am-5pm, BelfastPortland Greendrinks July 12,
5:30pm-8:30pm, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland 7th Annual Windjammer Parade July 15,
Rockland HarborSolarFest July 15-17,
Tinmouth, VermontNorth Atlantic Blues Festival July 16-17,
Public Landing, Rockland Midsummer Market at the Gardens July 22-24,
9am-4pm daily, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens10th Annual Maine Lobster Ride and Roll July 23,
8am, Begin and end at Oceanside High School, RocklandOpen Farm Day July 24,
Statewide2011 Kneading Conference and Maine Artisan Bread Fair July 28-30,
Skowhegan FairgroundsFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
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