Father-son entrepreneurial duo Chuck and Danny Piper have embarked on a new venture as they recently opened the Sundog Solar Store at 18 E. Main St. in Searsport. With 28 stores operating nationally, this new location for Sundog Solar Store, a Maine-owned business, will bring innovative ideas and affordable renewable energy components and systems to the midcoast region.

Chuck, a Maine native, brings 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to the store.  He has national certification in solar electricity from the National Accredited Board of Certified Energy Practitioners. His son spent six years in the construction industry, with his commitment to sustainability and renewable energy leading him to join his father in opening the store.

Renewable energy systems can help to lower heating and electric bills and contribute toward lowering global carbon output by reducing CO2 levels. Maine has demonstrated an increasing commitment to helping homeowners and small businesses with efficiency and renewable energy projects with more funding available each year.

The team at the new store is looking forward to helping homeowners become energy independent and save money. Through the affiliation with Sundog Solar Store, the Piper’s can offer customers unlimited access to a large inventory of energy-saving systems and products.

Among the products the store will carry are solar electric systems, a selection of energy-efficient appliances, solar hot water collectors, composting toilets, small wind turbines and many more energy- related items.

The new store has an on-site space for workshops to demonstrate displays and to show firsthand how different systems can be designed for individual homes or businesses. 

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 548-1100 or visit www.sundogsolarstore.com.

Eldredge Lumber to open a Marvin Design Gallery

Eldredge Lumber & Hardware, in York, has announced plans to open Marvin Design Gallery by Eldredge, in Portland, late spring 2010. The gallery will be a dynamic retail environment providing a total purchase experience for customers. The new 4,500 square foot showroom at 317 Marginal Way, will present windows and doors in installed, “home-like” settings. Consumers, trade professionals and their clients will be able to engage with the design gallery’s experienced employees, who are prepared to provide consultation throughout the decision-making process. Marvin Windows and Doors, along with its New England distributor A.W. Hastings & Co., is looking forward to working with the Eldredge Lumber & Hardware team to bring this gallery to fruition.


Portland office an expansion for Integral Consulting Inc.

Integral Consulting Inc. opened an office in Portland, expanding its environmental and health services to the New England region. The new office, located at 45 Exchange St., will initially focus on human health and ecological risk assessment, air quality and litigation support services. Noted toxicologist Dr. Russell Keenan joined the company to launch this new office, and the company also welcomes Dr. John Samuelian, Patrick Gwinn, Jane Hamblen and Elizabeth Rand. All have top notch reputations and considerable experience in risk assessment services. For more information, visit www.integral-corp.com.


Seacoast Law, in Westbrook, turns to generalized practice 

Seacoast Law, formerly Seacoast Law and Title, has undergone internal reorganization. Located at 240 Main St. in Westbrook, the company will emphasize a more generalized practice, Principal Mary-Anne Martell said. This includes, but is not limited to, real estate. As part of the reorganization, Sally Curran joined the firm to handle bankruptcy and family law. She is also developing a practice specializing in legal issues of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender clients.

Associate attorney Molly Sinclair, who joined Seacoast Law in the fall of 2008, will focus on real estate, residential and commercial title closings, planning, and zoning matters, in addition to wills, probate, trusts, and estates. Martell, who founded the firm in 1999, represents clients in a cross section of legal matters with a primary focus on corporate and business organizations. Seacoast Law can be contacted at 591-7880 or by visiting www.seacoastlawme.com.

New addition for York surgery center

York Hospital recently held an open house for the Surgery Center’s new addition. The open house marked the end of Phase 1 of a multi-phased surgery center expansion and renovation, with plans to complete the project by October. The expansion will include two new operating suites, 10 private rooms for patient care before and after surgery, six private patient recovery rooms, a new waiting area, as well as improved medical and nursing staff work space and technology upgrades. The center is part of a larger $17 million capital project, the most ambitious in the hospital’s history, which includes an already completed helipad for emergency patient transport, the conversion of semi-private rooms to private rooms and parking improvements.

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