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Electricity Update #4: Free Home Energy Assesment With Kevin From Next Step Living

So I’ve been totally obsessed with helping my mom save money and being more comfortable at home so this is the latest and I 100% recommend that you take advantage of this free program like my mom did.

If you don’t like saving money without any cost to you whatsoever then stop reading right now.

If you want to take advantage of awesome programs available to you right now for zero out of pocket then watch the video and sign up for your own energy efficiency assessment and get a ton of free lightbulbs, power strips, electronic thermostats that will turn down the heat at night or while you’re at work automatically, and efficient showerheads.


My mom got-

Over thirty free lightbulbs that use 10 watts vs 65 watts, free energy efficient shower heads, power strips and a whole report detailing more steps she can take to save even more.  If you are planning to insulate your house and put in more efficient heating systems theres even more free stuff  and zero percent financing for more intense things.

All you have to do is sign up, in our case local guy Kevin Geisel comes out and goes over everything with you and replaces all the bulbs.  In my mom’s case she had over 30 flood light “cans” that were 65 watt bulbs that were replaced with bulbs that gave off the same amount of light but only draw 10 watts of power.


Also, if you’re afraid that they’re going to make you put in those weird looking squiggly lightbulbs- that’s just not the case.  YOU CANNOT TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE LIGHTBULBS THEY REPLACED WITH THE ONES THEY INSTALLED!


If you’ve been following our energy conversation found here you read from Arthur Bevilacqua who pointed out that we are all, no matter what being assessed a close to 1 cent per kWh energy efficiency charge on every bill whether you take advantage of these programs or not and he added that we’re crazy not to take advantage of them.

Look on your current bill for yourself- you don’t have the option to opt out of the Energy Efficiency Charge but that charge that is on everyone’s bill is what is paying for programs like the one my mom took advantage of today, so it’s on you if you just feel like paying the Energy Efficiency Charge on your bill and not reap the rewards of it while others do.


The lightbulbs that they used to replace the old ones- you cannot tell the difference except the new ones draw 10 watts of power instead of 65 watts.- Same amount of light coming out of them and same hue, not sterile white light.


Here’s just some of the free stuff that was installed at my mom’s-


Here’s The Cost and Here’s The Total Value-


The Earliest Sunsets Are Not the Winter Solstice!

Late afternoon light through the trees Gloucester ©Kim Smith 2014Late October Eastern Point, Gloucester

The weatherman caught my attention this morning when he mentioned that in our region the earliest sunsets do not take place on the winter solstice (December 21st).

Late afternoon light through the trees Gloucester -2 ©Kim Smith 2014. copy

Take heart fellow-lovers-of-sunlight, Gloucester’s earliest sunset of the year will be on December 14th, at 4:09 pm. We’re on the side of gaining late day light everyday after that date!

Late afternoon light through the trees Gloucester -3 ©Kim Smith 2014.

Fair Day in Gloucester

Saturday, November 22, 2014 was very busy with the holiday fairs popping up all over the city.  Went to Seacoast Fair, St. John’s Fair, The UU and went to Market Basket for the Open Door.



JFK was murdered 51 years ago today. Not too much news in the media about it today. It’s sad.

No matter what you thought of JFK’s personal life we could use someone with his vision today.



“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.

                                                        John F. Kennedy


TODAY! Open Door Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, November 22, from 9 AM to 3 PM

Hi Joey,

We are stocking up for the winter. Will you let GMG readers know about The Open Door Thanksgiving Food Drive on Saturday, November 22, from 9 AM to 3 PM at Market Basket, Shaw’s on Eastern Avenue, and Stop & Shop in Gloucester? The items we need most are: peanut butter, tuna fish, cereal, 100% juice, soups, pasta and pasta sauce. All support is welcome, but PLEASE don’t bring items in glass because they WILL break and they WILL make a mess. Trust me!



Thank You Brother Joey


Cartoccioo~ Ricotta Filled Italian Donut

After a month of visits back and forth between Boston’s Childrens Hospital’s ER, ENT Specialists, and pediatrician, our daughter Amanda is finally home from the hospital recovering from a very painful double ear surgery, she had a few days ago. Barry, Amanda and I would like to thank our amazing family and friends for all their support, help, phone calls, text messages and prayers throughout this entire ordeal. It has been very comforting to feel everyones embrace. Thankfully we live a stones throw away from one of the best Childrens Hospitals in the world, and Amanda was under the care of an amazing team of doctors and surgeons. This morning brother Joey delivered Amanda’s favorite Italian pastry and bread from Sclafani’s Bakery and “TWO” of my favorite Sista Felicia’s Tea’s from from Lone Gull, after learning about the sleepless night we all had, trying to make Amanda as comfortable as possible. l Thank you God, for blessing me with an awesome brother and uncle to my kids …He knew exactly what we all needed this morning!❤️

Coconut hasn’t taken her eyes off Amanda sense she arrive home!



Saturday November 22nd , 2014 Cape Ann Weather…

Marine Forecast :
Today W winds 10 to 15 kt…becoming SW 15 to 20 kt this afternoon. Gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Tonight SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Sun SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt…diminishing to 5 to 10 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 3 ft.
Sun Night S winds 5 to 10 kt…increasing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Rain likely.

Pod Cast Weather :

Hourly Forecast :



Community Stuff 11/22/14


Holiday Present Making Workshops at Maritime Gloucester!

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Share in 3 Holiday Events at BankGloucester

Saturday, December 6th Customer Appreciation Day & Photos With Santa
BankGloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester
Photos with Santa 10:30 am -12 pm* *Please sign in by 11:30
Enjoy refreshments from 8:30 – 1 pm. Have photos taken with Santa from 10:30-12. Your child’s photo will be emailed to you or a 4×6 print will be mailed.

Monday, December 8thHospice Tree of Lights Ceremony  
5 pm at BankGloucester, 160 Main St., Gloucester
Join BankGloucester for the grand illumination of the Hospice “Tree Of Lights”. The ceremony is a meaningful way to remember loved ones while supporting the mission of Care Dimensions. A reception will follow in the lobby.
To sponsor a light, or for more information visit

November 28th – December 22nd  Project Uplift Toy Drive  
160 Main St., Gloucester & 15 Martin St., Essex
BankGloucester  will be supporting Action, Inc.’s Project Uplift Toy and Clothing drive by collecting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards for youth 0-14 years old. Please drop off your donations in the collection boxes in the bank’s lobbies in Gloucester or Essex. Your donation will help alleviate the holiday stress for many local families and bring smiles to children’s faces.
Call BankGloucester at 978-283-8200 for more information

Thanksgiving Quotes of the Week from Greg Bover

Dear GMG Friends,

I have been thinking about what Thanksgiving means, beyond turkey and football. I looked back through my four plus years of weekly quotes and was a little surprised to find so many that speak about the various facets of gratitude, but perhaps I shouldn’t have been. Wise people over the centuries have recognized the power of thankfulness to transform one’s life, and it certainly has changed mine.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but also the parent of all the others.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC – 43 BC)

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.”

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.
Henry Van Dyke (1852 – 1933)

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

William Arthur Ward (1921-1994)

“By holding up a fancied golden era of yesteryear, we can devalue where we are and who we have become. Thanksgiving aims at gratitude not for what was, but for what is.”

James Carroll (1943-    )

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Melody Beattie (1948-    )

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

Oprah Winfrey (1954-    )

Greg Bover

Scrap Metal Drive/ Magnolia Historical Society

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Last chance for Scrap Metal before winter hits.

The dumpster is behind the schoolhouse now, but it will be gone right after Thanksgiving.  Anything at least 70% metal can go in the dumpster or close to it.

This is a great opportunity to get rid of your old grill, your washing machine, lawn mowers, bikes, pots and pans, etc, etc, etc…

100% goes to restoring the Blynman schoolhouse.   


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