Monthly Archives: July 2014

2014 Rhumb Line Striper Tourney Where Your Entry Fee Gets You More Than You Put in

Preach Fred, Preach!

For all the details-

http://www.therhumbline.com/striper-tournament-july-27th/

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2014 Annual Rhumb Line Striper Tournament July 27th

The annual Rhumb Line Striped Bass Tournament is a family-friendly event and will be held this year on July 27th.

Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for under 16.

Registration includes a free T-shirt and a free cookout in our parking lot at the weigh in.

Sign up early and no later than Saturday night July 26th.

Hooray for Pathways for Children’s Brand Spanking New Butterfly Garden!

Pathways for Children we ©Kim Smith 2014HOLY CANNOLI and WOW–look how fantastically the Pathway’s Staff is taking care of their brand new one-month old butterfly garden–every plant looks well-loved!!!

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Same View After Photo ~  July 18, 2014

Elizabeth's Toad ©Kim Smith

Toads Welcome!

My sincerest thanks to Caroline Haines for her vision to create a butterfly garden for the children at Pathways. 

Thank you to the many donors who have made the butterfly gardens at Pathways possible. 

Thank you to the Manchester Garden Club for their tremendous assisitance in planting the garden.

Thank you to the volunteers from Liberty Mutual for tearing out the old plantings.

And special thanks to Bernie Romanowski, Pathways for Children facilities director, for all his hard work and his extraordinary care and attention to detail, from the project’s inception through its continued maintenance. Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden Zinnia ©Kim Smith 2014. Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden Sunflower ©Kim Smith 2014.Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden Milkweed ©Kim Smith 2014.Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) ~ Notice the pretty moth nectaring from the milkweed in the upper right. The gardens are alive with pollinators of every species imaginable, including butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, songbirds, moths, and sundry insects!Bernie Romanowski ©Kim Smith 2014 copy

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Manchester Garden Club at Pathways ©Kim Smith 2014Manchester Garden Club

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Antennae for Design ~

The architectural details of the trellis and picnic table were designed to be a coordinated focal point in the garden and planned to be stained a classic seaside blue. Why would we want to paint or stain the trellis and not simply allow it to gain a weathered patina? From an aesthetic point of view, the wood used for both the picnic table and trellis are two different types and will age very differently from each other. If this were a very large garden, it wouldn’t matter so much, but in a cozy garden room such as this, the difference will become quite noticeable and unappealing over time. Additionally, the blue will offset the flowers and foliage handsomely and is a cheery choice with children in mind.

From a very practical standpoint, untreated wood will quickly degrade in our salty sea air and neither piece will last more than ten years without protection. An opaque stain is the best solution because as the trellis and picnic table age, the obvious differences in wood will be disguised. An opaque stain also requires the least amount of effort to maintain over time.

Rotting untreated trellis ©Kim Smith 2014The above is a photo of untreated trellis, allowed to weather, and was installed approximately ten years ago.

_DSF8394 Pathways for Children Butterfly Garden school bus ©Kim Smith 2014.

Live From Market Basket Gloucester

“Oh My God, It’s a Rubber Duck!”

Let’s reel the tape back to 2004. The European Space Agency (ESA) shot a rocket off to land the spaceship Rosetta on a comet. Rosetta has been cruising since then, swinging past Mars and a few other planets to line up so when this comet swings by the sun on November 11, 2014 she will actually attempt to land on it! Here is where it gets weird. As it gets closer Rosetta has sent back photos of the comet. They are calling it a “contact binary” which means two comets collided very slowly a few billion years ago and stuck.

But on closer inspection the first ESA scientist to look at the photos said, “Oh My God It’s a Rubber Duck!”

See for yourself.

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A Rubber Duck the size of Cape Ann is slowly spinning through the universe ready to make a close encounter with our sun on November 11, 2014

I swear I am not making this up. Our own Rubber Duck is starting to act peculiar after I told her the news. I will be posting regular updates of the Close Encounter of a Rubber Duck as we get closer to the the actual contact on November 11. I will be interviewing EJ to find out if her higher beings have lost a bath toy.

 

[edit] Fun Fact. Rubber Duck rotates every 12.4 hours. So imagine a rock the size of Cape Ann (in diameter, dig the thing up and get a big ball), the head is Rockport, the body is Gloucester, the lips enclose Sandy Bay rotating in synch with the tides. Twice a day, jut like the tides the lips point towards earth and you can slip under the bridge without calling to raise it.

Anyone Ever Seen A Crab Like This?

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I never have in all my years of exploring beaches and tidal pools. Does anyone know what it is?

E.J. Lefavour
http://www.hobbithousestudio.com

Joey Updates-

From Wikipedia-

Libinia emarginata is roughly triangular in outline and very heavily calcified, with a carapace about 4 in (100 mm) long and a leg span of 12 inches (300 mm).[4] The whole crab is khaki, and the carapace is covered in spines andtubercles,[5] and, as with other decorator crabs, often clothes itself in debris and small invertebrates.[4]

 

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Blues Fest Tickets are worth it just to see Victor Wainwright

Just in case you’re one of those people who thinks blues is a bunch of old folks singing sad songs, you’ve got to check out young rising star, Victor Wainwright, who will have you dancin’ on the grass at Stage Fort Park on August 9.  Just 2 weeks left to save $12 on your Gloucester Blues Festival Tickets (get them here).

Gloucester PD was able to raise $3,770.00 IN Toss Your Boss Challenge

Here’s Chief Campanello-

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Hi Joey,
I just wanted to thank your readers and everyone who supported the Special Olympics “Over the Edge” and “Toss Your Boss” Fundraiser this past weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Boston. Gloucester PD was able to raise $3,770.00 and counting. I would like to especially thank our 3 biggest supporters: GORTONS, ST. PETERS CLUB, and PETER AND KATHY COAKLEY. and of course thanks to all who contributed to make this a success.
Scaling down a 23 story building is not my first choice of a Saturday activity. But I can tell you that the money raised was well worth it and the special athletes who were there to cheer you on was a big boost to anyone who was apprehensive. My “toss” went at 1pm and there were several Chiefs from neighboring communities to make sure I knew how high up I was. They also did me the great favor of filling out my “fun facts” sheet (which the event organizers read over a speaker system as you are descending). Because of this, I was able to learn all sorts of new things about myself, such as how I had always wanted to be a firefighter, but was afraid of heights or how I had special place in my heart for puppies and “My little pony”, or best of all, how I had a tattoo on my left calf of Barry Manilow. With friends like this supporting you…how could a Chief go wrong? It was all in good fun and when your dangling 200 ft. above concrete, it was nice to have a chuckle.
Was hoping to have some pics for you…haven’t got them yet. Much thanks to all who contributed.
Respectfully,
Leonard Campanello
Chief of Police
City of Gloucester, MA

Breaking News! Warning from Wingaersheek Beach!

Warning from Wingaersheek Beach!

 

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Look Who made it onto the pages of the GD Times!

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Above photo credit to Gloucester Daily Times

Mom and Girlfriend make the Gloucester Daily Times!

It was really nice to see our mother Pat enjoying this past weekend with friends from the south shore, that she and our father met in Naples Florida where they all wintered together for several years.  Friends Pat and Marie had mom laughing into the wee hours of the morning as they enjoyed each other company during their 3 day “Girlfriends Weekend” playing tourists by day and BFF Slumber Party by night! Thank you Pat and Marie for being such a great friend to our mother.

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Mom Requested Muddica Steak Dinner at Niles on Friday evening… they were thrilled to catch the beautiful sunset while dinning on the beach!

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Are women attracted to dudes that wear t shirts that are way too small?

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Usually seen worn by middle aged dudes that got back into shape after years of letting themselves go and/or gay men.

Is this an attractive look ladies?

Asian Infused Fresh Salmon Tartare

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Asian Infused Salmon Tartare

Last week Cousin Joe sent me this text message, ” Cuz I’ll be at your house in 1/2 hour, R U Home? I have fresh salmon and Oysters for the beach tomorrow, can you make an Asian infused Salmon Tartare for us using one of the salmon filets?”  My reply, “Yes  & Yes, see U soon.”  I love receiving Cousin Joey’s text messages… we are super fortunate that he works in Boston at Stavis Seafoods Inc. as a fish broker, and often treats our family to top quality fresh seafood caught all over the world.   Minutes after receiving that text message,  cousin Joey walked through my front  door holding a large Stavis Seafood Box, sporting his big handsome smile.  As we walked over to my kitchens island, Joey said, “I know your not a big Sushi fan, so I bought 2 salmon filet, use one to make us Tartare, and the other cook how ever you want!”  Together we unpacked the seafood from the box and transferred it to clean containers for refrigeration.  I was thrilled to get the green light to prepare the second salmon filet to my liking, and was equally thrilled to be given the opportunity to create a new recipe, using Asian ingredients I always have on hand in my pantry, and fresh scallions from Appleton Farms picked earlier that day.  The Asian Infused Salmon Tartare recipe I created was a BIG HIT on the beach the next day!  Cousin Joey, Brother Joey, St. Barry, and Eric Lorden, Owner and chef of Passports restaurant said “You nailed that Sista”…” Best Tartare Ever!”…”Crazzy Good!”

 

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More than just a Lighthouse Tour with Captain Donald Steele

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IMG_3650Harbor Tours provides a tour of six Lighthouse tour on Cape Ann, (Ten Pound Island, Eastern Point, Straitsmouth, Thacher and Annisquam Lighthouses). The tour is far more; it is narrated by Captain Donald Steele; who gives the history of Cape Ann and the many points of interest; you seethe many islands along the coast line, local and private beaches, and some celebrities’ homes along the shore. As a Gloucester native he tells stories of the many storms, that occurred along the rough coast line of Cape Ann.

The tour is a must for locals and Gloucester visitors. In the slideshow you will see the many delighted faces of people on the tour that I went on this past weekend. 

Who’s All In On The Market Basket Boycott?

There’s a Facebook Page with 35,626 Likes-

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-Market-Basket/136649323208808

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One Paddler’s take on this year’s Blackburn Challenge

A Blackburn Weekend

To say I look forward to participating in the Cape Ann Rowing Club’s annual Blackburn Challenge each and every year would be an understatement.  Sandwiching the event into 3 nights of camping at Cape Ann Camp Site allows this paddler to get closer to a Cape Ann state of mind.
So before earning the right to wear this year’s T-shirt (at left), a few days were spent paddling about the Jones and Annisquam rivers, swimming at Wingaersheek Beach, and enjoying the taste of Cape Ann’s seafood (my favorite was the fish chowder at the Causeway Restaurant).
And then, at last, yesterday morning the day of the event arrived and I paddled off from the campground…

For the entire entry and more pictures click here

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