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Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang

Please come and join in fun:

When:           Saturday, October 25, 2014

Where:          Jodrey State pier

Time:            8:00 am -9:00 am

We will supply the bags, please bring gloves and a broom and pan if you would like.  Please meet us at the end of the pier.

Maybe we will the seal swimming by.

Thank youSeptember 24, 2014 Our Seal

 

 

First Parish Burial Ground and Clark Cemetery Volunteer Group Looking For Help From Crystal Daley

Good Morning,

I am part of a volunteer group working on First Parish Burial Ground and Clark Cemetery.  There has been a lot of talk around about the goats that have been placed there to help out and I was wondering if you would publish my article more about the humans who are working there.  We are in need of more volunteers and would love to segway from the goats into that. 

Thank you very much.

Crystal Daley

 

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Goats are awesome but we need people too.
Up at the First Parish Burial ground the team of goats is happily munching away a section of the brush.  The volunteers however don’t have such luxury.  The overgrowth and neglect that the cemeteries have suffered is great.  We are only three out of town people who are hard at work reclaiming the proud lost history of Gloucester’s people and military service.  It is true that these cemeteries were not designed as more modern one with space for people to visit but we would like the change that.  The first step is getting them cleaned and safe.  We have been working diligently every weekend over the summer and have made giant strides towards that goal.
Now that a lot of the clearing for First Parish has been done it is time to focus on the smaller Clark cemetery behind it.  Rose bushes, berry bushes, trees and bamboo have overtaken this sacred space.  Using the website findagrave.com we have started to connect people with their ancestors in Clark and First Parish.  Those connections to our past are why it is important for us to do this work.
On our first day of clearing a few months ago in First Parish we met a family that had come down to see a grave of one of their ancestors.  They were unable to find it as the age of the stones makes it hard to read them.  But over the course of the day we were able to find it for them and emailed them the location for them to visit again.  The next time we were there a lovely bunch a flowers had been left.
More recently after the first article ran in the Gloucester Times I contacted an online commenter on the article.  He had said that his family owns a plot in Clark Cemetery.  Through a few emails I asked him where the plot was and invited him to come down to show us where to clear out.  By the time he got there last Saturday we had already figured out the location of his family and had cleared it for him.
Robert had not been able to go to his family’s plot since before 2008 due to the overgrowth.  He told us that he used to come a few time a year to see the plot of his Great Grandmother and kin to leave geraniums.  Originally we were told that the last person buried in either cemetery was in the 1920’s but Robert informed us that the last person laid in his family’s plot was in the 60’s. We were so happy that he is now able to go to the plot without having to wade through tough overgrowth and that he is able to come back to continue his tradition of honoring his history.
There are other stories like this but we do need the help of the community.  There are only the three of us doing the work usually (light)rain or shine, with the exception of lighting.  You can find us there on Saturdays after noon; we are Rachel Meyer, Josh Gerloff and myself Crystal Daley. Anyone coming to volunteer their time is only asked to dress for work.  Jeans or other work pants, comfortable shirt (you will get hot working) and comfortable sneakers or boots.  Tools are also welcome to be brought and used.  The most helpful tools we have found are trash bags, tarps, rakes, clippers of all sizes, brush cutters, weed whackers, saws and we could use one or more people with chainsaws for some dead trees that have fallen over.
If you are interested in helping out we are excited to work with you.  We would love for anyone to come down to help out.  There is something for any skill level to do.  If you would rather donate instead of volunteer that is also helpful.  You may email me at crystalrae1024@gmail.com and I can answer any questions you might have on donating or volunteering with us.  I look forward to having more stories like Robert’s in the near future.

Nancy Goodman Takes Home $1000 For Her Youth Employment Program At GHS

Last night Awesome Gloucester gave Nancy Goodman $1000 for her pilot youth employment program at Gloucester High.

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See attached press release & images.  This idea is awesome because it will give kids real world experience while giving local businesses a chance to conduct on site extended “interviews” risk free.  And –  the kids are paid in Gloucester gift certificates – so the $$ go back into our local economy!

Win – win – win :)

The Awesome Gloucester trustees all expressed how proud and grateful they are be able to support the local community in this way.  They also highlighted the need for continued community involvement saying, “Pitch us your ideas, we can’t give money away without them!”

Learn more about Awesome Gloucester & how you can “pitch” at https://www.facebook.com/AwesomeGloucester

Awesome Gloucester is a group of local folks who contribute $50 of their own hard earned cash each month to fund ideas they think will make Gloucester more awesome – no strings attached.

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Are you a tourist or a Givebackpacker?

Krissy Sunflower submits-

Krissy and Lindsay are travelers, entrepreneurs and adventurers with a case of wanderlust and a passion for giving back to the world and the magical places they visit.

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With their travels and companies, they have created ways to live lives of adventure as well as provide sustainable solutions to some of the basic needs of those in poverty; food, water, jobs and education.

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They have been working with Mexican craftspeople just south of the border, 90 minutes from their homes in San Diego, bringing back the beautiful handmade goods to sell on their online marketplace. They then donate back to organizations in the community where the items are from, providing jobs, scholarships and meals to those in need.

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It is their goal to continue to spread these solutions and possibilities around the world, while they backpack through Europe and Southeast Asia, October through December.

Although all of their travel expenses have already been funded with personal savings– the key to reaching their goals depends on your generosity and support. Their aggressive crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter will help to

expand their business model, giving back and create sustainable solutions through targeted microloans, along with purchasing and shipping goods back to the US.

Join the movement:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/459706446/givebackpackers

Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang Schedule

It looks like Good Harbor Beach will be getting a clean-up this Saturday morning! Join us at 8 am at the footbridge to pick up your trash bag and in one hour we’ll have it clean. Thanks for your help!  Le us keep the beach beautiful.

We have bags but please remember to bring gloves.

 

Thank youJuly 22, 2014 Summer at Good Harbor Beach

King Chemo and I

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I’ve met people who fear Chemotherapy, and I hope they never have to get it. Cancer patients undergoing this therapy react to it in different ways, some badly. Chemo or a different therapy can help rid you of your cancer.

My experience as a (non-medically) trained patient has been a good one at the Oncology Clinic on the 4th floor of Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester. When I arrived yesterday morning, I was seated in a Lazy Boy type chair with a view of the Annisquam River and the outer harbor, provided with the morning paper, up to date magazine, a cable TV remote, and earbuds. The intravenous connection was made, freshly brewed coffee delivered, and I studied the breakfast menu. If the timing is right, I get lunch too. I’d bring my laptop or tablet, but time goes by quickly with so many things do, and no pain whatsoever.

Why am I happy to be treated here for cancer? Most importantly, it will prolong my life. The above amenities are welcome, but the staff is key: “We want to make your experience here as pleasant as possible,” they say. And they do.

A few hours later, I’m home expecting fatigue and the dreaded side effects. After 5 treatments, I’m not tired enough to nap, and go ahead with my everyday life, just a little slower. As I said above, this is MY experience with King Chemo, and so far, we’re getting along just fine.

World’s Best Dog Walking Team!

Pilar and Emma ©Kim Smith 2014You know your pooch is in superb hands with the East Gloucester Dog Walkers!

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Emma, Pilar, Lily, and occasionally Emma’s brother Ben, manage the menagerie beautifully, to the extent of even bringing along a water bowl on hot summer days. They are kind, gentle, patient, and loving towards their charges. Our Rosie is having the time of her life with the East Gloucester Dog Walkers (along with socializing with the other dogs, too). This great team certainly practices the three P’s of a successful business: Positive, Polite, and Professional.

Thank you East Gloucester Dog Walkers for taking such great care of our neighborhood pets!

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Anna Says Thanks

Hey Joey!
Just wanted to say thank you so much! It’s official! We received our email from Chase Mission Main Street that we officially reached the 250 Facebook votes we needed to be eligible to have our grant application considered for a $150,000 grant!
We could not have done this without the help of you, Good Morning Gloucester and EJ, Sista Felicia, Donna, Craig, Hannah and Alicia P and all the FOBs who voted for us – I want to thank them so much for supporting us and taking the time to vote for us. We told EJ about the grant and she graciously offered to include it in the blog, if anyone has ever had the pleasure to talk to EJ they know what a smart, kind generous person she is, for those who don’t know her she is a positive driving force in our community and we are all lucky to have her here, she is a very talented artist, author and all around wonderful human. When EJ’s blog post went live on September 30th we had 46 votes and that was about 4 days after we initially posted the link on our Facebook walls, by that evening, in less than a day, we had about 156 and it just steadily kept going up from there. A couple days later we reached 250! People may have thought, 250 votes what’s the big deal that’s easy to get – that’s what I thought when we first applied too, “oh this will be a piece of cake” I said to myself, but actually it’s not that easy to get 250 Facebook votes, eventually people get sick of hearing you beg for votes, my high school friends helped out and were awesome about it (go Lakers) but I thought at some point they are going to start unfriending me – the majority of the businesses that initially apply don’t make it to 250 and those that do don’t make it to 250 in just a couple of days! Chase actually gives you about a month and a half to get the 250 and even then some don’t make it – we were lucky to have the support of our community thru GMG. So between the blog post and Felicia, Hannah, Craig, Donna sharing it on Facebook, you tweeting the direct link for us – the votes rolled in. So for the 100th podcast beer, wine, soft drinks and pizza are on us for your help with this and to express our appreciation for everything that you do not just for us but the whole community and also just because you are a fun guy to be around. We appreciate you and all that you and your merry band of very talented contributors do! And hopefully we will send you an email in January that we won the grant! Thanks for helping us get the chance.
Sincerely,
Anna Baglaneas Eves
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Let’s Make The Open Door make the list of Top-Rated Nonprofits

opendoorThe Open Door has a chance to make the 2014 Top-Rated List at GreatNonprofits (greatnonprofits.org) and be eligible for some great prizes, but we need your help!

What is GreatNonprofits?
GreatNonprofits–a review site like TripAdvisor–honors highly reviewed nonprofits with this Top Rating. Being added to the Top-Rated List helps us tell our story to a broader audience and get the support we need to alleviate the impact of hunger right here in our community.

How can I help?
You can help us get that rating by posting a review of your experience with us or how you see us making an impact on the community.

Write your review here: http://greatnonprofits.org/reviews/write/the-open-door-cape-ann-food-pantry-inc

All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers. It’s easy and only takes 3 minutes! If you can help us out, we need your review to be completed by October 29! (Deadline is 10/31, but we want to be on the safe side and get it done.) Thank you in advance for your consideration!

With much appreciation,
Julie

Team Spirit

On this otherwise cold and dreary Saturday morning, a beautiful view came into sight from across the soccer field.

The Peabody Thunder U12 Team is making a wonderful statement by donning pink socks for the month of October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Good job, boys!  I hope that your season is as fantastic as you are!

 

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I Never Met a Fred I Didn’t Like

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I meet a ton of people in my gallery, and always say the same thing to guys who have the Fred name: “Freds are always good looking, friendly, and intelligent.” This Fred from Delft, a city in Holland, was happy to represent from his country. While in the hospital last fall, I decided to delay this post because of the tragic loss of life on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Ukraine. So here’s happy Fred, better late than never.

Welcome to the late Ken Kesey and son Zane’s magic bus Further

Florida visitors Sharon St Clair and husband Chuck King rolled into Gloucester about four weeks ago. By chance, they stopped into Charlie's Place and bumped into the Merry Pranksters. This trip, made by son Zane Kesey, replicated the journey from CA to NY made by renowned author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, starring Jack Nicholson) in 1964.

Florida visitors Sharon St Clair and husband Chuck King rolled into Gloucester about four weeks ago. By chance, they stopped into Charlie’s Place and bumped into the Merry Pranksters. This trip, made by son Zane Kesey, replicated the journey from CA to NY made by renowned author Ken Kesey (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, starring Jack Nicholson) in 1964.

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Sharon photographed the Furthur crew at breakfast. She and husband Chuck gave them their table for the bus crew. Ken Kesey’s son Zane sits center waving his hand. Sharon and Chuck leave tomorrow for home. I got to know what wonderful and generous people they are… and like me, they’re adventurous. Fair winds and smoothe seas, my friends forever.

Another Great Block Party!

StClairFoodwm BlockParty4804wmOur final Block Party of 2014 was a great success. As usual, the gallery was too busy for me to walk the street to take pictures. This time, I had the energy to enjoy the event, especially the people. A large cheese platter was generously provided by The Cave, our neighbor at 44 Main Street (http://www.thecavegloucester.com/). Key Block Party folks visited me, including Susan Parent (L) of Toodeloos (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Toodeloos/388111807754) and Block Party organizer Valerie Marcley (R). That’s me in the middle!

I know this post will get me in trouble, but …

HarborLoopCrowdBank Gloucester’s Banking For The Community program is bigger than ever this year.  You get to vote ON-LINE (right here) for an organization to to win up to $5K!  Now, there are some excellent organizations on the list, but you can also check a box labeled “Other” and write one in yourself.  That’s what I did.  I voted for the Harbor Loop Concerts.  “Why?” Well, for a number of reasons this 30-year-old tradition almost fizzled this summer.  But due to the tireless efforts of organizer Bradley Royds, with a little help from Mayor Kirk and others at City Hall, they pulled it off — barely — and it was a wonderful summer of free music at Harbor Loop enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors.  I’d like to see this concert series secure for next year and what better way than by awarding it the top Bank Gloucester prize.  Soooo …. if you agree, just go to https://www.bankgloucester.com/ballot, check the last box in the right hand column and write in “Harbor Loop Concerts” just like in the image below:

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