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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Thank you to the person who brought this down the dock for me. Sorry I didn’t get your name.
Ron Gilson writes in-
Good morning Joey:
Over the years I have refrained from commenting on various interesting community posts on your blog. Who’s interested in an old man’s perspective?
However, today’s wedding story on your blog represents not only a detailed account of a prominent Italian commuity wedding, but more importantly, to me, it is a detailed slice of our all important fishing community history.
In 1938, all the up and coming leaders of the Italian community fishing fleet were listed as principals in this wedding. They were the future players about to write Gloucester fishing history. The Curcuru’s, Ciaramitaro’s, Branceleone’s, Strescino’s, D’Amico’s, Calamo’s, Novello’s, Orlando’s, to name a few, were all in attendance. It was a wedding spectacular!
Ten years later, Capt. Joe Ciaramitaro, in his highligher Benjamin C., would lead the fleet in the redfishing game, along with Capt. Sam Nicastro in his F/V Felicia; Capt. Chris Cecilio in his F/V Mary and Josephine; Capt. Rico Strescino in his family owned F/V Balilla and later in the Boston vessel Agatha and Patricia; the Brancaleone brothers in their family vessels Joseph & Lucia and St. Victoria; the Novello’s in their new Bonaventure and the Calomo and D’Amico families in their highline seiner, Ida & Joseph.
These Italian vessels and their crews and many others played a major role in the prominence of Gloucester’s fishing production in that era. It will never happen again, and this wave of Italian-American immigrants should never be forgotten. It was an unforgettable time in our city’s history!
First at the dock after 4:00 pm was the Allyson from Kennebunkport
Maine with a 387 lb tuna. Next up at the dock was the Amanda & Andy II,
Capt Jim Santapaola and crew landed a 777 lb whopper of a tuna. Last
but not least was the Gannet with Capt Andy Santapaola, Jim’s son at
the helm with a 585 lb tuna. They were all beautiful fish!
Some of Craig and Martin’s Drone Work-
Dear Good Morning Gloucester Community:
We know people were concerned and had questions about the harbor seal that was at Good Harbor Beach over the weekend. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind people of what they should do if they see an animal that may need assistance.
Donna Ardizzoni Injured Seal photo Oct 4, 2014 Good Harbor Beach Taken With Telephoto Lens
Up until this year, the protocol was to call the New England Aquarium. The Aquarium served as the NOAA authorized responder for the Northshore area for many years. On January 1st, the Aquarium refocused their response effort to sea turtle rehabilitation and the study of infectious disease in marine mammals. As a result they had to scale back their response area for stranded marine mammals and now are focusing their efforts on the area from Salem to Plymouth.
Over the last year, NOAA Fisheries has been seeking an alternate organization to help us fill this void on the Northshore, which includes Cape Ann. Until an alternate organization is identified and authorized to help us, we ask that all stranding calls be reported to our offices.
Our program oversees the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program from Maine to Virginia. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to respond to every animal in the field and do not have the legal ability to authorize individual volunteers to respond to these cases. As a result, marine mammal stranding cases in Gloucester will be handled on a case-by-case basis. When needed, we will seek help from other authorized stranding response agencies, but their ability to help will be limited and based on their available resources.
I would like to ask the Gloucester community to spread the word about the current status of response to stranded marine mammals and remind one another to be responsible viewers of wildlife by:
- Staying a safe distance of at least 150 feet from animals on the beach or hauled out;
- Do not let dogs approach seals or other marine wildlife. Marine mammals do carry diseases that can be transmitted to your pets, and vise versa;
- Do not touch or feed the animal.
Remember, seals are wild animals. Medical treatment of these animals is significantly different from domestic and terrestrial animals. We have to consider a variety of factors when making a decision about how best to respond to an animal on the beach including individual animal health and potential risks to humans and pets, the overall health of the species’ population , and how intervening may affect the natural ecosystem. Seals and other marine mammal species are federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
I would like to thank the Gloucester Police Department and the Massachusetts Environmental Police for their assistance in maintaining a safe viewing distance for this animal while it was resting on the beach. The seal did go back into the water on its own Saturday evening and no further reports have been received.
More information about the National Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program can be found at the following website:
Mendy Garron, CVT
Marine Mammal Response Coordinator
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
MARINE ANIMAL HOTLINE: 866-755-NOAA (6622)
Gloucester In The Newly Released Olive Kitteridge Trailer- Including Passports, Lanes Cove and More…
Passports doubling as “Village Pharmacy” at 28 seconds into the first Olive Kitteridge Trailer-
Also the Olive Kitteridge Internet Movie Database website (Thanks Bex for the heads up) Here
Posted on October 28, 2013
Marty Luster photo, prepping for production-
David Cox- Captures one of the days of shooting-
Getting ready for another day of movie magic on Main Street.
Filmed At Captain Joe and Sons, Gloucester MA
Just curious–in the above photo, does anyone know what that box-shaped thing is at the end of the dock, below the seagull?
So this youngster aboard the Connemara Bay thinks he can out gross the master- Toby Burnham?
How will Toby respond to such disrespect for the gross out game that this youngster has shown? Has the elder statesman of gross not earned a little more respect than to be called out in a 11 second YouTube video? Stay tuned for Toby’s response.
From the website of Connemara Bay Fishing Charters-
It is not the first time and probably will not be the last time we see an angler kick back a striper heart like a shot of whiskey.
Dana Wensberg was sure to get all the taste from this one as he chewed before swallowing. He also called out a local lobsterman, Toby Burnham, who frequently entertains tourists by biting the heads off of rotten herring
This back from 2009 when the youngster was probably still wearing diapers.
In case your readers are interested in seeing a 30 second video of a classic (and common) Mola Mola or Ocean Sunfish. As you know they are a remarkably odd fish. This one was just a few miles outside the harbor.