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GloucesterCast 233 With Deanna Fay, Wayne Berger, Greg Verga, Doug and Gloria Parsons, Bill Cox, Catherine Ryan, Kim Smith, and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/16/17

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A Character in our Story

I’ve gone back and forth about whether or not to write this several times as I feared that, possibly, I would be infringing on a family’s privacy, but I hope, instead, this serves as a “thank you” to a man who always, week after week….for more than a decade…never failed to say “Hello” as we walked by.

Since Thatcher came home from the hospital at one week old, we’ve been taking walks. The route is sometimes shorter…sometimes longer…and the mode of transportation has changed drastically over the years….but, Atlantic Ave. in Rockport has always remained a part of it. At first the walks began in the red Bumbleride Indie single stroller and soon there after the red push-handle radio flyer sports coupe.  With Finn’s arrival almost exactly two years later….we upgraded to the necessary Bumbleride Indie double wide. …this time in bamboo green.

All too soon, however, the strollers were gone and bikes with training wheels, bikes with no training wheels, scooters, rollerblades, and skateboards became the boys’ preferred methods of getting downtown.  Moby, Marlin, and Minnow (the fury children) …depending on the year…often accompanied us to keep an eye on their boys and possibly score some smoked fish at Roy Moore’s. All the while, however, we went down Smith Road, took a left on Old Garden, merged onto Atlantic Ave, and came out at the corner of South Street….and, most importantly, to “Arnold’s Garage.”  

Arnold (I’m not sure when my children learned his first name) was a fixture near and around that corner….often, later, in his woven vintage lawn chair.  For as long as I can remember, he greeted us with a smile.  The boys knew to look for him along that stretch of town and their greetings grew with their age.  An exuberant wave, a shy smile, a “hi”, a “Hello. How are you?”……to a “Mom, that nice man wasn’t in his chair last week.”  It was Thatcher, now sometimes able to venture downtown with his friends, who pointed out to me that Arnold was not there. Several trips to and from sailing lessons had passed with no “hellos.” And, indeed, sadly…when I walked by Arnold’s garage later that week…the photo below is what I found.

Over the years I learned more about how talented and celebrated this man was…but my boys…well, they only knew that he was an artist, and that he was a sharp dresser, and that he was kind to them.  Arnold, in turn, probably only knew of us that the boys loved Hula Moon shaved ice, they often wore more than they ate, and that none of our dogs have ever walked well on leashes.  I regret never having a full-fledged conversation as I’m certain I would have learned a lot.

It is special to me how a person one really doesn’t know can become a character in their story and a chapter in their book based on simple smiles and kind greetings.  The boys will not soon forget his kindness and I am certain they will think of his “hellos” often, and with fondness, in the years to come.

Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.  And a heartfelt “thank you” for allowing us to feel the glow of his kindness over the years.  Clearly a remarkable man in large ways….and in small.

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Rescued at the Breakwater – Inflatable dinghy

I spotted a small inflatable boat while taking photographs on the breakwater. At first I thought that someone may be diving, but could not see any diving flags. After an hour the dingy continued to get closer to the breakwater. Finely it started to crash into the rocks. A gentle man form Rexford New York, who was fishing, climbed down the slippery rocks to capture the boat before it was damaged. Another fisherman cast a hook into the boat hooking a life jacket to guide it so he could pull the boat up onto a flat rock so the engine did not bang into the rocks, and held on to it. We called the Police. But shortly after we called the Police we spotted a sail boat heading in our direction. The sail boat from Rhode Island said It was their rubber boat, we released the rubber boat to them, called the police back, and off they went in their Oceanis 381 Chaser Sailboat, with wave and a quick “thank you”.

The Good Samaritan was the man from Rexford New York. He is a retired school teacher and a track coach. He and his wife rent in Gloucester, they love all that Gloucester gives. Yesterday he gave back, a rescue of an expensive “Highfield” rubber boat. Below are some photos of the events.

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The Sighting

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The Search

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The Rescue

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The  Recovery

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The Good Bye

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Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Assoc. Annual Meeting

Cape Ann Community

The Annual Meeting of The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery  will be held at the East Gloucester Community Church on Chapel Street, East Gloucester on Wednesday, July 26 at 6:30 pm.  All board members, lot owners,  and interested persons are encouraged to attend.  We are looking for new members for our Board and welcome anyone who is interested in helping our non-profit in any way.   We are looking to elect a new President and Treasurer.  

If you cannot make the meeting but are interested in helping out in the future, please contact me at khmelanso@comcast.net

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THE GREAT AUK AT THE PAINT FACTORY! AND PIPING PLOVER DAY 28 UPDATE

The Great Auk was an extraordinary seabird that was driven to extinction in the mid- 19th century. What made it so extraordinary was its ability to dive great depths and swim as fast as the fish it caught. The Auk’s amazing abilities were also its downfall. The same wings and webbed feet that propelled it through water with tremendous speed and agility evolved so that over time, the wings shrank. The bird became flightless and its feet unable to navigate well on land. Ten months out of the year when the Auk lived entirely on the sea this was not a problem but during the breeding season, the Great Auk would return to the rocky shore of its birth to find its life mate and deposit a single egg. Both male and female took turns incubating the egg with their large feet. During the two month period on land, the birds were slaughtered by the tens of thousands. The oily skin of the Great Auk that allowed it to float on the surface of the water and live on the sea was used for oil lamps, the warm downy feathers for quilts and pillows, and its meat eaten by hungry settlers and fishermen.

The Great Auk and very tragic story of its long, painful extinction has captured the imagination of Nathan Thomas Wilson, the first Goetemann Artist Residency Fellowship award recipient. Working on the grounds of the Paint Factory and in partnership with Ocean Alliance, Nathan is creating a twice-life size interpretation of the Great Auk (the Great Auk ranged in height from approximately 27 to 35 inches). Nathan’s Auk is made from plastic pollution and debris scavenged along the shore, created with the goal of highlighting the devastating effect pollution is having on all living creatures.

Great Auk in progress. Head to arrive soon–Nathan is casting the head off site as it will have a lighting component.

Nathan is giving a talk on the 25th of July. Go to his facebook page for details about the talk and for more about Nathan.

No two eggs alike – Great Auk eggs were unusual in that each egg was uniquely patterned to allow easy identification by the brooding parents.

Great Auk nesting habitat.

Day 28: Little Chick is growing beautifully, developing and honing a range of defensive skills. With each passing day, he can feed longer, run faster, and stay in a position of perfect stillness for greater and greater periods of time. Still though, only very short little five- to six-foot run-hop-airbore flutters have been observed by the PiPl monitors.

Twenty-eight-day old Piping Plover shown with a small sample of the plastic pollution found daily on Good harbor Beach. The plastic debris litters GHB every morning before Gloucester’s hard working DPW and trash-piker-uppers arrive to clean up the mess left by beach goers the day before.

 

MONARCHS HERE, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE! PLEASE REPORT YOUR MONARCH BUTTERFLY SIGHTINGS (EDITED)

Reports of Monarch Butterfly sightings are coming in from all around Cape Ann, and beyond. I have seen more this this year than in recent summers. I wonder if higher numbers in July indicates a stronger migration in September. We can hope!

At this time of year, the females are depositing the eggs of the next generation.  You can find Monarchs at wildflower meadows, dunes, and gardens, where ever milkweed and nectar-rich flora grow. Typically, the eggs and caterpillars are found on the undersides of the uppermost leaves.

If you would, please report any Monarch activity that you have seen–eggs, flight, caterpillars, nectaring, mating, whatever you discover. Please share the approximate date and place. Even if you have shared previously in a comment, I hope to keep all the sightings in one place, so please re-comment. Thank you! 

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Thank you everyone for writing! How exciting that so many are being spotted, many more than the past several years. One was in my garden this morning, again, and two at Good Harbor Beach dunes early this morning.

Adding JoeAnn Hart, Susan Burke and Michele Del as they commented on Facebook.

Patti, do you have caterpillars?? I’d love to stop by and see.

Please keep your comments coming. Thank you!!!!

When watching, note that the first two minutes of the film were shot in Gloucester. I think you will be dazzled by the numbers of Monarchs that travel through Cape Ann’s backyards and meadows during the peak of migration.

Planning Stage Fort Park | Come hear & share thoughts about everybody’s favorite public park 4pm today

Reminder that there’s a Stage Fort Park presentation and visioning discussion at the Visitors Center this afternoon/early evening. Come to see ideas, listen, and share your thoughts about Stage Fort Park. Nothing is final.

While you’re at it, don’t forget that there’s enough time to plan for essential visits to the Cape Ann Farmer’s Market and Harbor Loop concert, too (links and times below)!

stage fort invite tonight 4-6PM

While you’re at it stop by Farmer’s Market 3-6:6:30PM

Afterwards, head over to tonight’s Harbor Loop concert 6-9PM

Beatles Tribute band, 4Ever Fab – This Sunday at Stage Fort Park

Beatles Tribute band, 4Ever Fab, appears in concert on Sunday, July 23,2017, at 7pm at the Antonio Gentile Bandstand, Stage Fort Park, Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA. This outstanding band returns to the bandstand with a terrific and genuine Beatles sound. This show features spot-on renditions of your classic Beatles favorite.

This concert is sponsored by Cape Ann Savings Bank, who will provide free ice cream treats to the audience. The concert is free to the public. Parking is free and the venue and rest rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Bring a blanket or chair and perhaps a picnic dinner. The rain date is Wednesday, July 26. For further information please visit DavidLBenjamin.com or call 978-281-0543

Brian Templeton tonight @ The Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm * The Rhumb Line 7.20.2017

 

 

 

Thursday at the Rhummie, the spine-tingling Mr. Brian Templeton returns. This 6 foot 6 golem of the blues makes Foghorn Leghorn sound like Jackie Kennedy! Pipes like the Groaner in the harbor! A pure pleasure to listen to. Plus he’s dragging in the esteemed David Mattacks and six-fingered Billy Loosigian to tighten the thumbscrews. Even worse, we get to do it all over again at the Smile Marker on Sunday (5 to 8). So either (or both) Thursday and Sunday c’mon down and let him squeeze the cider out of your Adam’s 

Dave Sag’s

 

 

 

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

http://www.therhumbline.com/

Bobbie Brooks Daylilies for Days

Bobbie writes,
Once a year Bobbie Brooks opens her private gardens for viewing the hundreds of award winning hybrid daylilies that she has collected. This is their peak week for blooms.

There are approximately 1000 cultivars being grown, including her own introductions, and they are mixed in with many other unusual plants, as well as being displayed in several formal daylily beds.

The Gardens will be open for 2 weekends; Fr, Sat, Sun

July 21,22,23
July 28,29,30

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Rt. 127N on Langford St. – Lanesville section of Gloucester Ma on the tip of Cape Ann.

For More Info and pics – Lilylady@comcast.net ; http://www.distinctivegardendesigns.com/

In Face Book under Distinctive Garden Designs

Hope to see you!

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CAPE ANN LITERARY TOURS

We’re excited to launch out Cape Ann Literary Tours this week. ThursdaySaturday we’ll be leaving from the shop at 9:00 am and walking around downtown and the waterfront. To kick things off we’re offering a special rate of only $10 per person during our first week. Reservations are required, and people can do that by emailing us at easternpointlithouse@gmail.com. Just let us know which day works best!

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