Monthly Archives: February 2010

YMCA Teen Leaders Club presents $1000 donation to Open Door Food Pantry

Joey –

Thank you all for the GREAT coverage on GMG…it meant a great deal to the kids and to me.


With deep appreciation and many thanks to the great number of you who supported our teens in this effort.

YMCA Teen Leaders Club presents $1000 donation to Open Door

Back in January, members of the YMCA Teen Leaders Club embarked on their annual “Rockathon to Feed Cape Ann’s Hungry” – with each member rocking in a rocking chair for 24-sleepless hours from 8am Saturday through 8am Sunday. Each Y Teen Leader committed to solicit and collect a minimum of 222 cans. From Youth spent weeks soliciting and then collecting donations of non-perishable food items. In order to accommodate prospective donors who might have difficulty carting caseloads of cans, the club established a “three-for-a-dollar” rate for financial donations for Open Door.

Through the efforts of this fantastic group of local youth, more than 5500 cans and other non-perishable food items were earned and distributed to the Open Door, St. Vincent DePaul Society and directly to local families in need.

On February 11th, the YMCA Teen Leaders Club welcomed special guest Julie LaFontaine, Executive Director of the Open Door. After Julie thanks the teens for their consistently strong efforts year after year, club members proudly presented a $1000 donation – the fiscal culmination of the groups’ collections. The YMCA Teen Leaders Club would like to officially recognize our top three solicitors: Colby Ferris-657, Alex Jones-468 & Zach White-293. We would also like to thanks our families, friends, neighbors and the community for such a tremendous outpouring of support for others in need.

Recognition of 2010 Rockathon
Paul Bonderev
Stephen Bouchie
Heather Boudrow
AJ Celantano
Shawna Denton-Carollo
Rick Doucette (Advisor)
Emily Farel
Colby Ferris
Victoria Flannagan
Alex Henry
Alex Jones
Jared Marshall
Dom Nicastro
Nathan Rubin
Andreaz Saputo
Antonio Saputo
Anthony Scola
Steven Verga
Zachary White
Andrew Widtfeldt

Robyn Wonson

The YMCA Teen Leaders Club is open to all Cape Ann youth in grades 7 – 12 has been serving Cape Ann since 1994.

For more information on opportunities for local teens, please contact Rick Doucette or Nikki Klink at the Teen & Camp Services YMCA 978-283-0470 or visit us on the web at or

Health & prosperity

Rick Doucette | Executive Director
Teen & Camp Services YMCA
Cape Ann YMCA
9 Center Street | Gloucester, MA 01930
978-283-0470 ext. 1702 | (F) 978-283-3114
doucetter |

We Build Strong Kids, Strong Families, Strong Communities
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Fitz Hugh Lane Sculpture by Alfred N. Duca

Fitz Hugh Lane Sculpture by Alfred N. Duca Submitted to The Good Morning Gloucester Flickr Group Join up and submit your photos to be viewed on GMG

Sculpture located atop Duncan Hill overlooking Gloucester Harbor in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Information about artist Fitz Henry Lane may be read here:

Wally Goosed Me!!

I won’t wait until my normal 2 PM post since this is right off the presses. Today is Red Sox Truck Day and I spotted Wally in the Souvenir Shop. It must have been a long cold winter for Wally since he goosed me big time. 8)

The rest of the story. Here is the truck almost ready to go. It leaves at noon.

What does this all mean? It means there are only six days until Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training (Pap and Wake are already there) and only 43 days until you can eat a real wiener sitting in the bleacher seats in front of Top Dog on Bear Skin Neck.

School vacation ‘exploration’: Trustees’ series kicks off Saturday

By Gail McCarthy
Gloucester Daily Times Staff Writer

The Trustees of Reservations are hosting a series of programs geared toward next week’s February school vacation, all based on a theme of “exploration.”

Several of the programs will be held at the newly renovated Cape Ann Learning & Discovery Center located at Ravenswood Park.

The events will feature explorations at Ravenswood and surrounding properties beginning Saturday and continuing through Sunday, Feb. 21:

*Ice Age Trail: Saturday, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood.

*Hermit’s Tales on the Trails: Tuesday and, or Thursday, Feb. 18, 1 to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood.

*Snowflake Shapes & Science: Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m. at Ravenswood.

*”Waterfront (the movie)”: Saturday, Feb. 20, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

*”Animals of the Night:”a live animal presentation, Saturday, Feb. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Ravenswood.

*Beginning Winter Birding: Sunday, Feb. 21, 8 to 10 a.m. at Halibut Point State Park.

For more information, please click here.

Gloucester Twitterers You Should Follow-Sawyer Free Library

Twitter is something I use to search happenings on particular topics.  There are other localorganizations and individuals using twitter also.

I’ll highlight some from time to time.  Click here to check out Sawyer Free Library tweets

Gloucester Twitterers You Should Follow-Sawyer Free Library, originally uploaded by captjoe06.