Monthly Archives: December 2010

Yeah! Thanks GMG!

Thanks to GMG We’re down about $60.00 today and probably at least another $60.00 tomorrow! My Beautiful Wife Cathy who’s a Nurse at Seacoast Nursing Home bought a few Greasy pole Ornaments and T-Shirts from Tiny Island Glass Beach store at the Westend of Main St. Today. It sounds like the woman who sold her the stuff could’nt have been nicer! She gave a little discount because she bought a lot of stuff. Maybe if she dropped my Name she could’ve have done even better.  Well, Maybe.

We Love the ornament! Very Creative! and pretty! It means a lot to two of my Son’s who have walked the Pole at St. Peter’s.

Gloucester is full of very creative People.

I don’t recomend things very often, But these Greasy pole Ornaments and T-Shirts are Unique and Beautiful! Check them Out!

Christmas Concert in Rockport December 18th

The North Shore Christian Men’s Choir and the Lighthouse Brass Quintet
will host a Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 18th at 3:00 p.m.
at the First Baptist Church, Four High Street at Harvey Park, Rockport.
Free admission.  Refreshments will be served.  All are welcome and
invited to attend.
This concert is part of Rockport’s Annual Christmas Pageant that
will be held at 5 p.m.  Don’t miss Christmas in Rockport; like the town
and the season, it is special!

Bradley Royds, Jake Pardee and Pete Lindberg~ Dog Bar ~ Tonight~9:00 to 12:00

Photos by Louise

Three dynamic musicians under one roof. You can not go wrong with that. I have had the opportunity to hear Bradley, Jake and Pete, each one alone and with a band. I was also able to catch the last set when they were all playing together, not to long ago at the Dog Bar. It was unique because they all have different styles among them but share that familiar passion. Sometimes you just want to sit back and have the pleasure of just listening to their creativity with all of the songs that they so eagerly share. Then again, you may want to jump right up and dance around the place.  You will see that at just about any show.

Patrick-Murray Administration Designates Gloucester A "Green Community"

Second round of cities and towns named clean energy leaders; now eligible for municipal renewable power and energy efficiency grants

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Green Communities Map

BOSTON – December 16, 2010 – The Patrick-Murray Administration today named 18 cities and towns from Boston to the Berkshires as “Green Communities,” making these communities eligible for over $3.6 million in grants for local renewable power and energy efficiency projects that will advance both municipal and state clean energy goals.

Boston, Dedham, Easton, Gardner, Gloucester, Harvard, Hatfield, Marlborough, Medway, Milton, Newburyport, New Salem, Scituate, Swampscott, Watertown, Wayland, Williamstown, and Winchester join 35 other cities and towns named in the inaugural round of Green Communities designations last May – bringing the total number of official Green Communities to 53.

“I applaud these 18 communities – and the 35 that came before them – for the critical role they are playing in creating a clean energy future for the Commonwealth,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Across the Commonwealth, cities and towns are eager to make clean energy choices that are already benefiting our economy, environment and quality of life.”

“As our Administration continues to invest in clean energy, it is encouraging to see so many cities and towns across the Commonwealth realize the value of renewable energy and energy efficiency,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “I’d like to congratulate our second group of Green Communities and hope their leadership inspires other communities as we work together to promote a stronger and more sustainable future for Massachusetts.”

The Department of Energy Resources’ (DOER) Green Communities Grant Program uses funding from auctions of carbon emissions permits under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative to reward communities that win Green Communities designation by meeting five clean energy benchmarks:

  • Adopting local zoning bylaw or ordinance that allows “as-of-right siting” for renewable and/or alternative energy R & D facilities, manufacturing facilities or generation units;
  • Adopting an expedited permitting process related to the as-of-right facilities;
  • Establishing a municipal energy use baseline and a program to reduce use by 20 percent within five years;
  • Purchasing only fuel-efficient vehicles for municipal use, whenever such vehicles are commercially available and practicable; and
  • Requiring all new residential construction over 3,000 square feet and all new commercial and industrial real estate construction to reduce lifecycle energy costs (i.e., adoption of an energy-saving building “stretch code”).

“As the signature initiative of the Green Communities Act signed by Governor Patrick in 2008, the Green Communities program challenges cities and towns to go greener than ever before and then rewards that hard work with resources that enable them to go even further – saving energy costs for their residents and reducing the environmental impact of municipal operations,” Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles said.

November 19 was the deadline for municipalities to apply for Green Community designation in order to qualify for approximately $3.6 million in Green Communities grants. Communities designated today have until January 21 to submit applications for grants that will be awarded later this winter.

“In the first round of Green Communities grants, my office was pleased to award funding for an array of innovative and practical projects – from buying down the cost of municipal energy management contracts and purchasing hybrid vehicles for municipal fleets to installing solar power and high efficiency street lights,” DOER Commissioner Phil Giudice said. “I look forward to seeing these 18 new Green Communities come forward with equally compelling projects in our next grant round.”

Using a formula that caps awards at $1 million and provides each community with a $125,000 base grant – plus additional amounts based on per capita income and population, and for municipalities that meet Green Communities Criterion 1 for energy generation, DOER notified the selected communities of their eligibility for the following funding:

Boston $1,000,000
Dedham $ 179,800
Easton $ 168,300
Gardner $ 206,100
Gloucester $ 198,200
Hatfield $ 130,725
Harvard $ 141,200
Marlborough $ 217,125
Medway $ 158,450
Milton $ 157,100
New Salem $ 138,100
Newburyport $ 155,000
Scituate $ 163,025
Swampscott $ 143,800
Watertown $ 192,825
Wayland $ 131,775
Williamstown $ 142,000
Winchester $ 151,475

LIGHTS OF LOVE LIGHTS UP ADDISON GILBERT HOSPITAL THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

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Nearly 200 Cape Ann residents and business and community leaders turned out for the 3rd annual Lights of Love Tree Lighting Ceremony at Addison Gilbert Hospital.  The event, which took place on December 2nd , brings community members together to honor family and friends who have battled cancer and to support Gorton’s Specialty and Cancer Care Center at Addison Gilbert Hospital.

The Lights of Love is a volunteer effort led by Gloucester residents Sue Kyle and Shawn Wilson to help raise awareness of the world class cancer care available at Addison Gilbert Hospital. During the ceremony guests enjoyed a special visit from Santa, and caroling with the talented Gloucester High School Chorus, which was led by GHS Music Director Dave Adams. The tree lighting, symbolizing the many Cape Ann residents affected by cancer, was one of the highlights of the evening.  Cape Ann artist Ken Knowles also donated an original painting for the event and many local businesses contributed to the “Fives for Lives” raffle packages.

“This marks the third annual Lights of Love ceremony and we are now proud to call it an official Cape Ann tradition,” said Dr. Angus “Sandy” McIntyre, an oncologist at Addison Gilbert Hospital.  “We are thrilled to have the community involved in this wonderful event.  Gorton’s offers vital cancer and specialty care services right here on the North Shore, and we are so grateful for the continued support of this facility.”

The Gorton’s Center offers a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to patient care that brings together medical oncology physicians, pathologists, radiologists and nurses to provide patients with the latest diagnostic technology and evaluation, innovative treatment approaches, and superior care and support. Patients also have access to the latest in clinical trials and protocols through Addison Gilbert’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

There are nearly 3,000 patient visits to the Gorton’s Center each year.  Since its launch in 2008, the Lights of Love has raised close to $35,000 for the Gorton’s Center.

Those wishing to make a gift in support of Addison Gilbert Hospital Cancer Care Services can visit www.addisongilbert.org and click on "giving/make a gift" and select Addison Gilbert Hospital Annual Fund.  Please note Lights of Love in the "in honor of" section.

To see a full listing of Sponsors and Cape Ann Tributes, please visit the Addison Gilbert Hospital Main Entrance throughout the month of December.  The 2010 Lights of Love Photo Gallery is available at www.addisongilbert.org/lightsoflove

Please save the date for the 2011 Lights of Love Raffle and Tree Lighting on Thursday, December 1, 2011.

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Quote Of The Week From Greg Bover- Robert Heinlein

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December 14, 2010
Climate is what you expect. Weather is what you get.
Robert Heinlein   1907-1988
Four-time Hugo Award winning writer of science fiction novels and short stories, Heinlein is perhaps best known for espousing a philosophy of self-reliance and societal duty in such works as Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers and Time Enough for Love. He is also recognized as the originator of the concept for the waterbed. 

Greg Bover

Last few days for online calendar mail orders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For last minute gift givers-

Next Monday (December 20) will be the last day to insure that your calendar(s) will arrive on time in the mail. Click here to order yours today!

The calendars make great holiday gifts for:

-Your kids’ teachers
-The dog groomer
-Your hairdresser
-Friends who have moved away
-An elderly person
-Mail delivery person
-Babysitter
-Your favorite waitress
-Party host(ess)
-Newspaper delivery person
-Your mother-in-law
Just about anybody!

You can order your choice of Cape Ann, Good HarborMagnolia, or Sun Up~Sun Down calendars.

They’re $15 each, and if you need it mailed to you or somewhere else, shipping costs are pretty low.

For downtown shoppers, the calendars are available at the gift shop PRESENT at 271 Main St. (across from Animal Krackers).

PayPal and credit cards are accepted.

Thank you!    —Sharon

Did you know?

E.J. Lefavour writes-

Did you know (of course you did):

That the City of Gloucester is home to one of the finest natural harbors in Massachusetts and is the oldest fishing port on the East Coast of the United States. Gloucester was actually settled soon after the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth in the early 1620s, and due to an abundant fish supply, the city quickly grew to become one of the largest fishing ports in the world in the 19th Century. Today Gloucester remains an important fishing port, its working harbor home to a colorful fleet. Since records have been kept, over 5,000 Gloucestermen have been lost at sea trying to earn a living and feed the world.

This is for all that go down to the sea in ships to earn their living and help feed the world. May you always arrive home safely, with a good catch.

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E.J. Lefavour – Khan Studio
www.khanstudiointernational.com

Ice Covered Trapper John Hits The Dock After A Frigid Day Lobstering

Next time you’re bitching about your office job just picture yourself encased in ice all day.

Chris

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The Mast Completely Encapsulated

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George and Steve Unload The Tanks

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2010 Lobster Trap Tree Poll -Who Ya Got?

It’s that time of year.  The Gloucester Lobster Trap Tree Has Been Constructed and Adorned With Buoys Hand Painted With Love and Special Messages Of Peace, Joy and Hope By The Children Of Gloucester.  And then there are the sterile generic boring trees erected by prisoners of the Maine criminal system who have been incarcerated for unspeakable crimes against the elderly and sick and destitute.

The Wonderful 2010 Gloucester lobster Trap Tree

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The Crappy Generic Rockland Lobster Trap Tree

Lobster ports create Christmas trees _ from traps

The Ridiculously Disproportionate Beals Island Lobster Trap Tree-

Sources have indicated that The Maine Lobster Trap Trees Were Built By Bands Of People Let Out Of Jail For Crimes Such As Mugging Salvation Army Bell Ringers Outside Of Maine Strip Malls.  As Punishment These Convicts Were Forced To Erect Hideous Displays Of Unimaginative Lobster Trap Trees.