Hi Joey. On the 100th Anniversary of WW1, I am remembering my father-in-law, Hilary F. McKinnon. This photo was taken October 1917 in New York City, just before leaving for France. My husband remembers his dad, a Chief Petty Officer, was the only one aboard his Naval Cruiser able to start the steam engines. The ship’s captain was so impressed, he helped his dad study for his diesel/steam license even. though his dad only completed third grade.
Recently I attended a class sponsored by the Gloucester Writers Center and the Veterans Center. I wrote my husband’s Navy story of WW2. He served on the LSTs and LCTs landing troops and supplies in the Asiatic Pacific. He was in the Gilbert Island, Battle of Tarawa, the Mariana Islands, Battle of Saipan and the Marine Disaster at West Lock, Pearl Harbor. I was able to obtain most of the information from his Navy records and the internet, as he
is still unable to speak of the horrors of war.
My son, Hilary F McKinnon, 2nd, was a Radio Operator in the US Coast Guard stationed in the Hawaiian Islands and Guam. He received many commendations for his assistance in search and risqué. Luckily the Vietnam Conflict was over two weeks before his orders for transfer there.
The Gloucester City Hall has bronze plaques honoring veterans, all three are recognized. WW1, WW2 and Vietnam. Memorial Day a time to honor and remember all Veterans and Thank them for their service. Freedom is not free.
At Hook’s we only do lobster rolls seasonally, but when that season comes around we mean business! When Al and I took over the business last April we decided we wanted to really make people feel at home by naming some of the menu items after family members, naturally the lobster roll had to become “Grandpa Charlie’s Lobster Roll”! Thanks for putting us on your blog!
Cousin Jessica :)
Catherine Ryan writes ~
There were 10 adult presenters and each of us met with ½ the grade (5 classes each): Paul Goldberg Historic Photos, Joey Palmisano for NOAA, Jim Caulkett the Harbor Master, Leslie Bartlett for Granite, Catherine Ryan for the HarborWalk, Lara Lepionka for Cape Ann Gardeners, Paula Gray for UU History, Barbara Silberman for the Sargent House, Mary Ellen Lepionka for Native Americans, and Ramona Latham for the Trustees of the Reservation. Most of the other presenters were included somehow in the HarborWalk content — and the teachers mentioned that as one source! The teachers were fabulous and are committed to this project. Again this year all the 6th graders visited the HarborWalk (in the fall). The kids were engaged and enthusiastic, not exactly my doing, rather the material I had to work with, the teachers special build up to Gloucester History Day, and the dedication and uniqueness of the presentations before me! I wanted to sit in on all of them! Some of the students are working on projects and may have questions. Others wrote up a report for the whole day that they are sending into local media.
I handed out the large 11 x 17 sheet for the “hunt on the HarborWalk”. My son George had a smart twist on bingo and C7A’s map. Matt and Tom created a jazzy tear sheet announcing the movie series coming this summer (big enthusiasm for Jaws!) Virgilio’s was not only generous with offering a free Italian cookie (hopefully combined with a visit to the whale moment), but also such fun determining how we might track the $ value. He wants to split the cost with me and encouraged me to have the children write down an expiration date to encourage some urgency. He remembers fondly the school volunteering that he and his family and friends did for so many years.
The sweetest rewards may be from our youth!
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What a spring day, YEAH!!!!!
In our never ending quest to better the blog I upgraded the layout making it easier to read and allowing larger photos/videos and fonts. Hopefully you all enjoy the new look.
-Joey C :)
Last Saturday Craig Kimberly and I filimed the Mathews family’s traditional “Stomping of The Grapes “Vino Making Extravaganza, for an upcoming cooking show segment we are working on together. Yesterday Neil and Bridgette Mathews invited us back to their home to shoot part two of their wine making process.
Cheers to Neil and Bridgette Mathews, and family for sharing their family tradition and wine making secrets with us! It truly has been a pleasure and we look forward to filming part 3 later this year!
Hour 2 in the books, and the smoke is rising.
Meet my Meat!
Sun & Clouds 60’s Late day Storms possible ! East winds light becoming west very late today … Hot Monday 85-90° no sea breeze …. Mostly sunny.
When Thunder Roars Go In Doors !!!!
Monitoring The Potential for Late Day Severe Storms . Primarily Western Essex County / central Middlesex County / and the Boston Western Burbs ! Not sure they will hold togeather as they approach Cape Ann after 4-5 pm ..
Also we can’t rule out a Brief Spin-up with the warm front and Seabreeze Front .. The turning of the winds and shear enhances along the warm front I.E. onshore light east flow bumps up against west south west flow along Warm Front ! It’s in this locale where the shear increases and the turning in the winds can produce a brief tornado ! So please keep eye on sky later today … My team is ready to roll if need be , will be on alert for traveling out west if and when Storms do fire ! … Stay tuned for updates later on today … Thanks GMG Weatherman Peter Lovasco ….
Has to be one of the coolest experiences ever, right?
Not gonna lie though, if this is me I’d probably crap my pants.
Display At GHS, photo from Anthony Marks
Mary Barker Submits-
I travelled to Wakefield for one of my jobs recently. I stopped along the shores of Lake Quannapowitt to snap a few
Nat Johnson submits-
Cygnets at Henry’s Pond in Rockport. We’ve been waiting all spring for this (and so have they)!