Monthly Archives: July 2015

Something I Haven’t Seen since 1989 At The Dock- A New Shipment of wooden (read Not Wire) Lobster Traps @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA

I’d say once a month someone calls the dock looking for an old used wood lobster trap they can put a piece of glass on and turn into a decorative coffee table.  The answer for as long as I can remember has been “The fishermen haven’t used wooden traps forever.”

Now with this load of wooden lobster traps it’s the first one I‘ve seen in a whole long time.

Bringing it back “Old School” at Captain Joe and Sons Lobster

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74.8 pounds. That should be a pleasure to handle all day 🙂

OUT OF STERNO –DON’T MISS– AT THE GLOUCESTER STAGE THREE NIGHTS ONLY !

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Noah Tuleja (Hamel) and Amanda Collins (Dotty)

An acting tour de force set in an imaginatively envisioned comic strip world. Bravo to actors Amanda Collins, Jennifer Ellis, Richard Snee, and Noah Tuleja!

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night shows remain. For more information visit the fantastically easy to navigate Gloucester Stage Company website here.

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Zena (played by Jennifer Ellis) could be my Seaside Heights Jersey girl cousin’s twin sister.

She is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!

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Outstanding multi-character performance by Richard Snee

Images courtesy google image search.

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SHOUT OUT TO GLOUCESTER’S CARL EKBORG!

Gloucester’s former deputy fire chief, Carl Ekborg, was reluctant for me to acknowledge his good work, but did you ever wonder why off-the-beaten trail beaches such as Brace Cove look so pristine? From one end of the beach to the opposite end, weekly Carl cleans the beach of the garbage that has washed ashore. This mound is only one half of today’s trash collection. THANK YOU CARL!

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A Book Party in Rockport!

BookADayinRockportPlease stop by this Sunday, July 19th and join Mary Faino at her shop in Rockport, The Paper Mermaid, along with me (aka S.D. Kelly) for a party in celebration of our new release: A Day in Rockport.

Mary created beautiful illustrations of iconic places throughout Rockport, and I wrote the text to go along with her work. It was a fun collaboration and we enjoyed the entire process, from choosing the places that would make it into the book — ranging from Millbrook Meadow to Bearskin Neck to the Headlands — to the more technical aspects of book design.

We’ll have locally-made treats at the party, a Scavenger Hunt, and a raffle to win a framed print of one of the illustrations in the book. Celebrate Rockport with us and stop by!

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Electricity Series Update: Brian O’Connor Paid $9.73 This Month For Electricity And Cranked His AC All Month Long In First Full Month Of Solar

You may remember as part of my Electricity saving series we were there at the initial meeting between Brian and his solar adviser Kevin Pritchett read about it here

Well now after his install it’s up and running and the results are very rewarding!
Sign up to have your home evaluated for Solar by the same company Brian used  who do all the paperwork and get you all the financial subsidies and incentives.

Watch the video where Brian he has zero reservations recommending anyone doing it.  He says that everyone from the company from his advisor right on down through the installers were spot on and he’s really happy with the work and most importantly the savings.
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He used 564 kWh July 2014 and now his first full month with solar installed he used 33 kWh and paid only $9.73

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Here’s the progression-

Electricity Update 18 Brian and Diane O’Connor Are Going Solar

Solar Success!!! Brian and Diane O’Connor Had Their Solar Install On East Main Street #GloucesterMA Done On Earth Day and It’s Looking Sweet!

Back In January we were there when Brian’s Solar Advisor Kevin Prickett came by to look at Brian’s house and make recommendations. Here is what he had to say back in January-

Hi Joey, Just a quick follow on Brian and Diane O’Connor’s Solar evaluation. Brian and Diane’s home has qualified and they have decided to put rooftop solar on their home in Gloucester. (Only 15% of homes in MA are eligible.) Because of their home’s orientation to the sun and other factors, their entire cost will be covered by various federal, state and utility incentives. In fact they will actually be making money over and above their cost. And getting 90% of their electricity for free. If anyone else would like to find out if their home qualifies, I just need their contact information and our techs will initially rate the home via satellite. If it qualifies, we can up with a time for us to talk about how it all works. (About 90 mins.) I am in the process of working with several other Gloucester residents and will keep you posted on their progress. Many thanks for your continued support, Kevin Prickett Solar Advisor

As you can see it’s all come to fruition!

If you would like a completely free Solar evaluation to see if your house qualifies for the crazy amount of incentives and as Kevin states potentially 90% of your electricity for free, Fill Out The Form and They Will Contact You To Set It Up-

From just a few months ago in the snow for the evaluation when we took the video, to an Earth Day install, Brian’s gotta be psyched! Looking at the installation it looks like a super clean job.

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Calico Lobster Landed Today @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA @UniversalHub

Check Out Other Interesting Posts From www.goodmorninggloucester.com 

Other Interesting Posts From the Dock Today-

Kim Smith’s Greasy Pole Round Up Video

Brian O’Connor Got His First Full Month Electric Bill After The East Gloucester Solar Install thatr We’ve Followed Start To Finish Check Out His $9.73 Bill

 

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BeeGee Brown Aboard The Mighty F/V Kathryn Leigh Landed It At Our Lobster Dock Captain Joe and Sons #GloucesterMA Today At 3:00PM

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If you are on Rocky Neck, don’t miss the opportunity to visit Romula Art Gallery, G6 on Madfish Wharf.  Romula’s art is very unique, bold and done completely with her fingers – no brushes used.  Many of her pieces represent street and restaurant scenes in Boston’s North End, but she also has some beautiful figurative work.

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New “Sports” Calendar just added – the first entry is the 4th Annual Bluefin Blowout


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Lyon Wuagh Auto Group proudly presents the 4th Annual Bluefin Blowout tournament is taking place July 24 – 25th at Cape Ann’s Marina & Resort. Join the Boston Bruins Foundation as they host a silent auction during the Brewfest to raise money for the Gloucester Education Foundation. LIVE music, food and several event sponsors products and services will be on display for all fishing enthusiasts to check out! http://www.bluefinblowout.com

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James Eves, owner of Cape Ann Giclée, Fine Art Printing and Gallery, is GMG’s Arts Enthusiast and the Calendar Guy. To submit arts related press releases, photos of arts events or any arts related posts email: james@capeanngiclee.com.
To add an event to the GMG Cape Ann Calendar go here to see how to submit events.

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Windhover Center for the Performing Arts – Annual Summer Fundraiser Sunday 7/26/15

Diner en Couleur
Annual Summer Fundraiser
Windhover Center for the Performing Arts

Sunday July 26, 2015 6-8p.m.

Rain date Monday July 27, 6:30-8:30pm

Come and enjoy this sumptuous event of feasting and performance on the idyllic grounds of Windhover!

Bring your own picnic dinner and creative settings of plates, silver, glasses & napkins and join us at our

extravagant white-clothed table arrayed with flowers.  The evening will be enhanced with mini-performances

from dancers and musicians, a complimentary champagne toast and bonbons!

Admission donation is $25 per person.  Dress is colorful festive.

Please make a reservation by sending a check to:

Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, P.O. Box 2249, Rockport MA 01966

Location: 257 (R) Granite Street, Rockport MA 01966

For any questions, please contact:  windhover@verizon.net or 978-546-3611

Windhover is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation and all contributions are tax deductible.

Close call on the river from Joe and Ginger McKechnie

Hi Joey: I was hoping you could share with your readers what I would categorize as a near miss drowning story that my wife Ginger and I were involved in this past Sunday on our beautiful Annisquam River in an effort to bring awareness to the potential dangers of recreational boating along the river.

First a bit of background if you will. Ginger and I have grown up on the Annisquam for over 50 years and know its ins and outs, it quirks, and its beauty. One might call us “river rats”. We have seen the use of the Annisquam change from years gone by when the old eastern rig trawlers used her for saving hours of transit time between the gulf of Maine and Ipswich Bay to Gloucester Harbor and the river had limited recreational use due to pollution, today the river is alive, as clean as it has ever been in our lifetimes, and recreational boaters flock to her shores. Unfortunately, not all of these boaters have local knowledge of the many facets of rivers and currents.

Ginger and I were transiting at no wake speed north bound approaching the area known as Jones’s Creek. It was a gorgeous day, perfect for boating, as could be attested by the hundreds of fellow boaters enjoying the river and her sandy banks. At the time the current was in full ebb at the apex of Jones’s and the Annisquam and the outbound current was flowing very strongly. As we neared the intersection we could not help but notice out of the corner of our eyes an orange object in the water off to port. For me, a 24 year USCG veteran, orange on the water only means one thing, some sort of lifesaving device. It was out of place. So I maneuvered across the boating traffic, which was heavy and moving both north and south, to investigate; we simply could not help ourselves. As we got closer it became apparent the orange was indeed a “PFD” (Lifejacket) and as we got even closer we could see two heads, nothing more. Two folks were barely keeping their heads above water in the rapid current. It was apparent we had a life threatening situation on hands, and as we approached to within shouting distance, it was confirmed the two men were in extreme distress. Luckily we were able to come up on them, cut our outboard engine, and pull them aboard one at a time via our stern ladder. They were exhausted and clearly only minutes away from succumbing despite the fact that they were both physically strong individuals. They sat onboard with us for a while to catch their breaths and regroup as I idled in position. Once able to convey what had happened it was a scary but not untypical story.

It seems these men were not locals, had come to the Annisquam to enjoy the beauty of the day, get some swimming in, and simply have a great day. We were able to get them to tell us where they had come from and we proceeded to head for their boat. It was anchored properly out of the channel in what one would call a “great spot”. As it was a hot day, one of the fellows dove off the back of the boat upon completion of getting the anchor set without evaluating the current and was quickly swept away. He tried in vain to swim back to the boat, against the current, which quickly sucked all energy from him. His friend, noticing his predicament, grabbed a life jacket (smart move), and dove in after him. He did reach his buddy, got the life jacket on him, and then tried in vain to swim them both back to the boat against the current. By the time he realized that that was not going to happen they were close to the river channel quite a distance from the shore. When we came upon them they were exhausted and had just grabbed a mooring pickup to keep themselves from going under.

There are so many lessons to be learned here, I have to share them with your readers.

• Once safely anchored, take some time to evaluate your surroundings, know and understand the depth of water and current. As one of my friends said later in the day, “this is not a lake”.
• If you are going to swim off the back of your boat and you notice a current even ever so slight, trail a life line over the stern with a floating device attached to its end.
• Always keep a throw able device at the ready. This could have prevented the second guy from having to risk his life going after his buddy.

• If caught in a strong current, never ever try to swim against it. Allow the current to carry you and swim diagonally to the shore. You may have a bit of a walk to get back to your boat, but you will be able to walk, not swim with the fishes.
• In the above mentioned situation, the rescuer should have put on a lifejacket of his own before going after his buddy. There is no sense in the rescuer drowning as well.
• And this one a pet peeve of mine. NEVER EVER allow people near the stern of your boat with an engine/outboard running. I witness this foolishness dozens upon dozens of times daily when boating/beach season is in full swing.
• For all you boaters out their, always be aware of what is going on around you. I swear a dozen or more boats passed directly by these guys as they struggled to stay afloat.

After, we exchanged pleasantries, shared the above tips with our happy swimmers once we had them safely back on their own boat, we departed ways heading for beautiful Wingearsheek to claim our bit of sand for a few hours of fun in the sand and sun.

All in all a great afternoon on the River
Joe and Ginger McKechnie

Important Information from Gloucester’s Clean City Commission

Clean Gloucester and The One Hour at a Time Gang along with Gloucester’s Clean Commission have put together an article regarding the problem with cigarette butt littering.

 

Cigarette Butts Are Litter Too!

Indoor smoking bans were created to protect the public from the dangers of secondhand smoke, which is great, but when smokers were moved outdoors, the butts went with them. Now the streets, sidewalks and beaches of Cape Ann have become an ashtray, but we can change that.

Wait, aren’t cigarettes biodegradable? Tobacco and cotton fiber? If that’s what you thought, you’re not alone. Cigarettes contain approximately 600 ingredients and more than 60 are known to cause cancer. Where do those chemicals go (besides in your body)? If you throw your butt on the ground they go into the environment. The filter alone is made of cellulose acetate that not only persists in the environment, it collects the harmful chemical additives that help make cigarettes addictive. Add that to water and you’ve got a chemical soup.

But they’re so small, how much harm can they do? Sadly cigarette butts are the most common marine debris found at shoreline clean-ups (we can personally attest to that). And that’s just the beach. What about the butts that end up in our lakes, streams and wetlands?

What can you do if you’re not ready to quit?

Carry a portable or pocket ashtray outside

  • Dispose of butts in a receptacle
  • Don’t throw butts out the window – use a car ashtray
  • Don’t throw butts into the ocean, use a butt bucket on your boat
  • If you own a business, insist that your employees use a receptacle, piles  of  butts outside your entrance can deter business

 

Litterers are more likely to litter when they see trash–it creates a sense that no one cares. Let’s show visitors that we care about our beautiful home.

 

– Gloucester Clean City Commission

 

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