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Recipe- Potato Discs with Cheese and Bacon On The @WeberGrills Performer Are Simple And A Crowd Pleaser

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For the folks that requested the bbq bacon cheese potato disc recipe-
http://www.northeastbbq.com

Northeast BBQ

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Ingredients, 3 medium russet potatos, four thick cut strips of bacon, some shredded three cheese Mexican blend, canola oil, coarse salt, cracked black pepper, your favorite BBQ rub, sour cream and chopped scallions (optional).

First you select some medium sized russet potatos and pierce them with a fork about three times on opposing sides of the potato.  Then toss ’em in the microwave for 3 and a half minutes to soften them up.   Let them cool a bit so you can slice them into just under a quarter inch discs.

Coat with canola, peanut or olive oil, some coarse salt black pepper and if you have a little rub laying around give ’em a sprinkle of that too.  If you use a cheap aluminum disposable pan you can use that to toss the potatos in the oil and seasonings and then put it aside for use after they crisp up…

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The Mighty F/V Lady Jane Pulls Up To The Dock @CaptJoeLobster #GloucesterMA #commercialfishing #fishing #fishermen

AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH – PLOVERS HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE! – TIPS ON HOW TO ID PIPING PLOVERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, AND KILLDEERS

Female Piping Plover Good Harbor Beach Gloucester copyright Kim SmithFor the past ten weeks, each morning very early before work I have been filming the Good Harbor Beach shorebirds and their habitat, and when not too tired from work, would go back again at the end of the day. For the most part, it has been a tremendously educational and rewarding experience, and I love Good Harbor and its wild creatures even more than when I began the Piping Plover project. We are so fortunate to have this incredibly beautiful and beloved treasure of a beach in our midst, and so easily accessed. As much as I have enjoyed filming the wildlife, it has been equally as fun to observe the myriad wonderful ways in which people enjoy the beach recreationally and that too is part of the Good Harbor Beach Piping Plover story.

Male Piping Plover Good Harbor Beach Gloucester copyright Kim Smith

Take a closer look at the shorebirds next time you are at Good Harbor Beach. Small and swift, they can look similar, but once you begin to study their behaviors, each species becomes easier to identify.

Female Piping Plover Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts -2 copyright Kim SmithNew female Piping Plover on the scene with very pale coloring

Good Harbor Beach is currently home to three different species of plovers. We all know about our beautiful Piping Plover family. The lone surviving chick and Dad were last seen heading deep, deep, deep into the salt marsh. Since that time, several new Piping Plovers have joined the scene, two females and a male. We can tell they are different from our original mated pair by their feather pattern and bill color.Killdeer Chicks Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts copyright Kim Smith

Earlier in the summer, four Killdeer chicks hatched at the edge of the GHB salt marsh. It was pretty scary filming the Killdeer family because all six were running willy nilly every which way throughout the beach parking lot on a very busy weekend morning. In the next photo, taken several days ago, you can see that the family has grown quickly.Killdeer Family Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts copyright Kim Smith

Killdeers are the largest of the the three species of plovers seen in Massachusetts, nearly twice as large as the pocket-sized Piping Plover. That fact didn’t stop the male Piping Plover from defending its nesting territory. Notice the two dark bands around the neck and chest of the Killdeer.

Piping Plove Chasing Killdeer Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts copyright Kim Smith

Half the size of his foe, our male Piping Plover is vigorously chasing the intruding Killdeer from his nesting territory

Killdeer Good Harbor Beach Gloucester copyright Kim Smith

The Killdeer has a dark band encircling its neck and a second band across its chest

The third species of plovers at GHB is the Semipalmated Plover. Although only slightly larger than the Piping Plover, the difference is easy to spot by the darker brown wings. Compare the single neck ring of the Semipalmated Plover to that of the Killdeer’s double set of rings. Unlike Piping Plovers and Killdeers, Semipalmated Plovers do not breed in Massachusetts but in northern Canada and Alaska. At this time of year we are observing their southward migration to the southern United States, Caribbean, and South America.Semipalmated Plover Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts -2 copyright Kim Smith

Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Plovers are often seen in mixed flocks with Semipalmated Sandpipers and Least Sandpipers. Semipalmated Sandpipers have black legs. Least Sandpipers have distinctly colored yellowish legs.
Semipalmated Plover Semipalmated Sandpiper Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts copyright Kim Smith

Semipalmated Plover and Semipalmated Sandpipers

Least Sandpiper Good Harbor Beach Gloucester Massachusetts copyright Kim Smith

Least Sandpiper

Note that all of the shorebirds mentioned here are also currently at Wingaersheek Beach.

 

 

Fun with Riley and Hanna

Another Beach day on Saturday, Riley and Hanna came to spend the weekend with Papa and Nonnie, plus the Magnolia Beach Club had their Sand Castle contest that the little kids do.  Riley made a little castle and even earned a Ribbon.  All the little kids get a blue winner with a description of their castle.  On Sunday we went sightseeing and the kids had a great time.

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BREAKING NEWS: Listen live! Deborah Cramer being interviewed right now by WNYC Leonard Lopate. Gloucester and Cape Ann wildlife- sandpipers red knots, horseshoe crabs- featured

Follow this link to listen in to  big interview with renowned 30 year + radio host, Leonard Lopate. WNYC New York public radio reaches 20 million people a month.

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Harvest Music Festival looking for Vendors

The Gloucester Harvest Music Festival is coming up on September 17th and they are accepting applications for Vendors to set up during the event.   It is a $30.00 donation to the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund for your space (you bring your own tent and table).    If you are interested, contact Alex Kadim, alexkadim@gmail.com for the Sponsor Pack.   Check out their website for the musical lineup!

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Hang Glider?

While spending an afternoon at Cape Hedge Beach the other day, this kind of rare sight flew (or glided) overhead.  I’m guessing it was a hang glider…..which, I kid you not, I always thought was called “hand gliding” until yesterday….or maybe a microlight.  It was hard to see in the sun and my iPhone couldn’t zoom in too much.

Anyone else see it?

 

Charlene Delaney Covers The @SistaFelicia @RyanandWood Dessert Cruise Aboard The Thomas E Lannon

HELP WANTED – GLOUCESTER , NORTH SHORE. STERNMAN – LOBSTER BOAT

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HELP WANTED – GLOUCESTER , NORTH SHORE. STERNMAN – LOBSTER BOAT

Experience preferred. Must be hard working with fast hands. Non- Smoker, Non- Drinker. Completely Drug free. Must have own vehicle.
Leave Name and phone number. Mike – 781-249-2818. No calls after 6 p.m.