Monthly Archives: August 2016
Today’s beautiful sky, beautiful birds – finding rhythms in stripes and dots
Nor Easter Flag Football – registration for the Fall is currently open to all boys and girls of Cape Ann – ages 4-14.
Log on to NorthshoreFlagFootball.com , use the drop down town for Gloucester and select the Fall.
Any questions we can be reached on Facebook or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and have a fun filled fall , registrations are filling , tell a friend, bring a team
Did you read about Cape Cod’s Big Water Drinking Problem in the Boston Globe magazine this past weekend, the cover story? Oy, complicated.
There’s still time to register for the annual Celebrate the Clean Harbor Swim which will be held at Niles Beach Saturday morning. Swim or raise a toast–there is so much to celebrate.
Swim to celebrate Gloucester’s clean water
Swim to celebrate the moments people help*
Swim to celebrate a history of ongoing conservation
Swim to celebrate the guys on the DPW crews
Before it was Celebrate the Clean Harbor it was… clean it.
Thirteen year old Elinor Doty swam a mile and a half in 29 minutes, ahead of 16 other swimmers in 1979. The race was in tribute to John McPhee, head of Gloucester Sea Scouts. “We tried to get swimmers who knew John McPhee,” said race organizer Jim Doty, Elinor’s father. “I’d like to make it an annual event if I can swing it…”
“Rounding out the field of 17, was 68 year old Sara Robbins, who was surprised by an unexpected visitor during the middle of the race. “The grey harbor seal popped up beside me to show me a two-pound flounder that he had caught,” said Robbins, who has been training a half mile each day for the past two weeks. “I’m not too fast but I get there.” She said she used the side stroke during the whole course.”
Doty came in first place again in 1980 when the swim morphed into the ideal kick off event for Cape Ann’s Year of the Coast. Because of water quality, several parents wouldn’t let their children participate. “And only two are from the Cape Ann YMCA, James Doty notes, which usually supplies more contestants.”
Water pollution was rarely mentioned if at all before the Cape Ann Year of the Coast, an undeniable avalanche tipping point. One 1980 article has a picture of Sarah Fraser Robbins, Sarah Evans and Chandler Evans. The 8 year old was ceremoniously passed from boat to boat and then dropped in so three generations could swim across the finish line. In 1981 organizers reminded people that they didn’t need to complete the swim, they could jump in and swim across the finish line in support. I wonder if that tradition was maintained?
1980 swimmers besides the Evans clan and Doty–Gloucester residents, unless otherwise stated: David Hayden (2nd place), Karen Hartley of Dorchester (3rd place), Andy O’Brien of Rockport, Barry Hallett Jr, Darrell Hallett (swam part way alongside his brother), Kay Rubin, Polly Doty of Dedham, Jack Crowley of South Weymouth, Carl Blumenthanl, Chris Lovgren of Gloucester, Stan Luniewicz, Bill Jebb representing Sea Tec, Steve Haskell Sea Tec, Sharon Kishida Sea Tec, Earl Kishida Sea Tec, Jan Childs, Chris Sanders of Rockport, Chris Vonalt of Rockport, and Sam Rugh.
Councilor Carolyn O’Connor led a brief awards ceremony. I love the quip recorded in Laura Meades 1980 sports report Hardy Swimmers Keep Heads High: “As they went on, the swimmers shouted encouragement to one another and checked their progress. “What’s ahead of us?” asked Steve Haskell of SeaTec Inc, a diving firm. “A couple of 8-year olds,” replied SeaTec’s owner, Bill Jebb, swimming beside Haskell.”
I hope DPW feels proud that their work protected us, Gloucester’s famous harbor, our legacy.
Before the waste water treatment facility was built in 1984, untreated waste (sanitary, storm water, industrial, you name it) was discharged directly into the inner and outer harbor. Gloucester was not alone. Rockport, Essex, Beverly- there were many North Shore stories. I wish I knew the name of every person that did the necessary retrofitting and water treatment labor. They dug up roads, laid pipe, cleaned up messes, dealt with outfalls, extended sewer lines, requested a decontamination shower and changing area (1978) so they wouldn’t have to wash up at home, engineered, mapped, and monitored what was necessary to bring us from a crisis by 1980–and lawsuit– to where we are now in 2016. DPW continues to address storm water pollution, also mandated, and will make next year’s compliance deadline. (Gloucester is not unduly impaired by industrial waste like some other communities that will feel the pinch.) Thanks to Larry Durkin, Environmental Engineer, DPW, and Senator Tarr’s office for pouncing on MBTA’s pesticide spraying.
To paraphrase the famous George M Cohan quote: My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my brother thanks you, andI will add that my children thank you, future generations thank you, wildlife thanks you, businesses thank you, truly all of Gloucester thanks you!
**I grabbed material for this post from GDT headlines thanks to Sawyer Free Library. Newspapers on microfilm are available in the Reference Department. I am not alone in dreaming of the day when Gloucester archives, Gloucester Daily Times, and other essential research are digitized, but I tend to repeat this ongoing plea.
*It’s not one person, event or decade that stands out. There’s an incredible timeline of care. Who would you add? part 2
Dave Boudreau At Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth Is The Pablo Picasso of Wood Burning Stove Refurbishment
Dave Boudreau At Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth Completely Refurbishes The Vermont Castings Intrepid Wood Burning Stove
Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth
7 Pond Rd. Gloucester MA 01930 – 978-283-1119
Check Out The Video-
Here’s the before pictures of our Vermont Castings Intrepid-
And After Dave Boudreau Performed His Magic-
New Gaskets, Paint, Firebrick, and Replaced The Griddle Top Which Had a Broken Handle. Thanks Dave and Cape Ann Chimney and Hearth For The Excellent Service! I’m Looking Forward To the Installation Photos For Our Readers.
This skiff was resting in the marsh off the river waiting for the tide. Kind of like us waiting for the 5 o’clock bell to ring on a Friday! Have a great weekend kids!
Unbelievably, it is that time of year again. Do you have a little one who is ready to learn to skate? Or a new skater who is ready to further develop some skills. Or a hockey player looking for a new challenge that doesn’t involve being part of a travel team?
It is time to check out Cape Ann Youth Hockey.
Registration is now open.
In the news: Boston Globe 10 places to paint the town (or the beach, or the mountains) plein air recommendations
Happy to see Cape Ann included–thanks Cape Ann Chamber for putting up the flag.
Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex are listed together under Cape Ann as a destination for plein air painting. I enjoyed reading and comparing. The first town listed, Jeffersonville, VT, has vivid detail. Cape Ann has history and scenery coming together at every turn.
I might have added that Cape Ann has been the home of the world class Cape Ann Museum, two renowned associations devoted to the advancement of art – the North Shore Art Association and the Rockport Art Association-, one of the country’s oldest continuously active and iconic art colonies on Rocky Neck, and scores of artists and galleries, because it is the number 1 place to paint.
On Monday afternoon, 08 August 2016, an important and notable event occurred for the City of Gloucester. The schooner Adventure – one of the great highline dory fishing schooners, sailed into the harbor after making a sail home from the Boston Fish Pier – a trip that has occurred only once before since the vessel retired from fishing 63 years ago. Adventure had been in Boston for the Boston Seafood Festival, representing Gloucester and New England’s fishing heritage . During her time (1926-1953) the schooner Adventure recorded nearly $4-million dollars in landings, making her one of the most famous vessels in the North American fishing industry. She is a National Historic Landmark and a living legacy of Gloucester’s proud fishing community.
Photo credit Michael Bergmann
A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.
The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com
To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.
With temperatures expected to reach or exceed 90 degrees for the next several days, Gloucester Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken has declared a heat emergency. Seniors and youth are especially cautioned to take precautionary measures.
The Rose Baker Senior Center will be open for use as cooling centers for the public to use starting Thursday. Rose Baker Location: 6 Manuel F Lewis St, Gloucester, MA 01930 / Phone: (978) 281-9765
Mayor Romeo Theken and Health Department Assistant Director Max Schenk issued the following heat safety tips for all members of the public:
- Adults and children should use sunscreen containing an SPF-15 or higher and wear protective, loose fitting clothing, including long sleeve shirts and hats.
- The elderly, young children and those with chronic medical conditions, especially respiratory conditions, are more susceptible to the effects of heat.
- Check in on the elderly and family or neighbors who may be at risk of heat exhaustion or heatstroke as temperatures climb.
- Children and pets should never be left alone in vehicles, even for short periods of times.
- If you become lightheaded, confused, weak or faint, stop all activity and immediately find shade or a cool area to rest. If symptoms persist, call 911 immediately.
- Limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas and be extra cautious from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the sun’s UV radiation is strongest
- Drink plenty of fluids regardless of activity level. Avoid alcoholic beverages and liquids high in sugar or caffeine.
- Homeless individuals can become dehydrated rapidly due to a lack of access to water or shelter from the heat. If you observe someone who appears to be in distress, call 911 immediately
- If you have a child in your home, use child window guards in addition to screens on any open window on the second story or above. Falls are the leading cause of injury for children under the age of 6.
- Secure all window air conditioner units according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Children should always wear shoes on playgrounds because surfaces can become extremely hot and cause burns, even splash pads and spray decks.
Join Cape Ann Animal Aid at Captain Carlo’s on Saturday, August 20th from 11am until 3pm to enjoy a delicious lunch for a great cause!
We’ll have adorable shelter dogs for you to meet, and the restaurant will be generously donating 10% of all sales during our visit!
To view a menu please visit their website at www.captaincarlos.com
We hope to see you there!
Just a quick reminder that there is no GAAC meeting in August. Too many people are away on vacation; we’ll be back in September.
Weather permitting, the final Halibut Point State Park star party of the season takes place on Sept 3rd; there will be an early first-quarter moon, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and lots of bright nebulae and star clusters. We’ll be set up next to the Visitor Center. Please park in the paved lot and walk up the path.
Our Sept 9 GAAC meeting will feature Steve Kolaczkowski with an astronomical brain teaser of a presentation, asking “How Do We Know the Things We Know?” and of course with any luck, showing us the answers. This should be a whole lot of fun, so come early for a good seat. More on this later.
Enjoy the rest of the Summer, and we’ll see you in September.
3rian King and Nathan Cohen plus Chris Leghorn and Gerry Ryan in Free Concert, Friday, August 12, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Corner of Middle and Church Streets, Gloucester, MA
3rian King (voice, keys, guitar) and Nathan Cohen (violin, trumpet) are the founders of the neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?. The pair like to bend and blend genres, allowing the song to be what it needs to be in order to express its emotional core. Together they have packed houses in Boston, NYC, and throughout the country.
Veteran performers Chris Leghorn and Gerry Ryan have formed a new acoustic duo who perform a wide range of compelling songs that cover the traditions from folk, Celtic, sea shanties, original and popular music. They specialize in performing catchy songs with strong melodies and moving harmonies that captivate and entertain an audience.
This is concert six in a series of nine free outdoor concerts presented by the Gloucester Meetinghouse Foundation. The family-friendly concert begins at 6 pm. Bring a picnic, folding chairs or blankets. In case of rain, the event will take place inside the Meetinghouse (no food or drink permitted inside.) Donations will be accepted to benefit the Gloucester Writers Center.
Since its founding in 2010, the Gloucester Writers Center has hosted hundreds of events including readings, classes, lectures, films, writers-in-residence and community events.
A working writers center in a working town, the GWC is housed in the home of Gloucester’s first poet laureate, Vincent Ferrini. For fifty years Ferrini lived and wrote poetry in his home and framing studio at 126 East Main Street. After his death in 2007 the project of opening the house as a living memorial began with Ferrini’s nephew, Henry Ferrini, long-time friend Annie Thomas, friend and Unitarian Universalist minister Paul Sawyer and New York writer André Spears. The GWC was incorporated before Sawyer’s death in 2010 and soon received 501(c)(3) status.
Next Friday’s concert features the Milkhouse Heaters from Vermont to benefit the Cape Ann Art Haven.
Join us on Main Street on August 20th for a fun, festive event that brings downtown Gloucester to life! A portion of Main Street is closed off and festivities are held from 6:00 – 10:00 PM. Music, entertainment, outdoor dining and shopping. This family-friendly event has something for everyone! Follow on Facebook for details on activities and performers later this week.
The 36th Annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival will be held at Stage Fort Park on August 20 and 21. View the works of Juried Artists and Craftsmen from throughout the U.S.A. Continuous live music, traditional New England Seafood, a fabulous pancake breakfast and Antique Cars complement this picture perfect seaport event!
It will be an exciting weekend in Gloucester with lots to do – we look forward to seeing you there!
LOST DOG: Merlin, male schnauzer/jack russell terrier, 2 years old, 14 lbs. on Sunday, Aug 7 in Annisquam Heights. Spotted on Monday the 8th on N. Bennett, 112 Denison, and at the Goose Cove Reservoir.
Merlin is a rescue dog and very fearful of people, if spotted do not call or approach, but let him come to you, and call Diane Corliss (Gloucester Animal Control) at 978-281-9746 or 978-283-1212.