Monthly Archives: April 2017

RED IN THE MORNING, SAILOR TAKE WARNING

Red Sky Sunrise Niles Pond

 

Red sky in the morning,

sailor take warning.

Red sky at night,

sailor’s delight.

This old saying has a scientific explanation and you can read about it here on the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory website.

LET’S HELP BACKYARD GROWERS WIN A $35,000.00 GRANT- IT’S EASY, JUST VOTE!

Soooo exciting and very best of luck to Backyard Growers!!! Please share this post with your friends and ask them to vote, too.

Lara Lepionka, Executive Director of Backyard Growers, writes,

Hello Friends of Backyard Growers,

Backyard Growers is one of three finalists in the b.good Family Foundation’s competition to win a $35,000 grant! In all of Greater Boston, we were chosen as one of the finalists because of the work we are doing right here in Gloucester—so proud!

We are now at the public voting stage. Please do the following to help us win!

Thank you! Lara

 

Vote once before Friday to help Gloucester’s Backyard Growers win $35,000 b.good family foundation grant

from Backyard Growers:

Backyard Growers is one of three finalists in the b.good Family Foundation’s competition to win a $35,000 grant! In all of Greater Boston, we were chosen as one of the finalists because of the work we are doing right here in Gloucester—so proud!

We are now at the public voting stage. Please do the following to help us win! 

Thank you! Lara Lepionka, Executive Dir. Backyard Growers

About b.good, growing chain of farm to table ‘real food fast’ healthy burger+ more joints:

“It wasn’t until our crazy family members started running the Marathon in giant burger suits that we realized we actually had the power to make a real impact. (Incredibly, over 82 running burgers have raised more than $146,000 for charities over the last 8 years.) Inspired by what we’ve accomplished with those passionate customers, we decided to start a foundation based on the principles they personify. So, this is funded by the grass-roots and innovative efforts that we undertake together with our customers. And it’s designed so that the people who raise the money decide who gets the money…The mission of the b.good Family Foundation is to use micro-grants to help inspired individuals improve their communities. We believe that the most sustainable, impactful changes are the ones communities design for themselves. So, we give directly to individuals looking to improve their neighborhoods. Then we put the final funding decisions up for a community vote by the b.good family and their network.”

discovery of giant shipworm as long as a twin bed

 

The abstract was published in National Academy of Sciences 4/17/17 by Daniel Distel et al University of Utah, Northeastern University, University of the Philippines, Sultan Kudarat State University, and Drexil: “Discovery of chemoautotrophic symbiosis in the giant shipworm Kuphus polythalamia (Bivalvia: Teredinidae) extends wooden-steps theory”

The epic shipworm star of the video was shipped from an undisclosed location in the Philippines. This was the first collection of a live specimen. The immense mollusks are submerged vertically and almost entirely beneath a muddy sea bottom. Two ‘tusk like’ siphons sprout above the seabed like a tap root vegetable.

People eat the little ones, Teredo Navalis. These ‘termites of the sea’ wreaked havoc, devouring Dutch dikes in the 1730s, weakening vessels as purported with the Nantucket whaling ship Essex in 1821, and crumbling San Francisco’s harbor infrastructure 1919. They  were first reported in Massachusetts in 1839:  “in the sheathing of foreign wooden vessels. A century later the species was abundant in samples taken from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts. The species was first collected from Long Island Sound in 1869, again from the timbers of a sailing vessel. Within several decades the species was collected in abundance in test boards from all around New York Harbor (Brown 1953).” 

Gloucester’s historic copper marine paint manufacturer, Tarr and Wonson, became the most trusted name in the business of protective paint. The iconic harbor motif still stands. The Paint Factory is now Ocean Alliance.

Tarpon Feeding in Islamorada

Seventeen years ago, on the way to ring in the New Year (the Millennium at that) my husband and I took a little detour in Islamorada to feed the tarpon.  Yesterday it was even more fun to take the same pitstop with the boys.  They couldn’t get enough….even when three of the four of us got pooped on by pelicans.  Good times.

 

 

Cutting The Ribeye Cap & Filet 

Since Stop and Shop East Gloucester has been having specials on Rib Roasts I thought it would be a good idea to share videos showing how to break these awesome deals down.  Whenever you see a Rib Roast for under $6 per pound you’re crazy not to buy it and it’s simple enough to break down into steaks. IMO it’s the best cut of meat on the animal.