Monthly Archives: January 2018

Firefighters battling house fire on Long Beach Road, Gloucester MA ROAD CLOSURE

Rockport Road to the right of Long Beach Dairy Maid is closed – no access in or out to Long Beach Motor Inn (call first). Several fire trucks and emergency personnel are engaged and working on a cold, windy night. Safe wishes for all involved.

*Driving into Rockport via Thatcher Road was still open.

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Saturday Night In Montreal- Bruins vs Montreal at The Bell Centre or A Bar To Watch The Patriots?

You’re in Montreal Saturday. You can go to a 7PM Bruins vs Canadiens game at the Bell Centre or go to a bar to watch the Patriots. You have to miss one. What do you do?

WHAT TO FEED SWANS IN WINTER?

Mr. Swan heading to Rockport Harbor for the winter.

Cape Ann Swan Update: Our little rescue swan, which Lyn has been valiantly and lovingly taking care of in her new winter quarters fit for a princess swan, is doing beautifully. Mr. Swan’s winter headquarters when the freshwater ponds are in a deep freeze is mostly Rockport Harbor to Front Beach and Lois reports he is doing fabulously as well, too!

Mute Swans in our region need our help to survive the winter. There simply isn’t enough wild food available, especially in a brutally cold winter such as the one we are currently experiencing, with freshwater ponds frozen solid. The very best thing to feed swans is whole corn and cracked corn. You can try greens such as washed and undressed romaine lettuce, spinach, and kale, but they will mostly go for the carbohydrate rich corn. What is the worse and most deadly food to feed swans, causing long term health problems? You guessed it–junk food and white bread. Please don’t give our local birds and wildlife human junk food, it’s a killer! This includes but not limited to chips, cheetos, crackers, and stale bread.

Be safe when feeding swans and don’t get too close.

We purchase our corn in bulk from the Essex Bird and Pet Shop, located at 121 Essex Avenue. In a pinch, Stop and Shop also carries small bags of cracked corn.

Two tips from Mr. Swan’s caretakers: 1) When feeding swans, feed at the water’s edge. Swans like to swallow water while they are eating. 2) Mr. Swan usually has a bevy of quwackers in tow and they so vigorously try to eat the corn, and there are so many of them, there oftentimes isn’t enough food for Mr. Swan. Mr. Swan’s caretakers will throw a scoop of food in one direction to distract the ducks and at the same time toss some down directly in front of Mr. Swan. This distraction technique works for a bit of time before needing to be repeated.

Mr. Swan and the Young Swan were just beginning to warm to each other when the pond froze up.

CATV Cape Ann TV Gloucester Inauguration 2018 video is ready

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Cape Ann TV has great news: the Gloucester Inauguration 2018 video is ready for viewing. Erich Archer and Becky Tober remind viewers that the Cape Ann TV “camera system at city hall is still in standard definition and the quality is an issue because of the old equipment. Also, an electrical issue interrupted coverage an hour or so into the recording.” There’s more exciting news from Cape Ann TV: they’re replacing and upgrading all of the City Hall equipment soon.

Besides viewing it on Youtube, you can look for it on Cape Ann TV. It will be playing on CAPE ANN TV Channel 20
Monday January 8 at 6 PM
Tuesday January 9 at 9 AM
Thursday January 11 at 5 PM
Sunday January 14 at 9 PM

gmg post with short video snippets from the first floor

MAJOR NEWS: RHONDA FALOON TO RETIRE FROM THE CAPE ANN MUSEUM

WE LOVE YOU AND WILL MISS YOU RHONDA!

THANK YOU

Dear Friends,

I’m writing to let you know that after almost 13 years as the Executive Director of the Cape Ann Museum, Ronda Faloon has announced her retirement plans. She will continue in her role as Director until May of 2019 and will work with the Museum’s Board of Directors to ensure a smooth transition.

Ronda has led the Museum through a time of meaningful change. When she accepted the director’s position, she spoke of making the Museum “matter” to the community every day. Under her leadership, the Museum has grown into a well-respected and vibrant cultural institution of which we can all be proud.
Perhaps the most visible accomplishment of her tenure was the completion of the transformational renovations in 2014. Less visible, but equally as important, Museum membership has grown and financial support has doubled. The quality and number of our exhibitions and programs have expanded over the years. We have a stronger collection: We’ve been the recipient of major gifts of art and other major gifts are on the horizon. Our two historic houses – the 1710 White Ellery House and 1804 Captain Elias Davis House – have been stabilized and improved. We’ve placed a high premium on scholarship, as evidenced by the development of the online catalogue raisonnéFitz Henry Lane Online and our recent symposium on Lane’s lithography. This past year, we welcomed close to 30,000 visitors – twice as many as were seen a decade ago. Our audiences are more engaged and we have a deeper and richer relationship with our surrounding communities.
I know that Ronda would want me to acknowledge the collaborative nature of these accomplishments. This could not have been done without her colleagues who tirelessly invest their innumerable talents and efforts toward advancing the Museum’s mission or the work of committed Board members and volunteers who offer guidance and wisdom, and who also “roll up their sleeves.” Nor could this have been done without those of you who have encouraged and inspired her, and generously supported the Museum each and every year.

While there is never a perfect time for a transition, the Museum has never been stronger or more prepared for change. We have a renewed commitment to our mission and recognize that there is power in being a small, intimate museum with a stellar collection and a singular story to tell.

We’re close to completing an update of our strategic plan (2018-2023) which will guide our initiatives over the next years and lead us toward the celebration of the Museum’s 150th anniversary and Gloucester’s 400th anniversary in 2023. This is indeed an exciting moment in the Museum’s history and an exciting time for new leadership.

Ronda and I are truly grateful to all of you who are committed to the growth and prosperity of our extraordinary museum.

With warm wishes for the new year,

John Cunningham
President of the Board  

Volunteers Urgently Needed for This Weekend’s Day of Service to Benefit Open Door

Volunteers urgently needed for this weekend’s
Day of Service to benefit Open Door

Our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is fast approaching and we are calling on you to help us catch a ton of tuna for The Open Door Food Pantry.

On Saturday, Jan. 13, we will be at Market Basket at Gloucester Crossing from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. handing out flyers to patrons and collecting food. Then, we will deliver our “catch” to The Open Door.

We need six people on each shift at Market Basket. The shifts that still need to be filled out are from 9 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you are able to help at those times, please email Bernadette Merenda at  vitablue@comcast.net  or call 978-852-7165 to sign up for a shift.

Make a wish… @saltwatermassagestudio

Pet of the Week-Cleo

Do you know any crotchety older ladies who are a bit stubborn and set in their ways?

1.8.2018 Pet of the Week--Cleo

Well, that’s me. But who can blame me? I’ve been living my life my way for many years now, and have every right to be a bit persnickety. I made my way here to the shelter when my owner passed away. I was a well loved and cared for gal, who lived a quieter lifestyle without a lot of commotion or activity. Needless to say, being here at the shelter is a very different way of life, with lots of activity, noises, and new people coming in and out. This environmental change has not been easy on me, and so I don’t show well when folks come to visit me. But I just know that once someone with a slower paced lifestyle finds it in their heart to give me a chance, my true personality will really shine. I’m just a mellow older gal looking to live out her later years in a home once again. Please consider giving this senior gal a chance. I promise I’ll make a great companion. I don’t ask for much other than a little space, patience, and peace and quiet.  To see all of the available cats and dogs at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website: capeannanimalaid.org.

Night and Day

I understand the weather will improve drastically toward the end of the week and be as different as night and day from just a few days ago.  These were taken at Wonsons Cove on Rocky Neck where we hope everyone is recovering from the storm. We are thinking of the thousands of people affected by the storm and hope you can remember that, with the night, comes the dawn.

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