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Susan LaRosa shares the following –

Documentary on New England Fishery,
‘Sacred Cod’, Holds Free Public Screenings in DC and Boston

Film to make television debut on the Discovery Channel on April 15

WASHINGTON (Saving Seafood) — March 16, 2017 — A new documentary on the state of the New England cod fishery will be screened for the public in a free special engagement in Washington, D.C. The film, Scared Cod: The Fight For a New England Tradition, was directed and produced by Steve Liss, Andy Laub, and the Boston Globe’s David Abel.

The film is a “feature-length documentary that captures the collapse of the historic cod population in New England, delving into the role of overfishing, the impact of climate change, the effect of government policies on fishermen and the fish, and the prospect of a region built on cod having no cod left to fish.” It features interviews with fishermen, scientists, and federal policymakers.

April 4, 2017: Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel as part of the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s national meeting. More here.

April 13, 2017:  The Boston Public Library as part of a Conservation Law Foundation screening.

Sacred Cod will premiere on the Discovery Channel on April 15.

The Museum of Natural History has announced plans to hold a free public screening on Friday, March 23, at 6:30 pm. Registration for the event is free and can be done here. Following the screening there will be a panel discussion with Mr. Liss and Mr. Abel, moderated by Nancy Knowlton, the Museum’s Sant Chair for Marine Science.


Good Morning Gloucester FOB Al Bezanson shares the following story:

The City of Gloucester is represented at the Boston Seafood Show, a trade only event that runs through Tuesday at the World Trade Center.  Here Rosalee Nicastro is handing out bite size fresh cakes where the main ingredient is hake right off the boat.  The recipe is from the Gloucester Fisherman’s Wives Association.  This exhibition features more than a thousand booths with seafood from all over the world and this product is a standout.


We’re sharing this lovely letter about GMG’s own Catherine Ryan, which was sent to the the Gloucester Daily Times, and written by Pauline Bresnahan.

To the editor:

The year 2013 was the first year I was asked to be on the city of Gloucester’s Tourism Commission. I have met many people who love the city and want to use their area of knowledge to help our community.

It was then that I met and started working alongside my now dear friend Catherine Ryan. I am constantly in awe of her dedication to her family and her love of Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Some of the wonderful projects that she has in some way positively impacted and in many cases quietly but with great passion championed are: Gloucester’s Harborwalk, the Downtown Cultural District, Committee for the Arts, the Tourism Commission, the Pop Up Art event at The Hive for Young Artists, Cape Ann Reads and murals at City Hall. She has also helped to guide her sons in their desire to preserve and display the Bachelor Civil War coat at Gloucester High School.

It is a great privilege and honor to be able to call Catherine a friend but even more to let her know that I cannot thank her enough for what she does for us here in Gloucester. I have amazing respect for this amazing woman and I wanted to just let her know that.

If you know Catherine, you also know she is a humble woman who never asks for recognition but will be the first to recognize others for their work. You will often see her posts on Good Morning Gloucester. She is always sharing the work of others in the city and helping to promote events. Catherine does not hesitate to help a young person who might need some help or advice. Her ability to research stories and share factual information for the readers of the blog are extremely useful.

If you know Catherine let her know how much you appreciate what she does for all of us. I know I will.

Pauline Bresnahan

Chairwoman, Gloucester Tourism Commission


Four coyotes on the causeway–thank goodness for the immediacy of cell phones, but oh how I wish my camera gear was not in the back seat!



Under the weather with a two-boxes-of-tissues-a-day head cold, I haven’t been out walking as much as usual. This afternoon I popped over to Niles to take our Rosie out for a very short walk, just in time to see off in the distance a male and female Ring-necked Duck resting at the icy water’s edge, along with freshly opened branches of pussy willows. Spring is surely on her way!

Ring-necked Ducks for the most part breed further north. I imagine the little flock that is at Niles is only here for a brief period of time.


We friends of Mr. Swan think he is practically a genius. You would have to be, to survive the oftentimes inhospitable shores of Cape Ann. And, too, he is well over twenty years old and has out lived two mates!

Mr. Swan at Brace Cove

Mr. Swan is a species of swan called a Mute Swan, which do not migrate great distances. Instead, they move around from body of water to body of water within a region. When Mr. and Mrs. Swan were raising their young, by mid summer, when food was becoming less plentiful and water levels receding at Henry’s Pond, the entire swan family–mom, dad, and all the cygnets–would travel for the remainder of the breeding season to Niles Pond, a larger pond with a more plentiful supply of aquatic vegetation. Several weeks ago, the brackish water of Henry’s Pond thawed. Mr. Swan returned to the Pond, but then with a stretch of cold weather, it quickly refroze. He headed over to Pebble Beach to forage for food in the saltwater cove. This week, sensing the coming nor’easter, Mr. Swan moved over to Rockport Harbor, which rarely freezes, is less rough than Pebble Beach, and where a supply of food is readily available. Whether a September hurricane or March blizzard, Mr. Swan rides out the storm tucked in along the edge of pond or harbor.

Don’t you find it very interesting that although not indigenous to this country, Mute Swans have adapted many strategies for surviving our changing seasons, and with the seasonal changes, the differing types of, and amounts of, food available.

Mr. Swan at Rockport Harbor

When the freshwater ponds freeze, Mr. Swan goes foraging for food in the saltwater coves.

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If you see Mr. Swan at any of our local bodies of water, please be very kind to him. Dogs, no matter how well meaning, will make any swan feel threatened. And please, if you must feed him, only feed him whole corn. No junk food ever. Swan junk food includes bread, crackers, chips, and Doritos. In all the years that I have been filming Mr. Swan, never once have I fed him. Mr. Swan has friends, wonderfully kind stewards, who regularly look after his well-being, supplementing his native diet of pond greens and seaweed with cracked corn, and that is quite sufficient for his good health.

Thank you everyone for looking out for Cape Ann’s one and only Mr. Swan!

Mr. Swan at Henry’s Pond

Mr. Swan at Rockport Harbor and Niles Pond, with His Ever-present Entourage of Quackers


Listen to this beautiful EP, released yesterday by Sarah Kelly and her brother Daniel Dye. Sometime GMG contributor, and all around most talented of women, Sarah sings beautifully, too!!!

To hear all five songs and for information on how to purchase follow this link: Daniel Dye and Sister Sarah.

Last Day to Vote for Me for Essex Trailblazer Recognition

Please Vote for Me!

Essex National Heritage is celebrating their 20th anniversary. To mark this special occasion, Essex Heritage is recognizing organizations and people that make the Essex National Heritage Area (Essex County) so exceptional and I have been nominated in the category Connecting People to Place. The 130 nominees are all stellar and most are businesses and very large organizations, for example, the Peabody Essex Museum, Mass Audubon (statewide), and Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, so it is really quite an honor to be nominated.

The voting process is very simple, you don’t have to provide your email address or any other personal information. Please vote for me in the second of four categories, second Connecting People to Place (center column, halfway down). Here is the link to vote:

Voting ends today, March 14th. Thank you for your vote!

#blizzard2017 UNDERWAY!

Blizzarding! I hope everyone is keeping warm and cozy indoors

Ten Pound Island with Common Loons and Eiders

Snowy morning Backshore #gloucesterma #blizzard2017 #blizzard

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Ten Pound Island #blizzard2017 #blizzard #gloucesterma

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From Mayor Sefatia:

Customers with power outages with operable phones should report to NGRID at 1-800-465-1212, if you have trouble and I have not posted! They might not be aware of it.

Thank you.

Preparing for Power Outages.

1. Purchase light producing objects.
Gather all the things that may provide light, such as a flashlight, candles, glowsticks, etc., and place them in an easily accessible area.

Attach iridescent or glow in the dark stickers on flashlights so that they can be easily located in little or no light.
Keep glowsticks in the freezer. The cool temperature in your freezer will slow the rate of reaction in the glowstick and make it last for 4-5 days instead of one or two.

Stick candles in pots that are deeper than the candle is long. That way, the light will reflect off of the side of the pot, creating more light, and will lessen the likelihood of a fire.

2. Keep a first aid kit handy. You never know what emergency might happen during a power outage, so it’s wise to stay prepared with a few days’ worth of medication.
Your first aid kit should include bandages (various sizes), gauze, tape, scissors, antiseptic solution such as hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin, and pain medicine. You can buy first aid kits at various drugstores or assemble your own.
Keep a stash of batteries. Make an inventory of the different kinds of batteries your electronics use instead of assuming they all run on double-A or triple-A. Buy batteries in bulk — more than you think you’ll need — so that you’ll have a good amount in case of a prolonged outage.

3. Have your power company’s number stored. If and when the power outage does occurs, inform them (once will do) and they’ll give you an estimate of when you can expect to get electricity back. Knowledge is power.

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Yoichi Udagawa, Music Director





BSO Cellist Blaise Déjardin Performs Saint-Säens Cello Concerto


Cape Ann Symphony’s 65th Concert Season continues on Sunday, March 26 at 2 pm with the Romantic Masters Concert featuring the CAS debut of Boston Symphony Orchestra cellist Blaise Déjardin at the CAS performance venue at Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA. TheRomantic Masters Concert brings to life the humor of Rossini withLa Scala di Seta, the power of Dvorak with Symphony No. 8 and the elegance of Saint-Säens Cello Concerto with BSO cellist BlaiseDéjardin, while celebrating the richness and beauty of great music from the Romantic Era.


According to Cape Ann Symphony Music Director and Conductor Yoichi Udagawa, “The Romantic Masters program for March 26thfeatures the music of Rossini, Saint-Säens and Dvorak. The Rossini is energetic and fun-full of high spirits. The Saint-Säens is work of perfect proportion and balance. Virtuoso BSO cellist Blaise Déjardin will be the soloist. He is an amazing musician, and it is his first appearance with the Cape Ann Symphony. We are very excited to be working with him. The Dvorak Symphony No. 8 has one gorgeous melody followed by another and then another and then another! During the concert, we will take a few minutes to show the audience some incredibly intricate and beautiful details that are in the music, in the hope that it will add to their appreciation and understanding of the music.”

Born in Strasbourg, France, cellist Blaise Déjardin made his orchestradebut at age fourteen, performing Haydn’s C Major Concerto at the Corum of Montpellier, France. He was a member of the European Union Youth Orchestra and the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester, as well as a founding member of A Far Cry. A dedicated chamber musician, he spent two summers at Ravinia’s Steans Institute for Young Artists prior to joining the Boston Symphony Orchestra in 2008. That same year, he gave the US premiere of Les formes du ventfor cello solo by French composer Edith Canat de Chizy. Read more


Sophia and Luca

St. Joseph pasta-making day began with Franco and the gentlemen heading over to Gloucester Fraternity to make huge batches of pasta dough with the Fraternity’s new mixer machine. Thanks were given to the club’s Mario for making it possible. Back at the Groppo’s kitchen, Nina and Fina were making steamy hot vats of homemade ricotta on the stovetop to serve for breakfast to all the helpers. Friends and family arrived in waves throughout the day and all were there to lend a hand making pasta.

After all the St. Joseph Day pasta that was needed was made, an extra batch of pasta was made for we pasta-makers. Nina heated up her divinely delicious tomato sauce that she had canned over the summer, with tomatoes from her garden. We had a wonderful lunch feast and as I looked around the table at the many generations gathered, I thought of the memories being made that will be cherished by all, created from this very special community tradition of honoring Saint Joseph each year at the welcoming home of the Groppo Family.

Geri, Jaclyn, Nico, and Giada

Rolling Pins!

Rosaria and NinaAl working hardKathy, Marissa, and Enza

Last batch, fini!


When you get to spend the day with these wonderful friends. Lots of photos to post later 

Best day making St. Joseph pasta at the Groppos ❤️❤️❤️#gloucesterma #stjoseph #pasta

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Sophia and Madison helping nonstop today 🌟Perhaps we made as much as 100 pounds of pasta. #stjoseph #pasta

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Kathy and Enza rocking the pasta making ❤️#pasta #stjoseph

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Littlest pasta-makers Kenzie and Leila 🌟#stjoseph #pasta #stjosephsday

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That Sophia❣️showing Luca how to roll out the dough #pasta #stjoseph

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Last one of adorable kids I promise #babylove 💖 Nico and Giada

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Enza and Layla

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