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NEW SHORT: HELLO HUNGRY BEAVER!

Beaver Pond, also known as Langsford Pond, is located on the outskirts of Cape Ann’s Dogtown. Exquisitely beautiful and peaceful, the pond is teeming with life, habitat largely created by the relatively new presence of the North American Beaver (Castor canadensis).

Beavers were absent from the Massachusetts landscape from 1750 to the early 1900s due to deforestation from agriculture and unregulated hunting and fur trapping. In the early 1900s forests began to recover as farmers abandoned their fields to work in cities. By 1928, a Beaver was found in Stockbridge. The public’s enthusiasm for the return of the beavers abounded and in 1932 three additional beavers from New York were introduced and released in Lennox. Today, Beavers have rebounded to the extent that some controlled hunting is permitted.

Beavers are ecosystem engineers and the ponds they create become wildlife magnets. Think about just this one example of the ecology of a beaver pond: woodpeckers make holes in the dead trees engineered by Beaver activity, Wood Ducks nest in the holes created by the woodpeckers, and raptors hunt the smaller birds.

More examples of how Beavers benefit other species of wildlife include favored nesting sites of both the Great Blue Herons and Osprey are the dead treetops of older trees in beaver swamps. Local species of turtles, the Snapping Turtle and the Eastern Painted Turtle, benefit from abundant vegetation created by beaver tree felling, which causes the forest to regenerate. Snapping and Eastern Painted Turtles prefer standing and slow moving water and hibernate under logs and lodges of Beavers. Painted Turtles also use floating logs to bask upon.

Like Niles Pond and Henry’s Pond, Langsford Pond is another superb example of a body of fresh water close to a saltwater cove where the combination of the two ecosystems provides shelter, nesting sites, and an abundance of food. While at Langsford Pond, I often see Great Blue Herons, swooping overhead, coming and going, between feeding grounds at the head of Lobster Cove and the shelter found in the vegetation surrounding the pond. Today, December 8th, a juvenile was seen on the far side of the pond, as were numerous Wood Ducks.

Since 1999, Langsford Pond has been protected by the Essex County Greenbelt Association. When I was filming there in October and November it was wonderfully overgrown and somewhat difficult to access. Recently, vegetation has been cut back, which makes walking to the pond’s edge much easier. Disease bearing ticks are present.

Some favorite Beaver food, ferns and American White Birch (Betula papyrifera).

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THE GILLNETTER REPORTS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE STUDENTS PARTNER WITH BACKYARD GROWERS!

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Rachel Rex Photo

(From left) Jarrod Martin, Joao Ramalho, Tyler Parisi, Gabi Goszczynska , Macaella Oliver, Katie Nugent, Lexi Ciolino, Chrissy Nugent, Sophia Pata, and Sierra Rudolph practice their gardening skills

The Gillnetter

MARIA KOTOB, Staff Writer, Editor

Growing your own food and understanding nature may seem ancient in today’s high-tech society, but it is a lot more important to the environment than you may think. Food requires an abundant amount of resources to transport, a concept many do not consider when grocery shopping.  GHS’s environmental science students are learning how gardening can help offset some of the consequences of a mass produced food supply.

The Environmental Issues course is for seniors who are a part of the dual-enrollment program with Endicott College. Taught by science teacher Rachel Rex, the class studies the environment and the big issues that affect it, such as pollution, loss of biodiversity, and the loss of natural resources.

“We had a lot of experience interacting with the environment, learning how to make it a better place. Ms. Rex is a good teacher, she’s taught us a lot. It’s a good class,” said senior Bridget Stevens.

The class is partnered with Backyard Growers, a nonprofit organization based in Gloucester whose mission is to provide affordable renewable food and teach the community how to garden.

“It’s a really nice tie in and it includes biology, chemistry, and number of sciences. It fits really well under the umbrella of environmental issues,” said Rex.

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QUENTIN CALLEWAERT joins Fly Amero This Wednesday 7pm December 7th @ The Rhumb Line!

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Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, December 7th – 7pm
A VERY, VERY Special Music Guest:
QUENTIN CALLEWAERT!

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Folks… something very, very special will be happening this
week at the Rhumb. A young (he’s only 16) genius by the
name of Quentin Callewaert will be strutting his amazing
stuff for us all. He reminds me so much of myself when I
was his age (just a few years ago, of course). So full of
spirit and enthusiasm. He loves what he does, and it shows.
Some of you may have caught him on cable’s “Local Music
Seen” with Allen Estes – way back when he was only THIRTEEN!
OMG! And speaking of “back”… for those wondering, I am
100% back on my weekly Rhumb Line rotation. Surely,
Quentin and I will be trading a few licks, and maybe teaching
each other a few new tricks. Marina Evans is out of country
for the holidays this year. We’ll catch up when she returns.
And, something else to watch for… please don’t miss Allen
Estes, myself, Senator Bruce Tarr and many more friends on
North Shore 104.9’s live broadcast of its 21st annual Holiday
Toy Drive this coming Thursday. The fun and festivities will
be running throughout the entire day. Click the link below
for further details. All for now. Happy Holidays! ~ Fly

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http://www.northshore1049.com/pages/20375441.php?

Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
12/14 – Liz Frame

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12/21 Amero Family Christmas!

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Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there🙂

COOLEST GLOUCESTER GIFTS

Scott Memhard writes, “Locals know: Cape Pond Ice Company’s Gift Shop at 104 Commercial Street stocks a full range of great presents, not only traditional and new design “Coolest Guys, Gals & Kids” T’s, caps and sweats, but also unique Perfect Storm and Gloucester books, posters and gifts. Gift Certificates available.

Shop for “Cool Stuff” on-line at http://www.capepondice.com, stop down “the Fort” to our gift shop, or visit the Weathervane at 159 Main Street, Gloucester.”

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ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE LINDSAY CROUSE AND RADIO PERSONALITY CHRISTOPHER LYDON STAR IN ONE-NIGHT ONLY PERFORMANCE OF DYLAN THOMAS’ “A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES”

unnamed-1Gloucester Stage proudly presents a one-night only benefit performance of Dylan Thomas’ moving holiday classic, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, directed by GSC Artistic Director Robert Walsh and starring Gloucester Stage favorite: Academy Award nominee and Gloucester resident Lindsay Crouse, and host of WBUR’s Open Source, Christopher Lydon on December 16 at 7:30 pm at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. All proceeds from the evening benefit Gloucester Stage, a 37 year old non-profit professional theatre. The festive evening begins with a special Backstage Pre-Show reception featuring hors d’oeuvres from Willow Rest, fine wine, and craft beer, plus an exclusive opportunity to explore behind-the-scenes at Gloucester Stage. At 7:30 a short live auction of unique items begins on the stage led by auctioneer Jeff Zinn, Gloucester Stage’s Managing Director, followed by music from Meridian featuring Olivia Gale and Colin de la Barre, then the main event, a one-time only performance of Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales. Following the performance the cast and audience can enjoy a fine dessert buffet and gourmet coffees in the lobby. Tickets are $150 per person for the entire evening of events including the backstage pre-show reception, performance and post-show dessert buffet, or $75-$50 per person for the performance and post-show dessert buffet only. All proceeds benefit Gloucester Stage. For more information and to purchase tickets, call the Gloucester Stage Box Office at 978-281-4433 or visit www.gloucesterstage.com

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HOLIDAY DELIGHTS SNEAK PEEK PREVIEW

Video by Lisa Smith

Performing at Gloucester Stage December 9, 10 & 11, 2016
Conceived and directed by Youth Acting Workshop’s program director, Heidi J. Dallin, this festive evening of stories, songs, and dance recounts the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve. During her Christmas Eve journey the young girl learns about the special traditions of other families and comes to realize the importance of her own family traditions. This family holiday event marks the fifth time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured an entire cast of student actors from the Youth Program. First produced in 2007, Holiday Delights has proven to be an audience favorite, and has provided a nurturing and creative environment in the areas of stage performance, stagecraft and arts administration for YAW students.

PIGEON COVE FERMENTS GRILLED CHEESE

During Sunday’s podcast we met Kristen and Dylan of Pigeon Cover Ferments. Their sauerkrauts are out of this world delish. Don’t be turned off when we write sauerkraut; theirs is certainly not your run of the mill grocery store sauerkraut. Pigeon Cove Ferments sauerkrauts are simply fermented cabbage made with a variety of seasonings, hand made and in small batches  As theirs is not prepared with preservatives, Pigeon Cove Ferments sauerkraut is wonderfully flavorful and is also vitamin C and probiotic-rich.

It is so exciting to see the growing food industry emerging in Gloucester. When purchasing Pigeon Cove Ferments products you are also supporting other local businesses because Dylan and Kristen source all their vegetables from local farms, including Aprilla Farm, Seaview Farm, and Cedar Rock Gardens–hundreds and hundreds of pounds of cabbage for example. Their salt comes from Atlantic Saltworks, which is based out of Gloucester and produces salt from the Atlantic Ocean.

I have to take a second round of doxycycline for tick bite related illnesses; adding probiotics to my diet couldn’t have come at a more timely moment. Immediately after sampling at the podcast, I purchased several jars at Common Crow. The sales person could not have been more complimentary of Pigeon Cove Ferments products. Today I made a grilled cheese with the caraway and pepper flavored sauerkraut. The crunchy kraut contrasted beautifully with the creamy warm cheese. I think I feel better already!

To learn more about Kristen and Dylan listen to our podcast and visit their website here Pigeon Cover Ferments.

SHOUT OUT TO JAMES AND ANNA EVES AT CAPE ANN GICLEE

Don’t you love the look of a white mat and white frame? James and Anna over at Cape Ann Giclée are now offering matting and framing. Their workmanship is pristine, exquisite really.

For the past several years I have been trudging to frame shops looking for white frames, cutting the mats myself, and generally not happy about the inordinate amount of time spent doing these tasks. Now you can go to Cape Ann Giclée and they not only have a beautiful selection of papers and options for printing, but all can be matted and framed, in either a plain white or plain black frame, and all for a very reasonable fee. Thanks James and Anna for a terrific (and greatly simplified) experience. I am shipping “Lily Pads in the Moonlight” tomorrow to my client in Aspen and I just know she is going to love it!

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Lily Pads in the Moonlight, Niles Pond

REQUESTS FOR CHRISTMAS CAROL COUNTDOWN

Do you have a favorite Christmas carol or holiday music that you would like to share? For the past several years we have featured a twelve days before Christmas carol countdown and I would love to continue the tradition, beginning on the 13th of December. Please send your suggestions to kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com or leave a comment in the comment section. Thank you!

This Tom Petty song always gets me in the mood for decorating our home and I’ve been blasting it loudly off and on all day, much to my husband’s dismay🙂

DON’T MISS THIS RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE NUBAR ALEXANIAN GLOUCESTER PRINTS! SALE ENDS DECEMBER 7TH

Nubar writes, “I am offering photographs from my Gloucester work for sale as single, partial or full portfolio sets. The normal retail price for these prints is $800 and up. However, from November 14 thru December 7, they are priced from $125 to $395 with free packing and shipping (U.S.). Prints will be delivered by December 20. The purpose of this offering is to raise money for the post-production of our documentary film, Scars of Silence: Three Generations From the Armenian Genocide. Click HERE for more information.

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This Saturday Night ~ Little Sugar and The Big Spoonful 9pm @ Katrina’s…They are going rock the place

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Get ready cause Little Sugar and The Big Spoonful is coming to Gloucester… Keri Anderson female lead vocal powerhouse…Many of you remember her from the Rocky and Keri duo…
They’ll be @ Katrina’s this Saturday 9pm December 3rd to rock the joint…hope to see you there!

Little Sugar ( Keri Anderson)

Keri Anderson is a Elementary art teacher, a visual artist as well as a singer songwriter. Some of her bands she has performed with are: Whalebone Farmhouse, Sugar and The Cane Breakers, Keri Anderson and The Big Lonesome. Her current band Little Sugar and The Big Spoonful is lead by powerhouse guitarist Mike Lynch.
Dave Kendarian – bass
Ron Ouimette – drums

http://www.littlesugarandthebigspoonful.com/

https://littlesugarandthebigspoonful.bandcamp.com/releases

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14 Rogers Street

Goucester, MA

978.518.7817

https://www.facebook.com/katrinasgloucester/

 

GLOUCESTER STAGE PRESENTS HOLIDAY DELIGHTS (Hurry Up and Get Your Tickets NOW!)

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The Holiday Season Event for All Ages Returns

For Eighth Year

The Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops proudly present Holiday Delights on December 9, December 10 and December 11 at Gloucester Stage Company, 267 East Main Street, Gloucester. Holiday Delights features a cast of over 40 young people ranging in age from 6 to 16, all students in Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshops. This family holiday event marks the eighth time in Gloucester Stage history that a production has featured a cast of student actors from the Gloucester Stage Youth Acting Workshop Program. First produced in 2007, Holiday Delights has become an audience favorite and Cape Ann holiday tradition. Conceived and directed by Gloucester Stage YAW Director and teacher Heidi Dallin, Holiday Delights is a festive evening of stories, songs, and dance recounting the special traditions that other cultures and families experience as seen through one young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve to discover what is really important during the holiday season. Holiday Delights performance times are 7:30 pm onDecember 9 and 2 pm on December 10 and 11. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults; $12 for Senior Citizens, $8 for Students and $6 for Children under 12. For tickets and further information, call 978-281-4433 or visitwww.gloucesterstage.com

The 2016 edition of Holiday Delights features the journey of Meagan, a young girl who discovers the spirit and the joys of the holiday season as she faces the unhappy prospect of leaving her beloved hometown of Gloucester and moving with her family to a new home in Michigan. Meagan’s special Christmas Eve journey helps her to realize and appreciate the importance of her family and friends as well as her own special holiday traditions. During her Christmas Eve travels with Mrs. Claus and the elves, she celebrates Hanukkah, travels back in time to turn of the century Gloucester to see her Italian-Irish ancestors celebrate the holidays, meets famous characters including The Cratchit Family and the young Ebenezer and Fan Scrooge from Charles Dickens’A Christmas Carol, and new to this year’s show. Cindy Lou Who, The Grinch and the residents of Whoville, and Charlie Brown and his friends.

All Photos by Gary Ng

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SHOUT OUT TO THE FANTASTIC TEAM AT WOLF HILL AND TO THEIR BEAUTIFUL TRIM-A-TREE SHOP

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Wolf Hill for their always super helpful assistance. Don’t you love that right here on Cape Ann we have simply the best holiday hot spot for all your decorating needs. I am constantly comparing prices for my client’s benefit and when you are purchasing greens by the carload it pays to shop wisely. Hands down, not only does Wolf Hill provide the very best customer service, but their holiday decor prices consistently beat out big box stores such as Home Depot.

Thank you, especially today, for help from Dave, Collin, and Jackie. 

Wolf Hill has expanded their hours during the holiday season beginning Friday, December 2nd:

Monday through Thursday from 8am to 8pm

Friday and Saturday from 8am to 9pm

Sunday from 9am to 8pm

See previous posts here:
SHOP WOLF HILL FOR ALL YOUR HOLIDAY DECORATING FANCIES!
CHECK OUT WOLF HILL’S FABULOUS AND FUN HOLIDAY DECOR AND TRIM-A-TREE SHOP!
BABY ROBINS, BROUGHT TO YOU BY WOLF HILL

 

Wolf Hill poinsettias ©Kim Smith 2014

#GIVINGTUSEDAY PRESERVING SCHOONER ADVENTURE!

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Help us connect children and adults to Gloucester’s maritime culture. Schooner Adventure is a unique platform designed to engage through hands-on experiences, providing lasting lessons and an appreciation of our shared maritime heritage.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, the Gates Foundation will match up to $500,000 in donations to fundraisers today. Facebook is waiving all fees.
TO DONATE PLEASE VISIT THE SCHOONER ADVENTURE FACEBOOK FUNDRAISING PAGE HERE

 

#GIVINGTUESDAY TO BACKYARD GROWERS!

15304293_959017724202062_7914960486487041530_oYour “Giving Tuesday” donation to Backyard Growers will help us reach our goal of raising $10,000! AND we’re already a 1/3 of the way to our goal thanks to generous donors who have launched our campaign with a collective gift of $3,500. OUR GOAL IS TO MATCH $3,500 ON GIVING TUESDAY!

When you donate to Backyard Growers on Giving Tuesday (11/29), your credit card processing fees are covered by The Giving Common so 100% of your donation benefits Backyard Growers.

Click on the this link and then click the blue DONATE button. And thank you! https://givingcommon.org/profile/1141198/backyard-growers-inc/#8

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