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WWII Vets Portrait Project From Jason Grow

We’re getting very very close to both our goal and the exhibition date of November 7th! Moving forward with the printing and framing in anticipation of raising the final funds to get everything ready by the opening. 

Please consider a donation – any amount helps!
The show is planned to open Saturday November 7th with a reception from 1-4p at the Kyrouz Auditorium in Gloucester’s City Hall – 9 Dale Avenue, Gloucester MA. There is an elevator.
Please share the announcement around… We’re inviting all the vets who’ve participated hoping that they’ll all come so it would be terrific to have a goodly crowd to receive them.

Wounded Warrior 5K and 10K Event

It was an honor to help out this morning for The Wounded Warrior 5k and 10K.  Thank you to all our service men and women.


Wounded Warrior Event

201509281450 wounded warriorMessage from the Wounded Warrior Project.  Thank you Melissa Cox for letting us know about this important event.

The One Hour at Time will be helping out at this important event at Good Harbor Beach on Saturday. Please try to come out and help.

We are coordinating our second annual 5K/10K Race on Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 in Good Harbor Beach Thatcher Road Gloucester, MA 01930.

As a disabled veteran, I am passionate and committed to the mission of the Boston’s Wounded Veteran Run, and I look forward to coordinating and organizing this event to benefit wounded veterans.

If you or your organization would like to donate goods (i.e. waters, event supplies, etc.) or help volunteer at the event, we would be grateful for donations of goods and services.

This organization has successfully organized four motorcycle runs over the past four years with more than 4,000 riders, and we would like to build off this success. Boston’s Wounded Veteran Run has recognized and honored wounded veterans for their service and have helped veterans with special home accommodations to restore his/her morale.

There is a 5k and 10k on Saturday Oct 3rd at Good Harbor to benefit Boston Wounded Veterans. This is a LOCAL non-profit, where 100% of the proceeds go back to helping local veterans. 

We are still offering same day registration and seeking volunteers to help with the race. If you can help direct the runners, help with registration or man a water stop please let me know!! I can be reached at or 978-631-9015.  Volunteers should arrive around 7:30am at the Good Harbor Parking lot and dress for wet weather.  

I have purchased a race entry for anyone who would like to do the race! First one to claim it gets to do the 5k!!








Nicole writes, “It’s a boy!!! A big gorgeous, peaceful 9lb 6oz of awesomeness BOY! No name yet.”

Congratulations Duckworth’s for another addition to your beautiful family. We’re thinking of you!

An Icon Of The Gloucester Waterfront Is Retiring After 34 Plus Years- Peter Haskell At Rose’s Marine

There will be an open house at Rose’s to wish Pete well in his retirement Thursday and Friday from 7AM-5PM.
Saying that Rose’s is one of the most integral parts of the Gloucester waterfront and that Pete along with Marty and Frank Rose have been there from the beginning is absolutely without question no exaggeration. Of course Rose’s will continue on just fine when Pete retires but the knowledge base he takes with him is a treasure. I can say from the thirty plus years I’ve walked through those doors, the guys like Rusty, Frank, Frank, Pete and Marty have never once failed to execute and get our business up and running and all with a positive friendly attitude. An icon from the Gloucester waterfront has earned his retirement, best of luck to you Pete, we all wish you the best that life has to offer in retirement!

Happiest Birthday to two strong amazing women


Happy Birthday to Anna Baglaneas Eves and Vickie Van Ness.

Anna and her husband James Eves run and operate Cape Ann Giclee. The best and only place to have your photos printed on canvas, metal or any other media. Anna is fun and pleasant to do business with. We at GMG treasure our friendship with Anna. For more information on Anna and Cape Ann Giclee please follow the link below.


Vickie and her husband Peter have done so much for Cape Ann and Gloucester. From promoting local music and festivals to designing and maintaining great websites. We at GMG always have fun with Vickie.

Just as with Anna for more information on Vickie please follow the link below.

Most important, GMG is thankful to have these 2 wonderful women as friends and co workers.

BUTT FIENDS litter rant and good eggs shout out Dan Leaman Landscaping


Cat Ryan submits-

Cigarette butts are right up there as the most common and yucky litter. Gloucester offers a quick ride right into our ocean waters. We were required to clean our sidewalk daily in front of our business or be fined.  Some smokers would flick one right in the midst of our dustpan and broom without missing a step.

Smoker trash is just an unfailing source of __________. You fill in the blank. There’s a big blind spot.

Business owners, employees, property owners, tenants: a lot of what we pick up downtown are piles of the same cigarette brand. Case in point:

Award for BUTT FIEND on Parsons goes to a proud Parliament smoker. Residents including kids are out here with gloves picking up your butts. We’re not talking the random passerby flick. We’re talking regular and routine breaks where you just sit there dropping.

Big shout out to Dan Leaman and Mike Carter today with Dan Leaman Landscaping. Thank you for coming back again to help with Parsons Street.

In life, look for the helpers. Donna Ardizzoni, Patty Amaral, and many volunteers  –See Donna’s post for this Saturday’s clean up



Join us Tuesday night, September 22, for our community dinner night in support of local chef James “Jimmy” Brown who needs a kidney transplant.

  • 4 – 9 pm
  • 3 Course Dinner
  • $15.00
  • 10% of Proceeds Go To Your Organization
  • Reservations Suggested

Helping eliminating plastic

FOB Henry Allen submits another way to eliminate using plastic water bottles.


Dearest Community,

One of our beloved and very generous theatre moms very kindly offered to purchase a butt load of bottled water for the cast for the wetting of our whistles during rehearsals. While I do feel it is necessary for us all to stay well-hydrated, I’ve lost much sleep over the issue of plastic bottle waste in Gloucester and Cape Ann. Here is my concern and what I have decided to do about it.

I am greatly disturbed by the amount of plastic bottle trash we Americans generate and accumulate at work, school and at home, not to mention the refuse we see in our beloved oceans, beaches and forests. Last summer, the theatre kids counted no less than 40 pieces of plastic trash in the water as we walked down the boulevard toward Stage Fort Park… and that was BEFORE we even reached the Fisherman at the Wheel! Much of it plastic bottles. Oy…

So I am OFFICIALLY forthwith, BANNING bottled water from the theatre forever. The Magnolia Library has a bubbler in the lobby, we have a sink upstairs, and plenty of washable cups. I am on a mission to vastly reduce or even eliminate as much waste as possible in this company.

That said, I have also decided to invest in durable stainless steel water bottles with our beautiful triple spiral logo to sell as a benefit for the theatre. For a $20 donation, you will receive an elegant, 26oz, BPA and aluminum free, environmentally-friendly bottle. They are available now at the Magnolia Farmer’s Market, and at the Magnolia Library.

Yes, I know eliminating plastic water bottles is a pain in the tush, but here is the deal. I’ve done my homework, and bottled water is just bad news all around, and that is the truth.

The good news is that Gloucester’s tap water quality is likely not as bad as it might seem (or taste). There have been major improvements and upgrades to Gloucester’s water system in the last couple years, and the most recent report states in bold that “Gloucester’s water supply is currently in compliance with all federal and state primary drinking water standards.”

Thank your for understanding. I believe that once we make quitting plastic bottles a regular practice, it might cause us all to think a little more deeply about the issue, about our beautiful Cape Ann’s natural beauty and animal habitats. Teach your children well.

The North Shore Folklore Theatre Company hopes to become a model in our community that other organizations will want to follow.

Thanks for hearing me out, folks. Let me know if you want to order the NSFTC Bottle of Steel and how many you’d like. (Great holiday stocking stuffer!)

This video is a great overview on the issue. I checked the facts personally and they are all true. Wouldn’t it be amazing for your kids to someday tell their grandchildren stories about the Ghosts of Plastic? I think it would. Viva!

More info about the NSFTC Bottle of Steel and upcoming shows and events at:


September 14, 2015 Water bottle





Robin Young Key Note Speaker at the Women’s Fund of Essex County’s Grant Awards Luncheon


Women’s Fund of Essex County’s Grant Awards Luncheon Featuring Robin Young, Emmy Award Winning Television Host


Essex County, MA, September, 2015- The Women’s Fund of Essex County will host its 13th Annual Grant Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA. The Annual Luncheon will recognize and honor fifteen nonprofit agencies that provide outreach and life skills to women and girls in Essex County. It will celebrate the success of the grant award recipients and recognize their outstanding efforts to improve the lives of women and girls. In 2015, The Women’s Fund was proud to award $230,000 to local organizations.

Keynote Speaker of the Luncheon is Robin Young. Robin brings more than 25 years of broadcast experience to her current role as host of Here & Now. She is a Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker who has also reported for NBC, CBS, and ABC television and for several years and was a substitute host and correspondent for “The Today Show.”

Robin has received several Emmy Awards for her television work, as well as cable’s Ace award, the Religious Public Relations Council’s Wilbur Award and the National Conference of Christians and Jews Gold Award. She has also received radio’s regional Edward R. Murrow award. Perhaps most notably, Robin was one of the first hosts on the groundbreaking television show “Evening Magazine”.

Founded in 2003, The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s mission is to promote philanthropy and to raise and distribute funds to organizations that provide opportunities and promote solutions for women and girls in need throughout Essex County. Since 2003, The Women’s Fund has awarded over $1 million to over 80 non-profit programs. The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of the Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA.

To purchase tickets to the Luncheon and learn more about The Women’s Fund, please visit

For information regarding the Press Release, contact Susan Beckmann, (617) 733-6367, or Lynn Bryant, (617) 633-9175.


From our friends at The Lanesville Music Festival — check it out!


On Sunday, September 27, 2015 between 12 noon and 7:00 pm, The Lanesville Community Center proudly presents its 6th Annual Music Festival featuring local musicians, food, artisan and cultural vendors, activities for kids and beverages for adults all supported by enthusiastic local volunteers.

Admission is by Donation at the event – Rain or Shine.

Performances feature the talents of Charlee Biancini, Quentin Callewaert, Joe Wilkins, Mamadou Diop, Steve Amazeen, Greta Bro, The Tree House Charlatans, and Squash, Hicks and Pickens. This brilliant line-up brings together new faces as well as old favorites performing in delightfully diverse musical styles from African Drumming to Digeridoo – from sea shanties to sultry Blues.

In addition to the music, the Festival promises food and other fun… the former provided by The WillowRest, Joe’s on a Roll, Holly Cow Ice Cream, and our own LCC festival fare…the latter by a showcase of wonderful vendors and community volunteers.

The Festival is generously supported by The Cape Ann Savings Bank, The City of Gloucester, and other friends of the LCC.  And, we in turn, are sharing raffle proceeds in support of the Cape Ann Animal Rescue who will be on hand with pet-able furry friends.

The Lanesville Music Festival is truly a celebration of our neighborhood and we look forward to sharing The Lanesville Community Center and the “Lanesville Way”.

Come early – stay late – listen to great music, amidst a festive combination of food, art, culture, education, beer, wine, raffles, popcorn, Hoola-Hoops and more.


Saturday Clean Up

Good Morning all:


Hope everyone is well. 

 When:                  Saturday, September 19, 2015

Where:                 Wingaersheek Beach

Time:                    8 – 9

 Will have bags, please bring gloves

 Thanks all


April 21, 2014 Spring day on Winkgersheek



And what a great bunch of fish tale story tellers! You may recall Greg Bover’s invitation from last week where the Gloucester Writer’s Center, Schooner Adventure, and Maritime Gloucester joined forces to bring us Gloucester’s Fish Tales held not at the writing center but from Webster Pier, on board the beautiful and welcoming Schooner Adventure. Maureen Aylward organized a fantastic line up of story tellers. I unfortunately was only able to stay for the first several story tellers but had the pleasure of listening to GMG FOB Ron Gilson, Bing McGilvray, Jim Masciarelli, and Jimmy Tarantino. I believe Henry Ferrini was filming the event so hopefully it will be available to see soon.

Ron Gilson Schooner Adventure Gloucester MA ©Kim Smith 2015Ron Gilson holding a photo taken in 1951 when he was a young man aboard the Adventure during the time when it was still a working dory fishing schooner. 

Bing McGilvray Schooner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015jpgBing McGilvray

Fish Tales Schhoner Adventure ©Kim Smith 2015Jim Masciarelli

Jane Paznik-Bondarin Remembers Fred Bodin

Joey, I wasn’t able to get to Gloucester this summer (only the second time in forty years…and for exactly the same reason, a husband being treated for illness), but GMG has saved my soul–thank you very much–with wonderful stories and photos. I was deeply saddened when I read that Fred had died. As you’ll see below. Print it if you want to, and if not, not. I hope Andrew and I will return to Gloucester before winter, but if not, we’re looking forward to returning next summer. Best to you.

I didn’t know Fred, except as one of the many people who made the gallery a permanent stop every summer when I arrived in Gloucester. When I had a few coins to rub together, I purchased some photos. He didn’t care if I bought a photo or not. He could tell I loved the then and was happy to talk about the photos I lingered over and tell wonderful stories about the landscape, the provenance of the photo and photographer, or the printing and framing.

Several years ago (before Fred took ill) I suggested to friends who were returning to NY from a week in Maine that they spend a few days in Gloucester, which they had never visited. I enticed when with stories of good food, friendly people, and interesting art work. On my list of where to visit was, of course, Bodin Historic Photo.

But my friends met Fred before they ever entered the gallery, indeed before they reached town. On 128, their car sprung a leak (gas, oil, water—memory does not serve up the detail) and they found themselves by the side of the road as darkness took over the sky trying to figure out whom to call for help. A vehicle stopped behind them and a genial giant stepped out, called for assistance, and stayed with them until it came. He drove off for a few minutes–to return with coffee and snacks to tide them over.

My friends, overwhelmed by the kindness, told me the story when they returned to NY. “That’s Gloucester,” I said. “That’s Fred Bodin.” Later that summer when I arrived in Gloucester, I went to the gallery to thank Fred on behalf of my friends. He didn’t remember having done this act of kindness to strangers. That’s Gloucester, I thought; that’s Fred.

I followed Fred’s monumental battle for survival on GMG, and I hoped all the time he’d triumph. He deserved to. He was a good man. He did triumph, in so many ways; he just didn’t survive. And even though I didn’t know him, I miss him

BREAKING NEWS: Harvest Moon Music Fest Tix On Sale NOW!

We’ve just put tickets on sale for the Harvest Moon Music Festival benefit to help save Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Five years after Celebrate Gloucester, top north-shore musicians once again take the stage at Gloucester’s award-winning HarborWalk for an extraordinary day of music, food and family fun to help the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund save our local hospital.

This is an all-ages festival with plenty of food, an artisan marketplace and a beer and spirits tent for people over 21.

North Shore Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson will MC the show.

Dance, eat, drink, party and feel good about it because you’re contributing to a great cause.

Get your tickets right now, right here!

Saturday Clean Up

clean up

Good morning all:


When:                  Saturday, September 5, 2015

Where:                 Near Cruiseport, we can do Rogers and Main

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00


Thank you all and see you there and then to see the Schooners

Please check the calendar on Good Morning Gloucester for events happening on Cape Ann.




Reason to hope

Hi Joey,

I follow the GMG and am very sad to hear of Fred’s passing.  I never got the pleasure of meeting him but enjoyed his contributes…… I have to tell a tidbit of my past weekend that

should give everyone a reason to hope……….

My husband was meeting me later a Good Harbor, so I had a bit of a load to carry.  There

were these two boys, like 9-10 years old walking a little one to the bathroom, so easier on the 

parking lot.  The little one said something funny about a mean sister and I laughed.  Then

I hear “Excuse me”…..”Excuse me, ma’am  do you need help”?  OK I”M LIKE WHAT?”

I was shocked and said no thank you, that I was good, but the smile on my face…

Greatest kids on GH that day!!!!  I thanked them, told them they were true gentlemen and they must have GREAT PARENTS.   Thank you Jesus, here is hope!  What a fantastic memory towards the end of summer.  I had a tear in my eye, my sons are in their 20″s,

I miss them and hope they pay it forward when I share this story.

Blessed Summer to All, 

Gods Blessing to Fred,

B. Kirchner

Fred Bodin Stories

If you couldn’t make our memorial Fred Bodin podcast where folks shared stories about their friend but would like to  share your Fred Bodiun story submit them to and I’ll publish them on our pages-

Nancy Dudley remembers Fred-

Looking forward to your podcast on Fred. I know you will have plenty of stories, but just in case, sending along an old story from 1980 or 81, and my favorite picture. I told Fred as many of old funny stories I could think of for a short visit last time I saw him and below was one. He seemed to be following and getting it but hard to really know. Thanks for doing all this. -nd

When I first met Fred he was interested in preparing fine cuisine. He bought the very best Creuset cook ware and the most current best seller cook books. He enjoyed trying out new dishes and one time made cod fish crepes with Mornay sauce, new potatoes and asparagus. The meal was ready and “plated”. All was perfect. My little English setter dog was curled up and in a deep sleep on the couch. Then there was a knock on the door or someone called up from the Rocky Neck beach– something distracted us and took us away for maybe 2 minutes. Upon returning everything was perfect and exactly as it had been except all the crepes were gone. The dog was in exactly the same position, still fast asleep. Fred was puzzled for a second or two–a neighbor’s prank or the crepes “beamed up”? Finally the dog was examined very closely and a micro millimeter of mornay sauce was observed on her upper lip. Although not a dog person, Fred was not angry with the dog. She was coincidently called “Phred”  like the Gary Trudeau character and he felt a bond in the shared name. He was somewhat annoyed w/ me for bringing the dog and the lost investment of time and money, but then suddenly saw the humor in all of it, especially his intensity in a world of real life unpredictability.  And he moved on and was just as happy with the new story he had to tell that night.


Our Friend Fred Bodin Has Passed

Fred Fought With Grace, Courage and Humor Throughout His Illness and Will be Incredibly Missed

GloucesterCast 149- The Fred Bodin Rememberance Podcast

Many of Fred Bodin’s Friends Share Stories About Fred Bodin and What He Meant To Us. A Tribute To Fred.

Fred’s wake will be at Greely Funeral Home

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 4:00 – 7:00

Listen here-

Kim Smith Group Photo-

Fred Bodin Memorial friends ©Kim Smith 2015


Marty Luster Photo

Information will be posted here as it comes in

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