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THE GILLNETTER REPORTS ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE STUDENTS PARTNER WITH BACKYARD GROWERS!

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(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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One Hour at a Time Gang Clean Up

Hi Kids:

Hope all are well. This week’s cleanup will be a combined cleanup with One Ocean.

Time:                    9:00 (note the time change)

Where:                 Rocky Neck Parking Lot

When:                  Sunday, December 11, 2016 (also note the Sunday not Saturday)

Please bring gloves and pickers if you have them.

Look forward to seeing all.

Take care

Donna

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.

The One Hour at a Time Gang Saturday’s clean up

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Hi kids:

Hope everyone is doing well. On Saturday we should do again Magnolia Avenue especially near the bridge. We can meet at Klondelin Road.

Thanks and take care

Donna

When:                  Saturday, December 3, 2016

Where:                 Magnolia Avenue, near Klondelin Road

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

 

I will have bags and please bring gloves and if you have any pickers.

 

Take care kids

#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

Featured restaurants and scenes from scrumptious good eats 2016 YMCA Taste of Cape Ann @Cruiseport #GloucesterMA

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All I can say is don’t miss it next year! Several new establishments joined this fantastic annual fundraiser for the Cape Ann YMCA held at Cruiseport, 6 Rowe Square, Gloucester, MA. All photographs from November 10, 2016.

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AZOREAN RESTAURANT

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CAKE ANN

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CAPE ANN BREWERY & PUB

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CAPE ANN FOODIE TOUR

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CLASSIC COOKS CATERING

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DINNER DEALER

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DUCKWORTH’S BISTROT

 

EMORY VODKA

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LIQUOR LOCKER

 

MILE MARKER ONE

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MINGLEWOOD TAVERN

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MOJO COLD BREWED COFFEE

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PASSPORTS RESTAURANT GLOUCESTER

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PIGEON COVE TAVERN @ Emerson Inn by the Sea

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SEAPORT GRILLE

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SUGAR MAGNOLIAS

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TONNO RESTAURANT

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VIRGILIO’S BAKERY

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and WACHUSETT BREWING

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Local Veterans read picture book, Heroes in Our Neighborhood, aloud to elementary school classes this week

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(photos Cape Ann Veterans Services)

This past week Cape Ann Veterans Services brought copies of the children’s picture book, Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood, and super volunteer readers, into our local Kindergarten, first and second grades to read aloud in the classes. Copies of the book were gifted to the classroom libraries. Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood ©2012 is by Valerie Pfundstein with illustrations by Aaron Anderson and foreword by John Vigiano Sr., a Marine Veteran and retired FDNY Captain, who honors his sons’ memories (both lost on 9/11) by volunteering his time and resources to Gold Star families and wounded heroes.

Volunteer readers at East Gloucester School: Members of the US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester, Navy/Veteran/Gloucester Police Department Officer Kevin Hicks and marine Corps Veteran Michael S. Grossi who read to his son’s class. 

Volunteer readers at West Parish: members of the the US Coast Guard Station  Gloucester; David Parisi Air Force Veteran who read to his daughter’s class; Marine Corps Veteran/State Trooper Tim Sova who read to his daughter’s clas; Coast Guard and Marine Veteran/deputy harbor master Chad Johnson; Vietnam War Marine Veteran Brian O’Connor; Army Veteran Anthony Trupiano who recently returned home; Ray Towns Army Veteran/commander of Gloucester Amvets; and Korean War Veteran Melvin Olson .

Volunteer readers at Plum Cove: Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena, Marine Veteran; Trina Parisi-O’Donnell, Air Force Veteran whose son attends Plum Cove; Police Officer Brendan Chipperini and Vionette Vee Chipperini Army Veterans; Gloucester Sea Cadet Commander Robert Pallazolla Air Force Veteran; Police Officer Chris Frates Coast Guard Veteran; Richard J Cavanaugh, Army Veteran; and Devan Smith and Mike Pillelli of US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester

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Adam Curcuru telling Pauline Bresnahan and Anita Coullard Dziedziek about the book last month.

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Live Blogging: Taste of Cape Ann

Delicious food and drink and fundraiser for the YMCA! More photos coming of all the amazing restaurants and businesses. Come on down to Cruiseport (clam chowder from them)! Oh mY, the Cevice from Passports Restaurant! The bruschetta from Tonno!…

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Don’t miss a chance to publish: still 1 week to register for Cape Ann Reads picture book contest! Plus a shout out to artist volunteers!

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Entry forms are rolling in! 

Applicants have until December 15th to upload a book submission,

but they need to register by November 15th or they won’t be eligible for the contest.

Shout out to local artists John Bassett, Bonnie Sylvester and Alexia Parker. Last week we reached out to local media including the Gloucester Daily Times, Cape Ann Beacon, Cape Ann Chamber newsletter, This Week on Rocky Neck and Good Morning Gloucester to help us broadcast the contest and/or seeking volunteer artists. Artists (and writers!) generously stepped forward with intriguing and generous offers! Scroll down to read more about three of the artist volunteers that responded to this recent public appeal. At this time we have more volunteers than requests. Amazing and inspiring!

Glass sculptor, artist John Bassett www.basglas.com, was the first to reach out with a generous and flexible offer. His website links to pages of glorious works.

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His offer was quickly followed by Bonnie Sylvester’s thoughtful reasoning: “As an artist and early childhood educator, I would love to add my name to the mix of local volunteer artists that writers may consider. I think it will be a lot of fun to work this way.”  Sylvester works in a wide range of material including mixed media, acrylic, and watercolor. “I believe exceptional picture books are a marriage of story and picture. It’s so important to see the creativity in the author’s vision.”  She has a master’s degree in early education and is a docent at Cape Ann Museum.

Alexia Parker wanted to volunteer after she was urged by a couple of her friends and fans: “I had couple of friends and coworkers who saw it in the Gloucester Daily Times and contacted me. I grew up in Essex…I also work…in Essex. As far as my art goes, I have just recently been exploring avenues to get my name out there a little. Illustrating childrens’ books has been a dream of mine since I was a child, so I thought this could be a fun way to try it out.” She included this stunning collage as an example.

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Stay tuned for more exciting news:

The Jury panel will be announced this week!

There will be a second jury panel made up of children. If you know a Cape Ann K-5th grader who likes to read or be read to, and would be excited to be part of the kids jury panel, let your library know! Names will be pulled out of a hat. For more information contact Capeannreads2016@gmail.com.

Cape Ann Reads children’s picture book contest is open to Cape Ann residents of ALL ages, students attending school on Cape Ann and people who work on Cape Ann. One winning book will be published by Cape Ann Reads in 2017, a first-edition printing prize valued up to $10,000. Additional honors will be announced.

Sponsor opportunities:

The 4 Cape Ann libraries and many regional partners have coordinated a calendar of wonderful events throughout 2016. Additional sponsors and support are sought and welcome! After the registration deadline, the contest organizers will announce additional specific prize categories.

 

 

REST IN PEACE DEAR KATHLEEN VALENTINE

61prtqzf60l-_ux250_Kathleen’s sister Lisa Valentine Bretz writes, “It has been brought to our family’s attention that many of Kathleen’s friends have been asking where they could make memorial contributions in her name. We would like to suggest the North Shore Art Association, 11 Pirates Lane, Gloucester, MA 01930 or The Saint Marys Public Library, 127 Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857.

Thank you all for the outpouring of love and support.”

The following obituary was published in The Daily Press on Nov. 4, 2016

Mary Kathleen Valentine (Kathy), 67, of Gloucester, Massachusetts, formerly of Houston, Texas and St. Marys, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Oct. 29, 2016 in her home.

Kathleen was born July 17, 1949 in St. Marys. She graduated from Elk County Christian High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University. After college, Kathleen worked as a graphic artist and typographer in ad agencies, energy companies and high tech companies from Houston, Texas to Camden, Maine, finally settling down in Gloucester, Massachusetts in 1995. In 2003, she started her own design business, creating websites, advertising and promotional material for clients. She also began to write and when the digital book revolution arrived she was ready. She was the award-winning author of novels, novellas, and short story collections, as well as books of knitting patterns and a cookbook/memoir about growing up Pennsylvania Dutch. Kathleen has been listed as an “Amazon Top Selling Author” in horror, mystery/suspense, cooking and knitting.
In her own words, “”from the Allegheny Mountains where she grew up, to the Gloucester seaport where she wrote, Kathleen loved nothing more than listening to the stories that people tell while sitting on front porches, gathered around kitchen tables, or swapped in coffee shops and taverns. Her collection of legends, folklore and tall tales are woven into her fiction. As a writer her primary interest was delving into the psychology of her characters. Her stories are sometimes mysterious, sometimes funny, usually romantic and frequently frightening. Her characters range from lost children and grumpy old folks, to mysterious men and women who are not to be trifled with. She achieved her success as a writer in Gloucester, Massachusetts, America’s oldest seaport.””
Kathleen is survived by Wayne Valentine of St. Marys, Anne Valentine (Andrew) Neubert of St. Marys, Lisa Valentine Bretz of Coudersport, Christine Valentine (Will) Denayer of Coudersport, Matthew (Linda) Valentine of Pittsburgh, Beth Valentine (Casimir) Pellegrini of Pittsburgh and Donna Valentine; as well as 17 nieces and nephews; and seven great-nieces and nephews; and many other family members and friends.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, John Joseph and Mary Ann (Werner) Valentine, and brother, John Keith Valentine.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at Queen of the World Church in St. Marys.

Published in The Daily Press on Nov. 4, 2016

Saturday’s Clean Up

Hi Kids;
With many suggestions, have decided, especially since Veterans Day is coming. We will do the boulevard from WWII Memorial and all the way down both ways on the Blvd.

When: Saturday, November 5, 2016
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
Where: Stacey Blvd. near the World War II Memorial

Thanks all..

Take care kids
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MONUMENTS MAN CURTIS L. DAGLEY RECEIVES HIGHEST HONORS FROM THE POLISH GOVERNMENT

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The return of the altar of St. Mary’s Basilica can be compared to the return of our Liberty Bell, is how the recovery of this Polish national treasure was expressed at today’s ceremony honoring Curtis L. Dagley, World War II veteran and Gloucester Times photographer Desi Smith’s father-in-law. Curtis was honored by the Polish government, the City of Gloucester, and the Massachusetts State Senate. Read the complete amazing Andrea Holbrook piece in today’s Gloucester Daily Times front page story.

Polish art historian Dr. Agata Wolska honoring WWll Monuments Man Curtis Dagley

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Katarzyna Padlock presenting Curtis with the Bene Merito award

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The City of Gloucester and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland honoring Curtis Dagley.

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On behalf of the Massachusetts citizens and the state senate, Senator Bruce Tarr honors Monuments Man Cutis L. Dagley

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I only took cell phone photos today but am sure Desi will be sharing many beautiful images from today’s event. The family snapshots are of Curtis’s sisters and brother, along with Curtis’s daughter and Desi’s wife Terry.

Images of St. Mary’s Basilica Krakow, Poland courtesy Google image search

OUTSTANDING OPEN DOOR AUTUMN BREAKFAST AT CRUISEPORT

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State Senator Bruce Tarr, Amy-Beth Healey, and Mayor Romeo Theken

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Thursday morning the Open Door Autumn Breakfast event kicked off the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive season. Cruiseport was packed with supporters, accolades and speeches given, and the free breakfast, delicious. David Sudbay, the Open Door’s President of the Board of Directors, gave the welcome speech. Julie LaFontaine, the organization’s Executive Director, spoke with the community about connecting, engaging, and advocating.

The Helen Muise Community Service Awards were presented to Donte Cone, Nancy Days, Lauren Johnson, Giselle Rein, and Susan Otis. The Unsung Heroes Award was given to Applied Materials Food Drive Team. Backyard Growers and Cape Ann Savings Bank were recognized as Outstanding Community Partners.

Amy-Beth Healey, the guest speaker, gave a poignant and heartrending speech, giving high praise and thanks for the steady assistance provided by the Open Door during her family’s time of need. One in six people in Gloucester requires food assistance. Amy-Beth’s life story spoke to the fact that so many amongst us are living pay check to pay check. Her story could easily become your story.

If you’d like to help feed the hungry on Cape Ann, you can:

Items most needed for the Thanksgiving Food Drive: Canned tuna, canned veggies and fruit, breakfast cereals, pasta, grains, 100 percent juice and juice boxes, peanut butter, and spaghetti sauce. Collecting food donations are Stop and Shop in Gloucester, Market Basket in Gloucester and Rowley, and Shaw’s in Ipswich and Eastern Avenue, Gloucester.

In case you missed the post earlier today, Julie and Mayor Sefatia announce the winner of the Market Basket shopping spree.

BREAKING: JULIE LAFONTAINE AND MAYOR SEFATIA ANNOUNCE WINNER TO OPEN DOOR AUTUMN BREAKFAST SHOPPING SPREE

Love our community! Photos tonight at 6pm 🙂

Volunteer Artists and Illustrators Sought

There are a few local writers who would welcome help from local artists to complete their book submission into Cape Ann Creates for Cape Ann Reads Children’s Picture Book Contest! Please email capeannreads2016@gmail.com

For more information about registration and the guidelines, see this dynamite flyer designed by Valerie Marino at Sawyer Free Library. Thanks to Cape Ann Chamber At-A-Glance weekly newsletter and Rocky Neck’s This Week on Rocky Neck- Art Opportunities for helping to get the word out!car-deadlines-register-now

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SUPER SPECIAL GORGEOUS 15TH AND FINAL “GLOUCESTER: A COMMUNITY OF NEIGHBORHOODS” QUILT

east-gloucester-quilt-juni-van-dyke-1-copyright-kim-smithThe East Gloucester neighborhood quilt is so beautiful it will tug at your heart strings, especially if it is your neighborhood, as it is ours. So sweetly capturing the spirit of our neighborhood, the quilt is simply a masterpiece of fun and whimsy. Monday’s unveiling at the Rose Baker center was attended by the quilters, friends, and family and we all just reveled in the beauty of the piece. JUNI VAN DYKE, YOU ARE A GIFT TO THIS COMMUNITY!
The East Gloucester Quilt will be on display at both the Rocky Neck Art Association and the Cape Ann Museum. Check back as we will be posting the dates as soon as we know.east-gloucester-quilt-juni-van-dyke-joy-halsted-1-copyright-kim-smith-copy
Juni and Joy Halsted – the center panel with the woman in the red bathing suit was created by Joy Halsted (and is rumored that it is she). 
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A note about the project: “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” was conceived by Juni Van Dyke and executed by she and her group of fiber artists. Each fabric panel measures approximately five-foot square and illustrates through iconic imagery characteristics unique to Gloucester neighborhoods. The banner’s design in it’s entirety, along with the individual artist’s whimsical designs and choice of fabrics, is utterly captivating and a vibrant visual feast. “Gloucester: A Community of Neighborhoods” quilts has its permanent home at the Cape Ann Museum. 
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East Gloucester Quiltmakers 
Many thanks to Juni for providing the list of quiltmakers
Barbara Jobe               sailboat
Mary Weissblum           bicycle
Ed Hanson                   House in top left corner near Cripple Cove and large Crane
Christina Rhodes          Cripple Cove playground
Judy McGee                 Help with stitching
Lois Stillman                 several trees — also beautiful bucolic scene with small crane
Barbara Maddix             butterflies and bluejay
Genevieve McNamara    condo apartments next to North Shore Arts
Mary McCarl                 Red Cottage Artists (John Sloane & friends)
Joy Halsted                  Lady sitting on beach (centerpiece!)
Lois Dench                   Basket of Flowers
Katherine Keith             North Shore Arts Association & water view
Amanda  Cook              Writers Center
Ron Pool                      Sailboat
Jenny Parisi                  Several Fish
Ida Spinola                   Several Fish
Maggie Rosa                 Beacon Marine
Judy Menicocci              Gloucester Stage Company
Kay Carpenter               Last Stop Variety Store
Connie Troisi                 Several flowers
Emily Soule                   Several flowers
Susan Wright                Golfers
Juni VanDyke                Boats along the top of quilt
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 Amanda Cook’s Writer’s Center
Click the gallery below to see closeups of the beautiful imagery

Grand Prix Gloucester

On Sunday I volunteered as a Road Marshall at the Cycle Cross at Stage Fort Park. If you have never gone you are missing a great time. The Women, Men and children who do this grueling race are very inspirational. As a Road Marshall I can tell you that the athletes are very grateful for the support and for the volunteers. Another great time.

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From our friend Dave Moore

Dave sent me this photo and information.  Dave, we always love hearing from you. Thank you Dave.

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I was looking around for the year I was born that way and stumbled into this GEM The good old days look at what they brought in then!  I was whooping 4 months old when this came out!  Let me

Gloucester ran Live on NBC Television 4 pm Sunday, October 16, 1955.

 Gloucester Mass October 16, 1955

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