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GloucesterCast 276 With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/22/18

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GloucesterCast 276 With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/22/18

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Topics Include:

Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Plover Porn

Earth Day Cleanup

Haters Gonna Hate

Glosta Rocks Facebook Group

The Crows Nest vs Pellana

$1 GMG Oyster Quest a Big Hit Update from Short and Main-shortandmain@captjoe06 yes, we have it regularly every day! We currently have dollar oysters every day from 5-6PM, and again from 9-10PM Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and 10-11PM Friday & Saturday. Closed Tuesdays

Piping Plover Exclosure Coming

New Animal Control Officer Teagan Dolan Gets Praise From Kim Smith

Swan Release

Crows Nest bill for like a bazillion drinks –

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THE GREAT GLOUCESTER CLEAN UP AND VOLUNTEER THANK YOU COOKOUT TODAY!

Join us for the second annual #GreatGloucesterCleanUp ! Today from 9 am to 11am. Last year, we had well over 100 volunteers join us in a one day cleaning spree!

This year’s locations are:
– St. Peter’s Square
– Pavilion Beach
– Washington Street
– Cripple Cove
– Good Harbor Beach
– Horton Street

Kim Smith keynote and ‘Friend of the Earth’ award from Salem State University Earth Day 2018

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courtesy photo by Amanda Madeira: Kim Smith receiving Salem State University ‘Friend of the Earth Award’ April 12 2018

The 2018 week-long Earth Day events at Salem State University culminated with an evening awards ceremony on April 12th. Kim Smith was the invited 2018 Keynote Speaker, and Friend of the Earth Award recipient! It’s an extraordinary fit as Kim Smith’s life’s work across media –whether its her acclaimed and award-winning films, photography, landscape design, art, or writing– calls us to marvel and commune with nature. She’s a champion Friend of the Earth.

Kim Smith is henceforth included in this distinguished Salem State University Friend of the Earth list, an ambassador for the natural world, our region and Massachusetts!

 

Earth Days at Salem State University – Past Friend of the Earth Award Recipients:

*2001-2017 list- Compiled by Prof. John Hayes, Geography, and co-chair, Salem State University (SSU) Earth Day Planning Committee

  • 2018 – KIM SMITH award winning photographer, filmmaker, landscape designer, artist, and writer. Author of Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden
  • 2017- 
  • 2016: Naomi Oreskes, Ph.D.—(Professor, Harvard Univ.), co-author, Merchants of Doubt, …….
    Bob Prescott—(Exec. Director, Wellfleet Ocean Sanctuary)…..
  • 2015: Larry Chretien—(Executive Director, Energy Consumers Alliance of New England and of Mass Energy – for his advocacy and leadership for over 20 years to champion the benefits of renewable energy alternatives in the New England region for our states, cities and towns, and our utility companies that provide us electricity and energy; as Executive Director of Mass Energy and the Energy Consumers Alliance of New England – he demonstrated how consumer-oriented non-profit organizations can lead the way in promoting affordable and environmentally
    sustainable energy resources.)
  • 2014: Gerard (Jerry) Bertrand (Environmental Adviser, Permian Global – for his enduring commitment to preservation of land and habitat; for his past service as head of international affairs for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
    Service, his chairmanship of BirdLife International, his service as president of Massachusetts Audubon Society and cofounder of World Land Trust, and his service at Permian Global and its efforts to protect natural forests globally to
    sequester carbon, mitigate climate change, and preserve habitat through investment.)
  • 2013 Frances Moore Lappe – (co-founder of Small Planet Institute and author of 18 books including the landmark Diet for a Small Planet, World Hunger – Twelve Myths, Food First – Beyond the Myth of Scarcity, Hope’s Edge, and EcoMind – Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want.) Marc Rodgers – (Communications Director, Cape Wind Associates – for his continuing efforts for more than ten years to communicate and educate about the proposed Cape Wind wind farm project on Nantucket Sound and for his efforts to help shepherd the project through the long-lived environmental review process.)

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THE GREAT GLOUCESTER CLEANUP

The Great Gloucester Cleanup is Saturday 21, 2018 at 9 AM- 11 AM.  The One Hour at a Time Gang will be be at St. Peter’s Square.  For more information please go directly to directly to the following link:

Gloucester Clean City Commission

gloucestermacleancommission@gmail.com

More information will be coming as the date gets closer.

Thank you and hope to see all there.

SAVE THE DATE AND SUPER EXCITING NEWS!

Save the Date! On April 12th from 5 to 7pm I am going to be the guest speaker at Salem State University as part of their Earth Day celebration. I will be giving my Monarch Butterfly lecture program.

A series of interesting, thoughtful speakers and exciting events are scheduled and I will post the flyer and more information as soon as is available. This program is open to the public. I hope to see you there! Dandelions for the Pollinators! 

I think Dandelions growing in a lawn are lovely and they also provide nectar early in the season for bees and butterflies, as well as late in the season, especially for migrating Monarchs. It’s lamentable that the lawn care industry has convinced consumers that Dandelions are unwelcome in the lawn.

One morning in mid-fall I watched as hundreds of migrating Monarch poured in from over the water. They were tired and hungry but as it was late in the season, there were few wildflowers and garden flowers still blooming. Nearly every Monarch made a beeline for the Dandelions and even got into little tussles over who would drink first. The lawn was simply covered with bright yellow blossoms and orange and black flakes. Unfortunately, a maintenance crew arrived to mow the lawn. No matter how hard I tried to convince the guys that perhaps they could come back the next day, after the butterflies had departed our shores, they would have none of it. The lawn was mowed and the weary butterflies dispersed and did not return.

Next time you reach for a spray bottle of poisonous pesticide, such as Monsanto’s Round-up, think instead about the bees and butterflies. And, too, the strong taproots of Taraxacum officinale will aerate your soil and the tender, young greens are delicious in salads.

Earth day every day- off the mark by Mark Parisi

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Mark Parisi’s off the mark comic panel has been published since 1987. Parisi has been nominated for the National Cartoonists Society Best Newspaper panel 4x and won twice (2009 and 20012). He grew up in Gloucester. We bought the desk calendar at The Weathervane.

Earth Day Volunteer Today– link to Donna Ardizonni’s reminder about the Great Gloucester Cleanup.

Treat yourself tonight to the art of music on Middle Street: Joonho Park’s all-Bach organ double concert. The doors open at 7PM at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church; following intermission and a stroll, the recital continues at St. John’s Episcopal Church!

Next week Cape Ann Sustainability Fair and Gloucester Pride Stride.

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Are we there yet Earth Day? Art Love & Harmony

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Happy Earth Day! If you missed Patti Amaral’s every day is Earth Day letter to the editor  it’s a great way to begin your morning. Her letter made me think about this street art in Gloucester. Does anyone know who painted it and how it came about? Is it unique?

The mural is located out of sight behind Dunkin’ Donuts. I am a Dunkin regular. Admittedly a drive-thru is not a promising Earth Day post.  There’s a reward with this one: a sun dappled park scene where everyone and their dog are enjoying the open air, lunch, the sun, the moment–and they pick up after themselves!

Patti, Donna, Amy– in this world Everyone is pitching in, all lyrical limbs. There’s even a bit of  perspective.Ten years ago, the mural wrapped so you might not catch the whole story with just one queue. You’d need to drive through again and it wouldn’t bother you a bit. Over time, low and lush hydrangea beneath the mural were broken up and dispersed among planters. Small billboards with local advertising sprouted; it’s hard to find fault with that business effort. We hoped it was only a trial. It wasn’t. My young sons felt badly for the painting when ads were pasted right up to the mural’s edge and (eek!) atop. The day came when they said no way to that drive through. (We may have wrote the owners please move the signs a little more to the left and can you fix it?)

It’s been years and I forgot about the painting. The billboard clutter was drastically reduced. Unfortunately there’s no harmony in 104.9 smack dab in the middle of the painting. And is it churlish on Earth Day to wish that the 2 evergreen somethings that have grown too tall for that site could be cropped, instead of the image? If that sign (sorry 104.9) was scooched over and off…cue the Earth Day music.

 

Fifth Dimension’s 1969 chart topping Age of Aquarius – Let the Sunshine In. The clip includes scenes from Hair. My dear friend blasts this song first thing Earth Day morning. What’s on your Earth Day playlist?

GloucesterCast 178 w/@kimsmithdesigns @donnaard Karen Pischke Charles and George King, Dennis Funk and Host @Joey_C

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GloucesterCast 178 w/@kimsmithdesigns @donnaard Karen Pischke Charles and George King, Dennis Funk and Host @Joey_C

Success sold out the hoodies to buy T Shirts for The One hour at a Time Gang
Reiki and Running Dennis Funk Karen’s Cousin
charles and george king talk about the civil war coat and awesomegloucester
Earth Day Weekend Friday April 22
Gloucester Bingo
The Jungle Book Directed By  Jon Favreau
Paulie Walnuts Father’s Painting/He posted an Art Rock this morning!
2 year later vasectomy check up revealed interesting fact

Giving up splenda

North American River Otters
Please watch and share Kim’s Monarch trailer that will be released this week

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Earth Day, Wednesday April 22, 2015

A message from Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken:

On Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22nd, from approximately 1 to 4 pm, the Gorton’s “Green Team” will be doing a cleanup of Stacey Boulevard.  Joe Lucido, Operations Manager at the Department of Public Works, is supposed to meet them there and provide yellow bags.  They plan to rake and do a general clean up that afternoon.  My point of contact at Gorton’s is Sheila Hardwick, who is the Executive Assistant to Judd Reiss, the CEO.  She can be reached by email at Sheila.hardwick@gortons.com  At my last communication with Sheila, they had 17 volunteers signed up for the afternoon.

In addition, the Mayor plans to stop by at some point over the afternoon to speak with the volunteers.May 21, 2014 flags waving on the blvd.

 

GloucesterCast With Patti Amaral and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/18/14

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GloucesterCast With Patti Amaral and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/18/14


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Topics Include: Gloucester MA, 01930,  Earth Day 2014, Carry In/ Carry Out, Sidewalk Sweeping Day, Rose Lopiccolo, Recycling, Rozalia Project, Maritime Gloucester, Single Stream Recycling Is Coming, Hookset Sewer Disks
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Patti Says- Recycle!

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Sidewalk sweeping and earth day

Everyday should be Earth day. Please see the following information from Patti Amaral.
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Hello Donna, here is a couple of pictures one for sidewalk sweeping and one for earth day. The one sweeping is for sidewalk sweeping and the dog with the recycling is for earth day. I figured you could put a caption “ Even a dog can help cleanup for Earth Day” and recycle too. Sidewalk sweeping is April 19th. The Building Center of Gloucester sponsors our Sidewalk Sweeping Day with a ad in the Gloucester Times asking residents to join in and sweep our sidewalks. We ask residents to sweep their sidewalks keeping it in small piles so that the street sweeping machine can pick it up.

Earth Day is April 26th. from 9-12 at Stage Fort Park. Wolf Hill has generously donated a pansy for children to take home. We are also again asking for donations for the Open Door asking if volunteers can bring fresh fruits and veggies for the pantry. I have contacted Joey and we are suppose to get together to do something for earth day but I thought a little information ahead of time will hopefully let people know to save the date and such. Thank you for your help and if you need anything else from me just let me know. Patti Peace

GloucesterCast With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/13/14

gloucestercastsquare11 (1)GloucesterCast With Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 4/13/14

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Topics Include: Gloucester, Massachusetts, Kim Smith Designs, Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co, Gloucester HarborWalk Cleanup, Catherine Ryan, Beth Chiancola, Susan Kelly, Jessie Carini, Earth Day April 22, Gloucester Strong With Art Haven and The Hive, The Hive Screen Printing, Killer Gloucester Strong Logo, Cape Ann Trail Stewards, Send In Your Earth Day Community Activity Information So We Can Post Them, Patti Amaral, Kim Smith’s Photos Featured In Sunday Boston Globe, Samson GoMic vs The Mutumbo Mic, Portable Podcasting Equipment, Cape Ann Media Group, Carry In Carry Out vs Trash Cans On The Beach, Proper Way To Send A Press Release, Tina Ketchopolos, GMG PR Person Of The Year, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Alison The Owner Of Pleasant Street Tea and Coffee Co Is Going With Dreadlocks, The Origin Of FOB, “American Blogger Documentary” A Spoof or Not?,  Frances Bouchie Asks Does Anyone Do Gloucester Geneology, Cape Ann Museum, Ann Kennedy, Call In Question, Google Hangouts Just Too Wonky, Planning The Podcasts, Washington St Sidewalks Looking Good, Email Subscription Service Is Broken, Webmasters Need To Understand Just How Many People Do Not Know How To Use A Search Engine To Find A Website Even If They Know The Name Of The Web Page, People Not Understanding How To Find And Bookmark The Blog, Please Explain To People That Aren’t Getting Their Email Subscription To The Blog That They Can Go Directly at www.goodmorninggloucester.com , Katrina’s, The Rudder, The Studio Opening Date!, Madfish,Gloucester MA, 01930

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Kim Smith Is A Regular Contributor On Good Morning Gloucester Here is Her Profile:

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester’s Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor.
Author/illustrator “Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden”

Gloucester Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12 Get Down To Stage Fort Park and Get Your Yellow Bags!

Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12.

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Come join the Clean City Initiative for an Earth Day cleanup at Stage Fort Park on Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12. We will be collecting fresh fruits and vegetables for the Food Pantry so if you can, please bring something that comes from the earth. You can come and clean Stage Fort Park or take your bag and bring it to an area that you like to visit that needs some cleaning. Take an extra bag and separate the recycling from the trash. Organize a neighborhood cleanup, we can show you how. Contact Rose Lopiccolo at the DPW at 978-281-9785 or Patti Amaral at 978-412-4201 or visit our webpage at www.cleancity.us,. Thank you for helping us to “Keep Our Home Port Clean”.

More Info: Earth Day Cleanup Saturday April 27, 2013 from 9-12.

Earth Day, Every Day By Fred Bodin :How I Cut My Electric Bill by 50% and Now Shooting for 85%

Fred Bodin Writes-

Good lighting is of prime importance to an art gallery, and here at Bodin Historic Photo lighting burns huge amounts of electricity. I have 36 track and ceiling lights in the showroom and windows, and each used a 75 watt halogen spotlight. Do the math, and that’s 2700 watts burning 7 days per week, 8 to 10 hours a day. About ten years ago I experimented with CFL fluorescent lights, which use less energy and last longer than the halogens, but produce an ugly green or blueish light. CFLs made my artwork look awful, so I stopped buying them.

Five years ago I jumped on the LED bandwagon, which promised large energy savings and a 10 to 20 year bulb life. But the light’s color still wasn’t right: either too pink or too cold white (like a hospital OR). Last year I found the perfect LED: the GE PAR 30 2700K warm floodlight. I use the long neck version because of the size of my fixtures. I discovered this light at ACE Hardware for about $50. They also have a larger version (PAR38) for recessed ceiling lights: GE Dimmable 12W LED Bulb (66529) – LED Light Bulbs – Ace Hardware. As my halogens and CFLs burned out, I replaced them with my new favorite LEDs.

Last year I found the same LED product at The EFI Mass Save Catalog Product Offer | GE LED PAR30 for $35 each. So I ordered 6 of them and now have 10W LEDs in 21 of my 36 gallery lights. My electric bill is already drastically lower, dropping from $100–$120 per month down to $50–$60 per month, saving $600–$720 per year. The savings will be 85% when all of my fixtures are re-lamped with LEDs. (360 watts with 10W LED vs 2700 watts with 75W halogen). Below are some comparisons.

Halogens: GE 75W halogen warm spotlight: $15–$20. 1,500 hour life (vulnerable to vibration**). Dimmable. $9.03 operating cost per year.

LEDs: GE 10W LED warm floodlight. $35–$50. 25,000 hour life (not vulnerable to vibration**). Dimmable (check dimmer compatibility). $1.20 operating cost per year.

*CFLs: Not a contender because of the yuk color. **Vibration is a major cause of failure for filament bulbs, such as halogens, and is caused by shipping, handling, or a rockin’ party.

My advice: Come into my gallery and see the LEDs first hand. Buy one or two LEDs with the warm 2700K color balance to fit your light fixtures. Compare the color with what you’re using now. Then start re-lamping and saving money!

Here’s my favorite LED, lit by the same LED in my gallery track light.

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Earth Day: Planting salad greens at West Parish- Lara Lapionka Reports

Hi Joey,

Here are some pictures of West Parish students planting salad greens as part of the first annual, district-wide salad planting day. What a great way to celebrate Earth Day!

Featured here are Ms. LaCoste’s and Ms. McKechnie’s classrooms. All five elementary schools participated–more pictures to come!

Thanks – Lara

Deej Viau Would Like a Little Earth Clean Up Help In Her Neighborhood

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This is Gloucester Ave. across the street from the bowling alley up to Maplewood.  I’ve been yellow bagging it today and can’t put a dent in how bad it is.  I could stand still, not
move my feet and with my grabber, fill a yellow bag to the brim, move two
feet and do it again.

and an update from Deej last night-

I went back out tonight to another street one block over.  Again, unbelievable, adjacent to a building on Grove Street .  I’m plowing away and a little 8 year old named Jake comes out with his grabber.  He wants to help me.  My yellow bag is full and I was just about to go home but I couldn’t resist.  He ran in his house and got his own bag to share with me.  He asked me why people put trash on the ground and I had no good answer for him.  We chatted away about school and homework and reading books.  I told him thanks little pal and he asked if we could meet tomorrow.  I was so overwhelmed.  We parted but I got back into it a little further up the block and got over this broken fence.  Jake must have seen me and I see him coming back up the street with a huge wheel barrel.  We found so much more stuff, even a new hockey stick he asked if he could have.  What a great boy.  His parents should be proud.  I will write him a thank you note and get him a Friendly’s  gift card,  not because I think he should be rewarded but just because he is an awesome kid.  Nice end to a dirty day!

Happy Earth Day and Habitat Gardening 101

To celebrate Earth Day (Earth Week-Earth Month-Everyday is Earth Day!), I am beginning a new series on GMG titled Habitat Gardening 101. The series is based on the lectures that I give to area conservation groups, garden clubs, libraries, and schools and is designed to provide information on the relationships between our native flora and fauna, and how to translate that information to your own garden. You will find in this series information on how to support and encourage to your garden a wide variety of wildlife, including songbirds, butterflies, bees, moths, skippers, hummingbirds, and small mammals, and the trees, wildflowers, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers that sustain these beautiful creatures.

This series could just as well be titled Beauty in Our Midst because there are so many gems to be found along our shoreline, meadows, fields, wetlands, dunes, woodlands, and roadsides. Although the series will cover a wide array of flora and wildlife, the first posts will be about several butterfly attracting trees and shrubs because they are currently in bloom. Coming Wednesday, the North American native Pussy Willow will be featured. For today, the following is one of my Top Ten Tips for Attracting Lepidoptera to Your Garden.

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Habitat Gardening 101 Tip #1: Plant Caterpillar Food Plants

So you want to attract tons of butterflies to your garden and you plant lots of gorgeous, colorful nectar-rich plants—and that is wonderful. To your garden will come many beautiful, albeit transient, butterflies, along with an array of many different species of beneficial pollinators. However, if you want butterflies to colonize your garden, in other words, to experience the grand beauty of the creature through all its stages of life, from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to adult, you must also plant caterpillar food plants.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillar egg fennel ©Kim Smith 2013

Black Swallowtail Butterfly Egg on Fennel (the pinhead-sized golden yellow dot)

Each species of butterfly caterpillar will only eat from a family of plants it has coevolved a relationship with over millennia. We call this a caterpillar food plant, host plant, or larval food plant.

Perhaps you may recall that the Monarch Butterfly only deposits her eggs on milkweed plants. The Black Swallowtail Butterfly deposits her eggs on, and the caterpillars feast on, members of Umbelliferae (Apiaceae), or carrot family of plants, including carrots, parsley, fennel, dill, and Queen Anne’s Lace. Some caterpillars, like the stunning Eastern Tiger Swallowtail feed from several plant families, like those of Magnoliaceae and Rosaceae, which species include the Wild Black Cherry, the Tulip Tree, and the Sweet Bay Magnolia.

  Black Swallowtail Caterpillar Eating Parsley

If you see a green, black and yellow striped and spotted caterpillar munching on your parsley plant, it is not a Monarch caterpillar; it is a Black Swallowtail caterpillar (I am often asked this question). Monarch caterpillars are striped yellow, black, and white, always. You will never find a Black Swallowtail caterpillar munching on milkweed; likewise you will never find a Monarch caterpillar eating your parsley and fennel.

Another question frequently asked is, if I invite caterpillars to my garden, will they devour all the foliage. The answer is, for the most part, no. The damage done is relatively minimal, the plant generally recovers quickly, and bear in mind too, that plants have evolved with many mechanisms to discourage their complete destruction. Remember, the plant was responsible for inviting the butterfly to its flower in the first place!

 Black Swallowtail Caterpillar fennel ©Kim Smith 2013

Note too, that if you invite butterflies to your garden to deposit their eggs, please don’t turn around and spray pesticides, which will kill all, indiscriminately. A habitat garden, by its very definition, is an organic garden, which means no herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.

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Feel free to send any and all questions, suggestions for a topic, or curiosity, to the comment section under each post.

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Cape Ann Milkweed Project Update: Because of the chilly spring weather, milkweed shoots are slow to emerge.

Link to a list of lectures and workshops at Kim Smith Designs

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