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GHS Girls play well and run away with game against Salem.
This morning’s snow and ice lingered all day, shrouding the city in such a hauntingly beautiful manner that I couldn’t help but take the late afternoon off and went looking and taking as many photos as possible before the sun set.
GHS girls play well and run away with a big win over Winthrop.
Had lunch with the family at the Beauport watching the approaching storm come in and the ride home.
Look what our wonderful neighbors made! Lotus reports that they created the igloo in assembly line fashion from snow packed rectangular-shaped containers. Mandy shares that it was so much fun to make and they will be perfecting their technique for future igloos. I can’t wait to see what they come up with after this next doozy of a blizzard!
Igloo made by Geoff, Mandy, Pilar, Frieda, and Lotus
Photo by Geoff Deckebach
The Fishermen come back from 11 point deficit at half time and play a great second half to win game by five. Well done guys!!
Tuesday night was senior night for Boys Hoop and Winter Cheerleaders despite the fact that the game was canceled due to the leaking roof.
This short film is dedicated a dear friend who recently lost a beloved family member. Along with the tender melody by Jules Massenet, especially the last bits of footage (before the credits) made me think of angels and of hope.
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Over the course of the summer while filming the Piping Plover Family at Wingaersheek Beach, Tree Swallows began flocking in ever increasing numbers. They became part of the Piping Plover story not only because a Tree Swallow will occasionally dive bomb a Piping Plover, for whatever reason I am not entirely sure, but also because they are beautiful to observe, and occasionally, seemingly playful, too.
Songbirds that they are, Tree Swallows make a cheery chirping chatter. They have long narrow forked tails, all the better for gliding and for their signature aerial acrobatics. The male’s upper parts are a brilliant iridescent blue-green, the female’s somewhat duller, and both female and male have white underparts. The migrating juveniles are almost entirely brown with either white or pale grayish underparts.
Tree Swallows breed in the wetlands and fields of Cape Ann. Their name comes from the species habit of nesting in tree cavities. Tree Swallows have benefited tremendously from efforts to help save the Eastern Bluebird because they also nest in the nest boxes built specifically for the Bluebirds.
Tree Swallows eating insects on the beach and from the crevasses in the driftwood.
Utilizing both fresh and saltwater to bathe, Tree Swallows have a unique habit of quickly dipping and then shaking off the excess water while flying straight upwards.
Tree Swallows begin migrating southward in July and August. The flocks that we see gathering on Cape Ann migrate along the Atlantic Flyway. They overwinter in the southern states of the U.S., Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America. Unlike migrating species of butterflies, several generations of Tree Swallows migrate together, the older birds showing the younger birds the way.
Music composed by Jules Massenet: “Méditation” from Thaïs
The GHS girls played a tough back and forth game only to loose in last few seconds to Saugus.
I saw Jeff in his gallery on Saturday on my walk so I went in to say hello. As usual I was very impressed with the work hanging on the walls so I hurriedly took photos of what I could while he was busy talking “ skies in the different seasons in Gloucester” with a group of people. If you look at the photos please realize his work is much better than the photos of his work. His gallery is at 16 Rogers Street in Gloucester . Email is jweaverart@hot mail.com and website http://www.jeffweaverfineart.com
The Fishermen win their 2nd straight holding on to slight lead at the end.
The Fishermen win exciting game with lead changing back and forth several times. It was a great effort.
GHS girls play with a lot of heart but loose game to Peabody.
Spectacular day, spectacular turnout, and spectacularly positive Boston women’s march. Tons of men participated, too, and the event was a true rainbow coalition. Wonderful to see so many friends from Cape Ann! We arrived extra early because of the train schedule, which allowed us to be super close to the stage. The crowds just grew and grew and grew throughout the day. Lots and lots of photos to share, too many to look through tonight after a long day “marching.” Quotes around marching because the turnout was so tremendous that there was marching foot-traffic-gridlock throughout the city. Estimates have participants numbering somewhere around 125,000. EVERYONE was calm and patient and thoughtful. I think the most wonderful part was seeing so many young people at the march. So proud to be an American ❤
COYOTE FORUM SCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2nd FROM 7 TO 9PM
Our city continues to discuss coyote conflicts with state partners, including Mass Environmental Police, Mass Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, and the Governor’s office, with direct conversations with the Lieutenant Governor. In addition to the on-going research by ad-hoc groups, our newly formed Animal Advisory Board will provide new insights (we need new members on this board, so please consider applying). Lastly, we are setting up a meeting tentative for Thursday, Feb 2nd from 7PM to 9PM at City Hall to host another informal coyote forum with information from state environmental partners, animal control, and time for questions and answers, too. We will continue to press our state leaders for safe and swift solutions and additional police and animal patrols remain on alert across Gloucester. Please see the link from Mass.gov on helpful tips and resolving conflicts (which includes law stating, “Coyotes taking pets are not considered an immediate threat to human safety, therefore ACO’s and municipal police departments are not authorized to remove these wild animals.”) We will provide more updates as they develop. Thank you.
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AS reported in thelocalnews.ws
Sumac Lane, Rocky Neck
GLOUCESTER — The mayor and police chief are advising residents to keep a careful watch on all pets after a resident’s dog was killed by a coyote last night.
Two women who tried to save the dog were forced to hide in a car after the coyote turned on them.
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Interim Chief John McCarthy issued the advice after the dog was attacked last night (January 15).
At around 9:30 p.m., “Gloucester Animal Control responded to Sumac Lane for reports of a resident whose dog had been attacked and killed by a coyote,” a police statement said.
“The dog was on a fixed leash in the yard while its owner was inside the home. Animal control officers searched the surrounding area but did not find the coyote,” it added.
Rocky Neck resident Mark Olsen told WBZ TV the dog, a poodle, belonged to his 75-year-old mother.
The dog was out for about five minutes when the coyote attacked, he told reporters.
Olsen said his mother and sister “tried to save the dog, but they had to hide in their car when the coyote came after them,” WBZ said.
As a result, animal control officers and Gloucester Environmental Police are monitoring the entire Rocky Neck area today.
City officials said the coyote population has been increasing on Cape Ann recently. Olsen agreed, saying he had seen three or four recently. He also said they are becoming “more brazen.”
The Boston Globe reported last year that 250 residents attended a meeting last year to voice concern about the increasing coyote population.
In October 2015, a woman drinking coffee on her front porch was attacked by a coyote, according to Good Morning Gloucester.
To prevent coyote attacks, Gloucester Police advise residents to follow safety tips from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife:
- Do not approach, feed, pet, or try to interact with wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, or other wild animals.
- It is always a good idea to leash pets at all times if outdoors. Small cats and dogs are seen as prey and larger dogs competition.
- Don’t hesitate to scare or threaten coyotes with loud noises, bright lights, or water sprayed from a hose.
- Cut back bushy edges, as these areas provide cover for coyotes and their prey.
- Secure your garbage. Coyotes raid open trash materials and compost piles. Secure your garbage in tough plastic containers with tight-fitting lids and keep them in secure buildings when possible.
- Take out trash when the morning pick-up is scheduled, not the previous night.
- Keep compost in secure, vented containers, and keep barbecue grills clean to reduce attractive odors.
- Keep bird feeder areas clean. Use feeders designed to keep seed off the ground, as the seed attracts many small mammals coyotes prey upon.
- Remove feeders if coyotes are regularly seen around your yard.
More information regarding the city’s increasing coyote population will be released on the City of Gloucester website this week.