FOB Kim Smith Featured in The Globe

Dear Gardening Friends,

Sharing the good news from today’s Boston Globe (section G)!!!!!

All very best,

For armchair gardeners pining for spring

Bleak and snowy outside? These lush reads will have you dreaming green.

(Bill Greene/Globe Staff

By Carol Stocker
Globe Correspondent / January 7, 2010

January and February are the reading months for gardeners trapped indoors. Here are some of the best garden books from 2009.

“Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes From a Gloucester Garden,’’ written and illustrated by Kim Smith (David R. Godine, $35), is a treasure, and perhaps the best garden gift book. Why? Both dream-like and practical, it captures the rapture of a gardener’s journey through her own evolving quarter acre by integrating Smith’s personal essays, hands-on advice, and paintings. I was charmed by her listing of specific scents of favorite peony varieties accompanied by a painted sample of their petal colors…

Carol Stocker has been writing about gardening for the Boston Globefor over thirty years. Her columns appear every Thursday in the Lifestyle section and she has a Gardening blog at
Thank you Carol!

Girls Youth Lacrosse comes to Gloucester

Cape Ann Youth Lacrosse is happy to announce a U15 girls Lacrosse team for the 2010 season, girls from the 5th – 8th grades are eligible.
Registration is now open at, Registration  is $100 plus $25 for USLacrosse membership.
For more information please contact or Coach MaClaughlin at

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On August 5, 2001, the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association (GFWA) dedicated a monument to honor the women who have been – and are – the soul of fishing communities.

As Angela Sanfilippo, GFWA president, so eloquently said at the dedication ceremony:

“The memorial serves as a testimonial to what wives, mothers, sisters, and children of fishermen of the world have endured because their men chose to be on the water. They had no choice but to stand on rock, to be on land.”

Envisioned by the wives, mothers, daughters, and sisters of Gloucester fishermen, the memorial honors not only the faith, diligence, and fortitude of the wives of fishermen and mariners everywhere but also honors all women for their unselfish contribution to the well being of their families and their communities.

Check out the Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives Association Website for more information:

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Lobster Tree Dismantling Video Part I From Manuel Simoes


I put a quick video of the start of dismantling of the Gloucester MA Lobster Trap Christmas Tree.


January 9, 2010

The Gloucester MA Lobster Trap Christmas Tree being dismantled by volunteers.

Volunteers started to show up at 7:00 AM on a very cold winter morning.

At 6:40 AM a crescent moon was over the Tree and a flock of birds did a fly by in salute to the tree, and all the smiles it brought to so many people over the holidays.

Over 500 lobster traps, donated by local lobster men, had to be cut away from each other and lowered down to the ground. The traps had to be identified and sorted to insure delivering back to each rightful owner. Two large truck and a few pick truck loads of traps loaded and hauled back to East Gloucester. Did I mention it was a cold winter morning?