Smoopie From Tiny Island Beach Glass Sends In Some Horrible Pictures

The GMG Float from 2010 and The Captain Joe and Sons Float From 2008.  I was just talking to Ed Collard about how much I’m looking forward to bringing the 2011 GMG Float to the next level.  With Sista Felicia as lead design and brother In Law Barry and Jeremy Frost On construction I’m pretty sure it’s a safe bet!

4th 2010 535 (2) duck

100_8511 (2) capt joe dolf

100_8514 (2) capt joe cup

Photos From Schmoopie- Check Out Their Site

The Blue Yeti, The GloucesterCast Podcast & Charlie Sheen

Bill O’Connor of North Shore Kid Fame sent in this photo of the mic that Charlie uses for his podcast-


You see that mic in the foreground of the picture?  It’s called the Blue Yeti and yep, it’s the same microphone I happen to use when Kenny and I record the GloucesterCast podcast.  As Bill said-

You know you’ve got problems when…You have something in common with Charlie Sheen.


Kinda phallic looking isn’t it?

Did You Know? (Do Not Disturb)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That seals rest on the shore?  It is a normal thing for them to do, and there is generally nothing wrong with them.  You should not disturb them, try to get them back into the water, or splash water on them.  (How would you feel is someone did that to you while you were trying to take a nap.) 

This seal was resting on Little Lighthouse Beach, although he did get disturbed on a few occasions because he was right in the path where people normally walk to go to the Lighthouse, and he kind of blended into the background.  He growled at one young girl who never saw him and nearly stepped on him.

E.J. Lefavour

Did You Know? (Interact Club Pizza Taste-Off)

That the Gloucester High School Interact Club will be holding it’s fourth annual Pizza Taste-Off, on Wednesday, April 6th? The event will be held at the Cruiseport, Gloucester, from 5:30-7:30 PM.

Tickets are only $8.00 for adults and $4.00 for children, five and under. Tickets are limited to 300 and will be available at the door. All proceeds from the Pizza Taste-Off will be donated to Relay for Life.


Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting.  Club membership varies greatly. Clubs can be single gender or mixed, large or small. They can draw from the student body of a single school or from two or more schools in the same community.

Each year, Interact clubs complete at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and learn the importance of

  • Developing leadership skills and personal integrity
  • Demonstrating helpfulness and respect for others
  • Understanding the value of individual responsibility and hard work
  • Advancing international understanding and goodwill

As one of the most significant and fastest-growing programs of Rotary service, with more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and geographical areas, Interact has become a worldwide phenomenon. Almost 200,000 young people are involved in Interact. Benefits of membership in an Interact club include the opportunity to network with other members both locally and internationally. Members also have opportunities to develop leadership skills, understand the importance of responsibility and promote international awareness. Other benefits include learning the importance of serving others, showing respect and developing personal integrity.

Gloucester High School’s Interact Club is a community service based organization under Rotary International. Through service, students help to better their community, as well as develop skills to be active members of the community.  I just learned that David Slade of Cricket Press is the Gloucester Rotary Interact Advisor for Gloucester High School’s Interact Club, and he wanted everyone to know about the Pizza Taste-Off, so come out, have some pizza, and support Gloucester High School Interact Club’s community service project to help Relay for Life.

E.J.  Lefavour

Lobster Pool is Open and Toasty

Stop by the Lobster Pool out there in the northeast corner of Cape Ann on Halibut Point. It’s open and the back deck is toasty with a fire going. I went for my favorite fried clams and fried shrimp. I’ll be back for the scallops and the lobster next weekend.

Right after they opened this past Friday, all freshly painted with new signs being lettered:

Widowed Persons’ Support Group at Addison Gilbert Hospital

Widowed Persons’ Support Group at Addison Gilbert Hospital

The Widowed Persons’ Support Group meetings are
held at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington Street,
Gloucester, in the Longan Room (Washington
Street entrance), from 3-5 p.m. every other Wednesday.
The next meeting will be on April 6.

There is no fee or and pre-registration is not required. 
Those wishing further
information may call 978-283-7102 or 978-879-4373.

Hooksett BJ Disk Release Info

Hooksett NH disk release
March 31, 2011 16:00 update
10AM Newburyport meeting with Hooksett, NH DEP, MA DEP:
Newburyport City HallPanel: Dick Chalpin, Mass DEP; Mike Wimsatt, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services;Jeff Brown, Enpro; Dan Pike, EMD, Hooksett New Hampshire
Dick Chalpin gave a broad overview of the situation noting that 36 towns have been impacted as far away as Racepoint in Provincetown. Additional testing on the disks indicates that there is no additional risk of bacterial contamination from the disks than is contained in any usual trash that comes up in the beach. The Disks are therefore being considered a trash issue and not a health issue.

Mike Wimsatt, NH DES reports that there are still disks washing up on New Hampshire beaches. These disks are being randomly sampled. The vast majority came up negative for bacteria with few coming back with low levels of bacteria. NH DES has formally ordered Hooksett to develop a short term and long term plan to address the disks.

Jeff Brown, Enpro reports that they are amassing an aggressive recovery of the disks, addressing 85 locations on the coast and 55 locations on the Merrimack River. They are also addressing marshes and estuaries. They have been utilizing volunteers that normally do spring clean-up in disk collection. The Clean River Project also deployed booms in the river and collected over 100,000 disks. He reports that his estimates of recovered disks stands at about 2.5 million. The estimate of disks released is about 4 million. Enpro is focusing their attention on the Merrimack River at this time to prevent additional disks from making their way to the ocean. Going forward, Enpro expects to plan a schedule of inspections, will deploy personnel for disk recovery, continue to encourage volunteers to pick up disks and establish clean up stations for the deposit of the disks. There are also sending clean up teams to beaches that have large amounts of disks on them.

Dan Pike, EMD Hooksett NH reported that the cause of the release of the disks was the storm that deposited 2.5 inches of rain combined with the rapid snow melt due to the warm temperature caused the basins to quickly fill and overflow the plant. He also noted that a UMASS group is currently modeling the ocean currents to determine where else the disks may show up. Reimbursement guidance should be ready to be distributed shortly. Clean up costs are being estimated at 1.5-2.0 million. DEP suggests that City and towns use their own resources to pick up the disks and request reimbursement from Hooksett. Mr. Pike noted that, while Hooksett takes responsibility for the cleanup costs of the disks, payment will not be made for communities for their entire spring beach cleanups.

The question was asked about the impact of the disks on sea life. MA DEP reports that it is likely that some sea-life has been impacted, however there is no direct knowledge of detrimental impact.
The question was also asked about the clean-up of granite shoreline. “How clean is clean?” Enpro requested that they be contacted if there is a large concentration of Disks to be picked up but that they will never be able to pick up every scattered disk.

Gloucester specific:
There was a question about increased medical waste coming up on Coffins Beach. Mr. Pike from Hooksett stated that there were box filters in the Hooksett plant that screen out that type of waste, so none of that would have come from Hooksett. MA DEP also noted was that several other community’s had plants discharge during that storm, some with CSO’s which do not have the capacity to screen debris prior to discharge.

The Gloucester DPW crews have cleaned all of the public beaches and report them to be in good shape. This could change depending on wind and tide conditions. The DPW will continue to monitor the beaches and adjust their cleanup efforts accordingly. Gloucester is fortunate in that the City owns its own mechanical beach rake which has proven to be very effective in picking up these disks on the beaches that the rake can access.Citizens are still being asked to pick up the disks they see on the small beaches and dispose of them in the trash.

Currently the City of Gloucester is not cleaning private beaches. Private property owners or their organizations should contact the Town of Hooksett directly. Please contact the Emergency Management Director Dan Pike at 603-315-5216 or at Private property owners can also contact ENPRO at 800-966-1102 and reference The Hooksett Event issue. The Town of Hooksett is still trying to get an 800 information line in operation but it is not up as of today.

Unless things change, this will be the last formal update. Persons with any questions or to report significant quantities of disks should contact ENPRO directly at the 800-966-1102 number.

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Because  i’m so interesting! 🙂

Spring at Niles

I took my first bike ride of the season yesterday to Niles Pond. Heading out toward the retreat house was so peaceful. A turtle struggled up a rock to sun himself. One of the swans took off over the pond. The wind was right, and the flap of his huge wings could be heard clear across the water. On my way back, a great egret spread its huge white wings and landed on a rock on the edge of the pond. The mallards quacked seeking their mates. The pond is a world in itself. I am a grateful observer.     —Sharon