Did You Know? (Lanesville Community Center)

Photos by E.J. Lefavour

That until about 1942, the Lanesville Community Center building was the Ahola Dairy Barn?  The Lanesville Community Center was founded in 1954 by a forward thinking group of neighbors who purchased the old dairy barn to use as a gathering place for the residents of Lanesville, and it remains a prized possession of the community. Consisting of a main building sitting on 2.7 acres of recreational green space and managed by a board of directors, its purpose is to assist, encourage, promote, and undertake such activities as will contribute towards the educational advancement of adults and children in the community in the areas of art, local history, agriculture, and emergency preparedness, and advance the social, recreational, physical, moral, spiritual, and cultural lives of its citizens. The Center has been the site of many a pig roast and clam bake, political meeting and square dance, as well as a haunted house at Halloween.  Historian, Barbara Erkkila who wrote Hammers on Stone: A History of Cape Ann Granite and A History of Lane’s Cove, was the past secretary of the LCC and tracked all events held there for a period of about 40 years.  The records are now in the archives at the Cape Ann Museum. 

The Center is in the final stages of some pretty major improvements, funded by a $15,800 CDBG Grant from HUD through the City of Gloucester, and supplemented by a 60th Anniversary Capital Campaign.  They have installed 2 new handicap accessible baths and a new kitchen area, and are currently finishing the new concrete slab with radiant heat floors.  Pictured are volunteers Dave and Randy Young, Butch Roth and Jim Flint.  Butch Roth created the stars in the floor, which will become memorial stars, the first being for Helen Jacobson who passed this winter at the age of 92.  $1,000 in memorials was raised in her name.  Jim Flint (you remember Jim from the Sacred Heart Church), has been the President of the LCC for four years, and expects that Phase 1 of the work will be completed by May 1.  The Center will then be available to rent (at very reasonable rates) for weddings, parties, funerals, meetings, etc.  The Center is also used for ward meetings and is the voting location for Ward 4-2, and is free for community service events.  Art in Lanesville in August and the Lanesville Music Festival in September are also held at the Center.

The LCC is always looking for volunteers, so if you live in the area and want to help, or if you are interested in renting the space for a function or meeting, visit their website at http://www.lanesvillecommunitycenter.org/ for contact and rental info, and check out the video of Jim in the buff!

E.J. Lefavour


Peg O’Malley Wants You To Know That Addison Gilbert Hospital is in Imminent Danger

Addison Gilbert Hospital is in imminent danger


NOW is the time YOU must act.

This coming Tuesday, April 26 at 7PM at Gloucester City Hall

Presentation to City Council by Peg O’Malley RN

Partners for Addison Gilbert Hospital

    Northeast Health (owner of Beverly Hospital and AGH) is actively involved in negotiations for a sale or merger with NO GUARANTEES that a full-service ER at AGH will be preserved.  Their final decision on which organization (Lahey, BI/Deaconess, Vanguard, or Steward) to go with is expected within a matter of weeks.

    That decision will determine if AGH lives or dies.  We must make it crystal clear to all "players" that AGH must remain open with all the services we need.

    The Gloucester City Council and Mayor Kirk, along with the Rockport Selectmen and Citizens at the Town Meeting, have recently passed and sent (to Northeast Trustees, the Attorney General, the Commissioner of Public Health, and the four potential "partners") resolutions demanding a written guarantee,from Northeast and any future owner, that at a minimum, all 8 services legally required for a full service ER at AGH will be protected.

    Now, It’s YOUR turn.

    By being at City Hall Tuesday night, you will demonstrate to Northeast and everyone else, that the people of Cape Ann stand united in demanding that AGH will be protected.

    You don’t want to wake up someday soon to read in the Gloucester Times that AGH is closing and ask "Why didn’t anybody tell me?"   You’ve been warned while you can still DO SOMETHING about it.

    Because this is a presentation, the Council’s rules dictate that I’m the only one allowed to speak about AGH at this meeting.    I will certainly ask that an OPEN MEETING for EVERYONE to speak on AGH be scheduled very soon.  I urge each of you to personally contact the City Councilors to make the same request.

    Bring your kids, your spouse, your relatives, friends and neighbors.  All Cape Ann people should attend.

For more info, call 283-9911 or email pego56@comcast.net

Gloucester Rotary Club will hold its Annual Spring Supper Saturday, April 30

Save the Date!

imageThe Gloucester Rotary Club will hold its Annual Spring Supper, featuring a menu of fishcakes and beans, on Saturday, April 30, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center in downtown Gloucester . Proceeds from the supper will support the Rose Baker Senior Center and other Rotary Projects.

Tickets are $10/adults, $8/seniors, $5/children under 12, and are available from Gloucester Rotarians and at the door.

Happy Easter

Photos and Video by E.J. Lefavour

Out of the sad and forlorn mist, the sun rose in all its glory and magnificence this morning.  Wishing everyone abundant blessings this Easter Day, including chocolate bunnies that are not hollow.  These are some photos and a video of the Annisquam Village Church sunrise service at Squam Rock.  It was quite magnificent and magical.  The bagpipe added a special touch, and the purple beam of light captured by the camera coming from the rising sun was amazing.  Did you know that the color used in the sanctuary for most of Lent is purple, red violet, or dark violet? These colors symbolize both the pain and suffering leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus as well as the suffering of humanity and the world under sin.  But purple is also the color of royalty, and so anticipates through the suffering and death of Jesus the coming resurrection and hope of newness that will be celebrated in the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.  At one point, a flock of 5 herons circled in the sky above the congregation.  Pure magic.

Annual Easter Peeps Battle

OK, you’ve pigged out on the chocolate bunnies and the jelly beans and the sugar rush is peaking. What to do? Mom has the ham ready and is out in the garden on this beautiful
day finishing her coffee. It’s time to sneak into the kitchen and get some use out of those peeps. You can’t eat them raw, they need to be fluffed up in the microwave. Time for the Annual Easter Peeps Battle.

1) Select four sturdy Peeps, two per color. (You can add a whole regiment but only in new construction with wiring up to code.)

2) Four toothpicks or cut some wooden skewers down to jousting length.

3) Arrange on a plate. You can dress your Peeps up. Waterloo, French and British complete with Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington. Get creative. Add that fake grass and jellybeans for cannon balls. They may even blow up. Or Yankees vs Red Sox. Boston Bruins vs the Montreal Divers. Mine went commando today.

4) Place in center of microwave, select 30 seconds and hit start. Get really close because you don’t want to miss any of the action. They can get so enormous they press their little peep faces against the window. Package end peeps tend to expand lopsidedly and are good for flanking maneuvers.

Waterloo in 30 secondsYellow looks to be fadingAh, pink may have struck first but pink also attacked their own. Yellow wins 2011About ready to eatYes, from the GMG blimp this shot proves yellow wins.Oh, the humanity.

Brought to you by Good Morning Gloucester. Happy Easter.

Warning: If you do try this at home. There is a small window of time  wherein a fresh peep microwaved is quite tasty. Before that window the peep will sear your throat sending you to Addison Gilbert ER. After that window the peep will pull all your fillings out sending you to the dentist. That window is small. Test them out on your baby sister first.

Peep Art 2010

Peeps Get Big 2010