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The Fireworks committee hopes everyone has a happy and safe holiday! There are some changes and additions to this year’s display that we want everyone to be aware of:

First, the display will start at 9:30pm, not 10:00pm as in previous years.

Second, the display will be preceded by a laser light show as part of the concert on the boulevard prior to the show after the Horribles parade has past that area.

Third, the fireworks display will begin with a two minute tribute to Gloucester Police Officer Steve Amaral who recently passed away; Steve was always on the Police boat helping secure our safety perimeter for many years and he truly loved the fireworks, especially the low special effects (hint hint)!

Toby – Pet of the Week


I’m Toby, I arrived at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA) as a young kitten with an upper respiratory infection that caused one of my eyes to be injured beyond repair and it had to be removed. I was placed in foster care, have had my surgery and

I am a healthy, well adjusted six-month-old boy kitten.  Did you hear about the CAAA’s 1st Annual Golf Tournament ?  It will be held on Mon., Oct. 17. Scramble/12:30 p.m., shotgun start and registration begins at 11: am at Bass Rocks Golf Club. Fee: $160. per golfer includes greens fee, cart, prizes and dinner catered by Timothy S. Hopkins!  For more information, please e-mail golf@CapeAnnAnimalAid.com

Don’t forget to come visit me at the shelter at 260 Main Street in Gloucester .

I won’t be at the Tournament, I don’t know how to golf!

Did You Know? (Mug Up and Monkey Bread)

That tomorrow is Sunday, and therefore Mug Up morning at Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery at 10:00 am.  Come on by before you begin your horribles parading and fireworks oooing and aaaing.  Rumor has it that Paul Morrison is bringing fresh baked monkey bread from Lattof Farm, and new Madfish Wharf artist, Gigi Mederos, is bring scones.  I’ll be making deviled eggs again, and of course, coffee.  Everyone is welcome.  Just don’t tell Ed Collard about the monkey bread.

E.J. Lefavour


GMG Gallery Mug Up Sunday with Lattof Farm Monkey Bread

I should be able to get the first Monkey Bread out of the oven at 10:AM at Lattof Farms of Rockport on Sunday. Then it will be brought to the GMG Gallery on Madfish Pier for the Mug Up. This is good. If I bring it home most of it ends up being stuffed in my pie hole. A real setback for my Blackburn Challenge training. I have to show more self-control​ in crowds.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 10AM throughout the summer the Monkey Bread is on the shelf. (As you drive into Rockport, instead of turning right into the Info booth Lattof is just ahead to your left.) But don’t dawdle. The opening day Monkey Bread yesterday lasted one hour and twenty minutes. Saddest words I ever heard, “no more Monkey Bread”.

Edit: it seems that both EJ and I set up our posts hours in advance and we both had monkey bread on our minds. Can’t have too much monkey bread. I’ve tried. One thing I will do is change my photo to what it will actually look like tomorrow when I get the monkey bread to the Mug Up. I can’t drive it all the way over there without yanking out a piece.

Happy 90th Eleanor!

Happy 90th Eleanor!

Eleanor Fisher

Eleanor Fisher (L) and Judi Harris, both of Rockport and members of the Cove Circle celebrate their birthdays together with other members of the Cove Circle.   Eleanor tuned 90 years old on June 24, while Judi has a while to go to catch up to Eleanor.

The Cove Circle is a non-profit civic organization made up of men and woman throughout Cape Ann.  The group conducts fund-raising events and through their hall rental, provide scholarships and assist in other worthy events on Cape Ann.  Those wishing to learn more about the Cove Circle are invited to attend one of their pot luck dinners held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Six Breakwater Avenue in Rockport.

Carlos Castaneda Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

“Self-importance is our greatest enemy. What weakens us is feeling offended by the deeds and misdeeds of our fellowmen. Our self-importance requires that we spend most of our lives offended by someone.”


Carlos Castaneda  (1925-1998)
Peruvian-born anthropologist Castaneda wrote the highly controversial The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui way of Knowledge, and subsequent books, held by some to be a study of sorcery and shamanism and by others to be fiction. His insights into human nature and his affect on the thinking of the hippie generation is harder to dispute. He founded the Tensegrity movement to further teachings he attributed to centuries of Toltec warriors.

Greg Bover

In the Harbor


In The Harbor June 26, 2011

The Tug Volans

from; Tugboatinformation.com

Built in 1980, by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana (hull #353) as the David Foss for Foss Maritime.

In 2006, Foss Maritime acquired Constellation Maritime of Boston, Massachusetts and the David Foss was transferred to operations in Boston where she was renamed as the Volans.

Powered by two Caterpillar D-398 diesel engines with Caterpillar 7261 reduction gears at a ratio of 4.61:1 turning via 7(in) by 21(in) 10.5(in) shafts, two Coolidge four bladed 76(in) by 76(in) fixed pitch propellers for a rated 2,379 horsepower.

Her electrical service is provided by two 50 Kw generators driven by two GM Detroit 4-71 engines that are skin cooled and are fitted with a PTO and hydraulic pump. The tug’s capacities are 25,583 gallons of fuel oil, 395 gallons of lube oil, 453 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 3,283 gallons of water.



Heather McCoy Takes Some Pictures of An Electric Torpedo Ray On Cambridge Beach In Annisquam

Heather writes-

Hey Joey,

I found this on Cambridge Beach in Annisquam a few days ago.  I was told it was an electric torpedo ray, I had never heard of them before.  I was wondering if you had ever come across one while lobstering?


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That’s a funky ass ray H!

I’m not a lobsterman, I’m a lobster dealer and no, I’ve never seen one like that before!

USS Constitution– Gloucester 1931-07

Adam Gaffin, The legendary blogger behind Boston’s most influential online news source- Universal Hub forwarded the link to this picture to me-

Here is the info behind the photo-

USS Constitution – Gloucester

File name: 08_06_007749

Title: USS Constitution – Gloucester

Creator/Contributor: Jones, Leslie, 1886-1967 (photographer)
Date created: 1931-07

Physical description: 1 negative : glass, black & white ; 4 x 5 in.

Genre: Glass negatives

Subjects: Constitution (Frigate); Sailing ships; Public sculpture
Notes: Title and date from information provided by Leslie Jones or the Boston Public Library on the negative or negative sleeve.

Collection: Leslie Jones Collection

Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department

Rights: Copyright © Leslie Jones.

Preferred citation: Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.