A $100 Gift Card To The Azorean Restaurant For The 4000th Subscriber


The Fabulous and effervescent Terry Weber has donated a $100 Gift Card to the Arzorean Restaurant for use in a Good Morning Gloucester Game.

Always looking for win/win situations I’ve come up with a contest in which our 4000th good Morning Gloucester  subscriber will be the owner of said card.

It’s easy to subscribe and get the GMG daily postings in your email.  All you need to do is click here enter your email and confirm it once the service sends you the confirmation email back to the email address you’ve provided.

Here’s the link to subscribe to GoodMorningGloucester


We are down to the last two days to Vote for GMG as CBS Boston’s Most Valuable Blogger In The Miscellaneous category.  If you feel we are worthy- Click here to vote

So send this to your friends and relatives and let them know about the best damn site around, have them subscribe and potentially have them take you out for dinner if they win! Smile

Thanks Terry

The rules-

No double subscriptions from the same email addresses (I’ll check IP addresses)

Winner must come to pick up the Gift Card here at the dock.

Cape Ann SUP w/ Mayor’s Race winner Spirit of Bermuda Photo Rick Isaacs

There are two days left to vote-

If you feel that we deserve your vote you can vote daily through the 9th at the badge below-


check out Cape Ann SUP website here

yep, you could do this sort of thing in most bedroom communities….not.

Just another day in G-Town Baby!  What are you waiting for? Gloucester is Calling.

Boston Deals Has Lat 43 $15 for $30 Deal

We buy these every single time. Cheap family date!


click here for the deal

The deets-

The Skinny

  • Voucher expires 12/13/11
  • Limit two vouchers per person
  • Limit one voucher per table of five our fewer; limit two vouchers for tables of six or more
  • Reservations are required
  • Not valid at the Minglewood Tavern
  • Not valid for alcohol
  • Full deal value must be used in one transaction
  • Voucher not valid for gratuity
  • No cash back
  • Cannot be combined with other offers or special promotions
  • Voucher is valid 24 hours after purchase

Fish Burrito- My Favorite-

Results of the 2011 Leo Almeida Memorial North Shore Striped Bass Tournament

Joal Leanos - 1st place boat

Amy Almeida writes in-

Here are the results of the tournament.


#1 Aaron Quinlan, Amesbury – 35 lbs, 44" (weighed in at Surfland)

#2 John Noonan, Amesbury – 16.88 lbs , 39" (weighed in at Surfland)

#3 John Lynch, Peabody – 13.12 lbs, 33" (weighed in at Bridge St. Sports)


#1 Joal Leanos, Gloucester – 36.6 lbs, 48" (weighed in at Winchester Fishing)

#2 Al Williams, Gloucester – 32.45 lbs, 45" (weighed in at Winchester Fishing)

#3 Paul Whitten, Salem – 30.5 lbs, 46" (weighed in at Bridge St. Sports)

Youth Ryan Mitchell, Ipswich – 19.38 lbs, 36" (weighed in at Surfland)

I’ve attached a picture of Joal Leanos with his fish. This is Joal’s second win in the boat division. He won the boat division in 2010 and was the winner of the junior division in 2008. 

Al Williams has previously won (2005) and come in third (2010) in the boat division. This is Ryan’s second win in the youth division. This is also his last year in the youth division. At the prize ceremony I told him that Joal Leanos’ performance as a former youth division winner has set the bar high for Ryan next year. About 150 people entered the tournament and almost twenty fish were weighed in. For the first time, one of the prize winners has generously chosen to return his winnings to the beneficiary food pantries. John Noonan, the second place winner in the surf division, is a five time tournament participant and first time winner. We anticipate increasing our donation to our beneficiaries over our 2010 donation (almost $6,000). However, we’re still awaiting some donations before we can make a final accounting.

Surprised Again

Gloucester, I have found, is one of those places that is full of surprises.  I can visit the same place day after day and, despite its familiarity, be surprised again and again by the subtle differences in light, the sounds of the sea or the harbor and the people working or playing there and the effects of sun and clouds on the mood of the day.

The other day I went down to the State Fish Pier as I do 2 or 3 times a week, sometimes with a clear intent to find a subject to photograph and sometimes just to observe, listen or meditate.  This time I think I felt more like the dog in Denise Levertov’s marvelous poem, Overland to the Islands, where “every step [is]an arrival.” Although I had viewed the harbor from this vantage point many times before, I was nevertheless surprised by the clarity of the light, the precision of the ripples and the drama of the low- lying clouds.

I was happy that I always carry my camera.


Lady – Pet of the Week


I’ am Lady a 7-month-old girl pup who is a boxer mix.   I am here at the Cape Ann Animal with my sister.   We are playful, active and happy girls.  
Plan to attend Dog Day on Sept.18th at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Rain Date 9/25).

This celebration of all things canine features a expo with vendors and community groups, doggy games and contests, demonstrations, activities for kids, bouncy house, raffles and prizes, food and drinks, low-cost micro-chipping clinic, doggy nail trimming, agility course and more!

The event is free to attend! $10 participation fee for dog activities; the first 100 participants receive a free Dog Day t-shirt! All proceeds benefit Cape Ann Animal Aid. For more information, please visit

www.CapeAnnAnimalAid.com or call 978-283-6055.

Hope to see you there with my new family!

On the Ship to Shore Radio

Thacher Island Light
Painting by E.J.

Cute – submitted by Sylvia DeBoever (you remember, Sarah Lawrence’s niece from “The Mail Must Go Through”)

On the ship to shore radio:

SHIP: “Please divert your course 15 degrees to the north to avoid a collision.”

SHORE: “Recommend that you divert YOUR course 15 degrees to the south to avoid a collision.”

SHIP: “This is the Captain of a U.S. Navy ship. I say again divert YOUR course.”

SHORE: “No, I say again you divert YOUR course.”

SHIP: “This is the aircraft carrier Enterprise, we are a large warship of the U.S. Navy. Divert your course NOW!”

SHORE: “This is a lighthouse. Your call.”

E.J. Lefavour

Executive Director of The Spirit of Bermuda Management and Crew Writes In To Good Morning Gloucester

Greetings from the Spirit of Bermuda Management and Crew!


Bermuda Sloop Foundation would like to thank all of our new and old friends and family in Gloucester for welcoming us with open arms. Prior to sailing to Gloucester, our crew have been hard at work for three weeks conducting our annual maintenance in Belfast and Rockport. We have settled in Gloucester to wait out Hurricane Katia for a few days, which has also given our crew some much needed and well deserved R&R. We would like to thank Brown’s Yacht Yard for being so awesome and accommodating. We welcome anyone who would like to come by for a tour. Once back in Bermuda, we will be back to work conducting our youth program targeting our island’s 13 year olds. We welcome anyone who comes to Bermuda to come find us in Dockyard.

Thanks again for all of your hospitality.
Denise Riviere
Executive Director

Cape Ann TimeBank’s Information Session and Demonstration September 10th


Ever wonder what a timebank is?

YOU are invited to Cape Ann TimeBank’s information session and demonstration.

You’ll learn about Cape Ann TimeBank: how it works, how you can join, what folks offer and what you can do.

Fun Stuff for Kids (and grown-ups, too)!

There will be music and crafts for kids.  Members will demonstrate some of our most whimsical offerings: juggling lessons, flower arranging, custom cartoons and more.

Come to the Sawyer Free Library on Saturday September 10, 2011 
2-3 PM.
2 Dale Avenue in Gloucester
Bring the kids! Eat Refreshments!

Mornin Coffee Klatch At Scout Vintage Finds- 186 East Main St

check out ScoutVintage here- http://www.facebook.com/ScoutFinds

Pics using @SunshineWalks Pentax Camera

Our Sarah Kelly @therovinghome


Karen aka “Scout” @ScoutFinds


Karen’s killer raspberry lemon muffins-


and here’s one from my camera-


The Castle on Salt Island

 Castle on Salt Island, 1919 Alice M. Curtis/ @Fredrik D. Bodin
I encounter locals, and even Brier Neck residents whose homes overlook Salt Island, who don’t know about the castle that was situated there. Here’s the story:
In the fall of 1919, the Fox Movie Company built a wood and plaster facade of a Gothic castle for the silent film Bride 13. This was a 15 part serial, or cliff hanger. The plot revolved around the kidnapping and ransom of thirteen beautiful damsels by a ruthless Moroccan pirate and his motley crew. Action scenes included the firing of a 450 pound cannon, a hot air balloon escape, US Navy battleships and submarine, a schooner wrecked and burned in Brace Cove, and the dynamiting of the castle as the movie’s finale.

Where is this film? I’d love to know. All sources indicate that Bride 13 was either lost or destroyed, as happened with many silent films. The reference used for this post was the May 1972 Yankee Magazine article, Lights! Camera! Disaster!, authored by the late Joseph E. Garland of Gloucester. Thanks, Joe–you gave us so much–we miss you.

Photograph printed from the original 5×7 inch glass negative in my darkroom. Image # A8357-053
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930