Video Interview- Local Banking Part I A Conversation With Bob Gillis

People like to speak about shoping locally.  Often times they are talking about retail shopping or buying local fish, lobsters, produce and sourcing food as close to home as possible.

What often gets overlooked are our local banks who have in the past and are currently, extremely involved in our community.  Not only do they provide local jobs but more often than not they keep the money that you save as deposits here and turn around and lend that money back into the community.  They also back many local charities and treat you as a person and not just an account number.  It’s nice to have someone recognize you when you walk through the doors.

I don’t always advocate to do business locally.  I’ll be the first to admit that if there is an item out of town where there is a huge discrepancy in price I will shop out of town.  However when things are close to even slightly higher priced the benefits of keeping it local go way beyond what you put in your pocket.  There is a ripple effect where the entire community benefits.

We highlight the benefits of local banking in light of the fee based banking structure of large national banks.  Here is part I with Bob Gillis Of Cape Ann Savings Bank.

When you get your Bank of America statement this month and decide that you’ve finally had enough, check out what our local banks, Cape Ann Savings Bank, Bank Gloucester and Rockport National have to offer.   I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

…and don’t forget to tell ’em Joey sent ya.

Look for my interview with Patrick Thorpe From Bank Gloucester tomorrow.

Cinder–Cape Ann Animal Aid Pet of the Week

Cinder – Pet of the Week


I am Cinder, a five-month-old sweet, sassy and very affectionate girl pup.  I am at the Cape Ann Animal Aid, 260 Main Street in Gloucester where the wonderful volunteers and staff are taking good care of me.  I can’t wait to be adopted and be part of a family.  As you can see, I have a beautiful black coat and personality to match!   I will be a large dog when I am grown.  I think I might do best with children ten or older; I love them, but I wouldn’t want to accidentally sit on one.

With all the holidays coming up, I want to have a family to enjoy these with.  I know some people just don’t want a big dog and they prefer those little dogs that can fit into their pocket or purse – but I will fit better in your heart!

25th Blackburn Challenge; Joey: Send me a photo!

The morning of the Blackburn Challenge and Joey was having a GMG meltdown. Or maybe he was was giving birth to puppies. But we were getting ready to go for a long paddle and Ed and I had not sent him any photos. I was trying to set up my iPhone to send a GPS signal so GMG could track us go around Cape Ann but Joey was sending me a text message every five minutes which would kill the GPS app.

I did get a photo but forgot that it was on HDR setting. I emailed it to Joey and he never received it since it was so large. Today, I finally figured out how to get it yanked from my outbox. Here we are discussing racing strategy. Once Ed realized I had Sue set up to deliver us cold beers as we rounded Andrews Point we were all set.

 Only 290 days left to the 26th Blackburn Challenge.

Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Paul Korn & Sue Bumagin are great friends, and FOB’s.  They sent their 70-year-old friends, Deanne and Jim Bonnar of Acton, on a birthday scavenger hunt, which included Khan Studio and the Good Morning Gloucester Gallery.  A sweet, unique gift for their dear friends – kind of like a slow paced Cape Ann version of the Amazing Race.  It was fun to be involved.

E.J. Lefavour

Cape Ann Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Hockey Programs for 2011-12

Cape Ann Youth Hockey


Learn to Skate & Learn to Play Hockey Programs for 2011-12

Programs at various skill levels for boys & girls age 3 to 14

In-Person Registration for CAYH Learn to Skate/Initiation, Cape Ann Cross Ice, and In-House Hockey Team

Thursday October 13th @ Talbot Rink from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

or register online at

Programs begin on Saturday, October 29th.

Questions? Visit our website or contact CAYH Registrar, Kristin Michel @ 978-290-6035



For a GREAT Event – For a GREAT cause!!!

West Parish School PTO GIRLS NIGHT OUT

(Men welcome also!)

Friday, November 4th, 7pm to 10pm

Magnolia Library

$5 Admission Fee

Public welcome. Please invite all your friends!


(Deadline for vendors: 10-11-2011)


We are currently looking for Looking for local entrepreneurs & local crafters to sell and display their  “wares” at our event:

We would love anyone with something great to sell to apply, things including, but not limited to:

Tastefully Simple, Traveling Vineyard or other wine tasting group, Partylite, Tupperware, Avon, Longaberger, Dream Dinners, Arbonne, Usborne Books, Jewelry Designers, Chair Massage, Manicures and Paraffin Treatments, Chocolatiers, Cake Designers, Caterers….  Etc!!!

The cost for a four-foot table is $50.00. You may rent an entire 8ft. table for $100.00.

(Contact Lisa Groleau at or 978-526-4129 OR Madeline Moffett 978-281-6082 for more information.)

Please fill out below info. and return via email or Snail Mail to:

West Parish PTO,

Attention: Lisa Groleau

10 Concord Street,

Gloucester MA 01930


Company Name:

What you will be selling:

Telephone #: Email:

Sponsored by West Parish PTO

All Proceeds will go to W.P. PTO for benefits of W.P. Students!

Building Committee for Lanes Cove Fish Shack Meeting Minutes Now Available On City Website

Damon Cummings Writes-

Through the efforts of member Barbara Jobe our notices and minutes are now posted on the city web site as well as in the usual city hall locations.
Those interested in the musings of the committee and the evolution of our thinking from elimination and build new to replacement of pieces timber by timber can follow our first 9 meetings over the last month and a half and future ones at this link

Building Committee for Lanes Cove Fish Shack

Lanes Cove Fish Shack

The Fish Shack

The Committee’s mission is to investigate options for the approximately 125 year old shack. The mission of the committee is to save a treasured fish shack and investigate all issues that will have an effect on this mission.
Meetings are normally held on Mondays at 2PM at the City Hall Annex, 3 Pond Road, Gloucester MA.
Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to Committee meetings.

Most Recent Agenda | All Agendas

Minutes are available once approved by the Committee.
Most recent Minutes | All Minutes

A Special Announcement from Fly Amero

My scheduled guest for this evening,
Katrin, will be unable to attend.  She
sends her regrets.  I will consequently
be doing the entire show solo. ~ Fly

Dinner with Fly Amero: 8 – 11pm
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Dinner –
 $9.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!

Oct. 19: ROCKY & KERI

Oct. 26: JOHN ROCKWELL (guest host)

Nov. 2: JULIE DOUGHERTY/DAVID BROWN (guest co-hosts)


I hope to see you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Gloucester, Ma The Number One Cruise Ship Destination?

Gloucester, Ma The Number One Cruise Ship Destination?

It  looks like it’s becoming that.

The Seven Seas Navigator arrived this morning and began unloading her passengers.

Click here for the Seven Seas Navigators Website

Click here to Track Her Movements on the Website


Vocal Art Auction Tonight at the Sawyer Free Library

Vocal Art Auction Tonight at the Sawyer Free Library 10/05/2011

The Silent Auction Bidding is over. But!, you still have one more chance to bid on your favorite painting. The Vocal Auction starts at 7pm and The Preview Party Starts at 6pm. There will be plenty of Food and Drink to get you primed for the Vocal Auction.


From deb Clarke;


found it in a tank at the Seapocket Lab of the Gloucester Maritime Center A simple google search identified the image as a grunt, my Audubon field guide identifies it as a Porgy.

I’m gathering this information for a new body of work based on fish that I have not painted before. Some of the new paintings will be of favorite aquarium fish that I have lived with. Others will be new encounters through tidepools, my visit to the Maritime Center, the Boston Aquarium (a visit is next on my list). The artwork will exhibit up in Maine in the New Year. to see my progress subscribe to my blog:



Ipswich Light

 IIpswich Light and Steep Hill, 1934 Alice M. Curtis/ ©Fredrik D. Bodin
Many Ipswich residents and beach goers who come to the gallery are unaware of Ipswich Light and its interesting history. The first Ipswich Light was built on Crane Beach in 1838 to guide ships to the mouth of the Ipswich River. It was actually two towers, called a range light (like Rockport’s Thacher Island Light). This was replaced in 1881 by a 45 foot tall cast iron structure, very similar to Gloucester’s own Ten Pound Island Light (erected the same year). In 1881, Ipswich Light stood 82 feet from Ipswich Bay. By 1911, it was 1,090 feet inland. In addition, drifting sand covered the lighthouse to the extent that personnel had to enter through a third story window. In 1939, the Coast Guard floated the lighthouse by barge to Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. It now guards the entrance to Edgartown Harbor, bearing the plaque: Formerly Ipswich Light. Today’s Ipswich Light is a 29 foot tall sand dune resistant skeleton tower.

Ipswich Light, Crane Beach, 1934 Alice M. Curtis/ ©Fredrik D. Bodin
Photographs printed from the original 4×5 inch negatives in my darkroom. Images # A8845-056 and A8845-053
Note: I was asked today if any of the photos on my posts are for sale. Yes they are! The post from 9/14/11 resulted in the Brooklyn Bridge going to Oklahoma, and last week’s post (Cape Ann – a Farming Town) resulted in a purchase for a descendent of a Cape Ann farming family.
Fred Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

Cape Ann Farmers’ Market accepting applications for Backyard Growers Program


Cape Ann Farmers’ Market accepting applications for Backyard Growers Program

The Backyard Growers Program offers training and resources to help low- to moderate-income Gloucester residents start vegetable gardens in their own backyards. The deadline to apply for the 2012 season is Friday, October 14. To download an application go, or contact Lara at 978-317-8025 or

From The Website-

What we do

The Backyard Growers Program (BYG), in partnership with The Food Project, helps low- to moderate-income Gloucester residents build and maintain sustainable backyard vegetable gardens. We provide raised beds, compost, garden installation, seedlings, seeds, training, and mentoring.

Our goals:

  • Introduce Gloucester residents to the benefits of home gardening
  • Increase awareness of and access to fresh local produce
  • Build community and self-sufficiency through backyard farming
  • Improve environmental conditions in downtown neighborhoods