Chickity Check It!- Marty’s Son Brian Has His Own Photo A Day For 365 Project Going

Brian reminded me yesterday whene he stopped down the dock that I used to refer to Marty as the other guy, having known Brian through his New York Waterblog a full year or two before Marty decided to move here and make all the rest of us look like amateur photographers. 

It was two years ago now that I met Marty when he made that fateful trip with Brian to Gloucester for the Dory raffle from Upstate New York and Brooklyn-

For The Dory Raffle Brian and Marty Luster Drive From Brooklyn

Posted on October 3, 2009 by Joey C


So it wasn’t six months later Marty decided to move to Gloucester after just one visit!  Read this blog post from the following May.

Welcome To Gloucester Marty!

Posted on May 14, 2010 by Joey C

Back on October 3 Marty luster came to Gloucester with his son Brian, a Brooklynite who runs the fantastic water blog A Movable Bridge Brian came to Gloucester with his dad Marty and attended the International Dory season wrap up … Continue reading →

So here is Son of GMG master photographer Marty Luster and  FOB Brian Luster’s new picture a day Blog “Backward Glance” image

Click here to check it out

Did You Know? (Hardy Kitesurfers)

I caught these two kitesurfers, the one above on the afternoon of the storm, and the other photos yesterday after the storm.  I could be wrong, but the top photos look like Paul Morrison, and the bottom photo looks like Ed Collard.  Have our hardy Blackburn challenger men decided to up the anti in the area of exciting, challenging and frigid sports to take part in around Cape Ann, or is it two other thrill seeking guys?


Speedway Welding Supply

Mike and I had a great experience over the weekend at Speedway Welding Supply. Such a great resource right in our backyards!

Family owned, local, passionate, clean showroom and great customer service! Owner, Steve and his son, Sean, are very Knowledgeable and happy to help. You can tell they love what they do. This is why local businesses are so much more valuable than the big box stores.

Things they carry:
Industrial Gases
Lincoln Welders
Grinding, Sanding and Wire Wheels
Harris Cutting Torches & Parts
Welding, Helmets, Protective clothing & Accessories

Photo of Building from the website:

Me welding for the first time!

Speedway Welding Supplies
16 Old Country Rd.
(down the road from Sprint, behind Sears)
Off Eastern Ave. Gloucester


Greetings From Haifa, Israel

Hi Joey, hi Paul

We are your fans from the other side of the pond…

We are in limbo, living in Haifa, until we can come live permanently in Gloucester. In the meantime, we love following GMG. You are both doing a great job!

Here are 3 photographs with the sticker for you. Hope you like them.

Best fishes, as the saying goes…

Neta, Shahar & kids

Haifa, Israel

Click Here to Check Out Neta’s “Let’s ART” Website

Auction Wednesday – Antique & Vintage Boat Building Tools

Walt Kolenda is holding his monthly auction on:


November 2


17 Kondelin Rd.  #7

Gloucester, MA 01930

 (inspection 3pm – 6pm)

This sale will include the first part of complete workshop of well known area boat builder Russell “Pete” Tobey of Dunstable MA.

There will be hundreds of lots of antique & vintage tools from the boat building trade, and much more! This sale will be packed w/ over 300 lots! Antique wood plane

Here is a partial listing of Antique/vintage/modern woodworking tools:

6ft long butcher block/ oak top workbench

4ft long heavy duty work bench w/ 3 drawers

woodend dovetailed toolboxes

antique block and tackle pulleys

many hand saws

2 person saw

To see more pictures and details go to his page.

Walt Kolenda       Auctioneer License: 2621                                                                         978-636-3101

Chickity Check It- Gloucester Quilter Blog and Webcam!

FOB Dot has recently started a blog about her quilting-


Dot writes-

I started quilting about 20 years ago in the middle of a life style change. I borrowed my elder daughters Featherweight machine, got a pattern book, some fabric and set out to make my first quilt. I still have that quilt today to remind me of how far I and the industry have come.

20 years later quilting is my passion. I make quilts for beds. You can throw them in the washing machine and put them in the dryer (on low heat) and then after 20 years buy another one. They are like a good pair of old shoes that last until you need a new pair.

I favor the Log Cabin design in my quilts as the geometric pattern creates an eye appealing textural effect for me. I choose over 40 different fabrics in varying shades to accomplish this. I use Warm and Natural batting and always good quality cotton fabrics as I am lucky to have a wide variety of fabric shops in the area and never need to shop the discount stores.

I am not a smoker but I am a dog lover with 2 Labradors to keep me busy when not at the sewing machine. (I now have a Bernina) I will be breeding my year old pup Stella in a few years and all the puppies get a quilt when they leave for new homes.
I enjoy working with my hands even though they are becoming a bit arthritic. Sewing helps to keep them less hurting.

That’s all for now……enjoy my quilts

Dot Batchelder
Gloucester, MA

In conjunction with Dot’s quilting blog she had Tim from install a webcam and has an awesome view of Gloucester Harbor from up on high-



Ed Parks Recognized for his Dedication and Contributions to Gloucester

Ed and his wife on dedicated bench

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From Gloucester Daily Times:

To the editor:

It was pleasing to watch Edward S. Parks Jr. receive official accolades from the city of Gloucester last Saturday morning for his service to his hometown.

At the unveiling of a harbor-side bench in Ed Parks’ honor, Councilor Bob Whynott did a nice job of outlining the career and successes of Ed Parks that included the creation of Gloucester’s watershed and the revitalization of Stage Fort Park of which the latter has now become a major revenue source for the city.

Ed Parks’ successes in life reach much further than the city of Gloucester. Mr. Parks was a graduate of Gloucester’s JROTC program and went on to The Citadel, the distinguished military school.

After college, Mr. Parks commenced a decorated 22-year career in the Army that included two tours in Vietnam. Some of his honors include two Bronze Stars, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

As his nephew, I’ve been blessed to experience Mr. Parks’ life outside of duties of public service. From a young age, he taught me a “no tolerance” policy for laziness and dishonesty while instilling the value of education enhanced by diligence and thrift.

Gloucester is a much better place for the impact that Mr. Parks has made on hundreds of summer workers who, despite their blistered hands and aching backs, know what it means to serve with honor.