Chickity Check This Mini Commercial From Gloucester’s Own Bait and Tackle

Lot’s of Gloucester Scenes in this commercial

Click the picture to view the video-


Written and directed by Chad Carlberg. Edited by Chad Carlberg. Produced by Jesse Doherty and Jon Cahill.

Launch of the Schooner ‘Lewis H. Story’

The Lewis H. Story, (flagship of the Essex Shipbuilding Museum)
was launched Tuesday April 24 after weeks of repairs and painting by
Museum volunteers. She’s tied up in the creek next to the Schooner Ardelle.
–Len Burgess



From the collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

Collection of the Cape Ann Museum.

In conjunction with its upcoming exhibition of works by 20th century artist Marsden Hartley, the Cape Ann Museum has put out a call for snapshots taken by Cape Ann families in Dogtown over the decades. The images will be used in an installation entitled It’s All About Dogtown to be held at the Museum’s White-Ellery House in September. If you have photographs of your family in Dogtown and are willing to share with us, we would like to speak with you. Images can be dropped off at the Museum’s Front Desk; they should be labeled with your name and your contact information. The Museum will make a copy of your images then return the originals to you. For additional information, please call the Museum at 978-283-0455, ext. 17.

76 Summer Days Until the Big Race

(Sung to the tune of 76 Trombones)
Seventy six summer days until the big parade,
with at least a hundred and ten dory rowers motoring away.
They were followed by rows and rows of the finest kayaks;
the cream of the Cape Ann waterways!

I’ll quit with one verse …

Blackburn Challenge: Saturday July 14.  There will be a kayak pod of “not the extremely swift” led by Wendie Demuth.

Click map for more  links and info.

There is also a short 5 mile race in the Essex River on Saturday, May 19th. Just go to the Cape Ann Rowing Club Web Site and you can sign up for both right now! Go ahead. It’s easy. You are probably an SK-male or SK-female boat length say 18 feet beam 25 inches. They take MasterCard and you get a cool T-Shirt you can wear to the GMG Mug-Ups to prove you did it. (SK means sea kayak which is what you have unless you are the Lance Armstrong of kayakers. Check your kibbles and bits to see if you are male or female.)

Rubber Duck signed up for both! ( I have got to hide the credit card.)

Rubber Duck Kayak Quick Tips: If you are thinking of going out to get in shape the water  temp at AO1 buoy today is 46F:

1) Do not kayak alone. 2) Wear and buckle up a PFD.  3) Dress for the water temp, not the sunny air temp. 4) Stick to the shore like glue. 5) A hand pump, a paddle float, a waterproof handheld radio tuned to VHS 16 are all good things to strap on your boat but only if you know how and when to use them.

City Hall restoration work

As promised in the newspapers a few weeks ago, it looks like the scaffolding is just about complete and restoration work about to begin on our beautiful and historic City Hall in Gloucester. Here are some photos I took on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.

It takes a special kind of person to be able to work on top of scaffolding like that.  My knees would be turning to jelly.  May the people up there stay safe, and may their work go smoothly!

Warren Buffet Quote of The Week From Greg Bover

April 26, 2012
“Never ask a barber if you need a haircut.”
Warren Buffet (1930-      )


Among the three or four richest people in the world, Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, had a net worth of $62 Billion in 2011. He is often described as the Sage of Omaha, for his hometown and investing acumen. He was recently diagnosed with prostate cancer and has pledged to give away almost all of his wealth through the Gates Foundation. When he found that he paid a lower tax rate than his employees who made far less money he proposed the “Buffet Rule” increasing the tax rate for the wealthiest individuals. He is a avid player of bridge and funds a yearly competition between American and European players.

Greg Bover

Community Stuff Saturday

She Abbot writes-

Joey, the attached pix is a clip from my one hour documentary "Serengeti Mara – a Memoir" which will be screened at CACC on Monday, May 7th. at 7PM. It is a "memoir", spoken by a young anthropology student, Lisa Lindblad (my former wife) of her year in Serengeti Mara among the Maasai people and the wild herds back in the mid ’70’s. The film also deals with the current controversy over the Tanzanian Government’s plan to build a truck highway through the Serengeti Mara, effectively destroying the UNESCO World Heritage eco-system and the greatest migration of wild mammals on earth. The film is a touchingly intimate portrait of Lisa getting to know the Maasai people whose villages surround her camp and who are eventually evicted to make room for tourists. My Maasai translator for the film (Isaya Lukumay) and I will be on hand for the screening.  I wonder if you would be good enough to post this blurb, along with the attached photograph of a Maasai warrior running in  Serengeti Mara. I suppose it would be best to post it some time next week. Thanks so much …


Martha Kurz

Hi Joey,
I’m writing with information about the final Cape Ann Forum of the season. 
On Sunday, May 13 international relations expert Stephen Walt will give a talk on the "The Twilight of the American Era", in which he will discuss the changing influence of the United States and the impact on foreign and defense policy.  Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  The event will be at 7:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Gloucester, on the corner of Middle and Church Streets.  As always, the Forum is free and open to the public.  The press release and a photo of Dr. Walt are attached below.
This Forum is also important because it will feature the announcement of the seventh annual Cape Ann Forum international awareness award for a Gloucester High School senior who has done outstanding work in educating her peers on global issues.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, by email or at 617-803-8285.  Questions may also be directed to Dan Connell at or 978-879-9070.  You may also contact Stephen Walt at  Dr. Walt’s Harvard web page is:
We very much appreciate the coverage of Forum events in goodmorninggloucester this year, and look forward to working with you again in the coming season.  Many thanks!


The Cape Ann Museum is pleased to present All the Ships at Sea, an
illustrated talk with art collector and maritime enthusiast William Trayes
on Saturday, May 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the Folly Cove Auditorium. This program
is included with admission, reservations are required. To make a reservation
or for more information, please call Jeanette Smith at 978-283-0455, x11 or


· By Susie MByrd


    • 12:00pm until 6:00pm



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Well known Catholic lay apostle, Frank Kelly, who has helped thousands of people through his healing ministry, will be at Holy Family Parish at St. Ann’s Church, Monday May 7th at 7pm. A healing mass and individual moments of prayer with Frank will be held afterwards.

Having sustained a fatal, full body electrocution, Frank surprised his doctors who were preparing his death certificate, by sitting up on the guerny. During his convalescence Frank was visited and comforted
by Padre Pio.

Since this moment 20 years ago, Frank has prayed unceasingly. Through his gifts of discernment and healing, many have been forever touched by God, through this simple, humble man, whom God uses as a vessel to heal mind, body and soul. Frank prays individually with each person that comes to see him.

Frank is under the magisterium of the Catholic Church with letters from Cardinal O’Malley,
Frank’s spiritual director is Fr. Ron Tacelli of Boston College.

Contact 978-879-4907 Holy Family Parish
For more info: