Recycling. Hard Copy Yellow Pages Has No Place In The World Of 2012

Driving home I see the plastic bags of yellow pages strewn in front of houses up and down the street.  I pull in the driveway, grab the white plastic bag containing one of the two or three different versions of the yellow pages we will receive this year and promptly drop it into our recycling bin.

In this day of smartphones and computers is there really any need to chew up the lumber for the paper, ink or transportation costs to produce this thing?

I wonder how many of our readership keeps these things kicking around still or how many of you put it straight into the recycling bin?

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Mark Ring offers his perspective on the yellow pages and community phonebooks-

Mark says that they breed like rabbits.  You put one on the coffee table and a month later there’s a stack of 5.  The odds that you’ll find what you are looking for in the big Boston Metro yellow pages are one in a gazilion.   I have yet to ever had any success drilling down for the listing I was looking for in the big Metro yellow pages.  The problem seems to be how they have things categorized in the big Boston Metro Yellow Pages.  Chances are the listing you are looking for is in there but it’s completely mis-categorized.  For example you could be looking for a mattress store and it will be listed under scarves.

The community phone book on the other hand will have every local number listed except for the one you are inevitably looking for.  Never fails.  Ever.

I’m done.  Straight to the recycling bin.

Photos and a quick note from Laurie Fullerton and Harold Burnham

Hi Joey,

Thanks for posting those amazing photos of the Ardelle at dawn and others…I have been putting them on our Facebook page but they are really terrific.

Harold’s daughter Perry Ardelle Burnham (boat was named after her and Harold’s grandmother) took this photo yesterday of the Lannon sailing closely past the Ardelle. We are hoping to have some evening schooner racing this summer…and I do like this pic. Not sure if you can use it but thought I would send it along.

Thanks again for all your support and encouragement!

Happy Memorial Day.

Laurie Fullerton and Harold Burnham


Linda and Rob Castagna Represent

Linda and Rob Castagna from Milford-on-the-Delaware, NJ visit Gloucester every chance they get.  They are also great FOB’s, and Linda was so impressed with Good Morning Gloucester that she started Good Morning Milford at the end of January, to promote “pockets of beauty” in Milford.!/pages/Good-Morning-Milford-By-The-Milford-Merchants-Association/139094536207872

E.J. Lefavour

Memorial Day 2012 Gloucester, Massachusetts

Retired U.S. Navy Capt. Earl Kishida served as guest speaker read this poem.

“It is the Soldier”
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Charles Michael Province, U.S. Army

Homemade Zip Line Improved

Last Sunday we showed you a video of our son’s homemade zip line built with stuff found in the garage.  He used a PVC elbow in place of a pulley because we didn’t have one.

As the week went on, friction cut a ridge in the PVC, slowing down the zip.  John noticed that it worked better in the rain (yes, moms, neither he nor his friends care about being out in the rain).

Finally, he started nagging us to get a pulley and on Friday after school we stopped at the Building Center and bought a good, strong one.  He offered to buy it with his money (earned from working various jobs) but we figured he deserved this one on us since he’d engineered the whole thing, witnessed first hand the effects of friction and figured a pulley would solve the problem.

There’s simply nothing like hands-on experiment and experience to spark a child’s thrill of discovery and inspire his quest for the best!  Here’s a video of the first zip line so you can see the improvement:

This experience also offered a chance to overcome his fear.  The first run on both zip lines was terrifying.  He simply didn’t know what would happen.  It took real courage to take those first leaps off the ladder.  Congratulations John!

Plenty of true Gloucester sounds tonight from Sea Shanteys to Bandit Kings.  Check out the music lineup here.

Lauren Bateman @ The Seaward Inn June 3, 2012

Sunday, June 3     Lauren Bateman, vocals, acoustic guitar, 11am – 2pm, playing at Seaward Inn, Sunday Morning Live Brunch, 44 Marmion Way, Rockport, 978-546-3471

Contact info:

Annette Means


A Sea Of Flags!

A Sea Of Flags!

In Honor of my Dad and to all he spoke of in glowing words. He remembered his service in the Pacific Invasions of WWII With Honor and all that came after them in the wars we have fought Since.

The Navy men, Marines, Windtalkers, Merchant Marines, Coast guard, Army, Airforce and those that have given themselves in the secretecy of war. Also to those that Serve here at home; Policemen, Firemen,  EMS and those that help us remember them and take care of them, like the Gloucester Veterans Administration, etc.

“These heroes are dead.  They died for liberty – they died for us.  They are at rest.  They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines.  They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest.  Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace.  In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death.  I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead:  cheers for the living; tears for the dead.”

  ~Robert G. Ingersoll

Lots of Locks of Love

Jason Grow writes-


My gals Jemima & Maisie and their two best buds Diane Story and Rebecca Dowd, all 5th graders at East Gloucester Elementary, went down to Fatima’s on Main Street and had their substantial hair lopped off for Locks of Love. Big shout out to the team down there who did a great job and especially Lisa Jenkins for making it all work. The girls have been planning this for about a year now with the end of 5th grade in sight it seemed like as good a time as any.