Chickity Check It- “The incredible shrinking newspaper audience” from NEWSOSAUR Alan D. Mutter

This is some scary stuff if you value real news reporting-

Jerry Ackerman former newspaper man and great Gloucester citizen forwards this blog post from another former newspaper guy Alan D. Mutter’s blog:



The incredible shrinking newspaper audience

Once the definitive mass medium, newspapers – in both their print and digital incarnations – have shrunk to being niche players in the typical market, according to a number of must-read research reports released in the last few weeks.

With approximately a third of adults in the average community saying they use either a print or digital edition of their local paper to stay informed, newspapers today remain “super niches,” a term I heard for the first time a few years ago from Ron Mulder, who now works at Scarborough Research.  But a distinct lack of interest in newspapers among those under the age of 50 suggests it is only a matter of time before the niche turns from “super”  to “sliver.”

As detailed in a moment, a steadily accumulating body of research shows that consumers are using computers, mobile devices and even Facebook to shop actively for news and information. While the research shows that newspapers have slightly more market clout in small and isolated communities than in cities and suburbs, the trends all point in the same direction. Although publishers in small and medium markets have slightly more time to adapt to the digital revolution than their metro colleagues, the challenges causing the New Orleans Times-Picayune to abandon seven-day print publication will affect all but a few outlier markets in the fullness of time.

Here’s what we know from the wealth of research that has come our way:

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Just in from Chief Campanello Regarding Turbine Transportation and Traffic Tomorrow Morning

Mayor Kirk Forwards this note from Chief Campanello

They are moving huge parts of the windmill tomorrow morning starting at 8am.  Same route.  The road will not need to be closed.  2 state and 3 Gloucester officers escorting and ensuring public safety.  We don’t anticipate long delays for traffic and the transport vehicle should be clear of major roadways within 30 minutes barring any unforeseen circumstances.

The Naked Blades From Fred Bodin


At Cruiseport Gloucester, almost everything is off the barge, except for three 160 foot long wind turbine blades. In the foreground are conical tower sections.


The blades will be offloaded later today or tomorrow. Trucking them up to Blackburn Industrial Park will be quite a sight to see.

Delivery and assembly of a wind turbine

Delivery and assembly of a wind turbine

I posted this interesting video so you can see how they assemble a wind turbine. At the 6:54 mark they are delivering and assembling the blades to the hub on the ground then lifting the whole unit into place. I’m not sure how the Gloucester one will be put together.

Aiello Chimney Sweep and Repair rebuilds chimney at Holy Family

Last fall, we noticed that one of the chimneys on the office building of Holy Family Parish was tilting dangerously.  We called up Aiello Chimney Sweep and Repair, and they took the top part of the chimney down to keep it from falling in a winter storm.  Rebuilding had to wait until this summer.

It was interesting to watch Korey Avallon and his helpers tear down more of the chimney and build it back up to the original appearance. I took a series of photos to document the job.  At the end, it looks as if it had never been tilting or taken down at all! Here are some highlights.  A full series of 13 photos can be seen here.

Slideshow of 13 photos here.

Uhhhm, yeah Beannie, the over pays yet again. Picture Date 10/14/12

For those of you who have no idea what this is all about read below the latest picture

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Where it all began back on April 2, 2012-

Poll- New Gallery Wall At The House.

Posted on April 2, 2012 by Joey C

The Mrs just put up this great wall of frames. Over/under on the time before any pictures get placed in the frames is 2 months and I’ve got the over. What cha got?

Not So New Gallery Wall Poll Update 4/24/12

Posted on April 25, 2012 by Joey C

For those of you who participated in the Poll Back on the 2nd of April as to whether the wall of frames someone I may or may not be related to through marriage tastefully attached to our hallway wall would be filled with pictures within two months time, I have an update-

Update: 4/25/12

How bout that gallery!

Posted on May 25, 2012 by Joey C

Not-So-Gallery Wall Update One Month In

Posted on May 2, 2012 by Joey C

It was one month ago the poll took place and most took the under two months option.

Like I Said-Easy Money On The Over

The Over Pays- Told You It Was Easy Money 🙂 June 8, 2012

Posted on June 8, 2012 by Joey C

Anyone want to go double or nothing on another two months of empty picture frames? :)
Easy Money Baby!

Update: July 30, 2012