Updated: If I Don’t Get The Answer To The “Why Aren’t The Windmills Spinning All The Time” Question I May Go Postal


The following information is from Rick Johnson, Varian’s Facility Manager.
When winds at 7 miles per hour or less, the Varian turbine will not operate for economic reasons; when the wind speed is 56 miles an hour or greater, the turbine will shutdown for safety reasons.
“economic reasons” is incorrect. The turbine will not spin unless the wind is maintained at more than 3.0 meters/second (6.7 mph).
• The Varian turbine has also been down for the six week maintenance inspection that occurred a couple weeks back.
• We are also experiencing trouble with a couple of relays that are killing power to the turbine. We had service here last Thursday and yesterday working on the issue.
• The turbine can also be down due to icing being detected on the blades. It causes an imbalance and shuts the turbine down until ice is no longer detected.


I just assume there is a logical reason that the windmills aren’t always spinning on days when there is wind but for many folks it drives them up a wall.

What drives me up a wall is not that they aren’t all spinning all the time on windy days but what drives me up a wall is the people who constantly question why the windmills aren’t  spinning all the time on windy days.

To my thinking, the people that spent the money, time and energy to get the windmills erected obviously want to generate as much power as they can from them.  That’s a logical assumption, right?

So why would anyone complain when they are not spinning as if there is some conspiracy theory as to why they aren’t spinning?  Do you really think the people that put up the money to build them are trying to withhold the generation of power from them for some reason?

One of these people is someone I may or may not be related to through marriage who asks the question every time we pass a windmill that isn’t spinning.

Another is one of my lobstermen who looks out the office window every day and gives me the update on how many are spinning on any given day.

So please, anyone with real inside knowledge as to why they don’t spin all the time when there is wind can you please enlighten me so the next time we pass one that isn’t spinning I can give the correct response to the conspiracy theorists out there who constantly harp on about it.

I’m not looking for guesses from ordinary citizens like myself.  I’d really like someone from Varian, Gloucester Engineering or the iron workers union who actually knows the factual answer to why they aren’t spinning when there would be enough wind to turn them to enlighten us.

Please and thank you.

signed- Joey C

"The Marine Invasion Will Not be Televised! Changes in Gloucester Harbor" Presentation Thursday February 21st

"The Marine Invasion Will Not be Televised! Changes in Gloucester Harbor"


Please join us this Thursday evening, February 21st in the Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery at Maritime Gloucester for the final presentation in our series on Gloucester Harbor.  Judith Pederson, Ph.D. MIT Sea Grant College will be the speaker. World reknowned marine scientists have been looking at Gloucester Harbor for invasive marine species over a number of years. Judy will share results from the 2012 Rapid Assessment Survey of Gloucester Harbor for Marine Invasives and Native Species. She writes "Human activities contribute to an accelerating rate of non-native species invasions that are a threat to resident populations and habitats. Yet our knowledge of how marine ecosystems are impacted is limited by few long-term studies and experimental data.  With climate-related changes in coastal and marine ecosystems, we anticipate shifts of both native and non-native species northward in response to increased temperatures.   In this talk we will explore non-native species in the Gloucester area and explore how communities have changed in response to both climate and human assisted invasions."

The event is free to the public. All programs are held at the Gorton’s Seafoods Gallery at Maritime Gloucester at 23 Harbor Loop. The program begins at 7:00 pm. For more detail about Maritime Gloucester’s winter programming go to http://maritimegloucester.org/visit/events.php.

Did You Know? (Eastern Point)

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Eastern Point is the southern half of the peninsula between the Atlantic Ocean and the eastern side of Gloucester Harbor. Without the peninsula, there would be no harbor. Eastern Point is about a mile and a half long and stretches from just north of Niles Beach to the Eastern Point Lighthouse and Dog Bar Breakwater, which are located at its southern tip.

The history of Eastern Point is both the history of shipwrecks and efforts to reduce their number and a history of the privileged class which settled and developed Eastern Point. Both facets of Eastern Point’s history are covered in detail by Joseph E. Garland’s excellent book, Eastern Point ( Beverly, MA: Commonwealth Editions 1999).

In 1728, during the heyday of the Commons Settlement in the Dogtown section of Gloucester, fifteen families lived on Eastern Point. After the Revolution, Daniel Rogers, a forebear of Joseph Garland, owned a large farm that took up most of Eastern Point. In 1844, Thomas Niles acquired this 450 acre farm, and in 1859, the “irascible” Niles, as Garland characterized him, won a state Supreme Court ruling barring the public from access to most of Eastern Point. This helped create a mystique of exclusivity for Eastern Point, which even modern visitors can feel as they drive through two gates to reach the lighthouse.

Development of Eastern Point as a vacation spot for the wealthy began in 1887, with the sale of the Niles farm to the Eastern Point Associates. The next year, construction began on what would eventually be eleven “cottages”, many of which can easily be seen today. The magnificence of the interior of these dwellings can also be experienced today by visiting “Beauport,” a 40 room house on Eastern Point designed and built by Henry Sleeper from 1907 to 1934. “ Beauport” is open to the public and operated by Historic New England, formerly The Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities. In 1892, the Eastern Point Associates went bankrupt, primarily because they could not provide an infrastructure on Eastern Point for the homes they were building. Perhaps the peak of Eastern Point’s caché as a vacation spot came in 1904 with the construction near Niles Beach of the Colonial Arms, a six story 300 room luxury hotel, which unfortunately burned down in 1908.

from http://myweb.northshore.edu/users/ccarlsen/poetry/gloucester/easternpointhistory.htm

During the summer while I am on Rocky Neck, walking Eastern Point is something I do often.  It is a small area packed with so many lovely and interesting things to see.  This montage only begins to touch them.

E.J. Lefavour


Excerpt from JoeAnn Hart’s Latest Novel FLOAT

float JoeAnn HartTen Bells’ doors opened at 5:30 a.m. so that dock workers could get a quick snort before work, or to offer amber consolation if there was none. In the past, and perhaps even into the present, the bar was known as a place where captains, short of men for some dangerous journey or another, would troll for crew, make them paralytic with drink, then carry them on board on stretchers and lay them out like corpses in the hold. And that was exactly how Duncan felt the next morning.

“Sassafras,” he croaked, without opening his eyes. Thanks to several more oyster shooters after dinner, Duncan had already reached his waterline by the time they left Slocum’s apartment, then he took more onboard at Ten Bells. Bottom shelf bourbon, $3.05 a shot. He’d ended up, somehow, fully clothed on the sofa in his office and woke to the sound of a rally outside his window. Annuncia’s basso profundo voice blared through a loudspeaker. “A clean sea is a profitable sea!” she shouted. It was 10 a.m.

He curled tighter into the ball he was already in and pulled his windbreaker over his head. He’d forgotten that he’d told her that she could launch her Boat Garbage Project from Seacrest’s loading dock today, but it was coming back to him loud and clear now.  He had assumed she meant at the end of the workday, but of course, she would want to do it early enough to catch that evening’s news cycle.

The crowd started to chant, and the steady noise bore through his eardrums like seaworms. “Bring the garbage back to shore! Bring the garbage back to shore!”

Annuncia quieted them down and continued speaking. “We complain about the crap from outfall pipes and pollution on our fish, and then we throw our own garbage overboard. What’s up with that?”

The crowd emitted a low boo, and he could hear Wade’s voice leading the pack.  Even though Annuncia was at the microphone, this project was really his baby. On Earth Day that spring, instead of cleaning beaches with the other volunteers, he decided to motor from boat to boat asking for garbage. When they saw how successful he’d been, a group of kids started making the rounds every weekend in a pedal-driven barge built from plastic water bottles, and it wasn’t long before some of the fishermen and pleasure boaters started to bring it in on their own.  The problem was, as always, that there was no place to put it.  Often the bags were just left on the docks at the mercy of the gulls and crows, and that meant debris scattered everywhere, on land and water. Annuncia hadn’t realized the extent to which everyone had been throwing their trash overboard before that.  It was against the law, but they had to catch you first, and the ocean was a mighty big place.

Visit JoeAnn’s website to purchase your copy of Float.

JoeAnn Hart

Jenkin’s House No More

Jenkins House ©Kim Smith 2013

Intersection of Bass Ave. and Rt. 128

Davya Jenkins ©Kim Smith 2013

Davya Jenkins standing  where her home of 25 years formerly stood. Coming in its place are three new homes. She was there to reminisce with friends–and shedding more than a few tears. Best wishes in you new home Davya!

P&V’s LOL #13: The Law of the Conservation of R

With all the talk about accents on GMG today, it’s clearly time to put forth our new Law of Life, or LOL for short.  (You’ll notice we skipped our LOL last week due to all the fuss about Nemo).

This week’s LOL is based on Antoine Lavoisier’s Law of the Conservation of Mass, the same principle as our very first LOL, which was You’re more likely to gain weight if someone you know is losing weight (see the explanation here).  Only in this case, Mass refers to Massachusetts and what we’re conserving is the letter R.

You natives may not notice, but people like Vickie and me, who didn’t grow up here, have discovered that whenever you take R off a word (Beer for example) you somehow feel compelled to add it to another one.  So you say Peetser and Beah instead of Pizza and Beer.

But it doesn’t stop there.  You guys add Rs to words even when you aren’t removing them from other words.  For example, Tuner and Mayo (instead of Tuna and Mayo — although I doubt Joey mixes mayo with tuna, but that’s a topic for another post.)

Doesn’t he look like he’s yelling SHAAAAAAHK!

It seems like you’ll jump at any chance to add an R, as if you’re feeling guilty for all those poh innocent Ahhs you’ve slaughtered during your lifetime.

So here’s the question: is there some sort of underground R accounting that only Boston area natives know about?  Is there a website I can check to see what the R deficit is as of this very moment?  Are you all secretly working together to help save your precious Rs from extinction — along with the great white shahk?  Oops, did I just add to the deficit?  Does something magical happen every time you add an R to a word where it doesn’t belong, sort of like the magic in this video?

Missing. One Rock

Missing. One Rock

I stopped at GHB Saturday at about 7:30am and decided to create and leave an “Art, Rock” before the storm rolled in. I stopped by Joey’s Dock after and he posted the photos. I also ran into Ed Collard later in the day. Ed is known for scooping up the rocks. He denied taking it but said he knew who did.

Click here for Joey’s Saturday Post




Meeting at the Dog Bar for Catholic Young Adults

Announcement from Holy Family parish:

Living our faith in today’s world is a challenge.  Combining family life with work is tough enough in itself; finding time to pray and get to Mass can feel like an added challenge. In addition, it can be hard to reconcile contemporary cultural trends, lifestyles, and world view, with Church teachings which are often misrepresented in the media and/or difficult to understand, or can simply seem out of touch.

At the same time, the Catholic Faith is a source of inspiration and strength for countless men and women of all ages around the world.  It can be a moral and spiritual anchor, a driving force for increased respect of human dignity, and a key for interpreting the events and dilemmas of our dynamic, information-filled, and constantly more connected world.

Young Catholic adults, wherever you are in that picture, we want to hear your thoughts and get to know you! As a parish we want to better address your needs and answer your questions, and bring together Catholic adults who can support each other.

So, we would like to invite young Catholic adults (parishioners of Holy Family or not, ages roughly 20’s-30’s) to meet at the Dog Bar on Thursday, February 21, at 7PM, for an informal gathering to get to know each other over food and drink, and to discuss plans for future social, service, and prayer activities. We will be easy to find, as Fr. Matthew Green will be there sitting at a table wearing his distinctive Roman collar, probably munching on a plate of nachos or wings…

If you plan on attending, please RSVP by Wednesday the 20th by email to this address: capeanncya (at) zoho.com

You can also stop in last minute if necessary, but it would be helpful for me to have an estimate of how many people will be there, to give a “heads up” to the management. Hope to see you there!

Fr. Matthew Green

Sue and Lynne From the Tavern Representing On The Today Show With The Good Morning Gloucester Sign #Boom!

Check out Sue and Lynne to the right of Matt Lauer in the Sou’ Wester Holding The GMG Sign. Nice Work!
Thanks Phil Scannell For forwarding the pic!

Phil writes-

If you look to the right of Mayor Menino and Matt Lauer-and Savannah in the yellow with  sou’wester Lynne & Sue  from the  Tavern with Good Morning Gloucester sign

Meet the Trainer: Mary Grazen-Browne

If you would like to train with Mary Grazen-Browne her contact info is below. For more information about joining the Manchester Athletic Club and training with Mary Grazen-Browne call 978-526-8900.



Mary Grazen-Browne MEd. RHNP      mgrazenbrowne@manchesterathleticclub.com

Area of training expertise: 

Background as a Physical Education and Health Teacher in Gloucester and Manchester Public/Private Schools.  Expertise, Registered Nutritionist, certified Wellness coach, Pre-diabetic/Diabetic Educator  assisting individuals in prevention of age related disease through healthy lifestyle choices.

Why opt for a healthier lifestye? 

Lifestyle is a combination of eating whole balanced foods, exercising and stress reduction.  Understanding and keeping these in balance will prevent disease, increase your energy, help reduce or eliminate medications and more, as well as give you a greater quality of life!

Favorite exercise:

I love to exercise- mostly outdoors in activites that I enjoy- biking, walking, kayaking.  When the outdoors isn’t available I like Zumba, Group Fitness class, yoga.  I practice eating well , avoiding sugar and processed white flour, indulging once in a while- all in moderation.

Favorite easy to cook recipe:

I like to keep it simple, with an occasional all out complicated recipe. 

Here are some of favorite staple ‘go to’ recipes which really don’t need any directions to follow. 

Eggs whites plus one whole egg ,fresh/ frozen organic broccoli and onions,tomato for breakfast

lunch organic black bean soup or homemade chicken sausage/lentil/kale soup,  (sautee in EVOO, cut up mild/or spicy chicken sausage and chopped onion,  add organic low salt chicken broth, cup of lentils, torn up kale pieces  simmer about 30-40 minutes) 

dinner stir fried green veggies(broccoli, asparagus, beans etc), onions,celery, garlic, chicken breast and hoisin sauce-

Fire Sunset 5:20pm Feb 17

Bex submits-

The sun came out just on the horizon over the storm. It was quite a fire glow! Enjoy!


Rebecca Borden
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