Wicked Tuna Dave Marciano’s Hard Merchandise On The Blocks At The East Gloucester Marine Railways- Watch Sunday Night!

Don’t forget to watch Wicked Tuna and check out The Hard Merchandise and Tuna.Com Websites where you can buy their gear


Next episode: Shark Attack New  Sun, Feb 24 9:00 PM
The fishing teams are threatened by great white sharks. Included: A shark slams into the Christina; Tyler must risk life and limb to untangle a harpoon line from the Pin Wheel’s propeller in the shark-infested waters.
full episode description

Watch a video with Dave here-


Dogtown and Babson Boulders

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I’ve never built a stone wall, but creating this montage gave me an idea what it is like, without the heavy lifting.  The boulders have been placed along the road leading from the Cherry Street entrance to Dogtown Road.  There is one I couldn’t fit in – as with all stone walls, some rocks just don’t fit, and there is one I created which is not a Babson boulder.  Can anyone identify the missing boulder, and which one doesn’t belong?  Also, I did two versions and would be interested in knowing which one people like better, assuming you like them.  The second version has the denser woods of Ravenswood in the background.  They both contain the same boulders, but are placed a little differently in the 2nd version.

In case you didn’t know, Millionaire philanthropist, Roger Ward Babson (1875-1967), provided charitable assistance to unemployed stonecutters in Gloucester during the Great Depression, by commissioing them to carve these inspirational inscriptions on two dozen boulders in the area surrounding Dogtown Common.  While the inscriptions are clearly visible, the boulders are scattered, not all are on the trail, and not all of the inscriptions face the trail, making finding them something of a challenge.  There are an additional three boulders which are location or direction markers and are informational, not inspirational.

Babson was interested in the history of the abandoned settlement in Gloucester known as Dogtown.  Dogtown (also Dogtown Commons or Dogtown Village) is located in a densely
wooded area of about five square miles, or 3,600 acres, in central Gloucester stretching from the Riverdale section of the city, north of Route 128, into Rockport, and includes
Goose Cove and the Babson Reservoir.  Once known as the Common Settlement and populated by respectable citizens, it was for a century the most prosperous part of Gloucester.  

Dogtown’s development and prosperity lasted from about 1650 until 1750. During this time, the area was home to many of Gloucester’s most prominent families, and since it was directly connected by road to all of Cape Ann’s seashore communities, the Commons Settlement, as it was called, was a thriving and successful hub of agriculture, timbering, and transportation.  The peak of its population has been estimated at around one hundred families.

After new coastal roads were opened, and especially after the conclusion of the War of 1812 and its attendant risk of coastal bombardment, most farmers moved away from Dogtown.  Their abandoned houses were for a few decades occupied by itinerants and vagabonds, giving the area its bad reputation. Many of the widows of sea-goers and soldiers
who never returned kept dogs for protection and company. As these last inhabitants died, their pets became feral and wild, roaming the moors and howling, possibly giving rise to
the nickname “Dogtown”. 

Most of the area of Dogtown is now a dense woodland, peppered with house-sized boulders, criss-crossed and bisected by trails and old roads.  The area is held in trust by
Gloucester and Rockport and therefore protected in perpetuity. Dogtown Road off of Cherry Street in the western section (the Gloucester side) is lined with the remains of the
cellar holes of the settlers.  Babson also mapped and numbered the cellar holes left from the homes of Dogtown’s former residents.

(Excerpts taken from Babson College Archives – “Biography of Roger Ward  Babson” and Wikipedia)

If you decide to go on a search for the Babson boulders, Eric Bickernicks has created a wonderful map with GPS coordinates for all the boulders, which was how my sister and I found some of the more hidden ones.  You can find the map at http://www.bostonico.org/Babson_Boulder_Trail_Map.pdf.  There is one small error on the map, which caused us some confusion.  There is a boulder identified as “First at Tasks” which we thought an odd saying, and couldn’t find.  In fact it is “First Attacked” and marks the spot where Jas Merry was first attacked by his bull.  There is another marker nearby which identifies the spot where he died in 1892 from injuries sustained when the sport of wrestling his bull went bad.

E.J. Lefavour


2,000 Pink-Slipped Songwriters coming to Gloucester

Think we have it bad here with the decline of the Fishing Industry?  Look what is happening to songwriters in Iowa:

Bob Dylan Lays Off 2,000 Workers From Songwriting Factory


I moved here from Iowa.  Maybe all those songwriters should move here.  T Max, editor of The Noise Magazine, might be hiring. He has a new song about pets check it out here:

There is an amazing lineup of live music tonight from Christian Men’s Choir to Funbucket — and everything in between.  Check out the full lineup here

North Shore Shop and Drop March 15,16,17

New England’s Largest Children’s Consignment Event is happening this March in Manchester-by-the-Sea at the Brookwood School starting March 11th. All things SPRING/SUMMER for kids ages 0 – 16 are available for purchase on consignment. To consign or shop, please visit childrensdropandshop.com. There will also be a maternity section, boutique section and a new mom pre-sale available for all the adorable, expecting moms able to come and shop. Details, directions and contact information can be found at childrensdropandshop.com.


1956 GDT & National Fisherman Article About the "BioStat" Ice

Hi Joey – I don’t know if you saw this post from Fred Buck when you came back to snowy Gloucester.  Cape Pond Ice General Manager Phil Harvey used to tell me about their experiments back in the 1950’s with anit-biotic ice as an innovation to preserve fish better and longer, and I thought this 1956 GDT article about the "BioStat" ice was great !  Skip the flu shot, and use a Cape Pond Ice Shot Luge, carved from anti-biotic, anodized ice with a dose of Pfizer’s best OXYTETYRACYCLINE.

Best, Scott Memhard

Cape Pond Ice

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A delegation of Thacher Island volunteers, finally able to visit the island after the February 10 blizzard, discovered substantial damage to the boathouse at the top of the landing ramp. The damage included eastern and northern walls dislodged from their foundations, siding torn loose, the rear door torn off its track, and interior shelving knocked loose. Wind and high water also deposited boulders and debris across a broad swath of ground. Snowdrifts prevented the volunteers, Syd Wedmore, Paul St. Germain, Peter Bergholz, and Bill Lee, from inspecting other structures on the island.  Oddly enough, the water that surged through the boathouse did not disturb the American flag that still lay neatly folded on a dislodged table in the middle of the jumbled debris.

(Photos supplied by Paul St Germain)

Happy 29th Birthday Paul number 3

Happy 29th Birthday Paul number 3!

Today is my oldest sons 29th birthday.

He is no longer physically with us but he will always be with us in his beautiful spirit!

It’s been about 15months since he left this earth.

He made a huge difference in his short life.



Love you Paul!


Paul’s locker at Eascare Ambulance service

Community Stuff 2/23/13


Free Seminars for North Shore Older Adults

Danvers, Massachusetts –The Longevity Connection, part of North Shore Elder Services, welcomes the public to several free seminars at our headquarters at 152 Sylvan St., Danvers.

Free Hearing Screening

Tuesday, February 26, 10 AM to 2 PM

Do you find yourself asking people to repeat themselves more often? Join us for a free hearing screening and free hearing aid cleaning and check-up. By appointment only. RSVP online at longevityconnect.org/news-events or by calling 978-539-8254 or emailing Manager Eileen Lubas at eileen@longevityconnect.org

Needy Meds Presentation

Thursday, March 7, 10 AM

Are the costs of prescription drugs getting you down? Needy Meds is a non-profit organization that provides a free discount drug card, as well as information and access to free or reduced prescriptions through drug company-sponsored programs. Refreshments will be served.

Living with Vision Impairment

Tuesday, March 12, 1 to 3 PM

Loss of vision can be challenging, physically and emotionally. Learn about the latest aids and technologies that can enhance quality of life and maximize life options.

Getting Started: What to Do When Your Family Member Has Memory Loss

Thursday, March 14, 12:30 to 1:30 PM

For family members of those with memory loss, Alzheimer’s or dementia, this program focuses on getting a diagnosis, addressing behavior and communication problems and finding local resources and support.

Understanding Social Security

Wednesday March 20, 11 AM

Confused or concerned about Social Security benefits for you or a family member? Join us for an informative discussion led by a certified financial planner, an expert in managing and maximizing Social Security benefits. A Q & A session will follow the presentation.

For more information about these events, visit our Web site at longevityconnect.org, call Manager Eileen Lubas at 978-539-8254 or email eileen@longevityconnect.org.

About The Longevity Connection

The Longevity Connection (TLC), founded in 2012 as a branch of North Shore Elder Services, provides seniors, those with disabilities and caregivers with a full-service “one-stop-shop.” The organization features comprehensive on-site products and resources, professional MSW Longevity Liaisons, a full continuum of services by vetted TLC Professional Affiliates—all backed by the local knowledge provided by parent organization North Shore Elder Services, which has been helping elders for 35 years.

North Shore Elder Services (NSES)

Thirty-five years old, North Shore Elder Services (NSES) is a nonprofit organization that provides services to low-income, frail elders who qualify for public assistance. NSES Executive Director Paul Lanzikos has been a leader in building and managing high-quality services for elders in Massachusetts for almost 40 years.

We are happy to announce we have decided to extend DRIVEN featuring works of Jon Sarkin, Ken Riaf and Paul Cary Goldberg until March 3rd. Don’t miss this great show!

Check out this article by Dinah Cardin in Artthrob Magazine





Moraine Farm in Beverly, a Trustees of Reservations property, is offering farm shares in a Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA).


CSAs offer community members the opportunity to buy fresh, local, seasonal food directly from a farmer by purchasing a share of the seasons’ harvest. Shareholders buy into the farm as members at the start of the growing season, and in exchange receive a weekly allotment of the farm’s harvest. Shareholders and Moraine farmers share in both the risks and the many rewards of the growing season, which include weekly access to tasty, locally grown, nutritious vegetables – all grown without synthetic chemicals or pesticides.


This year’s Moraine Farm CSA season will begin in early June and run through late October. Share pick ups are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Fridays from 2-7 p.m. at the farm, which is located on Cabot Street in north Beverly. Share sizes are intended for either one or two adults, a small family or someone new to a CSA who wants to start out with a small share.

Crops planned for 2013 include arugula, Asian greens,  beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, broccoli raab, carrots, cantaloupe, cauliflower, cabbages, sweet corn, chard, collard greens, celery, celery root, cucumbers, edamame, eggplant, escarole, fennel, herbs (basil, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, summer savory, sage), kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, onions, potatoes, peas, pie pumpkins, peppers, radishes, sweet potatoes, spinach, scallions, summer squash, salad turnips, tomatoes (slicing and cherry),  watermelon, winter squash and zucchini. There will be pole beans, trellised peas, cherries tomatoes, tomatillos, husk cherries and herbs available as pick-your-own crops.


Moraine Farm CSA summer shares are $500, plus the cost of a Trustees of Reservations membership.

You can sign up by visiting www.thetrustees.org/morainefarm. For questions about the Moraine Farm CSA e-mail CSA manager Gretta Anderson at ganderson@ttor.org. For more information to become a member of The Trustees of Reservations visit www.thetrustees.org.



Who Fishes Matters Tour Hits the Road to Explore Fleet Diversity


February 28 – March 6

Coming to a Fishing Community Near You

Maritime Gloucester

23 Harbor Loop

Gloucester, MA. March 1 from 4-7pm

Cabin Fever 20% Off Sale At Pop Gallery This Weekend-