Cossack Bikers Represent! On Main Street Gloucester

Fred Bodin submits-

David and Jane Beddus, of Gloucester, parked their Russian-made Ural motorcycle in front of my gallery this morning. When they returned from breakfast, I recognized David as the guy who, two weeks ago, visited the gallery wearing his newly purchased pink sport jacket (from Bananas). The Ural was developed by order of Joseph Stalin in the early 1940s, in anticipation of Adolph Hitler’s army invading the country. This combination design motorcycle follows the 1941 design, and was called the "Cossack." The headlight in front of Jane, David tells me, is where the machine gun was mounted. He calls his military Patrol model "great fun." You can pick one up new in Boxborough for around $16,000. Very cool, comrade!


Lost Cocker Spaniel


A small cocker spaniel just showed up on my doorstep. It has a collar with a nautical triangular flag. There are no tags and no microchip. Dr. Anne of the Cat Doctor of Gloucester at 276 Main Street is taking care of it. Please call me at 978 879 9283if you find the owner.
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FOB Ann Kennedy Shares Her Wren Photos and Story

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Hi Kim,

I’m excited about your film showing very soon and I hope your opening is wonderful in every way.  I just know it will be and I look forward to hearing all about it on GMG!  You bring such gifts through your photos and informative posts!

I’ve been watching the wrens outside my kitchen window, and while the pictures aren’t that great, what these precious birds do is just amazing as you well know.  The babies squawk until the mama returns with a winged treat.  As they get bigger, she will drop the bug on the ground and encourage them to come for it on their own for at least one of their feedings.  It is so fun to watch and thought you might enjoy these.  While I can’t clean up their messy birdhouse, I did clean up the last photo:-)

Best wishes always,


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JOYCE YANG replaces Dubravka Tomsič June 30 @ Rockport Chamber Music Festival

This just in from Karen Herlitz @ Rockport Music:

Dubravka Tomsic Cancels, Replaced by Joyce Yang  

 We regret that, due to an inflammation of her right hand, Dubravka Tomsič must cancel her concert as part of the Rockport Chamber Music Festival on Sunday, June 30, at 5 pm.  

Fortunately, we have engaged the remarkable young pianist Joyce Yang who wowed audiences earlier in the Festival in her performance with the Jupiter String Quartet to perform in a solo recital. The Washington Post exclaims Yang’s, “poetic and sensitive pianism…(is) capable of hurling thunderbolts.” Ms. Yang will perform the following program:

Scarlatti: Sonata in D major and Sonata in A minor
Currier: Scarlatti Cadences and Brainstorm
Schumann: Fantasiestücke, Op. 12
Rachmaninoff (arr. Wild): Dreams, The Little
Island, and Vocalise
Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor

Tickets will be made available on June 21 once current Dubravka Tomsic ticket holders have an opportunity to respond to the cancellation announcement.  Click here for details.

Here’s a taste of the acclaimed young Joyce Yang bringing Rachmaninoff to life at the New York Public Library:

Don’t touch my catnip!


Taking a break from my second-hand store series, here’s a cute photo of Neo:

Neo is the cat-in-residence at my new apartment in Gloucester.  He is officially attached to the family upstairs, but he’s claimed me as an auxiliary affection provider (which is fine with me).  If I so much as squat down to pick something up when he’s around, he tries to crawl into my lap.  Of course, I allow him as often as I can!
Here he is enjoying a Dr. Pussum’s catnip toy from the Pop Gallery, a gift from my friend Vignette-Noelle.  He loves it!   It looks like he’s saying, “If try to take this from me, I’ll rip your face off.” Very sweet of him!  I bought some of these catnip toys before, for my parents’ two cats, and they were also very pleased.

Matthew Green

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THEN and NOW – Evelina M. Goulart

Once in it’s Glory at the State Fish Pier NOW propped up at the Essex Ship Building Museum.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

he Evelina M. Goulart is an 83-foot (25.2-meter) fishing schooner built by Arthur D. Story in the Story Shipyard (now the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum) in 1927. She is one of seven surviving Essex-built fishing schooners and the only one to be virtually unchanged from its original configuration. At some point in her life she was converted into a fishing dragger, being fitted with an engine for the purpose.

Throughout her life she was primarily used for swordfishing. In 1985 Hurricane Gloria touched down in the New England area and damaged the stern of the Goulart. Tied up to the wharf and retired, her engine was removed. At some point the bilge pumps failed and the vessel sank.

In 1990 Evelina M. Goulart was donated to the Essex Shipbuilding Museum. Housed in an open-sided shed, the ship was intended as an example of ship construction, once the ship was stabilized. However the hull is badly deteriorated and the vessel may end its days at the breakers, with only the significant portions preserved for the future.

Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd join forces in Operation Toxic Gulf

Hey Joey,

Now that Ocean Alliance has moved into the Paint Factory, we wanted to make your readers aware of the work going on there this summer. OA has joined forces with Sea Shepherd Netherlands, best known for the Animal Planet series "Whale Wars," to  launch our fourth expedition to the Gulf of Mexico to follow up on the BP Oil Spill. Iain Kerr is on his way to the Odyssey and will be trading off expedition legs with OA President Dr. Roger Payne, who wrote the following announcement with Captain Alex Cornelissen of the Bob Barker.

Thanks for helping us spread the word  that this natural disaster is ongoing.

Amy Kerr

Ocean Alliance

Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd join forces in Operation Toxic Gulf

It has now been three years since the BP toxic waste catastrophe in the Gull of Mexico, yet to date we continue to minimize by referring to it as the Gulf spill. A spill generally occurs when you knock over your drink or when you overfill your car’s fuel tank. The 200 million gallons (plus) of crude oil that were released into the Gulf between April 20th and July 15th 2010 hardly fall in this category. On top of that the 2 million gallons of chemical dispersants BP used to break up and sink the oil, only further aggravated the disaster, by dispersing the oil into the food chain and making the oil up to 52 times more toxic (Source Environmental Pollution –

Since 2010 Ocean Alliance has been studying the long-term effects of the Gulf of Mexico disaster and the chemical dispersants BP used to sink the oil out of sight (a step that only removes it from view but does not render it harmless) on sea life in the Gulf.  The Gulf data collected since 2010 are both robust and unique, but Ocean Alliance needs help from Sea Shepherd to keep this work going and bring it to the world’s attention. One way this may be achieved is by filing class action lawsuits against BP and the manufacturers of oil dispersing chemicals—the grounds are environmental degradation.

From June to August 2013, Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd will embark on a voyage ‘Operation Toxic Gulf’ aboard the research vessel Odyssey to collect data on the environment as well as the life forms in the Gulf of Mexico. With this data we expect to have further proof of the extent of the disaster that was caused by BP in 2010. All the data will be acquired in a non-lethal manner.

Ocean Alliance has the scientific partners and expertise and Sea Shepherd will arrange for media exposure. Our crews will work together to highlight the current situation. To us it is obvious that the massive stranding of dead dolphins and other marine life in recent months is only the beginning of an environmental catastrophe that could last well into this century. Only by accepting the facts can we prevent future disasters from happening. The chemical dispersants for instance are still being used, despite their toxic characteristics.  The Exxon Valdez disaster at eleven million gallons of oil was only a small fraction of the Deep Water Horizon disaster.  Yet 24 years later a Pod of 22 Orcas that lived in Prince William Sound is now functionally extinct. Nine died in the year after the spill but more importantly no calves have been born to this pod since the event. Today only seven members remain.

Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd intend to build a strategic partnership to provide the data needed to understand the magnitude of these threats and to make the world vividly aware of the urgent need to end ocean pollution. Although these two organizations employ different approaches, Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd pursue the same goal: the conservation of ocean life. Ocean Alliance specializes in scientific research about, and advocacy for ocean life (particularly in regard to whales), while Sea Shepherd specializes in direct action against, and public exposure of the despoilers of ocean life (particularly in regard to whales). Clearly, the approaches of Ocean Alliance and Sea Shepherd are complementary; by working as a team we can increase each other’s effectiveness.