The Boat House in Kennebunkport, ME From Mary Barker

Hi Joey,

My husband and I decided to give ourselves a Christmas gift of going away for a night.   We decided upon the Boat House in Kennebunkport, ME.  It was not cheap, but we felt like we veer being totally spoiled then entire time.

We went up on Saturday, Jan 18 during the snow.  We had a slow ride up but it was well worth the drive.    It snowed the entire time we were in Kennebunkport, finally subsiding when we reached York on our way home.

I had my new camera (Canon 5D) with me, so stopping  to take photos in the snow was a must.   The first few shots are taken from our room and our balcony.   I was quite delighted to have a pinky schooner, I  think, outside my room.

The shot of the blue light is from the restaurant, David’s, on the first floor of the Boat House.   I had an absolutely amazing meal there – an “open ravioli” (large square of pasta) loaded with a wonderfully seasoned ricotta, large pieces

of lobster, shrimps and  scallops with snow peas and some shredded cabbage, topped with a sherried cream sauce.   It was to die for!.   Despite the continuing snow on Sunday, we traipsed around  and enjoyed the Maine seacoast.

The snow on the rocks and the rocks, trees and shrubs was so beautiful!   The last couple of shots are of the Nubble Light in York, always a nice spot to stretch the legs.

Mary Barker

Cannibal Rat Ghost Ship Adrift

o-RAT-570What happens to a rat-infested abandoned ship? The rats eat each other. The last rat standing eats itself. Or so they say.

LYUBOV_ORLOVA__1897491aI’m sure you have read about the Lyubov Orlova, which over a year ago was abandoned in Newfoundland because of a dispute over debts. On its tow to a salvage yard in the Dominican Republic, the ship broke free and became adrift. At first it was thought to be heading towards the British Isles however, it is now widely believed to have sunk. The most recent reports suggest that rats cannot live more than five days without water.

This story had me thinking about rats in general and rats along Gloucester’s waterfront, which in turn led to thinking about one of the many reasons why I love cats.

B_Image_4344The Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus), also known as the brown rat, sewer rat, common rat, and myriad other terms of non-endearment, is native to northern China. The species found its way to Eastern Europe by the early eighteenth century. By the year 1800, they occurred in every European country. First sightings of  R. norvegicus in the New World were reported in the 1770′s as ship stowaways.


During the Middle Ages cats were reviled and killed en masse. In the few regions where cats were not killed there were far less fatalities from the pandemic Black Death, which killed roughly half the population of Europe. Had this fear of cats not existed, populations of the Black Rat (Rattus rattus) would have been minimized, lessening the spread of plague infected fleas, carried by rats.

Rats are one of the world’s most successful mammals, second only to humans. They live everywhere except Antarctica.

Rattus_norvegicusRattus norvegicus

All images courtesy google image search.

PETE SEEGER 1919 -2014


“These are times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Thomas Paine

Thank you, Pete, for a lifetime of music, hope, courage and  patriotism for every season.

So Who Is the Mystery Winter Sailor?

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I haven’t been able to catch him facing in my direction while out on his daily sails in the arctic wind and cold around Smiths Cove.  Some believe it is Gordon Baird.  Inquiring minds want to know.  Is this Gordon Baird, or if not, who is it?

If it is Gordon, his Crazy Moon production is back at the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday, 1/30- Sunday, 2/9.

E.J. Lefavour

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Specials Guests: Fozzie Hill and Rocky Kramm


Wednesdays Only: Prime Rib, $12.95!

Wednesday, January 29th
Special Guests: FOZZIE & ROCKY!

rocky and fozzie

Two beautiful and uniquely talented artists who were bound
to find each other at some point in their lifetimes… Fozzie
 and Rocky Kramm return to us in full glory.  A total
lovefest! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib Special –  $12.95 (while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Coming soon…
Marina Evans

John Hall (of Orleans)
Renee Dupuis
Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Pet of the Week- Tiny



Hi!  My name is Twin, a two-month-old pup.  I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (, located at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter, Four Paws Lane in Gloucester.   I am here with my siblings and we are enjoying playing outside – there are a lot of things to investigate and great places to walk with the volunteers.  I weight about 16 pounds and I think I will be medium in size when all grown.   I think I might be part Lab or beagle.  We are affectionate and sweet and glad to make new friends. We are just starting to learn about walking on the leash and mastering things like stairs – wow – what a lot of work?  Would you like to help me out and mastering these things together.  I am willing to work hard  if you are!

I would really like that because the best thing in the world would be to have a family that loves me as much as my Cape Ann Animal Aid family does!


The Ciaramitaro Women Get Together!


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Whenever there is a pregnancy announcement in the family the Ciaramitaro women break out their knitting and Crochet needles and head straight for the yarn shop to get supplies needed to make the new baby’s “Ruota”… ( handmade sweaters, hats, booties, carriage coverlets, and blankets.) Just before the holidays my cousin Amy & her husband Bill broke the big news that they were expecting their first child this spring. Last night 3 generations of the Ciaramitaro family gathered at my mothers house for what we call “Club Night”. Originally this traditional crafting gathering took place during morning or afternoon coffee times, and over the years, transpired into an evening event with a light dinner and wine, to accommodate the working womens schedules in the family. Last night was the first of many fun nights we will all spend together over the next few months preparing for the family’s new princess!

After a quick dinner…the projects begin…to see more… Continue reading “The Ciaramitaro Women Get Together!”

Good Harbor Beach Neighborhood

Good Harbor Beach as it looked in 1939. The houses and the bridge are pretty much the same. The snow - well warmer weather is around the corner. Donna Ardizonni was talking about her desire to go to the beach when it warms up. I hope she's patient!
Good Harbor Beach as it looked in 1939. The houses and the bridge are pretty much the same. The snow – well warmer weather is around the corner. Donna Ardizzoni was talking about her desire to go to the beach when it warms up. I hope she’s patient!

Lots Happening Down At The Gloucester Marine Railway Despite The Cold Weather From Mary Barker

Hi Joey,

In my travels this week I found lots happening down at the Gloucester Marine Railway despite the cold weather.  The crews have been busy doing winter work

like sanding hulls,and repairing bilge pumps.   On Saturday, the Adventure had a crew on board to clean the bilge and salt water wash the forecastle to prepare for

the installation of bunks.  The Adventure will have people on board most days from 9 to 3 doing the carpentry world.   The Phyllis A’s crew were also taking advantage

of the ‘warm’ (30 degree) weather and dis some salt water washing of her decks.  I’m sure anyone who wanted to volunteer to help with any of the maintenance and

restorative projects for these historic boats would be most welcomed.

Mary Barker

Tuesday January 28th 2014 Cape Ann Forecast.

Sun / clouds much colder temps in the teens to lower 20’s .. Windchill values will feel like -5 to -10 degrees …Busy West to North West wind 15-25mph..
Tuesday night frigid temps crashing through the lower teens to single digits . Low around 8 degrees ..

Tue: W winds 15 to 20 kt…diminishing to 10 to 15 kt in the afternoon. Gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft.

Tue Night: W winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas around 2 ft.

Extended Forecast Wednesday through Sunday low 20’s Wednesday fair / Thursday Sunny low 30’s / Friday 35-45 clear / Saturday poss snow showers 35-40 Sunday 42 degrees partly sunny .. Lows teens / 20’s..

A few computer model charts / maps I go by ..




Community Photos 1/28/14

Greetings from the Delaware River Valley, Joey.  Rob and I were by Pavilion Beach on July 20th, 2012, when we noticed how incredibly still the sea was.  There were three young women who may have been learning how to use the SUP board, but ended up quite comfortably out by the large sail boat.  It simply seemed surreal.  When I saw the posting a couple of days ago with people walking on the ice (maybe in the same area), I remembered my photo and pulled it out of my 40,000.  Linda are

If you should use this, just pick the best photo.  We are fascinated by the sea being frozen.

Linda rae castagna


Hi Joey,

Saw these swans hangin out with their buddies on Front Beach in Rockport today.

Matt Cegelis

Cegelis Art Group


Here are a few shots of last nights opening at Flatrocks Gallery. They had a great turnout for their new show Translucence. Here is Debbie Clarke in front of her paintings, and the owners, Anne Marie Crotty and Cynthia Roth.


Manchester-Essex Rotary news from Dorothy Sieradzki

Manchester-Essex Rotary awarded three Manchester-Essex High School graduates scholarships at the Rotary’s January 8th meeting.  Laurel Barrie is a freshman at Stetson University in Florida, studying health science.  Sarah Sergeant is a freshman at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, studying physical therapy.   Calvin Lamothe is a freshman at Vassar studying psychology. 

Manchester-Essex Rotary is a service organization, whose membership consists of various local business leaders, and is a member of Rotary International, and is dedicated to building goodwill and peace throughout the world.  The Manchester-Essex chapter raises funds through community events to provide scholarships to local students and give back to the community in a variety of ways.   Rotary thanks each of you for your kind and generous support and participation throughout the year!


scholarship recipients
Photo 1 Calvin Lamothe, Sarah Sergeant, Laurel Barrie

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Photo 3 Brendan O’Donoghue, MERC President, Sarah Sergeant, Laurel Barrie, Bob Gravino, District Annual Giving Chair