JoAnn souza and talking ducks…

“So, Martha, think we should hang out in Rockport or move on to Gloucester?”
I feel very blessed. I have lived in Rockport here for close to 20 years (although I spend most of my time in Gloucester)  and have never seen ducks in the yard or anywhere in the area. They are SO sweet…but this is very unusual so I am concerned.
I noticed them walking up the road early this morning. They flew off this afternoon and then returned. They have been tagged. I have no idea why they are here…but am delighted. Should I be concerned about them? Does anyone know why they are tagged?
I just wanted them to be happy  and healthyand hope they are not disoriented or hurt.
They’re a cute couple. Please help – any information or guidance would be appreciated.


Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team Update

Rick Roth writes ~

Well, we had a real nice yard sale on Saturday. The weather forecast was a little iffy, but we decided to go ahead with it, and it turned out to be a great day. I just don’t think I can begin to thank everyone who helped out by name when you consider all those who donated items, transported items, set up, sold, bought, gave us pemission to use the property, adverised, broke down, and cleaned up. Really a huge effort by a whole lot of people. Thank you all.

We made about $1300.00 which is a new record for us. It seemed as though whatever we did we always made $1000-1200. So, we were rewarded for all our effort.
Once again, thanks to all who contributed.

we only have one earth, save it


Kayaking on the Annisquam on Memorial Day

Rick and I were so excited to get back on the water after a long and cold winter. On Monday, Memorial Day, we went out from Jones Marsh and onto the Annisquam. The wind was blowing in all directions so we got a great workout and as always a wonderful time.

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Digital Art Debate

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Recent visits to the Pixel Revolution digital art exhibit at the Cultural Center have inspired me to experiment with some digital art paintings of my own.  These are a few samples of recent creations.  If you would like to see more of my digital paintings, visit or stop by Hobbit House Studio at 1 Wonson Street (behind Sailor Stan’s).  If you haven’t yet seen Pixel Revolution, you can still stop by the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck and see it through June 1.

There is debate within the art world as to the validity of digital art as a fine art form, not unlike the debate that raged until not that long ago over the validity of photography as a fine art form.

“As we become a society increasingly engulfed in computer technology, there seem to be changes in the art world, specifically in regards to digitalization.  Since the 1970s, art produced digitally has risen into the fine arts realm.  For example, as opposed to manual photography which catches chemical changes on film, digital photography uses electronic sensors that record the desired image as electronic data.  A major advantage of digital photography is the ability to manipulate the image using computer programs and software.  Many different effects can be utilized, increasing the tools the artist has to express their vision.  Aside from digital photography, digital art contains multiple other forms, such as photo painting, digital collage, integrated digital art, virtual reality, hologram, fractals, and more.

Should these computerized and mechanical processes be considered art? A painter must learn to control the brush with paint, and a digital artist must master the technology needed to produce an image. Technology is used by the artist to show emotion and intent to the viewer rather than just data processing. It seems strange that there are debates about digital art’s validity as an art form when there are so many similarities between using a paintbrush as a tool and a computer.

To get some insight, let’s look at another art form that was criticized when it first emerged.

Photography as an art form has long been debated.  Like digital art, many thought that photography was a purely mechanical process. Along the way, photographers came together to fight for respect in the art world.  In 1902 Alfred Stieglitz formed a group known as the PhotoSecession, which hosted exhibitons, created publications, and advocated for photography to be recognized as a fine art.  Its magazine, Camera Works, was extremely influential in showing how photography could be used to create artworks of quality artistic vision.

It was not until 1910 at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York that the first photography collection was put on show in a museum.  Even after, photography was constantly subjected to criticism.  In 1955 the MoMA displayed an important photography exhibit which allegedly proved photography as a form of fine art. The first major exhibition of photography, The Fmaily of Man exhibited over 500 photographs by 273 artists from around the world. After this exhibit, photography began to flourish in the art world. Just as photography had a difficult time as a new art form, digital art is now being challenged.”

I personally believe digital tools give artists more freedom to express themselves, and that the time and effort required to master these tools and techniques is as great as it is to master traditional art tools and techniques.  I have spent 15 years learning to master Photoshop, and I still don’t consider myself a master at it.  I also believe that had the great painting masters of bygone days had access to the technological tools available to artists today, they most certainly would have used them.  Just imagine what Leonardo da Vinci would have created with Photoshop!

The debate still rages over Johannes Vermeer’s use of the camera obscura (the cutting edge technology of his time) in the creation of his works.

“Certain aspects of Johannes Vermeer’s paintings which are seldom if ever seen in the work of other artists of the time have puzzled art historians ever since the artist’s rediscovery in the mid-1860s. Even before the turn of the century, one critic suspected that such anomalies were not merely stylistic quirks, but evidence that Vermeer had used some sort of mechanical device fitted with lens or mirrors. After decades of protracted debate, the art history community has come to believe that the device was the camera obscura.

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From an optical standpoint, the camera obscura is a simple device which requires only a converging lens and a viewing screen at opposite ends of a darkened chamber or box. It is essentially a photographic camera without the light-sensitive film or plate. Only in size and decoration has it changed since the 16th century.”

I am curious to know what people out there think about digital art and its validity as a fine art form.  What say ye –  yea or nay?

Thanks Otto Laske for sending me off on this creative journey and Charlie Carroll for tipping me off to Vermeer’s use of technology.

Visit to see collections of digital works of some of the most brilliant new artists of the modern age.

E.J. Lefavour

Wednesday’s with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest: Inge Berge 5.28.2014





Wednesdays Only:
Prime Rib is BACK!!! $12.95!

Wednesday, May 28th
Special Music Guest: 

Songwriter on the edge.  Brutally honest.  Up close and quite
personal.  Inge Berge takes the Rhumb Line stage by storm
this Wednesday.  LOVE backing this guy on guitar! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prime Rib, $12.95!(while they last)
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Plus – Check out Fred’s rockin’ new wine menu!
Coming soon…
Jon Butcher

Charlee Bianchini

Looking forward…
…to seeing you there!  🙂 ~ Fly

Smith Cove Fleet, circa 1960

Smith Cove in East Gloucester was, and still is, populated by both fishing and pleasure boats. In the background of the photo is East Main Street, with Banner Hill rising above it. The boats, from left to right: Harpoon sword fishing boat "Jaguar" (previously named Lord Jim and also a WWII submarine chaser), owned by Dr. Fred Breed; "Jumping Jennifer," Tom Morse's fishing boat; Party fishing boat "Winner III," owned by Bobby Anderson; and the "Naomi Bruce III," co-owned by Cy Tysver and the Shoares family. Vessel histories are complex, and all comments and corrections are welcome.
Smith Cove in East Gloucester was, and still is, populated by both fishing and pleasure boats. In the background of the photo is East Main Street, with Banner Hill rising above it. The boats, from left to right: Harpoon swordfishing boat “Jaguar” (previously named Lord Jim and also a WWII submarine chaser), owned by Dr. Fred Breed; “Jumping Jennifer,” Tom Morse’s fishing boat; Party fishing boat “Winner III,” owned by Bobby Anderson; and the “Naomi Bruce III,” co-owned by Cy Tysver and the Shoares family. Vessel histories are complex, and all comments and corrections are welcome.

Pet of the Week- Friday


My name is Friday, I am a sweet fellow with an affectionate side. I am staying at the Cape Ann Animal Aid (CAAA), located at the Christopher Cuter Rich Animal Shelter in Gloucester.

 I had a rough start, I lived on the streets and a really nice family took me in along with a lots of other feline friends and took good care of us, but when they fell on hard times; they had to find another home for us.  A nice rescue lady came and retrieved me and a couple of my friends and brought us to the Cape Ann Animal Aid. As a result of some of those rough and cats, I need to be kept indoors and be feed well and I will be fine! I am a “Special” adoption. Stop by the CAAA for details or go online at: CapeAnnAnimalAid.Com

I say special is right, anyone who adopts me is one lucky human!

Wednesday May 28th , 2014 Cape Ann Forecast …

Marine Forecast…
Wed NE winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 2 to 4 ft. Patchy fog. Vsby 1 nm or less.
Wed Night NE winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt… Diminishing to 5 to 10 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft.
Video Forecast : Topic Hurricane Preparedness Week…

Hourly Forecast …


Extended Forecast ….


Community Stuff 5/28/14



Date and Time:  Saturday July 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Register online at
Race Day registration at Start Line tent at 6:30 AM
Cost:  $25 pre registration $30 day of Race


Directions: 128 North to exit 14, Gloucester, MA. Take right off exit
and follow Essex Avenue approximately 4 miles. Take right at Western Avenue
to a left onto Hough Avenue.  Stage Fort Park is located on left.
Parking available in the Park at the top of the hill.


MAIL REGISTRATION TO Alison Cox, Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

292 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930



Phone Number_______________________________Email______________________________
Address: _______________________________________________________________________
City: _________________________State________Zip Code_____________________________
Age______Sex: Male______Female______
Tee Shirt Size:____________

292 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA 01930

All proceeds benefit the residents of the Seacoast Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

WAIVER:  In consideration of accepting this entry, I for myself, my heirs and
executors, waive and release any and all rights and claims for damages that I may
have against the City of Gloucester, MA, Friends of Seacoast, Seacoast Nursing
and Rehabilitation Center, and all sponsors, officials and directors of the
“Seacoast Seven Road Race” as a result of my participation in this event.
Further I attest and verify that I am physically fit for competing in this race.



This Wednesday evening at the Seaglass Restaurant (located at the Castle Manor Inn), we are having a fundraiser dinner to raise money and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes research. A generous portion of the night’s proceeds go to the JDRF Ride to Cure.

Dinner is from 5 to 9; live music care of Longshot Allstar from 6 to 8. We will be holding a 50/50 raffle and raffling off Red Sox tickets as well.