Sawyer Free Appeal

Hey Joey – I’m wearing a different hat this afternoon:  perhaps you can post our Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library 2014 Annual Appeal notice & invitation on GMG, when you think the time is right, before the year is over, so folks can still get their tax deductions !  The “Wordle” or “Word Cloud” was generated by the audience at our Annual Meeting in October, and reflects views of what our library will be in the future (Notice the large “AC” for Air Conditioning, next to “Welcoming”, and “Accessible”….).

Citizens of Gloucester,

You likely are aware that 2014 has been a time of progress at your Library. There’s much that’s new, and more to come. I am writing now to ask you to help us maintain the momentum by supporting our annual appeal.

The most visible change is the John and Dorothy Rando Memorial Garden and Amphitheater and its surrounding gardens and plantings, ready for events as soon as weather permits. A new parking lot awaits you, too, with easy access from School Street.  Your visits to the library are more convenient now, with self-service checkout available at the circulation desk and a handy book drop-off box in the parking lot. Many thanks to the Friends of the Library for both these service improvements.

In addition to all the physical changes, there have also been changes in our staff as we thanked retiring Library Director Carol Gray for her 16 years of faithful service and welcomed Deborah Kelsey in September as our new Library Director.  Deborah brings unusual energy, vision, and expertise to her new role. She is a past President of the New England Library Association and has held leadership positions at libraries in communities as diverse as Framingham and Medfield.

Look for more changes to come, as well, driven by the strategic plan developed collaboratively by community members, the Library’s Board of Directors and the staff.  One project already under consideration: a complete revamp of our heating and ventilation systems, including adding air conditioning.

Whatever the amount, your gift to the Sawyer Free Library is much like a good book – it will have lasting impact and enrich the lives of many.  I hope you will join me in adding your contribution to the bookshelf, knowing that your gift is an offering to our community.  Thank you for your consideration.

With thanks,

R. Scott Memhard, President
Board of Directors, Sawyer Free Library

P.S. Attached to this sheet is a “Wordle”, or word cloud, created from a list of words that came out of the recent Annual Meeting; attendees were asked to describe their vision of Sawyer Free Library in the days and years to come. The size of the word in the pattern reflects the frequency with which it appears on the list. 

SFL Wordle

Firing up the GMG Santa Tracker


Good Morning Gloucester will be firing up the Santa tracking Radar Thingy when Santa is within 500 nautical miles of Cape Ann. Meanwhile, NORAD and Google have far larger Santa Tracking budgets and are currently tracking Santa leaving Kathmandu. Click links below for up-to-the-second plotting of Santa. Santa is currently darting back and forth between India and Russia reaching maximum velocity for the trip. Elves have had to douse him with water several times already to keep him from bursting into flames.

NORAD tracks Santa
Google Santa Tracker

Now That’s an Airline With Some Holiday Cheer

West Jet Airlines out of Canada is doing it right.

These videos have circulated before, but on Christmas Eve, the 1st two are a nice reminder of how simple…or not so simple…acts of kindness can go a long, long way.  And, they remind us all, that surprises are awesome.  The others show that a sense of humor in this day in age is priceless.  Kudos to a company with enough creativity, humor, and kindness to spread holiday cheer….even on holidays like April Fool’s.

Makes me wonder what they have up their sleeves this Christmas???




What’s Happening at GHS 12/23/14

Just a quick note to all to have a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! Rest and relax and return with renewed energy to have a healthy New Year!

The exam schedule follows:

Mid – Year Exams
ABC           1/21/15
DE   Make-Up   1/22/15
FG    Make-Up   1/23/15


Early Release ½ day for students on Tuesday December 23!

Holiday Vacation December 24 until January 2

School Re-Opens Monday January 5.

Martin Luther King Day January 19

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
Calvin Coolidge

“The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas morning and the end of school.”
Alice Cooper

Christmas Eve 12/24/14 Forecast …

Marine Forecast :
Wed E winds around 5 kt…becoming SE 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Patchy fog. Rain. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
Wed Night S winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Patchy fog. Rain. Vsby 1 nm or less.

Coastal Flood Advisory :
Minor splash over at high tide from 10-2pm on sum vulnerable Shore Roads …
Flood Watch :
Rains 1-3″

Hourly Forecast :


Track Santa Kids NORAD :

Pod Cast Christmas Eve / Christmas Day Forecast:


Wind Forecast :


North Shore 104.9 Holiday Toy Drive Video from Lisa Smith at Cape Ann TV (Including Cast from Holiday Delights Caroling)

Highlights include Chelsea Berry singing “White Christmas,” and the cast from the Gloucester Stage’s Holiday Delights singing “Here We Come A Caroling.”