Santa Claus Comes to Rockport

I posted a few “live blog” photos of Santa’ much awaited arrival, but here are several more.

Such a fun tradition.  It is so fun to watch the boys, and all of Rockport’s children, get older each year as they stand on T-Wharf and await Santa’s arrival.

This was our 9th “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and the novelty has certainly not worn off.

Cape Ann Power Yoga Teacher Training

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If you are reading this, chances are that you have taken a class with a graduate of Cape Ann Yoga School.

Elizabeth Huntsman DeAngelis has been training teachers at the highest level for 15 years. She has worked with thousands of students and teachers across the country. This training will guide you through the specific steps to becoming a strong yoga instructor. You will learn to speak with confidence, to guide students through appropriate poses, and to create safe and inspiring classes. If you want to lead people through a practice that has the potential to change their very lives, this is the training for you.

Even if you don’t know if you want to teach, this training will deepen your understanding of your own practice and you’ll make life-long friends.

2016 Training Dates February 12-May 1

8 weekends Friday Evenings / Saturday / Sunday

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ORIN C Gloucester Massachusetts


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BOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen and recovered a third deceased Thursday after their fishing boat sank 12 miles off Thatcher Island, Gloucester.

A good Samaritan aboard the Foxy Lady notified watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Boston command center at about 3 p.m. that the
fishing boat Orin C was disabled and needed a tow.

The Foxy Lady began towing Orin C toward shore, but high wind and waves impeded their effort. A large wave reportedly crashed over Orin C’s bow, causing the boat to flood.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Boston, who had been monitoring the tow on VHF radio, launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew from Coast Guard Station Gloucester.

The crew arrived on scene, passed a pump to the Orin C crew, hooked up tow, and made way toward Gloucester against 30 knot winds and 8-foot seas.

While initially effective, the pump was eventually unable to keep up with flooding coming over the boat’s bow and it began sinking

Per protocol, the Coast Guard crew broke tow and maneuvered swiftly back toward Orin C for the three fishermen.

The plan for safest rescue from the boat was to have each crewmember enter the water and be recovered one at a time. The first rescue went
as planned, but the boat began sinking too quickly so the remaining two crewmembers abandoned the boat together.

When the boat crew recovered the two men, one of them was unresponsive. They began CPR immediately, and continued for more than
an hour, while they pushed toward shore.

They arrived at Gloucester at about 10:30 p.m., where local EMS and a medical examiner were awaiting their arrival, and pronounced the man dead.

The other two men were reported uninjured.

“We’re reminded tonight how dangerous and unforgiving the sea can be,” said Chief Petty Officer Stephen Veda, the command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Boston. “This is a tragic end to a very harrowing case – the effects of which will be felt throughout the entire maritime community for some time,” he said.

The Coast Guard is broadcasting a safety notice to mariners navigating in the vicinity of where Orin C is thought to have sunk.

The cause of the sinking is under investigation.

Saving Lives and Guarding the Coast Since 1790.
The United States Coast Guard — Proud History. Powerful Future.

Week of December 6, 2015 At The Sawyer Free Library

Closed for maintenance! The library will be closed Tuesday December 8 and Wednesday December 9 so that intensive cleaning and maintenance may be done safely. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause!

Middle Street Walk:

The Friends will be offering warm cider and cookies as well as staffing a sales desk featuring our mural cards, t-shirts and bags 11am-4pm


Project Warm Friends: Making a Difference Since 1997

Bev Wiley, Jackie Dort, Elizabeth Caron, Ruth Lindsay, Jeanne Riddle, Connie Wayman, Bea Robbins, Patty Colbert and Patti Wallis
Bev Wiley, Jackie Dort, Elizabeth Caron, Ruth Lindsay, Jeanne Riddle, Connie Wayman, Bea Robbins, Patty Colbert and Patti Wallis

SeniorCare Inc.’s Myra Herrick Conference Room was recently the site for an amazing look into the generosity of knitters on the North Shore and Cape Ann.

Throughout 2015, more than 30 volunteer knitters—members of SeniorCare’s Project Warm Friends—created thousands of beautiful hand-made gifts to be given to people in need. Over the coming holiday season, SeniorCare will distribute 2,500 items to hospital patients, veterans, seniors, teens, young children and newborns.

SeniorCare’s Project Warm Friends began in 1997 as Project Warm Child to provide warm knitted and crocheted baby clothing and blankets to needy newborns. In 2004, the program expanded to include larger items for children at Pathways for Children in Gloucester. In 2005 lap robes were added for nursing home residents and the name was changed to Project Warm Friends.

This year’s list of donated items includes

876 infant hats
277 child hats
240 potholders
172 infant sweaters
130 adult hats
111 child sweaters
98 knit afghan blankets
94 child mittens
82 pillows
80 lap blankets
75 scarves
56 fleece baby blankets
55 knit baby blankets
44 pillow cases
41 teddy bears
38 changing pads
27 adult mittens
24 pairs of baby booties
14 quilts
13 infant mittens

See more pictures on our Facebook page at

SeniorCare, a Massachusetts Aging Services Access Point, with offices in Beverly and Gloucester, is a regional consumer-centered organization that provides and coordinates services to elders and others, enabling them to live independently at home or in a setting of their choice while remaining part of the community. SeniorCare can be reached at 978-281-1750 or 1-866-927-1050 (TTY 978-282-1836). SeniorCare is also a federally designated Area Agency on Aging, providing services such as Meals on Wheels and Community Dining Sites. SeniorCare’s service area includes: Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Rockport, Topsfield and Wenham.