GMG Electricity and Alternative Energy Series: ATTTENTION- It’s Time To Renew Your Plan If You Opted For A Six Month Plan

Last winter I shared what my plan for my mom’s electricity supplier was.   At the time the best option IMO was Think Energy.  If you signed up and locked in congratulations, you saved a bunch of money over National Grid’s variable pricing plan which generally spikes way up in the winter due to there not being enough power plants in the northeast to create power and National Grid having to go out and bid in the open market for electricity.

Anyway, I signed my mom up for a six month plan and it was up about a month ago.

This is just a reminder for anyone else who did what we did to contact Think Energy and either resign with them or lock in with another supplier so you aren’t at the mercy of National Grid.

It takes all of a few minutes to do

Here’s the number for Think Energy- 1-866-252-0078

Here’s Direct Energy- 888-305-3828

Call both, get the best rate and if you want, lock in for 6-12 months.

I have no idea about where electricity prices will go but I know if you’re at the mercy of a variable pricing plan you could be paying way more in the winter months.

I’m locking in like we did last year.



Just lookin out for my peeps. I have no vested interest other than to make sure you are aware.

Yo Yo Yo- Check Out Bex’ #Lobster Trap Wire Lobster All Lit Up Like A MFer


Well if this isn’t the coolest damn#Christmas #lobster decoration ever I don’t know what is. My buddy Bex added the lights. Someone from #RockportMA made the lobster trap wire lobster. I’ll find out who and credit the creator once I talk to Bex.

Help from GMG and FB Friends

This morning a wonderfully kind woman helped me after I took a tumble on the rocks at Brace Cove. I would love to thank her but only know her first name, Carol. She is tall and slender and has a friendly and sweet large black dog named Rider. If you know her name and have her contact information, please email me at Thank you so much for your help!

Do you believe in ‘Old Wives Tales’?


When I get a cold I will do ANYTHING to get better FAST! I literally have had 5 colds in the past 20 years. I have an immune system of steel!

So I heard the old wives’ tale of putting a peeled onion in a bowl in your room and it absorbs bacteria.

Have you heard this?

Onions and the Flu

Q: Can Raw Onion Prevent the Flu?

A: There is no scientific evidence that a cut raw onion absorbs germs or rids the air of toxins/poisons.

A wives tale that dates back as far as the 1500’s claims that placing a cut raw onion in rooms throughout a residence could protect its occupants from getting the bubonic plague.

Long before germs were discovered, the dominate belief was contagious diseases were spread by miasma, or “noxious air.”

While false, this belief remained part of folk medicine through the 19th century claiming to ward off epidemics like smallpox, influenza, and other “infectious fevers.”


This Weekend in the Arts

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Law & Water Gallery invites you to an
Opening Reception: The Backyard in Retrospect
Saturday, December 19, 5 – 7 pm

Look back to see the future through the eyes of three Gloucester Artists; Loren Doucette, Paul Cary Goldberg & nJoe Poirier. A retrospective ramble through the backyard reveals what was, is, and may well be.

Law & Water Gallery
18A Pleasant Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930


Lexicon Gallery, Ladies Night
Wednesday Dec 23, 5-8pm

Light refreshments, free gift w/ purchase over $50, unique and affordable gifts. 15 Lexington Ave., #1, Gloucester, MA 01930

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2015 Men’s Night Is Thursday Night Downtown Gloucester promotions:


Gift Certificate Sale at Saltwater Massage Studio

This Thursday night 12/17, Saltwater Massage Studio will be having our final gift certificate sale of the Holiday season.  Stop by our Open House during Men’s Night from 6 – 9pm.  We will be offering:

  • 10% off all Gift Certificates
  • $10 mini massages by Heather (free with a gift certificate purchase!)
  • Yummy appetizers by Sheila Jarnes, personal chef

We also have a brand new collection of gifts in our boutique to make you happier, healthier and more at ease!  Come say hello – all are welcome.


Can’t make it on Thursday but need a gift?  We’ll be open for gifts daily the week of Christmas:

Sunday 12/20 12pm – 3pm

Monday 12/21 – Wednesday 12/23 4pm – 7pm

Christmas Eve: 10am – 2pm

Gift Certificates can also be purchased online or just call us at (978)390-7600 and we’ll help you out!  For more info:

Pop Gallery


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Annual Mens’ Night at Savour!

Thursday, December 17 5 – 8 p.m.

Come and enjoy one of the most fun evenings we host all year.

Complimentary tasting of vintage and aged ports, madeira, craft beers, “Big Reds” – and the cheese, meats and snacks that pair perfectly

10% off everything at Savour for men

(not combined with other discounts)

Leave us your email and win this beautiful handcrafted bamboo corkscrew and

wine stopper – makes a great stocking stuffer!

Tonight, while you’re out with your buoys, having a grand time on Main Street for Mens Night, please stop into Pop Gallery for beer, pulled pork sliders and 10% off storewide! We will also be accepting donations for David Sutherland’s family. 

Give the Gift of A Cape Ann License Plate!

Support the Cape Ann communities this holiday season by gifting your loved ones a Cape Ann License Plate! For only $40, your friends and family can ride in style.

The proceeds from the Cape Ann License Plates will go back into our community in the form of Promotion of our region, Economic Development and Education. Learn more at


The Chamber is currently in the process of gathering our first batch of applications to submit to the registry for printing. We are excited to see these wonderful plates on the road!

Nichole’s Picks 12/19 + 12/20

There’s still time to get your holiday on!

Pick #1:   The Mayor’s Celebration of Lights

I’ve always thought that spending a few evenings in the city during the holiday season is totally special.  Grabbing a nice dinner, maybe getting a bit dressed up, and seeing the holiday lights is a wonderful tradition.  By now, you all probably know about BLINK! at Faneuil Hall, but there is also the Mayor’s Celebration!



Running December 17-20, 2015, The Mayor’s Celebration of Lights, Lights of Boston presented by luminARTZ will transform the Dartmouth Street side of the Boston Public Library with 3D projections sharing the message of peace, hope and unity each evening from 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., looping every 10 minutes. The light installation is the first of its time in the United States, and is produced by artist Anthony Bastic of AGB Events best known for the Vivid SydneyView more


Pick #2:  

Candlelight Stroll at Strawberry Banke

Strawbery Banke Museum celebrates the theme of “Winter Pastimes” during the 36th annual Candlelight Stroll, December 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, 2015. The event takes place from 5 to 9 pm on Saturdays and 4 to 8 pm on Sundays.


Stroll through life in a simpler time as 350 years of American history, winter traditions, and holiday celebrations unfolds around you in New Hampshire’s oldest waterfront neighborhood.

  • Historic houses from four centuries with decorations hand-crafted from natural materials
  • Hundreds of wood and glass candle boxes lighting the lanes and landscape
  • Live music and holiday entertainment for all ages
  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Holiday decoration demonstrations
  • Traditional barrel making demonstrations
  • 18th century holiday hearth cooking
  • Tinsmith demonstrations
  • Ice skating at Labrie Family Skate at Puddle Dock Pond, daily December-February.

CLICK HERE FOR MUCH MORE INFORMATION! (and to save time and purchase advanced tickets)



Pick #3:  Zoolights at Stone Zoo


ZooLights promises to dazzle visitors of all ages this holiday season. Enter a winter wonderland of tree-lined paths lit by thousands of twinkling lights. Stroll through festively decorated Yukon Creek, home to bald eagles, Canada lynx, reindeer and arctic foxes.

  • Meet Stone Zoo’s reindeer up close during nightly photo opportunities.
  • Enjoy holiday hot chocolate with the reindeer (see registration and full details below).
  • Have your photo taken with Santa (see video below).
  • Lights, Camel, Action!
    Known as “ships of the desert,” dromedary camels are incredibly adapted to harsh, arid environments. Learn more about these animals and enjoy a camel’s-eye view of ZooLights!
    Camel Rides: $10 per person
  • Gift Shop Discount on Member Mondays: Members receive an additional 10% discount on all gift shop purchases on Mondays. That’s a 20% savings! Learn more about becoming a member.

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For a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Community Stuff 12/17/15

Cape Ann Farmers Market This Saturday!

Come join us for the last market of 2015-We will have local produce, smoked fish, meat, eggs, cheese, pasta,jams, herbal creations, crafts, last minute gifts, cookbooks, amazing raffle baskets and best of all-all your friends will be there! A membership to CAFM makes a great gift and helps keep CAFM viable and growing.