Ernest Hemingway Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

“The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”

Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961)

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An Illinois native, Hemingway was among the most influential writers of the twentieth century. A volunteer ambulance driver, he was seriously wounded in World War I, and used the experience to write A Farewell to Arms, in 1929, from which the quote above is taken. A member of the “Lost Generation” of American expatriates in Paris, Hemingway’s exuberant lifestyle and four marriages made him the icon of a certain sort of mid-century male celebrity, famous for his African hunting and deep sea fishing.  After writing The Sun Also Rises, For Whom the Bell Tolls, and The Old Man and the Sea, he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1953, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. A long series of automobile and airplane crashes, fires and other accidents, coupled with alcoholism, left Hemingway in pain and suffering from depression. He committed suicide by shotgun at his ranch in Idaho in 1961.

THE SNOWY OWL PROJECT

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With all the wonderful recent Snowy Owl sightings in Gloucester, I have been reading much about the Snowies and in doing so came upon this great project being conducted by Norman Smith, Director of Mass Audubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum. Since 1981, Smith has been studying the Snowy Owls and as part of his research, he attaches bands and transmitters to the owls at Logan Airport, and then tracks their travels.

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From the Mass Audubon website:

Snowy Owls and Airports

As snowy owls migrate north and south, they look for stopping places that resemble their home, the Arctic tundra. To them, the land around Logan Airport fits the bill. It’s low and flat, with short scruffy plants and grasses, and there’s an abundance of small mammals and birds to eat.

Logan airport has the largest known concentration of snowy owls in the Northeast. The birds usually show up at the airport in early November; the earliest date recorded is October 22. They leave in early April; the latest date recorded is July 7.

The airport owls help by scaring away other birds that might endanger aircraft. Unfortunately, they are large enough to pose a threat themselves. To protect both birds and jets, Smith safely captures and relocates snowy owls each year.

Tracking Snowy Owls

Since 1997, Smith has attached tiny transmitters to the healthiest owls he relocates. These transmitters send data such as location, temperature, and altitude, enabling researchers to learn more about:

  • Snowy owl migration routes
  • The rate at which they travel
  • If and where they stop along the way
  • Where they spend the breeding season
  • Where they spend the winter

The transmitter batteries last 1-3 years, and the transmitter harnesses fall off once the batteries have worn out. Researchers have worked hard to determine the best size, weight, positioning, and attachment of the transmitters so that they don’t impact the behavior and health of the birds.

This project is a partnership with the US Geological Survey (USGS) and Boise State University (BSU).

Note: This work is performed with special permits. The public is not allowed to enter restricted airport property, or to capture any kind of owl or other raptor.

Migration movement of owl #134376 March 9, 2014- April 11, 2015.

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More from Mass Audubon

Link to more very cool Snowy Owl migration maps.

Tips for Viewing Snowy Owls

About Snowy Owls

 

 

 

 

Cape Ann Skating Club at their Holiday Exhibition

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Hi Joey!

This is a picture of the Cape Ann Skating Club at their Holiday Exhibition held on December 19. We welcome new hockey & figure skaters to join in the skating fun! Registration is now open for Hockey and Figure Skating Lessons in our winter sessions of group & private skating lessons for beginners through experienced skaters. Group lessons are held at the Talbot Rink in Gloucester on Saturdays at 1pm and Tuesdays at 6pm. At the Johnson Rink in Hamilton, Wednesdays at 1:30 and Tuesdays & Fridays 9:30 am & 12:30 pm classes are offered. Professional coaching staff certified by USA Hockey & US Figure Skating Associations. Badge program for hockey and figure skating skills for all ages boys & girls, tots 2 1/2 & up, teens, and adults. Many other ice times available for private & semi-private lessons. Register at the rink or see website at

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Gloucester Native Lisa Lutoff- Perlo was named president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises in December (Which Is Kinda HUGE)

Congratulations To Gloucester Ma Native Lisa Lutoff- Perlo.

Read this article which was forwarded by Denise Pascucci from Cape Ann Travel 

A Conversation With Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, Celebrity Cruises’ New President

A 29-year travel industry veteran, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo was named president and CEO of Celebrity Cruises in December. For the past two years, she had served as executive vice president of operations for Royal Caribbean International with responsibility for launching Quantum of the Seas.

Prior to that she was senior vice president, hotel operations, for Celebrity and helped create the $3.7 billion Solstice-class fleet. We spoke to Lutoff-Perlo late last week about her first month on the job, her vision for the brand and what agents can expect. 

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For the entire article click here

Nichole’s Picks 1/2 + 1/3

So, I’ve got nothing.  I apologize.  I’ve been away all week (and still am) and while I looked for special events for the actual weekend, I didn’t find anything new.  As you all know, my go to outdoor weekend activity (when you can’t go sledding, showshoeing, or skiing, is to go ice skating.  Go find a great rink!

Pick #1:  Rockport’s New Year Eve!

New Year’s Eve is obviously tonight, however, and if you’re looking for a FANTASTIC way to spend the evening with children (or without) head to Rockport.

Rockport’s New Year’s Eve celebration has more music packed into a nice walking proximity than one can even imagine.

Check out the full schedule HERE!

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Pick #2:  

The Harvard Museum of Natural History

This place remains one of my all time favorite for a quick education trip into Cambridge along with a great lunch.

The Harvard Museum of Natural History

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For a much more comprehensive list of family activities, head to our friends at North Shore Kid!