Don’t ever say your vote doesn’t count. Bernie Sanders won Methuen by exactly one vote:

@BostonMagazine: Don’t ever say your vote doesn’t count. Bernie Sanders won Methuen by exactly one vote:

Love this New Chick-Fil-A Cell Phone Coop Idea

From CNBC-  

Chick-fil-A: Ditch your phone, get free ice cream
Chick-fil-A wants you to put down your cellphone and enjoy a tech-free meal.
The restaurant chain is offering customers in some 150 stores a “Cell Phone Coop,” a box for families to ditch their devices while they chow down on waffle fries in-store.
Brad Williams, a Chick-fil-A operator in Suwanee, Georgia, who is responsible for the coop, said that Americans spend an average of 4.7 hours per day on their cellphone.

Families who are able to go the whole meal without picking up their phones receive a free Chick-fil-A Icedream cone.
The chain is not the first to offer incentives for customers to ditch their devices. Restaurants nationwide have given discounts to consumers who pledge to go cellphone free during their meal.

“The challenge has completely taken off,” Williams said. “We have families who aren’t successful the first time and come back to try again. We even have people asking to take the boxes home with them! Our whole community is talking about it.”


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Recently, one of the very kind people who regularly feed our resident swan, Dominic Nesta, pointed out that Mr. Swan is unusual for his blue eyes. I was surprised by his comment because I’ve only ever filmed Mr. Swan, his deceased mate, and their offspring up close, and they all have (had) blue eyes. Aren’t all Mute Swans blue-eyed I wondered? After looking at hundreds of photos on Google images and reading dozens of descriptions, Mute Swans eyes appear as, and are always described as, black, whether they are the English Mute Swan or the Polish variant.

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Mr. Swan is of the Polish kind. Polish Mute Swans are rarer, mostly pure white, and with pinkish gray feet, as opposed to the English sorts, which have black feet and legs. Hans Christian Anderson’s Ugly Duckling was perhaps logically written with the English Mute Swan cygnet in mind, which are typically dressed in a mottled gray downy coat. Polish Mute Swan cygnets are pure white. Until I learned the difference I wondered how there could ever be such a story as the Ugly Duckling because again, I had only ever seen Mr. Swan’s offspring, which have always been exceptionally beautiful perfect little balls of fluffy white down (gray cygnets aren’t ugly either, IMO).Cygnet mute swan cygnus olor Polish

Cygnet, Polish morph

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Polish Mute Swans (Mrs. Swan and Cygnet, Henry’s Pond)

A pigment deficiency of a gene in the sex chromosomes is what causes the whiteness (leucism). Polish Mute Swans were given their name when in 1800 they were introduced to London from the Polish coast on the Baltic Sea. They were at first thought to be a new species because of their unchanging color form (Cygnus immutabilis).

Our Mr. Swan is extraordinary not only for his long-lived life of well over twenty years, but also for his sapphire blue eye color.

Help needed from our readers–do you have a pair of swans in your area? If so, please email me at Thank you very kindly.

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Money Management Workshop at Rose Baker Senior Center

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Cape Ann Community

“Money Management: Financial Literacy on a Fixed Income” will be presented on Wednesday, March 16, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Rose Baker Senior Center, located at 6 Manuel F. Lewis Street in downtown Gloucester. This program is jointly sponsored by SeniorCare, the Massachusetts Money Management Program, and the Gloucester Council on Aging; and will be presented by SeniorCare’s Money Management Program Manager Sarah Wetzel.

Topics to be covered during the workshop include:

  • Develop a budget
  • Set reachable goals
  • Develop strategies to save
  • Worksheets for budgeting, tracking expenses
  • Take charge of credit card debt
  • List of resources available for benefits and services to help save and to protect against scams and frauds.

There is no charge for the workshop.  For information and to reserve your space, contact the Rose Baker Senior Center at 978-281-9765.

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From Here to Flustuania, a live show comes to The Rocky Neck Cultural Center


From Here to Flustuania, a live show comes to The Rocky Neck Cultural Center this week for three days only, Fri 03/4, Sat 03/05, at 7:30 and Sun 03/06 at 6:00. It is the “true story” of Hooglio’s quest to find his long lost daughter, Hooglietta.  

Master of Ceremonies is Roman Gadbois, starring Sofia Gadbois as Hooglietta, Gordon Baird as Louie DeRoach, and Hooglio as Hooglio, this twelve song musical is packed with local references and historical ‘facts’ about Gloucester.

Fozzie Hill & Wolf Ginandes with special guest: David Bown ~ Acoustic Wednesdays @ Katrina’s 7-10pm 3.2.2016

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Tonight we start our Wednesday Night Acoustic Sessions.
We are excited to have two of Cape Ann’s favorites Fozzie Hill, Wolf Ginandes, and special guest guitar extraordinaire David Brown for the debut of this special evening.
Come join us for dinner, drinks and a magical night of music. We recommend reservations for these two favorites of the Cape Ann Music Scene. (978) 515-7817

“On the Waterfront” Series is Finalist for National Award

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Cape Ann Community

Cape Ann Television’s original program On the Waterfront was selected as a Finalist in the Cynopsis Media Social Good Awards. Cynopsis Media is the publisher of five national trade publications for the television, media, digital, and sports TV industries. Other finalists include National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ESPN, Netflix, Sony Pictures, Time Warner, and Viacom. Cape Ann Television is the only community media center represented. The awards will be held at the Yale Club in New York City in April.

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Too Much Plaid?

I am a huge fan of plaid.  Gosh knows my boys have worn a ton of it…as have I.  Plaid shirts, plaid shorts, plaid pants, plaid blazers, plaid flip-flops, plaid skirts, plaid dress, plaid headbands….but, never too much plaid all together.  Never.

So, as a lover of plaid, am I missing something?  Isn’t this just a little bit too much?  Jacket, sure!  Pants, why not?  But, together…yikes.