DISCOVERY OF A NEW HYBRID BUTTERFLY: THE TANANA ARCTIC

Thank you to David Calvo and Catherine Ryan for sharing the following discovery and links!

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After having been misidentified for more than sixty years, the newly identified butterfly makes its home in the spruce and aspen forest of the Tanana-Yukon River basin. Arctic species of butterflies such as the Tanana Arctic are able to survive in such extremely harsh conditions because their bodies produce a natural anti-freeze.

Why is this re-identification important?  It could be holding clues about Alaska’s geological history. And the Tanana Arctic may be found to be the only butterfly endemic to Alaska. Also too it lives in an area where the permafrost is melting. Butterflies are known to quickly respond to climate change. The Tanana Arctic’s response could aid scientists in determining variaitions in the sensitive Arctic ecosystem.

Read More About the Tanana Arctic Butterfly Here:

Tech Times

Huron Daily Tribune

Andrew Warren, who made the discovery, is the senior collections manager at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity at the Florida Museum of Natural History. I had the great joy to travel with Thomas C. Emmel, the director at the McGuire Center, to Angangueo and interview him at the Sierra Chincua Monarch Butterfly Biosphere reserve. You can watch the interview on youtube at this link.

This undated image provided by lepidopterist Andrew Warren shows the newly discovered Tanana Arctic butterfly. Research by Warren released on March 15, 2016 suggests that the newly discovered species evolved from the offspring of two related butterfly species, and he thinks all three lived in the Beringia region between Alaska and Russia before the last ice age. (Andrew Warren/Florida Museum of Natural History via AP)
This undated image provided by lepidopterist Andrew Warren shows the newly discovered Tanana Arctic butterfly. Research by Warren released on March 15, 2016 suggests that the newly discovered species evolved from the offspring of two related butterfly species, and he thinks all three lived in the Beringia region between Alaska and Russia before the last ice age. (Andrew Warren/Florida Museum of Natural History via AP)

 

Coconut’s First Day Home Post Emergency Gallbladder Surgery

   Coconut had good first night home. She slept soundly & ate chicken sweet potato & salmon every 4 hours. This morning she was differently ready for her pain medication and wanted to be held for a over an hour… which is fine with me! This afternoon her belly is super sensitive and she hasn’t been able to sleep in a comfortable position other than in my arms. We have been in contact with her doctors at Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital & in very close contact with Dr. Ray Cahill at Seapot Veterinary hospital.

 They have bumped up her pain medication a little and we continue to pray she will have some reliefe soon. Please keep praying for our girl she isn’t out of the woods yet🙏

   

 

It’s Spring! Let’s celebrate…

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Ok – so let’s all pretend that we’re not getting snow tonight and just enjoy the fact that today is the FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!  Yes!!!  Cheers to tulips, soft grass, and warm weather on the horizon.  I’m even down for April showers if it brings May flowers.

To celebrate this turn of the corner, Saltwater Massage Studio is offering 10% off all massage therapy appointments THIS week if you mention this post.  

Treat yourself.  Winters are tough, and you made it.

To schedule, call (978)390-7600 or email info@saltwatermassage.com

(Offer ends Sunday April 27. Valid on full price appointments only.)

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Get Out Your Running Shoes!

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The Rocky Neck 5K Run/Walk & Team Challenge will be held this year on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Participants registered before May 1 will receive a custom Rocky Neck 5K T-shirt.

Go to www.rockyneck5k.com to register online or visit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. to obtain a paper registration form.

The event is sponsored by the Rocky Neck Art Colony to benefit Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District and the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Building Fund.  With chip-timed results, participants may compete individually or as a team in the popular Team Challenge.  The Run/Walk along the breathtakingly beautiful seaside course will be capped off by a festive post-Race brunch celebration on the deck at Rocky Neck’s The Studio Restaurant.

The Rocky Neck 5K Run/Walk & Team Challenge is a fun community ‘happening’ to benefit RNAC, a neighborhood-based, volunteer organization committed to preserving Rocky Neck’s unique arts and maritime cultural heritage.   Open to all, beginners can experience the joy of exercise in the outdoors while  experienced runners can sharpen their times on a forgiving course.  Everyone will enjoy creating memories individually or in a team with colleagues, family and friends.

The Team Challenge provides a great opportunity for groups from businesses, non-profits, clubs and affiliations of every size to show their colors, build organizational pride and share an experience to be long remembered.

The USATF (United States of America Track and Field) sanctioned event will take off from the Causeway on Rocky Neck.  It will return along Gloucester’s ocean-rimmed Back Shore to finish on Rocky Neck where all participants are invited for a celebratory post-Race brunch and awards  ceremony at The Studio Restaurant and Deck overlooking picturesque Smith Cove on Gloucester Harbor.

The Race start will be at 9 a.m., with packet pickup at Race Headquarters in the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck from 7:00 AM to 8:45 AM. Race participation is limited to 400.  Participants registered before May 1 will receive a custom Rocky Neck 5K T-shirt.

If spots are still available on Race day, walk-in registration will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sign up early to insure participation. Go to www.rockyneck5k.com to register online or visit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. to obtain a paper registration form.

Volunteers will be positioned to direct visitors to street parking as well as  designated lots in and around Rocky Neck.  Space will be available in Rocky Neck Park along the Causeway for everyone to meet and warm up before the Race kicks off.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Gilbert Lee

Executive Director

Rocky Neck Art Colony

6 Wonson Street

Gloucester, MA 01930

978-515-7004

director@rockyneckartcolony.org

www.rockyneckartcolony.org

The Cultural Center at Rocky Neck is generally open Thursday – Sunday year round.

Seasonal Hours are: June through September 20: 12-6pm, September 24 through May 12-4pm

Gallery 53 on Rocky Neck, 53 Rocky Neck Avenue is open seasonally May – October, seven days a week, 10am-6pm daily

Please visit all the galleries of the Rocky Neck Art Colony.

Galleries are located on Rocky Neck Avenue, the Madfish Wharf, Wonson Street and more! 

Please visit www.rockyneckartcolony.org for the pdf download of our walking map & brochure, as well as a calendar of events.

ROCKY NECK 5K with TEAM CHALLENGE – MAY 15 – REGISTER NOW

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Participants Registered Before May 1 Will Receive a
Custom Rocky Neck 5K T-shirt.

Go to www.rockyneck5k.com to register online or visit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. to obtain a paper registration form.

The event is sponsored by the Rocky Neck Art Colony to benefit Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Cultural District and the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Building Fund.  With chip-timed results, participants may compete individually or as a team in the popular Team Challenge.  The Run/Walk along the breathtakingly beautiful seaside course will be capped off by a festive post-Race brunch celebration on the deck at Rocky Neck’s The Studio Restaurant.

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The Rocky Neck 5K Run/Walk & Team Challenge is a fun community ‘happening’ to benefit RNAC, a neighborhood-based, volunteer organization committed to preserving Rocky Neck’s unique arts and maritime cultural heritage.   Open to all, beginners can experience the joy of exercise in the outdoors while  experienced runners can sharpen their times on a forgiving course.  Everyone will enjoy creating memories individually or in a team with colleagues, family and friends.

The Team Challenge provides a great opportunity for groups from businesses, non-profits, clubs and affiliations of every size to show their colors, build organizational pride and share an experience to be long remembered.

The USATF (United States of America Track and Field) sanctioned event will take off from the Causeway on Rocky Neck.  It will return along Gloucester’s ocean-rimmed Back Shore to finish on Rocky Neck where all participants are invited for a celebratory post-Race brunch and awards  ceremony at The Studio Restaurant and Deck overlooking picturesque Smith Cove on Gloucester Harbor.

The Race start will be at 9 a.m., with packet pickup at Race Headquarters in the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck from 7:00 AM to 8:45 AM. Race participation is limited to 400.  Participants registered before May 1 will receive a custom Rocky Neck 5K T-shirt.

If spots are still available on Race day, walk-in registration will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Sign up early to insure participation. Go to www.rockyneck5k.com to register online or visit the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck Thursday through Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. to obtain a paper registration form.

Volunteers will be positioned to direct visitors to street parking as well as  designated lots in and around Rocky Neck.  Space will be available in Rocky Neck Park along the Causeway for everyone to meet and warm up before the Race kicks off.

TEN POUND ISLAND: RECOGNIZING ITS PAST AND PLOTTING ITS FUTURE

Presentation by Ward One Councilor Scott Memhard tonight at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center. To learn more and see the full power point presentation come to the meeting at 7pm at the Rocky Neck Cultural Center..

“Perhaps the most innovative idea in the report is to consider creating a community boat house — possibly similar to the house boats moored along the Annisquam River — and a dock upon Ten Pound Island that could host the Gloucester High School and YMCA community sailing and boating skills programs, as well as other public programs and access for rowing and kayaking.”                           ~ Mayor’s Ad-Hoc Recreational Boating Committee, 2016

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Ten Pound Island Timeline

1644 Early settlers graze rams on the Island.

1817 Mariner Amos Story famously reports seeing a sea serpent (along with many others) near the Island. See account below.

1821 Ten Pound Island Lighthouse Station is established to safely guide mariners through Gloucester’s Inner Harbor.

1833-1849 Amos Story serves as Ten Pound Island Lighthouse Keeper.

1880 Winslow Homer stays with the lighthouse keeper during the summer creating over 50 watercolor paintings.

1881 Present conical cast iron tower, lined with brick, replaces original stone tower. Wooden keepers house is constructed.

1889 U.S. Fish and lobster hatchery is established.

1925 U.S. Coast Guard establishes first in the country air station, primarily to capture rumrunners during Prohibition.

1940 Lighthouse keeper’s wife Evelyn Hopkins honors Edward Snow, the Flying Santa who dropped Christmas presents from a plane for lighthouse keepers’ children, by nailing “Merry Christmas” boldly in newspaper, which could be read from the sky.

1954 Fish hatchery abandoned.

1956 Ten Pound island Light Station is decommissioned and replaced by a modern optic. The original fresnel lens is on display at the Maine Lighthouse Museum in Rockland.

1965 Keepers dwelling razed.

1988 The Lighthouse Preservation Society initiates restoration of Ten Pound Island Light.

1989 A modern optic was installed atop the tower and relit as a Federal aid to navigation.

1995 The oil house is restored.

1996 -1997 (*Possibly longer, checking dates) Shuttle to and from the Island is provided by the Gloucester Harbor Shuttle.

Currently, Ten Pound Island serves as an active aid to navigation.

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It could be worse…

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It’s the last snow of the year….it’s the last snow of the year…it’s the last snow of the year.   That’s what I keep telling myself as I head out this morning to shovel myself into work.   I know we have had a wonderfully mild winter, but I’m pretty sure we all have a little leftover angst about last winter.  So as I head off to the office I’m going to reflect on a winter when it was a blustery, -10 windchill morning, and a couple friends and I snow shoed down to Annisquam Light after a big storm….it will make today seem like a dusting!  Safe travels to all!

Closest Guess Wins!

No, no, no….you don’t win all of it, but here’s the deal…..

Over the course of the next couple of weeks, one of my “To Do” items is to count, roll, and cash in this water jug full of change.

Make your guesses as to how much $$ is in there and the closest guesser will score $100.  I’ll personally write two checks.  A $50 check to the winner….and a $50 check to the charity of their choice.

This will have to be somewhat on the honor system, but I promise to show a photograph of all of the rolled coins….and the receipt from the bank upon depositing the $.

Closest guess wins…whether over or under.  There may be some foreign currency in there….it won’t count.  Only guesses made within 48 hours of this post will count.  So, guesses made after 9:00 a.m. on 3/23 won’t count. I’ll keep you posted as I begin to roll…as it will surely take me several days.   I, personally, have NO idea what to expect upon counting this change….but, I’m excited to find out!  So, let’s play.

I will accept guesses from both comments here on GMG and from the GMG Facebook page.

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GHS World Language Week

Every year, schools across Massachusetts celebrate World Language Week.
The Gloucester Education Foundation( GEF)  provided a grant to the World Language Department  this year .  This allowed us to provide several  enrichment activities at the high school.  Doug Ryan from Historia antiqua”  visited and set up a ” Museum in the Classroom”.  He is a former educator and now travels to schools to set up the museum in the classroom.  There were artifacts from ancient Greece, Egypt and Rome.

Over 500 GHS  students visited  the mini museum.  In addition the World Language Department teachers hosted an open house on Monday evening to view the display .   Josh Cominelli and Alexander Grace  played international music during the open house.

Mr Ryan also did a presentation to the students about ” The Roman Army”.  During the presentation.Jett Sayess, a sophomore,  was able to try on Roman lorica segmentata ( armour)
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On Wednesday Mayor Sefatia spoke to a group of approximately 100 students.  She shared her experiences growing up in an ethnic family.  She stressed the importance of being proud of who you are and where you come from.  She also stressed the importance of volunteering and being there for your community.

Representatives from the Salem State Language department spoke in the afternoon to students about the importance of learning a second language.

During lunch in the cafeteria on Thursday a group of musicians will be playing Irish music.  On Friday the Italian Serenaders will be performing for us at lunch in the cafeteria.

Thanks to the GEF for funding this opportunity. The GHS school community has benefited immensely from your grant.

Gloucester High School, in partnership with Arbella Insurance, will be hosting a safe driving event- DISTRACTOLOGY.

For the week of March 21-25, Gloucester High School, in partnership with Arbella Insurance, will be hosting a safe driving event, DISTRACTOLOGY.  Teens will get a firsthand experience of how distractions interfere with their ability to react on the road, see hidden hazards and avoid accidents while safely behind the wheel of a driving simulator. It’s real. It’s useful. And it’s memorable. We have availability for students from the Cape Ann area to participate during after school hours.  We would love for you to come join us and see how important our students are to us!

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