Gloucestercast 188 With @KimSmithDesigns, Jon von Tetxchner, Deb and Frank Sacco,Catherine Ryan, Karen Pischke and @Joey_C
For the sake of the Piping Plovers folks really and truly need to keep their dogs off Good Harbor Beach. It is a matter of life and death for these beautiful creatures and their soon-to-be-arriving offspring. Additionally, the following article was brought to our attention by friend Pauline Bresnahan. The town of Scarborough, Maine, was threatened with a $12,000.00 fine for not enforcing their leash laws. A dog off leash killed a Piping Plover. If one of Gloucester’s Piping Plovers are killed by a dog, we taxpayers could very well be held responsible for the maximum fine. Read the story here.
This morning I arrived at GHB a little later than usual, around 6:30am. Within the first three minutes, there were three dogs on the beach, and all off leash. The man in the above photo had two dogs, and one of the dogs made a beeline for the Piping Plover nesting site. The guy did absolutely nothing to prevent his dog from running into the restricted area. I called out to him to let him know. He made a rude remark and called his dog back, but only after it was halfway in. The dog owner then walked the length of the beach with his dogs still off leash. When he returned his dogs chased the gulls as well as the Plover feeding at the shoreline. Now if it was a fledgling Plover, the baby bird wouldn’t have stood a chance in heck in the face of the exuberant dog. So after the dog ran into the restricted area, chased one Plover at the water’s edge, he then put his dogs on leash as he was leaving the beach. He was joined by another fellow at the footbridge, whose dog was off leash.
It is in some dog’s nature to chase birds. Why oh why would a dog owner bring a dog like that to the beach with a known endangered bird species? The rule is no dogs during the summer months. We have a sweet Scottish Terrier and I sure would love to bring her with me when I am filming and photographing early in the morning. But even she, with her calm, gentle disposition, I know would terrify the Plovers and could easily accidentally squish a nestling.
The Culprit. Is this a bad dog? No, of course not. I think it looks quite cute. Are there any bad dogs, or just thoughtless owners?
Plover returning to its nest this morning
With merely only a few thousand pairs of nesting Piping Plovers remaining nationwide, it’s super important that we all work together as a community to insure the successful nesting of the Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers. There are so many unavoidable, natural mishaps for the birds and their nestlings; let’s prevent the avoidable disasters. Please, let all your friends and family know to keep dogs off the beach. If you see a dog, please ask the owner to remove the dog.
It’s no excuse for the behavior of today’s scofflaws, but I think we need bold signs at both ends of Good Harbor Beach, clearly explaining what a federally endangered species is, what a Piping Plover is, and why it is so important to keep all dogs off the beach. Also, perhaps if an officer were stationed at the footbridge end beginning at 5:30am, handing out tickets, folks would take the law more seriously. Or, if the officer were positioned in the middle of the beach, he would catch offenders in the act. I imagine it wouldn’t take more than a few days of ticketing for word to get out that the laws were being enforced. In just the short period of time that I was there this morning, the City could have earned well over a thousand dollars in dog fines alone!
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Male and Female Piping Plover’s take turns on the nest. Every morning they each spend time at the water’s edge feeding and bathing in the tide pools. Today this little fellow gave himself an extra vigorous washing!
Happy Dad’s Day to the wonderful fathers, husbands, grandfathers, uncles, best friends, and all the good men in our lives.
Our son-in-law Matt O’Rourke created this ad for Volvo. We posted the shortened spot recently and here is the newly released full length version. The message is sweet for Father’s Day I think.
A small selection of images and words about and by fathers, with Gloucester ties. What would you add? Happy Father’s Day!
They took my father’s father from the mines
and laid him, broken, on the kitchen table,
the wake singers lifting their lines
above the water heater he had often mended.
My father always dreamed of him alive,
able to whittle an oak peg for every split thing.
all my father lost at the age of nine
enclosed his life, his air.
In my flood dream, I carry my father
piggyback–easier than a kid’s coffin–
to safety from the Susquehanna River
as light as a dollhouse, now, or violin.
–Joseph Featherstone, from his book of poems, Brace’s Cove
To be seven when a brother dies–
to have shared a room.
Her silence frightened us.
One night she rose from the table
and climbed to the top of the stairs.
We heard the small voice
singing each of the songs
from the funeral service.
The next morning in school
she announced to her class,
“I am ready for questions now.”
by Joseph Featherstone, from Brace’s Cove
full title for the Gordon Parks photograph above: “Frank Domingos kissing a vessel representing remains of a saint, during ceremonies at his father’s home, part of the tri-annual fiesta of Pentacost. The celebration–including the chosing of an Imperator, and visiting, eating, drinking, and worship in the home, culminates in a parade and blessing by the priest–originated with ancient Portugeese fisherman, drought-stricken, who prayed for assistance and received it.”
Captain’s Courageous was published in 1897. “During the winter of 1897-98 I made another trip to South Africa, and on the same boat with me were Rudyard Kipling (Rudyard was named after a place where his father and mother first met), his wife, and his father, Lockwood Kipling, the artist. They proved excellent traveling companions and we have maintained our friendly contact ever sense.” – John Hays Hammond
The Kiplings collaborated: the artist John Lockwood Kipling illustrated many of his sons’ books.
Hunt purchased a former barn and adjoining carpenter’s shop in Magnolia. “…in three weeks the old, unsightly buildings were converted into a picturesque structure with galleries on the outside, one of them ending in a seat in an old willow-tree. The carpenter shop was turned into a studio, the chief light coming from the wide-open door…The barn was two stories in height, the lower portion being occupied by the van, a phaeton and a dog-cart, as well as by stalls for two or three horses. The upper room was known as the “barracks”, and half a dozen cot-beds were arranged around the sides, as seats by day and beds by night…In a single afternoon his celebrated Gloucester Harbor was painted, and he returned to Magnolia aglow with enthusiasm. “I believe,” he exclaimed, “that I have painted a picture with light in it!…Go out into the sunshine, and try to get some of its color and light. Then come back here, and see how black we are all painting!”
Lee Kingman, Peter’s Pony, 1963, with illustrations by Fen Lasell
Winslow Homer captures the waiting and watching experienced by so many families in Gloucester. Homer’s father, Charles Savage Homer, left for extended start-ups: to California for gold, to Europe. Winslow Homer’s mother was a professional and gifted artist who raised three stellar boys solo, a lot. The Homer family remained tight knit.
Friday Nights at the A&P
By Ruthanne “Rufus” Collinson
When I was a kid
there were Friday nights to get lost in.
There was Mama
to take me shopping,
the smell of outdoors on her wool coat.
There was the A&P on Main Street,
the long spread out time
to wander the rolling floors
and smell the oranges and the coffee grinding.
There was no talking with Mama and me
She chose the food and I thought,
the long time of thinking away from Mama
in the A&P.
I watched the women
with heavy faces and deep frowns
weighing out their fruits
I thought about how bad they looked,
but I knew they didn’t want to die
because of the way they cared
about stacking the apples.
Sometimes I lost Mama and her sadness
but she would find me and take me
to the check out
where I picked up Daddy’s Pall Malls
and then stayed close to her wide sleeve
as we carried our lumpy brown bags
past Paul T. Reddy’s Dancing School.
I heard people dancing upstairs
Shadows in the window suggested music
and the end of time laid out like that.
editors note: I promised EJ we would share for those that would love to follow her on her new blog that she could share the link before she left us. Here’s her post-
I have started a blog called God’s Morning and would love for you to visit and share. It is for people who love God, Christ, the Holy Spirit and desire to know and walk more closely with Him. www.godsmorning.live
As I drive around this wonderful place we call home, so glad always have my camera with me.
There is a bike rental shop next door to Katrina’s Restaurant on Rogers Street. Great looking bikes. Great way to get around during Fiesta.
Not sure how they are doing it, but wow. Service was great and the dishes spot on with a packed house.
The 1606 Restaurant at Beauport is putting out some “not your average hotel restaurant” food. It’s first class and the views allow the public vistas which showcase the gorgeous activity in Gloucester’s outer harbor.
Joey C ~
A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.
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To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.
Author Talk Saturday June 25:
Summer Reading Program for adults:
Summer Reading Program for adults:
Mari Martin concert!
More Cape Ann Health, Fitness and Wellness News-
‘Community Reiki Share’ to Benefit ‘Reid’s Ride.’ Tuesday. July 5th.
‘Community Reiki Share.’ 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm at the Manchester Community Center. 40 Beach St. Manchester-by-the-Sea. On the MBTA Train line; wheelchair accessible. Reiki Sessions ‘By Donation.’ $20.00 suggested donation. ($10.00 for Seniors.) Make Checks Payable to ‘Reid’s Ride.’
To find out more about the July 17th Reid’s Ride and how you can participate and donate – https://www.firstgiving.com/Reidsride/2016REIDSRIDE. Join Lorraine and Deb Sacco and their wonderful group of organizers and participants. Just being there is energizing! Or, you may make your contributions on-line, by going to the “Donations” page on www.eccf.org. Be sure to select the “Reid Sacco AYA Cancer Fund” in the drop-down menu when selecting the fund/organization for your contribution.
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