Did you know that ticks carry a number of diseases beside Lyme disease? Two that in recent years have reared their ugly heads on Cape Ann are anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Both are transmitted by the black-legged tick (deer tick) in the northeastern U.S. and both have similar symptoms. When symptoms are exhibited, blood is drawn to determine which pathogen is present.

Recently I was bitten by a black-legged tick. The tick was only on my person for several hours. I brushed it off before realizing that it was a tick. The tick was completely flat and not in the least bit engorged. It left a slightly red raised bump that was itchy for a week or so. At my doctor’s office the staff insisted that because the tick was not engorged and because it was attached for less than twenty four hours I was safe from disease. This information was also reinforced by reading about Lyme disease on countless websites.

deer_tick_typesTicks of all sizes and at all stages of life can harbor diseases

That you cannot get sick from a tick attached for less than twenty four hours is 100 percent false. Several weeks ago I staggered home from a very busy day planting a client’s garden. I thought perhaps I had just overdone it and went straight to bed. The next day I could barely move. For the next two weeks I would make an effort to get to work but wind up back in bed a few short hours later. I at first thought it was the flu, but instead of running its course and getting better, things went from bad to worse until I ended up in the hospital with pneumonia. That’s one of the things with anaplasmosis, it also effects your respiratory system.

Kelly Ries, Gloucester’s public health nurse shares that less than five cases of anaplasmosis and babesiosis have been reported in Gloucester. Symptoms of anaplasmosis include fever, headache, muscle pain, malaise, chills, nausea, abdominal pain, cough, confusion, and loss of appetite, of which I had all.

I am writing to help create an awareness with our readers that Lyme disease is not the only pathogen carried by the black-legged tick. Each year, more and more cases of anaplasmosis and babesiosis are being diagnosed in the northeast. Nurse Kelly also reports that black-legged ticks are still active at this time of year and can continue to transmit disease even after the first snowfall of the season. If any of our readers have contracted anaplasmosis (which I sincerely hope not) please write and let us know your experience. Thank you so much.

Doxycycline is the first line of defense for adults and children of all ages and should be initiated immediately whenever anaplasmosis is suspected however, the CDC website provides a warning regarding prophylaxis (preventative treatment): Antibiotic treatment following a tick bite is not recommended as a means to prevent anaplasmosis. There is no evidence this practice is effective, and this may simply delay onset of disease. Instead, persons who experience a tick bite should be alert for symptoms suggestive of tickborne illness and consult a physician if fever, rash, or other symptoms of concern develop.

For more information about about anaplasmosis see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here.

As you can see from the map below, prior to 2010, there were zero cases of anaplasmosis reported in Massachusetts.ana_incidslide_18


Hello winter friends! As the herons, egrets, and plovers have departed for parts warmer, Cape Ann welcomes mergansers, buffleheads, grebes, and so many more. Overcast morning walk along the shores of Niles Pond –

male-female-red-breasted-mergansers-copyright-kim-smithMale and Female Red-breasted Mergansers

pied-billed-grebe-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithJuvenile Pied-billed Grebe

male-bufflehead-female-red-breasted-merganser-copyright-kim-smithMale Buffleheads and Female Red-breasted Merganser

brace-cove-gloucester-ma-copyright-kim-smithBrace Rock


14915642_10154942196506178_5066991207539961371_nAbout this Fundraiser

Help us connect children and adults to Gloucester’s maritime culture. Schooner Adventure is a unique platform designed to engage through hands-on experiences, providing lasting lessons and an appreciation of our shared maritime heritage.

In honor of #GivingTuesday, the Gates Foundation will match up to $500,000 in donations to fundraisers today. Facebook is waiving all fees.



15304293_959017724202062_7914960486487041530_oYour “Giving Tuesday” donation to Backyard Growers will help us reach our goal of raising $10,000! AND we’re already a 1/3 of the way to our goal thanks to generous donors who have launched our campaign with a collective gift of $3,500. OUR GOAL IS TO MATCH $3,500 ON GIVING TUESDAY!

When you donate to Backyard Growers on Giving Tuesday (11/29), your credit card processing fees are covered by The Giving Common so 100% of your donation benefits Backyard Growers.

Click on the this link and then click the blue DONATE button. And thank you! https://givingcommon.org/profile/1141198/backyard-growers-inc/#8

Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line ~ This weeks special guest: Charlee Bianchini 7pm Nov. 30, 2016

rhumblineDinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, November 30th – 7pm
Special Music Guest:


photo by Sheila Roberts Orlando

We are blessed to have the wonderful Charlee Bianchini in
our presence this week at the Rhumb. The Noise’s Lois A.
McNulty writes, “Charlee Bianchini, with Gloucester roots four
generations deep, went out to see the world, and came back
to her hometown with songs to sing.” I can tell you, these
songs are moving and soulful. Her music touches us all. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen…
…now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
12/7 – Marina Evans (tentative)

12/14 – Liz Frame

12/21 Amero Family Christmas!

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Giving Tuesday & Pet of the week Peanut

On this #GivingTuesday don’t forget to donate to local non-profits, like Cape Ann Animal Aid! Your donations help many needy animals like Peanut below. 

Beautiful and loving Peanut here! I am a sweet lady looking for a place to call her own! Unfortunately, my family was moving and wasn’t able to take me along. Thankfully the folks here were able to take me in to find me a new home! I get a little stressed out when I move into new places and I tend to hide but once I get settled in I love attention of my humans. I have lived with a dog and another cat and didn’t seem to mind sharing my space with either. So, I wouldn’t mind having another four legged friend to share my home with. 

 To see all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website: capeannanimalaid.org

Donate today: http://www.capeannanimalaid.org/donate/


Give the Gift of Reading

It is that time of year again.  Time to renew my boys’ magazine subscriptions.  If you are looking for a gift that checks lots of boxes…think magazines.  I know it is kind of old school, but I love it.

What first began as an attempt to boost my children’s desire to work on their reading at home, soon turned into a way for them to learn about some of the things that they had developed an affinity for….  Boats, Cars, the Outdoors.

Each Christmas I renew their subscriptions and they look forward to receiving their new magazines in the mail.  It has been a great way for them to practice reading, spend time together, get off of their electronics, and learn more.   They have also cut up their magazines for school projects and to hang their favorite pictures on their wall.  The jagged and ripped photos taped precariously throughout their bedroom secretly makes me cringe a little bit, but they seem to enjoy it.

While they’ve had magazines like National Geographic Kids, Ranger Rick, and Boys’ Life in the past, right now they receive Automobile and Power and Motor YachtThis year I’m also adding Sports Illustrated Kids to the mix.



* Secret Sushi Service Pop up at "7 Central" in Manchester by the Sea on Nov.30th

More Cape Ann Dining News-


Good Morning Gloucester!

* Secret Sushi Service Pop up at “7 Central” in Manchester by the sea on Nov.30th Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm.
Limited 70 seats by reservation only.
About Chef Sang Hyun Lee.
Sang, originally from South Korea, moved to the states on Sep.11th 2001. Sang has worked at many Japanese restaurants around Boston and the New York area over the last 14 years.
Some Gloucester locals may remember him from Madfish sushi bar during the 2012/2013 summer season.
After Madfish Chef Sang moved back to New York City to continue his sushi skill under master Chef Kazuo Yoshida at “1or8” in Williamsburg Brooklyn.

Sang is currently sushi chef at Uni located in the Eliot hotel in Boston.

This will be Sang’s first solo pop up event. He is putting lots of energy and love into the preparations for Wednesdays event. With special focus on the sushi rice…

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Pop Comics…oh and a little ladies night info


​Hi Joey,

If you are listing Ladies Night specials as you did last year on Good Morning Gloucester, please include us. Thanks!

The Building Center, 1 Harbor Loop

20% Off entire store

Appetizers and goodies in the kitchen

Harbor Loop Gifts, 1 Harbor Loop

20% Off entire store

Raffles drawn at 8:30 include $50 gift card, $100 gift card and $150 gift card

Also raffled will be assigned Byers’ Choice Chocolate Santa and 2 other items

Must be present to win

The Byers’ Choice rep, Paul, will be on hand hosting a Carolers Clinic.

Bring in any Byers’ Choice broken Caroler and Paul will fix it up.

Laurie & Peg

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 11/29/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~ 3 Comments ~

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.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

“Blue Christmas” healing service this Saturday

November 28, 2016 ~ brethays ~

For many people, the holiday season is anything but joyful. St. John’s Episcopal Church is offering a healing service for those who are alone, stressed, or in pain this Saturday at 5 p.m. The church will open at 3 for individual prayer and contemplation. All are welcome, regardless of faith (or lack thereof).


Stop by Backyard Growers’ POP-UP SHOP!

November 28, 2016 ~ backyardgrowersgloucester ~



The holidays are almost here, and we’ve filled our office at 271 Main Street with veggie socks, garden books, children’s watering cans and more! Come shop our new and vintage funky clothes, gardening tools, cooking supplies, and books- plus our usual supply of seeds, organic fertilizers, and pest sprays.

We will be open every Monday–Friday 9 am- 5 pm

Also, shop late from 5-10 pm on Ladies Night Dec 1, Employee Night Dec 8, and Men’s Night Dec 15!

All proceeds benefit Backyard Growers’ school, community, and backyard garden programs.

SPACE AVAILABLE: Backyard Growers’ “Painting the Harvest Still Life”

November 28, 2016 ~ backyardgrowersgloucester ~


Artists: Backyard Growers invites you to Painting the Harvest Still Life, an evening of still life painting and tea. Please join us at our office on Main Street, where we will stage a lovely nature-based still life for you to paint. Bring your own easels and supplies. All proceeds benefit our nonprofit urban agriculture programs.

November 30, 2016

6:30 pm

271 Main Street

$10 at the door

Reserve your spot here!