Rockport, Texas resident Rhonda Cantu shares her Ruby-throated Hummingbird video with Good Morning Gloucester readers. The clip was taken one month after Hurricane Harvey devastated her community. Hurricane Harvey wiped out all of their trees and plants. Robin received donations of sugar, water, and feeder poles from Wildbirds Unlimited to help keep the hummers fed.

We wish Rhonda, Rockport Texas residents, and all the victims of the three horrendous hurricanes of 2017 best wishes in their continued recovery.



Our fabulous Gloucester Fishermen’s Wives sculptor Morgan Pike writes,
Dear Friends,
You are cordially invited to the annual Crane Estate Show and Sale. I will have three pieces in the show, “Aurora,” “Poseidon,” and “Parthenon Horse.” The poster is attached below. Here is a Facebook link for information:
Here the link to reserve a ticket for the Soirée/Preview on Friday 3 November:
They did say that the Soirée usually sells out! And, of course, if you are not inclined to donate and party, the show is open Saturday and Sunday for free.
I hope to see you there!


When driving by this very talented artist, you want to pull over and look at these beautiful pieces of art made from used metal.  Notice the utters on the cow.

Tuna mailbox and the Dragon

Happy Halloween

Love the pumpkin in the mouth

Horses made from Horseshoes

Clever Cow

David Brown and JB Amero Wednesdays with Fly Amero @ The Rhumb Line 7-10pm 10.18.2017


Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, October 18th – 7pm
My Musical Guests: J.B. & D.B.!

left to right: Genius Guitar Player; Genius Entertainer. David
Brown and J.B. Amero arrive this Wednesday to paint a fine
coat of their special magic onto the Rhumb Line walls and into
our loving hearts. We don’t do this too often folks. I’d take
advantage, if I were you’z! Come early. It’s a-gonna be nuts! ~ 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!
10/25 – TBA
11/01 – Bill Gleason

11/08 – Ron Schrank

11/15 – Honkytonk Women

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

A Study in the Past

We ventured “off island” again.  Took the train from West Gloucester to North Station; walked over to South Station and found our way over to UMass/JFK Library.  My destination was the Massachusetts State Archives, which is next door to the beautiful JFK Library.

Construction at UMass has blocked much of the pedestrian access to that area, so shuttle busses are provided.  Sort of reminded me of the railway repairs interrupting commuter travel right here on Cape Ann.  Unfortunately, we did not get the “shuttle bus” option figured out until long after we hiked our way over there.  I was grumbling that now I knew why people (Donna Ardizzoni most recently) say they never want to leave the island.

BUT, once I got there, I was handsomely rewarded.  The staff was very helpful, a bright light among some state level departments (at least in New York).  I got my own researcher card, laminated and everything!  I was seeking some vital record information on family members.  Lucky for me, the records I was seeking were not yet microfilmed so I got to use the actual record books!  Anytime a researcher can use the actual records is a huge bonus.

One of the volumes I used was entirely made up of Gloucester death records from 1923.  I paged my way through the entire book, taking note of how the stories hinted at on these pages reflects the history of the city in a very special way.  There were Irish, Portuguese, Finn and Canadians.  Deaths resulted often from influenza, pneumonia or premature birth.  Some were accidental, as was the case with my ancestor. It was a valuable lesson for this researcher in learning the history and culture of Gloucester.


As Confucius said “Study the past, if you would divine the future.”

Annisquam River Commuter Rail Bridge

Good Afternoon Joey

The Senator thought you would be interested to know that the T has decided to keep moving forward with the Annisquam River Commuter Rail Bridge project.  He went to the MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board meeting this morning to push for action on the project.  The T board has decided to  commit to the project by selecting one winning bid from five entries.

The J.F. White Contracting Company was awarded the contract set at $56.6 million. I will have more details soon.

All the best-



October 20 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club

Cape Ann Community


GAAC is a week later than usual this month! The Oct 20 meeting, 8:00 pm at the Lanesville Community Center, will be well-worth the wait, with Dr. Bill Waller and a presentation titled “Surfing the Galactic Froth.”

This is pretty cool. As it turns out, space is not so empty after all, but instead is shot through with frothy stuff.

According to Dr. Waller, this phenomenon arises mostly from microscopic grains of dust, irradiated and warmed by stars within our Galaxy’s disk, and concentrated in nebular regions of recent star formation and subsequent stellar death.

There’s a lot we can learn from these complex emissions, which provide a record of processes that have structured and powered supposedly empty interstellar space for the past 100 million years. Some of these features can be described in terms of “filaments,” “loops,” and “shell fragments,” while others appear more random – appearances that are…

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