American eel; Silver eel; Fresh-water eel; Elver (young) … A tremendous run, in Little River, near Gloucester, on May 5, 1913 .. even working their way up over damp rocks .. so plentiful that he caught 1,500 in one scoop of a small dip net and 545 with a few grabs of his bare hand.  (Welsh)  The life history of the eel is just the antithesis of that of the salmon, shad, and alewife, for eels breed far out at sea, but make their growth either in estuarine situations or in fresh water.  Eels drop wholly out of sight when once they leave shore; no one knows how deep they swim, but they certainly journey out beyond the continental slope into the oceanic basin before depositing their eggs.

More here, in Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schroeder, 1953


Cape Ann Symphony: Belle Musique Francais


An Afternoon of French Symphonic Miniatures Featuring

World Renowned Harpist Ina Zdorovetchi on Sunday, March 25

Cape Ann Symphony continues the orchestra’s 66th Concert Season on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm at the Manchester-Essex High School Auditorium on 36 Lincoln Street in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA with the Belle Musique Francais Concert , a sparkling program featuring a selection of French symphonic miniatures by Faure, Ravel, Bizet, and Debussy. Guest Artist harpist Ina Zdorovetchi joins the orchestra for Debussy’s Danse Sacree et Profane and Ravel’sIntroduction and Allegro. The program also includes Faure’s Pelleas and Melisande Suite, Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin and Bizet’s Jeux d’enfants (Petite Suite). Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa calls the program, “an outstanding concert  featuring an all star line up of the greatest French composers of all time.” “The addition of the brilliant harpist Ina Zdorovetchi,” adds Udagawa, “will make the music soar!” Ina Zdorovetchi has established a reputation as one of the leading harpists of her generation. Active as a soloist, recitalist and recording artist, she has been featured at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Rockport Music Festival, Brevard Music Center, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, WGBH Radio Boston, the symphony orchestras of Jerusalem andHaifa, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Moldova National Radio Orchestra, Moldova National Philharmonic, the chamber orchestras of Seattle, Boston University, Bucharest University, and the Republic of Moldova. As an orchestral musician Zdorovetchi is Principal Harpist of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and Boston Lyric Opera.. Zdorovetchi makes her Cape Ann Symphony debut in the Belle Musique Francais Concert on Sunday, March 25 at 2 pm. For tickets and information, call 978-281-0543 or


What’s New with Backyard Growers

Cape Ann Community

Looking for a way to support Backyard Growers this winter?

Join us on March 3rd as we partner with Treetop Yoga for a Karma class!

Yogi VeggiesTreetop’s Emma Delphin will lead the class and provide the bartending skills. Emma offers an energizing, lighthearted 1 hour flow and after we will celebrate our community with a fun post savasana cocktail!

Minimum donation of $10 includes the class and the cocktail – all money raised will go to Backyard Growers.

If you find more zen in the garden then on the mat, consider supporting our Give-A-Garden, Get-A-Garden Program.

G4 2018

The Get-a-Garden, Give-a-Garden is a program for those who are not income eligible for the Backyard Garden Program. When you participate in the Get-a-Garden, Give-a-Garden program, not only do you get a garden, but you make it possible for a low-income Gloucester family to have a garden just like yours!  When you make a contribution…

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Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Tonights special guest: John Rockwell 7pm 2.21.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, February 21st – 7pm
My Musical Guest: JOHN ROCKWELL!

Apologies for previous misinformation with upcoming guests.
This week we have the ever popular John Rockwell gracing
our presence (Liz Frame will be with us in March). Among so
many other wonderful selections, John will be performing his
great rendition of “Bartender’s Blues” in honor of Michael’s
ensuing retirement. ~ Fly

FOR THOSE WHO MISSED IT: After 38 incredible years, our
beloved bartender, Micheal Gallagher has decided to retire. His
final shift will be Wednesday, February 28. We have a very special
night of music in store for him which you won’t want to miss!
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!
2/28 – Michael Gallagher’s Final Shift!

3/7 – Toni Ann

3/14 – Ron Schrank

3/21 – Liz Frame

3/28 – J.B. & Dave Brown

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

IMPORTANT Safety Notice in Response to Parkland Florida Incident

Gloucester Public Schools

Our mission is for all students to be successful, engaged, lifelong learners

 Richard Safier, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Phone: (978) 281-9800/Fax: (978) 281-9899


Dear Parents/Guardians and Colleagues,

On Wednesday, we all learned of a massive shooting at a Florida high school. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, school staff and the communities affected by this unthinkable tragedy. While reports continue to unfold the circumstances, we know that an incident of this magnitude is troubling to adults and children alike as we struggle to understand why tragedies such as this occur. Please know that the safety of our students, staff and faculty is our number one priority in the Gloucester Public Schools. Our schools continue to work hard at maintaining and refining our building emergency preparedness plans. Our plans have been developed in coordination with local police (I last met with a member of the police department on Monday on just this issue) and the fire and emergency management departments of the City of Gloucester. Their extensive training and guidance has been at the forefront of our plans. We have, in turn, trained our school staffs and regularly practice scenario-based drills at every school. Please be assured that preparedness for emergencies has been and continues to be a top priority in your schools.

Currently, students are safely attending our schools, and may or may not be aware of the most recent incident which occurred just two days ago. As we enter the vacation week, however, this incident will no doubt be discussed among families and throughout the nation for days to come. For your immediate reference, here are some suggestions to help make your children feel safe:


  • Turn off or monitor the television. Endless news programs are likely to heighten anxiety, and young children cannot distinguish between images on television and their personal reality;
  • Maintain a normal routine;
  • Stick to facts. Answer questions factually. “Yes, there was a very sad incident in Florida yesterday, but your teacher and principal are working very hard to keep you safe;”
  • Remain calm and reassuring; children take their cues from their parents, teachers and adults;
  • Be optimistic;
  • Be a good listener and observer; pay attention to changes in behavior;
  • Take care of yourself; you are better able to help your students if you are coping well.

If you are anxious or upset, your students are more likely to be so as well. Our schools are ready with counseling support for those children who might need additional reassurance. Please let your school principal or counselor know if you have specific concerns about your student/s. We are in the process of organizing and scheduling our training sessions and drills for the spring (these vary in execution at the different levels–high school, middle school, and elementary school due to the age and developmental stages of the children). For more information, please refer to the National Association of School Psychologists, Talking_To_Children_About_Violence.pdf.

The painful reality is that no school district or public place can ever be completely immune from such senseless violence. We recognize, however, that safety and security does not rest with an individual, a facility, or the district alone, but rather that safety is everybody’s responsibility. We all play a vital role in staying vigilant, aware, and in reporting any concerns.

We are asking all staff and parents to remain engaged with our schools and to know that our safety and security measures are in place. We want our schools to remain welcome and inviting places for all students and families, but please understand that some of our safety and security measures must continue to be a priority regardless of inconvenience. We know that you share in our concern and our focus on safety and security.

Thank you for your support. Please contact your principal with any questions or concerns.


Richard Safier


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Never Look Backwards

Stairways around town have special beauty.  The trip up offers promise with each step; sometimes the destination can be life changing.  Rudyard Kipling, who has his own special place in Gloucester history said: “Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.”  Some of these stairs beg you to climb. Never looking backwards seems like sound advice.


Added bonus homage to Rudyard Kipling in case you haven’t seen this recently: