The One Hour at a Time Gang Saturday Clean Up

Hi kids:

Hope all are well on this rainy day. Good day to get my business work done. So was thinking about Saturday clean up and Washington Street comes to mind.

When:                  Saturday, April 7, 2018

Time:                    8:00 – 9:00

Where:                 Washington Street

Thought we could meet near the train station. I have plenty of bags and please remember to where your gloves.

See you then.

Thank you and take care



City Councilor Scott Memhard shared the following article about a Great Horned Owl attack from Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine. Although an extremely, extremely rare occurrence, we thought our readers would be interested. The article about the attack begins after the Snowy Owl photo.

A photographer friend shares a story about a Great Horned Owl landing on his friend’s camera, and I, along with many fellow owl observers, have seen Snowy Owls fly directly toward a group of onlookers. Snowy Owls (Bubo scandiacus) and Great Horned Owls (Bubo virginianus) are close cousins, with many similar traits. Both will ferociously defend their nests. We’ll never see a Snowy Owl nest in Massachusetts because Snowies breed in the Arctic. Great Horned Owls on the other hand begin nesting early in the year in our region, usually laying eggs between mid-February up through the end of March. A Great Horned Owl will attack perceived threats to its nest and nesting territory.

The Great Horned Owl, also commonly called the Hoot Owl and the Tiger Owl, is found throughout North America and is common in Massachusetts. We most often hear the owl’s varied calls, screeches, and hoots during winter and up to the beginning of the nesting period. Great Horned Owls have the most diverse diet of all North American raptors, and like Snowy Owls, their extremely powerful impact upon striking typically kills prey instantly. I can imagine why the young boy in the article was concussed after being struck in the head by a Great Horned Owl.

Great Horned Owl perched n a stand of trees, its preferred habitat. Image courtesy wiki commons media

Snowy Owl hunting for dinner in the marsh.

Something attacked my son while he was sledding in the woods. But what?

By Mark Shanahan

My child went sledding alone and emerged from the trees bloody and dazed. He still can’t remember what happened.

THROUGH THE LIVING ROOM window, I see my son standing in the street in front of our house. He’s wearing a black ski parka and snow pants. A woman I don’t recognize has pulled her car over and is standing a few feet away, holding his hat. I open the front door.

“Beckett?” I call.

“I think something’s wrong,” the woman stammers.

As if in slow motion, my 12-year-old son turns his head and looks up at me.

“Jesus,” I cry.

Half of Beckett’s face is bloody and swollen. I race down the steps and crouch in front of him, my nose touching his. He stares at me blankly.

“What happened?” I ask.

“A bird,” he says softly. “It took Mommy and Julia away.”

Beckett had been sledding alone in the Middlesex Fells Reservation near our home in Medford. Had he hit a tree? The wound is terrifying. His cheek is ruptured, grotesquely inflamed, and there’s a lot of blood.

His mother and sister are fine, I tell him. What happened?

“I don’t know,” he murmurs, his lips so swollen he has trouble forming the words.

As we drive to the hospital, I watch Beckett in the rearview mirror. He’s clearly in shock. He doesn’t speak as he gazes at the falling snow. LINK TO FULL ARTICLE HERE.





Beautiful Fish: Stickfish (Part 2)


Stickfish; fish stick, fish finger

About the April 2nd post on Stickfish … It was intended to appear online April 1st, so with the delay, you might call it a red herring.   The fish stick in the photograph here was drawn for the previous post by P K Bezanson.

Embedded clues in the previous post:

(Asperacutis clarencei)  For Clarence Birdseye (1886-1956), who, right here in Gloucester,  developed the process for manufacturing frozen fish blocks.  Most fish sticks are cut from blocks.  Mark Kurlansky’s 2012 biography of this remarkable man is highly recommended.

Francis McCaffery (1921-2010)  Mechanical Engineering graduate of Columbia College, 1943.  Went immediately to work on the Manhattan Project, then after the war, to the Birdseye Division of General Foods.  In 1954 McCaffery cofounded Commodore Foods with plants in Lowell and Westford where he developed the machinery to manufacture fish sticks.

  1. Robert Kinney (1917-2013) Joined Gorton’s in the early 1950’s, becoming president in 1958.  Guided Gorton’s to lead in the production and marketing of fish sticks.  In 1968 General Mills acquired Gorton’s and Kinney moved to Minneapolis where he soon became CEO of General Mills.  From there he further strengthened Gorton’s earnings by deploying the considerable resources of General Mills Engineering Departments on the fish stick manufacturing practice.

[M.A.T.W]   Guy whose picture is on the yellow bag.  The fish stick in the photo is from this bag.

mean length 3.5 to 4 inches.  Largest specimen 6.4 inches.  Fish blocks are 19X10X2½ inches and there are only so many ways you can slice a block into sticks.  It takes some doing to cut the 19 into thirds and get it through the process intact.


I landed in the fish stick business in 1964 with Gorton’s engineering.  Fish sticks had only been around for about ten years at that time and I knew of three companies who each claimed to be first to market fish sticks.  After moving elsewhere, continued work on the manufacturing process back at Gorton’s and with other producers for a span of fifty years.  Trivia point … a modern fish stick processing line produces in under twenty years enough sticks, if they are place end to end,  to reach the moon.  This on a single shift basis with average down time.



Historic Gloucester City Hall

Built in 1870, designed by Bryant and Rogers, it is a second Empire Brick building topped by an amazing clock tower that can be seen for miles. On May 8, 1973 it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The inside walls are covered in WPA murals that no one should miss seeing. Thanks go to the wise people that have lovingly preserved this beautiful building!

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ This weeks special guest: Allen Estes 7-10pm @ The Rhumb Line 4.4.2018

Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, April 4th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

One of Cape Ann’s true treasures, songwriter genius Allen
Estes shares the Rhumb Line stage with me one again. We
have a special kind of chemistry when we perform together.
Come by for some good food and good times. ~ 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!
4/11 – Liz Frame

4/18 – Strungout Playboys

4/25 – Lynn Taylor

Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

Lanescove Shack

Sunset photo from Lanescove, this was a happy accident, walking from one side of the cove to the other I saw the colors behind the shack and trees so I climbed down the rocks since the tide was low I was able to frame this shot. First time I’ve seen this angle. Hope you guys like it, thank you

Please feel free to contact me if interested in purchasing any of my photos, website is in the works. I can be reached at (978) 559-1944

Dinner Date at Minglewood

With Thatcher and my husband off supporting another hockey team by cheering them on at their semifinal game, Finn and I went bike shopping and grabbed a quick dinner….his choice.  After much consideration he chose “the Grateful Dead Restaurant.”  Which, of course, means the Minglewood Tavern at Latitude 43.  For those of you who don’t know, one corner of Minglewood…where the bands set up….is painted with a Grateful Dead decor.  It has sparked many a conversation as the boys have grown up eating the occasional meal there.

At any rate, Finn and I pulled up some stools for a quick dinner.  It was the avocado and tuna maki roll with a side of six wings for him…..and the Firecracker roll with the shoshito peppers, topped with soy glazed togarashi chili, for me.  Tuesday night is 43 cent wing night, FYI.

Everything was super yummy and it was nice for us to have some one-on-one time.  Nice for Thatcher and my husband to have some time together too.  We used to be better at giving them solo attention more often, but life gets in the way.

Thanks Minglewood!  Check out their menu here



Cormorant Party of 12

Easter Sunday we took a little ride up the road …. bringing to mind those iconic “Sunday drives” (and drivers). As we went along, we noticed several apparent gatherings evident by the number of cars in the driveway.  It’s nice to see get -togethers like these and imagine the family and friends gathering around a meal to celebrate the holiday.

Here’s a little gathering we came upon in Essex and I like to imagine it was a little bit like the other ones we saw along the way.  It does not appear that anyone has gotten out of hand just yet like your crazy uncle might do at holiday events.


I believe these are Double Crested Cormorants.  One guy seems to be wondering who invited us to the party.

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Another sure sign of spring!


Bloom with Backyard Growers in April!

Cape Ann Community

It’s seed planting time! See how you can be involved with Backyard Growers this month:

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Looking for a fun and education way to spend April break? Join Backyard Growers on April 17th and 18th for days filled with plants, seeds, games, crafts, and more!

Contact: or call 978-281-0480 for more details.

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Want to learn more about the square foot garden method? Join us on April 25th to become familiar and equipped in square foot gardening and leave with your personalized garden plan.

For more information contact or call 978-281-0480

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Backyard Growers is hosting our annual Spring Seedling Sale April 22-25th. Seedlings are sourced from Cedar Rock Farms and will be available for purchase via cash, check, card, or SNAP/EBT. The sale begins Sunday, April 22nd from 12-5pm and will continue 9am-5pm Monday-Wednesday at the Backyard Growers Office (271 Main St). See you there!

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Cape Ann Museum: Bookbinding Workshop

Cape Ann Community

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Offered in conjunction with the Cape Ann Museum archival exhibition, Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900, participants will learn some basics about how books have been made since earliest times and will then create three different book structures to take home. Space is limited, reservations required. $125 for Museum Members; $145 for nonmembers. Materials included.

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