The first day of true spring isn’t until March 20th, but the blue, blue sky, Robins and their bird songs, and warming temperature sure made it feel like spring. There was a large flock today, feeding on fruits still remaining, and they were also busy in the leaf litter flipping dirt and looking for worms.

American Robin eating Staghorn Sumac berries.

Nichole’s Picks 3/2 +3/3


Pick #1:  Cultural Festival!

Saturday 9:00-12:30

Harborlight welcomes you to experience their third annual Cultural Festival!  This year guests can travel our halls on a journey through Spain, Peru, Australia, India, Mexico, China, Nigeria, Morocco, and the Azores. Also make a stop along the way to engage in both art and stories from around the world. Grab your passport at the main entrance and begin your adventure! Have your passport stamped in each country while enjoying art, crafts, recipes, and activities from a variety of cultures. Small keepsakes will also be given out in each country.

The morning will end with live entertainment.  An amazing group of youth performers from the Chinese Folk Art Workshop will perform a traditional dragon dance, a Diablo yo-yo performance, and leave time for hands-on demonstrations.   There is a suggested donation of just $10 per family and baked goods available for purchase.  Fun for the whole family!

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Pick #2:  Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms

Spring is coming and the sap is running! Appleton Farms invites families experience the time-honored tradition of maple sugaring with Sugar Shack Saturdays at Appleton Farms. Spend the morning with us and see how we turn sap into sweet syrup. Start by getting creative with some maple themed crafts in the Appleton Old House then get outside and explore our very own sugar shack! Learn how we tap our trees every spring, see the evaporator in action, and taste the freshly made syrup.  We will end back inside with a farm snack, including Appleton Farms cheese, apple slices, and homemade maple ice cream while we read a story about maple sugaring!

  • Recommended for ages 8 and under but everyone is welcome!
  • Space is limited.
  • Registration is by the family- if you have 5 or more in your family, please register 2 families.
  • Crafts and snacks included and we want to have enough for all.
Saturdays, February 23 – March 9, 2019 10am-11:30am & 1:30-3pm
Member Family: $24
Non-member Family: $30
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Pick #3:  World Wildlife Day at Stone and Franklin Park Zoo

Courtesy of Stone Zoo website


This World Wildlife Day, learn how you can protect the future of wildlife. During scheduled zookeeper chats, you’ll have the opportunity to learn directly from caretakers about some of the endangered animals that call our Zoos home. Visit an Education Station to learn more about World Wildlife Day and the species it celebrates.

Franklin Park Zoo Schedule

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Arts & crafts, Tropical Forest sloth exhibit
  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Education Station, Tropical Forest sloth exhibit
  • 10:30 a.m. – Tortoise zookeeper chat, Children’s Zoo
  • 11:00 a.m. – Bird’s World zookeeper chat
  • 11:30 a.m. – Cooter turtle zookeeper chat, Bird’s World
  • 1:30 p.m. – Cotton-top tamarin zookeeper chat
  • 2:00 p.m. – Gorilla forage feed and zookeeper chat
  • 2:30 p.m. – Tiger zookeeper chat

Stone Zoo Schedule

  • 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Education station, Animal Discovery Center
  • 10:30 a.m. – Jaguar zookeeper chat
  • 2:00 p.m. – Black bear zookeeper chat

As always, for a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

City of Gloucester Announces New Police Chief

City of Gloucester Announces New Police Chief
GLOUCESTER, Mass. (March 1, 2019) – The administration of Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
announced today Edward Conley has been selected as the City’s new Police Chief. Conley
currently serves as Police Chief for neighboring Manchester by-the-Sea.
Mayor Romeo Theken said, “I’m pleased to welcome Chief Conley as Gloucester’s new Police
Chief. His experience, leadership qualities and values give me a high degree of confidence in
his ability to lead Gloucester’s Police Department. His deep understanding of the mechanics of
police management and community engagement will be important assets to our City. I look
forward to working together to advance the City’s agenda to provide exceptional and
transparent public safety services.”
The incoming Police Chief will be responsible for the overall planning, administration and
operation of the Gloucester Police Department. The Chief will also continue the community’s
high level policing services, grow its successful public safety outreach programs, and provide
public safety perspective and insight on the City’s management team.
Conley said, “I’m honored to be selected as Gloucester’s next Police Chief and I look forward to
joining the police department and being part of the City’s management team. I pledge to lead
the department with the utmost of integrity and professionalism, as I have done throughout my
career, as we promote, improve, and advance public safety initiatives and the department’s
standing in the community.”
About Conley
Conley has been Manchester-by-Sea’s Police Chief since 2016. Prior to that he served and rose
through the ranks within the Chelsea Police Department for more than twenty years. He also
worked at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department and began his impressive career as an Army
Ranger in the military.

17 Marathons To Go For Adventureman

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17 MARATHONS TO GO (out of 210) 🇺🇸🏃🏻 • Hey everybody! Before I mention too much about this video diary, I feel like I have to say sorry about being a little quiet. • In the last couple of days – I’ve been feeling a bit stressed, truth be told! • I’m running some serious miles to make it to New York City on time for a talk to help with the fundraising and trying to squeeze in the video editing exhausted is a huge challenge. • That said, here’s a longer video post to catch you up… • === Video diary includes === • ☕ a lovely cup of tea 📚 book signing and amazing event for fundraising – raising nearly $2,000!!! 👽 a scene from Independence Day 😂 abuse (well, we Brits call it banter) about Sean 🏃🏻 Relay of runners • So go on, click the video for sound, sit back and enjoy the latest look at what it’s really like to run across America! 🛋🍿 • (I feel like I should say as well – Baltimore is an amazing city and there's a video to follow on that visiting the @hopkinschildrens Center. I just think the section I ran through, in the dark, *was* a bit scary. I might just be easy to spook, though 😱😂!) • === My route to the END! === • Here’s my route, alllll the way through to the end of the run – so, if anybody wants to join me, or plan anything up ahead for me (hey, don’t ask don’t get 🤷‍♂!) then DM me and I’ll message you with the link. • === LIVE tracker === • Here’s my LIVE tracker, never stop stalking me, pleeeeease and enjoy looking at the new features: (link in bio @adventureman 🙌) • === Donate === • And if you’d like to donate to help improve the lives of sick kids, please do, it’s what it’s all about. • Donate here: (link in bio @adventureman 🙌)

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