Wild sea and atmospheric light made for some dramatic scenes this morning.


I’ve been calling the three young swans that arrived at Niles the Three Graces, but my husband reminds that they could also be the Three Amigos. It’s nearly impossible to tell whether a young swan is male or female without a DNA test. When they reach breeding age, at about four years old, the male’s blackberry (black protuberance above the bill) becomes swollen during mating season.

Our young swans are first hatch year, meaning this is their first year of life. They hatched last spring. Late winter is the time of year when Dad swan kicks the young swans out of the family group, to make room for the next brood.

The swans forage nearly nonstop at the pond vegetation. They don’t mind at all the dabbling ducks that feed adjacent to them. The ducks are stealing away smaller bits of vegetation left behind by the deeply diving swans. Periodically the youngsters pause to preen, but then hungrily resume eating.

Scenes from Niles Pond and Brace Cove while checking in on the Three Graces

Notice the young swans are all have black eyes. This is typical for swans in our area. Mr. Swan, on the other hand, has beautifully distinct blue eyes.

Have you got your CAPE ANN LICENSE PLATE???

If you have gotten your CAPE ANN LICENSE PLATE today is the perfect day to sit down at your computer and order one at Lovecapeann.com. You’ll receive it in the mail in 8-10 days, no visit to registry involved. You’ll be supporting your community, this year the Cape Ann Community Foundation will be awarding $15,000 in grants to nonprofits and education programs!!!

ON the radio: “Hi this is Elizabeth from Gloucester…” Wait wait don’t tell me NPR news quiz

WWDTM_logo_clr_stacked_highresDid you catch this week’s  witty radio mainstay “Wait wait don’t tell me?” Legions of fans of Wait Wait follow host Peter Sagal’s chatter and quip call-in format with listeners. He most always asks them where they’re calling from.  So what did he say when Elizabeth Stephens declared she’s from here?

PETER SAGAL: “I love Gloucester.”

Have a listen and thanks to John and Alexandra from Alexandra’s Bread in Gloucester, Massachusetts, for sharing.  Congratulations to caller Elizabeth Stephens! I’d love to hear more about what it was like and how it came about. And the mystery greenhouse you’ll be managing? Great fun to hear you and Gloucester on the radio.


Wait wait dont tell me Aaron Sorkin March 2 2019


transcript excerpt and link to full show below the break

BILL KURTIS: From NPR and WBEZ Chicago, this is WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME, the NPR news quiz. Let me toss your salad. I’m…


KURTIS: I’m Bill-samic (ph) vinaigrette.


KURTIS: I’m Bill Kurtis. And here is your host at the Chase Bank Auditorium in downtown Chicago, Peter Sagal.


Thank you, Bill. Thanks, everybody.


SAGAL: We have a wonderful show for you today because we are going to fix Washington…


SAGAL: …By which I mean one of the great disappointments about Washington is that it’s nothing like “The West Wing.” We want the real Washington to have snappy dialogue, the soaring speeches, the perfect comebacks. And then we want it to be canceled.


SAGAL: Well, later in the show, Aaron Sorkin himself, the creator of “The West Wing” and “The Social Network” and “The Newsroom,” will come on to punch up reality itself. But first, we are interested in your snappy dialogue, so give us a call. The number is 1-888-WAIT-WAIT – that’s 1-888-924-8924.

Now let’s welcome our first listener contestant. Hi, you are on WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME.

ELIZABETH STEPHENS: Hi. This is Elizabeth Stephens, and I’m from Gloucester, Mass.

SAGAL: Gloucester.


SAGAL: I love Gloucester.


SAGAL: What do you do there?

Link to the complete episode

transcript for this portion of the show: https://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=699562979

eieio roasters giveaway

Hey Joey,

On 22 March , World Water Day, eieio roasters will be giving away a AeroPress Coffee brewing system and half-pound bag of Motif Morning Blend.
I was hoping that you would be able to share this with your readers and listeners. All you need to enter is to signup for the eieio roasters newsletter.

Hunkering Down

A lifetime of storm warnings in rural New York has conditioned me to certain rituals of storm prep. These habits are hard to break so off I went to collect up comfort food and drink to prepare for this weekend’s snow. Critical stops include Stop and Shop, Bischo and Virgilios. Bring it on! I’m ready to hunker down.

Best Jazz Brunch March 3: Scollins-Warsi Duo at Feather and Wedge


Warm up your weekend and head over to Feather & Wedge this Sunday. The Scollins-Warsi jazz duo returns with Kevin Scollins on guitar and Sahil Warsi on double bass. These talented musicians have a terrific set list that includes selections from the Great American Song Book, modern jazz, contemporary blues and R&B.

Sunday, March 3
10:30 – 2:30 PM

Reservations highly suggested! 978.999.5917

Feather & Wedge, 5 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966

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GHS Students: Apply now for Summer Internship!

Cape Ann Community

ATTENTION Gloucester High School Students (and Parents):

Applications for 2019 summer jobs are now being accepted!

Apply for a LEAP for Education – GHS summer internship for July and August. Get a jump on your friends and nail down a summer job!

As part of this FREE program you will:

  • Select a local company where you will gain important workplace skills - we have numerous job listings at a wide range of employers!
  • Be paid minimum wage or a one-time stipend
  • Receive school credit
  • Start to build a solid resume for college and future endeavors

Internship highlights:

  • Open to students 9th through 12th grades (including June 2019 grads)
  • A 2.5 hour workshop each Wednesday at GHS to learn valuable workplace skills during the weeks of July 8th- August 16th, and an internship placement at least 9 hours per week (exact weeks/hours will depend on the employer but will…

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