A Night at the Races Fundraiser

Cape Ann Community

The Gloucester Rotary Club invites the public to attend “A Night at the Races,” their FUNdraising event on Friday, March 20, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe’s Wharf in Gloucester. Doors open at 6:30 pm. All proceeds from this event will support local and international programs of the Gloucester Rotary.

A Night at the Races promises to be a fun-filled evening for adults with all the suspense and excitement of being at the racetrack. High quality, video-taped horse races are narrated from start to finish by lively announcers. During the evening there will be complimentary hors d’oeuvre, a cash bar, and variety of raffles. At various points during the evening, betters will be able to use their winnings to bid on merchandise and services that have been donated for the event. For the most fun, reserve a table – bring a group. Tickets are $10 per person and may…

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Dear Friends,

I am overjoyed to let you know that we are having a preview screening of my Monarch Butterfly documentary Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly at the Gloucester Stage Company on Saturday, April 4th, at 7:30.

Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased in advance by following this link to the Gloucester Stage Company here.

Thank you to everyone who can come. I can’t wait to share to share my film with you!


So much history in these beautiful old lighthouses. It’s a joy to see a Massachusetts lighthouse so well maintained. If you read more, you’ll also learn that CPA funds were used to restore this local, regional, and national treasure.

We took photos from the grounds of the lighthouse, and from all around Scituate Harbor.

From wiki:

In May, 1810, the US government appropriated $4,000 for a lighthouse to be built at the entrance of Scituate Harbor. The lighthouse was completed two months ahead of schedule, on September 19, 1811, making it the 11th lighthouse in the United States. In September, 1814, during the War of 1812, Rebecca and Abagail Bates warded off an attack by British soldiers by playing their fife and drum loudly. The British retreated since they thought the sound came from the Scituate town militia.

In 1850, the lighthouse was removed from service due to the construction of the Minot’s Ledge Light. It was put back into service in 1852, after a storm destroyed the first Minot’s Ledge Light, and it received a new Fresnel lens in 1855. In 1860, the light was once again removed from service after the second tower at Minot’s Ledge was built. Over the next 60 years, the lighthouse fell into disrepair.

In 1916, the lighthouse was put up for sale, and in 1917, it was purchased by the town of Scituate for $4,000.

In 1930, a new replica lantern was added. In 1962, the lighthouse was in a state of disrepair. The Scituate Historical Society appropriated $6,500 for repairs. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1988. In 1991, the lighthouse was relit with the light visible only from land; the light was made visible from sea as a private aid to navigation in 1994.

Occasional tours are available from the Scituate Historical Society. The keeper’s house is a private residence.

More history from Lighthouse Friends

Although it is the fifth oldest lighthouse in New England and the eleventh oldest in the United States, Scituate Lighthouse, on the South Shore of Boston, Massachusetts, is far more famous for the actions of two quick-thinking girls — The Army of Two. These heroines of the War of 1812 lived at Scituate Lighthouse and have been immortalized in a number of books and publications.

While Scituate’s small, protected harbor encouraged the growth of a notable fishing community, mudflats and shallow water made entering the harbor tricky. In 1807, the town’s selectmen were petitioned by Jesse Dunbar, a shipmaster, and other residents to construct a lighthouse, and in 1810, Congress appropriated $4,000 for the task.

Unlike sites where the land was purchased, the plot on Cedar Point was seized under eminent domain. Its disgruntled owner Benjamin Baker later denied access through his land and feuded with the first keeper.

Three men from nearby Hingman—Nathaniel Gill, Charles Gill, and Joseph Hammond Jr.—built the one-and-a-half-story house, the twenty-five-foot-tall, octagonal, split-granite-block tower, a twelve-by-eighteen-foot oil vault, and a well for $3,200. The trio managed to finish the work in September 1811, two months ahead of schedule, and Captain Simeon Bates was appointed first keeper that December. Captain Bates, his wife Rachel, and their nine children lived at the lighthouse, where Bates remained in charge until his death in 1834 at seventy years of age.

The Boston Mariner’s Society proposed that Scituate Light be eclipsed and some of its range obscured to differentiate it from the fixed Boston Light. Some sources say the light was first lit in September 1811, but a Notice to Mariners published in January 1812, gives the date as April 1, 1812. When Boston Light was eclipsed and Scituate was established as a fixed light, many mariners were dismayed.

On June 11, 1814, during the War of 1812, British forces burned and plundered a number of ships at Scituate. A few months later, Keeper Bates and most of his family were temporarily away from the light, leaving his twenty-one-year-old daughter Rebecca and her younger sister Abigail in charge, along with a younger brother. The girls were horrified to spy the British warship La Hogue anchored in the harbor along with redcoat-filled barges rowing toward shore. Hurriedly, they sent the boy running to warn Scituate Village.

Rebecca knew she could kill one or two of the British with a musket, but realized the others would retaliate on the village. And during the embargo, the town could scarcely stand to lose the two vessels at the wharf loaded with flour.

Rebecca told her sister to take up the drum and she’d grab her fife. “I was fond of military music and could play four tunes on the fife —Yankee Doodle was my masterpiece,” Rebecca said. The girls hastily took cover behind a dense stand of cedar trees, playing louder and louder hoping to deceive the British into believing an American militia was massing to meet them. The British withdrew, and thus the famous story of Scituate’s Army of Two was born. The fife played by Rebecca is still on display in the keeper’s house.

Records show the British ship La Hogue was at another location at the time, but research indicates the story is likely true; the sisters were simply confused about the name of the vessel. There are those who claim that even today the sound of the drum and fife can be heard in the wind and waves at Scituate.

In 1827, complaints from mariners led to the construction of a fifteen-foot-tall brick extension to the original granite tower and the installation of a new lantern room to increase visibility. Red bricks were mortared atop the existing granite blocks to add the needed height. After the addition, seven lamps and reflectors produced the fixed white light that shone from the lantern, while eight lights and reflectors produced a red light from windows fifteen feet lower in the tower. Red glass laid in front of the windows imparted the red characteristic.


A Coyote Article to Read — pat morss


This is a link to an article written by James Behnke titled “The Coyotes of Cape Ann.” It is appearing in the current issue of Manchester’s newspaper, THE CRICKET. This online version has the advantage of additional photographs, including by our daughter Jeannette Lovitch, myself and others.

Coyote on Niles Pond Road

Yeah Spring Ahead

Mar 8, 2020 – Daylight Saving Time Starts

When local standard time is about to reach
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to
Sunday, March 8, 2020, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead.

Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 8, 2020 than the day before. There will be more light in the evening.

Also called Spring Forward, Summer Time, and Daylight Savings Time.

Toni Lynn Washington Tonight ~ Dave Sag’s Blues Party 8:30pm @ The Rhumb Line 3.5.2020

“Thursday at the Rump Lyin’ it’s Toni Lynn Washington!! You must come. She will amaze you! She’ll have you eating out of the palm of her hand. In no time at all, you’ll be tossing $20 bills into the Tipjar and yelling “Uncle”! C’mon…she’s over **yrs old and can move her fanny faster than you san say “What”? With her is Madhouse® gootarist Mike DiBari, who blew the door off the ladies room last week and drummer Steve Bankuti who’s the hippest that is what am, and me, on the bass. Get it while you can! 830 to 1130″ Dave Sag

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732


Gloucester Officials Prepare for Potential Coronavirus Impacts

Gloucester, MA

Gloucester Officials Prepare for Potential Coronavirus Impacts
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken and Public Health Director Karin Carroll announce that the City of Gloucester is taking the proper precautions to prepare locally in the event a case of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is identified or suspected in the community.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), the risk to residents of contracting the virus remains low, and the flu presents a higher risk to residents.

The DPH announced the state’s first case of the virus on Feb. 1, and on March 2, state officials announced a woman in her 20s is believed to have contracted the virus after visiting Italy.

“Right now, we are being proactive should a case of coronavirus be identified in the area,” said Carroll. “These steps are really no different than what we do to prepare for any other communicable viruses, like the flu. The risk of catching the coronavirus remains low and the flu remains a more prevalent concern.”

The Mayor’s COVID-19 response preparation team is being led by Carroll and the City’s Health Department, but also includes members from the Mayor’s Office, School, Police and Fire Officials, and local hospital representatives. The group is meeting frequently and is closely following recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they become available.

The Mayor’s COVID-19 response preparation team is being led by Carroll and the City’s Health Department, but also includes members from the Mayor’s Office, School, Police and Fire Officials, and local hospital representatives. The group is meeting frequently and is closely following recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as they become available.

The City is also in contact with Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Senator Bruce Tarr and Represenative Ann-Margaret Ferrante as they work closely with Massachusetts Department of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel.

City departments are taking a variety of proactive steps to limit the possible spread of the illness in the event it’s detected in Gloucester. Dispatcher procedures are being updated to include questions about recent international travel before relaying that information to first responders, and first responders are preparing for additional precautions to limit any potential exposure. School officials are developing a plan to allow learning to continue should schools need to temporarily close, and Public Health Nurse Kelley Hiland is prepared to perform surveillance and monitoring procedures for self-quarantined individuals according to DPH guidelines.

According to the CDC, symptoms of the virus appear within 2-14 days of exposure. The DPH reports that symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, shortness of breath and pneumonia in severe cases.

Local, State and Federal Health officials are encouraging residents to take the following precautions to prevent infectious diseases, such as the flu and COVID-19, from spreading:

Wash hands frequently, with soap and water, for a minimum of 20 seconds.
When sick yourself, stay home to protect others.
Always cover your cough or sneeze.
“Our Public Health Department is monitoring the situation and continues to provide guidance for everyone in Gloucester,” said Mayor Romeo Theken. “As we continue to monitor the spread elsewhere, it’s very important to remember that the risk of catching this virus remains low, but we encourage you to take the precautions we have outlined above.”

At this time, the DPH is not recommending people wear masks in public as the risk to the public remains low and there is no substantial evidence suggesting wearing a mask protects an individual outside of preventing someone from spreading a respiratory illness to others in a clinic waiting room.

Anyone who is experiencing a fever and respiratory illness and is concerned they have either come into contact with the virus or traveled to an effected country within the last 14 days is advised to contact their primary health care provider.

For more information, visit the City’s website, under the DPH.

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Get your St. Patrick’s Day on early!  Just make sure you have a responsible driver.  Head to Boston for this super fun event.

March 6th + 7th, 2020

Join us for a weekend of friendly banter, live music, flowing taps, and thousands of other beer loving folks loving the heck out of life under heated tents at our Boston brewery!


Friday March 6th Early Access + 1 Beer Ticket: $30 

Friday March 6th Early Access + 3 Beer Tickets: $42

Come the day of, simply pay $25 at the door on Friday and $30 on Saturday to join the fun! When you pay at the door, your admission includes your first beer and a souvenir cup.

Friday March 6th Pay at the Door: $25

6:00pm – 11:00pm (Doors close at 9:30pm)

Saturday March 7th Pay at the Door: $30

1:00pm – 7:00pm (Doors close at 5:30pm)

Door Hours: 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Live bands all weekend (line up listed in link above) and lots flowing on tap.

Photo from http://www.harpoonbrewery.com


TaxAide Volunteer Kathy Carusone writes,
I am volunteering with AARP TaxAide and we opened a new service center at the Open Door on Emerson.  We do taxes at no charge on Wednesday’s 1-4pm. There is no age limit or need to be a member of AARP or part of the Open Door Community.  The service is free and the volunteer preparers are certified by the IRS.  We’d like the community to be aware of the service.
Kathy Carusone
TaxAide voLunteer