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Jump in! …the water is fine

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Atlantic Power Cleaning providing a detailed demonstration on how they can help get your pool deck summer ready.

You’ll be amazed at just how much dirt and grime has been sunning itself on your pool deck.

Get the Power and get it clean! Contact Atlantic Power Cleaning today for a free estimate at (781) 933-4142.

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Please Take A Moment and Vote For Cazeault Solar for “Best Of Solar” North Shore!

We Service Solar & Roofing Systems From Gloucester to Provincetown MA   
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Gloucester, MA

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Parker River Wildlife Refuge Partial Reopening Today June 4!

Parker River Wildlife Refuge announces on its Facebook page that it is reopening to motor vehicle traffic today Thurs June 4. This is one of my very favorite places to go and I have been missing it badly, so this is great news for us and I hope for others as well.  This is part of their announcement:

As of June 4, 2020, access to the refuge is as follows:

• Refuge road is open to motor vehicles thru Hellcat; lower (gravel) road is closed.
• Stage Island Trail, Pines Trail, and Boardwalk 5
• Limited restroom facilities at Sub-Headquarters and Hellcat Parking Lots.

• Visitor Center
• There is currently no access to the beach from the refuge. (Lot 1 boardwalk is closed.)

We are excited to welcome you back but do ask that you follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups; washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and most importantly, staying home if you feel sick. Staff are working to maintain clean, safe, and healthy facilities in accordance with federal, state and local guidance.


These are from my last visit April 14. I wonder if they miss me……see you again very soon! Now waiting for good news from Mass Audubon……..


Action Inc. has new short-term rental and mortgage assistance available for renters and homeowners who have recently lost their jobs, been furloughed, or lost significant income due to COVID-19.

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Good Harbor Beach Gray Day

It was a little bit gray and overcast but that didn’t stop the fun at Good Harbor Beach one weekday afternoon recently. There seemed to be more birds than people. The lifeguards appeared a bit lonely and chilled but the nesting plover appeared calm and in charge. Others braved the water or just read.


The plover exclosure and the nesting plover. They are well camouflaged!

Gloucester Hero’s Story Told on National Podcast

GMG contributor Pat Dalpiaz (yours truly) was recently interviewed by renowned genealogist and podcaster Lisa Louise Cooke for an episode of Genealogy Gems Premium. It was Gloucester hero John Handran’s story as told here on Good Morning Gloucester as well as on my personal family history blog Gathering the Cousins that Lisa thought her listeners might like to hear.

It’s a story I’ve told here previously. John Handran was a US Naval seaman on duty in Lisbon Portugal in 1876 when he rescued a fellow seaman from drowning. Apparently this was not his first successful rescue, and it did earn him the US Medal of Honor as presented by President U.S. Grant. He was only 24 at the time. A few years later he married Sarah Campbell and they made a home here in Gloucester with 3 children.

John’s life was cut short in 1885 upon the sinking of the Schooner Cleopatra, itself an amazing tale. His story has been told in our family circles for many years thanks largely to the research skills of our cousin George Handran, a former Gloucester resident and esteemed genealogist.

Now, thanks to the work done as told in this podcast episode, John’s memory is honored by a plaque placed at Calvary Cemetery just prior to the quarantine. This was an arduous effort finally come to fruition due in part to the wide reach of the Good Morning Gloucester blog. Researchers looking to honor John Handran found me through GMG and the story began! It’s a lesson in how far and wide the interests of the readers and followers of the blog stretch.

When restrictions are lifted, a dedication ceremony will be held at Calvary Cemetery and I hope anyone interested or related can attend. I would love to  meet you all.

Lisa Louise Cooke has generously made this episode freely available here. Genealogy Gems Premium is a paid subscription service and is worth every penny of the $49.95 per year for its reasoned advice and responsive nature. Please give a listen as yours truly tells the story of researching Gloucester resident John Handran to verify his service to our country and his heroic acts.  If you cannot listen, read the story as told in the shownotes.  His story might have been lost to history but now can be celebrated.

Thank you readers and listeners for sharing these stories widely. Thank you Joey for your vision and support for all of us who love Gloucester.



Exciting News! Sawyer Free Library to Begin Curbside Pick up and Home Delivery Service on June 8th

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The Gloucester Lyceum and Sawyer Free Public Library is pleased to announce its phased reopening plan will begin on Monday, June 8. The plan, approved by the Library director and board, lays out phases that move the library toward a return to a “new normal” for its operations.

Sawyer Free Library, which strives to provide a welcoming, enriching, and above all, safe environment for their patrons was closed in early March to the public as a precaution against COVID-19. Now, as conditions allow them to reopen, it is their goal to provide library services in the least restrictive manner possible while preserving library patrons and staff’s health and safety.

“While we have and will continue to provide a lot of great services and programming online and through digital delivery, everyone at the Sawyer Free Library is anxious to get back to the business of serving our community in person,”…

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13 Haven Avenue, Rockport Scheduled Open House Sat, 6/6

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13 Haven Avenue, Rockport, MA 01966


Experience the good life in Rockport’s Avenues neighborhood, a hidden jewel tucked between the scenic coast and the ancient forest of Dogtown. With expansive seasonal ocean views this 4 bedrooms and 1.5 bathrooms offers private, 1-level living with immediate access to conservation land, public footpaths to the ocean and nearby Halibut Point State Park. The freshly-painted interior (and exterior) offers a sunny and updated kitchen accented by gleaming stainless appliances, farmer’s sink, and butcher block island, and an adjacent dining area with classic wood-burning stove, large picture windows, and sliding doors leads to deck and a rambling backyard bordered by privately owned woods. A partially-finished basement offers an additional 500 sq ft +/- with a brick wood-burning fireplace and oil fired original radiators offering a great space for retreat or recreation. Attached garage with side…

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