Can Anyone Place The Location of This 1963 Back Shore Fire?

Video submitted by Bill Rothschild

Here is that fire clip. We think it on the back shore, the place we knew as the Easterly, and is now the Elks Club. I guess back then it was the Blacksmith Shop?Any how, typically ballsy MA firefighting, going up that ladder in a very big wooden building with the usual good breeze off the water. Hopefully some older GFD retirees will see it and reminisce if you post it.

From NPR : Why Sea Shanties Have Taken Over TikTok

Click to hear NPR segment:

Source : NPR

Bill Rothschild submits:

Hey Joe:
I sent you that link to the sea shanty story. Not sure you know there used to be a group, called he Starboard List, that used to do a pretty damn good concert weekly at a place called the Winds of Change, out on the dirt lot of the North Shore Arts Association, back in the 70’s. They out out two albums.  The guys were Charles O Hagerty, Peter Marston and Davey Jones, joined sometimes by Fred Starner. I have their CD’s- they published two of them.

This pic was taken on that little dock there.
Bill Rothschild – the summer visiting paramedic from NY. (Not a Yankee fan)

Pre-Order Here For Sushi Sang Lee’s Tonno Takeover Takeout Thursday ~ Sunday!

To place an order, fill out this online form: Sushi Sang Lee Menu

*The weekly menu will be updated on Wednesdays

**Limited availability: 24 Omakase orders per night

Pick up Location : Tonno Gloucester – 2 Main St Gloucester, MA 01930

Business schedule : Thursday ~ Sunday

Business hours : 5pm ~ 8pm

Payment : Cash or Venmo (sushisanglee)

Call : (781) 698-9907

Menu for Thursday 1/21/21 to Sunday 1/24/21

Omakase (Chef’s choice) $65

9pc of top grade local and Japanese fish prepared Edomae style Nigiri sushi with a Negi Maguro maki + Oyster shooter + Ankimo (Monkfish liver)

  • SASHIMI Omakase available with the same price. Comes with sushi rice
  • Due to market price and limited availability of Bluefin Tuna there is $5 increase

Maki (Roll)

Futo maki$10

Tamago, cucumber, avocado, kanpyo (gourd), oshinko (pickled daikon), ocean trout, watercress, oboro (dried fish flakes), shiso (Japanese mint), scallion, sesame

Negi Maguro maki$12

Bluefin Tuna, scallion, oshinko

  • Add Otoro $5

Ocean Trout maki$10

Ocean Trout, shiso, avocado, watercress, oshinko, sesame

Shime Saba Isobe Maki$15

Cured local mackerel, pickled ginger, scallion, shiso, sesame, wasabi

Vegetable maki$7

Same ingredients as Futo maki w/o tamago and Salmon

A la carte (Price per piece)

Oyster shooter$4

Wellfleet Oyster, ponzu, radish, pickled jicama, shiso

Live Gloucester Uni $8

Ankimo $5

Monkfish liver – “the foie gras of the ocean”

Chu-Toro $8

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O-toro $10

Extra fatty Bluefin tuna belly

Aburi Kama-Toro $12

Seared Bluefin tuna collar

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Cool! GMG reader shares Cape Pond Ice harvesting history in Alton, New Hampshire – Mt. Major – Lake Winnipesaukee 🧊☃️❄️ #GloucesterMA

Thank you to GMG reader, Carolyn Rosenfeld, for sharing a Gloucester history message that was featured by Alton Historical Society!


Cape Pond Ice headquartered in Gloucester, Massachusetts, established a branch in Alton, New Hampshire, to guarantee demands for ice.

Carolyn writes:

“AMAZING! MY MOTHER AND HER ENTIRE FAMILY WERE  FROM WEST ALTON, BUT UP ON THE MOUNTAIN. That’s why I belong to this (Alton Historical Society) group. It’s like I’ve gone back in time. Finding that interconnection is a little eerie. I’m in NH today to give a beautiful portrait of her, taken in 1912 when she was  4 years old, to one of my daughters. And of course it was taken at their farm on Alton Mountain. Anyway, I love a good coincidental jolt in the AM with my coffee.”


“Alton Historical Society, Alton, New Hampshire – This is the Cape Pond Ice Co. of Gloucester, MA ice house at Mt. Major in West Alton. The ice was shipped by train along the Lake Shore Line to Gloucester for use on the fishing boats.” | Facebook

Alton Historical Society Facebook post 2021 January 20

Mt. Major is a state park– another wonderful activity to check out at Lake Winnipesaukee

See Cape Pond Ice – and Cape Ann Museum and Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library– for more information. (I’ll add more photos here.)

Fun read – 2019 article here featuring a “keeping the ice harvesting tradition alive” attraction is available on Squam Lake in Holderness, NH.

Improving the Health of the Chebacco Lake Watershed and Alewife Brook

Seaside Sustainability Convenes Stakeholders to Address Watershed Wildlife and Water Quality

Seaside Sustainability, a nonprofit based in Gloucester, MA with a mission to protect coastal waters through education and action, has convened an array of stakeholders to begin improvement efforts of Chebacco Lake. The Chebacco Lake watershed is an area in Essex County, MA, that is home to five ponds and Chebacco Lake. Chebacco Lake is a 209-acre body of water that is classified as a Class B water resource by the state of Massachusetts, signifying that it is a designated habitat for the protection of aquatic life. It is fed by eight small brooks and its primary outlet is Alewife Brook. 

The watershed lies within parts of five towns: Essex, Hamilton, Wenham, Manchester, and Beverly. Since Chebacco Lake is an important home for aquatic life and supplies drinking water for several towns; protecting the water quality is of primary importance. “The Chebacco lake watershed is a critical resource for five towns,” said Alan McCoy, Chairperson of Seaside Sustainability’s board, “and our combined stewardship is key to maintaining and improving its health.” 

Beginning in the spring of 2021, this group will begin efforts to improve the overall health of the Chebacco Lake watershed and Alewife Brook. The first issue to be addressed will be improving the water flow of Alewife Brook by reducing plant growth that has clogged parts of the brook’s channel. Alewife Brook is a vital path for river herring that leads to Essex Bay and the North Atlantic Ocean. Passage through the brook has become increasingly more challenging as a result of low water levels, increased siltation, vegetation growing in the channel, and the presence of beaver activity. The dedication and hard work of all members of this restoration project will ensure that Chebacco Lake remains a vital herring spawning ground and that the health of the entire watershed will be improved. 

Seaside acknowledges Senator Tarr’s office for organizing our group meetings, Representative Hill for reaching out to the legislators to get the project started and Town of Essex for DPW support and applying to the Conservation Commission. “The partnership of Seaside Sustainability is important to the efforts of the legislative delegation, local officials, the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association, and citizens as we continue to work to restore Alewife Brook and the Chebacco Lake Watershed to a state of good health and sustainability,” said Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr. “Although the Town of Essex, the association and others have taken steps to achieve these common goals with state legislative support over the past several years, there is much more to be done, and a pressing need to move forward as soon as possible.” 

“A scary thing I learned when I moved to Chebacco Lake over 30 years ago is that there’s no steward ensuring the health of lakes, streams, and watersheds in the Commonwealth, or their safe use for recreation,” said Dave Lash, board member of the Chebacco Lake & Watershed Association. “We have lots of regulatory agencies but their jurisdictions are narrow and not holistic. Case in point: despite regulation, we’ve lost over 99 percent of the alewife that have been migrating into Chebacco Lake for thousands of years. These river herring are not only crucial to the watershed; they’re the foundation of our saltwater fisheries.”

The Chebacco region was inhabited by the Peoples of Agawan known as the Pawtucket prior to and during European presence. From the eighteenth to twentieth-century Chebacco Lake was known for its ice harvesting and Chebacco ice was shipped worldwide. The first airplane flight in New England took off and landed on the ice of Chebacco in February of 1910 and the flight is commemorated by a plaque near the Hamilton town beach. After the turn of the twentieth century, Chebacco Lake became a recreational destination, with the creation of Centennial Grove in Essex, where recently the movie Grown Ups was filmed. 

Seaside Sustainability is collaborating with numerous stakeholders including the Chebacco Lake Watershed Association, the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, representatives from the conservation commissions of and town governments of Essex and Hamilton, Gordon College, the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust, The Ipswich River Watershed Association, and the Parker-Ipswich-Essex Rivers Restoration Partnership. “The partnership with Seaside Sustainability is exciting. Together, we can deliver the stewardship that’s been long needed by combining the local knowledge and community connections of the lake association with Seaside Sustainability’s regional expertise and resources,” said Lash. 

The success of the combined efforts of Seaside Sustainability and other stakeholders will rely on public support and engagement. It is vital to harness energy and efforts from volunteers in the watershed communities. Seaside Sustainability is optimistic that with this network of organizational partnerships along with public awareness and participation, the Chebacco Lake watershed will become healthier and more sustainable with a thriving alewife population. “It is exciting that Seaside Sustainability and the Chebacco Lake and Watershed Association have joined forces to forward progress on the cleanup of Alewife Brook,” said Robyn Kanter, the Vice President of the Chebacco Lake and Watershed Association. “This is a substantial project that benefits so many. Driving the effort, Seaside Sustainability has brought together a diverse group of environmental and education organizations, local and state politicians and departments, and concerned citizens to form a coalition that will help ensure success.” 

Seaside Sustainability, located in Gloucester, Massachusetts, was founded in 2017. Seaside Sustainability is a non-profit with the mission to protect our coastal waters through education and action. Seaside Sustainability continues to dedicate its resources and efforts to instigate action and change in the community. 

Wise Owl

Not only is this snowy owl gorgeous, but it’s a rule follower as well. Good little feathered friend…could have flown anywhere, but chose to spend Monday sitting just outside the post and fence marked, “Area Beyond This Sign Closed.” As Pat D. said, “very wise.” Speaking of Pat….a giant Thank You to her for inspiring me to take a trip to find the snowy owl after seeing all of her beautiful photos!

Good Dogs on the Boulevard

It’s always a good bet that you will find a bunch of dogs walking the boulevard, especially on a beautiful day. Belle is the beautiful dog posing so nicely with the Fisherman’s Statue; a very good girl!

If you love dogs, you might consider following Thoughts of Dog on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter @dog_feelings. Makes me smile every time. Also We Rate Dogs is fun on Twitter @dog_rates, Instagram or Facebook.

Backyard Growers Now Accepting 2021 Community Garden Applications

Cape Ann Community

Gardeners harvesting fresh vegetables at Willowood Community Garden

Backyard Growers‘ Community Garden Applications are now open for the 2021 growing season. Come grow your own vegetables in a community garden at Burnham’s Field, McPherson Park, Pond View Village, Poplar Park, Riverdale, or Willowood. Gardeners receive a raised garden bed, access to a garden mentor, and free or subsidized vegetable seeds, seedlings, and gardening and cooking workshops.

Check your eligibility and fill out or download an application here.

Applications are due by March 15.

Prefer to grow your own food at home? Stay tuned for 2021 Backyard Garden Program Applications – coming soon!

Questions? Email or call (978)-281-0480.

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