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|GLOUCESTER – Mayor Greg Verga and the City of Gloucester report that a temporary ban on all non-essential outdoor water use is being extended until the end of September due to continuing drought conditions.|
The City implemented a two-week ban on all non-essential outdoor water use beginning on Sept. 1.
The ban is now being extended until September 30th. Despite some recent rainfall, drought conditions persist and the City’s water capacity remains at just 51 percent. The status of the ban will be reevaluated on September 30th.
“I would like to ask all Gloucester residents, whether they use city water or have private wells, to help us preserve our natural resources during this critical drought period,” said Mayor Verga. “I appreciate residents’ cooperation and understanding of these necessary restrictions. We intend to keep this ban in place for as short a time as possible, but despite some recent rainfall, conditions remain critical, and we cannot responsibly lift the ban at this time.”
The Northeast Region of Massachusetts remains in a Level 3 Critical Drought. Per MassDEP, this level of drought warrants such a ban on all non-essential outdoor water use. DEP considers “essential” water use as:
for health or safety reasonsby regulationfor the production of food and fiberfor the maintenance of livestockto meet the core functions of a businessFailure to adhere to the restrictions can lead to the imposition of fines.
Drought conditions result in dry grass, shrubbery, and forest areas, as well as dry soil conditions, increasing the wildland fire risk. Cape Ann communities have seen multiple brush fires in recent weeks. Brush fires take multiple days to extinguish and exhaust local and regional resources.
All outdoor fires, including the use of outdoor fireplaces, firepits, and chimineas are prohibited during this time of critical drought. Residents are also asked to take care when disposing of combustible materials including the disposal of cigarettes.
Hope to see all at the Sunday, September 18, 2022 Magnolia Community Farmers Market. Stroll down Lexington Avenue for your veggies, pastries, clams, and for some great music. See you there. Thank you for shopping local.
Featuring Masterworks by Historic Cape Ann Artists Offered in Rockport Art Association & Museum’s 37th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, October 1st, 2:00 PM (EST).
Auction Preview Exhibition in the Hibbard and Maddocks Galleries of the RAA&M:
Sunday, September 18th – Saturday, October 1st.
Auction Preview Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10am – 5pm; Sunday, 12–5pm (Saturday, Oct. 1st, 10am – 12pm).
Bidding is available live online via LiveAuctioneers.com (with advanced registration) or by submitting an in-house absentee bid directly with the RAA&M in advance. Auction Sneak Peek video episodes with noted Cape Ann historian and author Judith A. Curtis are featured on the RAA&M website and YouTube channel.
More information and an online photo catalog of all auction lots is posted on the RAA&M website:
Over the years, the Annual Art Auction, a major fundraiser for the Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M), has become a highly anticipated event. As a prestigious art auction, it attracts serious collectors throughout the country, as well as those just starting an art collection.
Live online from the RAA&M’s Hibbard Gallery, this year’s auction features works by master Cape Ann artists of the past including Aldro T. Hibbard, Emile Gruppé, Anthony Thieme, Frederick Mulhaupt, Antonio Cirino, W. Lester Stevens, Paul Strisik, Charles Vickery, Charles Movalli, Hayley Lever, Charles Woodbury, Carl W. Peters, Leon Kroll, Theresa Bernstein, William Meyerowitz, Charles Paul Gruppé, Charles Kaelin, Al Czerepak, and Bernard Corey, among many others. The auction specializes in Cape Ann art, but is not limited to this region and also includes works by numerous other prominent historic American artists.
The auction, now in its 37th year, began with a bequest by founding RAA&M member Antonio Cirino (1888-1983). Cirino left his artwork to the Association with the stipulation that the art be auctioned to help support the organization. The auction quickly evolved to include other historic Cape Ann artists, and has been the Association’s major annual fundraising event ever since.
The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country with a long and distinguished history spanning 100 years. Each year the RAA&M welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world. The RAA&M continues to be one of Cape Ann’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its founding in 1921, Association membership has steadily increased and currently includes approximately 300 exhibiting members, and hundreds of contributing members. By promoting year-round programs including workshops, classes, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and community outreach, as well as an impressive museum collection, the RAA&M remains dedicated to making fine art appreciation accessible to all.
Rockport Art Association & Museum’s mission is to foster the creation and appreciation of the fine arts through a rich and diverse program of exhibitions and educational offerings. RAA&M provides opportunities for a wide range of people to engage with art, maintains an impressive permanent collection and carries forth the legacy of its founders by inspiring and cultivating artistic excellence and creative community on Cape Ann and beyond.
Have you seen our 2021 Impact Report? It highlights the many successes and achievements of our GMGI team – none of which would have been possible without the support of our community.
Please click the image below to see the full report, along with a photo gallery of some of the year’s best images.
A nearby pond has recently been serving as a kind of bird sanctuary for some pretty spectacular egrets, night herons and ducks. We watch the group feed and preen and resolve disputes. They share the space admirably (there’s a lesson for us in that) and it’s easy to find yourself sitting there for quite a while. They squawk more than you might expect and there’s constant shifting of position. I am no expert, so I am not quite certain which kinds of egrets these all are, but I am pretty certain we observed a pair of black crowned night herons with at least two juveniles. The juvenile night herons are very well camouflaged but maybe you can make them out in one of these photos.
For additional photos and details please go to Pat D’s Photos on Facebook.