City of Gloucester Extends Ban On All Non-Essential Outdoor Water Use, Lifts Ban on Outdoor Fires

GLOUCESTER – Mayor Greg Verga and the City of Gloucester report that a temporary ban on all non-essential outdoor water use is being extended through the end of October, and that a ban on outdoor fires is being lifted.
Recent rains have helped reduce fire danger by wetting soil and brush, so the ban on outdoor fires is being lifted to allow burning in accordance with City regulations. Reservoirs continue to be low, so the ban on non-essential outdoor water use is being extended to help maintain a reliable water supply.
The City implemented a two-week ban on all non-essential outdoor water use due to drought conditions beginning on Sept. 1.
Outdoor burning with a chiminea or outdoor fireplace is once again allowed without a permit from the fire department as long as residents meet the following conditions laid out in city ordinances:
  • The fire and/or smoke does not pose a hazard to any property;
  • The smoke does not create a nuisance or health hazard in the neighborhood;
  • Only ordinary firewood shall be burned in the chiminea or outside fireplace; no construction debris, leaves, household trash, hazardous waste, or chemicals may be burned at any time;
  • The chiminea or outdoor fireplace shall be on a non-combustible surface at grade-level (i.e. not on a deck) and is not under any type of overhang, roof, or canopy;
  • A water supply or fire extinguisher capable of extinguishing the fire is within 75 feet of the chiminea or outdoor fireplace;
  • The fire shall be constantly attended by a competent person until the fire is extinguished;
  • Fires shall not be located within 25 feet of a structure or combustible material;
  • All conditions that could cause fire to spread from the area adjacent to the device shall be eliminated prior to ignition;
  • Flammable liquids shall not be used to ignite the fire.
  • The fire chief or his designee may order any outside fire permitted by this section to be extinguished in response to a complaint or hazardous condition.
Despite some recent rainfall, drought conditions persist and the City’s water capacity remains at just 48 percent. The status of the ban will be reevaluated on Nov. 1. The ban may be lifted if conditions change significantly before the end of the month.
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 reasons
  • by regulation
  • for the production of food and fiber
  • for the maintenance of livestock
  • to meet the core functions of a business
Failure to adhere to the restrictions can lead to the imposition of fines.
“I want to thank our residents and business owners for their cooperation throughout this drought, and ask that we all do our part to maintain a reliable water supply,” said Mayor Verga. “Despite drought conditions persisting and affecting the water supply, fire danger has been reduced by recent, much-needed rainfall, so we are lifting the ban on outdoor fires in accordance with city ordinances. We ask residents to be responsible when burning and to prioritize safety.”

City of Gloucester Invites Community Members to Participate in Focus Groups

GLOUCESTER – Mayor Greg Verga and Health Director Mary Ellen Rose are pleased to announce that the Gloucester Health Department will be hosting a series of focus groups on youth substance use for community members this October.
Focus groups will be split into five, 90-minute sessions. Individuals ages 14 to 18, parents or guardians, teachers, social workers, and those who work with youth are encouraged to attend to discuss and share their experiences with youth substance use.
The Gloucester Health Department will collect feedback from the focus groups to inform the Health Department’s strategic planning on topics of youth substance misuse. Focus groups will be held:
  • Monday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at YMCA, 7 Gloucester Crossing Road. This session will host parents. Childcare will be provided. (English)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. at Gloucester High School, 32 Leslie O Johnson Road. This session will host youth ages 14 to 18.
  • Thursday, Oct. 6 at 6:30 p.m. at YMCA. This session will host parents. Childcare will be provided. This focus group will be conducted in Spanish only.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. at Gloucester High School. This session will host professionals who work with youth.
  • Thursday, Oct. 13 at 9 a.m. via zoom. This session will host social workers.

Participants will receive a $40 Target gift card, and food will be provided for in-person focus groups.
The Gloucester Health Department is hosting these focus groups in collaboration with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Individuals who are under 18 years of age must have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian to participate.
Community members are encouraged to attend by registering for a focus group here.
If you have any questions about the focus groups please contact Gloucester Health Department’s Regional Prevention Director Chelsea Goldstein-Walsh at (978) 325-6623 or

Magnolia Community Farmers Market

From Alana, magnolia Community Farmers Market:

I cannot believe we are creeping up on the end of our season! It feels like the summer has flown by and it has been such a pleasure to spend every Sunday with you all!

And don’t forget about our second annual end of the summer bash, Magtoberfest! Sunday October 9, 11-5! Come join us as we celebrate all Magnolia has to offer as we dance the day away to three great local bands and pig out on 8 food trucks and tents. Enjoy a biergarten by Notch Brewing or a handcrafted sparkling cocktail by Bubble Bar Boston. Farm stands, Makers Market, Kids Zone, Classic Cars and More!  A joint effort to benefit both the Magnolia Community Farmers Market and Magnolia Library and Community Center.

Meet you in Magnolia!





Savour Saturday Tasting, Oct. 1, 2 – 4 pm, Ideal Wines Featured

THIS SATURDAY, Oct. 1, 2 – 4 pm



Ideal is an importer and distributor of fine wine and spirits based in Medford, Massachusetts. The company’s roots go back to 1905, when Samuel Bender and two partners founded a retail wine and provisions store in Boston, which evolved in the years after WW II into one of the city’s premiere fine wine shops. It was in the late 1970s that Larry Bender, the third generation of his family in the business, decided to strike out on his own, separating the importing business from his father’s retail operation. His goal was to import small high-quality wineries directly to the Massachusetts market, wines that had previously only come through national importers, if they were imported at all. Most of the wines at that time were French, but the company soon expanded its Italian selections, and has since rounded out the book with some American wineries as well as wines from other countries. Ideal brings us wine with a strong sense of place, made with minimal intervention, at a great price.


Verget Mâcon-Pierreclos Chardonnay 2020, Maconnais, France

Varietal:Chardonnay Alc.13%

Often referred to as “the mad Belgian,” Jean-Marie Guffens is the legendary winemaker from the Mâconnais who receives much critical praise for producing “poor man’s white Burgundy,” worthy of the finest wines of the Côte d´Or.The adventure started in 1976 when Jean-Marie Guffens and his wife, Maine Heynen, arrived in Burgundy. After learning French, Jean-Marie undertook a viticultural course at the local Davayé school. In 1979, Jean-Marie and Maine purchased their first few plots of vines that no one wanted on the steep hills of Pierreclos, a small village west of Mâcon. In 1990 Jean-Marie Guffens started a very progressive micro-négociant business, Maison Verget. Verget buys its grapes from passionate winegrowers, selected for their seriousness and their work that respects the vines and the terroir. They have become, over time, valuable partners and Verget determines with them the management of the vines and their yield.

The wines of Maison Verget have a clear acidity, with a mineral character, coupled with ripe fruit. They unite tension, depth, texture, and amplitude. It is generally acknowledged that Jean-Marie Guffens shapes some of the greatest whites of Burgundy. Mâcon-Pierreclos is produced from young Chavignevines, and is fermented on the lees for six months in small stainless-steel casks, producing a seductive, indulgent wine with a certain richness and a pleasant minerality. The nose is elegant, with white fruit and exotic fruit aromas and slight spicy notes. The palate reveals great minerality, power and richness, with superb length.

Pairs well with duck, shellfish and lobster, mushrooms, and Parmesan, cheddar gruyere. $25.99

Les Equilibristes Hirsute 2020, Bergerac, France

Varietals: 70% Semillon, 20% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Chenin Blanc Alc. 13.5%

Les Equilibristes is a collective of winegrowers who work together to create new blends of grape, focused on neglected varietals. It is a collaborative process, from choosing the site to final bottling. Their ground rules are to use grapes from great terroir, practice organic methods, with minimal intervention in the cellar, and minimal use of sulfur. Hirsute is organic and biodynamic. It is golden in color and has hints of citrus and herbs on the nose. On the palate notes of orange and melon mingle with a zesty minerality.

Pairs well with risotto, octopus, and other seafood. $18.99

Becker Riesling, Alsace, France

Varietal: RieslingAlc.12.5%

The history of Vins Becker traces back to 1610 when Jean Becker became the owner. Today, Jean-François manages the vineyards while his sister manages the commercial part of the winery. In total, the vineyard covers an area of 32 hectares. They grow Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Gewurztraminer. The team has been using organic farming techniques in the vineyard and the winery since 1999. The soil of Vins Becker vineyards have a unique geology of bedrock with a small amount of limestone. During the winemaking process, only the free run juice is used to produce the wines. They prefer the use of natural yeasts and limit the filtration to the minimum. The wines are crisp and dry, with a nice body and revealing the characteristics of the terroir. Vins Becker’s Riesling has a fresh minerality and aromas of apricot, pineapple, and spices.

Pairs well with fish, shellfish, seafood, white meats, and sauerkraut. $17.99

Domaine Nudant Ladoix Rouge, Burgundy, France

Varietal: Pinot Noir Alc. 13.5%

The Nudant winery can look back on more than 200 years of history and has been managed by the Nudant family for many generations. Guillaume Nudant is now the fourth generation to follow his family’s tradition of producing award-winning wines in the rolling countryside of Ladoix-Serrigny and Corton. From the beginning, very strict rules were applied in the selection of the grapes. This method is still used today. The winery covers an area of 16 hectares in the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits. It houses 20 appellations. This includes wines such as Village, 1er Cru, and Grand Cru. The approximately 40-year-old Pinot Noir vines for Ladoix Rouge grow at an altitude of 310meters with a southeast orientation. About 10,000 bottles per year are produced from a total of only 2.3 hectares of vineyards on clay limestone soil. In the glass the wine shows a deep red color. The nose shows intense and varied aromas of red fruits and spices. On the palate, there are notes of dark strawberries, cherry compote and pickled morello cherries as well as hints of spices, elderberry, and mocha. Soft tannins are part of a long finish.

Pairs well with mushroom dishes, beef stew, grilled salmon. $37.99

Les Equilibristes Volute 2020, Côte du Forez,

Languedoc, France

Varietal: Gamay Alc. 13.5%

Les Equilibristes use indigenous grape varieties, organic

winemaking practices, biodynamic farming, indigenous yeasts, and minimal sulfur. With this wine they aim to use gamay to bring out all the complexity of the rare soil of black mica on granite.  

Pairs well with charcuterie, roast chicken, mushroom tart, and chilled, it is great with spicy food, i.e., Mexican carne asada or Chinese broccoli and beef. $27.99

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Kathleen’s Price-Value Gems:

Unique to SAVOUR our three price-value collections, with

each category ($9.99ers – $14.99ers -$19.99ers) offering hundreds of wines

at one price, personally curated by Kathleen, some have limited availability

9.99ers…the quality is taste delivering above-price enjoyment …Value!

14.99ers…exhibiting qualities of complexity…Elevating the Experience!

19.99ers…value laden wines by innovative vintners…Expect Exceptional!

Adding to this Saturday’s wine tasting with Casey is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine. Fun to use and enjoy!  Taste up to 20 wines with new selections regularly added…& yes, complimentary. Kathleen welcomes your questions for food pairings.

Welcome Your Donation in any amount for Pathways for Children.

Thank You! …Kathleen

 For Your Mobile Calendar – July

Savour Wine Tastings!

September 24 – Joe Nardone – M.S. Walker – Biodynamic Wines

October 1 – Casey Gruttadauria – Ideal Wines

October 8 – Joe Nardone – MS Walker 

October 15 – Gordon Alexander – owner Terroir Wines

October 23 – Dave Bender – Vineyard Road Wines

October 29 – Harry Zarkades – owner Main Street Wines November 5 – Manny Gonzales – Horizon Beverage Company

November 12 and 13 – Grand tasting! We are bringing back the grand tasting. This will be over 2 days, Saturday and Sunday from 2 – 5 pm (bye week for Pats), with 30+ wines each day. We will just have 4 tables each day, so everyone can spread out. Come join us!

Continuing to offer a case discount 0f 10% on wines and all items purchased with the case to all customers. Wine Club members get 5% off on 6 bottles and all items purchased with the 6 bottles. Thanks again for your support!

 We continue using our 5 Molekule high performance air purification units that clear the air of 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and allergens every hour, store wide.

We are pleased to continue curbside pickup service

Savour Wine & Cheese l 76 Prospect St. l Gloucester l 978. 282 .1455

An Afternoon On The Water

When visitors arrive, we almost always take them on a whale watch and it never fails to amaze. Cape Ann Whale Watch took us north this week in search of marine wildlife so we passed Thacher Island and got to see the twin lighthouses “merge” in a way that is best appreciated from the water. Though there was plentiful sightings of dolphins, gannets and whales I did not get to take too many photos as our 2 year old grandson wasn’t as interested in that as his mother was. So I played “chase the toddler” while others watched the whales — they were close enough to the boat to smell their (awful) breaths in the blows.

Fall is a great time to go on a whale watch, especially since they tend to be less crowded. I believe the watches will sail into October, so it isn’t too late to book a trip!

Please Read! Upcoming Closures:

Cape Ann Wellness




We’re excited to host the YMCA of the North Shore’s annual event that raises critical funds for our Y and the Cape Ann community. As always, our goal is to create as little impact as possible to our members.

To get the Y ready for this special event, we will be closed during the following dates and times:

  • Friday, September 30:Gymnasium will be CLOSED all day. The facility will CLOSE at 1:00 pm (This closurewill NOT impact childcare drop off or pick up)

  • Saturday, October 1: Entire facility will be CLOSED all day

  • Sunday, October 2: Facility OPENS at 12:00 noon

Please note:Any programming on Friday night, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning before noon will be canceled, whileswim lessons will still be offered on Friday afternoon until 3:00 pm…

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