Heroic rescue at sea in January 1905: Coming home After 6 weeks RT to Grand Banks, Gloucester Schooner “Theodore Roosevelt” saves Nova Scotia “Ohio” crew and brigantine wreck, undone by violent blizzard at sea

The captain of the Canadian ship “Ohio”, Rupert A. Ryan, was 27 years old and a newlywed. His bride was on her first voyage at sea. The captain of the American schooner Theodore Roosevelt, James McHenry, lived on Shepherd Street in Gloucester.

The Saint John built brigantine, owned in NY, carrying timber from Nova Scotia, was caught in and battled through a blizzard without success Jan 3-6, 1905 after surmounting a series of gales since Dec. 26.

The terrifying and triumphant tale made global news. Here’s the coverage–great reads–published in the Boston Globe and Nova Scotia papers, a worthy inspiration for a film or series set here in Gloucester.

After reading through the stories, drive past the house on Shepherd St. today. It’s easy to think about the meal that night, the wife and children waiting for weeks at home and worried as the return deadline came and went, the Gloucester crew willing to take to the dories in rough waters to aid the Ohio despite risks and past losses, the generous hosting of the young newlywed storm survivors, and the local hospital care the N.B. crew received come morning, including “three Scandinavians and 1 Spaniard” unnamed.

Boston Globe

“GLOUCESTER – Five persons rowed up the harbor in a dory from Eastern point through the snow at 8 o’clock tonight and landed on the Atlantic docks.

They were Capt. James McHenry and two of his crew of the schooner Theodore Roosevelt of this port, and Capt. and Mrs. Rupert A. Ryan of the brigantine Ohio of St. John, New Brunswick (NB).

The Roosevelt had anchored in the roadstead until morning. About four miles astern with a prize crew of eight of the Roosevelt’s crew aboard, lies the Ohio.

The members of crew of the Ohio, badly frostbitten, are aboard the Roosevelt. Tomorrow they will be brought to the hospital.

The Ohio left Kingsport, NS, December 26, with a cargo of lumber, deals and laths in the hold and on deck, comprising about 320,000 feet of lumber.

Disaster Off Grand Manan.

Capt. Ryan is 27, and has been at sea almost since he was able to walk. He says he never experienced anything like the recent storm for severity. The entire passage of the Ohio was a series of gales and extreme cold.

She was obliged to lie at Spencer harbor, NS, a week, and left there Jan. 3, with the wind east-northeast.

Tuesday morning while off Grand Manan, in the bay of Fundy, a northeast snowstorm and gale broke on them in all its fury, and from then until Wednesday morning the vessel was practically at the mercy of the wind and sea.

The sails of the Ohio were carried away. Huge seas broke aboard, submerging everything on deck, filling the cabin and forecastle, and carrying away part of the deck load.

To add to the terrors of the storm the Ohio sprang a leak, and although the water rose high in the hold, the fact that she was lumber-laden prevented her from sinking.

It was bitter cold, and the men at the pumps were chilled to the bone, being drenched again and again by the icy seas.

The skylight was lifted, and Mrs. Ryan, who is a young woman of slight build, about 24, was forced to retreat to the top berth of her stateroom to escape the water.

Crew Works to Exhaustion.

Wednesday and Thursday the seas broke over the vessel constantly. The wheel and compass binnacle was carried away and the vessel wallowed all but helpless. The water and spray froze as it struck and coated the deckload with a heavy mass of ice, dragging the bow of the vessel’s head nearly two feet under.

From Wednesday morning until Thursday morning at 8 neither food, drink, nor shelter was available to the crew exposed to the icy cold, and at that time the crew gave up exhausted

Human nature could stand no more. Every man from the mate down fell to the deck clinging to mast or rigging to prevent being swept overboard. Only Capt. Ryan was able to get about. All, including the captain, were badly frostbitten.

Early Thursday morning Capt. Ryan had hoisted a signal of distress in the rigging.

Captain’s Wife First Rescued.

The schooner Theodore Roosevelt of this port was coming home from a six week’s voyage to the Grand banks, where she had been on a halibut voyage, when she sighted the Ohio. She was soon alongside. Dories were put over in quick order. The woman was first taken aboard and the others, more dead than alive, quickly followed.

The poor fellows were in pitiable condition. Food, warm drink, and dry clothing were given them, and their frostbitten hands, feet and faces were bathed and everything possible done for them.

Eight men of the Roosevelt crew, Sylvester Thompson, David Higgin, Neal McPhee, Michael White, James de Loucrie, Angus MacDonald, Lafayette Johnson and Gardner Sullivan, the latter a state of Maine man, were put aboard as a prize crew. A steering wheel was improvised and jury sails set.

The Roosevelt showed the way for Gloucester and the brigantine followed, each burning lights at night.

Safe Around Eastern Point.

Just after 7 tonight the Roosevelt rounded Eastern point and anchored. Just prior to that the prize crew had signaled from Thatchers with lights.

Besides Capt. Ryan and wife, the Ohio’s crew comprised, first mate Enos Barshure of Kingsport, N.S., second mate Harry burns, steward Howard Neanes of Loringsville, N.S., and four men of various nationalities before the mast.

The Ohio is about 25 years old, 325 tons and was built at St. John, NB her present hailing port. Vessel and cargo are owned by Scanlan Bros of New York, where she was bound.

While all the Ohio’s men are badly off, the mate, Barsure fared the worst. Capt. Ryan’s face and hands are also badly affected.

Capt. and Mrs. Ryan were the guests of Capt. McHenry on Shepherd St tonight.

Capt. McHenry’s homecoming was especially welcome as his wife and three little children were worrying concerning his absence in the heavy storms.”

Author unknown. Boston Globe, January 1905

Published in CanaDA

“Gloucester, Mass. Jan. 6 – The fishing sch. Theodore Roosevelt of this port which anchored inside the breakwater tonight, had on board nine happy passengers, comprising Captain Rupert A. Ryan, Mrs. Ryan, and seven sailors, all of whom were rescued from the British brigantine Ohio yesterday off Grand Manan. The Ohio was leaking badly and had suffered the loss of sails and received other severe damage during the terrible gales of the past three days. The Roosevelt put a prize crew on board the Ohio and kept company with her until this evening when five miles off Thatcher’s island. The former then left her prize behind and proceeded to this port as rapidly as possible, leaving the prize crew to work the unfortunate vessel into port. With the present favorable winds it is believed this will be done during the night.

The Ohio left Kingsport, N.S., for New York Dec. 26, with a cargo of 320,000 feet of lumber, and after a series of gales, made Spencer Island, N.S. for a harbor, sailing from there on Jan. 3. Hardly had they put to se when the wind came up strong from the northeast, the weather became terribly cold, followed by a blinding snow storm off Grand Manan, the vessel caught the full force of the gale, the seas constantly breaking over her. On Wednesday morning a big wave swept over the vessel, carrying away a portion of her deckload, her binnacles and smashing the wheel. This rendered it impossible to steer the vessel and, tossed at the mercy of the sea, she began to leak. All hands were called to the pumps, but the cold was so intense that the crew were frost-bitten and were soon forced to stop work.

Another sea smashed the skylights, filling the cabin with water. Mrs. Ryan was forced to take refuge in the upper bunk to escape drowning.

The heavy seas not only flooded the vessel, but they also spoiled the ship’s food and fresh water supply, while the vessel itself became a mass of ice from stem to stem.

With no fire, their food and water supply gone, the weather freezing cold and a raging storm in progress, the sufferings of those on the Ohio were terrible all though Wednesday night.

About 8 o’clock Thursday morning the weather having moderated considerably, a sail was sighted and a signal of distress was raised by the half-frozen men on the Ohio and this was seen by the sch. Roosevelt, which was returning from a Grand Banks fishing trip. The Roosevelt quickly bore down upon her and learning that the crew desired to be taken off, at once began preparations for their rescue. Captain James McHenry of the Roosevelt called for volunteers and every one of the eighteen members of the crew responded.

A heavy sea was running, which made the attempted rescue a most perilous undertaking. Two dories, each containing two men, were sent off to the Ohio, and after much difficulty the life-savers succeeded in taking off the nine persons on the Ohio.

All were badly frost bitten, half frozen and half starved, but when once aboard the Roosevelt they were furnished with dry clothing and food and drink, and given every possible assistance by their rescuers.

After consultation with his own men, Captain McHenry decided to put a prize crew of eight men on the Ohio and endeavor if possible to work her into Gloucester harbor.

This, it is believed, can be done, as her cargo of lumber serves to keep her afloat, and the wind tonight is favorable for the undertaking.

Upon the arrival of the Roosevelt in port, she anchored inside the breakwater, and Captain and Mrs. Ryan came to the city as guests of Captain McHenry. The crew remained on board the Roosevelt for the night. The names of those comprising the Ohio’s crew are: Enos Barkshire, first mate. Harry Barrows, second mate. Howard Naves, steward. Three Scandinavians and one Spaniard whose names are unknown.

Mrs. Ryan, who is but 24 years of age, and who has been married but a short time, was taking her first trip at sea with her husband.

The Ohio is a vessel of 325 tons, hails from St. John N.B. and is owned by Scanlon Bros. of New York.

The Ohio was built by Andrew Ruddock in his yard on the Strait Shore in 1882 to the order of Charles A. Palmer. She was 130 feet long, 29 feet beam and 14 feet depth of hold, tonnage 348.”*

1905- Terrible Experience of a St. John Brigantine. Capt. Ryan, His Wife and Crew Taken from Storm Tossed Ohio by American Fishing Schooner, Daily Sun. *Editor added beneath Gloucester wired story. Surmising because it mentioned that the brigantine was British.

wires in Perth, NJ and St. Paul, MN

1913

In 1913, the reverse would happen. The Theodore Roosevelt wrecked on Nova Scotia rocks, “12 miles west of Point Prim Light”, a total loss of vessel and freight. The Canadian “little river tug Sissiboo” set out to help.

1902

In 1902, three years prior to the heroic rescue almost to the day, Capt. McHenry relayed the sad news that the Theodore Roosevelt lost two men, trawling in a dory was emphasized:

“Halifax, N.S., Dec. 30– The loss by drowning of two men from the Gloucester fishing schooner Theodore Roosevelt is reported by the Gloucester schooner Annie Greenlaw, Capt. Crowell, which put in here last night to land a sick man, Daniel McEachern. The Greenlaw on Dec. 26, at Bank Quero. spoke the Theodore Roosevelt, and Capt. McHenry of the latter vessel reported that William Johnson and Joseph Brennan were drowned, a heavy sea upsetting their dory while they were tending their trawls.

The loss of Roosevelt’s two men was reported by wire to the schooner’s owners, in Gloucester, last night, but it was understood in that city that the men had strayed while tending trawls, not that they were drowned.”

Dec. 30, 1902

caption: Detail from Gloucester’s Fishermen Lost at Sea memorial. Search for Johnson and Brennan under the 1902 tribute names

THEODORE ROOSEVELT OHIO
American schooner Canadian brigantine
fishing and cargo transportcargo transport
built in 1901in Gloucesterbuilt in 1882* by Andrew Ruddock
in his Strait Shore St. John NB ship yard
for Charles A. Palmer

*An 1847 brigantine “Ohio” built at Marietta, OH was involved in the illegal slave trade
90 tons325 tons | 348 tonnage
125 feet
wood hull
130 feet long
29 feet beam
12 feet depth of hold
wrecked Oct 31, 1913wrecked Jan 4-6, 1905
then owned by then owned by Scanlan Bros., NY

Seeking Clayton Stockbridge

Bill Wrinn submits:_

Seeking Clayton Stockbridge

I’m doing some Gloucester 400/local theatre research and wondering if anyone knows of any living relatives or friends of Clayton B. Stockbridge (1895-1973), known back in his day as “The Plumber Playwright of Gloucester.”

He was married to the late Agnes (Ballantyne) Stockbridge, and apparently had no offspring. He retired from the William Swett Company in 1954.

If you think you can help, please DM or email me at wmwrinn@gmail.com. One of his plays will be performed this summer as part of the Gloucester 400 celebration and we’d love to know more about him. Thank you!

(Photo: Gloucester Daily Times July 23, 1953)

Food truck/lunch wagon

Hello Joey,

Just a thought and you may be the right person to implement it:

At Blackburn Circle there is no food facility.  With all of the businesses, schools, Gloucester Biotech Academy,

Spaulding, and doctors offices, etc.,

and not enough time for all of those people to run out on breaks or at lunch to get food, I though that having one or more food trucks driving through that area on a daily basis would really help a lot of people!

Do you think posting about this problem would get some attention of local food vendors and get them up to that part of town? Would be a great year-round business for food vendors.

Thank you,

Anonymous 

P.S.  Please don’t post my name or email address.

Thank you again for listening.

Romantic Reveries from Cape Ann Symphony’s Musicians Unleashed coming to Lanesville #GloucesterMA

Heidi Dallin shares Save the date reminder for a special concert next month!

Cape Ann Symphony Musicians Unleashed Concert Series

Sunday February 12, 2023

ROMANTIC REVERIES: Six Musicians Richard Einhorn, Alex Fowler, Scott Moore, Erica Pisaturo, Stephanie Stathos & Brandon White and Eight composers: Alexander Borodin, Claude Debussy, Carlos Gardel, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Astor Piazzolla, Francis Poulenc, Robert Schumann & Consuelo VelĂĄzquez

Cape Ann Symphony proudly announces 2023’s first Musicians Unleashed Concert, Romantic Reveries, on Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 PM at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St, Gloucester, MA.

Cape Ann Symphony’s Musicians Unleashed Series kicks off 2023 with an afternoon of moving romantic music featuring guest artist and longtime Magnolia resident, pianist Richard Einhorn, and Cape Ann Symphony musicians Alex Fowler, cello; Scott, Moore, violin; Erica Pisaturo, violin; Stephanie Stathos, flute; and Brandon White, viola; playing music from eight composers ranging from 19th century classical to 20th century plain-old fun. According to Cape Ann Symphony Conductor and Music Director Yoichi Udagawa,

“In the upcoming Musicians Unleashed Concert, we will be presenting works from the standard classical repertoire, as well as some fantastic pieces from Latin America. We have amazing musicians in the orchestra, and these concerts are a real opportunity to hear them in an intimate chamber music setting. In addition, we will also have a Cape Ann Symphony board member performing. Concerts are always full, so make sure to get your tickets early.”

The concert program includes: Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Flute Sonata, 1st Mvt, Alexander Borodin (1833-87) String Quartet No. 2, 3rd Mvt Notturno, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Flute Quartet No. 1, 2nd and 3rd Mvt, Robert Schumann (1810-1856) Fantaisie in C Major, Op. 17 3rd Mvt, Carlos Gardel (1890-1935) Por Una Cabeza, Consuelo VelĂĄzquez (1916-2005) Besame Mucho, Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) Four for Tango, Claude Debussy (1862-1918) String Quartet, 1st Mvt

Born and raised in Montreal, guest artist and current Magnolia resident Richard Einhorn started taking piano lessons at age 6. During his teenage years, he entered the Quebec Music Festival competitions annually, winning first prize in his age group several years running. In college at Yale, he majored in music and gave numerous solo as well as chamber music recitals. After one year as a piano major in Yale’s Graduate School of Music, he took a brief 23-year break from his music endeavors to pursue a career in medicine. He returned to piano in 1998, taking regular lessons from Ludmilla Bekker (an associate of New England Conservatory) and Tim McFarland (at MIT and UMass Boston). He has returned to the concert stage for a series of piano recitals from 1999 to 2007 to benefit musical education in the local public schools. He has been a member and now vice-president of the Boston Piano Amateurs Association since 2001 and won first prize in the 2003 Boston Piano competition run by the BPAA for outstanding amateurs. Since then, he has been part of a benefit concert in Carnegie Hall in 2005 and played The Schumann Concerto with the Newton Symphony. Mr. Einhorn has lived in Magnolia for over 11 years. Prior to moving to Cape Ann, he raised his family in Hamilton, MA and was in a private practice in gastroenterology at Beverly Hospital from 1984 until he retired in 2018. Mr. Einhorn has played in several local concerts more recently, including a Musicians Unleashed concert in 2019. He has been a member of the board of Cape Ann Symphony since 2019.

Cape Ann Symphony’s Concertmaster Scott Moore made his MU debut in October 2022’s American Classical Music Concert. Scott Moore was born and came of age in rural Kentucky. He began his career as a violinist and composer as a four-year-old in New York. He’s been a soloist with a number of orchestras, played Mozart for the Archduke of Austria, and given an impromptu recital in Carnegie Hall for an audience of ghosts. In 2018, he began performing, from memory, the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J. S. Bach. Mr. Moore has been an organic farmer and a professional driver, learned fiddle tunes from old-timers in the hills of eastern Kentucky, drunk bourbon with rock stars on a steam-powered riverboat, and played music on four continents. An enthusiastic collaborator on stage and in the recording studio, he has forged a reputation as a skillful and inventive musician unbound by genre equally at home as a soloist with the Louisville Orchestra, with bands at festivals, or in the recording studio with Jim James, Tyler Ramsey, Houndmouth, Dawn Landes, Rachel Grimes, and many more. This native Kentuckian is now a resident of Gloucester. He and his wife violinist Erica Pisaturo, also a member of CAS, moved to New England in the fall of 2019. Moore is the 2022 Artist-in-Residence at the Annisquam Village Church, where he recently performed the complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin by J. S. Bach.

Violinist Erica Pisaturo is a native of New England, where she began her violin studies at the age of four. After earning a BA in Music and Art History from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, she escaped the harsh winters to earn an MFA at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. While in the South, Ms. Pisaturo played violin in a number of professional symphony orchestras, including the Hilton Head Symphony and Savannah Philharmonic, both of which she also served as Orchestra Librarian. She recorded with Rachel Grimes and performed in the world premiere of The Way Forth (2019) with the Louisville Orchestra. She and her husband, Scott Moore, CAS’s Concertmaster moved to Gloucester in 2019 and Ms. Pisaturo now plays with the Cape Ann Symphony and Symphony By The Sea.

Originally from New York and now residing in the Boston area, Brandon White has enjoyed a varied career as a violist. A classically trained violist, Mr. White has been recognized as an analytical, and forward-thinking musician with a love of all viola music and new compositions. He holds degrees from The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam where he studied under Shelly Tramposh and earned his BM in Viola Performance, as well as The Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he studied under Lila Brown and earned his MM in String Performance. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Jordan Hall, and Sanders Theater and played with the Orchestra of Northern New York, Hamptons Festival Orchestra and the Choral Society of the Hamptons. Mr. White currently performs in the Rivers Symphony Orchestra and is also a member of the contemporary viola duo Waterhouse Row alongside Emilie Catlett. He performs on a Hungarian Viola from 1968 made by Otto Erdesz.

Alex Fowler has been playing the cello for 16 years. He studied cello performance at Virginia Tech with cellist Alan Weinstein and taught with the Virginia Tech String Project. While at Virginia Tech, Mr. Fowler found a passion for contemporary classical music and performed works by Donald Erb, Eric Lyon, Chen-Hui Jen and was a featured artist in the 2015 Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) Conference. He moved to Boston, MA in 2017 and attended the New England Conservatory for three years (M.M. ‘19 & G.D. ‘20). He studied cello performance under Yeesun Kim and played in chamber ensembles under the direction of Nicholas Kitchen, Mai Motobuchi, Kristopher Tong, and Steve Drury. At NEC,Mr. Fowler continued his study of contemporary repertoire and appeared frequently on the BSO concert series, What I Hear, performing solo and chamber works by Derek Bermel, Sebastian Currier, Kaija Saariaho, Jörg Widmann, and Andris Dzenitis. In 2019, Mr. Fowler received NEC’s John Cage Award for Contemporary Performance. Outside of NEC, Alex has also performed as a section cellist with the Du Bois Orchestra, the Phoenix Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra, the Boston Chamber Symphony, and the conductor-less string ensemble, Palaver Strings. A teacher for 10 years, he currently teaches at the Community Music Center of Boston in addition to running his own private studio.

Stephanie Stathos earned her degree in Flute Performance from Boston University’s School for the Arts. Based in Lincoln, MA, Ms. Stathos is first piccolo for the Lexington Symphony and also Principal Flute for the Cape Ann Symphony. She has served as the piccolo and second flute with the touring orchestra of the National Lyric Opera of New York. As soloist she has performed throughout the United States and Europe. Other appearances include performances with many of New England’s ensembles including Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Symphony New Hampshire, Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chorale (NH), Newburyport Choral Society, and North Shore Chamber Music. Ms. Stathos also is passionate about jazz and new music. Ms. Stathos recently joined the Cape Ann Symphony Board of Directors.

The Cape Ann Symphony’s Musicians Unleashed programs were launched in 2019 and have become a wonderfully popular series with overwhelmingly enthusiastic audience response. Romantic Reveries is Sunday, February 12 at 3:00 PM at the St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St, Gloucester, MA Ticket prices for Romantic Reveries are $40 for Adults and $15 for Youth. Call Cape Ann Symphony at 978-281-0543 or go to http://www.capeannsymphony.org for tickets.

Performing Arts Fun! February vacation activites at the cape ann ymca

Vacation week news from the Cape Ann YMCA:

Spend February vacation at the Cape Ann YMCA perfecting your acting and performance skills!

“We have a terrific schedule of February Vacation Acting, Scene Study and Performance Classes for ALL ages at the Cape Ann YMCA!”

Heidi Dallin, YMCA of the North Shore Theatre Specialist

All classes are Tuesday, February 21 through Friday, February 24, 2023 at the Cape Ann YMCA. Classes are divided by age: Professional Acting Basics for 5-9 year olds from 9 am to 11 am and Acting Intensive and Scene Study Workshop for 10 to 17 year olds from 12 pm until 3 pm. Enrollment is limited for both classes. Both classes are taught by Gloucester native Heid Dallin, an award-winning professional actress and Harvard University graduate.

Dallin is in the midst of directing 3 productions on Cape Ann: The Sound of Music Youth Edition at Manchester-Essex Middle School; Peter Pan Jr at East Gloucester Elementary School and Annie at West Parish Elementary School as well as preparing to direct 101 Dalmatians Kids Edition at Plum Cove School in June.

“Seeing the incredible excitement and curiosity about professional theatre everyday from all the actors I work with on Cape Ann, it was clear that young people are interested in theatre training. And now they can spend their February vacation acting!”

Heidi Dallin

FEBRUARY VACATION FUN CATALOGUE DESCRIPTIONS

February 21 through February 24 at The Cape Ann YMCA

Professional Acting Basics for 5 to 9 year olds!
9AM-11AM
A four day intensive workshop is an introduction to the basics of professional acting and performance for ages 5 to 9 years old. Learn acting, develop stage presence and build self-confidence through theatre games, pantomime, improvisation, vocal and physical expression, scene study and storytelling.
Link to Register: Professional Acting Basics

Acting Intensive and Scene Study Workshop for 10 to 17 year olds! 12PM-3PM
An intensive professional theatre training program designed to provide young people with an outlet to nurture their creative potential through developing self-confidence, communication and teamwork skills to use in their daily life as well as introducing them to the skills necessary for professional theater and performance. The intensive 4-day workshop will include audition preparation, character preparation, scene study, storytelling, public speaking and confidence building training.
Link to Register: Acting Intensive

Contact Heidi Dallin at 978-729-1094 or dallinh@northshoreymca.org with questions. To sign up for class, go to: https://www.northshoreymca.org/locations/glen-t-macleod-cape-ann-ymca and click on Register for Programs.

The Mooring, Manchester

A friend and I had lunch and watched part of yesterday’s first football game at the Mooring in Manchester-by-the-Sea. It is kind of the perfect combination of laidback-local and European Pub (although that might have had to do with the bartender’s awesome English accent). We had some nachos and fish and chips and enjoyed the game and conversation with the bartender. If you haven’t stopped by, you should!

Delightful Alexandra’s Bread

We stopped by Alexandra’s Bread on Main Street for a little pick-me-up a few days ago and were reminded of all the other delightful surprises within. We got a couple of scones from the bakery and browsed the vintage and quirky items throughout the rest of the store. We were too late for bread that day but we just as happy with the scones and the warm atmosphere. Maybe you haven’t been there recently either and could use a little distraction from the dreary weather? I suggest stopping by to remedy that.

SAWYER FREE LIBRARY ANNOUNCES STAFF CHANGES AND ADDITIONS TO START NEW YEAR

Cape Ann Community

The Sawyer Free Library is pleased to announce some exciting additions and promotions to the staff at the start of this new year. 

Meghan O’Neill has recently joined SFL as a new Community Librarian with a focus on serving newcomers and the Gloucester High School teen community. Joella Allen is the new Digital Services Librarian responsible for managing digital learning programs and digital resource access through SFL’s website. In addition, Joann Dunajski has been promoted to the newly created position of Customer Experience Supervisor, and Leah Svensson to the role of Community Librarian. 

“I am thrilled to say that there are two more dynamic reasons to visit the Sawyer Free Library at 21 Main Street with the addition of Joella and Meg to our dedicated and talented staff. I am also delighted to share the news of the well-deserved promotions of Joanne and Leah,” stated Jenny Benedict, the Sawyer Free Library Director


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