First Civilian State Emergency Hospital Post and angel nurses from Ontario helped Gloucester fight back | 1918 influenza pandemic part 5

The United States reached a devastating milestone of 512,000 deaths claimed by Covid-19 on February 28, 2021. A year ago when I wrote about the impact of the 1918 Flu Pandemic through a Gloucester lens, the potential lethality of Covid-19 was sobering and hard to fathom. In modern times, deaths caused by Covid-19 in the United State could never climb as high as the 1918 Pandemic, right? Wrong. In this year of living grievously, 500,000 deaths is a grim new record. We are so deeply sorry to all who endure the loss of someone close, to long haulers struggling to heal, and to caregivers who face so much.

This excerpt has been adapted from The 1918 Pandemic: Reconstructing How the Flu Raged Then Flattened in Gloucester, Massachusetts when 183 Died in 6 weeks, by Catherine Ryan, March 2020. Posts like this one, Part 5, offer select weeks during the outbreak as serialized chapters.

September 20, 1918

As the death toll doubled, the local paper tried to keep pace with death notices and tributes. One week after an outbreak at the post office, the paper published an obituary for William L. Jeffery, the first local shop owner to die from influenza. His stationery store was located on Pleasant street, same as the Post Office. Another man known to many in town, George Goldthwaite, a salesman for the Gloucester Gaslight Company who acted in community theater, succumbed. “Only last July he took part in the play “Two Burglars and a Lady” at the Playhouse-on-the-Moors.”

Mr. and Mrs. Martin on Fort Square died from influenza within three days of each other. “The family came to this city a few years ago when the gill netter fishermen from Michigan took up their residence here.”

“The couple are survived by four children Violet, aged 9 years, Gladys, aged 7; Lilian, aged 5, and Delores, 3 years of age.”

Four orphans- sad death notice for Mr. and Mrs. Martin – September 20, 1918

September 23, 1918

On September 23, 1918 Boston reported 23 new deaths from influenza; Gloucester, 11.

At the post office where the disease had surged, nine staff still struggled. While letter carrier Hodsdon recovered from the malady, his wife Ethel (Wheeler) Hodsdon died at home.

September 24, 1918

Cases in East Gloucester ramped up September 24th. A few vessels returned with sick crew. Sawyer Free Public library closed. Physicians and nurses from other towns arrived to help. Polling locations were open for the primary, but voter turnout was the smallest on record. Church attendance was small, “on account of the large number of persons afflicted and those who kept away.”

There were so many new cases in Gloucester, officials enlarged the temporary Red Cross emergency hospital at the police station (and would again), clearing out the District Court floor.

Still, more hospital beds were necessary. The State Armory on Prospect Street seemed the ideal site to ready, however the State refused the request.

Alderman (City Councilor) Poole headed to Boston with Osborne Knowles, Christian Saunders and John Radcliffe, representatives from Gloucester’s Board of Health and Public Safety, to negotiate with state and federal officials in person.

“That the authorities were fully cognizant of conditions in Gloucester was evident from the statement of Mr. Long, who said that Revere, Quincy and Gloucester were the most infected of any in the state. Mr. Long offered the committee every assistance and relief that could be given to handle the situation…In the opinion of state officials and leading physicians the out-door method of treating the disease is the most effective and successful. So interested were the officials in the local situation that the surgeon-general’s department yesterday afternoon notified Capt. Carleton H. Parsons, senior officer of the local state guard units; instructing him to present to the local authorities the offer of the state to send to Gloucester a military hospital unit to cope with the situation.”

Lieut. John A. Radcliffe, State Guard, resident, and veteran Gloucester Daily Times (GDT) reporter of nearly 20 years & volunteer on the Board of Health for 15 prior to the pandemic

The state discussions prompted additional protective measures, informed by the best doctors in the armed services. There were more cases in Massachusetts by then than all the other states combined. Influenza cases at Camp Devens had already climbed to 11,000.

The Gloucester contingent left the Boston conference armed with a state of the art plan for a crisis team to be deployed in Gloucester: a military unit of doctors, nurses and multiple local State Guard companies. It would be the first one established for care of civilians.

All necessary presentations and votes were sorted by nightfall.

“The adjutant general’s department in Boston was immediately communicated with, and arrangements made to send tents, physicians, nurses’ field kitchen, military equipment and supplies to this city.”

John Radcliffe, Gloucester Daily Times

Meanwhile, another floor was added to the Red Cross Emergency Hospital, State Guard called out, and police instructed to enforce any Board of Health recommendations such as the anti-spitting rule and fruit stand closures. Various strict fumigation requirements were put into immediate effect and there would be no crowding on street cars. Police officers were dispatched to The Fort and to investigate sanitation conditions.

Without calling it a quarantine, mighty efforts to effectively shut Gloucester down ensued. Cancellation and support notices landed on the front page.

The City banned outdoor gatherings now, too. A women’s suffragist meeting and Liberty Loan rallies were among the first cancellations. Gloucester District Nursing Association sought volunteer drivers.  

“Gloucester calls her people to rise promptly to the emergency!” urged the Gloucester Daily Times Op Ed.

In local war news at this time, Gloucester advocates were seeking reimbursement from the federal government for vessels sunk by submarine– while pressing for flu support.

Statewide the precise number of infected cases was a guess at best. It would be a week before reporting deaths was required by state law, ten days after Gloucester so ordered.

September 25, 1918

Massachusetts established an Emergency Public Health Committee on September 25, 1918. Their first order of business was to ban all public gatherings especially in light of the upcoming liberty loan rallies and parades. It was suggested that the Federal Government was likely to take charge in Massachusetts as a war measure.

The State Board of Health published treatment guidelines the next day because of the scarcity of physicians and nurses, and push back after bans and restrictions, which Henry Endicott defended mightily:

“…There are undoubtedly towns and cities in the Commonwealth from which the influenza has not been reported, but of course we must face the fact that the chances are very much in favor of the spread of the disease. I urge such communities to assume their part of the common responsibility, and to act as if they were already in the midst of the epidemic.

The doctors and nurses of Massachusetts who are devoting themselves to the care of the sick in this emergency are all heroes and heroines, and many of them have paid the penalty. Not one of them, as far as I am aware, has shirked in any way; they have overworked; they are without sleep—yet, still they go on. Massachusetts can never repay its debt to this noble band of men and women. We are using every effort, both through the government and outside the State to get additional help for these people… (Regarding) Cancellation of the Liberty loan meetings… It will never be said of Massachusetts that she was so immersed in her own private troubles that she for one moment failed to heed the Nation’s call to practical service. Massachusetts must and will do her part.”

Henry B. Endicott, Chairman Massachusetts Emergency Public Health Committee, established Sept. 25, 1918

Dr. Kelley, Massachusetts Commissioner of Health and a member of the state’s Emergency Public Health Committee, reached out to U.S. Surgeon General Blue. The Federal government lent army and navy doctors to take over doctor assignments. Kelley appointed a nursing Commission and assigned Miss Billings from his department as chairman. They hired 100 nurses to serve in case of emergency in the Massachusetts State Guard. Fifteen were deployed to Gloucester.

“These nurses were given the rank and pay of Lieutenant. It is believed that this is the first time such rank and pay have been given to women in the United States…” 

The state assigned about 10 more registered nurses to Gloucester as well.

September 26, 1918

The federal government released a detailed “Influenza” circular September 26. By then forty percent of Gloucester’s telephone company were absent “on account of sickness either of themselves or relatives whose care is devolving upon them.” The Gloucester Manufacturing Company “closed their plant indefinitely,” and the Ipswich mills announced a shut down. There were 49 deaths in the city, up from 11 three days prior, among them Laura Silva, Alderman Silva’s sister, who died that morning from “pneumonia following an attack of the prevailing influenza.”

Acting Governor Coolidge appealed to the President, select neighboring states, and the Mayor of Toronto for physicians and nurses:

“Massachusetts urgently in need of additional doctors and nurses to check growing epidemic of influenza. Our doctors and nurses are being thoroughly mobilized and worked to the limit. Many cases can receive no attention whatever. Hospitals are full, but arrangements can be made for outside facilities. Earnestly solicit your influence in obtaining for us this needed assistance in any way you can.”

Governor urgent telegrams disseminated 9/26/1918

The notice was carried in the Gloucester Daily Times and national papers the following day. New York Herald led with the capture of 5000 Germans and Bay State Governor asking for help on the front page; the New York Times published a notice on page 6.

The local paper featured its editorial: If You Love Your Fellow Man Then Give Your Aid in this Crisis;

September 27, 1918

With no time to spare, the State Military Unit was installed on the grounds of Addison Gilbert Hospital Friday September 27, 1918, and completed before sundown Saturday.

“In a remarkably short space of time the tents were up and the unit well established, so that this afternoon it will be ready for patients. There are 100 tents for patients, each waterproof, provided with board floor, cot and other essentials for the proper care of the sick…The field hospital is a wonderful institution and shows in a large measure what the State Guard can be depended upon to bring about. Day and night the men have worked to put the hospital in shape and to look out for the sick ones. It is simply remarkable the way the many details have been arranged to establish such a wonderful institution well worthy of the name. Electric lights, water, sewerage and floors in the tents have all been put in, chiefly through the efforts of the fine types of men that compose the State Guard.”

John Radcliffe, GDT

Another 100 tents for the state guard, plus any necessary for administration and operations, were installed as well.

Over on Main Street, the Red Cross established a children’s hospital in the Girl’s Club over Gloucester National Bank.

Anticipating great need, the public safety committee announced an Emergency Fundraising drive for the Local Red Cross administered by Cape Ann Savings Bank.

The Mayor and all but one Alderman were struck by flu—all those meetings! — and still that Monday they brought forth more precautions, seizing any and all educational opportunities and community measures possible to halt the spread. Public funerals were banned and soda fountains closed, though the latter was rescinded in one day.

Detailed flu mask (face masks) instructions were published as part of optimum patient care and prevention.

Mayor Stoddart urged fresh air and ventilation.

“Every house whether a case of disease has existed or not, should be thoroughly aired during the day…Clean up the back yards, dumps and filthy places. If your neighbor will not act, consult the Board of Health or its emergency agents and prompt action will be taken. Let everyone co-operate and assist our health officials in the excellent work they are doing.”

Mayor Stoddardt, September 30, 1918
Mayor John Stoddart served 1917-19

The deadline for the Draft Registration questionnaire was postponed until a future time when influenza was vanquished. One bright note that bleak weekend: ten “angel” nurses arrived from Ontario, Canada, and five from the state thanks to the commonwealth’s plea and Gloucester’s hustle. Unlike other locations during the 1918 Flu Pandemic, folks rushed here to help rather than away.

Continue reading “First Civilian State Emergency Hospital Post and angel nurses from Ontario helped Gloucester fight back | 1918 influenza pandemic part 5”

WSJ article quotes expert from Addison Gilbert #GloucesterMA | Beverly Hospital on #covid-19 and air travel

The Middle Seat: The Greatest Coronavirus Risks when you Fly, Wall Street JournalScott McCartney article here 


“He was just asked to peer review a new study done in Germany by experts in airplane modeling that he thinks is instructive to…”

Mark Gendreau is the Chief Medical Officer of Addison Gilbert Beverly Hospital and an “expert on disease transmission on airplanes” 


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1969 WOODSTOCK  FESTIVAL OF MUSIC & PEACE PHOTOS by Elizabeth Enfield displayed June 2019 at Addison Gilbert #GloucesterMA

Woodstock front page New York Times Sunday August 17 1969
Woodstock article by Barnard L. Collier and Jack Manning photograph 

“I’m glad to be here 50 years later to celebrate and have my 75th birthday this July!” Elizabeth Enfield


June 1-30,2019 – Open 7 days all week!

In 1969,  Elizabeth Enfield,  art teacher in New York City, was director of a summer photography program for teenagers. One of her staff had 2 press passes for the Woodstock Peace and Music Festival in White Lake, New York.

Fifty years ago, Max Yasgur happily rented his farm for 40,000 people. The event rose to 450,000  attendees in total, shown by a shot taken from a helicopter above the crowd, and published in the New York Times front page. The show ran  24 hours a day from Friday August 15th until Monday August 18th when a late coming performer gave the remaining 35,000 people a ‘Grand Finale’!

The exhibition in the Lobby Hallway of the Addison Gilbert Hospital  June 7th to 30th, 2019, is avaliable for viewing all day, for your pleasure. Portraits include photos of Ravi Shankar, Janis Joplin, Santana and Grace Slick.The crowd is seen watching in rain and sun and camping in the field covered with mud and water. Some are sittting on the light and speaker structures around the field. Out of food, offered by the  “pig farm”  who volunteered their services to the crowd.

Listen to the CD the  “TAKING WOODSTOCK”,  audio, written by Elliot Teichberg

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The New York Times is looking for Woodstock images May 30, 2019 see  here

Gloucester Seafood Workers Union WWII memorial plaque: Addison Gilbert Hospital

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1941-1945 To Our Hero Dead in World War II: Gloucester Seafood Workers’ Union, I.L.A. pays homage to the memory of these valiants who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country. Joseph Ciarametaro, Fred G. Gosbee, Roy G. Greenlow, Arthur L. Johnson, Eino Kangas, John J. Morrissey, Jr., Arthur J. Hanley, Edmund Patrican, Roger M. Phenix

Local Artist Naomi Lee is exhibiting her art at The Addison Gilbert Hospital Lobby 298 Washington St, Gloucester, MA Through the month of April, 2018

Naomi Lee

Art to me is a feeling, a thought, an expression and then a creation.

I am a self taught artist inspired by the warmth of the sun, calm of the moon, strength of the wind and the power of the sea.

Even as a child I always went to the ocean to sort out my thoughts

I started painting about ten years ago. I love painting in all mediums and or course working with anything else I see as a creation. Especially nature’s gifts I come across when taking my walks along the shore. Driftwood, shells, sea glass, roses and what ever hits my eye at the moment.

I have been part of the Beverly Art Association, Salem Art Association and have been invited to be part of the Fourth of July Marblehead Art Festival as well as being in the Cabot Street Beverly Art Festival.

I hope you enjoy my art.


Addison Gilbert Hospital’s Michael Arsenian, MD, to Receive Rev. J.J. Healy Award

Michael Arsenian, M.D. will receive the Rev. J.J. Healy Award on February 14, 2018 at the “Hearts for Health Women’s Valentine’s Luncheon,” an annual fundraiser benefiting the Addison Gilbert Society.

Dr. Michael Arsenian, a cardiologist and intensivist at Addison Gilbert Hospital, has provided lifesaving care to Cape Ann residents and visitors for since 1989. His service has saved many lives. He is known to go above and beyond the care and interest that he takes in his patients and their recoveries.

In 2017, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) established the Rev. J.J. Healy Service Award in honor of Reverend Jeremiah J. Healy, P.R., to the individual who best epitomizes the social Gospel of Matthew:

When I was hungry did you feed me; thirsty, did you give me drink; naked, did you clothe me; homeless, did you give me shelter; imprisoned, did you visit me; and dead, did you mourn me? (Paraphrase of Matthew 25: 34-35).

Rev. Healy was a highly regarded priest at St. Ann’s Church in Gloucester, Massachusetts, from his arrival in 1871 until his death in 1910. During his life, Healy served the Cape Ann community by living the social gospel. Healy built St. Ann’s church, school, rectory and convent. By undertaking these construction projects, he offered employment to the Irish, who found “they need not apply” for other employment. He also established a fund at City Hall for the Poor, and constructed and dedicated the non-sectarian, non-denominational Gloucester Free Library. Finally, he remains one of the single largest contributors to the Addison Gilbert Hospital in inflation-adjusted dollars for the free care of the poor.

“I know that many on Cape Ann credit the talented staff at Addison Gilbert for treating them and ultimately, saving their lives,” said Frances Ferrante, Co-chair of the Hearts for Health Luncheon. “Like many others, I know that without the attention of Dr. Arsenian and the Emergency staff, I would not be here today. I am happy to see that Dr. Arsenian will be honored at this event.”

The Hearts for Health Fundraiser is an annual event co-hosted by Frances Ferrante and Jane Fonzo. Ferrante and Fonzo started the event last year to benefit services provided by Addison Gilbert Hospital. All contributions from the luncheon are made to the Addison Gilbert Society, founded by Robert and Jan Crandall to benefit Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Proceeds from the “Hearts for Health Women’s Valentine’s Day Luncheon” will help the hospital meet the generous $200,000 challenge offered by the Crandalls, which seeks 20 supporters who will commit to an annual gift of $10,000 or more for five years. Last year’s event contributed over $20,000 to the Addison Gilbert Society. Ferrante and Fonzo hope that the annual event will raise over $20,000 in each of the next five years.

Jane Fonzo said, “’The Hearts for Health Fundraiser’ is a way that everyone can contribute to the generous match challenge issued by Robert and Jan Crandall. It’s a way for women and ‘honorary men’ to attend and to make a smaller contribution to a larger goal.”

The Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Gloucester House. For more information about the luncheon and to RSVP, please call Frances Ferrante at (978) 281-2104 or Deb Sacco at Addison Gilbert Hospital at (978)283-4000. Attendance for the luncheon is $100.

For those who are unable to attend and would still like to contribute, contributions can be made to the Addison Gilbert Society, c/o Hearts for Health, 11 ½ Proctor Street, Gloucester, MA 01930. All contributions in any amount will be accepted in honor of Dr. Michael Arsenian.

Gloucester High School in Sunday Boston Globe

Boston Globe article 12/3/17

Gloucester High School Extends First Aid to Mental Health by Laura Elyse King

Mayor Romeo Theken adds “we’ve also been doing these workshops with all employees and managers, too.”

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Gloucester Harvest Music Festival 2017

What a day huh??? We raised so much money for the hospital all thru the love of music!! It heals us all!


Every where you turned there were smiling faces. Delicious food.Great service. So many coming together for a great cause. Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Awesome music all day long. Each and every band gave their all. Thank you all for a wicked memorable day!
Ol Brown Shoe
Cold Engines
Bim Skala Bim Music
The Four Legged Faithful
Gang of Thieves
Thank you Christopher Silva & Carol Pallazolla and all the many volunteers that helped made this event so awesome!


Ol’ Brown Shoe


Cold Engines


Bim Skala Bim Music

The Four Legged Faithful

Gang of Thieves

people stayed till the very end even though the fog was just about a light rain, dancing their hearts out…awesome awesome music…


dscf2258Bravo and huge shout out to Mayor Romeo Theken, Chef Anthony, the Tonno staff, and all the volunteers who contributed to today’s successful sauce cook off charity luncheon. Held at Tonno (Anthony donated his restaurant and the Tonno staff volunteered their time), the event raised money to benefit three families with a member undergoing cancer treatment at Addison Gilbert Hospital. The families will each receive $500.00. The additional monies raised are going to the oncology department at AGH. A wonderful time was had by all, especially the Chefs, Mayor Sefatia and Anthony Caturano.dscf2180

dscf2420The event was inspired by Chef Anthony (erroneously) referring to sugo as gravy. War was declared and a sugo cookoff to benefit charity was decided upon. See Mayor Sefatia explaining Gloucester-acceptable terms for sauce (practically anything but gravy) 🙂

Gloucester Harvest Music Festival Fundraiser at LAT43! 4-10pm 25 Rogers St, Gloucester, MA

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This is a fundraiser for the Gloucester Harvest Music Festival, which is a charity event to support the AGH Citizens Fund, a fundraising arm for our local hospital, Addison Gilbert. The AGH Citizens Fund is a non-profit, grass roots community based organization who raises money to donate funds directly back into the hospital for anything they may need. All proceeds go directly to the fund to support AGH! Visit our websites at and www.aghcitizensfund.orgThere will be amazing food that night of course, along with raffles, a 50/50. For more info, you can call Carol Pallazolla at 978-879-7652. 10percent of the proceeds raised will be donated to our event! Please come out and have a yummy meal with us for a good cause! Thanks!

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25 Rogers St

Gloucester, MA

(978) 281-0223

Local Artist Naomi Lee is happy to be able to share her artwork at Addison Gilbert Hospital and at other local spots around town.

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Naomi Lee was called and offered an opportunity to show her art for the second time at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA, through the end of July.

Naomi says she is so happy to be able to share her feelings on canvas. Her passions, the warmth of the sun, the calm of the moon, respect for the strength of the wind and the power of the sea.
Naomi, a self taught artist has been asked to take part in exhibiting at the Marblehead and Beverly Art Festivals. Also, The Annisquam Art Gallery for the past three years. She is currently a member of the Beverly and Salem Art Associations.

You can see other art by Naomi around town at the Cape Ann Brewery, Capt Bill’s Wale Watch and the Welcome Center at Harbor Loop. Her next art show is scheduled at Cape Ann Coffees for the months of September and October

86 Bass Ave Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 282-1717

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After injuring my elbow this winter, the next step to recovery is working with an occupational therapist. From the long list of possible rehabilitation centers provided by the arm physician I wasn’t sure where to turn. Because my family has been very well cared for by the Addison Gilbert Hospital Emergency room staff, as well as the fact that it is so convenient, made deciding upon AGH easier. When making the initial appointment I stated one criteria and that was that whoever was assigned me had to be extremely gentle.

I liked Francine from the moment I met her and not just because she is super gentle, she is also smart, kind, compassionate, and truly knows her profession. If you are ever in need of an arm OT, Francine is the one. She has been treating patients for twenty years, seventeen of those years at AGH. Francine specializes in nerve and tendon injuries of the hand and arm, arthritis, trauma, and wound care. If you are ever injured, which I sincerely hope you are not, but if you are, ask for Francine; you will surely be in the best possible hands!

Francine Elliott 2016.


I find myself for the second time this year sending a heartfelt thanks to the compassionate and infinitely competent emergency room staff and EMTs at Addison Gilbert Hospital. 

Embarrassingly, yesterday morning I fell on the rocks along the berm. The nicest person you could ever meet, Carol, helped me to my feet and waited with me for the ambulance, taking care of Rosie, car, and camera until husband and son arrived.

The EMT Jeff Romeo was terrifically kind (both Jeff and the ambulance driver, whose name I did not learn, were terrific).  When I asked him if he pronounces his name the same as does our Mayor, we laughed when he said no, because he is from New York, his name is pronounced like the Romeo of Shakespeare fame.

So many thanks to Doctor Berger for getting my elbow back in place, and to nurse Dana and x-ray technician Jennifer Ella for their gentle touch. I would especially like to thank Kariann Bergman. She is the most kindhearted and sympathetic nurse, and was thoughtful in every way possible. Thanking Kariann too for sparing my warmest winter coat and not cutting it off!

This is the third time our family has received stellar medical attention at Addison Gilbert, stemming from an emergency. I can’t express enough how very fortunate we are to have such an incredible team of doctors, nurses, and the entire AGH team serving the medical needs of our community, and located in the very heart of our community.

I would like to write more about AGH but left handed typing and mouse moving are slow going. Please forgive typos for the next several months while I work on developing lefty skills.


BREAKING NEWS: Harvest Moon Music Fest Tix On Sale NOW!

We’ve just put tickets on sale for the Harvest Moon Music Festival benefit to help save Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Five years after Celebrate Gloucester, top north-shore musicians once again take the stage at Gloucester’s award-winning HarborWalk for an extraordinary day of music, food and family fun to help the Addison Gilbert Hospital Citizens Fund save our local hospital.

This is an all-ages festival with plenty of food, an artisan marketplace and a beer and spirits tent for people over 21.

North Shore Curtain Up host Aurelia Nelson will MC the show.

Dance, eat, drink, party and feel good about it because you’re contributing to a great cause.

Get your tickets right now, right here!

Army of Nurses

Local Business Owner Reopens Photoshop Fred Bodin received cancer treatment at Addison Gilbert Hospital

For more than 40 years, photography has been Fred Bodin’s life. The Rockport resident started as a freelancer before getting regular work at local colleges, newspapers and magazines. Eventually he opened his own classic photography shop – Bodin Historic Photo – in downtown Gloucester.

“It’s like having a hobby, but I get paid for it,” said Bodin, who has run his Gloucester shop for nearly two decades.

But for 10 months last year, from January to October, Bodin’s shop was dark. There was no developing films and no interacting with customers. Instead, Bodin was at Addison Gilbert Hospital receiving cancer treatment.

In January 2014, Bodin was unable to walk and was taken to Addison Gilbert Hospital. There he was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer.

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GloucesterCast 118 Taped 2/20/15 with Guests Craig Kimberley, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro


GloucesterCast 118 Taped 2/20/15 with Guests Craig Kimberley, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Guests Craig Kimberley, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro.  Mentally Crushing Snow Damage, Toby and Kim Give Props To Addison Gilbert Hospital, Are People Ready To Abandon Massachusetts for Florida?, Craig’s High Speed Slow Mo iPhone Video, Craig Kimberley and Brian O’Connor’s SkyProp Media To Launch Soon, Contributors Should Feel Free To Provide Links To Their Own Projects On Their Posts, Polarizing Coyote Comments, Wearing The Right Winter Clothing Makes A Huge Difference, Ugg Slippers, Muck  and Bog Boots, Contigo Travel Coffee Mug , Craig’s App Recommendation FilMic Pro, Kim Smith Recommends Instagram, How Much Are Camera Companies Getting Beaten Up By Smartphone Sales?, Joey Recommends Radar Express for Android,Trident Gallery The Art of Natural History Event, Charlie Carroll, Fish On, Capturing The Catch Fishing Photography Seminar with Craig Kimberley, Blog Tutorial Classes If People Are Interested.
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Shout Out to Addison Gilbert Hospital (Edited)

53949368_127714376795Thanks so much to the incredible emergency room staff at the Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Tuesday morning after my pleasant shopping break at Alexandra’s Bread, I crashed on the ice. It was bound to happen and ever since breaking my back in a harrowing fall when I was nine months pregnant, I live in mortal fear of ice. After waiting a day to see if the swelling around my ankle would subside, which it did not, I found this very handy link called the Ottawa Ankle Rules. The test is not used to ascertain if your ankle is broken or sprained, but is a practical guide to determine whether or not an X-ray is needed.

From the receptionist, to the X-ray technicians, to Doctor Soderman, everyone was kind, courteous, and compassionate. A special thanks to my assigned nurse Eileen. I am sorry I did not learn her last name, but she lives in Rockport, and when I inquired as to how long she had been working at AGH, she said so many years, she had lost track!

To say we are so very fortunate to have AGH in our community is an understatement. While mine was a very minor injury, I recalled the last time we were there at the emergency room, which was when my then nine-year-old son Alex went down the hill that is our street, Plum Street, at 90 miles per hour on his bike. He careened off the road and planted his head on the neighbor’s stone wall. The ambulance driver said had he not been wearing his helmet, which was cracked in a half dozen places, he would most likely not have survived. Alex was rushed to AGH where he received outstanding care. I will never forget how kind the nurses were during that traumatic event.

Thanks again to the dedicated and compassionate staff at the Addison Gilbert Hospital, for the care our son received at that time and, broadly speaking, for all that they do to keep our community alive and well. And thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to help keep the Addison Gilbert Hospital doors open.

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(EDIT) Great message from GMG Reader Jane Southworth, an RN and former Gloucester resident, now living in Southport, ME, where their local hospital was shut down.

Jane writes ~

“The Cape Ann community is really fortunate. I grew up in Magnolia and have lived in Southport, Maine for many years. Our community is much like Gloucester. Southport is a small community of 500 year around residents. Boothbay Harbor is a fishing community and has a strong relationship with Gloucester. The big difference is that we lost our wonderful St. Andrews Hospital two years ago after a fierce battle with the Maine Health Organization. We are located 18 miles down a peninsular from route 1 which leads to two other hospitals, each another 18 + miles depending on whether you wanted to go south or N.East. We have been left with an 8 hour Urgent Care Center. We are primarily an elderly community which says a lot for access to 24 hour emergency care especially in weather like we’ve had this winter. In the summer months this is a big tourist area similar to Gloucester. Fight for your hospital and don’t let the big guns (CEO’s and lawyers) knock you down. AGH is a great Hospital.”

Jane Southworth, RN

Portrait Addison Gilbert Gloucester

Who was Addison Gilbert (1808 -1888)?

Addison Gilbert was the founder of the Addison Gilbert Hospital and the Gilbert Home for Aged and Indigent Persons. He was a merchant, banker, and politician. Gilbert served many terms as a Gloucester selectman as well as in the Massachusetts legislature. He also served as town moderator and auditor. Gilbert was one of the founders of the Cape Ann Savings Bank. Addison Gilbert is buried at the Oak Grove Cemetery on Washington Street. Information and portrait of Addison Gilbert found on the web from Kenneth Gilbert.



Medical Monday

9.30am: CATA Dial-a-Ride bus picks me up at home to go to Addison Gilbert Hospital.
10:00am: Have an echocardiogram made, to check for heart valve abnormalities.
11:00am: In oncology clinic, get injection for my bones, and have a teaching session about upcoming chemotherapy treatment.
12:30pm: Eat lunch in hospital cafeteria, read, and people watch. The food is good there and inexpensive.
2:15pm: Walk down to the AGH sports medicine and rehab department for specific exercises for gait and balance.
3:00pm: Call Dial-a-Ride for ride home to Rockport.
3:30pm: Hit the couch and watch CNN.
Don’t let anyone tell you that being sick is like a vacation. I’m busier that when I was healthy!

My Holiday Lights of Love

My favorite holiday decorations this year were on the Beauport Ambulance at Addison Gilbert Hospital’s “Lights of Love” cancer care fundraiser. Beauport was the major sponsor of the event. In the past ten months, I’ve been transported by ambulance maybe 50 times to medical appointments from hospitals and nursing/rehab homes, because I was incapable of sitting on a bus seat. This doesn’t include emergency rides, two of which were under life threatening circumstances. Ambulances, which I always thought of as an inconvenience while driving, are now my flashing “Lights of Love.” They may be saving someone’s life, and I say a prayer as I pull over to the side of the road to let them pass.Ambulance5292wm