Two other great projects went last night: repairing headstones at Clark cemetery and composting at Veterans. Be on the lookout for them.
Everyone in Gloucester should read the The Gillnetter, the Gloucester High School newspaper. Let’s give the young journalists finding their voice some readers. It’s good.
What’s it like to write for a high school paper nowadays? This one has embraced the digital world so it’s earth-friendly. It’s a beauty with a very easy layout. I dove in for one story but stuck around. There are editorials such as this one about the high school bathrooms needing attention by Rachel Alexander with original art by Rachel Nearis; actionable information; unexpected topics; and lots of local news likethis inspiring report by Hanna Zuidema or this one “pizza lovers of Gloucester Have Spoken” by Corynn Ulrich. Did you know The Gillnetter journalists were invited to the Boston Globe?
What brought my attention to The Gillnetter was anticipation for a story about the Civil War coat from students at the high school. Caroline Enos interviewed George and Charles before April school vacation. We hoped she’d come to Awesome Gloucester pitch night to support them and hang out. That she did. Thanks to her open notebook and scoop we have a record of a lovely testimonial delivered by Russell Hobbs. You can read Caroline Enos’ article here.
If you’ve been following the fundraising efforts by Charles and George King for the Gloucester High School Albert Bacheler Civil War coat, then you know how creative and ernest they are in accomplishing the restoration of this exciting piece of Gloucester history. Thanks so much to these two dynamos for the thank you notes; not only are they go-getters, but thoughtful, too!
To make a donation to the Civil War Bacheler Coat Caper, visit You Caring here or send a check with “Civil War coat” written in the check’s memo field to The Gloucester Fund, 45 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930, or Committee for the Arts, c/o Gloucester City Hall, 9 Dale Ave., Gloucester MA 01930. The King Brothers thank you!
In the spirit of just do it and one person CAN make a difference: the parent that called attention to the Civil War coat is…Kim Minnaugh! She saw the display label and coat when she was at the High School and looked so closely she saw the damage. Then she did something about it. She reached out for help. Maybe it’s the photographer in her that had her looking closely. Her actions have inspired us and kids, too.
Bacheler Coat Caper YOUCARING page
The Committee for the Arts will use the money to pay for the necessary textile conservation, display form and case. James’ Cape Ann Giclee poster really helps. Look for it at City Hall and a few more spots coming soon!