Did You Know That ANYONE Can Become A Member of the Audubon Society?

In case you were unaware, The Audubon Society is not a restricted organization. It is comprised entirely of people like you and me. Massachusetts alone has over 100,000 member citizens that belong to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Here is a link to get you started: Get Involved.

Particularly for Massachusetts residents, the Massachusetts Audubon Society’s website is especially helpful in identifying birds observed locally; see the Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas Find a Bird Page. The Common Eider seen on Rogers Street, and guided to safety by Thomas Donahue, is on the Mass Audubon Find A Bird page and you can read more about this interesting bird here: Common Eider.The atlas isn’t always helpful, for example, GMG contributor Donna recently spotted a Horned Grebe. That particular species is not included on the page however, it was easily identified by looking at other sources, including books and websites such as Cornell’s All About Birds website.

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Reminder: Cape Ann Winter Birding Weekend, a program sponsored by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Massachusetts Audubon Society was rescheduled for the weekend of February 27 through the 29th. Click here for details.

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Robert Chem Sanderlings painting currently on view at the Trident Gallery

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Robert Chem Northern Shrike 

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Additional information about Mass Audubon membership:

Members of the Massachusetts Audubon Society enjoy the following benefits:

Free Places to Explore, a full-color guide to Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries, nature centers, and museums.

Free one-year subscriptions to Connections, our member newsletter, and our new annual publication (first issue will be sent in February).

Member-only discounts on hundreds of exciting programs, camps, courses, and most special events.

Savings on purchases and access to member-only sales at our gift shops.

Member-only access to:

Savings on green auto insurance (10%) with the Environmental Insurance Agency (EIA).

Migrate to Explorer level or higher for even more benefits. Learn about our different membership levels.

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

Homemade Bratwurst on my Ice Dams!

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This does not look good.

After the relentless Snowzilla #1 through #4 even a well insulated house is going to have an ice dam. Ice freezes along the roof line and now any water percolating under the snow gets trapped and backs up under the shingles into your house leaking into that lovely ceiling fan. Turning the fan on high is a fun way to humidify your house but eventually you will burn your house down with an electrical short.

Solution: Roof Sausage and we’re not talking Ambie’s. My favorite looks like Karl’s Sausage Kitchen bratwurst. Take a spare pair of pantyhose and cut the leg off. Fill the leg with calcium chloride (that is the Snow Melt you are throwing on the walkway). If your ice dam is up high, tie a line to the end and toss it up there so it crosses the ice dam.

This is making me hungry.
This is making me hungry.

Done! Like a little beaver’s nightmare that sausage will cut across the ice dam and make a path for the water to drain.

Because we live on Cape Ann you know that one of these storms will eventually arrive and dump four inches of rain and you really don’t want the inside of your house to look like a tropical rain forest.

Rubber Duck Pro Tip: You can buy “roof pucks” to do this but stuffing socks and pantyhose is so much more fun. Go buy the big 50 lb bag of rock salt at Ace or Building Center then pour it into that 5 gallon bucket you have kicking around. Drop a mason jar on top and stick it on your front porch. Now you can fill a sock and toss or sprinkle some on that icy walkway. When you fill the bucket from a 50 lb bag, about two shovel fulls will not fit. Just catapult that up on your roof.

The wrong way: Do not use organic, non-gluten, non-GMO, non-fluoride Kosher Pink Gourmet Himalayan rock salt. Well, you can but only buy Rubber Duck brand, $35 a pound with 81 essential minerals. Call now. Also, send in your roof sausage photos to Joey. Extra points if you tie a Rubber Duck on the sausage.

Gloucester Duck Rescue!

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Rescuers Wade Into Frigid Gloucester Water To Save Trapped Duck

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Rescuers wade into the frigid Gloucester waters. (Image Credit: Animal Rescue League of Boston)

Rescuers wade into the frigid Gloucester waters. (Image Credit: Animal Rescue League of Boston)

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GLOUCESTER (CBS) – A stranded duck was plucked from the frigid waters of Gloucester after it became tangled in a net and stuck on the ice.

Several Animal Rescue League of Boston members were involved in the rescue, including two who donned cold water suits to rescue the duck.

A volunteer leaves the Gloucester water with a rescued duck. (Image Credit: Animal Rescue League of Boston)

According to the Animal Rescue League, a rescuer was tethered to shore and made his way out to the duck.

The bird was rescued, and volunteers discovered that it was stuck on the ice because it was “severely tangled” in a net.

A Gloucester duck was tangled in netting and stuck on the ice. (Image Credit: Animal Rescue League of Boston)

Wednesdays with Fly Amero ~ Special Guest this week is Allen Estes @ The Rhumb Line 2.18.2015

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Dinner Specials Every Week!

Wednesday, February 18th
Special Guest: ALLEN ESTES!

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Cape Ann’s greatest and most prolific songwriter, Allen Estes
returns to our Wednesday stage. It’s time to crawl out from
behind the snowbanks and reconnect with this extraordinary
music scene that we’re lucky enough to have here in our lives.
I mean… let’s get real! ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
Dave Trooper’s Kitchen…
Prepared fresh weekly by “Troop”… always good!
Check out Fred’s rockin’ wine menu!
Upcoming…
Toni Ann

Jon Butcher

Visit: http://www.therhumbline.com/
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂

The Minglewood Shuffle with T Max as your host @ Alchemy this Thursday 7-10pm 2.19.2015

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The Minglewood Shuffle on Thursday night is moved to Alchemy (yes, Alchemy–no longer Pinoli) at 3 Duncan Street (a side street that runs between Main St and Rogers St) in Gloucester. The reason for the last minute switch is that the floor at Minglewood were redone and the work didn’t get finished in time for the Shuffle.

 

THE LINE UP:

Deb Hardy
Steve Caraway
Amy Lohman

T Max
Mosey Greams
Brian O’Connor
Inge Berge

3 Duncan St
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
Phone (978) 281-3997
Website http://www.alchemybistro.com/

Leslie Heffron Shares Some Much Needed Color

Hi Joey!  I ducked down to PA for the weekend, but am seeing lots of white back in Rockport!  Thought Cape Ann could use a little color right about now so I’m sending a painting and a drawing I did of my home state.  This is what winter in PA looks like!  Hope everybody is staying warm!

Leslie

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Ask Sista Felicia…

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This morning I received this email question and thought It be best to share the answer , considering the fact that I receive inquires like this often.

 Click link below for my Holiday Punch Recipe highlighting Mariposa’s beautiful Vintage Glass Punch Bowl

http://cook123.com/recipes/grape-ginger-ale-punch.html

Email Message

Hi there! I saw your video for Grape & Ginger Ale Punch on Cook123 and I am in love with the style of your punch bowl. Do you happen to know the brand so I can research it and try to find one to buy ?  I would appreciate it very much. I’ve been looking around all morning online trying to find one that looks like it but I haven’t been able to find anything. Thanks,

Ali Phillips

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Ali,

I too adore this beautiful Blown Glass Punch Bowl, from my Mariposa Collection! Mariposa products make everything look and taste extra special! It’s what I use daily when entertaining friends and family in and outside my home! I find this punch bowl to be the perfect size for small gatherings.  I’m not sure if it’s a retired collection piece. Best to contact the Mariposa Company’s customer service department directly for more information.

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http://www.mariposa-gift.com/t-customer-service.aspx

A Ducky Day For A Walk On Roger Street

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GHS Football Co-Captain Thomas Donahue guides a duck to safety on Rogers Street yesterday Afternoon!

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This cutie pie appeared uninjured, as it walked right pass my car like it owned the road! Thanks to Thomas Donahue’s quick thinking traffic was halted until the duck made it’s way off the road. I’m not a bird expert, but Google searched photos…I’m guessing it’s a Common Eider…maybe someone form the Audubon Society can confirm it is or correctly identify it for us!

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SNOWSTORM UPDATE FROM PAUL MCGEARY

Snowstorm update CORRECTION

Follow-up trash and recycling pickup today (Wednesday)

My apologies, because this is a holiday week, trash/recycle pickup is one day later than normal. Below is the plan for trash/recycling for the rest of the week:

If your normal pickup day is Monday or Tuesday, bring your trash and recycling to curbside today.

If your normal pickup day is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, please put your trash out one day later than your normal pickup day.

If you are desperate to get rid of your recycling, you can bring it to the Hiltz Recycling Center at 24 Kondelin Road. Note that only recyclables can be brought to this location–not trash.

If it gets to be late in the day and no one has arrived yet, call the DPW at 978-281-9785

For more information

Updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses. Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov

IMPORTANT STORM TRASH INFORMATION CORRECTION UPDATE FROM COUNCILOR PAUL MCGEARY

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Follow-up trash and recycling pickup today (Wednesday)

Dear Friends:

My apologies, because this is a holiday week, trash/recycle pickup is one day later than normal. Below is the plan for trash/recycling for the rest of the week:

If your normal pickup day is Monday or Tuesday, bring your trash and recycling to curbside today (Wednesday).

If your normal pickup day is Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, please put your trash out one day later than your normal pickup day.

If you are desperate to get rid of your recycling, you can bring it to the Hiltz Recycling Center at 24 Kondelin Road. Note that only recyclables can be brought to this location–not trash.

If it gets to be late in the day and no one has arrived yet, call the DPW at 978-281-9785

   For more information

Updates will be forthcoming as the storm progresses. Please check the City of Gloucester website for further updates at www.gloucester-ma.gov