Ask Super Travel Agent Jean Grobe If She Had Any Fun At Hard Rock Riviera Maya

Super K and Jean Grobe Represent! At Hard Rock Riviera Maya

For your travel service needs contact super agent Jean Grobe who can tell you a thing or two about having fun on vacation. Check out her website here-

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The Sticka Never Looked So Good!

Just chillin at Hard rock Riviera Maya
Photo Jean Grobe

Kim Smith Black Swallowtail Film Program at the Seaside Garden Club

Kate Willwerth writes:

The Seaside Garden Club invites everyone to see the beautiful film by Kim Smith: “The Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly” on November 10th at the Manchester Community Center. Social time begins at 7:00 and the program begins promptly at 7:30.  Light refreshments will be served.

Life Story of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly is a 45-minute narrated film that takes place in a garden and at the sea’s edge. Every stage of the butterfly’s life cycle is experienced in vibrant close-up, from conception to pupation to metamorphosis. The film is suitable for all ages so all can gain a deeper understanding of the symbiotic relationship between wildflowers and pollinators and the vital role they play in our ecosystem. From earliest recorded history the butterfly has represented life’s momentous transformations. None more so than black butterflies. In some cultures black butterflies are thought to foretell death, and in others the return of a spirit to the living world. Continuing today, butterflies are associated with spiritual rebirth and transformation. Their metamorphosis from caterpillar to adult, along with their graceful beauty and vibrant wing patterning, inspires poets and artists universally across time and cultures. The ephemeral grace of the butterfly not only inspires hope but also gives us courage to be active in the search for solutions. The all-too-fragile link of the butterfly to the health of the environment embodies the urgent need for positive change. Filmed in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Discussion and Q & A with the filmmaker to follow the film’s showing.
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Kim Smith is a Gloucester based artist, filmmaker and landscape designer.  Kim Smith Designs is her landscape and interior design firm. Kim works in collaboration with clientele to create highly individualized, livable spaces, combining the classic and the modern, the elegant and the playful, and utilize eastern and western cultural influences to further develop and refine design projects. Her love of textiles, art, and furnishings drew her to interior design and passion for flowers and butterflies to garden design. She specialize in connecting the home to the home outside and in creating gardens for people and pollinators–butterflies, hummingbirds, songbirds, and bees–with a focus on native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and fragrant plants.monarch-in-flight-c2a9kim-smith-2014 (1)
 The Seaside Garden Club meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month (September through June) and are always looking for new members.  Make sure to sign up for your 2015/2016 Seaside Garden Club Membership – still on $25 for the entire season! Invite your friends and neighbors, all are welcome.  Guests $5. Visit our blog or find us on Facebook!
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Chickity Check It!- Gloucester’s Angel program helps 260 in four months

Terry Weber writes on Wicked Local-

Gloucester’s Angel program helps 260 in four months

Since June 1, an estimated 260 drug addicts have been assisted, not arrested, by the Gloucester Police Department’s Angel Program.

The program is designed to combat the opioid-heroin epidemic by shepherding drug addicts to treatment, not jail time, provided they turn themselves in voluntarily and meet a few other requirements. Requirements include that the addict not have any outstanding warrants and must be over 18.

The creation of Gloucester’s Angel program marks a major shift in thinking and practice by the police department, whose traditional task is to enforce the law. The program has received national attention, even a mention by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that more programs should be developed like the one in Gloucester.

“We are working on growing the program nationwide,” said Gloucester Police Chief Leonard Campanello, who is the driving force behind the program’s creation.

For the entire article follow the link here

A Mother’s Prayers From Virginia McKinnon

Hi Joey, I would like to share this story with you and your readers of “A Mother’s Prayers”.
I am continuing my classes at the Gloucester Veterans Writing Workshop. The facilitator,
Dorothy S. Nelson, has been a wonderful inspiration and teacher to me, as I continue to write
my husband, Robert Hilary McKinnon’s, WW2 war stories. This story was written as a class assignment
on “Returning, Coming Home, Back Home”   after the war in my voice or someone else’s voice.
Saturday, November 7, 2015 1-4pm my husband at age 91 will be one of Cape Ann World War 11 Veterans
honored at the City Hall. I want to thank Jason Grow for his dedication to our veterans with his
Exhibition of Photographs of “Our Greatest Generation.”   

Mother’s Prayers by Robert McKinnon, as told to his wife, Virginia

Mother's Prayers Photo

Returning from the Navy after World War 2 in February 1946, I was sorrowed to find my mother’s health had declined. She had suffered several strokes. She was unable to greet me at the train depot, now weak, and frail. I believe my Mom was also a causality of WW2. My half-brother “Buster,” a Marine, was stationed at Pearl Harbor, I remember, how my Mom cried, when she heard the news of the “Attack of Pearl Harbor”. My Mom would sing to me “I didn’t raise my son to be a solider, I raised him to be my pride and joy.” My half-brother, Woodrow, was drafted. I was drafted and I had no choice, but also to serve my country. Mom cried when I left. A little banner was hung in the window with three stars, three sons in the military. My Dad and sister related to me how my Mom would look at our pictures and her heart would be breaking with worry. She was overcome with grief, more than she could bear. Dad stated Mom spent many hours in church, praying fervently for our safe return. Mom embrace the Catholic faith, receiving the sacrament of Confirmation, same day as my sister Margaret in 1935.

On the living room wall hung a portrait of my Mom, as a young lady, blond, beautiful and angelic. No wonder my Dad fell in love with her. He was just discharged, as a Chief Petty Office, from the Navy after World War 1.

Mom was a widow with three small sons. Dad married her and later her aged parents, my grandparents, Rachel and Gabriel came to live with us. I remember Mom playing hopscotch and jump rope with the neighbor kids on Washington Square. She was always laughing and a very happy, strong person, loving to cook wonderful dinners and dedicating her life to nurture and love all of her family

Mom was bedridden for six years. My Dad had a nurse come daily to care for Mom, while we were all at work. She would laugh, when I hugged her and told her jokes. Her love for me so apparent in her eyes. Secretly, she would ask my sister and niece to invite some nice girls to visit, looking for a companion for me. I believe her goal was to have me married and cared for before she went to

heaven. I had no interest in the girls they invited. Mom suffered several more strokes, losing her speech.

One day while I was walking up Duncan Street on my way to Sterling’s for my “mug-up” coffee break, looking in the window of Johnson’s Insurance office, there she was, the girl of my dreams. It was love at first site. One day I saw her walking home on Middle Street, as I was leaving the YMCA. I was too shy to approach her. Working on the engine of the F/V American Eagle, I inquired to my friend, Peter, “I would like to be formally introduced to the girl in the insurance office.” To my surprise Peter stated “That girl is my niece.” Peter arranged a meeting. Our meeting was magical in April 1953. Soon we were dating and married on Thanksgiving Day the same year. During our courtship, we visited my Mom often. After the wedding our first stop was to visit my mother. She was bedridden with no speech. Looking at me and my new bride, my mother cried tears of joy, as her prayers had been answered. I heard my wife tell my Mom she would take good care of me. I was a lucky man.

A few weeks later, just like on my wedding day, I was walking down the aisle of Saint Ann’s Church. This time following my mother’s casket for my Mom’s Funeral Mass. At age sixty-four my Mom was now at peace.

Yes, as I look at my life today, I realize my mother’s prayers were answered. I just celebrated my 91st Birthday on Halloween, a loving family of seven children, eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren at my side at the Gloucester House for a grand celebration. My mother would have been so proud. She had a special love for children. Thanksgiving Day I will celebrate my 62nd Wedding Anniversary. Holidays are so special for family gatherings.

A mother’s love is a precious gift, her prayers are powerful. My Mom’s three sons returned safely from WW2. Now I treasure memories of my angel Mom, so grateful for her care and concern for my well-being and happiness, as I believe she continues to watch over and bless me from her home in heaven.

Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon November 2015

Let Your Kids Try Hockey for FREE


On Saturday, November 7th, USA Hockey and 500 local associations across the country will host Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by KraftHeinz! Participating locations encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come try youth hockey as part of “Come Play Hockey Month.”    All locations will have limited equipment available for use.

Head HERE to read all about this great opportunity


@Lone_Gull Announces New Hours And Launch Of Breakfast Egg Sandwich!

Cape Ann Dining News-



Starting December 1st, Lone Gull will be open from 6:00 am until 5:00 pm. We will launch our new breakfast “Egg Sandwich”.

Egg and Cheese served on a delicious english muffin or your choice of one of our panini breads.

Add a choice of ham, bacon or breakfast sausage patti.

Add an extra: tomato and/or spinach.

Our Egg Sandwiches will be served from 6:00 am til 4:00 pm.
Our panini will continue to be served from 11:00 am til 4:00 pm.

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Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team at the Green Energy and Sustainability Fair

Logos.AIRick Roth writes,

I know it was a while ago now, but we did have a very nice pumpkin carving session the other week there. Good crowd. Lots of great pumpkins.  Check ’em out on the Cape Ann Vernal Pond Team facebook page.

Saturday  November 7, 2015  9am-4pm
Green Energy & Sustainability Fair
Gloucester High School Field House.  We’ll be there with a bunch of snakes, and maybe some frogs and salamanders.  This may be our last event of the year.  We do have a couple volunteers, but we need more.

Please get in touch if you can help out.