More muskrat love! Did you know Muskrats eat phragmites?!! They gnaw off the emerging and exposed shoots at the base and then eat the green stems. Very cool. Other fun facts: Muskrats can hold their breath underwater for up to fifteen minutes. They can also chew underwater. Unlike beavers, whose tails are flattened horizontally, a muskrats tail is laterally flattened (in other words vertically). The tail functions like a rudder to help the Muskrat maneuver through water. Muskrats can swim forward and backward.
After a wonderful weekend with the grandchildren Rick and I took a walk to Ocean Lawn. Another jewel on Cape Ann.
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Our daughter Liv’s work subway stop is located where the Chelsea bomb went off so you can imagine, we’ve been following closely the unfolding events. The capture was very dramatic; read the full story here in the New York Times.
An ironic aside–Reports state that the five pipe bombs found in a backpack near the Elizabeth train station were discovered, and reported to the police, by several homeless people. And apparently, the second pressure cooker bomb did not go off because two thieves stole the suitcase in which it was housed, unwittingly disrupting the explosive device.
From Mayor Theken’s Office
Household Hazardous Waste Day September 24, 2016
Household Hazardous Waste day will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016, from 9am-12, rain or shine. Residents are asked to schedule an appointment to bring their materials to the DPW yard. The Recycling Department will begin accepting appointments beginning September 1st. Please call 978-281-9785 to schedule your appointment. Registration closes September 23 2016 at 11 AM.
Gloucester residents are allowed to bring up to 25 pound or gallons of material at no cost. If you exceed 25 pounds or gallons, and additional fee will be accessed and payable to Clean Harbors(payable by check only, cash is not accepted). For up to 1-3 gallons or pounds over it is $19, for 4-10 gallons or pounds over it is $24, 11-25 gallons or pounds over the charge is $46.50.
Please understand that we can only accept hazardous materials when Clean Harbors is on site, early drop offs will not be allowed.
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The beginnings of a rainbow appeared in the sky above Cape Hedge and Long Beach early this morning. Nothing spectacular, but it was pretty while it lasted, until the next batch of thunderstorms began to roll in. Thanking Mother Nature for the much needed rain!
From FOB Amy Kerr from Ocean Alliance states, as is the way with network news, a bigger story (NYC) has come up, and SnotBot has been pushed off the show tonight on NBC News. No new airing date yet.
The Fishermen loose not playing well in first half and then hold Beverly scoreless in the second half while they score two touchdowns.The final score was 24-12.
This lovely group of ladies, friends for over fifty years, meet once a year, found Beauport as their new meeting place. They come from as far away as Washington.