Just Got This Airfryer. Total Gamechanger. 15 Minute Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

Here’s the link to purchase –

Brio Digital Air Fryer (6 qt. Air Fryer, Black)

We’ve got about fifteen different recipes we want to do. So easy, so quick. Little to no oil and crispy delicious results. So quick and easy. Total Gamechanger!

HOW CAN THE BEATING WINGS OF A SNOWY OWL BE QUIETER THAN A BUTTERFLY’S WING BEATS? – By Kim Smith

Snowy Owl Hedwig Preparing for Take-off

Several times Hedwig has flown so close that I can feel the swooshing wind around her, but I wondered, why her wingbeats are virtually soundless. I have audio recordings of comparatively tiny Monarchs, whose wingbeats are a thousand times louder than that of Hedwig’s wingbeats.

Snowy Owls, like all owls, have evolved with specially designed wings that enable them to fly soundlessly, a necessary feature for stealth hunting of small mammals such as mice, lemmings, voles, shrews, and rats. Their wings are disproportionately large to their body mass, which allows for slow flying, as slowly as two miles per hour, a sort of glide-flying, with very little flapping needed.

Additionally, comb-like serrations on the leading edge of an owl’s wingtips break up the air that typically makes a swooshing sound, creating a silencer effect. And, too, the streams of air are softened by a velvety texture unique to owl’s wings and because of the feathery combs of the wing’s trailing edge (see illustration below).Close-up images of a Great Horned Owl’s wing. On the left, you can see the leading-edge comb; it’s this width that Le Piane measured for her study. On the right, the trailing-edge fringe. Diagram: Krista Le Piane.

Image of a Great Horned Owl’s wings from Mass Audbon. READ MORE HERE.

BEAUTIFUL FISH: ATLANTIC HALIBUT -By Al Bezanson

 

Halibut caught in shallow water are very active, usually starting off at great speed when they are hauled up from the bottom, often spinning the dory around in their attempts to escape.  (Goode and Collins, 1887)  The offshore fishery for halibut began about 1830, when cod fishermen brought word to Gloucester of a great abundance of them on Georges Bank,[61] and they were caught there for a few years thereafter in numbers that seem almost unbelievable today. Thus we read of 250 caught in three hours; of vessels loaded in a couple of days; and of a single smack landing 20,000 pounds in a day.

From Fishes of the Gulf of Maine by Bigelow and Schoeder, 1953

 

GLOUCESTER — On March 7, 1935, two men trawling for halibut from a Gloucester schooner off Newfoundland disappeared from their overturned dory and were presumed drowned. The deaths of Charles Daley and Stephen Olsson were unremarkable, except that they were among the last of their kind. Their families mourned and then turned to the task of surviving without them. Within a few years, dory fishing was no longer.  (From a review of Alone at Sea by John N Morris, 2010)

 

http://archive.boston.com/news/local/articles/2010/09/02/gloucester_dorymans_grandson_writes_book_on_lost_fishing_method/

 

Repairs Gone Wrong – botched cleaning on City Hall Honor Roll plaques require corrective restoration

And the qualified help that’s needed is underway!

What do you do when your home repair goes very wrong? Upon evaluation, sometimes you just have to hire a new contractor to remedy mistakes. In the fall of 2014 memorial honor roll plaques in City Hall received some cleaning. The monuments were due some attention. Over time the names were no longer legible and the surfaces were grimy defeating their noble purpose. Gloucester’s outstanding City Archives and the Cape Ann Office of Veterans Services were and are able to help with research for those who can’t come in person or see them clearly.

photo caption: BEFORE photograph of one of four WW1 honor rolls in the rotunda City Hall, ca.2014

©C Ryan bronze plaque city hall 2

 

The 2014 project was not handled by the city nor administered through its committee for the arts, of which I am a member. Funds were raised privately to work on the plaques. Though well intentioned, those restoration efforts were botched (and costly at the time, so I’m told.)  The names were made more visible, but the plaques were damaged and results are scratched, streaked and blotchy.

photo after poor bronze plaque cleaning splotchy © C Ryan 20170719

A small annual budget (FY2018 $4000) that’s set aside for care of City arts and culture and monuments as part of its mission must now be redirected to fix the fix. Yes, “Sometimes you have to hire a new contractor to remedy mistakes,”  frustrating, but necessary. Perhaps the 2014 group will reimburse this cost.

Throughout 2018, you may see specialists from Skylight Studios repairing plaques within City Hall through the Committee for the Arts on behalf of the City. (Gloucester residents may recall that Skylight Studios was hired by the Commonwealth to restore the bronze doors of the Abram Piat Andrew Bridge; the doors were temporarily displayed at Cape Ann Museum before being reinstalled.)

The detailed work on the City Hall plaques will be completed in brief, focused intervals. One plaque in the rotunda will be restored last, because it’s a great opportunity to show before and after examples of contemporary restoration projects- the good, the bad and the quality. As the plaques are repaired, the detail of the raised carving and borders and most importantly the names of so many veterans will become easier and easier to read and remember.

Gloucester Ma Veterans Honor Rolls and Monuments

*author note- this post is listing interior Honor Rolls within City Hall; it’s not a complete list for all tributes in Gloucester 

GROUND FLOOR, CITY HALL
Spanish American War- “Men of Gloucester who served in the War with Spain volunteers all 1898-1902. Gloucester ‘s men, serving on land and sea won for their city  the honor of giving to her country the largest per capita of men in this war. Erected by the City of Gloucester 1930.

Honor Roll War with Spain City Hall cleaning needs to be redone  ©c ryan 20180221_095556.jpg
2014 wonky cleaning needs repair (Honor Roll to be repaired sometime 2018)

World War I Honor Rolls (rotunda and upstairs)
World Ward II Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office)
Korean Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office)
Vietnam Honor Roll (outside clerk’s office; Brian Hamilton 1980 painting of fisherman)

just outside Kyrouz Auditorium, FIRST FLOOR, CITY HALL
“Civil War (1861 1865)This tablet records the service of Company G 8th Regiment MVM in the Civil War; and War with Spain (1898 1899) occupation of Cuba; and World War 1917 1919″ Corrective repairs are underway on this trio Honor Roll. Waxy build up added in 2014 is being removed all over, and names in a small lower right corner have been attended.

 

The multi story memorial to Gloucester fishermen lost at sea was a major public art project led, designed and hand painted by Norma Cuneo, with Irma Wheeler and Ellen Ferrin in 1978, a beautiful shrine lighted by day by two tall windows. Mark Newton, then city clerk-historian, and Jerry Cook were lead researchers; the team eventually compiled a card index that could be accessed by the public along with checking this massive lost at sea mural. Research incorporated historic materials like The Fishermen’s Memorial and Record Book, by George H. Procter, published by Procter Bros. in 1873, printed matter, family archives, and newspapers. Volunteers and historians amend the sources and statistics over time. The sense of the power of a name and life is inspiring. The response and need to a tangible, accessible record was tremendous. Their work was the basis for the cenotaph installed in 2000 by the Fisherman at the Wheel memorial on Stacy Boulevard, a sacred place and pilgrimage site accessible day and night.

 

detail City hall interior Gloucester MA with detail of Gloucester IMG_20180222_125029.jpg

Food Combining

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Ayurveda Wellness Healing, LLC knows the effects poor food combining can have on the digestive system. It can produce indigestion, fermentation and gas formation and if prolonged, can lead to toxemia and disease.

A few examples:
Eating raw and cooked foods together
Bananas and Milk
Berries and Dairy

Spices and herbs are often added in Ayurvedic cooking to help make foods more compatible or to ease undesirable effects.

One example: adding cooling cilantro to hot spicy food can help it to be digested.

“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”

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Orville Giddings & Mark Earley join Dave Sag’s Blues Party @ The Rhumb Line Tonight! 8:30pm 2.22.2018

Thursday at the Rheum Line: direct from the land of honky jive, it’s Orville Giddings and his 20 mule team of belabored sidemen! Good old OG will thrill you with his musical potpourri of inflammatory blues ,heartfelt originals and side-splitting guffaws. We got Mark “Chicken Wing”  Earley on the Sax, Johnny Loud on the drums, Bill Cunniff on rhythm gootar and myself on base. What could be mo’ better?

 

The Rhumb Line

40 Railroad Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 283-9732

http://www.therhumbline.com/

 

O’Maley presents Shrek the Musical JR features double cast and 65 students!

Please join us…

Shrek at Gloucester O Maley 2018

WHAT: O’Maley Innovation Middle School – O’Maley Academy Drama Club’s Production of Shrek The Musical Jr. “Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. based on DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.”

WHEN: The double cast production will be performing 6 public shows over the first 2 weekends in March:

(Cast X)   Friday, March 2, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.

(Cast Y)   Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.                                

(Cast X)   Sunday, March 4, 2018 – 1:00 P.M.

(Cast Y)   Friday, March 9, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.

(Cast X)   Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.

(Cast Y)   Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 1:00 P.M.

WHERE: O’Maley Auditorium, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA

WHO: Our production showcases 65 sixth, seventh, & eighth grade students in the cast & crew!

WHY: Besides being incredibly fun, musical theater helps young people develop many of the skills necessary for success in today’s world: Self-Confidence, Literacy, Communication, Imagination, Empathy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Self-Discipline, Community Awareness, Public Speaking, and Teamwork.

Sincerely,

Drama Club Co-Directors: Sharon Crowley, Joanne Horne, Lauren Horne, & Leslie Sellers

Costume Designer: Linda Stockman and Choreographer: TS Burnham

*O’Maley Drama Club is part of O’Maley Academy, a free, afterschool grant-funded program administered by: Site Coordinator Allison Cousins and Family Coordinator Mary White 

#GloucesterMA athletes: Countdown to Cheerleading Conference Championship at GHS Sunday

Champion Gloucester MA athletes cheerleaders practice year round July 2018 Good Harbor Beach Gloucester MA Bass rocks
GHS cheerleading athletes July 2017, Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA-  Champions practice year round

Reminder & invitation From Principal Cook and GHS Athletic Director Julie Smith

“To the Gloucester Community:

We hope this finds you well and enjoying February vacation!

This is a special message to all residents of Gloucester and surrounding communities due to a special event happening at Gloucester High School this Sunday, February 25th at 4:30pm.

Gloucester’s State Champion Cheerleading team will compete AT HOME in the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Championships.  This is a rare opportunity to see the amazing GHS Cheer athletes up close as they take on their League rivals.  Click this link to view the teams’ order of appearance on Sunday:  Order of Appearance.pdf

Doors open at 3:30pm.  Tickets are $5.00 for Students and Seniors, $7.00 for Adults.

See you there!

James Cook, GHS Principal and Julie Smith, Athletic Director

P.S.  Spring 2018 GHS and O’Maley Athletics Registration opens soon…stay tuned!”

#GoGloucester!

Reclaimed original Gloucester High School Floor (2)
Sports memorabilia and stories of former championships: original GHS floor repurposed and framed at high school, a legacy floor retired and immortalized, Gloucester, MA

Sigh…it’s still Winter

It was nice to have a little reprieve from winter yesterday but today with are reminded that it’s not quite finished with us.   Here’s a few chilly scenes to share from my time up North this weekend.   Hoping all of those school vacationers in warmer climates are bringing it home with them this week!!

Workshops at Treetop Yoga This Weekend

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Two great opportunities at Treetop Yoga this weekend. In addition to specialty workshops, Treetop Yoga offers over 40 yoga and barre classes a week for all ages and abilities. We are located at 3A Pond Road in Gloucester. Our new students special is for anyone who has not been to the studio in the past 12 months – $49 for an unlimited month of yoga or $59 for an unlimited month of barre and yoga. EveryBODY Welcome!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23 – Winter Nourishment: A Balancing Flow and Restore Workshop The stillness of winter serves as an invitation to slow down, reflect, and turn energy inward. We are given the opportunity to rest from the usual extroverted energy of the warmer months. Yet, balance is key, as this slow paced energy can also leave us feeling weighed down. By cultivating an inspiring shift within our yoga practice, we can ignite a sense…

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