Summer STEM Program for Middle and High School Students!

Do you know a middle or high school student who would love a hands-on research experience this summer, working with modern equipment and using real scientific methods to solve problems?

Register for Gloucester Biotechnology Academy’s SummerSTEM program today! Our exciting, one-week laboratory course is available to middle and high school students ages 12 to 17. No prior science or biotech experience needed!

This summer’s course, Fish Fraud Forensics, combines biotechnology and forensics, only this time the CSI team is investigating a real-world problem about fish: how to identify different species of fish by using biotechnology methods.

Students will play the important part of a scientific investigator! Participants will extract DNA from fresh fish samples and then use modern biotechnology methods to identify their fish specimen. Each student will have their own laboratory manual, where they will record their data and observations.

Visit http://www.gmgi.org/summerstem/ to learn more and download the registration forms.

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ROTARY’S HIGHEST AWARD TO THORPE, WILLIAMSON

The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Patrick Thorpe and Danny Williamson as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary movement in 1905. Thorpe was selected by a club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Williamson was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School junior Rotarians.  Thorpe and Williamson will be honored at a special dinner on Thursday, May 23, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester.  The social hour will begin at 5:30pm, followed by dinner at 6:30pm.

Patrick Thorpe joined BankGloucester in 1999 and was named President a year later. He is an active member of the community, serving on the boards of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Cape Ann YMCA, the First R Foundation, and as a board member and past president of the Gloucester Rotary Club. He has chaired the Chamber’s Business Education Collaborative for the past 13 years, been involved with Addison Gilbert Hospital, the Sawyer Free Library, and the Open Door.

Patrick graduated from Bentley College with a degree in finance, and subsequently worked for several companies and the U.S. Treasury Department in financial management and oversight before coming to Gloucester. He has been married to wife Maureen for 25 years, and they have two children—Victoria and Brendan.

Danny Williamson is a 29 year old graduate of Gloucester High School His entire adult life has been closely associated with high school athletics and the Special Olympics.  As a freshman at GHS, Danny tried out for the basketball team and did not make it, but was subsequently named the manager of the team and earned the school’s Inspiration Award.  Danny joined the track team in 2007, receiving the Sportsmanship Award for his efforts.  In his senior year, he received the Interante Award from the basketball team and the Courage Award from the officials.  He also became the manager of the soccer team, and was given a Most Improved Award from the track team.  Danny is still managing the GHS basketball team and has been managing the GHS football team for the past eight years.

Danny’s former coach, Jim Munn, helped to get Danny into Special Olympics in 2009.  He is involved in track and field, basketball, soccer, bowling, bocce, and softball.  He went to the National Competition five years ago, and last year carried the torch for the opening ceremonies of the games in Seattle.  Danny will be inducted into the Special Olympics Hall of Fame this year.

Tickets to the Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award Dinner are $47 per person and may be reserved by contacting event chair Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051.  The dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Thorpe and Williamson are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the Gloucester Rotary Club, visit www.gloucesterrotary.org or www.facebook.com/RotaryGloucesterMA.

Join the League of Women Voters at their annual meeting — all are welcome!

Author Laura Harrington will speak on her dynamic musical comedy of politics, power and persuasion, “The Perfect 36” about the struggle to persuade 36 states to ratify the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote. She is the author of two novels, Alice Bliss and A Catalog of Birds.

Breakfast will be provided, by the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann.
There will be a very brief business meeting before the talk.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.

Scout Hall, 47 Mount Pleasant Street, Rockport, MA

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Gloucester Grow Fest – June 9!

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The Gloucester Grow Fest is a fun, inclusive, FREE community event hosted by Backyard Growers at Burnham’s Field in downtown Gloucester. Join us for hands-on, family-friendly activities to raise awareness about healthy eating, green living, and personal wellness, while celebrating the arrival of warm weather and the beginning of the growing season on Cape Ann!
Where: Burnham’s Field, 75 Pleasant Street, Gloucester
When: June 9, 12 pm – 3 pm
Activities and treats for the whole family include live music, yummy food, community yoga, art projects, games, GOATS!, gardening how-to’s, dancing, sunshine and good vibes! Click here for more information.

Plant Auction Tuesday, May 14

Seaside Garden Club

Last year’s auction

Seaside Garden Club’s annual auction will feature donations
from area nurseries, hanging baskets, garden supplies, annuals and perennials
from our members’ gardens, and garden accessories. Doors open at 6:30pm at the
Manchester Community Center, auction starts at 7pm. Free admission. Cash or
checks, no credit cards. Light refreshments. Our annual auction supports our
club’s operations, programs, scholarships, and community service. Pick up a new
addition for you garden or a gift for a friend.

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May 10 Meeting of the Gloucester Area Astronomy Club: the Leviathan of Parsonstown

At our May 10 meeting, Amateur astronomer and perennial GAAC favorite Dwight Lanpher will speak about his visit last September to Birr Castle, County Offaly, Ireland to examine “the Great Telescope.” Any review of the history of astronomy will likely discover this large telescope called the “Leviathan of Parsonsonstown.” Built in Ireland in 1845 by the 3rd Earl of Rosse, it was the largest telescope in the world for 70 years. Each of two 72″ speculum-metal mirrors were alternately mounted in a 54′ long tube, suspended between two purpose built castle walls.

Dwight’s dynamic presentation will show details of how the telescope was operated and the modifications that were made during a $1,200,000 renovation in 1995. Images will also include the last remaining of the two, 3-ton, speculum mirrors examined during the return trip at its current location at the Museum of Science in London.

When not visiting ancient telescopes, Mr. Lanpher travels throughout New England and eastern Canada attending astronomy meetings as liaison for clubs in Maine, New Hampshire and a few, including GAAC, in Massachusetts, and observing at their star parties when the opportunity avails. Professionally, Mr. Lanpher works as an Electrical Engineer.

This will be a fun, informative meeting, full of large telescopes, a large chocolate cake, and large but thoroughly graspable ideas. We hope to see you there!

The Gloucester Area Astronomy Club meets on the second Friday of every month except August. There are no dues or fees, and there’s plenty of free parking.

For more information on the club, see the website, Facebook page, or Twitter, @GAACster.

Congratulations to all of our Associate Artist Members Exhibition I award recipients! Lynne Cassinari, “Autumn Marsh”; Debra Legg, “Joppa Flats”; Janice Carragher Charles, “A Taste of Gloucester”; Jeanne Havran, “The Derby”; Kevin Wyman, “Chance of Sunny Breaks”; Kathleen Miller, “Harbor” and Paul Bonneau “Along the Way”. Associates Exhibition I is on view through June 1st. Please join us at the North Shore Arts Association for the reception and awards presentation on Sunday, May 5th (2-4pm). Open free to the public!

Congratulations to all of our Artist Members Exhibition I award recipients! Jeff Weaver, “Fort Square”; Shelly Eager, “Rose Gold”; Susan Ellis, “Morning Fog on the Flats”; Paul Noel, “Solo Fisherman”; Ann Goldberg, “Incoming Surf”; Richard Giedd, “Water Jug”; David Curtis, “Frosty Skies”; Susan Lynn, “Reflections on a Perfect Morning”; Jim Daly, “The Tin Smith’s Reflections”; Gavin Gewecke, “Break Out” and Carlesanna Detra for The Popular Award. Exhibition I is on view through June 1st. Please join us at the North Shore Arts Association for the reception and awards presentation on Sunday, May 5th (2-4pm). Open free to the public!