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August 13, 2013

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Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Inn adds raw, joins Restaurant Week

ROCKPORT – The only restored Grand Hotel on the North Shore has added a raw bar, and will be serving a special menu for Boston’s Restaurant Week.

From breakfast to dinner, the Emerson Inn by the Sea features classic New England fare and new American seasonal cuisine, using farm-to-table produce, dock-to-chef sustainable seafood and fish, local grass-fed meats, farmhouse cheeses and specialty artisan products.

Throughout the summer, a breakfast buffet is served in the Grand Cafe dining room for guests and the public from 8 to 10 a.m. From 3 to 9 p.m., enjoy raw bar, casual fare, small plates and cocktails on the verandah or in the parlor. For those who prefer fine dining, service starts at 5 p.m. in the oceanview Grand Cafe dining room.

The inn is also participating in Boston Restaurant Week from Aug. 18 to 30. Guests can enjoy a four-course dinner for $38.13 per person (plus tax and gratuity; beverages not included) or order from the menu during these two weeks. Boston Restaurant Week sponsors choose a charity partner. This summer Community Work Services, transforming lives through employment since 1877, will benefit from a $5,000 donation from American Express and the Greater Boston CVB, sponsors of Restaurant Week. Additionally, each participating business donates a $100 gift certificate which will be auctioned online with all proceeds going to Community Work Services.

Visit www.EmersonInnByTheSea.com or call 978-546-6321 for more information.

Essex calling for artists

ESSEX — Local artisans wishing to showcase their ways are wanted by the Essex Merchants Group and Essex Cultural District. The group plans a “Shop, Stroll, Explore” day in town from 10 .am. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 (rain date is Sept. 22). Individual stores will sponsor artisans who show their wares along the sidewalks of Main Street. For information about exhibiting, email seameadowgifts@gmail.com or call 978-768-3441.

YMCA partners with sports center

The Micheli for Sports Injury Prevention is partnering with the Cape Ann YMCA so North Shore athletes can train and fulfill their individual program prescription for injury prevention.

The Micheli Center uses evidence-based strategies to reduce risk of injury in athletes while enhancing individual sports performance. Personal programs are developed to prevent athletes from obtaining injuries in their sport, to be able to play longer and safer.

After going through an extensive fitness evaluation, clients meet with a board-certified sports medicine physician and are provided with an individualized prescription outlining steps they can take to minimize their risk of sports injuries.

Average retail gasoline prices in Massachusetts have fallen 3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.68 a gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,830 gas outlets in Massachusetts. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.58 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Gasoline prices on Cape Ann ranged from $3.69 per gallon in Gloucester to $3.88 in Manchester on Monday.

Including the change in gas prices in Massachusetts during the past week, prices yesterday were 2.2 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 9.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has decreased 1.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 9.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

“While gas prices in Anderson, S.C., have hit $2.99 a gallon in the last week, nationally, pump prices have also seen drops amounting to an average drop of a nickle per gallon,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. “Prices finally have dropped under their year ago values, just in time for those last-minute vacations before school starts. The rest of the summer will likely see prices flirting with where they stand today, but more significant relief will arrive around mid-September, when prices nationally could be 10 to 25 cents per gallon lower than where they are today,” DeHaan said.

To find the lowest gasoline prices on Cape Ann, visit gloucestertimes.com/gas.

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