, Gloucester, MA

January 5, 2013

Rockport Ramblings: Photos needed for annual town report

Rockport Ramblings
James Niedzinski

---- — Rockport officials often encourage resident participation. In that spirit, selectmen are asking residents to submit photos for consideration for the front and back covers of Rockport’s 2012 Annual Town Report.

To submit a photo, either email them as an attachment to Senior Administrative Assistant Debbie Powers at or bring them by the selectmen’s office at Town Hall by Jan.17.

Selectmen will select the winning photos during their meeting scheduled for Jan. 22.

High School hosting spaghetti dinner

The Rockport High School Class of 2013 will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner fundraiser at the Fish Shack on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8 each and may be purchased from a member of the Class of 2013 or by contacting class co-adviser Scott Larsen at or 978-546-1234.

Farewell party for Peter Watson

The memorial for Peter Watson, a lifelong newspaperman and former longtime editor of the Gloucester Daily Times, brought together colleagues and friends from across the country last Saturday at the Shalin Liu Performance Center for a celebration of his life.

People representing different parts of Peter’s life shared their stories, starting with his childhood in Rockport, his journalism career, his passion for running and politics, followed by words from his family. The speakers all talked of Peter’s infectious sense of fun, his passion and commitment, and his ability to keep and maintain friendships. The speakers all had connections to Cape Ann.

“The reception at the (Rockport) Art Association felt like the party we wanted it to be, with most of those attending the service also going to the art association. In addition to appetizers and beer and wine, some of Dad’s local favorites were served, clam chowder from Woodman’s, St. Joseph sandwiches from Virgilio’s and grape tonic from Twin Lights,” said sons Seth and Jared Watson. “There was a great mix of people from all parts of Dad’s life, lots of locals, neighbors, a great showing from the Team Gloucester running team, and a reunion of Gloucester Times and Essex County Newspapers employees from all over the country.”

The sons planned the reception afterward to feel like a party, “a party Dad would have thrown himself, with local food and connecting with old friends and meeting new people,” said Jared. “Dad was great at connecting people and keeping people connected to himself and to each other. The night felt like it brought all of those qualities of dad’s to life.”

School officials catch ancient error

Superintendent Robert Liebow is honored to be able to correct an oversight that dates back to 1962.

When Sharon Parsons Chace drew the first Viking design for the school, she was mistakenly not given the proper recognition she deserved for her efforts. The Rockport Public Schools would like to take the opportunity to officially thank Mrs. Chace for her dedication to her school and what it stands for by designing the original Rockport Viking symbol that will appear on the cover of Rockport vs. Manchester Essex game program.

Officials will have a chance to honor her on Feb. 8 during the boys varsity basketball game against Manchester Essex, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

Middle School students honored in December

Here they are, Middle School students of the month of December, and what Principal Philip Conrad had to say about them:

Zoe Blazzard, a sixth-grader, is described as a very responsible young lady. She is respectful, kind and considerate of others. Zoe is an enthusiastic learner who puts forth much effort.

Seventh-grader Ben Adams is a talented young man. He is a very creative thinker. Ben is respectful of himself and others. He is mature, thoughtful and a hard-worker. Congratulations and continue to be a model student.

John-Eric Altman, an eighth-grader, was also recommended in December. In addition to being a great student with fantastic effort, he always tries to include all students around him. He demonstrates intellectual curiosity and civil responsibility. John, congratulations and continue to be a model student.

These students are modeling the middle school’s four expectations for learning, which are critical and creative thinking, communicating effectively, respecting themselves and others and serving society.

Last, but certainly not least, Leap Kasten is the school’s National Geographic Geography Bee Champion, who was crowned last month.

Leap is a seventh-grader who will take a national test to see if she can go on and compete against other middle school students from throughout the United States.

Rockport Ramblings is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Rockport Rambles, please contact him at 978-283-7000 x3455, or at