, Gloucester, MA

June 16, 2013

Rockport Ramblings: File of Life program turns 15

Rockport Ramblings
James Niedzinski

---- — Do you know what medication your family and friends are on in case of an emergency?

That’s the goal of File of Life, which aims to keep people up date with what conditions and medications they are on. The red, plastic magnet turns 15 this year, use it write down what medications you take, what allergies you have, blood type and other important medical information.

The program is free to Rockporters, and has been sponsored by the Rockport National Bank since 1996, for more information call the Rockport Police Department at 978-546-1212.

Rotary Club gives awards

The Rockport Rotary Club last Monday presented its annual Town Employee and Citizen of the Year award, selecting two of the town’s most visible leaders.

Town Administrator Linda Sanders received the Employee of the Year honor.

Sanders, who became administrator in 2010 and became a member of the Rockport Rotary Club and the Sandy Bay Yacht Club to enjoy her love of service and sailing in her new friends. She was also honored for having “saved the town from several potentially expensive law suits by quietly handling them,” reads a press release from the Rotary Club.

The citizen of the year award was presented to Sam Coulbourn.

Coulbourn, who retired from the Navy after 30 years of service, chaired and served on the Rockport Planning Board for 19 years, and now serves on the Rockport Schools’ Educational Foundation and Millbrook Meadow Committee. He also leads the Rockport Public Library’s History Book Club.

Laurene Wessel, the past president of the club, received the Rotary’s Paul Harris Award.

She has served on the Finance Committee for the past five years and is currently the Vice Chair. She was the president of the Parent Teacher Organization and served with the Rockport Art Association and served as chair and board member of Action, Inc.

Families needed for Navy visit

The Rockport Navy Committee, along with the town, will once again be hosting the U.S. Naval Academy Offshore Sail Training Squadron.

One aspect of these is having midshipmen stay in Rockport.

The committee is looking for Rockport residents to host 40 midshipmen and 10 advisors during their visit. The midshipmen range in age from 18 to 23.

The hosts will be responsible for room and board Friday, Saturday and Sunday, transportation to morning events and returning the midshipmen to T-wharf Sunday evening or Monday morning. Many of the activities the midshipmen will be participating in include meals.

We are holding to the Navy standard of the buddy system; hosts must be able to accommodate at least two midshipmen or advisors. If you are interested in hosting midshipmen or advisors, please visit

The events are in July, and there are plenty to choose from including sailboat tours, a Navy concert, a pancake breakfast and much more.

New music at Old Sloop

The Old Sloop Coffeehouse will present a performance by Louise Mosrie and The Twangtown Paramours on Saturday, June 22, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rockport.

Louise Mosrie’s songs create a world of lush detail and wide-open emotion drawing on the sensual imagery of the Deep South. Mosrie’s music combines Americana, bluegrass and folk melodies and stories in ways that are fresh and charming with a warm vocal delivery and tasteful musical arrangements.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 from, at Gloucester Music, and at Toad Hall Bookstore in Rockport. The suggested donation at the door is $12 for adults, $9 for those 65 and older, $5 for those younger than 18, and $24 for a family.

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