, Gloucester, MA

July 20, 2013

Rockport Rambles: Paddleboards can be vessels too

Rockport Rambles
James Niedzinski

---- — Although it may be a relatively new hobby, stand-up paddleboarding still has old rules. Town officials would like to remind paddleboarders of the rules and regulations of the water.

When a stand-up paddleboard (SUP) is used beyond a swimming, surfing or bathing area, it is considered a vessel.

According to state Environmental Police, every such vessel must carry one Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device in good and serviceable condition in a readily accessible location.

SUPs on coastal waters when not in a bathing, swimming or surf zone are required have a personal flotation device aboard. SUP users may elect to wear an inflatable device, however the device must be worn on the person to meet legal requirements.

So if you use a boat to find a good stand-up paddleboard or go beyond the beach, be sure to have a life vest.

Senior center closed for week

The Rockport Senior Center will be closed July 22 to 26 because of building maintenance.

Summer fair set

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport will hold its annual Summerfaire on Saturday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church, 4 Cleaves St. Activities will include a silent auction, 50-50 raffle, book sale, plant sale, crafts, and children’s games. Hot dogs and baked goods will be sold and the Thrift Shop will be open.

A tree grows in the meadow

Last week, a tree was planted on town property near a private property line.

The Red Maple was later moved, as planting a tree on town property requires approval from town officials.

For future planting, the Millbrook Meadow Committee is working on a new plan to accept donations for planting a tree; if anyone is interested in contributing money to dedicate a tree, or if you are simply interested in contributing money to help with the meadow restoration, contact any member of the Millbrook Meadow Committee.

Remembering David Lane

A hospice aide, Dale Lemure of Peabody, recently was awarded the third Annual Lane-Butler Gift of Compassion.

The gift is awarded to a Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston aide honoring the life of David Lane of Rockport, who was a hospice patient, and the compassion of his hospice aide, John Butler of Marblehead.

Nominated by her peers to receive the award, Lemure was cited for her great care and compassion with hospice patients and their families.

This gift is made possible by the generosity of Lane’s wife, Lynn Lane, and their family and friends and is presented annually in June to coincide with National Nursing Assistants Week. For more information, contact Hospice of the North Shore & Greater Boston at 978-774-7566 or visit .

Rockport Rambles 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