GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

March 9, 2013

Talk of the Times

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Ever wonder what O’Maley Middle School looks like from the inside — especially during the day?

Are you curious about what an Innovation school is? What is a STEM lab?

All those answers and more can be discovered during the O’Maley Innovation Middle School tours.

Tours are planned for March 13, April 10, and May 1 from 8 to 9 a.m.

The tour begins and ends in the O’Maley library with coffee and pastries with Principal Debra Lucey. Guidance counselors and students, will conduct the tours of selected classrooms, the O’Maley STEM suite, cafeteria and auditorium.

If you are interested in attending, please call 978-281-9850 to reserve your space.

Women making history

Starting and owning a small, local business in this economy is a tricky business.

But Gloucester has a number of women who have navigated the shoals successfully and several of them will be featured in a panel discussion next Thursday night from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Sawyer Free Library.

The panel is being presented in honor of Women’s History Month and will highlight women who have made history locally.

The five panelists participating have each started a successful, local business and offer a wide variety of experience and expertise. They are:

Hallie Baker, owner of Turtle Alley chocolates, who has built a fine reputation among chocolatiers and has now opened locations in both Gloucester and Salem.

Kathleen Erickson, owner of Savour Wine and Cheese, has had to overcome major setbacks with a 2011 fire which destroyed her two-month old business. Savour is now experiencing a successful recovery in its new location on Prospect Street.

Anne Marie Crotty and Cynthia Roth, owners of Flatrocks Gallery, will also join the panel. Flatrocks Gallery specializes in collections by established and emerging local artists.

Barbara Koen, who owns The Dress Code, a local consignment shop consistently ranked as one of the best in the area.

Gloucester attorney Meredith Fine, will moderate this lively and informative discussion which is sponsored by the Gloucester Lyceum.

Going granite

Cape Ann obviously has a rich heritage in granite — and in the number of old stone walls that grace this area and much of New England.

And it’s with that in mind that the Gloucester Lyceum’s Adult Lecture Series brings a presentation by Kevin Gardner fo the city today from 2 to 4 p.m., also at the Sawyer Free Library.

Indeed, the region’s miles of stone walls can teach one about the commercial and cultural history of the area if one knows how to read them, and Gardner’s presentation is geared toward doing precisely that.

Gardner, author of “The Granite Kiss,” has been building and studying the stone walls of New England for nearly 40 years, and has spoken around New England to dozens of historical societies, bookstores and libraries. He seeks to refocus attention on these landmarks, explaining why and how they were originally built and how their styles have changed over time.

On the practical side, he also provides tips and techniques for restoring stone walls as well as information about design and materials for preservation.

His program today is free and open to the public, and a question period will follow.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans’ Center will fly this week in honor of World War I veteran Patrick Joseph Rochford. Born January 1890, he entered the U.S. Army on December 1917.

The infantry sergeant served with Company L 308th Infantry in France and Belgium during the battle of Oise-Aisne and the Meuse Argonne Offensive (Battle of Argonne Forest).

Rochford was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross “for extreme heroism in the face of the enemy, at a point west of St. Juvin near the edge of the Argonne Forest.” He was also awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received on Oct. 16, 1918; and the World War I Victory Medal with clasps.

He was discharged May 1919, and died May 1976.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his sons, William and Daniel Rochford of Magnolia.

Anyone wishing to fly a flag in honor of a deceased veteran can call the Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.