GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 27, 2012

Talk of the Times

By All Hands
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — If you’re worried Hurricane Sandy will wash out many of the festivities on All Hallow’s Eve, Oct. 31, there’s plenty of spirited fun this weekend.

Trick-or-treating will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Gloucester.

Eastern Point Day School on Farrington Avenue is offering music, hayrides, face-painting, pumpkin crafts, story telling, raffles, food and fun from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call 978-283-1700 or visit www.easternpointdayschool.org for details.

The Trustees of the Reservations are hosting the Great Magnolia Swamp 5-mile Long Trail Hike from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday in Ravenswood Park. The hike travels paths, beautiful habitat, and a rocky woodland outer loop. Meet at Stage Fort Park (parking area, rear left); fee is $10 for nonmembers, $5 for Trustees members.

A free pumpkin carving contest is being hosted by Cape Ann Art Haven from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 180B Main St. After carving a pumpkin, head around the corner to The Hive, Art Haven’s new community center at 11 Pleasant St., to pose with your pumpkin for a photo. Visit www.arthaven.org.

On Sunday the second annual Halloween party, for children ages 1 to 8, will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. at Rose Baker Senior Center. This free event, sponsored by the Gloucester Downtown Association, features games, crafts, face-painting, dancing, goodie bags and more. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume. To volunteer, call Chris at 978-281-4350.

Goodwin receives self portrait

Dr. William Goodwin, retired principal of Gloucester High School, received his portrait taken by photographer Jason Grow on Thursday before staff and students, receiving a standing ovation. His portrait will be placed in the library among those of other retired principals.

As Ariana Popuolo, president of Student Council, presented the photo, Goodwin remarked as to how touched he was that the students presented this gift to him. “You know how you kids always meant so much to me,” he said.

A reception followed which was prepared by chef Patrick Reardon and the culinary students.

Goodwin leaves the Gloucester Public Schools after a 23-year career as an educator, assistant principal, and principal.

Rummage sale

St. John’s Church Gloucester is hosting a rummage sale today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a wide selection of pre-sorted clothing for men, women, children, plus sizes and teens. There are also linens, shoes, belts, purses and accessories, Halloween items and much more. There is free parking in the church lot at 33 Washington St. in Gloucester. The parish hall is handicap accessible from the Middle Street side of the church. All are welcome.

Honored veteran

The flag at the Veterans Center will fly this week in honor of Vietnam War veteran David Winslow Bowman. Born May 16, 1937, he entered the U.S. Army on June 27, 1962.

An infantry unit commander, the captain served with the 44th ARVN Ranger Battalion.

For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Army Republic of Vietnam, while serving as assistant advisor to the 44th Ranger Battalion, whose mission was to assist an armored troop which was being attacked by a well dug-in Viet Cong Battalion, Capt. Bowman’s extraordinary heroism and gallantry in action earned him the Distinguised Service Cross (posthumously).

He was also awarded the Purple Heart Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the U.S. Military Assistance Command Insignia.

Capt. Bowman died in South Vietnam on April 6, 1965 of wounds received in battle. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., and his name is located on the Vietnam Wall, Panel 01E, Line 101.

The flag was requested to fly in his honor by his friends and classmates of the Gloucester High School Class of 1955.

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