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May 18, 2013

Talk of the Times: St. John's Church celebrates 150th anniversary

St. John’s Episcopal Church, located at 48 Middle St., will kick off its 150th anniversary celebration with a choral and organ concert coordinated by music director Mark Nelson Sunday beginning at 4 p.m.

The concert, which is open to the public, features the church’s festival choir of 18 singers from the area and the church’s organ, an Opus 97 — the last pipe organ designed by Charles Fisk — along with other wind and percussion instruments.

Founded in 1867 by fishing families from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, St. John’s will celebrate its Gloucester roots with a program that includes several anthems dealing with the sea, including Sumsion’s “They That Go Down To the Sea in Ships,” based on Psalm 107, as well as Britten’s “Festival Te Deum.”

A reception will follow in the parish hall.

Human chain at Good Harbor

A group called Hands Across the Sand will once again be looking to form a human chain along Good Harbor Beach today in a demonstration aimed at saying “no” to any offshore oil drilling and “yes” to clean energy.

The planned chain at Good Harbor, set for noon today, marks the third year for the event which was held here for the first time during St. Peter’s Fiesta in 2010. It will be one of more than 100 such presentations planned for across New England and along coastlines around the country.

Hands Across the Sand organizers, whose project is endorsed by environmental groups Oceana, the Sierra Club and others, say the chains are significant this year because the federal government is targeting permits to carry out seismic testing in an effort to locate oil and natural gas deposits offshore.

A special GHS reunion

When Gloucester High School graduates its Class of 2013 on Sunday, June 9, some very special GHS graduates are expected to join in the ceremony.

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