Rockport Ramblings: Interested in helping protect the environment?

Courtesy photoA fairy house from last year's Fairy and Gnome Walk at Seaview Farm.

The Rockport Conservation Commission has an open seat for a new member, and is also looking to hire a part-time recording secretary.

The commission is seeking either a community member with an interest in promoting environmental health and well-being, an engineer with experience in environmental protection, someone with an environmental science background, or a lawyer, although these qualifications aren't required. It's a volunteer position. Anyone interested is asked to attend a meeting and send a letter of interest to the commission.

As for the secretarial duties, those include attending and taking minutes at the commission's bi-weekly meetings, the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. The pay is $20 per hour; in total, the secretary works up to 16 hours per month.


The commission maintains the town's environmental health on issues such as protection of wetlands, open space, and natural resource protection. It also organizes events such as beach clean-ups, Earth Day, COASTSWEEP and other environmentally friendly efforts.

For more information, contact Geralyn Falco at 978-546-5005 or, or visit the Conservation Office at the Town Hall Annex.

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

In recognition of Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Rockport will host a "Show You Care" rally on Thursday, June 13.

The event, sponsored by the Rockport Police Department, Rockport Council on Aging and Senior Care, aims to raise awareness of the abuse, neglect and exploitation of senior citizens.

The rally will be at Five Corners (the intersection of Broadway, Railroad Avenue and Main Street) from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests are welcome to bring hand-made banners and signs.

Other elder abuse awareness events are planned throughout Cape Ann and the North Shore, including one at the Village Green in front of Manchester Town Hall from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

For more information on Rockport's event, contact Roger Lesch, the Rockport police elder affairs coordinator, at 978-546-1212 ext. 13, or For information on other events, visit

Far-out farm fantasy

Legendary creatures will come alive at Seaview Farm's second annual Fairy and Gnome Walk, Saturday, June 8, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

People of all ages are welcome to hike along Lane's Farm Way behind the farmhouse and barns in search of fairy and gnome houses. Farm and fairy treats, a nature scavenger hunt, and a display of handmade gnomes are also featured. Materials will be on hand to build miniature houses, but guests are encouraged to bring their own materials too. Fairy wings and costumes are encouraged. 

Seaview Farm is located at 38 South St. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call 978-546-2418 or visit

Rockport Ramblings is compiled by Michael Cronin. If you have a news tip or an item for Ramblings, contact him at 978-675-2708, or