Sunday is Veterans Day, and residents will have the chance to salute veterans for their service at a variety of events around Cape Ann, including in Gloucester, where the city's Veterans Day ceremonies at Gloucester High School kick off at 9 a.m.

But events geared toward veterans won't be limited to the ceremonial. One, in fact, will give veterans the chance to join in some local sports activity as well.

Veterans will get the chance to bowl for free Sunday at the Cape Ann Lanes on Gloucester Avenue, thanks to an offer from co-owner and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Nic Pszenny.

Pszenny, who bought the local bowling alley and recreation facility along with his wife, Caitlin Pszenny, and his uncle, Jim Frontiero, in January 2017, said the offer will run through the day. The alleys will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., with no limit to the number of strings, Caitlin Pszenny added. Veterans will also be able to enjoy free shoe rentals, and need only to bring a valid ID confirming their veteran's status.

The free bowling day for veterans dovetails with a Thursday night Veterans and Friends League that Nic Pszenny coordinates and that Cape Ann Lanes hosts each week. Pzsenny also serves as an officer with AMVETS Post 32 on Prospect Street, and the alleys host and support various veterans' causes throughout the year.

“I enjoy bowling in our Veterans League every Thursday, and I hope many veterans will join us Sunday," he said. 

'Living It Up'

When Boston rocker Gary Shane was creating songs that were going to the top of the charts on the Boston airwaves in the early 1980s, he was to find out in the following years that he has multiple sclerosis.

He had a stellar run with Gary Shane and the Detour. Even though the group disbanded, Shane never stopped making music, both writing songs and playing guitar.

In his most recent effort, he has combined music with two events as he premieres an indie music film, "Living it Up," at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage in Gloucester. These two events will serve as a benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

The first screening takes place Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m., in the smaller film space, called the Magic Lantern, which seats about 15 people. Following the film, Shane will perform acoustic music.

The following Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. there will be a more rocking event. The film screening will be followed by a performance by Shane and the Detour with Shane, Asa Brebner, T. Max, Mach Bell and Natalie Flanagan. 

Shane explained the film is centered around a series of nine videos of songs the band recorded live at the annual Rat Beach Party at Nantasket Beach last summer.

"It's going to be two celebrations, of a performance and a recording at Nantasket Beach, a most memorable show," said Shane. The film was directed by Mach Bell, the band's drummer who also was lead singer for Thundertrain.

Shane, who attended Berklee School of Music, wrote the hit songs "Shadow World" and "Johny's Coaltrain," his tribute to jazz great John Coltrane, among others. His was among the first bands to create music videos for MTV, which launched in 1981.

Writer J. C. Lockwood described the band's music as "born during the days of skinny ties and power-pop, during the brief era of the so-called new wave — a time when an unsigned, local band could still make it on the strength of a few good tunes and a lot of hustle." That's just what the band did, even sharing stages in the early 1980s with the likes of Aerosmith and Nick Lowe and playing Boston's top clubs.

Shane has now made Rockport his home, and though he said he needs a scooter to get around, he needs no help making music.

Donations at the event can lead to the donor receiving a T-shirt, CD or DVD. Cape Ann Cinema is at 21 Main St. in Gloucester. For advance tickets and information, visit Tickets also available at the door.

Honored speaker

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken wasn't on the ballot for Tuesday's state elections, but that didn't keep the mayor from stepping into the spotlight Tuesday night.

Romeo Theken, who had formally endorsed Gov. Charlie Baker for re-election over Labor Day Weekend at Gloucester's annual Schooner Festival, was one of a handful of speakers invited to address the crowd moments before Baker took the stage at his victory celebration Tuesday night at Boston's Hynes Convention Center ballroom.

The invitation and the chance to speak clearly thrilled Romeo Theken, who is registered as an unaffiliated voter and was one of seven independent and 11 Democratic mayors to back Baker. Gloucester's mayor was also prominently featured in a campaign ad for Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito in the weeks leading up the election.

"('I'm) feeling truly blessed and excited that the governor could have picked any mayor in Massachusetts and other dignitaries, and he chose me," the mayor said the next morning. "(I'm) feeling excited and honored to be part of his team. If my mother and father were alive, they would be smiling."

Rally for Mueller

Cape Ann political activists gathered Thursday evening at the Fisherman's Memorial on Stacy Boulevard, joining a nationwide protest, criticizing President Donald Trump's latest shakeup of the federal Department of Justice.

Members of Cape Ann Local Action, Women's Equality Cape Ann and Action Together North Shore attended the protest, aimed at supporting protection of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The groups fear that the investigation will be thwarted due to Trump's installation Wednesday of Matthew Whitaker, a political ally, as acting attorney general, after Trump fired Jeff Sessions from the post. Whitaker will assume oversight of the Mueller investigation from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The activists are calling for Whitaker to recuse himself, given his conflicts of interest and previous highly critical statements regarding the investigation.

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