I had some desk work here and some desk work at Barnacle Billy's. Around that, I had skiffs to bail and storm lines to take in. Also, I had a few things to do with the deck repair project at Barnacle Billy's. The rest of the time I worked on putting the 2016 Bunny Clark fishing schedule on line. I finished that right about mid afternoon. I spent the late afternoon until 6:30 PM "working out".
The day was spent in one office or the other today. All morning. I had a meeting with Larry Paul on site at Barnacle Billy's at 3:00 PM. Everything seems to be going well there at the present time. After that I was over at the Bunny Clark taking apart our fixed engine room fire extinguishing system. I also grabbed all the fire extinguishers off both boats and gathered them in one location for inspection on Friday. I was done by 5:30 PM. Nothing very exciting to tell you about today.
I received a very generous $2,000.00 donation from Dennis & Diane LaValley (MA) sponsoring me in my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. They continue to support me like royalty through the years with very large donations for every one. They continue to make me look good in the eyes of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This singular effort, though, is recognized as their's within the PMC organization. And I'm very happy to be the vehicle to get it there! Thank you very much, Dennis & Diane, for all your help. It does mean a lot!
After I rushed to get all my desk work done at 8:30 AM, I headed to Danvers to attend and speak at the Herring Committee (to the New England Fishery Management Council) meeting. Herring, as you know, is the most important forage fish in New England and very much responsible for the spacial relationship between the bottom we catch our groundfish on and the vessels that catch them. Without the herring, the fish and quality of fishing (or the fish) is not there. You can't just look at managing a target species unless you look at all the ecological factors involved in their life cycle. Without herring on the fishing grounds, there are few cod. In fact, the pressure on the herring, moving herring out of an area, also displaces the predator fish including cod and many other species.
The meeting was more about smoke and mirrors, keeping the mid-water herring trawlers in the fishery and to hell with anything else. One of the first issues that was presented was the role of herring as a forage fish. Even though everybody recognizes this, there is no proven scientific method to measure it. So, because of this, nothing was really done to go further with it.
"Localized Depletion" was the second big issue. This is when the herring move into an area, stay there for life cycle reasons (a feed rich area, spawning or because of environmental factors) and, in the process, get hammered by relentless commercial fishing. The problem comes when mid-water trawlers are involved, literally vacuuming up an area of herring that have been staying in one area. This gives a lopsided view of the herring biomass due to high landings and (what worries me) it could erase those herring from ever coming back there again. So on the one hand by skewing landings data it makes it look like the herring resource is much healthier than it is resulting in less regulation. On the other hand, this practice may be doing irreparable damage to the resource. When a forage fish displays this type of behavioral pattern it attracts many predator species. We see this in the groundfish fishery with the pollock and cod. But where it concerns the mid-water trawlers working in these areas on large stable populations of herring, they end up also catching regulated species (cod, haddock, pollock etc.) as well as pelagic species (tunas & sharks) and some mammals (whales and porpoises). And they do this. It's been well documented. Mid-water herring trawling has the ability to take too many fish out of an area in an era where much more control is needed. We do not have a healthy fishery. Everyone knows this. Allowing this type of fishing to continue in the manner in which it is happening is, in my mind, unconscionable. By the way, there is no real definition of localized depletion within the Committee like there is in every other part of the world including Canada. But there is no R & D within the Committee (or the Council). So it was easy to table this idea as well.
Then the Committee went on to discuss the haddock bycatch issue of mid-water trawling on Georges Bank. In 2015 the figure was 200 metric tons of haddock they could keep along with catching herring. Haddock, as you know, has been showing a comeback as of late. But should a dirty fishery like mid-water trawling be allowed to catch that many haddock, fish that are about the size of a herring? How many fish is that? It's a very large quantity of immature haddock. This haddock bycatch is being caught in the closed commercial groundfish areas on Georges Bank! Commercial groundfish boats aren't allowed in there. Why are mid-water herring trawlers fishing with small mesh nets allowed to keep over 200 metric tons of haddock? It gets worse. This year they will be allowed to keep over 500 metric tons of haddock! These are the same fish that filtered out of Georges Bank to populate the inshore areas of Stellwagon Bank, Jeffrey's Ledge, etc. If that area does not keep producing haddock and the inshore area is mismanaged, we could be in the same situation as we were between 1986 and 1994 when there were no haddock to catch with 50 miles of the coast of New England. Instead, the Committee put up a motion that asked the Council's Planning and Development Team (PDT) to see if they could work out a process where haddock with the trawlers could be worked out the same as the yellowtail flounder bycatch issue in the scallop fishery. These are two different things: The herring trawlers have the ability to leave the haddock alone on Georges while the scallopers can't get away from the yellowtail flounders. We need the scallop fleet. We do not need the mid-water trawler way of catching herring. Herring seiners, yes. Herring Trawlers, no! As you might expect, this motion passed.
On the last issue I got up an argued that giving away that many haddock to the mid-water fleet as bycatch gives incentive to these boats to target haddock if the herring can't be found. Indeed, last year one mid-water boat landed 100,000 pounds of tiny haddock when herring couldn't be found. Two of the Committee members argued that "it is illegal to sell haddock". Tell that to all the lobstermen up and down the coast who have paid good money for thousands of pounds of haddock with the herring in their lobster bait. I cornered one of the Committee members afterward and told him I wanted to be compensated for the extra money I paid for haddock in my bait. "Oh", he said, "That's the bait dealers." Yeah, right. I thought that comment particularly insulting.
Needless to say, I went away from that meeting very frustrated. How can good fishery management exist in New England with such bad decisions being made by such an unbalanced system? You may well ask!
After a pile more of desk work, I spent the rest of the morning at the eye doctor's. After lunch I checked on the progress at the restaurant. Then it was office work again until the end.
My morning started like every other morning (Did you ever see the movie, Groundhog Day?), at the desk until 7:45 PM. At 8:00 AM, I met with a representative from Bally (the walk in freezer people) and a rep from a fabrication firm. We need the change out the doors to the walk-in freezer and walk-in refrigerator at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. Next I had a meeting with Larry Paul at the Barnacle Billy's deck work site. For an hour I took Gill for a run on the beach. I ran three miles at a 7:26 min pace, a little too fast for me at this stage of running (I felt it in my right hamstring when I rode the bike tonight). The good thing is that I was dressed so that I didn't break a sweat. So I was able to don my street clothes for a meeting with Larry Paul and the Town Manager of Ogunquit at 10:00 AM. After that I was on the phone until noon when I had to meet for a fire inspection of both the Petrel and the Bunny Clark.
After lunch, I wrote a long email to John Bullard, the Regional Administrator of NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) in Gloucester, Massachusetts - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), voicing my concerns in words about the proposed opening of the closed commercial fishing areas in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. It was a fairly long email. And I could have done a better job. But I did get most of what I wanted to say in it. Still, it might have been too much. It's probably too late. And I am only one person. I'm just so afraid, with the state the fishery is in, that any "adjustment" of the closed areas with slow the groundfish recovery.
The New England Fishery Management Council passed the Omnibus Habitat Amendment that included the opening of part of the Western Gulf of Maine (WGOM) closed area (Jeffrey's Ledge region) and rearranging the Georges Bank area. This OHA now goes to the NMFS to be approved, the last stop before implementation. For twenty years the fish have settled in to the WGOM. For almost thirty years haddock have populated the Georges Bank closed area (the reason for the haddock come-back). We have a serious problem with the cod stocks and yet this OHA opens up areas to commercially catch cod (one example). It doesn't make sense.
John Bullard's office (GARFO) will look at the OHA first. And I believe that NMFS just received the OHA document within this week. Now the NMFS will look at this package in detail to see how it will be implemented. We shall have to wait and see. I'm worried.
By the way, Mr. Bullard did answer me by the end of the day saying that he had read the whole email (he must have been drinking coffee to stay awake through it) and that he would give my thoughts some consideration.
My day was busy in the office, shoveling snow and working on the Guestletter. In the meantime, the fire alarm went off at Barnacle Billy's. I met the Ogunquit Fire Department down there. My brother, Court, and my sister, Cathy, showed up a little later. It was just an electrical problem that needs to be addressed.
And, yes, I did watch the Patriots game. Thankfully, it wasn't the nail biter or the depressing game I thought it could be. I only watched a small part of the Bruins game. There is only so much TV a person can take!
Except for updating this page, I did not do any business work today.
Sunday mornings I, typically, reserve for riding with my cycling club, the Maine Coast Cycling Club. They start at 9:00 AM in the winter. I started out on my cyclocross bike with studded 32 mm tires on the snowy icy roads a little before 8:00 AM, rode up Route 1 to Kennebunk Village and found no one there. I waited ten minutes, got adjusted in the dunny across the street from Perfectos (coffee shop) and then headed on my way alone. [I took the picture, on the right while waiting, for the benefit of those who didn't show!] I had a couple of times where I thought I might dump the bike but, for the most part, I kept it slow on the down hills and made the most of the workout on the up-hill sections. I ended up getting back before 11:00 AM.
The rest of the day I took advantage of our daughter, Halley, up from Boston with her boyfriend. It's Halley's birthday tomorrow. My son and his girlfriend were also here. The six of us went out to brunch. When we came back we watched the two NFL football games. And that was my day.
I spent almost all day in the office here at home working on the Guestletter. I did take almost an hour to shovel snow and move trucks around. And I spent an hour in the Cove at Barnacle Billy's working with Protection One on faulty temperature sensors.
Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston worked the morning on the deck project.
I ran five miles on the beach with Gill, our border collie. He is great for the first two miles. After that he pulls back on the leash. We run past many things he would really enjoy smelling. So at the two mile mark I took him off his leash. The beach is only two and a half miles from where I start at the Norseman Hotel. So, if I look back, I can see the dog sniffing around until I turn around to come back. And he always does the same thing; he hunkers down when he can see me coming back. And he treats me like a sheep by not letting me get past him even though I go through a familiar avoidance tactic by heading to the water. But you can tell that he loves this game. We end up running back together. Sometimes he will lag behind and then sprint up to me, tongue hanging out looking up at me. Sometimes he will trot along just ahead of me. Sometimes he will run beside me, constantly looking up - as if to say; "How am I doing Dad?" I always tell him he's a good boy. This time we ran into another dog a half mile before finishing up. Gill held back and went into stalking mode and I ran ahead. But after he got to the dog he just picked up the pace and kept coming. In the past, he used to play with every dog he saw. Gill is becoming a very dedicated runner and a pleasure to be with.
The picture on the left is a shot of Gill after rolling in the snow while I get the truck cleaned off to head for our beach run.
I stayed home in the office most of the day. I had a doctor's appointment at 10:20 AM in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Afterward, I took advantage of being in Portsmouth and went to Staples for office supplies. I went to the Cove to check on the repair work from time to time. On the final trip down, I locked up for the night.
I spent the morning until 7:00 AM in the home office, went down to the Cove to open up the restaurants at 7:30 AM and then back home until 11:00 AM. I spent the morning working on the Guestletter, the trophy fish list specifically. From 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM, I worked in the Barnacle Billy's, Etc. office. Most of my work there was on this year's advertising and organizing a managers meeting for February to discuss returning employees. Also, today, throughout the day, I worked on the sale and removal of the old Bunny Clark engine, the Volvo 163P. In many ways I hated to take that engine out of the Bunny Clark. It was a great engine. All afternoon I worked on the Guestletter, still with the trophy fish list, mostly, with some writing.
My normal morning editing (of this page) and desk work were completed by 7:00 AM. From there I opened the restaurants at the Cove, did a little work in the office at B.B's, Etc and then came home. I worked on the Guestletter until 1:00 PM, finishing up the trophy table, completing my seven paragraphs on fishery management items that I think are important for my patrons to understand and moved a few digital images around. My next push there will be to get the first half of the digital images in place. At 1:30 PM, I jumped on the bike for a cold 31 mile ride around the York Beach and Kittery Point area. At 3:30 PM, I started working on building the Bunny Clark's reservation book. I was done by 6:30 PM.
At noon today, Knowles completed all the concrete work they were going to do for now at Barnacle Billy's. Ian Keniston, Jared Keniston and Larry Paul worked until about 5:00 PM. We still have part of a void left in the foundation that will be addressed later. The pilings were all completed today as well. At this point, all the galvanized "I" beams are in place, all the pilings are in place, the concrete work is completed except for the void I mentioned, the deck railing is done and all the new floor joists are in. The structural braces for the pilings are not finished yet. That isn't a big job. The next big one is the opening of the street to work on the street drain system including larger catch basins, larger drain covers and larger piping. I will be in a meeting tomorrow at 1:00 PM to discuss that.
At the risk of coming off a bit maudlin, you have to look at this YouTube video of Eva Cassidy that was done on January 3, 1996 Georgetown, D.C. Many probably know about her. But I only ran across her story a couple of days ago. At the time this video was taken, Eva had liver cancer but didn't realize it. She died less than a year later at the age of 33! I don't believe I have ever heard a more beautiful voice or such a touching choice of songs knowing what she didn't know at the time she was singing it. I have to admit that the video tipped me a bit. But, of course, I'm sure part of this had to do with the cancer thing. I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
After putting this update on line at 5:00 AM, I worked until 9:00 AM building the reservation book. From 9:30 AM until 11:00 AM, I was at the Dave Pease's barn helping Carl (with Independent Boat Haulers) with his crane to place my old Volvo engine on a flat bed to be hauled to Boat & Engine Works in Thomaston, Maine. Actually, Dave Pease did most of the helping. I sold the engine to Pat Ricci, the president of the company. At 1:00 PM I had a meeting with Tim Darling (Darling Industrial Group) and Larry Paul about digging up the road in front of Barnacle Billy's and the plans for revamping the storm drain system in the street. I was done there by 2:00 PM. The rest of the day I worked at home.
Jared Keniston and Ian Keniston worked on the deck repair project all day.
I spent the day in the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. building the reservation book for the 2016 Bunny Clark fishing season. I completed it, after a couple trips home, at 6:30 PM. Everyone else had the day off. This was fine by me. It meant I could work through the day without being bothered.
I had planned to take the day off today, ride my bike and then watch the AFC championship game after a shower. I did ride my bike, a slow 71 miles on studded tires. But I didn't watch much of the Patriots game. From the start, it looked like Denver's defense was getting the best of Brady's time in the pocket. And I didn't want to watch them lose. I stopped watching after the missed extra point attempt. Tell me that Bill Belichick isn't the best coach of American NHL football in history.
As I alluded above, I stayed glued to the computer most of the morning working on the Guestletter. This Guestletter becomes longer every year. Or maybe it's just longer this year. Most of what I did was picking digital images out, moving them around in the first two thirds of the text and putting the legends in describing the content of each one. I wrote a bit, edited previous paragraphs and checked everything out on other computers and devices to see how it looked.
At noon, I joined my sister, Cathy, in the office to go over a few things. I also had email attachments that I had to print out so she could file them. And I had to get a couple of bills straightened out, one from a chair order from Hunt Country Furniture who my father started doing business with fifty-five years ago!
At 1:00 PM, I headed south to Kittery. On the way I had lunch at Greenleaves. I was hoping to see Dick Lyle there or David MacDonald. But seeing as I didn't call them and they were working (one in Pennsylvania), I wasn't surprised that they weren't there. I know that Gill could have used some sweet and sour pork strips had Dick been there! Then it was two hours getting my eye glasses straightened out. I had let so much time go without renewing my prescription that my eyes weren't used to the new. So that took a while. And then we figured out that the new glasses didn't have the coating I had asked for on one lens. One had the coating but the other didn't!
I got back to the Cove before 5:00 PM. Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston were still working, taking advantage of low water to bolt up piling securing boards (bracing). That deck at Barnacle Billy's (original) has never ever been as strong or as stable as it is now. I can tell you that I feel so much more comfortable about bringing that restaurant into the future. Tomorrow they will start digging up the street to start the revamping of the street drainage system.
I stayed in the office until about 9:00 AM, maybe later, editing this update and, after, working on the Guestletter. This until I got a call from Tim Darling (Darling Industrial Group) who ran into a challenge from the Town as he was starting to dig up the road in front of the building. This led to a series of negotiations between myself, the town manager and the highway department. It went well, we figured out the property boundaries, what we needed to do to comply and got the Town's help in solving any issues we had down there. We met again down at the Cove at the project and finalized the details of what was going to happen. I ended up being involved with the street project until 11:30 AM.
I had a quick lunch, got dressed in more presentable clothes and headed to Portsmouth to attend the New England Fishery Management Council's meeting. The topic was the Atlantic Herring Committee report. It wasn't much of a fun meeting. I didn't speak. But there wasn't much of an opportunity to speak. Most of the discussion takes place with the Council members as the public looks on. The same issues that came out in the herring meeting were discussed here. But there was not much mention of the haddock bycatch except that 510 metric tons of haddock was going to be given to the mid-water trawlers on Georges Bank for fiscal 2016. I am afraid for our fishery. There are too many things wrong with mid-water trawling with small mesh in the closed areas, catching regulated groundfish species, catching too many haddock and the severe data limitations associated with making salient regulations with no accountability on behalf of the mid-water trawl industry and a lack of observer coverage to make them accountable. On top of that, haddock bycatch is being sold with the herring to lobstermen for bait when it's illegal to sell haddock bycatch. Do you see anything wrong with this picture? Apparently some do not.
My routine was the same as yesterday. I worked in the office until around 7:15 AM, when I went down to open up the restaurants for the workers. This time, I found Jared Keniston and Ian Keniston down there waiting for me. They had already opened up Barnacle Billy's and were getting ready to pour concrete in the part of the foundation that had been undermined by years of water erosion. Most of the foundation had already been brought back to normal by Knowles. This new concrete was to fill a big void.
I went back home and worked on the Guestletter until around 11:00 AM. From there I went back down to the Cove to check on the street drain work and then clear up some bills at the office in Barnacle Billy's restaurant. After lunch at 1:45 PM, I headed to Portsmouth to attend the rest of the New England Fishery Management Council meeting at the Sheraton Hotel. At 2:15 PM, the meeting turned to groundfish. Mostly they were discussing the grey sole quota. But there were other things discussed including observer coverage of fishing vessels.
The discussion involving recreational issues lasted all of eleven seconds. There wasn't really anything to say. Although it's not official as of yet, I believe that our 15 haddock bag limit is going to go through and be accepted for fiscal fishing year 2016. The cod bag limit has not been confirmed. There are some modeling problems with the proposal to the National Marine Fisheries Service from the Council. I believe we will be able to keep one cod but I'm not sure what months we will be able to do so. So haddock, yes, cod, we'll have to wait and see.
Except for going down to the restaurant at 7:15 AM to open up, I spent the morning and part of the afternoon (until 3:00 PM) working on the Guestletter. I did check a couple more times down at the Cove to see how work was progressing. The restaurant deck work has been completed. The only thing that remains is for me to go through it with Larry Paul from Atlantic Mechanical to make sure all is in order. But I have been through it from the very beginning. I don't think there will be any surprises. Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston will now be focusing on the Bunny Clark and all the fishing equipment, getting all of it ready for another fishing season.
The work on the road street drains continues. Two water catch basins have been installed so far with one to go. I'm not sure if they will be opening up the ground again tomorrow with the rain/snow forecast. But I will go down there to make sure, tomorrow AM.
Two tons of pellets for the pellet stove were delivered to the house during the mid afternoon. I watched the delivery and then went on a 43 mile bike ride. The last time I rode was Sunday. Between the Council meetings, the work on the Guestletter and the dynamics down at the Cove, I had no chance. The time away from the bike was probably good because I achieved five personal bests and one 10th place overall in six legs of the ride according to Strava. After I got back I moved the two tons of pellets into winter storage.
After the morning ritual at the home office, I went to check on the digging with the new storm drain system at the restaurant. As has been going on, they found discontinued pipes, etc. They also found a water main that had to be repaired before they could continue. But all was very good and very well done. I spent the rest of the morning, all but an hour of it, working on the Guestletter at B.C. Central. I worked an hour at the office at Barnacle Billy's, Etc.
From there I headed to Portland. First, to picked up our newly inspected and repacked Bunny Clark life raft at Chase Leavitte. Second to pick up some parts to work on the Petrel at http://www.hamiltonmarine.com/. Third, to visit Sawyer & Whitten Marine (electronics) to pick up my repaired SSB (single side band radio) and a new VHF radio with, required, DSC (digital selective calling). "Digital selective calling allows mariners to instantly send an automatically formatted distress alert to the Coast Guard or other rescue authority anywhere in the world. Digital selective calling also allows mariners to initiate or receive distress, urgency, safety and routine radiotelephone calls to or from any similarly equipped vessel or shore station, without requiring either party to be near a radio loudspeaker. DSC acts like the dial and bell of a telephone, allowing you to "direct dial" and "ring" other radios, or allow others to "ring" you, without having to listen to a speaker. New VHF and HF radiotelephones have DSC capability." - this from the USCG's Navigation Center page. Before the Bunny Clark sails again on April 14, we have to have a radio with DSC hooked up to a GPS. It just so happens that our secondary VHF radio went down last fall so we had to replace it anyway.
Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston worked on rods and reels today, getting them ready for another season that I can't wait to start. All aboard?
I spent the morning in the assumed position, in front of the computer editing this page and working on the Guestletter. I also had to spend twenty minutes at the office in Barnacle Billy's as well as do some scanning for the restaurant business at home in the office. After 1:00 PM, I took the rest of the afternoon off.
I received two donations toward my cancer fund raising drive with the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) today. Both donations were in Memory of Christine S. Keniston, Ian & Jared Keniston's mom, who passed away after a two year battle with liver cancer. She was treated at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) in Boston, the same hospital/cancer research center that I support through the PMC. Apparently, she lived a year longer than expected due to her involvement with the cancer treatments there. I had not a clue that this was going on. Neither Jared or Ian mentioned a thing. Lloyd Keniston, Christine's husband (Ian & Jared's father), asked that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the PMC through me. Of course, I felt honored that they should go that route. One donation was from Harry & Sonia Francis (ME) for $30.00. The other donation was from Anthony Landry (ME) for $25.00. Thank you both very much for supporting me supporting the DFCI. Certainly others appreciate it more than I do as they have a personal, life threatening stake. But I appreciate your help very much as I too feel compelled to help - and have for the last ten years.
I took the day off, spending most of it on my bike. It was a great day for riding.
We start taking reservations tonight after 12:00 midnight (February 1, 2016). Deb started to get ready after noon. Later, we arranged the den with a table and phones, turning it into Bunny Clark Central.
Deb started taking reservations for the 2016 Bunny Clark fishing season at midnight. I came down at 1:30 AM, to take over. I would have rather been getting ready for an offshore marathon trip. But I did enjoy talking to the customers I have seen for many years. It wasn't the best opening day for reservations we have ever had. But it was good enough. I was done with reservations by 7:00 AM, a little late to start my day. I did expect this, of course.
I spent the day running around between the Town officials, the restaurant projects and the my son, Micah, with the Petrel.
I wanted to take advantage of the good weather so I called Micah up to see if he would install the new inflatable life raft bracket on the Petrel. Positioning was important. And, of course, the foot print of the old bracket was unlike the foot print of the new one. I also needed to have the newly required fire extinguisher bracket installed. And there were other items. It took all day. I was only partly involved when Micah needed an extra hand.
I needed to bring several individuals into the Barnacle Billy's project. Tim Darling was already in the process of taking out the long pipe that brought rain water from the street drains to the Cove under the garden. That was a full day project as well. After lunch they had the old pipe removed (see the picture below). Jack Ladderbush showed up about ten minutes before I was going to call him! I hadn't talked to him in a month so it was like we were on the same wavelength. He is going to be re-shingling the part of the building that was damaged with the deck work. I was planning to have that part of the building re-shingled anyway. I had told the crew working for Atlantic Mechanical and Larry Paul from the start to do whatever they had to do to in order to make their job easier; we would clean it all up when they were through. I also had to get John Patton (he does all our landscaping) on board to take some of the garden soil away from that side of the building and put in crushed stone so it would not continue to rot the shingles (Jack Ladderbush's idea). Over time, the soil had crept up the side of the building. Mike Bridges also had to be called for the electrical work. I had to know when he was going to be there and the scope of his work. And, of course, the Town had to be informed of all this. The process was seamless; they are all the best professionals at what they do and I would not have anyone else. But it took time away from the Guestletter I wanted to continue with. I expect this on Mondays.
I spent little time in the office today. The time I did spend was utilized on getting this update on line. The rest of the day was spent running around, checking the Cove, getting new eye glasses, helping Micah install the Petrel's life raft, picking up the life raft, back to Kittery Eye to order sun glasses, checking with electricians, Tim Darling, landscapers and taking calls. The sunglasses thing was last. From there I attended a Selectman's meeting with my sister, Cathy, where Barnacle Billy's liquor license was up for renewal. I was asked questions about the amusement license we have at Barnacle Billy's, Etc. I also spoke in favor of installing three cross-walk pedestrian initiated flashing lights in three problem areas in Ogunquit. And I spoke on business employee parking policy in the Town of Ogunquit. I was home by 8:00 PM.
The street drainage system is pretty much completed now. This afternoon, Tim Darling and crew sealed the dirt exposed areas with cold pack asphalt, producing a make shift curbing in the process. This will remain so until late March or April when the temperature of the ground becomes uniform and we can get a paving company in there to seal the road properly.
Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston finished rebuilding all the Bunny Clark reels and a few customer reels today. Nice to have that one behind us.
I received three donations sponsoring me in my Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) cycling event to raise money to fight cancer with the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Those individuals and their contributions included Mark & Maureen LaRocca (NY) with a very generous $500.00 donation, Gary & Donna Lanouette (ME) for $50.00 in Memory of Christine S.Keniston and Ron & Carolyn Pease (ME) for $25.00, also in Memory of Christine S. Keniston; "who put up a long and valiant fight with cancer." Thank you all so very much for your support in this project. I truly believe in the good work they are doing in Boston and I'm glad you fee the same. I certainly appreciate anything you can do to help!
I spent the day running around, on the phone, between both offices, moving old engine parts around to sell, buttoning up payments for the restaurant projects, scheduling delivery appointments, making business decisions on restaurant items, etc., etc and then spending two hours before dinner working on my profile at the PMC site. I had expected to be working on the Guestletter today but never once started on it. I figured with the rain, I would get an opportunity to work at the desk. But many people took the opportunity to call me about business items. I think the only unfettered time I get to work is on the weekends. No one seems to bother me then.
Tim Rozan (ME) sent a generous $100.00 donation sponsoring me in my upcoming Pan-Mass Challenge cycling event for cancer research and care today via "egift" through the PMC site. He had already sent me another donation for the same amount earlier this year. This was sent in honor of Christine S. Keniston with condolences to both Jared Keniston and Ian Keniston from Tim and his fishing partner in Massachusetts, Lewis Hazelwood. Thank you so much for the support you (both) give me in this project. I appreciate it very much!
I went down to the Cove this morning to check on things and bail skiffs. All was in order down there with very little surge. The streets were covered with small branches and left over rain in puddles. It was unnaturally warm.
Finally, today, I got to work on the Guestletter. I didn't spend nearly as much time on it as I wanted as there were many distractions. I had to address some issues in the Cove for a while; Darling Industries wanted to make the cuts in the street before they left so the paving would go on better in the spring. Micah came down to complete the new fire extinguisher installation on the Petrel. And Ian Keniston and Jared Keniston came by to pick up rod building materials (lath, Flexcoat, containers, etc.). We didn't have enough Flexcoat so I had to spend about a half hour figuring out how I ordered it in 2013! And there were a few other distractions.
With the weather so nice and future weather predictions calling for snow, I figured that this would be one of my last chances to ride the bike on roads completely devoid of ice in mild temperatures and fairly light winds. I was riding out of the yard at 4:00 PM. I was done for the day after that.
I received two donations supporting me in my cancer fund raising cycling ride with the Pan-Mass Challenge today. Both donations were made in Memory of Christine S. Keniston, Jared & Ian's mom. One was from Jack & Shirley Judge (CT/ME) for $50.00 in the form of an "egift" through the PMC site. The other was a $30.00 donation from Stephen & Marion Marsh (ME). Thank you all so much for your helping in the cancer fight. I always feel more encouraged when I find like minded individuals in this arena.