A fixture of Gloucester has been banished!
A City Councilor felt its necessary to ease congestion in the St. Peter's Square area.
Howard "Raf" Johnson, a disabled bait and tackle peddler had set up shop with his truck selling bait & tackle at Rogers and Commercial streets for the past two seasons. He obtained a proper permit through the city for his "Fixed Vendor" site.
I pass his location three or more times a day and never seen any traffic issues! For five days during the St. Peter's Fiesta he's moved out of there and guess where the police park their "command trailer"? That's right.... in "Raf's" spot! If it's good enough for the police it should be good enough for his bait wagon. Gloucester is well known for it's fishing industry, tourism is a big draw because visitors want to see a working waterfront. "Raf" is part of that working waterfront. And I have at times seen tourist taking "Raf'" picture. He belongs,he's part of the fabric that is Gloucester!
"Raf" in buisness.
At your service!
In the meantime the Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory looks to be falling apart. Now owned by the non-profit Ocean Alliance the structure deteriorates while site clean-up continues even in the cold weather! What most of us don't see is the work being done behind the building. The fund drive continues that will turn this icon into their state-of-the-art world headquaters. More on this later.
Paint Factory 2007
Again in 2007.
Swan swims by "Miss Carla".
Paint Factory a duck and a swan.
"Amanda & Andy II"
"Lisa Ann II"
"Mystique Lady" heads in.
In the mirror.
Harbor Cove panorama.
Twilight at the dock.
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!