Storm Coordination Message #1

..Coastal Storm to Impact the Region with strong to damaging winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding in East Coastal Massachusetts and heavy rainfall in Eastern New England with the possibility of precipitation ending as a brief period of light wet snow. Main Storm Impacts Saturday late afternoon through Sunday Morning..
..A High Wind Warning is now in effect for Eastern and Southern Plymouth Counties Massachusetts and Cape Cod and the Islands from 5 PM Saturday to 4 PM Sunday for sustained winds of 30-40 MPH with gusts to 60 MPH. These winds will cause isolated to scattered pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages..
..A High Wind Watch remains in effect from Saturday Afternoon through Sunday Morning. In the watch area, sustained winds of 20-30 MPH are expected with wind gusts to at least 50 MPH with the potential for winds to gust to greater than 58 MPH and higher sustained winds but this is not yet certain and winds may fall just below this criteria. Regardless, isolated pockets of tree and wire damage and power outages are possible in the High Wind Watch area..
..Strong winds will potentially affect portions of Western and Central New England on Sunday as the storm departs and the gradient tightens and cold air continues moves into the region..
..A Coastal Flood Watch remains in effect for East Coastal Massachusetts from Saturday Evening into Sunday Morning for minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding at the time of high tide Saturday Evening and Sunday Morning..
..SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence by 4 PM Saturday lasting through late evening and could potentially reactivate on Sunday for the strong to damaging wind potential..

A coastal storm will track southeast of New England but close enough to cause strong to damaging winds, minor to moderate coastal flooding in East Coastal Massachusetts and heavy rainfall in Eastern New England. The rain may end as a brief period of light wet snow but the real hazards from this storm system are the strong to damaging winds, minor to pockets of moderate coastal flooding and heavy rainfall. Main storm impacts are Saturday late afternoon through Sunday Morning. The headlines denote the current storm hazards. It is noted that for western and central portions of Southern New England, the potential exists for strong winds during the day Sunday which may prompt the issuance of wind advisories in future forecasts.

SKYWARN Activation with Ops at NWS Taunton will commence by 4 PM Saturday lasting through late evening and could potentially reactivate on Sunday for the strong to damaging wind potential. Another coordination message will be issued by 830 AM Saturday. Below is the NWS Taunton High Wind Warning/Watch Statement, Coastal Flood Watch Statement and Hazardous Weather Outlook:

Making Jam with Gram – By ED PIERCE – Laconia Citizen

Photo by: ED PIERCE/CITIZENBRANDON MORIN of My Coffee House, right, and his grandmother, Earline Sanborn, display a batch of strawberry/rhubarb they made from scratch.

LACONIA — When My Coffee House owner Brandon Morin was little, he loved going to his grandmother’s house and watching her cook and prepare food.

He watched and learned as she made things like omelets and apple jelly, and Morin dreamed of someday opening his own restaurant and cooking flavorful items, just like his grandmother.

Now in his sixth year of operating My Coffee House on Court Street, Morin has perfected many of the recipes his “gram” Earline Sanborn taught him and she even occasionally helps out in the restaurant’s kitchen when he sets out to make homemade jam from scratch.

Sanborn said she learned how to make jelly and jam because her mother had a crab apple tree and some of the jams and jellies sold in grocery stores were too sweet for her family.

“A great jam should be all about the flavor of the fruit,” she said.

Morin, 27, has been cooking and canning his own jams and jellies for a few years now and said they are popular with his customers.

“I got started when I noticed some grapes growing in a maple tree in our yard,” he said. “I saw the vine and harvested them and made grape jelly. Now I make strawberry-rhubarb and blueberry jams and I also make and sell homemade salsa and pasta sauces.”

He said it doesn’t matter what the season is because people enjoy that his jams and jellies are all-natural.

“I don’t add any artificial ingredients,” Morin said. “Nothing is added except fresh fruits and vegetables.”

A graduate of the Lakes Region Community College culinary arts program, Morin said strawberry-rhubarb jam is one of his grandmother’s favorites of everything he makes.

Using fresh rhubarb picked from their garden, Morin and Sanborn made a fresh batch of strawberry-rhubarb jam together and make quite the team.

Morin mashed and blended the fruit while Sanborn sterilized the canning jars and lids as the mixture cooked slowly on the stove.

Adding pectin and a little bit of sugar to the mix, Morin said he that he doesn’t go overboard with the sugar.

“I’ve found that you don’t need as much sugar as some recipes require,” he said. “Once it’s just about ready, the trick is to put a spoon in it to see if it jells up and keep stirring until it comes to a boil. That’s cooking the old-fashioned way, the way it was intended and the way my gram taught me.”

Sanborn, 86, said she constantly stirs whatever it is she’s cooking for good reason.

“It won’t burn on the bottom if you keep stirring it,” she said.

When the mixture thickened, Morin poured it steaming hot into the canning jars as Sanborn attached the lids.

“When the lids pop, it means there’s enough vacuum inside to keep the bacteria out,” Morin said. “It’s a way to preserve with artificial preservatives.”

Once cooled, the half-cup jars of strawberry-rhubarb jam are labeled and displayed at the restaurant and sell for $3 each.

“I haven’t had anyone who didn’t like it and they always come back for more,” Morin said. “The flavor of the fruit really is what sells the jam.”

http://thecitizen.villagesoup.com/p/making-jam-with-gram/1260568?cid=6316628

Pumpkin carving

IMG_6168.JPGIMG_6181.JPG

IMG_6169.JPG

IMG_6166.JPG

IMG_6165.JPG

IMG_6167.JPG

IMG_6164.JPG

IMG_6168-0.JPG

Rainbow…10/26/14 Westfield, Ma

IMG_6185.JPG

IMG_6186.JPG

IMG_6188.JPG

IMG_6187.JPG

146 ‘queries’