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November 17, 2017

SWIM Introduces A Guide to Exploring The Rocks of Nahant

Nahant has a fascinating geological history and rocks are everywhere you look. Several years ago, Vi Patek, Director of Nahant SWIM, Inc., noted that visitors to Nahant’s beaches were often fascinated by the variety and beauty of the rocks: children and adults alike enjoyed gazing at rocks, collecting rocks, climbing on the cliffs and swimming in rocky coves while on Nahant. Together with former SWIM board member Ellen Antrim, geologists Barry Sidwell and Malcolm Hill, graphic designer Amy Klee and photographers Maria Peterson and Christopher Marks, they created A Guide to Exploring The Rocks of Nahant and How to Become a Rock Detective, a geology guide to aid in rock identification and explain the geological history and formation of Nahant's rocks and their unique characteristics.

The book has been written to appeal to all ages, to be durable enough to survive a day at the beach and to serve as a great beginner’s guide to geology and rock identification. In creating this guide, the authors and Nahant SWIM, Inc. hope to spark interest in the geology, history and beauty that surround us, and encourage a desire to protect our beaches. SWIM will donate copies to the Nahant Library and the Johnson School. Individual copies may be obtained by contacting SWIM at nahantswiminc@gmail.com or going to Nahant Public Library. A donation of $10 is suggested to cover SWIM's costs. An additional story about the book was published in the Lynn Item at (https://www.itemlive.com/2017/11/15/nahant-rocks-inspired-curious-grandchildren-four-environmentalists-study-local-geology/) .

October 28, 2017

Marine Science Center Open House and Coastsweep Clean-up Keep SWIM Members Busy on October 14

On Saturday, October 14, SWIM members joined visitors celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Northeastern University Marine Science Center at its annual open house, and took the opportunity to display SWIM information, collect names of those who want to hear our news, and provide SWIM refillable water bottles for donations. On the same day, SWIMmers participated in the COASTSWEEP worldwide cleanup and, with additional volunteers, brought Short Beach back to its beautiful natural state. By the end of the summer, this popular beach was badly littered, requiring greater efforts than our Beachkeepers could provide alone. SWIM has now established plans for an annual autumn cleanup of Short Beach in association with COASTSWEEP (https://www.mass.gov/coastsweep).

October 28, 2017

Greenscapes Presentation Held at the Johnson School

Students at the Johnson School enjoyed the fourth annual Greenscapes classroom program “Keeping Water Clean” on September 15, 2017. The educational event, sponosored by SWIM, was designed to help children understand why water runoff is a critical issue for the health of the ocean and for our own health.

October 27, 2017

SWIM Co-Sponsors Annual Nahant Coastal Bioblitz

On Sunday, September 10, 2017, SWIM collaborated with the Ocean Genome Legacy of the Northeastern Marine Science Center in the third annual public scavenger hunt to document Nahant’s coastal biodiversity. Over 120 sleuths of all ages recorded 600 observations about local marine organisms from six of Nahant’s beaches. Volunteers helped the participants identify 60 marine species.

August 17, 2017

SWIM Donates Trees to Nahant

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Nahant DPW employees plant a Scholar Tree in Marjoram Park

SWIM donated a Red Oak, two White Oaks and a Japanese Scholartree to the town. These four trees were planted in Marjoram park this summer as a gift to the residents of Nahant. The Plant a Tree Program program was inspired by a presentation about trees by Barbara Warren, Executive Director of Salem Sound Coastwatch, at the Nahant Lifesaving Station in April of 2016 under the auspices of SWIM and the Nahant Garden Club. This event generated a lot of enthusiasm to address the need to plant more trees on Nahant. Nahant residents donated money to our program and SWIM bought the trees and gave them to the town.

August 8, 2017

SWIM Provides Scholarships for Nahant Students

Thanks to the continued support of generous donors, SWIM was able to start an annual program of providing scholarship funds for Nahant’s resident middle and high school students interested in attending the Northeastern University Marine Science Center’s Coastal Ocean Science Academy (COSA) summer program. In 2017 we expanded the reach of these funds to high school and college age residents seeking internships at Northeastern University. We are grateful that your generous donations allow us to make this opportunity available to our young people interested in ocean science.

To learn more about COSA, please visit http://tinyurl.com/nucosa2017.

August 5, 2017

Drinking Fountain Installed at Wharf

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Testing out the new fountain.

The next time you visit the wharf, try out the brand new water fountain attached to the wharf building’s wall. It features a bubbler and a water bottle filler cleverly installed on a custom made wooden base painted to match the building’s trim.

Fountain Plaque
This plaque was installed at the fountain.

Two years ago SWIM decided that the public needed a source of drinking water at the wharf and that this would also be a means of expressing our mission to reduce the use of disposable water bottles and increase the use of refillable ones. We asked the Town if we could donate one. The answer was affirmative, but there was a two year delay due to construction plans for the wharf, the first of which was to completely rebuild the water pipe array in the wharf area. The Town has had the water tested and it is clean. In the meantime, our Wharfinger/Harbormaster Rob Tibbo chatted with Mark J. Irvine, President of Robert W. Irvine & Sons, and Mark offered to install the fountain as a gift. More time passed and Mark generously offered to also pay for the fountain itself and requested that we explain that the contribution is from The Nahant Lobstermen. We will be installing a plaque above the fountain with this information.

August 1, 2017

SWIM Works with Greenscapes Program

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Greenscapes instructors from Salem Sound Coastwatch educate local children

SWIM is working closely with the town via our Greenscapes Program to satisfy the more stringent EPA regulations for its MS4 Permit Input (Municipal Separate Stormwater Systems) going into effect in 2017, especially in the area of educating the public. The Johnson School will benefit from its third annual Greenscapes classroom event “Keeping Water Clean” to help children understand why water runoff is a critical issue for the health of the ocean and for our own health. We are planning a public event about lawn care and the environment.

May 7, 2017

SWIM Holds Nahant Beach Clean-up Day

SWIM’s Annual Nahant Beach Clean-up Day on May 5, 2017 focused efforts on cleaning Short Beach, Doggie Beach (that is, Black Rock Beach) and Tudor Beach.

April 29, 2017

SWIM Nalgene Bottles Available

SWIM Nalgene

Please consider eliminating your use of disposable water bottles and changing over to refillable ones. Disposable water bottles are designed for single use and their chemicals can leach into your drinking water if you re-use them, especially if they become hot in the sun or in your hot car. The very best solution is glass refillable water bottles but they are expensive and cannot be used at pools and in other situations.

SWIM has designed its own high quality Nalgene water bottles for you. We are offering them for a suggested contribution of $8.00 each, which is our cost. Please let us know if you would like any. Just email us at nahantswiminc@gmail.com.

September 19, 2016

Annual Nahant Coastal Bioblitz a Success

Bioblitz flyer

In September 2016, SWIM collaborated with the Ocean Genome Legacy of the Northeastern Marine Science Center, and participated in the second annual public scavenger hunt to document Nahant’s coastal biodiversity. Over 150 sleuths of all ages recorded 525 observations about local marine organisms from six of Nahant’s beaches. Volunteers helped the participants identify over 50 marine species.

April 10, 2016

Right Whale Visits Nahant

Right whale
Photo by Bill Ludke

SWIM spread the news via our distribution list (almost 400) and large numbers of people were alerted to admire this magnificent, rare giant gently swimming along our shores. What a privilege – only about 500 are left in the world…

Woman on Beach by Alice Cort
Vi Patek by Dalia Shilas
Woman and Children on Rocks by Alice Cort

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