Air Bubbles

The Newsletter of the North Shore Frogmen’s Club

Volume 53, Number 11

November 2011

President’s Message - November 2011

The end of the month is almost here, and we are already hit with a snow storm. The Club election of officers is 12/1/2011, and we will also vote on the Diver of the Year. Bill Werner is heading up this year's Paul Sauvageau Memorial Photo Contest. Check your email notices from Bill for the details. The officer slate is Meg Tennisen for President, Lauren Byrne for Vice President, Vinny Egizi for Treasurer, and Ellen Garvey for Secretary. It is great to see our active new members taking over our club for the next year. Next week’s meeting will feature a presentation from

Bill Buckley.

Tickets for the President's Banquet are selling fast; the date is 12/10/2011 at PCYC. Contact Vinny for tickets. You can buy them online, or pay by cash or check at a meeting, or have Vinny take your credit card payment at a meeting. If you pay your 2012 dues before the banquet you will receive $10.00-worth of raffle tickets for the banquet. A number of people have already taken advantage of this. Bobby Boyle will be attending this year, and has reserved a table for ten. Feel free to bring friends and relatives to our Annual Banquet. The more the merrier.

Tony Vieira will be heading up our New Year’s Day dive. We are hoping to beat last year’s turnout which featured 32 divers. Dodie Carvahlo is hosting the post dive New Year’s Day party at her home. The dive may be at White's Beach in Manchester to allow for greater parking. Check meetings and email notices for future details.

For this month’s Diver of the Month I choose Markus Diersbock for maintaining our web site. For Member of the Month I choose Mike Denneler for collecting, and relating the many Mike's moments he gathers each week.

Hope to see all of you at the President's Banquet!

John P. Sears

Coming Club Events

Nov 3: Bill Buckley presentation:


Dec 1: Elections for 2012 Club Officers. Listing below.

Dec 1: Photo Contest submissions due to Bill Werner.

Dec 8: Photo Contest display and voting

The Current list of nominations
for 2012 NSF Club Officers is:
President: Meg Tennissen
Vice President: Lauren Byrne
Treasurer: Vinny Egizi
Secretary: Ellen Garvey

In this Issue:

President’s Message pg. 1
Meeting Summaries pg. 2-3
Upcoming Events pg. 4-5
Prior Events pg. 6
Club Picnic 9/27  
Tropical Fish Hunt 10/9  
Maine DUI Event 10/15  
Dick Parnell 10/13/11 pg. 7
Boston Scuba show pg. 7
Undersea Divers pg. 8
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The North Shore Frogmen’s Club

PO Box 3604

Peabody, MA 01961


President: John Sears Tel: 978-750-4745


Vice President: Lauren Byrne Email:

Treasurer: Vinny Egizi Tel: (858) 342-3365


Secretary: Meg Tennissen Tel: (781) 724-0071


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Membership: Dan Hering

Newsletter: Mary Howard

Tel: (781) 944-1292


Webmaster: Markus Diersbock

*Deadline for submissions* for the December 2011 issue

of Air Bubbles is

Tuesday, November 22

Meeting Summaries

6-Oct -2011

Minutes not available.

13-Oct -2011

Meeting called to order: 8:05 PM Attendance: 4 Officers, 15 Members

Abbreviated meeting for “Open Video Night”

Secretary: minutes not read. Treasurer: we have money


- Program: See calendar listings.


-Jerry Shine’s father went in for minor surgery, has pneumonia. Jerry is in Florida.

-Jim F bumped into Art Channel – he’s good, still spry, not diving anymore

Old Business: Banquet – Dec 10th – here at PCYC. Vinny will buy business card stock to make banquet tickets.

New Business: nominations for officers open:

-Meg Tennissen nominated and accepted for President

-Vinny Egizi nominated and accepted for Treasurer

-Lauren Byrne nominated and accepted for VP

-Ellen Garvey nominated for Secretary, acceptance pending

-Tony nominated for New Year’s Day coordinator

Dive Talk:

-Adam, on Easy Diver, dove the NH, found something at the end but didn’t get it out, bunch of curved spikes. Next dive behind Kettle Island, very shallow; did 1hour dive.

-Lewis, Monday at OGB, some of best vis seen there in a while, 20-25’ Good dive

-Jack with Arnie on the NH; 64F, 5-

15’ vis; got 2 spikes..

-John S and Vinny at Fort Sewall left side, close to the rocks, vis 10-15’, lots of bugs all over the place, 1 each, got a scallop ate on the beach. Vinny did a second dive with Tony – right side,

bugs, bottles scallops, 1946 bottle Dr

Swift’s Root Beer. 84min bottom time,

61F, a lot of ghost traps.

-John F and Jim F, no one else at BK Sunday, ended up at Pebble – lot of people at OGB – 5-6” giant bugs, got 3 under 4” 26’ deep, 87 min dive, water warm clear, 15’ vis.

-Meg in Canada: First dive in Nova Scotia, a night dive at Sandy Cove, near Halifax. 61F, went to about 30’, vis was good, probably 15ish feet. Saw a bunch of little cod, real good dive. Then went to Newfoundland, stayed at OceanQuest to dive the Bell Island wrecks. First day did the PLM 27, a Free French ship sunk in 1942 by a U-Boat. Only one of the wrecks that still has the prop attached. It’s sitting in 100’, with the deck around 60-70’.

Vis was bad at only 30 feet – they’re used to around 80. - Second day got blown out due to Hurricane Ophelia coming up to Newfoundland. - Went back to Nova Scotia and wanted to dive more, but that was also blown out from some storms.

-Anyone going this Sunday? Graham will be at BK

General Discussion:

-Mike’s Moments:

-UnderCurrent –in the Bahamas, a state park banned hunting lionfish for 20 yrs, but it seems that grouper like to eat lionfish

-Article about the guy that was killed in FL when his tank exploded; broken tank was a pony bottle, not sure if air or O2; the tank was stolen. The deceased worked in a shop until he was caught stealing.

-Company in FL – In Sep found cargo ship that had 200mil of silver in it and another ship that sank in1917 in

8000’ water the 19 tons of silver – off Ireland. English gov’t only keeps

20% of the salvage


Meeting called to order: 8:06 PM Attendance: 4 Officers, 10 Members

Secretary: Minutes read and accepted as amended.

Treasurer: we have money. Banquet

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tickets are now on sale! Ticket price same as last year, $35 per ticket. If you pay dues before the banquet, you will get $10 in raffle tickets. Credit cards are accepted. Tickets have been given to the Commodore and his wife; we’ve offered a table to them as well. Private parties here, 1st hour within boundaries of door then after can spill out. Cash bar, we’ve asked for Fabrizo to be one of the bartenders. Aiming to sell 75 tickets.



-11/3 - Bill Buckley.

-11/17 - Sea Hunt Movie night

Announcements: Dick Parnell, last of surviving charter member died last week. Was Pres in 1962, VP in 1960. Jerry Sutherland and Art Channel missed being charter members by 1 week. Mike D, Jerry and Marlene went to wake. Dick’s daughter gave compliments on the Facebook page.

Old Business: We need to set up a Banquet Committee to take care of the details for banquet prep.

New Business: The Play Station was sold for $150!

Dive Talk:

-Jeff and Graham at Folly Cove, right side. Jeff got a squishy bug. Saw a school of Pollock. Tip from Graham: remember to zip drysuit zipper all the way. 20’vis, 57F, 70-minutes. They spent 2 hours riding around Cape Ann looking for a calm spot. Even Plum Cove was washed out.

-John F. and Jim were with Cape Ann Charters; there were 7-8’ waves on Polling. Wound up going off Cathedral. 48-49F at 85-87’. Did simulated deco.

-Lauren at Sewall with new diver, she did excellently; conditions pretty terrible, surgey, hit 35-ish’ Not a long dive about 5’ vis but the other diver was stoked.

General Discussion:

-Mike’s Moments:

-Cyclops shark, guy fishes in Gulf of California, dissected two female blue sharks, both had 2 headed embryos.

Didn’t preserve them. Then, he got

another embryo with one eye, and there’s only 50 examples recorded. He preserved the fish, it’s legit with one eye

Raffles: Dollars Box: John Marren Mystery Prize: Lauren Byrne Bug Bag: Lauren Byrne, John

Marren – Easy Diver

27-Oct -2011

Meeting called to order: 8:12 PM Attendance: 4 Officers, 11 Members Secretary: Minutes read and accepted

as amended.

Treasurer: we have money. 5 people paid dues for 2012, sold 17 banquet tickets. Dues $42.

Correspondence: SS Neptunes newsletter in the mailbox



-12/10 – banquet

-11/ 3 - Bill Buckley. Bill will be bringing his own equipment.

-11/17 - movie night

-Membership: Vinny was in touch with Connie Clark who emailed Vinny the other day, offered to pay

her dues: Susan was her instructor.


-New Year’s Day Dive open to all clubs/organizations. Maybe we’ll go to White Beach or Back Beach this year.

-Mike, past member, noted that Earl Quimby, passed away this week, he was a past officer. On way in, noticed Palmer Cove having their elections and Fred Pfiel’s son is running for rear commodore unopposed.

Old Business: Ellen Garvey accepted the nomination for secretary.

Dive Talk:

-Graham went Sunday to BK, was the only person there, drove around at high tide. This Sunday will try again!

-Tony went Sunday to the SUDS program underwater pumpkin carving contest, 25-30 people were there. Kids were really into it; nice to see younger people getting into diving. Good time and some nice pumpkins.

General Discussion:

-Dodie read an article in Rolling Stone on Australia, about warming climate and coral death. Expect that much of the world’s coral will be devastated by 2050, from climate change. Dodie was in Australia years ago with Frank; dead coral then was blamed on massive flooding.

-Mike’s Moments:

-Western Australia – shark has eaten

3people. Latest one was the youngest person in Panama City to get a Captain’s license. After they dragged him back into the boat, the shark surfaced and attacked the boat. One of the previous divers body not found, only his shredded swim trunks. The live scenes in Jaws were filmed in Australia.

-Tsunami debris is expected to hit Hawaii in 2013, West coast in 2014, tons of stuff.

-Siesta Key in FL: a 8’Lego man found in the surf. “No Real Than You Are” was written on his chest.

2other instances this type of thing happening. Brighton Beach in UK, and a Dutch beach.

-PETA suing Sea World in violation of 13th Amendment – the orcas being held in slavery. Marine Mammals Protections Act governs SeaWorld and other places. In US animals are property not individuals. Many blacks are objecting to the slavery connotation

-BlackBeard’s cannon pulled off of

NC coast, around the cannon bits of rope, lead shot, and gold dust, have gotten 12 cannons so far Queen

Anne’s Revenge. Largest underwater archaeological dig in the US.

Raffles: Dollars Box: John Marren

Mystery Prize: Lauren Byrne

Bug Bag: Mike Denneler

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Upcoming Club Events

NSF Presentation:

Bill Buckley, renowned underwater photographer, on “GETTING THE SHOT – MORE TIME SHOOTING, LESS TIME EDITING”.

Come by if you are an avid photographer or if you want to be one! Sponsored by Tony Vieira.

Bay State Council of Divers Meeting

The next meeting of the Bay State Council of Divers is scheduled for Wednesday November 30, 2011 at the

South Shore Neptunes’ Clubhouse in Quincy at

7:30PM. All are invited to attend the BSC meetings

2011 Photo Contest

Hello all amateur photographers,

The banquet and the annual photo contest are coming up soon. I have been selected/volunteered to host the photo contest this year. This year it is being named in honor of and as a memorial to Paul Sauvageau, our most prolific recent photographer. His photo entries will be missed. I hope other photographers will be entering photos. There is quite a void to fill.

I would like to receive entries by December 1st so I have time to sort them and place on the display boards. We can vote on them at the following meeting, December 8. I am thinking that the photos should be submitted as 8” x 10” prints, and please write the category on the back.

Depending on the entries, categories will be:

Macro cold water Macro warm water Wide angle cold water Wide angle warm water Critter interaction Above water

I hope we have enough entries to have many great choices in each category.

Bill Werner



The 2011 North Shore Frogmen Annual President’s Holiday Banquet Tickets are on

sale now.

This event is open to all members, friends, family, and guests. Please spread the word.

Location: Palmers Cove Yacht Club, Salem, MA
Date: December 10th, 2011
Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Food: Catering by Café Salerno
Music: Music by DJ Dawn Boltas
Events: Catered appetizers, dinner & desert
  Presentation of Awards
  Raffle prizes
  Cash bar
Price: $35/person

Special Offer: Pay 2012 dues by the banquet and get $10 of raffle tickets free.

We now accept or credit cards for all payments, with a $2 processing fee:

Brings Banquet ticket price to $37

Brings 2012 Dues to $44 with an optional $5 for annual Bay State Council dues/support

Please see me at any meeting or email me to reserve your spot at the banquet and/or pay dues for 2012.

Hope to see you there!

Vinny Egizi

2011 NSF Treasurer

Diving /Camping Week in Vermont 2012

Week in Vermont diving and camping with Annette and Pat is currently scheduled for July 8 through 14, 2012. Put it on your calendar and plan to come up all or part of the week.

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      Calendar of Events      
      1 2 3 4 5  
          8:00 PM Meeting      
  6 7 8 9 10 11 12  
          8:00 PM Meeting      
  13 14 15 16 17 18 19  
          8:00 PM Meeting      
          Movie Night      
  20 21 22 23 24 25 26  
          No meeting      
  27 28 29 30 November 2011  
        BSC meeting  
  December 2011   1 2 3  
    8:00 PM Meeting      
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          8:00 PM Meeting   NSF Banquet  
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          8:00 PM Meeting      
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      Chanuka   8:00 PM Meeting      
  25 26 27 28 29 30 31  
  Christmas Kwanzaa     8:00 PM Meeting   New Year’s  
    begins       Eve  

Activities List

-Nov 3, Thur Bill Buckley presentation at NSF: GETTING THE SHOT

-Nov 17, Thur Movie Night – Showing another episode of Sea Hunt

-Nov 24, Thur Thanksgiving – NO MEETING

-Nov 30, Weds BSC Meeting in Quincy, MA

-Dec 1, Thur Elections for 2012 NSF Club Officers, and Diver/Member of the Year

-Dec 8, Thur Display and voting for best pictures in the P. Sauvageau Photo Contest

-Dec 10, Sat Annual NSF President’s Banquet at PCYC

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Annual Club Picnic DUI Dog Rally and Demo Tour
September 25, Stage Fort Park October 15, Kettle Cove Beach, Maine
  The weather was pretty windy and the water was
  pretty rough, but they enjoyed themselves anyway and
  were happy to stay warm and dry in the DUI test suits!

Photo: Vinny Egizi

Annual Tropical Fish Rescue 2011

October 9, Fort Wetherill, Jamestown, RI

Yes, you can see baby tropical fish!

Photos: Mary Howard

Photos: of Amy Maurer

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Dick Parnell – 10/13/2011

Dick Parnell, 80, passed away on October 13th.

Dick was Vice-President of the North Shore Frogmen’s Club in 1960, and President in 1962. He was the last surviving Charter Member of the North

Shore Frogmen’s Club. Dick arranged for the two page color photo of the Frogmen in Life Magazine in 1959. He was a Life Member, and was honored at the 50th Year Reunion for his 50+ years with the Frogmen.

We thank Dick for the numerous bug bag prizes he donated over the years, his presence at picnics and banquets, and remember him as an accomplished diver in the years before computers, BCs and even pressure gauges existed.

Diver of the Month

for November 2011

Markus Diersbock

for maintaining our new website.

Member of the Month

for November 2011

Mike Denneler

for collecting and relating the many

“Mike’s Moments” he gathers each week.

NEWS RELEASE, October, 2011

The Underwater Club of Boston and The Dive Patrol, Inc. announce the 61st edition of the Boston Scuba Show scheduled for 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., February 25, 2012 at the Holiday Inn and Resort in Marlboro, Massachusetts. The 2012 show will feature the films by Jonathan Bird (in-person 3-time EMMY Award Winner), and Fred Calhoun, with witty sayings, soft shoe routines, and more SCUBA than there’s time to tell. With Kerry and Linda Hurd, and directed by Alan Budreau, Jerry Shine will be receiving the Paul Revere Spike Award from the Underwater Club of Boston, presented by Arnie Pettiglio. The show will also offer a new film EGG ROCK, by Fred and Chris. Mr. Calhoun is an awards winning underwater motion picture producer and director, having won the Knights of Malta, Island of Malta, Film Festival (for LARGO), and the Conference for International Non-theatrical Events (CINE) award (for THE WALL).

Parking is always free at The Holiday Inn and Resort. We are at the intersection of routes 20 and 495 in Marlboro, Massachusetts.

Simultaneously, in another part of the Holiday Inn, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Dive Patrol will be offering the PSI scuba cylinder inspector certification course. PSI is the only recognized cylinder inspector training and certification program by DOT (the Department of Transportation, the real folks in charge of scuba cylinders). Expand your resume, become a certified cylinder inspector. Conducted by Dallas Edmiston, the in-advance course tuition is $275, checks payable to The Dive Patrol, Inc.

Tickets for the scuba show are only $20 each (use the savings for gas) and will be available at the door on the day of the program. In-advance show ticket sales and PSI tank program tuition, by writing to: Cecile Christensen, 2 Ocean Ave (1-H), Magnolia, MA 01930. Checks payable to: The Dive Patrol, Inc. Program phone (with an answering machine) is 978- 525-3432 – speak slowly and distinctly.

Thank you,

Fred Calhoun

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The Bay State Council of Divers

Supporting and promoting the recreational diving community in Massachusetts.

The Bay State Council of Divers (BSC) is a diver’s advocacy group. The BSC monitors local, state and federal regulations that may affect the recreational diving community in Massachusetts. When required, the BSC represents the interests of the diving community in these matters.

The BSC serves as a liaison between dive clubs and dive stores to promote recreational diving activity in Massachusetts. All divers are encouraged to support the BSC with an annual contribution of $5. Your contribution will allow the BSC to continue to be a strong advocate for the recreational diving community in Massachusetts.

See for more information on

the Bay State Council.

42 Water St.

Beverly MA


2011 Hours:

Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-5, Sun 9-3

Sales Service Rentals


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The North Shore Frogmen’s Club Inc

PO Box 3604

Peabody, MA 01961-3604

Upcoming Events

Nov 3: Bill Buckley at NSF
Nov 30: BSC Meeting
Dec 1: NSF Officer Elections
Dec 8: Photo Contest Voting

The North Shore Frogmen’s Club

meets every Thursday (except Thanksgiving) at 8PM

at Palmer’s Cove Yacht Club

74 Leavitt Street

Salem, MA 01970

More parking available in the Harbor Sweets lot across the street.

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