2005-09-15 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

ing, no home, no job, no food, and no clothes.”

Among the locations where Ed dropped off supplies are the First United Methodist Church in Gautier, Miss.; Biloxi Fire Department station number 5, Biloxi, Miss.; and a distribution center in Pass Christian, Miss.

At Pass Christian the food supply had run out two hours before Ed arrived. “Four guys helped us unload, lots of people thanked us profusely. . . . It felt wonderful to be smack in the middle of these people. It was so satisfying to be a part of that group. It is humanity at it best. We left there and tried to go south toward the coast. Wires down . . . trees down. . . poles down . . . buildings flattened . . . dunnage everywhere. We soon arrived at the road block beyond which only locals could go. We’d had enough, so we turned around and headed for home. Today we did 350 miles in 10 hours and donated $1,000 in aid.

“Each time I tell someone down here about all you up there and your generosity, they start to fill up and cry. They are so touched that you would want to help them . . . without even knowing them.”

If you’d like to help out and have your donation hand delivered, send a check made out to Ed Booth to 37 Lee Ave., Newport, RI 02840. It will be deposited into Ed’s account, and he can draw on it with his debit card as needed.

If you prefer to use Paypal on the computer Ed’s e-mail address is edbooth1@cox.net.

He sends up his daily progress reports on dbooth.net/ed. Super kudos, Ed!

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Congratulations to islander Joel Newbolt who has been elected one of the three team captains on the North Kingstown High School Freshman Football Team. Joel, who plays right guard and

defensive tackle, excelled during

double sessions and practiced

“This is an intense journey, so much is coming into the

windows and doors of my mind. There is so much to process and there are no neat and tidy places in which to put each piece. I am seeing the heart and soul of a very large group of people. I see the result of one of nature’s most furious attempts ever. There is evidence everywhere of the immense power of water...the cumulative effects of winds of truly awesome speeds.”

These are the words Ed Booth e-mailed home after his arrival in the area devastated by Hurricane Katrina. We told you last week about the Rocket Dawg and retired Jamestown postmaster’s journey south “to help whoever I can.” He carried gasoline, water, and money in order to help the victims of the storm. He headquartered at his sister Judy’s home in Pensacola and worked out of there.

“The roads are full of convoys, police cars, buses, support vehicles, bucket trucks, ambulances, large Army trucks . . . people on the move . . . rescuers, repairers, dike pluggers of all sorts, large dump trucks, MPs. The whole area is being swarmed by fixers and comforters and organizers and tent city experts and on and on. ‘God Bless You’ is flying everywhere . Frustrations are clearly evident on the faces of some, fear is on the faces of others.”

Ed found that the best way to reach the people was to go to distribution points and inquire about need. When he returned to base at night, he and Judy would head out to Wal Mart and Sam’s Club and purchase food. Judy, who works at J.C. Penny was able to purchase $8,600 worth of clothing there for just $860. The next day they’d return to the distribution centers and leave the items.

“There are so many damaged homes and even more damaged lives. So many of these people had very little before the storm and now they literally have nothwith a severely sprained hand. He told us he appreciates the opportunity “to motivate the team and offer my advice.”

Best wishes for a winning season, Joel.

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Dot Norton, Bob and Betty Kinder and Patty Vandal all filled in the ? marks correctly. “They’re either too young or too old, they’re either too gray or too grassy green.”

“It was a lament regarding available males during WWII,” explained Bob and Betty. Patty provided the next lines in the lyrics, “The pickins’ are poor and the crop is lean. What’s good is in the Army, what’s left will never harm me.” Sing out!!!

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It must fall in the same category as taking undersized female lobsters or stealing a horse.

It’s the lowest of low. Stealing plants out of someone else’s garden.

Judy Bell, library director, says that’s what’s happening in the garden at the library just opposite the front door.

Judy related how Jane Case has put a great deal of effort into the garden, even donating her own perennials, only to have someone dig them up and take them away.

It’s not vandalism, it’s outright disgusting theft.

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PET ALERT: Miss Oreo, a 14year-old cat with long black and white hair, is missing from her 15 Melrose Ave. home. The Larson family reported her absence after she failed to return home for her Fancy Feast breakfast on Sunday morning after a Saturday night on the town.

The Larsons say she may have wandered into a basement or shed and is locked inside. The family said she tends to be shy and timid. If you have any information, call Miss Oreo’s family at 423-1238.

Of course, she may have met up with Willie who is also missing and they . . . . Well, you get our drift.

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The Rocket Dawgz received a donation from David Czerwonka of East Providence who wrote, “Loved it at Mackerel Cove! Excellent! We like being close, we always say — if the chunks aren’t falling on us, we’re not close enough!” A Rocket Dawg at heart!

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The Jamestown Medical Fund that gives financial assistance to people with inadequate or no medical insurance is raffling off $2,500. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained by calling Maryann Toppa, 423-2866, who said she’ll hand deliver them to your house.

If it’s too big a nut, Maryann suggests you get together with some friends and chip in for a ticket.

“The money stays on the island,” she said.

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Four-year-old Phoebe Potter is the R&R Gallery’s August winner of the monthly Beanie Babie drawing. A resident of England, Phoebe is going into kindergarten, or reception as it’s called over there. She’ll be carrying her Sherry Slick as a momento from the colonies.

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Registration to become a member of Jamestown’s Cub Scout Pack 1 will be held at the Lt. Col. John C. Rembijas Memorial Pavilion at Ft. Getty Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 5:30 p.m.

A Cub Scout’s life on the island includes Pawsox games, camp outs, Pinewood Derby Race, Blue & Gold dinner, popcorn sale, and an overnight at Battleship Cove.

But most of all it includes building new friendships and acquiring skills that are valuable throughout a lifetime.

Registration is for boys in first through the fifth grades. The fee is $20. Any questions? Call Greg DiGasper, 423-2468

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Deb Slattery is looking for a foster home for a kitten or kittens. Call her at 423-3959.

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BankNewport Branch Manager Mike DeVito and his very capable staff are hosting a customer appreciation social at the island branch tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lunch will be catered by the husband and wife team from Chopmist Charlie’s and Tricia’s Tropi-Grille. An on-air personality from Coast 93.3 FM will be on hand for live “call-ins” and prize giveaways.

As the tune goes, “BankNewport, BankNewport...”

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The fifth annual Peter C. Clarke Memorial Golf Tournament will tee up Saturday, Sept. 17, at 7 a.m. for a shotgun start at the Jamestown Golf Course.

The entrance fee of $75 per person includes 18 holes, barbecue lunch, prizes, and raffles. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Jamestown School and local charities.

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If you can’t make the tournament on Saturday, mark Oct. 2 on your calendar. A fund-raiser will be played at the Jamestown Golf Course that day to purchase a beach wheelchair for Jamestown School eighth-grader Alex Brynes who has muscular dystrophy.

Tickets are $50. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, and a raffle.

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It’s sticky fingers time again. The Knights of Columbus Council #9197 will have 50 dozen glazed Krispy Kreme doughnuts for sale in front of St. Mark Church on Sunday morning, Sept. 24. Coffee, tea, punch and individual doughnuts will be available at a parish social in the church hall after the two masses.

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Can you imagine having an entire soccer team for dinner and then the possibility of having them for breakfast, too?

That’s what almost happened to Barbara Ricci. Her son, Matt, is a junior at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn., and plays defense on the school’s soccer team. After losing 9 8 to Providence College, the entire team of 20 players, two coaches, and a trainer were invited to Matt’s Yawl Avenue home for dinner.

The team arrived on a bus about 7:30 p.m. Every thing was going well until the bus got stuck trying to make a turn while backing out of the driveway. There it sat, immobile.

They put in a call for a tow truck to come out of Providence. It took more than three hours for it to get to the island.

In the meantime the soccer team, ranging in ages from 18 to 22, consumed all the pasta, lasagna, salad, and brownies and who knows what else from the Ricci larder. Some wanted to call out for more food, not realizing they were on an island.

Some stayed inside and watched the Sox game or football while others played basketball outside.

The tow truck arrived about 11 p.m. and it took only 10 minutes to free the bus.

The team arrived back at school at 2:15 a.m. With 8 a.m. classes on their schedules, it was a short night for the athletes.

So, how did Barbara feel after feeding a whole team? “They are an incredible group of young men, with well-mannered behavior because of their parents. The school has a great team. I’d entertain them again in a heartbeat.”

Oh, the driver of the bus missed out on the lasagna.

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The Harvest Moon is on Sunday.

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