2005-11-17 / Letters to the Editor

Spooktacular success

The Pumpkin Spooktacular was a tremendous success. We had approximately 385 spectators come and view over 170 carved pumpkins on the Friday and Saturday before Halloween.

This show was the combined effort of many people.

I wish to thank all of our sponsors: Ace’s Pizza, Arthur Clarke Excavating, Art’s Auto Body, Catering Concepts, Conanicut Real Estate, Del Nero Cleaners & Laundry, East Ferry Deli, Eileen Hoff, Grapes & Gourmet, House of Pizza, Island Realty, Jamestown Animal Clinic, Jamestown Boat Yard, Linda Silipigni at Re-Max, Livingston Marine Assoc. Inc., Stearns Farms, Video Showcase and WalMart for their generosity.

Ross Bohensky of Troop 1 did a great job on the spooky signs. Linda Maclean was a huge help placing posters all over town and decorating the yard; I could not have done the show without her.

Diane Wright and Carol Nelson-Lee were just two of the people instrumental in helping set the scene and providing long hours of support during the show.

A special thank-you is offered to Harry Chase, who not only donated the pumpkins to the Scouts but came back and retrieved the pumpkins so I did not have to dispose of them.

Again, this year my family put in long hours of labor and support and I truly appreciate their hard work and understanding.

Gollum carved by Julie Danenburg was the pumpkin voted Best In Show.

Other winners were Sarah Dery for Scariest and Bruce Toppa for Patriotic. Funniest was by Nicholas Diaz, a Tiger Cub. Dee White won for Boy Scout Theme, and Kathy Brownell took Jamestown Theme. The Video Showcase won for Best Business Entry.

Deb Richards won the WalMart gift card. Rebecca Heavey won the 3-foot inflatable pumpkin. Eileen Hoff and Stephanie Waterman won gift certificates from Ace’s Pizza and Video Showcase. Dimitri Verrcchione and Jack Romamo won the gift certificates from House of Pizza and Video Showcase. Maya Gamble and Jack Romano both won the Trick or Treat Pumpkins.

The Pumpkin Spooktacular is a great event that seems to bring people of all ages together in our community. Next year, we hope to have your carved pumpkin. Hopefully, we have started a Jamestown family tradition.

Maryann Toppa, Troop 1 committee member

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