2006-02-16 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Someone once said, “The show must go on!” And, go

on it shall, but not until the fall.

There will be no spring production by the Jamestown Community Theatre.

Artistic Director Mary S. Wright told us, “I’m exhausted. We had a big production team and were so busy in the fall that everyone is now just plain tired.” Mary was referring to the JCT’s presentation of “HONK!”

Kevin Somerville, president of the JCT, said “Mary is not up to it, and no one has stepped up to take her place.”

He said the JCT has discussed the possibility of working with the island teen group and its supervisor Melissa Minto to produce a short play. It would be this spring for 11to 15-year-olds. “The JCT would be mentors and the resource for the teens,” Kevin said. There is also talk of a series of classes and seminars to be put on by members of the theater group.

At least we have the fall to look forward to. Mary said, “In the spring we’ll know more about what we’ll do in the fall. If you have any suggestions, e-mail me at ms.wright@mac.com.”

Meanwhile, we’ll miss the roar of the grease paint and the smell of the crowd.

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Experience the ultimate speed bump, visit the dump!

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Kudos to Roland and Janet Cavanagh of Sail Street, longtime contributors, for being the first with a donation for the Independence Day fireworks. Who’s next?

Send your check to the Fireworks Fund, Box 1776, Jamestown 02835 and we’ll blow it up.

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Jim Pemantell is going to run a marathon again, even though he said he wouldn’t.

In a letter dated Feb. 1 the 67year-old islander and retired police chief said he’s returning to the Boston Marathon in April to raise funds for the Adeline LaPlante Memorial Center in Narragansett.

“I know that in the past I have told you there will be no more letters asking you to support my fund-raising efforts and that the marathon I was planning to run last time would be my last, but the LaPlante Memorial Center is a program that I believe in,” Jim explained.

He advised us that the center provides in-home therapy from Westerly to Woonsocket for children afflicted with autism and other disabilities.

“They are funded by Medicade through the Rhode Island Department of Human Services. But, as is the case with many public funded programs, there is never enough money to do all the things that need to be done. The money that I raise will be used for extracurricular activities and supplies that will provide enjoyment and learning experiences that are not now available to the children,” he said.

In other words, the money he raises will go into the field and not to administration.

Jim went on to say there are three Jamestown children receiving care and support from the Center. One is Caleb Barclay de Tolly, son of Amy Barclay de Tolly who, according to Jim, cannot say enough good things about the care and help Caleb receives.

Jim’s last marathon was the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2004. He had also run in the Boston Marathon the previous spring. “The Boston run was hot, the temperature was in the 80s and I had been training in the 40s. “I thought I’d die, and then as I went on I was afraid I wouldn’t.”

The running began in 1980 when he decided after watching the Ocean State Marathon in Newport that he could do that. Twenty-five years later and after thousands of dollars in fund-raising, Jim is about to run his 40th marathon.

He has begun training for this one, though he’s in pretty good shape now. For the past four years, he has worked out every Saturday at a gym with his personal trainer. Last week, he started running 3 miles, then 8. Each time out he “cranks it up a bit,” adding a couple of miles each week. “Then when I get into the 20s I slack off a bit two weeks before the marathon,” he explained.

“I do not look forward to the cold, wet winter training, but I will do whatever needs to be done to reach the finish line in Boston and reach my goal of raising $3,000 for the LaPlante Center.

“I am asking that you support my fund-raising effort with a donation for whatever you feel you can afford. Checks made out to the Adeline LaPlante Center can be mailed to me, Jim Pemantell, at 224 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown RI 02835 before March 31.

“I thank you, the Adeline LaPlante Memorial Center thanks you, and most of all the children, who will be able to do things they have never had the opportunity to do in their young lives, thank you.” And, Jim, we thank you!

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Note to the Moonbathers: The post office was the only place in town with its flag flown properly for the funeral of Coretta King. The postal employees were alert enough to have the flag at half staff on orders that day from the President.

Great job, guys.

Meanwhile, the police station flag remains in the dark.

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Bring back the doughnuts to the East Ferry Deli!

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Kudos to Kyle Biddick who is one of three Portsmouth Abbey seniors who have been invited to participate in the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

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“It’s taking longer than we’d hoped, but we’re plugging along,” said Dan Alexander, owner of the Narragansett Cafe.

His projected re-opening set for St. Patrick’s Day may have to be revised to the end of March.

“The electrician will be in this week. We’ll get the bar open as soon as we can, then finish the kitchen as we go along,” he said. Stay on top of it, Dan!

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Barbara Worden Lundy is handing out gold stars to high achievers who frequent her Jamestown Fitness Center.

Barbara said the stars were “for putting their health as a priority.” Jonathan Pollack lost 40 pounds, and Steve Garnett and Whitney Graves all “deserve pats on the backs.”

Kudos to all!

Incidentally check out the bulletin board in the gym for pictures of celebrities working out at the Fitness Center.

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Does anyone know how to get squirrels out of the attic? Is there such a person as a squirrel whisperer?

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Troop 1 has been on the slopes again.

On Feb. 1 Committeeman Jim Archibald led the Boy Scouts on a trip to the Yawgoo Ski Area to take part in the outdoor portion of the Winter Sports merit badge.

Boy Scouts skiing were Hayden Maclean, Mike Brendlinger, Jack Tregenza, Shane Farrelly, Dylan Walsh, Madison Hansen, Nick Faye, Nick Lutes, Danny Bailey, Ben Normand, Nathaniel Hopkins, Sal Morenzi, Tom Munro, Eric Archibald, and Cub Scout Charlie Tregenza.

In addition to Jim, skiing adults were Glen Hopkins, Peter Hansen, and John Tregenza. Tending the fire in the lodge were Robin Tregenza, Charlie Normand, and Diane Archibald.

Jim said all 14 of the Scouts passed the requirements necessary to be awarded the merit badge and most are well into completing the book study portion. Boffo, guys!!

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Dr. Joshua Hatch was unable to be with us for this issue, so we bring you “the best of” his Pet Tip of the Week items.

“The cold and snow bring with them a few potential hazards for your pets. The first is car antifreeze. This fluid tastes sweet to dogs and cats, but even a small amount can be life threatening and is difficult to diagnose and to treat. Do not let your pet drink from puddles in the street or in your driveway, and make sure that this poison is stored very safely away from animals in your garage. Contact your pet’s doctor immediately if you suspect exposure to this toxin.

“Another common issue with pets is the use of rock salt on icy walks and driveways. This can be very irritating to animals’ feet and pads. Whenever your pet gets back from a long walk, make sure you wipe the critter’s paws clean of any residue before your pet licks them and then also irritate their mouths. You can apply a thick petroleum jelly to your pet’s foot pads before walks or invest in some ‘doggie booties’ to keep the salt off their feet as well.” WOOF!

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Monday is Presidents’ Day, a holiday created by Congress so it will have a three-day weekend.

Wednesday is the date George Washington was born in 1732. Fly your flag!

*** Be true!

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