2006-02-23 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Students at the Jamestown School are receiving up-tothe

minute news exclusively from the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.

Daily communiques arrive at the school via e-mails from Rebecca Crawford who owns a home on Seaside Drive.

Rebecca is the sister-in-law of islander Chris Crawford and he told us she is heavily involved with the United States Olympic Committee and the American athletes in Italy.

“She is one of the top executives there, holding the title of director, Sport Partnerships for the USOC. She is also the U.S. director for the village of Bardonechia at the Games. This is the village where most of the new events in skiing are housed along with some of the more traditional ones like cross country. Rebecca reports that days all run 18 to 20 hours in an attempt to be sure that the U.S. athletes and coaches have everything they need to bring home the medals,” Chris told us.

He explained that Rebecca emails directly to fourth-grade teacher Faith Craus, who shares the information with other classes. Rebecca has two nephews at the school, Chris in the eighth grade and Austin in the fourth.

She also sends “blurbs” to Chris, who shares them with friends. “These are daily behindthe scenes updates that not even the media get to see so that all the kids on Jamestown are ‘in’ the action. GO USA!”

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Re: last week’s Murphy’s Law. Perhaps Madame Chiang Kai-shek said it best: “We live in the present, dream of the future and learn our eternal truths from the past.”

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We saw our first robin Friday. The day before the deep freeze. May not see him again for a while.

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R.I.P. Johnny A to Z. You were a large part of the former aura of Jamestown. You are missed.

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Danielle and Erin Brown want to put smiles on the faces of Iraqi children.

If you read their letter in last week’s Press, you know they have begun a campaign to collect soft stuffed animals to hand out to children in that war-torn country.

They call it Operation Share Bear but its not limited to only bears. All animals are welcome.

The girls are 16-year-old twins and are home schooled in the 11th grade. The idea originated with their mom, Lisa, who after hearing from a friend, Army Capt. Josh Bandy, who is serving in Iraq, she suggested it to the girls.

As explained in last week’s letter, the soldiers hand them out to young Iraqis who are mostly destitute. “These little girls, who have pretty much nothing, more often then not turn and hand those Teddy Bears to their younger brothers and sisters.”

The twins went on to say that we all probably have stuffed animals somewhere in our homes that are never hugged and just gathering dust. “Can we share some of that wealth, so that these children can at least have a Teddy Bear to hold?”

If you have stuffed animals in relatively good condition the girls will wash them and put on new ribbons as needed. Call them at 560-0285 and they’ll pick them up or you can drop them off at 5 Buoy St. They’ll also take donations to help pay for the postage.

The pair is branching out already, a friend of theirs is starting an Operation Share Bear at South Kingstown High School.

The Browns came to the island in August and became involved in the community with the girls joining the Jamestown Community Theatre and appearing in the group’s production of “Honk.”

They plan to enlist their siblings Allie, 13, Josh, 12, and Caleb, 9, in Operation Share Bear.

Danielle, who said she’s a “big Teddy Bear person,” is sending some of hers to the Iraqi children.

The sisters summed up their feelings in their letter, “We want to make a difference, no matter how small, in the lives of these children, and we’re offering you a chance to help. All it takes are a few stuffed animals to give these children a smile.”

A stuffed walrus is on the way. Give him some company.

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We all have a Cookie Monster or two in our homes, so have cookie dough available when those cravings come calling.

The Jamestown School eighth-graders are selling frozen cookie dough to raise funds for their trip to Washington, D.C., in June.

Each package contains 48 pre-portioned 1-oz. cookies. Flavors are Chocolate Chunk, Candy Cookie with M&Ms, Peanut Butter with Peanut Butter Chips, Macadamia Nut Macadamia Nut White Chip, Snickerdoodle and Oatmeal Raisin.

They’re only $12 each and can be purchased from eighth grade students or by calling Maureen McDermott at 423-0297.

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Kudos to the police department: the flag is illuminated and looks great

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Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic has some great advice for new puppy owners in his Pet Tip of the Week.

“Is your new puppy teething? Instead of having the pup chewing on couches, walls, or you, buy a few cheap washcloths and soak them in water and put them in the freezer. When fully frozen, give one to the puppy to chew. The washcloth will thaw in time so have another one ready in the freezer for the pup.

“As the dog gets bigger you will want to change to more appropriate-sized chew toys so the dog does not start to destroy or eat the washcloths!

“You can make a similar treat and chew toy with ice cubes to which you’ve added low-sodium chicken broth to the water before you freeze it. That way they will taste good and keep the dog occupied with the treat instead of your furniture.”

We wish we’d known that a few years ago. Thanks, Doctor.

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Our thanks to Nina Stevens, owner of Xtreme Clean, who bailed us out and spruced up our home in time for some last minute guests. She does great work. 4197150.

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Word is, Boston Neck Pizza in Saunderstown is expanding into its neighbor, the former Heffie’s eatery, and will soon make a move onto Jamestown.

*** We received a note from great photograph of the Jamestown teachers.

“I have received a letter from Shirley Hull whose family lived in back of us — we were at 76 Narragansett Ave. and a note from Earl Hinckley who now lives in Calif. — he left the island in 1943 and Hannah Caswell was his last teacher.” And the beat goes on!

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Odds & Ends. We read this week of a house on Shoreby Hill on the block for $3 million. Multi-million dollar homes have been built on East Shore Road, to say nothing of Beavertail. School enrollment is down. So, why are our taxes always going up?

Can we follow Coventry’s lead and publish all the union contracts so the taxpayers can see where their money is going? If not, why not?

How do flocks of birds know when to all turn at the same time?

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Cameron Toppa, Vaughn Nelson-Lee, Josh Nolan, Hayden Maclean, Sam Baugh, and Cub Scout Ian Archibald were the sled crew for Boy Scout Troop 1 at the annual Klondike competition at Camp Aquapaug early this month. Scoutmaster Dave Volpe said the team, led by Patrol Leader Shane Farrelly, represented the troop with pride. “Brian Volpe, senior patrol leader, and Drew Matley, assistant senior patrol leader, took turns coaching the team on some of the more difficult challenges, Dave said.

Zack Volpe, den chief, John Chase, quartermaster, and Adam DiLuglio, junior assistant scoutmaster, prepared lunch and welcomed the Webelos from Pack 1, who came to meet the members of the troop and see the events of the Klondike.

In addition to Dave, adults attending were Vaughn NelsonLee and Diane Archibald.

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If you have a need to get in touch with NationalGrid, good luck! Allow yourself a couple of days to get through and if you do, don’t expect a straight answer. Oh, for the good old days of Newport Electric.

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We welcome your contributions to this column.

Call us at 423-0383 or our cell 829-2760, e-mail us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com, or drop the item off at the Jamestown Press.

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