2006-07-20 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Kudos to Will Deffley, Tom Munro, Christian

Tiexiera, and Nathaniel Vigneault for being named to Newport Babe Ruth League AllStar teams.

They were all members of Jamestown's Ali's Run team that was formed to play for the first time this year in the Babe Ruth League.

The players are nominated to all-star status by their manager.

Nathaniel, an infielder, is with the 15-year-old team, Will, a pitcher and catcher, is playing with the 14-year-old all-stars, and Tom, an outfielder, and Christian, an infielder, are with the team for 13-year-olds.

Jamestowner Brian McDevitt, who played for Mel's Cafe in the Newport Babe Ruth League for the past two seasons, is also playing for the 15-year-old all-stars.

Twelve teams from the Newport league contribute players to the all-star nines. Fourteen municipalities take part in the playoffs, with a double elimination system that has 21 individual games.

Tim Wygant, manager of the 13-year-olds, has been squeezing

practices in between rainy days. He said the playoffs are "traditional tournaments played at each level. The players get to compete on the same team with individuals they played against during the regular season, and friendships develop."

The younger team lost big to the Pawtucket Babe Ruth AllStars in North Providence Friday night and were eliminated from the playoffs by Coventry in Cumberland on Sunday. Ditto the 15-year-olds who bowed to Portsmouth in a close one Saturday and lost 8-5 against West Warwick on Sunday. Stay tuned.

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If nothing more, it may have made us feel cooler. The sevenday weather forecast in last Thursday's ProJo had daytime temperatures in the 30s and 40s and nights in the 20s.

Joey G called to ask if we'd seen it and wondered if he should get reservations for Aruba. We hope Al Gore saw it.

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Islander Kristen Zhivago passed on some information about Lyme disease from a document produced by the DEM called "Reducing Deer Damage to Your Garden and Yard." The article starts out by stating, "In the early 1900's the white tailed deer population was no more than 500,000 across the country. Today the numbers are increasing and there are now close to 15 million individuals in the US."

Calling those stats amazing, Kristen explained that she has had chronic Lyme disease for about six years.

She said, "Once the spirochetes manage to invade your heart, brain, nervous system, and joints, it's very difficult to get them out. For anyone who suspects they have Lyme, I highly recommend Dr. James Gloor, of the Wickford Medical Junction. He's sympathetic partly because he's had Lyme.

"He's also an excellent diagnostician. I asked him recently why that's so, and he said it's because he's a naturalist, not just a technician. He's just put me on a combination of an antibiotic and an anti-malaria drug, which helps the antibiotics get into the tissues, where the spirochetes tend to hang out.

"Others in the field have had some success with this approach for long-term Lyme sufferers, and it might be something that your readers would want to know about."

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After the guy was allegedly run over by a fire truck pulling out of a station house in Cranston, what do you want to bet some wag in the General Assembly will introduce legislation requiring a monitor to ride on all fire apparatus.

*** Moonlight and roses bring ???.

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A letter from Sue Maffei Plowden of Calvert Place: "For the past several months I've been training for the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC), on Aug. 5 and 6 - a fund-raising bike ride that has been in existence since 1980 and is dedicated to raising money for cancer research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.

"The catalyst for the fund-raising effort is a bike-a-thon. This year, my third, I'll be riding again: 189 miles in two-days from Sturbridge to Provincetown, Mass.

More than 4,500 riders will participate - last year it proved again to be an incredibly emotional and rewarding event.

"The team was formed last summer to honor many friends and family who have suffered through cancer. This is an exciting time in cancer research and the money going to Dana Farber will be very important to help with these exciting breakthroughs in treatment.

"All of the riders commit to raising a minimum of $3,300. If you would like to make a contribution, you can electronically - with your credit card. Just click on www.PMC.org, then click on EGifts and enter SM0196. Or, if you would prefer to contribute by mail, please write a check to PMC Jimmy Fund and send it to me at 45 Calvert Place, Jamestown, RI 02835. Thanks so much!"

Thank you, Sue. The Jimmy Fund has been around for a long time and continues to do wonderful things.

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On Friday the Scouts of Troop 1 Jamestown returned from their annual High Adventure Trek. This year they spent five days canoeing on the Saco River and one day whitewater rafting on the Kennebec River.

Scoutmaster Dave Volpe tells us what happened.

"We left on July 8 with 12 Scouts and four adults heading for Center Conway, N.H., to start our Saco River trek. We brought eight canoes and all the group and personal gear to live on the river for five days and four nights. On the first day we got on the river late and only paddled for approximately 3 miles before finding a sandbar on the side of the river to set up camp for the evening.

"Every night the Scouts gathered firewood for dinner and/or a campfire and purified water from the river for cooking and drinking. They cooked meals ranging from pancakes and sausage for breakfast to chicken, rice, and beans, with peach cobbler for desert. We stayed two nights at the second campsite to practice skills and work on the Canoe Merit Badge.

"Over all we covered 41 miles on the river before taking out in Hiram, Maine.

To break up the long paddles in the sun, the older Scouts brought a bunch of squirt guns and the canoes would have water battles on the river. On Wednesday, we left Hiram, Maine, for a little over three-hour ride to Crab Apple Whitewater in The Forks, Maine, where we camped in heavy rains that evening. We awoke to a beautiful sunny day for our rafting, which started below the Harris Power Station and ended 12 miles later back at Crab Apple Whitewater on the Kennebec. The power station releases water at a rate of 5,000 cfs from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day, which creates some great Class III, IV, and V whitewater.

"All in all this was a great trip with a lot of fun and excitement with the Scouts earning the Canoe Merit Badge and the Whitewater Merit Badge. Scouts attending were Brian Volpe, Drew Matley, Zack Volpe, John Chase, Michael Brendlinger, Sal Morenzi, Nathaniel Hopkins, Kyle Wright, Shane Farrelly, Eric Archibald, Cameron Toppa, and Ben Norman.

"I would like to thank the adult leaders who came with us and made this trip possible. They are Harry Chase, John Keavy Jr., and John Keavy III. I would also like to thank the Troop 1 Committee members and the Jamestown Rotary, our sponsor organization, for its support in this venture.

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Congratulations to Jamestowner Allison Smith, who was named last week's Athlete of the Week by the Newport Daily News. Allison was named one of two ball-girl captains at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championship last week.

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We scored three scones in McQuade's on Sunday.

*** Be true!

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