2006-08-03 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Standing on the hot tarmac with little if any breeze blowing across the parking lot, members of Jamestown Boy Scout Troop 1 were set up for their annual yard sale to raise funds for their upcoming week-long stay at Camp Yawgoog. Temperatures in the 90s were predicted.

The activity in front of the Jamestown Early Learning Center was attracting some attention from the passing traffic on North Road, but the troop was faced with some tough competition elsewhere on the island. Save The Bay was swimming across the East Passage, the Craft Show was underway at the Community Center, the Striper Club was emptying the Reservoir of fish, and dozens of other garage and yard sales were attracting people from throughout the island.

When we went to the Scouts' sale Saturday morning at about a quarter to 10, the first person we saw was Assistant Senior Patrol

Leader Drew Matley, who was sitting under a bush and out of the sun. When we asked him about the things on the ground in front of him, he explained it wasn't his stuff and he was just there in the shade trying to get cool. The real owner, Star Scout John Chase, came on the scene and said he had sold a bread maker and still had a bike among other items on the block. Just about then a telescope made its way on to the blanket. It had seen a few years but looked like it had once been a good scope.

Moving down the row, we stopped to talk to Tenderfoot Josh Nolan and his mom, Jody. "We're cleaning out the basement," she noted, saying she and Josh had reached an amiable agreement on the proceeds.

Further on down, Tenderfoot Vaughan Nelson-Lee was selling "basically old toys and clothing." He said up until then he had made 25 cents.

Taking advantage of the weather forecast, Second Class Scout Nick Fay brought some additional entrepreneurship to the sale by offering cold lemonade for 25 cents and cookies for 50 cents. We thought the sales would pick up there as the sun got a bit higher.

Nick said that he had sold a bird cage, lots of books, a pasta maker, and other kitchen stuff.

His mom, Sue, added that the person who had bought the cage said "it was for a talking parrot named Jake that laid eggs."

Checking the bank, Nick reported he and his mom had brought in $70.

We glanced back at John Chase's area and noticed the telescope was still there. We visualized it on the deck table when evenings got longer again.

Star Scout Kyle Wright had a somewhat unusual table in that it featured Microtabs to lessen toilet odors in RVs and boats, sunglasses, and boas. Not likely items one would find in a scout's bedroom or closet. It was likely they belonged to Kyle's mom, Diane, who reminded her son that although they had taken in only $28 so far, she was covering the whole ticket for her son's camping trip.

In the next area, committee member Linda Gaines had a good morning. Sitting back and relaxing in the shade of a wooden fence, she said she had moved her big-ticket items - three glasstopped coffee tables, a Buzz Light Year sleeping bag, a Lionel train set, and numerous videos. She seemed a happy person.

Second Class Scout James Perry's mom, Donna, was filling in for her son as he competed in the Striper Club's Fishing Derby at the reservoir. He was scheduled to relieve her at 11. "He had to get dinner," Donna quipped.

While he was gone, she sold two bikes, a train set, and puzzles. A huge doll house drew people's attention to the table. James had taken it on for his sister on a commission basis, of course.

First Class Scout Dylan Walsh had to work at McQuade's that morning so his mom, Brenda, under an attractive hand-held sun umbrella, presented an elaborate table with a combination of interesting household and personal items. They included stained glass, books, handbags, games, and clothing patterns.

We glanced across the parking lot. The telescope was still there.

While we were talking to Brenda, Jeff and Kathy Williams walked up with their grandson, Ethan.

Kathy looked the table over while we talked with Ethan, who is about to turn 1. She picked up a small strawberry colored item that turned out to be a toothpick holder. Ethan expressed little interest. He's working on the teeth. One thing at a time.

Great job, Troop 1, have a super week at Yawgoog.

Oh! We haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but the telescope looks great on our deck.

*** The monarchs are on the move.

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Last week, Dr. Joshua Hatch of

the Jamestown Animal Clinic prepared us for possibly learning how to trim our own pet's nails. Personally, it makes us squeamish, but let's see.

"If your pet is comfortable with you touching its feet and if you've watched a demonstration of nail trimming, you are now ready to try trimming a toenail or two. First, get a good pair of nail trimmers. Then, pick a time when your pet is relaxed and you have a family member or friend around to help if needed.

"If your pet has clear nails, then you can see the quick and avoid cutting that far up. If your pet has black nails, you will have to slowly shave away small amounts till you near the quick. If your pet has both types of nails use the clear nails as a guide as to where to trim. If you do nick the vascular part, it will bleed a little and you should have some styptic powder on hand to stop the bleeding. In a pinch, you can use flour, corn starch, or even rub the nail on a dry bar of soap to help stop any bleeding." Thanks, Doctor! WOOF! We're still squeamish.

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A big welcoming WOOF! for

Hunter, a fifteen-month-old female bassett, who has taken up residence with John Preece and Katy Koken on Pemberton Avenue.

Hunter is a rescued dog and found her way to the island via Jamestown Animal Officer Cathy Gregory and Barbara Szepatowski's Paws & Claws.

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Sonya Bieler writes that she's

heard from Producer Jason Bolicki of Towers Productions, the company that last fall shot the documentary about the Great Hurricane of 1938 and its effects on Jamestown and surrounding areas.

"The History Channel hasn't committed to a firm date yet, but has given Towers Productions a tentative airdate of Sunday, Aug. 27. The official title of the documentary is 'Nature's Fury: New England's Killer Hurricane.'"

Jamestowners who participated in the three-day shoot, two of which were in Newport, are Patty Vandal; Madi, Carol and John Baldwin; Eric Bieler; Johnna Jamieson; Dana, Talley, Durga and Michael Larkin; Kathy and Clarke Westall; Sydney and Kathy Pazera; Jon Knudsen; Jenna Regan; Hannah Cordes; Michael and Steve Liebhauser; Bonnie Jamison; Kathleen and Madi Brown; Dan and Mike Harpool; Garrett Reis; Rebecca Brazil; Kathy Jamieson; Tot Wright; Bill Murphy; and Jim Munro.

All soon to be seen in your homes.

Sonya suggests we check our TV Guides and www.historychannel. com in the coming weeks as more information is released. READY! . . . ACTION!

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Help is needed in finding a

home for a 1-year-old spayed female cat. She is in a home now, but they can't keep her.

If you can help or know of anyone who can, please contact Debbie Slattery of the Jamestown Humane Society @ ds@jamestownri.com or 4233959.

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Whose theme song was "Love

in Bloom."

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Wednesday is the Green Corn

Moon.

*** Be true!

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