2006-08-17 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

When the last act exits the stage tonight at the Jamestown Community Chorus' 17th annual talent show, Janet Kirk will close out her first tenure as producer of a stage production.

A tenure that included a week off-island singing Verdi.

The curtain goes up on the talent show tonight at 7:30 at the Community Center.

It all began for Janet in June, when at a chorus board meeting she offered to help Lynn Normand who had held the producer's job the previous two years. Janet was at the meeting as section leader of the chorus' sopranos. She left the meeting also as producer of the talent show.

"Lynn left me with copious notes. Following her lead made the job easy," she said.

The owner of her own business, Janet recognized the job of producer is that of a manager. She

said that to build a team you must know people's skills, delegate and support them. "I have a great team," Janet said.

It includes Pat Perry as assistant producer; Tom Pederson, director; and Andrea von Hohenleiten, assistant director. The production staff met every Wednesday evening at 7 at Janet's house. She said that she had been away for a week, and "the team never skipped a beat. They took their assignments to heart and went from there. All kudos go to them," she said.

An eight-year member of the chorus, Janet said that at the last Wednesday meeting "all seems to be swimmingly well." She added that the "swimmingly" ties in nicely with this year's theme, "Good Ol' Summer Time."

Auditions were held earlier in the week, and some great talents tonight will join regular great performers from the past like the Jamestown Community Band, the Kathy Brownell Follies, Janet Grant, Emily Anthony, and Mary Spots. Still in question is the Jamestown Fiddlers.

Master of Ceremonies Frank Darigan will keep it all together.

A silent auction headed by Sylvia Monti will again be part of tonight's activities, and raffle tickets will be sold prior to the show. Chamber Bucks in denominations of $100, $75 amd $50 will be the prizes for the raffle.

Tickets for the show can be purchased tonight at the Community Center. BJ's elves strike again!!

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We mention above that Janet

Kirk has been singing Verdi.

She took a week off from her producer duties earlier in the month to attend the Berkshire Choral Festival. The five-week festival features a different composer and new director each week. The visiting choristers rehearse during the week and perform the selected work on Saturday nights with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

"Verdi's Requiem" was the choice for the week that Janet selected. She sang under the direction of Robert Page of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh.

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Dr. Joshua Hatch of the

Jamestown Animal Clinic says it's time to check out your pet's fur.

"This time of year when between the heat, water sports, and shedding, a lot of dogs are developing mats in their fur. It is important to make sure your pet's hair is brushed or combed regularly, concentrating on the fur behind the ears, on the belly, and behind the legs, to avoid development of mats.

"If your pet does get them, you should have them groomed or invest in a quality pair of electric clippers. Do not try to trim the mats with scissors, as you may accidentally cut the pet's skin. If there is plant material like burrs stuck in their fur you can crush the burr with your fingers or with pliers. That will free the fur and allow you to comb them out more easily." WOOF! Thanks, Doctor.

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Defenders of Animals, Inc. will sponsor the 11th annual Homeless Animals' Day and candlelight vigil at Rose Larisa Park (across from the Crescent Park carousel in Riverside) Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.

The day is being held to bring attention to the tragic situation of dog and cat overpopulations in the state and the many deaths each year in animal shelters.

In addition, awards will be presented to individuals for their humane acts toward animals.

There will also be musical entertainment.

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Get on down to the East Ferry

Sunday afternoon at 5 and hear the Jamestown Community Band in concert.

Kath O'Neil reports that the musicians will be playing their repertoire of Broadway and cinema show tunes.

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Wendy Rafferty is participating

in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund walk on Sept. 17, a 26.2-mile walk to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Wendy is in need of donations "because I can't do it alone, but together we can make a difference!"

Make your check payable to Jimmy Fund Walk and hand deliver or mail it to Wendy at 13 Plymouth Rd., Jamestown, RI 02835.

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Kudos to Adam DiLuglio, who

will appear before his Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Sunday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

The 18-year-old scout is the son of Charles and Keller DiLuglio of Nun Avenue. He soon will be a freshman at the University of Rhode Island.

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Jamestowner Stacey Martin

and her New England Intensity football team are off to a fast start for the season with shut-out wins over the Albany Ambush, 26-0, in Medway, Mass., on Aug. 5 and the Empire State Roar, 20-0, in Rochester Saturday night.

Stacey is the star inside linebacker on the Women's Pro Football League team.

Go, Intensity!!

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Congratulations to islander

Mark Van Note, who along with his crew Josh Hill of Newport, skippered his Screaming Pelican 110 to the National Championship in a four-day regatta in the East Passage last week.

*** A postcard from Yawgoog:

Dear Grandma and Grandpa

How are you? I'm fine. I'm enjoying my week so far. Well have a nice week. Love you, Tom P.S. Send me food.

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We stopped by Jamestown

Hardware Sunday morning to replenish our supply of bird seed. To our amazement we found a parking place right by the door.

Seventeen-year-old Libby Gladding was behind the counter. We asked if there was someone in the store who could heft two 25pound bags of seed out to my truck.

"Sure, I can do that," she replied.

Thinking she would bring out one bag at a time, Libby emerged from the back room with both bags on her right shoulder and put them in the bed of the truck.

You won't get service like that at Wal Mart.

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Ian Archibald is a seasoned

veteran of Jamestown Boy Scout Troop 1, and he's only 9 and not even a member of the troop.

It seems Ian's mom, Diane, and dad, Jim, volunteered to serve in leadership roles for a half week each with the troop at Yawgoog during the troop's campout last week.

Diane worked days the first half of the week, so she had to bring along Ian, who quickly fit into the camp routines and participated on an equal footing in the Scouts' activities. These included competitions with other troops in Whiffle ball, water dodge ball, and ultimate Frisbee.

"Everything the troop did, he did," said Scoutmaster Dave Volpe.

When Ian's father showed up on Wednesday to replace Diane, Ian balked at going home when his mom went. So, he stayed the rest of the week with his dad and continued his adventure. The only one objecting to Ian staying was his older brother Eric, a first-class third-year Scout with the troop.

The only glitch came up when there was water activity. Each Scout has a swimming chit assigned to himself. Ian didn't have one.

But, Ben Normand did and he was off in North Kingstown practicing football for the high school's Skippers. So, Ian became Ben and swam with his buddies.

At an awards ceremony in their camp site Sunday, Scoutmaster Dave Volpe praised Ian for hanging tough with the older Scouts.

Dave presented Ian with the first award of its kind, a "Tough as a Pine Knot Medicine Bow Badge."

*** Be true!

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