2006-11-09 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Ceremonies commemorating Veterans Day will be

held at Veterans Memorial, Square at East Ferry Saturday beginnning at 11 a.m.

It is the time, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, that the Armistice of 1918 was signed, ending World War I.

In 1954, following World War II and the ending of aggression in Korea,the U.S. Congress changed the name from "Armistice" to "Veterans" and Nov. 11 became a day to honor American servicemen and women of all wars.

Legion Commander Bob Edgar said that beginning at 7 a.m. on Saturday, members of his unit, the Arnold Zweir Post 22, American Legion, and the Jamestown Memorial Post 9447, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will gather at the square to install their 84 American flags for the ceremony.

Featured will be an address by islander retired Marine Col. Bruce Livingston, who will speak about the historical significance of the day.

Both veterans' organizations earlier in the morning will participate in a state Department of Environmental Management Dedication Ceremony for Interpretative Military Signage at the Fort Wetherill Marine Fisheries Center.

Biologist Chris Powell said that the veterans' groups, along with, federal, state and local officials, will attend the ceremonies dedicating newly installed signage written by Walter K. Schroder. The signs depict the military uses of the three historic buildings at Fort Wetherill, dating from the early 1800s to World War II.

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Happy birthday to Damien Beecroft who will finally be 8 on Sunday. Lotsa hugs for this fine young actor.

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Rose Fraley and Charlie Masso both completed the lyrics to Hey, good lookin' whatcha got cooking, how about cooking something up with me.

Charlie wrote, "I think this is another 40s tune most recently recorded by Jimmy Buffett, and Hank Williams did it a few years before him." Commenting on last week's poser, he said, "Bob Kinder really knows his music."

Bob also responded with the right lyrics and added that, "I think Jimmy Buffett recorded this, among others."

He also came up with the next poser. What domestic chore did Spike Jones tell his mother to do?

*** How many of you cell phone owners after dialing a number on your home phone look for the "send" button?

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Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic is tuning up for winter in his Pet Tip of the Week.

"As winter approaches remember to continue your pet's flea and tick preventative until we have had a good long cold stretch. Those fleas and ticks are still out there waiting for a furry pet to come by and each year at this time we see a few itchy dogs and cats who needed just one more month of flea control.

"We also recommend continuing heartworm preventative year round. Besides the risk of a late warm trend and potential mosquito transmission of heartworm, most preventatives act as a dewormer to reduce transmission of any intestinal parasites.

"Finally, as we spend more time outside after dark, it is important to make you and your pet more visible to drivers. Invest in a reflective vest for you and your dog because we want everyone to have a safe and uneventful winter season." Thank you, Doctor!

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The Boy Scouts of Jamestown Troop 1 and the Webelos from Cub Scout Pack 1 will participate in a Thanksgiving Feast Campout this weekend at Camp Feinstein.

Activities will include 2- Liter Coke Bottle Air Rocket Competition between patrols plus culinary contests while preparing their Thanksgiving feasts.

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More on the experiences of islanders during the Great Hurricane of 1938.

Phyllis Anderson, now a resident of Wilmington, Ohio, remembers that September 21st.

"I was a 13-year-old teenager at Rogers High School and it was the day to have my braces checked. The dentist always took the kids in order, so that day I skipped out of school to be first. How I got the nerve to do it, I'll never know! I was first, but when the dentist came he took the second one. Was I ever mad!

"I decided I could still make the 2:30 ferry and I ran as fast as I could and was almost the last to board. I don't remember it being any rougher than usual but I've read reports that it was bad. I have thought what I would have done if I hadn't made that ferry. Of course, you probably know tat the Governor Carr ended up on the Webster Wetherill estate and was not back in service for six months.

"I don't remember how long we were out of school, but I do remember having to boil our water and having shots for typhoid fever, and of course we had no lights! My grandmother out in Springfield heard on the radio that our island was wiped out - of course we didn't have phone service either. To this day I hate the wind - I think because of the hurricane.

"Of course, due to the hurricane, the old Jamestown Bridge was built, so some good came out of it!"

Thanks, Phyllis. Those of us who were here will never forget that day.

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Bill Schaefer sent this to us last year via Richard Botelho, and it bears saying again:

It is the veteran, not the preacher, who has given us

freedom of religion.

It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us

freedom of the press.

It is the veteran, not the poet, who

has given us freedom of speech.

It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom

to assemble.

It is the veteran,

not the lawyer, who has given us

the right to a fair trial.

It is the veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

It is the veteran.

who salutes the Flag.

It is the veteran, who serves

under the Flag.

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Join the veterans at East Ferry Saturday morning at 11. Give'em all a hug!

*** Be true!

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