2006-12-28 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Four members of Boy Scout Troop 1 advanced in rank during a Court of Honor held last week at the Senior Center.

Eric Archibald is now a Star Scout, Hayden Maclean earned the rank of Second Class, and Nicholas Dalton and Emilio Kurz now hold the rank of Scout.

Scoutmaster Dave Volpe said there were a number of scouts presented with merit badges dealing with Citizenship in the World, Reading, Collections, Camping, and Shotgun Shooting.

A Christmas party following the ceremony featured potluck dishes of appetizers and deserts prepared by parents and adult leaders of the troop.

Dave said, “I would like to congratulate the individual scouts earning rank advancement and awards and wish all the scouts and their families a Happy New Year.”

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The downtown area looks bright and festive for the season.

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Letter Carrier Peter Mullen is taking bagpipe lessons. Are kilts next?

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Eight-year-old islander Damien Beecroft auditioned for and landed a part in Harold Pinter’s play “One For The Road” to be presented January and February at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theater in Pawtucket.

The young actor played Linus in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” in November. His other credits are the role of Malcolm the duckling in the JCT’s “HONK!” and an appearance in the Fantasy Works’s production of “The Music Man.”

Damien is a second-grader at St. Michael’s School in Newport.

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Barbara-Ann MacIntosh responded to last weeks’s poser with ample lyrics.

“I double dare you to sit over here, I double dare you to lend me your ear.

“Take off your high hat and let’s get friendly, don’t be a scared cat, say what do you care, can’t you take a dare. I double dare you to kiss me and then, I double dare you to kiss me again, and if that look in your eye means what I think it does, I double dare you to fall in love with me, I double dare you!”

“This is a fun song,” she added.

Anybody know its history and artists?

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R.I.P. Bruce. You showed us great courage and gave much to many people.

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Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic says tis the season for you and your pet to get in shape.

“It is almost New Year’s Resolution time again and an opportunity to re-evaluate you and your pet’s health and well-being. Try to incorporate your pets into your resolutions. If you or Fluffy are out of shape, then start going for long daily walks or manageable jogging trips. If you are looking to eat better, then do the same for your pet and stop with the snacking and table scraps for you and them.

“Overall, we are responsible for managing our own health, but our pets depend on us for the best care and to keep them as healthy as possible. Sadly, our pets tend to suffer from issues like obesity, and only by recognizing those issues and sticking to a diet and exercise program will we and our pets benefit the most in the coming year.” WOOF!

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Two islanders spotted and enjoyed NASA’s shuttle/space station flybys last week. Fred Brome saw the two space vehicles passing by Beavertail Tuesday night, and B.J. Whitehouse observed them the next night from the Great Creek.

“The shuttle was right on schedule followed by the space station a minute later,” B.J. said. Rocket Dawgz to the core. Discovery landed safely Friday.

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The best thing about Christmas is cookies!

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Can we recycle the recycle sign on Narragansett Avenue?

*** The Jamestown Rotary Club is

conducting its annual fund-raiser and deserves everyone’s support. A financial gift to the club can effect the lives of hundreds.

They’re at Box 652, Jamestown, RI 02835.

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We miss the marching bands during TV football halftimes.

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If you think last month’s election stopped the incessant political phone calls, guess again. Last week, we received two calls from politicians’exploratory committees asking for support. It starts again. Geez!

*** The fire horn is a minute fast.

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The school newspaper the Jamestown Warrior reports that the eighth-grade class will participate in next year’s Rhode Island First Lego League (FLL) competition on Saturday, Jan. 13, at Roger Williams University.

The class is in need of several parent volunteers to help prepare teams for the event. No experience is necessary. Contact the school if you want to help out.

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We understand that the ongoing tale of the highway barn and why it was never built is a favorite bedtime story being passed on to the island’s children. There may even be a book in the works.

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We are embarrassed to say the least. Even mortified. Our American flag is in tatters at the top of its pole on our deck.

It’s been that way for a while. It’s hung up on something and refuses to come loose so we cannot lower it to replace it.

We’ve been such sticklers about the flag code on the island. We were safe from exposure when the leaves were on the trees, but, now, it’s there for all to see. A battered, weather-worn, ripped symbol of our great country.

And, then, last month, we read Solon Economou’s guest column in the ProJo, and we didn’t feel quite so badly having left Old Glory up so long it ripped and got stuck.

It seems he moved onto the Cape eight years ago and brought with him two American flags, neither of which have been flown during that time. He says the reason is the Federal Flag Code, which states in part that “thou shalt not fly the flag during inclement weather and thou shalt not fly the flag at night unless it is lit up.”

The writer goes on to make his point that citizens are not flying their flags because they do not want to seem disrespectfut to the flag because of the code’s rules, of which, he says, many parts are no longer valid.

As for flying the flag at night, he points out that it flew at night at Fort McHenry and proves it by quoting lines from the national anthem:

“And the rocket’s red glare, The bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night

That our Flag was still there.”

And what about inclement weather? Economou states that today our armed forces fight 24/7 in all climes, in all weather, in all conditions. He goes on to say that provisions of the code were adopted back in 1923 in order not to disrespect the flag. “However, I believe we now disrespect it by not flying it under the same conditions under which our soldiers fight.”

As far as disposing of flags, such as what’s left of ours at the top of the pole, Jim McLoughlin of the island’s Arnold Zweir Post 22, Amerian Legion, burns them a couple of times a month.

Economou continues, “I would recommend that, if you are inclined to fly the flag, just do it — anytime, anywhere, on your flagpole, on your house, on your car, day or night, rain or shine.

“And, despite the whimpering from our timorous allies, or the wailing from our loathsome enemies, or the whining from the pitiable ‘Blame America First’ crowd who have never had the pleasure of living in a country where freedom does not ring, it is still the flag that the world respects most.

“After all, we are the only country in the world where millions of people are climbing fences trying to get in, not to get out.

“So fly the flag your way, I am doing it my way.”

He has a point.

If we ever get our weathered flag down, we’ll replace it with another and “just do it” — leave it up 24/7, again.

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Wednesday’s full moon is the Moon After Yule or Old Moon.

A healthy and Happy New Year to all! Toast the troops overseas!

*** Be true!

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