2007-02-01 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

The Colts will try the run first. If that doesn't work, they'll attack the secondary. When that opens up, they'll burn'em deep."

That's Chris Crawford's formula for the Indianapolis team to take home the Super Bowl Championship on Sunday.

Chris cautions, however, that his team's opponents, the Chicago Bears, "have a good defense and their offense will try the run against the Colts."

The 14-year-old has been a Colts' fan since he was 8, when his dad brought home from a convention a helmet with the famous horseshoe logo on the sides.

Surrounded at home by Patriots' fans, Chris had some dark moments during the AFC Championship game when New England went up 21-3. "I couldnt'd believe it. I wouldn't take any phone calls."

A true fan, he stuck it out and was rewarded with the win. "I ran to answer the phone then," he said.

His dad, also Chris, an ardent Patriots's fan, was "unhappy" with the outcome. Mom, Maryann, although not as ardent a fan was rooting for the local team. His siblings, Meghan, 16, and Austin, 11, complete the family fan base that Chris has been up against all these years.

When he would mention some achievement by Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning, he often got the comment, "How many rings does Peyton have?"

But Chris thinks that's over."I'm hoping he can pull it off and get that ring. At least I have bragging rights over the Patriots until next season," he bragged.

We asked if his family would take him out to dinner if the Colts win the Super Bowl?

"I should hope so," he replied. Good luck, Chris!

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Boy Scout Troop 1 will finally go on its ski trip to Ragged Mountain in New Hampshire on Feb. 9 to 11. Its original trip scheduled for last month was warmed out.

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Terry Horsley will play the role of Mr. Van Dan in the Jamestown Community Theatre's production of "Yours, Anne" to be staged at the Central Baptist Church March 2 and 9.

Artistic Director Mary Wright said that Terry moved recently from Newport to this island and has an interesting threatrical background.

"I am so happy that Terry has joined the cast. He has a wonderful singing voice, and he loves the music in "Yours, Anne."

Welcome to the island, Terry.

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And, as a newcomer takes the stage for the JCT, a veteran of the company is moving from her usual responsibilities as stage manager to take a role in the JCT's upcoming production.

Iris Bohensky, whose involvement with the company goes back to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," will play the part of Margot, Anne's oldest sister.

"Margot is a quiet, studious girl who, though older, looks up to Anne. She wants to be more outgoing and have as many friends as Anne.

"Margot is considered to be a good, well-behaved girl, who does as she's told," Iris explained.

Iris has appeared on stage before in the JCT's "Oliver" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat."

With not much backstage work required for the small musical, Iris decided to audition "so I'd have something to do."

A junior at URI, she's majoring in business management with a minor in music. As Margot, Iris sings a solo entitled "I Want Something" and also sings with the ensemble.

"It's great working on a play with the actors again. It's nice to get to their side now and then.

"I'm having a good time. It's fun."

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Rep. Bruce Long says that the name of the committee pursuing the issue of homeowner's insurance is the "House Ad Hoc Committee on Insurance and Reinsurance."

Bruce, who is a sitting member of the committee, told us there is a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, at the rise of the House (about 4:30 p.m.), room 35, in the basement floor of the Statehouse. "The purpose of this hearing is to seek testimony from citizens affected by changes in their home insurance rates, renewals, or other changes. I have received several calls from my constituents from Jamestown as well as Middletown. Because of the size and shape of Jamestown, virtually the entire island may be adversely impacted by what I consider totally arbitrary guidelines. The testimony from our friends, neighbors, and constituents is important to the committee's deliberations. We, on the committee, wish to hear firsthand about the experiences our constituents are having with their insurance companies."

Bruce went on to say constituents who would like to present testimony to the committee should call Deborah Lavender at 222- 2259 and give her your contact information.

If you cannot get to the Statehouse, the hearing will be broadcast on the interconnect, channel 15, following the House and Senate daily sessions.

Bruce can be reached at 423- 0700, or e-mailed at repbruce74@ aol.com.

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Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic says that an older new pet may fit more comfortably into your family rather than scrappy, younger critters.

"When it comes time for a new pet, a new puppy or kitten is not the only option. Many adult or even senior pets are available at local animal shelters and rescue groups, and these older pets may better fit into your lifestyle and needs than a very young pet.

"The financial responsibilities of caring for an older pet is a concern, but these can be comparable to the many puppy or kitten vaccines and spaying or neutering that are necessary for young pets. Older pets tend to be a little calmer, are usually already housebroken, and are typically fixed and vaccinated before you bring them home.

"Most of these older pets already have a 'personality' that can better help you decide if they are right for you before bringing them home. So, do not forget about these great pets as options when considering adding a new member to your family."

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The Archibald brothers are making their racing marks in skiiing circles.

Eric, who is 13, returned home last Saturday with a second-place trophy from a ski race at Neshoba Valley in Massachusetts.

His mom, Diane, said the family is "very excited" because Eric is racing in the J3 level, which is for 13- and 14-year-olds. He has been racing for four years and this is his first trophy from the United States Ski & Snowboard Association. Eric is an eighth-grader at the Jamestown School.

He first got on skiis when he was 3 and skiing with his family in New Hampshire.

His brother Ian, 9, and a fourthgrader at the Jamestown School, raced in the J5 group (9-10 year olds) and came in 5th out of 36 comptitors.

"This was only his second time racing, and we are very proud of him as well," mom said.

Kudos, guys!

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The word is that Dr. Murray is leaving the Jamestown Family Practice.

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Last Friday, with the temperatures in the teens, a beautiful, huge robin, apparently attracted by its image reflected on the storm windows, tried desperately to get into our dining room.

Or maybe he was just cold and wanted inside.

Must have something to do with global warming.

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Remember when people used to say, "toodleoo?

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The art room in the Jamestown School on Melrose Avenue is in need of newspaper, large cool whip or margarine tubs without the lids, small Country Time Lemonade-type containers,and wax paper.

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With St Valentine's Day on the horizon, we took a peek to see how love has been perceived in the past.

Sinclair Lewis in "Elmer Gantry" in 1927, said, "What is love? . . . It is the morning and the evening star."

Ralph Waldo Emerson in his 1841 Essays wote, "All mankind love a lover."

In Don Quixote de la Mancha in 1605, Miguel de Cervantes opined, "Absence, that common cure of love."

William Shakepeare writing "Love's Labour's Lost" said "And when love speaks, the voice of all the gods makes heaven drowsy with the harmony."

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Tomorrow is Ground Hog Day.

It is also the full moon, the Snow Moon and Wolf Moon.

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