2007-07-12 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

A big Walrus salute to islander Mark Brasil who after taking his discharge from his National Guard unit six months ago re-upped when he heard his unit, the 169th Military Police Company, was being deployed to Iraq. The 31-year-old specialist told the ProJo he wasn't going to let the men and women who call themselves the "Spartans" go into the war zone without him.

Godspeed!

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It was four days late. But it was great.

All due to the wonderful outpouring of support from islanders, including those who responded to our pleas for help as the 4th grew closer.

Super kudos to all.

Recent donations were received from: Nanci Wass of Saunderstown; Jennifer Laflamme, Sampan Avenue; Jan Garrett and David Booth, Highland Avenue; JH Collins Enterprises, Walcott Avenue; Lucile Newman, Avenue B; Rich Heath and Prudy Sellars, Clarke Street; Peter and Susan Gaynor, Southwest Avenue; Don and Heather Minto, North Road, who wrote, "Thanks for the years of celebrating OUR independence!! Ba-Boom!:" John and Carleen O'Brien, Needham, Mass.; Anna Bernath, Hamilton Avenue; Sally and David Ryan, Melrose Avenue; Ken Littman and Susan Finn, Ocean Avenue; Alena and William Caldarone, East Shore Road; Ralph and Donna Pensa, Newport Street; Paul and Susan Greene, West Reach; Ann Zartler, Juniper Circle; Cynthia Butler, "Hoping you go out with a bang."

Also, William Bazzy, Reise Road; Diane and John Wilcox, Calvert Place; Diana Brown, Seaside Drive; Whit and Leo Brown, Conanicus Avenue; Mark and Deborah Swistak, Lincoln Street; Andrea von Hohenleiten; Lance Gershenoff and Kate Smith, "Thanx for the BANG!!;" Andrew and Susan Roos, Hawthorne Road; Ron and Beverley Barber, Shamrock Court, "We hope you've had as much fun blowing up our money as we've had watching it blow up!;" James and Helen Haas, Conanicus Avenue, "Thanks for the memories;" Donald and Carolyn Palumbo, Conanicus Avenue; David and Linda Brasil; Donna Sisson, Keel Avenue; Tom and Annette Weaver, Mount Hope Avenue; and Don and Janice Bresnan of Conanicus Avenue, who wrote, "Over the years we have enjoyed your fireworks display and thank you for the outstanding job you have done to light up the 4th of July. You will be missed."

KA-BOOM!!!

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Shadow is now living on Lugger Street. He was brought there from the Potter League for Animals by Cynthia Flagg who told us Shadow is a 3-month-old striped long-haired Maine coon type kitten. He was small for his age and was kept at the league until he put on a few pounds.

The newcomer to the island joins two Himalayans, Bosco and Minut, a black domestic cat named Inky and a 4-year-old golden retriever named Rascal. Cynthia said that Shadow is wonderful. "He fit in perfectly, they all get along fantastically."

Meanwhile over on Intrepid Lane, Jake, a 1-year-old yellow Lab was proving himself to be a water dog. Gary Gagne told us that when he brought Jake home from the Potter League the dog jumped into the swimming pool once, the koi pond twice and the nearby Rainbow Pond twice.

After his 1-year-old German shepherd, Luke, died of a heart attack a month ago, Gary went to Potter and found Jake who was being treated for injuries. "They're so professional there," Gary said.

Jake joined two other canines at the Gagne home. Phoebe, a 2- year-old dachshund and Sophie, a 3-year-old Italian greyhound.

You might think that Otis, a 15-year-old yellow Lab, might be a bit grouchy in his old age, but when Quincy walked in the door, Rebecca Lendrum of Sail Street said they got along just great.

Quincy is a 1-year-old white boxer with one brown eye and one blue eye that Rebecca brought home from the Potter League. They're both great companions for Rebecca's children, Myra, 7, and Gage, 4.

Welcome to the island Shadow, Jake and Quincy.

Also, welcome to the three chick newcomers that arrived in the osprey nest at the creek.

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"Till We Meet Again," the poser from the June 14 column, brought back some fond memories for Helen Richardson.

"That one goes back to WWII, I believe, my mother sang it often, and so we all learned it coming back up Boston Harbor on our boat, on a late Sunday afternoon -- everyone tired, cranky, hungry, and in her wisdom, she got us all singing!!!! Brought back memories."

Thanks, Helen!

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Those great murals at the two banks and the library are the works of the Jamestown school's third grade. Teacher Donna Saulino said the young artists do the murals after taking the domestic animals course taught by Janice Martin.

Great job!!!

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According to a newsletter from The Humane Society of Jamestown, the group has initiated a pet identification program that will help reunite pet guardians with their pets when separated as a result of a natural disaster.

The newsletter said, "Much has been written of the trauma that was experienced by both pets and their guardians as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Living on an island we felt that it was important to provide this service to our residents.

"One of the ways to reduce the suffering is to try to reunite the pet and guardian as quickly as possible after a disaster."

The society has enlisted the support of Police Chief Thomas Tighe, who as director of emergency management on the island, is providing Jamestowners an opportunity to become a part of the pet identification data base.

To get a copy of the pet identification form, go to the society's website at http://member.cox.net/ hsj-jamestown-ri to download a copy. E-mail the completed form to hsj-jamestown-ri@cox.net and include a picture of your pet, or send the completed form with a photo to The Humane Society of Jamestown, PO Box 681, Jamestown, 02835.

ARF!!

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It's hard to say no, but Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic says we have to.

"Most people are guilty of sharing some of their food or snacks with their pets. Those puppy eyes and drooling lips eventually result in Fluffy getting a tidbit of food. However, some foods are potentially harmful to dogs and should be avoided. Caffeine and chocolate are well known to cause tremors and vomiting in dogs and should be avoided. Grapes, raisins, garlic, and onions can be toxic and there is no way to know how much might affect your pet, so it is better to just avoid those too. Macadamias can cause paralysis and avocados can cause kidney damage and should be kept away from pets. Finally, any treat with xylitol, a sugar-free chemical found in gum and candy, can cause dogs' blood sugar to drop and cause seizures so keep candy away from your pets as well. Stick to food made for dogs and safe, low-calorie treats like carrots or small pieces of apple and you'll keep Fluffy healthy and happy."

WOOF!!

*** Helen Zackadnik of Cumberland writes that the song "I Must See Annie Tonight" was written in 1938. Words and music were by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin and it was popularized by Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians and Benny Goodman and his orchestra.

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The Jamestown Fire Department at its drill tonight at 7:30 p.m. will have the trainees from all companies working on rigging and rappelling. Next Thursday, the trainees will familiarize themselves with Marine 1. There will also be driver-training classes on both evenings.

The department is urging pastactive members to consider returning to the fire service to share their know-how with the younger members.

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Deb Murphy writes to say she is filming the Showtime series "The Brotherhood" upstate. "I haven't done films in years, and appreciate all the work the tech people do. The actors are great people. I look forward to seeing it."

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A moment of mirth from Beth: After putting her grandchildren to bed, a grandmother changed into old slacks and a droopy blouse and proceeded to wash her hair. As she heard the children getting more and more rambunctious, her patience grew thin.

At last she threw a towel around her head and stormed into their room, putting them back to bed with stern warnings.

As she left the room, she heard the 3-year-old say with a trembling voice, "Who was that?"

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Happy birthday to the Bastille Day babies!

*** Be true!

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