2007-07-19 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Jim Pemantell has his running shoes on again. After saying last year that his appearance in the Steamtown Marathon in Scranton, Penn., was to be his last run, the soon to be 69-year-old former Jamestown police chief will return to Scranton in October. It will be his 42nd marathon.

This time he'll be raising money for the Tomorrow Fund in honor of 10-year-old Payton Watson, whom he said is the "bravest little girl I know." Payton is the daughter of Frank Watson, a sergeant with the Jamestown Police Department, and Liz Goode Watson.

Jim is out everyday on the island roads slowly increasing his distances. He has lost 23 pounds and said he is feeling better than he has in a long time.

In a letter sent out to some islanders, Jim writes that last October Payton was diagnosed with leukemia and spent four months at Hasbro Children's Hospital undergoing chemotherapy treatments. In February, she received a bone marrow transplant at Dana Farber in Boston and is now recovering at home in North Kingstown.

"In a nutshell, The Tomorrow Fund tries to make it easier for families to make it through a most difficult time, a child's cancer treatment. It is funded entirely through donations," Jim explained. A brochure states it is "the only local non-profit organization that provides daily financial and emotional support to children with cancer and their families."

The marathoner hopes to raise $5,000 and is asking for a donation of "whatever you feel you can afford." Send your check, made out to the Tomorrow Fund, to Jim at 224 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, 02835 before Sept. 7.

"Please help me honor Payton and reach my goal," Jim said.

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We couldn't say it any better than Summer Fair co-chair Joan Breakell who e-mailed: "Homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches will be just one of the treats available at St. Matthew's 76th Annual Summer Fair along with lobster rolls, burgers and dogs, tiki punch and more.

"The Thrift Shop (aka TJ Matt's) will be open during the fair with a great selection of gently used clothing and household items and the white elephant and toy sales will have something for everyone.

"Place your bids at the silent auction for treasures and vacation trips. Then relax in the shade with a delicious lunch "Under the Beech" while the kids enjoy games and cotton candy.

"See you at the fair on Saturday, July 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m."

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News from the beach: Bar Wharton found an antique detonator while cleaning out his barn. He presented it to the Rocket Dawgz and the opening volley of the fireworks display was lit by the functioning instrument. It looks just like the ones we used to see in the old cowboy movies when someone would push down on the handles and blow up the caves. Word is that the detonator will revolve around the homes of the retired Rocket Dawgz.

There were 545 shells in the finale and eight 10-inch shells and 10 eight-inch shells were included in the display.

Donations were received from Gerald Bay of Newport Street; Susan Baccari, Rub Street; and Norma and Bud Walsh of Whittier Road.

And a special note of thanks to Mary Meagher for her thoughtful "cups of coffee."

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In light of what's going on in the world, is it really worth the time and money searching for water on Mars?

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At the age of 13, Lucy was slowing down. The dauchshund mix found herself unable to any longer get up the stairs to get back into the house.

So, her family, Roy and Lisa Geigen of Summit Avenue, built Lucy a handicap ramp.

Great job, guys!!

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You have to watch your dog's calories as well as your own, says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

"One of the most common questions pet owners ask is "how much should I feed Fluffy?" The answer is different for each pet. Mathematically pets need on average 20 to 30 calories per pound of body weight per day, but this can change drastically with age, activity level, and overall health. Most pet foods have guidelines for the amount of food to feed your pet, but realize these are not rules and obese or less active pets don't need as much food or calories. Also any treats, snacks, or table food quickly add up and may represent a sizeable portion of calories especially if you are using treats to train a new pet or teaching them new tricks. Most pet food companies now have excellent Websites and customer service lines to help you keep Fluffy in good shape and please continue to talk to your veterinarian about diets and weight management for your pets."

"To err is human, to forgive canine." - Anonymous

ARF!!

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How about Curly, Moe and Larry as names for the three new osprey at the creek?

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Hugs please for Cory Rosa who was 15 on July 10.

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Beth Weibust writes: "All former sixth graders and North Meadow Farm campers will be sad to learn that our beloved Bernice, the bunny, died Friday night. She was a lucky bunny to have received love and hugs from lots of children throughout the years and died peacefully with me at her side."

RIP Bernice.

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It's good to know there are still businesses out there that stand out from others. One morning last week when leaving the house to go to work we noticed a front tire on our truck that looked too soft to drive on.

We called AAA and in 20 minutes its truck was in our driveway. We were only five minutes late for work.

Joyce Hooley e-mailed to respond to the item in a previous column about the limited RIPTA service between Jamestown and Newport.

"I am a big fan of RIPTA and take it almost every day during the school year. I just thought it would be good for everyone to know that there are in fact five trips from Newport to Jamestown Monday to Saturday. Riders should consult the Number 14 as well as the 64. The 14 does not have a published stop but does come through town."

Joyce said that in defense of RIPTA, she finds it to be a very helpful and flexible system, willing to change routes and stops as needs arise. But, it is a business and needs to be sure it is worth its while.

"I have found the drivers on the routes I take to be incredibly competent and helpful. I think it is important to know that when one has a question they need only to call RIPTA and express one's concerns. It is also our job to leave the car at home and take the bus. The more demand, the more change will take place."

Thanks, Joyce.

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Richard Botelho reports on an incident last Friday that shook him up a bit.

"Saw something this morning shortly after 8 a.m. that made me realize common sense is not too common. A young man, I would say in his early 30s, was riding an unregistered motorbike down Howland Avenue. Standing on the center frame of the motorbike was a very young child, no eye protection, no helmet. Let's for one minute suppose one of those invisible dogs that roam around without a leash began chasing that motorbike. The operator of the motorbike swerves to avoid the dog, SLAM hits a telephone pole. Injuries? What an end to what would have been a marvelous day. In your attempt to please, use your head."

Thanks, Richard. Common sense is a rarity these days.

*** Be true!!

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