2007-08-16 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Violinists Emily Anthony and Mary Spotts will return to the community center stage tonight for the 18th annual Jamestown Community Chorus Talent Show.

The curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m for what has become the biggest island entertainment event of the summer.

Emily, who teaches violin to some 35 students in the area, and Mary will team up to play a Vivaldi concerto movement accompanied by Janet Grant on the piano.

Other returning performers from previous talent shows include John Biddle, in a ballroom dancing routine with his daughter, Sophie; young storyteller Ava White; barbershop singers Just 4 Fun; solo vocalists Megan Leibovitz, Jeannie Spinosa Glier and Jessica Wilson; and the Men's Chorus of Jamestown.

Janet Kirk is producer of this year's production and Pat Perry is her assistant. Jim Perry is director, assisted by Andrea von Hohenleiten.

Frank Darigan, the man of a thousand hats and a wonderful Irish humor, will return as master of ceremonies.

Dianne Reilly will see to it that there are plenty of cookies and soft drinks during intermission. Admission is $7, $5 for seniors and children, and tickets are available tonight at the door. Be sure to pick up some raffle tickets for $1 each or six for $5.

Proceeds from the show and raffle will benefit future programs of the chorus, donations of choral music to the library, a music scholarship for a Jametown student and the chorus' participation in the Rhode Island Festival Chorus, founded by the island singers and their director, B.J. Whitehouse.

Break a leg, guys!

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Mary Webster was the first in with the answer to our question about BO. It was indeed Lifebuoy and we can still hear the foghorn. Others responding with the correct answer were Dorrie Linn and Kevin Carty. Responding with the wrong answer was John A. Murphy, who thought it was Dial soap.

Kevin posed a good question for "old" Boston Red Sox and Braves fans. Flunking a Jerry O'Leary "Who Am I ?" quiz rewarded you with what? A correct answer won you what?

*** Matthew Clarke is a turtle.

*** Mary Webster was also first with lyrics for our poser followed by an e-mail from Bob Kinder who wrote, "A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket, I wrote a letter to my love and on the way I lost it, and so on. Made popular by Ella Fitzgerald, I believe."

Mary asked if we remembered the old tongue twister, Chickery chick........?

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Kudos to Mike DeVito, who has been promoted to vice president and manager of the island's BankNewport branch office.

He will continue to be responsible for branch operations and business and staff development.

A resident of South Kingstown, Mike has been serving at the Jamestown branch as an assistant vice president.

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

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Bluefish and largemouth bass are on the agenda for the weekly TV show "Kettlebottom Outdoor Pursuits" to be telecast Saturday at 10:30 a.m. on COX 3. The program is produced by islander Robb Roach's Kettlebottom Outfitters.

John Longo joins Todd Mannarino of Connecticut aboard Ralph Perna's boat in search of bluefish off the Connecticut shore.

Then, Don Coyne joins up with the pro staff of Wood Boat and Motor of RI for an instructional day of largemouth bass fishing.

The show winds up with Perna hosting Longo in the preparation and consumption of a delicious Italian recipe for their freshly caught bluefish.

The telecast will play again at the same time on Saturday, Aug. 25.

And, congratulations to Robb and his wife, Lynn, on the birth of their third son, Nolan, 9 pounds, 2 ounces and 21 1/2 inches tall. Nolan joins his siblings Ben, 10, and Ethan, 5, all future crew members of Kettlebottom Outfitters.

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While the rest of us were seeking relief from the heat last month, a 14-year-old islander was skiing on the slopes of Mount Hood in Oregon.

Eric Archibald, a four-year member of the Yawgoo Valley Alpine Race Team, attended summer ski camp with two other members of the team for race training on a glacier.

The week-long daily sessions began with the first lift rides around 5:30 a.m. and ended shortly after noon when, as the sun rose, it would get too hot to ski.

In addition to Eric and his two teammates there were 13 more kids ranging in age from 10 to 17.

The seven coaches included some of the best skiers in the world, including 2006 gold medalist Ted Ligety, 1984 gold medalist Phil Mayre, and 2006 NCAA National Champion Scott Veenis.

Eric said that he plans to work hard with his race training in hopes of returning to Mt. Hood next summer.

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The Hodgekiss Farm vegetable stand on North Main Road is up and running with delicious native corn, tomatoes, squash and other great fresh produce.

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You've seen a lot of Jamestown summers if you remember the Drum and Bugle Corps playing and marching off the ferry as they returned from a parade or competition in Newport. We can hear it now.

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Jane Bentley, an island historian and retired Jamestown School teacher, will present a lively and informative tour of the Sydney L. Wright Museum at the library tomorrow at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.

The tours are being given by the Friends of the Library in conjunction with the island's celebration of its 350th year.

Jane will discuss the artifacts excavated from an archaeological dig in the 1970s at the Jamestown school. She will also give a brief overview of the excavation and how it came about.

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Somebody stole my gal, somebody stole my ........

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Preventive care for your critter's oral health should not be overlooked says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic. "Dental care for pets is just as important as it is for the rest of our family. Equally important to dental exams at your veterinarian's office is home dental care that may include brushing your pet's teeth. To introduce Fluffy to dental care, start slowly and gradually by just putting your finger under your pet's lips and rubbing along the gums a few times a week. "Once your pet is familiar with that, introduce your pet to a pet-safe flavored toothpaste. Apply a small amount to your finger and let your pet lick the paste while you gently rub along their teeth and gums. Eventually start to use a pet-safe finger brush or tooth brush available at your veterinarian's office or pet store. Never use people toothpaste or baking soda as both will upset your pet's stomach. Above all, keep sessions short and positive with plenty of praise and eventually your pet should come to accept the tooth brushing as part of their regular routines."

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Another moment of mirth with Beth: I didn't know if my granddaughter had learned her colors yet, so I decided to test her.

I would point out something and ask what color it was.

She would tell me, and she was always correct.

But it was fun for me, so I continued.

At last she headed for the door, saying sagely, "Grandma, I think you should try to figure out some of these yourself!"

*** Be true!

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