2007-08-30 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Kudos to the East Ferry Deli Girl who came within a few votes Friday night of becoming Miss Teen USA, competing against 50 other young women from throughout the country on an NBC network telecast.

Flashing her infectious smile, islander Rochelle Rose looked fabulous in the elimination scenes wearing an evening gown, bathing suit and casual outfits. She was judged in the areas of beauty, poise and personality.

When Miss Rhode Island Teen came on to the stage as one of the 10 finalists, her mother, Catherine, was spotted in the audience standing and cheering her on. Her father and sister were also there. In a brief biographical sketch, Rochelle was pictured drawing a cup of coffee at the East Ferry Deli.

We reached her at the Los Angeles Airport Saturday morning to congratulate her on her fine performance. The whole family was heading for home.

Rochelle enthused about the telecast and the Coronation Ball at the Los Angeles Hilton that followed the show. The 18-year-old termed her stay in Los Angeles "a lot of fun and a great experience."

We asked deli owner Bob Umbenhauer how he thought Rochelle had done. "She did real well," he replied. At the beginning of the program he had picked three contestants as possible winners. They were Misses Alabama, South Carolina and Colorado. Miss Colorado won.

He noted that Rochelle was the shortest of the other nine finalists. "That may have gone against her," he observed.

Bob thought the scene of Rochelle at the deli's coffee urn was "cool."

Will she be coming back to work at the deli? "We'll have to wait and see," Bob said.

Indeed, as of last weekend Rochelle's future plans were up in the air. She has been accepted by the University of West Virginia, but it wasn't clear whether or not she would be attending.

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If you're a fan of the late, great James Brown and also get your kicks listening to doo-wop or barbershop tunes then there's another great night of entertainment in store for you Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the community center.

The Men's Chorus of Jamestown will offer its annual concert featuring mainly light-hearted music, said chorus Director B.J. Whitehouse. "We'll be singing an African tune named 'Obwisana,' 'There is Nothing Like a Dame,' and an English music hall number, 'They're Moving Father's Grave to Build a Sewer,' 'Rhythm or Without'Em,' and 'Danny Boy.'"

The highlight of the evening will be a medley of songs by James Brown including "This is a Man's World" and "Poppa's Got a Brand New Bag."

The rhythm ensemble will contribute to the entertainment by "playing manly instruments" such as a ship's bell, a pitchfork, a hard hat, coffee cans, drywall square, hammer and a boat's propeller.

"All in all, our tongues may be bursting through our cheeks, but think there's something for everyone in the program," B.J. said.

The audience will participate in the fun during a sing-along towards the end of the program.

All this can be yours for a mere $7 admission charge, only $5 for seniors and students.

SING ON!!!

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Charlie Masso was in with the answer to Bob Kinder's question about the Hut Sut song. The language is Swedish.

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Bob also identified the lyrics "They're not painting the skies as blue this year, wish you were here....." as an Eddie Fisher favorite, as did Barbara-Ann MacIntosh who continued the lyrics, "As blue as they used to do when you were here, wish you were here, wish you were here, Mornings don't seem as blue, brand new as they did with you, wish you were here, etc, etc."

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Mary Ann Joyce writes, "For all the years (11+) I have lived in Jamestown, every year you hear that we must conserve water. I guess the message was heard. The town experienced a drop in revenue due to its customers conservation efforts. And, how do we get rewarded? The town councilors are raising water rates!

"Not much of an incentive to continue."

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Be prepared for an injury to your pet says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic in his Pet Tip of the Week.

"A first aid kit for your pet can be very helpful in a minor emergency. Have some gauze, cotton bandage material, a bit of first aid tape, and small cling bandages like an Ace bandage to cover any wounds or lacerations that your pet suffers. Having some sterile saline eyewash is great if your pet gets debris in his eyes or sprayed in the face by a skunk. Some 3-percent hydrogen peroxide or ipecac syrup is useful to induce vomiting if your pet eats something it should not and you cannot get them to the veterinarian's office right away.

"Having a muzzle and a large towel set aside can be invaluable if your pet is injured, in pain, and needs to be moved. Don't be afraid to have a muzzle available because the last thing we want is you getting injured while trying to help your hurt and scared pet to safety.

"Finally, have emergency contact numbers available including your veterinarian's office, other emergency hospitals nearby, and neighbors who can help if needed."

ARF!!

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Hot dogs never seem to taste as good as those purchased at a concession stand at a ball game.

The concession stand at the Jamestown ball field is in need of vital repairs so Jamestown Baseball and Jamestown Soccer is cosponsoring a Glow Ball tournament to raise funds for the stand.

The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, rain or shine, at the Jamestown Golf Course beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $35 plus the costs of the balls and stick. Food after the event is included in the registration fee.

Advanced reservations are suggested and should be accompanied by payment. They can be made at the Jamestown Community Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Questions? Call Jamestown Recreation, 423-7260.

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The Jamestown Community Chorus will begin its fall season rehearsals Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church.

If the summer's heat is getting to you, show up and sing some Christmas stuff.

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Another moment of mirth with Beth: a grandmother was telling her little granddaughter what her own childhood was like. "We used to skate outside on a pond. I had a swing made from a tire; it hung from a tree in our front yard. We rode our pony. We picked wild raspberries in the woods." The little girl was wide-eyed, taking this in.

At last she said, "I sure wish I'd gotten to know you sooner!"

*** Monday is Labor Day. Relax!!

*** Be true!

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