2007-09-13 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

When islander Will Deffley puts on his LaSalle football gear he continues a great family tradition.

He's the third generation of Deffleys to play football for the school, one of whom went on to be drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

Will, who plays linebacker and offensive line, showed his future potential by being the only sophomore starting with the varsity against always powerful Shea last Friday nght. LaSalle went on to win 29-7.

The 15-year-old, 170-pound, 6- footer follows in the footsteps of his dad, Bill, and grandfather Jim Deffley who both played football at LaSalle. Bill played safety, and Jim, who lives in Narragansett and is now 82, played linebacker. Jim took on the dual roles of center and linebacker at Holy Cross after Army service during World War II. He was drafted but never played for the Browns because of knee damage from his years on the gridiron in high school and college. He never left the sport, though, putting in many seasons on the sidelines coaching at East Providence and LaSalle.

Will's shoulder was still sore Saturday when we spoke to him. It was dislocated during the game the night before and had been put only partially back in place as he continued to play. "They popped it all the way in this morning," he explained.

Will has been playing football for some 10 years on a pre-team league in Narragansett, so the tough six-day-a-week practice schedule at LaSalle is old hat to him. When questioned about playing his grandfather's position, he replied it's probably because they are both about the same size.

Bragging rights will be determined tomorrow night when Will will be looking across the line of scrimmage at many of his Jamestown friends as LaSalle takes on North Kingstown at North Kingstown.

Look for Will, #55, on the visitors' team.

Good luck to both squads.

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Happy birthday to Kyle Rafferty, who was 9 on Monday. His mom, Wendy, says "I love ya, Ky."

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Speaking of Wendy, she is gearing up for walking 26.6 miles Monday as part of the "Just Wings" team for the Jimmy Fund/Dana- Farber event raising money to find a cure for cancer.

In an e-mail, Wendy said, "Together we can make a difference! No donation is too small. I would like to thank everyone who has donated so far. There is still time to contribute."

Donations can be made by credit card at www.jimmyfundwalk. org, then click on support a walker or you can still mail a check made out to the Jimmy Fund and mailed to Wendy Rafferty, 13 Plymouth Rd., Jamestown 02835.

Go, girl!

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It's a decision no one wants to make. Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic suggests how to make it easier.

"The death of a pet is never easy and for children it can be very confusing. Be honest with kids and use words like "death" and "dying." Don't use euphemisms that may confuse the children. Commonly we refer to euthanasia as "putting an animal to sleep" but this may give kids the wrong idea, that the animal may wake up, or confuse them about their own sleep and bedtime.

"If you know you will have to euthanize your pet you should open conversation with your children and include them in the decision process so they are not surprised by the decision. Be honest and say things like, "We love Fluffy and we are helping her to die because we cannot treat her pain any more." Let your children see your own grief because it may help validate their emotions as well. Having a family memorial for a pet, drawing pictures, looking through photos, or planting a tree in their memory can help to give children an outlet to express their feelings as well."

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Proud father Gaylin Cordes sent along a ProJo news item that reports on his daughter, Chelsea, a freshman at Wheaton College in Massachusetts.

The article said that the Wheaton women's tennis team has shut out Salve Regina, 9-0, buried Simmons, 8-1, and blanked Gordon, 9-0.

"Freshman Chelsea Cordes is playing sixth singles and doubles with freshman Ellen Van Faasen. She (Chelsea) is 2-1 in singles and 3-0 in doubles."

Great job, Chelsea, we're all proud of you!

We'll add this to your great talent as an actor.

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Boy Scout Troop 1's first meeting of the fall season will be tonight at 6:45 p.m. at the senior center. Members are asked to update uniforms with rank advancements achieved at Yawgoog and come in full class A for inspection.

The troop will discuss future activities, including a trip to the United States Military Academy at West Point at the end of this month, and upcoming community service projects such as the annual Rotary Bike Race.

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A snappy salute to islander and University of Massachsetts-Lowell student Adam J. Sugalski who just completed Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps field training encampment at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.

Upon graduating from UMass and having completed the ROTC program requirements, Adam will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force.

Great job!!

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Noel Brakenhoff e-mailed the correct completion of the lyric, "I took one look at you, that's all I meant to do and then......" She wrote, "and then....my heart stood still - I believe sung by someone named Hildegaard."

Bob Kinder also had it right commenting, "A great song reintroduced by Rod Stewart."

Mary Murchie phoned in the correct lyric, but Charlie Masso thought it was "the world stood still." "I don't remember any more of the song and I may be wrong about the end but that's all that comes to mind right now -- tough being a senior."

Ah, Charlie, what would they do without us?

Thanks, everybody!!

*** On Sept. 20, a local felon will replace the country's leading talkshow personality on WPRO radio. Only in Rhode Island!

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Former islander 82-year-old Phyllis (Bradley) Anderson, now living in Wilmington, Ohio, writes and shares some memories.

"On July 30, the class of 1942 of Rogers High School celebrated its 65th reunion. Of those present was one Jamestowner, Regina (Littlefield) Gagne and two former Jamestowners, Anne (Vierra) Busse from Middletown and myself. There were 36 classmates in attendance and I only recognized four. Thomas Murray also a former Jamestowner was unable to attend due to a previous engagement. Who would have thought that some of us would live to see our 65th!!! And, how many can brag they went to high school by ferry.

"The re-making of the old library into a historical museum brings back lots of memories for me. I lived next to the library and you could call it my second home! It was open all Saturday and on Wednesday afternoons. First thing Saturday I was there to get two books, read all day, and return them before they closed and picked up two more. As you can tell, I love to read and at this present time own over 250 books, plus, I am always at the library.

"Speaking of old memories - how many left on the island remember when paved North Road stopped near the bridge to Saunderstown? It continued on as a dirt one-way road with 'turnouts'for cars coming in the opposite direction. Beavertail wasn't built up. Mackerel Cove was the place to swim until the 1938 hurricane hit the island and you could see the large homes on the Dumplings. And, traffic wasn't the mess it is now. We were a population of 1,200 year-round and the summer people were about the same number. As changed as it is, Jamestown will always have my heart. Growing up there the young people didn't realize how good we had it. My mother said in later years it was the safest place to bring up children."

Thanks Phyllis, actually North Road north of the bridge to Saunderstown hasn't changed that much.

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Providence's art scene experienced by riding the Art Trolley from gallery to gallery plus a delicious boxed dinner of your choosing from the Traveling Gourmet can be all yours for the measly sum of $20 per person next Thursday, Sept. 20.

Hosted by the Friends of the Jamestown Library, bus transportation will be provided to the big city for a super night out. The charter bus will leave the Jamestown Golf Course parking lot at 5:15 p.m. and return at 9:30 p.m. Maps and gallery options will be available on the bus. You can visit on line at www.gallerynight.info/

There is limited space so reserve your spot ASAP by calling Susan Lutes, 741-7526.

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Another moment of mirth with Beth.

A nursery school teacher was delivering a station wagon full of kids home one day when a fire truck zoomed past.

Sitting in the front seat of the fire truck was a Dalmation dog.

The childen started discussing the dog's duties.

"They use him to keep crowds back," said one youngster.

"No," said another, "he's just for good luck."

A third child brought the argument to a close.

"They use the dogs," she said firmly, "to find the fire hydrant."

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Monday is Citizenship Day.

Wednesday is POW/MIA Recognition Day. Say a prayer.

*** Be true!

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