2007-10-18 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Natalie Toland has come a long way since she was just a segment of a caterpillar.

Now she is in her "first main role." The 10-year-old Jamestown school fifth-grader plays Little Red Riding Hood in the Jamestown Community Theatre's production of "Into the Woods" to be staged next month in the Jamestown Community Center.

This will be her fourth play. She was in the JCT's "Down The Rabbit Hole (Or What is a Nice Girl Like Alice Doing in a Place Like This?) in which she was the caterpillar's segment and appeared as Marcie in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown."

This past summer she was a baker in Fantasy Works' "Aladdin" in Narragansett.

As evidence of the importance of her role, she said, "I talk more than I sing." She has two solos, "Into the Woods" and "I Know Things Now."

Natalie said she finds the play "interesting and fun." What has she learned from it? "Always be truthful, honest and respect everyone," she replied.

Natalie lives on Lawn Avenue with her dad, Michael, mom, Kellie, and two siblings, Lauren, 7, and Bridgette, 4.

Performances will be November 9, 10, 11 and 16, 17, 18.

BREAK A LEG!

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Hi neighbor, have a 'Gansett!

And enjoy listening to islander Hazel Turley talk about the days when Narragansett was the number one beer in New England.

Her new book, "Narragansett Brewing Company," is part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series.

The event will be held tonight at 6 p.m. at the John Brown House Museum, 52 Power St., Providence.

Hazel began collecting the stories, memories, and mementos of the brewery's past employees and fans in 1998. She has since accumulated an impressive collection of oral interviews and over 300 photos.

The talk is sponsored by the R.I. Historical Society as part of the Gallery Night series. Refreshments will be donated by the Narragansett Brewing Company. Copies of the book will be autographed and available for $20.

Power Street is off Benefit Street, not far from Wickenden. Questions? Call Hazel at 423- 0727.

Thanks, neighbor!

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That super angler mentioned in last week's column is Clayton Caswell. We had the wrong last name and regret the error.

*** Go home, Geo!

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Larry Lewis of Green Lane really knows his Fangs. "The one you probably want, given the approach of Halloween, is Fang the pet jaguar of Pugsley Addams of "The Addams Family."

However, Phil Volk, bassist for the 1960s era Hit makers Paul Revere & The Raiders, is nicknamed Fang."

Larry offered a third answer to the question. "Fang was also the nickname of Phyllis Diller's husband."

The latter is the one we were looking for.

Don and Diane Forest, Barbara Ann Mac Intosh and Betty Kinder all identified Fang as Phyllis Diller's husband in her comic routines. It was a great bit. Thanks, guys!

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Barbara-Ann responded to the poser replying, "Bongo, bongo, bongo I don't want to leave the jungle, oh no no no no no

Bingo, bangle, bungle I'm so happy in the jungle I refuse to go."

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John E. Marshall III, retired president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, will be the special guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Potter League for Animals on Monday, October 22, at 6 p.m. at the Atlantic Beach Club in Middletown.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will be available. RSVP to jillh@potterleague. com.

Rumor has it that Boo-Boo, a 3-year-old spayed black tiger and white Japanese bobtail cat, will make a surprise visit to check out possible adopters.

MEOW!

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Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic has some good advice on bathing your dog in his Pet Tip of the Week.

"People often ask "How often should I bathe my dog?" and typically my answer is "when he is dirty." However, any dog with skin allergies, itching, dandruff, or flaky skin will likely benefit from regular bathing. Many skin conditions respond to weekly or every other week bathing with either oatmeal-based or anti-bacterial cleansing shampoos.

"Some skin conditions (like the dogs with greasy, sticky undercoats) may require specific prescription shampoos and require a visit to your veterinarian. As long as you rinse all the shampoo off of your pet and fully dry them afterwards you should not see any skin irritation post bathing. When using topical flea and tick preventatives like Frontline, Advantix, or Revolution remember to space out the bath by a full two days before or after applying the medication to make sure you get the most effectiveness from it and don't risk exposing your pet to parasites unnecessarily."

WOOF!

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Words that we went to Webster for this week: opacity, state or quality of being opaque; ineluctably, incapable of being evaded; autodidact, a self-taught person.

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The island's young children are invited to bring their moms, dads, grandparents, siblings and caregivers to a special visit by musician Christopher "Kavi" Carbone at the Jamestown Philomenian Library Monday, Oct. 22, at 10:30 a.m.

Known as the troubadour of light and warmth, Chris will bring music, rhythms, movement, and sing-able songs geared towards all ages, especially the very young ones, to celebrate the fall season.

Rowena Burke, children's & YA librarian, said that registration is not necessary for this free program sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Library.

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And, for children sixth grade and up plus adults, the Bat Man will be back next Thursday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library defending this much-maligned animal.

URI Coastal Institute Director Dr. Peter "Bat Man" August will address the subject of "Bats: Fact, Fiction and Natural History."

When you leave next week's free program you will have learned that bats aren't blind, they're not rodents and they don't get tangled in your hair. Dr. August says that bats are among the most gentle, beneficial, and necessary animals on earth and without them life would be quite different.

The program is open to the public.

*** Be true!

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