2007-12-06 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

An agreement between friends has resulted in an 18-year relationship between Mike Smith and the Jamestown Community Chorus.

In 1989, the same year that B.J. Whitehouse took the baton as director, Mike made a deal with Matt Clarke that he would join the chorus if Matt would do the same with the Lions Club. It was also sort of a family thing. Mike's mother and father had sung with the group since the 50s, and up until recently his sister, Patsy, and his daughter, Marianne, were also members of the chorus.

In addition to Smith's choral interests, the 63-year-old baritone is a former president of the Town Council, chairman of the Planning Board and remains constantly active in the community with the Lions Club. When he's not doing that, he's president of M.F. Smith Associates, Builders.

But, his greatest enjoyment is being with his grandson, 2 1/2- year-old Phaled Stern, who lives in North Carolina.

We asked Mike about this weekend's concerts by the JCC at the Central Baptist Church. "I find music so interesting. Every concert we learn new music and it's always interesting and fun. This will be no exception."

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m., Mike will be on stage with the other 50 some members of the JCC with their presentation of "Holiday Medley."

The concerts will feature music leading up to the 21st century topped off with the world premiere of "Special Time of Year," written and arranged by Jamestowner Sam Bari.

Tickets are $10, $7 for seniors and children. They will be available at the door or in advance from chorus members. They also can be purchased at The Secret Garden, Jamestown Hardware and Baker's Pharmacy. Questions? Call 423- 1574 or visit www.jamestownri. com/chorus.

SING ON!!

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At Christmas time, Jamestown Postmaster Charlie Burns intercepts letters from island youngsters to Santa to make sure they get to the jolly one in the North Pole in time to be answered.

As in past years Ed has agreed to share these messages with us. They are unedited gems from the pens of our cherished ones but they also give us an indication of what's hot out there in the stores this year.

"This year I have a list for Christmas here it is.

0. A corn snake 1.A roboquad 2.A robopanda 3. A terranator

4. A V-bot

5. UB Funkys (with illustration on letter)

6. Fish

7. net jet (with picture)

8. every one to have a good Christmas

9. Video camera"

(signed) Ben Roach

"Dear, Santa, This is what I whant for Christmas

Joseph Peangelis Jamestown RohdeIsand

#1 A lion webkinz #2 A penquin shining star #3 A Wii #4 video games pokemon Battle revalushon Poken trowze Mario Party"

"My Christmas

I want a teddy bear and a real toy poodle and 3 grovy girls

in my stukin I want some pensils

What I moloy want is a ballerina nutcraker and I don't care what alse.

dear santa you are so nicse because you give toys to people for free.

When I saw the movi Fred claws and when I saw the eifs they looked so cute and you have a nice Christmas

love Annabel O'Donnell" HO! HO! HO!

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Islander Mary-Frances Byerly will once again direct the highly acclaimed "Christmas In Sign" show at the Salve Regina O'Hare Academic Center in Newport on Sunday at 4 p.m.

With the stage in total darkness, children and adults alike will be thrilled as they watch in awe as the white gloves of five-finger magic present with grace the songs and dances of love this Christmas season.

At the completion of the program the five-finger magic performers will be introduced to the audience. Mary-Frances said, "At this point, the audience has realized the extent of the talent on stage and the performers' abilities to express Christmas love to all the community. This is truly the beauty of silence through the joy of signing."

Snowballs and bags of candy from Santa will be distributed at intermission.

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Some tough challenges are coming this winter for the quadrupeds in our families. Here is one of them and what to do about it from Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

"The winter season brings with it some additional hazards for our pets. One of the most dangerous seasonal issues encountered is anti-freeze toxicity. Most vehicle anti-freeze products are extremely toxic to dogs and cats and also are unfortunately sweet tasting so that a pet may readily lick at even a few small drops in the garage, driveway, or street. Shortly after drinking anti-freeze a pet may seem to be drunk and seem uncoordinated or stagger about.

"A day or more later the pet will start to show signs of kidney failure that may be irreversible including excessive thirst, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and weakness. Make sure to clean up any and all anti-freeze spills thoroughly and be careful when storing and using anti-freeze products. If you suspect your pet may have ingested anti-freeze you need to contact your veterinarian immediately and do not wait for your pet to exhibit symptoms of being sick."

ARF!

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Congratulations to Pam (Alley) Wilson, a former Jamestowner, who received her B. S. in Birth- Kindergarten Teacher Education at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Summa Cum Laude all the way! Next up ...Masters SLP!

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This from Vern Stromberg of Hull Street in response to our query about "Dialing for Dollars:"

"George Allen hosted Dialing for Dollars on Channel 6, and when they got rid of him he bought the rights to it, so if they ever decided to resurrect it they would have to pay him. George lives with his third wife in Barrington.

"I worked with George when he was the weather man on Channel 12.

The late Hank Bouchard briefly did Dialing for Dollars on TV 12 in the mid 60's at 24 Mason St. where the Civic Center of the Dunk is now.

"If you google WTEV one of the sites will be a visual history put together by former photog Frank Clynes and featuring much of the collection of Bob Bassett who was writing a book about his life at Channel 6 when he suddenly died."

Thanks, Vern!

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Looks like we're not ready for the 60s and 70s.

There was just one reply to last week's poser,

"Lighten up while you still can

Don't even try to understand...."

Barbara-Ann Mac Intosh finished the line with:

"Just find a place to make your stand

and take it easy....The Eagles."

But, Barbara-Ann noted, "I have to admit my son, Douglas, knew this, I didn't."

Thanks Doug!

OK, how about this one - "I'll tip my hat to the new constitution. Take a bow for the new revolution." I think it's also the theme song for a very popular TV drama.

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Check out the lights at Nick DiGiando's "Atlantic Lawn & Garden" on Narragansett Avenue across from the PACC.

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The first trace of snow on Dec. 1? Must have something to do with global warming.

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A reminder of other doings on Saturday in addition to the Jamestown Community Chorus' concert.

The Annual Tubaphonia Christmas Concert with four Jamestown musicians participating will be heard begining at 7:30 p.m. in the North Kingstown High School Auditorium and the Jamestown Library's winter book sale will be underway in the gallery hallway.

Donna Demello from Clark Farm will conduct a Boxwood Tree Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. It is a "make it and take it" project creating a large centerpiecetype decoration. All materials will be provided for a fee of $25 and registration will be limited to 20 persons. If you haven't done so already, sign up ASAP. Plan to bring your own scissors or clippers as well as any small lights or other special ornaments you wish to use

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Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day. All flags should be at half-staff until sunset.

*** Be true!

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Call in your stuff for this column to 423-0383 or 829-2760. You can send an e-mail to us at jtnwalrus@hotmail.com or drop your items off at the Jamestown Press office.

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