2007-12-13 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

These letters are now on Santa's desk at the North Pole. As in years past, Jamestown Postmaster Charlie Burns makes sure they arrive at Santa's house in time to be answered. Here are three of this year's messages:

"Dear Santa -

I'm Ian's Grandmother and I'm writing this letter for him because he can't write a letter yet. He is 4 1/2 years old. He has been a very good boy. This is what he would like you to bring him for Christmas, if you have any.

Skateboard Snowboard Surfboard

Scooter

That's all. Thank you very much if you can do this. Hope you have a Merry Christmas, Santa

(signed) Ian"

"Dear Santa,

This year I have been good. This is my Christmas list I would like some spy stuff, legos, the 2007 Hess truck, an i-pod, peace on earth, nutcracker and some surprises. Thank you

(signed) Jackson

R.S.V.P. (phone number)"

"Christmas List: Natalie Toland

Julies Bed & Bedding (AG Dow) Jonas Brothers CD Aly & AJ CD Carrie Underwood Kareoke CD

Sheet music for Carrie Underwoods 'Some Hearts'

Snowpants (black) skateboard and trick helmet microphone & stand Video camera Laptop computer Electric Motocross bike Thanks for everything. (signed) Natalie

Please don't forget the poor and the animals. Thanks.

HO! HO! HO!

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And, we should do our bit to protect animals and young children during the Christmas season says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

"In the winter we tend to see more problems with household dangers than other times of year. Decorations, like low hanging Christmas tree ornaments, can be broken, stepped on, or eaten by some dogs, while tinsel and ribbons can be eaten by cats and result in emergency trips to the doctor's office. Decorative lights and candles mean more wires for pets to chew on and present a higher risk of burnt fur or skin.

"All those seasonal plants can also pose hazards for pets and young children. The poinsettia has earned a bad reputation as being toxic, and although it will cause stomach irritation, it is not particularly poisonous. Some plants, like holly and mistletoe, have very toxic berries and should definitely be kept away from pets and children. Wisteria and most ivy plants are also toxic and should be kept high and out of the reach of our smaller family members. Any new plant should be researched prior to bringing it home to make sure it is safe for your family and pets."

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The most recent edition of Animal Print Magazine, which hit the stands Dec. 7, has Jamestown firemen Lew Kitts and Ken Caswell on the front cover. The photo features them dressed in their Dalmatian dog costumes, driving the antique fire truck, and leading last year's dog parade down Narragansett Avenue. Animal Print highlighted the parade for their holiday issue.

Parade coordinator and town councilwoman Barbara Szepatowski said the publicity should bring off-islanders to the 8th annual dog parade, set for noon on Dec. 23, and result in some after-parade shopping and dining.

"Teens and members of our local Girl Scout Troop will provide pet sitting services after the parade for those who want to visit the downtown area. This year's festivities will be used to rekindle the animal shelter project started some four years ago."

Barbara said she is excited because, now that the Teen Center is ready for its grand opening party on Jan. 4, she can now go back to working on the project which first got her involved in town government - the animal shelter. Copies of Animal Print magazine are available at McQuade's, East Ferry Deli, Slice of Heaven, Baker's Pharmacy, and Jamestown Designs.

ARF!

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In answer to "I'll tip my hat to the new constitution. Take a bow for the new revolution," Larry Lewis replied, "This week's song is 'Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who. Indeed, it's the opening theme for 'CSI: Miami'." Larry also had the correct answer to our question about "Dialing for Dollars." He named Hank Bouchard, who according to Vern Stromberg, briefly did the TV show on channel 12.

From Ed Silvia, "The name of the song is 'Won't Get Fooled Again' by The Who. I don't know the next two lines but what I have given you should deserve an honorable mention. Could it be 'make my peace with love all around me and won't get fooled again oh no no?"

Elizabeth Mancini called in with the correct title to the tune and also said it is the theme song for "CSI: Miami."

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Congratulations to Peter and Rochelle Carnevale, who have just returned from a five-day trip to Disney World in Florida where they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their four children, their spouses and seven of their eight grandchildren.

Sounds like a pretty happy time, doesn't it? But, two days before leaving, Peter was stricken with Lyme disease and was unable to walk. That didn't stop them though. Rochelle, who is handicapped and makes her way with a scooter, suggested renting an additional scooter for Peter. "We chased and followed our grandchildren all over the four parks of Disney World," Peter said.

Accompanying the couple were son, Peter Jr., his wife, Leena, and grandson, Max; son, Mark, his wife, Karen, and grandchildren Gabriella, Aria and Ceriana; daughter Melissa, her husband, John and grandchildren Jackson and Aliya; and daughter Heather, her husband, Eric, and granddaughter Athena.

Peter said that in spite of his affliction, "A great time was had by all!"

He said they often see two or more deer at a time in their backyard. A life-long runner, Peter is now on an antibiotic program and walking again. "It is the scariest thing that ever happened to me," he said.

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Marguerite Elizabeth Grondin, the third great-grandchild of Charlotte and Victor Richardson, was born in Newport Hospital on Dec. 6.

She is the daughter of Marisa and Jimi Grondin of North Kingstown and weighed in at 5 lbs. 11oz and was 18" long. The maternal grandparents are Pamela (Richardson) Jarret of North Kingstown, and Michael Jarret of Charlestown. The paternal grandparents are Beth and Tom Haskins of Ohio.

Charlotte said her new greatgranddaughter is "beautiful."

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It's that time of the year again when we ask islanders what they would like for Christmas. We tell them money is no object and urge them to be as materialistic as possible.

Jeremy Wigton - New turntables for his DJ set-up.

Becky Hall - A retreat house in Sardona, Arizona.

Felicia Tutsch - A trip to Italy.

Connie Rainone - A new male admirer.

Tony Rafanelli - A 120' motor yacht.

Cathryn Jamieson - To never have to clean my house again.

Polly Alfonso - A jolly good time with my family.

Ela Gamble, 7, and Maya Gamble, 5 3/4, - Webkinz.

Robin Costello - Warm boots.

Rosemary Tutsch - Anything that sparkles.

Elizabeth Mancini - A yacht.

Bonnie Jamison - A shack on any island in the Bahamas.

*** If this isn't love, then........

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Rumor on the Avenue is that "Fiddler on the Roof" will be the Jamestown Community Theatre's next musical.

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Children of all ages are invited to gather around with Christopher "Kavi" Carbone, the "musical troubadour of light and warmth" and participate in music, rhythms, movement, songs and more.

It happens on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library in celebration of the winter season.

Registration is not required for this free program sponsored by the Friends of the Jamestown Library.

On the same day, a gingerbread house workshop for children ages 7 to 11 will be held at the library from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Registration is required for this program. Call 423-7280.

*** 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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