2008-01-04 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

It was an unusual wedding. Unusual only because it was attended by some women with their hair in various stages of being cut, dyed, set or any other process they had come for to the Cathryn Jamieson Salon on Narragansett Avenue the morning of December 19.

It was also unusual because the ceremony was being held in the Esthetician Room of the salon where the couple being married first set eyes on each other.

In September, nail shop owner Elizabeth Braley of North Kingstown had a pedicure client named Brian Stetson, a marine engineer from Florida. They hit it off, he asked her out, and after a short courtship they decided to be married in the place where they met.

Salon staff members Johnna Jamieson and Lisa Kerr went to work and rounded up beautiful decorations for the room. Brian wrote a portion of his vows and Judge Michael Higgins' calendar that morning was clear. A wedding happened.

The entire staff and clients, plus some neighbors, attended. Champagne and cake were served and Johnna gave the traditional toast. Some got a little weepy.

It was an unusual beginning for, what we hope will be, a long and happy life together.

The Stetsons are residing in North Kingstown.

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Theater classes lasting from one to eight weeks and encompassing all ages - children, teens, and adults - will be offered Sunday afternoons at the Jamestown Country Club and the community center beginning late this month.

Mary Wright, Rebecca Brazil and Iris Bohensky will instruct the classes in conjunction with the Jamestown Community Theatre and the Jamestown Recreation Department.

Check next week's Press for information on sign-ups, choice of classes, and specific hours and dates. Early questions? Call 423- 9993.

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We had no takers on last week's poser, "I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight in an everlasting kiss."

The lyrics are from Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run."

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We told you a couple of weeks ago about the birth of Charlotte and Vic Richardson's third greatgrandchild.

Make that number four.

Joshua Lucien Jarret was born at 9:32 p.m. on Christmas Eve, weighing in at 8 lbs. and measuring in at 19 inches long.

He is the son of Kimberly (Smith) and Lucien Jarret of Newport.

His maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Smith of Portsmouth, and paternal grandparents Pam (Richardson) Jarret of North Kingstown and Michael Jarret of Charlestown.

In addition to the Richardsons, his other great grandparents are Mrs. Alice Haas and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Smith of Middletown, and Mrs. Aram Jarret of South Kingstown.

Charlotte said, "He added much to an already great Christmas."

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Since urging our readers to donate to the Salvation Army during the yule season, we have received some facts about the organization's 2006 activities.

The Salvation Army provided child care to 425 children; served meals to 20,201 people; visited 10,300 people in nursing homes; sent 206 children to camp; provided energy assistance to 3,193 families; and provided disaster services to 38,219 people through its mobile canteen.

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Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic says in his Pet Tip of the Week that we should include Fluffy in our New Year's resolutions.

"Another year and another set of resolutions for everyone. My suggestion for this year is to identify one area in your pet's life that you can make an effort to improve in 2008. Does Fluffy have a few extra pounds but you just haven't gotten around to taking them on more walks or cutting back on treats and table scraps?

Does Fluffy have a nagging skin or ear issue that comes back when you cut back on the baths or regular ear cleanings that seem to help? Does your Fluffy still have some separation anxiety and chews your shoes when left alone for too long? All of these and other small issues can add up to affect you and your pet and often a good talk with your vet, implementing and sticking to a treatment plan, and seeing steady improvements can help you nip these issues once and for all. Why not make the New Year a starting point toward conquering these problems!" WOOF!

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Barbara Morinho noted that we had no response to her Christmas song in the Dec. 20 column. She sent along the lyrics as she remembers them.

"Hang up the baby's stocking

Be sure and don't forget

For the dear little dimpled darlin'

Has never seen Christmas yet. I told her all about it She opened her big blue eyes

As if she understood it

She looked so cunnin' and wise.

Does it ring a bell with anyone out there?

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Members of Boy Scout Troop 1, plus family members and friends, will depart on Jan. 26 for the troop's annual ski trip to Okemo Mountain Resort in Ludlow, Vermont.

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It's almost tot time at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9, storytime for 2 year olds with their caregivers will be held on Wednesday mornings from 10:15 to 11 a.m. and for 3 to 5 year olds from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

The storytimes feature books, fingerplays, action rhymes and simple craft activities.

Beginning Monday, Jan. 14, Mother Goose Time for infants and babies through 24 months old will be held Monday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Activities will include board books, play rhymes, finger games, music and playtime.

Registration is not required for these free programs in the library's Children's Room.

For information about all programs, call 423-7280 or check out http://www.jamestownri.com/library/.

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"I remember you, you're the one who............."

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Richard Botelho writes, "It seems like everyone is always trying to change the rules to suit themselves. I remember that in the permit for the glass blowers building, no permit for retail sales would be applied for. We just approved six million to the Dutra Farm and three million to the Neal Farm not to develop, and now there are those who wish to make retail sales in the same area? What's next? Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's, McDonalds, Wendy's, how about a Job Lot?

How about we stand by the original agreement, and stop changing the rules."

On the other hand, Richard, at least the nature of the business is in keeping with the historical ambience of the area. Sort of like that other Jamestown in Virginia.

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If you have any money left over after Christmas you might want to consider sending some of it to the Jamestown Lions Club that is raising funds for families, individuals and organizations in the island community.

Past donations have been used to support the payment of eye operations, the purchase of eye glasses, construction materials for a handicap ramp, obtaining bleachers for the school ball fields, annual gifts to the local churches, scolarships to Jamestown students, along with other community projects and assistance to residents who are in need.

Make your check payable to the Jamestown Lions Club and mail it to P.O. Box 316, Jamestown 02835.

ROAR!!

*** Sunday is Epiphany.

*** Be true!

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