2008-01-24 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

WJan. 4 column about the state-wide achievements of the Salvation Army, we were unaware that two islanders represent the organization on Jamestown.

Maggie Grenier has been the island's Salvation Army secretary as well as the town's Welfare Director since 1985. Susan Brayman has been the local Salvation Army treasurer for longer than that.

Maggie sent the following letter to the column:

"It was a great Christmas this year for a couple of needy families in Jamestown. I would like to personally thank the Jamestown branch of Bank of America for sponsoring a Christmas holiday toy and gift drive and for setting up the bank location as a drop off for the donations of gift cards, toys and clothing that were on the lists for Santa. I'd also like to thank the generosity of all the Jamestowners who contributed, especially one individual who donated a large number of toys he had purchased at a store closing."

"Also a follow-up to the comments in 'The Walrus' a couple of weeks ago concerning the good deeds of the Salvation Army; Susan Brayman and I are the local officers in Jamestown, we have provided food assistance, heat and emergency funds for the special needs of individuals who have not been able to get any as- from the state. "

"This past Thanksgiving the RI Salvation Army and Star markets donated 15 food baskets for our community, They were picked up in Providence and distributed to Jamestown families by Susan and myself. Please remember how our less-fortunate local families are affected when you are asked to contribute to the Good-Neighbor Energy Fund or to the bell-ringing volunteers during the holidays."

Kudos to Maggie and Susan!

(Contributions can be sent to the Salvation Army, 756 Eddy St., Providence, 02903.)


Responses to last week's lyrics poser came in from Barbara-Ann MacIntosh who wrote:

"Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy, make your eyes light up and your tummy say howdy,

Shoo fly pie and apple pan dowdy, I never get enough of that wonderful stuff."

Charlie Masso e-mailed: "I haven't had 'Shoo Fly Pie' in a long, long time and when I did, I had to have some Apple Pan Dowdy with it."

Linda K. Hull of South Kingstown was also in with the correct title.


Linda also commented on an item in last week's column. "I was surprised to see Gloria (Dorr) Conley's name in your column. I remember her parents had a little convenience store where we'd stop for penny candy on our way home from the Carr School. Boy, that was a long time ago!"

Whoops! Gloria notified me that I had made a boo-boo in that item. "I said 'low taxes' not 'no taxes'. Don't we all wish we could say that.

"Another plus about living here is our water bill (are you sitting down?) runs between $10 and $14 a month, has never been higher than that."


Beverly Snyder and Larry Lewis were in with the answer to Wickford resident Skip Kingsley's question of who singer Diana Krall is married to. Her husband is Elvis Costello. Larry wrote that he is a British singer/ composer whose real name is Declan MacManus.

Larry also takes issue with Skip's saying that Frank Ifield was the writer of "I Remember You."

Larry says, "It was written by Johnny Mercer and Victor Schertzinger and was published in 1941. At least 50 artists have covered the tune, including Ifield, who'd scored a big hit with it in 1962."


Seventeen Boy Scouts from Troop 1 will depart the island at 5 a.m. Saturday for a day of skiing at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vermont.

Jim Archibald, troop committee chairman and a member of the National Ski Patrol, will be offering the scouts the opportunity to complete the "on the hill" portion of the Winter Sports Merit Badge.

Scouts attending are John Chase, Drew Matley, Sal Morenzi, Grandson Tom, Kyle Wright, Dylan Walsh, Brian Volpe, Nathanel Hopkins, Eric Archibald, Daniel Bailey, Nick Fay, Shane Farrelly, Bud Oldewurtel, Hayden Maclean, Jamie Mielde, Sam Di- Gasper and Mike Brendlinger.

In addition to Archibald, scout leaders accompanying the troop members are Glen Hopkins, assistance sistant scoutmaster; John Keavy, assistant scoutmaster; and Diane Archibald and Phil Lee, troop committee members.


Bad breath can be the forerunner of more serious health problems with Rover says Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic.

"As we strive to improve our pet's quality of life we are fortunate to have access to effective parasite control, reliable vaccines, and good pain medication and antibiotics if needed. Yet with all these advances we frequently forget about the importance of good oral health for our furry family members. We know that dental disease increases the risks of kidney, liver, and heart disease, and acts as a reservoir for bacteria in our bodies.

So whether it means learning to brush your pet's teeth, changing their food to a dental diet, or having a full dental procedure at your veterinarian's office, there is usually some aspect of oral health that you can improve in your pet's life. So, next time you are sitting with your pet, look at their teeth and gums, sniff their breath, and next time you are at your veterinarian's office see if they have any ways to improve one more area of your pet's life."



Stay away from the school!

The school nurse says in the Jamestown Warrior school paper that there are high fevers, bad colds, and bronchitis in the lower grades and sore throats, flu, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and bad colds in the upper grades.


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Congratulations to the Patriots on their record-breaking year.

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