2008-03-06 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Next Wednesday marks the birthday of the Girl Scouts, founded on that date in 1912.

In Jamestown, the organization is alive and well. Troop organizer for the island is Linda Faria, who told us that coming up this month and through April the some 75 island scouts will be taking part in "GSRI Project Undercover" during which the troops collect items such as new socks, underwear, T-shirts and diapers for both boys and girls. Donations are collected during the local troops' annual Sweetheart Dance and are delivered to the Rhode Island Donation Exchange.

In another activity, Junior Girl Scout Troop 865 will be helping local conservationist Chris Powell restore the sand dunes at Mackerel Cove. New sand was trucked in last fall and the junior scouts made new "Don't walk here" signs. Linda said the final phase is the replanting of all of the beach grasses and other plants that anchor the sand in place. The planting date is Saturday, March 29, with the raindate the next day. Other Jamestown troops are invited to help out and the Teen Center has been contacted for volunteer workers.

In addition, the Scouts are involved with the Empty Bowls event each year at which donations are made to the food bank. This past year, the young ladies served the tables and made 500 desserts.

At Christmas time the troops entertain the residents of the Pemberton Apartments with songs of the season.

And good news for us snackers. Girl Scout cookies go on sale throughout this month with cookie booths all over town.

Girl Scout adult leaders are: 1st grade, Michelle Gibbs and Joy Mikolay; 2nd grade, Roberta Fagan and Nancy VanGelder; 3rd grade, Janette Warner and Ann Marcoccio Zainyeh; 5th grade, Linda Faria, Julie Kallfelz and Suzanne Ayvazian; 6th grade; Beth Small and Sara Bobola; and 7th grade, Pamela Storey and Ana Rosa.

For girls who wish to become scouts, spring registration is coming up. Also volunteers are always needed to form new troops, keep existing troops active and maintain the Girl Scout Mission, "Girl Scouts builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place."

Questions? Call Linda at 423- 0150.

Great job!

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The last minute reversal by the governor on his original decision to cut $5.6 million from companies serving the state's developmentally disabled was good news for the island's two group homes.

The cut would have been devastating to Bridges, Inc. that manages the homes. The company has enjoyed numerous years of productivity and has become a model of success in the business of group home management coupled with client satisfaction.

Carry on!

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Kudos to the Jamestown Rotary Club which has earmarked $1,350 towards the purchase of a new trailer for Boy Scout Troop 1.

The troop needs to expand its storage as well as having a trailer that can be easily towed to campouts more economically and with a lighter towing vehicle. The troop hopes to have the new trailer in time for the upcoming spring activities. Any other organizations or individuals wishing to contribute can contact Jim Archibald.

At tonight's troop meeting at the Senior Center, there will be an honor court and Cub Scout cross over. Liquid refreshments and finger food will be served. Set up is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Stop by the St. Mark Church Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon and delight in the combination yard and bake sale to support the Jamestown school's eighth grade class trip to Washington D.C.

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If you're ages 5 through 15, how can you go through St. Patrick's Day without a leprechaun hat?

Well, the Jamestown Philomenian Library, with materials generously supplied by Jamestown Hardware, has the answer. Be at the library next Thursday, March 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. and make your very own green topper.

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Daylight Savings Time goes into effect Sunday morning. Put your clocks ahead one hour.

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

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