2008-05-01 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

They call it snail mail, but this is ridiculous. It seems that one of the assistants at the library went on vacation a few weeks ago and sent a postcard back to the gang at work letting them know she was having a wonderful time.

But, her fellow workers didn't get the card bearing the happy news until last Thursday, and it arrived inside an envelope. Somehow a family in Foster received the card, not once, but four times over the past several weeks. It had the library's correct address and zip code, and Head Librarian Judy Bell speculates that the card must have gone through a postal machine that gave it an incorrect bar code, so no matter how many times it went back to the post office it kept getting delivered to the same address in Foster.

The family said enough is enough and put the card in an envelope and sent it along to the library with a note of explanation. "We all thought that was pretty special," Judy said.

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A 13-month-old Australian shepherd, that was just days away from being put down in Tennessee, is now living the good life in Jamestown. She was originally picked up in that southern state and taken to a "kill shelter" that destroys animals that are not claimed within a week.

Fortunately, an Australian shepherd rescue group removed the dog from the shelter and placed her in a foster home in Virginia. Islander Mary Webster and her husband were visiting that state at the time and saw the dog on the Internet.

The two brought the newlynamed Luna home. Typical of the breed, the dog is blue merle with a blue eye and a brown eye. She came to the right place, because Mary told us Luna loves the water. When we commented that Luna was a lucky dog ending up here after all she had been through, Mary replied, "I'm the lucky one, I call her Bella Luna, she's very sweet."

Welcome to the island, Bella Luna.

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In its first game of the season, the Jamestown Babe Ruth team beat R&R Construction 7-2 at Cardines Field in Newport behind the pitching of Matt Baptista and Marshall Vigneault.

Go, guys!

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Tickets are now available for the island's most popular spring social event, Boy Scout Troop 1's annual Pasta Supper. This year's gastronomical delight will be on Saturday, May 17, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church from 5 to 7 p.m.

When purchasing a ticket from a scout, 50 percent of the cost of the tickets, which are $9 for adults and $5 for children, go to the individual scout to help pay for any and all his fees related to any scouting event.

Be prepared to have a great time.

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In observance of Arbor Day, the four kindergarten classes at the Jamestown school planted an elm tree near the little playground at the school on Melrose Avenue last Friday.

The students also wrote of their favorite things, like foods and TV shows, and the information was put into a time capsule and buried next to the tree. The capsule will be opened in 2016 when the kindergarteners are in the eighth grade.

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No takers on last week's poser, "I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places," but Larry Lewis passed on some fun trivia on "Linda," our poser on April 10.

He writes, "In 1947, songwriter Jack Lawrence owed legal fees to a certain top-level New York City show business lawyer. The lawyer told Lawrence he could pay off the debt by writing a song about this lawyer's then 5-year-old daughter, Linda. Lawrence did just that and, as noted by your readers, the song was twice a hit, in that same year.

"It was again a hit 16 years later, covered by Jan & Dean. The interesting angle to all of this is that the showbiz lawyer was Lee Eastman and his daughter, Linda, was to become the first Mrs. Paul McCartney in 1969. Linda passed tragically in 1998. Would that Sir Paul had chosen as well for his second bride!"

Thanks Larry.

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Keith Godena reports that the fire station clock is fixed.

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Perhaps the rising costs of food will have the beneficial effect of our eating less.

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Get out of here with that boom, boom, boom before I call the cops...

*** Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?

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A Snapple cap moment: Beavers were once the size of bears.

*** Be true!

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