2008-08-14 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Kudos to two Jamestown 18-year-olds who became Eagle Scouts at an Eagle Court of Honor Saturday at Ft. Getty. Both Troop 1 members graduated from North Kingstown High School this past June. John Chase and Drew Matley are going on to college. John will study engineering at Northeastern University and Drew will pursue a business degree at URI.

For their Eagle projects, Drew put together a physics apparatus for his high school's laboratory and John built a solar water purifier to desalinate water. "I look forward to being an Eagle Scout," Drew commented, and John said, "I want to thank everyone involved in the scouts for enabling me to become an Eagle Scout."

Great job, guys!

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Touting great food, great prizes and surprises, the St. Mark Church Summer Festival will grace the church lawn Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be major and multi-raffles. Food will include hot dogs, hamburgers, chowder, doughboys, meatball sandwiches, sausage and peppers, watermelon and soda and coffee. For the youngsters there will be face painting, cotton candy, balloons, bean bag toss and a fishing game. Tables will be covered with kids' toys, white elephant items, jewelry, plants, handcrafts, and baked goods.

Festival donations may be brought to the church hall or rectory any morning between 9 a.m. and noon. Questions? Call 423- 1421.

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The vegetable stand at the Hodgkiss Farm on North Road is up and running. Great tasting native corn!

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Mary Webster is in with a poser this week. Who was the artist for "The Little White Cloud That Cried?"

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Former island residents Corey and Sandy Hanson who now live in South Carolina, John A. Murphy, and Bob Kinder all had the right lyrics for last week's poser.

Hey, good lookin'

Whatcha got cookin' How's about cookin' something up with me.

Bob said it was sung by Hank Williams but John commented that the best version was by Ray Charles, "a jazzy, up-tempo rendition."

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Both the Hansons and Betty Kinder replied correctly that Harry Morgan played Joe Friday's partner on "Dragnet." Betty added that Morgan was Officer Bill Gannon, and "I liked him much better in later years in M.A.S.H."

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Richard Botelho writes, "One man's opinion: the last thing this town needs is another committee especially to overlook what is happening at the golf course. In the 46 years I have lived here, I have never seen the golf course look better. Joe and his employees have done an outstanding job upgrading the condition and aesthetics of the course. What's wrong with someone who plants trees anyhow? Seems like a better idea than cutting them down for a view. Don't like the view, move on, you have a choice of two bridges."

HEAR! HEAR!

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Does anyone still make crab apple jelly? There's a large tree filled with beautiful fruit just off the street at 63 Pemberton Ave. Help yourselves!

*** What did Mr. Kean do?

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Ilesh at Jamestown Wine and Spirits reports that he recently sold a Powerball ticket that won $10,000.

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"The Road Home," a 1-hour documentary film about the human cost of war and the strength of the human spirit will be shown next Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library.

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Former Jamestowner, broadcaster and founder of WOTBFM in Middletown, Ron Hickman, has written his third book, "Operation Big Flounder," based on an actual tax scam involving a Florida seafood king.

Ron now lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. That's the same town in which former islander Richard Walsh resides. Richard is a Professional Golf Pro at the Timberton Golf Club that is owned by Ron's oldest son.

We have not read "Operation Big Flounder" so we cannot recommend it one way or another, but perhaps you'd like to give it a try.

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We asked our letter carrier Peter Mullen how he's coping with the heat. He reported he's had to put on his hat a couple of times.

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A Snapple cap moment: The eye makes movements 50 times every second.

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The NFL is back, all's well with the world!

*** Be true!

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