2009-02-19 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

The Teen Center will mark the succesful completion of its first year with a One Year Anniversary Celebration with an indoor carnival motif on Saturday, Feb. 28. Families are invited to attend from 3 to 6 p.m. but must clear out and let teens only participate in the evening from 6 to 9 p.m.

Activities will include games, prizes, live music and food.

Since its inception, some 295 teens have visited the center averaging 25 per day. Events included trips to Six Flags, Celtics games, bowling, dancing, skatefests and visits to the beach. There have also been an employment opportunity program, a guest speaker series, dodge ball tournaments, cooking classes and scrap booking sessions.

Center Director Debbie Tungett said a Youth Advisory Council has been reinstated, AMPT (Adolescents Making Programs for Teens), to help plan activities within the community.

Congratulations!

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Lisa Kerr, director of the Jamestown Community Theatre's upcoming production of "Little Women," said that more than 30 island youngsters and adults turned out for the auditions. Commenting on the play, she said, "the works of Louisa May Alcott, and particularly "Little Women," have always been a favorite of mine. Directing this play gives me an opportunity to resonate with young women today. I also like that it realistically portrays the relationship between sisters. All in all I think it's going to be a terrific production, and I'm so excited to be working with such a talented ensemble."

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What a delight to open last week's issue and discover a picture of my little brother with two lovely ladies. Actually, it was Jean Mason's 88th birthday and she entertained everyone with stories of old Jamestown.

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Kathy Tiexiera phoned with the correct location for Lyons Market and from Las Cruces, New Mexico, Joe Campo wrote, "Lyons Market was between Pinto's Store and the Narragansett. If Brenda Ratcliff used to be Brenda Novasad, it was a block from her house, right behind Ben and Jane Merritt's house!"

And, from Philadelphis, Penn., Lenore MacLeish e-mailed, "Lyons Market was on the south side of Narragansett Avenue across from Moll's Garage. I think it became a tackle store or maybe something to do with motorcycles after it was Lyons Market. For most of my childhood it was the only grocery store on the island and Mr. Tom Lyons was the butcher."

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Sam Pease, Ken Lombardo, Kathy Tiexiera, Elizabeth Mancini and Gaylin Cordes were in with the correct answer to B.J. Whitehouse's poser. The name of the song is "Baba O'Riley" by The Who. Ken added that it's from the 1971 album "Who's Next."

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Paula Florentino correctly remembered The Jersey Bounce.

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Shirley Hull called to say that the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the window at the Historical Society was given to the society by her brother, Richard Hull. It originally was on display in the Thomas H. Clarke School before coming into Richard's possession.

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This from life-long Jamestowner Maxine v.(stet) Clark, "I lived at 156 Narraganstt Ave, which is where Dutch Harbor Boat Yard is now, in my great-grandfather Isaac Bowen Briggs' house. I lived there from 1932 (the year I was born) until we moved to Grinnell Street in 1946.

"The Minnie I remember was our next door neighbor Minnie Woodmansee. She and her husband, Jared, had a small farm. Their barn was located in back of their house with pasture land abutting Avenue B and south of Narragansett Avenue. They had a grocery store in front of the house where they sold milk, eggs, seafood, penny candy and ice cream. When the large tubs of ice cream were almost empty, Jared would let me eat what was left.

"My grandmother, Agnes Gill von Schade, made pies and cakes and sold them in her shop on the ferry wharf called the Dew Drop In."

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You have to know it's been kind of a tough winter when on Feb. 7 with things thawing out we finally found our Jan. 7 newspaper where it had been all that time under the snow.

*** Who said, "sock it to me!"

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