2009-03-12 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

With St. Patrick's Day coming up next Tuesday we asked Kathy Brownell, Jamestown's ambassador to Ireland, her thoughts on the day.

"I look forward to St. Patrrick`s Day each year as it gives me an opportunity to go into the Melrose Avenue school and tell the kindergarten children about Ireland. They find it interesting when I share with them some of the customs and activities of the Irish children. They love hearing about Hurley the Irish game somewhat like our field hockey and soccer combined. What the children like most of all are the leprechaun stories. I have brought in my picture of the leprechaun that I took in Ireland and for many years made true believers out of 5 year olds. The children find it strange that the Irish do not celebrate the holiday by wearing green outfi ts, green wigs or drinking green beverages. St. Patrick's Day in Ireland is observed by wearing fresh shamrocks on the lapel and attending church. Some Irish wit said, May those who love us, love us. And for those who don`t may the good Lord turn their heart. If He can`t turn their heart, may He turn their ankle so we`ll know who they are by their limp. Happy St. Patrick`s Day to all."

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Congratulations to islander Christine Ferguson who has been appointed a public member of the board of directors of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island. Christine served as director of the Department of Human Services, where she led the development of RIte Care, the health-insurance program for low-income families. She is presently research professor for the School of Public Health and Health Services at George Washington University's Department of Health Policy.

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Regarding the proposed acquisition of the old town offices at 44 Southwest Avenue for a new arts center, Peter C. Pemantell of Charlestown wrote, "I can remember when I was young and living in Jamestown and we would go over to the property at 44 Southwest Ave. At that time it belonged to the Davenport family that also owned the water company. They had a hose behind the office and a box . You could wash your car there and leave a nickle in the box. The office was in the front of the building and later on Dot Medeiros and her two sons, Jack and Lenny Albaugh, lived there."

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And, a note from Amy Coleman who grew up in the original Bay Voyage that was owned by her dad, Fred Coleman. She wrote, "I've been gone from the island for more than half my life and yet I still call Jamestown home. My memories of The Bay Voyage Inn are for the most part wonderful but I still can't go in when I visit. There is a profound bittersweet feeling that I have when I look at her. I think we had half the island stay with us at some point or another. (Reading the Press) gets me all warm and fuzzy to hear the local gossip."

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Elizabeth Mancini and Ken Lombardo each had the answer to B.J. Whitehouse's poser. It's from "Bring It On Home To Me" made popular by Sam Cooke. Dave Reilly likes Eric Burdon and the Animals version.

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Ken sent along this one: What was the officer's name on the cartoon "Top Cat"? And, what TV series/movies was the cartoon modeled from?

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J.C. Pease of Jarratt, Virginia, who receives his Press a couple of weeks after we do wrote commenting on an earlier poser. "The poser (Baba O'Riley) from B.J. Whitehouse wasn't just The Who. The band Evanessence has a song that has those exact words as the chorus on the #2 track from their 'Fallen' CD."

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The Jamestown Community Band under the direction of Mitch Fortier rehearses Tuesday evenings at 7 at the PAC. Bill Knapp, the band's president, wrote to tell us that the group continues rehearsing through the long winter and that new members are always welcome."Clarinets come forth! There is an instrument in your closet and it is lonely. Flutes! Show your strength! Flugelhorns, cornets and trumpets! There are places for you all. French Horns fear not! Mellophones, baritones, sousaphones, saxophones, you have a home! Percussionist - your triangle awaits you! Few are the thrills that match those of marching down Narragansett Avenue on Memorial Day under the banner of Jamestown's own community band.

Make your mother proud. Join the band today!"

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Boy Scout Troop 1 is searching for adult volunteers to serve on committees to work with the scouts in making their programs a success. The committees include secretary, treasurer, outdoor/activities, training and equipment. If you'd like to help out, contact Tom Bailey at tom@ baileypeople.com.

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More from Phyllis Anderson: "We would be out of place today in the clothes we wore. There was a shortage of silk stockings so when you got a run you stopped it with red - the only color on the market - finger nail polish. We wore white socks with the stockings, saddle shoes which were never cleaned and our cardigans buttoned down the back.

"I will never in my life forget one experience I had the summer of 1942 after we had graduated. A boy from Newport who had been my senior sweetheart came over to see me. We were at that point just very good friends. War had been declared and he had been exiled off to college and was home for a couple of days. He took me to the movies. The next afternoon a young man on the island asked me to go to the same movie. Since I kind of liked him I said sure. I have often wondered what the cashier thought when I was there at the same movie two nights in a row with two different escorts! The Jamestown man and I went together for some time. We moved to Massachusetts and he went in the Army and I wrote every night. However near the end of the war I met my husband, but I never wrote a 'Dear John' letter until the war was over. I was married in April of 1946 and the soldier married a German girl in April of 1947. And we all lived happily ever more!

Haven't gotten the last two issues of the Press yet. I stop what I'm doing when it does come and read it cover to cover!"

Thanks, Phyllis.

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A Snapple cap moment: Hawaii is the only state with one school district.

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It's corned beef and cabbage on Tuesday.

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