2009-05-07 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

KABOOM!! The Rocket 'hogs are back in action and have announced that this years' Independence Day Fireworks Display will blast off at sundown on Sunday, July 5.

Head 'hog Gregg Charest emailed to say, "we're happy to announce that our first donation has come in from Joseph and Catherine Bettencourt of Howland Avenue, who were also first in getting their donation in last year! Everyone else can help us get on our feet by sending us some money so we can blow it up! We're still at the same old address: Rocket 'hogs, PO Box 1776, Jamestown, RI 02835. Of course, people can still donate their loose change (and even old bridge tokens) to us through our "Kaboom" cans, which are located near the registers at McQuade's, Jamestown Hardware, Grapes and Gourmet, and Jamestown Wine and Spirits. Jamestown is widely known to have the best fireworks display in the state because of the generosity of all those who donate to the 'hogs - remember, there are no tax dollars at work here - only what you send us!

"We're considering the idea of using a barge to bring the fireworks back downtown, but there are many issues to consider including cost, but also parking, and the size of the show. One of the most important things to us, though, is the opinion of the people of Jamestown. To this end, we've created a survey on our website, which will be available for the next week at Rockethogs.com. Beach or Barge 2009 - you decide!

"Finally, the 'hogs are on Facebook (a link to our group is available from Rockethogs.com). Here you can get up to date information regarding the show, see a special patriotic video of last year's shoot, as well as post your own fireworks photos for all to see. Even if you are not a Facebook member, you can still see the video, so use the link to check it out!"

Welcome back, 'hogs! As in past years, I'll print the names of all donators in appreciation of their generosity.

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Tickets are now available for Boy Scout Troop 1's annual Pasta Supper. This year's gastronomical delight will be on Saturday, May 16, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, from 5 to 7 p.m. When purchasing tickets from a scout, 50 percent of the cost of the tickets go to the individual scout to help pay for his scouting related events. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children (under 5 free). This year Troop 1 has added an Italian Raffle of items donated by the many friends of scouting. Be Prepared to have a great time.

Call Willy Maclean at 423-0836 for questions or tickets.

MANGIA!

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Donna Peckham reports that Ivy's Restaurant was at the corner of Knowles Court and Conanicus Avenue and when it became Frances' Diner it was owned by Manuel and Frances Silvia, one of her mother Louise Richardson's aunts. On the other corner of Conanicus Avenue and Knowles Court was Donna's grandfather's garage. His name was Alfred Richardson.

Pem Attaway wrote that she recalled Frances' Diner in the '60s. She said it was located in the Bay View Hotel and it had a walk in off Conanicus Avenue. "It had an old screen door, concrete floors, a great view of the bay and the best lobster salad sandwiches."

This from Peter C. Pemantell, "I don't remember Ivy's, but I do remember Frances' Diner real well. In those early days when Frances and Manny were running it they had the best fried clams around. I had a paper route and the Silvias, who lived in the Bay View Hotel, apartments were my first customers each night. On Fridays I would collect and stop there for fried clams. The papers would be a little late on Fridays. The diner was located on Conanicus Avenue downstairs in the Bay View Hotel."

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Peter asks, where was the We Wash It Laundromat?

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Elizabeth Mancini also knows that the lyrics from the previous column were from "Jessie's Girl" and that the last line should have been "But the point is probably moot," not "mute".

Thanks, guys!

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Kudos to island author Jeanne Archambault who has returned home after reading her books "The Leaping Grasshopper" and "Larry the Lawnmower" to patients in the St. Jude Children's Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. The children were given autographed copies of her books.

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B.J. Whitehouse told us that Philip and Kristen Zhivago of Seaside Drive are in the process of crossing the Atlantic from South Africa where they've been outfi tting their boat for the past few months. They are keeping in touch with their friends through Kristin's brother. They checked in April 26 at S 21 degrees 24 minutes, E 4 degrees 32 minutes or near St. Helena off the coast of Namibia

We wish them a pleasent passage. Thanks, Beej!

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No takers on Larry Lewis' poser. Salty Brine sang about the Jamestown Bridge on his TV show Salty's Shack.

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Just in time for Mothers' Day, The Potter League for Animals" Critter Glitter May Jewelry Sale is underway from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its 87 Oliphant Lane quarters in Middletown. It will run through Saturday and features necklaces, bracelets, pins and earrings from Sequin at 50 to 80 percent off retail plus jewelry from Berebi. All proceeds will benefit the Capital Campaign for the League's new animal care and education center. Questions? Call 846-8276.

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Speaking of critters, Grace is coming to town. She is a little spaniel that has had an incredible journey from life as a stray on the streets of Providence during this past brutal winter to a valued, hard working member of the Providence Animal Rescue League's canine education team. She'll be at the Jamestown library next Thursday, the 14th, at 6:30 p.m. Shake her paw and give her a hug. Bring along a donation of old towels, blankets or canned food for the league's shelter.

WOOF!

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No one knows "If I had a nickle, I know what I would do........?" Or is it too easy?

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Tomorrow's date in 1945 was VE Day.

And, tomorrow's full moon is the Planting or Milk Moon.

Take your mom to dinner Sunday.

*** Be true!

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