2009-06-18 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
The first of the three church fairs to be held this summer will take place Saturday at the Central Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Deb Nordstrom, chairperson of the June Festival Committee, said the affair will go on rain or shine and there are items of interest for the whole family. The festival will have a flea market, a children’s games area- with new games this year, a Kids’ Mart with gently used toys and games for sale. A multi-media sale area will offer books, movies and music compact discs. The Plant and Garden Center will feature perennials native to Jamestown, seedlings and garden equipment.

Inside attractions include a bake sale, jewelry, white elephant and vintage treasures sale. Deb said the bake sale will include Thelma Carr’s chourico and beans. Other foods available will be hamburgers and hot dogs, chowder, and strawberry shortcake. Cotton candy will be sold.

The live auction begins at 11 a.m. and will include wood and wicker furniture, rugs, paintings and a game table.

The silent auction features Red Sox tickets, an Onne van der Wal Gallery framed photograph, kayak rental certificates, restaurant and store gift certificates. Also offered for bids will be tap dance or ballroom dance lessons, yoga and Reiki sessions,and live lobsters, among many other items. Raffle tickets will be sold and prizes include a gift certificate to the Bay Voyage Restaurant, a gift certifi cate to Sardella’s Restaurant, a woven basket from Aid to Artisans and a handcrafted copper wallhanging.

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Kudos to George and Francele Boyer of Whale Rock Road, Dot Norton of Howland Avenue who wrote “I just can’t burn my money fast enough, so maybe you can help!” Peter and Anne Drury of Southwest Avenue, Daphne and Stephen Meredith of Fort Getty Road, and the Smyth Family Estate, who have donated to the July 5 fireworks blast in memory of their father and mother, Norma and Fred Smyth. The Smyths enjoyed the display every year and said they would be pleased to know the last dollars of their estate would be blown sky high!

On a less than enthusiastic note, head ‘hog Gregg Charest said, “we’re still REALLY short compared to last year — we only took in 30 percent of what we did at last year’s Memorial Day parade, and donations aren’t really coming in. If we don’t see some sort of increase, we’re either going to have to cut back dramatically, or cancel altogether. We’re still selling T-shirts and hats in front of the hardware store on Saturday mornings.”

It won’t be summer without the KABOOMS!

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Welcome to the island 5-monthold Foxy, a collie-chow mix adopted from the Potter League for Animals by Maria Flood. Foxy and Maria met because of the dog’s early personality problems. Maria volunteers at the league as a Head Start trainer and said that although Foxy had some earlier issues she is now like any other puppy her age. The newcomer will get lots of guidance from 7-yearold Rocky, a golden-husky mix and lots of love from Maria’s son, 12-year-old Brad.

The Potter League is holding a Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony for its new facilities Saturday at 10 a.m. plus an open house Saturday and Sunday. There will be building tours, obedience demonstration, displays and children’s activities. It is at 87 Oliphant Lane in Middletown.

WOOF!

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Nancy Pinksaw writes: “When Mr. Pinto closed the business down, my father, Capt. Bill Pemantel, purchased an oak ice box from him. The commercial-size ice box was originally used in the store. It was painted white and my dad refinished it back to its original beauty. Now, I have two great memories!”

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Grandson Tom boated a 44- inch, 35-pound striper aboard Capt. Robb Roach’s “Stella” last week.

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The year the Aussies brought “Gretel” to Newport in pursuit of the America’s Cup, what was the song being sung in all the bars on Thames Street?

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From Peter C. Pemantell to Linda Albaugh: “The location of Cumberland Farms was where John Godena’s garage was. I believe my brother Joe purchased a 1953 Chevrolet from him, he was a great mechanic. Linda, where was the Rhode Island State Department of Public Works Garage and name two people who worked there?”

Peter answered his previous question by writing that the person that worked at the old grain store on Howland Avenue was Stu Watkins and his helper there was Ralph Peckham. “When Stu would be called upon to dig a grave he would have the help of John Hull. Later in years when the hand digging became out of date then Skippy Sylvia’s ‘HopTow’ was called in and Manny Dutra was the one usually running it.”

Peter asks, where was Mack Storey’s shop where he manufactured Heat O Vector wood stoves?

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Barbara-Ann MacIntosh corrected my lyrics and correctly came up with the title, “Time After Time.” She also knows it was Henry Aldrich that his mother was calling. B.J. Whitehouse also knows Henry’s last name and added that Kristen and Philip Zhivago have arrived in Newport from their trans-Atlantic passage from South Africa.

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The Men’s Chorus of Jamestown will resume its practice sessions on Thursday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall. Director B.J. Whitehouse said that most of the rehearsals will be on Thursdays in preparation for the chorus’ concert on Saturday, Aug. 29. SING ON!

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John A. Murphy writes: “Mary Jane and I have recently returned from a visit to Normandy, and are still inspired by what we saw there.

“The D-Day invasion sites truly are sacred places, and will continue to have important meaning and lessons for future generations. In our opinion, in most instances the governments involved in the preservation of these sites, in the provision of interpretative materials, and in memorializing the sacrifices made there, have done a superb job.

“This is particularly so of the areas under control of the American Battlefields Monuments Commission. We, like most visitors to these areas, found the cemeteries for American servicemen particularly moving. This is certainly due, in no small part, to the beauty of the presentation created by the Commission.

“One small point that we would bring to the Commission’s attention: the allowance of smoking and cell phone use in the cemetery allows truly discordant notes to intrude. It only takes a few insensitive or ignorant visitors to spoil the occasion for the majority who wish to spend time quietly and reverently.”

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A Snapple cap moment: Potatoes have more chromosomes than humans.

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Sunday is Fathers’ Day and the Summer Solstice. Give your dad a big hug and take him out for dinner on the first day of summer.

*** Be true!

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Call in your stuff to 423-0383 or 829-2760 or e-mail us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com. Thank you.

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