2009-07-16 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Merchants have been generous in their contributions to this year’s St. Matthew’s 78th Summer Fair.

Fair coordinator Sally Schott reports that items for the raffle, being held in addition to the silent auction, have come in from Grapes & Gourmet, Cathryn Jamieson Salon, Conanicut Marine Store, Island Moving Company, J.H. Breakell & Co., Jamestown Designs, Jamestown Golf Course, Jamestown Animal Clinic, Ocean Essence Spa, The Secret Garden and Spinnakers. Raffle tickets are $5 for a book of six and can be purchased from any St. Matthew’s parishioner or on the day of the sale. You need not be present to win.

Sally also said that this year, in addition to the other food adventures, the baked goods table will be serving iced coffee and ice cream sandwiches made to order with fresh baked chocolate chip cookies.

The fair will be held on the church grounds this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine.


Welcome to four newcomers to the island via the Potter League for Animals.

Pam Waters has adopted a 3-month-old orange male kitten that she has named Rex. “He’s a great kitten. He has a very comfortable way about him,” she explained. He shares the house with 4-year-old Nola, a golden Lab rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina and a 5-year-old cat named Jackie.

Rosemary Woodhouse brought two 10-week-old short-hair kittens home. She named the male Thunder and the female Lightning. She explained that Thunder is boisterous and noisy, while Lightning is fast and “zips about.”

Janet Novack named her new 1-year-old female terrier and boxer mix Chanti, which is the Lakota word that means heart. She is one of the transfer dogs from the shelter that the Potter League works with in North Carolina. “I couldn’t have asked for a better dog,” Janet said.


Linda Albaugh answered Peter C. Pemantell’s query to her about who she thinks was the best mechanic at Skippy Sylvia’s garage. “In my opinion it was Ed Cody, my father. And, a question to you, Peter. Where was Paul Whitehead’s Trucking located?”


No takers on Anna Templeton- Cotill’s question of what the pushcart vendor was selling on Narragansett Avenue in the 1940s. She says it was hot tamales.


And, from Dick Rembijas, “We all pretty much know where all the old businesses were located in the downtown area, but does anyone remember what two commercial enterprises were located on the south end of Green Lane and who were the owners?”


Whatever happened to the families of Canada geese that used to hang out near the toll booths?


We didn’t know there are white skunks, but one of them is in our neighborhood and spends some time under our deck. Our 13-yearold Swedish vallhund, Joshua, is completely baffled.


Kudos to the island’s 4-yearold bloodhound, Abby, trained and owned by LuAnn Botelho. Last month, Abby was named the only certified bloodhound in Rhode Island by the American Man Trailing Academy in Cloverdale, Indiana.



And, a delightful story from Rowena Burke, the Jamestown library’s children’s and teens librarian.

“I rarely have a bad day on the job. Earlier this week I had a memorable great day: four children came in and one girl named Roxanne was their self-appointed spokesperson. They were on a mission. The construction foreman at a local home-building site put a turtle into their hands and asked them to take care of it. He’d found it under a log. They wanted to identify it and learn how to take care of it. They quickly identified it as a box turtle from the pictures in a book I pulled for them. They were without their library cards and with grubby hands, so I printed off box turtle care instructions from a reliable Internet site. Roxanne scanned over it, and then read it aloud to the group. I asked them, it they possibly could, to bring the turtle by so I could see it, as I love turtles.

“Lo and behold, several hours later, one of the children came running in and asked me to come out and see: they had followed the instructions to a T. The handsome box turtle was in a large nearlyclear plastic crate with two inches of dirt, a few nicely placed rocks and several raspberries. And, he was happily munching on one of the raspberries!

“A small crowd wrapped itself around the turtle in keen admiration. One gentleman named Mr. Gui, explained how, in his Native American culture, the 13 big sections of the turtle’s shell represent the 13 months of their calendar year, and that the 28 small sections encompassing the bottom edge of the shell represent the days of the month.

“The turtle was a beautiful one: it had bright yellow markings and was a full-sized specimen, about six inches long and three-and-ahalf inches high. I hoped the children would release it before too long and a few days later, when they came in, they told me they had and it ventured off into a nearby field.

“The whole event happened so quickly that it never occurred to me to take a photograph. However, I have a wonderful memory of those children, the handsome turtle, and Mr. Gui.”

Thanks, Rowena!


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

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