2009-07-23 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
The Men’s Chorus of Jamestown will sing at a memorial service at Davisville on Friday, July 31, for the 12 fallen Seabees who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chorus director B.J. Whitehouse said, “We are honored to be able to add our small contribution to their memory.” On Aug. 25, the guys will travel to McCoy Stadium and sing the National Anthem prior to the game between the PawSox and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.


As a Father’s Day present, Stephen Farrelly adopted Jack, a 10-week-old gray and white kitten from the Potter League for Animals. Jack came along about the right time. Steve’s other cat, 6-year-old Candy, stepped into a snare trap and had to have her paw amputated. Steve said the two console each other and that Jack is too good to be true. Both animals do not lack for love. In addition to Steve, they share the house with his wife, Jennifer, and children, Allison, 15, Sarah, 13, Timothy, 10, Joe, 7 and Christopher, 3.


There will be lots of hugs at the Lt. Col. John C. Rembijas Memorial Pavilion at Ft. Getty this Saturday, July 25, as the Carr/Clarke Schools reunion gets underway. Coordinator Jim Pemantell urges all the attendees to arrive between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. “We will get going shortly after 12:30. We have 310 people signed on and parking will be tight so please do not block the roadway. Anyone who has a hard time getting around can be dropped off at the pavilion. Please check in at the pavilion for a name tag, etc. before finding a seat.”

Have fun, guys!


Ginger Holland will be producer and David MacLean and Dan McGregor co-directors of this year’s summer entertainment spectacular “Our 20th annual Talent Show” to be staged by the Jamestown Community Chorus on Aug. 20.

Publicist Jessica Wilson says that islanders have about a month now to polish their acts in time for the auditions, which will be held on Monday, Aug. 17, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. at the Community Center. “Performers of all ages – singers, dancers, storytellers, instrumentalists and more – are invited to give it a whirl. This is a supportive and friendly opportunity for anyone to show off their skills in front of an audience,” Jessica said. An accompanist will be available.

Frank Darigan will reprise his inimitable role as master of ceremonies, and at least one new singing group will make its debut. Jessica said the singers are comprised of women from the chorus who couldn’t wait for the fall season and wanted to keep singing all summer.

The talent show is the chorus’ biggest fundraiser, and proceeds benefit chorus programs, which include its two yearly concerts; the music scholarship award; donations of music and movies to the Jamestown library, and more.

Questions? Call 423-1574 or visit the chorus website at www.jamestownri. com/chorus.


The Community Chorus will celebrate its 60th anniversary in December. One of the songs to be sung at an anniversary performance will have the lyrics, “People passing by they would stop and say ‘Oh my that little country boy could play.’” What’s the song?


Our apologies to Mr. Guy for incorrectly spelling his name in last week’s column.


The Kettlebottom crew, aboard Stella, boated a 150-pound mako shark southeast of Block Island during the Snug Harbor shark tournament.


In reference to Mack Storey’s Heat-O-Vector fireplace inserts, Diane Cormier writes, “The business started in a garage at the eastern end of Swinburne Street. The garage was owned by my aunt, Marge Cooney, sister-in-law of Mack Storey. When the business got going, it moved into town.”


Peter C. Pemantell e-mailed, “Linda Albaugh is right, the best mechanic was her dad! To answer her question about Whitehead’s Express, it was in the building behind the playground and I think the name of the street is Valley Street. I worked for them for a short time, picking up garbage and also taking an occasional trip down to the Block Island ferry with Fred Armstrong (Fred Flintstone as we knew him) to deliver freight.”


Peter says, There used to be a yacht club on the bay side of Walcott Avenue, down towards town, what was the name of that yacht club? Also, where was Tina Moll’s second garage?


Think your 8th grade was tough? Mary Wright sent along questions from an 8th grade final exam at a school in Salina, Kansas, in 1895. Could any of us have passed it? Here’s a sampling:

Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.

Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.

Name and define the Fundamental Rules of arithmetic.

A wagon box is 2 feet deep, 10 feet long and 3 feet wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?

Give the epochs into which U.S. history is divided.

Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.

What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?

What are elementary sounds? How classified?

Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks.

What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?

Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

There were 48 questions and the exam took five hours to complete. Mary said, “Gives the saying ‘he only had an 8th grade education’ a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?”


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

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