2009-09-03 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Welcome Nemo and Minzi to the island. The two male guinea pigs were adopted from the Potter League for Animals by islander Daniela Frater. Her son, Thomas, 10, will have the responsibility to care for Nemo, and daughter, Hope, 8, will care for Minzi. Twins, Andrew and Stephan, 1 1/2, will observe. The other pet in the household is Rusty, a 2-year-old mix who was trained by the Potter League.


This from Deb Zinser Hentschell:

“I am not quite sure how to begin all this, so I am just going to start. My parents, Dick and Nancy Zinser, left Jamestown in 1979 (after 24 years) to travel the United States in a one-ton pickup and a fifth wheel. After 13 years, they decided to settle down again and chose Sparta, Tenn. They are driving back to Rhode Island to visit their daughter (Deb) and son (Ken) for the last time, 30 years after they left on their adventure. They would love to see their Jamestown friends, so here’s a tip: We will be at the PAC on Sept. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. (which happens to be my Dad’s 80th birthday). Please stop by and say hello.

“P.S. I was a resident of Jamestown from the time I was born until I was 30. Jamestown is very near and dear to my parents and me. They have a lot of friends still in Jamestown, and I thought this would be the best way to get the word out.”


Kudos to the Woonsocket School Committee for not accepting a state mandate without reimbursement. Common sense lives!


A lyric from the Jamestown Community Chorus’ 60th anniversary concert in December – “And lots of wavy hair like Liberace!” What’s the song?


A cookie from Slice of Heaven was featured in an article entitled C is for Cookies in the latest issue of SO Rhode Island. Pictured and praised is the restaurant’s dark chocolate walnut cookie.


Dave Duffy in New Zealand and Shirley Hull say that the name of the letter carrier was Stewart Caswell. Dave says, “He worked with my dad, Clint Duffy, at the post office. Sorry I missed the reunion.”


Dottie Dickinson called to straighten out what she said was a misconception. She said that Del Nero’s was originally in Jamestown Designs. When an addition was built, it was first occupied by Hair Patterns Plus and then by Del Nero’s as Jamestown Designs needed more room. Dottie also said the Harbor View Nursing Home was run by the Daleys, who lived in the Casino and also owned the theater on Narragansett Avenue. Marlene Murphy and others told us the nursing home was on Conanicus Avenue and not East Shore Road.

Nancy Smith O’Brien wrote that the name was Harbor View Nursing Home, and it was operated by the Daleys. “I had an aunt there in the ’60s whose name was Jayne Smith Barber.”

Kay Smith Murphy e-mailed with the name of the nursing home and commented that the patients had a beautiful view of the bay. “Also, St. Mark had a hall with green trim behind the church off Grinnell Street. The annual fair and Irish minstrel were held there. The school gathering was fantastic and we thank Jim and his committee for a special day.”

Glenn Floyd, in reference to the Harbor View Nursing Home, said, “My grandmother, Bertha Floyd, mother of Delores Buc (my aunt) of Summit Avenue on the North End, lived there for a while and passed away there in 1970. I thought the old building stayed, and was renovated into condos/apartments. Am I wrong?”

You’re right, Glenn. Thanks to all.


My little brother, Bruce, and his wife, Monica, who live on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, were here last week visiting with friends and family in the area. But they were also on a mission. It seems fresh produce on St. John is lacking because everything arrives by boat. So, they purchased a couple of ice chests and went shopping. When they left early Sunday morning for a flight home, they had with them a plethora of freshness, including live lobsters, Jamestown tomatoes and corn, plus cucumbers, green beans, lettuce and more. They even had a fillet of striped bass caught by grandson Tom. When they arrived home, they shared the seafood and produce with their friends on that island. And to think we take all that available goodness for granted.


Author of the novel “Operation Big Flounder” and former islander Ron Hickman wrote to say, “As I read your paper’s story about the new cutbacks in sports at North Kingstown schools...I am vividly reminded of the same scenario circa 1978 when the N.K. schools cancelled their golf and other sports programs.

“Faced with the same challenge and living in Shoreby Hills, we elected to uproot the boys and enroll them in the Mid- dletown school system. All three sons played on the MHS golf team. David was an all-county basketball player. Todd and his basketball teammates captured the R.I. state championship title in his senior year in 1981.

“Today, Ron is a Master PGA golf professional, vice chairman of the PGA Rules Committee, just back from the PGA event in Hazetine, Minn. He owns Temberton Golf Club in Hattiesburg, Miss., rated by Golf Digest as a 4 1/2 star facility. David is with Cox Communications, and Todd is vice president with a wine and spirits distributor in Pennsylvania.

“What impact on their lives if sports had not been included? No one knows. I do know that having the wonderful experiences with their teammates under the outstanding coaching of Jim Williams in Middletown and the friendship of Jamestown Police Chief James Pemantell, who showed great interest in our sons and other young people on the island, was a tremendous asset.

“Someone said, “After you think you’ve explored all the possibilities...you haven’t!

“My original closing line is “Life is a scenario of hellos and goodbyes!

Thanks for your interest and goodbye!”

Goodbye, Ron, and thank you!


A Snapple cap moment: The temperature of the sun can reach 15 million degrees F.


Monday is Labor Day, everybody stay home.

*** Be true!


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

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