2009-10-29 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
In our search for trends and wisdom for Saturday’s Halloween activities we visited the one place on the island that could provide us with that information – the Jamestown Early Learning Center. We sat at a picnic table in the back yard as the learners gathered around and told us the identities they are going to take on while trick or treating and attending parties.

Jack Ryan, 4 1/2, didn’t know yet what he was going to be. Lindsey Broomhead, 7, is going to be a piece of bubble gum, Anaya Celrosa, 3, a cat, and Ryan Barrett, 3, a storm trooper. Rian Hines, 5, will turn out as an astronaut, Christopher Head, 4, a Transformer, and Gracie Kaufman, 4, a fairy. Callie Bush, 4, will visit our homes as a snow fairy, Malia Schuler, 5, will be Darth Vader and Nora Fitzgerald, 3, a bunny rabbit.

No trends there, just a lot of smart kids. So, we stopped at the library and found Melissa Bershad, 13, who will be a Twister and her brother Danny, 9, who’ll cut short our futures as Lord High Executioner. Twins Sam and Avery Grelle, 2 1/2, will be Tigger and a princess, respectively, and older sister Alyssa, 4, a skeleton. James Lawless, 11, plans on being a terrorist, and his brother David, 9, didn’t know yet. “I have to check the stores,” he said.

At McQuade’s, Colette Fortenberry, 5, told us she is going to be a dog (she said she loves dogs), Kathryn Borges, 21 mos., will be Robin to her 3-year-old brother Maxwell’s Batman and Ethan Roach, 7, will be Michael Meyers.

So, we saw no costume trends, just a lot of happy and excited kids.

Have fun! BOO!

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If you’re still up in the air about what you’ll wear Saturday, go to the meeting hall in the Jamestown Philomenian Library tomorrow from 3 to 4 p.m. Make your own scary creation of masks, hats and decorations from paper, fabric scraps and other found materials. Prizes will be awarded for the costumes costing the least to make out of recycled materials and thrift shop items. Registration is not necessary, just show up and enjoy.

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Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic tells us Halloween is a great holiday for kids, but isn’t always full of treats for pets. “Make sure to keep candies and wrappers out of Fido’s reach. Milk chocolate isn’t good for dogs, but worse can be the plastic wrappers all those treats come in if the dog swallows them. If your pet is going out with you for trick or treating, make sure the puppy is plenty visible with a reflective leash, collar, vest or costume so passing cars see you and your furry family members easily. And, finally, if your pet is not a fan of all the strange little monsters coming to the front door, then make your pet comfortable in a back room or basement. Turn on some music or TV to drown out the noises, and give him a nice chew toy to work on during the evening so he isn’t barking at all the kids or trying to bolt through the front door every time the doorbell rings.”

WOOF!

*** Speaking of pets, Allie, a 15-week-old female tiger kitten with a white belly has been adopted from the Potter League for Animals by Nancy Cloud. She was brought her into the home as a companion for Kukla, a 2-year-old cat and also an alumnus of the Potter League. Nancy said that Kukla just hasn’t been himself since the passing in August of his roommate and good friend Ollie, a 14-yearold brown Lab. Nancy added that Allie and Kukla have become “the very best of friends and sleep together.”

Welcome, Allie!

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Following are lyrics from a song that will be on the program at the Jamestown Community Chorus’ 60th anniversary concert in December: “Clippety, clippety, clippety, clippety, clippety cloppin’ along.” What’s the song?

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From Stephanie Gilman Paradis: “I hate to admit that I do not remember the Spa at all...After reading Nancy Richardson’s comments (and she is the same age I am), I called my cousin, John Woodhead, who grew up on Green Lane, to see if he remembered the Spa ...his description matched that of Nancy’s. The only soda fountain I remember was the one at Hunt’s Drug Store by the ferry.”

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A poser from John Woodhead: Was there a Western Auto on the island and, if so, where was it located?

*** Well, there goes our heliport!

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“We try to understand the New York Times’ effect on man” was correctly identified by Barbara- Ann MacIntosh and Peter C. Pemantell as from the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’Alive !”

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Laura Smith auditioned for the part of Mrs. Beauregard in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of “Willy Wonka” in the parking lot of the Cathyrn Jamieson Salon. Mary Wright, the play’s artistic director, was in the salon when she asked Laura, who is a stylist there, if she can sing. Replying that she thought so, the two adjourned to the parking lot where Laura belted out her rendition of “The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow.” Mary handed her a copy of the script. Mrs. Beauregard, a geography teacher and the wife of Luvvy, has two daughters, Violet, her favorite, with whom she goes through the factory, and Daffodil. This is Laura’s first play ever and she thinks it’s “neat.” “I’m having fun, and I’m going with it.” It’s the first play also for her 14-year-old son, Alex Burke, who is a video cameraman who interviews the people going into the factory.

Also in the production is Steve Heath, a veteran of Jamestown Community Theatre presentations who told us that the beauty of participating in a Jamestown Community Theatre production is that you get to meet a whole different group of people. Steve plays Mr. Salt, Veruca’s father. This is his fourth play with the island group, but his first musical. “I play an ignorant, loud-mouth nut salesman, nuts about nuts. I’d read the book but I had never seen the show before this.”

“Willy Wonka” will be staged the weekends of Nov. 13 and 20.

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We sadly report the passing of Pepper in September. He lived with the Ouellette family on Pemberton Avenue. Tracy Ouellette said, “We miss him a great deal and everyone in the senior complex does, too.”

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A Snapple cap moment: The lollipop was named after one of the most famous racehorses in the early 1900s, Lolly Pop.

*** Be true!

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