2009-12-10 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
The Jamestown Community Chorus will celebrate 60 years this weekend with two outstanding concerts that Director B.J. Whitehouse says, “will be like no other we’ve produced in my 20 years.”

Performances will be on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 13, at 3 p.m., and will include classical music, pop and rock, Broadway show tunes, music from films that span the past 60 years and a celebration of the December holidays.

And, as if you won’t be having enough fun already, there will be the Great Jamestown Community Chorus Scavenger Hunt. Listen up as B.J. outlines the rules:

• Items must be dropped off at the Portuguese American Citizens’ Club between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, or at either of the concerts at the community center.

• Items must be in a bag or box marked with the entrant’s name, address and phone number.

• Items will be returned (but not necessarily in the same condition as presented.)

• All items and answers are subject to intense scrutiny and expert opinion.

• Winners will be determined by the highest total of acceptable items/answers presented.

• Winners will experience island wide fame and notoriety

Prizes:

Grand prize – a JCC cookbook

Second prize – a JCC cookbook

Third prize – a JCC cookbook The hunt items:

• A receipt from Baker’s Pharmacy

• A shell from Mackerel Cove

• A sketch of a deer tick

• A picture of the Beavertail light

• A return notice slip from the Jamestown library

• A (clean) Rhody Fresh milk or half-and-half carton

• A grocery bag from Mc- Quade’s

• A floral card from the Secret Garden

• A bridge token

• Three different kinds of pinecones

• A picture of a Jamestown postal worker

• A photo by Andrea von Hohenleiten cut from the Jamestown Press

• A business card from a local businessperson

• Proof that you’ve been to Jamestown Designs

• A coffee cup (without the coffee) from East Ferry Deli

Tie breakers: Answer

the following:

• What two people are depicted on the commemorative stone at East Ferry?

• What is Jamestown’s founding date?

• What is the official name of the new bridge? (Extra points for explaining the reason for the offi- cial name.)

• How high did the water rise during the hurricane in ‘38? (Bonus: Where can we see a graphic depiction of that height?)

• Name at least three Conanicut Island farms.

The hunt begins now and runs until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, which gives participants plenty of time to acquire the items.

Call 423-1574 for additional information (or to bribe the offi- cials.)

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Postmaster Charlie Burns sent along two letters to Santa that he put on the fast track last week:

Dear Santa: The thing I want the most is a real puppy if thats not posubile thats fine. And also how is miss Cluse? Also how are your rindeer? I’ll make shere you have some cookies and milk and some carots for the raindeer

Sincirly Anza P.S. How are the elvs

Dear Santa Claws I hope you bring me all the things to me that are on my list so hear it gose. please bring me Zuu Zuu pets, a water stand, Amaricin girl doll stuf, soda fowtan, DS games, a cell phon, coten candy maker, a wii, and more. Love Julia (the top of the letter is decorated with a Cristmas tree and hearts and the O in love is the peace sign.)

HO HO HO!

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Christmas is for pets also, and a new store located on Southwest Avenue behind Jamestown Family Practice is the answer for that special gift you’re looking for for Biff. Named “Island Animal,” co-owners Tori Hellewell and Pio Moretti, who brings years of dog training to the business, have stocked a wide range of items including health foods, treats, toys, training books, proteins, vitamins, collars, leashes and so much more. Everything for dogs and cats at good prices. Tori said she felt there is a need on the island for the store. She explained that when her German shepherd Isla was just a pup, the dog was stricken with a nerve sheath tumor, prompting Tori to research proper foods for pets. Isla, now a year old, has beaten the cancer and is mentor to another German shepherd, 5-month-old Cuca. The sign for “Island Animal” also reads, “General store for animals and their humans.” It is that, indeed.

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Speaking of which, welcome to the island Lucy, a 1 1/2-year-old female black Lab adopted from the Potter League for Animals by Doug and Tracy Ouellette. Lucy fills the void created by the passing of the Ouellette’s 10-year-old Pepper in September. Tracy says that Lucy “is just great with a wonderful temperament.” She added that the adoption process from the Potter League was a great experience.

WOOF!

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Bob Kinder says that Vaughn Monroe was his favorite singer of “Blue Moon” and John Leyon had the previous week’s poser, “Cocktails for Two.” He said, “I prefer the warped version by Spike Jones.”

*** Those of you who ordered Otis cookies from the Jamestown School 8th graders will get delivery this weekend. The students are also raking leaves and doing basic yard work to raise funds for their Washington D.C. trip in the spring. Islanders wanting to hire the workers can call Deb at the Teen Center and she will arrange the groups – any size from two to 10, depending on the yard size. A check, made payable to Jamestown School, will be divided between the workers.

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Peter C. Pemantell says that Pres Froberg is correct – Mr. Gill was the superintendent. Who took the job when he retired?

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The guy up the street did it, the woman in your office is doing it and Tiger Woods did it. It’s nobody’s business but the people involved.

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In 1942, Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Marjorie Reynolds, Walter Abel and Virginia Dale starred in a movie that introduced Irving Berlin’s “Happy Holiday,” “Be Careful It’s My Heart” and “White Christmas.” The latter won the Academy Award for best song that year. What was the name of the movie?

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In August, we told you about 23-year-old islander Shawn Ouellette, who graduated from Texas A&M last year and his adventures as third officer aboard the 66,000- ton, 905-ft. MV APL JAPAN.

Shawn emailed us last week and updated us on his recent activities:

“I hope everything is going well in Jamestown and that all enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday. Currently, the JAPAN is southbound in the Malacca Straits. After leaving the east coast on Nov. 6 (out of Norfolk, VA), we have gone across the Atlantic, through the Mediterranean, the Suez Canal and the pirated waters of the Gulf of Aden. After a brief stay in Jebel Ali (United Arab Emirates, Dubai...) on the 23rd, we are bound for Singapore and a two-week shipyard stay.

“The shipyard in Singapore should be quite interesting. This is the time when you get a full appreciation for just how large a vessel of this size (905-foot long, 131 ft. wide) truly is. She will be up on the blocks and I’ll be crawling all over the dry dock, under the keel, touching the propeller (maybe even taking a picture of me holding the Press next to the prop for “Where in the World...”) and all sorts of fun things.

“When we leave Singapore, we will be heading for Qindao, China; Pusan, South Korea; and Yokohama, Japan, before coming back to the States, arriving in Los Angeles on (or about) Jan. 4…almost around the world.

“As you can see, I have been quite busy, so my emailing has been incredibly slow. Please forgive me. As I said, I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the holiday season to its fullest.”

In next week’s column, Shawn tells us of an exciting encounter with a yacht out of Newport and her Rhode Island crew in the middle of the Atlantic.

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A Snapple cap moment: The only bird that can swim but not fly is the penguin.

*** Be true!

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

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