2010-01-21 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Those of us driving north last week may have wondered why the beautiful Christmas decorations and brilliant lights were still in place at the Froberg compound at 747 North Main Rd.

We were told they were there for former islander Robert Leach. Bob is a sergeant major in the Army and has completed three tours of duty in Iraq. During those tours, he was never home for Christmas. Pres Froberg said that Bob is now home again in North Kingstown, and the lights and decorations were left up so he could see what Christmas is like in Jamestown.

He did so on Sunday. Welcome home, Bob, and Merry Christmas.

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Answers to Dorothy Strang’s observations in last week’s column are: The three public clocks downtown are located at 28 Narragansett Ave. across from Green Lane, the firehouse and Town Hall. The Town Hall clock stands separate from the building. All have Roman numerals.

The three historic houses at the lower end of Narragansett Avenue are a) at number 10, the W.H. Knowles house, c.1885, now a small apartment complex; b) at number 17, the Samuel Smith house, c.1885, now occupied by Jamestown Designs and c) at number16, the Isaac Carr house (no date visible), now occupied by the Cathryn Jamieson Salon. It is reasonable to suppose that in 1885 and the years following, Samuel Smith and W.H. Knowles might have chatted together across the avenue.

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This week’s questions: Narragansett Avenue is lined with beautiful shingled colonial-style buildings. Between the waterfront and the firehouse, however, six buildings are constructed of brick. What businesses occupy those six buildings? Which one has been recently restored and refurbished? Which two appear definitely “modern?”

Three churches sit at the upper end of this same stretch of Narragansett Avenue. Which one is not brick? Which one has just celebrated its centennial year? Which one has a bell tower that plays hymns at 5 p.m.?

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Kudos to islander Megan Greene, who has been named to the ProJo’s All-State Field Hockey team. A senior at N.K.H.S., she finished her high school career with a total of 28 goals and 20 assists.

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Laura Rossi Totten emailed: “Happy 7th birthday to twins Julia and Matthew! Seven years ago on Jan. 19, we were blessed with your arrival. Mommy and daddy love you both so much!”

Lotsa hugs, please!

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Why is Washington sending our taxes to homeowners to insulate their residences when global warming is upon us?

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Fred Brome and Barbara-Ann MacIntosh had last week’s poser. Fred said, “Baby It’s Cold Outside” was too easy! He hoped I was feeling effulgent. To which I reply, always! Barbara-Ann wrote, “With the chilly winter we’ve been having, excluding the last few days, I would say the lyrics are most appropriate.”

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From John A. Murphy: Identify “Two Ten Six Eighteen Ten Fortyfour”

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Still silence from the state on insurance companies redlining Newport County on homeowners’ policies and Blue Cross policy increases without approval.

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There is space available in some Jamestown Arts Center’s winter classes.

“Imagination Exploration” with Lisa Kerr offers creative drama in a four-week class for pre-schoolers and their caregivers on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. Cost is $36.

“Open Figure Drawing” on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. offers figure drawing on all levels and will run through April. Artist teachers will be present and lead poses, but it will not be an instructed class. Walk-in fee is $15.

“Freeing the Writer” with award-winning author and professor Kelly Easton, a workshop “for writing from your deepest mind,” will be held Jan. 30 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your laptop, or paper and pen .The class is limited to 12; cost is $60.

The classes are held at the Jamestown Gallery, 47 Conanicus Ave. For questions and to register, contact Elizabeth Congdon at econgdon@yahoo.com.

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We received a note from Beth Weibust that read, “Someone pointed out to me that in the issue before New Year’s, you had resolutions and one of them was from ‘Jack the dog.’ Was this resolution, per chance, from my Jack, the dog...or another Jack? He’s not telling...”

Actually, it was from Apple Jack, a Jack Russell terrier who lives with the Clarkes on Watson Avenue during the summer. In the winter, when the Clarkes are south, Apple Jack stays with Kathy Brownell. “I’m his winter mother,” she said.

WOOF!

*** ...you are my heart’s bouquet.

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The British are coming, the British are coming! Or at least their emissaries, who will endeavor to explain to us colonists the similarities and differences in contemporary U.S. and U.K. cultures. The Friends of the Jamestown Library will host the talk, “Britannia in Brief: A 101 on Modern British Culture,” given by Leslie Banker and William Mullins on Monday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. in the library meeting hall. They are the authors of “Britannia in Brief: The Scoop on All Things British.”

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The Potter League for Animals will present its 37th annual Have A Heart Cocktail Party and Auction on Monday, Feb. 8, at the Hotel Viking in Newport. The preview party for the benefit of homeless animals runs from 5 to 6 p.m., and the main event begins at 6. There will be hundreds of silent auction items, as well as opportunities to dine on hors d’oeuvres and desserts, buy a Break A Heart Bag and take a chance in the 50/50 raffle. BankNewport is the presenting sponsor.

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Monday is the birthday of Robert Burns, who was born in 1759 and is Scotland’s favorite son and national bard. The poem and lyrics, “Oh my luve is like a red, red rose that’s newly sprung in June...” brings tears to the eyes of all Scots throughout the world who on Monday will raise a glass to our “Rabbie.”

*** 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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