2010-03-11 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
On Sunday, daylight savings time begins. Turn your timepieces ahead one hour before going to bed Saturday night. And beware Monday – it’s the Ides of March.

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Next Tuesday, the day before St. Patrick’s Day, Kathy Brownell will bring the wonders of Irish stories and Leprechaun tales to the Jamestown library from 3 to 3:45 p.m.

This delightful program includes audience participation and the audience is “encouraged to come with your imaginations wide open!” The program is free and open to the public for children ages 6 and up and their caretakers. Leprechauns are also invited to stop by.

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Welcome to the island, Fuzzy and Biscuit.

Fuzzy, a brown Wheaton mix about 5 years old, was rescued from the streets of a Missouri town by a woman farmer who took him home and put him up in her horse barn. Ernie Savastano read about Fuzzy on the Internet and arranged for him to be brought east by Pets’ Transport. Ernie said he still smelled like horses when he arrived.

Biscuit had a shorter trip. He was adopted from the Potter League for Animals by Nicole Fortenberry as a gift to her daughter, Colette, on her sixth birthday. Biscuit is a 4-month-old puppy of mixed breed. “Of what we’re not sure, we’ll see what develops,” Nicole said. She added that Biscuit is a family name. Her husband had a dog by that name when he was growing up. Colette and Biscuit are getting along “fabulously” and are in puppy training at the Potter League, where Colette and her mother are both volunteers. “The Potter League is a great asset to the community,” Nicole said.

WOOF!

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Spring is in the air and the island’s Kettlebottom Outdoor Pursuits’ videos are back with outdoor adventures Mondays at 9:30 p.m., Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. on Cox Sports (Channel 3).

Capt. Robb Roach said the crew has a new “KB fishing machine.” A 32-foot Aercoat with a custom pilothouse will be taking charters this summer to chase everything from Block Island bass to Narragansett Bay fluke and Canyon tuna.

Robb said he will have lots of videos on Cox’s On Demand (Channel 1) starting soon. “See all the KB tips and tricks, outtakes and short adventures when you want to,” he said.

For the latest, check in with Kettlebottom Productions at www. kettlebottom.com.

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We hear that reader Phyllis Whitehouse in Elyria, Ohio, has had a tough time lately. We hope you’re feeling better. Go Tribe!

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Why did the pugilist who John Wayne played in the 1952 multi award-winning film “The Quiet Man” return to Ireland?

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Elizabeth Mancini and Peter C. Pemantell both say that Dennis Morgan played Chancellor “Chauncey” Olcott in the movie “My Wild Irish Rose.” Elizabeth said that Olcott composed the title song and also wrote the lyrics to “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.”

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The two also had the poser as “Peg O’ My Heart.” Peter wrote,

“’Since I heard your lilting laughter, it’s your Irish heart I’m after.’ Boy did this one bring back some memories. When I was a boy, I used to take part in the St. Mark Minstrel Show that was usually put on at the recreation center. Mrs. Gillis was the coordinator and played the piano and assigned the songs and tasks to all the children involved. One year, I was to sing the song in question “Peg O’ My Heart” and instead ended up singing a song named “Harrigan” written by George M. Cohan. Those were great days in Jamestown!”

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B.J. Whitehouse has an Irish poser. “As I walked by the dockside one evening so fair....”

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From Dorothy Strang: How many Jamestown street names can you find for each of the following categories: Girls and women’s names, American presidents, trees and shrubs, historical figures/local, historical figures/New England and compass points?

“Lyla and I have found at least three for each, but you will find more.”

What other categories can you come up with?

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Robert Fleming’s question last week asking who lived on High Street and made it big in Hollywood received conflicting responses. Bob said it was Van Johnson, and Elizabeth Mancini and Shirley Hull agree with him. However, Nancy Smith O’Brien and Peter Pemantell say it was Nelson Eddy. Anybody else want to wade in?

*** Beginning Thursday, March 18, the Jamestown Arts Center will of- fer a six-week class on essay writing by islander Leslie Banker at the Jamestown Gallery, 47 Conanicus Ave. Go to the JAC website, www. jamestownartcenter.org to register.

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Also on March 18 at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown library, Jamestown Press gardening columnist Roger Marshall will call on his 40 years of gardening experience for a lively discussion and PowerPoint presentation entitled “Grow Your Own Garden This Year.” At the event, eighth-grade students from Lawn Avenue School will kick off their spring garden bulb fundraiser with monies to go toward their class trip to Washington, D.C. in June.

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Congratulations to island sculptor Jillian Barber, who has been accepted to the Art League of Rhode Island.

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In reply to Jan Tabit’s comments in last week’s column, Larry Lewis writes, “Jan Tabit misunderstands the thrust of my comment about Presidents’ Day (in all its varied spellings). I believe she’s actually referring to Washington’s Birthday as being celebrated in the D.C. area. The differences are subtle, legal and real, but very convoluted. Briefly, the federal government has never recognized Presidents’ Day, even defeating a bill to do so. Check with the federal Office of Personnel Management or, better, the U.S. Code, Section 6103(a) of title 5, to be precise...it’s ‘Washington’s Birthday’ there.

“Presidents’ Day was the result of many attempts to consolidate and shift assorted presidential tribute holidays. A handful of states recognize ‘PD,’ but not the feds. It’s more a marketing name than anything, mostly favored by furniture stores advertising liquidation sales.

“I checked several websites devoted to the D.C. area. Some call the day Washington’s Birthday and others, Presidents’ Day. Again, this confusion is very common and forgivable. Oh, Walrus, what have ye wrought with your question on spelling?”

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Tonight’s movie at 7 p.m. at the Jamestown Philomenian Library is “Vitus” (Germany/Switzerland, 2006). It’s free and open to the public.

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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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