2010-04-01 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Animal Control Officer Cathy Gregory is a wonderful friend to island animals and humans, and a tremendous asset to Jamestown.

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And on that note, two cats and a dog have recently joined the island pet population from the Potter League for Animals in Middletown.

Zazu, a female 4-month-old gray calico kitten, has been adopted by Lori Caswell and joins two other cats in the household. Nine-year-old brothers Timon and Puumba have welcomed Zazu and Lori said they have gotten along okay since day one. “She’s a real sweetie and very loveable,” Lori said. The pets are named after characters in the “Lion King.”

Maggie is a 6-year-old tuxedo cat who had been at the Potter League for 10 months. She was adopted by Patti Cassidy, who said Maggie’s personality dictates that she be boss. Maggie fills the spot left vacant by the Jan. 31 death of Moose, a long-hair calico who joined Patti 16 years ago from a shelter in Tucson, Ariz. Moose was 18 1/2 years old when she died. “We were best pals. Now my new pal, Maggie, has checked out the house and decided she was in charge and it was okay,” Patti said.

Rick Dunn said that when he saw Red Dog, he decided to keep that name because it is so “right on.” Red Dog is a pure-bred 6-year-old red merle Australian cattle dog that he adopted from the Potter League for his 7-year-old daughter, Rianna. Red Dog also joins two cats, Allie, 12, and Maggie, 10, and Rick said they’re all getting along just great. “We are so lucky, Rianna loves the dog and he is so good with her,” Rick said.

Welcome all!

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The final word on Nelson Eddy? Katherine Murphy writes, “You have probably heard this already, but Nelson Eddy never lived in Jamestown. Nelson was raised by his mother after she and Mr. Eddy were divorced.

“Bill Eddy married Marguerite and Virginia was born to them. She was much younger than Nelson, but very proud of him. Her mother took a group of us to Newport to see one of his movies. We were in grammar school at the time.

“Virginia did go to see Nelson when he was in Providence. She also received gifts from people who were fans of Nelson. I remember a set of dolls with handmade clothes. Virginia was married to a great guy, Lloyd Brown, and they had a son.

“Van Johnson lived in Newport and attended Rogers High School.”

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Fred Astaire’s dancing partner in “Easter Parade” was Judy Garland.

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Slice of Heaven’s Lox and Cream Cheese bagel is pictured as a singular sensation in Rhode Island Monthly’s Best Places for Breakfast issue.

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B.J. Whitehouse’s musical achievements are not limited to the island. His middle school chorus from Little Compton, where he teaches, will sing the National Anthem on April 10 at the 1 p.m. game at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. It will be the PawSox versus the Rochester Redwings, an AAA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. “Nothing like it, singing and baseball! Thank God it’s spring,” B.J. said.

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A poser from B.J. that you’ll hear at the Jamestown Community Chorus’ spring concert next month. “So I looked around and I noticed there wasn’t a chair.”

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The Jamestown Arts Center is calling for entries for “Art Now,” an open show beginning with a reception on April 9 from 5 to 8 p.m. The show will run through April 25 at the Jamestown Gallery, 47 Conanicus Ave. Artists are invited to submit work that reflects on their present passions, recent adventures or ideas of the world today. Drop off is Tuesday, April 6, from noon to 6 p.m. The show benefits the renovation of the Jamestown Arts Center’s newly purchased property at 18 Valley St. For more information, go to www. jamestownartcenter.org or jamestownartcenter@ gmail.com.

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If you’re in the mood to go off the island for dinner, try going west to the old Carriage Inn site on Tower Hill Road in North Kingstown. The Rhode Island Quahog Company is a delight. A relatively small menu surprises with new entrees and old favorites that will satisfy any appetite.

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When it comes to guitars, it’s never too early to start rounding them up. Janet LaMantia explains that in May, the Lawn Avenue School is hosting its annual Island Treasures Day. She wrote, “On that day, we are fortunate to have many talented Jamestowners share their time and skills with the students. One very talented teacher is willing to share his musical talents with the students and we will need eight acoustic guitars for this to be successful. The guitars will be needed for just the one day and will be very gently used and the children well supervised.”

If you’re willing to share your instruments for the event, contact Janet at 423-3988 or iglam@cox. net or Lisa Carlisle at 423-3353 or lcarlisle@cox.net.

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In answer to Shirley Hull’s question of who was the first janitor at the new Jamestown School, Peter Pemantell wrote that he thinks it was Bill Glenn and Richard Hull. Shirley, however, says it was her brother, Richard Hull, assisted by Clarke Westall, who later went on to become an island police officer. Shirley said that Richard learned his janitorial skills from Bill Glenn.

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Peter asks, “Who was the kindergarten teacher in the Carr school when it closed?”

*** For every question that Tiger Woods is asked about his sex life, he should be able to ask his questioners about theirs.

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Next week is the last week to put in your order for spring garden bulbs being sold by island eighth graders to help them get to Washington, D.C. on their class trip. If students haven’t been at your door yet and you want to help out by purchasing some bulbs, call Maryann Toppa at 423-2866.

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John A. Murphy says the music playing as Anita Ekberg cavorted in the fountain in “La Dolce Vita” was “Patricia” by the Perez Prado Band. Another hit by the same group was “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom Time,” a favorite tune of the Jamestown Drum & Bugle Corps in the 1950s.

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Here are a couple of doozies from John: “Let’s try for some trivia that will resist easy answering via Google. In the music category, we have: “First: Soul superstar didn’t hit the wicket with this cover of a sweet smash hit by cartoon band. The singer and song is?

“Second: In the ‘one hit wonder’ sub-category, brother Pele is featured in clever lyrics written by island musicians. Warning: Don’t play this one unless you want to be humming it for at least a year [It should take music trivia maven Larry Lewis less than 60 seconds to get both of these sans Google].”

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Kudos to island ProJo freelance columnist Rita Lussier for her second first-place award in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. Rita’s story about a panhandler was chosen from 651 personal essays submitted in the international competition.

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Today is All Fools’ Day – don’t believe a thing you have just read in this column.

For all you Scots out there, Tuesday is Tartan Day. Turn up the volume of the pipe band CD.

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Happy Easter! Remember that it’s more than green eggs and ham.

*** 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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