2010-04-29 / Editorial

My Turn

By Sunny Hocutt
Since I am an avid reader, I’m often in the library. Guess who was there recently?

“The Cat in the Hat.”

It was story time and the children gathered for the event were thrilled to see the cat. Pictures were taken and I was lucky to get one.

The library has 15 volunteers who perform such valuable services as giving personal instruction on computer programs, and assisting with weeding the collection, sorting and arranging the book sale. I always admire the beautiful flower arrangements that one volunteer contributes. A 14-person board known as the Friends of the Jamestown Library runs all the programs and raises funds for programming. The Town Council appoints seven people to the library’s Board of Trustees, who provide direction, policy and oversight to the running of the library. Boy Scouts move books from the basement to the hall for the book sale, and many volunteers work during the sale. During the year, many young people help wherever needed.

Recently, the Press had several accounts of people who make a difference. Volunteers from the fire dept. came to many homes to pump out flooded basements. My neighbor, Joe, and I were among those who received their help.

If you have a medical problem, the Jamestown EMS volunteers are there for you. Food for Meals on Wheels is prepared by coordinators at the Senior Center and a volunteer delivers them to people in need. Donations of money or your time make a difference to churches or charities, so sing in a chorus, be an usher, volunteer to be on a committee or show your talent in the Jamestown Community Theatre productions. Whatever you enjoy, do it!

I always admire people who donate blood. What a lifesaving gift that is! Many local businesses donate to church fairs, and to the Senior and Teen Centers. Doctors and nurses volunteer to help people in other countries. I’ve seen parents volunteering in the schools. Their presence shows the students that they care and want the best for them. PTO members are a source of inspiration to both students and parents. How lucky we are to have such dedicated people in town.

I have many plants and share them with the Garden Club, whose members in turn add beauty to the downtown area. The list of ways to make a difference is endless.

Giving to others is a source of inspiration – and the giver benefits as much as those who receive.


Recently, I was in St. Matthew’s Thrift Shop when a voice called out: “Sunny, don’t leave before I get back to you. I have something for you.”

A few minutes later, he was back with a large manila envelope.

“Call me Muse…will you help me?” he said.

I’d heard of the Muses of ancient Greece, but wondered how they related to him. I checked the dictionary and found the answer: “Musal” people are a source of inspiration.

Often, he said, people drop off boxes that include photos of people. Here are some of the pictures that have appeared in the donations to the gift shop lately – are they yours?

• 1947: Barbara and Johnny, St. Louis, Mo., wedding portraits.

• Brothers Joey and John, St. Louis, Mo.

• Ma Faria in Rhode Island. Kate, Ma and Pa Faria.

• Baby Stephany Michelle Grenbel, 1985.

• John, Barbara and Mary G., and Joe Grenbel, July, 2001, at Beavertail.

• Tommy Handfill, age two, born July 15, 1967.

• Nicholas Thomas Handfill, five months old, born July 8, 1997.

• Mary Nickerson, August, 2001, Jamestown.

• Tommy, three-and-a-halfmonths, Providence, November, 1967.

• Barbara, Roger Williams Park, about 1955 standing by the first car she ever bought – a 1953 Ford.

• Barbara’s relatives: Grandma Faria, born in Bradford, England, 1878. Great Aunt Kate Preston and husband, Patrick.

• Maureen, Jan. 19, 1982, 35 years old “to Auntie Darling.”

• Grandpa Joe Barbs, born in 1878. Photo taken in Wells, Maine

• To Mary, from Sadie and Gene Gaines.

• Lady on farm in Kansas, January, 1982.

• Gladys Vanderbilt’s Playhouse, Newport.

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