2010-06-17 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Sunday is Father’s Day and, in addition to being celebrated in this country, it will be observed in 52 other countries and on other days elsewhere around the world.

Wikipedia tells us that Father’s Day was invented by Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart, was a single parent who reared his six children in Spokane, Washington. She was inspired by Anna Jarvis’ efforts to establish Mother’s Day.

The first June Father’s Day was celebrated on June 19, 1910, in Spokane at the YMCA. Unofficial support from such figures as William Jennings Bryant was immediate and widespread. President Woodrow Wilson was the recipient of a Father’s Day dinner by his family in 1916 and President Calvin Coolidge recommended it as a national holiday in 1924. In 1966, President Lyndon Johnson made Father’s Day a holiday to be celebrated on the third Sunday in June.

In recent years, retailers have adapted to the holiday by promoting greeting cards and traditionally male-oriented gifts, such as electronics and tools.

More phone calls are made during Mother’s Day than during Father’s Day, but the percentage of collect calls on Father’s Day is much higher, making it the busiest day of the year for collect calls.

Sure, let dad pay for it.

Happy Father’s Day to all fathers, human and otherwise!

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Our question about the highest point of land on the island drew this response from Dave Duffy:

“As a kid, I was always told the highest point in Jamestown was off North Main Road, on the left, traveling north, just before Carr Lane. It was on the road to what used to be the town dump. It overlooked both east and west passages. I’m sure some of the older Jamestowners will remember that. I think they moved the dump location just after the war. I’m sure Bill Sheehan will remember.”

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The Men’s Chorus of Jamestown will not “sing on” this summer. In an email to chorus members, Director B.J. Whitehouse wrote: “I’m a tad spent and I have some family issues to attend to which involves travel to Ohio. So, I hope everyone has a great summer and I hope to see y’all around campus. Thanks so much for your efforts throughout the years and let’s shoot for 2011!”

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Jill Goldstein, program supervisor for Jamestown Parks and Recreation, wrote the following on June 9 in reply to criticism in this column about the condition of Mackerel Cove Beach on Memorial Day weekend:

“I am writing to you regarding your message about the town beach. The beach does not officially open until 6/12, which is this weekend. We have been extremely busy with the opening of Ft. Getty. I promise the beach will be cleaned by this weekend; we are working on it all week. Obviously, it was a messy spring with all the rain so the beach is a little more shambled than usual. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 423-7260. Thank you.”

*** OK, we’re safe for a while – the General Assembly has adjourned.

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A Father’s Day poser from Peter Pemantell:

Then the light begins to shine

And I hear those ancient lullabies.

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Grandson Tom sends his heartfelt thanks to all who helped him complete his Eagle Scout project at the Conanicut Island Sanctuary.

They are Jamestown Hardware, Wickford Lumber and Taylor Rental in North Kingstown for their donations of materials and equipment. Individuals include John Keavy, Ben Normand, Kyle Wright, Ben and Nick Roach, Nate Hopkins, Eric Archibald, Jacob Maguire, Dave and Brian Volpe, Ryan and Bill Geib, John Waddington and Conservation Commissioner Chris Powell for his guidance.

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Today is Tom’s 18th birthday. Hugs, please.

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With Tom’s graduation on Saturday from N.K.H.S. with 350 classmates, he is the third generation of our family to become an alumnus. His mom, Jenny, graduated in 1993 and I graduated with 71 classmates in 1949.

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This Saturday, June 19, the North Kingstown Animal Shelter will host an “Open House and Family Day” at its facility on Hamilton Allenton Road. From 11a.m. until 3p.m., the facility will be open and showing off its recently repainted “digs,” while offering hot dogs, ice cream, baked goods and wonderful raffle items to raise money for its animal friends in need of homes.

In 2008, the town of Jamestown entered into an agreement with North Kingstown to shelter our strays, so Jamestowners have a vested interest in this facility. And, it was seven years ago last month, that 50 Jamestown animal lovers spent four days redoing the place and helping to turn the site from a “pound” into an “animal shelter.”

Former island Town Council member Barbara Szepatowski said, “Let’s show Liz and her wonderful staff, and the pets in need of a new home, that Jamestowners love animals. Bring your family and enjoy a fun day. Maybe even bring a new friend home!”

WOOF!

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Elizabeth Mancini, Sam Bari, Peter Pemantell and Mary Mastrostefano correctly named “Oh My Papa” sung by Eddie Fisher as last week’s B.J. poser. Mary added, “I heard school children singing that song in Italian while they and I were on a train from Venice in the 1970s when that song was popular.”

Thanks guys!

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The government’s intrusion into our lives is bad enough, so we draw the line at ratting out to the DEM the whereabouts of our local turkeys.

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The state should release all municipalities from unfunded mandates.

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In the next island election, 211 votes will go a long way.

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An email from John A. and Mary Jane Murphy: “Our visit to New Zealand has been wonderful. This place is so stunningly beautiful that only a place such as Jamestown could draw us home.”

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We note that the DOT’s work through November is all about Providence. To what degree do the roads south of the capitol have to deteriorate before a Cardi (a.k.a. DOT) truck begins filling in the holes and smoothing the surfaces?

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Monday is the first day of summer. Enjoy it each day, it doesn’t stay for long.

*** 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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