2010-11-18 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Patti Vandal was so much a part of Jamestown and was loved by all who knew her. Patti has left the island. She is missed. R.I.P.


Mady Brown, who plays stepsister Joy in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s production of Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” is one of the reasons the musical opened last weekend to standing ovations. Speaking of her role, Mady said it’s the “funnest” part she’s ever done. It’s her first large role. The 13-yearold Prout School freshman has appeared in some 10 JCT plays since she first stepped on stage at the age of 8.

Mady said that as Joy, the second stepsister, she is smarter than her sibling. She is also the opposite of her name, very dour and never smiling. “The most difficult part of the role is keeping a straight face while the characters all around me are so crazy and funny.”

The JCT winds up its run of Rogers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” with performances Friday, Nov.19, and Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov.21, at 4 p.m.

Get there early for a good seat.


As his Eagle Scout project, Christopher Waterman of Boy Scout Troop 1 is putting together Project Holiday, collecting goods to send to our troops overseas. Sponsored by the Jamestown Memorial Post VFW 9447, Christopher and his troop mates hope to collect 150 pounds of goods now through Thanksgiving. The care packages will be sent to Rhode Island servicemen and women with an accompanying letter explaining the gifts are from the people of Jamestown.

Suggested items are ground coffee in vacuum-packed packages, tea and puzzle books such as sudoku, crosswords and cryptograms. Also, used magazines with a sports or athletic theme such as Men’s Health, Sports Illustrated, Car and Driver, Golf, and Field and Stream. These are only suggestions; other items you think will be welcomed by the troops will be sent to them.

If you’re stumped for something to contribute, Troop 1 scouts will accept money donations that will be used to purchase items for the packages. Scouts with boxes will be at the doors at St. Mark, St. Matthew’s and Central Baptist on Sunday.

If you have an acquaintance or a relative currently serving overseas, call Chris at 423-2205 and leave their name and military address on the answering machine. Chris, who is 17 and a student at Portsmouth Abbey, said, “Troop 1will be honored to send them a package from Jamestown. Help us help our troops. If we can’t bring them home for the holidays, let’s bring home to them.”

Great Eagle Scout project, Chris. Let us know how it turns out.


The troop was successful collecting islander’s donations of food items for its annual Scouting for Food Drive. Scout Truman Christie, who headed up the drive, reports that the scouts took in 2,276 pounds of food stuffs for the island food bank at St. Mark.



Is anyone tired of Christmas yet?


Last spring, islanders responded generously to Kathy Ruston’s request for donations of scarves to be given out with holiday food baskets. If your scarf has not yet been picked up, call Kathy at 871-6648.


Cheryl Fernstrom and Tom Bembenek correctly identified the five services represented in last week’s B.J. poser. They are as follows according to Tom:

No. 1: “The Halls of Montezuma,” aka the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps.

No. 2: “The Army Goes Rolling Along,” aka “The Army Song.” It’s the official song of the United States Army.

No. 3: “Semper Paratus,” aka the official march of the United States Coast Guard.

No. 4: As a retired Navy chief, “Anchors Aweigh” is near and dear to my heart. The version played by the Navy Band is the ring-tone on my cell phone.

No. 5: “Into the Wild Blue Yonder,” aka the official anthem of the United States Air Force.

Some may remember the Army tune as “When the Caissons Come Rolling Along.”


Tom missed last week’s deadline but was right on with the poser. He said it is none other than a hit by the Penguins released as a “B” side on the Dootone label: “... Earth angel, earth angel

The one I adore

Love you forever, and ever more

I’m just a fool, a fool in love with you.”

“I remember it well from the Friday Night Dances at the St. Louis School gym in Webster, Mass.,” Tom said. “It was a major hit for the Crew Cuts in 1955, but most of us Doo-Woppers prefer the Penguin’s version which ranks No. 151 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”


We received a very pleasant note from B.J.’s sister, Holly Dellman, and his mom Phyllis Whitehouse, from out Ohio way. Holly said they always guess B.J.’s posers, but don’t respond because they get the paper a week late.” We have to respond to last week’s, though, not only because it is a beautiful song, but also because we have a recording of ‘October Winds’ sung by our very favorite singer, B.J. Whitehouse, and that makes it more special.”

Write again soon! Go Tribe!


The Beavertail Lighthouse is one of three nominees from Rhode Island that may benefit from the Hampton Inn 2011 Save-ALandmark program. The historic site receiving the most votes by the end of November will receive a donation from Hampton Hotels for preservation work. Rosemary Enright of the Jamestown Historical Society urges islanders to go to www.hamptonlandmarks.com and cast your vote for the Beavertail Lighthouse.


Poser: “We’re after the same rainbow’s end, waitin’ ‘round the bend … “


Well, it snowed on Nov. 8. Hopefully that will be the end of it.

*** Be true!


Call in your stuff to 829-2760 or 423-0383, or e-mail us at jtnwalrus@ hotmail.com. Thank you.

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