2011-04-14 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Joshua, our 14-year-old vallhund, is proudly showing off his new No. 221 Town of Jamestown dog tag. Be sure to get new tags for your pets at Town Hall by April 30. Town councilors might want to consider raising the fees for a male neutered dog and then maybe we can have our animal control officer back.



A lot of readers went bananas last week when they read the poser and responded that the lyrics are from “Yes! We Have No Bananas,” written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn for the 1922 Broadway Review. It was sung in 1923 by Eddie Cantor and Billy Jones.

Those responding were Diane Hull, Bob Kinder, Debra Vierra Murphy, Elizabeth Mancini, Cheryl Fernstrom, John and Teddy Leyon, Cynthia Flagg, Andrea von Hohenleiten and Kath O’Neil.

Kath said that it was a favorite of her late grandfather. Cynthia said, “This one goes back to my parent’s collection. Some time ago!” Andrea mentioned that she will be happy to sing it to you in Spanish.


Tomorrow is a big day for American taxpayers. It’s the day our federal government takes our money and gives it away to people throughout the world.


Poser: They hurry like savages to get aboard an iron train And though it’s smoky and it’s crowded, they’re too civilized to complain

When they’ve got two weeks vacation, they hurry to vacation ground

They swim and fish, but that’s what I do all year round


Meet the Duck Squad. They are John Chamberlain, Ben Roach, Dimitri Varrecchione, Antonio Varrecchione and Delaney McGuire, who show up every week to sell ducks before the birds plunge into Mackerel Cove on April 30. It’s all part of the Great Duck Derby to benefi t the eighth graders class trip to Washington D.C. In addition to the race there will be music, face painting, duck games and goodies to enhance the festivities. If you haven’t bumped into the Duck Squad yet, e-mail sbaccari@cox.net and you’ll hear a quack at your front door.

Wanna buy a duck?


With the Jamestown Community Chorus warming up for its May “Salute to Broadway” spring concert, Beej sent along a few questions to sharpen your minds and preview a portion of the concert’s program.

What musical features “I Was Born Under a Wandering Star” and “They Call the Wind Maria?”

Bonus: Who were the lyricist and composer?


There are some stories that we seldom hear about. This one concerns a Marine Medical Evacuation Unit stationed aboard the USS Kearsarge in the Mediterranean. It’s about courage and know-how. Dave Carrington, a professor at the Naval War College who lives in Newport, received an e-mail from one of his U.S. Marine Corps students concerning the downing of a F-15 in the Libyan desert.

He writes about the TRAP — tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel — executed by the 26th Medical Evacuation Unit in the Libyan desert to recover the fallen aircrew.

“Shows the flexibility and responsiveness of the Navy and Marine Corps team,” he said. “They went from [a bad situation] to wheels up in just over an hour with the pilot at the autodog machine aboard Kearsarge only four hours after the aircraft went down.”

Another routine day in the lives of our troops. Great job!


When the shooter is done in Middletown, send him over here and take out some tick-infested deer before the weather warms and children begin playing outside.


The Jamestown Philomenian Library Book Discussion Group, as part of the Jamestown Historical Society’s project “Jamestown and the Silver Screen,” will read a biography of author Emily Dickinson on Monday, April 18, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday April 19, at 1 p.m. at the library.

The members will explore literary criticisms of the author’s poetry and other works. There will also be preparation and discussion for the film “Loaded Gun: Life, and Death and Dickinson” that will be shown on Tuesday, April 26, at 1 p.m.


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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