2011-06-02 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Don’t forget! On Sunday, June 5, the 20 women of the a capella group, “Accidental Sisters,” will entertain with music from around the world that explores themes of nurture and peace. It begins at 4 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church. Tickets are available for $10 and proceeds will be donated to the Women’s Resource Center of Newport and Bristol Counties. It’s a great early Father’s Day gift.

Rock on!

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The Memorial Day Parade was just as Jim McLoughlin had predicted. “Same parade.” It had the same emotions, same patriotism, same enthusiasm and same declaration of love to all our deceased military.

Kudos to all who marched down the avenue and those who stood on the sidelines urging on the lines of marchers. Special kudos to Arnold Zweir Post 22, American Legion and Jamestown Memorial Post 9447 for another special Memorial Day.

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The poser, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” drew more-than-usual interest this week. We heard from Dot Norton, Teddy and John Leyon from Florida, Barbara-Ann MacIntosh and Mary Frances Doss of California.

Kath O’Neill wrote, “The poser lyrics are from ‘Johnny Comes Marching Home’ by (Irish) American bandleader Patrick Gilmore. The melody originated as the melody of an Irish anti-war song, ‘Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye.’ Gilmore wrote his ‘Johnny’ for his sister, Annie, concerned for the safe return from the Civil War of her fiancĂ©e, Union Army Cap. John O’Rourke.

“The melody was also utilized by American composer Morton Gould in his symphonic composition ‘American Salute.’ I had the privilege of playing that composition under the baton of composer/ conductor Gould on stage at Carnegie Hall.” *** Is there some way grandfathers could be included in all the Father’s Day hoopla like gifts and stuff? We were fathers once.

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Islander Dr. Louis J. Mariorenzi has returned from a trip to the top of the world. Dr. Mariorenzi was part of a group who scaled Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, reaching the top on May 19. His previous climbing experiences include Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Rainier.

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A June poser:

If I told you, you were lovely

If I put my arm around you

If I touched you on the shoulder

Would you rest your head on mine

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When the 3-year-old blue merle mixed-breed spaniel was being unloaded with her other rescued travelers from the plane in Middletown, she may have noticed the young man helping ease the carriers to the tarmac. Islander Liam Vetter had lost his dog in December and was now helping the Potter League for Animals prepare new arrivals for adoptions here.

Liam lowered Blue to the ground and they must have whispered something to each other. Eventually she came home with him.

Blue is now living with Liam, his mom and dad, 16-year-old sister Anna, and a 3-year-old male cat named Bubba. Blue and Bubba are ignoring each another.

Woof!

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On a much smaller scale, a 1-year-old beige Chihuahua named Rocky, who while awaiting adoption at the Potter League for Animals thought he was Mexican, found out when he was adopted that he is bilingual. He went home with islander Maria Carella who told us she speaks to him in Italian. She said he is alert, used to the house and is a nice and happy dog. Remember Rocky, the key word is mangia.

Woof!

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If you’re downtown and feel the need for a little fresh up, Gale Marks recommends the restrooms on the south side of the recreation building. She wrote saying that last Thursday she locked herself out of her house and while trying to come up with any idea for a break in, the events triggered the need for a ladies room. No neighbors were at home.

“I got in my car and luckily I had a car key stashed in a hiding place and drove to town to use the public facilities. I am writing to say that the facilities are absolutely grand: automated flush, automated soap, automated water, automated blow dry and an exit door that is easily opened with an elbow. A germ-free wonder. Thank you, Jamestown.”

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The Independence will be anchored in the East Passage today, June 2.

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Be true!

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