2011-06-09 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

Head ‘hog Gregg Charest reports that the Rocket ‘Hogs have received donations from Police Chief Thomas Tighe and his wife, and the Newport County Convention and Visitors Bureau as the July 2 fireworks display date rapidly approaches.

The spectacular blasts will take place beginning at sundown at Mackerel Cove and as in past years, the show is completely funded by islanders. No tax dollars are allocated.

Gregg said, “We’re truly on the countdown now. We really need everyone to send donations to P.O. Box 1776, Jamestown, RI 02835.” The ‘hogs will be hanging out at Jamestown Hardware every Saturday morning selling T-shirts and hats with the annual brand-new Don Bousquet cartoon.

Kaboom!

*** Welcome to the island a 4-month-old black male “mutt” that came here from another island via the Potter League for Animals. Dakota is a rescue dog from St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and has been adopted by Karen Carnevale. He is what they call in the Virgin Islands a “potcake” which might be interpreted as “bottom of the barrel.”

Dakota, who Karen said is sleeping through the night, will get lots of attention from daughters Gabriella, 7, Aria, 6, and Cerina, 5. Karen said her husband, Mark, is pleased to have another male in the house so he is less outnumbered. Dakota is showing himself to be truly a St. Thomas dog. Karen said he loves to eat anything with a smoky flavor.

Woof!

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Nobody reported in with the name of last week’s June poser. It is Steve Martin’s “Pretty Flowers.”

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This from Mary Wright and the Jamestown Kingdom: “Congratulations, Clayton Carlisle, our very own Jamestown Community Theatre ‘Cinderella’ king, for he hath received best supporting actor in a musical in Community Theatre award from Motif Magazine. Well done and bravo! Best wishes King Clayton the First.”

Kudos, King!

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Who played Robert Young’s wife in the TV series of “Father

Knows Best?”

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More on “When Johnny

Comes Marching Home.”

Linda K. Hull in South Kingstown wrote, “I must say that just reading the words to that song brought back memories of Thomas H. Clarke School and music class! I note that the words you quote are the second verse. We sang ‘When Johnny Comes Marching Home’ from the old 55 Plus songbooks, which may have been leftovers from the USO. Another favorite was ‘The Little Brown Church in the Vale’ with the boys booming out the chorus ‘O come, come, come.’ Great fun. I have two tattered copies and looking through them has been fun.”

Thanks, Linda.

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Poser:

Wake up, wake up

You sleepy head

Get up, get up,

Get out of bed

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In an earlier column, John A. Murphy asked where and when Chuck Berry performed a wild version of “Sweet Little Sixteen.” After no reader response and weeks of pondering, we gave up and asked John the answer to the question.

He replied, “In 1958, Chuck Berry performed ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ at the Newport Jazz Festival, held that year in Freebody Park.

“He was backed by an ‘all star’ band of jazz musicians and one of them played a truly memorable clarinet solo. That performance, along with many others, can be found on an artistically and musically beautiful documentary film entitled ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day.’ I would be happy to lend it to any who wish to get carried back to that simpler time and place.”

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The Jamestown Community Band is conducting its annual fund drive and is in need of islanders’ support. As you probably noticed during the Memorial Day Parade, this great group consists of members of all ages from middle school on up. If you missed the donation envelope in last week’s Press, send your tax-deductible check to the band at P.O. Box 202, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Play on!

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We accept the fact that it’s all about money when it comes to professional sports. But, it doesn’t help when every day the media reminds us of that fact by reporting on the greed of the

NFL players and owners.

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Ask any student of any age what holiday falls on June 14 and you’ll probably get a blank stare.

Flag Day started in 1776 when George Washington and two other members of the Continental Congress asked Betsy

Ross to come up with the first flag. A year later the Continental Congress officially adopted the design for the national flag.

It is believed that Flag Day observance goes back to 1877, the flag’s centennial. In 1916,

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide recognition of

Flag Day on June 14. However, it was not made a permanent observance until voted on by Congress in 1949.

Have you ever wondered why the flag is red, white and blue? To the original members of the Continental Congress, red stood for hardiness and courage, white for purity and innocence, and blue for vigilance and justice. And, what’s with the 13 stars and stripes? They represent the 13 American colonies, which rallied around the new flag in their fight against the British for self-governance.

Rhode Island is one of the original 13.

Every one can participate next Tuesday; just display Old

Glory and cook up some burgers and franks.

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Be true!

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

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