2011-07-21 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro

The pet population on the island has increased with new adoptions from the Potter League for Animals in Middletown.

Our neighbor, Janice Gilligan, now has a 2-and-a-half-year-old red tick coonhound named Annabelle that came up from North Carolina and shows indications of a hard life. Janice said the dog is “a sweetheart with an extremely sweet disposition. She’s a perfect fit.”

Jane Wright adopted a 6-monthold hamster now named Cleo. Her daughter Lily, 13, is the official caretaker. We’re told Cleo is doing fine and has a new, bigger cage, a new wheel and a ball.

A 4-month-old Border collie mix now named Mazy has been adopted by Mary Moody. Her 10-year-old daughter, Katherine, is seeing that Mazy gets lots of love and attention. *** Speaking of canines, if you have an affectionate dog under 15 pounds, sit him or her down in front of the TV and show a DVD of “The Wizard of Oz.” If you think your pet has the talent to play Toto in the Jamestown Community Theatre’s November production of the musical, e-mail Artistic Director Mary Wright at ms.wright@cox.net or call 741-9818 to schedule an audition time. Mary said in order to audition, the dog must be of the non-shedding type, in case actors have allergies, and gets along well with children. Toto’s human parent might need to be available backstage during performances.

Woof!

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We hope you’re not missing John A. Murphy’s Scattering Seeds column on the Press’s editorial page. Last week’s item on the Casey Anthony trial was concise and informative.

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Welcome to Chad Frenze, who is now the letter carrier on our route on Wednesdays and Fridays. Chad comes over from the Newport post office.

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I can’t believe there were no takers on last week’s poser. Maybe it was too easy. The lines are from Hoagy Carmichael’s “Ole Buttermilk Sky” was first heard in 1946 in the movie “Canyon Passage.” In addition to Hoagy, a myriad of talent have recorded the song including Bill Black, Connee Boswell, Bing Crosby, Willie Nelson and Kay Kyser.

Hang a moon above her hitchin’ post,

And hitch me to the one I love.

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So where on the island can you buy chicken, duck and ostrich necks? At Island Animal behind Jamestown Family Practice on Southwest Avenue.

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In case you were wondering what was going on in the Kitt Wright Nature Trail at Fort Getty last Saturday morning, it was Hayden Maclean and his friends clearing the trail for his Eagle Scout project. Kudos!

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Jottings:

Enough of the Casey Anthony thing. It is what it is. Geez!

If we never again hear “kick the can down the road,” “transparency,” “my way or the highway,” and “you know,” it will be too soon.

Why our governor insists on protecting a suspected murderer from the Feds is beyond me. Think of the money saved by not incarcerating him in the state.

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The “Got Dog?” sign in front of the Cathryn Jamison Salon on Narragansett Avenue welcomes canines out for a walk to enjoy a dog biscuit treat. Cathy would like to add a small water trough of some kind but has had no success finding anything. Any ideas?

Woof!

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Kudos to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority for its excellent maintenance of grass and other vegetation along the cross-island expressway and the surrounding land near the bridge entrance.

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Down at the lighthouse, the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association is raffling off a 48-inch-tall dollhouse with four levels, and consists of an electrified light tower, a yard with picnic table and chairs, and moored model boats. The museum will have tickets available through Sept. 24, National Museum Day, when the winning ticket will be drawn. Tickets are $2 each and three for $5. Other prizes to be awarded are bottles of Beavertail-labeled white wine and a Beavertail light water color. Raffle proceeds benefit the BLMA’s great work.

Also, the light’s tower will be open to the public this Saturday, July 23, from noon until 3 p.m. The tower rises to a height of 40.9 feet and the top steel section adds another 15.3 feet, for a total height of 56 feet. The top of the tower is 85 feet above sea level providing a magnificent panoramic view. The tower will also be open the following Saturdays: Aug. 6, Aug. 20, Sept. 3 and Sept. 24. It will also be open on Monday, Oct. 10. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing. It’s 49 steps up on a spiraliron staircase. That should burn off a few calories.

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Stay cool and be true!

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

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