2011-07-28 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

Beginning Saturday, July 30, and every weekend until the 22nd annual Talent Show on Aug. 18, members of the Jamestown Community Chorus and volunteers will be selling raffle tickets at East Ferry and McQuade’s. The tickets will also be available at the talent show. All proceeds benefit the chorus. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5, and winners will be awarded gift cards with the first prize of $200 and three others with a value of $150, $100, and $50.

Auditions for the show entitled “Summer Nights” will take place on Monday, Aug. 15, and Tuesday, Aug. 16, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the recreation center. There is no charge to audition and performers of all ages and from all cities and towns are invited to try out. Past shows have featured a wide range of entertainment including singers, instrumentalists, storytellers, dancers, duets, trios and ensembles.

Questions about the auditions, talent show or the chorus? Call 423- 1574 or visit www.jamestownri.com/ chorus.

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Can you imagine a dog being introduced into a new home with three cats and remaining “very sweet?” That’s what happened to 8-year-old Bishop, a white-and-brown bull terrier mix adopted from the Potter League of Animals by islander Betsy Lee, who is a volunteer at the Middletown shelter.

The felines in residence that greeted Bishop are Porter, 3, and Abby Gail, 4, a three-legged stray that had to have a leg amputated following an accident. Both are from the Potter League. The third is Pearl, a 12-yearold stray. Betsy said that Bishop had lost weight but is now putting some pounds back on. “He’s very friendly and loves people,” Betsy said. He’s even getting along with the cats except Porter, the youngest, that revels in giving him a slap once in awhile.

Ellen Sanchez has adopted two guinea pigs, Skittles and Snikers, a mother and daughter duo, from the Potter league. Ellen’s daughter, Reagan, 10, and son, Jonathan, 8, are in charge of the newcomers.

On July 15, I brought home a 6-year-old female beagle and basset mix from the Potter League. Iris has adjusted quickly to her new home and happily spends her days on our enclosed deck keeping the squirrels away from the bird feeders. She is very friendly and gives me back the love and companionship I lost when Joshua died on May 2. I’m sure that Joshua would approve of our taking in another dog that needs a home.

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After last week’s searing temperatures, and more in store during August, Dr. Joshua Hatch of the Jamestown Animal Clinic says that hot and humid weather can be dangerous for our pets.

“They cannot read the weather reports so it is our job to keep them safe,” he said. “Make sure your pets always have access to cool water and shade and don’t let them run or play for too long outside.” Dr. Hatch added that it’s a good idea to change the timing of your dog’s walks so they are in the early mornings or later in the evenings when it’s cooler. “Even if they don’t seem affected by the heat, make them stop and come inside to cool off frequently.”

He advises that if your pet has heart or breathing issues, make sure they have a cool and quiet place to stay during the heat of the day. “Symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke can range from lethargy and breathing trouble to vomiting, diarrhea, or even collapse and seizures. If you feel that your pet may have gotten too much heat, seek veterinary care immediately.”

Woof!

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On that note, Linda Biddle suggests a piece of rain gutter as a water trough for pets at the “Got Dog?” sign in front of the Cathryn Jamison Salon. Can anyone out there make that happen?

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Islander Will Deffley is keeping in shape this summer working for Largess Forestry. The 6-foot, 210-pounder is a linebacker at Springfield College and is due back on the practice field Aug. 20.

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The vegetable stand at Hodgkiss Farm on North Road now has native corn that is the best on the island

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There was valet dumping at the transfer station Sunday morning. It seems the crusher machinery was kaput and town worker Ramon Ibarlucea was greeting arrivals and helping toss their rubbish into an open truck container.

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Jamestown Boy Scout Troop 1 will be at Camp Yawgoog Aug. 7 to14.

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With last week’s stifling heat and no rain forecast in the near future, it’s up to islanders conserve as much town water as possible. I remember not too many years ago when the National Guard was trucking it across the bridge and dumping it into the reservoir.

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Ron Hickman, a former Shoreby Hill resident, dropped a line bringing us up to date on the Jamestown contingent in Hattiesburg, Miss. He wrote that his son, Ron, also a former islander, is a PGA master golf professional and Senior vice co-chairman of the PGA rules committee and officiated the Masters again this past spring. He also was involved in another major event, the 22nd annual American Century Championships earlier this month in South Lake Tahoe, Nev.

When he’s not traveling to tournaments, Ron and his wife, Pipper, oversee the activities of the Timberton Golf Club, which they own in Hattiesburg. The club is now observing its 20th anniversary and has been ranked by Golfweek as one of the top 10 golf courses in Mississippi.

Another former Jamestowner, Richard Walsh, son of islanders Bud and Norma Walsh, is a golf professional at Timberton.

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RIP Bruce Sundlun, a fellow islander.

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A summer class building threedimensional shelters, objects and portraits using found and recycled materials, clay, wood and paper mache will be held next week, Aug. 1 through 5, at the Jamestown Arts Center. Open to students 9 to 12 years old, the class will study artists like Claus Oldenberg and Tom Deininger for inspiration. Instructors are Hadley Johnstone and Haley Barber. The fee is $150. Questions? Email jamestownartscenter@gmail.com or call 662-3839.

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A Snapple cap moment: Every hour, more than one billion cells in the body must be replaced.

I wondered what all the activity was.

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Stay out of the hot sun and be true!

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

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