2011-09-08 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

BY JIM MUNRO

I t was a celebration of achievement last week at the Jamestown Senior Center as Boy Scout Troop 1 held a Court of Honor. The awards ranged from an Eagle Scout medal presented to Tom Munro to the rank of Scout being bestowed on new members Josh Neronha and Liam Gammon. Scoutmaster Jim Archibald headed up the ceremonies.

Truman Christie advanced to Life Scout, one step away from Eagle, and earned merit badges in leatherwork, woodcarving, emergency preparations and camping. John Waddington and Owen Baertlein moved up to Star Scouts and Owen was awarded merit badges in citizenship in the world, citizenship in the community, climbing and camping.

Henry Pratt is now a 1st Class Scout and received merit badges in geocaching, citizenship in the nation, cooking, rifle shooting, sailing, fingerprinting, leatherwork, swimming, enviroscience and climbing. Jacob Maguire earned his 1st Class badge and merit badges in carpentry, citizenship in the nation, fingerprinting, oceanography, pets, leatherwork and art.

James Lawless moved up to 1st Class and achieved merit badges in fingerprinting, electronics, woodcarving, swimming, leatherwork,pets and art. Ethan Holt is now a 1st Class Scout and received merit badge patches in fingerprinting, woodcarving, leatherwork, art and rifle shooting.

Moving on, Ken Baertlein and Robert Cassidy are now 2nd Class Scouts. Ken now has merit badge patches in carpentry, rifle shooting, oceanography, art and pets. Robert earned woodcarving and leatherwork badges. Conor Kennedy achieved Tenderfoot and 2nd class and also earned art and fishing merit badges.

Four scouts took the big first step to Eagle. Tenderfoot badges went to Ben Carlisle, David Lawless, Nathaniel Hough and Daniel Bershad. Ben earned merit badges in fingerprinting, oceanography, art and pets, and David in leatherwork, fingerprinting and enviroscience. Nathaniel received badges in fingerprinting and enviroscience, and Daniel in fingerprinting, swimming and enviroscience.

Addition merit badges went to Joshua Masterson for leatherwork, camping and communications; Zach Neronha for communications, citizenship in the community, camping leatherwork and woodcarving; Ian Archibald for citizenship in the world and leatherwork; Ryan Geib for citizenship in the community and leatherwork; Hayden Maclean for camping and family life; Elliot Italiano for carpentry and weather; Jackson Hawkins for pathfinding, carpentry, music, citizenship in the nation, rifle shooting, fingerprinting, camping, enviroscience and pets; and Finn Dwyer for citizen in the community, personal fitness, leather working and woodcarving.

Twins Jacob and Joshua Fisher were unable to be there to move up to 2nd Class and receive their merit badges because their father had been quickly deployed overseas and the family is now in Germany. Scoutmaster Jim delivered the badges to the boys prior to their departure. Special citations were awarded to seven parents for their adult guidance with the troop during its week at Camp Yawgoog. They are: Diane Archibald, Hugh Baertlein, John Hawkins, William Maclean, Kevin Masterson, Tom Waddington and William Geib. Kudos to all the above! On Sunday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. the troop will host a scouting afternoon at Fort Getty during which troop members will display and discuss the various aspects of scouting. I had the wrong date in last week’s column.

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Cheryl Fernstrom, Elizabeth Mancini, Keith Stevens, Eric Bieler and Kurt Nelson had last week’s poser. Cheryl wrote, “The lyrics are from the song ‘Piano Man’ by Billy Joel. I believe it came out around 1973 or 1974 and was one of Billy’s first really big hits.”

Thanks, guys!

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Singers in all voice ranges are invited to join with the Jamestown Community Chorus, which will begin rehearsals on Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Central Baptist Church. Registration will take place from 6:30 to 7 that evening. Auditions are not required and singers of all ages are welcome.

The group is preparing a Dec. 11 concert featuring choruses from Handel’s “Messiah” accompanied by a chamber orchestra in the first half, and seasonal music from the “Oxford Book of Carols” in the second half. Singers will use the Coopersmith edition of Messiah for rehearsals. Copies may be purchased at chorus registration, borrowed from the Jamestown Philomenian Library, or obtained elsewhere.

Questions? Call 423-1574 or visit the chorus’ website at jamestownri.com/chorus.

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An 8-week-old kitten from the Potter League for Animals has come to live with an island family. Susan Piccareli has adopted Pierre and said, “He is exactly what we were looking for. He’s so affectionate.”

Pierre joins two other Potter League alumni: Victoria, a 6-monthold calico, and Macey, a 1-and-halfyear old female German shepherd mix. Newcomer Pierre sleeps on the bed with Macey while Victoria is aloof to it all. Susan said it’s “hysterical.” They all get lots of love from Susan’s daughter, Isabell.

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Jottings:

Oh for the good old days when the power went out on the island and the generator kicked in on Eldred Avenue.

Why did National Grid send out emails on power updates when we had no power to receive them?

All the power in the state was reportedly on Monday. That’s eight days. What’s National Grid going to do if we have a hurricane?

I don’t understand the NFL exhibition games. Players are limited in the amount of contact they can have in practice yet they play teams in stadiums with empty seats and some players receive season-ending injuries in games that mean nothing.

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If your kids have gone off to college for the first time, let us know where and their career goals.

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Poser:

It was somewhere in a fairy tale,

I used to take her home in my car,

We learned about love in the back of a Dodge,

The lesson hadn’t gone too far.

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It was a harrowing experience driving through the four corners when the red light was out.

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John A. Murphy said he’d heard that a trailer load of generators headed for Lowe’s was hijacked last week. “It’s reassuring to know that Paulie Walnuts’ mother could use her air conditioner during the power outage.”

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The full moon on Monday is the Great Corn Moon.

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On Sunday take a moment to remember the 3,000 souls who died horrible deaths at the hands of Muslim extremists at the World Trade Center in New York 10 years ago.

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Be true!

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

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