2011-11-10 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says


N N avy Reserve Cmdr. Derek

Reveron’s thoughts on

Veterans Day: “This is my first Veterans Day after having served a year in Afghanistan. Both my time in a combat zone and my return to Jamestown give me pause to reflect on the meaning of this day. The day marks the sacrifices of millions who have served our country in distant lands. But, Veterans Day also represents an important connection between veterans and the country. We are volunteers, but military service means sacrifice to further national interests so all of us can pursue the ideals we dearly hold. We can do this knowing full well that we have the support we need for ourselves and our families.

“For those who wear and have worn the cloth of our nation, the day also gives us veterans an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to the country we love. Though eight and a half time zones away in Kabul, I never doubted the country’s faith in me. This was obvious with the quality of training we received, gear we were issued, and a commitment to care if wounded. This was on display when I arrived in Providence, greeted with applause and welcomed by yellow ribbons driving down America Way.


Melrose Avenue School students collected more than 100 coats for the Cozy Coat Drive held from Oct. 17 to Oct. 27. The drive was sponsored by the Melrose School Improvement Team and the coats were donated to help keep needy families warm this winter. 
PHOTO BY ANDREA VON HOHENLEITEN Melrose Avenue School students collected more than 100 coats for the Cozy Coat Drive held from Oct. 17 to Oct. 27. The drive was sponsored by the Melrose School Improvement Team and the coats were donated to help keep needy families warm this winter. PHOTO BY ANDREA VON HOHENLEITEN “I am grateful for the support given to my family while deployed. As hard as it was in Afghanistan, it was harder on those I left behind. In a real way, it meant my children lacked a father to help with homework, my wife lacked a husband to co-parent, and an empty chair at the dinner table. I am grateful for my family’s never-ending love and support. And I am grateful for my neighbors and community that supported my family while deployed.

“On this Veterans Day, please honor those that served. Go to East Ferry, read the names of the fallen, and think of those serving America throughout the world. But also see how you can serve your neighbors to honor of those in uniform supporting our way of life. As I can attest, coming home is great, but coming home to a great community like Jamestown is even better.”

Cmdr. Reveron lives on America Way with his wife, Kirie, and daughters Ada, 10, and Esme, 5.

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When the Jamestown Community Theatre’s presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” opens tomorrow night at 7 at the rec center, one actor on stage has been in every JCT musical production since she was 7 years old. Dana Larkin, now 15 and a sophomore at NKHS, plays the role of Glinda, the good witch.

“I love playing her and it’s fun working with all the cute Munchkins. It’s also a pleasure working with Anza,” she said. In the play Dana sings “Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are” and “Step Into The Sun.” She said she loves to dance and sing and is in the concert choir at high school. She also placed second in an All-State singing competition. “Mary Wright is doing a great job and it’s very exciting being so close to the play’s opening,” Dana added.

Come out, come out, wherever you are,

And meet the young lady who fell from a star,

She fell from the sky, she fell very far,

And Kansas she says is the name of the star.

Other performances will be Saturday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 4 p.m.; next weekend on Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.; and the next day, Sunday, at 4 p.m.

Break a leg, everyone!

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The Jamestown Community Chorus is in rehearsals working on favorite choruses from G.F. Handel’s “Messiah” for its concert on Sunday, Dec 11, accompanied by a festival chamber ensemble at the rec center. The concert is the highlight this year of what the chorus brings to the community each year. It has been some 20 years since an orchestra has been in concert with the chorus. The members are now underway with the chorus’ annual fundraiser seeking donations for its other annual community-building programs: scholarships for promising musicians and donations of music to the Jamestown Philomenian Library. Support their efforts by sending a check to P.O. Box 602, Jamestown, RI 02835.

Sing On!

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Star Scout Owen Baertlein of Boy Scout Troop 1 reports that 110 boxes of food weighing approximately 2,000 pounds were collected during the Scouting for Food drive on Saturday. The Cub Scouts of Pack 1 Jamestown, under the leadership of Will Tuttle, also participated and assisted in the sorting and boxing of food at St. Mark.

The collection and boxing of food lasted from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The most unusual food was Wild Burgundy Escargot from France and the oldest food received was jambalaya mix that expired in 1997!

“Thanks from Troop 1 to all those who donated and participated with the gathering, sorting and packing,” Owen said.

Kudos to all!

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Elizabeth Mancini and Cheryl Fernstrom write that last week’s poser is from the song “Bark at the Moon” written in 1983 and performed by Ozzie Osbourne. It also is the name of the album in which it first appeared.

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Kudos to all the students and their families who donated more than 100 coats to the Melrose Cozy Coat Drive for people in need this upcoming Christmas season.

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If there’s a trick or treater out there who is missing a black velour hat with the gold letter “J” and red letter “M,” you can retrieve it from Anna Templeton-Cotill at 34 Columbia Ave. Bring her one of your treats.

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The Jamestown Fire Department is asking islanders for donations to enable it to continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of its services. Chief Jim Bryer said, “At this time we again ask you for your support to help us with equipment, training and other necessities required to keep the fire department current and moving forward.”

Donations will be divided with half going to fire services and half to emergency medical services. Any special requests can also be accommodated. Send your contribution to 50 Narragansett Ave., Jamestown, RI 02835.

Support this great group of islanders who are on call around the clock to help us all should we need them.

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What was the cost of opening three polling places during Tuesday’s election and disrupting two schools? With only three candidates on the ballot, the rec center alone would have sufficed.

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Tired of Christmas yet?

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Kudos to the new and returning members of the Jamestown Boy Scout Troop 1 committee. They are: Larry Bartley, representative from the Jamestown Rotary Club that is the troop’s charter organization; Jack Christie, outdoor activities coordinator; Bill Pratt, treasurer; Shelly Johnson, secretary; Mary Waddington, fundraising chair; Jack Hawkins, equipment coordinator; Kevin Masterson, training coordinator; and Elena McCarthy and Alyce Dwyer, coadvancement coordinators. The committee’s chair post will not be determined until next month.

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Enough of the recorded phone calls. Newt Gingrich rang me up last week.

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Tonight’s full moon is the Beaver Moon and Frosty Moon.

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Tuesday is America Recycles Day and all of next week is National Farm-City Week.

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Hug a veteran tomorrow and fly the flag.

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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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