2011-12-15 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says


BY JIM MUNRO BY JIM MUNRO Kudos to Hayden Maclean, Boy Scout Troop 1’s new Eagle Scout. Hayden, 18, is a senior at NKHS and started his quest to be an Eagle Scout as a Cub Scout 13 years ago. For his Eagle project, Hayden cleared the Kit Wright Nature Trail at Fort Getty, power washed the observation deck and installed new signs. He said being awarded his Eagle Scout badge was “an achievement I’m most proud of.” After graduation Hayden will pursue a career in either mechanical or electrical engineering. If you run into Hayden, give him a big hug.

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For Christmas, Nellie Tamboe, 14, wants her friend Shelby’s dad to stay here through the yuletide.

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Congratulations to Emily Schott, an eighth-grader at the Lawn Avenue School who was named last week’s student of the week in the Newport Daily News.

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David Reilly at the Newport Bridge, Elizabeth Mancini, Debra Vierra Murphy and Cheryl Fernstrom had the answer to last week’s poser. Cheryl wrote, “‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’ has been done by many artists. I particularly like the version sung by Cass Elliot with the Mamas and the Papas from the 1960s, very smoky and dream like.”

The song was written in 1931 by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt with lyrics by Gus Kahn. Other artists who recorded it include Vaughn Monroe, Dinah Shore, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Ozzie Nelson, Wayne King and Frankie Laine.

Sweet dreams till sunbeams find you,

Sweet dreams that leave all worries behind you,

But in your dreams, whatever they be,

Dream a little dream of me.

Smoky indeed!

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Did you catch Governor Chafee’s impromptu interview on Fox News about the holiday tree?

Sad. He wouldn’t even answer the question about what holiday it is.

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Jim Rugh, chairman of the Jamestown Tree Preservation and Protection Committee, comments on our suggestion in last week’s column that the island perhaps should look into removing overhead tree branches. “You will be pleased to know that even though there was no significant damage to power lines in Jamestown during the recent storms, prior to that the town engineer and tree warden had been working with National Grid to identify any trees, tree limbs or vines that potentially could disrupt power in Jamestown due to a storm. After a thorough survey of the entire island, all abutting landowners where work was to be undertaken were contacted by National Grid. At the suggestion of the Jamestown Tree Preservation and Protection Committee, a large full-color advertisement advising all residents of the program appeared in the Jamestown Press. Although the start of the program had to be delayed because crews had to respond to damage in Connecticut, several crews are on the island trimming trees and removing vines and will be here for several more weeks. The result of this will be increased security for the island’s power distribution network.”

Thanks, Jim. On my way to the dump last Friday, two trucks were working on North Road. Kudos!

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Poser:

And when my mind is free,

You know a melody can move me,

And when I’m feelin’ blue,

The guitar’s comin’ through to soothe me.

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With Christmas coming on this is a great time to win prizes of gift certificates to island merchants by testing your knowledge about books and authors. The Jamestown Philomenian Library has a literature trivia quiz, which runs throughout each month. Entry slips are located in the lobby of the library and can be taken home, filled out and returned. Library director Donna Fogarty said that winners are chosen randomly from all the correct entries. Participants may seek advice from friends, family and co-workers.

This month’s quiz questions are:

1. What renowned author wore an eye patch?

2. What author’s first novel was “Battle Cry” in 1953?

3. What U.S. president wrote 37 books?

4. What movie actor has written a novel of the sea titled “Voyage”?

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Busy goings-on at the Jamestown Arts Center. Tonight at 7 the center will present selections from the R.I. International Film Festival. Tickets are $10 at the door There will be a Holiday Trunk Show at the center beginning with an opening reception tomorrow, Dec. 16, from 5 to 8 p.m., and again on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 10 to 3 p.m. Vendors will include Laura Rose, jewelry; Didi Suydam, jewelry; Clancy Designs, glass; Empire Delicious, home accessories; Farmeasthetics, natural beauty products; Martin Keen, ceramics; Nonchalant Mom, clothing and accessories; Charlie Barmonde, ceramics; Potjandozie, silk scarves; Seth Rainville, ceramics; Natalie Squillante, ceramics; Casey Weibust, prints; and Wooley Dutton, wooley bags.

Meanwhile, the small works holiday sale continues through Dec. 23 on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale has original works of art for $250 and below by more than 30 artists from around the region.

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Today is Bill of Rights Day and Saturday is Wright Brothers’ Day.

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Next Wednesday is the first day of winter and also the first day of Chanukah that runs through to the 28th.

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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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