2012-02-09 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says


BY JIM MUNRO BY JIM MUNRO Sunday is President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. By the usual wisdom of Congress, he was lumped together with the other presidents for a holiday named Presidents’ Day to be observed this year on Feb. 20. But our 16th president deserves his own day. He brought our nation through its most perilous time, saving the Union and freeing the slaves. His eloquence is obvious in his Gettysburg Address in 1863 in which he defined the war as a rededication to the egalitarian ideals of the Declaration of Independence. In his second inaugural address in 1865 he urged “malice toward none” and “charity for all” in the peace to come. On Sunday, fly your flag in honor of this great American.

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Conrad Henselder says there’s a rumor going around that the building going up at the toll plaza is going to be a new casino.

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In years past, the island had its own casino. Where was it?

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Check in your kitchen drawers and see if you have any old rolling pins that you no longer use. The Jamestown Arts Center is in need of the pins to roll out clay. If you would like to donate one, call Joan McCauley at 595-5593 and she will be happy to pick it up. ***

In last week’s column we misspelled the name of the cruise ship that capsized off Italy. She is the Concordia.

Glug!

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Congratulations to Superior Court Judge Franes J. Darigan Jr. who will retire on Feb. 29 after 28 years on the judicial bench. Frank is a member of the Jamestown Community Chorus and islanders have always enjoyed his many hats and deft steps as emcee of the chorus’s annual talent show. Enjoy your retirement, Frank.

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Harbormaster Sam Paterson reports that the water temperature in the East Passage is the warmest in his memory. He said it’s at 45 degrees when it normally would be 33 degrees at this time of year. *** Speaking of which, before we go building 6-foot sea walls, what do “scientists” project as the high watermark at East Ferry 50 years from now?

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Kevin Carty writes, “Just curious: Why has DEM or someone else cut a road through Beavertail on the East Passage side?”

Anyone know why?

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We’re lauding to heck Beverly R. Snyder and Elizabeth Mancini who came up with the correct answer to last week’s trivia question. In “Now, Voyager,” Paul Henreid lit two cigarettes, handed Bette Davis one and smoked the other one.

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Want to rock your chakra? You can do so the second Friday of each month beginning tomorrow through June 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Jamestown Arts Center. But, before I rock mine, I want to know what I’m rockin’. Google tells me that there are seven primary chakra points. Each relates strongly to a specific part of the body, specific emotions, mental and spiritual concerns. I don’t think any of my parts could handle a rockin’ right now so I’ll pass. The first two hours of the sessions will “use expressive arts and yoga to feel and catalog the different layers of self and focus on fluid and dynamic movement associated with each chakra.” You can really rock your chakra during the final hour at a dance party. It’s $25 “to experience the full evening,” and $10 for the dance party only. The experiences will be led by Rachel Balaban and Liz Lindh.

Rock, rock, rock your chakra, rock, rock, rock your chakra.

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A Valentine’s Day poser:

While I’m far away from you (Ooh, baby),

I know it’s hard for you (Ooh, baby),

Because it’s hard for me my baby,

And the darkest hour is just before dawn.

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Congratulations to 9-year-old Melrose Avenue School thirdgrader Kyle Takata who was selected by the Newport Daily News as its Student of the Week.

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Sunday is Darwin Day.

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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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