2013-01-17 / News

Island Chatter

BY STEPHANIE HEELAN COTSONAS

Congratulations to islander Vicki Schmidt who has been named the Jimmy Fund’s team captain of the year – out of 600 teams. The official announcement will be at the Extra Mile Brunch on March 10 in Boston. Vicki is the team captain of “Just Wings,” which completes the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk from Hopkinton to Copley Square each year. The team has raised more than $102,000 in seven years. New members are always welcome to join “Just Wings” as Vicki and her team look forward to this year’s walk on Sept. 8.

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Thank you to Andrea von Hohenleiten for giving Girl Scout Troop 1397 a tour of a Jamestown ambulance, and helping them to earn their first-aid badges. Also, thanks to Baker’s Pharmacy and Jamestown Family Practice for their donations to the Girl Scout’s personal first-aid kits.


Six Pack Seniors, one of two Lawn Avenue School Lego teams to qualify for the state championship at Roger Williams University, finished in fifth place out of 40 teams. 
PHOTO BY MIKE EGAN Six Pack Seniors, one of two Lawn Avenue School Lego teams to qualify for the state championship at Roger Williams University, finished in fifth place out of 40 teams. PHOTO BY MIKE EGAN ***

Local swimmers Jean Lambert, Patrice Kilroy, Rita Hansen and Stephanie Cotsonas (sound familiar) competed in the U.S. Masters Swimming Speedo One Hour Postal Swim held at Roger Williams University last weekend. Some swim the event for competition, while others do it for fitness. The objective is to swim as far as possible in one hour, combine results with other team members, and be ranked individually by age group and with teams across the country.

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New England Masters – a combination of teams from New England – is the defending national champion. Rhode Island swimming greats Dave Polatty of Narragansett (winner of the 2012 Save the Bay swim) and Trent Theroux of Barrington (swam from Point Judith to Block Island in September to raise money for paralysis) were in the pool with the Jamestowners. The four islanders contributed 13,455 yards (8.2 miles) to the cause. Final results will be tallied in mid- February. I am researching where the name “postal” came from. Stay tuned.

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Save the date and start training. Payton’s Pace is on May 19. Fun run for the kids is at noon, with the 5K to follow.

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Don’t miss the poetry reading by Teresa Murray this Sunday from 4 to 5 p.m. at Slice of Heaven. Teresa has published her first book, “Attitude to Gratitude,” a collection of poems that she has written over the last three years.

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Who is thinking about summer? Registration opens Feb. 1 for Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation’s Sea Adventure Camp and for youth sailing classes at the Conanicut Yacht Club. Look for details in the Press next week. More information can be found at CISF. ClubSiteSolutions.com.

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The Jamestown Philomenian Library would like to thank the Quononoquott Garden Club for the festive decorations they installed and maintained during the past holiday season. The decorations always make the transition from one year to another beautiful and enjoyable.

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The Totten twins are turning 10! Wish them a Happy Birthday on Saturday.

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Welcome back, Olivia Pease. Olivia, the Pease family cat, returned home for breakfast Saturday after disappearing more than two years ago. She dined and dashed, though, and has not been seen since.

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Two Lawn School Lego robotics teams competed at the First Lego League state championships held at Roger Williams University last Saturday. Six Pack Seniors, including sixth- and seventh-graders Sam Cowan, Gavin Wagner, Tyler Atwood, Travis Atwood, Connor Smith, David Lawless and Gordon Gray (coached by Chris Cowan) placed fifth in the robot competition. The Bearded Builders, including fifth-graders Adam DiBiase, Caleb Delyi, Caleb Wagner, John Schott and Casey Egan (coached by Jack Hubbard) placed third. Forty teams started the competition and many were eliminated in the qualifying rounds. Both teams received callbacks, where the judges recognize the team as one of the best presentations of the day. Bearded Builders received a callback for their technical programming.

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“Shine bright like a diamond.” If this is still in my head next week I will have to boycott Rihanna.

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Professional development day at the Jamestown schools tomorrow = four day weekend = potential cabin fever.

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Email your stuff to me at island chatter@jamestownpress.com.

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