March 21, 2013 â€˘ Daily News at CentralSpeaks.com
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City Center - Possible Sites The seven areas identified in this map are being considered as possible recommended locations for Central's "City Center." The process of developing a Master Plan for the zoning and development of Central is a study and a recommendation, and none of these sites could be developed unless the property owners were willing. Possible sites have been graded based on input from citizens over a number of public meetings, and these seven sites were the most likely candidates. Final recommendations are expected to be made by June. Central grew as a residential suburb of Baton Rouge, and therefore has no "downtown." This City Center concept seeks to remedy that by bringing together elements of the community to create a "small town downtown area." It would be home to City Hall and possibly other operations such as Police, Permit Offices, Post Office, etc. The vision for this area will likely include green space, paths and possibly a lake. The surrounding area would be zoned so that commercial office, restaurant, retail and residential areas could grow in adjacent property. To see the presentation on City Center and other documents related to the Master Plan, go to www.CentralGov.com under the City Documents tab and select Master Plan.
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Wildcat Bowling: District Champions! Central Police Now Issuing Tickets
Photos by Dave Freneaux
Last week, the Central High Bowling Team claimed a District Championship for the first time in the schoolâ€™s history. The Wildcats defeated Scotlandville to claim the title. Turn to page 15 for a writeup on their most recent match, a victory against Zachary High. A summary of the Scotlandville match can be found at www.CentralSpeaks.com. Pictured above are, left to right: Nathan Corley (Coach), Johnathan Ryder (Freshman), Kevin Kennedy (Junior), Sarah LeDuff (Freshman), Sean Murphy (Junior), Haley Young (Sophomore), Phil Godley (Coach), Jacob Garretson (Sophomore), and Bryan Waites (Senior and Captain). Congratulations, Wildcats!
Central Police officers are now issuing tickets for traffic violations, so please slow down and obey street signs. Officers are equipped with radar. Radars are also being set up on the side of the road, like the speed check to the right that was recently placed on Shoe Creek Drive. Please keep our community safe and save yourself some money by obeying speed limits.
Sewer Problems in Morgan Place
Two and a half years after EBR upgraded one sewer lift station in Morgan Place but failed to upgrade the other one, raw sewage regularly flows into yards, ditches and streets during and after heavy rains. Residents say that they are then unable to flush toilets for up to 8 hours. After these incidents residents are left with what appears to be dried toilet paper and sewage in the affected yards and ditches. The sewer systems in Central are the responsibility of the EBR city-parish government and not the City of Central. EBR DPW director David Guillory admitted to TV news reporters that the city-parish failed to properly plan the improvement of the lift stations. Guillory stated that they have ordered temporary pumps to help solve the problem, but that they will not arrive for two months. A permanent upgrade is reportedly scheduled to occur to fix the issue, but that is not scheduled for another 18 months.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition
Cooking in Central, our city’s largest charitable event, is May 10th & 11th, a little over a month away. Mia and I have gotten progressively more involved in this event each year, and I’m betting that more than a few of you have gotten caught up in Cooking the same way. This is the start of a crafty little recruiting process that I call “Cooking Lessons.” What starts off the first year as a casual drop-in to check out this new “cookoff” event, progresses over the years to participating in the silent auction, and suddenly finding yourself hauling food around or setting up tents, tables and chairs. Then you find out that the event doesn’t just magically appear, but that there are meetings and work going on pretty much all year long. And now you have come to expect an email every month letting you know when the next planning meeting will be. The community support for Cooking
in Central is amazing. If you are one of the thousands who simply take some time Friday night to come out for Crawfish and fellowship, or Saturday for all of the fun, music, auctions and great food, you MAKE Cooking in Central a success. Here are some things I have learned in seven years of “Cooking Lessons”. • Central may be the most generous community in America. • These people really know how to cook. • It takes 363 days to plan and execute a two-day event. (364 in leap year) • These cooks are SO GOOD that cows, pigs and chickens actually line up and volunteer to participate. • People travel over 1,000 miles to come to this event. • There must be 100 BBQ pit trailers in Central, and some of them are big enough to double as campers. • There is no such thing as politics at Cooking in Central. • Central has talented kids. They can sing, dance, cheer, AND make their parents peel their crawfish. • Central Leadership for Tomorrow knows how to entertain kids with games and inflatables. • Central is the greatest place on earth to live and raise a family, and Cooking in Central just makes it greater.
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Letter to the Editor: Thank You!
I would like to thank all the people who came out in support of our family Sat. morning at Winn Dixie, A very special thanks to Donnie Courtney for making that delicious Jambalaya ,thanks also to kyle Allen, Melody Bates Martrain, Becky Crum Ash,Russell Robillard,and for those who headed up the fund raiser and did all the legwork a special thanks goes out to Liz Reily Vicknair, her husband Kerry Vicknair,And daughter Emily Vicknair. Alex Peairs and her husband Brandon Peairs, and her dad Henry Sabbagh. Thanks cental to all those who took out your time to buy Jambalaya .we sold out in 30 minutes. the Central community is terrific! - Robin Dantin
Letter to the Editor: Neighborly Kindness
Heads Up! There is a Knight in Shining Armor in the City of Central! Well, maybe the "armor" was more in the line of plaid shorts, and the "shine" came from his beautiful smile. This afternoon, 3/13, I had a flat while traveling Hooper Road in front of Our Place Restaurant. I sat in my vehicle on the side of the road for a few minutes, fearing for my life, as motorists sped by. I decided it would be safer off the side of the highway, so I limped along to the nearest business. A young man (who lived near) viewed my auto's impaired gait, jumped into his auto, followed me into the business, and changed my flat tire. We engaged in pleasant conversation while he worked quickly & skillfully. I learned that he loves to work on race cars, drives a KIA, and has a two yr. old. What I forgot to find out was his name! Anyway, Chivalry is NOT dead! Kudos to the young man who rescued this old woman. Because of his random act of kindness, I drove away with a smile....warmed by the "neighborly" kindness offered by a resident of our little City of Central... - Sue Aubin Williams
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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, March 21, 2013
Chamber of Commerce update
It took an EBR Parish jury less than 45 minutes to find James “Trey” Watts III of Denham Springs guilty of vehicular homicide in the death of Central’s Phillip Abington. Watts was taken into custody and faces a prison sentence of 5 to 30 years. On September 9, 2011, Watts was legally intoxicated and estimated to be traveling approximately 90 MPH down Greenwell Springs Road in Central when his 2005 Silverado struck Abington’s 2001 Honda at Will Avenue.
Submitted by the Chamber
At last week’s Central Chamber of Commerce meeting, Moon Griffon (above) was the guest speaker. Checks were presented at the meeting to Families Helping Families and to Scott Credur with CHS for academic letter jackets. These checks were the result of Chamber member donations to these causes. For more information about the Chamber of Commerce, visit www. CityOfCentralChamber.com.
On March 11th EBR Parish Sheriff Officers C. Johnson and E. David arrested Terrell Pondexter of Central and Kevin Ginn of Denham Springs in the Central WalMart parking lot for their involvement in a drug deal. The officers, observing the deal, later found to have involved cash, Xanax, marijuana, oxycodone and hydromorphone, approached the vehicle where the transaction was taking place and questioned the suspects. Ginn and Pondexter were both booked into parish Prison.
Fraud & Car Theft
Layton LeBlanc of Sully Drive in Central was arrested last week by EBR Sheriff’s Corporal D. Akins on charges of Theft of Goods, Fraud, Theft of a Motor Vehicle and Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. On March 11th LeBlanc reportedly defrauded WalMart in Central by claiming a refund on merchandise he had not purchased. A Walmart employee obtained the license number of LeBlanc’s vehicle and reported it to the Sheriff’s office. Walmart also provided surveillance video of the incident. The vehicle LeBlanc fled in was later found to have been hot-wired and stolen by LeBlanc. During the investigation LeBlanc was also found to be wanted in Livingston parish for theft and for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. He now faces additional charges for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in EBR Parish within the required three days.
City of Central Chamber of Commerce
We started looking at economic development last week. Over the next several weeks we will continue to look at how depend upon and desperately need economic development! Small business development is one of the areas that is crucial to the economic growth and stability of any thriving community. Men and women who have the “entrepreneurial spirit” are vital to the growth of our community. These brave people are the ones who are willing to step out on a limb, brave the onslaught of financial concerns, and wade through the ever increasing mounds of governmental regulation in order to create businesses, provide jobs, and improve the overall quality of our community. One would get the idea, from listening to the rhetoric coming out of Washington, that some in our government would love to force these types of businesses to “pack up shop”! However, we as a community can do something about that! First we must support our locally owned businesses that provide jobs, pay taxes that go towards our schools and government and tirelessly give back to our community. Secondly, we must strive to appoint people, at every level of government, who are pro small business, encourage innovation, support entrepreneurialism, and are against the continuing consumption and destruction of businesses by our government. To conclude this week’s article I would like to pay tribute to two of our community’s entrepreneurs! Over the last few weeks, our community has lost two more of its business members. Members who embodied the entrepreneurial spirit!
Central Verdict in Abington Wreck Drug Bust
Charlie Tanksley, co-owner of Tanksley Automotive in Central, passed away March 3 at 67 years old. Charlie Tanksley was a business owner and a supporter of the Central Chamber for several years. Mr. Tanksley was passionate about automobiles and drag racing, at which they were very successful! He was always willing to take the time share his experiences with you! Thoughts are with the family and employees during this time. Barbara Scaffin, Co-Owner and Manager of Tiger Central, passed away on February 18, she was 70 years old. For the several years Tiger Central has been in business, they have been a member of the Central Chamber, a supporter of our community and its events, and your source for just about anything LSU! At Tiger Central, I can always find a wide variety of products, hear a great story and I even learned about making Christmas peppermint almond bark candy! Our thoughts are with the family and employees during this time. One of the pleasures I have experienced, since coming to the chamber, is having the opportunity to become acquainted with great business entrepreneurs like Mrs. Scaffin and Mr. Tanksley. So many of our business owners have tremendous experiences to share as to how they came about owning and continue to survive in their business. We honor all of our community’s entrepreneurs and pray for your continued success! Lets continue, as a community, to support the wonderful businesses in our area! Ron Erickson Chamber President & CEO
CHS Baseball Selling Catfish Dinners to Benefit Dantin Family
The Central High Baseball Team will be holding a fundraiser this Friday, March 22 from 11AM until 2PM at the Central Middle Football concession stand. They will be selling catfish dinners for $7 each. Each dinner will include fish, fries, salad, and dessert. Proceeds will go to benefit the Dantin family. Delivery is available for 5 or more dinners going to a Central area business or school. Delivery is also available for 10 or more dinners in Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. For more information or to order your dinners in advance, call Kathy Edgens at 202-8419. A Facebook page has been created under Help Save The Dantin Family Home. Visit the page to read the Dantins’ story and for information on donations.
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CENTRAL COMMUNITY CALENDAR THURSDAY 3/21:
Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes CHS Softball vs Walker CHS WWII Quiz Bowl Team Competing in State Championship Business over Breakfast, Camp Istrouma, 7AM CPS Track Meet, Silliman, 1PM The Sid Edwards Show, Central Speaks Radio, 5PM Board of Adjustments Meeting, Kristenwood, 5PM Central Relay for Life Meeting, Central Fire Station, 5:30PM Planning and Zoning Meeting, Kristenwood, 6PM Central Speaks Radio Hour, Central Speaks Radio, 6PM Live Music w/ Bryan Romano at Caliente, 6-9PM
Lane RMC Distributing Free Colon Cancer Screening Kits, 8AM-1PM Free Blood Glucose Screening, Lane RMC, 8-10AM La Retired Teachers Meeting, Tezcuco Plantation in Darrow, 9:30AM Paint-In, Magnolia Methodist Church, 9:30AM-12:30PM Dantin Catfish Fundraiser, CMS Football Concession Stand, 11AM-2PM CPS JV/V Baseball 100 inning game, home, 3:30PM CHS Varsity Baseball vs Parkview, away, 6:30PM
Magnolia Methodist Church Community Market, 8AM-1PM Magnolia Square Farmer’s Market, 8AM-12PM Spring Bluegrass & old Tyme Music Picnic, Zoar, 9AM-5PM Deep South Stock Horse Show, Shady Park Arena, 10AM Michael Loolara Agency State Farm open House & Ribbon Cutting, 10AM Resurrection Egg Hunt, Indian Mound Baptist Church, 10:30AM-12PM CHS JV Baseball vs Tara, home, 11AM CHS Varsity Baseball vs Tara, home, 1:30PM African Violet Show, Baton Rouge Garden Center, 2-5PM St. Alphonsus Men’s Club Fish Fry, 4-6PM Grandparents Dance, Kristenwood, 6-10PM
See you at church! African Violet Show, Baton Rouge Garden Center, 11AM-3PM
CCSS Easter Break Weight Loss Support Group, ochsner Health Center, 5:30-6:30PM CCSS School Board Meeting, 6-7:30PM CPS open House, 6:30PM
CCSS Easter Break CHS Softball vs Zachary, home Safe Sitter Babysitter Training, Lane RMC, 8:30AM-3:30PM Central Kiwanis Meeting, Sammy’s, 12PM Cooking in Central Meeting, Elegant Memories, $12 optional meal, 12PM CHS JV Baseball vs Central Catholic, away, 4PM CHS Varsity Baseball vs Central Catholic, away, 6PM City Council Meeting, Kristenwood, 6-7:30PM *** As a Holy Week offering to the community, on Tuesday evening, March 26 th at 7:30 PM, St. Joseph Cathedral will present a multi-media devotional event centered on special music not previously heard in Louisiana. In 1937, Catholic mystic composer Charles Tournemire (1870-1939) composed a set of what he called “organ choral-poems,” one for each of The Seven Last Words of Christ. Concert organist Dr. Richard Webb, a resident of Central, will give the Baton Rouge premiere of the seven poems on the Cathedral organ (christened “Providence” at its dedication), joined by readers Dr. Shirley Sands and Oneal Isaac, production coordinator Jan Grimes and technical coordinator Dr. Bill Grimes.
Thursday, March 21, 2013 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition
occupational Licenses Due Now From the City of Central
As a reminder, businesses, including home-based occupations, that are operating within the city of Central were required to renew or obtain an occupational license for 2013 no later than March 1. If you have not yet renewed or obtained the occupational license for your business, you are hereby requested to do so as soon as possible, as interest and penalties now apply. Forms are available on the city’s website, www.centralgov.com, on the License & Permits page. You may also call our City Services Department at 262-5000 for occupational license questions and matters. Your occupational license is required by law to be displayed in a public location inside your business.
For Sale: Antique Armoire $400 OBO. Call 225 326-0873
For Sale: 23 cu ft Amana side/side fridge, water/ice on door, new compressor. $250. Call 955-1188 after 6pm
Vacation Rental: Vacation on the MS Gulf Coast. Beautiful condo 2 bed, 2 1/2 bath, balcony w/ocean view, furnished. Week-end, weekly, monthly rates. 225 938 8601, 225 324 0973.
For Sale: Kenmore washer & dryer. Used, works well. $50 each. Call Stan 261-1994
For Sale: Lowery electric organ with stool and music. $150 obo. Call 2617667 or 202-1127
For Sale: Sofa hide-a-bed, queen. $100. Swivel rocker recliner $75. Coffee & end table $50 for both. Call 261-7667 or 202-1127 Found: Suitcase on Hooper Road. Please call to identify (225) 975-1764 Garage Sale: Sat, March 23 7am2pm 6926 Silver Springs Dr. in Morgan Springs Subdivision For Rent: 2 bed / 1.5 bath home in Central (behind Tanglewood). Has washer/dryer and fridge. No pets and references required. $500 deposit / $1,000 monthly. Call to view 978-9926
Electrician Wanted: 1st & 2nd class - Exp. License required. Send resume w/ 3 ref. to info@fakouriconstruction. com or apply in person 9 am to 4 pmM - Th. only. 15735 Florida Blvd., BR 70819 (near O'neal) For Sale: 2 mausoleums at Greenoaks. Lakeview Estates. 778-7585 For Sale: 3 carat diamond bracelet. Call 778-7585 For Sale: Tony Bowls Ball Gown. Pink with Streamers. Size 0 $250 (225) 975-1765
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CCSS Easter Break Introduction to the Library’s online Databases, Greenwell Springs Library, 3PM Central oaks Dental Care 10 Year Anniversary and Ribbon Cutting, 4-6PM CHS JV Baseball vs Denham Springs, home, 5PM Karaoke with DJ Adam “The Bomb”, Caliente Mexican Craving, 6PM
CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, March 21, 2013
CAPA Corner On His Mind
Ronny Hinson and Mike Payne wrote a song in the 1984 “When He was on the Cross” and the chorus of the song reads: He knew me, yet He loved me. He whose glory makes the heavens shine. So unworthy of such mercy, yet when He was on the cross, I was on His mind. Believe it or not, we have always been on the mind of God. That, in and of itself, is a tremendously reassuring piece/peace of information! The prophet Jeremiah was told, “While you were yet in your mother’s womb I knew you and ordained you to be a prophet.” Later God tells Jeremiah, “I know the thoughts I have towards you, My plans for you are good!” Many people refuse to believe there is a God, who created us, cares for us, has great plans for us and whose thoughts are about us continually. However, I am experiencing the goodness of God in my life, so even if you think I’m dreaming, don’t wake me up! Sometimes, with the busy responsibilities of life, it is even possible for us to forget how important we are to God. Often, we need to remind ourselves of just how much we were and still are on the mind of God! Heb 1:10 "You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. NKJV 1 Peter 1:20 He (Christ) indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you NKJV God created us and knows all about us. The amazing fact is, despite what He knows, He still loves us! From the very beginning, God made arrangements to redeem man. John 3:16 reminds us that God loved us so much, that He gave Jesus to be the payment for our sins! In the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus reinforced God’s desire to reach out to us. In the parable Jesus highlights the fact that the shepherd would leave the 99 safe sheep to go out and find the 1 lost sheep. Make no mistake about it; Jesus knew what was on God’s mind, what it would take to accomplish it, and was at stake! Jesus knew he had to go through the experience of the cross in order for us to have our sins forgiven and our relationship restored with God. Paul states, that for the joy that was set before Him, Christ endured the cross! He cleared the way for us to have our relationship with God restored. Even though we were undeserving God extended His love, grace and mercy to us! So much so, that we are no longer strangers or foreigners but we are now sons who can call God our Father! During this Easter season, remember that Jesus had to go through the cross so the Father could receive us and call us His sons! Why? Because we are important to God and We are on His mind! Have a Blessed Easter, Ron Erickson Future Hope Ministries
Former Central Resident Making a Difference in Cambodia By Mia Freneaux Visit www.CentralSpeaks.com for more photos from Cambodia.
Over 5 years ago, former Central resident Brett Medlin went on a 2 month mission trip to Cambodia. When he returned, as his father David put it, "He came back and said, 'I'm going back to live there.'" As good as his word, Brett did just that, and thus began an adventure that even he could never have envisioned. 3 years ago, Brett and his wife Sithan became aware of a heartbreaking situation in Phnom Penh. Large corporations, tied to high ranking governmental officials, were forcibly and violently evicting families from their homes in Borei Keila slum and relocating them 30 miles out in completely undeveloped areas with no schools, medical care, or jobs. The corporations would then bulldoze the families' homes, with all of their possessions inside. "Most of these families operated small store fronts out of their homes," shared Brett, "In relocating, they not only lost all they had, they lost their means of livelihood." Now living in shacks with no electricity or running water, on 12x36 foot plots which made farming an impossibility. In another village, these families were annually forced to leave their homes due to massive flooding, and Rock Foundation built them homes on stilts to they wouldn't be forced out due to flooding each raining season. In a third village RFC serves, the only opportunity the women had to make money was to buy large rocks from suppliers and spend 7 days a week, all day long, pounding the rock with a hammer to create gravel. These grueling conditions would bring them $1 a day. Moved by this terrible situation, Brett and Sithan started a small organization called "Rock Foundation Cambodia", seeking to provide just one village with decent housing and a means to support themselves. Over the years, Rock Foundation grew to encompass aid to 5 different relocation villages. They have built 84 flood proof homes with solar panels to provide light and septic systems to provide sanitation. They are in the process of building a school house and a community center, which would also serve as a church. Rock Foundation Cambodia has 10 staff persons, including a pastor, teacher, construction manager, and a transportation provider. They hire men from the villages to build the new homes so they can have an income. "Most of the men in the villages are construction workers or fishermen. There are no opportunities for income where they now live. We are trying to train them with skills that will make the village self-supporting," stated Brett. "We also have a 12 acre mango farm north of Phnom Penh that provides jobs and brings money to the organization so that we aren't fully dependent on donations. We built the water tower for irrigation and planted 800 trees." The people in the Borei Keila relocation village are receiving training on how to run a fish farm. They build chicken coops on top of the ponds to provide food and income, a good use of the limited space. 30 dispossessed families did not even receive land for a new home. Rock Foundation has recently purchased land and is in the planning stages to build homes for these families, the poorest of the poor. They already finished 5 homes on the land they purchased for these 30 families and raised funding for the other 25 thanks to Church Without Borders. They will begin building the remaining 25 homes this week. Cambodia is 95 percent Buddhist, but most of its citizens are open to the teachings of the Bible. Brett partners with a teacher and a pastor to provide everything a village would need. Included in this is medical care. Rock Foundation provides medication, and, when needed, transportation to the hospital. They also provide mosquito netting and water
filtration systems to reduce the potential for disease. Brett tells the story of a young man, whose wife was expecting their first child, who fell 60 feet from a palm tree and broke his back while trying to harvest leaves to thatch his roof. The first hospital they brought him to refused to treat him because he couldn't pay, so he lay for 4 days on a wooden bed. Brett and Sithan heard of his situation and hired an ambulance to take him to another hospital where Brett pled his case. The hospital agreed to perform the surgery, though they believed he would never even sit upright again. Brett sent out prayer requests to all he knew. Less than a year later, the young man is learning to walk with braces on his legs. Miracles, large and small, have become somewhat of a daily occurrence in Brett and Sithan's lives. Rock Foundation Cambodia has received its non profit status approval from the IRS, and has a Board of Directors with over 100 years of combined ministry experience, and a Board of Advisors which seeks to raise awareness of the organization and provide support with prayer and financial aid. Just recently, Brett was contacted by the United Nations, who had been monitoring his activity in the relocation villages. They were so impressed by his efforts they pledged to fund septic systems for 110 families. This past week in New Jersey, the Church Without Borders helped raise the money to build 25 more houses. Ecclesia Church in Houston is buying a well drilling rig to help provide clean water. Brett and Sithan did not start out with the intention of becoming an internationally recognized organization. They saw a need, and worked to fix it. "I'm just an ordinary person who was willing to go," said Brett. Having just completed training in Water Well Drilling and Water Pump Repair in Houston, he and Sithan are spending the rest of their "vacation" in the States talking to churches everywhere. On the day they were interviewed, they had already spoken to 2 different congregations, and had one more opportunity that evening. "When you have a passion for what you're doing, God gives you the energy and the grace for the task," shared Brett. “...I was hungry, and you gave me to eat; naked, and you clothed me; a stranger, and you took me in.” For more information on Rock Foundation Cambodia, go to www.RockFoundationCambodia.webs.com or visit their FaceBook site at www.facebook.com/ RockFoundationCambodia. A video can be found at http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRp8VXCtLIk
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Central Lodge Honors Eastern Star Chapter 23 Submitted by Robert Lee
On Monday, March 11, 2013, Central Lodge #442 F&AM honored the members of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #23. All present enjoyed another fine meal prepared by our Sr. Warden, Brother Luther Perkins. Afterwards, Brother L. W. Alexander (pictured above) thanked the members of the Eastern Star for their service and support of Central Lodge and their efforts to serve our community. Special guests from the Grand Chapter of Louisiana were: the Associate Grand Matron Sister Lynn McNary and Worthy Grand Patron Brother Gene Cagle.
RWC Passion for Fashion Gala a Success
Photos by Michael Spangler
On Friday, March 8th, the Republican Women of Central hosted their annual Passion for Fashion Gala and Fundraiser at Kristenwood. The RWC raised a total of $8,602 for their Dictionary Project, Education and Literacy Programs, Blue Star Moms, and honoring soldiers and veterans. Thank you to everyone who sponsored, supported, and attended the event!
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Central Residents Study Native Hummingbirds
Left: Nancy Lang Newﬁeld, Steve Locke, Kevin Morgan Right: Female Rufous Submitted by Janie Hill
Winding down the area's winter hummingbird count, Nancy Lang Newfield, Kevin Morgan, and Steve Locke recently spent a day in Central at the home of Allen & Janie Hill. The Hills keep their feeders out as an available source of nectar year round to accomodate the little visitors who choose to winter here when flowers are not abundant. One black chinned hummer and two rufous hummers were weighed, measured, observed, banded, and then released. As the season changes, these birds will soon migrate back to their homes on the West Coast, and the familiar Ruby throated hummingbirds who spend their summers in our area will be arriving shortly.
Ms. Newfield, a 1963 graduate of Istrouma High School in Baton Rouge, is a resident of Metairie who has been studying hummingbirds and gardening for them for over 30 years. She conducts seminars and banding events to increase the knowledge and awareness of the variety and uniqueness of the hummingbird, as well as the flowers and plants that attract them to a site. She has authored numerous articles and books, the latest produced by The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program housed at NSU in Thibodaux, LA. titled LOUISIANA HUMMINGBIRDS which is filled with lovely photographs and useful information. Newfield's contact info is email@example.com.
St. Alphonsus Celebrates the Feast of St. Joseph The Feast of St. Joseph was celebrated Sunday at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. The tradition started many years ago in Sicily, Italy where a great famine took over all the land. They promised that if, through the intercession of St. Joseph, God sent them rain they would erect an altar in honor of St. Joseph in thanksgiving. Today many St. Joseph's Altars are still built in thanksgiving for favors granted. Portraying Joseph was Jonathan Frank, son of Eric and Alice Frank. Mary was portrayed by Alice Way, Daughter of Brad and Melanie Way, and Jesus by Jeffery Alexander son of Jason and Donna Alexander.
Grandparents Dance This Saturday The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center and Kristenwood Catering & Reception will be hosting its 3rd annual Grandparents Dance on Saturday, March 23 from 6PM to 10PM. The event will be held at Kristenwood Catering & Reception, 14025 Greenwell Springs Road, Central, 70739. The attire is semi-formal. This dance is a respite activity for grandparents and other relatives who have taken on the roles of parents a second time around. Louisiana ranks third in the nation with children living
with grandparents or other relative caregivers. The Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Information Center of LA, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing information and support to grandparents and other relative caregivers who are raising children who are not their own. Tickets are $5 each and can be obtained from any Grandparent Board Member or by calling Dot Thibodeaux at 355-5442 or Gisels Haralson at 7721978. Come out and enjoy an evening of dancing, food, and fun.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THESE Central Private School FINALISTS IN THE CENTRAL will be hosting an Open MIDDLE SPELLING BEE: House on March 25th Jacob Riddle, Hayden at 6:30 PM. For more Badeaux, Anthony Shaffer, information, call the James Wallace, Alanna Coward, Mackenzie Central Private School Whittington, Danielle ofﬁce at 261-3341. LeBlanc, Connor Crochet, Central Private School is Sarah Titus, Aury Spurlin, located at 12801 Centerra and Spelling Bee Champion Court off of Gurney Road. Kaitlyn Page.
CHS Jazz Band Ranks Superior Submitted by Ken Magee
Photo by Michael Spangler On March 8th, the Central Community Theatre students performed at the annual Republican Women of Central Passion for Fashion Gala and Fundraiser. The performance was fantastic, and the gala raised over $8,000 for Republican Women of Central’s causes.
BRICE HARRIS Above, L to R: Timmy Magee--piano, Aiden Achee--drums, Landon Morris-vibes, Jacob Braud--bass, Zac Retzer--guitar, Nic Jones--drums, Mr. Bordelon-Director, Tanner Frazier--trumpet, Michael Robertson--trumpet, Jared Anders-trumpet, Brett Skinner--trombone, Ethan Bartel--trumpet, Josh Story--tenor sax, Sara Lane--alto sax, Sarah Fontenot--alto sax and Monica Wootan--tenor sax
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The Central High Jazz Band performed at the 2013 Loyola University Jazz Festival in New Orleans on Friday, March 8th where they received superior ratings from all judges. This year, twenty-five bands from across Louisiana performed during this two-day event. In addition to having their performances judged,
each band had the opportunity to attend Master Classes, where professional musicians performed some of their compositions, answered questions and offered insights and musical advice to the audience. Directed by Mr. Patrick Bordelon, the CHS jazz band will perform at the upcoming Cooking in Central.
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Healthy Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Casserole By Rachel F. Johnson
Casseroles are not only warm and comforting, but they can be nutritional powerhouses for busy weeknight meals. In one dish, you have a full meal with a mixture of carbs, fat and protein ready to be devoured! I made this Mexican casserole in about 20 minutes of activity, covered it and stuck it in the fridge. On one of my late nights home from school, Joe uncovered it and stuck it in the oven. The timer went off about 5 minutes after I walked in the door and we sat down to enjoy this meal. I’m very happy to report that this casserole completely exceeded our expectations! It was cheesy, warm and the flavors blended perfectly together! Hope you like it as much as we did! Serves 4-6 1 medium spaghetti squash 2 oz (1/4 cup) fat free cream cheese ½ - ¾ cup Salsa of choice 1 cup fiesta blend shredded cheese 2 chicken breasts 1 can black beans, drained & rinsed 1. Preheat oven to 400. Being extremely careful, slice spaghetti squash in half length-wise. With a spoon, scoop out the seeds in the middle and discard. Place spaghetti squash flesh-side down in a large pan filled with about 2 inches of water. Cover tightly with foil and allow to steam for about 45 minutes, until squash is tender. 2. While Spaghetti Squash is steaming, place the chicken in a pan, sprinkle with pepper and bake in the same oven for 30 minutes, flipping once halfway through. 3. Remove chicken and squash from oven. Remove foil from squash pan and, using a fork, move squash
to pan with chicken. Allow squash to cool for a few minutes while you rinse out the large pan and get it ready for the casserole to go straight in. You can now open and rinse the beans and dice the chicken breasts as well. 4. Now comes the fun part! Using a fork, scrape the inside of the spaghetti squash and it comes out in long strands, just like spaghetti! (Note: How cool is God’s imagination to make something like this!?) Place all of the shreddings in the large pan. 5. In a small bowl, microwave the cream cheese and salsa in 45 second intervals, until cream cheese has melted and easily mixes with the salsa. Pour on top of spaghetti squash and mix it together. Top with ¼ cup shredded cheese, diced chicken breasts, ½ cup more cheese, black beans and the last ¼ cup shredded cheese. 6. You can cover and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week or freeze for a later meal! If refrigerated, simply reheat in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. If frozen, I would allow it to defrost overnight in the refrigerator before baking. Feel free to top with nonfat Greek yogurt, onions, salsa or avocado and you can serve with whole wheat tortillas, if desired. Also, a note to parents: This is a great way to get your kids to eat their vegetables! One more note for everybody: One of my goals in writing these recipes is that other people will not only enjoy reading them, but enjoy eating them! I could make a million “healthy” recipes, but if no one would eat it, what good have I done? So, I’m asking for your help. If you have any recipe requests or suggestions, feel free to let me know! You can E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or comment anywhere on my food blog at www.racheleatsalot.wordpress. com. Also, if there is a favorite recipe of yours that you would like redone a bit lighter, feel free to send it to me and I will do the best that I can! Living healthy is a passion of mine and I love being able to share a little bit of this passion with all of you each week!
A Survivor’s Story My name is Lisa Campo, and I am a cancer survivor and this is my story! I had been having some stomach pains, but I could hold my breath for a few seconds, sit up straight, and they would go away. However, it got to the point where that didn't help and I was having to miss work. My family began to notice it and when I had to call in sick to work, they knew it was more serious than a stomach cramp or ache. I went to my primary physician, Dr. Phil Padgett, and he began a series of tests. I had a CT Scan and ultra sound. After reviewing the CT Scan, he said my colon looked a little "odd" and wanted me to have a colonoscopy. After the colonoscopy, we discovered I had a tumor. We met with a surgeon who, after looking at xrays, thought he would be able to remove it laprascopically, but if not, he may have to remove part of my colon. On July 17, 2008, I had half of my colon removed and had a colon resection. My surgeon was able to remove all of the tumor and I did not have to undergo further treatment. In fact, I was back at work in 10 days! I was only 48 years old at the time of my diagnosis, and my gastroenterologist recommended further genetic testing for my childrens’ sake. Fortunately for
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Central Relay for Life is scheduled for Saturday, November 16th of this year. The event is open to everyone in the community. It is a celebration of those lives that have been affected by cancer, and it is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. You are invited to attend the organizational meeting tonight at 5:30PM at the Central Fire Station, or you can email Beth@CentralSpeaks.com to learn more about how you can participate.
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Weight Loss Support Meeting Monday Ochsner is hosting a weight loss support group meeting called “Keeping a Spring in your Resolutions.” The event will be held this Monday, March 25th from 5:30 to 6:30PM in the 4th floor conference room at Ochsner Health Center – Summa (9001 Summa Avenue). Sarah Dulaney, MSW, LCSW – Ochsner Social Worker will offer tips for staying motivated to achieve weight loss goals. Weight Loss Support Group meetings are free to anyone enrolled in an Ochsner Health and Weight Loss Program and $15 for the general public. Anyone interested in losing weight or seeking support in their weight loss efforts is invited to participate. Call 761-5347 for more information or to register.
A Central citizen recently encountered a problem with bed bugs. If you believe you may have a bed bug problem, or if you would like to know more about recognition and eradication of bed bugs, this website offers a lot of useful information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bed_bug
them, it was an isolated case, but the doctor did recommend that they have their first colonoscopy at the age of 38 yrs old. While I was diagnosed before the recommended age of 50 for a first colonoscopy, please make sure you have a colonoscopy to catch it early, just in case! You never know and early detection is the key! I have been cancer free for 5 years now. Unfortunately, cancer has taken several family members before their time and we have survivors in our family as well, besides me. The Relay for Life is just one of the ways to help fund cancer research. We, my family, have been involved with Central's Relay for Life for 3 years now, because it is a cause we feel strongly about. Please consider joining a team, creating a team, or just go to the website and you can make a donation online. Our teams are made of family members, and we are of Italian descent and good ol' rednecks! Hence, the team name, Redneck Mafia. We have our own team shirts & enjoy spending the time together and working to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. So, again, please check it out at www.relayforlife.org/ centralla and we have a facebook page! Thank you letting me share my story.
Lane Regional Medical Center is the first and only hospital in the region to use St. Jude Medical’s ILUMIEN PCI Optimization System for patients with coronary artery disease. Patients with coronary artery disease experience decreased oxygen delivery to the heart due to plaque or cholesterol build-up inside arteries. Dr. Deepak Thekkoott, medical director at Lane Cardiovascular Center, was the first physician to use the ILUMIEN system at Lane. The key to optimizing treatment of coronary artery disease is knowing
which blockage needs treatment and how to treat it,” said Dr. Thekkoott. “The ILUMIEN system allows physicians to identify the precise measurements and dimensions of narrowed arteries responsible for obstructing blood flow to the patient’s heart.” The ILUMIEN system combines optical coherence tomography (OCT) and fractional flow reserve (FFR) technologies on one platform: OCT technology is used to visualize and measure important vessel characteristics that are used in guiding stent selection and deployment and also provides poststenting information to ensure the procedure was successful. FFR technology is used to determine the severity of blood flow blockages in coronary arteries to better identify specific narrowings. The ILUMIEN system received U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European CE Mark approval in October of 2011. For appointments with Dr. Deepak Thekkoott, please call 225-6541559.
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In Memoriam: Cheryl Lynn Robinson
Cheryl Lynn Robinson passed away at 5:30 AM on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Carpenter House in Baton Rouge at the age of 52. She was a native and resident of Baton Rouge and was an Independent Insurance Claims Adjuster. Visitation will be at Seale Funeral Home, 9995 Hooper Road, Central, LA 70818 on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM and again on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 9:00 AM until religious services at 11:00 AM at the funeral home chapel. Survived by her parents, Harold Milton Robinson and Wanda McQueen Robinson; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Dane and Denise Robinson and Kevin and Linda Robinson; 3 nephews and 1 niece, Gary and Caston Robinson and Austin and Kaitlyn Robinson; 2 great-nieces, Jordan and Jenna Robinson. Preceded in death by her sister, Tanya D. Robinson. She was a member of the Unity Church in Baton Rouge and was a member of the Civitan Foundation and was a 1978 graduate of Glenoaks High School and was a graduate of LSU. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 10532 South Glenstone Place, Suite C, Baton Rouge, LA 70810 or to St. Joseph Hospice, 5215 Essen Lane, Suite 10, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. A special thanks to St. Joseph's Hospice, the nurses and staff at the Carpenter House and to the numerous friends and family for their love and support. Please visit our online registry book at www. sealefuneral.com
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Olivia Darlyn Harriman of Central and Joseph Allen Myers of Denham Springs are pleased to announce their engagement and forth coming marriage. They plan to wed in a 7:00 p.m. ceremony on June 7, 2013 at Chesterton Square. The bride-elect is the daughter of Van and Ann Harriman of Central. She is the granddaughter of Shirley Harriman and the late Irvin Harriman of Baker and Buck and Althea Kinchen of Denham Springs. She is a 2010
graduate of Denham Springs High School. She is currently attending Southeastern Louisiana University. The groom-elect is the son of Joey and Virginia Myers of Denham Springs. He is the grandson of the late Dennis and Sandra Myers of Walker and Maudine Passman of Denham Springs and the late Bennie Passman of Denham Springs. He is a 2010 graduate of Walker High School. He is a project manager for Excel Construction and Fabrication.
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Bryce McLin to Marry Tony Perkins to Speak at Kiwanis Tony Perkins will be the guest speaker at the Christopher Fontenot in April March 26th Central Kiwanis meeting. Community members are invited to attend. The meeting will be held at Sammy’s in Central at noon next Thursday. The meeting is free to attend, and food will be available for purchase from the menu. We hope to see you there! For more information about Central Kiwanis, visit www.CentralKiwanis.com or attend one of the meetings.
CENTRAL HIGH C/O '03 REUNION April 13, 2013 7p-11p Kristenwood Reception Hall, Greenwell Springs UPDATES & INFORMATION: Website:chsclassof2003. wordpress.com Facebook: CHS Class of 2003 Email: CHSco2003@gmail.com
Steve & Stacy Lacey Clayton & Dustin Henson to Wed at St. Alphonsus McDowell Welcome Daughter Sophia Marie
Steve and Tammy Willeford McLin of Bueche, LA announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Bryce Kaylen McLin to Christopher Blake Fontenot, son of Joey and Stephanie Durham Fontenot of Central, LA. The couple will wed on April 13, 2013 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lakeland, LA in a 1:00pm ceremony. The bride-elect is a 2007 graduate of Redemptorist High School and a 2011 graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University. She is employed by ARCADIS in Baton Rouge as an Ecologist. The groom-elect is a 2003 graduate of Central High School and a 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University. He is employed by ExxonMobil in Baton Rouge as an Instrumentation Engineer. The bride-elect’s maternal grandparents are Harold Gene and Shirley Willeford of Port Allen, LA. Her paternal grandparents are Yvonne McLin and the late Alvin McLin of Bueche, LA. The groom elect’s maternal grandparents are the late James Wesley and Frances Polito Durham and the late Sam Guercio. His paternal grandparents are the late Harold and Harriet Fontenot. Following a honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, the couple will reside in Central, LA.
Steve and Stacy McDowell of Central are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Sophia Marie McDowell. Sophia was born at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, LA on August 3, 2012, her dad’s birthday, at 10:42 PM. She weighed 5 lbs, 10.6 oz and was 19 inches long. She was welcomed home by her big brother Mitchell and her Godmother Vicki Pepper of Central. Proud grandparents are Morris and Faye McDowell of Central.
Lacey Raye Clayton of Central and Dustin Joseph Henson of Central will marry in a 7 p.m. ceremony on April 12, 2013 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Greenwell Springs. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark & Robin Clayton of Pride, LA. She is the granddaughter of Trelles A. Hymel and the late Judy D. Hymel of St. Amant, LA and Robert “Buddy” Clayton and the late Margie K. Clayton of Greenwell Springs, LA. The bride-elect is a graduate of Central High School. Her finance is the son of Ronald & Janet Henson of Central. He is the grandson of Jerry & Patsy Long of Central and M.C. & Betty Jo Henson of Pierre Part, La. He is a graduate of Central High School and Southeastern University in Hammond, La.
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Jeremy Anderson to Join A Central Tennis Association Reunion Mississippi College Football Team Submitted by Gail Sides
Central High School is proud to announce that one of its StudentAthletes will have the opportunity to continue his Academic and Athletic careers at the collegiate level. Jeremy Anderson has been accepted to Mississippi College and will be a member of their football team. Jeremy Anderson will attend Mississippi College in the Fall and be a member of the football team. Jeremy was a Wide Receiver for the Wildcats the past three seasons. He is a versatile player that brought many strong attributes to the position. Jeremy was selected to the All-District teams the past two seasons and is also a member of the basketball team. He is a very strong student, a member of the Honor Roll throughout high school, and a member of the Beta Club. Jeremy plans to major in Mass Media.
CHS Softball Wins Five in a Row
Submitted by Coach Edwards, Photo submitted by Donnie Courtney
The Central Softball team had a great run, last week and over the weekend. They went on a 5-0 run starting with Redemptorist last Wednesday and ending with Southwood, in the Sulphur tournament, this past Saturday. The team beat Redemptorist 15-0, Scotlandville 18-0, Lafayette 3-1, Parkway 2-0, and Southwood 5-2. Solid defense and some key at bats helped the Wildcats to be victorious in these five games. Furthermore, the JV saw success over the weekend in the Sulphur tournament by beating Ruston 14-1 and Port Neches-Groves (PNG) High School out of Texas 3-2.
Wildcat Bowling Beats Zachary, Sets Win Record of 11 in a Row By Coach Godley
Central (11-0) made short work of Zachary (3-9) on Monday (3-1813) to remain undefeated. All three games were dominated by Central and were led by Bryan Waites’ (Senior & Captain) 582 and Jacob Garretson’s (Sophomore) 569. Waites led the Wildcats in Game 1 with a 207 to help Central win the first game 6-2 and 978-944 in Total Pins. The next two games would go in similar fashion. Waites was again high with a 207 in Game 2, leading Central to another 6-2 win and 932-844 Total Pins. Game 3 was led by Haley Young’s (Sophomore) 213 and Garretson’s 208 and Central would win the final game once again 6-2 and 1135-906. Overall Central won 21-6 and 3045-2694 Total Pins. In fact, Zachary’s 2694 was a season
high for the Broncos, but Central continued to stay hot and was never in danger of losing the match. Sean Murphy (Junior) chipped in with a 517 series, followed by Sarah Leduff (Freshman) with a 483 and Kevin Kennedy with a 457. The Wildcats will try to wrap up their undefeated season on Wednesday (3-20-13) against Catholic High (7-4) in what will be a great final match before entering the State Playoffs next week. Catholic has reigning District 5A MVP (Curtis Westmoreland, currently averaging 205) and a couple more talented arms and will be aiming to give Central their only loss of the season. The match will be at All Star Lanes at 3:20PM and Centrals’ coaches ask all Wildcat fans to come support and cheer your team to school history.
With the theme, "Life is short," a reunion of old tennis buddies was planned after the recent death of mutual friend, Tressie Stiles. A few members of the original Central Tennis Association, gathered at the Emporium on February 21st to share good memories of their days on the courts in the 70's. A photo album shared by Margaret Shipley, included many photos and mementos of happy times shared by mutual friends, both on and off the tennis court. Friendships forged during those days are still enjoyed today. Pictured from top l to r are Faye Aydell, Lynda Johnson, Edna Whittington, Pat Klug, Margaret Shipley, Patsy DeLee, Katherine Milligan, Janet Anderson, Gail Sides, Sharon Browning, Libby Smith, and Jane Bradford.
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