March 22, 2012 • Daily News at CentralSpeaks. CentralSpeaks.com
GOOD NEWS FOR A GREAT
Let’s Get Cooking! Central’s Largest Festival This Friday & Saturday
Central's largest Crawfish Boil happens at Cooking in Central tomorrow night at The Village at Magnolia Square on Lovett Rd beginning at 5PM. Featured entertainment will be the Navy Brass Band from 5-7 and Carbon Copy Band from 7-9. The fun continues Saturday from 9-3 with Central's largest CookOff, games, live and silent auctions, and live performances by local schools and groups. This year's charity event benefits all Central Schools, The Disabled Veterans Fund and CCAF. Tickets are available at the event and at all schools, Ross Tire, Neighbors FCU, and Fidelity, Hancock, Peoples, Whitney and Zachary banks. See page 5 for a complete schedule of
events. This year's event also allows the option of sampling directly from the cooks. Purchase or exchange your meal ticket for a bracelet and wander amongst the BBQ pits and enjoy the culinary talents of your favorite cooks. The folks at Cooking remind everyone that donations to the Disabled Veterans Fund can be made at the event all weekend. There will be an ATM at the event, and please remember that due to the serving of food and out of respect for other patrons pets are not allowed. Come out and join thousands of your neighbors at Central's signature event. Cooking in Central IS Good News for a Great Central.
VOTE This Saturday
The polls are open from 6AM until 8PM Saturday, which means you can vote before OR after Cooking in Central! On the ballot are the Republican and Democratic Presidential Primaries as well as representatives to the Parish and State Republican and Democratic party committees. As always, Central Speaks does not endorse any candidates, but encourages everyone to get out and vote. Central Residents are involved in three races. In Republican Parish Executive Committee District 4, current Committee Member Billy Thompson, defends his seat against Junior Shelton. At the state level District 65-C of the Republican State Central Committee, Central residents Barry Ivey and Jared Smith vie for the seat. In state District 65-B Billy Thompson faces Brennan Easley, both of Central. Finally, Dalton Honore of Central faces off with Joshua Hollins of BR for the Democratic State Central Committee seat for District 65-B.
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Every time you shop at Oak Point in Central, for each $1 you donate to Cooking in Central, you will receive one entry in the Oak Point Shopping Spree. One $50 Oak Point Gift Card will be given away each week, and a grand prize $500 shopping spree drawing will be held March 23 at the Cooking in Central auction. The last day to participate is this Friday, March 22 by 5 PM. Come contribute to this community cause and be entered to win!
This Cooking in Central Quilt, hand sewn by Diane Leader, will be auctioned off at Cooking in Central at the progressive auction on Friday evening. The quilt features shirts from past Cooking events as part of the design. The crawfish boil is also Friday evening, beginning at 5 PM. The Navy Brass Band and Carbon Copy Band will be the featured entertainment for the night. There will be both live and silent auctions on Saturday as well, along with the annual cook-off and lots of entertainment and activities.
9th Grade Academy Public Meeting Tonight
The second and final School Board committee meeting to take input concerning housing the 9th Grade Academy will be held tonight at 6PM at Tanglewood Elementary. A week ago 150 parents, students, school faculty, and interested citizens attended a presentation and input session held by the Central Community School Board. Superintendent Faulk laid out concerns and options regarding where to locate the 9th Graders currently at Central High. Changes in the configuration of the 9th Grade Academy for educational and developmental reasons, as well as overcrowding at the High School, are factors forcing the School System to consider options to accommodate or move the 9th Graders for at least two years. Mr. Faulk explained the need for separation of the core classes for the 9th Grade to allow a more selfcontained educational setting. He also shared that to keep the 9th grade at CHS would mean continuing to rent T-Buildings and likely add more T-Buildings for the next school year. Two options were given as possible long-term solutions to house the 9th Grade Academy, adding a wing to the High School or renovating the old Central Middle School main building. Each of these options carry a price tag of approximately $5 million.
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In the short term, the Superintendent gave three options, continuing to rent the former Starkey Academy, adding T-Buildings at the High School, or locating the 9th Graders in the newly constructed school facilities. The new schools were built to house 2,400 students and current enrollment is just over 1,900, leaving room for the 9th Graders for the next few years should that decision be made. Mr. Faulk, many times during the presentation, emphasized that the first consideration will always be the quality of education provided to the students. Passionate pleas were made not to move the 9th grade out of the High School, even for the two years required to add a wing to the school. The largest potential obstacle to this concept is finding a way to add T-Buildings, and potentially move the existing T-Buildings, while undergoing a large construction project, without hampering the functioning of the school itself. Tonight's meeting will allow for additional public comment and questions. The result of these meetings is expected to be a request at an upcoming School Board meeting for the Board to choose a direction to provide for the educational and facility needs of the 9th Graders, both in the short and long term.
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Thursday, March 22, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition
National Federation of Republican Women Central’s Stanford Victims Affirms GOP Support of Women at Board Meeting Can Sue in State Court Submitted by Republican Women of Central
Local Republican Leader Trains for 2012 Elections More than 250 Republican women leaders from across the nation gathered at the National Federation of Republican Women’s (NFRW) spring board meeting in New Orleans on March 15-17 to prepare for the 2012 elections and to declare that the latest Democrat media strategy is just a cheap political ploy. “Democrats are running around squawking about a ‘Republican War on Women,” NFRW President Rae Lynne Chornenky said. “They are ignoring the indisputable fact that the NFRW has more than 75,000 female members whose leadership, influence, skill and passion for conservative principles form the backbone of our party, and have for more than 70 years. This liberal campaign scheme is clearly a move of desperation and
is simply not rooted in fact.” Chornenky encouraged attendees, which included Republican Women of Central President Joan Lansing, First Vice President Betsy Otken Barnes and Community Cares Chairman Ann Watts of the City of Central to stand strong during this critical campaign year. In preparation for the elections, attendees participated in workshops on the national political landscape and on counteracting voter fraud. In addition, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal delivered an inspirational keynote address on why conservative proposals are working in his state and across the nation. Betsy Otken Barnes was confirmed on the national Membership Committee of NFRW. She currently also serves as Vice Chair of Membership for the state federation. For more information about the NFRW, visit www.nfrw.org.
Tonight’s Board of Adjustments Cases
Thursday, March 22, 2012 5:00 PM at Kristenwood PUBLIC HEARING CASES (NEW BUSINESS): 6. BOA-3-12: 12435 Blackwater Road Tract Y-1-A. Applicant: J. B. Easterly, Rural - The applicant requests the Board of Adjustments to grant a waiver of Section 9.201 of the Unified Development Code to allow an accessory building that exceeds 1,600 square feet in the Rural Zoning District. PUBLIC HEARING CASES (OLD BUSINESS): 7. BOA-7-09 Extension: 11567 Core Lane Tract 1-A. Applicant: Carney C. Watts, Rural - This is a request for an extension of a waiver granted on April 1, 2009. The applicant requests the Board of Adjustments grant an extension of a waiver of Section 8.213 (C)(5)(c) of the Unified Development Code in accordance with Section 3.2(B)(5)(b)(1) to allow a hardship in conjunction with the housing of aged, ill or otherwise incapacitated, or handicapped family members, or wards for which the existing residents are or may become responsible. 8. BOA-4-10 Extension: 6215 Morgan Road Lot D-2-A. Applicant: Peggy London, Rural - This is a request for an extension of a waiver granted on April 22, 2010. The applicant requests the Board of Adjustments grant an extension of a waiver of Section 8.213 (C)(5)(c) of the Unified Development Code in accordance with Section 3.2(B)(5)(b)(1) to allow a hardship in conjunction with the housing of aged, ill or otherwise incapacitated, or handicapped family members, or wards for which the existing residents are or may become responsible. 9. BOA-12-10 Extension: 10907 N. Old Settlement Road Lot 19-A. Applicant: Larry & Judith Foster, Rural - This is a request for an extension of a waiver granted on February 23, 2006. The applicant requests the Board of Adjustments grant an extension of a waiver of Section 8.213 (C)(5)(c) of the Unified Development Code in accordance with Section 3.2(B)(5)(b)(2) to allow a hardship in conjunction with the physical or economic need for housing of divorced parents with minor children, for whom existing residents have responsibility or family relationship. 10. BOA-5-11 Extension: 10151 Lovett Road Lot 24 of Tanglewood Subdivision. Applicant: Bobby & Glenda Durr, A-1 - This is a request for an extension of a waiver granted on April 28, 2011. The applicant requests the Board of Adjustments grant an extension of a waiver of Section 8.213 (C)(5)(c) of the Unified Development Code in accordance with Section 3.2(B)(5)(b)(2) to allow a hardship in conjunction with the physical or economic need for housing of divorced parents with minor children, for whom existing residents have responsibility or family relationship. 11. BOA-9-11 Extension: 15713 Brown Road Tract R of Randolph White Subdivision. Applicant: James V. Chapman, Rural - This is a request for an extension of a waiver granted on July 28, 2011. The applicant requests the Board of Adjustments grant an extension of a waiver of Section 8.213 (C)(5)(c) of the Unified Development Code in accordance with Section 3.2(B)(5)(b)(2) to allow a hardship in conjunction with the physical or economic need for housing of divorced parents with minor children, for whom existing residents have responsibility or family relationship. 12. Manufactured Home Hardship Expiration List Update
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Many Central residents lost much or all of their savings or retirements when Allen Stanford's Ponzi Scheme fell apart. The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that investors who lost money in the Stanford Group debacle can file suit in state court against any entity that enabled the Ponzi Scheme to occur. Under this ruling the plaintiffs need only to prove negligence, not fraud. Central's Debbie Dougherty, a long time advocate for the Stanford victims, commented, "This is a huge victory not only for Stanford victims but for any future victims of any ponzi scheme that takes place in Louisiana." Anyone who needs further information may contact Ms. Dougherty at 571-4252.
You’re Invited to the City of Central Master Plan Meetings From the City of Central
Representatives from ERM (Environmental Resources Management), the firm selected to complete the next phase of our Master Plan, will hold three public information sessions during the first week of April to discuss the work to be done. The first meeting will be on Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm at the Joor Rd Library, 11260 Joor Rd. This meeting will provide the public with details of the project scope, schedule, and anticipated benefits. The second meeting will be on Wednesday, April 4 at 5:30 pm at the Central Fire Station located at 11646 Sullivan Rd. Items to be discussed include synthesis and preliminary concepts, strategy development, and input from the community. The third meeting will be on Thursday, April 5 at 4:00 pm at the Central Fire Station. Items to be discussed include implementation strategies and projected schedule. Funding for this phase of the Master Plan is through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program with a local match from the city of Central. Items to be addressed in this phase include the creation of a flood-plain management program to deal with developments in the floodplain, a code and pattern design book for architectural standards for new commercial developments, and the development of a city center. The public is encouraged to attend.
Angelina Jolie and Jeremy Lin Not Coming to Central Press Release
Movie Star Angelina Jolie and NBA phenom Jeremy Lin appearing in Central? No, it will not happen, despite what appears on a billboard on Greenwell Springs Rd. THE CENTRAL STORY Nightly Radio Show will debut on Monday, April 2. A Jon Fine Production, the program will air on WPFC Radio, 1550AM, Baton Rouge, on Central Now APP, and can be heard on the web at JonFineProductions.com. THE CENTRAL STORY will be heard Monday—Friday, 5:30pm—6:30pm. Central Speaks will have its own weekly program, THE CENTRAL SPEAKS RADIO HOUR, hosted by Central Speaks Publisher Dave Freneaux, every Wednesday night, 5:30pm—6:30pm. The marquis in question appears on Greenwell Springs Road on the way in to Central. Both sides of the sign promote THE CENTRAL STORY. The sign features the hosts of the
shows that comprise THE CENTRAL STORY: Sid Edwards, Ron Erickson, Dave Freneaux, Steve Johnson, Kandi Jones and Matt Price. The marquis also includes the names of Jolie and Lin. THE CENTRAL STORY Producer Jon Fine explained his technique, “Simply, we were looking to attract attention, which the sign has done. Everyone I’ve talked to or the hosts have talked to understand that it is a spoof.” Fine hopes to use the marquis in the future. “We hope to put up lighthearted information about the program and change the sign quite frequently. Hopefully, people will get in the habit of checking out the sign and get a chuckle out of it.” THE CENTRAL STORY shirts will be on sale at Cooking In Central at THE CENTRAL STORY table inside the tent. There will be 100 shirts for sale at $10 a shirt, with all proceeds supporting Cooking In Central. Fine said, ”We hope to raise $1,000 for this extraordinarily worthwhile cause.”
CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, March 22, 2012
Presidential Candidate Visits Central
Well maintained 3BD/2BA 14x80 mobile 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix, 135,000 plus miles. Good shape. $3250. home on 4.85 acres. Includes 600 sq ft buildCall 225-454-3953. ing with utilities. MH has full skirt and wood deck and covered carport. See more details ‘93 Dodge Dakota 360 Magnum-Fast. 1 owner. Autoat www.19520libertyrd.com $126,500 matic. 180K miles, 50K on engine, new transmssn, facor call Debbie Pacas at 235-0165 tory wheels, good tires. $5500. 261-9122 leave message.
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Central had its first visit by a Presidential candidate this week. Rick Santorum was interviewed by Tony Perkins at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in front of a crowd of Central residents
Back Pack Baby Carrier like new. $30. 261-2972
Church Family Garage Sale. 3/31, 7-11 AM. 14754 Frenchtown Road
Double “Snatch Block” for pulling engines. $100. 261-2972
Eddie Bauer Baby Stroller ex. cond. $65. 261-2972
Front Pack Baby Carrier, like new. $15. 261-2972
Garage Sale - NORTHWOODS SUBD. 3/23-24 7AM3PM - NO EARLY BIRDS Spring cleaning done...attic, closets, garage & misc. items! 11013 Norway Pine Dr
Plants for sale. Angels Trumpets, Hibiscus, herbs, and much more. Call Debbie, 200-6121
Spring sale 7423 Prairie Dr. (Comite Hills) Friday 7-4 Sat.
Walnut Single “Captain’s” Bed w/2 drawers and storage shelves underneath, ex. cond. $150. 261-2972
To place ads, email Classifieds@CentralSpeaks.com. Paid classifieds are $10 per week for three lines, plus $3 per extra line. Professional services and real estate are paid classifieds. Free classifieds must be three lines or lessitems for sale, yard sales, free items, etc.
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Officials and presenters at the Republican Women of Central's 2nd Amendment Rights and Conceal & Carry Gun Laws Meeting & Dinner, (L-R) Senior Firearms Instructor Gordon Hutchinson, Judge J. Michael McDonald, Lydia Reynerson of Reynerson's Gunsmith Svc, RWC President Joan Lansing, Judge Charlene Day, RWC 2nd VP Debbie Dougherty, EBR Mayor Pro-Tem Mike Walker, PEC Committee Member Billy Thompson, & RWC 2nd VP Betsy Barnes.
Female puppy on Sullivan Rd, brown with white markings. Looks like a boxer, wearing a brown collar. Call Charise at 603-6562
Thursday, March 22, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition
Revival - “Let the Redeemed of the Lord Say So” Join the redeemed of the Lord at Indian Mound Baptist Church, 16755 Liberty Road in Greenwell Springs, LA, for our SPRING REVIVAL services March 25-28. Sunday - 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM Monday-Wednesday - 7:00 PM Preaching by Dr. Joe Alain and music by Bro. Scott Lesley
St. Pius X Catholic Church Hosts Spring Gala 2012 Saturday, April 21, 5:00PM-9:30PM Activity Center Gym - Corner of Mickens and Hooper Roads
SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE Ephesians 4:15, "... we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head Christ" Ever felt "tossed to and fro"? How many relationships are destroyed by the "trickery of men, cunning craftiness and deceitful plotting"? We often hear that "the truth hurts." But the truth, spoken in love, actually heals! Many have difficulty expressing their feelings in a loving way. If we don't speak the truth we mislead people and if we speak
frankly but with an abrasive tone we hurt people. Speaking the truth in love should leave a person with a sense of how much you care for them. This requires more than just fault finding. Before you point out someone else’s error make sure there is not a plank in your own eye! Then consider what positive qualities you both can bring to bear on the problem being pointed out. Seek out solutions that will cause "growth in Christ" leaving all involved with a sense of hope. Eph 4:16 goes on to say that when "...every part does its share" it "causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." Donnie Shaffer, Pastor Central Church
Join us! There will be a silent auction, Country Store, Bingo from 5:00-6:15PM. Pork Loin Dinner will be served at 6:30PM followed by dancing, music provided by Clay Boudreaux. Dinner tickets can be purchased for $10.00 a limited number will be available. $1,000 and $10,000 raffle drawings. For tickets purchase information call the Church office at 357-5935. Ticket prices for $1,000 ticket is $1.00 the $10,000 ticket is $100 and includes 2 dinner tickets.
Sunday, April 1st at First Baptist Church of Central 10:30 AM: The choir presents "Behold the Lamb," an Easter Cantata in our Service 11:30 AM: Lunch and fellowship in the Gym 12:30 PM: Kids’ Activities: FREE PICTURES WITH BABY CHICKS Crafts And of course the EASTER EGG HUNT! Join us for a great time of fun and faith! For more info, contact the church office at 261-3722
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Congratulations to Central Church for their new facility, which was dedicated last Sunday, March 18. The new building is located at 11681 Greenwell Springs Port Hudson Rd.
CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition â€˘ Thursday, March 22, 2012
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Thursday, March 22, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com ANNOUNCEMENTS Print Edition11
Lockhart Insurance has Central Bloomers’ “Yard of the Month”
Central Bloomers club members Pam Wilson and Diane Bezdek present the “featured landscape” award to Juanita Anderson of Lockhart Insurance (pictured in center). Submitted by Mike Truett
Spring is in bloom and so are the lovely gardens at Lockhart Insurance Company at 18571 Greenwell Springs Road. White azaleas, red blooming bottlebrush, lorapetulum and pink verbena are nestled among the crepe myrtles and ferns. The Central Bloomers Garden Club Beautification Committee proudly presents this month's "featured landscape" award, the Jackie Brewer Memorial, to Lockhart Insurance. Our many thanks to this business and others in our community for helping Central to "grow" beautifully.
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From the City of Central Chamber of Commerce Submitted by the Chamber of Commerce
I truly like the statement, “Central, a community that cares!” One of the great things about our chamber membership is that they are also involved in so many other aspects of our community, which are not chamber related. Many take part in other civic groups, volunteer organizations, church groups, and many other activities and events held in our area. At almost any event that you attend, you will probably find a chamber member in attendance, working the event, and/or sponsoring the event! Truly our members and are community are a caring and giving group of citizens! This weekend, many volunteers from all around our area will be involved in hosting a tremendous event, “Cooking in Central”! Cooking in Central will take place Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 at the Village at Magnolia Square. This year’s
event is focusing on raising funds to help the Veterans as well as supporting our schools. Friday night there will be a crawfish boil, live music, and a progressive auction. Saturday there will be a cook off, more auctions and live entertainment by local schools and groups. From the offices of the City of Central Chamber of Commerce, we extend a heartfelt thank you to the Cooking in Central board, its members, and the many volunteers from around the community who help to make this event such a tremendous success. You all help our community to shine! We also extend thanks to all the businesses and organizations who donate their time, monies, and energy to such a worthy cause. We encourage everyone to come on out and support the efforts to assist our Veterans and schools and help reinforce that Central is, “A community that cares!”
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Thursday, March 8, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com COMMUNITYPrint CALENDAR Edition 7
CENTRAL COMMUNITY CALENDAR THURSDAY 3/22:
Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Board of Adjustments Meeting, 4 PM at Kristenwood CHS Varsity Baseball v. Parkview, 4 PM at Home Catfish for Kathy, 4 PM at CHS Baseball Game Details on page 10 Children’s Knitting Group, 5 PM at Central Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Zoe’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App Planning and Zoning Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood CCSS School Board “Committee of the Whole” meeting, 6 PM at Tanglewood CHS Presents Peter Pan, 7:30 PM at Central High Theatre
COOKING IN CENTRAL, 5 PM at Magnolia Square on Lovett Road Tickets are available at the chamber ofﬁce Meal Tickets - $10.00, Crawﬁsh Tickets - $15.00, Rafﬂe Tickets - $100.00 Details on front page Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist Lenten Fish Dinners at Magnolia Methodist, 10 AM-5 PM Lenten Fish Dinners at St. Alphonsus (Drive Through Only), 3-5 PM W.O.W. Conference, 6 PM at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church CHS Presents Peter Pan, 7:30 PM at Central High Theatre Central Wide College Age Worship Service, 7:30 PM at First Baptist Church Central Details on page 3
GO VOTE! - Presidential and Municipal Primary Election COOKING IN CENTRAL, 10 AM -3 PM at Magnolia Square on Lovett Road Tickets are available at the chamber ofﬁce Meal Tickets - $10.00, Crawﬁsh Tickets - $15.00, Rafﬂe Tickets - $100.00 Details on front page W.O.W. Conference at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church Spring Butterﬂy Story/Craft, 11 AM at Greenwell Springs Library’s spring! Children ages 3-11 are invited to the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch on March 24 to create at 3-D butterﬂy and decorate it too! After the craft we’ll listen to the story “Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterﬂy” by Alan Madison and Kevin Hawkes. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (225) 274-4460. Greenwell Springs Library Children’s Book Club, 12 noon Children ages 7-11 are invited to the Greenwell Springs Road Regional Branch Library to discuss books they’ve recently read. Together, the children will create visuals relevant to their stories. They will also listen to a fun short story on CD. After the discussion and short story, we’ll choose books for the group to read for next month’s meeting. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (225) 274-4460. CHS Varsity Baseball v. Redemptorist, 1:30 PM at Home CHS Presents Peter Pan, 2 PM and 7:30 PM at Central High Theatre
Indian Mound Baptist Church Revival, 10:45 AM & 6 PM Details on page 4 CHS Presents Peter Pan, 2 PM at Central High Theatre
Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Rd Park Indian Mound Baptist Church Revival, 7 PM Details on page 4
Lane RMC Distributing Free Colorectal Cancer Screening Kits, 8-10 AM Lane Regional Medical Center will distribute free colorectal cancer screening kits at the Lane Medical Plaza located next to the hospital at 6550 Main Street in Zachary. The screening kits are for use in the privacy of your own home and are simple to use. Individuals 50 years of age and over and those who have a personal or family history of lower intestinal disorders, colorectal cancers, or other cancers should perform this test at least once a year. The test is not a substitute for a regular physical examination by your physician, but may indicate the need for one. For more information call (225) 654-LANE (5263). Free Blood Glucose Screening at Lane RMC, 8-10 AM Lane Regional Medical Center will take part in the American Diabetes Association Alert Day by offering a FREE blood glucose screening at the Lane Medical Plaza located next to the hospital at 6550 Main Street. The American Diabetes Association Alert Day is an annual, one-day call-toaction held on the fourth Tuesday of March. The goal is to raise the awareness that diabetes is serious and that you can have diabetes and not even know it. What is diabetes? Diabetes means that your blood glucose (sugar) is too high. Too much glucose in the blood is not good for your health. You could have it for years and never know it. During this time, your eyes, nerves, and kidneys may be harmed by too much sugar in your blood. Your risk for diabetes increases as you get older, gain too much weight, or if you do not stay active. Other risk factors include high
blood pressure, a family history of diabetes, diabetes during pregnancy, or having a baby weighing more than 9 pounds at birth. Registration for the glucose screening is not required. Fasting is recommended, but not required. For more information, call 658-4583 or 654-LANE (5263). Free Baby Newborn Care Class at Lane RMC, 6:30 PM Lane Regional Medical Center will offer a FREE newborn care class in the Staff Development Classroom call “Baby Care Basics”. This class covers all you need to know to care for your infant in the ﬁrst weeks of life. We recommend you attend this class during your second or third trimester. Partners are encouraged to attend. Child care is NOT provided. Registration is required. Please call 225-654-LANE (654-5263) to register. CHS Varsity Baseball v. Central Catholic, 4 PM at Home Grief Recovery Support Group Meeting, 6:30 PM at St. Alphonsus Details on page 7 Indian Mound Baptist Church Revival, 7 PM Details on page 4
Live Music - Chase Taylor Duo, 5-8 PM at Caliente Mexican Craving Indian Mound Baptist Church Revival, 7 PM Details on page 4
Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale, 7-5PM at Lane RMC The Lane Regional Medical Center Auxiliary will host the popular Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30. The sale will be held in the Staff Development Class room on the ﬁrst ﬂoor of the hospital. There will be a wide variety of quality jewelry and accessories for men, women and children including rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, jewelry sets, wallets, watches and more – and everything is $5! Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted. All proceeds will go toward future Auxiliary projects and educational scholarships. For more information, please call the hospital gift shop at 658-4309. Annual Pre-K and Kindergarten Roundup, 4:30-6:30 at Bellingrath Hills Elem. Details on page 9 Children’s Knitting Group, 5 PM at Central Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Zoe’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or on Central Now App
Masquerade $5 Jewelry and Accessories Sale, 7-3PM at Lane RMC See details above on 3/29 Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist
Walk MS: Baton Rouge, 8 AM, Perkins Rowe Details on page 10 Bethany Baptist Church Youth Present “Find us Faithful”, 6 PM Details on page 4
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church’s Palm Sunday Service, 9 AM Bethany Baptist Church Youth Present “Find us Faithful”, 10:30 AM Details on page 4 First Baptist Church EASTER EXPLOSION Events Details on page 4
The Central Story Radio Show, 5:30-6:30 PM on 1550AM & on Central Now App Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Rd Park Breastfeeding Support Group Meeting, 6-8 PM at Ochsner Health Care - BR Meetings are led by moms and offer the opportunity to share stories and tips.
Childbirth Classes, part 1, 6-8:30 PM at Ochsner Health Care - BR The Central Story Radio Show, 5:30-6:30 PM on 1550AM & on Central Now App City of Central Master Plan Meeting, 6:30 PM at Joor Rd Library Details on page 2
Lane RMC Safesitter Babysitter Training, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM Lane Regional Medical Center will hold a Safe Sitter® babysitter training class. Safe Sitter® is a high-quality program that gives young adolescents the skills to be safe, nurturing babysitters. The program is offered to girls and boys ages 11-13. Class size is limited and registration is required. Cost is $20. For more information or to pre-register, call 654-LANE (5263). City of Central Master Plan Meeting, 5:30 PM at the Central Fire Station Details on page 2 The Central Story Radio Show, 5:30-6:30 PM on 1550AM & on Central Now App
Healthy Recipe: Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
By Rachel Firmin
In my opinion, a nutritious breakfast sets a great mood for the day. It not only starts up your metabolism, but it also has the ability to keep you focused throughout the day and less likely to overeat in the evening. These pancakes have the nutrition equivalence of a bowl of oatmeal, but a completely different texture and taste. Ingredients: ½ cup Old Fashioned or Regular Oats 1 medium, ripe banana 1 cup Skim Milk 1 Tbsp Natural Nut Butter 1 Tbsp Syrup (I prefer Agave Nectar or Cane Syrup) Preparation: Remove 1/8 cup oats and set aside in small mixing bowl. In food processor, process remaining oats until a flour consistency forms. Add to bowl with unprocessed oats. Place ¼ cup milk and ripe banana in processor and process until smooth. Add to small mixing bowl and mix well. Let sit 1-2 minutes. Heat skillet on medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray, or use nonstick skillet. Once warmed, place small amount of batter on skillet and smooth out. Cook 2-3 minutes, flip and cook 2-3 remaining minutes until golden and cooked through. Cover pancakes with peanut butter, stack and drizzle on 1 Tbsp syrup! Because these are made of oats and naturally sweetened with banana, they are a great source of soluble fiber, natural sugars and potassium. The nut butter also adds a dose of healthy fat and protein! Enjoy! *Disclaimer: I am not a licensed physician or Registered Dietitian. The content of these recipes are not to be construed as medical advice or nutritional counseling. Please consult a Registered Dietitian or Doctor for further questions or before making any serious changes in your diet.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition
“How Can I Ensure My Child is Getting Enough Sleep?” By Dr. Lois Gesn
With the recent time change, sleep is on everyone’s mind. Sleep is a vital need, essential to a child’s health and growth. The right amount of it promotes alertness, memory and performance. Children who get enough sleep are more likely to function better and are less prone to behavioral problems and moodiness. While each child is different and has different sleep needs, many parents underestimate how many hours of sleep their child should be getting. The following chart presents recommended hours of sleep (includes naps for children up to five years of age): Age Hours of Sleep 0-2 months…………...11 - 18 2-12 months………….14 - 15 1-3 years……………..12 - 14 3-5 years……………..11 - 13 5 -12 years…………...10 - 11 12 – 16 years……….....9 - 10 Here are a few other tips to help your kids catch all the zzzz’s they need: • The #1 tip for good sleeping habits in children is to follow a nightly routine. • Stick to a bedtime, alerting your child both half an hour and 10 minutes before
bedtime. • Limit foods and drinks that contain caffeine. In addition, do not let children eat or drink significant amounts right before bedtime as this will lead to trips to the bathroom that will interrupt sleep. • Restrict TV, computer use, and video games for at least one hour before bedtime. • Discourage vigorous physical activity right before going to bed and instead encourage calming activities such as reading or listening to soft music before bedtime. • Beds should be used just for sleeping – not doing homework, reading, playing games or talking on the phone. • If your child does wake up in the night, check on them as quietly and quickly as possible to limit sleep interruptions and discourage future interruptions. Dr. Lois Gesn is a Pediatrician at Ochsner Health Center – Central. She can be contacted at 261-9790.
THE HOSPICE OF BATON ROUGE H.O.P.E. Grief Support Groups
Ochsner Medical Center is giving 6-Week Support Group Sessions that provide a safe place for sharing and growth through grief. The first Group Sessions for 2012 will be the Tuesday Evening Group Series - 6:30-8 PM April 17th, April 24th, May 1st, May 8th, May 15th, May 22nd. Group Facilitator: Christine Brasseaux, LMSW, HBR Social Worker. Please inquire at the front desk of the hospital for room location. Call The Hospice of Baton Rouge Social Worker, Florence Scarle at (225) 767-4673 for more information or to reserve your spot. All groups are provided to the public at no charge. Address: Ochsner Medical Center, 17000 Medical Center Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70816
BREC’S FARR PARK EQUESTRIAN CENTER PRESENTS
3rd ANNUAL STICK HORSE RODEO Saturday, April 14 10 a.m. to Noon (Registration from 9 a.m.–9:45 a.m.) Ages 2–7 (ages will be separated into two groups) Cost: $5 / event or $20 for the day Participants can compete in five different rodeo style events such as Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, “Bull” Riding, Bronc Riding and a Flag Race. Prizes will be awarded for the best rides in each age group and event. Participants can also enjoy the petting zoo, face painting and other equine activities. For more information, please call the Farr Park Equestrian Center at 225-769-7805 or visit our website www.brec.org/farr. Also, check out the Farr Park Equestrian Center facebook page.
CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, March 22, 2012
Wildcat Bowling Heads to Playoffs This Monday After starting the season 0-4, the Central High Bowling Team geared up for an amazing 8-game winning streak, putting them third in the 5A District and earning them a spot in the playoffs. The #7 Seed Wildcats will bowl against The Runnels School in Round 1 this Monday, March 26 at 1:15 PM at All Star Lanes. Central is favored to win the match, but they would love our community’s support at the game. Should the Wildcats win in Round 1, they will advance to Round 2 of the playoffs, which will begin at 3:15 PM, also at All Star Lanes. Central will face the winner of Catholic High’s Round 1 game. Catholic is seeded at #2, so chances look good for a Central-Catholic rematch. Central gave Catholic their only loss of the season, so that would be a great game to watch. If the Wildcats win their games in Round 1 and Round 2, they will move on to the next week of the playoffs. Should they lose in Round 2, Central will bowl on Tuesday in the Loser’s Bracket and will fight for their chance to advance to the next week. Central finished with an 8 match winning streak this season by easily defeating Woodlawn (2-10) and Baton Rouge High (1-11) in their last two matches. Both scores were 25-2. New Central High Bowling records set by this year's squad include: Longest Winning Streak Currently at 8; Most Wins In A Season - 8; Team High Series - 3114; High Boys Average - Jacob Garretson (1st) - 189.00 & Bryan Waites (2nd) - 183.88.
Submitted by Charise Raiford Congratulations to Connor Raiford and Wesley Lee, Juniors at Central High School. Friends since 5th grade, both boys placed 5th in state in their weight class at the Wrestling Championship in Metairie, LA, at the Ponchartrain Center.. Connor wrestles at 195 pound class, Wesley at 285. Pictured above, left to right: Connor Raiford, Coach Stafford, and Wesley Lee with their awards.
CHS Softball Brings Record to 9-5, Bellingrath Hills Elementary’s Pre-K & Kindergarten Roundup Next Thursday Faces Walker Today at Home Submitted by Dana Russell
The annual Pre-K & Kindergarten Roundup will be held next Thursday, March 29th from 4:30-6:30 pm at Bellingrath Hills Elementary. Children must be 4 years old by September 30, 2012, to be eligible for Pre-K and 5 years old by September 30, 2012, to be eligible for Kindergarten. If your child is currently registered in the Central Community School system this year, your child does NOT need to enroll for the 2012-13 year.
Photo by Michael Spangler; Stats submitted by Coach Henry
Last Tuesday, March 13, Central fell to Live Oak, 0-6. Maddie Devall pitched, and Brittney McCarty went 1-2 at the plate with a double and a walk. On Thursday, Central bounced back to defeat Scotlandville by a score of 18-3. Maranda Schmidt was the winning pitcher. Alexis Wascom was on fire at bat, going 2-3 with a grand slam, a double, 3 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, and 4 RBI's. Kaylee Dinot also performed well, hitting 2-2 with 2 walks, 4 runs scored, 3 stolen bases, and 2 RBI's. The Wildcats are now 2-2 in District 4-5A with a 9-5 record overall. Their next game is this afternoon against Walker at home at 4 PM.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition
Sign Up Deadline Is April 1st Central Resident Marjorie Welsh Shares Her Experience with Cancer for Kiwanis Get Fit Central 5K
Sign up soon for the Central Kiwanis Get Fit Central 5K Walk/Run. The early registration sign up deadline for the April 21 event is April 1st. The adult early registration fee is $20, which includes a t-shirt, or $25 on the day of the event. Kids’ early registration is $10, including a t-shirt, or $15 the day of the event. The Get Fit Central 5K is a fundraiser to benefit the Central School System, Central Private, and St. Alphonsus School physical education programs. To learn more about the event, visit www.CentralKiwanis. com. The registration form is also available on the website. Corporate sponsorships are also still available, starting at $150. Details can be found on the Central Kiwanis website. The 5K Run will begin at 7:30 AM, and the Walk will start at 8:30. There will also be competition relays for the kids at 9:30 AM. Get Fit Central will be held at Central Intermediate School on Joor Road. Grillin N Chillin and Central Baseball Host
Catfish for Kathy
All proceeds go toward Kathy Edgens to help her fight cancer and WIN! 03/22/2012 - 4 PM Central High Baseball Game vs. Parkview Margie Welsh, a resident of Central, was honored last October at the Susan G. Komen’s Survivor Luncheon. She was named “Queen Survivor” and was given the award for the longest survivor (51 years). By Mia Freneaux
Marjorie Welsh has a quick sense of humor and beautiful smile. Her outlook on life is contagiously optimistic, and yet she has seen some very tough times in her life. It all began in 1959 when Miss Margie was reading in bed. She dozed off, and the book fell forward and hit her on the chest. She awakened with a start, and, in rubbing the sore place, discovered a lump in her breast. Miss Margie’s mother had had breast cancer, and a tense 3 day wait followed her biopsy. “They had to send the tissue off to a lab in New Orleans because there was none nearer.” The diagnosis: breast cancer. “I felt Someone Up There was really taking care of me,” Miss Margie said about her unusually early lump discovery. In 1959, the only treatment available to breast cancer patients was a radical mastectomy, which involves not only removing the breast, but also all the lymph nodes extending under the arm. Miss Margie’s surgery was so radical it required a skin graft and left her permanently scarred. This lovely lady, however, was not one to wallow in self -pity. Instead, after moving from Central to Bay St. Louis in 1982, Miss Margie volunteered to help the local hospital in its outreach program to cancer victims. She would take packages of information and helpful items to women who had just undergone surgery for breast cancer. “It made me feel so good,” Miss Margie remembered, “they were so excited to talk to someone who had had a mastectomy.” She also helped with the hospital’s Relay for Life efforts, and found herself speaking in front of groups about the importance of early discovery. “I persuaded 3 women who were not going to get mammograms to go get them. Two of them discovered they had cancer.” Hurricane Katrina changed the course of her life again. “I’m a victim,” said Miss Margie with a wink and a smile, looking not at all like one. Again, instead of feeling sorry for herself after losing her entire house (“only the staircase was left”), Miss Margie pulled up roots and returned to Central. Here she has poured herself into the Susan G Komen Foundation, speaking about early detection and supporting every Race for the Cure. Last year her efforts on behalf of cancer treatment were rewarded when she was crowned “Queen Survivor.” What really makes all of this even more amazing? Miss Margie is 93 years old. In love with life, she offers the following advice to those fighting cancer, “Hang in there, and think positively!” When asked what message she would like people to hear, she responded, “Make sure you do self- examinations and get early mammograms. Don’t wait until you think something’s wrong!” Join us for the Central Relay for Life on Saturday, April 14th from 12 noon to midnight at Zoar Baptist Church (corner of Hooper and Joor Road). Proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to help with cancer research, treatment, and suppport. There will be food and drinks for sale to benefit the charity, and there will be activities for kids and adults. Relay for Life is not just a fundraiser - It is also a way to remember those we have lost to cancer and to honor the survivors. Please take some time to come by on April 14th for this wonderful event.
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Walkers “Join the Movement®” to Create a World Free of MS
The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society: Louisiana will hold its Walk MS: Baton Rouge with presenting sponsor Pfizer at Perkins Rowe on Saturday, March 31, 2012. More than 300 walkers are expected to come out and help raise the goal of $37,000. Funds raised will support direct services and programs for the more than 4,000 people with MS and their families in Louisiana and research to find a cure for this chronic disease of the central nervous system. People can participate in Walk MS individually or as a team. Volunteers are also needed! To register or for more information, call 1-800-3444867 or visit www.walkMSlouisiana. org or email jessica.aubin@nmss. org. Walkers can also register on the day of the event beginning at 7 a.m. The Walk officially starts at 8 a.m. There is no cost to register, and online registration is currently open. Day-of-event registration begins at 7 a.m., followed by an 8 a.m. start time. There is no registration fee and no minimum pledge commitment; however, the average walker raises $100 to support research initiatives, programs and services of the National MS Society: Louisiana. Individuals interested in joining or creating a team can sign up online with co-workers, friends, family or neighbors. Multiple sclerosis interrupts the flow of information between the brain and the body and stops people from moving. Every hour in the United States, someone is diagnosed with MS — an unpredictable, often
disabling disease of the central nervous system. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to an MS-free world. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men affected by the disease. More than 400,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million worldwide live with MS. There are over 28,000 Louisianans who are affected by MS. MS stops people from moving. The National MS Society exists to make sure it doesn’t. The Society addresses the challenges of each person affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, collaborating with MS organizations around the world, and providing programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward. In 2010 alone, through its national office and 50-state network of chapters, the Society devoted $159 million to programs and services that assisted more than one million people. To move us closer to a world free of MS, the Society also invested $37 million to support 325 new and ongoing research projects around the world. We are people who want to do something about MS now. Join the Movement® at nationalMSsociety. org.
CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, March 22, 2012
CMS Students Learn About Fire Safety
Central Lodge Update
Submitted by Mrs. Gardner
Submitted by Robert Lee
Mrs. Gardner’s Family and Consumer Science Classes were honored to have the Central Volunteer Fire Department teach them a minilesson on Fire Extinguishers. The seventh and eighth grade students were taught the different elements needed to maintain a fire, the different classes of fires, and the different types of fire extinguishers that should be used on each fire. After the power point lesson given by Mr. Eller and Mr. Glover the students were given the opportunity to have hands on experiences using a controlled fire and fire extinguishers.
On Monday March 12, 2012, Central Lodge #442 F&A M entertained the Ladies of the Eastern Star, Central Chapter #23. Once again, our Jr. Warden, Luther Perkins prepared a great meal that was enjoyed by all. Afterward, Brother L. W. Alexandria gave an informative talk about the Masons. Photo: L. W. Alexandria
Submitted by Mikka Richard
Royce Richard, a 6th grader at Central Private killed his first turkey - a jake - on a hunt with his PawPaw Jimmy Brashier on Sunday March 18th in Gloster, MS. The turkey was 13-1/2lbs with a 2-1/2” beard.
CHS Course Selection Forms 2012 Parents of 11th graders at Central High School, This week in English class your child will receive a Course Selection Form for next year, a copy of their CHS transcript and their TOPS CORE GPA. . Mr. Worsham will be meeting with students during their English class this week and next week. The Course Selection Form must be signed by a parent and returned to their English teacher by March 30th. If you would like assistance selecting classes or to speak with a counselor you may call the Counseling Dept for an appointment. Parents of 9th and 10th graders at CHS, Counselors have begun meeting with 9th and 10th graders about Course Selection for next school year 2012-13. Between now and March 23 your student should bring home a Course Selection Form, copy of their CHS transcript, a copy of their TOPS CORE GPA and their Individual Graduation Plan. The Course Selection Form must be signed by a parent and returned to their English teacher by March 30th. You may make changes to their Course Selection Form until May 30th. If you would like to meet or talk with a counselor about your student’s schedule you may call the Counseling Dept to schedule a conference.
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Come Be a Part of Central’s Relay for Life
Central Relay for Life is coming on Saturday, April 14th. The event will run from 12 noon to midnight at Zoar Baptist Church. Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s major fundraiser, with Relays happening year round all over the country. Join us for a time of celebration and fundraising for a great cause! Relay for Life is also a way to celebrate the lives of those in your life who have or who have had cancer. You can purchase a luminaria in honor or in memory of someone who has had cancer. Luminarias are $10 each and can be purchased by emailing Nicole.Norris@Cancer. org or on the Relay website at www.RelayForLife.org/CentralLa. The luminarias will be part of a moving ceremony at the Relay, honoring and remembering those who have battled cancer. Torches can also be purchased in honor or in memory of someone for $75 each. You can also submit photographs of people you know who have had cancer. These photos will be part of a special slide show during the luminaria ceremony. Email the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no charge to submit a photo. Include in the email the person’s name and whether the photo is in honor of or in memory of that person.
Thursday, March 22, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition
Peter Pan opens TONIGHT at the Central High Theater and runs through this weekend. Turn to page 14 for the full performance schedule.
Troy & Amanda Bergeron Welcome Daughter Kendyl Blair
Photo by Amanda Causey Photography
Troy and Amanda Bergeron of Denham Springs are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Kendyl Blair. Kendyl was born February 4, 2012. She weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are J.B. and Scarlet Collier of Central and Ray and Linda Bergeron of Central.
In Memoriam: Fred Wayne Rogers Megan and Steven Jenny Welcome “Well done, good and faithful servant! Come and share your Master’s
happiness. Matthew 25:21” Fred Wayne Rogers, 90, a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully at his home in Central, Tuesday, March 13, 2012. He was born in Fairbanks, Louisiana, August 24, 1921, to Fred Odom and Rilla Howard Rogers, grew up in Union Parish and graduated from Fairbanks High School in 1938. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of two wars, putting his education plans on hold to serve in World War II as part of the Iwo Jima invasion. He then returned to serve his country in the Korean Conflict, as a communications specialist. After completing his service the second time, he returned to Louisiana to marry Marion Dorice “Dot” Malone, to whom he was married over 50 years. He was finally able to return to LSU to complete his education as a chemical engineer and immediately began his career with Exxon which ended with his retirement with over 30 years of service. His years there allowed him the opportunity to travel the world as a project manager and consultant for the company. He also served as the president and president Emeritus of Exxon Federal Credit Union. He was a long time member of Immanuel Baptist Church, serving in every capacity needed by the church, from Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Finance Committee to unpaid grounds-keeper and church handyman along with his long time friend Maxie Verbois. Fred truly had the heart of a servant as he cared for the homes and vehicles of untold people over the years, especially the elderly and widows (often being observed wrapping the pipes of numerous homes on freezing nights). His lifelong example of service, care, and giving will influence the lives of many families and friends for generations to come. He is survived by his children, daughters Amy Rogers, and Cindy Rogers Morris and her husband James “Butch” Morris, and grandchildren Matthew Wayne Morris and Michael James Morris, sister Elizabeth Fastnacht and her husband Ruben, sister-in-law Mildred Cicala, and dear friends Nelda McLin and Bobbie McLin. He was preceded in death by his wife and parents. The family would like to especially thank his long time friend and physician Dr. Herschel Dean, his sitters from Personal Homecare Services who have faithfully cared for him and his family, Lane Home Health, and the skilled Generations Hospice team who assisted us as we navigated this life transition. Visitation was Greenoaks Funeral Home, 9595 Florida Blvd Baton Rouge, Sunday, March 18, 2012 and Monday, March 19. Memorial services held on Monday were conducted by Rev. Steve Johnson and Rev. Andy Pierce. Burial followed in Greenoaks Memorial Park in the Garden of Liberty. Fred had a great love for his church (Immanuel Baptist Church, 10870 Lovett Rd, City of Central, LA 70818) and the Louisiana Baptist Children’s Home (P. O. Box 4196, Monroe, LA 71203). In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his honor. SEMPER FIDELIS “Always Faithful”
Daughter Harper Lelide
Megan and Steven Jenny are proud to announce the birth of their daughter Harper Lelide. Harper was born February 8, 2012. She weighed five pounds, 10 ounces, and was 17 1/2 inches long. Proud grandparents are Mary and Mark Legendre of Central and Kathy and Bruce Jenny of Baton Rouge.
CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, March 22, 2012
Jamie Stevens and Cody Massey to Wed in St. Francisville Jamie Stevens of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will marry Cody Massey of Vicksburg, Mississippi, in a 6:30 ceremony April 21 at Desert Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. The Bride-elect is the daughter of Ken and Deana Stevens of Baton Rouge. She is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clyde C. Stevens of Baton Rouge and the late Mr. and Mrs. James L. Roberts of Baton Rouge. She is a graduate of Central Private School and Acadiana School of Cosmetology in Lafayette. She is a cosmetologist at Beau Ideal Salon. Her fiancé is the son of Stephanie and Steve Rabalais of Greenwell Springs and Virgil and Angie Massey of Vicksburg. He is the grandson of Richard and Nancy Freeman of Meadville, Mississippi, and James Myers and the late Linda Myers of Vicksburg. He is a graduate of Warren Central High School in Vicksburg and served in the United States Navy. He is a diesel mechanic for Bayou Transportation in Baton Rouge.
Help Blackwater UMC Choir Perform in New York City Submitted by Chris Resweber
Blackwater United Methodist Chancel Choir auditioned and was invited by Masterworks in New York City to be a part of the Patchwork Choir at the Lincoln Center. This choir is made up of select choirs across the nation. On Saturday, June 9, 2012, they will perform Mozart's "Requiem". Blackwater's choir is very honored to receive this invitation and bring recognition to our church and the Central community. In order for the participating members of the choir to be able to travel to New York, they need to raise funds to offset some of their costs for travel and hotel fees. Dr. and Mrs. Russell Westfall have graciously opened their home for a cello/piano concert. Dr. Russ and Nancy Westfall are new to the Central Community and are avid supporters of the Musical Arts. They are inviting the Central community to join them in supporting the Blackwater Choir with this concert. The concert cellist is Dr. Jee-Yeoum Ko, a native Korean. She was accepted into Chung Ang University in Korea and graduated with her M.A. She continued her studies in Mannheim, Germany. She earned her doctoral degree at LSU. She was also the Associate Principle of the Baton Rouge
Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Acadian Symphony Orchestra in Lafayette. She has won numerous awards. Dr. Ko joined the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as an artist teacher and in May 2009 as chair of the Classical Instrumental Department. Dr. Ko also is a founder and leader of a New Orleans-based string quartet comprised of members of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra and NOCCA's classical music faculty. Dr. Ko is accompanied by Mr. ChiaHsing Lin, pianist. Mr.Lin has won many International Competitions and performing in many Concert Series including the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago. In 2006 he was recognized as the best accompanist in the Grandin Festival. He is currently completing his D.M.A. from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music. The concert will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the home of Dr. Westfall located at 15711 Four Oaks Drive, City of Central, LA 70770. Refreshments will follow the concert. Cost per person is $15.00. Please RSVP at email@example.com by Saturday, April 7. All proceeds to go toward the BUMC choir expenses.
Ashley Fleniken and Blake York to Marry In Central America
Ashley Michelle Fleniken and Blake York, both of Baton Rouge, will marry in a 4 PM ceremony June 2, 2012 in Ambergris Caye, Belize Central America. The bride elect is the daughter of Cheyenne Fleniken of Central, LA. She is the granddaughter of Jeannette Hayes Fleniken of Central, LA. The bride elect is a graduate of Central High School and Paul Mitchell school of Cosmetology, and is a hair stylist at I-Catchers hair and body spa. Her fiance' is the son of Dr. Bob and Toni Ackenhausen Guillory of Eunice, LA and Carl York of Lake Charles. He is the grandson of the late William Ackenhausen and Martha Blake Ackenhausen of Pensacola, FL and the late Ruth White and Blake Eli York of Lake Charles, LA. He is a graduate of St. Edmunds High School in Eunice, LA and Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing. He is a Registered Nurse and specializes in PICC lines, and is employed with Dynamic Infusion Therapy and Our Lady of the Lake Hospital.
Jordan Hebert and Jared Panepinto to Marry at White Oak Plantation
Jordan Hebert of Port Allen and Jared Panepinto of Central will marry in a 7 P.M. ceremony Saturday, April 21, 2012, at White Oak Plantation in Baton Rouge. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jenny and Kenny Hebert of Port Allen and the granddaughter of Mrs. Elaine and the late Elmer Mitchell of Port Allen, and the late Maud and Claude Hebert of Port Allen. Jordan is a graduate of Starkey Academy and Louisiana State University. She is employed as Wedding Sales Manager at White Oak Plantation. Her fiancé is the son of Don and Tammy Panepinto of Central and the grandson of the late Mildred and George Blackwell of Baton Rouge, and the late Polly and Jimmy Panepinto of Baton Rouge. Jared is a graduate of Central High School and Louisiana State University. He is employed as a Branch Manager at Airgas.
Central Community Theatre Enchants Audience with Beauty and the Beast Jr.
By Mia Freneaux; Photos Submitted by Karen Clinkingbeard
With 3 sold-out performances behind them, the actors of the Central Community Theatre can take pride in a job well done. “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” played out before enthusiastic audiences last Thursday and Friday at the prestigious Manship Theater in the Shaw Center downtown. Thursday morning was a special performance for local schools and offered with half price tickets due to the educational policies of the Manship. The scenery, costumes, and music were wonderful, but what Alexa Dietrich & Joesph King really caught the audiences’ played Belle and Gaston. attention was the talent. “The actors were amazing,” said one enthused audience member, “They were easily as good as anything I’ve seen at Baton Rouge Little Theater, yet every one of them was under the age of 26.” “They really performed with passion,” Dorothy Dean, one of the co-founders of the Theatre troupe, said with pride. The show had an emotional element to it for the actors, as it was performed in memory of one of their members, Phillip Abingdon. Not resting on their laurels, The Central Community Theatre is already gearing up for their next event, “A Night of Broadway”, to be performed on June 1 at Central High School. This performance celebrates the 5 year anniversary of the theatre. Following this special evening, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” will be enacted for the summer musical. Auditions for “Millie” will require performance of a two minute long Broadway song with karaoke track and a current head shot. Ages 12 -26 are accepted. Dorothy shared with excitement that the set was purchased from Baylor University after their performance last year, and is “fantastic!” This show will be partly funded by a $25,000 grant that CCT was recently awarded, which will also fund scholarships to CCT’s summer camp programs. For more information (or to just congratulate CCT on their great work) call 938-7433, or email CentralCommunityTheatre @cox.net. Enchanted Objects: Brooke Cranford, P.J. Cotanno, Sophie Sullivan, Maddie Alonzo, Landon Smith, & Annie Dauza
Thursday, March 22, 2012 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition
CHS Peter Pan Performance Schedule Thursday: 7:30 PM Friday: 7:30 PM Saturday: 2 PM & 7:30 PM Sunday: 2 PM
General Admission Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased from Central High School or at the door before each performance. Performances will be held at the CHS Theater.
Local Girls Win Titles in Z-Fest Pageant
JoElla Starkey won the title of Princess in the Toddler Miss Division. She also won Prettiest Eyes and Most Sassy at the Z-Fest Fashion Show. JoElla is the daughter of JJ and Janai Starkey of Central. Victoria Jones won the title of Queen in the Teen Division. She also won Best in Interview and Best Model. Victoria is the daughter of Shawn and Carolyn Jones of Central. Congratulations girls!
CMS Student Places 4th on Artsonia Website Submitted by Amie L. Fry
Congratulations to Lauryn Fry, a 6th grade student at Central Middle School in the Gifted/Talented Art Program. Lauryn was recently selected through the Artsonia website, a national art gallery of students in certain grade groups. The students' art work is voted on by their peers for finalists each week. Out of all the work submitted the week of March 11-17, Lauryn was chosen 4th in the nation in the 4th-6th grade category. Over 30,000 votes were cast. Go to this link to see Lauryn’s work. http://www.artsonia.com/ museum/aotw/winners.asp?set=117&group=1
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Isaiah 25:1 “LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.” Each time you shop at Oak Point in Central, for each $1 you donate to “Cooking in Central” you receive one entry in the Oak Point Shopping Spree. One $50 Oak Point Gift Card will be given away each week and a grand prize $500 shopping spree drawing will be held March 23 at “Cooking in Central”.
Prices Valid: March 23, 24 & 25 5 oz. Selected
7.25 oz. Kraft
StarKist Chunk Light Tuna
Friday, Saturday & Sunday ONLY! DON’T MISS IT!
5 lb. IQF (3-7 oz.) USA
Superior Catfish Fillets
Family Pack! Lean & Meaty
PORK STRIPS OR STEAKS
Green Giant Nibblers
96 oz. Selected
12 Count Family Pack
Macaroni & Cheese Dinner
SHURFINE TOMATO SAUCE
10 oz. Selected
USDA Select Boneless
LOUISIANA FISH FRY MIX
3 lb. Bag U.S. #1 Boiling Ready B Size
1 lb. 31-40 ct. Louisiana Select IQF
6.5-10 oz. Selected
17-26 oz. Selected
Family Pack! (5 lb. or more) 80% Lean
HOT OR LEAN POCKETS
RAGU PASTA SAUCE
FRESH Store Made Family Pack
FRESH Store Made
Fresh ground chicken mixed in our special blend of spices!
Made Fresh Everyday in our Meat Department! Oven or Grill Ready!
Seafood Stuffed Catfish Filets
99 lb. lb.
Fresh catfish filets stuffed with Oak Point’s seafood stuffing!
$2.99lb. 20 oz.
PATTI JEAN CORNISH HENS
SALE PRICES VALID: MARCH 21-27, 2012
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS • QUANTITY RIGHTS RESERVED • NONE SOLD TO DEALERS • NOT ALL ADVERTISED ITEMS AVAILABLE AT THIS LOCATION • PLEASE RECYCLE