CENTRAL SPEAKS CHS Softball Is Back April 4, 2013 • Daily News at CentralSpeaks.com
By Dave Freneaux Photos by Michael Spangler
The 2013 Wildcat Softball team proved that they can come back late in any game and have done that to beat #8 ranked Walker and #12 North Shore. In the bigger picture this team, led by seven seniors, is on pace for a season comeback that will likely land them in the playoffs. In the biggest picture, Central High School Softball has a rich history for winning, and that winning program is back. Tuesday the Lady Wildcats beat Scotlandville for a 16-11 record with three games left, and 8 of those 11 losses have come to teams ranked in the top 10 in the state. Today’s game against Denham is Senior Night and then the team travels to West Feliciana and Plaquemine. The team currently sits at #22 in the state
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and the top 32 make the playoffs. This has been a significant turnaround year which Coach Edwards attributes to “…a balanced team, we go out one weekend and go 3-0 behind great pitching and defense, and the next weekend we go 2-1 because our hitters are crushing the ball.” Coach adds “We have seven players with out-of-thepark home runs, and Katie Flowers has 11 of her own, probably among the best in the state.” With Senior Night against Denham tonight, Coach Edwards talked about his players. “All of our players deserve recognition, but this team certainly would not be where it is without our seniors, Madison Devall and Brittney McCarty on the mound, Katie Flowers behind the plate, Kaylan Hunt at first, Chelsea David at third, and Kelsey Courtney and Brittany Johnson in the outfield. Also, I am technically the head coach, but the coaches truly responsible for this effort are Michelle Efferson, Matt “Dude Love” Edwards, David “Double D” Dykes, Len Devall and Nikki Genre. Coach Sid also shared that the secret ingredient to the team’s success is Little Debbie Cakes. According to Coach Sid “I’ve never before seen a batter on deck chowing down on a snack cake, but this is certainly a part of our formula for success so we are gonna roll with it.”
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The second annual Central Clean Up Day will be held on Saturday, April 27th from
8AM until 11AM. The event, put on by Central Leadership for Tomorrow, is open to the entire community. The goal is to get our city picked up, especially with Earth Day that week and Cooking in Central just around the corner. Bring your older kids show them how they can help make Central a cleaner and better place to live. This is an opportunity to encourage public service and discourage littering. More information will be provided as the date gets closer, or you can get the full details online by looking up CLT 2nd Annual City CleanUp Day on Facebook.
Be a part of the ongoing effort to keep Central’s roads safe. If you would like a sign for your yard encouraging drivers to slow down, please send an email to signsongreenwellsprings@ gmail.com.
Photo by Michael Spangler - Go to www.CentralSpeaks.com for more pictures from the egg hunt.
The community Easter egg hunt, an annual event put on by Journey Church, was a fun experience for many kids and parents alike last Saturday. Thank you to all who attended and to Journey Church for putting it together.
Driving in Circles
“I can’t believe they are building a Roundabout in front of the new schools. The one on Lovett Road is too small and that will never work on Sullivan.” That was the general sentiment among many people when the roundabout was announced for the Sullivan and Gurney intersection. I will admit that my first question for the School Board and other officials was “Will it be bigger than the Lovett roundabout?” With the answer being “Yes”, I was on board. As a resident of Jackson Park, just a few yards from the roundabout, I can say without a doubt that it was a great decision. Once everyone, well almost everyone, understood that you don’t always have to stop before entering the intersection and you should not stop in the middle of the roundabout to let people in, traffic has rolled through the intersection even through the busy times. In fact, I can’t remember ever having to come to a stop to get through it. I have no roundabout complaints except about drivers stopping when they don’t need to. I’d like to take a moment be fair to the Lovett Road roundabout, which was the biggest (or smallest?)
reason people were against the one on Sullivan. Yes, it is a small roundabout, but it has slowed traffic on Lovett and accidents in the curve just east of the roundabout dropped off drastically when it opened. It was designed as a “traffic calming device” in addition to being a safe entrance to the new neighborhood. I’m not sure I would like to see any more that small, but the Sullivan roundabout is a new example as to how well they can work. Let’s also remember a few other benefits of roundabouts. They don’t stop working after a storm or a power outage like traffic lights do. They are inexpensive and easy to maintain. And, best of all, they are safer since accidents in roundabouts are generally glancing blows as opposed to the “T-Bone” accidents in traditional intersections. Why talk about roundabouts since these are already built? Because across the country they seem to be the preferred traffic device of the future, and Central is growing. The planned Hooper Road extension over the Amite River includes a roundabout at Hooper and Greenwell Springs as one possibility. As I hear discussion of other intersections such as Gurney and Lovett the word roundabout tends to come up. So, if Sullivan at Gurney has not been in your path of travel since the roundabout opened, make a point to detour out this way and see it for yourself, so you can have an educated opinion if you hear one is coming to an intersection near you.
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Photos from the Journey Church Egg Hunt by Michael Spangler
Blake Esch was the overall winner of the 2013 Ochsner Central Community 5K in Central on February 23, 2013. He finished with a time of 18:36. Blake lives in Central and is a senior a Catholic High.
Upcoming Reunions Central High Class of ‘83
Saturday, April 27, 2013 7:30-11:00pm De la Ronde Hall, 320 Third Street, Suite 201, Baton Rouge, LA Contact: email@example.com or 225.937.4083 (cell)
Central High Class of ‘03
April 13, 2013 7p-11p Kristenwood Reception Hall Updates & Information can be found at chsclassof2003.wordpress.com Facebook: CHS Class of 2003 Email: CHSco2003@gmail.com
Istrouma High Class of ‘63
Saturday, April 20, 2013 Oak Lodge, 2834 S. Sherwood Forest Contact Sherry Burleigh – firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-545-3939
Istrouma High Class of ‘73
The Istrouma High School 40 year reunion for the class of 1973 will be held on Saturday, August 17th at Kristenwood. If you would like to attend, please contact Rhonda C. Watson at 654-7716 or RCW51055@ aol.com. You can also contact Debbie or Danny Wellman at 261-8358 or email@example.com.
Bellingrath Hills Elementary 1966-2000
There will be a Bellingrath Reunion on June 15, 2013 at the New Middle School Cafeteria from 4:00pm-8:00pm. It will be for faculty, staff, students, parents and grandparents who were involved with Bellingrath from 1966-2000. Only adults are invited but we encourage you to bring pictures of your children to share. You may go to our website to register and to get more information. It is Bellingrathreunion.webs.com. If you are interested in helping with the reunion, there will be a meeting at Berean Ministries on Morgan Road this Sunday, April 7, 2013 at 2:00pm.
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House Fire in Evergreen Hills
Submitted by Central Fire Department
A neighbor with a good eye saved a home in Central last Wednesday. On March 27th at 4:30 PM, the Central Fire Department was dispatched to a reported house fire at 5931 Bristle Cone Court. called in by a neighbor who saw smoke coming from the roof of a home with the owner not there. Upon our arrival we found smoke coming out the attic. We made our way in the home and found that the hot water heater was on fire and had just fallen from the attic to a bathroom on the first floor. We extinguished the fire with very little water and most of the smoke was in the attic and not in the home. We were able to save this home because the smoke was reported early by a neighbor and a quick response by firefighters. Baton Rouge fire assisted as a rapid intervention crew. www.crimestoppersbr.com Call Toll Free at 1-877-723-7867
Crime Stoppers will pay cash reward for information leading to the arrest of these WANTED FUGITIVES:
DAWN PLUNKETT SHERONDA MARNELL CRUM DOB 6/18/1960 DOB 11/21/1978 WHITE/FEMALE BLACK/FEMALE 5’ 6” HGT / 225 WGT 5’ 7” HGT 190 WGT BROWN HAIR / HAZEL EYES BLACK HAIR / BROWN EYES WANTED FOR: WANTED FOR: FELONY THEFT FELONY THEFT If you have any information on these fugitives contact: Crime Stoppers at 344-STOP(7867), text CS225 plus your message to CRIMES (274637) or email us anonymously from our facebook page or website www.crimestoppersbr.com
**Remember you do not have to give your name to collect this or any Crime Stoppers Reward but you must call Crime Stoppers ** These fugitives are active as of April 3, 2013
Blue Star Mothers Starting Central Chapter
Blue Star Mothers has started a new chapter in Central. Meetings will be held the second Monday of each month. First meeting to be April 8th at 6:00 pm at Sammy's on Wax Road. More information can be obtained at firstname.lastname@example.org. The local chapter of Blue Star Mothers is an organization who share a special level of concern for those who have served or is serving in the military. AY TUESD rawfish Boiled C
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CALENDAR THURSDAY 4/4:
Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Eat Out for Scouting at Sweet Impressions CHS Bowling in Regionals at All Star Lanes, 1PM CHS Bowling in Regionals at All Star Lanes, 3PM (if win first game) CHS Softball vs Denham Springs, home at 4PM Tight Knit Group, Central Library, 4-6PM The Sid Edwards Show, Central Speaks Radio, 5PM Central Speaks Radio Hour, Central Speaks Radio, 6PM
CHS Varsity Baseball vs Zachary, away, 6:30
Eat Out for Scouting at Me Pa’s Diner Southern Charm Market, Pretty N Paint, 10AM-5PM CHS Prom
Magnolia United Methodist Church Community Market, 8AM-1PM Prenatal and Infant Care Class, Lane RMC, 10AM Southern Charm Market, Pretty N Paint, 10AM-5PM CHS JV Baseball vs Walker, away, 11AM CHS Varsity Baseball vs Walker, away, 1:30PM CHS Softball vs West Feliciana, home, Pink Game at 2PM Fundraiser at Twisted for Coach JR ft. Joey & the Jumper Cables, 7PM
Covenant Church Hosts Dr. James O. Davis, 10:30AM & 5PM Southern Charm Market, Pretty N Paint, 1-4PM Lacrosse Central vs Catholic, 3PM
Eat Out for Scouting at Raising Cane’s CHS JV Baseball vs Denham Springs, home, 4PM Art League of Central Monthly Meeting, Central Library, 6-7:30PM CCSS School Board Meeting, CMS Cafeteria, 6-7:30PM Blue Star Mothers of Central Meeting at Sammy’s, 6PM
CPS Golf Tournament at Oak Lake in Clinton, 9AM CPS Tennis vs Central High at Bridlewood, 3PM CHS Varsity Baseball vs Denham Springs, home, 4PM City Council Meeting, Kristenwood, 6-7:30PM HOPE Grief Support Group, Ochsner Medical Center, 6:30-8PM
CHS Softball vs Plaquemine, away, non-league game Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, Kristenwood, 11:30AM-1PM Introduction to the Internet, Greenwell Springs Library, 3PM CPS Baseball vs Trinity Episcopal at Home, 4:30 & 6:30PM
Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Movie Review: Tyler Perry’s Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, Ochsner Golden Opportunity Outing, Grand Cinema, 10AM CPS Track at Centreville, 1PM CHS Varsity Baseball vs Scotlandville, home, 4PM The Sid Edwards Show, Central Speaks Radio, 5PM Central Speaks Radio Hour, Central Speaks Radio, 6PM
Paint-In, Magnolia Methodist Church, 9:30AM-12:30PM CPS Varsity Baseball vs Oak Forest, 4:30 & 6:30PM *Remember to stop by Oak Point to support Cooking in Central!*
For Sale: Brown leather sofa, reclines on both ends $100 OBO 225-287-4923
For Rent: Central school district on Zachary line 3 bedroom 2 bath modular home w/fireplace. Secluded 19acres of land, back porch overlooks a 2 acre lake. Covered porches and covered carport. Yard maintenance included with rent. $1500 deposit $1500 monthly. 225-454-0616. Moving Sale: Comite Hills. Fri 4/5 and Sat, 8am til. Lots of baby items, toys, & housewares. 7232 Conestoga Dr. For Rent: Vacation on MS Gulf Coast. Beautiful condo 2 bed, 2 1/2 bath, balcony w/ocean view, furnished. Weekend, weekly, monthly rates. 938 8601 or 324 0973.
For Sale: Electric Sewing Machine $25, Lowry Electric Organ, stool, and music $100 Call 261-7667 or 202-1127 For Sale: Sofa Hide away bed Queen $100, Coffee Table and end table $50 for both, Call 261-7667 or 202-1127
For Sale: 3 carat ladies’ Rolex diamond bracelet. Moving. Make offer. Call 778-7585 For Sale: Two inside mausoleums by lake at Greenoaks. Moving, must sell. $9,800 for both. 778-7585 For Sale: Kenmore dryer. Works well except timer doesn’t work. $40. Call Stan: 261-1994
To place ads, e-mail Classifieds@CentralSpeaks.com. Professional services & real estate classifieds are $10 per week for three lines, plus $3 per extra line. Free classifieds must be three lines or less. Ad deadline is Tuesday at noon for that week’s paper.
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Guest Speaker This Sunday at Covenant Church
"Covenant Church, 22325 Greenwell Springs Road, invites you to a day with Dr. James O. Davis, April 7, 2013. Dr Davis will speak twice that day, at 10:30 AM and 5:00 PM. Dr. Davis, founder of Cutting Edge International and the Co-Founder of Billion Soul Network, is known for engaging today’s topics with clear, sound Biblical principles. Dr. Davis is also recognized as one of the leading networkers in the Christian world. The Christian Telegraph, one of the largest Internet portals, named Dr. Davis in “Top Ten Christian Influencers In The World For 2010” and as “Leader Of The Year.”
The Platinum Sound Orchestra performance originally scheduled for this Friday, April 5th at Comite Baptist has been canceled.
Art League Upcoming Events
There will be a monthly meeting this Monday, April 8th at 6PM at the Central Library featuring a drawing demo by Mia Freneaux. The public is invited. Next Saturday the 13th, 12 Oaks, the beautiful home at 11951 Sullivan Road behind Pat’s, is opening its grounds from 9-2 for a local artists’ paint out and original art sale. The public is invited and encouraged to participate! If you wish to paint, please bring your own supplies. It is free.
The City of Central Chamber of Commerce
C4 Report – Infrastructure
We’ve been looking at the five facets of economic development that must be considered if growth is to continue to take place. Those facets are: Workforce Education, Infrastructure, Leadership, Business Industry, and Recruitment. Last week we considered the aspect of “Workforce Education.” In review, when education declines or is inadequate, a quality workforce disappears, business productivity is hindered and the economy declines. Education in a community and economic development go hand in hand! Education must existsthat can prepare both the college graduate professionals and a highly skilled and in demand workforce. The creation of a strong and vibrant workforce is essential to the economic development and stability of our region. This week we will discuss the importance of infrastructure. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) takes a look every four years at the conditions and performance of our nation’s infrastructure. The nation's overall infrastructure grade for 2013 was a D+, which is a slight improvement over the “D” grade received in 2009. These evaluations are based on capacity, condition, funding, future need, operation and maintenance, public safety and resilience. Infrastructure, and the role it plays on a day to day basis, can easily be taken for granted. However, it is one of the most important issues that governments deal with on a local, state, national and even international level. Basically, infrastructure is the foundational structures, services and facilities necessary for an economy to function. Infrastructure typically refers to the interrelated systems of roads, bridges, water supply, sewers, electrical grids,
telecommunications, etc. that provide commodities and services essential to enable and sustain living conditions. Jeff Delmon, Senior Infrastructure Specialist with the World Bank, alludes to the fact that infrastructure is directly related to economic sustainability, expansion and competitiveness. Infrastructure will have an effect on an area’s ability to support commerce, provide quality of life and promote the health of its people. This takes infrastructure services from not just being a good investment but to the level of an economic necessity. Failure to invest in infrastructure means a failure to sustain and develop our social and economic wellbeing. Commitment to the development of roads, sewer and water systems, communications, IT, schools, ports and hospitals is vital to our future. In the movie “Field of Dreams”, the statement was made, “Build it and they will come!” Businesses are looking for areas that have an infrastructure foundation in place so that they can come in and hit the ground running. However, in order to have properly prepared infrastructure, there has to be a tax base that provides funding to accomplish this task. Thus begins the delicate balance, for a fledgling community such as ours, to put infrastructure in place to draw businesses and put businesses in place to create the necessary infrastructure. (Quick plug – shop Central – it will help!) We must support and encourage our local officials to find that balance. As we do, we will continue to see economic development and will be able to sustain the quality of life we have come to appreciate in the City of Central! Ron Erickson, President, Central Chamber of Commerce
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Healthy Recipe: Homemade Poptarts By Rachel F. Johnson
Last semester, one of my Nutrition Professors told a story about the battle that occurs in the grocery store each time she goes grocery shopping. She said that her young child frequently breaks into tears right in the middle of the store because she refuses to buy him poptarts. While she was laughing while telling this story, it is disappointing to think of the ongoing health battle that occurs between parents and children because of the persuasiveness of advertising that targets children. The bright, bold colors on boxes in grocery aisles and fun scenarios on TV commercials are meant to make the product look appealing to children. And, since most parents want their children to be happy, when kids ask for the product they so desperately want, parents want to buy it if they can. It is a consumer trap that is easy to fall into! We cannot blame the businesses; their primary focus is on making money. But, as parents, the primary focus is raising healthy children. With these homemade poptarts, you can make your kids a healthy breakfast, while keeping them happy too! 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 stick unsalted butter, roughly chopped 1/3 cup honey Jam of Choice 1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. 2. In a medium bowl, mix whole wheat flour, salt and baking powder. Using a pastry cutter or fork, press butter pieces into flour until a light crumb forms. You may need to
use your hands at the end to make sure butter is fully incorporated into the dough. Stir in honey. 3. Once mostly combined, pour contents of the bowl onto a surface lightly sprinkled with flour. Use your hands to slightly knead dough, making sure all honey and flour is uniformly distributed. 4. Optional: Wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. If you allow the dough to firm up a bit, it is less sticky and easier to shape. You can also leave the dough in the refrigerator for up to 5 days if making ahead of time. 5. Roll dough out on floured surface until 1/4 inch thick. Using knife, Tupperware, or cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes. Make sure you will have a top and bottom for each tart! 6. To assemble poptarts, place 1 piece of pastry dough on cookie sheet. Spoon 1-2 tsp of jam of choice into the middle of each pastry. Cover with another piece of dough. Using a fork, press edges gently to seal the poptarts. 7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until just golden. Allow to cool and enjoy your homemade pastry tarts! If you make smaller pastries, they make adorable “tea time” cookies and are very impressive to others, while being really easy to make. Step by Step assembly images available on my blog at www.racheleatsalot. wordpress.com.
Chuck Langlois Raising Funds for Heart Walk
Central’s Chuck Langlois, a stroke survivor, is fundraising to support the American Heart Association's Heart Walk! The funds raised are needed for critical cardiovascular disease research and education. Chuck has set a goal of $2000 for the Heart Walk that is happening on April 13th at the LSU Old Front Nine. By visiting http:// capitalareaheartwalk.kintera.org/ faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?iev ent=1025234&supid=348145153, you can go to Chuck’s personal fundraising page to make a secure, tax-deductible online donation. Please click "Give Now," when you visit the page. If you prefer, you can also give a donation directly to Chuck. Here's how you can help fight heart disease:
-$25 gives 50 people educational materials that teach them how to personally reduce their risk of heart diseases and stroke. -$50 delivers the message of healthy nutrition to elementary school students through lesson plans and activity guides. -$100 allows one hospital to teach its patients, caregivers, and health professionals about the risks of stroke - the nation's No. 4 killer. Heart disease and stroke impact all of us, but because of events like Heart Walk we can make a difference. Through education and research the American Heart Association is working to build healthier lives. Will you support us? Thank you, in advance, for your donation and support!
Oh, My Aching Head!
What can I do about these recurring headaches?
By Dr. Gaddis, Ochsner Medical Center
Migraine, cluster, tension, sinus. There are many different types of headaches and just about everyone has had at least one of them at some point in their life. Headaches can be caused by anything from a certain food, bright light, stress, injury or inflammation. No matter what type of headache you are experiencing it is important to know when to seek medical care. If you experience one of the following speak with your doctor: • Headache associated with a stiff neck and fever • Headache associated with other neurological disorders such as blurred vision or confusion • Headache immediately following a head injury • Chronic headache that interferes with your daily life In addition, if you are over the age of 50 and experience your first headache you should speak with your doctor. Parents should also
speak with their child’s doctor if the child is experiencing recurring headaches. Pain Prevention Your doctor will perform tests to ensure that your headache is not being caused by an underlying condition. Afterwards, a plan can be developed to prevent and treat future headaches. Headache prevention may include daily medications in addition to lifestyle changes. Avoiding common headache triggers such as caffeine, alcohol or even certain fruits may reduce the recurrence of the pain. If stress is the culprit your physician may suggest a stress management program, biofeedback and relaxation training. Take Two and Call Me in the Morning For many of us this common advice may do the trick as overthe-counter medication traditionally dulls headache pain. For others a hot shower, ice pack or resting in a dark place may be required. In the case of those with cluster headaches an injectable medication may be needed to stop the sudden onset of intense pain associated with these headaches. While headaches are a common condition we all experience, remember to seek your doctor’s advice if unusual or severe symptoms occur. Dr. Kenneth Gaddis is a board certified Neurologist practicing at Ochsner Health Center – Central. He can be contacted at 261-9790.
Free Informative Sessions This Month at Lane RMC
April 17 at 12PM: How to Lose Weight: A Surgeon’s Perspective For many, diet and exercise can be difficult because of joint pain, digestive problems, and other chronic medical issues. Dr. Thomas Kang of Lane Surgery Group will discuss “How to Lose Weight: A Surgeon’s Perspective,” including the benefits and limitations of weight loss surgery, during the “Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, April 17, from 12 noon until 1:00 p.m., in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. April 22 at 12PM: What Arthritis Patients Should Know about Osteoporosis Osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture, affects 55% of Americans aged 50 and above. Of these, approximately 80% are women. There is also an increased risk of osteoporosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis as well as other rheumatic conditions. Dr. Joseph Nesheiwat with Zachary Rheumatology will discuss “What Arthritis Patients Should Know About Osteoporosis” during the “Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn session on Monday, April 22, from 12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m., in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. April 25 at 6PM: Acupuncturist to Speak at Lane For thousands of years, the Chinese and other Eastern peoples have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health. To the Chinese today, it is as much the norm to see an acupuncturist or doctor of traditional Chinese medicine as it is for us to visit our own physicians. For most Westerners, however, considering acupuncture for the first time raises many questions. Join Ashley Johnson, Licensed Acupuncturist, for an “Introduction to Acupuncture” on Thursday, April 25, at 6:00 p.m., in the Staff Development Classroom at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Advance reservations are required for all sessions by calling 654-LANE (5263).
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Central Oaks Dental Celebrates A Decade in Business
Submitted by the City of Central Chamber of Commerce
On March 27th, Central Oaks Dental celebrated a great 10 years in business. The Central Chamber of Commerce joined them for a ribbon cutting. Central Oaks Dental is located at 16606 Greenwell Springs Road.
Michael Loolara Agency Opens in Central
Shnell, Debbie, Kanesha, and Michael Loolara The Michael Loolara Agency is driven to succeed - through service. Michael, a lifelong Central resident and Central Private School graduate, had a successful career in Environmental, Health and Safety Management Consulting, working in 46 states and many countries abroad. After much thought and prayer, he decided to pursue a career change so that he could be more involved with his family and local community. He researched what best fit his skill set and goals. Becoming a State Farm agent met all of his criteria. State Farm’s policy is that no one can simply buy an agency; they must pass a very strict selection process. Michael presented a business plan and became an Approved Candidate in November 2011. In January of 2012, Michael was selected to become a State Farm Agent in a New Market Opportunity in East Baton Rouge Parish. He vividly recalls praying “God, if this is your plan, it will happen.” For the first time in over 40 years, State Farm had decided to open up a new Agency that had never existed before. This opportunity was located in, of all places, Central- his hometown! Michael completed intensive training and signed his contract in November 2012 as a State Farm Agent, able to serve customers with over 100 State Farm insurance and financial services products. He obtained a Series 6 License, enabling him to perform retirement planning via Mutual Funds, IRA’s, and 401k rollovers. He is one of only 5 State Farm agents in the Baton Rouge area with a mortgage license, allowing him to offer mortgage loans,
refinances, and HELOC’s. Michael is a first generation American, and is proud to be the only State Farm Agent in Baton Rouge who is bilingual in English and Spanish. He likes to refer to his agency as a “one stop shop” for all. “Customer service is the heartbeat of this agency,” Michael stated with conviction. “As a born-again Christian, I feel that’s what life’s about- to serve others. Here at the agency we are not trying to just sell products; we identify our clients’ needs through good conversations so that we can put the right products in place for them to meet their needs.” Michael’s staff has also had to meet stiff requirements. “I call them my ‘rock star’ team,” Michael shares with pride. “They are insurance professionals and all are courteous, responsible, and caring about our customers. We work a lot of hours but have fun doing our job. We also will accommodate anyone’s schedule.” Michael told about a customer who called his cell phone after he was in an accident this past Easter Sunday morning. Michael worked with him to get everything taken care of . “We are committed to being there for our customers when they need us, regardless of what time or day that may be. Give us a chance, come drink a cup of coffee with me and my team and get to know us and see how we can help.” Michael Loolara Insurance Agency, 8755 Sullivan Rd., Bldg 3, Ste C, 262-4343. www.michaelloolara. com. Open 8:30-5:30 MondayFriday, 9:00-1:00 on Saturdays, and After Hours by Appointment
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Celebrating 45 Years
The official newspaper of Central Private School, Inc.
We Love Our Grandparents! CPS’s annual Grandparents’ Day was held on Thursday, March 21. Grandparents of PreK-3 through 6th grade students were invited to attend an hourlong program in the high school gym. After the program, grandparents were
invited to visit their students’ classrooms, take their students’ to the book fair, and stop to make a photo memory in the elementary gym. This year’s theme was “A Day in the Country.” Each grade level of students
presented one or two song performances including selections like “Old McDonald’s Farm” and “How Great Thou Art.” Older elementary students danced to “Cotton Eyed Joe” and “Footloose.” Proceeds from the annual Grandpar-
ents’ Day help fund the Billy D. Williams Alumni Scholarship that is given at graduation to one senior who is the son or daughter of a CPS alum. (Photos below taken by various members of the yearbook staff.)
Central Private School 261-3341
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Congratulations to the students who were inducted into National Honor Society, Beta Club, & Jr. Beta Club during the month of March. National Honor Society 10th Grade Ragan Griffin Trey Kolb Shelby Romero Haley Robinson Elyse Shires Alex Wicker Lauren West 11th Grade Alex Stuckey 12th Grade Kelsey Stevenson Beta Club
9th Grade Bayleigh Anders Alayna Averette Reagan Baggett Lauren Bihm Natalie Broussard Zane Byland Tanner Fritts Molly Keel Payton Lee Cody Lewis Alec Martin Landon O’Quinn Gabe Ragusa Brielle Ricca Bella Riffle
10th Grade Haley Robinson
11th Grade Daniel Basham Mason Cockerham Tori Lewis Logan Prather 12th Grade Shelby Bates Blake Chelette Nicole Dykes Mason O’Quinn
Junior Beta 7th Grade Cole Averette Evan Bernard Emily Danehower Slade Edwards Morgan Gremillion Samantha Hebert Caitlyn Junot Delaynee Spedale Joey Torres Kaci Wilson 8th Grade Kameryn Byrd
Turn to page 10 for more information on the Beta Club’s March service projects. Central Private School, Inc., admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.
April Happenings 1-5 Easter Holidays - NO SCHOOL 1 JV/V Baseball @ Oak Forest 4:30/6:30 p.m. 4-7 V Baseball @ Memphis Tournament 8 Classes Resume Athletic Club Meeting (Elem. Library) 9 Golf @ Oak Lake (Clinton) - CPS Tournament 9 a.m. Tennis vs. Central High @ Bridlewood 3 p.m. Parents’ Club Meeting (Elem. Library) 6:30 p.m. 10 $1 Dress Day JV/V Baseball vs. Trinity Episcopal (home) 4:30/6:30 p.m. 11-13 Mu Alpha Theta Convention 11 Track @ Centreville (Tiger Relays) 1 p.m. 12 On-Site Animal Exhibit (K3-6th) 9 a.m. V Baseball vs. Oak Forest (home - double header) 4:30/6:30 p.m. 15-19 Baseball: Week 1 of Playoffs TBA 15 Track @ Centreville (5AA & 6AA JV Dist Meet) 10 a.m. 16 Overall Spelling Bee 1st Grade to Strawberry Farm 17 K3, K4, & K5 to Zoo Tennis vs. Silliman @ Bridlewood 3 p.m. 18 Track @ Silliman (Varsity District Meet) 1 p.m. 19 Overall Quiz Bowl 20 Jr./Sr. Prom 7-11 p.m. 22-27 Baseball: Week 2 of Playoffs TBA 23 Golf @ Oak Lake (Clinton) - Silliman Tournament 9 a.m. 24 $1 Dress Day Track @ Silliman - South State Field Events TBA District Tennis Tournament TBA 26 6th Grade to Stennis Space Center 27 Track @ Silliman - South State Running Events TBA 29-5/4 South State for Baseball, Tennis, & Golf TBA
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REBEL YELL 9
Classroom Activities on Display
1. Students in Mrs. Landry’s English I class created models of the Globe theater as a portion of their study of Shakespeare and Romeo & Juliet. 2. Seniors Mason O’Quinn and Symantha Dandreano prepare their shark for dissection in Biology II. The class had been learning about fish, and the size of the sharks made them the perfect choice for clear visualization of the internal organs. This was Biology II’s first major dissection. 3. Students in Mrs. Jan Raney’s science class took a moment to show off the various projects they completed as a part of their study of the ocean and ocean animals. 4. Mrs. Gerri Garon, a CPS parent, spoke with members of the 12th grade civics classes about her job as a program manager for the Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole.
10 REBEL YELL
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Beta Club Members Make a Difference In addition to their annual new member induction ceremony (see page 8), the members of the Beta and Junior Beta Clubs completed two major projects during the month of March. First, students sold green MDA shamrocks and shamrock suckers for $1 each. At the end of the fundraiser, students were able to make a donation in the
amount of $825.60 to the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the name of Nathaniel Broussard, a CPS freshman. The second project was the annual Easter basket drive. This year, students created and donated more than 140 Easter baskets that were delivered to Lane Regional Medical Center Nursing Home on Thursday, March 28.
Another Successful Book Fair
Mrs. Samantha Kolb, elementary librarian, and Mrs. Renee Martin, high school librarian, would like to thank everyone for their support of the annual book fair. Total sales for this year’s book fair were $6700. As of print, the actual profit amount had not been determined, but once this amount is determined, all profits will be spent on books and other materials for the school libraries. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who visited with their youngsters during Family Night and Grandparents’ Day. Also, thank you to everyone who purchased gift books to help fulfill teachers’ wish lists for their classroom libraries.
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Tiger Girls Win CAYL Tournament Legacy 1st in CAYL Tournament
The Tiger Girls won the CAYL preseason tournament two weeks ago, Girls 10U Fast Pitch. Players in no order: Tori Termini, Lindyn Landry, Kylie Tinsley, Riley McLin, Madison Ashford, Kailee Ash, Megan Davis, Blair LeBlanc, Kamy Pruyn, Blair Courville, Jolie Pruyn, Chloe Arnold, Breanna Hardy. Coaches: Todd Termini, Jason Tinsley, Les McLin, Stephen Ashford
The Legacy T-ball team won the CAYL Girls T-Ball Preseason Tournament two weeks ago in Central. Bottom Row, Left to Right: Blake LeBlanc, Evie Wilson, Madalyn Ashford, Blayklee Balthazar, Olivia McLin. Top Row, Left to Right: Micki Lynn Dodson, Kamryn Eaton, Marlee LaSage, Emily Breaux, Alyssa Wilson, Annie Talbot. Coaches: Kenny Wilson and Stephen Ashford
Central High’s Travis Stevens Signs with LSU-A Photo by Michael Spangler
Central High School honored one of its Student-Athletes that will have the opportunity to continue their Academic and Athletic careers at the collegiate level. Travis Stevens made his pledge public in the School’s Library in front of family, teammates, friends, and fellow classmates. Travis Stevens will attend Louisiana State University in Alexandria in the Fall and be a member of the Baseball team. He is a 3 year letterman in baseball. Travis has provided the Wildcats with his strong fielding as an infielder and his consistency on the mound. He plans to major in Business Administration.
Central Baseball Splits Pair Leading into District Play
By Josh Walker; Photo by Michael Spangler
On Tuesday of last week, the Wildcats traveled to Morgan City to take on Central Catholic. Central exploded for three runs in the top of the first and never looked back in a 6-4 victory. Cameron Cason came up big with three hits in the game while Brett Courville and Chris Chambliss each had 2 RBI’s. Preston Fondren got credit for the win while Hunter Edgens got the save. On Thursday, a valiant comeback would not be enough to overcome an early deficit as the Wildcats lose a 9-8 decision to Franklinton. Central found themselves down 7-0 after a rough second inning but really dug in and fought back afterwards. Down 5 runs going into the bottom of the seventh, Central scored four in a great rally before the last out was recorded. Antonio Ragusa led the Wildcats with 2 hits while Travis Stevens, Thomas Eddlemon, and Mason Gautreaux each tallied 2 RBI’s. The Wildcats are back in action tonight at Zachary at 6. They play Saturday at Walker at 1:30, and at home against Denham Springs on Tuesday. Come out and support your Central Wildcats baseball team.
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Central Resident One of Earl K. Long Hospital’s First Nurses
By Elva Jo Crawford
Earl K. Long Medical Center is scheduled to close its doors April 14, 2013, having provided just a little over 45 years of service to the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish as well as eight other surrounding parishes. The March 5, 1968 issue of The State Times, Baton Rouge's evening paper, noted that the hospital had been opened that day at 8:00am, and that the first baby, Vera Lois Thomas, daughter ofMr. and Mrs. Louis Thomas, had been born that morning at 9:25 am. Many citizens of our Central community have received medical care at Earl K. Long, worked or have been educated and trained there. Many of Central’s current physicians have trained, worked or taught at EKL. The following article is about the life of a Central resident who was one of Earl K. Long Hospital's first nurses. Narcille Lorio was born in Simmesport, Louisiana in Avoyles Parish, the youngest of 12 children in the Couvillion family. She grew up speaking only French and didn't speak English until she started first grade. She remembers times growing up as a very young girl when she would be standing next to her mother answering their front door to salesmen traveling doorto-door who spoke English. As a young girl, she would listen to their "mumblings", not understanding what they were saying and having to ask her mother to translate after they left. During those days, speaking French was OK at home; but, prohibited in public schools. She says that when she did start first grade, being so young, she picked up on this new English language very quickly. Also, she says she had some exposure to English the year prior to starting first grade when her brother started school. He would bring his first grade text books home and read to her from them in English. Today she still understands French; but, rarely speaks it and not so fluently due to so few people being around that are conversational in French. Avoyles Parish is one the top six parishes in Louisiana in numbers of people who still speak French. When Narcille graduated from high school in 1954 she started training to be a nurse at Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing. Besides already having an interest in being a nurse, the other primary factor in
making the choice to go to Baton Rouge's OLOL's 3-year program was financial affordability: For $500 a nursing student received 3 years of tuition, room, board and text books. And, as a bonus, Our Lady of the Lake Hospital laundered their uniforms! Her family could afford that. Having two brothers who lived in Baton Rouge at the time, one working and one going to LSD, helped her to make her decision, too .... she would have rides home to Simmesport. In the 1950's she says nurses' training and hospitals were a lot different than they are today. Some of the things we take for granted today were unheard of then. IV therapy back then was limited to blood transfusions only. CPR was not taught in medical or nursing schools. CPR did not come into common usage until the 1960's and 1970's. And, there was no Recovery Room. Patients were brought directly from surgery to their room to be cared for by a student nurse or one of the nursing staff on their unit. She says there was a lot more bedside care given to the patient by the nurse and far fewer machines and technical helps for nurses. For the first year of her nursing training, she was off on Saturdays. So, a friend of hers got Narcille and herself jobs at Giamanco's Restaurant on Government Street to have some spending money. For $3 a day plus whatever she wanted to eat from the restaurant, Narcille did ironing from 7am to 4 pm. While in nursing school she also met her husband-to-be through a mutual friend. However, there were no married students allowed in nursing school back then. Narcille and her husband, Jim Lorio, who had graduated from LSU in Electrical Engineering, waited until after she had graduated from nursing school to be married. (She says that of the 27 girls who started in her nursing school class, only 10 made it to graduation. She says of those 10 who graduated only 3 of them are alive today; and they are all retired.) In 1957 the Lorios moved to Central and built a home. Jim and Narcille had been looking for some property to build on; and, when some friends of theirs moved to Central they recommended that the Lorio family come, too. By 1968, the Lorio's youngest child had started kindergarten at Zoar Baptist
and Narcille was considering going to work full-time. Prior to 1968 Narcille had stayed home with her young children and had worked only a few months at a doctor's office in Baton Rouge. When she saw an ad in the paper for nurses need at Earl K. Long Hospital she decided to mail in an application. The very next day after mailing in the application, she got a phone call from the Director of Nurses at Earl K. Long asking her to come to work right away. She was particularly interested in the job at Earl K. Long because of its Civil Service benefits and potential for a Louisiana State Retirement. The job being in a teaching hospital was something else she wanted in a work atmosphere. Another plus to this job was that Earl K. Long was only 4 miles from Central and there was very little traffic between her home and the hospital. So, in April of 1968, 3 weeks after Earl K. Long Hospital opened, Narcille started to work. Her job was in nursing supervision on the only unit of the hospital that was open at that time- 4 North. The unit was a combination unit of adult medicine patients, pediatrics, and also obstetrics. The Emergency Room on the first floor was only a 1 to 2 bed unit then. Over time, the other units and all five floors of the planned 350-bed hospital opened: 5 North became a pediatric unit of its own; 5 South-GYN; 4 North and 4 South-Adult Medicine; 4 East-Adult Medical ICU; 3rd Floor- Obstetrics, Well-Baby and NICU; 2 North and 2 South- Adult Surgery; 2 EastSurgical Adult ICU; and a very large ER and very large Out-Patient service on the first floor. In addition, a physical therapy department,
social services department, and outpatient pharmacy, to name only a few, eventually opened. Narcille stayed on 4 North as supervisor ofthis very busy adult medicine unit until her retirement in 1996. All 3 of the Lorio children graduated from Central High and LSU. Their oldest daughter, Judy, went on to LSU Medical School where she met her husband, Johnny White. They both trained some at Earl K. Long during their medical school years while Narcille was still working on 4 North. Judy and Johnny both went on to do residencies in Internal Medicine and are both practicing physicians. Narcille's youngest daughter, Anita, and her husband, Doug Schreiber, currently have a daughter in medical school at LSU. This granddaughter plans to go into medical research when she finishes. Narcille's son, Buddy, is married to Betsy Bretton who is a Family Practice physician. So, the whole family is tied to the practice of medicine in some way. After Narcille and Jim retired, they enjoyed several years traveling the United States by way of an RV. Narcille says there is a lot of work in making a vacation work in an RV; but, well worth it. She says they got to experience some wonderful places traveling that way, including seeing the state of Alaska. Jim passed away in 2005 after a lengthy illness, one week prior to Hurricane Katrina. Today, Narcille stays busy keeping up with her three grown children and their spouses as well as her four grandchildren. She is active at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. Central is blessed to have had her and her family be part of the community.
Above: Narcille Lorio at the 4 North Nurses Station of Earl K. Long Hospital, the first unit of the hospital to open in 1968. It is now closed and was one of the first units vacated as preparations are made for the eventual closure of the entire hospital April 14. Mrs. Lorio began work on this unit April 1, 1968 only 3 weeks after the hospital opened on March 5, 1968 and stayed there till her retirement in 1996. Left: Jim and Narcille Lorio on their wedding day in 1957 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Simmesport, Louisiana. [Since married students were not allowed at Our Lady of the Lake School of Nursing at that time, the couple waited until Narcille had finished her studies before getting married.]
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Central Escapes in Round 2 of Bowling State Playoffs
By Coach Godley Central High (12-0) fought off a hard charging Catholic (75) on Tuesday (3-26-13) to move on in the LHSAA Bowling State Playoffs and defeating the Bears for the 3rd time this season. Without a doubt Central’s toughest match of the season came this past Tuesday against the Bears. Right out the gate the Bears handed Central their first Game 1 loss of the season. Catholic would throw a season high game of 1089 against Central’s 1045 and take an early 5-3 lead. Central’s high roller in Game 1 was Bryan Waites (Senior & Captain) with a 209 and was followed by Sarah Leduff (Freshman) with a 195. But even with that good bowling, Central would have to dig deep to pull off the comeback in Games 2 and 3. Game 2 saw Catholic up their season high game with an 1109. Central would respond by throwing their 2nd highest game in school history with an 1172 and even up the score 8-8 with a 5-3 Game 2 win and take the lead in Total Pins by 19 sticks. The bottom of Central’s line-up would carry the Wildcats in Game 2 with outstanding scores: Sean Murphy (Junior) with a 233, Jacob Garretson (Sophomore) with a 226 and Waites with a 223. The stellar Wildcat bowling would set up one of the most exciting finishes in Round 2 of the Baton Rouge area bracket and with both schools’ parents, teachers, coaches, student body and even spectators from other matches cheering the two schools on, excitement doesn’t begin to describe Game 3. Back and forth the Wildcats and Bears would go, trading strikes and
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Glenn and Barbara Richards In Memoriam: Garland R. Watts Celebrate 50th Anniversary
Glenn C. and Barbara S. Richards celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary March 9th at the home of their daughter and son-n-law. The hosts were their children and their spouses, Connie and Ray Guerin, and Stacy and Keith Richards. Also hosting were their five grandchildren, Dillon and Mason Guerin, and Isabella, Charleston, and Gabrielle Richards, all residents of Central. Refreshments were served, and the couple enjoyed visiting with many family and friends. The Richards were married March 7, 1963, at Bethel United Methodist Church in Pride by the Rev. Ted Smith. She is the former Barbara Ann Stockwell, of Central.
Courtney Fenn and Matthew Giglia to Wed in Florida
Courtney Marie Fenn, of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of Baton Rouge and Doctor Matthew Darrin Giglia, of Birmingham, Alabama, formerly of Lafayette will marry in a 5 p.m ceremony April 27 in Carillon Beach, Florida. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Eugene Fenn, of Central. She is the granddaughter of
Mr. Lewell Eugene Fenn, of Baker, the late Dorothy Maxine Fenn, and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Angelo Mannino, of Baton Rouge. The bride-elect is a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, LSU, and LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at UAB Hospital. Her fiancé is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bruce Bobbs Junior, of Lafayette, and Doctor and Mrs. Anthony Robert Giglia III, of Little Rock, Arkansas. He is the grandson of Ms. Bessie Margaret Adams, of Lafayette, Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wingfield Bailey, of Lafayette, Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Bruce Bobbs, of Clairton, Pennsylvania, Ms. Dorris Dell Miller, of Little Rock, Arkansas, the late William Robert Flannagan, the late Doctor and Mrs. Anthony Robert Giglia II, and the late J.E. Miller. He is a graduate of St. Thomas More Catholic High School, LSU and LSU School of Medicine in New Orleans. He is a general surgery resident at UAB Hospital.
Happy 90th Birthday
W.D. “Duke” Browning celebrated his 90th Birthday with family and friends on Saturday, March 9th, at his granddaughter’s home in Central. Everyone enjoyed the evening as they celebrated with Duke with good food, great music, and fellowship among his family and friends. Duke is pictured above with grandchildren Tracy Michelle Buhler and Michael Lambert.
For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. 2 Timothy 1:12 A lifelong resident of Baker, he died March 26, 2013. He was 87 years old and was retired from Borden Milk. He was a US Navy veteran serving in the Pacific Campaign during World War II on an LST. Visiting was at Galilee Baptist Church, Zachary on Thursday, March 28, 2013 and Friday, March 29, 2013. Burial was in the church cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Nellie Austen Watts. Children, Gary R. Watts and wife, Lucy and Karen Roe and husband T. Chip. 6 grandchildren, David Watts and wife, Wendy; Jim Watts and wife, Kelly; Lane Watts and wife, Angel; Joey Watts and wife, Casey; Cyndi Artieta and husband, Clint; and Christy Roe. 8 grandchildren, Cade and Katie Watts; Kenadi Watts; Jude and Aubrey Watts; Brody and Tripp Artieta and Mason Roe. Brothers in law and sister in law, Robert and Joan Austen and Phil Barrilleaux. He is preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Lessie Watts and a sister in law, Betty Jean Barrilleaux. Pallbearers will be his grandsons and Charlie Gregorie. Honorary Pallbearers will be Deacons of Galilee Baptist Church. He was a lifelong member of Galilee Baptist Church and served as a Deacon for over 50 years. He enjoyed gardening. Memorial donations made by made to Galilee Baptist Church Building Fund, 11050 Greenwell SpringsPort Hudson Road, Zachary, LA 70791. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www. CharletFuneralHome.com.
In Memoriam: Henry Engels
James Henry Engels, Sr., was born February 26, 1927, in Plaquemine, Louisiana, and died at his home in Central on March 27, 2013. Henry is survived by his wife of 65 years, Beverly Boudreaux Engels and their six children: James Henry Engels, Jr. and Sheri Holifield of Baton Rouge; Cheryl and Paul Rioux of Watson; Gary and Melanie Engels of Kerens, Texas; Keith and Elizabeth Engels of Baton Rouge; Michael and Jami Engels of Greenwell Springs; and Eugene Engels of Central. Henry is also survived by his sisters Julia E. Watts of Greenwell Springs and Jeanne Mae and Bill Hall of Galveston, Texas; as well as his brother Thomas M. and Shirley Engels, Sr. of Zachary and sisters-in-law, Verlin Murphy of Baton Rouge and Lottie Engels of Baker. He will be greatly missed by his 17 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Henry is preceded in death by his parents, J. A. Engels, Sr. and Myrtis
Marionneaux Engels, brothers J. Arthur Engels, Jr., J. Bertram Engels, Theon C. Engels, Fredrick G. Engels, and Fr. Eugene R. Engels as well as sisters Anna E. Babin and Sally E. Nijoka. Henry studied at the seminary at St. Benedict’s in Covington. He attended Baker High School and graduated in 1944 from Catholic High where he participated in football and boxing. Henry served in the U.S Navy during World War II having been stationed in the Philippines at PT Boat Base 17 on Samar Island. After being discharged, he attended LSU on the GI Bill. Henry began a career with Exxon Chemical Company in Baton Rouge. During his tenure with Exxon, he was a Stanocola Medical board member at the time the Stanocola building was constructed on South Foster. The Engels family lived in Abadan, Iran, for two years where Henry was on loan to the Iranian Oil Company. For the five years following his retirement in 1979, he designed training and safety programs for Placid Refining. Then, he began the passion of his life and became an ordained minister. He pastored a church in Plaquemine for two years and served as a visiting minister at nursing homes, hospitals, and with the National Guard. He and Beverly did missionary work in Belize and Mexico. Henry led many people to the Lord over his decades of ministry. He ministered by word and by example.
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St. Alphonsus Students of the Year Announced
Claire Reagan Tate, 5th grade student, and Brent Joseph Helouin, 8th grade student, have been selected as St. Alphonsus Student of the Year for their respective grades. To be eligible for this prestigious award, students are required to possess a 3.5 GPA for the past 3 years, held an elected or leadership position, and they must have been involved in service and/or citizenship activities in their school or community. These students were also required to write an essay on three or more issues or concerns that they have and how these concerns have impacted their lives. Claire is the daughter of Kevin and Shannon Tate and Brent is the son of Brent and Nickii Helouin.
Central COA Senior Center Completes Project for CAAWS
Submitted by Chris Resweber Over the winter months several seniors made "Adopt Me" vests for a local animal center. Over 20 vests were made and donated to the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS) for the dogs to wear at their annual Krewe of Mutts Parade and on adoption days at Petsmart and other venues. Small versions of the vests were also made to clip on the cat cages on adoption days. The vests were donated by the group to Vickie Rawles, CAAWS volunteer, on January 16 and the cats were delivered on March 27. Donations for supplies were given by Chris Resweber, in memory of Sophie, her CAAWS adopted dog of 14 years; Robyn Nicosia; and Margaret Shipley, all from the Central area. Thanks for your support in this project.
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Farmers Market Opening May 4th
Vendor applications are currently being accepted for the Central Square Farmers Market. Go to www.TheCentralSquareCommunity.com and fill out the form in the “Farmers Market” section to send in your submission for approval. It is free to sell your goods. Home growers, farmers, artists and everything of the sort are all welcome to join this Saturday Morning Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will be hosted by Central Square every Saturday morning (weather permitting) beginning Saturday, May 4th. The community is invited to come support local vendors and to see what our community has to offer. You can also check them out on facebook at www.Facebook. com/CentralFarmersMarket.
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Ella-Kate Brown, daughter of Tori Brown and Brandon Allison of Central, won the 0-18 month Baby Petite division in the Southwest Louisiana Preliminary for the Louisiana Our Little Miss Pageant on Sunday, March 24th in Lafayette. This qualifies Ella-Kate for the State Pageant scheduled for April 20th & 21st in Jennings, LA. Her grandparents, Tara Shelton, Tracy Allison & Greg & Terri Allison and great-grandparents, Faye Silvio, Bill and Barbara Allison, and Emmett and Helen Robertson always thought she was a winner, and are all very proud of her!
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