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Daily News At • Central’s Only Weekly Newspaper • April 7, 2011

Cooking in Central This Weekend at St. Alphonsus

Load up the family and head over to Cooking in Central this Friday & Saturday at St. Alphonsus catholic Church at the corner of Greenwell Springs and Frenchtown Road in Central. This annual fund-raiser has become Central's signature weekend each year and has raised over $1.2 million for charity over the past fi ve years. Featuring the great cooks from Central and surrounding cities, the Friday night Crawfi sh Boil, Saturday Cook-off, auctions, entertainment, a Saturday night dance featuring Carbon Copy Band, and a $10,000 Raffl e, Cooking in Central is THE place to be this weekend. Friday's Crawfi sh boil runs from 5-8 PM with progressive auctions at 6:45 & 8 PM. The dance featuring Carbon Copy Band runs from 7 - 9 PM in the Gym. Saturday's all-day live entertainment features music and dance from local groups and kicks off at 9 AM, lunch begins at 11 and celebrity judges select the winning cooks at 12:30. The $10,000 raffl e drawing takes place at 1 PM followed by the 2 PM live auction, with the event ending at 3:30. Come out, have a fun day with the family, and help Central Cook up support for charity.

Central’s Phone Charlene Charlet At Least Eight Vying for Book Mailed to Central’s City Services Contract Day Elected set forth by the selection Every Home & Last Friday twelve companies criteria Family Court Judge committee. sent representatives to the man- It will ultimately be the City Business datory Pre-Bid Conference for Council's role to approve the City's By Dave Freneaux

Between last Friday and Monday, every home and business in Central should have received Central's most updated and complete Phone Book. CentralSpeaks. com assembled and published the combination Central Chamber of Commerce Directory & Central Telephone Book. The effort also served as a membership drive and fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. The Directory is intended to list every residence and business in the city limits of Central, as well as businesses in the surrounding area owned by Central residents and Chamber members. A special effort was made to gather the listings of those Central residents in the Baker, Zachary & Pride zip codes that are often overlooked. If your listing anywhere in Central was not included please let us know so we can get you listed in the 2012 Directory. Businesses that are members of the Chamber of Commerce receive a $175 discount on their display ads, which is the current cost of a Chamber membership. The 2012 Directory will be published March 31, of 2012 and has plans to make Directory advertising even more affordable in 2012. Remember, an ad in the Central Phone Book & Chamber Directory effectively pays for your Chamber membership, and this is the only Central phone book mailed to every home and business in Central.

Central's City Services Contract. Any company wishing to bid on the July 1 contract was required to send a representative to this meeting held at Kristenwood. In attendance were city offi cials and the selection committee which will ultimately make a recommendation to the Mayor as to the awarding of the contract. Twelve companies attended the meeting, but only eight specifi cally expressed interest in bidding for the "All-Inclusive" contract. In this process, "All-Inclusive" bids will be compared to bids received for individual services and a decision will be made based on overall price, qualifi cations and other

2011/2012 budget which will, in part, fund the City Services Contract. Mayor Watts has stated that while the ultimate authority to select the contractor rests with the Mayor's offi ce, it is his intention to follow the recommendation of the selection committee. The following companies attended the Pre-Bid Conference: Burk Kleinpeter, CH2M Hill, Chem Spray South, CSRS dba Central Municipal Services Group, Institute for Building Technology & Safety, Neel-Shaffer, PEC, Planning & Design, Severn Trent Services, Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Task Force, and Wharton Smith Construction.

Greenwell Springs Road Update 1) The road overlay work on Greenwell Springs Rd has been completed. However, work continues on the guard rail replacement at several bridges along the route. The existing box culverts under the roadway need to be modifi ed in order to properly attach the guardrails per standard specifi cations. DOTD is in the process of doing design work to properly extend the culverts and hopes to have the new designs to the contractor this week. Temporary striping has been put in place on the roadway until the per-

manent striping is installed after all of the guardrail work is complete. 2) The traffi c signal at Greenwell Springs Rd and Morgan Rd experienced a detector malfunction last week, causing the signal to go into an extended timed pattern. DOTD crews were able to make the necessary equipment repairs on Tuesday of this week, and the signal is now operating properly again. Also, new equipment was installed on the signal on Greenwell Springs Rd at Magnolia Bridge to repair some detection issues there as well.

Charlene Charlet Day, a Central resident, has been elected Family Court Judge. The election between Day and opponent Hunter Greene was a close one: 5,617 votes to 5,462, or 50.7% to 49.3%. Big wins in Zachary and Central at the polls put Day over the top in this tight race. Congratulations to Judge Charlene Day!




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Beginning in next Thursday's newspaper, will be dedicating half of Page 2 to "Letters to the Editor". So, Central, here is your chance to "Speak Up". Send your letters to CentralSpeaks. com has considered the pros and cons of printing the observations and opinions of our readers, and have arrived at a set of principles and guidelines:

1) Letters chosen for publication will be printed in their entirety without editing unless permission is granted by the author. 2) The author's name will be published with the letter. 3) If opposing viewpoints are received, they will be presented as well. 4) Letters containing unsupportable claims, innuendo and/or personal attacks will not be printed.

5) Letters over 250 words may require editing for length, with the author's permission. 6) will attempt to answer each letter individually, whether it is printed or not. 7) Letters not chosen for printing may be presented online at www. So, Central, SPEAK UP! Letters do not have to be on hot topics and political issues. Certain-

ly you are welcomed to weigh in on Term Limits or Taxes, but consider also telling Central about a great experience you had with the Fire Department or EMS. Share your story of a great teacher or coach. Please email your letters to Letters@, or mail us at P.O. Box 78137, Central, LA 70837.


Dr. Garon, D.D.S. will open his Central branch today at 14465 Wax Road. Stop by to meet the staff and welcome them to Central! • • • • • • • • • Hits the Streets and Post Office CHS Boys Golf at Greystone CP Track (Field), 1 PM at Centreville CP Track, 3:30 PM at Centreville CHS Softball vs Walker, 4 PM at Walker CHS Freshman Baseball vs Denham, 4 PM at The Yard (Home) Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library Children’s Knitting, 5 PM at Central Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza and on 1550 AM

SUNDAY 4/10: • Blood Drive, 9 AM- 1 PM at Blackwater United Methodist Church • • • • • •

There will be a regular CCSS School Board Meeting Monday at 6 PM at Kristenwood. Check this weekend for the agenda when it becomes available.

The Central High Belles et Beaux Pageant is tonight at 7 PM in the CHS Theatre. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at CHS. • • • • • •

FRIDAY 4/8: Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist CHS Track at St. Amant High CP JV Baseball vs ACCS, 4:30 PM at Central Private CHS JV Baseball vs Live Oak, 4:30 PM at The Yard (Home) CHS Freshman Baseball vs Live Oak, 5 PM at Live Oak CP Varsity Baseball vs ACCS, 6:30 PM at Central Private


The CHS Lady Wildcats Softball Team will have their final home game of the season tonight at 4 PM at Central High. Come out to cheer on the team and to support our Wildcat seniors. • Sewing/Quilting Group, 10 AM at Magnolia Methodist • CHS Softball vs Live Oak, 4 PM at Central High *Senior Night* • CHS Varsity Baseball vs Scotlandville at Scotlandville

The Central City Council will meet Tuesday at 6 PM at Kristenwood for their regular public meeting. The agenda will be posted on when it is released.

Cooking in Central’s Annual Crawfish Boil is Friday from 5-8 PM at St. Alphonsus. Crawfish tickets are $10 each and can still be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, Ross Tire, & Central schools. • • • •

SATURDAY 4/9: Deadline for Central Speaks About Our Moms Submissions Registration Deadline for 6-8 Grade Comite Kids Softball Xtreme All Stars Cheerleader Tryouts, 10 AM & 1 PM CHS Varsity Baseball vs Live Oak, 2 PM at The Yard (Home)

The Cooking in Central Cookoff & Auctions will be Saturday from 9 AM to 3:30 PM at St. Alphonsus. Tickets for the cookoff are available at the Chamber of Commerce, Ross Tire, & Central Schools. Admission to the event itself is free.

MONDAY 4/11: CHS Tennis vs U-High at Lamar YMCA CP JV Baseball vs Canton, 4 PM at Co-Lin Community College CHS JV Baseball vs St. Michael, 4 PM at The Yard (Home) CHS Freshman Baseball vs St. Michael, 4 PM at St. Michael CP Varsity Baseball vs Canton, 6 PM at Co-Lin Community College Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Road Park

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WEDNESDAY, 4/13: RSVP Deadline for St. Alphonsus Kids in Ministry Easter Egg Hunt CHS Boys Golf at The Oaks at Sherwood CHS Tennis vs Lutcher at Lutcher CHS JV Baseball vs Catholic, 4:30 PM at The Yard (Home) CHS Freshman Baseball vs Catholic, 5:30 PM at Catholic

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THURSDAY. 4/14: Hits the Streets and Post Office CHS Track at St. Amant High CHS Varsity Baseball vs Catholic, 4 PM at The Yard (Home) Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Library Children’s Knitting, 5 PM at Central Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza and on 1550 AM Contact Information 12023 Sullivan Road City of Central, LA 70818 P.O. Box 78137 City of Central, LA 70837

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NEWS 3 Print Edition • Thursday, April 7, 2011

Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project: Job Shadow Day at LA Legislature Encourages High Work Being Done on Livingston Parish Side School Students to Stay in School The contractor has begun working on the east end of the bridge, which Submitted by Rep. Richardson's Office

Submitted by Rep. Richardson’s Office

BATON ROUGE, March 18, 2011 — Louisiana legislators joined with Junior Achievement and AT&T this week to help high school students make the connection between success in the classroom and in the workplace. More than 30 students from Scotlandville and Central High Schools spent part of the day shadowing the legislators, touring the House and Senate chambers, and learning about the legislative process. Legislators leading the job shadow programs were State Senators Dale Erdey and Danny Martiny and State Representatives Dalton Honoré, Erich Ponti, and Clif Richardson. The event was part of a multimillion dollar, multiyear job shadow program funded by AT&T in conjunction with Junior Achievement to help combat the nation’s alarming dropout rate. More than 1.2 million American students drop out of high school every year, with many saying they simply don’t see the relevance between school work and life success. “When students are able to participate in job shadowing programs, they are exposed to role models and invaluable workplace experience,” said Paula C. Bradley, Sr. Education Manager, Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge “We're so thankful to these legislators for contributing their time to ensure these students are able to see the many possibilities and options for their futures.” “I’m pleased to have had the opportunity to join these students from Scotlandville and Central High Schools today as they think about their futures,” said State Senator Dale Erdey. “For some, it might be a new determination to graduate rather than dropping out. For others, it might be a potential new career.”

“These students and their classmates around the state are our state’s future,” said State Senator Danny Martiny. “Each of them has dreams, hopes and skills which are vital to Louisiana and which we must encourage and nurture. Job Shadowing helps students to see new possibilities and to challenge themselves to achieve their full potential.” “These young people represent the future,” said State Representative Dalton Honoré. “Their dreams, hopes and minds are among Louisiana’s most precious resources. That is why it is so important that all young people complete their education and reach their fullest potential.” “Education is the foundation upon which our future is built,” said State Representative Erich Ponti. “Job Shadowing helps expand students’ horizons for potential career paths, while also reminding them that each of those paths includes educational milestones, beginning with high school graduation.” “Fulfi lling a dream begins with education and preparation for the future,” said State Representative Clif Richardson. “I am pleased the Legislature could reaffi rm that in a very personal way today and encourage these students as they pursue their education and plan for their futures.” AT&T’s job shadow campaign is part of AT&T Aspire, a $100 million initiative to address high school success and workforce readiness. Aspire is AT&T’s most signifi cant education initiative to date, and one of the largest ever corporate commitments to address the specifi c issues of high school success and workforce readiness. For more information about the AT&T/JA Worldwide Job Shadow Initiative, please visit jobshadow.

is on the Livingston Parish side of the project towards the west end. The new bridge will have a total of 28 bents supporting the bridge. A bent consists of piles and caps. Piles are concrete posts driven into the ground which act as supports for the bridge. A cap is placed on top to allow crews to place girders from bent to bent. The contractor has completed two bents and is working on a third. Crews are also working on completing the access road for the project. The access road will provide the crews with access in and out of the construction site and not impeded the fl ow of traffi c on the old bridge.

ABOVE: This picture shows the forming caps looking east. For questions or comments, contact DOTD’s Customer Service Center at 1-877-4LA-DOTD (1-877-452-3683) or e-mail The center is open 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also visit the project’s Web page by going to and clicking on "Projects" from the Programs & Projects section of the main menu on the left-hand side of the page and selecting the LA 64 Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project link. You can also follow the La. 64 Magnolia Bridge Replacement Project on Facebook. Again, we thank you for your feedback and patience during this construction. Additionally, at your convenience, please let us know how we are doing by fi lling out our Customer Service Survey. State Project Number: 262-31-0016 Start date: October 2010 Finish date: Fall 2012 Cost: $19.9 Million Contractor: L & A Contracting Co. of Hattiesburg, MS


Sec. of State to Speak at Republican Women of Central Meeting

Submitted by Betsy Otken Barnes

One of our state’s most seasoned and experienced elected offi cials, Secretary of State J. Thomas “Tom” Schedler, will be the special guest speaker for the April 20 Membership Meeting and Luncheon of the Republican Women of Central (RWC). The meeting will be held at Sammy’s Grill in Central from 11:30a.m. to 1p.m. Schedler has expertise in the process of re-drawing district lines having been a state representative for three terms and during the last census of 2000 and redistricting that followed. Not an easy task, and now he is responsible for implementing the many pivotal changes in upcoming November elections for district and state offi cials. Demographics will likely change. Based on 2010 Census results, Central may potentially receive an additional senator if their challenge on accuracy of population is successful. Schedler is known for being comfortable with the details, understanding the mechanics of the task. He was sworn in as Secretary of State on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, when then-Secretary of State Jay Dardenne was sworn in as Lieutenant Governor. Schedler was appointed fi rst assistant secretary of state in December of 2007 by Dardenne. He plans to run for his fi rst statewide election in November seeking to keep his job for the next four years. Redistricting plans, changes in voting precincts, legislative issues related to bills on voting are among the topics to be addressed by Sec. Schedler. His expansive department oversees all voting machines,

working with the Clerks of Court and Commissioner of Elections across the state. Simultaneously, he continues streamlining of functions of the Secretary’s offi ce, overseeing a myriad of state activities, corporation division, UCC fi lings, maintaining and managing state museums and state archives. Schedler was a keynote speaker at the Louisiana Federation of Republican Women Biennial Convention held in Monroe March 25-27. Schedler was fi rst elected to the Louisiana State Senate in 1996 and served three terms representing Senate District 11 which covers parts of St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. His governmental experience consists of serving on the Slidell City Council from July 1990 to January 1996, having been elected president and vice president of that body during his terms of offi ce. He was also the president of the St. Tammany Municipal Association in 1995 and served as chairman of the Slidell Board of Zoning and Adjustment from 1984 to 1990. RWC members and guest are invited to attend. Cost for the meeting including lunch and free door prize ticket $15. Annual active and associate membership is $35, and all registered Republicans are welcome to attend. An RWC Raffl e started at the last meeting on March 14th will be drawn at the May 18th meeting. Raffl e tickets are $3 each or 4 for $10. Fabulous raffl e prizes include a gorgeous framed tiger print from Ashley Furniture valued at $400; a Mike Anderson’s Seafood Gift Basket from Mike Anderson valued at $250 and a gold and silver necklace and earrings from the RWC valued at $75. Tickets can be delivered in the Central and Baton Rouge areas. Prizes can be seen on For reservations, more information about membership, sponsorship, donations, raffl e tickets and upcoming events, please email or visit our website at

Thursday, April 7, 2011 • Print Edition

Rev. Brady Brock Forman

Rev. Brady Brock Forman, a retired Methodist minister, died Monday, April 4, 2011 at his home in Central. He was 84 years old. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served 40+ years as a minister throughout Louisiana. His service included Organizing Pastor of Memorial United Methodist Church in Bastrop and Director of the Wesley Foundation at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Visiting will be at Blackwater United Methodist Church, on Thursday, April 7, 2011 from 6pm until 9pm with a 7pm Masonic service and continues at the church on Friday, April 8, 2011 from 10am until religious service at 11am conducted by Rev. Marie Williams, Rev. John Williams and Rev. Linda Hagan. Burial will be in the church cemetery. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Carol Carpenter Forman. He has 3 daughters and sons in law: Rebecca Forman Coxe and husband, Dan Whittenburg; Central; Rhonda Forman Rouyer and husband Eddie; Mandeville and Ginger Forman Hughes and husband Dale; Zachary. He is also survived by a son and daughter in law, Stephen Forman and wife, Terri; Zachary and 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Brady and Florence Treen Forman; a brother and sister in law, Wesley and Vickie Long Forman and a sister, Evelyn Forman Freneaux. His son and grandsons will serve as pallbearers. He earned his BS from Centenary College where he sang in the Choir. He attended LSU and played in the the Tiger Band. He earned his BD and MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He was a member of Central Lodge #442. Memorial donations may be made to Blackwater United Methodist Church Prayer Garden Maintenance, 10000 Blackwater Road, Baker, LA 70714 or St. Joseph Hospice, 10615 Jefferson Hwy, Baton Rouge, LA 70809. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www.CharletFuneralHome. com

ANNOUNCEMENTS 5 Print Edition • Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lindsay Bagley & Derek Brian and Mandi Marbury Welcome Son Preston Joseph Womack to Marry June 24 Submitted by Lindsay Bagley

Submitted by Mandi Marbury

Brian and Mandi (Faulk) Marbury of Central are delighted to announce the birth of their son Preston Joseph. Preston was born January 27, 2011, at 3:48 pm. He weighed 6 pounds 15.5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. Proud grandparents are Michael and Peggy Faulk and Rusty and Debbie Marbury of Central. Great Grandparents are Evelyn Faulk of Crowley, Mildred Hardcastle of New Iberia, Louise Marbury of McComb, and Joe and Brenda Silvio of Central.

In Memoriam: Clauis H. Brown Submitted by Vickie Jenkins

Clauis H. Brown, a retiree of the City of Baton Rouge, passed away 11:35pm Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at the age of 76. He was a native of Summit, MS and a resident of Central. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Nancy Brown; two daughters, Vickie and husband Walter Jenkins, and Bonnie Brown all of Central; a son, Randy Brown of Magnolia, TX; three grandchildren, Michael Jenkins of Central, Timmy Jenkins and wife, Tracey of Covington, and Lauren Brown of Baton Rouge; a great granddaughter, Mckenzie Jenkins of Covington; a sister, Mary Virginia Brown Causey of Baton Rouge, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius Sr. and Verner Brown; and two brothers, Richard C. Brown, and Julius N. Brown, Jr. He was a member of the Baptist faith, an avid hunter and fi sherman, loved working his farm in Mt. Hermon, and especially enjoyed his grandchildren. He was known as Paw-Paw Brown to the Starkey Academy students during the mid 1990's to 2003 and enjoyed attending their events and volunteering his time to help with the athletic department. His Memorial Service was held at Comite Baptist Church on Saturday, March 19, 2011 and offi ciated by the Rev. Dale Phillips. Special thanks for the supportive care given by the staff at the Butterfl y Wing of Hospice of Baton Rouge. Donations may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, Comite Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice.

Lindsay Bagley and Derek Womack of Central will marry on the evening of June 24, 2011. The ceremony will take place at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church. The bride is the daughter of Sammy and Debbie Bagley of Central. Lindsay is the granddaughter of the late Sam and Odea Bagley and Ernie and Sherrie Garcia. Lindsay will graduate in May from Our Lady of the Lake College with an Associate of Science Degree in Radiologic Technology. Her fi ance is the son of Kelly and Angie Womack of Central. Derek is the grandson of A.J. and Nettie Scardina and Warren and Jenny Womack. Derek is a licensed plumber and is employed at Lafl eur's Plumbing. The couple look forward to their new chapter of life. They will honeymoon on a Western Caribbean Cruise. Once they return the couple will reside in Central.

Remembering Dorothy Louise Richardson Basso

Dorothy Louise Richardson Basso

Dorothy Louise Richardson Basso, a long time employee of Rebel Electric and Confederate Heating & Air and a resident of Central, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at the age of 71. She was a native of Independence. She will be remembered for her fun-loving personality and caring spirit. She was born April 28, 1939, the daughter of the late O.C. Richardson and Hansbro Morgan Overmier. She is survived by her daughter, Melissa DuBroc; sons Donald, Ronald, and Bryan Basso; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Martello; and brothers, Clif and Jerome Richardson. Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph A. Basso, Jr. and son, John Wayne Basso. A private service will be held at a later date. An online guest book is available at


Thursday, April 7, 2011 • Print Edition

Business Spotlight: Dr. Mark W. Neighbors FCU Holds Groundbreaking Garon, D.D.S. Opens Central Branch for New Central Location

Photos by Dave Freneaux

Last Friday, Neighbors Federal Credit Union Held a Groundbreaking for their new Central branch at Sullivan and Wax. Pictured above: David Barrow - Mayor's Offi ce Diana Odom – Crump Wilson Architects Louis DeJohn - Councilman Ron Erickson - Chamber President Clif Richardson - State Rep. Tony LoBue - Councilman Ralph Washington - Councilman Mike Grand – Grand Construction Steve Webb – Chief Operations Offi cer, Neighbors FCU Kathi Gill – Chief Executive Offi cer, Neighbors FCU Gradon Walker – Board of

Pictured above with Dr. Garon are kim Wambolt, Jessica Chase, Amber Brown and Deanna Fudge (office manager). By Mia Freneaux

Directors, Neighbors FCU Andrew Redmond – Board of Directors, Neighbors FCU Charlotte Placide – Board of Directors, Neighbors FCU Dr. Jacqueline Lewis – Board Secretary, Neighbors FCU Bob Toepfer – Board of Directors, Neighbors FCU


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bringing a child for their fi rst dental visit when they are under one year of age,” states Dr. Garon, “I can then have a talk with the parents and inform them about diet, tooth brushing, fl uoride supplements, all the habits that lead to good dental health.” Early examinations help to determine if there will be any potential orthodontic issues as well, allowing the dentist to intercept and prevent problems from occurring. In addition to training in interceptive orthodontics, Dr. Garon has had specialized training in Sedation, Behavior Management, and Pediatric Communication. He has also received training and experience in dealing with medically compromised patients, such as children with Cerebral Palsy or developmental problems. His staff consists of “Expanded Duty” dental assistants, which means that all of them have attended supplemental classes at the Dental School in New Orleans to equip them to meet the special needs of children. They will be seeing patients in the same offi ce space as Sherman and Balhoff. “We will be working hand-in-hand,” Dr. Garon explained, “It’s a great partnership. Steve (Sherman) and I were classmates.” They are looking forward to sharing a joint Grand Opening. Dr. Garon will have offi ce hours in Central on Thursdays. Come by 14465 Wax Road and meet everyone at Mark W. Garon, D.D.S. Pediatric Dentistry today! Call 6547760 to set up an appointment, or visit their website at for more information.

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Central is growing yet again! Today, April 7, Mark W. Garon, D.D.S., will be opening his newest branch here in Central. Dr. Garon is a pediatric dentist with over 25 years experience, who has taken special courses that allow him to treat even the youngest patients with the latest techniques and understanding to reduce anxiety and provide the best dental care. Dr. Garon, who attended Louisiana State University Dental School, completed an additional two years’ of study to specialize in treating children from infancy through 19 years of age. He is certifi ed in Pediatric Dentistry by the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, and has attained additional honors from the Chauncey Sparks Center for Developmental and Learning Disorders at the Children’s Hospital in Birmingham and the Cerebral Palsy Fellowship. Dr. Garon, who has also been published, is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Louisiana Dental Association, the Louisiana Pediatric Dental Association, the Southwestern Society of Pediatric Dentistry, the Sixth District Dental Association, the American Dental Association, and the Academy for Sports Dentistry. “I prefer to spend a lot of time with the children,” Dr. Garon said, “If they are under 3 years of age, I examine them while they sit in their parent’s lap. The fi rst visit is to basically get them accustomed to the dental setting.” An initial visit includes taking a dental history and talking with the parents. “I recommend

$50 Off Primo Ceramic Grills 13581 Hooper Rd 261-9665 Expires 4/14/11 448-5007 Transaction Motors thanks the residents of Central that purchased cars from us during TAX Season. We will be offering to the public that if you have a VEHICLE of any kind that you would like to sell, bring it to us and come check out our new consignment policy. Transaction Motors will have a spot for your Consigment Vehicle! We know how hard it is to find the time to sell your own Vehicle, so why deal with the hassle and let us do it for you! The first questions a smart buyer asks is how many owners and where did you get this vehicle? It makes all the diffrence in the world when you say it’s a local vehicle from a local resident, so don’t wait any longer come see us at Transaction Motors, 10200 Greenwell Springs Road. - Thanks, Joshua Austin

BUSINESS 7 Print Edition • Thursday, April 7, 2011

Health Care Options, Inc. Recognized Country Legends 107.3 Moves to 104.9 for Exceptional Hospice/Palliative Care

Submitted by Trudy Bihm with Health Care Options, Inc.

Local Home Health company Health Care Options, Inc. received recognition and honorable mentions for Hospice/Palliative Care Company for the 2011 Dorland Health Silver Crown Awards. The program celebrates the winners and the honorable mentions- that is, the leading practices, programs and practitioners who profoundly ease the burdens of our aging population. Congratulations to CEO and Director of Nursing Annette Austin, RN, BSN, MBA who stands as an outstanding representative of personal character and noble devotion in caring for seniors. She is known for her great vision. For more information please call 225-261-6314.

Shape Up Central Moves to Immanuel Baptist Church Shape Up Central has moved to Immanuel Baptist Church on Lovett Road, near the intersection of Lovett and Joor. The new price is only $6 per class, or $40 per month. The first week is free for new members. Class Times: Mondays: 8:30 AM, 4:30 PM, & 6:30 PM Tuesdays: 4:30 PM & 6:30 PM Wednesdays: 8:30 AM, 4:30 PM, & 6:30 PM Thursdays: 8:30 AM, 4:30 PM, & 6:30 PM Saturdays: 8:30 AM Sundays: 4:30 PM For more information, contact Stirling at 329-3329.

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Country Legends 107.3 has been a staple for Classic Country Music for many years. On Monday, April 4th, Country Legends 107.3 moved frequencies to 104.9 and is now called Country Legends 104.9. With this switch, 107.3 will launch a News Talk Format on Monday, April 18th. Brian King can be heard every weekday from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. and Roland Doucet's Swamp Pop Cafe from noon-1p.m. The Guaranty Broadcasting Group includes Guaranty Entertainment LLC which produces this event. In addition, Guaranty’s radio stations are Eagle 98.1 FM – WDGL; Talk 107.3 FM - WBRP; ESPN Baton Rouge- WNXX 104.5; Country Legends 104.9 FM - KYPY & New Country 100.7 the Tiger FM – WTGE.


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Local Credit Union seeks Teller/ Collector. 2-3 yrs. experience. Send resume & salary requirement to 775-1151.




Blackwater United Methodist Church is looking for a church nursery assistant on Sunday mornings to care for infants and young children. You must be 17 years of age or older, caring and dependable. Must love children. Minimum 4-5 hours/week, &10.00/Hr. Please contact Sherian Comeaux at 225-261-4646 for application details.

Blackwater UMC preschool looking for a teacher’s assistant in 3 year old class. High School Diploma required - additional education an advantage. Must love children, be caring, flexible and dependable. Experience working with groups of children and attention to detail a plus. Contact Gina Minor at 261-4013 or 261-4646 for details.



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“Cooking in Central defines our city and its citizens, putting aside personal differences, to establish and signify that there is still a spirit of charity within a group of people who wish to make a difference in the lives of others. It is the Louisiana way, festival, food, fun, and fundraising; all for a great cause.” -Mike Breaux “Cooking in Central defines the spirit of our community. It is a perfect example of why I chose to make Central my home.” -Tim Lazaroe “It has been an honor for me to be involved in Cooking in Central since its inception. This group was formed to aid others in a time of need. The citizens of Central are charitable, generous and work untiringly for this common cause. It has given our children, who are our future leaders, the tools to a better education. Cooking in Central has not only aided others but it has given the citizens of Central the opportunity to work year round with their neighbors, friends and others. I have met and made friends with people in our community and outside our community that I did not know before CIC was formed. I am proud and honored to be on the Board of Directors of such a wonderful group. I Invite you to become a member of Cooking in Central.” -Loretta Watts

Cooking in Central Means Opportunity By Lucky Ross

Opportunity to help your fellow man during his time of need. Opportunity to make a positive statement about the importance of quality education. Opportunity to demonstrate your love and concern for the children. Opportunity to show your gratitude and reverence towards the men and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice to insure that we live in peace and harmony. Opportunity to give back to the community. Opportunity to work with friends and neighbors for the good of the people. Opportunity to display to the world what a great city we live in. Opportunity to enjoy excellent food, rich with local flavor. Opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the many talents in our community. Indeed Cooking In Central affords me the opportunity to realize what a great community we live in while doing my small part to insure that it grows rich in character while radiating the fact that “Central Is A Community That Cares”.

“The annual Cooking in Central event to me epitomizes the things that are still good in our country, such as volunteerism and working to serve your fellow man. For example when the citizens of Central banned together for the inaugural Cooking in Central and raised $200,000.00 for the storm ravished schools in Chalmette…what a wonderful display of humanity that was. It truly warmed my heart.” -Russell Starns

“To me Cooking in Central provides an avenue for the citizens of Central and the surrounding areas to come together as a whole to achieve a given goal greater than what a few separate organizations or individuals could possibly accomplish on their own. It allows businesses to showcase themselves as sponsors. It shows the compassion and willingness of our citizens to step up when there is a need to help others, especially our children and grand children.” -Wayne Leader

COOKING IN CENTRAL 9 Print Edition • Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cooking in Central Schedule & Details


Friday, April 8: Crawfish boil and Band 3:30PM - Parking lots open 5:00PM – Doors open and Crawfish boil begins serving 6:45PM - Progressive Auction 7:00PM – 9:00PM Band and Dance – Carbon Copy Playing 8:00PM – Progressive auction during band intermission Saturday, April 9: Cook Off 8:00AM - Parking lots open 9:00AM - Doors open 9:00AM – 10:00AM –CHS JAZZ BAND 10:00AM-10:20AM –CARRIE’S 5-6-7-8 10:20AM-10:45AM –CHS CHOIR 10:45AM – 11:00AM Opening Ceremony 11:00AM – Dinner serving begins 11:00AM – 11:20 –BELLINGGRAPH ELEMENTARY 11:20AM -11:40AM-TANGLEWOOD ELEMENTARY 11:40AM-12:00PM-CENTRAL INTERMEDIATE 12:00PM – 12:30PM – Progressive Auction 12:30PM – 1:00PM – Announce Cook Off Winners 1:00PM – 1:15PM –Raffle drawing for $10,000.00 1:15PM – 1:45PM- LEGWORKS BY TERRI 2:00PM – 3:30PM – Live Auction 3:30PM –Event Closes


Parking For Cooking in Central Shuttles All Day (Handicapped Parking Behind St. Alphonsus & At Fellowship Baptist)

“Cooking in Central represents much of what makes Central, Central - caring, serving, sacrifice, giving and uniting together, all for the needs of others!” -Ron Erickson, Sr.


Celebrities to Judge Cookin’ Saturday

Come out to Cooking in Central for lunch beginning at 11:00 Saturday and see who this year's award winning Central cooks will be. Judging is scheduled to end at 12:30 with winners to be announced by 1:00. Fifteen local celebrities from sports, radio, TV, and elected officials will be on hand to sample foods in each category and select this year's Cooking in Central winners. This year's celebrity judges are: District Attorney Hillar Moore; Sheriff Sid Gautreaux; Clerk of Court Doug Welborn; Senator Dale Erdy; State Representative Bodi White; State Representative Clif Richardson; State Representative Rogers Pope; Constable Reginald Brown; Baker Mayor Harold Rideau; Zachary Mayor David Amrhein; Gordy Rush, General Manager, Guaranty Broadcasting; Jeanne Burns, WAFB TV; Johnny Ahysen. WAFB TV; Joe Macaluso, Host of Paradise Louisiana and Coach Sonny Jackson. Cooking in Central from inception has been a philanthropic organization created mainly to assist a neighbor in need. The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina ignited a fire in our city that continues today. Our original intentions were to endear our community to those who knew little about us, but most importantly to gather the people of our city, working together, for a common cause. Though our political atmosphere has changed a bit throughout the years, one thing remains constant: Cooking unites our citizens with an invigorating passion. Cooking in Central appeals to the spirit contained in all of us and continues to accumulate people of different religious, cultural, ethnic and financial backgrounds with that unifying command… “Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself.” -Louis DeJohn, Jr.

Fellowship Baptist Church Kristenwood

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“Cooking gives my wife Yvonne and me an opportunity to serve the people of our community and to have a positive impact on the lives of our future generations. We support Cooking because it is a community event that has the community at heart.” -Bill & Yvonne Parsons

Elegant Memories Sat. Only Parking lots open for the event will be: • Elegant Memories Reception Hall on Frenchtown Rd- SATURDAY ONLY • Front lot at St Alphonsus School • Open lot corner Frenchtown Rd and Greenwell Springs Rd • Kristenwood Reception Hall on Greenwell Spring Rd • Fellowship Baptist Church at 14512 Greenwell Springs Rd Handicap parking available behind St Alphonsus Church and at Fellowship Baptist Church. Shuttle buses, including handicap, will run between all parking lots and the event entrance on a regular basis. The event can only be entered from Frenchtown Rd.

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Register Now for Comite Kids Softball & T-Ball

Submitted by Clay Galiano

Kids pitch coed softball is being offered through Comite Baptist Church’s “Comite Kids” for 6-8 grades. The registration deadline is April 9th . T-ball and Coaches Pitch Coed softball is also offered for ages 4 years old to 11 years old (5th grade). The registration deadline for that is April 15th.. For more information and registration forms, please stop by or call the church office at 275-3382

Local Film Extra Takes Part in Hollywood Blockbuster By Mia Freneaux

Central resident Shorty Haynes was chosen to play an extra in the locally filmed big budget movie "Battle: Los Angeles". He recently shared his experiences in this oncein-a-lifetime opportunity with Central Speaks. Haynes was cast to act the part of Marine in most of the major scenes filmed at Baton Rouge Airport Hangar Command Center, along with scenes at the State Capitol, St. Francisville and Florida Boulevard. In these scenes, he was filmed saluting Aaron Eckhart, who played Staff Sergeant Nantz, and Ramon Rodriguez, who played 2nd Lt. William Martinez, running along side them, and jumping in and out of Sikorsky and Osprey military helicopters as they prepared to protect Los Angeles from "an insidious attack by the aliens." The Osprey had never been used before in film. "I played a dead Marine in one night scene with my platoon at the Baton Rouge Airport. Michelle Rodriguez, who played TSGT Elena Santos, checked our pulse to see if the alien attack had killed all of us, while in the background were shown downed and burning military helicopters. A picture of this scene with me in it was published in "Sci-Fi" magazine in their April 2011 issue." "Battle: Los Angeles" was also in the March 22 edition of "The Advocate", appearing in the fun section. Haynes is shown standing with his platoon waiting to board military helicopters to battle the aliens. "We were fully dressed as real Marines, full gear, equipment, and the dirty, gritty look of real Marines in combat scenes, using everything from M-16's to grenade launchers to M-240 machine guns bipod-mounted on humvees for the invasion scenes. All authentic military equipment, helicopters, and weaponry were used during filming, not to mention the presence of real

life Marine instructors on the set, training us to act like real Marines. I played a Master Gunnery Sergeant, which got me into a lot of the major scenes." This is not the first major movie Shorty Haynes has appeared in. He has also been filmed in "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Jonah Hex," and "Red" to name a few, and will appear next in "The Green Lantern", to be released in June. "This was a real exciting, run and gun, down and dirty experience playing a real Marine in a supposedly real alien attach invasion movie," Haynes enthused. "I loved every minute, every day of being with major actors in this big budget major motion picture filmed right here in Baton Rouge. I met all of the major actors, who were real down to earth and extremely professional. I got to eat with them on lunch breaks and consult with them on water breaks. I became friends with them." Haynes also had this to say about the film industry and Louisiana: "I encourage everyone in Louisiana to go and see this monumental, extremely well-directed movie which should put our state and city on the Hollywood map of places to visit and film, to come and experience the new Hollywood South! Scenes of the State Capitol in the midst of an alien ground assault and an alien attack scene on a California beach were the last of the filming that ended up at the state of the art metroplex Celtic Media Centre right here on Airline Highway. The more we support these films and the industry that comes here to create them, the better the chances Hollywood will keep knocking on our state's door for a friendly welcome, great Southern hospitality, and spectacular filming locations statewide. Let's all do our part to support the film industry and if the box office has a great turn out we could all benefit in the future."

Thursday, April 7, 2011 • Print Edition

Central’s Got Talent Scheduled for May 14th

Submitted by Kyle Cutrer

Central's Got Talent Main Event: May 14, 2011 Can you sing or dance? Or maybe you’re magical? If you can do this or more, come out and audition for the 2nd Annual Central’s Got Talent. Prizes: 1st Place: $600 2nd Place: $350 3rd Place: $250 Audition Info: Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Time: Registration Starts at 7:30 AM and ends at 12:00 PM. Location: St. Alphonsus Church Visit for contest rules Fee: $10 for individual auditions, $20 or groups of 3 or more. Who: Anyone in 5th grade and up! Sponsored in part by: St. Alphonsus Church St. Alphonsus Men’s Club Ross Tire & Service Mac-Nett Industries, INC.

St. Alphonsus Kids in Ministry Annual East Egg Hunt April 17th: RSVP Now

Submitted by Cindi Schlatre

The St. Alphonsus Easter Egg Hunt is on Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 1 PM – 3PM at the St. Alphonsus Family Center. •Bring your camera to take pictures with the Easter Bunny •Bouncy House, slide, hamster ball rides, video games and more by GAMES 2 U •Easter Egg Hunt (by age)

•Crafts •Games •Food Available for purchase Come join the fun! RSVP to the Faith Formation Office at 261-4644 by April 13th. Please donate candy filled Easter Eggs to this event. Our goal is to have 5000 eggs for the egg hunt. Place eggs in marked boxes in the Church’s Gather Space.

Easter Deadline This Eggstravaganza Saturday for Central Speaks About Our April 16th at Victory Harvest Moms Submissions

Submitted by Allison Kersey

Victory Harvest Church Presents our 3rd annual Easter Eggstravaganza April 16th 11-2 on our grounds. Egg Hunt, Prizes, Easter Bunny, Games, Food, Fire Safe House, Patches The Fire Safe Dog and much more. It is all free!

Enter your mom to win a fabulous Mothers Day gift package by sending an email to telling us what makes your mom special to you. The deadline for submissions is this Saturday, April 9th by the end of the day. Print Edition • Thursday, April 7, 2011

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Scenes from Central High School’s The Sound of Music

Photos by Michael Spangler for Expressions Photography

On March 31st through April 2nd, the Central High School Theatre Department put on The Sound of Music. Congratulations to all of the students and community children for a job well done!


Thursday, April 7, 2011 • Print Edition

Wildcats Go 2-2 in First Week of District

Dylon Buhler By Josh Walker Photos by Edie Myer

Central had a rough start to district play with a loss to Catholic Tuesday 4-3. The Wildcats fought hard but couldn’t quite manufacture enough offense to beat the Bears. Central was led at the plate by Jacob Lesage who got 2 hits including a home run and all 3 RBI’s. Dylon Buhler started the game for the Wildcats and only gave up 3 runs in 3 2/3 innings of work. The Wildcats came out Thursday and were

kelby Blalock

beaten by Denham Springs 7-0. Central was led at the plate by Lesage (1-3, double) and Sam Doucet (1-3). Cade Butler’s strong performance for the Yellow Jackets was enough to keep the Wildcats from scoring any runs. Central came out Saturday with a strong performance against Zachary. Buhler (6-0) started the game and pitched 4 1/3 strong innings giving up 1 run. Kelby Blalock closed out the game and only gave up 1 hit. Central was led by Layton Laird and Corey Davis who each had two hits. The Wildcats won the

game 3-1. On Tuesday, the Wildcats traveled to Walker where they won 12-6. Sam Doucet (3-1) got the win while pitching 4 innings and giving up 3 runs. At the plate, the Wildcats were led by Chet Myer (3-5, 2 RBI’s), Layton Laird (2-4, RBI), and Corey Davis (3-4, 2 RBI’s). Central (16-8) plays again on Saturday at home against Live Oak at 2 p.m. The WIldcats are currently in third place in district, one game behind both Zachary and Catholic.

SPORTS 13 Print Edition • Thursday, April 7, 2011

Xtreme All Stars Tryouts Saturday

St. Joseph Edges Out Wildcats, 1-0

Cheer tryouts Saturday, April 9, 2011 Ages 3-11: 10 a.m. Ages 12-18: 1 p.m. NO EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!! We have squads for all ages and levels! Open to girls AND boys! Tryouts will be held at PERFECT BALANCE GYMNASTICS at 14645 Greenwell Springs Road. (Located behind Oak Point) Call 262-4966 for more information

CMS Wildcats Are Ryan Gonzales Volleyball District Receives Central Champions Fight Award By Central Middle School's Stuart Chambliss

Both Lady Wildcat Volleyball teams won their respective District Championships last week against very good West Feliciana teams. The 7th graders won 25-8, and 2516! These players have worked hard and made great improvements in both play and knowledge of the game: Haleigh Gradney, Kathryn Mancuso, Kately Melancon, Brooklyn McCauley, Bailey Bordelon, Morgan Thomas, Madaline Tarver, Nia Ragland, Katharyn Jenkins, Hannah Brown, Taylor Paternostro, Kerique Bennett, and River Hubbard. The 8th graders won 25-14, and 25-13! These 8th grade girls have now won 2 consecutive District Championships: Haley Young, Hannah Ducote, Halee Mayo, Ashley Alfonso, Heather Clement, Brandy Wilson, Alyson Strawbridge, Amanda Tarver, Bailey Brewer, and Reagan Cress. Congratulations Lady Wildcats! I would also like to thanks Coach Heather Blanchard, and Coach Pezant for their hard work with the team.

Photo by Michael Spangler Ryan Gonzales was presented with the Central Fight Award at the Wildcat football banquet. This is a new award coach Dotson will present each year to a student athlete who epitomizes the hard work, dedication to team, and determination to get the job done. Congratulations, Ryan! Ryan’s name was misprinted in last week’s edition. Our apologies for the mistake.

Photos by Michael Spangler for Expressions Photography

Top L: Kelsey Courtney; Top C: Kayla Temple; Top R: Loren Gullet; Bottom: Brittany McCarty

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CCSS Offering Free Computer Classes to Central Community

Submitted by Dr. Janet Stevens, CCSS Director of Federal Programs

The Central Community School System will offer computer classes to parents and any community members who live within the Central Community. You are invited to attend free computer classes held at Central Intermediate in the computer lab for two sessions running from April 12-May 19th. Session I: This 4-day session will introduce Microsoft Office 2007 skills (Beginning Word/Excel/Outlook). The four classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 7 p.m. The class dates are: April 12th, April 14th, April 19th, and April 21st. Session II: This 6-day session will include discussion and activities using the Internet with the focus on fun, free programs found on

the web used for photo and video editing. This will be a hands-on class with the use of digital cameras and FLIP video cameras. These six classes will also be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 7 p.m. begin on Tuesday, May 3 through Thursday, May 19th. You may attend one or both of the sessions. If you decide to register for the Microsoft Office session or the Internet session, please note that you do not have to attend all classes. Please call the office at Central Intermediate to register at 261-1390. You can register online by emailing Rhonda McLaughlin. Email address is Pre-registration is not necessary, but it would be appreciated. The classes are conducted in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

Thank You to a Good Samaritan

Thursday, April 7, 2011 • Print Edition

CAPA Corner

Words of Encouragement from the Central Area Pastors Association

It Is Better To Give Than To Receive We were in a small village called Jamaraquá in the Amazon Basin with some Central High School students. As we invited people to services we came upon a thatch roofed house where a young teenage girl answered the door. We asked her where she went to school and she said “In the next village.” We found out they even had an internet tower and computer classes at her school. We felt impressed to give her a laptop. The next day, with the laptop wrapped in a bath towel, we returned. We told Kátia that God had asked us to give her a present. When we removed that towel …well I have never seen such an expression of gratitude as the tears of joy came streaming down her face. We will all never forget that moment. The Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Donnie Shaffer Central Church

Blood Drive This Sunday at Blackwater Methodist

There will be a blood drive for Our Lady of the Lake this Sunday, April 10th at Blackwater Methodist Church on Blackwater Road. The blood drive is open to everyone ages 17 & up. You do not need to be a member of Blackwater to contribute. All blood donors are welcome. If you intend to donate, please eat first, bring a photo I.D., and bring reading glasses if you need them. The drive will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the fellowship hall. For more information about donating blood, please contact Our Lady of the Lake Blood Bank at 765-8843.

Central Lions Club Reaches Out to Community through Free Glaucoma Screenings

Submitted by C. Coye

Local Good Samaritan Rod Leduff cleared the road for residents of Tanglewood Subdivision. The road was blocked by a huge tree limb that had fallen during the storm on Monday afternoon. Thanks Rod!



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(225) 769-1276 14465 Wax Road, Suite B Central, LA 70818

Turn out was Great Sunday for the Central Lions' Club glaucoma screening. Approximately 30 people form our community were screened and some did have conditions found that require a follow up with their Dr. Thanks go out to our sponsors Gator Environmental, Wal-Mart, Dr. Ngyuen Mrs. Jackson and the Central Community for making our first glaucoma screening a success. Print Edition • Thursday, April 7, 2011


Vietnam Veterans Assistance Foundation Seeking Sponsors & Participants for Sporting Clays Challenge & Fundraiser 1ST ANNUAL SPORTING CLAYS CHALLENGE ENTRY FORM TEAM NAME:____________________________ EMAIL:_______________________________ ADDRESS:_______________________________ CITY/STATE/ZIP:_______________________ DAY & EVENING PHONES W/ A.C.:_______________________________________ AGE:____ MAkE PAYMENTS TO: Clay Shoot Fundraiser Richard Delong 302 Caravan Dr. Lafayette, LA 70506

The Vietnam Veterans Assistance Foundation of Louisiana LLC will be hosting the 1st Annual Sporting Clays Challenge on Saturday, May 7, 2011. The event will be held at the Hunter's Run Gun Club at 1365 Northwest Drive in Port Allen from 9:00 on. Registration opens at 8:00, and lunch with non-alcoholic beverages will be served. There will be a silent auction as well. The VVAF is seeking sponsors for this event - anyone interested should contact Richard Delong at 337-257-6966 or Jack Watson at 225-445-6396. Every level from Station Sponsor at $250.00 to Gold Sponsor at $1,500.00 is offered. The top shooter and top team in the event will each receive $500.00. To enter, please contact Richard Delong at the number above.

Chapter 488 of the Vietnam Veterans of America are dedicated to helping veterans and families of service people stationed overseas, and is supporting the event above. They welcome new members, one doesn't have to be specifically a Vietnam Vet to participate. Chapter 488 has been busy taking their cook trailer to various events to help raise money and with their elementary school programs, where they talk about the Vietnam War with 5th grade classes. James Rushing, Vice President of the Chapter, said, "Veterans need to help each other. All organizations are losing members. We need to work together so we can help the new veterans coming up. Only we can do this! Semper Fi!" The Chapter is receiving donations of personal hygiene items for the War

Veterans Home in Jackson, Louisiana, Please send donations to VVA Chapter 488, P.O. Box 46193, Baton Rouge, LA 70895-6193. Other officers are Don Holland, President, who can be reached at 272-0115, and Ed Fagot, Treasurer, whose phone number is 658-0187. Mr. Rushing's number is 303-2395. Won't you please consider helping out this very worthwhile organization with your donation as they do the good work of supporting our servicepeople and veterans?


Thursday, April 7, 2011 • Print Edition


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