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December 22, 2011 • Daily News at CentralSpeaks.com

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The Truth About the Loop No Construction Without Central’s Approval

By Dave Freneaux

There is no need to break out the pitchforks and torches to defend the City of Central from Dr. FrankenLoop’s Monster. Just a little thorough research by Central Speaks uncovered the truth that the Capital Area Expressway Authority (CAEA) has no authority to build a toll road through Central without Central’s written consent. There is also no need to pass a non-binding resolution with no force of law against a Loop when actual Louisiana State Law prevents the CAEA from constructing anything anywhere unless it has “the prior express written consent of the affected governing bodies.” Central is indeed a “governing body” and Central has not given any such consent. In light of the sensationalized coverage the Loop has received over the past three weeks, this news probably comes as both a surprise and a welcomed relief to the citizens of Central. Here is the actual Louisiana State Law found in 1997 House Bill 411 which became the 1997 Legislature Act 1017. This legislation was created for the purpose of allowing CONSENTING parishes

and municipalities to construct toll roads. Section 2028 A begins: “An authority created and established pursuant to this Chapter may only construct new additional highway toll and/or transitway toll facilities under the terms set forth in this Chapter, with the prior express written consent of the affected governing bodies within the geographic boundaries of the authority after public hearing.” So, not only does the CAEA need the City of Central’s prior written consent, but that consent has to be given AFTER public hearing. This means that passing a non-binding resolution with no force of law behind it would be both impotent and premature. To fast-forward and see the end of the movie right now, there is a group of people working to secure private funds to build a road in or near Central which could help alleviate Central’s traffic problems and increase Central’s tax base to support the city and the School System, all at no charge to Central. And, in the end, if Central doesn’t like their proposal, Central can simply say no thank you. It would seem wise to see what the CAEA wants to give Central before rejecting the offer out of fear.

Grissoms Given Lifetime Citizenship Award

Selected by 8 representatives from Central service organizations, Pete and Anna Marie Grissom were named for the City of Central Lifetime Citizenship Award. The recipients of this award, given to "persons who have displayed a continuous dedication to the Central Community", were determined by members of the Central Area Pastors Association, Central Community Alliance, Central Community Assistance Foundation, Cooking in Central, the Kiwanis, the Lions Club, the Masons, and the Rotary Club. The Grissoms single-handedly run the Central Food Bank, collecting donations, sorting and storing the food, and packaging it for distribution at the Central Fire Department. What is truly amazing about this is that the See Lifetime, Page 2

Central Citizens of the Year Named Judges from the Central Area Pastors Association, Central Community Alliance, Central Community Assistance Foundation, Cooking in Central, the Kiwanis, the Lions Club, the Masons, and the Rotary Club, have selected Wayne Leader and the members of the Amite River Preservation Association as those individuals they believe most deserve the title “Citizen of the Year”. Nominees must have been residents of the City of Central or the Central Community School District whose actions, efforts and service during 2011 were significant, selfless, and dedicated to the betterment of the Central Community. It is easy to see why these wonderful individuals were recognized for their efforts. They exemplify everything that Central has become known for: selflessness, care for their community, generous natures, and sacrificial giving. Wayne Leader’s nomination noted that he and Diane, his wife, have always been involved in the Central community, from opening their house each Christmas, to serving on the boards of Cooking in Central and the Chamber of Commerce. In addition, Mr. Leader took on the challenge of serving as Chairman of the Above: Wayne & Diane Leader Below: ARPA members Kyle LeBlanc, General Services Subcommittee of the City Service Selection Cole Sevario, Kaylee Tassin, Jacob, Committee. It would be a 10 month long commitment, which Matthew & Grant Venable, Blake Ashford would result in a City Services contract that met the needs of the and Cade Sevario (Not shown: Grace & City of Central. The Mayor then appointed Mr. Leader Chairman Elizabeth DeLee and Taylor Scrantz)

of the City Services Selection Committee. This committee’s work resulted in the hiring of IBTS as the contractor for city services. Mr. Leader then oversaw the transition between the former contractor and the newly hired one. Although it encompassed hundreds of personal hours, Mr. Leader said he did it “not for recognition, but as a way to give back to my city.” The members of the Amite River Preservation Association were nominated for their efforts in keeping our beautiful Amite River enjoyable for all. The original 5 members formed the organization at the beginning of the summer in response to trash being thrown into the river. The 11 members of ARPA gave of their personal finances and dedicated every weekend of their summer vacation to cleaning the banks of the river. Collecting almost 700 cubic feet of garbage, these young people, Matt Venable, Cade Sevario, Grant Venable, Jacob Venable, Cole Sevario, Elizabeth DeLee, Grace DeLee, Kaylee Tassin, Taylor Scrantz, Blake Ashford, and Kyle Leblanc, were recognized by several organizations this year for their efforts, including Keep Louisiana Beautiful and Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne. Though grateful for the honor, they all claim they don’t do it for any award, but for the satisfaction of seeing their river kept pristine. Congratulations to all of our Central Citizens of the Year! Many thanks to our judges for their time and assistance.

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2 CITY Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Central Speaks will be taking our annual holiday break and will not be printing next week (December 29). We will resume printing on January 5. Continue to send us your news, as we will be updating our website, www.CentralSpeaks.com, throughout the holidays.

Thursday, December 22, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

Don’t get left out of the phone book! If you have not already placed your yellow pages ad in the Central Phone Book & Chamber of Commerce Directory, call 262-3730. The phone book will be mailed in March to every home and business in Central, so don't miss out having your business advertised in every home all year long.

The Loop, Christmas and LSU Football The Loop - Community Leaders Comment An Editorial by Dave Freneaux

So it is Christmas and LSU will soon be playing for the National Championship, but what do those things have to do with the Baton Rouge Loop? Simple…it’s all about huddles and presents. Let me explain. LSU’s defense will stand at the line of scrimmage and wait as Alabama huddles and talks about what play to run and how they will try to gain yardage. They will break the huddle and as they line up over the ball LSU will try to guess whether it is a run or a pass and who will get the ball. Imagine now that Alabama invites Tyrann Matthieu to join the huddle and help call the play. Alabama surely will not do that, but the Capital Area Expressway Authority will. Why should the City of Central denounce the loop? We now know that there can be no toll road through Central without our approval, so why not join them in the huddle and see if they will call a play we like? Instead of passing a resolution condemning the Loop, why not ask for a seat on the Board of Directors of the CAEA? From there perhaps Central could influence a route for the toll road through less developed areas of the city which could attract businesses, build infrastructure, and provide much needed tax dollars to support our growing schools. I am not saying Central should approve a toll road, but I am saying that Central

should request a seat at the table and see what the possibilities are. So what about those Christmas presents? We will probably each get at least one gift this year that we really don’t want. Who really wants a neon green clip-on tie? Smile, say thanks for the gift, then go to Walmart tomorrow and return it. No one says you have to wear it! And so it is with the Loop. It is a fact that Central needs more roads, wider roads, or both. It is also a fact that Central does not have the money to build the roads we need. Now along comes the CAEA with a present all wrapped up with a bow on it. I say let’s unwrap it and at least look at it. If it is a neon green clip-on tie, don’t wear it. If we like what we see in the box, Merry Christmas! And, if we at least go sit at the table and help the CAEA pick out the present, it might be that perfect road we always wanted, complete with improved traffic flow, infrastructure, and tax dollars to educate our children. For the record, I am personally supportive of roadway additions and improvements which preserve the character of the Central community while alleviating traffic, improving our infrastructure, and broadening our sales tax base to support our City and School System. This is neither an endorsement nor a rejection of the CAEA Loop project, it is simply an encouragement to consider all possible solutions and to choose wisely.

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Graydon Walker, Former Chief Administrative Officer of EBR, Former Assistant Superintendent of EBR Schools, and Administrator of Zoar Baptist Church: “It would be a major mistake not to at least get to the table and be a part of the discussion. If you cut yourself off, then you have no say so period, anywhere. Rodney Bonvillian, Chairman of Central’s Planning & Zoning Committee: “The loop is a very complex and contentious issue. I believe that the most prudent path forward is to stay engaged and informed. As responsible community leaders we do not have the luxury of only complaining about solutions with which we disagree, we must also offer viable alternatives to address the challenges we face.” Russell Starns, Incorporator of the City of Central: “It is important that Central has a voice in this matter. Since Central now controls whether any toll road is built, it would be short-sighted to walk away from an opportunity to influence potential improvements for our City. Central needs to be engaged in the process and seek ways to improve our infrastructure, attract new businesses, and increase our sales tax base to support our school system. If this can be done while preserving the Central Community as we know and love it, we should stay in the discussion.” Wade Giles, Chairman of the Central Economic Development Foundation: “Currently, Central is spending 49% of our dollars outside of the city because Central lacks the retail outlets that provide the things we need. This means that 49% of our sales tax dollars are being lost to the surrounding areas, EBR, Zachary, and Livingston Parish. These lost dollars are being spent to support the schools and governments of those municipalities. Without added retail, Central will be forced to accept higher taxes to support our schools. In addition, our roadways are overburdened by through traffic with people travelling to and from Livingston Parish via Magnolia Bridge. Even if we add a bridge at the extension of Hooper Road, the traffic leading to these two bridges will only continue to grow. This means that the traffic on Hooper, Sullivan and Greenwell Springs Roads will continue to get worse because these are the roads leading to the bridge(s). In terms of traffic control in Central, a bypass or loop would be the best solution to reduce the traffic on our main arteries. In terms of economic development, an Interstate type roadway with exits in areas of our city that would attract a regional shopping center that would provide the necessary retail outlets to allow us to keep our tax dollars at home. To oppose a bypass or loop is to advocate higher taxes, which we are all opposed to.”


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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cooking in Central Meeting Tuesday, January 12, 6:00 PM Elegant Memories

Event Date: Friday, March 23rd and Saturday March 24th Place: Cooking in Central’s Amazing Place The proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Disabled Veterans fund, various projects for our local schools, and the Central Community Assistance Foundation (CCAF). This foundation was organized to provide assistance to needy families who have children attending schools in Central. Proceeds will also continue the improvements to the leased property that will be home to Cooking in Central starting in 2012.

Pride in Our Community By CHS Student Landon Disedare

I have lived in the city of Central my entire life, and I have seen how it has changed drastically over the past few years. As soon as Central became its own community, the amount of productivity, construction, and overall improvement has increased tenfold at least. Our city has multiplied in size and in population recently, and every single person here seems to share the same trait. All of the people in the city of Central are full of a sense of pride in the community, from the great schools, to the smaller businesses, to just about anywhere in the city. So many people are proud of living here and it is a simply wonderful community to live in. A lot of people say that we are only going to continue growing, and that is true. Central will continue to grow larger over the years. Our sense of pride will never waver though. I have asked several people in the community what they believe will happen to Central if we keep going at the rate that we are going. My favourite answer was, "Even though Central may continue to grow, we will all share that neighbourly kind of friendliness with everybody in the community. The current citizens, whoever decides to come and go, and our younger generations to come, will always be welcome to our city." It makes me so happy to know that we can live in such a closely knit community despite there being over 30,000 people who live here. Local businesses such as David's Tiger Express, Gayle's Hallmark, and Oak Point market are all very important parts of our community, and we know and love the owners, employees, and everyone who is associated with the business. The feeling is mutual, however. I checked in with employees from several shops in the area, and they can all agree that it is the consumers and people who frequently visit their stores that keep them up and running. It's interesting how in a place like this, the stores depend on the people, and the people depend on the stores. It's an endless cycle of business, and that shows just how prosperous we are here. That's just the business aspect of this area though. The students of Central's many schools from Bellingrath Elementary School, up to Central High School are all actively involved in the community. A lot of people here love being recognized for helping out around town, but they enjoy the fact they have accomplished something positive even more. "From football games, to parades, or any other community event, there are always masses of people there. I love helping out or taking part in these things because it gives me the opportunity to be seen and make people happy. Everybody wins in these situations when somebody does something nice in the community." says one student from the Central area. Isn't it amazing that so many people want to further increase the prosperity and happiness we currently have? It all has to do with the friendliness and kindness that we show plenty of around here. So many great things here make for a homely and quaint place where we can all live and work happily with one another. So let's all help to improve our city even more, so that the people of future generations can enjoy the same peace and feelings we have here today.

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Join the EMS Youth Explorer Post Program The East Baton Rouge City-Parish Department of Emergency Medical Services (EMS) sponsors an Explorer Post for youth 15-18 years old interested in pre-hospital emergency medical care. Since 1983 this highly successful program has trained and mentored hundreds of young adults. Many of them are now active in the medical community pursuing careers as physicians, nurses, paramedics and other health related fields. Our first night meeting will be January 5, 2011, 7 p.m. at the City Parish Emergency Communication/Operations Center, located at 3773 Harding Blvd. (across the street from I-Hop) For this first night meeting it is important that both a parent and the prospective Explorer attend. During this brief meeting we will review what is expected from both the Explorer and the Program. Following the meeting you will have the opportunity to sign up to join and parent signatures will be required to obtain permission for your son or daughter to participate. The training for the 2012 class will begin in January at EMS HQ and these are the dates: January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 25 & March 3, 10, 17 (Classes are 8am-5pm) Please note that regular meetings for the rest of the year are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month at EMS Headquarters on Mayflower from 7pm – 8pm. Please attend the first night meeting for additional details. You can also contact Andre Toups at atoups@brgov.com or Mike Misenheimer at mmisenheimer@brgov.com for further information.

A Holiday Tip from Trinity Driving School: Do not over-stack gifts, packages or other cargo in the backseat or cargo area. These items could slide forward and injure those in the front seat if you have to make a sudden or emergency stop. Have a safe and Merry Christmas!

Lifetime Continued from Page 1 Grissoms have been doing this for 18 years! Mr. Grissom, a cancer and stroke survivor, and Mrs. Grissom, who is visually impaired, are in their 80's, yet are indefatigable in their passion to serve the needy in our town. They love to give to their community, and they love working with young people, such as the students at Bellingrath and Tanglewood, who do annual food drives. They were surprised and pleased to learn they had been elected to this honor, but, as they have proven for 18 years, would be doing what they love with or without any recognition. Congratulations for their welldeserved recognition to Pete and Anna Marie Grissom. Thank you for all you've done for those less fortunate in our community. The Grissoms and our Citizens of the Year will be honored at a reception at Kristenwood on January 10 at 5:00 PM.


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THURSDAY 12/22:

Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes BNI-The World’s Largest Referral Organization, 8:30 AM at Sweet Impressions Scale Down Information Session, 11:30 AM and 7 PM at Lane RMC Say goodbye to those unwanted pounds! Get started today with Scale Down, an HMR program for weight management at Lane Regional Medical Center. Want to find out how this lifestyle and weight loss program can benefit you? Call 658-4463 to schedule your free, no-obligation informa tion session. Registration is required and space is limited. Call (225) 658-4463. Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Branch Library Children’s Knitting Group, 5-6 PM at Central Library Board of Adjustments Meeting, 5 PM at Kristenwood Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or Central Now App Planning and Zoning Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood CHS Girls’ Soccer v. Woodlawn, 6 PM at CHS CHS Boys’ Basketball v. Washington Marion, 5 PM and 6 PM

FRIDAY 12/23:

Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist Christmas Open House, 5-10 PM at Leaders’ Home on Hooper Rd CHS Boys’ Soccer E Ascension Breast Cancer Awareness, 7:15 PM Away

SATURDAY 1/7: SUNDAY 1/8: MONDAY 1/9:

CCSS School Board meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood CHS Boys’ Basketball v. West Feliciana, 6 PM, 7 PM at CHS Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Road Park

TUESDAY 1/10:

SUNDAY 12/25:

MONDAY 12/26:

Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting, 11 AM at Kristenwood CHS Boys’ Soccer v. Denham Springs, 6 PM at Denham Springs

TUESDAY 12/27:

Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Scale Down Information Session, 11:30 AM and 7 PM at Lane RMC Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Branch Library Children’s Knitting Group, 5 PM at Central Branch Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or Central Now App Central Chamber Awards and Installation Banquet, 7 PM at Kristenwood DECA Belles et Beaux Pageant, 7 PM in the new CHS Theatre

SATURDAY 12/24:

MERRY CHRISTMAS! Join one of our local church services this morning to celebrate the real meaning of Christmas Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Road Park CHS EBR Boys’ Basketball Tournament, TBA

Sewing/Quilting Group, 10-11 AM at Magnolia Methodist City Council Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood CHS EBR Boys’ Basketball Tournament, TBA CHS Girls’ Basketball v. W Feliciana, Away CPS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Brookhaven Tournament

WEDNESDAY 12/28:

CHS EBR Boys’ Basketball Tournament, TBA CHS Girls’ Basketball v. W Feliciana, Away CPS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Brookhaven Tournament

THURSDAY 12/29:

Central Speaks will not be printing this week, but news will be posted online. BNI-The World’s Largest Referral Organization, 8:30 AM at Sweet Impressions Scale Down Information Session, 11:30 AM and 7:00 PM at Lane RMC Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Branch Library Children’s Knitting Group, 5-6 PM at Central Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or Central Now App CPS Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Brookhaven Tournament CHS EBR Boys’ Basketball Tournament, TBA CHS Girls’ Basketball v. W Feliciana, Away

FRIDAY 12/30:

Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist CHS Girls’ Basketball v. W Feliciana, Away CPS V Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball v. Jackson Prep, TBA at Jackson Academy

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

FRIDAY 1/6:

Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist CHS Boys’ Soccer v. Live Oak, 6 PM at Live Oak CHS Girls’ Basketball v. Sacred Heart-Grand Couteau

Sewing/Quilting Group, 10-11 AM at Magnolia Methodist Relay for Life Organizational Meeting, 12 noon City Council Meeting, 6 PM at Kristenwood Diabetes Support Group: Foot Care in Diabetes, 6-7:30 PM at Lane RMC When you have diabetes, proper foot care is very important. People with diabetes are more vulnerable to foot problems. Poor foot care with diabe tes can lead to serious health problems. Dr. Japera Levine, of the Foot and Ankle Institute in Zachary, will speak on foot care in diabetes. We welcome all who have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes including family, friends and any others in a supporting role. For more information, contact Sherri Brady at (225)658-4583.

Christmas Eve Communion Service, 4 PM at Covenant Community Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 5 PM at Blackwater UMC Christmas Eve Service, 6 PM at Grace UPC Christmas Eve Service, 6 PM at Comite Baptist Church Christmas Open House, 5-10 PM at Leaders’ Home on Hooper Rd

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Thursday, December 22, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

SATURDAY 12/31: SUNDAY 1/1: MONDAY 1/2: TUESDAY 1/3:

CHS Boys’ Basketball v. Catholic, 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM at Catholic High CHS Girls’ Basketball St. Amant Tournament, 5:30

WEDNESDAY 1/4:

CPS Students Return to School CHS Boys’ Soccer v. Walker, 6 PM at Walker

THURSDAY 1/5:

CCSS Students Return to School Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Scale Down Information Session, 11:30 AM and 7 PM at Lane RMC Tight Knit Group, 4:00 at Central Branch Library Children’s Knitting Group, 5 PM at Central Branch Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or Central Now App

WEDNESDAY 1/11: THURSDAY 1/12:

FRIDAY 1/13:

Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist CHS Boys’ Soccer v. Zachary, 6 PM at Zachary CHS Boys’ Basketball v. Zachary, 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM at CHS

SATURDAY 1/14:

Women Veterans of LA Meeting, 11:30 AM at Picadilly Cafeteria on Sherwood

SUNDAY 1/15: MONDAY 1/16:

Pickleball, 6-9 PM at Lovett Road Park

TUESDAY 1/17:

Sewing/Quilting Group, 10-11 AM at Magnolia Methodist CHS Boys’ Basketball v. Walker, 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM at CHS CHS Girls’ Basketball v. Zachary, 5:30 at Zachary

WEDNESDAY 1/18:

AARP Drivers’s Safety Course, 8:30-1:30 at Lane RMC This classroom refresher course for drivers age 50 and older will help you learn the effects of aging on driving and how to adjust and remain safe on today’s roads. Most auto insurance companies provide a multiyear dis count to course graduates. Class size is limited and registration is required. For more information, or to pre-register, call 654-LANE (654-5263).

THURSDAY 1/19:

Central Speaks hits the streets and mailboxes Scale Down Information Session, 11:30 AM and 7 PM at Lane RMC Tight Knit Group, 4 PM at Central Branch Library Children’s Knitting Group, 5 PM at Central Branch Library Sid Edwards Show, 5-6 PM at Fox’s Pizza & on 1550 AM or Central Now App Dow Louisiana Federal Credit Union Ribbon Cutting, 5:30-7:30 PM

FRIDAY 1/20:

Paint-In, 9:30 AM at Magnolia Methodist CHS Boys’ Soccer v. Walker, 6 PM at CHS CHS Boys’ Basketball v. Denham Springs, 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM at Denham CHS Girls’ Basketball v. Walker, 5:30 PM at CHS


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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, December 22, 2011

Natalie Fruge & David Morris Announce January Wedding Classmates Looking for CHS 1965 Grads Natalie Fruge and David Morris announce their upcoming wedding. The ceremony will take place at 2:00 P.M. on Jan. 21, 2012, at Houston River Baptist Church in Sulphur, LA. The brideelect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Fruge of Sulphur, LA. Natalie is a graduate of Sulphur High School and Louisiana College, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Her fiancé is the son of Clay Morris of Southaven, MS and Shirley Morris of Central, LA. David is a graduate of Central High School and Louisiana College, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance.

Local Christmas Eve Services St Alphonsus Christmas Vigil Masses 3:00 PM (Choral Program) 4:00 PM 6:00 PM 8:00 PM Blackwater UMC Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion, 5:00 PM Grace UPC Christmas Eve Service, 6:00 PM Comite Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service, 6:00 PM Zoar Baptist Church Christmas Eve Service, 5:00 PM Covenant Community Church invites all for a Christmas Eve Communion service at 4:00 PM. The one-hour service will be in the church sanctuary. The service will feature Christmas carols, testimony of Christ’s lifechanging power, and communion. Bring the entire family for this opportunity to make worship of Jesus Christ part of your holiday! Touch A Life Foundation is currently looking for Volunteers to transport clients to medical appointments, Volunteer sitters/ companions for the homebound clients and Volunteers for the Community Outreach programs. If you are interested and would like to touch someone’s life, please call Trudy Bihm at 225-262-7091.

Classmates of the following Central High School Grads- Class of 1965 are looking for any information that will help find these graduates: Kenneth Bankston, John Belle, Guiliana Boyett, Mary Delaney, James Lee Faust, Chris Ford, Jimmy Head, Paul Hilburn, Christian Lusk, Donna Morgan, David Mulkey, Mary Ortis, John Reading, James Schexnayder, Bo Starks, Pete Stiffler, Jackie Storey, Steve Wilson, and Martha Wood. If you can help to locate any of these alumni, please call Norm Schlatre: 225-261-7558 or email norms26@cox.net.

Second Annual 5K Rebel Run January 7, 2012 8:00 a.m. Registration $25 Hosted by Central Private School All ages welcomed! Food, Prizes, & Fun All proceeds will benefit Central Private Education Programs For more information or registration forms, call Jill Coon @ 225-614-5097 or email jcoon@centralprivate.org.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

The ELF on the SHELF - A Family Tradition Sweeping the Country By DeeDee Dupree

Lexi & Jonah’s Elf Joey

Zane the elf, Bryce and Bailey

Jingles with Cade and Anne-Marie Ross

No longer having a small child of my own, I only recently found out about this tiny little elf bringing happiness to so many children. The joy doesn’t stop with the kids; parents are reporting their children’s behavior has greatly improved since their elf arrived on their doorstep. Have you ever wondered how Santa knows who is naughty and who is nice? The Elf on the Shelf is the very special tool that helps Santa know who to put on the Naughty and Nice list. This interactive holiday hide-and-seek tradition is perfect for children and families of all ages. The tradition begins when Santa sends his scout elves out to Elf Adoption Centers. Eagerly, the elves wait for a special family to read the book, THE ELF ON THE SHELF. Once the tiny elf arrives at its new home, the family promptly names their elf and registers its name online. It is then that the elf receives his special Christmas magic and becomes part of the family’s Christmas tradition, each and every year. These scout elves take their job very seriously; after all, they are the eyes and ears of Santa Claus. Although they cannot be touched, or else they may lose their magic, the elf will always listen and relay messages back to Santa. They take in all the day-to-day activities around the house, no good deed goes unnoticed; but bad behavior also gets reported. Each night he makes his report to the North Pole. Before the family awakes each morning, the elf has made his way back from Santa’s workshop and finds a new place to hide in his new home. Children love looking for him each morning and rarely find him in the same spot. But soon, on Christmas Eve, the scout elf will listen for Santa’s bell and fly back to the North Pole until the next season,

wishing every boy and girl a very Merry Christmas and a year full of joy. The author(s) of the book The Elf on the Shelf are Carol Aebersold and her daughter Chanda Bell. You can find information about them on their website elfontheshelf.com. Central Families are making The Elf on the Shelf part of their Christmas traditions for years to come and are enjoying the extra incentive it brings for their children to be extra special good during the holiday season. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM: DEEDEE DUPREE AND THE ENTIRE STAFF AT CENTRAL SPEAKS

Central Christmas Parade Photos by Expressions Photography


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CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thanks to the Pulliam family for 35 wonderful years!

Jackie of Cer’Care La Pace with her LSU tree

Ellis Johnson’s office is ready for Christmas.

Bank of Zachary employees dressed up as “Whos” for the parade.

Parade goers at the December 3rd Christmas Parade

Carrie’s 5678 Dancers won “Best Performance” at the parade. Photos by Expressions Photography


8 BUSINESS

Thursday, December 22, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

DeAngelo’s Brings Italy to Central By Mia Freneaux Photos by Eric Frank Photography

obviously the freshest produce. A substantial wine list makes a Ah Italy – land of sparkling wine, nice accompaniment. Have we classic opera, passionate romance tantalized you enough? and – FOOD! The new Louis De Louis De Angelo, who has Angelo’s has opened in Central, partnered with Central residents and it’s delicious. From the Mike Breaux and Charles Kinsley soothing Tuscan tones on the walls, to bring “a comfortable, homey, to the dark woods, to the enticing unassuming place whether you’re odors wafting from the kitchen, all eating pizza or a pasta dish with lump the senses are engaged. On each of crabmeat” here, noted that when he our visits, our attentive wait staff first moved to this area 20 years ago made sure our glasses were never his Uncle Bobby, a Central resident, empty and all our needs were filled. let him live with them until he found We sampled several appetizers. a place of his own. Louis feels he’s The Fried Shrimp were tender and come full circle with the opening of flavorful, the honey mustard dip the Central restaurant. As he put nicely zesty. The Capri Focaccia it, “We’ve had 20 years of good bread was a mouth- watering blend a “fantastic” (I quote the diner) shrimp with an amazing amount of fortune; we’ve been blessed by the of capers, tomatoes, fresh basil and blend of shrimp, artichoke hearts, sweet lump crabmeat in a cream community. It’s the culmination of mozzarella. Entrees favored at Portobello mushrooms, and Roma sauce over angel hair. Salads were all things DeAngelo.” lunch were the Venetian Calzone, tomatoes; the Florio Calzone, a spicy combination of pepperoni, Italian sausage, Black Forest ham, and Asiago cheese; and the Uncle Louie Burger topped with carmelized onions - juicy and delicious. Supper entrees included traditional spaghetti and meatballs in a sauce that pleased the diner because it “wasn’t too sweet”. Eggplant Parmesan completely satisfied the eggplant lover among us with its delicate flavors and huge portion. The Chicken Parmesan was “fork tender, the angel hair pasta was perfectly al dente, and it had great flavor”. The “Mona Lisa” (a house specialty) combines Owners Charlie Kinsley, Michael Breaux, John O. Hearin & Louis DeAngelo

Neighbors Federal Credit Union Holds Ribbon Cutting at New Location

Photos by Dave Freneaux

Neighbors Federal Credit Union had their ribbon cutting this week with the Central Chamber of Commerce. Neighbors, which was previously located on Hooper Road, has moved to their new location at the corner of Sullivan and Wax Road. Pictured at right is Dr. Graydon Walker with Cathy Gill, President of Neighbors FCU, in front of the Neighbors Christmas tree.

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HISTORY 9

CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Partial History of Central Schools: A 1935 Speech by May Lee Denham (Excerpted from a speech made by May Lee Denham on the Tercentenary Celebration of the founding of high schools in America, 1935, strongly resonating with the same passion as that of those who have worked so hard for Central to have its own school system. The history of Central and its schools is a history of individual commitment to education, unified vision for the welfare of the children, and the sacrifice of time, abilities, money and resources to create the very best opportunities for those children, extending over 150 years. On our 5 year anniversary, it is good to remember where we come from and why we do what we do. ) … As time passed on, people began to want longer school terms, so they supplemented the public sessions by private schools, extending the sessions to ten months. Prominent among the private teachers who contributed largely to educational progress and standards were Mrs. Amelia Landry, Miss May Heroman, Mrs. Olive Nesbit, Mrs. Anna M. Joor, and Mr. O.M. Lee…. Mr. Lee (May Lee Denham’s father – ed.) conducted a private school for several years on the Sullivan Property that served the needs of that community. So closely interwoven with the school history of this ward is the Sullivan family that this story will not be complete without some mention of their part in the educational life of the community. At no time has the Sullivan estate, originally consisting of some 2000 acres secured under the Spanish grant, been without a school somewhere on its premises. (Significantly, Mrs. Lee Rome, a descendant of the Sullivan Family, has been one of those whose efforts led to the creation of Central Community Schools – ed.) Four specific times has a site on this property been set aside for school purposes. Earliest of these sites, where nearly all the teachers of the early group mentioned above taught, was a large log house with its ample mud chimney and wide open fireplace and a dirt floor made hard by a composition principally of ashes and salt mixed with earth by means of which early settlers made a sort of mortar or cement. Nearby the house was the old square shaped, dug well with its oaken bucket and graceful sweep long since made famous in American

Mrs. May Lee Denham, whose career teaching at Central schools and at the University Lab School lasted 52 years.

literature. Remains of the well and the mound from the old dirt chimney may still be seen near the side of the road about a mile from the new school (built in 1930-ed.). As time passed and the estate was divided for heirs of the family to establish homes of their own, this school was abandoned and another site chosen. In turn, this school gave way to another which was built on a third site chosen for the convenience of the community which had grown considerably. The present new brick building is the fourth of this series of schools and it, too, is built on Sullivan land, the site having been donated by Mr. William Sullivan Edwards, a grandson of the original owner of the Sullivan estate. These early private schools served the purpose of giving the people of this section the best educational advantage procurable at that time until the parish could come out from under the depression of Reconstruction days. It is much to the credit of the citizens of this Ward that they thus placed such an estimate upon the value of education that they always supported any move that made for better enrichment of life. This wholesome attitude and high standard set by former generations has made it possible for this generation to achieve its present success. The foundation thus laid soon paved the way for the period in public school history that may be called the one-room school period, dating from about 18771900. During this period, when the oneroom school was at its height, the Tenth Ward proudly boasted six such schools, each in an outstanding community and each contributing materially to the progress and advancement of the ward. Most of these schools developed into two-room schools before the era of consolidation, which began in about 1900, to better be served by a larger school center. These well- known schools were Bay Ridge, Blackwater, Central, Fifteen Mile (also known as Magnolia School, located on Greenwell Springs Road on property donated by Mr. R.T. Devall about 15 miles from Baton Rouge – ed.), Frenchtown (located at Beaver Creek and Frenchtown Roads – ed.) , and Woodland (located where Zoar Baptist Church is today – ed.) . In 1884, Mr. O.M. Lee, with his family, returned to this community and immediately began to organize the school now known as Central which he taught for several years. Mr. Dan Sullivan gave the site on the north-east corner of his land about a mile from the present school for the first Central school building. (The Sullivan School was called the Settlement School prior to 1900 and was at the corner of Sullivan and Wax Roadsed.) This donation of land carried with it the usual proviso that the land revert to the owner or his estate when it should cease to be used for a school. But it carried also an unusual stipulation that at no time should the building be used for any political or religious purposes or any gatherings whatsoever other than school affairs. The purpose of this proviso was protection of school property and respect for school building which had frequently been abused by use for other purposes. One of the uses to which many school buildings had been subjected was a voting place on election days. Elections of reconstruction days and the period

The O.M. Lee Home, on Blackwater Road, still stands with its gingerbread trim and large front porch beautifully preserved. immediately following were not always building was dedicated in October, 1930, the orderly affairs they are today. East Baton Rouge had her first rural brick Some years later, the school was school building. Shortly before this the moved to a more convenient spot on the first motorized school van service in the same property. Mr. Sullivan again gave state was inaugurated at Central. There an acre of land with the same stipulations are now 10 motorized vans operating to as before. There the school grew rapidly and from Central which has 12 teachers and developed into a graded school and over 400 pupils. with several teachers. As growth was The name “Central” was given to the so rapid and the future development school by its founder, Mr. Lee, who said so promising, the citizens of the at the time that, since this community community, led by Dr. W.D. Harelson, was the center of the ward, one day president of the School Board, began to in the years to come somewhere in talk of consolidation. Soon the plan was this neighborhood this school would completed and, in 1904, twenty years stand, the only school in the ward, after the first Central school was built, enlarged sufficient to meet the needs of the schools of Frenchtown and Woodland all the children in the community. He were combined with Central, and East furthermore predicted that a system of Baton Rouge had her first consolidated good roads would be constructed that school and ran her first school vans. The would enable the parish to transport the intersection of the Sullivan (originally pupils to the school. This prophecy of Settlement) and Canal (now Hooper) 1884 now, in 1934, after fifty years is Roads was selected as the best location more than fulfilled. The people of the for the new school and Central made its Tenth Ward may justly be proud of their third move, again to be built on Sullivan educational achievement. property, donated this time by Mr. W.S. (Mrs. Denham finished with this inspiring Edwards, a nephew of Mr. Dan Sullivan statement which could easily apply to and grandson of the original owner as our community today – ed) already stated. Consolidation took place It is not of mushroom growth. It has under the able superintendency of the late not sprung up overnight. It is a result Mr. H.K. Strickland and improvement of coordinate effort on the part of many and progress has been steady and working through the years. It is an unbroken ever since. opportunity and heritage left to the youth Upon the death of Dr. Harelson, Mr. of this community by their elders who W.P. Sullivan became the school board have lovingly placed in it some of the member in his place. Through his consecration of their own lives. To the influence, the school continued on the path young people of the school: the challenge of progress. Succeeding Mr. Sullivan, is yours to go on. Mr. Harney P. Sides became a member Many thanks to the Historical of the school board, which office he has Society of Central and Vickie Carney held for nearly twenty-five years…. Mr. for preserving this speech. Strickland was followed by Mr. S.M. Hughes who cooperated with Mr. Sides in advancing the interests of the school. It was during the superintendency of Mr. Hughes that the Central community built a home for its teachers and East Baton Rouge had her first teacherage (located next to the present Masonic Lodge – ed.). ….In December of 1929 the citizens of the community voted a $40,000 bond issue to which the school board added $10,000. The result of this effort is a onestory brick building, modern in every respect, adequate for the needs of the school children in this section for many years to come (this building wasn’t torn down till the “new” high school was built in the 1970’s. Bricks from this building were used to create the present Central High School sign-ed.)….When this new Mrs. Denham at her retirement in 1948


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Thursday, December 22, 2011 • CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition

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COMMUNITY 11

CentralSpeaks.com Print Edition • Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sweeten Things Up By J.R. Dalton

Have you ever made sweet tea? If not, then humor me for the moment because this is good. Having gratitude in a relationship is like trying to sweeten tea. If you incorporated your sugar while the tea was still steaming hot, then it dissolved and you would have had no problem with it tasting sweet once it cooled. On the other hand if you tried to stir in the sugar once the tea had already been chilled, the sugar would likely swirl around for a few moments before gradually floating to the bottom of your container. Imagine that gratitude is the sugar or “sweetness” in your relationships, the container is life, and the tea is your relationship. When the relationship started, it was hot and romantic and the sweet things were easy to mix in, but as time rolled on the relationship cooled and the sweetness settled until those times you chose to stir it up again; perhaps it was a date, a love letter just because, or a day inside to just spend with each other. Showing appreciation is the continuous revisiting of those moments, that first love romance, and the kindness where you stirred the tea again and maybe even threw in more sugar. If you’re looking to add some flavor, maybe even more sweetness, into your relationships you don’t need to go looking in the latest issue of Cosmo or read too deeply into the family at church that you have always seen smiling. Given that being grateful is as simple as expressing appreciation, it isn’t something you’d have to prepare super long for or practice once a year on a holiday. Instead let Christmas be your inspiration to reach for a deeper level of sweetness in your relationships. That goes for friendships and family connections as well as romantic relationships. Gratitude has been found, by Psychologists at Vu University in Amsterdam, to be one of the leading elements to happy and affectionate couples. Though concepts of communication and trust largely contribute to healthy relationships, gratitude is equally as much a fundamental aspect of relational development, and during the holiday season talking about thankfulness is a given. Dr. Jeremy Nichols, Ph.D. also surmised that a healthier cycle of loving behavior could be increased among platonic and romantic relationships if people were to actively express appreciation and assess the feeling of gratitude in themselves. This is as simple as the age old saying puts it. Don’t take the little things in life for granted.” Dr. Nichols believes that if we are to change the flow of love in our culture we must start by recognizing “the efforts of others that are costly to them and beneficial to us” (Sept. 2011) i.e. gratitude.

An Unexpected Gift

Teri Caro, Gene and Violet Bruce, holding the doll Teri gave her in gratitude By Terri Nickens Caro

In the fall of 2008 my husband and I moved to Central. The first day here we met Mr. Gene and Mrs. Violet Bruce, our closest next door neighbors. After we were settled in Mrs. Violet invited me over for coffee. We talked about many things; the weather, our flowers, NASCAR, (Mrs. Violet never misses a race) and her beautiful dolls. She has so many! As I was admiring her collection,my eyes were drawn to a small painting on her wall. In total shock and disbelief I read the artists' name at the bottom... Tears filled my eyes. It belonged to my great grandmother, Maude Baker. "Mammie", as all her grandchildren called her was born in the late 1800's. She lived in North Louisiana, married at 26, and had 8 children. She began painting late in life and did so until the golden age of 97. Through the years Mammie won many prestigious awards for her work, and at one time was the oldest living member of "The

Louisiana Artist's Guild. She passed away in 1981. So how in the world did this little painting end up here? After a moment of stunned silence, Mrs. Violet began to explain. As it turned out that painting had hung on her wall for over 40 years! It was a gift, she said, given to Mrs. Joan Bruce (Mr. Gene's Mother) by a friend from church, Mrs. Cornela Card. Tears filled my eyes again.....Cornelia Baker Card was my great aunt. Aunt Cornelia was originally from Alexandria, but she and her family were living in the Glen Oaks area in the late 1960's. What a small, small world! The next day the doorbell rang. There to my great surprise and joy was Mr. Gene holding the painting. He explained that Mrs. Violet wanted me to have it. Such thoughtful kindness from wonderful new friends! Such a precious unexpected gift! I guess some things are just meant to be.....It's so good to be home!

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