In This Issue West Feliciana Celebrates ‘A’ ............................ Local Idol Hopeful Advances ............................. Hines Earns Education Reimbursement ............. JAC Winners from Slaughter Charter ................. Creating Lifelong Readers and Voters ................ Milestones ........................................................... Original Bird Illustrations to be Exhibited ......... Found Art Exhibit Scheduled .............................. Arts for All Breakfast Fundraiser ....................... Classifieds ........................................................... Calendar of Events .............................................
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West Feliciana Honors Excellence with Community Celebration
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On Thursday, January 31, the community of St. Francisville celebrated its school district’s ‘A’ rating with students, parents, educators, community and staff members. The auditorium at West Feliciana High School was packed as many attend-
ees stood in line out the doors and in the aisles. The district celebration opened with a presentation of colors and the pledge. Superintendent Hollis Milton welcomed the public officials, dignitaries, employees, parents, grandparents, community members and students in attendance. “We are very excited about this celebration and performances of
our students. We are excited about being an ‘A’ district, and it has been a collaborative effort and results of long-standing pursuits to excellence,” said Milton. “Thank you, parents, for being the backbone of our efforts.” Milton added that each school is at their highest level of achievement historically in the district, with all
schools meeting their 2012 growth targets. The school system received a score of 124.3 in 2012. ”What I love about this community is that all of us in this room are passionate about education in West Feliciana. There is no secret to our success; it is all of us working together. We are See CELEBRATION on page 4
Local American Idol Hopeful Advances Firefighter Awarded Education Reimbursement
Local musician and reigning Miss Greater Baton Rouge, Megan Miller, wowed American Idol judges last week and will be going to the main competition in Hollywood. The 23-year-old was selected as a
finalist and received a “golden ticket” during an open audition in Baton Rouge after singing the Etta James classic Something’s Got A Hold On Me. Making the story more amazing is that during Miller’s nationallytelevised audition, she was nursing a major injury and was on crutches from a motorcycle accident. An injury in her leg had become infected, requiring surgery; but that wasn’t going to stop her! American Idol judges Nikki Minaj and Mariah Carey were in awe of her abilities and swagger. Miller is the daughter of Donna and John Miller of Ethel, La. and is a Centreville Academy graduate. She has attended Southwest Mississippi Community College and is now a student at LSU where she is pursuing a degree in kinesiology.
with Fire Protection District No. 1 of West Feliciana Parish was awarded a tuition reimbursement check by the Louisiana State Firemen’s Association (LSFA). The funds were provided by the U.S. Fire Administration through a grant program Robby Smith (right), fire chief of Erwinville Fire Department and called Staffing LSFA District 6 representative, presented Victoria Hines (left) for Adequate Fire with an $8,000 reimbursement check on behalf of the LSFA. and Emergency Response (SAFOn Thursday January 24, Vic- ER). toria Hines, a volunteer firefighter See HINES on page 7 and emergency medical technician
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Junior American Citizens Winners from Feliciana Slaughter Charter School Announced EXPLORER
The Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held Its Junior American Citizens (JAC) contest. The purpose of the JAC committee is to inform America’s school children, through JAC contests, about the principles of democratic government and an appreciation for this great country. Through these opportunities as well as recognition of the students’ work, DAR hopes to encourage today’s Junior American Citizens, the country’s future leaders. The contest is open to all preschool through 12th grade students in public, private, and parochial schools as well as in sanctioned home study programs in three categories: gifted, general and special needs. Students may enter several different types of contests; however, they all have the theme “Invest in America’s Future.” Students may create posters, stamp designs or banners; they can also enter a photographic essay or write a poem or short story. The judges for the Alexander Stirling Chapter had a rough time this year; over 500 students entered the local contest. Some of the winners are being announced at this time and others will be announced in a week’s time. The Slaughter Community
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Pictured are (standing, l to r): Jaliecia Hamilton, William Boeneke, Chandler Adams, Hope Winters, Deonesha Woodridge, Glenis Kent Falgoust (teacher); (2nd row, l to r): Taylor Broussard, Alexis Hatfield, Mya Wilson, Ashlynn Taylor; (sitting, l to r): Dewayne Collins, Victoria Bourque, Gracie Upton and Rebecca Fortenberry.
Charter School had 15 first place winners: Dewayne Collins (poster), Gracie Upton (poetry), Hope Winters (photo essay), William Ray Boeneke (stamp design) and Victoria Bourque (stamp design). The following students worked in
small groups on winning banners: Michael Guillot, Alexis Hatfield, Rebecca Fortenberry, Victoria Bourque, Ashlynn Taylor, Deonesha Woodridge, Mya Wilson, Taylor Broussard, Jalieicia Hamilton and Chandler Adams.
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Creating Lifelong Readers and Voters by
Nalini Raghavan Gore
Friday, February 1 was the last day that young readers throughout the state could vote for their favorite Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice (LYRC) book. While options for voting provided by the LYRC program include online voting and paper ballots, schools may also choose to pair this reading initiative with voter education. Through the Voter Outreach Division of the Secretary of State, children can vote for their favorite LYRC book on actual voting machines, demystifying the process of voting. LYRC, a project of the State Library’s Louisiana Center for the Book, has been around since 1999, and participation has steadily climbed during the 15 years of its existence, according to the LYRC website. The LYRC program’s purpose is to encourage youth in grades three through eight to read for pleasure by providing a list of books to read over the course of a year. Two lists are created for two grade ranges: 3rd through 5th grades and 6th through 8th grades. In East Feliciana Parish, the Audubon Regional Library system, the Clerk of Court’s Office, and the school librarians from public and private schools have teamed up to provide the full experience for students, fostering a love of reading through library and school participation while also providing voter education through hands-on experience
with voting machines. This year, 426 children voted in the parish through this partnership. In conjunction with the voting, Clerk of Court David Dart visits each school and discusses the importance and process of voting. Recalling that he was a nervous wreck the first time he voted, Dart explained that this is also an “effort to get these kids comfortable [with voting] so it’s not a horrible experience. We want it to be a great experience.” This year the most popular book for 6th through 8th grade East Feliciana students was Smile (57 votes) followed by How to Survive Middle School. Junkyard Wonders was the most popular book in the parish for grades 3 through 5 (70 votes), followed by Ol Bloo’s Boogie Woogle and Blues Ensemble (63 votes). The list of LYRC books for each year is released to the public on its website and the Audubon Regional
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(Top left): Mrs. Brittany Martin’s 3rd grade class at Silliman Institute receive instructions from Clerk of Court David Dart on using the voting machines. (Top right): Students in East Feliciana Parish voted on official early voting machines brought in by the Secretary of State. (Above): A donation of 15 LYRC books was made to Clinton Elementary School by the Clinton Presbyterian Church. Pictured are (l to r) Marvin Daniels, Frances Phares, Demetrius Robertson, Librarian Odie Spears, Serenity Branch, Sharon Samson, Dyasia Booker and Ma’lajah Mack.
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more than standardized test scores, district performance scores and accountability formulas. We are about students, families and community. We are West Fel!” cheered Milton. Each school performed a skit for the crowd following a brief summary of test scores and school performance information from each principal. Students from Bains Lower Elementary started off the night with Milton stirring up a special “school district gumbo” made up of ingredients such as teamwork, dedication, terrific teachers, parents, hard work and, of course, students. Each ingredient was “just the thing to make it yumbo, all a part of West Fel gumbo!” Bains Elementary students also
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showcased groups such as the Girl and Boy Scouts, Girls on the Run, 4-H, and their exceptional violinists and Beta club. West Feliciana Middle School performed an original, rap-style skit written by the students while West Feliciana High School students presented a mock trial type of skit where “defendants” were questioned by an “attorney” who claimed there was no way they were an ‘A’ district. They also highlighted some of the school’s accomplishments in education as well as extracurricular groups. Each principal was awarded a check for $8,453.85 from Superintendent Milton at the conclusion of the celebration. The celebration was sponsored by the Bank of St. Francisville and the St. Francisville Chamber of Commerce. See more photos at felicianaexplorer.com.
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Births • Engagements • Weddings • Awards Obituaries • Anniversaries • Reunions
Sciortino and Moore to Marry
Julie Marie Sciortino, of Baton Rouge, and Ryan Lytle Moore, of Zachary, will marry on March 16, 2013 at a 6 p.m. ceremony at Hemingbough in St. Francisville. The bride-elect is the daughter of Marla and Joseph D. Sciortino of Baton Rouge. She is the granddaughter of Cleve and Bella Baham of Baton Rouge and the late Mr. and Mrs. Dominic Sciortino of White Castle.
The bride-elect is a graduate of St. Michael High School and attends OLOL Medical College. She will graduate in May 2013 to pursue a career as a registered nurse. Her fiancé is the son of Charles and Renee Moore of Zachary. He is the grandson of Richard and Peggy Moore of Baker, Glen and Gloria Shaw of Jarreau, Edward and Benda Willcutt of Slaughter and Dr. Sheila Moore of Zachary. He is a graduate of Zachary High School and is employed as a sonographer with Moore Sound Imaging.
Shaffer Family Shares the Glory
The Shaffer siblings from Pride each rounded out the deer hunting season this year with a trophy buck. Cody and Kensey both shot nine-points and Conner shot an eight-point. These marksmen are the children of Paul and Candi Shaffer.
McGehee and Young to Wed
Lindsay Anne McGehee and Joshua Adam Young will exchange vows in a 5:30 p.m. ceremony on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Greenwood Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Lindsay is the daughter of Mr. John and Mrs. Lisa McGehee of Zachary, Louisiana. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Sandra Bloom and the late Mr. Robert Bloom of Newark, Delaware, and the late Mrs. Margaret and Mr. Edward L. McGehee Sr. of Zachary. She is a 2007 graduate of Zachary High School. She graduated from Nicholls State University in 2011 where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in communication disor-
ders. Lindsay is currently a graduate student at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana, where she is pursuing her Doctor of Audiology (Au.D.) degree. Josh is the son of Ms. Michelle Duck Young and Mr. David Young of Zachary, Louisiana. He is the grandson of Mrs. Edith and the late Mr. Robert Young of Foresthill, Louisiana. He is a 2006 graduate of Zachary High School. He received his Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2011. Josh is currently employed by Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, Louisiana, where he is a registered nurse in the Intensive Care Unit.
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Original Bird Illustrations by Murrell Butler to be Exhibited There are more than a thousand species of birds occurring in Mexico and the adjacent countries of Belize, Guatemala and El Salvador. When Dr. Ernest P. Edwards, Virginia professor and ornithologist, compiled the first comprehensive guidebook to this diverse mixture of temperatezone and tropical species in 1972, he turned to noted Louisiana bird artist Murrell Butler of St. Francisville to illustrate each specimen. The color plates in the several editions of Dr. Edwards’ Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Adjacent Areas are illustrative of Butler’s practiced exactitude in rendering each bird in minute detail; the plumage and coloration, the body shape and size perfectly matching that in nature. The original plates were painstakingly done in acrylic and gouache, and each plate includes more than a dozen birds from particular family groups, from warblers and colorful parrots to ducks and hawks, including not only native Mexican birds but also some United States migrants. Butler’s lengthy career, which continues to this day, has seen continued development, his focus ex-
lery on Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville will feature a three-month exhibit of these rare plates, beginning March 5 with an opening reception
from 5–8 p.m.; refreshments from be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Arts for All Sponsors Breakfast Fundraiser
From 8–11 a.m. on February 16, local St. Francisville “celebrities” will be cooking pancakes and waffles at the Birdman Coffee and Books Café. St. Francisville Mayor Billy D’Aquilla and Country Roads’ Editor James Fox-Smith are two of the amateur chefs who will be creating special dishes of waffles or pancakes for those who drop by for breakfast. Other area notables who will be participating include Stephen McKinney and Kelly Ward. A waffle or
pancake breakfast (not including a beverage) is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets may be purchased in advance or on the morning of the event. Proceeds from this breakfast will benefit the local Arts for All organization, a non-profit organization that works to support and encourage the arts in West Feliciana Parish. AFA President Becky Landry said, “This fundraiser will be fun for all who participate. I hope that we have a great turnout!”
On February 10 from 1–4 p.m., Arts for All Studio will feature an exhibit of original found art by Kelly Ward and Marcia Kistner Roberg. The Arts for All Studio is located at 5877 Commerce St. in the Quarters in St. Francisville. “I Found my Art in St. Francisville” will include various threedimensional pieces of art by these two local artists. According to Lynn Wood, owner and manager of the Birdman Coffee and Books Café, “There is no art comparable to this. It’s a ‘must see’!” For those zany, free-spirited art-
ists and art-lovers who love a parade, at 4 p.m. an anyone-can-participate parade will take place from the Arts for All Studio to the Birdman Coffee and Books at 5687 Commerce St. Participants are encouraged to be creative in their dress and may make music on the parade route with kazoos, tin pans, or any musical instrument anyone can invent. Although motorized vehicles are prohibited, tricycles, bicycles, wagons, and strollers are encouraged. The parade will end with a potluck party at the Birdman. Donations for the area Arts for All are welcomed.
Found Art Exhibit Scheduled
panding from encyclopedic illustrations, stamps and museum dioramas to enormous canvases, from lush landscapes of his native Louisiana to travel scenes from birding trips through North and South America and even Africa. But nowhere is his incredible talent and eye for exacting details seen so clearly as in his illustrations of over 700 species for the Field Guide to the Birds of Mexico. The death of Dr. Edwards returned to the artist 36 of the original 17x22” plates. Joe Savell’s Backwoods Gal-
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box full of this year’s LYRC books as a donation from the Clinton Presbyterian Church. Though voting will have ended, students are still encouraged to read the list of titles until the end of the year when the focus turns to 2014’s list. For parents who want to encourage some summer reading, the LYRC books can be checked out from the Jackson or Clinton branches of the Audubon Regional Library. For more information on LYRC, visit http://www.state.lib.la.us/literacy-and-reading/louisiana-youngreaders-choice where you can also download the 2014 reading lists.
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Events in the Felicianas WF Parks and Recreation Baseball Registration Through February 27 Registration is now open for youth baseball and t-ball with West Feliciana Parks and Recreation league. Games will be played April 2-May 10 (no games the week of LEAP testing) and All Stars will be announced week of May 6. Registration deadline is February 27. Boys youth baseball is $60 and includes jersey, cap and belt. T-ball cost is $50 and includes jersey and cap. Teams are co-ed. Register at Sports Park or online at www.wfprec. com. WFP Youth Tennis Registration Through February 27 West Feliciana Parish Parks & Recreation is accepting registrations for youth tennis lessons for children ages pre-K through 8th grade. Fees are by age group: pre-K and K is $40/ month and 1st-8th grade is $60/month. Deadline to register is February 27. Register online at www.wfprec.com or at the park located at 10226 West Feliciana Parkway, St. Francisville. For additional information call 225-784-8447 or email parks.rec@ westfelicianaparish-la.gov. Story Time and Crafts February 9, 10–11 a.m. Join in on the fun at the Audubon Regional Library, Clinton location. Attendees will enjoy an ageappropriate story followed by a coordinating craft project. For more information, contact Becky Newsom at 225-683-8753.
WFP Library Annual Tea Party February 9, 2 p.m. Have you made your reservation for the 3rd Annual Tea Party to be held at the West Feliciana Parish Library? The theme is “Pinkalicious Party”! Party is limited to 32 spots; reserve yours today. The library is located at 11865 Ferdinand St. in St. Francisville. For more information, call 225-635-3364. I Love My Zoo Day February 9, 9:30 a.m. –5 p.m. Take the family for a fun-filled experience at BREC’s BR Zoo on Saturday, February 9 for a Valentine extravaganza. This action-packed day includes safari amphitheater programs featuring the sometimes-strange and amazing “birds and the bees” facts as they apply to our affectionate animals. Regular zoo admission applies. For more information, visit www.brzoo. org. Wilson Mardi Gras Parade February 9, 10 a.m. The Wilson Community Youth Organization’s Mardi Gras parade will roll in Wilson at 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 9. Grand Marshal of the parade will be WAFB’s Diane Deaton. Arts for All Studio Exhibit February 10, 1–4 p.m. Original art found art by Kelly Ward and Marcia Kistner Roberg will be on exhibit at the Arts for All Studio, located at 5877 Commerce St. in the
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