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West Feliciana Agrees to Sell Land ..................... 1 Feliciana’s Best Creameries............................... 1 Community........................................................... 3 Business .............................................................. 5 Milestones............................................................ 6 Classifieds............................................................ 7
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West Feliciana Agrees to Sell Land for Updated Hospital Campus The West Feliciana Police Jury has finally agreed to acceptable terms under which the Parish will agree to sell over seven acres of land to West Feliciana Parish Hospital for a new major expansion of the Hospital for outpatient care. Now the West Feliciana Parish Hospital’s board of commissioners must ascertain the suitability of the parish-owned property as a location for a new health care facility focusing on outpatient care. The two entities have been negotiating since April 2012. Under the proposed purchase agreement by the Police Jury, the hospital board will purchase 7.26 acres from a total tract of 14.38 acres for $770,000. The purchase agreement also calls for the hospital board to assist the jury in removing the playground equipment and ballpark light poles to other locations. Hospital Administrator Lee Chastant is optimistic that the Hospital Commissioners will approve the
purchase either at their next meeting on May 16, or at an earlier special meeting. The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury and West Feliciana Parish Hospital (WFPH) initially agreed to a Letter of Intent at a November police jury meeting, detailing the price and terms under which the hospital will purchase the seven acres of land currently owned by the police jury. The two public entities have been in negotiation about the sale of the acreage since April of this year when the hospital board initially approached the police jury about acquiring the land as a site to build a new 40,000–50,000 s.f. hospital. The current facility is 45 years old and, according to Board Chairman Leonard Sullivan, would have needed very expensive renovations to accommodate the provision of advanced procedures and specialty services. Originally WFPH Administrative Director Lee Chastant explained at a public meeting in
October that the new facility was expected to cost somewhere between $17 and $22 million. However now the focus will be on more outpatient services, and new technology according to Chastant. Chastant anticipates that it will take about a year to complete the
architectural drawings and environmental studies and get the approvals required to build the new state of the art hospital and outpatient facilities. Construction should begin in 2014 with and anticipated new hospital facility being available in 2015 or early 2016.
Feliciana’s Best Creameries: A Fresh Treasure of Milk with the Taste of Yesteryear By James Ronald Skains
There are apparently ten keys to the milk business; pasteurization, homogenization, temperature, freshness, hormones and antibiotics, feed, calving cycle, genetics, and marketing. The pasteurization of milk is the process in which milk is placed at a high temperature for a certain length of time to kill any impurities. “Our milk is pasteurized, but in a very different manner than the large milk processors use,’’ Mike Brian, who along with his family members operate Feliciana Creameries, pointed out. “We bring our milk up to 145 degrees and leave it there for 30 minutes.’’ “In comparison, the large milk processors use a flash heating system whereby they heat the milk up
to 170 degrees and hold it there for 17 seconds,’’ Brian elaborated on the different Pasteurization methods. Homogenization of milk is the process of putting the milk under pressure to blow apart the fat molecules in the milk. Whole milk has 3.25% fat content, low fat has 2% and skim milk has 1%. “We don’t homogenize our milk but leave the cream in the milk to give it a much richer taste which is what our customers are looking for,’’ Brian, who has a degree in Dairy Science from LSU, pointed out. Mike’s mom and dad, Vernon and Jeanette, started the dairy operation in 1964, so Mike grew up on the farm with about 200 to 300 See BEST MILK on page 2
The Brian Family, (left to right): Vernon, Jeanette, Brady, Maggie, Pattie and Mike
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hundred head of dairy cows at any one time. In 1982, Mike Brian began his studies in Diary Science at LSU, graduating in 1984. “Early on in life, I realized that I wanted to be a dairyman,’’ Brian said. “I remember taking a Dairy Products tasting class at LSU which gave us a chance to see the results of the finished product from a different prospective,’’ Brian recalled. “However, the key to the dairy business for the owner is in the genetics and breeding of the cows.’’ “All of our cows are bred through artificial insemination,’’ Brian related. “This way we are able to improve the quality of our cows, our milk, and the quantity produced, all in an ongoing herd improvement cycle.’’ “We pasture all our cows 365 days a year,’’ Brian acknowledged. “According to some people, primarily grass fed dairy cattle produce milk with higher beta-carotene content. We do not use growth hormones or antibiotics to stimulate either growth or milk production.’’ “We like to keep our cows on about a 14 month cycle,’’ Brian added. “Typically a milk cow will produce a good quantity of milk for about 8 years, and then we send them to the sale barn at about 10 years of age. We don’t start our cows to calving until they are at least two years old, then we dry our cows up for a 60 day vacation and let them roam our 150 acres of pasture land.’’ “I like to spread my calving out throughout the year in comparison to most large dairies who like the majority of their calves to come in the fall of the year,’’ Brian related.
“We take the bull calves to the sale barn and evaluate the potential of the milk cows. Since we breed our producing cows to such good bulls around the country, we like to grow our herd internally. Sometimes we get a great looking bull calf with all the right genetics and we may sell him to another Dairyman to service their herd.’’ Five years ago, the Brian Dairy was milking 300 head of cows. However, continuing to produce milk in large quantities and selling it to the Dairy Co-op was proving to be not financially feasible. In June 2009, Brian shut down the dairy and re-evaluated his operation. “It was at that point, we decided to put in our own pasteurization process and bottling operation. We decided to market our milk to local grocery stores and build up a loyal clientele.’’ Feliciana Creameries products can be found each Saturday at the Red Stick Farmers Market in downtown Baton Rouge. Usually, son Brady, daughter Maggie, and wife Patti are working the booth with Brian. The Feliciana Creameries brand of milk can also be purchased at LeBlanc’s Grocery store in Zachary, at both Supermarkets in St. Francisville, Carter’s Supermarket in Denham Springs, Trabona’s in Clinton, Southside Produce on Perkins and a
few other smaller outlets in the Feliciana and Baton Rouge area. Also, the milk, including chocolate can be purchased at the dairy, which is off Cook Road, which turns off the Pride/ Port Hudson Road. The Brian’s have an honor system. If they are not at the dairy, then the customer can open the cooler, take out what milk they want and leave the appropriate amount in the cash box. “Our process facilities are inspected at least once a month by the State,’’ Brian pointed out. “We always emphasis how fresh our milk is. Sometimes for the Red Stick Farmers market on Saturday, we will be bottling milk that was walking around in the pasture before milking time on Friday.’’ Most people do not realize that over half the milk consumed in Louisiana comes from out of state. Huge dairy operations in West Texas and New Mexico market their milk to Louisiana processors. That means that the milk from out of state may be three or more days old when it reaches the consumer. In transporting milk, it must remain below 42 degrees at all times or the milk has to be sent to a cheese factory. Feliciana Creameries keeps its milk at about 35 degrees after it is processed until it reaches the consumer within only a couple of days.
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Rev. Bobby Bennett, the assistant pastor at Roseland Praise & Worship Center in Roseland, La., recently completed his 2nd annual Carrying of the Cross to Save our Children. The cross weighs 150 lbs and he carried it 10 miles. Sponsors from across the state supported Bennett.
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Business Lane Behavioral Health Services Welcomes Thomas Erwin, LCSW Lane Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce that Thomas Erwin, LCSW, has been named LCSW supervisor for Behavioral Health Services in Zachary and Baker. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and will be responsible for assisting in the development of expanding behavioral health services, specifically with the opening of the Partial Hospitalization Program. Lane Behavioral Health Services offers outpatient treatment for adults experiencing life-altering emotional crises, such as depression, anxiety, panic, stress, fear and other personal disorders. This active treatment program teaches powerful and practical ways to respond to any type of traumatic life event, behavioral difficulty or emotional distress, especially major events due to the loss of a job, health or relationship. With a Masters of Social Work from Louisiana State University,
Erwin has more than 16 years of education, medical and psychiatric clinical social work experience with children, adolescents, adults and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. A life-long resident of West Feliciana Parish, Erwin is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers with certifications in School Social Work – National certification and Gerontological Social Work.
Bankston Steps Down as Chairman of Bank of Zachary after 17 Year Stint
Russell Bankston has stepped down from his position as Chairman of the Board of Bank of Zachary and its holding company Zachary Bancshares, Inc., a position he has held for the past seventeen years. Rodney S. (Sam) Johnson was elected Chairman at a meeting of the Board of Directors held April 18. A retired attorney and former City Judge, Mr. Bankston was first elected to the Bank of Zachary Board of Directors in January, 1971. He succeeded Leonard Aguillard as Chairman in April, 1996. Mr. Bankston will remain as a member of the Board, and serve as vice Chairman. Mr. Johnson, a Zachary-based State Farm agent, was first elected to the Board in October, 1991.
Johnson (left) with Bankston
He has served as Vice Chairman since 1996. “Our bank is fortunate to have community leaders like Russell and Sam as members of our Board,” said Bank of Zachary President Preston L. Kennedy. “They are fully committed to our mission of meeting the financial needs of our community”.
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Keep East Feliciana Beautiful Committee honors the work of individuals each month who have demonstrated a commitment to community improvement by cleaning up their neighborhood. At their April 5th meeting which was held at the Police Jury Office the award was presented to Joe Sadaqat. The KEFB Committee has been very pleased with the beautification project that Sadaqat has done around the Clinton Main Street Market/ Valero. Sadaqat is the manager of the business and he has taken the responsibility to make sure his corner of Clinton is clean and beautiful. Everyone that passes Valeros notices his landscaping project of palms trees and flowers. left: Pictured are Joe Sadaqat and Bill Wiggins
Troop 60 Holds Court of Honor
Pictured left to right: Michael Kraemer, Ethan P. O’Brien, Andrew Peterson, Shelby DeMoss and Ryan Moore
Troop 60 held a Court of Honor on Tuesday, April 23 at Clinton United Methodist Church. Opening the Court of Honor was newly elected Scoutmaster E.J. Moore. During the ceremony, Charter Organization Representative Billy DeMoss installed the new Troop committee and charged them with the task of helping the boys and troop become the best it could be. Also installed during the ceremony were the two new
patrol leaders, Ryan Moore and Michael Kraemer. Several of the boys also earned Merit Badges. Shelby DeMoss earned Rifle, Woodworking, and Emergency Prep, Ethan O’Brian, Chandler Adams, Ethan P. O’Brien and Andrew Peterson all earned Woodworking. Troop 60 parents and Committee congratulate the new Scoutmaster and want to thank the past Scoutmaster, Jeff Gardner for his years of service, as well as the boys of Troop 60.
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Bond, James Edward “Edd” “Come all ye who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Bond, James Edward “Edd”, born January 4, 1920, in Richton, Mississippi, passed away at his home in Denham Springs, surrounded by family on Sunday, April 28, 2013. He was retired from Greyhound Bus Lines, having worked as a ticket agent and supervisor for over 40 years. After retirement, he spent many happy days working at his sister’s grocery store, Penny’s Sunflower, in Clinton, Louisiana. He was a United States Navy veteran, having served his country during World War II. He was treasurer and elder of the Baker Christian Church. He was an avid gardener. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Wallace Bond, Five daughters and sons in law, Sandra and Sammy Territo, Paula and Prentiss Stevens, Elizabeth and Kenny Downey, Theresa and Eric Grimmer, and Connie Bond and a son, Robert Bond. He is survived also by eleven grandchildren, Jodie Melancon, Bubba Territo, Ashley Grady, Ronn Self, Jennifer
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Stevens, Benjamin Stevens, Jared Stevens, Amy Pulliam, Matthew Walsh, Eric Grimmer II and Audie James Grimmer and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Onnie Holman Bond, a brother, Henry R. Bond, Jr., and three sisters, Barronece Pendarvis, Mabel Whitt and Dorris Gee. Visiting will be held at Charlet Funeral Home, Inc., Clinton on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 9:00 am until service time at 11:00 am conducted by Rev. Todd Whirley. Interment will be at Masonic Cemetery, Clinton, LA. Pallbearers will be Sammy Territo, Prentiss Stevens, Eric Grimmer, Russ de Blieux, Matthew Walsh and Mike Souter. Honorary pallbearers are Kenny Downey and Eric Grimmer II. The family wishes to thank Dr. Stephen Speeg, Dr. Tom Meek and Hospice Compassus for their compassion and care. A special thanks to Mike Souter, nephew, for his unending support of his uncle, and to Brandi Comeaux, his devoted caregiver. Share sympathies, condolences and memories at www. charletfuneralhome.com.
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Events in the Felicianas pARTty At Your Place Ribbon Cutting Party May 7, 4-7 p.m. This will be a pARTy in a party as pARTy at Your Place celebrates changes in their business Browse paintings or paint on your own stain glass fleur de lis on canvas. Refreshments and drinks will be served but you can bring your favorite adult beverage; ice and cups will be provided. Cost to paint a pre-drawn 16x20 canvas is $25. Registration is required due to limited spots and will take place at the Zachary Chamber of Commerce located at 4633 Main St. For more information, call 225-2883772. Patrick’s Jewelry Mignon Faget Trunk Show May 9, 3-8 p.m. Enjoy a pleasant and fun evening wine, lite bites, laughter and gorgeous jewelry during the exclusive Mignon Faget Trunk Show Thursday. This great mother/daughter outing will give you the opportunity to register for their Mother’s Day Giveaway, view the entire collection and receive 10% off of MF jewelry—not to mention, make a wish list for your family. Patrick’s Jewelry is located on U.S. 61 in St. Francisville. For more information, call 225-635-4614. Mother’s Day at BR Zoo May 12, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Celebrate mom this Mother’s Day at
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