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Feliciana Explorer • Tuesday, September 10, 2013 • Vol. 8, No. 37 • Published Weekly • Circulation 17,000 • • © 2013

West Feliciana Library Breaks Ground

Last Thursday, hundreds of West Feliciana library patrons, employees, volunteers, and contributors came out into the stifling heat at the children’s park adjacent the sight of the new library to officially break ground on the new West Feliciana Library Building complex. Last year, West Feliciana Parish voters approved small property tax, which will be bonded out to raise $3.5 million dollars for the 15,000 square foot library. The new facility being built at 5114 Burnett Road will be 5 times larger than the current library. St. Francisville native Sally Thomson Parker donated the 4.6-acre tract to the Police Jury in 2007 under the condition that it only could be used for a future library. The land clearing has commenced, and bulldozers are leveling the pad for the new complex. The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury awarded a $2.27 million contract in July to Ragusa Construction, of Independence, for con-

struction of the building. Project Managers expect the construction process to take approximately a year. The library was designed by Hidell and Associates Architects out of Texas. Library Board President Clara

Ruth Saint welcomed the large crowd and commended the community for making substantial investments in library. Saint said the library board would continue to seek donations for artwork, supplies, and materials not included in

the $3.5 million construction budget. And with that immediately accepted donations of $17,600 from the Friends organization, $15,000 from the Women’s Service League and $10,000 from the C.B. and Irene W. Pennington Foundation.

Screening Systems Thriving as International Industrial Company By James Ronald Skains

Screening Systems International, Inc. (SSI) and its sister company, Screening Services International, provide vital debris screening equipment to electrical power plants and municipal water systems around the world. SSI employs 110 people in its operations based on Hwy 19 in Slaughter located just inside East Feliciana Parish. SSI makes “traveling water screening systems equipment” that prevents debris as small as 1/8 inch from making its way into huge water pumps at power plants, including River Bend, and water pumps for municipalities. The “traveling” part of the system means that it not only prevents the debris from

entering the pumps, but it moves the debris out of the water flow stream into discard piles. “My dad, Henry Watson, Sr., started about 20 years ago after he sold HAWCO (which is now Anvil Industries) to Southern Scrap and Re-cycling,’’ Henry Watson, Jr., now President of SSI after the death of his father 12 years ago related. “My father was one of a kind guy; truly, a self-made businessman.” “He was born in Monticello, Mississippi into a large family. After he finished the 7th grade, his mom and dad told him that it would best if he would drop out of school and get a job to help support his younger brothers and sisters. My See SSI page 2

Henry Watson, Jr. at his office on Hwy. 19 in Slaughter.


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ets and grapples, we developed a bucket that could load and unloadcontinued from page 1 ed 40 cubic yards of wood chips for a company in Mobile. Also, my dad worked in service stations and dad had developed a grapple that even in a folding chair manufactur- could unload an 18-wheeler trailer ing company in Baton Rouge. His load of logs at one time. My dad brother, David, had moved to Chi- was a self-taught engineer and incago and gone to work for Illinois novative inventor. He learned to Central Railroad so that he could read engineering drawing, which get my dad a job there, which he really came in handy with SSI. did. But the job was operating Building and repairing screening valves which my dad didn’t think systems began for my dad because had much future, so he took a job of his work with the grapples and as an apprentice welder at half the buckets that Crown Zellerbach was buying from HAWCO. Crown pay of the valve operator’s job.” “Before he finished his appren- Zellerbach asked him if he could ticeship as a welder, Dad had al- repair some of their screens on ready decided to move back to the their water intake for their paper south. Dad made a couple of trips mills. As HAWCO began doing back to Baton Rouge to talk with more traveling water screening the YAUN company that made systems work, the offer to buy big buckets for loading or unload- HAWCO came along. So dad sold ing gravel, coal, grain and other HAWCO, moved next door and things. They told him that once he started building buildings for SSI.” “However, Dad always stressed finished his apprenticeship, they would test his welding skills, and to me and my sisters that no matter if he passed, he would have a job what industry we were in, we were building the big buckets for heavy selling “service” and our success would depend upon how well we lifting.’’ “In about a year after he started took care of our customers.’’ Henry A. Watson, Sr. passed working with the bucket manufacturing company, they made him the away 12 years ago from leukemia shop foreman. A few years later, at the age of 65. Since his death, he decided to go into business for the three siblings have basically himself and moved to Slaughter operated the company with a strong where he opened up a 40’ x 40’ management team. Lisa Watson shop with a dirt floor,” Watson re- Shaffer serves as vice president called. “At that time, dad would and general manager, with Henry get an order, make the bucket, de- Watson, Jr. serving as the presiliver it and collect the money, be- dent. The older sister, Brenda Watcause he was only financially able son Uzee was more active in the to build one bucket at a time. He daily operations of SSI when her eventually named his company, father was still alive. “We have a separate company, HAWCO.’’ “When we were building buck- Screening Services Inc. that does all the field work and service work,’’ Watson explained. “It was better to separate the services from our manufacturing operations. We have our own design team of four engineers and two draftsmen, plus we have our state of the art machine shop where all the units are actually fabricated.” “Our largest building is our equipment assembly area. We have our own trucks so we can deliver our screening system equipment directly to our customer’s location. We also have three dive teams with a fourth being formed. They are

able to be onsite to go down to the intake or screening equipment location to find out what the problem is and fix it on site. I don’t think anyone else within our industry has this capability.’’ SSI has some screening systems in the Ohio River that are 10-12 feet in width and 100 feet long. The Atlanta, Georgia Municipal Water System runs through SSI equipment manufactured in Slaughter, as does most of the water supply to San Francisco. Hawaiian Electric Company is also one of the longtime customers, and numerous SSI systems have been installed in the New Jersey and New York areas. SSI also has several customers in Asia and the Pacific area as well as many equipment installations in South America. “Although we still have a large untapped market for SSI products here in the states, I do think that we will see a lot of growth in our international sales in the next five years,’’ Watson acknowledged. “Water systems are such a critical priority to municipalities and power plants that we have to be able to respond immediately to any problem. It is nothing unusual to put some of our service guys on a plane in Baton Rouge bound for wherever the problem may be, whether in the states or internationally.’’ Henry Watson, Jr. was able to grow up in a much different environment than his dad. As a member of the 4-H, he showed prize Limousine cattle at stock shows around the country. Writers Note: Not often in the annuals of American business at the highest levels has one 7th grade educated man, built one multimillion dollar company into a niche market, much less two major businesses, one which seems poised to becoming an even larger economic force the international business community. It is interesting to speculate as to what Henry Watson, Sr. might have done if he had become an engineering graduate or if he had chosen to take the more lucrative pay on the valve job rather than taking the welding job that had more potential.

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Kleinpeter PT Welcomes New Therapist

James M. LeBlanc, DPT has joined the practice of Kleinpeter Physical Therapy located in Baton Rouge and Zachary Louisiana. James received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Louisiana State University Health Sciences in Shreveport. After receiving his DPT, James completed a one year Orthopedic and Practice Management Residency in Shreveport. His special interests include manual therapy and treatment of upper and lower extremity orthopedic and sports injuries. James is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, the Louisiana Physical Therapy Association, and is an orthopedic section member of American Physical Therapy Association. James enjoys spending time with family and friends. His hobbies include spending time on the lake, water and snow skiing, biking, playing guitar, golf, and attending LSU sporting events. James is now accepting new patients at the Zachary location.

Great time at JES Family Night

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By Anijah Dunn, JES 4th grader and Cub reporter

At JES Family Night, the parents talked to the teachers about how students have been in their class. JES families had a lot of fun and educational stuff like books, pencils, and forms. The families went upstairs and looked at the posters on the walls. They saw some of the kindergarten posters, and the parents said they looked good. The parents spent half of the time looking at the art on the walls. The parents saw the grades in the classes and they were proud of the scholars. JES students met some more of the new teachers and learned their names. JES students had so much fun by enjoying themselves. “We had a really good turnout,”

JES fourth graders show their values as part of Family Night

said principal Ms. Phillips, “We had over 120 parents attend. We are excited about building partnerships with our students’ families this year.” Family Night is one of the ways that teachers are teaching JES students. You should come sit and see the great things they are teaching us.

Photo left to right: Front Row: Olivia Pass, Mary Mills, Dalene Reaves, Virginia Smith Back Row: Kelly Ward, Margaret Beauchamp, Josette Lester, Carolyn Douglas, Bettye Winham, Richard Glass. Not Pictured, Barbara Glass.

OLLI Fall Classes Begin September 16

OLLI fall classes are starting the week of September 16. Hurry to sign up for the classes you would like to take. There’s something for everyone! The up-coming classes for the Fall: Italian Cooking, Quilting, Yoga, Spanish for Beginners and Intermediates, Home Gardening, Beginning French, Square Dancing, Bird Identification, Louisiana Creole Language Through Folklore, Remarkable But Not So Famous Presidents, Channeling The Muse. Instructors are experts in their field. There is a nominal class fee. Sign up early as class size is limited. Join OLLI now online or over the phone so you can sign up for the fall classes, Field Trips and Nature Walks. Call 224-578-2500 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday or go to www.outreach.lsu. edu/olli. The Feliciana Chapter of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

at LSU is for all persons fifty years of age and over who seek to enrich their lives, meet new people, and continue their education. This local Chapter encompasses West and East Feliciana and Pointe Coupee and is an outreach program of LSU Continuing Education. The membership year starts July 1 and the membership fee is $40, which is tax deductible. Both educational and fun classes are held throughout the year in both St. Francisville and New Roads. No exams, no grades, just informal enrichment with a healthy dose of making new friends. In addition to the classroom oportunities there are several Coffees each year with a speaker and social time, Field Trips to unique local places, and monthly (September to May) Nature Walks with expert birders and naturalists. All this is guaranteed to keep you learning, moving and meeting interesting people.


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Jackson Historic District Commission 1st Annual Art Competition Winners On Thursday, August 29, 2013, the Jackson Historic District Commission announced the winners of the 1st Annual Art Competition. For the past three weeks, the works of art have been on display in the lobby of the Jackson branch Highlands Bank. The purpose of the competition was to raise awareness of the variety of historical and architectural gems in Jackson. Participating artists included: Donna Kilbourne, Dahn Savell, Mary Heckman, Frances Durham, Linda White, Joseph Savell, and Merrie Hobgood. Winners were awarded cash prizes for the winning works of art judged by: MaryAnn Ridenour, Toby Aucoin, and Ernie Smith, Professor of Art at Southeastern Louisiana University. 1st Place Winner, $150: “College Street Cottage,” by Donna Kilbourne 2nd Place Winner, $100: “Road Into Jackson,” by Donna Kilbourne 3rd Place Winner, $75: “Lockridge Cottage,” by Linda White Donna Kilbourne’s passion for painting started in 1997. Donna’s

1st Place winning work, “Road Into Jackson,” was inspired by an original photo that she admired hanging in the old Clerk of Courts office. “When I heard about the contest, I knew that I wanted to paint that photo,” says Kilbourne. Her 2nd Place winning work, “College Street Cottage,” was painted before the contest and is based on a yellow cottage on College Street known as “The Candy Store.“ Linda White, 3rd place winner, has only been painting for three years. “This contest was such a treat to be a part of, to have my art displayed is very exciting. I never thought I would have won a prize for my art.” She choose her winning work of art, “Lockridge Cottage,” to paint because of its unique English cottage look. The Jackson Historic District Commission hopes to continue the contest annually and attract more participants each year. The Commission would like to extend a special thank you to Highlands Bank for allowing the art to be displayed.

Above: Donna Kilbourne’s “Road into Jackson” 2nd place winner, based on original photo of Jackson street

Left: Linda White with “Lockridge Cottage” 3rd Place Winner

Above: Donna Kilbourne with “College Street Cottage” 1st Place Winner

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EVENTS IN THE FELICIANAS The Baton Rouge Homeschool Athletic Association, an active group of area Christian Homeschool families, is forming both boys and girls Basketball teams to compete in the ACE Louisiana league this season. Conditioning sessions are beginning shortly, with practices three times a week starting in October. The 12 game season runs December through February. For more information please contact Lady Eagles Coach Brent Lowe or Eagles Coach Aaron Taylor, via our team Facebook page: Baton Rouge Homeschool Eagles. The first Saturday of every month is market day in Clinton. Come out for the back to school edition of the market on September 7. About 75 vendors featuring most anything you want and an few things that you didn’t know that you wanted will be offering their wares as you stroll around Court House Square and up St Helena Street. A special event this month will be Lexlee’s Kids Back to School Blow Out! Lexlee Overton, a certified car seat inspector, says “ Come have your car seats checked! Free booster seats for big kids & back to school supply packs for every car seat checked! Even if you don’t have a seat that needs to be checked come visit. The Clinton Community Market will be open & we would love to meet you & your kiddos!” Lexlee will be located in front of the Overton Law Office on Lawyers Row North of the Court House. DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP Tuesday, September 10, 2013 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Type 1 or Type 2? Old Hand or Newly Diagnosed? Maybe a friend or loved-one has Diabetes? Would you like to learn more about Diabetes, or reinforce what you already know? We welcome all who have Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes including family, friends and any others in a supporting role. Lane Regional Medical Center 6300 Main Street Zachary, LA Registration is NOT Required. For more information, contact Sherri Brady, RN 225-658-4583 St. Francisville United Methodist Church

would like to invite all people to worship with us on “Back to Church Sunday” on September 15. Our contemporary service, “The Table,” is celebrating its first full year of ministry and would like to invite you to come worship and have cake with us at 11:00 AM in the Fellowship Hall. This service is casual and open to all people, no matter what your degree of comfort with “church” is. We also offer traditional worship services in the sanctuary with our folk choir at 8:15 and our chancel choir at 11:00 AM each week. On Wednesday evenings we offer an opportunity for the entire family to come as we have “Church Night Together.” There is a meal beginning at 5:30, and activities for children, youth, and adults beginning at 6:00. Come and share in the love and grace of God with us this week. REVIVAL NORWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH NORWOOD, LOUISIANA SEPT.15 @ 10:15AM & 6:30PM SEPT.16,17,18 @ 6:30 PM REV. GARY BOWLIN, EVANGELIST MUSIC BY REV. KEVIN CHEATHAM CHILDCARE PROVIDED BABIESAGE 3 CONTACT: (225) 629-5325 The public is invited to submit questions in advance to the candidates running for West Feliciana Parish president and who are expected to attend a Sept. 12 public forum sponsored by the Greater St. Francisville Chamber of Commerce. The forum will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at The Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church, 7910 U.S. 61, St. Francisville. Questions may be submitted by email at or by mail to P.O. Box 545, St. Francisville, LA, 70775. All submissions will be confidential, and the deadline is Sept. 6. The chamber’s Governmental Relations Committee will decide what questions will be used. A Community Men’s Prayer Breakfast is held the second Saturday of each month at the Clinton United Methodist Church Hall beginning at 8 am. Come join us for fellowship, a devotion and breakfast.

The East Feliciana Democratic Parish Executive Committee will host a forum for voters to learn more about the candidates running in the Oct. 19 special election in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District on Monday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 p.m. at JB Seafood and BBQ, 11302 Bank St., Clinton. The event is open to the public. FREE “ASK THE DOCTOR” LUNCH & LEARN AT LANE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER “Sun Damage: Protection, Prevention & Correction” Photo-damage, also known as “sun damage”, by UV rays is very apparent to the majority of our southern population. It is a major risk factor for not only skin disease but for the lines and wrinkles that make us look older than we are. Dr. Baron J Williamson, ophthalmologists and oculo-plastic surgeon, and Michelle Carroll, registered nurse and clinical director of the Outpatient Surgery & Cosmetic Center, will discuss the types of UV rays and how they affect the layers of the skin, and skin care protection, prevention, and correction during the “Ask the Doctor” Lunch and Learn on Wednesday, September 25, from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Diagnosis and treatment options will be discussed. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Call (225)658-4585 to reserve your seat today! The session is FREE and includes a light lunch. HUNTER SAFETY COURSE SPONSORED BY: 20TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE Saturday, September 28, 2013 8-4:00 p.m. AND Sunday, September 29, 2013 2-4:00 p.m. AMERICAN LEGION HALL 1362 LIBERTY HWY., CLINTON, LA - MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS Contact Crystal at the District Attorney’s Office 683-8563 to pre-register now, limited seating available!

LA Night Jam V - Saturday Sept. 28, 2013 at Bennetts at Bennets Boat and Ski. Extreme distance water ski jumping, wake board kicker contest ,free style ski jumping, free style bare footing, barefoot jumping, fire dancing, Live Bands and Live DJ, Food & Drinks, Open Air Market... and much, much The Feliciana Chapter OLLI at LSU is sponsoring a Southern Country Tea and guided tour of Audubon’s Oakley House, on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Located just south of St. Francisville, Oakley, the airy house where John James Audubon stayed, is a splendid example of life in the early 1800’s. Nestled in a beautiful forest setting, the architecture of the home utilizes jalousied galleries of the West Indies’ influence allowing cool breezes to drift through the rooms. The plantation barn has numerous horse-drawn implements and vehicles. The large, detached kitchen building also contains a weaving room and an ironing/wash room. Two slave cabins give a glimpse into the laborers’ way of life on the plantation. Restored formal and kitchen gardens demonstrate the early plantation owner’s zest for beauty, fresh vegetables and herbs. The price of the tour ($25.00) includes entrance to the Audubon State Park, guided tour of the home, grounds, gardens, slave cabins, museum, etc. and a Southern Tea luncheon at the end of the tour. Tea and tour size is limited. To register or for further information, call OLLI at LSU at 224-578-2500 from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, or if already an OLLI member, go to www.outreach.lsu. edu/olli. UNITED IN FAITH COLOR FUN RUN will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 in the Town of Clinton. We are asking for all churches in the Clinton Community to participate in a two-mile FUN COLOR RUN/WALK to support our veterans the Saturday before Veterans Day.. Registration ends October 9, 2013. If you have any questions, please email Heidi Ligon at

There’s something to do every day in the Felicianas. From choir performances and rodeos to Main Street markets and special library programming for children, the Felicianas ares rich in cultural and social activities. If you have an event you would like the public to know about, email event details to Space allowing, your event will be included for free in the Event Calendar section.

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