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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Boat blessing honors faith and tradition


House Committee members vote on state budget bill Bill would fully fund TOPS, but slash health services The full House to consider the measure as early as Thursday

By Dan Copp Daily Comet Staff Writer

Gerrard Cheramie had a special passenger on board his fishing boat Sunday. Cheramie’s vessel was selected to transport the Rev. Joseph Henry Sebastian down Bayou Lafourche during the 102nd Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church’s Blessing of the Fleet in Golden Meadow. It is the oldest consecutively held boat blessing on the Gulf Coast.  “I’m a little nervous,” Cheramie said shortly before leading the 14boat procession. “I’ve been to this boat blessing before, but this is the first time I ever drove the priest. It’s an honor.”  Today’s blessing continued a tradition that began in 1916 when the Rev. Yves Grall of Brittany, France, brought the ceremony to Golden Meadow. Following a Fisherman’s Mass, Sebastian led a prayer before boarding Cheramie’s vessel. See Blessings Page 3-A


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By Tryfon Boukouvidis LSU Manship School News Service

BATON ROUGE – After a contentious debate, the House Appropriations Committee voted Monday almost along party lines to approve a state budget that would fully fund TOPS while slashing health services for the state’s most vulnerable citizens. A set of amendments sponsored by the committee’s vice chairman, Franklin Foil, R-Baton Rouge, would allocate $233 million to fund the popular TOPS scholarships and $13 million to fund Go Grant, a program that provides needbased financial aid. “I want to send a message to our students who are making decisions now for college that it’s a priority for us to fully fund TOPS and Go Grants,” Foil said. The amendments passed 17-6, with all the Republicans except for Charles Chaney, R-Rayville, voting for them. The one political independent on the committee, Jerome Richard of Thibodeaux, voted with the Republicans. All five Democrats opposed the amendments. The bill could be debated on the House floor as early as Thursday. It would restore some of the cuts made by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ proposed doomsday budget, which was based in January on projections of a $994 budget gap in the fiscal year starting July 1. The state’s Revenue Estimating Conference projected last week that recent federal tax changes would

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The Lockport Food Festival is on tap for this weekend beginning on Thursday with a SneakA-Peek night. Check out the Festival ad on page 3-A for more information, or call the Lockport Town Hall at (985) 532-3117.

Twenty-first annual Lockport Food Festival set for this weekend Festival to open Thursday with Sneak-A-Peek Night

Holly McKeon, Contributing Writer

The Lockport Food Festival, also known as La Fete Du Monde, will take downtown Lockport by storm April 19 – 22nd on Church Street. The familyfriendly event brings the best of Cajun food fare, nonstop fun, and several music genres to historical Lockport. Inclement weather put a damper on the event in previous years; much to the dismay of festival goers, the Town of Lockport, and many of its nonprofits who count on LFF proceeds to further their causes. Luckily, with this past weekend’s severe weather behind us, it appears the weather will cooperate and provide for some fun in the sun for this year’s festivities, much to the relief of the historic town and nonprofit organizations. This year LFF will introduce the first annual craft show to the festival that is sure to be a big success with well over a dozen vendors with a variety of arts and crafts for sale. The food menu includes jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, shrimp boulettes, seafood po-boys and platters, onion mums, grillades, white beans, hamburg-

ers, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, chicken on a stick, cheese sticks, gumbo, fried Oreo cookies and Snicker bars, just to name a few. Come on out for “Sneak Peek Thursday” on April 19 with rides only a dollar each from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Live auctions take place Friday from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Some of the items on the auction block are wooden swings, wooden rockers, boiling pots, and burners, fishing lines, an ice chest, tools, yard art, plants, and more. Carnival rides are pay-one-price of $16 beginning Friday from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Saturday noon until 5 p.m., 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. You can also purchase weekend armbands for $55, which are valid from start to end every day throughout the duration of the festival. Friday Nonc Nu and the Wild Matous, the Cajun/zydeco band will take the stage from 6 – 9 p.m. followed by classic rock from Supercharger beginning at 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. See Festival Page 3-A

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Mighty Mississippi: Scientists use model in land loss fight By REBECCA SANTANA, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Scientists working on new ways to battle the erosion that threatens Louisiana’s coastline have a dramatic new tool: a massive replica of the lower Mississippi River. The Louisiana State University’s Center for River Studies is home to the newly opened Lower Mississippi River Physical Model, a 10,000-square-foot reproduction of nearly 200 miles of the lower Mississippi from the town of Donaldsonville northwest of New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico.

The model will help experts study one of the most important rivers in North America and how sediment from it can be used to fight coastal erosion. “Not only can we model the flows and the water stages of the water levels in the Mississippi River, we can also model or simulate the transport or the movement of the Mississippi River sand down the river, and we can do all that in roughly one hour to replicate one year on the river,” said Clint Willson, the LSU professor who heads the Center for River Studies. See River Page 5-A


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The 13th Annual Dukes of Earl Luncheon and Cake Bingo held last month at the Larose Civic Center benefitted South Lafourche Relay For Life. Pictured is bingo winner, Ella Mae Duplantis showing off her winning cake. If you like cake and you like bingo, another cake bingo and lunch benefitting “Mary Kate’s Magical Express” at Give Kids the World will be held Sunday, April 22 at the Cut Off Youth Center at 1 p.m.

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Holy Rosary Catholic School sponsoring Thursday dinner

Holy Rosary Catholic School will hold a drivethru dinner on Thursday, April 26th from 4 to 6:00 p.m. The dinner will be drive-through with meals picked up in the HRCS car line. Dinner menu will consists of meat sauce spaghetti, corn, salad, and French bread for $8/each. Meal tickets can be purchased through an HRCS student or in the school front office. Orders must be placed before Thursday, April 19. __________________

SLHS to host Retirement Social

South Lafourche High School would like to invite all retired faculty and staff members from SLHS to the 2018 Retirement Social on Thursday, April 19th from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Please sign in with the main office and join the group in the lounge for coffee and pastries. __________________

La- Terre Master Gardners to hold annual Plant Sale May 5

The La-Terre Master Gardeners will host their annual Plant Sale on May 5, at the Raceland AG Building, 115 Texas Street, Raceland. For sale will be flowering plants and vegetables propagated by the La-Terre Master Gardeners. The sale is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Payment by cash and checks only. Speakers and demonstrations will begin at 10 a.m. One can also sign up for the LSU Ag Center Master Gardener Class held in January 2019. For more information, contact Beth Plaisance at t. _________________

Give Kids the World cake bingo and lunch set for Sunday

A cake bingo and lunch benefitting “Mary Kate’s Magical Express� at Give Kids the World will be held on Sunday, April 22 at the Cut Off Youth Center at 1 p.m. Lunch will be served at the bingo or take out is available. Tickets are also sold in advance.

Plate lunch fundraiser, blood drive set for local leukemia patient

Ten-year-old Austin Abadie, son of Larry and Paige Abadie, was recently diagnosed on March 12 with T -cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). Austin will be undergoing chemotherapy for the next 1 to 3 years. Proceeds from the fundraiser with help with medical costs. The event will be held Saturday, April 21, from noon to 5 p.m. at Community Bible Church, 14757 E. Main, Cut Off. Plate lunches are $10 and will include jambalaya, fried fish and dessert. For pre-orders, contact Heather Abadie at 985-665-7784 or A blood drive will also be held the same day. Advanced signups are needed. To sign up, contact Heather or call the church secretary Lisa Plaisance at 985632-3077. __________________

Benefit Fun Run slated for April 21

A fun run hosted by LCO to honor the memory of Mary Kate Bruce benefiting “Mary Kate’s Magical Express� at the Give Kids the World, will be held on Saturday, April 21. Race day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Cut Off Elementary. The 5k Race will begin at 8 a.m. and will be from COE to LCO. The 1-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. at LCOMS. Register at 7:30 at LCO if not registered. Registration fee is $20. Registration may be done the day of the race or mailed to: MK5K – LCOMS, 13356 West Main Street, Larose, LA 70373. FMI call Celeste Breaux or Molly Bourgeois at 693-3273, or Susan Bruce at 6375776. _________________

TAA hosting first annual crawfish cookoff

The Trojan Athletic Association (TAA) will host its 1st Annual Crawdaddy Cookoff on Saturday, April 28 at the Lafourche Central Market Pavilion, Hwy. 1 Raceland. Gates will open at 3 p.m. The public is invited to come and enjoy all the crawfish you can eat for only $10.00 from 3 to 7 p.m. Teams can register to participate by emailing or call or text Terrie Pierce at (985) 637-5100, to enter or for more information. The event will offer music and drinks and beer for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the Trojan Athletic Association.

Deadline approaching for Louisiana Lions Camp applications Applications for a summer vacation full of fun for special needs youth in the South Lafourche/ Grand Isle areas are now being accepted by the Golden Meadow Lions Club. There is no cost to parents for the campers’ one-week stay. This camp is designed for physically challenged youth ages 7-19; mentally challenged youth ages 8-19; youth with diabetes ages 6-14; and youth with pulmonary disorders ages 5-15. The camp is in its 61st year of operation and is located six miles north of Leesville in central Louisiana. The children enjoy a full range of activities including swimming, arts and crafts, archery, gun safety, all sports and nature lore. For more information contact Lion Curt Boudreaux at 632-6177 or visit the camp website at _________________

Swampland Rods and Customs hosting Open Car Show

Swampland Rods & Customs Car Club will hosts an Open Car Show, Saturday, April 21 at the Walmart parking lot next to Hooters on Martin Luther King Blvd. in Houma. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 12-noon with awards given at 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit local non-profit charities. Contact Jed Allemand at 985-665-8053, Cody Theriot at 985227-2885, Dale Arceneaux at 985-665-1449, or Anthony “Beatnik� Chaisson at 985-8050819. __________________

The Lafourche Council on Aging, Inc., will hold its annual meeting of the general membership of the Council on Aging for the purpose of nominating and electing board members, receiving reports and conducting any other business that may arise. This meeting is on April 18, at 10 a.m. at the Lafourche Council on Aging Office, 4876 Hwy. 1, Mathews. __________________

South Louisiana Orchestra hosts spring concert in Houma

The South Louisiana Community Orchestra will present a “Spring Into the Classics� concert, conducted by Fabio Dantas. This event will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Houma, 4863 West Park Ave. Admission is $10 for adults; children 12 and under, $5. FMI visit @SouthLouisianaCommunityOrchestra on Facebook. ___________________



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The Lafourche Council on Aging, Inc. and Catholic Charities will be giving out monthly commodities for seniors 60 years of age and older who qualify financially on the dates and times as follows: - Wednesday, April 25 at Cut Off Youth Center for 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. - Thursday, April 26 at Raceland Recreation Center from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. ___________________

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create a $346 million windfall in state revenue, lowering the gap to $648 million. Edwards would rather see legislators raise more money to replace some of the temporary measures that are expiring and not rely as much on budget cuts. In a statement Monday, Edwards, a Democrat, disparaged the committee’s proposal, saying it “is not worth the paper it’s printed on, and gives nothing but false hope to students and parents.” Edwards’ commissioner of administration, Jay Dardenne, warned that the state will not have enough revenue to fully fund TOPS and the hospitals and other health programs. Democrats argued for allocating more funds to healthcare. Rep. Walt Leger, DNew Orleans, questioned the Appropriations Committee’s priorities, noting that it would use $246 out of the $346 million in additional revenue to fund TOPS and Go Grants while maintaining $600 million in cuts to health programs. The panel voted to use $58 million of the $346 million windfall to restore some of the proposed cuts in Medicaid. It also approved $2 million in additional funding for a public-private hospital partnership in Alexandria, where Rep. Lance Harris, who chairs the Republican legislative delegation, lives. Leger said amendments similar to Foil’s had been debated and killed on the floor in the past. Foil acknowledged

that “we still have some other steps we will be going through.” The bill also will need to go through the Senate, which is generally more receptive to the governor’s views than the House is. Rep. Pat Smith, DBaton Rouge, pointed out that many of Foil’s constituents receive Medicaid and rely heavily on the partnerships with the hospitals, which are jeopardized under Foil’s amendment. She told Foil that he was “willing to look at one segment of your district and not look at your district as a whole to ensure that some are going to be able to live and not die because we’re not funding the hospitals because you’re more willing to put this money to TOPS.” Smith said most TOPS recipients have private insurance. Foil responded that his amendment helps all of his constituents, as well as “all of your constituents.” Leger, who is often the governor’s floor leader, told Foil the amendment “was never discussed with me by you or by the chairman, and you’re asking a committee that’s terribly stacked against people that are in my party to vote for an amendment where I’m supposed to say I either support funding TOPS or I don’t.” “We’ve already been through a special session where if we wanted to send a message to the students of the state, we would have generated revenue sufficient to be able to do that, but we didn’t,” he added in frustration. Rep. Dustin Miller, D-Opelousas, argued that legislators should know that they are not

going to be able to fully fund TOPS with the current projected revenue. He said the bill also cuts $22 million in appropriations for state universities, which means that students “could pay more out of their pockets.” The committee rejected by 18-6 a set of amendments by Leger that would have restored full funding to higher education and provided about $213 million more to healthcare, including $74 million to funding for public-private partnership hospitals. The amendments would have allocated $50 million, or around 20 percent of the amount needed to fully fund the program, to TOPS. The Appropriations Committee has spent the past five weeks hearing presentations by staff and department heads, as well as testimonies from agency officials. The chairman, Rep. Cameron Henry, RMetairie, said he consulted with legislators to develop and amend his proposal. But some Democrats complained during the hearing that they were left out.

registrants ($35) are not guaranteed a shirt. For more information, contact Steve Rogers at 985805-3772. Saturday afternoon will showcase great Swamp Pop music from our straight-from-thebayou band, Tet Dur, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sheaudown plays from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., and variety band, Voodoo Gumbo will close Saturday’s festivities from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Sunday will begin with Holy Savior Church Mass at 10 a.m. under the band tent. The Pot 2 LA variety band will take the stage at 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The festival will close with some great country music with a little Swamp Pop and dance tunes from Mule Kick from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The Lockport Food Festival benefits Bayou Folklife and Heritage Museum, Lockport’s Volunteer Fire Department, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus and the Town of Lockport. The Carnival Club also receives a portion of the proceeds for their assistance with festivities. Contact the Lockport Town Hall at (985) 532-3117 for more information or visit their Facebook page.

The Le Fete Du Monde 5K run is Saturday and starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration beginning at 7 a.m. Registration can still be completed online at Runners can also sign up at Rescue Wayne’s AC, Rogers Parts, Lockport Town Hall or Dr. Bobbie Morris Dentistry. Preregister by April 18 for $30 to receive a race day t-shirt as late

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Sunday, April 22 11am -2pm: POT 2 LA

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Boats decorated with flags passed in Bayou Lafourche as Sebastian sprinkled them with holy water. “It’s all about blessing the boats for a bountiful and safe shrimping season,” Cheramie said. “It’s to mark the start of the May season. They bless all the boats and get rid of the bad spirits. We want all our mariners to come home safe.” The state reopened shrimp season on April 2 in a portion of state outside waters. The opening dates for the 2018 spring inshore shrimp season will be considered by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission at its May 3 meeting. For some fishermen, shrimping season doesn’t officially begin until they receive a priest’s blessing, Cheramie said. “If you ride in a boat blessing with your family

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it’s a memory you’ll never lose,” the fisherman said. “It’s strong with the Catholic tradition.” Fisherman Eddie Richoux is optimistic about the upcoming shrimp season but said it couldn’t hurt to have an angel along for the ride. “All you can be is optimistic,” the resident of Cut Off said. “We need all the luck we can get.” Sebastian said the boat blessing signifies

Texas gains 3 rigs as US rig count rises to 1,008

HOUSTON, TX (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by five this week to 1,008. At this time a year ago there were 847 active rigs. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 815 rigs drilled for oil this week and 192 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. Among major oiland gas-producing states, Texas added three rigs, Oklahoma gained two while Colorado, Louisiana and Ohio each added one. Kansas, New Mexico and West Virginia each lost one rig. Alaska, Arkansas, California, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged. The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404. ___

Head-on crash kills one, injures another in Terrebonne Parish

HOUMA, LA – Shortly before 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, Troop C was notified of a two-vehicle fatality crash on LA 659 just north of LA 24. The crash took the life of 52year old Roy Neil of Montegut. The preliminary investigation revealed 26year old Brodie Matherne of Bourg was


hope and faith. “It’s special because, for the people in this area, shrimping is their livelihood,” the priest said. “It’s their main source of income. This is their life. We have this event every year so that God may bless us and that they have a good catch. This is all about tradition.”

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traveling north on LA 659 in a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. Neil was traveling south on LA 659 in a 2014 Nissan Altima. For reasons still under investigation, Matherne crossed the centerline and struck Neil’s vehicle head-on. Neil was properly restrained during the crash, but suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on scene by the Terrebonne Parish Coroner’s Office. Neil’s front seat passenger was properly restrained and suffered moderate injuries during the crash. She was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans. Matherne was properly restrained during the crash, suffered minor injuries, and was not transported to a hospital. Impairment is unknown to be a factor at this time and toxicology tests are pending on the part of both drivers. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.


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(StatePoint) - Purchasing new tires for your car can be frustrating: an average of two hours is spent researching tires and 89 percent of all consumers experience some sort of buyer’s remorse, according to a consumer study by Cooper Tires. To help, the experts at Cooper Tires are offering easy ways to identify when you need new tires, as well as tips on what to consider in the tire buying process. The Penny Test Tire tread should be more than 2/32 of an inch deep. Check by inserting a U.S. penny into the tread with Lincoln’s head facing down. If the top of Lincoln’s head is covered by tread, there’s at least a minimum acceptable amount of tread. If the top of his head is visible at any point, it’s time to replace your tires. Even before tread is worn, regularly inspect tires for cuts, cracks, splits, punctures, bulges and uneven wear patterns. Also, replace all tires, (including full-size spares) that are 10 or more years older than their date of manufacture, or follow the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Know the Right Size Like with shoes, buying the proper tire size is critical. Consult the information placard found on the driver’s side doorjamb, glove box, fuel door or vehicle manufacturer’s manual, which also contains technical specifications relating to your tire, including load carrying capacity, speed rating and recommended inflation pressures. For maximum safety and performance, follow these recommendations carefully. If you don’t have this information handy, consult a tire professional to

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Louisiana is in a race to protect and rebuild its fragile coastline from decades of erosion while also facing rising seas from climate change. It’s estimated to have lost 2,000 square miles of coastline since the 1930s, according to Rudy Simoneaux of the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. That’s about the size of Delaware. To fight back, Louisiana developed a plan that relies in part on slicing channels or diversions at various locations into the levees that keep the Mississippi River in its course and letting some of the sediment in the river into the rapidly eroding wetlands to rebuild land. The idea, said Simoneaux, is to “put the river back to work to rebuild what it once built on its own.” The Delta region of southeastern Louisiana was built over centuries on sediment that washed down the river. But levees built along the river to prevent flooding mean the sediment basically washes into the Gulf. As part of its efforts to study the sediment diversions, the CPRA created the $18 million model and Center for River Studies, replacing an older, smaller river model that was decommissioned in 2009. The new model, housed just a stone’s throw from the actual Mississippi River, is designed to help researchers answer such questions as: How does opening one diversion affect the river’s flow? How do the diversions affect the dredging done by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers? How do multiple diversions along the river affect each other? “What you do in one place has an impact on another, and so the idea of looking at larger-scale

impacts or larger-scale processes is critical to looking at what the potential impacts are or the unintended consequences of projects, and so a model of this scale allows you to do that,” said Willson. The model was made of high density foam panels strong enough for people to walk on. Data about the dimensions and shape of the Mississippi River and surrounding topography were put into a computer and then used to cut the panels. The panels, combined with the steel cables and jacks underneath, weigh about as much as one of the 737 jets flown by Southwest Airlines, Simoneaux said. When visitors walk into the second floor to look down onto the model, they can feel the moisture coming from the roughly 6,000 gallons of water floating on the model that replicate the river, the Gulf of Mexico and the various lakes and bayous along the coast. Tiny particles of plastic injected into the water mimic the sediment coursing through the Mississippi River. And they can raise the water level to replicate rising seas. Officials are hopeful that lessons learned at the center can be shared with other countries and regions struggling with similar problems as Louisiana. “An image like this model tells the story in a way that is way more powerful than a slide show, than a numerical modeling,” said Justin R. Ehrenwerth, who heads the Water Institute of the Gulf, a Baton Rouge-based research organization that studies and helps coastal areas affected by problems like rising seas and subsidence. __

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Whether you drive it there or pull your vehicle there, make plans to attend Swampland Rods & Customs Open Car Show, Saturday, April 21 at the Walmart Parking lot next to Hooters on Martin Luther King Blvd. in Houma. Registration is from 9 a.m. to 12-noon with awards given at 3 p.m. Proceeds benefit local non-profit charities. Pictured is one of the cars displayed at the Swamp Stomp Car Show held in early March at the Larose Civic Center.

SL Library seeking teen interns

The South Lafourche Branch of the Lafourche Parish Public Library is seeking two teen summer interns to assist in its Summer Reading Program beginning May 29. The library has received a $1,000 grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Fund. The grant will allow the library to provide each intern with a $500 stipend for 50 hours of work during the summer. Teen interns will assist library staff in implementing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and other programs for children and

other teens. Interested teens ages 16 or 17 (by June 1, 2018) are welcome to apply and can pick up an application at the library, in Cut Off. The deadline to submit applications is April 30. The South Lafourche Branch is offering free English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to those adults wanting to improve their English language skills. The classes are being held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays in April and May. The library will also offer classes in July and August and again in October and November. Those interested can visit the library or call 985-632-7140.

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House For Sale: East 40th Street, boarders the Community Bible Church; 290’x476’ lot; 2 story home; 2 bedroom, 2 bath, extra large living room area with 45x60 storage building/shop; by appt. only. 985-213-9239. _________________________


Lot for sale: 150x86 located on U-turn at West 48th and West 49th. $25,000. Call Antoinette at 637-7723. _________________________ Lot For Sale: 90x186 on Leona Drive in Mathews (down Peytral Drive); underground utilities; asking $32,000. Call 985-6651449. _________________________ Lot For Sale: 80x119 with 10x20 shed; located down Country Village, near Lockport; asking $22,000. Call 985-5328280. _________________________


Apartment for rent: 2 br.; 1 bath; washer, dryer, stove, refrigerator. $600/month plus $500/deposit. No pets. FMI Call 985-665-7621. _________________________ House for rent: LA 1 Cut Off. 3 bed, 1 ba. Good neighborhood. Call 691-1367 for details. Leave voicemail. _________________________ House for rent: 2 bedroom /1 bath; utility room; washer/dryer. Located in North Larose. $800/mo and $800/dep. Sign a 1-year lease. No pets/no smoking. Taking applications. Call 985-856-0017. _________________________ House for rent: 4 bed, 2 bath. Fenced in back yard in Galliano. No smoking, no pets, background checks. $800/mo and $850/dep. 985-475-7272 or 985-637-7273. _________________________ House for Rent: Nice 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom; Cut Off/ Galliano area; $1200/month; $700/deposit; water and gas paid; Contact 985-258-0243 or 985-632-6188. _________________________ Beautiful Apartment for rent: 1 bedroom; 1 bath. Completely remodeled, new central heat and cool, hardwood floors, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, large back yard shaded with trees, cemented parking, very quiet and secure Luxury apartments. Must see to appreciate. For an appointment call 985-637-8399. _________________________

Are you here from out of town and need a nice, clean, comfortable and affordable place? Then don’t look any further! If you are single, family, worker, company, fisherman, or anyone else looking for short-term or long-term housing, we have what you need. All of our places are furnished with a full kitchen. We also have camper lots and a new fish cleaning station with a full bath. A fully stocked store in walking distance. The nicest laundry mat around. Pets are allowed. Come be another one our satisfied customers. Call Tommy at 985-637-4133.

Efficiency house for rent: in Cut Off. 1 bdrm, furnished, washer/dryer/AC - $650/mo utilities paid. No lease. $300/dep. Call 337-275-0733. _________________________ Apartment for rent: 1 bd, 1 ba. All brand new appl. Totally redone. $400/mo plus utilities. Background check and employee records will be required. Call 985-688-7394. _________________________ Rent to own opportunity: 2006 3 bedroom, 2 bath trailer to be owned in 3 years. Good condition to movie in! $700/mo, no deposit. ($1000 down in payments) Call 915-422-0224; leave message. _________________________ House for rent: 2 bd, 1 ba. All appliances, no pets, no smoking. Jefferson Street in Golden Meadow, House 131. $800/mo and $450/damage deposit. Call 985-258-9615, if no answer leave a message. _________________________


For sale: Genuine leather sofa and love seat, $300; 5 pc. Girls’ bedroom set, cream color, good condition, $400. Call 985-6374968 or 985-856-7127. _________________________ Salty Oysters for Sale: 1/2 gallon, sacks or half sacks. West 181st St., 985-637-7748. _________________________


Travel trailer for sale: Grey wolf 2011 Model 28BH with slides. Sleeps 8. Asking $7,500. 504-453-9867. Call after 5 p.m. _________________________


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Large open garage sale starting on Jan. 11th until all gone. Open from 8 a.m. till 3 p.m. on all weekdays. Lots of everything. School clothes; crafts; knick knacks; baby clothes from newborn to 2T - $.50; baby stroller; tubs; jackets; lots more. 363 West 54th Street, Cut Off. _________________________ HUGE 4 family garage sale: April 18th – 22nd. Wednesday after 3 p.m. – Early birds welcome. Thursday-Sunday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. 107 East 73rd Street. Lots and lots of summer clothing (Name brands), shirts, shorts, capri’s and tank tops. Women’s size 6 – 16 and plus sizes too, prom formals, dressy, slacks and more. Infant toddler girl, girl sizes 4 – 8, girl/boy tween sizes. Boys newborn – size 10 and youth boys to men’s. Kitchen glassware, popcorn machine, electric pressure cooker, deep fryer, Coca Cola collectables, cookbooks, Christian fiction and kids books, toys, puzzles and X-Box games, DVD movies, Time Life Music CD Collection Classic Rock and Country, blankets, comforter sets, and curtains, candles, picture frames, wall art, and knick knacks, porcelain dolls, jewelry and lotions, stand up punching bag and other exercise equipment. _________________________ Multi-family garage sale: Saturday 4/21/18 from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 410 West 11th Street. Name brand clothes, Coach purses, prom dresses, craft supplies, kitchen items, décor and much more. _________________________ 2 Garage sales: 373 and 376 Chester Lee St. Wednesday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Gumbo file, summer clothes, shoes, purses, school supplies, Mardi Gras beads, home décor, curtains, dishes, pots, wood rocker, boys clothes, infant – 3t, toys, high chair, walker, stroller, propane grill w/side burner, tents, aluminum window and more! _________________________ Really big downsizing sale: Saturday, April 21st from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. 137 West 175th Street in Galliano. Plenty of women’s clothes (all sizes and styles), brand name handbags and shoes, some men’s clothing, lots of home décor and kitchen ware, home gum equipment, gun cabinet, paintball gun (don’t tell my husband), pet supplies and kennels, even the 8 x 12 shed goes…. Seriously. Will have food and drinks, so come make the vay ya. _________________________ Garage sale: 185 East 74th Place, April 19-21st from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. New summer men’s, women’s, children clothing all sizes. Sandals, purses and much more. Now all ½. Weather permitting. _________________________ Garage sale: Thurs, April 19th from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Wed, early birds after 6 p.m. lots of kids and adults clothes; household items. 515 West 13th in Larose. _________________________ Garage sale: Jefferson Street in Golden Meadow house 131. Lots of everything for cheap. Wednesday early birds; Thursday form 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. after 2 pm; fill a bag; Friday, fill a bag.

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Superior Shipyard is looking for a certified manual/ hydraulic crane operator that is willing to operate a fork lift, bobcat, cherry picker and perform other task in a shipyard setting. Apply in person at 20987 Hwy 1, Golden Meadow. _________________________ 365 Enterprises is now taking resumes for a full time inventory controller. Benefits include 401K, health insurance, paid vacation and more! Email resume to _________________________ Tidewater Dock, INC is now accepting applications for the following positions: Crane operator: Experience with friction cranes, loading oilfield equipment and experience operating a forklift; Mechanic’s Helper: Experienced and mechanically inclined; General Labor: Must have general knowledge of oilfield construction, experience preferred. Must provide own transportation and must be able to pass drug screen and physical. Apply in person at 21549 HWY 1, Golden Meadow, LA 70357. No phone calls please. _________________________ has job opportunities for Residential Installation & Repair Technician. Apply online at E.O.E __________________________

Southern Guard Service, Inc. is now accepting applications for Security Guard positions. Apply at 109 W. 12th St., Larose. Call 985-693-4316. _________________________ Heather Landry Photography: Looking for 2019 SENIOR REPS to represent Heather Landry Photography for the school year of 2018-2019! Deadline to apply is April 30, 2018. Only 2 Seniors from each high school will be selected to participate. To apply, please e m a i l _________________________ Salon U Is looking for an experienced hair stylist, nail technician or massage therapist. Call Rosalyn at 696-4540 or 5322305. _________________________ The Greater Lafourche Port Commission will accept applications for SIX summer roustabout positions. Eligible applicants must be registered college students and must complete a job application. Roustabout applicants must be able to conduct physical labor and must pass a drug screen test and physical exam. Applications will be accepted until Monday, May 7 during regular office hours at the Commission office, 16829 East Main, Cut Off. FOUR of the roustabout applicants will be selected by a drawing from all approved applicants at the Commission Office on May 9. Alternated will also be selected. Maintenance personnel will select TWO roustabout applicants who worked the previous year. Applicants must provide proof of registration to a collegiate school. Applications can be found on the Port website at under News & Events>Employment Opportunities and at the GLPC office. The GLPC is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. _________________________

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Transport/Flatbed Driver: Fulltime Class A drivers with TWIC card, Haz Mat and Tankers endorse needed. Applicants must have a clean driving record and be able to pass a DOT Physical and drug screen. Steady work (50+ hrs/wk) with excel. benefits: Pd hosp, credit union, monthly gas allowance, quarterly bonus, retire plan and many more. Fuel delivery exp beneficial, not required. Breaux Petroleum, 237 N. Barrios Street. Lockport, LA. 985-5323358. Hrs: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. _________________________ Help wanted: Part time bartenders, experience required. Apply in person , no phone calls please. At Apple Inn; 12436 W. Main, Larose. _________________________ Crew Member, Shift Managers and assistant manager needed. Now hiring all shifts. Apply in person at Quiznos. 5375 Hwy 308, Mathews. _________________________


Kerry Chiasson Carpentry For all your carpentry needs. Call 985-637-6279. _________________________ Mata’s Construction Company LLC: Concrete work: House slabs, driveways, patios, sidewalks, a/c pads, parking lots, etc. Call Carlos Mata at 504-236-6140 or 985-258-6473. Licensed and insured. _________________________ Melancon’s Carpentry: 25 Plus years exp. Honest tradesman. Cabinetry; finish work; frame work; etc. Remodeling or new projects. Call 985-6964157. _________________________ Curry’s Tree Service: Tree cutting and trimming, any size, reasonable rates, free estimates, licensed. Call 985-258-0465. _________________________ DreamScapes Lawn and Landscaping Grass cutting, weed eating, hedging, tree trimming and removal, landscaping, flower bed weeding and mulching, pressure washing, ETC. 985-2789533 or 985-278-3831. _________________________ Tim Harris Flooring Installation Services Carpet, vinyl, laminate, wood, ceramic, custom showers, painting, carpentry, sheet rock. Purchase floor anywhere, we will install. Manufactures warranty floors, not flooring stores. Free estimates. Call 985-6770474 or 985-677-2526. _________________________ Evan Concrete Construction: House slabs, driveways, sidewalks, etc. No job too big or too small. Call Leonard Evans at 985-677-2959. _________________________ Dog Grooming at Pitre’s Feed & Seed. Call JoAnn Pitre at 696-2321. _________________________ J & P’s Tree Service & Sawmill, LLC Land Clearing, Dozer & Excavator, Tree Removal, Trimming, Stump Grinding, Demolition, Lumber cut to order, For Sale: Firewood, Mulch and Dirt. State Arbor’s License & Insured. Call 985-632-2540 or 985-696-5174. _________________________

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Can Do Brick, Block & Stone Work. Call for free estimates. Keith Thayer at 985-637-3569. _________________________ We Do Redo Remodeling, Inc. Total Renovation & Add Ons! Kitchen & bathroom remodel, tile, vinyl siding, decking, etc, Call Marvin Thibodaux, Sr. at 985-291-0953. _________________________ Earl’s Yard & Pressure Washing Service., Earl P. Duet, owner. Call 985-691-7570. _________________________ Cajun Roofing & Carpentry, LLC Best Prices on the Bayou. Sha! I Guarantee! Metal, shingle and patch jobs, vinyl siding, cement board siding, painting, pressure washing, remodeling, wood, ceramic & laminate floors, cabinets, windows, doors, porches, decks, patios, custom shutters, additions, new construction and more! Metal roof prices that can’t be beat. No job too big or too small. 20 yrs. exp. Free estimate. Call Curtis at 985-3976254 or email _________________________ LABOVE PLUMBING Professional Plumbing Service. Gas, water, sewer. Ask about our payment options. 16844 West Main St., Cut Off, LA 70345. LMP 7038. Call 985-991-1881. _________________________ Tony’s Carpentry: Friendly service. Honest trademan. 15 years experience. Need carpentry, painting, pressure washing, call 985-278-7188, ask for Tony. Blessings. _________________________ Brock’s Car Washing Inside and Out; on site available; prices start at $50. 985258-7645. _________________________ Concrete Construction Patios. Driveways. Houses. Metal Buildings. Free Estimates. No job too large or too small. Call Glenn Hughes, Jr. at (985) 209-5552 or (985) 258-6047. _________________________ HeatherLandry Photography: Now accepting 2018 High school senior bookings at an affordable rate. Please visit or call/text 985-2785792. _________________________


POSTED: No Trespassing, Hunting, Trapping or Fishing on all properties owned by Louisiana Delta Farms - I.P. Farm’s, Inc. in Lafourche Parish. Violators will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. _________________________ On the 9th or 10th of April, I discovered two important articles missing from my home. I do a lot of work on my porch on the side of my house. On one, I had an artist wooden easel with my paining, 11x14 of an earthen oven, which the Cajuns baked their family bread in and both are gone! Needless to say, I was in shock. Please be aware of this kind of theft. It is heart breaking that this could happen in our wonderful Larose Community. If anyone knows of such deed, please call me at 985693-4157. I would like my stuff back. _________________________


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To our Precious Daughter


On the first anniversary in Heaven DOB: 11/19/1978 DOD: 04/19/2017 God’s Garden God looked around His garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face. He put His arms around you and lifted you to rest. God’s garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. He saw the road was getting rough, and the hills were hard to climb; so he closed your weary eyelids and whispered, “Peace be thine.” It broke our heart to lose you, but you didn’t go along; for part of us went with you the day God called you home. Love, Mom, Dad and Family __________________________

Analysis: Edwards struggles to win with GOP-led Legislature By MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Five weeks into Louisiana’s regular session, proposals sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards are again having a rough ride in the majority-Republican House and Senate, with some already shelved and budget battles still looming. The Democratic governor has seen education measures stalled at their first stop, equal pay and minimum wage bills that were central to his campaign rejected and bills aimed at combatting sexual harassment bottled up. That’s not to say his legislative agenda is entirely in tatters. Other measures Edwards is seeking still are moving through the House and Senate. But many of his more controversial proposals have failed to gain traction, showing how a Louisiana governor’s traditional power to muscle through sweeping change has been stymied with lawmakers. Fights over the biggest outstanding legislative issue - how to craft a state budget with $648 million less in general state tax dollars are really just beginning. House GOP leaders unveiled their spending proposal Monday, and it’s expected to be at odds with the approach favored by the governor, who wants to call another special session to pass taxes to replace some expiring temporary taxes that are creating the budget gap. Edwards’ difficulties with the Legislature, particularly with the more conservative House, began even before he took office in 2016, as he tried to follow his predecessors’ lead in having a heavy hand in choosing legislative leadership. This governor, however, failed to solidify support for a New Orleans Democrat, Rep. Walt Leger, to become House speaker in the majority-GOP chamber. Instead, the House bucked Edwards’ favored candidate and selected Taylor Barras, the New Iberia Republican who now occupies the speaker’s chair. That has locked Edwards out of decisionmaking on who would lead key committees and who would make up their members, and the speaker’s race started off the term between the governor and House Republicans on an acrimo-

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nious note that continues today. The conflict between Edwards and House GOP leaders has stymied many of the governor’s efforts to rewrite Louisiana’s tax laws and thwarted attempts from both sides to make permanent, long-term financial decisions for the state. Even though Edwards has a more solid relationship with Senate leaders, he’s still struggled with bills in that chamber as well. Last month, senators refused Edwardsbacked proposals to raise Louisiana’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour and to enact new laws aimed at lessening the pay gap between men and women. The House labor committee killed similar measures, which are opposed by business groups who hold significant sway in the Legislature. It was the third year Edwards has seen minimum wage and equal pay measures - issues he ran to change in 2015 - fail to win support. The governor pledged to return with both proposals again. He’ll also likely be back next year with legislation seeking to reverse some changes made by former Gov. Bobby Jindal to public school laws, after those measures again were shelved this session. Edwards ran with the backing of teacher unions, and he’s championed several of their education proposals with no success. This session, bills to lessen the use of student test scores in teacher evaluations and to make it easier to reach the job protection known as tenure never made it

past their first stop in the House Education Committee. Meanwhile, several measures the governor sought to toughen state policies against sexual harassment - proposed after one of his top aides resigned amid harassment allegations - have run into trouble as well. The House jettisoned a measure that would have banned employers from requiring their workers to sign contracts that keep them from filing sexual harassment lawsuits in civil court. Most Republicans in the chamber opposed the bill. Other anti-sexual misconduct legislation

A good Q&A

Q: What nails do carpenters hate to hit? A: Fingernails. Q. What is the color of the wind? A. Blew. Q: What do you call someone without a nose or a body? A: Nobodynose. Q: Why shouldn’t you write with a broken pencil? A: Because it’s pointless! Q: Why did the old woman put roller skates on her rocking chair? A: Because she wanted to rock and roll. Q: Why are ghosts such good cheerleaders? A: Because they have a lot of spirit!

has gotten bogged down in concerns that Edwards and others have proposed public records exemptions that are too broad and would damage access to information about inappropriate conduct from taxpayerfinanced employees. The Edwards administration says it’s trying to offer confidentiality to victims so they feel comfortable to report. Closed-door negotiations are ongoing to try to find a compromise as the session nears its midpoint. ___ EDITOR’S NOTE: Melinda Deslatte has covered Louisiana politics for The Associated Press since 2000. Follow her at

Q: How do you get 500 old cows in a barn? A: Put up a Bingo sign. Q: What do you call a cow that just gave birth? A: Decalfeinated. Q: What did one eye say to the other eye? A: Between you and me, there’s something that smells. Q: Why did the painting go to jail? A: It was framed. Q: Why didn’t the melons get married? A: Because they cantaloupe. Q: What did the cross-eyed teacher say? A: I can’t control my pupils! Q: How do birds fly? A: They just wing it!

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The Senior Citizen Center in Golden Meadow holds a monthly drawing for a $50 Wal-Mart gift card donated by the Golden Meadow Rotary Club. Ms. Marilyn Jarreau, (right), is shown with Charlie Guidry, who is the March 2018 winner of the gift card. Call for more info about the Senior Citizen Center in Golden Meadow at 475-7701 or come by and check us out at 102 Ena Drive Golden Meadow.

Lady of The Sea General Hospital recently donated nonperishable food items to the Catholic Community Center in celebration of National Nutrition month in March. Pictured left to right are, LOS RN, CDE Ruby Leblanc and LOS RDN, LDN Alisha Bruce.

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The following information is based on reports from the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office. Those individuals have been booked with, not convicted of, the offenses shown. All accused should be presumed innocent until proved guilty.

APRIL 12, 2018 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Jordan Burrell, 21, Thibodaux. No seat belts; battery of a dating partner. Leonard Evans Jr., 25, Cut Off. Parole revocation for department of corrections. Brad Ewing, 35, Lockport. Contempt of court. Jared Nevis, 24, Thibodaux. Possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia; stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified places; possession with intent to distribute marijuana; illegal carrying of weapon in presence of CDS. Tiffany Rickman, 47, Gray. Theft of a motor vehicle simple criminal damage to property. Kyrie Verdin, 20, Houma. First degree murder (2 CTS); armed robbery. Thibodaux Police Department Jerry Bergeron, 25, Thibodaux. Theft generally; contempt of court. Dreonte Holmes, 23, Thibodaux. Theft by shoplifting; obstruction of justice. Dreonta Robertson, 22, Thibodaux. Illegal possession of stolen firearm; resisting an officer. Tyron Robertson, 21, Thibodaux. Child desertion; resisting an officer; child passenger restraint system; theft by shoplifting; driver must be licensed; aggravated flight from officer. Louisiana State Police Chloe Calliano, 20, Golden Meadow. Use of multiple beam road lighting equipment; D.W.U 1st offense. APRIL 13, 2018 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Tasha Borrero, 36, Houma. Contempt of court. Brian Cheramie, 38, Cut Off. Bicycles – front lamps, rear lamps, side and rear reflectors required between sunset and sunrise; possession of methamphetamine; possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia. Brian Curole Jr., 23, Lockport. Fugitive. Roy Fayard III, 45 Baton

Rouge. Contempt of court (4 CTS). Amber Miller, 24, Bourg. Fugitive. Cortland Patterson, 27, Raceland. Contempt of court (3 CTS); resisting an officer, attempt/second degree murder; 2nd degree battery. Eric Ponthieux, 17, Thibodaux. Third degree rape. Laura Real, 30, Raceland. Fugitive. Coby Thibodaux, 26, Raceland. Contempt of court; simple escape; resisting an officer; contempt of court (3 CTS). Kinqwyan Coler, 23, Thibodaux. Possession of firearm/carry concealed weapon by convicted felon; contempt of court (2 CTS). Donnell Fletcher Sr., 42, Thibodaux Contempt of court. Thibodaux Police Department Blake Anderson, 25, Thibodaux. Fugitive. Lockport Police Department Johnathan Hebert 29, Lockport. Contempt of court. Golden Meadow Police Department Tricia Vicknair, 34, Lockport. Contempt of court (3 CTS). APRIL 14, 2018 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Christopher Nunez, 31, Pasadena, TX. Contempt of court. Thibodaux Police Department Jamie Callais, 25, Gray. Resisting an officer; violation of probation/parole; fugitive. Terrell Daggs Jr., 25, Thibodaux. Possession with intent to distribute xanax; possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia; possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine; unauthorized entry of an inhabited dwelling; contempt of court; resisiting an officer. Cedric Tillam, 32, Thibodaux. Domestic abuse battery; fugitive. Louisiana State Police Jason Courteaux, 44, Houma. D.W.I; Maximum speed limit. Joseph McCarty, 44, West Monroe. Barricades, signs and signals; use of certain wireless telecommunication devices for text messaging prohibited; D.W.I 1st offense. Dallas Bruce, 23, Cut Off. Driving on roadway laned for traffic; operating veh with suspended license; D.W. I 2nd offense. APRIL 15, 2018 Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office

Phillip Bell, 39, Larose. Contempt of court. Tyronne Cheramie, 46, Galliano. Violation of probation/parole. Mac Farrell Jr., 30, Raceland. Cruelty to juveniles; contempt of court. Drey Lefort, 20, Cut Off. Contempt of court. Rickey Trosclair, 30, Race-

land. Possession or distribution of drug paraphernalia; proper equipment required on vehicles; possession of marijuana 2nd offense; possession of methamphetamine less than 28 grams. Thibodaux Police Department Joshua Matherne, 40, Claywater, TX. Contempt of court.

HOUMA, LA – This April, The Haven will engage the community as part of its annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) campaign. This year’s theme, “Embrace Your Voice,” builds on the idea that how you talk about sexual violence matters. During Sexual Assault Awareness Month, The Haven will bring the theme of “Embrace Your Voice” to life by hosting a series of community informational sessions, social media activities, and a lunch and learn event. The sessions will provide citizens the opportunity to converse with local sexual assault advocates about local rape crisis resources and how they can support sexual prevention efforts in their communities. The South Lafourche community session will be held on April 30th (South Lafourche Library) beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Haven hopes that the following social media activities will spur meaningful dialogue around the issues of preventing sexual violence and supporting survivors in our communities: - Rock Teal All Month: Wear teal and invite your friends, family and colleagues to join you. Take a selfie or group photo of your team in teal and share it for the SAAM campaign on Facebook or Instagram. Make sure to use the hashtag #GeauxTealforSAAM and tag @thehavenhelps in your post. - Enter the SAAM Instagram Contest: The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is hosting a #30DaysofSAAM contest on Instagram. Each day in April, post a photo

that reflects the day’s prompt for your chance to win a SAAM prize. The Haven encourages individuals and family, friends or professional contacts to take part in the national contest and show how they support the SAAM campaign. Make sure to use the hashtag #30DaysofSAAM. Also, tag @NSVRC and @thehavenhelps in your post. In addition to the community sessions and social media activities, The Haven will also host a lunch and learn event at the end of the month that highlights the importance of developing healthy communications with children as a means of preventing future violence. The lunch and learn event will take place at the First United Methodist Church on April 27th at noon. Beyond SAAM activities this April, The Haven leads a wide range of initiatives to prevent and respond to sexual assault. These include Violence Prevention Programs, monthly lunch and learn educational events, Assault Response (including Medical and Legal Advocacy) and the TriParish Primary Prevention Coalition. For more information regarding any of the aforementioned programs, initiatives or to join our violence prevention community efforts, contact Melissa Williams at 985-852-0875 or SAAM is organized nationally by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

The Haven to participate in Sexual Assault Awareness campaign

The Haven is a non-profit organization that provides programs geared toward survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The agency employs a trauma-focused counseling model to empower survivors to live safe, independent, and violence free lives. To learn more, go to

Anonymous tip helps capture department store thief

A man wanted for stealing several hundred dollars of merchandise from a Mathews department store has been identified and is in custody. Matthew Gasser (age 35) of Theriot was identified via an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers Bayou Region. On March 24, 2018, a man, later identified as Gasser, stole a shopping cart full of items from the Walmart Supercenter located at 4858 Highway 1 in Mathews. The man arrived to the parking lot at around 5:45 p.m. and left the business with the several hundred dollars in merchandise over an hour later. The Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office released photos of the suspect and his vehicle.

This led to numerous tips being submitted to Crime Stoppers Matthew Bayou ReGasser gion identifying the suspect as Matthew Gasser, and deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest. Gasser was subsequently arrested on April 8, 2018, in Terrebonne Parish for Domestic Abuse Battery Involving Strangulation. He will be charged with Theft of Goods in relation to the incident in Lafourche Parish. As of press time Tuesday, he was currently being held on $30,000 bond in Terrebonne and will be transferred to Lafourche Parish upon his release.

Three Holy Rosary Catholic School 4-H members have been competing in the Shooting Sport Competition. These boys have been competing with other 4-H members in events throughout the school year. Beaux Curole and Logan Curole recently participated in the Regional Competition in Baton Rouge. Luke Cheramie competed in events in Houma and received his Hunter Safety Certification.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018 THE LAFOURCHE GAZETTE  
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