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‘Queen City of the Teche’ rich in history Settled by the Spanish, ruled by the French, small Cajun town grew in importance BY JUSTIN HALL THE DAILY IBERIAN

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ettled by the Spanish, ruled by the French and existing today under the Stars and Stripes, New Iberia is a small Cajun town with a culture unlike many others in this country. New Iberia, originally called “Nueva Iberia,” was settled by Spanish explorers in 1779, according to historian and New Iberia native Glenn Conrad. The town soon blossomed as a commerce port due to its location on Bayou Teche because, Conrad said, “It was far less time consuming and less expensive to land at New Iberia, unload their cargo onto carts and wagons, cross the narrow portage and reload boats waiting to take the merchandise upstream.” Steamboats from this area continued to be the primary

source of transportation for New Iberia until railroads overtook them in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, Conrad said. The flourishing town was soon named as the seat for the newly-created Iberia Parish, established in 1868, with the original parish courthouse located on present-day Bouligny Plaza built in 1884. The courthouse was later moved to its current location on Iberia Street in 1940. One of the city’s greatest landmarks is Shadows-on-the Teche, a traditional plantation home built on the banks of the Bayou Teche by David Weeks and his family in 1834. Despite occupation by Yankee soldiers during the War Between the States and multiple hurricanes blowing through the city, the Shadows has survived. Now it is on the National Register of Historical Places and visited by

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thousands of tourists and residents alike. During the same time that Shadows was being built, the city was afflicted with yellow fever, a disease that killed hundreds of thousands across the region. “Almost every family counted at least one victim of the scourge with others greatly debilitated by it,” Conrad said. Once the area recovered from disease, it was the plague of war that would control the lives of many New Iberians, lasting four long years filled with skirmishes and Union solders marching through town. The city slowly recovered in the post-war years and took advantage of the burgeoning railroad system to move goods, such as lumber, sugar and cotton, along railroad lines throughout the late 1800s. The turn of the century also brought future natural resources such as oil and natural gas. With a population of a little more than 30,000, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, New Iberia is a great place to visit, indulge on the local flavors and check out the unique history and culture of Acadiana’s “Queen City of the Teche.”

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Parish said Parish President Ernest Freyou. “I feel that we have developed a model program that should produce model results for Iberia Parish and am very grateful to the folks at BP and to Community Foundation of Acadiana (the administrator of the fund) for their willingness to take this project on for us,” Freyou said. Fran Thibodeaux, executive director of the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said the funds will go a long way to make the many fairs and festivals offered in the area even better. Almost every weekend of the spring and summer seasons is populated with several festivals and fairs to choose from, she said. “We just love our festivals and fairs,” Thibodeaux said. Dedicated for the most part to food, fun and family, area festivals and fairs heat up in March when the Southern Mutual Help Association hosts the Great Gator Race, the non profit’s largest annual fundraiser. On the heels of the gator racing, and depending on where Easter falls on the calendar, the Mardi Gras season is celebrated with elaborate regalia and no less than five Mardi Gras parades traveling down the streets of Iberia Parish. Also in March the popular Festival of Live Oaks held in New Iberia City Park has become a community favorite. The city’s most famous antebellum home, the Shadows-on-the-Teche, sponsors two arts and crafts fairs every year with the first held in March often times held in con-

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Ernest Freyou Iberia Parish president ■ junction with the spring Art Walk. New this year was the resurrection of the Ole Country Fair in Jeanerette, an event organizers said hasn’t been held in the parish’s second largest city for more than a decade. April and May bring celebrations of hot sauce, the Laotian New Year, jazz musician Bunk Johnson, and many more reasons for fun. The summer heat, for the most part, forces Teche Area locals to retreat to the indoors or to the water for a variety of saltwater fishing tournaments, typically held at nearby Cyrpremort Point. Festivals and fairs kick off again in full force in September when the Queen City’s

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‘I feel that we have developed a model program that should produce model results for Iberia Parish and am very grateful to the folks at BP and to Community Foundation of Acadiana for their willingness to take this project on for us’

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Here’s a list of some of the fun things to do and experience in Iberia Parish. It is only a partial list from the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Web site, www.iberiatravel.com: MAY 6 — Bunk Fest Steppers Jazz and Zydeco Expo, Martin Luther King Center, 1200 Field St., New Iberia. For more information call (337) 360-4410 ext. 222. MAY 29 — Bunk Fest Jazz and Gospel Brunch and second line parade, St. Edward School, 175 Porter St., New Iberia. For more information call (337) 360-4410 ext. 222. JUNE 2-5 AND 1-12 — IPAL “The Unexpected Guest,” Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia. For more information call (337) 229-

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Fran Thibodeaux Iberia Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau executive director ■ boat parade in the small shrimping community of Delcambre, Sounds of the Season presented by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and a Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Ceremony. Thibodeaux said a full, updated list is always available on the parish tourism Web site, www.iberiatravel.com.

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Folks dance their way along the parade route at the Laotian New Year Celebration in April. It is one of many cultural festivals celebrated each year in Iberia Parish.

New Iberia. For more information call (337) 367-3277. MARCH — Shadows Arts and Craft Festival, Shadows-on-the-Teche. For more information call (337) 369-6446. APRIL — Downtown Art Walk, Main Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-1603. APRIL — Symphony Sunday in the Park, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337) 364-1603. APRIL — Cajun Hot Sauce Festival, SugArena, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 365-7539. APRIL — Jeanerette Ole’ Country Fair, Jeanerette City Park, Jeanerette. For more information call (337) 579-2207.

FEBRUARY / MARCH — Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade, U.S. 90 at College Road, Jeanerette. For more information call (337) 365-8185. FEBRUARY / MARCH — Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade, Francis Romero Memorial Park and Louisiana 88. For more information call (337) 577-5099. MARCH — Festival of Live Oaks, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337) 369-2337. MARCH — Great Gator Race, Boulingy Plaza,

APRIL — Laotian New Year Celebration,What Thammarattanaram Temple, Melancon Road, Coteau. For more information call (337) 3643403. APRIL — Bunk Fest Jazz and Zydeco Preservation Fais Do Do and Boucherie, Bunk Johnson Plaza, Hopkins Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 360-4410 ext. 222 APRIL — Grillin in the Park, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337) 367-8464.

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AUG. 17-21 — Delcambre Shrimp Festival, Delcambre Shrimp Festival Grounds. For more information call (337)277-0931. SEPT. 3-5 — Labor Day Fishing Rodeo, Cypremort Point State Park. For more information call (337) 364-7301. SEPT. 9-10 — Lydia Cajun Food Fest,Weeks Park, Lydia. For more information call (337) 3653005. SEPT. 17 — Cajun French Music Festival, CyrGates Community Center, 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-7975. SEPT. 21-25 — Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair. For more information call (337) 3699631 or www.hisugar.com. OCT. 7-9 — World Championship Gumbo Cookoff, Boulingy Plaza, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-1836 or www.worldchampionshipcookoff.blogspot.com. OCT. 15-16 — Tailgating Cookoff at the Loreauville Park, 601 Ed Broussard Road, Loreauville. For more information call (337) 369-2116. OCT. 29 — New Iberia Beneath the Balconies, Main Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-1603. OCT. 29 — New Iberia Downtown Art Walk, Main Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-1603. NOV. 5 — Great Chili Challenge, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337) 3800856. Nov. 27 — Sounds of the Season with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337)364-1603. Nov. 28 — New Iberia Christmas Parade, Main Street. For more information call (337) 3651428. Dec. 3 — Delcambre Holiday Gumbo Cook-off and Boat Parade, Delcambre Shrimp Festival Grounds and Delcambre boat docks. For more

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hen someone is new to town, there are lots of places that have to be learned, especially where to go to find good, trustworthy service or just a great place to eat. The way newcomers learn about the best places in Iberia is from the locals. So, each year, we ask our readers where are the best places to go to repair a car or grab a nice dinner and everything else in between. We call it the Best of the Teche. Each summer, we compile a list of readers votes in varying categories, calculate their responses and, in an unscientific way, share with everyone the best this area has to over. Just for our newcomers, we have put together an abridged list of where the top places are for just about anything. The listing includes first, second and, in some categories, third. Not all categories had winners in each of those places. We think you’ll find it handy.

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3RD: Ryan Michael’s. ■ PLACE TO HAVE NAIL’S DONE

1ST: Ray Scott at State Farm.

2ND: Jeanette Hernandez at Van Eaton & Romero.

2ND: Jimmy Champagne at Allstate.

■ PLACE FOR MAN’S HAIRCUT

2ND: GiGi’s Tips-N-Toes.

3RD: Dwayne Dorsey at Dorsey Agency.

1ST: Vice’s.

3RD: Linda’s.

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2ND: Hair U Wear.

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1ST: Ben Richard at Musson Patout

3RD: Cldye’s Barber Shop.

1ST: Garden View.

2ND: Gene Nora at Arceneaux Ford.

■ PLACE FOR WOMAN’S HAIRCUT

2ND: Belle Teche.

■ USED CAR SALESMAN 1ST: Ben Richard at Musson Patout. 2ND: Brian Boutte at Courtesy Motors. ■ CAR REPAIRS 1ST: Dronet’s. 2ND: Dugas Auto Repair. 3RD: Gordy’s Paint & Body. ■ REAL ESTATE AGENT 1ST: Karl Rouley at Van Eaton &

HOW WE SAY IT - PLACES Atchafalaya — uhCHA-fuh-li-uh (as in Atchafalaya Basin) Bayou Benoit — BY-yoo BEN-wah Bouligny Plaza — Bull-uh-nee (in downtown New Iberia) Coteau — COH-toe (also Coteau Holmes) Cypremort — SIH-per-moor

(as in Cypremort Point on the coast) Delcambre — DEL-cuhm Grand Marais — Gran MAHray Loreauville — LO-ruh-vihl Lake Peigneur — peh-NYOUR Petit Anse — pet-ih-TONSE Vermilion — ver-MIHL-yon

1ST: Kim’s.

2ND: I Love Lucy’s.

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3RD: Hilltop.

1ST: Lowe’s.

■ PLACE FOR CHILD’S HAIR-

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1ST: Hair U Wear.

1ST: Delaune’s Pharmacy.

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2ND: I Love Lucy’s; Fantastic Sam’s.

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A pot of seafood gumbo is a favorite at Crabs stuffed with fresh crabmeat are a big many Teche Area gatherings. hit at any meal in the heart of Cajun Country.

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he Teche Area is known for its unique culture and heritage and with that comes an abundance of legendary celebrations and festivals — all filled with food representing much of the Cajun and Creole culture. Add to the melting pot the many other food favorites reflecting the various ethnic groups of

The Sheriff’s Office headquarters is located in the Iberia Parish Courthouse at 300 Iberia St., New Iberia.The main number to the Sheriff’s Office is 365-3714 to reach divisions within the office.The Sheriff’s Office handles law enforcement in rural areas of Iberia Parish and in the city of New Iberia. Here are some extensions and numbers for other divisons you might find helpful:

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The 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is located in the Iberia Parish Courthouse, 300 Iberia St., New Iberia.

The Delcambre Police Department is located at 107 N. Railroad St., Delcambre. Contact number for the department is 685-4404.

■ PATROL DIVISION: 367-6579

JEANERETTE POLICE DEPARTMENT

■ TRAINING CENTER: 560-1008

The Jeanerette Police Department is at 1437 Main St., Jeanerette. Contact number for the department is 276-6326.The chief of police can be contacted at 2762800.

■ PARISH JAIL: 369-2431

■ ELECTRICITY: CLECO at 1015 Progress St. or call 1-800-622-6537; Entergy at 1-800-3683799; SLEMCO (337)

■ CHILD SUPPORT Office: 369-4434

■ ELDERLY ASSISTANCE Program: 5604319 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Information: 560-4319

■ MAIL: U.S. Postal Service at 1-800ASKUSPS or www.usps.com.

■ DWI ADULT Drug Court: 364-9469 DELCAMBRE POLICE DEPARTMENT

896-5551. ■ GAS: CenterPoint at 2500 Louisiana 14 or call (337) 3648111; or Atmos at 1888-852-2424. ■ WATER: LAWCO at 448 E. Main St. or (337) 3650002.

■ CABLE: Cox Communications at 1017 Progress St. or call (337) 365-2434. ■ AUTOMOBILE: Department of Motor Vehicles, 1613 E. Main St. or call (337) 373-0054. ■ VOTING: Iberia Parish Registrar of Voters at Iberia Parish Courthouse, 300 Iberia St., (337) 369-4407.

■ NEWSPAPER: The Daily Iberian, 926 E. Main Street, or call (337) 365-6773.

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the area and the cuisine is one that is unlike any other place in the country. One taste of jambalaya, etouffee, sauce piquant, maque-choux, wild game, or Cajun stews have newcomers and visitors asking for more. Samplings of boiled crawfish, gumbo, boudin and cracklins are all it takes to lure newcomers to join in the many festivals and celebrations centered

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Jeanerette is Iberia Parish’s second largest city that is situated on the parish’s eastern border at St. Mary Pasrish.According to its Web site, the city has a storied past dating back to being a borderland between the American Indian tribes of Attakapas and Chitimacha.The land where the city is now was procured when the Louisiana Territory belonged to Spain.The city was named for John W. Jeanerette, who came to the the area from South Carolina in the 1820s to be a tutor at one of the large plantations in the region. He soon became the propriator of a store and saloon. By 1830, he had purchased land just north of the present city on which he built a house that became the mail depository for area residents.The city was incorparted in 1878.

This small town that straddles the Iberia and Vermilion parish line is a fishing village that is resilient to adversity, following its innundation from the Gulf of Mexico during hurricanes Rita and Ike.The village, so well known for its shrimpers and shrimp processors, is home to the Delcambere Shrimp Festival held every year in August.

Founded in the heart of farming country, Loreauville was first known as Picouville, named for a prominant family of the time. In 1871, its name changed to Loreauville and in April 1910 became incorparted as a village, according to its history reported on the Web site at www.loreauville.us.

■ CITY Hall can be contacted at 276-4164 (fax number is 276-5023).

■ POLICE department can be contacted for non-emergency calls at 685-2697.

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■ POLICE Deparment, located at 1437 Main St., can be reached for non-emergency calls at 276-2207.

■ CONTACT the village government at 229-8308. ■ E-MAIL village officials at info@loreauville.us.

■ FIRE Department can be contacted for non-emergency calls at 685-2969.

■ FIRE Department, located at 1436 Main St., can be reached for nonemergency calls at 276-4200.

■ PUBLIC Works Department can be reached at 276-4164.

■ JEANERETTE Museum, located at 500 Main St. and open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays,Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays, can be reached at 2764408.

■ THE TOWN Hall is located at 103 Main St.

■ WASTE Water Department, located at 521 South Central St., can be contacted at 685-2192. ■ SHRIMP Festival organizers can be contacted at 685-2653

■ POLICE protection is provided by the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Non-emergencies, call 369-3711. ■ FIRE protection is worked out with an agreement with Iberia Parish Fire District No. 1 through its fire station on Main Street. Non-emergencies, call 229-6200.

around food of the Teche Area. Intrigued by the blend of unique flavors, newcomers are not only looking to sample New Iberia’s authentic Cajun food, but are just as eager to learn to cook the savory dishes. Throughout the years, many have turned to the Cajun Sugar Co-op and The Daily Iberian Cajun/Creole Cookbook for authentic old family-tested Cajun recipes and newly created recipe favorites of the many innovative cooks of the area. “Food is part of the way we enjoy life in the South, but it’s not just about Cajun food. Our food in the area revolves around so many ethnic groups,” said Catherine Wattigny, a long-time contributor of the Cajun/Creole Cookbook and contributing columnist for The Daily Iberian Teche Life food section. “It’s our combination of ethnic cuisine that has set us apart. The influence of the Spanish, French, Creole, African American and native American makes our cuisine so special,” said Wattigny. “We’re fortunate to

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have families that have passed down their recipes and culinary talents to generation after generation.” The Cajun/Creole Cookbook has been providing a potpourri of recipes by generations of cooks from the Teche Area for more than 56 years. Gigi Kerns, a native of the Dallas area, still remembers her own arrival as a newcomer to New Iberia more than 20 years ago. It didn’t take her long to realize she had moved into the heart of Cajun country and was in an area where every event, social and festival revolved around food. The Cajun culture and love of food influenced her own way of cooking. “I knew instantly I had to learn to cook all of these wonderful dishes. New Iberia is a special place. You don’t always find this kind of love for food. There is such an identity associated with the food tied to the culture here,” said Kerns, who captured four awards in the 2011 Cajun/Creole Cookbook cookoff to benefit United Way.

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The food here is awesome. It has such a well-developed flavor from all the seasonings we use. Every meal is a festival of food.” With so many local restaurants that have each developed their own signature dish, Kerns said the restaurant dining experience is set apart from any other area. “I love the food and everything else about the area. It turned out to be a wonderful place to raise a family and work,” she said. It didn’t take Kerns long to learn how to prepare those special Cajun dishes. Kerns attributes much of her success in Cajun cooking to the many good cooks in the area who are willing to share their knowledge and recipes in hopes of keeping the Cajun cooking tradition alive. Kerns said a good cook is only as good as the ingredients used in the

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preparation “New Iberia has plenty of fresh ingredients to offer,” she said. Succulent seafood from the nearby waters, wild game, glistening sugar processed from the areas’ sugar cane fields, the freshest of local fruits, vegetables straight from the fields and locally made seasonings and hot sauce have all contributed to the unique taste of the area’s cuisine. Many of the fresh products straight from the fields and other homemade specialties can be found at the Farmer’s Market held twice weekly in downtown New Iberia. Kerns said the Iberia Parish Library has a large collection of cookbooks that offers much information on the food of the area and sometimes chefs are often willing to share their expertise. Copies of the 2010 Cajun/Creole Cookbook and some previous issues are available at the Daily Iberian office at 926 E. Main St.

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Doerle (also Doyle) — DOIL Doucet — doo-SET Dugas — DOO-gah Duhe — DOO-ee Fontenot — FAHN-tuh-noh Fontenette — FAHN-tuh-net Freyou — FREE-you Gautreaux — GOH-troh Girouard — jeh-RAWRD Gonsoulin — GONE-suh-lan Granger — GRAWN-zhay Guidry — GIH-dree Hebert (also Frioux)— AY-bear Hollier — OH-yay Hulin — HYOO-lan Istre — EAST Jeanbatiste — ZHAHN-ba-teest Jeanlouis — zhawnloo-EE

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■ CITY GOVERNMENT: 369-2300

Dear Guests and Visitors: Citizens are proud to boast that our city exhibits that ‘joie de vivre’ (joy of life), and offers something very unique. The mission of my administration is to enhance the lives of every resident of the City of New Iberia by working together with all stakeholders to provide a better quality of life and a healthy atmosphere for growth and development ... in three words “Progress through Unity!” Whether you are looking to relocate and want to know more about our community, planning a visit and and want to schedule your sightseeing, or looking to do business within our city and need logistical information, I hope you will find the following web-site listings as welcoming as our community.

■ PUBLIC WORKS: 369-2391 ■ BUILDING INSPECTION & PERMITS: 369-2354 ■ CITY COURT: 369-2334 ■ CITY MARSHAL: 369-2332

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■ CITY PROSECUTOR: 369-2333

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‘I’m seeing considerable increases in activity and employment at the port. That could be the result of some of the permits that are being issued, or just a better economy this year than last year.’

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he economic well-being of Iberia Parish appears to be recovering from the downturn caused by the fallout from last year’s BP oil spill, local oil industry and economic authorities said. Historically, Iberia Parish’s economy has centered around agriculture — namely sugar cane — and the oil and gas industry, said Mike Tarantino, president and CEO of Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, who described the two industry sectors as “king.” Regarding the April 20 BP oil spill’s effect on the oil and gas industry, and the local economy as a whole, Tarantino said he believes a recovery is afoot. “Our economy has taken a few licks, but I think it’s strong and improving,” Tarantino said. “With oil and gas, you can never predict how fast, but I do predict a stronger oil and gas sector over the next few years.” Fortunately, Tarantino said in recent years, Iberia Parish’s economy has expanded to include more industry sectors, such as health care, seafood and tourism. “We’re seeing the emergency of these other sectors, which makes Iberia Parish have a very unique economy,” he added. Roy Pontiff, executive director for the Port of Iberia, said the oil and gas business is unpredictable, but for the first

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The sugar cane industry helps drive the economy of Iberia Parish. quarter of 2011, he has seen positive growth by local businesses. “I’m seeing considerable increases in activity and employment at the port,” Pontiff said. “That could be the result of some of the permits that are being issued, or just a better economy this year than last year.” While the local tourism industry has experienced decreased interest from potential visitors due to the oil spill, Fran Thibodeaux, executive director of the Iberia Parish Tourism Commission, said one positive note is the $500,000 the parish received from BP. That money, Thibodeaux said, will be used to help rejuvenate the local tourism industry, which upon BP’s

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he Teche Area real estate market is in neutral right now, experts report. It continues to perform better than national trends reported but likely won’t get “fired up” again until workers in the area go back to more overtime or get those promotions offered in the oil and gas industry. Iberia Parish resident Joey DeRouen, an independent real estate appraiser with 19 years in the industry, said it’s simple economics and all about the business chain. He said the light industrial sector of the market continues to sustain itself especially with developments along U.S. 90. Most shopping centers have vacant spaces and there are homes for sale on practically every street in the city, DeRouen said, which affects home values because buyers have more to choose from. DeRouen said it’s a mixed market and uncharted waters for those in the real estate industry. He also said it’s become more difficult for buyers to qualify for loans but added there are still buyers looking. “Until we have growth commercially, I don’t think we can reasonably expect the housing market to grow,” DeRouen said. Bill Bacque, CEO of Van Eaton and Romero, said the local market shows some good things and some “less good things.”

Developments in the oil and The light industrial sector of gas industry of late are the market continues to encouraging and could mean sustain itself especially with more real estate activity developments along U.S. 90, says real estate appraiser Joey locally, according to Van Eaton and Romero CEO Bill Bacque. DeRouen. ■

“One thing that is clear is that many people today are being inundated by housing data that is national in scope,” Bacque said. “For the most part, those are national numbers. When you look at the local market, it doesn’t look anything like the national market.” Bacque said the median sale price (the absolute middle range of all sales) in 2009 was $121,000. The median sales price in the parish in 2010 was $116,500. Bacque said that represents only a 4 percent drop, much less than the double-digit drops in sales prices reported nationally. “We’re in pretty darn good shape compared to the national drop of $26,000,” Bacque said. Bacque offered more data to show good news in Iberia Parish. The average sales price (total sales divided by total dollar volume) in Iberia Parish in 2009, was $128,438, he said. In

2010, the average sales price was $130,800, a 2 percent increase in average sale price. “This is not indicative of national trends,” Bacque said. “But we have to be careful because reading and listening to those reports on national trends can become a self fulfilling prophecy. Buyers can be less inclined to enter into a market

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place that appears fragile.” Bacque too said that developments in the oil and gas industry of late are encouraging and could mean more real estate activity locally. “This may be the point when people want to start looking,” Bacque said. “Interest rates are low, there is a good selection and the prices haven’t been robust in increasing.” Projecting future growth is the next critical issue Iberia Parish will face, DeRouen said. “We better start getting our house in order and now is the time to start organizing and building a structure for the next step,” DeRouen said. He said it is up to Iberia residents to determine their future in remaining a welcoming community and establishing a plan that will keep residents here.

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ultiple sports bars, dancing clubs and even a classic Irish pub are just some of the many options for residents of New Iberia to pass the night away in the city’s hotspots. Although miles away from the bright lights of Bourbon Street, drinking establishments in New Iberia provide their own unique advantages that the big cities cannot offer, Becky Borel said. “It’s where we can go when we don’t want to drive out of town,” Borel said, speaking at Napoleon’s on the Teche, located on Main Street. Napoleon’s is one of two downtown bars owned by Barry Guillotte. “We gave people the option of not having to drive to Lafayette and risk getting in a wreck or a DUI,” Guillotte said. “When you have nice places downtown, people don’t need to go to Lafayette.” Guillotte’s other establishment, Mulligan’s Old Irish Pub, is located just around the corner on Iberia Street and draws a significant crowd on most nights, bartender Kristie Rose Trahan said. “We are probably the only Irish pub in Iberia Parish,” Trahan said. “New Iberia is great. It’s the right combination of laid-back and it brings a wide variety of people.” Both bars open at 3 p.m. daily, with closing times at 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 2:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, the legal closing times for all bars within

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expand the opportunities for seniors when she took office. Among Wii game titles are a number of exercise programs as well as sports games such as golf, baseball and tennis that get players moving as they interact with the game on a TV screen. NIRD has 12 yoga classes, as well as aerobics from Monday through Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Adult and senior water aerobics are both very popular, he said. Most activities are available at both the Cyr-Gates Community Center at City Park and the Martin Luther King Center at West End Park. The recreation director is excited about a new exercise/well-being program held three nights a week at West End. “We just started a mind, body and spirit program at West End Park,” said Migues. The city’s Bank Avenue Park facility includes a covered basketball pavilion and tennis court, but also is the primary facility for the department’s numerous USSSA softball leagues that include industrial, masters, ladies and coed divisions as well as a fun league. “We just built a new concession stand and restroom facility at Bank Avenue Park,” said Migues. “It’s very nice.”

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be used by new physicians, and is in the process of upgrading its intensive care unit. In addition to Iberia Medical is the priberia Parish offers residents a numvately-owned Dauterive Hospital, which ber of health care options, including is one of 200 hospitals belonging to the two acute care hospitals, and a health Hospital Corp. of America — the counclinic for uninsured residents. try’s largest hospital company — said Iberia Medical Center, which celebrated marketing director Trevis Badeaux. its 50th anniversary last year, is a 101-bed Recently, Badeaux said the company public hospital on East St. Peter Street in received accreditation from two separate New Iberia. agencies — the As public hospital, Healthcare Iberia Medical CEO Facilities John Tucker said all ‘Health care reform in Accreditation surpluses are reinLouisiana is changing the way Program and the vested into advancements, including services will be provided. We Joint Commission. “They did unannew facilities, equipnounced inspecment and staff wanted to make sure we tions of our facilidevelopment. provided a center of health ties lasting several “Our latest technology additions care entirely for the children.’ days each,” Badeaux said. have included a Likewise, high-definition surDauterive received gical imaging sysRoderick Campbell word that it was tem, a new state-ofIberia Comprehensive Community selected for the the-art laboratory third straight year analyzer, new digiHealth Center CEO by eQ Healthcare tal mammography ■ Solutions, the equipment and state’s Medicaid / breast biopsy servMedicare regulation agency, to receive its ice, a new urology imaging table, and a highest quality award. digital mobile c-arm to aid physicians in “The efforts we’ve put into providing performing complex surgical procethe quality health care the communities dures,” Tucker said. we serve not only need but deserve are Tucker said the hospital is in the process of developing an additional 26,000 beginning to show fruit through accreditations and awards,” Badeaux said. square feet of new medical office space to BY PATRICK FLANAGAN THE DAILY IBERIAN

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said the clinic is in the process of expanding as it develops a new 5,500 square-foot facility that will be focused on child-based services. “Health care reform in Louisiana is changing the way services will be provided,” Campbell said. “We wanted to make sure we provided a center of health care entirely for the children.”

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Adult flag football (age 17 and older) is held at Bank Avenue Park in the fall with leagues available for men, women and coed teams. Two adult basketball seasons for players ages 18 and up are held at the two community centers, with summer games at the MLK Community Center and winter league games at Cyr-Gates. Men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions are available. City Park also houses five tennis courts, while there are two tennis courts available for public use at West End Park and one at Bank Avenue Park. Courts can be reserved by calling City Park at 3692337 or West End Park at 369-2394. The city also has a swimming pool at City Park, with adult lap swimming and summer adult swim lessons offered. For more information about what activities are available, and when, check the links at the city’s Web site, http://www.cityofnewiberia.com/site329. php, or call 369-2337 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Iberia Parish Parks and Recreation also offers a number of adult recreational and exercise opportunities at its 14 parks throughout the parish, with exercise programs at Willow Wood Park in New Iberia and the Ward 8 Recreation Center and the King Joseph Center in Jeanerette, and a golf driving range located on Jane Street in New Iberia. Among the most popular activities are the Zumba classes currently being held at Willow Wood Park, with further classes

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igh school graduates in Iberia Parish have plenty of decisions on where to direct their future careers, and two higher education institutions within the parish offer many options. The Louisiana Technical College’s Teche Area campus, part of Louisiana Technical College Region 4, is located near the Acadiana Regional Airport on Ember Drive. The technical college’s motto is “World Class Training in Your Own Backyard,” and workforce development is the school’s main focus, LTC Assistant Dean Camille Jarrell said. There are approximately 550 students enrolled in the college this school year, Jarrell said.

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scheduled soon at the Ward 8 Center, said IPRD assistant director Katie Landry. Yoga and body sculpting also are offered. “We do (have a good response to the Zumba classes),” said Landry. “It’s seasonal. When the kids go back to school, the fitness (attendance) drops off, then picks up around the holidays and summer.” The King Joseph Center is the site of strength training fitness classes, as well as an adult basketball league. Thai Chi classes with gentle stretching are offered year-round at Willow Wood Park, there mornings a week. Ladies’ swim exercise is available in the summer at Willow Wood, having evolved from a seniors program to a general adult program, and a ladies’ softball league also is offered in the summer at Rynella Park. The parish recreation and parks department oversees 32 baseball/softball fields, 28 lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, football fields and soccer fields. The Curtis J. Landry Park’s 600-foot

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ne of the fastest-growing youth sports activities in Teche Area is soccer. From humble beginnings youth soccer, under the auspices of Iberia Soccer Association, has blossomed into an almost year-round activity with something for everyone. “It’s the fastest-growing sports league in Iberia Parish reaching nearly 1,000 players,” said ISA League Administrator Steve Koch. “We have all levels of competition at every age level, from beginner all the way through travel teams for expert players.” Age ranges for ISA start at 4 years old and go all the way through 19 years old. Koch said the biggest reason for success is the fact that it’s all-encompassing. “No matter what level you are, from a rookie who wants to learn about the sport, to the expert player, we have a place for you,” said Koch. “No matter what your talent level is, we have a place for you to feel comfortable and get better or even to simply learn about the sport, to see if you like it.” For casual players or competitive players, Koch says the emphasis is for players to develop at their own pace. “That’s just as important to us and why

we do what we do,” said Koch, who added that registration for the year starts in June and July. ISA offers summer camps during the summer, recreation and competitive soccer starts in August and runs through October, when it takes a break due to high school soccer then starts again in February and goes through the first week of April. Koch said for more information, check out Iberiasoccer.com While soccer is the big draw, it is not the only draw for youth sports opportunities. Baseball fans have several outlets in the area, from Evangeline Little League, to New iberia Athletic Association, to Iberia Youth Baseball Association. Football fans can check out Iberia Youth Football League. Iberia Parish Recreation offers several opportunities for youth recreation from summer camps, to the IREC T-Ball Program, to King Joseph Youth Summer Church Basketball League, to the IREC Fall Soccer Program. For more information contact the Iberia Recreation Department at 365-6197. The city of New Iberia Recreation Department also offers many youth activities ranging from a skate park to dance for kids to summer programs for kids that involve several different activities. For more information call 369-2337.

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student attending his or her first day of school in Iberia Parish will join nearly 14,000 public school students in a widespread school system that spans to cover 30 schools and employ almost 2,000 faculty members in the community. The district also is building two new schools, one in Loreauville and the other within the city limits of New Iberia, and has several other school enhancement projects under way through a $60 million bond election approved by the Iberia Parish community in 2009. “I think our recent accountability data certainly shows that we are preparing students as 21st century learners and we are doing it extremely well,” Iberia Parish superintendent of schools Dale Henderson said. “We have some of the finest facilities anywhere in the state thank to the generosity and support of the local tax payers. And I think the school board has been proven to be extremely progressive in promoting instructional leadership.” The district boasts a higher student attendance score than the state average, as well as scores from the iLEAP, LEAP and GEE tests that are higher than state averages.

There also are several options for private schools in Iberia Parish. Here is a list of local private schools, grades offered, church affiliate and phone number: ■ ASSEMBLY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Grades K-12 Assembly of God - 364-4340. ■ CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Grades 4-12 - Roman Catholic - 364-5116. LEE BALL / THE DAILY IBERIAN

Belle Place Middle School students board school buses for a ride home. To enroll a student into the Iberia Parish Public school system parents or guardians must provide a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, proof of home residence and previous report cards and or school records. For more information on the Iberia Parish School system visit the district’s Web site are www.iberia.k12.la.us or call 365-2341.

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ne of the fastest-growing youth sports activities in Teche Area is soccer. From humble beginnings youth soccer, under the auspices of Iberia Soccer Association, has blossomed into an almost year-round activity with something for everyone. “It’s the fastest-growing sports league in Iberia Parish reaching nearly 1,000 players,” said ISA League Administrator Steve Koch. “We have all levels of competition at every age level, from beginner all the way through travel teams for expert players.” Age ranges for ISA start at 4 years old and go all the way through 19 years old. Koch said the biggest reason for success is the fact that it’s all-encompassing. “No matter what level you are, from a rookie who wants to learn about the sport, to the expert player, we have a place for you,” said Koch. “No matter what your talent level is, we have a place for you to feel comfortable and get better or even to simply learn about the sport, to see if you like it.” For casual players or competitive players, Koch says the emphasis is for players to develop at their own pace. “That’s just as important to us and why

we do what we do,” said Koch, who added that registration for the year starts in June and July. ISA offers summer camps during the summer, recreation and competitive soccer starts in August and runs through October, when it takes a break due to high school soccer then starts again in February and goes through the first week of April. Koch said for more information, check out Iberiasoccer.com While soccer is the big draw, it is not the only draw for youth sports opportunities. Baseball fans have several outlets in the area, from Evangeline Little League, to New iberia Athletic Association, to Iberia Youth Baseball Association. Football fans can check out Iberia Youth Football League. Iberia Parish Recreation offers several opportunities for youth recreation from summer camps, to the IREC T-Ball Program, to King Joseph Youth Summer Church Basketball League, to the IREC Fall Soccer Program. For more information contact the Iberia Recreation Department at 365-6197. The city of New Iberia Recreation Department also offers many youth activities ranging from a skate park to dance for kids to summer programs for kids that involve several different activities. For more information call 369-2337.

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student attending his or her first day of school in Iberia Parish will join nearly 14,000 public school students in a widespread school system that spans to cover 30 schools and employ almost 2,000 faculty members in the community. The district also is building two new schools, one in Loreauville and the other within the city limits of New Iberia, and has several other school enhancement projects under way through a $60 million bond election approved by the Iberia Parish community in 2009. “I think our recent accountability data certainly shows that we are preparing students as 21st century learners and we are doing it extremely well,” Iberia Parish superintendent of schools Dale Henderson said. “We have some of the finest facilities anywhere in the state thank to the generosity and support of the local tax payers. And I think the school board has been proven to be extremely progressive in promoting instructional leadership.” The district boasts a higher student attendance score than the state average, as well as scores from the iLEAP, LEAP and GEE tests that are higher than state averages.

There also are several options for private schools in Iberia Parish. Here is a list of local private schools, grades offered, church affiliate and phone number: ■ ASSEMBLY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL: Grades K-12 Assembly of God - 364-4340. ■ CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Grades 4-12 - Roman Catholic - 364-5116. LEE BALL / THE DAILY IBERIAN

Belle Place Middle School students board school buses for a ride home. To enroll a student into the Iberia Parish Public school system parents or guardians must provide a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate, immunization records, proof of home residence and previous report cards and or school records. For more information on the Iberia Parish School system visit the district’s Web site are www.iberia.k12.la.us or call 365-2341.

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igh school graduates in Iberia Parish have plenty of decisions on where to direct their future careers, and two higher education institutions within the parish offer many options. The Louisiana Technical College’s Teche Area campus, part of Louisiana Technical College Region 4, is located near the Acadiana Regional Airport on Ember Drive. The technical college’s motto is “World Class Training in Your Own Backyard,” and workforce development is the school’s main focus, LTC Assistant Dean Camille Jarrell said. There are approximately 550 students enrolled in the college this school year, Jarrell said.

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pus at 373-0011. Also in Iberia Parish is South Louisiana’s Community College’s New Iberia Campus, which is also located on Ember Drive. The school provides general education courses and associate degree programs allowing student to transfer into baccalaureate programs at four-year colleges or into other twoyear institutions. The college offers associate degree programs in Care and Development of Young Children, Criminal Justice, General Business, General Studies, Industrial Technology and Liberal Arts. SLCC offers paramedic training programs through The National EMS Academy and Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc. For more information contract SLCC at 373-0185 or visit the school’s Web site at www.southlouisiana.edu.

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scheduled soon at the Ward 8 Center, said IPRD assistant director Katie Landry. Yoga and body sculpting also are offered. “We do (have a good response to the Zumba classes),” said Landry. “It’s seasonal. When the kids go back to school, the fitness (attendance) drops off, then picks up around the holidays and summer.” The King Joseph Center is the site of strength training fitness classes, as well as an adult basketball league. Thai Chi classes with gentle stretching are offered year-round at Willow Wood Park, there mornings a week. Ladies’ swim exercise is available in the summer at Willow Wood, having evolved from a seniors program to a general adult program, and a ladies’ softball league also is offered in the summer at Rynella Park. The parish recreation and parks department oversees 32 baseball/softball fields, 28 lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, football fields and soccer fields. The Curtis J. Landry Park’s 600-foot

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The parish recreation and parks department oversees 32 baseball/softball fields, 28 lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, football fields and soccer fields. ■ lighted golf driving range is available beginning in the spring, each Thursday through Saturday from 1-6 p.m. Last call for balls is 5:30 p.m., with medium-sized buckets of balls available for $5 each. For more information about the parish parks and recreation, check the Iberia Parish Government Web site at http://www.iberiaparishgovernment.com /dept-parks.asp, or call the Willow Wood office at 365-6197.

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be used by new physicians, and is in the process of upgrading its intensive care unit. In addition to Iberia Medical is the priberia Parish offers residents a numvately-owned Dauterive Hospital, which ber of health care options, including is one of 200 hospitals belonging to the two acute care hospitals, and a health Hospital Corp. of America — the counclinic for uninsured residents. try’s largest hospital company — said Iberia Medical Center, which celebrated marketing director Trevis Badeaux. its 50th anniversary last year, is a 101-bed Recently, Badeaux said the company public hospital on East St. Peter Street in received accreditation from two separate New Iberia. agencies — the As public hospital, Healthcare Iberia Medical CEO Facilities John Tucker said all ‘Health care reform in Accreditation surpluses are reinLouisiana is changing the way Program and the vested into advancements, including services will be provided. We Joint Commission. “They did unannew facilities, equipnounced inspecment and staff wanted to make sure we tions of our facilidevelopment. provided a center of health ties lasting several “Our latest technology additions care entirely for the children.’ days each,” Badeaux said. have included a Likewise, high-definition surDauterive received gical imaging sysRoderick Campbell word that it was tem, a new state-ofIberia Comprehensive Community selected for the the-art laboratory third straight year analyzer, new digiHealth Center CEO by eQ Healthcare tal mammography ■ Solutions, the equipment and state’s Medicaid / breast biopsy servMedicare regulation agency, to receive its ice, a new urology imaging table, and a highest quality award. digital mobile c-arm to aid physicians in “The efforts we’ve put into providing performing complex surgical procethe quality health care the communities dures,” Tucker said. we serve not only need but deserve are Tucker said the hospital is in the process of developing an additional 26,000 beginning to show fruit through accreditations and awards,” Badeaux said. square feet of new medical office space to BY PATRICK FLANAGAN THE DAILY IBERIAN

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said the clinic is in the process of expanding as it develops a new 5,500 square-foot facility that will be focused on child-based services. “Health care reform in Louisiana is changing the way services will be provided,” Campbell said. “We wanted to make sure we provided a center of health care entirely for the children.”

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Adult flag football (age 17 and older) is held at Bank Avenue Park in the fall with leagues available for men, women and coed teams. Two adult basketball seasons for players ages 18 and up are held at the two community centers, with summer games at the MLK Community Center and winter league games at Cyr-Gates. Men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions are available. City Park also houses five tennis courts, while there are two tennis courts available for public use at West End Park and one at Bank Avenue Park. Courts can be reserved by calling City Park at 3692337 or West End Park at 369-2394. The city also has a swimming pool at City Park, with adult lap swimming and summer adult swim lessons offered. For more information about what activities are available, and when, check the links at the city’s Web site, http://www.cityofnewiberia.com/site329. php, or call 369-2337 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Iberia Parish Parks and Recreation also offers a number of adult recreational and exercise opportunities at its 14 parks throughout the parish, with exercise programs at Willow Wood Park in New Iberia and the Ward 8 Recreation Center and the King Joseph Center in Jeanerette, and a golf driving range located on Jane Street in New Iberia. Among the most popular activities are the Zumba classes currently being held at Willow Wood Park, with further classes

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ultiple sports bars, dancing clubs and even a classic Irish pub are just some of the many options for residents of New Iberia to pass the night away in the city’s hotspots. Although miles away from the bright lights of Bourbon Street, drinking establishments in New Iberia provide their own unique advantages that the big cities cannot offer, Becky Borel said. “It’s where we can go when we don’t want to drive out of town,” Borel said, speaking at Napoleon’s on the Teche, located on Main Street. Napoleon’s is one of two downtown bars owned by Barry Guillotte. “We gave people the option of not having to drive to Lafayette and risk getting in a wreck or a DUI,” Guillotte said. “When you have nice places downtown, people don’t need to go to Lafayette.” Guillotte’s other establishment, Mulligan’s Old Irish Pub, is located just around the corner on Iberia Street and draws a significant crowd on most nights, bartender Kristie Rose Trahan said. “We are probably the only Irish pub in Iberia Parish,” Trahan said. “New Iberia is great. It’s the right combination of laid-back and it brings a wide variety of people.” Both bars open at 3 p.m. daily, with closing times at 12:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 2:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, the legal closing times for all bars within

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ecreational activities for adults span a broad spectrum of possibilities in New Iberia and Iberia Parish, from a variety of fitness classes to competitive sports leagues throughout the year. From Tai Chi, yoga and Zumba exercise classes to adult softball, basketball and flag football leagues, and on to a number of activities for senior citizens, the New Iberia Recreation Department and Iberia Parish Parks and Recreation provide local residents the opportunity to get out and enjoy themselves while getting fit. The New Iberia Recreation Department offers several activities and exercise classes for seniors, director Tony Migues said, at its community centers located in City Park and West End Park. Among the activities offered are badminton three days a week, pickle ball a couple of days a week, senior water aerobics, senior lap swimming in the mornings as well as exercise areas with treadmills, stationary bicycles and other equipment that many seniors take advantage of, said Migues. “We’re also looking at art classes and getting a Wii (interactive game system) for seniors,” said Migues, who said Mayor Hilda Curry asked NIRD officials to

expand the opportunities for seniors when she took office. Among Wii game titles are a number of exercise programs as well as sports games such as golf, baseball and tennis that get players moving as they interact with the game on a TV screen. NIRD has 12 yoga classes, as well as aerobics from Monday through Thursday, 6-7 p.m. Adult and senior water aerobics are both very popular, he said. Most activities are available at both the Cyr-Gates Community Center at City Park and the Martin Luther King Center at West End Park. The recreation director is excited about a new exercise/well-being program held three nights a week at West End. “We just started a mind, body and spirit program at West End Park,” said Migues. The city’s Bank Avenue Park facility includes a covered basketball pavilion and tennis court, but also is the primary facility for the department’s numerous USSSA softball leagues that include industrial, masters, ladies and coed divisions as well as a fun league. “We just built a new concession stand and restroom facility at Bank Avenue Park,” said Migues. “It’s very nice.”

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he Teche Area real estate market is in neutral right now, experts report. It continues to perform better than national trends reported but likely won’t get “fired up” again until workers in the area go back to more overtime or get those promotions offered in the oil and gas industry. Iberia Parish resident Joey DeRouen, an independent real estate appraiser with 19 years in the industry, said it’s simple economics and all about the business chain. He said the light industrial sector of the market continues to sustain itself especially with developments along U.S. 90. Most shopping centers have vacant spaces and there are homes for sale on practically every street in the city, DeRouen said, which affects home values because buyers have more to choose from. DeRouen said it’s a mixed market and uncharted waters for those in the real estate industry. He also said it’s become more difficult for buyers to qualify for loans but added there are still buyers looking. “Until we have growth commercially, I don’t think we can reasonably expect the housing market to grow,” DeRouen said. Bill Bacque, CEO of Van Eaton and Romero, said the local market shows some good things and some “less good things.”

Developments in the oil and The light industrial sector of gas industry of late are the market continues to encouraging and could mean sustain itself especially with more real estate activity developments along U.S. 90, says real estate appraiser Joey locally, according to Van Eaton and Romero CEO Bill Bacque. DeRouen. ■

“One thing that is clear is that many people today are being inundated by housing data that is national in scope,” Bacque said. “For the most part, those are national numbers. When you look at the local market, it doesn’t look anything like the national market.” Bacque said the median sale price (the absolute middle range of all sales) in 2009 was $121,000. The median sales price in the parish in 2010 was $116,500. Bacque said that represents only a 4 percent drop, much less than the double-digit drops in sales prices reported nationally. “We’re in pretty darn good shape compared to the national drop of $26,000,” Bacque said. Bacque offered more data to show good news in Iberia Parish. The average sales price (total sales divided by total dollar volume) in Iberia Parish in 2009, was $128,438, he said. In

2010, the average sales price was $130,800, a 2 percent increase in average sale price. “This is not indicative of national trends,” Bacque said. “But we have to be careful because reading and listening to those reports on national trends can become a self fulfilling prophecy. Buyers can be less inclined to enter into a market

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place that appears fragile.” Bacque too said that developments in the oil and gas industry of late are encouraging and could mean more real estate activity locally. “This may be the point when people want to start looking,” Bacque said. “Interest rates are low, there is a good selection and the prices haven’t been robust in increasing.” Projecting future growth is the next critical issue Iberia Parish will face, DeRouen said. “We better start getting our house in order and now is the time to start organizing and building a structure for the next step,” DeRouen said. He said it is up to Iberia residents to determine their future in remaining a welcoming community and establishing a plan that will keep residents here.

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■ HOMELAND SECURITY/E-911 OFFICE: 369-4427

On behalf of Iberia Parish government and the Iberia Parish Council, I extend a hearty welcome to all of you to our wonderful and friendly community. Iberia Parish is unique in that it offers the best of both worlds, recreation and job opportunities. It is a place where you can work hard and then play hard. We also offer outstanding educational opportunities having exemplary public and private elementary and high schools, as well as a great technical and community college. If it is great food that you are yearning for and someone to share the culture with, then look no further. Iberia Parish is known for its cuisine, offering everything from home cooking to specialized dishes at some of our local restaurants.

■ SEWERAGE DISTRICT NO. 1: 3694413 ■ FIRE DISTRICT NO. 1: Non-emergency contact, 365-5872 (to report a fire, call 911) ■ MOSQUITO CONTROL: 369-7636 ■ PARKS & RECREATION: 365-6197 ■ PLANNING/ZONING & PERMIT

OFFICE: 369-438 ■ RABIES/ANIMAL CONTROL: 3646311 ■ LSU AGCENTER COUNTY AGENT: 369-4440 ■ PARISH LIBRARY: 364-7150 ■ COUNCIL ON AGING: 367-1556 ■ HEALTH UNIT: 373-0021 ■ CORONER’S OFFICE: Dr. Carl M. Ditch, 276-5555 ■ ASSESSOR: Rickey Huval, 369-4415 ■ CLERK OF COURT: Mike Thibodeaux, 365-7282 ■ REGISTRAR OF VOTERS: Mildred Adams, 369-4407

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■ CITY GOVERNMENT: 369-2300

Dear Guests and Visitors: Citizens are proud to boast that our city exhibits that ‘joie de vivre’ (joy of life), and offers something very unique. The mission of my administration is to enhance the lives of every resident of the City of New Iberia by working together with all stakeholders to provide a better quality of life and a healthy atmosphere for growth and development ... in three words “Progress through Unity!” Whether you are looking to relocate and want to know more about our community, planning a visit and and want to schedule your sightseeing, or looking to do business within our city and need logistical information, I hope you will find the following web-site listings as welcoming as our community.

■ PUBLIC WORKS: 369-2391 ■ BUILDING INSPECTION & PERMITS: 369-2354 ■ CITY COURT: 369-2334 ■ CITY MARSHAL: 369-2332

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■ CITY PROSECUTOR: 369-2333

New Iberia’s downtown revitalization achievements exemplify the four Points of the Main Street Approach, which is a strong foundation for development, and earned New Iberia’s historic commercial district Great American Main Street Award® sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation®.

■ COMPLIANCE: 369-2313 ■ FINANCE DEPARTMENT: 369-2300

■ FIRE DEPARTMENT: Non-emergency 369-2370 (to report a fire, call 911) ■ FIRE PREVENTION BUREAU: 369-

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‘I’m seeing considerable increases in activity and employment at the port. That could be the result of some of the permits that are being issued, or just a better economy this year than last year.’

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he economic well-being of Iberia Parish appears to be recovering from the downturn caused by the fallout from last year’s BP oil spill, local oil industry and economic authorities said. Historically, Iberia Parish’s economy has centered around agriculture — namely sugar cane — and the oil and gas industry, said Mike Tarantino, president and CEO of Iberia Industrial Development Foundation, who described the two industry sectors as “king.” Regarding the April 20 BP oil spill’s effect on the oil and gas industry, and the local economy as a whole, Tarantino said he believes a recovery is afoot. “Our economy has taken a few licks, but I think it’s strong and improving,” Tarantino said. “With oil and gas, you can never predict how fast, but I do predict a stronger oil and gas sector over the next few years.” Fortunately, Tarantino said in recent years, Iberia Parish’s economy has expanded to include more industry sectors, such as health care, seafood and tourism. “We’re seeing the emergency of these other sectors, which makes Iberia Parish have a very unique economy,” he added. Roy Pontiff, executive director for the Port of Iberia, said the oil and gas business is unpredictable, but for the first

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The sugar cane industry helps drive the economy of Iberia Parish. quarter of 2011, he has seen positive growth by local businesses. “I’m seeing considerable increases in activity and employment at the port,” Pontiff said. “That could be the result of some of the permits that are being issued, or just a better economy this year than last year.” While the local tourism industry has experienced decreased interest from potential visitors due to the oil spill, Fran Thibodeaux, executive director of the Iberia Parish Tourism Commission, said one positive note is the $500,000 the parish received from BP. That money, Thibodeaux said, will be used to help rejuvenate the local tourism industry, which upon BP’s

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The food here is awesome. It has such a well-developed flavor from all the seasonings we use. Every meal is a festival of food.” With so many local restaurants that have each developed their own signature dish, Kerns said the restaurant dining experience is set apart from any other area. “I love the food and everything else about the area. It turned out to be a wonderful place to raise a family and work,” she said. It didn’t take Kerns long to learn how to prepare those special Cajun dishes. Kerns attributes much of her success in Cajun cooking to the many good cooks in the area who are willing to share their knowledge and recipes in hopes of keeping the Cajun cooking tradition alive. Kerns said a good cook is only as good as the ingredients used in the

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preparation “New Iberia has plenty of fresh ingredients to offer,” she said. Succulent seafood from the nearby waters, wild game, glistening sugar processed from the areas’ sugar cane fields, the freshest of local fruits, vegetables straight from the fields and locally made seasonings and hot sauce have all contributed to the unique taste of the area’s cuisine. Many of the fresh products straight from the fields and other homemade specialties can be found at the Farmer’s Market held twice weekly in downtown New Iberia. Kerns said the Iberia Parish Library has a large collection of cookbooks that offers much information on the food of the area and sometimes chefs are often willing to share their expertise. Copies of the 2010 Cajun/Creole Cookbook and some previous issues are available at the Daily Iberian office at 926 E. Main St.

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Jeanerette is Iberia Parish’s second largest city that is situated on the parish’s eastern border at St. Mary Pasrish.According to its Web site, the city has a storied past dating back to being a borderland between the American Indian tribes of Attakapas and Chitimacha.The land where the city is now was procured when the Louisiana Territory belonged to Spain.The city was named for John W. Jeanerette, who came to the the area from South Carolina in the 1820s to be a tutor at one of the large plantations in the region. He soon became the propriator of a store and saloon. By 1830, he had purchased land just north of the present city on which he built a house that became the mail depository for area residents.The city was incorparted in 1878.

This small town that straddles the Iberia and Vermilion parish line is a fishing village that is resilient to adversity, following its innundation from the Gulf of Mexico during hurricanes Rita and Ike.The village, so well known for its shrimpers and shrimp processors, is home to the Delcambere Shrimp Festival held every year in August.

Founded in the heart of farming country, Loreauville was first known as Picouville, named for a prominant family of the time. In 1871, its name changed to Loreauville and in April 1910 became incorparted as a village, according to its history reported on the Web site at www.loreauville.us.

■ CITY Hall can be contacted at 276-4164 (fax number is 276-5023).

■ POLICE department can be contacted for non-emergency calls at 685-2697.

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■ POLICE Deparment, located at 1437 Main St., can be reached for non-emergency calls at 276-2207.

■ CONTACT the village government at 229-8308. ■ E-MAIL village officials at info@loreauville.us.

■ FIRE Department can be contacted for non-emergency calls at 685-2969.

■ FIRE Department, located at 1436 Main St., can be reached for nonemergency calls at 276-4200.

■ PUBLIC Works Department can be reached at 276-4164.

■ JEANERETTE Museum, located at 500 Main St. and open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays,Tuesdays,Thursdays and Fridays, can be reached at 2764408.

■ THE TOWN Hall is located at 103 Main St.

■ WASTE Water Department, located at 521 South Central St., can be contacted at 685-2192. ■ SHRIMP Festival organizers can be contacted at 685-2653

■ POLICE protection is provided by the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office. Non-emergencies, call 369-3711. ■ FIRE protection is worked out with an agreement with Iberia Parish Fire District No. 1 through its fire station on Main Street. Non-emergencies, call 229-6200.

around food of the Teche Area. Intrigued by the blend of unique flavors, newcomers are not only looking to sample New Iberia’s authentic Cajun food, but are just as eager to learn to cook the savory dishes. Throughout the years, many have turned to the Cajun Sugar Co-op and The Daily Iberian Cajun/Creole Cookbook for authentic old family-tested Cajun recipes and newly created recipe favorites of the many innovative cooks of the area. “Food is part of the way we enjoy life in the South, but it’s not just about Cajun food. Our food in the area revolves around so many ethnic groups,” said Catherine Wattigny, a long-time contributor of the Cajun/Creole Cookbook and contributing columnist for The Daily Iberian Teche Life food section. “It’s our combination of ethnic cuisine that has set us apart. The influence of the Spanish, French, Creole, African American and native American makes our cuisine so special,” said Wattigny. “We’re fortunate to

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have families that have passed down their recipes and culinary talents to generation after generation.” The Cajun/Creole Cookbook has been providing a potpourri of recipes by generations of cooks from the Teche Area for more than 56 years. Gigi Kerns, a native of the Dallas area, still remembers her own arrival as a newcomer to New Iberia more than 20 years ago. It didn’t take her long to realize she had moved into the heart of Cajun country and was in an area where every event, social and festival revolved around food. The Cajun culture and love of food influenced her own way of cooking. “I knew instantly I had to learn to cook all of these wonderful dishes. New Iberia is a special place. You don’t always find this kind of love for food. There is such an identity associated with the food tied to the culture here,” said Kerns, who captured four awards in the 2011 Cajun/Creole Cookbook cookoff to benefit United Way.

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A pot of seafood gumbo is a favorite at Crabs stuffed with fresh crabmeat are a big many Teche Area gatherings. hit at any meal in the heart of Cajun Country.

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he Teche Area is known for its unique culture and heritage and with that comes an abundance of legendary celebrations and festivals — all filled with food representing much of the Cajun and Creole culture. Add to the melting pot the many other food favorites reflecting the various ethnic groups of

The Sheriff’s Office headquarters is located in the Iberia Parish Courthouse at 300 Iberia St., New Iberia.The main number to the Sheriff’s Office is 365-3714 to reach divisions within the office.The Sheriff’s Office handles law enforcement in rural areas of Iberia Parish and in the city of New Iberia. Here are some extensions and numbers for other divisons you might find helpful:

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The 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office is located in the Iberia Parish Courthouse, 300 Iberia St., New Iberia.

The Delcambre Police Department is located at 107 N. Railroad St., Delcambre. Contact number for the department is 685-4404.

■ PATROL DIVISION: 367-6579

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■ TRAINING CENTER: 560-1008

The Jeanerette Police Department is at 1437 Main St., Jeanerette. Contact number for the department is 276-6326.The chief of police can be contacted at 2762800.

■ PARISH JAIL: 369-2431

■ ELECTRICITY: CLECO at 1015 Progress St. or call 1-800-622-6537; Entergy at 1-800-3683799; SLEMCO (337)

■ CHILD SUPPORT Office: 369-4434

■ ELDERLY ASSISTANCE Program: 5604319 ■ NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Information: 560-4319

■ MAIL: U.S. Postal Service at 1-800ASKUSPS or www.usps.com.

■ DWI ADULT Drug Court: 364-9469 DELCAMBRE POLICE DEPARTMENT

896-5551. ■ GAS: CenterPoint at 2500 Louisiana 14 or call (337) 3648111; or Atmos at 1888-852-2424. ■ WATER: LAWCO at 448 E. Main St. or (337) 3650002.

■ CABLE: Cox Communications at 1017 Progress St. or call (337) 365-2434. ■ AUTOMOBILE: Department of Motor Vehicles, 1613 E. Main St. or call (337) 373-0054. ■ VOTING: Iberia Parish Registrar of Voters at Iberia Parish Courthouse, 300 Iberia St., (337) 369-4407.

■ NEWSPAPER: The Daily Iberian, 926 E. Main Street, or call (337) 365-6773.

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the area and the cuisine is one that is unlike any other place in the country. One taste of jambalaya, etouffee, sauce piquant, maque-choux, wild game, or Cajun stews have newcomers and visitors asking for more. Samplings of boiled crawfish, gumbo, boudin and cracklins are all it takes to lure newcomers to join in the many festivals and celebrations centered

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Folks dance their way along the parade route at the Laotian New Year Celebration in April. It is one of many cultural festivals celebrated each year in Iberia Parish.

New Iberia. For more information call (337) 367-3277. MARCH — Shadows Arts and Craft Festival, Shadows-on-the-Teche. For more information call (337) 369-6446. APRIL — Downtown Art Walk, Main Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-1603. APRIL — Symphony Sunday in the Park, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337) 364-1603. APRIL — Cajun Hot Sauce Festival, SugArena, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 365-7539. APRIL — Jeanerette Ole’ Country Fair, Jeanerette City Park, Jeanerette. For more information call (337) 579-2207.

FEBRUARY / MARCH — Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade, U.S. 90 at College Road, Jeanerette. For more information call (337) 365-8185. FEBRUARY / MARCH — Krewe of Coteau Mardi Gras Parade, Francis Romero Memorial Park and Louisiana 88. For more information call (337) 577-5099. MARCH — Festival of Live Oaks, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337) 369-2337. MARCH — Great Gator Race, Boulingy Plaza,

APRIL — Laotian New Year Celebration,What Thammarattanaram Temple, Melancon Road, Coteau. For more information call (337) 3643403. APRIL — Bunk Fest Jazz and Zydeco Preservation Fais Do Do and Boucherie, Bunk Johnson Plaza, Hopkins Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 360-4410 ext. 222 APRIL — Grillin in the Park, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337) 367-8464.

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AUG. 17-21 — Delcambre Shrimp Festival, Delcambre Shrimp Festival Grounds. For more information call (337)277-0931. SEPT. 3-5 — Labor Day Fishing Rodeo, Cypremort Point State Park. For more information call (337) 364-7301. SEPT. 9-10 — Lydia Cajun Food Fest,Weeks Park, Lydia. For more information call (337) 3653005. SEPT. 17 — Cajun French Music Festival, CyrGates Community Center, 300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-7975. SEPT. 21-25 — Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair. For more information call (337) 3699631 or www.hisugar.com. OCT. 7-9 — World Championship Gumbo Cookoff, Boulingy Plaza, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-1836 or www.worldchampionshipcookoff.blogspot.com. OCT. 15-16 — Tailgating Cookoff at the Loreauville Park, 601 Ed Broussard Road, Loreauville. For more information call (337) 369-2116. OCT. 29 — New Iberia Beneath the Balconies, Main Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-1603. OCT. 29 — New Iberia Downtown Art Walk, Main Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 364-1603. NOV. 5 — Great Chili Challenge, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337) 3800856. Nov. 27 — Sounds of the Season with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, New Iberia City Park. For more information call (337)364-1603. Nov. 28 — New Iberia Christmas Parade, Main Street. For more information call (337) 3651428. Dec. 3 — Delcambre Holiday Gumbo Cook-off and Boat Parade, Delcambre Shrimp Festival Grounds and Delcambre boat docks. For more

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information call (337) 349-0229. Dec. 7 — Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony, Boulingy Plaza, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 365-1428. TO BE SCHEDULED IN 2012 JANUARY — Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration,West End Park, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 369-2395. FEBRUARY — Cajun Ground Hog Day, Boulingy Plaza, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 365-6773. FEBRUARY — Top Rod Big Bass Classic, Marshfield boat launch, Loreauville. For more information call (337) 519-0400. FEBRUARY / MARCH — Andalusia Mardi Gras parade, Main Street, New Iberia. For more information call (337) 367-6466. FEBRUARY / MARCH — Krewe of Ezana Jeanerette Mardi Gras Parade, Canal and Main streets, Jeanerette. For more information call (337) 276-4933. FEBRUARY / MARCH — Lake Fausse Pointe Mardi Gras Parade, Lake Fausse Pointe State Park. For more information call (888) 677-7200. FEBRUARY / MARCH — Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade, Main Street, Loreauville. For more information call (337) 229-6001.

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hen someone is new to town, there are lots of places that have to be learned, especially where to go to find good, trustworthy service or just a great place to eat. The way newcomers learn about the best places in Iberia is from the locals. So, each year, we ask our readers where are the best places to go to repair a car or grab a nice dinner and everything else in between. We call it the Best of the Teche. Each summer, we compile a list of readers votes in varying categories, calculate their responses and, in an unscientific way, share with everyone the best this area has to over. Just for our newcomers, we have put together an abridged list of where the top places are for just about anything. The listing includes first, second and, in some categories, third. Not all categories had winners in each of those places. We think you’ll find it handy.

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1ST: Vice’s.

3RD: Linda’s.

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1ST: Ben Richard at Musson Patout

3RD: Cldye’s Barber Shop.

1ST: Garden View.

2ND: Gene Nora at Arceneaux Ford.

■ PLACE FOR WOMAN’S HAIRCUT

2ND: Belle Teche.

■ USED CAR SALESMAN 1ST: Ben Richard at Musson Patout. 2ND: Brian Boutte at Courtesy Motors. ■ CAR REPAIRS 1ST: Dronet’s. 2ND: Dugas Auto Repair. 3RD: Gordy’s Paint & Body. ■ REAL ESTATE AGENT 1ST: Karl Rouley at Van Eaton &

HOW WE SAY IT - PLACES Atchafalaya — uhCHA-fuh-li-uh (as in Atchafalaya Basin) Bayou Benoit — BY-yoo BEN-wah Bouligny Plaza — Bull-uh-nee (in downtown New Iberia) Coteau — COH-toe (also Coteau Holmes) Cypremort — SIH-per-moor

(as in Cypremort Point on the coast) Delcambre — DEL-cuhm Grand Marais — Gran MAHray Loreauville — LO-ruh-vihl Lake Peigneur — peh-NYOUR Petit Anse — pet-ih-TONSE Vermilion — ver-MIHL-yon

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2ND: Fabian’s

1ST: Community First - Jefferson Terrace branch

2ND: Derouen’s

3RD: Lowe’s

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2ND: Teche Federal Savings Bank Jefferson Terrace branch

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2ND: ACE

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3RD: Teche Federal - North Lewis branch

■ PLACE TO BUY TIRES/SERVICE

2ND: Hebert’s Nursery

2ND: Cajun Tidbits 3RD: Kajun Katering

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1ST: Cathy’s Day Care

1ST: Babineaux’s Plumbing

2ND: Gingerbread

2ND: Beano

3RD: ABC & 123

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3RD: Doerle’s A/C & Heating

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Here’s a list of some of the fun things to do and experience in Iberia Parish. It is only a partial list from the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Web site, www.iberiatravel.com: MAY 6 — Bunk Fest Steppers Jazz and Zydeco Expo, Martin Luther King Center, 1200 Field St., New Iberia. For more information call (337) 360-4410 ext. 222. MAY 29 — Bunk Fest Jazz and Gospel Brunch and second line parade, St. Edward School, 175 Porter St., New Iberia. For more information call (337) 360-4410 ext. 222. JUNE 2-5 AND 1-12 — IPAL “The Unexpected Guest,” Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia. For more information call (337) 229-

6919. JULY 1-3 — Fourth of July Fishing Rodeo, Quintana Landing, Louisiana 319, Cypremort Point. For more information call (337) 367-9873. JULY 4 — New Iberia Fourth of July Parade, Main St., New Iberia. For more information call (337) 365-1428. JULY 15-17 AND 22-24 — IPAL “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia. For more information call (337) 229-6919. AUG. 13 — August Angler’s Addition Fishing Tournament, Quintana Canal, Cypremort Point. For more information call (337) 519-3131. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6

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marquis festival the Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair, a five-day event held in several different locations throughout the parish. One highlight in October is the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce’s World Championship Gumbo Cookoff held in Boulingy Plaza. The event has grown from its inception more than 20 years ago, expanding into side streets of Main Street and even hosting chefs from the Food Network in recent years. The chill of November ushers in a celebration of chili with the Great Chili Challenge in City Park and a Civil War encampment at the Shadows. The holiday season also is celebrated with events in the area including a Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home on Rip Van Winkle Gardens, a gumbo cookoff and

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Fran Thibodeaux Iberia Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau executive director ■ boat parade in the small shrimping community of Delcambre, Sounds of the Season presented by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and a Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Ceremony. Thibodeaux said a full, updated list is always available on the parish tourism Web site, www.iberiatravel.com.

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Parish said Parish President Ernest Freyou. “I feel that we have developed a model program that should produce model results for Iberia Parish and am very grateful to the folks at BP and to Community Foundation of Acadiana (the administrator of the fund) for their willingness to take this project on for us,” Freyou said. Fran Thibodeaux, executive director of the Iberia Parish Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, said the funds will go a long way to make the many fairs and festivals offered in the area even better. Almost every weekend of the spring and summer seasons is populated with several festivals and fairs to choose from, she said. “We just love our festivals and fairs,” Thibodeaux said. Dedicated for the most part to food, fun and family, area festivals and fairs heat up in March when the Southern Mutual Help Association hosts the Great Gator Race, the non profit’s largest annual fundraiser. On the heels of the gator racing, and depending on where Easter falls on the calendar, the Mardi Gras season is celebrated with elaborate regalia and no less than five Mardi Gras parades traveling down the streets of Iberia Parish. Also in March the popular Festival of Live Oaks held in New Iberia City Park has become a community favorite. The city’s most famous antebellum home, the Shadows-on-the-Teche, sponsors two arts and crafts fairs every year with the first held in March often times held in con-

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3RD: Eugene at Eugene’s Auto and Track

1ST: New Orleans Saints

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■ BOAT MECHANIC 1ST: Ryan Sonnier at Iberia Outboard

■ PLACE TO BY APPLIANCES

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1ST: A&A Appliances

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2ND: Carol Perez at Perez Marine Repair

2ND: Lowe’s

2ND: This & That

3RD: Al Fortier at Fortier Boating

1ST: Squirrel Run

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■ PLACE TO BUY JEWELRY

■ PLACE TO BUY ELECTRONICS

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2ND: Conn’s

3RD: Armentor’s

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2ND: Red Box

1ST: Tammy Talley at Tammy’s Grooming;Wesley Pro Grooming

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2ND: Kim at Doggie Bag Boutique

1ST: New Iberia City Park

1ST: Joe Hamilton at Musson Patout

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2ND: Willow Wood Park

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Ernest Freyou Iberia Parish president ■ junction with the spring Art Walk. New this year was the resurrection of the Ole Country Fair in Jeanerette, an event organizers said hasn’t been held in the parish’s second largest city for more than a decade. April and May bring celebrations of hot sauce, the Laotian New Year, jazz musician Bunk Johnson, and many more reasons for fun. The summer heat, for the most part, forces Teche Area locals to retreat to the indoors or to the water for a variety of saltwater fishing tournaments, typically held at nearby Cyrpremort Point. Festivals and fairs kick off again in full force in September when the Queen City’s

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‘I feel that we have developed a model program that should produce model results for Iberia Parish and am very grateful to the folks at BP and to Community Foundation of Acadiana for their willingness to take this project on for us’

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2ND: Little River Inn

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1ST: Popeye’s

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1ST: Little River Inn

1ST: Ruby Tuesday’s

1ST: Bon Creole

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lthough many South Louisiana communities still reeling from some lingering affects of last year’s devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and Iberia Parish was not impacted as badly as parishes east of St Mary, an infusion of money from BP this year will benefit fairs and festivals from the oil and gas giant. BP already has given $40,000 to eight parish events, including the Delcambre Shrimp Festival, Louisiana Sugar Cane Festival and Fair, Acadiana Fair Grounds Cajun Hot Sauce Festival, Iberia Chamber of Commerce World Championship Gumbo Cookoff, Top Rod Big Bass Classic, Knights of Columbus Saltwater Fishing Rodeo on Labor Day, Iberia Rod and Gun Club Saltwater Fishing Rodeo on the Fourth of July, and the Lydia Cancer

The oil giant has already given $40,000 to eight Iberia Parish events. ■ Society August Angler’s Addition Fishing Tournament. Another $250,000 of BP grant money will go toward expanding the RV park at the SugArena to support the many events held there and $250,000 more will be heading toward the Iberia Parish Enhancement Fund. The enhancement fund endowment will be a revenue generating fund in which local residents can make additional contributions. Proceeds from the fund will be available to help promote events in Iberia THE DAILY IBERIAN FILES

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ettled by the Spanish, ruled by the French and existing today under the Stars and Stripes, New Iberia is a small Cajun town with a culture unlike many others in this country. New Iberia, originally called “Nueva Iberia,” was settled by Spanish explorers in 1779, according to historian and New Iberia native Glenn Conrad. The town soon blossomed as a commerce port due to its location on Bayou Teche because, Conrad said, “It was far less time consuming and less expensive to land at New Iberia, unload their cargo onto carts and wagons, cross the narrow portage and reload boats waiting to take the merchandise upstream.” Steamboats from this area continued to be the primary

source of transportation for New Iberia until railroads overtook them in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, Conrad said. The flourishing town was soon named as the seat for the newly-created Iberia Parish, established in 1868, with the original parish courthouse located on present-day Bouligny Plaza built in 1884. The courthouse was later moved to its current location on Iberia Street in 1940. One of the city’s greatest landmarks is Shadows-on-the Teche, a traditional plantation home built on the banks of the Bayou Teche by David Weeks and his family in 1834. Despite occupation by Yankee soldiers during the War Between the States and multiple hurricanes blowing through the city, the Shadows has survived. Now it is on the National Register of Historical Places and visited by

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thousands of tourists and residents alike. During the same time that Shadows was being built, the city was afflicted with yellow fever, a disease that killed hundreds of thousands across the region. “Almost every family counted at least one victim of the scourge with others greatly debilitated by it,” Conrad said. Once the area recovered from disease, it was the plague of war that would control the lives of many New Iberians, lasting four long years filled with skirmishes and Union solders marching through town. The city slowly recovered in the post-war years and took advantage of the burgeoning railroad system to move goods, such as lumber, sugar and cotton, along railroad lines throughout the late 1800s. The turn of the century also brought future natural resources such as oil and natural gas. With a population of a little more than 30,000, according to the 2010 U.S. Census, New Iberia is a great place to visit, indulge on the local flavors and check out the unique history and culture of Acadiana’s “Queen City of the Teche.”

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