Category: Local

  • Why no locals interviewed?

    One of the positive statements we hear nowadays is that jobs should be available locally for our educated, talented youth so they can stay home and become productive citizens — hire locally.

    Yet, some of our public bodies in some very conspicuous cases are not doing this. Just recently, the Lafourche Parish School Board selected someone from outside to be superintendent of schools. There were local applicants – one an African-American, who was local, with an earned Ph.D. and who was voted by his peers as the most outstanding principal in the state of Louisiana. His name was not even mentioned to the public. And this was done in the face of our School Board being under court orders, a consent decree, an amended judgment from the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Marcel Livaudais Jr. “to, in good faith, strive to assure a high quality of education, an appropriate educational and recreational environment … a non-discriminating policy … to actively recruit and retain black educators to work in Lafourche Parish.

    We understand that this administration has informed our board of its intention to hire additional outsiders to carry out its mission for the parish. Now, come! Let us reason together. Don’t we have qualified, motivated people in house to do what needs to be done?

    I personally am sick and tired of poor excuses for not using our local professionals; instead, by our actions, we slap them in the face as inferior.

    We consider our board as honorable. I feel it should lead in hiring locally.

    We hope and pray that this board, who was elected to represent all of us Lafourchians, will take heed and use some of our local professionals – yes, some African-Americans – to fill these positions.

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  • District is doing its job well

    We never think of water until we open the tap and nothing happens. Then we go into wonderment as to what has happened, then shock when we realize that we have no water to drink, cook or whatever.

    That is exactly what happened when so many of our homes flooded and the North Lafourche water plant also flooded. That plant serves approximately 40 percent of the parish with safe drinking water according to the people in the water district. That area starts just south of Raceland and includes everything north, excluding the city of Thibodaux. But it includes all up to the Assumption Parish line, most of Bayou Blue and all of the Chackbay and Kraemer areas.

    The plant flooded just like so many homes in the area and we were without, or with very little water because it also shut down the plant. I visited the plant after the flood to see firsthand what could be done to prevent this from ever happening again. The first thing I noticed is that the plant was put too far back on the property. It sure cannot be moved now. That would cost just too much.

    The second thing is that the pumps that pump the water are approximately 4 feet off the floor.

    I went to the water district board meeting after that and addressed the members of the district. I suggested that a levee around the plant would have prevented this from happening. They assured me that they were already discussing that.

    Now there is a temporary sandbag levee around the plant and a more permanent concrete one is to be installed.

    The electric panels that could be moved have been raised. By the time you read this letter, there will be, or the district will be in the process of installing, a portable generator that can run the entire plant should electricity go out again. We all are better off because of these people who do care. I personally know at least two of the district members and yes, they are kind, wonderful people. Let’s all hope these people continue to serve all of us and they continue to keep the politics out of their district.

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  • Lockport News: Carnival club to hold Easter dance

     

    There will be an Easter dance sponsored by the Lockport Carnival Club from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at Lockport Middle School for children from kindergarten to sixth grade. The admission is $3 per person. There will be refreshments for sale. A sack race will take place during the dance.

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    There will be a tour going to the Bourgeois and Hebert family reunions in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada for the Congress Mondial Acadian Aug. 12 – 19. The tour will inclue the reunions, attending the closing ceremonies at Grand Pre’, visiting the Evangeline train including Port Royal, Annapolis Royal, St. Anne’s University, Digby, Halifax, Peggy’s Cove and more.

    For more information, call Annette at 537-3179.

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    St. Anthony Catholic Church news: St. Anthony’s CCD registration will be held before and after classes in April. A late fee of $5 will be added after May 31.

    The St. Anthony parish family congratulates Kelsey Forrister and Hanson Breaux for receiving the 2015 Eagle of the Cross award. This award is given to outstanding young people based on their involvement in parish minstry. The award was given on March 19.

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    The Lockport Branch of the Lafourche Parish Library will have any Easter storytime Friday. Donations of candy will be accepted. If the weather permits, there will also be an Easter egg hunt.

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    There will be a regular meeting of the Central Lafourche AARP Chapter 4585 at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the VFW home in Raceland.

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    Holy Savior Catholic Church news: The Ladies Altar Society will be cleaning the palms for Palm Sunday at 8 a.m. Saturday in the back of church. Volunteers should bring their own knives and gloves.

    Alida Chocran, Karen Ray and Stephanie Hubbell thanks everyone who gave to the baby bottle fund-raiser for the Crossroads Pregnancy Resource Center. The Pro-Life Group also thanks everyone. Please return all baby bottles this weekend. There will be plastic containers at the main entrance of the church for returns for the next two weeks. The bottles are reusable over and over again at other church fund-raisers. Approximately 180 bottles are still out. The total collected was $3,000.

    The Holy Savior parish family congratulates Elizabeth Davaine and Nicolaus Gruidroz for receiving the 2015 Eagle of the Cross award, which was presented to them on March 19 in Houma.

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  • Town wins district Clean City Contest

    GOLDEN MEADOW – Preparation and community involvement were keys to Golden Meadow capturing the title of Cleanest City this year, event organizers said.

    In the town’s first attempt at the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s Cleanest City Competition, Golden Meadow won in its district, beating out other cities or towns with populations of between 1,501 and 3,500 residents.

    The town will now compete on the state level.

    Those involved said the designation is a satisfying one.

    “We think it’s a pretty big accomplishment for a town of our size to do what we do our first time out,” said Golden Meadow Town Clerk Jamie Liner, adding that the town was sponsored by the Thibodaux Garden Club. “It was a lot of hard work, but in the end, it paid off.”

    Judges with the federation were in Golden Meadow last week assessing the town and comparing it to others of its size.

    The town was judged on the cleanliness of its public buildings, streets and sidewalks, and also on that of its park, business establishments and vacant lots.

    In 1958, the federation sponsored a statewide competition, the intent of which was to instill civic pride and improve the appearance of towns and cities.

    The effort also involved documenting the cleanup of sites with a scrapbook that contains before and after photos.

    Golden Meadow officials were notified of the town’s win a few days after the judges left.

    Preparing for the competition was no easy feat, but town officials promoted the challenge for a few years in the town’s newsletter.

    “We figured it would be a good challenge,” said Mayor Joey Bouziga.

    But the decision to enter was not made lightly.

    “Every year, we kept saying, ëWell, we’re not quite ready,’ ” said Bouziga, adding that the town has undergone much improvement.

    Those improvements include a newly renovated swimming pool and a new walking track in Oakridge Park. The cleanup effort has also seen the beginnings of an informal trash patrol.

    “Everybody’s been picking up trash,” Bouziga noted.

    From the local Sheriff’s Office, which provided trusties to paint the town’s sea wall, to local students who cleaned up their school grounds, most of the town’s population helped.

    Also participating was SWDI, which town officials said was a big help in disposing of the trash piles, a task that took about a week.

    It’s that cooperation and willingness to help that town officials said …