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Main Street group seeks flood memorabilia for permanent exhibit
The members of the Denham Springs Main Street group is planning an exhibit for Old City Hall (OCH) to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Great Flood of 2016 and needs your help.
They are asking residents of Livingston Parish to write a short personal account of their experieince the day of the flood. These accounts will be kept at OCH permanently and made available for public viewing.
Main Street is also asking for interesting photographs of flood scenes, especially those which show clearly recognizable landmarks, and for any items which survived the flood and have a history or story to tell about them.
The written personal accounts and photographs will be copied and originals returned to the owners immediately. Other items will be returned to the owners at the conclusion of the exhibit.
For more information, call OCH at 225.667.7512.City Hall is a museum and tourist center at 115 Mattie St., Denham Springs.
Main Street is a group of volunteers who work to preserve the history of Denham Springs and the buildings of the original downtown area, and promote the downtown district which is now an antiques village.
V. Watts Trade Days
Visit V. Watts Trade Mart, 13060 Florida Blvd., Livingston, on the second Saturday of every month for Trade Day, with vendors inside and outside selling antiques, collectibles and more. For more information, call 225-686-2791 or visit V.Watts Trade Mart on Facebook.
Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market
The Livingston Parish Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. with fresh, seasonal vgetables and fruit; grain-fed beef without added hormones; unprocessed honey; fresh yard eggs; homemade hot sauce; pastries; jellies; craft such as soy candles, lotions, soaps, quilts, jewelry, clothes, plants, and more. In the New Covenant Baptist Church parking lot on the corner of Florida Blvd (Hwy. 190) and Hummell St., across from McDonald’s in Denham Springs. FAlso see the Livingston Parish Farmer’s Market on Facebook.
Camp HOPE for girls
A Door of Hope will once again host a camp for girls ages 13-17. Camp HOPE is a free prevention and awareness program that will take place June 20-22. A Door of Hope is a non-profit organization that provides women in crisis a safe haven and invaluable support. For more information, call 225-686-7747 or e-mail LeAnne@adoorofhopela.com.
LIGO Science Saturday
At the LIGO – Livingston Science Education Center Free Science Saturday, visitors can tour the control room, explore the exhibit hall, try hands-on demos of scientific principles, ask questions, watch videos and more. The center is located north of the town of Livingston on LIGO Lane. Free Science Saturday is every third Saturday of the month from 1-5 p.m. For more information, visit www.ligo.caltech.edu/LA/.
Livingston Parish Children’s Choir summer camp
The LPCC Choir Camp for children entering kindergarten through 6h grade will be held June 12-15, 2:30-6 pm, at Walker Baptist Church. Fee is $60. Register online at www.lpccsing.org/choir-camp.
Children’s summer drawing and painting art class
Kerry Curtin will teach four sessions of drawing and painting classes for 2nd-6th grades, June 19-22. Students will focus on the elements of art and the principles of design. Classes are Mon.-Thur. 6-7:30 pm at South Live Oak Elementary School. $40 ACLP members/$45.00 non-members. Call Kerry Curtin at 225.954.2700 to enroll. Sponsored by the ACLP.
Legislative spouses visit Old City Hall
When the Louisiana Legislature is in session, the demands and long hours take a toll on state senators and representatives – and on their spouses. The Louisiana Legislative Spouses Auxiliary acts as a support group for women and men who are married to legislators. They have a lot in common and understand each other and can help each other get through stressful times.
Pat Pope, wife of Rep. Rogers, a resident of Denham Springs and a past president of the Auxiliary, welcomed the ladies to her home town and explained a little about the auxiliary. They meet once a week during sessions, and they choose service projects to work on. A recent project was replanting the rose garden behind the governor’s mansion which now will be dedicated to Rose Long, another past president who passed away a few days before their visit to Denham Springs.
Occasionally, the spouses do something just for fun. Such was the case with their May 3 visit to Old City Hall and the Denham Springs Antiques Village. They were treated to a brunch from the Taste of Louisiana Café and hosted by Main Street volunteers. Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry greeted the visitors and talked about the city’s recovery since last August’s flood.
The Livingston Parish Convention and Visitor’s bureau (LCVB) and the Arts Council of Livingston Parish provided gift bags, which included a much-needed umbrella on the rainy morning.
Al Bye, president of the Antiques Village Merchants Association, also welcomed the group and apologized for the weather. However, the rain didn’t dampen their enthusiasm for shopping in the Antiques Village following the brunch as they visited many shops. The invitation to visit was extended by Main Street to introduce the visitors to the downtown area in hopes they will spread the word and make return visits and bring others with them.
The event was sponsored by the Livingston Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Denham Springs Merchant’s Association and Denham Springs Main Street. Gift bags were donated by the Arts Council of Livingston Parish and the Visitors Bureau, and Jake’s on the Avenue provided floral arrangements that were centered on each of the three tables.
Denham Springs Petco reopens
The Petco at 2358 S. Range Ave. has its grand reopening on June 10&11 and celebrates with free gifts . Pet adoptions both days. 225-665-0507; petco.com.
Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Holden sold
It was announced June 1 that Ferrara Fire Apparatus in Holden, one of the top fire truck manufacturers in the country, has been sold to The REV Group, a Wisconsin company which manufactures specialty vehicles such as buses, ambulances and other emergency vehicles.
The sale actually closed April 25, the same date founder Chris Ferrara published a statement that hinted he might be retiring. Ferrara Fire Apparatus dates to 1979 when he founded Ferrara Firefighting Equipment. The company expanded its offerings over the years and by 1992, Ferrara Fire Apparatus was ranked as the tenth largest U.S. manufacturer of fire apparatus.
The manufacturing facility in Holden was built in 1994. Ferrara’s custom designed fire apparatus now includes pumpers, tankers, hazmat units, large and small rescue vehicles, as well as aerial ladders and platforms.
The company is known for sending a pumper firetruck named The Spirit of Louisiana to New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The amount paid for the company was not released.
Salute the class of 2017 Army recruits
Lt. Col. Eric M. Saulsbury, commander of the Baton Rouge Army Recruiting Battalion responsible for recruiting young men and women for the Army in Louisiana, Mississippi and the western third of Tennessee, announced that during the last school year, they enlisted 717 young men and women from the class of 2017 into the US Army and Army Reserve. 74 were from the Hammond, Baton Rouge and surrounding areas. These 717 young people are part of the one percent of young Americans who qualify to be part of the Army team.
While soldiers receive guaranteed job training, money for college, full health care and work locations around the world, their number one reason for enlisting was to be a part of something bigger than themselves: service to their country.
It’s tougher to join the Army than ever before as the Army of the future requires highly qualified volunteers. Only three in ten young Americans fully meet the stringent qualifications. New soldiers will have a high school diploma and meet age-appropriate height and weight standards. None will have engaged in serious criminal misconduct, and they will not have had a drug or alcohol dependency.
Area recruits include, from Denham Springs High School – Austin Johnson, Leah Dyess, Dakota Klicker, Tristin Johnson, Christian Johnson and Bailey Johnson; Live Oak High School – Chris Jarreau, Brendon Bratcher and William Bond; and Walker High School – Johnathan Cooper and Jackshua Colon.
DS Athletic Association Recognizes College Athlete Signees
The Denham Springs Athletic Association at its May meeting recognized those student-athletes who recently graduated from Denham Springs High School who have signed to compete in college athletics.
The student-athletes received gift certificates from Big Mike’s Bar & Grill, and they were invited to participate in the alumni association. Pictured from left to right are: (front row) Jolie Smith, softball, Holmes Community College (Miss.); Bailey Hughes, softball, LSU-Alexandria; Caroline Taylor, basketball, Rhodes College (Tenn.); (back row) DSAA Board Member Laura Dunlap, Jaden Accardo, Jones Community College (Miss.); Abby O’Donahue, track and field, LSU; Parker Simoneaux, track and field, LSU; Slade Johnson, golf, Louisiana College; Brock Batty, baseball, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; DSAA Board Member Les O’Neal, DSAA President Paul Guitreau, and DSAA Treasurer Laura Booth.
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