The Parish Restaurant Report – November 30, 2015

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Inspection reports enable citizens and visitors of Louisiana to make informed decisions as food consumers. Before you spend your hard earned dollars feeding the family, check our these Natchitoches Parish Inspection Reports from the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals.

CANE RIVER BAR AND GRILL
1125 WASHINGTON STREET
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
22-Sep 2015
Itemized Report

CHEF WOK
311 SOUTH DRIVE
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
04-August 2015
Itemized Report

CHILI’S GRILL & BAR #1039
932 KEYSER AVENUE
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
30-October 2015
Itemized Report

COW PATTIES
9055 TEXAS STREET
ROBELINE, Louisiana 71469
07-August-2015
Itemized Report

EL PATRON
109 SOUTH DRIVE
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
04-August-2015
Itemized Report

FRONT STREET MARKET PLACE
584 FRONT STREET #103
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
21-October-2015
Clean Report

HANA JAPANESE SUSHI BAR & GRILL
750 FRONT STREET
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
31-August-2015
Itemized Report

HANA JAPANESE SEAFOOD & SUSHI BAR
814 KEYSER AVENUE
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
10-November-2015
Clean Report

I-HOP #3432
5119 UNIVERSITY PARKWAY
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
05-October-2015
Itemized Report

JOHNNY’S PIZZA HOUSE
312 DIXIE PLAZA
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
10-November-2015
Clean Report

LITTLE CAESARS #1494-2
244 KEYSER AVENUE
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
13-July 2015
Itemized Report

MCDONALD’S #12219
5336 HIGHWAY 6
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
22-October-2015
Itemized Report

NATCHITOCHES PECANS
16508 HIGHWAY 1
CLOUTIERVILLE, Louisiana 71416
27-February-2015
Clean Report

ORANGE LEAF FROZEN YOGURT
929 KEYSER AVE #U
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
06-July-2015
Itemized Report

PIZZA HUT #316296
801 KEYSER AVENUE
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
22-September-2015
Itemized Report

SAM’S SOUTHERN EATERY
303 SOUTH DRIVE
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 717
19-October-2015
Itemized Report

SAN LUIS MEXICAN
302 HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
21-September=2015
Clean Report

SUBWAY #35866
925 KEYSER AVENUE (Wal-Mart)
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
02-November-2015
Itemized Report

SUBWAY #5123
122 SOUTH DRIVE
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
15-July-2015
Itemized Report

THE LANDING
530 FRONT STREET
NATCHITOCHES, Louisiana 71457
12-August-2015
Itemized Report

All Reports provided by the Department of Health & Hospitals of the State of Louisiana.

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Natchitoches Christmas Season Schedule of Events.

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Festival Schedule – 2015


 

DECEMBER EVENTS

Wednesday, December 2 & Thursday, December 3, 2015
* 7:00 p.m. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, AA Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets contact Jane at 357-4483 or Ladelle at 357-4522.

Friday, December 4
* 7:00 & 9:00 p.m. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala, A A Fredericks Auditorium NSU campus. For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets contact Jane at 357-4483 or Ladelle at 357-4522.

Saturday, December 5 – 89th Annual Christmas Festival, Louisiana’s premiere holiday event.
Ranked 3rd “Best Holiday Light Show” behind the Rockefeller Center and Disney World in the nation by Yahoo.com. Celebrate the Christmas Season in Louisiana’a oldest city! Enjoy our daylong festival filled with live musical entertainment, arts, crafts and food vendors, a parade and a magnificent fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the riverbank of Cane River Lake.

Admission armbands are required for entry to Front Street & Downtown Riverbank. Advance armband will be available to purchase November 2nd. $6 ages 12 & over, $4 children 6-11 & Free under 5. Festival Day: $8 ages 12 & over, $5 children6-11, Free under 5.
* 7:45 a.m. – Natchitoches “City of Lights” 5K – NSU Campus
* 10:00 a.m. – 4:00p.m. – Fe’te de Hiver at Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS, Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants. $4 for persons over 12 & under 62.
* 10:00a.m. – 6:00p.m. – LA Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum OPEN with FREE admission
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Entertainment – Brody Caster & other SMG NAshville Artists – Downtown Riverbank
* 1:00p.m. – Festival of Lights Parade
* 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. – Entertainment – Chicken on the Bone – Downtown Riverbank
* 6:00 p.m. – Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Sunday, December 6
* 10:00a.m. – 4:00a.m. – Fe’te de Hiver at Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS, Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants. $4 for persons over 12 & un
*7:00 p.m. Community Carols and Chorus. First United Methodist Church Natchitoches. Join us for singing and celebration in hope of our coming Lord. FREE

Tuesday, December 8
* 7:30 p.m.  “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 613 Second St  FREE

Wednesday, December 9
* 5:00-8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

Steamboat House, 200 rue Jefferson. This two-story home was reportedly constructed by a Captain Haynes from materials taken from two dismantled steamboats in the 1850’s. The interior ofthe home features bousillage construction. The beautiful second-floor veranda has hosted many wonderful evenings for visitors and locals alike. The home has been recently renovated by new owners and is a private residence.

Green Gables, 201 Pine Street. Built in the 1890s by Estelle Ducournau Plôché as a wedding gift for her niece, Green Gables remained with the original family until 1939 and is an excellent example of a one-story Victorian. Turned and sawn woodwork on the exterior and a wrap-around front gallery, ornate fireplaces, stained glass windows, original art and eclectic antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries, create a unique ambiance for all who visit this bed and breakfast.

Samuel Guy House, 309 rue Pine. Built in 1850 by Samuel Eldridge Guy, this Greek revival style house remained in the Guy family for more than 150 years before being moved by its current owner from Mansfield to Natchitoches in 2002. Known for its ornate collection displays and elaborate Christmas decorations, Guy House operates as a bed and breakfast.

Friday, December 11 Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

* 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $
* 5:00-8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

Metoyer Brown House, 366 rue Jefferson. The house was constructed by Trizzini and Soldini for the Metoyer family at a cost of $17,000 in 1850. It is a typical 2-story Late Greek Revival with French influence. Remodeled in the early 1900s in a Mission Bugaloid manner and again in 1974 when purchased by Dr. and Mrs. Brown III, the original architecture of the house was preserved. The home is a private residence.

Chamard-Dunahoe House, 120 rue Amulet. This unique and historic French Colonial home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has features including hand hewn cypress rafters, bousillage walls, and fireplaces on the interior of the rooms rather than on the exterior walls. The home features an extensive display of Old World Santas and a collection of Pat Martin’s cypress Santas and is a private residence.

Prudhomme-Rouquier House, 446 rue Jefferson. This Save America’s Treasures property, circa 1790, is the only known two and one-half story bousillage structure on the North American continent. Owned and operated by the Service League of Natchitoches, Inc., the house went through an extensive restoration in 2005. League members take pride in its period décor and decorations appropriate for the Christmas season in the City of Lights. Used as the Service League headquarters, Prudhomme-Rouquier is available for rental throughout the year as well as during the holiday season.

Saturday, December 12 – Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 2p.m. – $5 Ages 12 & over. Advance armband will be available to purchase November 1st.

* 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $
* 1:00-4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

Chaplin House, 434 rue Second. A fine example of Victorian architecture circa 1892. Particularly interesting are the wide gallery, the original fan-shaped floor and the curved roof of the main entrance. Chaplin House contains much of the original family furnishings and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home is decorated for the Christmas Season and is a private residence.

Steel Magnolias, 320 rue Jefferson. Constructed before 1841 by the Italian architects Trizini and Soldini, this home is reported to have been used as a hospital during the Civil War. The home was made famous by serving as a filming location for the movie “Steel Magnolias”. The “most photographed home in Natchitoches” is beautifully presented with classic Christmas décor and is open to the public for events and as a bed and breakfast.

Maison Louisiane, 332 rue Jefferson. A Queen Ann Victorian house that was built in the 1880’s by Giovanni Anselmo Rusca. Much of the home’s original architectural features such as the front doors, turned balustrades, gabled bay, and cypress pocket doors have remained intact. Maison Louisiana features traditional Christmas displays as is open year round to visitors as a bed and breakfast.

Complimentary Admission for Saturday Tour Ticket Holders to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum

* 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. – Entertainment – After Hours – Downtown Riverbank
* 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Entertainment – Hank Staples & Thunder Creek – Downtown Riverbank
* 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River

Sunday, December 13

* 6:00 p.m. – First Baptiste Natchitoches, 508 Second Street presents Christmas Fantasia.

Wednesday, December 16

* 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

         Steamboat House, 200 rue Jefferson. This two-story home was reportedly constructed by a Captain Haynes from materials taken from two dismantled steamboats in the 1850’s. The
interior ofthe home features bousillage construction. The beautiful second-floor veranda has hosted many wonderful evenings for visitors and locals alike. The home has been recently
renovated by new owners and is a private residence.

         Green Gables, 201 Pine Street. Built in the 1890s by Estelle Ducournau Plôché as a wedding gift for her niece, Green Gables remained with the original family until 1939 and is an excellent
example of a one-story Victorian. Turned and sawn woodwork on the exterior and a wrap-around front gallery, ornate fireplaces, stained glass windows, original art and eclectic antiques
from the 18th and 19th centuries, create a unique ambiance for all who visit this bed and breakfast.

         Samuel Guy House, 309 rue Pine. Built in 1850 by Samuel Eldridge Guy, this Greek revival style house remained in the Guy family for more than 150 years before being moved by its
current owner from Mansfield to Natchitoches in 2002. Known for its ornate collection displays and elaborate Christmas decorations, Guy House operates as a bed and breakfast.

Thursday, December 17

* 6:30 p.m. “Lessons & Carols” Featuring Trinity Episcopal Church choir and special guests, Trinity Episcopal Church, 533 Second Street. FREE

Friday, December 18 – Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank

* 3:00-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

* 5:00-8:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation. For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714 $

         Metoyer Brown House, 366 rue Jefferson. The house was constructed by Trizzini and Soldini for the Metoyer family at a cost of $17,000 in 1850. It is a typical 2-story Late Greek Revival
with French influence. Remodeled in the early 1900s in a Mission Bugaloid manner and again in 1974 when purchased by Dr. and Mrs. Brown III, the original architecture of the house was
preserved. The home is a private residence.

         Chamard-Dunahoe House, 120 rue Amulet. This unique and historic French Colonial home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has features including hand hewn
cypress rafters, bousillage walls, and fireplaces on the interior of the rooms rather than on the exterior walls. The home features an extensive display of Old World Santas and a collection
of Pat Martin’s cypress Santas and is a private residence.

         Prudhomme-Rouquier House, 446 rue Jefferson. This Save America’s Treasures property, circa 1790, is the only known two and one-half story bousillage structure on the North American
continent. Owned and operated by the Service League of Natchitoches, Inc., the house went through an extensive restoration in 2005. League members take pride in its period décor and
decorations appropriate for the Christmas season in the City of Lights. Used as the Service League headquarters, Prudhomme-Rouquier is available for rental throughout the year as well
as during the holiday season.

Saturday, December 19 – Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 2p.m. – $5 Ages 12 & over. Advance armband will be available to purchase November 1st.

* 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $

* 12Noon-4:00 p.m. Cane River Creole Christmas at Badin-Roque House.

The St. Augustine Historical Society hosts special tours and Creole holiday stories. FREE

* 1:00-2:30p.m. Christmas Downriver. Cane River Creole National Historic Park presents Creole Christmas with special tours, educational programs and musical events FREE

* 1:00-4:00 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation For Tickets Call: 800-259-1714

* 3:30 – 6:00p.m. – Entertainment – TBA – Downtown Riverbank

* 6:00 – 8:30 P.M. – eNTERTAINMENT – Johnny Earthquake & The Moondogs – Downtown Riverbank

* 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Friday, December 25 Free admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank – MERRY CHRISTMAS

Saturday, December 26
* 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank $
* 3:30-8:30 p.m. – Entertainment – Downtown Riverbank
* 7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE

Thursday, December 31
*7:00 p.m. – Fireworks over Cane River Lake FREE

December 7 – 23
* 6:00-8:00 p.m. Photos with Santa. Visit with Santa & Photos with Santa on the south end of downtown riverbank.

The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum will have extended hours on Saturday November 21 and 28, December 12, 19 and 26, 2015 until 7:00pm, last ticket sold at 6:30pm.  Regular admission prices will apply.

Natchitoches Historic District Business Association & the City of Natchitoches hosts the annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival. For additional information call 1-800-259-1714.

Ponderings with Doug – November 27, 2015

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I hope you gave thanks for all your blessings on Thursday. It is my prayer that in these days of natal preparation you will discover that God has blessed your life. I was thinking about being blessed and my mind wandered to Matthew 5, where Jesus gave a list of those who are blessed. We call that list the beatitudes.

Nadia Bolz-Weber in her book Accidental Saints offers a list of “blessed people” if Jesus were here today to bless them. Some of these blessed folks caused me to ponder them and that is the point.

“Blessed are the agnostics.

Blessed are they who doubt. Those who aren’t sure, who can still be surprised.

Blessed are they who are spiritually impoverished and therefore not so certain about everything that they no longer take in new information.

Blessed are those who have nothing to offer.

Blessed are the preschoolers who cut in line at communion.

Blessed are the poor in spirit. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.

Blessed are they for whom death is not an abstraction.

Blessed are they who have buried their loved ones, for whom tears could fill an ocean. Blessed are they who have loved enough to know what loss feels like.

Blessed are the mothers of the miscarried.

Blessed are they who don’t have the luxury of taking things for granted anymore.

Blessed are they who can’t fall apart because they have to keep it together for everyone else.

Blessed are the motherless, the alone, the ones from whom so much has been taken.

Blessed are those who “still aren’t over it yet.”

Blessed are those who mourn. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.

Blessed are those who no one else notices. The kids who sit alone at the middle school lunch tables. The laundry guys at the hospital.The night shift workers working while the world sleeps.

Blessed are the losers and the babies and the parts of ourselves that are so small, the parts of ourselves that don’t want to make eye contact with a world that loves only winners.

Blessed are the forgotten.

Blessed are the unemployed, the unimpressive, and the underrepresented.

Blessed are the teens who have to figure out ways to hide the new cuts on their arms. Blessed are the meek. You are of heaven and Jesus blesses you.

Blessed are the wrongly accused, the ones who never catch a break and the ones for whom life is hard, for Jesus chose to surround himself with people like these.

Blessed are the foster kids and the trophy kids and the special needs kids and every other kid who just wants to feel safe and loved.

Blessed are the burned out social workers and the overworked teachers and the pro bono case takers.

Blessed are the kids who step between the bullies and the weak.

Blessed are they who hear that they are forgiven.

Blessed is everyone who has ever forgiven me when I didn’t deserve it.

Blessed are the merciful, for they totally get it.”

It is a blessed time for soon we tell the story of one who came down to the manger, kept descending to the cross so that He might reach down in the mess of our lives and lift us up.

We are blessed! Could our Christmas calling be to become a vehicle for God’s blessing to those who don’t feel so blessed?

St. Mary’s Tigers headed to the dome with 49-42 victory over Ascension.

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The St. Mary’s Tigers were given a rousing sendoff to their journey to play Ascension Episcopal in Lafayette Friday 11/28/15 in the 2015 LHSAA semi-finals. Loyal Tiger fans and families packed the visitor’s side of the stadium, overflowing into standing room only along the side of the fence. The visiting Tigers, a three hour drive away, nonetheless more than matched the hosting Blue Gators in the number of fans. In terms of school spirit, it wasn’t even close. The St. Mary’s cheerleaders were constantly in motion while the crowd kept up a steady drumbeat of support. The Ascension announcer had to ask their crowd several times to make more noise. The St. Mary’s crown didn’t have to be told. The Tigers emerged victorious 49-42. The Tigers will face Southern Lab December 4th at 10:00 a.m. in the Louisiana Superdome. On to the Dome!

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Johnny Antoon 1943 – 2015

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A Mass of Christian Burial for Johnny Antoon will be at 11 am Saturday, November 28, 2015 at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Natchitoches with Rev. Louis Sklar serving as celebrant. Interment will follow at Memory Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 8:30 am until 10:30 am at The Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church located at 145 Church Street, Natchitoches, LA. Recitation of the Holy Rosary will be at 10:30 am on Saturday the 28th.

 

Allen-Marthaville Road Closure

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Natchitoches Parish President Rick Nowlin announces that two sections of the Allen-Marthaville Road have been closed to traffic, due to flooding.
The first section is located between the Brandon Cotton Road and Durr School Road, and the second is located between the Durr School Road and Lake Cemetery Road.

The Natchitoches Parish Highway Department will monitor these sections and will re-open them once conditions allow.

Citizens are cautioned to not travel through any flooded area on Parish roads because of unseen hazards that may be present.

Questions relative to this road closure may be directed to the Parish Highway Department at (318) 357-2200.

Natchitoches-NSU Free Multicultural Christmas Concert

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The public is invited to the 7th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Multicultural Christmas Concert to be held Tuesday, December 1 from 6:30-8:30 PM in Treen Auditorium on the campus of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, located at 715 University Parkway. The concert is FREE and open to the public. The concert is sponsored by the Department of Student Life at NSU, the Louisiana Folklife Center, the NSU Office of Cultural Diversity, and the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts.

The concert will feature area performers presenting both sacred and secular music and dance performances including, the Angels Praise Dance Team; the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Dance Ensemble, which includes members Janie Bourgeois, Hannah Haggenmacher, Lacey Hines, Annie Noel, Tamika Simpson, and Larke Tyler, choreographed by Audra Allen; the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Chorale under the direction of Lisa Benner; the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center Choir directed by Nancy Drawhorn; and the Natchitoches-Central High School NCHOIR, with soloists Jerry Shepherd and Alexia Raymo, accompanied on piano by director Peggy Fisher; Natchitoches resident Anna Slay; and Marthaville resident Justin Cruse. Also scheduled to perform are NSU students Dannaka Johnson, Jessica Nolan, Chris Abbe, Samuel Lane, and Betty Holden, and NSU faculty member Sussette Housel. In keeping with tradition, the evening’s festivities will conclude with a group singing of “Silent Night.”

Donations will be gratefully accepted for the benefit of Cane River Children’s Services, but are not required for admission to the concert. Cash donations will also be accepted.

Cane River Children’s Services is in need of the following items:

Board games

Arts and crafts supplies: crayons, markers, paint, craft projects, etc.

Items for outside activities: basketballs, jump ropes, volleyball nets, etc.

Socks

Towels

G, PG, and PG 13 DVDs

Activity Books: coloring, crosswords, etc.

Hygiene Products: lotion, body wash, body spray, etc.

Hair products and accessories

“This concert is a wonderful way to celebrate the joy and hope of the season,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the Louisiana Folklife Center. “We are grateful to be able to support such a worthy cause as Cane River Children’s Services.”

For more information regarding the concert, call the Louisiana Folklife Center at (318) 357-4332 or email folklife@nsula.edu.

 

They $aid they want what?

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To the Good Folks of Natchitoches Parish,

I hear there is a proposal to raise the salaries of the members of the Parish Council from $500 to $1,200 a month. I think that is a 140% increase, if my math is correct. This action is called a proposed ordinance. The proposed ordinance seeks to spend money that is not available in the General Fund. The proposed ordinance is a failure of the public trust and would be injurious to the incoming Parish Council.

The proposed ordinance reflects a skewed idea of public service. This ordinance in no way benefits the tax payers of Natchitoches Parish. Rather than being about public service, this proposed ordinance is a reflection of personal greed at the public’s expense. It fails to understand the budgetary process and the proper handling of the public funds. It is bad government and poor representation. If you are trying to put a dollar amount on your time as a member of the Parish Council perhaps you misunderstand the meaning of the word service.

Candidly, I should tell you that I’m giving all my council salary to the Cane River Food Pantry so this is not about grocery money for me. It is about good government.

The proposed ordinance is bad business practice. It should have been made as the new operating budget was being formulated. As I have studied the new budget there is no money available for any kind of raise for the members of the Parish Council. The salaries come from the General Fund and the days of swapping money from one account to another will end, or at least I will raise holy hell when it is tried again. I hope no one says in a meeting, “that is the way we have always done it.” The way you have always done it has led to the roads we now have and to the lack of public trust.

The public meeting about this proposed ordinance is scheduled for December 21st at 5:30 p.m.

Here is what you can do about this proposed ordinance. You can make phone calls to the makers of the proposed ordinance and let them know your thoughts on the matter. You can attend the Parish Council meeting on December 21st at 5:30 and state your opposition to this proposed ordinance. At the very least, they will have to look you in the eye before voting. The proposed ordinance would cost Natchitoches Parish an addition $168,000.00 over four years. I wonder how much good pavement could be had for $168,000.00.

You can call upon Rick Nowlin to veto the proposed ordinance should it pass.

You can call upon the new members of the Council to sustain the veto of the proposed ordinance (again, should it pass). I will vote to sustain a veto of the proposed ordinance if that is necessary. I need two other council persons to join me in pledging to sustain the veto of the proposed ordinance.

If you rise up and demand good government you will start to see changes. If you sit back and do nothing, the good old boy system that is so dysfunctional will win again. As I see it, the tax payers of Natchitoches Parish can put a stop to this proposed ordinance by letting your opposition be known. Our goal should be to have this proposed ordinance withdrawn so we can enjoy Christmas week.

Doug de Graffenried

Parish Council Member, District 3 – ELECT

Hall of Fame – Cannon’s book signing at museum reset for Saturday, Dec. 12

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LSU football great Billy Cannon, the 1959 Heisman Trophy winner, will be the featured guest Saturday, Dec. 12, from noon3 p.m. for a book signing event at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.

Guests attending the book signing for “Billy Cannon: The Long, Long Run” will get free admission to the museum.

The date of the book signing coincides with that evening’s announcement of the 2015 Heisman Trophy winner. Cannon is the only LSU player to win college football’s top individual honor. The event was initially set for Nov. 17, but severe weather across Louisiana that day forced a postponement.

Those coming into Natchitoches for the book signing can enjoy being in Louisiana’s “City of Lights” during the epic holiday display downtown, highlighted by one of the dynamic December fireworks shows on the Cane River set for 7 p.m. Live entertainment on the riverfront starts at 3:30. The Northwestern State women’s basketball team plays host to Grambling at 1 that afternoon in Prather Coliseum, about a mile south of the downtown historic district which includes the riverbank and the museum.

LSU Press officials said the appearance at the Hall of Fame museum will be the only public book signing to be attended by Dr. Cannon north of Baton Rouge in 2015.

Dr. Cannon and biographer Charles deGravelles will autograph copies of the acclaimed, recently-released book “Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run” produced by the LSU Press. The book will be on sale at the event for $30 and is also available in advance at LaSportsHall.com.

Personal inscription of books and the opportunity to meet Dr. Cannon and de Gravelles will occur from noon-1 with a question and answer session in the Atmos Energy Gallery of the museum from 1-1:30. Book signing will continue until 3 o’clock.  Patrons are asked not to bring additional items to be autographed.

Dr. Cannon’s appearance is hosted by the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum and the LSU Press.

Dr. Cannon was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1976 and is one of over 60 LSU sports heroes enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

The museum is located at 800 Front Street, at the north traffic circle in historic downtown Natchitoches, recently chosen as the country’s “Best Small Town in the South” by USAToday.com voters. Free parking is available on Front Street, the riverfront or one block to the rear of the museum at the Natchitoches Events Center (750 Second Street).

Online advance purchases are available at LaSportsHall.com. Those unable to attend the book signing who would like to have Dr. Cannon inscribe a personal message with those copies shipped by mail, should visit the LaSportsHall.com website.  The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation will ensure online book orders are inscribed and promptly mailed.

A year before he won the Heisman Trophy, Cannon led the Tigers to a national championship in 1958, igniting unprecedented passion for LSU and the Tiger football program that has increased through the years.  But like many stories of lionized athletes who rise to the status of legend, there was a fall—and in this instance, also redemption. For the first time, deGravelles reveals in full the thrilling highs and unexpected lows of Cannon’s life, in “Billy Cannon: A Long, Long Run.”

Through conversations with Cannon, deGravelles follows the athlete-turned-reformer from his boyhood in a working-class Baton Rouge neighborhood to his sudden rush of fame as the leading high school running back in the country. Personal and previously unpublished stories about Cannon’s glory days at LSU and his stellar but controversial career in the pros, as well as details of his indictment for counterfeiting and his post-release work as staff dentist at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola, unfold in a riveting biography characterized by uncanny success, deep internal struggles, and a champion’s spirit that pushed through it all.

The author, deGravelles, spent over 25 years ministering to the inmates at Angola, including the men on death row. A deacon and teacher living in Baton Rouge, deGravelles has published in literary journals and anthologies nationwide.

For more information about the event and the book, contact:

Lisa Babin, Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, LisaBabin@LaSportsHall.com, 318-458-0166;

 

STREET CLOSURE – LAFAYETTE STREET NOVEMBER 25

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NATCHITOCHES –The City of Natchitoches advises the public that Lafayette Street from Front Street to Second Street will be closed to all traffic for road repairs on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The City of Natchitoches appreciates the public’s patience while these improvements are being made and reminds everyone to please drive with caution.

For more information:
Contact: Samantha Bonnette, City of Natchitoches
Phone: (318) 352-2746
Email: sbonnette@natchitochesla.gov

Start a Farm Business: Grow Green $$$

Jim Instructing

Jim Kilcoyne, SBDC, Instructing Entrepreneurship Series

Campti Field of Dreams (DREAMS) has been working with the following United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agencies: National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) in order to reach out to underserved groups such as beginning farmers and ranchers, veterans, women, minority groups, specialty crop producers and other non-traditional farmers. Recently, one such individual, Waylon Breaux, a beginning, limited-resource farmer that plans on growing specialty crops began volunteering with the organization.

 

Waylon is an ex-offender, having been incarcerated for twelve years. While incarcerated, he worked for five years in the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center’s greenhouse. Upon his release, he joined DREAMS and has been a full-time volunteer helping the organization create a sustainable agriculture demonstration farm.

Having a passion for gardening and growing plants, Waylon plans to create his own farm based business that will focus on small fruits, culinary herbs and value added products. He is currently attending a small business class being given by the Louisiana Small Business Development Center, in association with DREAMS, so that he can learn how to create and run a small business. All that he needs now is assistance to begin farming.

There are programs available to help Waylon. For instance, NRCS has the High Tunnel System Initiative that will help him extend the growing season for his crops in an environmentally safe manner. FSA also offers low interest loans of up to $50,000 to beginning and non-traditional farmers who would like to start or grow an agricultural based business. Rural Development can also provide housing assistance in the event that he would seek to purchase his first home or rehab an existing home.

All of these organizations offer their help and information for free. DREAMS works hard to connect people with the help that they need through outreach meetings covering eight parishes in Northwest Louisiana (Caddo, De Soto, Red River, Natchitoches, Grant, Rapides, Vernon and Sabine. To learn more about upcoming meetings or USDA programs that may assist you, other friends or family members including beginning farmers and ranchers, veterans, women, minority groups, and specialty crop producers, you can contact Donna Isaacs at Campti Field of Dreams, 318-332-7791 (www.CamptiFieldofDreams.org) or USDA Natchitoches, 6949 Louisiana Highway 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA, 71457, 318-357-8366.

City Council Meeting – November 23, 2015

 

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Alene Turner addressed the council about her concerns on the racial tension and relations in Natchitoches and how the council should be involved in helping everyone get along.

Mayor Posey mention the information regarding the annexation discussed at the last meeting. The city attorneys have reviewed the information and the request to move must be made by the developers in order to move forward. The parish is now involved in making the decision and the city is no longer involved at this point.

Mayor Posey also took a moment to remember Dr. Randy Webb and his family. Dr. Webb was the longest serving President of Northwestern State University, and passed away this past Wednesday.

PLANNING & ZONING – FINAL:
#057 Approved : Ordinance Amending Ordinance No. 64 Of 2001 By Changing Zoning Classification Of Property Described As Follows: Lot At Northeast Corner Of 4th Street And St. Denis Street (328 St. Denis Street

ORDINANCES – FINAL:
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056 Approved: (Stamey abstained from vote) Ordinance Revoking The Dedication Of A Portion Of Lakeview Road And The Revocation Of Willow Lane, Live Oak Circle, Lakeshore Drive, Red Oak Circle, Chestnut Lane, Forest Circle And Pecan Circle All Of Which Are Situated And Located In Bayou Country Estates.An Easement Across The Former Lakeview Road And Lakeshore Drive Is Now Available For Public Utility Purposes, Providing For An Effective Date Of The Ordinance, And Savings Clause.

#058 Approved: Ordinance Extending The City Limits Of The City Of Natchitoches Annexing 8.547 Acres, More Or Less, Tract Situated In Section 40, Township 9 North, Range 8 West, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana (JEC Real Estate Investments, L.L.C.) Posey states that city will still receive 1% sales tax while the parish will receive 1.5%.

ORDINANCES – INTRODUCTION:
#059 Ordinance Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Accept The Donation Of A 0.642 Acre Tract Located On The Northern Right Of Way Of Louisiana Highway 3175 From Daniel Warren Collins And Molly Dranguet Collins, To Provide For Advertising, And To Provide For A Savings Clause.

#060 Ordinance Approving The Purchase Of A 2,640 Square Foot Tract Of Ground In Town South Subdivision From John Robertson, For The Consideration Ten Thousand Dollars, And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute A Cash Sale Deed For The Purchase Of The Tract And All Related Documents, To Provide For Advertising, And A Savings Clause.

#061 Ordinance Approving The Purchase Of A 3,672 Square Foot Tract Of Ground In Town

South Subdivision From Amos Payton, Jr. And Lillie Mae Alex Payton, For The Consideration Ten Thousand Dollars, And Authorizing The Mayor Of The City Of Natchitoches, Lee Posey, To Execute A Cash Sale Deed For The Purchase Of The Tract And All Related Documents, To Provide For Advertising, And A Savings Clause.

RESOLUTIONS:
#106 Approved: Resolution Authorizing The Mayor To Enter Into A Contract With Midwest Employers Casualty Company For The Workers’ Compensation Excess Coverage Policy For The City Of Natchitoches

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
The next scheduled City Council meeting will be December 14, 2015.

The City of Natchitoches offices will be closed Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27, 2015 for the Thanksgiving Holidays.

Governor Edwards….again

RuthWisher Yes, Louisiana again will have an Edwards occupy the Governor’s Mansion. However, I would dare assume that most Louisiana folks are hoping that a last name is all the governor-elect will share with the past Governor Edwards. This past Saturday, November 21, Louisiana elected John Bel Edwards, a democratic state representative, to lead our state for the next four years. I must add, Louisiana did not simply elect him; they demanded him. Edwards beat U.S. Senator, David Vitter, by a 12 point margin (56%-44%).

This victory came as a shock to many, especially Vitter supporters. Up until Friday evening, I had many folks telling me David had in it in the bag, especially following the Syrian refugee mess over the last week. I didn’t believe it, because I saw firsthand how that campaign was run, but I’ll talk more about that in future posts. However, the usual pundits on the right, and David’s own campaign folks, were wrong.

Not only did he lose, he also broke the news that he would NOT seek re-election to the senate when his term runs out in 2016. This came as a major shock to many and leaves us all wondering what is next for Senator Vitter. I really have enjoyed following Senator Vitter over the years and have been impressed by his loyalty and dedication to our state. I believe Senator Vitter deserves all of our best wishes and sincere gratitude.

In his normal laid-back manner, Senator Vitter gave a gracious concession speech. He thanked his family, staff and supporters for standing by his side through the good, bad and the ugly of this campaign…and anyone who followed the campaign knows it was indeed full of all three.

I, unlike many of my friends in the political world, am fine with the outcome. I don’t know if this is because I choose to be an optimist about this sort of situation or if it’s because I truly love my state and don’t want to insult it by threatening to move to another one. I have always felt that no matter who is elected, even if it isn’t my guy, that I should move forward, speak my mind and hope and pray that the person elected will be a wonderful leader. Think about it, if we get mad every single time something doesn’t go our way, how are we any different than a toddler? As adults, we must face the situation head on and move forward in a positive manner.

Following John Bel Edwards for years, I have always been impressed by his work ethic and drive. Though I have not always agreed with his positions on certain issues, I have always respected the man due to the fact that he served our country in uniform and because he leads with his heart. Through the campaign, I must admit I became fond of him. He appears to be a gracious family man, with a strong faith in God and a desire to help those less fortunate, including those with special needs. I have heard many stories of him as a man, not as a legislator. He has visited with friends who have sick children and, even in the middle of a campaign, would check in on them. If you can’t appreciate that type of genuine behavior then you have the problem, not Mr. Edwards.

I am optimistic of the future of my state. I am also optimistic about the future Governor of my state. With a Lt. Governor, Billy Nungesser, who has proven leadership and a desire to serve AND with an Attorney General, Jeff Landry, who has been an enthusiastic and affective leader, I look forward to this new trio of leadership. Though, I must admit, it will be strange not to have a Governor Jindal anymore, however all good (yes, I said good) things must come to an end. Governor Jindal served our state with passion that will be hard to match, though I look forward to watching an always enthusiastic John Bel Edwards serve Louisiana going forward. My prayers, and well wishes, are with you Governor-Elect Edwards.

Ruth Wisher graduated from Northwestern State University with a degree in Journalism. After graduating in 2011, she worked as the Policy Coordinator for Governor Bobby Jindal. She left the governor’s office in 2014 to become the Louisiana State Director for a pro-life PAC, designed to reveal Mary Landrieu’s pro-abortion voting record and to help get a pro-life senator elected. Upon pro-life candidate Bill Cassidy’s victory, Ruth started her own consulting firm, Wisher Strategies. For fun, she enjoys running, weight lifting and triathlon training. She recently completed a half ironman 70.3 mile triathlon. Ruth lives in Baton Rouge.