Job Opportunity: Day Camp Counselor for City Summer Camp

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POSITION: Day Camp Counselor- Part Time- Temporary

DESCRIPTION:

Provides leadership and supervision for groups of students ages 6-13
Facilitates group activities for youth and implements pre-planned curriculum
Enforces program rules and provides guidance and consequences to students
Acts as role model and provides leadership to students enrolled in program
Prepares, cleans up and maintains the facility daily

QUALIFICATIONS:

At least 18 years of age

Strong communication skills and group management skills

Must pass a drug screen and background check

Prior experience teaching youth in one or more of the following areas: Art, sports, academics, life skills, and swimming

Must be available to work Monday through Friday, May 29- August 3, shifts vary during the hours of 7:30AM to 3:30PM

EDUCATION:

High School graduate or equivalent

CONTACT:

City of Natchitoches, Human Resources Department located at 1400 Sabine St., or P.O. Box 37 Natchitoches. LA 71458-0037. Applications may also be picked up upstairs at City Hall, Located at 700 Second St., or may be found online at www.natchitohcesla.gov.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Positions will be open until filled.

The City of Natchitoches is an equal opportunity employer.

OMC: To Keep You Healthy and Informed

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Valued Parish Families,

I wanted to take this opportunity to talk to you about how achieving good health is a partnership between you and your primary care clinician. To achieve good health requires:

  1. You making a commitment to be healthy. This means maintaining a healthy balanced diet; staying away from sugar, sodas and fried foods; exercising regularly; and getting a good nights’ sleep every night.
  2. You making a commitment to getting under the care and staying under the care of a primary care clinician. This means seeing your doctor on a regular basis to receive the core preventative care you need to stay healthy. It also means going to your dentist every six months to have your teeth cleaned and examined.
  3. You making a commitment to keep your medical and dental appointments. Most medical and dental practices have a waiting list of patients wanting to   get in for services. When you fail to keep your appointment, you’re preventing someone else from getting in sooner. You’re also wasting your clinicians time holding an appointment slot for you when someone else could have been seen. As our health conditions change all the time, the key to catching a medical or dental situation before it gets out of hand is keeping your appointments with your medical and dental clinician.
  4. You making a commitment to work with your medical and dental clinicians to outline a mutually-developed medical/dental care plan. It is also important when your care plans have been developed, that you consistently follow them so your overall health does not deteriorate. Going to the doctor/dentist is one thing. Listening to them and following your care plans is another. Critical to obtaining/maintaining good health is staying under the care of a medical and dental clinician and staying on the care plans they develop with you.
  5. You staying motivated to stay healthy. No one else can help you stay healthy if you are not committed to staying healthy. This requires a life-long and daily commitment.

Let me now talk for a few minutes about what many people say when I ask them, “Why don’t you keep you medical/dental appointments?” Reasons often cited include:

  • I wasn’t sick. Well just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep your medical/dental appointments. In fact, the key to ensuring you don’t get sick is working with your medical/dental clinician to stay  healthy.  The key  to good health is prioritizing getting the preventative medical/dental services needed to keep you healthy whether you feel sick or not.
  • I had to work. We all have to work. But often-times we don’t stop to think about the implications of our getting sick and not being able to work. I wonder how often we skip our medical/dental appointments? I can assure you we wish we would have kept them when something goes wrong medically and requires us to miss work. While getting/keeping a job is important to one’s quality of life, so is staying healthy and it requires regular visits with your primary care clinician.
  • I didn’t think I needed to see the doctor/dentist. Part of getting and staying healthy is forming a strong, respectful and trusting relationship with your medical/ dental clinician. So, when/where your clinician and you outline a care plan for you, there must be a trust between the two of you. You both need to do your part to honor your mutually-developed care plan. Your clinician cannot keep their end of the pact if you won’t come in to see them regularly and/or as prescribed. This is certainly one of the top reasons why people’s health declines. The repeated failure to get under the care and stay under the care of your medical/dental clinician will not improve your health. After not keeping your appointments, and you finally make a visit oftentimes the disease is out of control resulting in you having to be admitted into the hospital and/or requiring more extensive care. Every time I drive by a graveyard and/or see an ambulance racing down the road, I wonder how many of those folks are where they are because they didn’t think they needed to keep their appointments with their clinician.
  • I didn’t have the money to see the doctor. Federally Qualified Health Centers were brought up to help ensure the ability to pay for core medical/dental services would never be a barrier to receiving good medical/dental care. Outpatient Medical Center, Inc. is a Federally Qualified Health Center (system) and we are committed to ensuring you receive the high-quality, cost-effective, medically- appropriate, and culturally sensitive medical/dental behavioral health services your family and you deserve. Whether you have the money to pay for these services or not, the services will be offered to you. So to those who use their not having money as an excuse for not seeing their clinician, I would submit to them this question: How can you afford not to see your clinician? Your continued failure to do so, at some point, will adversely affect your health and quality of life.
  • My pride is a barrier. For some individuals, pride keeps them from coming to the doctor/dentist and the sad reality is pride is killing people and debilitating them at increasingly younger ages every day. If pride is keeping you from coming to see your doctor/dentist, I encourage you to set your pride aside; see your doctor/dentist on a regular basis and stay healthy and whole.

I cannot place enough emphasis on the fact, the key to getting healthy and staying healthy requires an ongoing commitment from you to get under the care and stay under the care of a primary care clinician. It is equally important that you keep your medical/dental appointments and continually receive the preventative medical/dental services required to help keep you healthy. As a society we must take more personal responsibility for working in partnership with our primary care clinician to stay healthy and whole. Until we do, we will continue to see our loved ones debilitated at increasingly younger ages and our graveyards filling up with loved ones being put there far too soon. Good health – is up to you.

In closing, if you or someone in your family are not currently under the care of a primary care clinician, I encourage you to pick up the phone and call to schedule an appointment with our health system today. It is a call that can help improve the quality of your life. And, it just might be the call to save your life. Caring for you is what we do at Outpatient Medical Center, Inc.

Be well; be informed; be healthy and be in touch!!!
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OMC is dedicated to providing everyone with the highest quality healthcare possible. Because of that, we accept Medicare, Medicaid, Verity Health Plan, commercial insurance, and non-insurance patients. We also offer Certified Medicare Counseling through our SHIIP programs for any our of our Medicare patients who may have concerns about their benefits and Substance Abuse Counseling for our patients who struggle with addiction.

OMC is now accepting new patients and welcomes active duty, reserve, retired military Veterans and their families.

Natchitoches: 1640 Breazeale Springs St., Natchitoches, LA 71457 1-800-268-5872

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NPSB PAC Meeting: May 1

 

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The Natchitoches Parish School Board Parent Advisory Council will hold it’s next meeting Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 pm in the Title 1 Building behind the school board office. We encourage all parents, guardians, and any individual concerned with the educational welfare of our children to attend. These meetings are designed as a place to ask questions, share your concerns, and work together with the NPSB staff to better the learning environments and experiences for all children in Natchitoches Parish. Previous topics that have been addressed are effective school communication, bullying, and state testing. For more information, please feel free to contact Helen Calhoun at 318-352-8389.

Notice of Death – April 27, 2018

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Betty Jo Poche’
May 19, 1927 – April 26, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 2 pm until 3:30 pm at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 4 pm at Catholic Cemetery in Natchitoches

Retha Masters Carney Upchurch Smith
March 10, 1934 – April 26, 2018
Service: Sunday, April 29 at 2 pm at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Vowells Mill

Rosanna Blake
April 25, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Anita DeLouche LaCaze
July 31, 1923 – April 23, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 9-10:45 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery

Willard Jones, Sr.
April 28, 1923 – April 25, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 at 9:30 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday April 28 at 12 pm at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Infant Boy La’Marcus Amir Zeno-Jackson
April 22, 2018 – April 22, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 at 2:30 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Service: Procession immediately following visitation will end at the St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery in Bermuda for graveside services

Nervie Small
April 18, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 9:30-11 am.
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11 am at the Evergreen Baptist Church on Hwy. 71 in St. Maurice
Interment: Evergreen Baptist Church cemetery

Louis Esters
April 16, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 9-11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Interment: Fern Park Cemetery on Texas Street

RAPIDES PARISH:

William Darold “Mac” McDonald
April 14, 1964 – April 16, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 11 am – 12:30 pm at John Kramer & Son Funeral Home in Alexandria
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 1 pm at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church Cemetery in Echo

Karla Ann Kennedy
February 5, 1962 – April 25, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 9-11 am at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11:30 am at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens

WINN PARISH:

Brandon D’Wayne Wilson
July 28, 1976 – April 25, 2018
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 10 am at Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home
Interment: Woodland Cemetery in Jena

RED RIVER PARISH:

Sonja Bledsoe
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11 am at Old Zion Baptist Church
Interment: Old Zion Cemetery

Donald Ray Jackson
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11 am at Summer Hill Baptist Church in Evelyn
Interment: Summer Hill Cemetery

Versie Lee Hunter
Visitation: Tuesday, May 1 from 1-6 om at Jenkins Funeral Home
Service: Wednesday, May 2 at 11 am at Jenkins Funeral Home in Mansfield
Interment: Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery

The Day of the Blimp

By Mary Kay Waskom

Look! Up in the sky…it’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Goodyear blimp! No…on second look, that’s too small for that famous icon.

Like many Natchitochians, my curiosity was piqued. I watched the blimp float around the skies. It finally landed at the airport, but information at the terminal was limited as to what it was and what it was doing here. So, being the curious person that I am, I showed back up at the airport Wednesday morning to get pictures and ask questions. And, my curiosity was rewarded! The airport employee escorted me closer to the blimp, then we walked closer so I could take pictures. We were met by the pilot, who introduced himself, then I asked if I could take pictures closer to the gondola. The pilot offered for us to sit in it…awesome!

He showed us all the controls and explained about the aircraft. I thought I was recording a video, so I didn’t pay close attention (silly me…you have to actually turn the video button on!) and now I can’t remember all the details, but it was a bit technical in nature. I did take some still shots of the controls and gauges (the things I missed, the pilot later took pictures for me and sent them to me). Then, we had to get out of the cockpit so that the crew could get the craft ready for takeoff. There were fold-down steps to make entering and exiting easy.

The pilot likened the blimp to a big windsock when tethered. It is attached by the nose to a big pole on the ground, and the wheels under the gondola allow it to rotate 360 degrees, following the wind like a weathervane. He said that some pilots use this tethered blimp as a windsock, as it is easier to see from farther out. The crew had to move around with the aircraft as the wind shifted, but I could tell they have this process down to a science.

This blimp (formerly a MetLife blimp) came from a job in California. It has taken about two weeks to get here because of weather conditions, and they are on their way to Jacksonville, Florida for the PGA Championship on May 10. They planned to stop in New Orleans for an advertising job there.

A total crew of 15 works with the aircraft: 2 pilots, 2 mechanics, and 11 crew members. They travel with several trucks and a rigged-out van. The trucks carry supplies and luggage, and the van sports an office area with a refrigerator, a microwave, Internet and a TV…everything that is needed except for a bed (after all, it’s used by the security watchman, who needs to stay awake!) The blimp is never left alone. There is a watchman on duty 24/7, so the blimp is constantly being monitored.

In the van, there is a mechanics area with nuts, bolts and pieces/parts. They have special wrenches and manuals and logbooks for the FAA. Their whole operation is self-contained.

This kind of life sounds exciting, to see the United States in this quiet fashion, but it is a job like any other. The employees work 11 months and can split up their 4 weeks of vacation time in chunks of two weeks, or take the entire time all at once. According to the pilot, this vacation time is absolutely necessary to maintain their sanity. Days off are taken when the weather conditions won’t allow for flying. They recently were grounded in El Paso, Texas for five days, “twiddling our thumbs. The wind was blowing about 40 mph. Our limitation is about 18 mph. Today it’s calm. We’re running from storms, actually. You’ve got weather coming in tonight that’s gonna affect us tomorrow. We alter our days off, depending on weather. So, if I get 6 beautiful days, I’m going to use those 6 beautiful days to move 25 mph.”

Tuesday, they left Dallas, and refueled in Marshall, Texas. Natchitoches was their planned stop for the night. They had helium tanks delivered to the airport and had to go to a gas station for regular gas (the airport here doesn’t sell gas for automobiles, and that’s what the blimp runs on.)

After spending a bit more time with the pilot, we waved goodbye, and the crew worked together to get ready to take off. They unhooked the nose from the big red and white pole and dragged the blimp over to the runway. Minutes later, it had taxied down the runway and took off like a small engine plane. The members of the ground crew were left to take down the pole and pack everything up and then get to the next prearranged destination before the blimp so they could set it all up again at the next stop. What a life!

TAKE-OFF

PILOT’S TALE

Local author to hold book signing as an advocate for child abuse prevention

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Pamela Elaine Lockridge will hold a book signing at the Natchitoches Parish Library (third floor) on Saturday, April 28 from 2-4 pm. This is part of an “Against all Abuse” seminar to help end child sexual abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The seminar will also feature Jenny Lemoine, with Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana.

Pamela published her book “I was a Whore at Four: The Redemptive Story of a Child Sex Slave” in February, 2018. It details her journey as a child sex slave from the age of 4 until she was 18.

Pamela was sexually abused by her mother’s second husband. Her book reveals the profound turns in her life that revealed truths about her past sexual abuse, when she was forced to deal with her former child sexual abuse.

Her abuser confessed to the police in 2012, which triggered Pamela’s repressed memories. You’ll have to read the book to find out what happens during the next 5 years of litigation and what the Louisiana Supreme Court’s final decision was in January, 2017. Her abuser is alive and free to this day at 78-years-old.

“I wrote the book to give a voice and hope to victims everywhere,” said Pamela. “I want my book to help them get on the fast track to becoming advocates for child abuse prevention and sexual assault awareness.”

She also wrote the book as a form of therapy to cope with her repressed memories. During graduate school to earn a social work degree Pamela came across different theories such as Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’ five stages of death and dying (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance). Pamela took these stages and used them as the titles for the chapters in her book, adding three of her own stages (Closure, Striving and Thriving).

Each chapter is based on a different stage of her journey. “I want to show people that they can get on this journey with me,” said Pamela. “I want to open up a serious and expansive dialogue for the protection of all children from sexual abuse. Silence is consent. Abusers think differently than we do and we have to be vocal and pay attention in order to send them a strong message: They will be found out.”

One way Pamela says children are being given a voice is through Erin’s law within the public school system. Erin’s Law requires personal body safety be taught every year to grades Pre-K through 12. It teaches students the difference between safe and unsafe touches, safe and unsafe secrets, and how to get away and tell today if they are being abused.

“I wish Erin’s Law had been in effect when I was younger,” said Pamela. “I, like many other victims, remained silent because I didn’t have a strong support system. We [Pamela and Jenny Lemoine] want to hear from victims and connect them to a support system that can bring them healing and wholeness.”

To purchase a copy of Pamela’s book email her at lock14@bellsouth.net. It’s also available online at Amazon, Books A Million, Barnes and Noble and Ebooks.

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Natchitoches Christmas Receives Festival of the Year Award

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Natchitoches Christmas received the Top 20 Festival of the Year Award from the 12-state Southeast Tourism Society (STS) at the association’s inaugural Connections conference April 24 in Myrtle Beach. Arlene Gould, Executive Director of the Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau, members of Southeast Tourism Society and Jill Leo, Natchitoches Christmas Festival Coordinator accepted the award.

Natchitoches was one of 14 winners of Shining Example Awards that recognize excellence in tourism. Louisiana, with four winners, and West Virginia, with three winners, were the most acknowledged states.

Arlene Gould stated upon accepting the award, “Natchitoches Convention and Visitors Bureau is proud and honored to receive this award, along with the City of Natchitoches and the Natchitoches Historic Business Association (NHDBA) and the sponsors and volunteers who work year round planning and putting on this 6-week annual Festival.”

Gould also recognized the city workers at the City of Natchitoches utility department-the men and women that decorate the historic Downtown with the lights and set pieces.

“This is how the festival started over 90 years ago, a city worker made the first set piece and the rest is history,” said Natchitoches Christmas Coordinator Jill Leo, who also thanked the Southeast Tourism Society on behalf of Natchitoches Historic District Business Association and thanked the Louisiana Office of Tourism and Natchitoches CVB for their assistance in promoting the Natchitoches Christmas Festival.

ROTC awards program May 3, commissioning May 11

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Northwestern State University’s Department of Military Science invites the public to join them as the 68th Demon Battalion hosts the spring 2018 awards program to recognize outstanding cadets in the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

The awards program will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 3 in the auditorium at NSU’s Teacher Education Center/Middle Lab School. A reception will follow the program.

The Department will host the spring commissioning ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 11 in the same auditorium with a reception following. The ceremony, held in conjunction with NSU commencement ceremonies, recognizes the cadets who are graduating from NSU and receiving commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army.

To RSVP for one or both events, call (318) 357-6951.

Bitterweed

By Reba

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There is a weed found in many pastures that boasts yellow flowers and blooms in the springtime. Driving by you would think they are exquisite, especially when a pasture is covered with them. Upon first look you may not realize that cattle will avoid it unless they have no other choice but to eat it. If the cow is a milk producer then the milk will be very bitter. The milk will be drinkable but not enjoyable. It leaves a terrible after taste in your mouth that will make your cheeks pucker.

Makes perfect sense if you think about it….bitter in, bitter out.

Growing up as a preacher’s kid I have heard countless sermons on unforgiveness and what it does to your soul. Specifically, how your soul may not make it to the mansion in the sky should you chose not to forgive others. We should forgive just as our father in heaven forgives us. I’m quite sure I’ve overlooked these sermons because I always told myself I’d never hold a grudge. I knew better and was taught better. But the older I become I realize that I’ve eaten plenty of bitterweed in my lifetime.

Sometimes we eat the bitterweed bit by bit and don’t even realize how much we’ve consumed until we see the transgressor again. I’d get this instant bitter taste in my mouth when I remembered the sins they’d committed against me, or my children, or even my friends. This bitterness builds up gradually because you can’t pinpoint the exact thing they’ve done to you. It could be just an abundance of small misdemeanors all kept in a memory bank and never dealt with.

This is the bitterweed you eat and no one can tell that you’ve consumed it because typically you still have a smile on your face and can live what seems to be a normal life to casual observers.

There are then the larger crimes committed against you that will have you devouring every bit of bitterweed you can find. It may be that someone contributed to the dissolution of your family through divorce. Someone intentionally mistreated you during a sorrowful time in your life. Someone caused you not to get that promotion you thought you earned. Someone deliberately hurt you or your child. These are the enormous ones that should be deemed justifiable. It would be excusable for you to be bitter against these monsters who brought pain into your life for no reason at all. Right?

This is the type of bitterweed that is worn all over your face in the form of a deep scowl and it oozes out of your mouth with every word you speak. When you live with this form of bitterness it consumes your every thought and creates a sour disposition that everyone you come in contact with can recognize.

What if the only bitterweed you’ve eaten is because of your own actions? What if the only person you need to forgive is yourself? Sometimes forgiving ourselves is harder than forgiving others.

No matter how you choose to eat your bitterweed there are consequences. The sad thing is that you are the only one who suffers when you harbor unforgiveness. Studies have shown that it actually shortens your life and can physically make you ill.

Forgiveness is not saying that it makes it okay that someone harmed you. Forgiveness is merely saying that I release you and I trust God to make this right. One of the hardest lessons to learn is that forgiveness is not a feeling. It’s a choice that you make on a daily basis that you will not carry the hurt any longer.

Once you have chosen to forgive someone you can then begin to feel free from your negative emotions. So now I have committed to living a bitterweed-free existence. I refuse to eat to it and I refuse to eat it on someone else’s behalf as well. The more energy we spend on negativity and dwelling on regrets it robs us of our future and becoming the person that God intended us to be. He has a purpose for each one of us in the life.

I refuse to be bitter and strive for better. Better in…. Better out.

“As far as the East is from the West, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”

Psalm 103:12

Dr. Maggio will reign as King of Spring Festival Court this Saturday

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Dr. Joseph Christopher Maggio will reign as King of the Spring Festival Court presented by the St. Denis Art League at its 50th annual ball on Saturday, April 28 at the Sylvan Friedman Student Union Ballroom on the campus of Northwestern University.

Dr. Maggio is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Vincent Maggio, Sr. He has been married to the former Jennifer Zeagler for 25 years and they have three children, Melanie Marie, Scott Michael, and Emily Grace.

Dr. Maggio became the 19th president of Northwestern State University in 2017. A lifelong resident of Natchitoches and long-time faculty and staff member at Northwestern State, he was previously vice president for the Student Experience at NSU.

As vice president, Maggio led the Dean of Students and the Offices of Admissions, Recruiting, Financial Aid, Student Activities and Organizations, First Year Experience and Leadership Development, Judicial Services, Counseling and Career Services, Student Life, the Student Activities Board, Student Government Association and Greek Life.

During his first year as President, Northwestern State recorded its highest student enrollment in the 134-year history of the university and received the largest amount of private donations to the university. Enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester was 10,572 students, and the university received twenty-eight $100,000 endowments.

During his tenure at NSU, Maggio served as assistant vice president of External Affairs for University Advancement from 2013 until 2015. He was Dean of Students and assistant provost for Student Success in 2007 – 2013. Maggio was director of Alumni and Development in 2003-2007 and executive director of the NSU Foundation in 2005, and director of Alumni Affairs in 1999-2003.

Under Maggio’s leadership as executive director, the NSU Foundation completed its first capital campaign in Northwestern’s history, exceeding a campaign goal of $18.84 million and raising $31 million to support the university. He has also been a faculty member in the Department of Health and Human Performance for more than 20 years as an instructor, assistant professor and associate professor.

During his career at NSU, Maggio also served as director of Admissions and Recruiting and director of Enrollment Services. He joined the staff at Northwestern State as a track and field coach.

Maggio is a 1985 summa cum laude graduate of Northwestern State. As a senior, he was elected Mr. NSU by his fellow students and was an academic all-conference athlete. Maggio also earned his Master’s of Education at NSU in 1991. He received a Doctorate in Developmental Education from Grambling State University in 2002.

In the Natchitoches community, he is a member of the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, where he serves as a Eucharistic Minister, past president of Natchitoches Regional Medical Center Foundation Board, and served on the Exchange Bank Board of Directors.

His family has been a part of the League’s festivities for many years. His sister, Carmella Maggio McCart, was presented as a Lady of the Court in 1985. His daughter, Melanie, was also presented in 2013. His son, Scott, was a Gentleman of the Court in 2016 and his daughter, Emily, will serve as an usher this year.

King Joseph Christopher Maggio was formally presented at the annual Spring Festival King’s Party, Saturday, March 17th hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Keenan Kirk Kelly at the Prudhomme Rouquier House.

SOLICITATION OF VOLUNTEERS FOR PARISH BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

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Parish President Rick Nowlin has announced his intention to make appointments and reappointments to several boards and commissions. The boards and commissions are as follows:

Natchitoches Parish Planning Commission
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 9
Natchitoches Parish Fire District No. 10
Natchitoches Parish Water Works District No. 1
Natchitoches Parish Tourist Commission
Northwest Louisiana Fish & Game Preserve Commission

Any resident interested in serving on a board or commission should submit an application to the Office of the President. In addition, any current members of these boards and commissions who have expiring terms are encouraged to apply for reappointment. Applications may be picked up at the Natchitoches Parish Courthouse, located at 200 Church Street, or by contacting David Kees, Jr., Executive Assistant to the President, at (318) 352-2714, or by sending an email to dkees@npgov.org.

Ponderings with Doug – April 27, 2018

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The Conference sent my preacher friend Hadley to the 7th Ward in New Orleans. They didn’t give him land to build a church. They didn’t give him an old church to resurrect. They didn’t give him a place to put a sign saying, “The future site of a United Methodist church.” They told Hadley, “Go and do the work of Christ in the 7th ward.” Hadley went.

Hadley is one of those preachers that you love listening to. He is so full of Jesus that Christ flows from everything he says and does. When Hadley launches into one of his stories, you’d better hang on.

Hadley started a church in a tent. A tent works in New Orleans most of the year. There were some cold days that the tent was not so hot, but most of the time the tent worked.

When you have church under a tent, there is no designed starting time for services. People would show up, mill around, listen to the music playing, and when the time and the crowd were right Hadley would start services.

He had a generator that allowed him to power a sound system and a coffee pot. Those are the two most necessary items in today’s church. Let either fail and you will hear about it from the faithful followers.

One Sunday morning, Hadley arrived at his usual early time and started the generator and the coffee pot. He said a fellow staggered up. He had come from one of the neighborhood bars and was headed home after an all-nighter of consuming adult beverages. He was drunker than Cooter Brown, whoever he or she might be.

Hadley introduced himself and the man returned the favor. He told Hadley that his name was Pokechop. The proper spelling would be Porkchop, but slurred pronunciation came out Pokechop. He also unfolded why Hadley should know him. He was a former New Orleans Saint. Pokechop was very drunk and very loud. Hadley just listened. Then Hadley invited the very drunk man to stay for church.

Pokechop said, “A church that would let me in is not much of a church.”

Ouch!

Hadley convinced the man that indeed he was welcomed at the church and please have another cup of coffee. Pokechop stayed around. As the morning progressed Pokechop introduced himself to the congregation with all the unction of a man who had spent all night drinking. He was a most “active” greeter for the Sunday morning services.

Later that Sunday morning, the drummer called Hadley’s cell phone and told the minister, he would be missing in action for the worship service. Pokechop heard the conversation. He told Hadley. “I play the drums.”

Pokechop was sobering up, but he had not arrived at full sobriety. Hadley inquired about his talents and then asked for a brief audition. Sure enough Pokechop played the drums. He played them well.

Pokechop played the drums for the Sunday morning worship service in the tent.

That morning at the end of the service, Pokechop gave his life to Christ and joined the Methodist church.

“A church that would let me in is not much of a church.”

May our tribe increase.

Open House Sunday – Grand Bayou, Red River Parish

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You’re Invited! Realtor Raylie Hardy is holding open house Sunday in Grand Bayou Subdivision. The open house will be from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at 821 Pine Hill Street. Attend and be entered to win a $100.00 cash prize.

Hardy said, “This beautiful lake front home is located on 1.81 acres with over 200 feet of frontage on Grand Bayou Reservoir. I would like to show you this large four bedroom home with three full baths.” She added, “The home is beautifully landscaped along the front and there are two master suites.”

“There is plenty of room for your family to spread out,” said Hardy. She added, “There are over 2,200 square feet of living area. This is an open house that you will not want to miss.”

Come to the open house Sunday April 29th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Everyone in attendance will be entered in a drawing for a $100.00 cash prize. This lakefront property is located at 821 Pine Hill Street in Grand Bayou Subdivision. Raylie Hardy, licensed realtor, with Century 21 Elite, offers this home. Call 318-471-8554. Each office independently owned and operated.

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Notice of Death – April 26, 2018

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NATCHITOCHES PARISH:

Rosanna Blake
April 25, 2018
Arrangements TBA

Anita DeLouche LaCaze
July 31, 1923 – April 23, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 9-10:45 am at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Interment: Memory Lawn Cemetery

Willard Jones, Sr.
April 28, 1923 – April 25, 2018
Visitation: Friday, April 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home in Natchitoches and Saturday, April 28 at 9:30 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday April 28 at 12 pm at the St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches

Infant Boy La’Marcus Amir Zeno-Jackson
April 22, 2018 – April 22, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 at 2:30 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home
Service: Procession immediately following visitation will end at the St. Paul Baptist Church Cemetery in Bermuda for graveside services

Nervie Small
April 18, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 9:30-11 am.
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11 am at the Evergreen Baptist Church on Hwy. 71 in St. Maurice
Interment: Evergreen Baptist Church cemetery

Louis Esters
April 16, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 9-11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Interment: Fern Park Cemetery on Texas Street


RAPIDES PARISH:

William Darold “Mac” McDonald
April 14, 1964 – April 16, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 11 am – 12:30 pm at John Kramer & Son Funeral Home in Alexandria
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 1 pm at St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church Cemetery in Echo

Karla Ann Kennedy
February 5, 1962 – April 25, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, April 28 from 9-11 am at the John Kramer & Son Funeral Home
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 11:30 am at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Catholic Church
Interment: Alexandria Memorial Gardens

Vernalea Scroggs Floyd
June 17, 1920 – April 24, 2018
Visitation: Friday, April 27 from 9-10:30 am at First United Methodist Church Service: Friday, April 27 at 10:30 am at First United Methodist Church
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park

WINN PARISH:

Brandon D’Wayne Wilson
July 28, 1976 – April 25, 2018
Service: Saturday, April 28 at 10 am at Kinner & Stevens Funeral Home
Interment: Woodland Cemetery in Jena