Radio M*A*S*H -2015 Results

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Thank you for making the 20th annual Radio M*A*S*H (Make A Smile Happen) a tremendous success.  With your help and commitment to the Natchitoches area, many  boys and girls will have a Merry Christmas this year.

The 2015 Radio M*A*S*H raised $23,627.00 in cash and toys collected at the tent between December 10th, 11th and 12th.  Elite Radio Group’s Market Manager, Bill Vance, said “We are overwhelmed at the generosity of the folks here in Natchitoches Parish as they turned out in a very large way to help Make A Smile Happen for our children and grandchildren at Christmas – Thank You Natchitoches Parish”

Radio M*A*S*H was created by The Elite Radio Group in 1996 to promote the annual toy drive with the Natchitoches Area Jaycees.  On the second weekend of December each year, the Elite Radio Group moves each of its radio stations to a tent in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  We bring 94.9 The River, My92.3 and KNOC-AM to broadcast for 54 hours straight, providing folks an opportunity to donate new toys and cash to help us Make A Smile Happen for Christmas!


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The Natchitoches Christmas Festival Committee invites residents to get in the holiday spirit and shine brightly in the 2nd Annual Neighborhood Lighting Contest.  Judging will be completed by Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles on the evening of December 10, 2015.

From November 21 through January 6, downtown Natchitoches is illuminated with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. “The Neighborhood Lighting Contest is a great way to get everyone involved in the Christmas festivities,” stated Marian Keator, Neighborhood Lighting Committee chair.  “Since Natchitoches is the City of Lights, we hope that everyone will show their Christmas spirit and help light the way for the season!”

Homes will be judged on holiday lights and yard displays. Homes must be within the city limits of Natchitoches.  There is no entry fee for the contest.  Anyone interested in participating should email Samantha Bonnette at with their name, address and phone number.

All entries will be judged on the evening of December 10, 2015. A total of 12 winners will be announced. Winners will receive a lighted-spirit stick, yard sign and bragging rights.

For more information, please contact Samantha Bonnette at (318) 352-2746 or via email at

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Family Farm Grows Green Through Value Added Production

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Consisting of five females spanning three generations, the Stevenson family lives in Fairview Alpha, Louisiana, on their 50-acre family farm. The farm grows a variety of fruit: citrus, muscadine, grapes, figs, pears, apples, and persimmons.They also grow a variety of ornamental flowers and plants.In addition, there is also cows, goats, and chickens. All the produce is grown organically. Recently, the farm expanded to include beekeeping. The entire family are crafters, with individual interests ranging from soap making, needlework, crocheting, sewing, canning, sculpting, basket weaving, and photography.

In an essay in the 2011 Kauffman Thoughtbook published by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Nicholas M. Donofrio, Retired Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at IBM wrote a thought-provoking article titled “Innovation that Matters”. With the benefit of forty-four years at IBM, he points out that, “The innovation that matters now – the innovation that we’re all waiting for, even if we don’t know it – is the one that unlocks the hidden value that exists at the intersection of deep knowledge of a problem and intimate knowledge of a market, combined with your knowledge, your technology, and your capability…whoever you are, whatever you can do, whatever you bring to the table.” He suggests that we start not with the solution and what we want to accomplish, but with the problem and what needs to change, and then start thinking about how to change it.

This is exactly where the Stevensons family found themselves in 2003 when granddaughter Gabriel was diagnosed with leukemia. She was only eight years old and because her immune system was practically zero they had to eliminate germs from the house which led to making all natural cleaning supplies.

Chemotherapy dried out Gabriel’s skin so her mother, Rachael, started to make goat milk soap because it added natural moisture and was free of the harsh chemicals found in commercial products. This eventually developed into a small business called Southern Lane Soaps. These products can be found at the Campti Historic Museum and will soon be available through the Red River Farm Fresh virtual marketplace.

In 2015, Rachel ventured into beekeeping with one hive. It was a natural fit with the orchard. She collected 105 pounds of honey and totally sold out. “I plan to add at least 5 more hives in 2016 because the additional income comes in handy and it is not that much more work,” she said.

If you are looking to go from a hobby to a business, there is technical and financial resources to help you get there. Join us on Monday, November 16, 2015, at The Abundant Life Church, 618 Ben Drive, Natchitoches, LA, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., to learn more about USDA programs focused on traditionally underserved groups: beginning farmers and ranchers, veterans, women, minority groups, and specialty crop producers.  For more information, you can contact Donna Isaacs at Campti Field of Dreams, 318-332-7791 or USDA Natchitoches, 6949 Louisiana Highway 1 Bypass, Natchitoches, LA, 71457, 318-357-8366.

Christopher to perform recital Monday

Paul Christopher

Cellist Paul Christopher will present a recital at Northwestern State University Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. Christopher is an Associate Professor of Music Theory and Low Strings at Northwestern State. He will be assisted by fellow faculty member Dr. Francis Yang on piano and Theresa Zale-Bridges on oboe.

The concert will feature music by Aho, Babbitt, J.S. Bach, Milhaud and Xenakis.

Christopher served for 15 years as principal cello of the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra and the Shreveport Opera. He received his Bachelor of Music Education from the New England Conservatory of Music and his Master of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Memphis.

Christopher continues to perform with the Rapides, Shreveport and South Arkansas symphony orchestras. In the summer, he serves as assistant principal cello with the Peter Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, Oregon. Christopher has appeared as soloist with orchestras and has performed guest artist recitals throughout the United States and in Costa Rica, Honduras and South Korea.

Articles authored by Christopher have been published in the Jacques Offenbach Society Newsletter, Strings, American String Teacher, and Bass World. He has prepared and had published scores for Offenbach’s “Cello Duos, Opus 49, Nos. 1-6” and “Opus 50, Nos. 1-3,” and for Mark Prince Lee’s “Resonance for Solo Amplified Cello.” In 2007, Christopher was recognized as a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Cello by the Music Teachers National Association.

Christopher has appeared on numerous recordings as a member of the Nashville String Machine with artists such as Faith Hill, Ricky Skaggs, Bruce Springsteen and George Strait. He has also recorded works by contemporary composers Dinos Constaninides, Don Freund and Mark Prince Lee as well as five CDs for the Human Metronome label devoted to the cello music of Jacques Offenbach.

Pianist LIna Morita to perform Nov. 12

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Pianist Lina Morita will present a recital at Northwestern State University Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. The concert is part of the Louisiana Piano Series International. Tickets are $15. Students are admitted free. Dr. Francis Yang and Dr. Christine Burczyk Allen are the organizers of the Louisiana Piano Series International.

Morita, an associate professor of music at McNeese State University, made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013.  Her career has taken her throughout the U.S., Latin and South America and Europe for solo recitals. Morita has taught master classes at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Her solo and collaborative performances have been featured on Radio MEC FM in Brazil and WRKF 89.3FM in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  Her collaborative performance with soprano Carol Lines was released by Centaur Records.

Morita received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music; the Master of Music from Rice University; and the Bachelor of Music degree from Indiana University.