On September 19, 2018 I received a text message from my bride. It was a picture.
In the picture, there was a puppy on my wife’s shoulder. The puppy was not necessarily cute. I asked the important question, “What is that?”
That was Hazel.
Hazel was rescued from the mean streets of Arcadia, Louisiana. Mom dog was crossing Hazel street with her five puppies in tow. One of our friends grabbed the puppies before they became a tragic road accident story. The “friend” gave this puppy to Tamara. For these months we have been training a new puppy.
We have succeeded. The puppy knows how to fully operate the doggy door. She knows that when she needs to go, she goes outside. She’s learning to fit into the herd. She plays with the other dogs and they play back. Most of the time she stays in Gibsland with my bride. Other times the herd is all together. This weekend the whole herd will be in Natchitoches.
Hazel has noxious puppy habits. She chews on wood.
Normally that would mean that the dog is chewing on furniture. She doesn’t do that. The wisteria and the dog have this compact to make me miserable. The wisteria which grows along the ground too, is the favorite of the puppy to drag inside. This dog will come strutting to the doggy door with a limb. I think, “There is no way that dog can negotiate that doggy door with that stick.” Wrong!
I have plugged up the vacuum a couple of times cleaning up her wood shredding.
She also has a fetish about the broom. She wants to help! If one is sweeping the dog is right there playing along. She can be in the other part of the house and will hear the broom and come running. She loves the broom so much that she sits in the laundry room and whines while gazing up at the broom. She thinks sweeping is great fun.
I share this information with you as a prayer concern.
This weekend we will have one grandson here. We are putting up the Christmas tree, so he can help with the decorating festivities. After Emerson leaves, Hazel will remain. I have grave concerns about how Hazel and the Christmas tree will interface with each other.
I see many days of redecorating the bottom of the tree. I can’t begin to imagine what happens if we place gifts under this tree. Since the tree is in Natchitoches, I could send Hazel with my bride back to Gibsland. She’s been there for the most of her puppy life. Perhaps there is too much Christmas stimulus for her to be in Natchitoches for the season.
Puppies, kittens, small children and Christmas trees have never mixed well. Somehow, every year we figure out how to overcome these challenges. We seem to make Christmas work even with tree tormentors in our midst.
The message of Christmas is that people who don’t belong are invited and welcomed! God has worked it all out.
Northwestern State landed two student-athletes on the Southland Conference All-Academic First Team, the conference announced Thursday.
Senior forward April Trowbridge added to her stack of awards while junior midfielder Jayden Wheeler was selected for the second consecutive season.
Trowbridge’s 13 goals led the conference in the regular season, tied for 13th nationally and was tied for second in NSU single-season history. Her seven assists ranked second in the SLC and tied for fourth in NSU history.
The Halifax, Nova Scotia, native carries a 3.68 GPA in psychology and was an All-SLC Second Team member.
Wheeler, who was picked for the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team (District 6), matriculated to first-team status after making the SLC All-Academic Second Team in 2017.
Wheeler, who has a cumulative 4.0 in elementary education, contributed two goals and two assists. Her game-winner against Southeastern was key to the Lady Demons (10-10) making their second SLC Tournament in three seasons.
NSU was one of four teams with multiple first-team selections. Central Arkansas led the way with four picks, including student-athlete of the year Camille Bassett. Abilene Christian and Lamar also placed two on the first team.
The Lady Demons have placed multiple first-teamers on the league’s academic first team in three of the last five seasons. Before that, NSU had accomplished that feat four teams in its history.
A student from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) was granted a full-ride scholarship to Yale University through the 2018 QuestBridge National College Match Program.
Of the eligible 6,507 finalists, Esther Seo (’19) of Bossier City was one of only 1,044 students in the nation to receive a Match Scholarship.
Associate Lecturer of English Dr. Jocelyn Donlon provided a letter of recommendation for Seo’s application. According to Donlon, the award could not have been gifted to a more worthy student.
“Esther represents everything good about QuestBridge,” said Donlon. “She is a diligent student, a serious thinker, a self-starter, and an excellent writer. More importantly, she is kind. Her university is lucky to have her.”
Scholarship recipients are admitted early to QuestBridge college partners with guaranteed, full four-year scholarships that are provided by the colleges and universities, ensuring these students and their families that an education at a top college can be affordable. Yale University is among QuestBridge’s 40 college partners, which include top liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Pomona, and Williams and exceptional research universities such as Columbia, Duke, Rice, and Stanford.
QuestBridge Match Scholarships are offered through a very competitive process and are granted to high-performing students, with many of them coming from low-income backgrounds. This year’s College Match Scholarship recipients had an average unweighted GPA of 3.93. On standardized testing, the middle 50 percent received 1360-1500 on the SAT and between 29-33 on the ACT. Ninety-four percent are within the top 10 percent of their graduating class, and 77 percent of new QuestBridge Scholars are among the first generation in their families to attend a four-year U.S. college.
Last year, LSMSA’s graduating class of 2018 received a composite amount of $31.6 million in scholarship offers. Applications for the 2019-20 school year are now open. To apply, visit www.LSMSA.edu/apply.
Baton Rouge – According to Centers for Disease Prevention and Control data, Louisiana is among the states with the highest levels of flu activity so far this season. Because of this, the Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging people to not delay in getting a flu shot.
The flu vaccine is readily available for both children and adults throughout the state at healthcare providers and community pharmacies. In addition, the Louisiana Department of Health is making flu shots available at parish health units to allow people an easy way to get flu shots at no cost to the patient.
A special one-day flu shot promotion will be held Thursday, Dec. 13 from 2-6:30 p.m.
Natchitoches Parish Health Unit 625 Bienville St. 318.357.3132
“At the parish health units, we have extended the evening hours to better allow people to get their shot after they leave school or work,” said Dr. Frank Welch, immunization director for the Louisiana Department of Health.
The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana. However, in Louisiana last year, there were more than 15,000 hospitalizations and more than 1,600 deaths from the flu. Of those more than 1,600 deaths, five were pediatric deaths.
“In terms of flu seasons, the last one was very severe. Now is the time to get a flu shot and protect yourself from a serious illness,” said Dr. Welch. “Although a flu shot is never 100 percent effective, a vaccination is the best way to prevent getting sick from the flu and getting serious complications.
The Louisiana Department of Health offers these reminders to help keep people from spreading the flu:
Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
If you have cold symptoms or have fever greater than 100.3, stay away from others until you have not had a fever for 24 hours.
Call your doctor immediately to see if an antiviral medication is appropriate for you.
If you are sick, do not visit vulnerable loved ones who may be receiving care in a hospital, nursing home, cancer center or other setting.
If you are sick, do not kiss babies, pregnant women, grandparents and others who may be at a higher risk of getting sick.
Cover your cough and sneeze.
Try not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth.
Wash your hands frequently.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
These community flu clinics are open to the public, and walk-ups are welcome. Wear short or loose-fitting sleeves.
Cost? The shots at the parish health units on Dec. 13 are no cost to everyone who participates. If you have insurance, bring your insurance information with you as your insurance will be billed.
Flu Shot FactsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Louisiana Department of Heath recommend a yearly flu shot for everyone over six months of age who does not have a complicating condition, such as a prior allergic reaction to the flu shot.
A flu shot is especially crucial for people who may be at higher risk for serious complications. This includes babies and young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older.
The flu shot is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, who can pass on antibodies to their babies that will help protect them.
The flu shot starts to offer partial protection immediately, but takes about two weeks to offer full protection.
While receiving your flu shot, inquire about other vaccinations that you may need.
Nora LaCour Metoyer
July 6, 1915 – December 3, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, December 8 from 10-10:30 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, located at 911 5th Street in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, December 8 at 11 am at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Natchitoches
Interment: Catholic Cemetery of Natchitoches
Al Joseph Lacey
October 31, 1950 – December 3, 2018
January 23, 1961 – December 1, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, December 8 from 9 am – 2 pm at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, December 8 at 2 pm in the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: Campti Community Cemetery
November 28, 2018
Visitation: Saturday, December 8 from 9-11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Natchitoches
Service: Saturday, December 8 at 11 am at the Winnfield Memorial Funeral Home Chapel
Interment: St. Davis Baptist Church Cemetery in Cloutierville
Angelina Mannina Cortello
August 11, 1927 – December 4, 2018
Visitation: Sunday, December 9 from 5-8 pm and Monday, December 10 from 12:30 – 1:15 pm at the Kramer Funeral Home
Service: Monday, December 10 at 1:30 pm at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church
Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Barry David Humphrey
November 19, 1952 – December 4, 2018
Visitation: Friday, December 7 from 9-10 am at Northside Baptist Church
Service: Friday, December 7 at 10 am at Northside Baptist Church
Interment: Colfax Cemetery
Martha Ann Stone
March 1, 1940 – December 3, 2018
Visitation: Friday, December 7 from 9-10 am at The Family Church
Service: Friday, December 7 at 10 am at The Family Church
Interment: Friendship Cemetery in Sikes
October 18, 1968 – December 5, 2018
The Patient & Family Advisory Council Natchitoches Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the formation of a Grief Support Group for those in our local community who have experienced the death of a friend or family member.
The purpose of this group is to provide a safe place where people can learn about the grieving process, share their feelings & experiences, and learn way to cope and heal.
The group’s goal is to provide spiritual, emotional, and social comfort and support for member of the greater #Natchitoches community, 18 years and older, who are grieving the loss of their loved ones.
Meetings are FREE to attend and will begin Thursday, Dec. 13 from 6-7 pm at NRMC’s Legacy Room (near the Keyser entrance)
Meetings will be held every SECOND THURSDAY of each month going forward.
For more information on the Patient and Family Advisory Council or the Grief Support Group, call Barbara Justice at 318-214-4391.
About the Patient and Family Advisory Council
The Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC) is a team of patient and family members who partner with NRMC representatives to help further enhance the quality of care and customer service at the hospital. They provide a voice that represents all patients and families of patients by sharing their healthcare experiences, participating in discussion groups, helping make educational materials easier to understand and use, working on special projects, and meeting regularly to discuss ways to improve hospital quality and safety.
The Natchitoches Police Department is asking for your assistance in locating, Brandon Miller, 7/31/90 of Coushatta. Miller is wanted for second degree battery in connection with an incident that occurred in Natchitoches on 9/08/18. Miller has Coushatta address and is about 5’07” and 180 pounds. A warrant for Miller’s arrest has been signed by a Natchitoches Parish Judge.
Brandon Miller (DOB 7/31/90)
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Brandon Miller please contact Det. Bobby Beard at (318)238-3914 or The Natchitoches Police Department at (318)352-8101. Remember all information given shall remain confidential.
Natchitoches’ Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception continued a beloved community tradition of over 30 years in hosting their annual Lessons and Carols Tuesday Dec 4th. Northwestern State University’s Chamber Choir gave a performance of sacred music in between Bible readings that was simply magnificent. Fr. Blake Deshautelle led the service while Dr. Nicholaus Cummins conducted the Choir and Dr. Greg Handel served as organist.
The night’s service “The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” was first presented at the Chapel of King’s College shortly after the end of the First World War in 1918. The service has been broadcast each year since 1928 by the British Broadcasting Corporation. During the Second World War, there was no heat in the church and the stained glass windows had been removed to protect them from Nazi bombs. The service continued nonetheless, an example of “the long continuity of our institutions” that Sir Winston Churchill spoke of in 1940.
The Northwestern State University Chamber Choir is a hard working and superbly talented group of young people. They are one of just ten choirs from around the world to be invited to the Ave Vernum International Choral Competition in Baden, Austria May 31 to June 2 2019. Let us pull together as a community to help get them there. The Natchitoches Parish Journal is donating the night’s photography. If you download a photo you like, please consider a donation to the NSU Chamber Choir. Donations can also be made to them at http://bit.ly/nsuchoirs.
The weather forecast looks a little wet this weekend but the Make A Smile Happen Toy Drive is still on for Dec. 7-8 in the Walmart parking lot. It’s a broadcast marathon on all Elite Radio Group radio stations…94.9 The River, Adult R&B My923 and 95.9 The Fox in support of the Natchitoches Jaycees annual Toy Drive.
They’ll be collecting toys and cash donations to buy even more toys. Listen to the broadcast from noon Dec. 7 until 5 pm Saturday Dec. 8 for constant updates.
Schedule a time during Radio M*A*S*H to come by the MASH Tent at Wal*Mart and donate a toy. Challenge others in your profession to match your gift. See for yourself how many great things the generous people of Natchitoches can do. All of your donations will help guarantee every child in Natchitoches Parish receives something for Christmas.
Applications for Radio M*A*S*H Toy Drive are at Dr. Hogg’s office located at 615 Bienville St. across from the Hospital Emergency entrance. Call 318-352-6800.
St. Mary’s Catholic School students received Terrific Kid certificates for the month of November from the Natchitoches Kiwanis Club recognizing them for their character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Pictured from left are Kiwanis Rep Carrie Beth Hough, Macie Cameron, Lacey Boyd, Lilly Boyd, Brylie Davis, Charles Brian, Chalin Gandy, Rodrigo Rodriguez, Evan Parrish, Principal Andrea Harrell, and Blaise LaCour. Not pictured is Brady Childress.
The Natchitoches Parish Office of Community Services issued the following agenda for the Head Start Policy Council Regular Meeting, which will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6 pm at the MLK Head Start, located at 415 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Natchitoches.
Call to order
Roll Call (establish quorum)
Introductions and Welcome Visitors
Approval of Minutes