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THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'S ANTIQUE CITY i acebook.com/theponchatoulatimes www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes THURSDAY, JANUARY 9, 2014 34th YEAR I Saintsation Brooke Perrin visits Rotary The guest speaker, Saintsation Brooke Perrin, was in- vited to speak by Ponchatoula Rotarian Tommy Cooper. The 2010 Ponchatoula High School graduate and 2011 Strawberry Festival queen learned at the Strawberry Fes- tival that she had been chosen as a Saintsation, the elite dance and cheer squad associated with our local NFL team. (Times Photo) ntsation Bn srrin visits Thatch, Re What does' a Strawberry Fes- tival queen do after her festival reign is through? In the case of Ponchatoula native and 2011 Strawberry Queen Brooke Perrin, 22, she becomes a member of the elite dance and cheer squad, the New Orleans Saintsations. Fellow members of the PHS Class of 2010 can see her on the sidelines of all New Orleans Saints home games with her fellow Saintsations, the profes- sional cheer squad formed 1967. Ms. Perrin has to attend a competitive audition for her po- sition every year and can remain Qn the squad for a maximum of five years. This year's roster contains the largest group in Saintsation history, 34. "We can't talk with the play- ers, or associate with them," an- swered Brooke in response to a Rotary member's question. In fact, she describes an or- ganization with strict rules of conduct. The Saintsations are officially associated with the Saints team, but the organiza- tion is privately owned by Les- lie Fitzmorris who runs a tight ship indeed. i :i :~ i,: Saintsation Brooke Perrin of Ponchatoula (Times File Photo) Our local Saintsation some- times uses a family name, Mix- on, to throw off over-eager fans and fantisizers. You must be at least 18, though there is no upper age limit. "There are two marrmd women on the squad. I don't know how they do it," Brooke Perrin told the Rotarians, add- ing: "There are two 3-hour prac- tices a week. On game days we arrive at the Superdome six hours before every home game for practice and we don't sit down again until the game is over," she said, quickly adding: "We have a wonderful team, PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 o Who will be : Queen of Erin? :_ The Krewe of Erin again this _ year will name a queen based on the Celtic values of scholar- ship, research and fine writing in an open, blind essay judging contest for young ladies High t.0 School sophomores to age 22. ta The Maids of Erin in the senior court will compete on u. ,,, the same basis as the queen, 2: with the same qualifications. The Court of Celtic Junior Maids will be open to girls _j from grades 6, 7, 8, & 9, who -J may submit an 8 X 11 draw- ~.~ ~:: t.0 ing of a Celtic Symbol and a paragraph on the symbol. The Court of Celtic Princesses will be open to girls from kin- PLEASE SEE PAGE 2 concert By BRYAN T. McMAHON Echoing the enthusiasm of an earlier era in American music, the latest great Ponchatoula concert New Years Eve brought to- gether professional musicians from Ponchatoula to Norco and back again to Millville, with fans alerted by text messages on their smart phones. It was a blast! Alleman, while James Bass the The cleaned out storage great guitarist and fiddle player building behind a block of an- let his music do his talking for tique shops, reached through a him, and it said plenty. courtyard dappled with moon- Members of Ponchatoula's light, had great acoustics and The Porch Rockers were on hand even better musicians, to belt out some of their signa- Singer PHS scholar Jessica ture "Coongrassrockaswinga- Gabriel was there. She has been billy tunes, even though front taming microphones, 'gently man'Charles Austin was sport- mastering them, then making ing crutches, which must have them perform to her will under challenged him as he picked out the guidance of James Bass and original and cover tunes on his other professional musicians, electric mandolin. Band leader Reed Alleman His brother Glen "Spyder" was up from Norco with his son Austin unleashed his big stand- Austin playing one of those per- up bass, while fellow Millvillian cussion boxes that substitute David "Byrd" Boyd lent his elec- for drums, jamming with gui- tric guitar licks to the band's tarists Chris Roussel and Reed unique tunes. Austin Alleman on percussion (Times Photo) Jessica Gabriel (Times Photo) Chris Roussel at center of resurgent live music Porch Rocker Charles Austin (Times Photo) W,nter s Feast tickets on sale Times Report Den's Seafood, 1915 S Morri- son Blvd. Hammond, will be the setting for the annual Krewe of Erin Winter's Feast scheduled for 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Saturday, January 25, 2014 featuring the Eddie Veatch Ensemble. Diners are offered a choice of Siblings w th talent entree, side, salad, and dessert. Porch Rockers front man There will be a cash bar. Charles Austin is pictured The naming of the Ancient with his artist sister Connie Order of Hibernians Florida Kittok at the recent Flash- Parishes Division as the 2014 Crowd Concert downtown. St. Patrick's Parade Grand PLEASE SEE PAGE 2 NUMBER 15 50 Times Report Strawberry freezing cold with temperatures in the teens ar- rived like a freight train early in the week, causing some schools in Hammond and Loranger to close their doors. Hoped-for early season strawberry sales were dashed for this year, according to area farmers. "We had already sustained major damage. When I looked un- der the plastic Monday morning, it was obvious that the previous freeze hit us hard," strawberry farmer William Fletcher, whose crop is located off North Thibadeaux Road, told The Times. "Monday Night's freeze finished the crop we were growing for Valentine's Day sales." he added, but then went on to express opti- mism for the strawberry crop at Strawberry Festival time. "This freeze will actually make the plants hardier, which speaks well for the Strawberry Festival (April 11-13, 2014) strawberries," said Fletcher. Skrmetta orders utilities not to disconnect services Louisiana Public Service Commission Chairman Eric Skrmetta (R-Dist. 1) has instructed utility providers in the state that discon- nection of services is prohibited during the extreme cold weather in the next few days. Under LPSC regulations, when temperatures will not exceed 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the Commission is empowered to order utili- ties not to disconnect services, even if consumers have unpaid or past-due balances on their accounts. :: ~ ~it has co~e ~e ~-~" at~nti~ thaf temperatures m~n~xceed, 32 degrees in some areas and therefore I am directing all electric and gas utilities to abide by the rules set forth in Louisiana Public Service Docket R-29706, and to maintain this order in effect until temperatures rise above freezing." Skrmetta said. By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator My grandma always says that she never get any phone calls. So for her birthday I put one of those "How's my driving?" bumper stickers on her car. Her phone's pretty much ringing off the hook now. (RD) Here's one for you... During the 3-1/2 years of World War II that started with the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Decem- ber 1941 and ended with the surrender of Germany and Japan in 1945, the U.S. produced 22 aircraft carriers, 8 battleships, 48 cruisers, 349 destroyers, 420 destroyer es- corts, 203 submarines, 34 million tons of merchant ships, 100,000 fighter aircraft, 98,000 bombers, 24,000 transport aircraft, 58,000 training aircraft, 93,000 tanks, 257,000 artillery pieces, 105,000 mortars, 3,000,000 machine guns, and 2,500,000 military trucks. We put 16.1 million men in uniform in the various armed services, invaded Africa, invaded Sicily and Italy, won the battle for the Atlantic, planned and executed D-Day, marched across the Pacific and Europe, developed the atomic bomb and ultimately conquered Japan and Ger- many. Pretty red-haired Shanna Bauman is ever so close to making her movie debut, I am certain. After all, the movie guys keep coming back to her Acquisitions of the Bygone, 152 West Pine in America's Antique City, to buy the per- fect period pieces to make the movies realistic. Six film crews representing six movies have shopped with Shanna in recent weeks. You go, Shanna, Ponchatoula's thorough- ly modern antique lady, permanently borrowed from her home town of Independence. The Ponchatoula Times - Call 985-386-2877 - P.O. Box 743 - Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 - editor@ponchatoula.com ._aL.