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THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes THURSDAY JANUARY 23, 2014 34th YEAR NUMBER 17 50 One of the excitinq new projects tion about either of these proj- ects please contact the TPSO at 985.345.6150 The Samaritans meet quar- terly. The next meeting will be held in April as a joint meet; ing between Hammond and Ponchatoula stakeholders. For more information you can con- tact 985.507.1797 Scene of fatal 1-55 wreck The Times was first on the scene of this terrible wreck Monday morning that took the life Gussie Miller, 60, of Independence. (Times Photo) Inl woman, By BRYAN T. McMAHON Something was very wrong on 1-55 near the Hwy. 51 exit just before 10 a.m. Monday. Seconds earlier I had mergeddependence to cover the town's onto the interstate, headingMartin Luther King Day march north from Ponchatoula to In- PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 Celebrating ! Hammond Regional Arts Center Director and Master of Ceremonies Mike Kilgore, Volunteer Nancy Lowentritt, Mayor Bob Zabbia, Serenity House Director Francis Sey- more, Volunteer Kathy Fletcher, and Macedonia Baptist Church Pastor Tamarlon Carter who gave the Invocation helped celebrate Serenity House's 11th Anniversary. (Courtesy Photo) renity ., Many volunteers and donors, who have prov ided service to Serenity House throughout the year, joined Ms. Francis Sey- more, along with residents and former residents of the shelter, to celebrate the 11th Anniversary. After an informative program, and a few testimonials, certificates of appreciation were handed out. Then everyone enjoyed refreshments and anniversary cake! The vision of this facility was Conceived by the founder, Doris Guzman and Director Ms. Fran- cis. The purpose was to provide shelter to those in Tangipahoa Parish who have, through un- foreseen circumstances, found themselves homeless. During the last 11 years, over 2500 people have passed through these doors. Services provided at this facility include clothing, meals, administra- tive assistance, and most im- portantly spiritual guidance, through bible studies, Sunday services, and a relapse preven- tion program. Here residents By NANCY BOURGEOIS Special to The Times The Ponchatoula Samaritans, an organization of faith-based organizations and area non-profits, met at Rosaryville on Janu- ary 16 for a networking luncheon and to discuss issues of mutual concern. , ,, At the meeting Debbie Flem- cations in carpentry, electrical, ing, area director of the Tan- millwright and welding, occu- gipahoa Council on Aging, up- pations. According to the pro- dated the group on plans to jections, over 80,000 new craft pursue public transportation for workers will be needed through the Ponchatoula area, similar 2016. Interested individuals to the bus route system in Ham- can call 985.543.4120 extension mond if successful funds would 131 for more information. become available through the Deputy Susie of the Tangipa- St. Vincent de Paul Society $100 raffle : Department of Transportationhoa Parish Sheriff's Office spoke Pictured in the photo are members of the St. Vincent de to assist with the annual costs, about two new community pro: This transportation issue is an grams that are being sponsored Paul Ponchatoula Conference and generous benefacto ongoing project in cooperation by Sheriff Edwards. Reggie Pevey (left, in front of the 1963 Ford Falcon with the mayor's office and the "Project See and Save" is de- vertible which will be raffled off at a private patrons' par: Council on Aging. signed to locate, identify, pro- ty on February 8. The car is in pristine condition and was Amy Valentine from the tect and service those elderly donated by Mr. Pevey as a gift to raise funds for the area Louisiana Technical College and handicapped individuals in needy. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by System, Northshore Technical our community in need of help. calling St. Vincent de Paul Society members Tony Guar' Community College, spoke to Asecond project entitled"Don't gliardo (985) 386-3749 or Earl Baudoin (985) 351-7033. The the group about the many excit- Come Knocking at my Door" price of tickets is $100 and ticket sales will be limited to 150. (Times Photo) ing job training opportunities is designed to deter unwanted available in Southeast Loui L- and unsolicited visitors who ann. Many of the courses are don't call prior to their visit for free and lead to trade certifi- permission. For more informa- Burglary suspect arrested 39 times PPD Report Ponchatoula Police Chief Bry Layrisson reports the arrest of Eljon Latroy Mosely. Mosely, 32, of Plum St, Ponchatoula, was arrested on January 15, 2014 on the following charges: Simple Burglary, 2 Counts of Theft of a Firearm and Posses- sion of Stolen Property. Chief Layrisson states that o,t Mosely's arrest stems from a vehicle burglary on December 12, 2013. Mosely is captured on Eljon Latroy Mosely video surveillance entering the (PPD Photo) vehicle. Once inside the vehicle - tary issued knives. On January Mosely removed two semi-auto- By OLE HARDHIDE/The Alligator matic handguns and two mill- PLEASE SEE PAGE Congratulations to the Irish Pub in Downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia for making Southern Living's TOP 100 Bars in the South! Christmas season vandals also That is the good news from Patrick O'Flaherty and fellow Irish musician Beth Patterson (You know them from previous Krewe slashed school bus tires of Erin Ponchatoula St. Patrick's Parades or from the glory pre- Times Report Katrina days of O'Flaherty's Irish Pub on Toulouse in the French School Busef driver and local business owner Jim McIntyre . Quarter where you also met Pat's minstre] brother Danny) have called The Times after reading our reports of Christmas season released a new album: "Caelic" that they sent to Ponchatoula via destruction, saying that he too was a victim, courier (Andrew Edwards) whose farm is near their pub. The local McIntyre said that the tires on his school bus tires were slashed legal eagle fancied the pub and in the course of conversation Pat- where it was parked near the home of Chamber Pres;dent Paul rick asked where he hailed from, and he responded, "Ponchatou- Pevey. ]a 2 Add that to the outrageous damage created by slashers who "Ah. would you be knowing Bryan McMahon?" Patrick asked. destroyed huge blowup Christmas figures on the lawn of a local and that is how a signed copy of Caelic (a mix of Cajun and Chamber and Mardi Gras krewe leader David Gueldner. thieves made it to the recent meeting of the Ponchatoula Rotary, where who made off with a wooden deer from a North Seventh Streetwas presented to the newsman. Give it a listen. Beth predomi- nares on the CD with her Celtic French songs from her lawn across the street from the home of former Sheriff J. Edward O homeland in Louisiana. I am sure you will find it by searching all :r:l I ' ~ "I Layrissan, vandals who painted in red on the side of a church fac- the better music sites. ing the home of Mayor Bob Zabbia "Hail Satan." and further graf- ', I ran out of room last week. The subject was our need at this im- ! : /(i) obtain tools and support needed fiti on the truck of former Police Chief James McKnight that was portant juncture in our history to save for posterity at least some to go out and get jobs, obtain parked outside his North Sixth Street home. of what is rapidly disappearing, such as the sound of the Add to that the apartment doors kicked in by looters on South Bootsy Thibodeaux's voice, which was unique. housing, and live independent- Fourth Street and the holidays were not exactly filled with joy ev- ly again. We could make recordings of several other characters I Operational expenses are erywhere in Ponchatoula this year. suggest. funded by the founder, direc- December 6, the night of the Chamber's cancelled Christmas Stanley Cowen was a master at turning a hard-charging fellow tor. and many private dona- Lighting Celebration appears to be when most of the destruction in full rage to a regular person just by the innocent laugh that tions from generous individu- and thievery took place. Stanley had that would cut them short, turn them around, and _:- als an d organizations, not state McIntyre told The Times. "When I went to file a police report on be laughing along before they knew it. Without that Irishman we :: would not have the Ponchatoula Lions Club. -- or federal funds. Ms. Francisthe slashing of my school bus tires, they said they knew nothing -:: fi- teared UP while expressing of anyone else being vandalized. I asked three officers and got the Even in the military, Stanley's fellow conscripts called him ..z XCh- ,, "Abe," assuming his last name was Jewish, being unaware that -..:--- her gratitude for every single same response. i The Ponchatoula Times knows for a fact that Police Chief Bry Cowen is an Irish surname. Stanley didn't bother correcting them. gesture, large or small that people provide to this facility. Layrisson is taking the destruction very seriously indeed and has He just let out one of his soft mischievous chuckles, and let it N O O ride. With continued support and been collecting evidence in the case. So as'not to tip the police , 0 ' Last week I mentioned the Fannaly Mansion that once rested .l t- involvement from all the com- chief s hand, this newspaper has been withholding from publica- -J munities in this parish, and the tion knowledge of at least some of this evidence, on land now held by the new St. Joseph Church. Fannaly too is an Ot .llt Irish surname, and no more generous Irishman ever lived than Lord above. Serenity House willIf you or members of your family know anything that might Marion Fannaly Sr. His namesake son is cut from the same cloth, continue to flourish for years to help the Ponchatoula Police in their investigation, please call Port- don't you know? PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 , come. The future looks bright! chatoula Police at: 985/386-6548. The Ponchatoula Times - Call 985-386-2877 - P.O. Box 74: - Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 - editor@ )onchatoula.com