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TIMES ON WHEELS:Reviwes the 2012 Cadillac SRX this week L h=r" =..   l tq - "0 -.... :# "--  t3 SPORTS: CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND Page 2 THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes I Dames D'lish gave the party a definite lift (Times Photo) Ready to go Tom cruising Sgt. 1st Class Jorge Avalos, his son Xzander Avalos, 6, and Son- ny Schilleci who owns the jet pictured Maj. B.J. Perrett (Ret.) executive director of Blackhawk Flight Foundation, Inc. told The Ponchatoula Times. "We use the jets as curb appeal for the kids." (Times Photo) THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 Up, up, and away at jet speed By BRYAN T. McMAHON Former Ponchatoula banker Erin Pierce on Satur- day officially opened his Hammond Air Center at the regional airport in Hammond. Pierce is a regular contribu- tor to The Ponchatoula Times where he often writes about flight and the related adven- tures readers have come to love. Saturday was marked by tours of Hammond Air Center, displays of jet fighters identical to the ones in the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun, and rides on the aircraft attracted to the event. One high point of the day was a presentation by Major B.J. Perrett (Ret.), Executive Di- rector of the Blackhawk Flight Foundation Inc. whose mission includes identifying, and secur- ing funding for scholarships to assist children of American mil- itary or law enforcement per- sonnel who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. pLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Krewe of Erin 2012 Queen to be chosen this Saturday Times Report This year an essay contest will find the Celtic monarch hidden among us. and will help discover the members of her senior court. The Maids of Erin. Those who would be princesses will earn their crowns with works of art or by writing a paragraph on the queen's essay theme. The deadline for all con- t6stiits is Friday, January 27, 2012. Again this year, the Krewe of Erin member families decided to charge no fee to enter the contest. The queen and her senior court, the Maids of Erin, must be single ladies between the ages of 14 and 21, never mar- ried and never a mother. The essay contest's theme this year is "Traditional Celtic music, musicmns and the in- struments they use to present their singular and signature sound." This broad topic opens the door to essays concentrating on the music of any of the sev- eral Celtic nations (i.e. Ireland. Scotland. Isle of Man, Brittany - and from Brittany, Acadiana in Louisiana - Galacia, Wales) or the Celtic music's imprint on :!he musm of the U.S., from the fiddle music of the Appalachia to the roots of country music. The essay must be 600 words. The essay must be your own work and all material must be properly cited in the essay. Should someone wish to supple- ment her essay with a recorded musical performance, this is ac- ceptable but not required. Princess contestants are from Kindergarten thru 8th grade. The young ladies may draw an 8x10 picture on any Irish theme. The deadline will be the same (January 27, 2012). All judging will be done Satur- day, January 28. 2012. All contestants are required to fill out an entry form. avail- able in the office of The Pon- chatoula Times, 145 West Pine. Old times at Lee's Landing By JIM PERRIN Educator and Historian (Part 3 of 5) Thomas May died sometime in 1824, and a petition to partition his property was filed in early November 1824: The widow Mary Ellen May and her children appeared in court asking for a parti- tion of the property of Thomas May. I The land Thomas May owned at the landing was said by the petitioners not to have been susceptible to division without destroying its value so the heirs were compensated by the allo- cation of the 36 slaves belong- ing to the succession to make an equitable division of Thomas' estate. Of Thomas and Mary's chil- dren Sarah Ellen May Raiford was represented by William Cooper. and Elizabeth Ann May Peake was represented by John Sticker, indicating that their husbands William Raiford and Mr. Peake were probably de- ceased at that time. Thomas and Mary Ellen May's other two children were: Benjamin P. May; and Mary Ann May, who had married Alexander Lea. In August 1831, the widow Mary Ellen May, who was born around 1760-1770. transferred her land (Section 48) consisting of about 640 acres on which she lived at the landing, and the houses and other property to her son-in-law Alexander Lea "for the love and good .will she has for him." Alexander Lea had married the widow May's daughter Mary Ann May some years before, and they lived in Washington Parish for many years. The widow Mary Ellen May died in the spring of 1832 and her property was examined May 8. 1832. Alexander Lea and his wife Mary Ann May Lea became the proprietors of the land- ing, which previously had been called May's Landing, but would henceforth be called Lea's Landing until corrupted. into the present name of Lee's Landing. It is uncertain how long Al- exander and Mary Ann lived at Lea's Landing as they continued o be referred to as residents of Washington Parish. Regardless of his permanent legal resi- dence, Alexander had big plans for his new property. Alexander Lea thought the commercial prospects at the landing were strong enough to support a town. so he decided to have streets surveyed and of- fer town lots for sale. Lea called his town DeKalb in honor of the Revolutionary War hero Baron Johann DeKalb, who died fight- ing for American independence at the Battle of Camden, South Carolina in 1780. Amap of DeKalb has not been located, but street names men- tioned in deed records included PLEASE SEE PAGE2 32 nd YEAR NUMBER 17 50 Volunteer of the Year Citizen of the Year Tommy Cooper  Dr. Bill Wheat Dr. Bill Wheat named Citizen of the Year, Tommy Cooper named Volunteer of the Year Times Report At the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet held Friday at Chesterton Square, Dr. Bill Wheat, who has taken the lead in overseeing the impressive development of the Pon- chatoula Area Recreation District (PARD), was named Citizen of the Year. Tommy Cooper was named Volunteer of the Year. intro- duced by Mrs. Celeste Layris- son. In introducing Dr. Wheat on Friday, Mayor Bob Zabbia stat- ed the following: Although at tonight's event we have numerous people who would easily qualify to be Citi- zen Of The Year we have to PLEASE SEE PAGE 2 I Sky Pilot Jet pilot and frequent contributor to The Ponchatou- la Ti:E:i Pietc  hOdat-ir show$%trday"at his new Hammond Air Center located at the regional airport. (Times Photo) By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator So, you don't like the weather in Louisiana this week? Give it a minute and it will change. Son: 'Mum, when I was on the bus with Dad this morning, he told me to give up my seat to a lady.' Mom: 'Well, you have done the right thing.' Son: 'But mum, I was sitting on daddy's lap.' Have you checked out all the new sidewalk work near Ponchatoula Junior High? It's supposed o encourage our sedentary offspring to walk or ride bikes to school, but I agree with the mayor. You can look for a whole lot of health-conscious adults enjoying those five foot wide walk- ways, with drainage and signage. Good job, Mr. Mayor. Anewly-marriedmanaskedhiswife, 'Wouldyouhave married me if my father hadn't leftme a fortune?"Honey,'the woman replied sweetly, 'I'd have married you, no matter who left you a fortune!' If all goes well, the next sidewalk improvements will link St. Joseph and PerrinEarly Learning Center, and City Hall is re- applying for money to improve the walkways to D.C. Reeves. A wife asked her husband: 'What do you like most in me, my pretty face or my sexy body?' He looked at her from head to toe and replied: 'I like your sense of humor!' Look for new pedestrian walkways linking Fifth Street to Ford and another on Hwy. 51 South, from Tower Road north. Another sidewalk project allows pedestrians to safely walk from 11 th Street to Chestnut. And shhhhh, it's all secret but if all works well; the park- ing crunch downtown could well be eased thanks to Judge Ernie Drake who owns a strategic parcel on North Sixth Street. and City Hall is reconfiguring its parking lot to create 6-8 additional parking spaces. That's a good thing because you can look for a crackdown on the use of City Hall employee parking spaces, by the unwashed citizenry. A man.was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan. 'What was that for?' the PLEASE SEEPAGE 4 The Ponchatoula Times - 145 West Pine St. - P.O. Box 743 - Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 - editor@onchatoula.com ,I]i; [ Ill, ]] 1! llilill lilltlll/,lil IiIlill/lli