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TIMES ON WHEELS. REMINDER, Shop Downtown Ponchatoula thus Saturday for the Cnt~ide MORE 2011 UP AND COMING TEST DRIVES Inventory Clearance Sale starting at 10 a.m. ~.`~`~:~:~.~"~.~'~.~'~`~`~.~`~..:`~.~.~..~.~:~"`~.~.~'~..~'~`.~:~:X~`:!:~ ~:.,,~:,,:: :~:~~.~ COLUMNISTS BERWICK, Buy your way in; DUDEK, Buzzworthy Page 2 Bill Hood r"~-,~~'~,~, ~" ..... :'~ IIII IIIIIIII I I II I IIIII I www. ponchatou la. com/pti mes THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 i ~?~:~=+/::!~i:@i@/i +:,::~:::~,~,~ :~i!::iiii::!iiiii(:i) "' 29th YEAR NUMBER 16 50 CENTS Collecting birthday kisses Surrounded by a bevy of beauties celebrating his 86th birthday on Saturday at Lagniappe Restaurant is Coach Bill Johnson, pictured collecting his birthday kisses from (clockwise) Iris Renee Brown, Stacie Richardson and daughter Mrs. Margaret Sue Porche. (Times Photo) Coach Johnson turns 86 Sherah Kasem is pictured celebrating Ponchatoula High School legend Coach Bill Johnson's 86th birthday at the Springfield branch of Lagniappe Steak & Seafood, owned by Sam (pictured at right, above) and Sherah Kasem. (Times Photo) Happy Birthday Coach John Johnson (left) and his sister Mrs. Margaret Sue Porche are pictured with their father, legendary PHS Coach Bill Johnson on the occasion of his 86th birthday, celebrated at Lagniappe Steak & Seafood in Springfield. (Times Photo) Ribbon cut on second location Your Body, My Business Your Body, My Business opens the pool on their second location in Ponchatoula at Highway 51 and St. Patrick's Blvd. Water aerobics is now offered at the new location. Left to Right: Lauren Mayer, State Rep Steve Pugh, Mi- chelle Brister! owner, Mayor Bob Zabbia, Tanee Janusz, Margaret Koehler and Rosetta Hammond. (Courtesy Pho- to) Sesquicentennial poster by Rebecca Willoughby LOOKING BACK 150 A Sesquicentennial Reflection of ..... Early Ponch~m (1861-2011) By JIM PERRIN Historian and Educator (Fifth in a Series) On January 26, 1861, one hundred and fifty years ago, word was telegraphed across the state that Louisiana had that day seceded from the Union, severing the tie estab- lished in 1812. The move toward secession was widely expected but none- theless was greeted with joyous celebration at many points of the state. The convention voted 121 to 9 for secession and declared that Louisiana was "a free, sov- ereign and independent power." The convention adopted a new flag to represent the indepen- dent nation of Louisiana with a single gold star on a red back- ground in the canton and a field of 13 red, white, and blue stripes. Since this was the official flag of Louisiana for only a short time, it is doubtful that many of these flags were ever flown across the state. An example of this flag is on display in the Ponchatoula's Collinswood Mu- seum. Since there were no pub- lic buildings in Ponchatoula PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Volunteer of the Year James Lirette James Lirette of Regions Bank was awarded Volun- teer of the Year honors at last Tuesday's Chamber of Commerce banquet. He is past president of the Pon- chatoula Kiwanis Club, in addition to his many ac- tivities with the Chamber. (Times Photo) Betty Stewart named Citizen of the Year During the January 18 installation banquet of the Pon- chatoula Chamber, Betty Stewart was named the 2011 Citi- zen of the Year. A native of Pumpkin Center and graduate of Ponchatoula High, Mrs. Stewart has served as executive director of the Tangipahoa Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau for the past 29 years. Pictured (back row, left to right) are Shelly and Shane Stewart, Kerri Stewart, Tif- fanie Stewart, Becky Hedglin, and Roy Harris (front row) Terri Stewart, Parker Stewart, Betty Stewart, and Camer- on Stewart. (Courtesy Photo) Mayor cuts ribbon on Berrytown Corner Caf~ Kim and Tony LaMarca are surrounded by family, friends and Chamber well-wishers as Mayor Bob Zabbia cuts the ribbon on the caf~ located where Berrypatch Caf~ was for- merly located. (Chamber Photo) Acquisitions of the Bygone's Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting is this Saturday, 10-5t Everyone is invited to the official Grand Opening Celebration at Ponchatoula's newest antiques and collectibles shop, Acquisitions of the Bygone, 152 W Pine St. The event is scheduled for 10- the Citywide Inventory Clear- 5, Saturday, January 29, during PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 OuR PONc TO By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Hey David Opdenhoff, could you please turn on my hot wa- ter heater because this gator pond is getting mighty chilly and I don't think we will find a martini glass large enough to need an alligator encased in an ice cube to cool it. Ace biscuit baker Thorn Frederick has traded the golf links for hot winter kitchens but his mind is never far from the sport Mark Twain once famously called "a good walk spoiled" so we'll have to talk a little golf this week: Golfl. You hit down to make the ball go up. You swing left and the ball goes right. The lowest score wins. And on top of that, the winner buys the drinks. Regarding the Chaucer affair, my best financial advise is the old saw, "If it sounds too good to believe, it is." Golf is harder than baseball. In golf, you have to play your foul balls. Is it true Anne Nolan is engaged to be married? As I've said before, you don't have to believe it if the engagement picture is not published in The Ponchatoula Times; it isn't really love unless you see the picture here. The term 'mulligan' is real- ly a contraction of the phrase 'maul it again.' Tell the secret Celtic queen hiding in our midst that this is the week to claim her crown. Rules for the contest are on Page Five. A'gimme' can best be defined as an agreement between two golfers ...neither of whom can putt very well. If love is your goal then you have allies among the ladies of The Ponchatoula Times who have twisted Ole Pinchpenny's arm to put love messages in the February 10 edition (deadline Monday, February 7) for just $5 for 10 juicy, dripping, suc- culent and sweet words designed to woo and awe your lovely, $10 if you need 25 words to get the job done. Send ad copy via email to or send it in with your check or money order to P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, LA 70454. Reg- ular readers must know I am pushing this because I know how desperate our society is to get as many of the danger- ously single young ladies and gentlemen off the streets and into holy wedlock.