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............. fill II IIII I IIII IIIIIIII| THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICM8 ANTIQUE CITY FEBRUARY 23, 2017 37 YEAR NUMBER 22 faeebook.eom/theponehatoulatimes www.ponehatoula.eom/ptimes 2017 Queen of Krewe of Erin Molly O'Mally Mary Edwards Walker By MOLLIE O tALLY Queen of the Krewe of Erin Introducingthe 2017 Court of the Krewe of Erin For 33 years the Krewe of Erin has offered families in the community of Ponchatoula and surround- ing areas an opportunity to embrace their Celtic Heritage. Today, we present the 2017 Court of Erin, whose royals this year earned their crowns in art and essay competitions. This year's art and essay theme was "Heroes & Heroines." The Krewe of Erin presents: Princesses Elley Schexnayder, Chelsi Kay Coyne, Natalie Joelle Martin, Felicity McMahon, Elizabeth Newton, Jolie Derks, ALva Foster, Lilah Schexnayder, Lilly Belle Ingle, Ila Grace Burns, and Madison Lyn Coyne; Junior. Maids Samantha Martin, Madison Kiss, Piper Box, Rianna Foster, Maygan O'Mally, and Madison Stewart. Maids of Erin: Sarah Keaghey and Alyssa Traylor Queen of Erin Mollie O'Mally Grand Marshal Commander Jack Catalinotto, of the American Legion Will help the queen lead the Court and Clans of Erin through the streets of Ponchatoula at 10:30 a.m- Saturday, March 4. A Celtic dance party (Ceili) will follow at Le Fleur de lis following the parade with Irish fare for $10 and a cash bar, Irish Music and Dancing, a Raffle Drawing and Door Prizes. Be sure to admire the Court's artwork on display. The Krewe of Erin's next event is the Easter Bonnet Gala on Saturday, April 15 at Le Fleur de Lis, funding the Terry Ann McMahon Memorial Labyrinth to be constructed at Rosaryville. Terry Ann McMahon was the longtime head of the krewe's Queen's Committee, prior to her deathfrombreast cancer in 2009. (EDITOR'S NOTE: The Queen of Erin is chosen an- and ti=extended ( Photo Courtesy of Shana Henke) This year it wasan ~ssay competition. The queen holds tings, that hard work her education at ,w,- - _ - ~,,- _ - ..~ ........ .-=_~ ......... -== her title for life. The queen holds her title for life. Queen Mollie will lead the annual Ponchatoula Krewe of Erin St. Patrick's Parade which will step off early this year, on Saturday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m. on a downtown route. St. Patrick's Day is celebrated globally on March 17.) The Medal of Honor is the highest decoration in the United Armed Services. This medal is awarded in recog- nition of valor and bravery in action above and beyond the call of duty. One very head strong Irish American woman is the only female to ever re- ceive this honor. Her name is Mary Edwards Walker. Mary was born in the small town of Oswego, New York in 1832. Brought up on a 33-acre farm, she was taught, along with her sib- The Wright and Anderson The Wright and Anderson Building By JIM PERRIN Historian & Educator (PART ONE IN A SERIES) The large brick building on the corner of West Pine Street and North Seventh Street, that many remember as the NAPA auto parts store, has a long and interest- ing history. -Following the construc- tion of two large cypress lumber mills south of town in 1921, the Pon- chatoula community expe- rienced rapid progress. As hundreds of new families moved to Ponchatoula to. work in the mills, busi- nesses opened or expand- ed. The Hammond firm of Wright and Anderson opened a feed and supply store in Ponchatoula to service the needs of area farmers. In the fall of 1924, the firm leased the build. ing on Northeast Railroad Avenue owned by Bernard Antony which had previ- ously been the site of the Davenport Fancy Grocery Store. A Mr. Addison was installed as the manger of the Wright and Anderson Store in Ponchatoula. The Wright and An- derson Company owners decided by 1926 that the business climate in Pon- chatoula warranted the construction of a modern and much larger build- ing. They purchased a lot on the corner of West Pine Street and North Seventh Street and began the con- struction of a large brick warehouse in August 1926. The building fronted 60 feet on West Pine Street and ran 120 feet parallel to North seventh Street, giving 7,200 square feet of commercial space. CONTINUED NEXT WEEK education were the keys to life. They were raised do- ing what could be called "man's work" while wear- ing clothing that was very unheard of for young la- dies. Tight fitting corsets, long skirts and heavy dresses were not practical attire for doing farm work; nor were they healthy, thought their father. After attending school on the family farm Mary ~Falley Seminary in Ful- ton, New York. There she became a teacher; how- ever, being a teacher was not enough and she craved more. Mary. later enrolled in Syracuse Medical Col- lege, with the money she earned from being a teacher. Two years later she received her medical degree. Many considered her degree not to be worth PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 By DON ELLZEY Special to The Times South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission CEO Patrick J. Dufresne announced at the authority's regu- lar monthly meeting held in its Ponchatoula main office on Tuesday, that the La. Department of Economic De- velopment has recommended that a company wishing to locate in Louisiana consider Port Manchac as a site. The business would make a $150 million in- vestment at the port and generate about 100 jobs. However, a key require- ment is a source of natural gas. State Representative Steve Pugh will help to set up a meeting between Commission Administra- tor Pat Dufresne and nat- ural gas suppliers for the purpose of discussing the possibility of construct- ing a natural gas pipeline to the port. it was an- nounced. Dufresne indicated at the commission's monthly meeting that the natural gas issue has taken on Parish Port Commission to bring the cupole that sat atop the Lake Pontchar- train to Port Manchac where it will next sit atop a replica of the former lighthouse as a landmark for Port Manchac. The commission, a state agency, is making plans to build a replica of the old lighthouse on North Pass at the port. The light room, made of cast iron and weighing about 7,000 pounds, is now on the grounds of the Lake Pontchartrain Ba- sin Maritime Museum at Madisonville. Noting that Spring, the time of year for heavy rain more urgency. Dufresne in this area, is fast ap- has previously, said the proaching, Dufresne asked cost of a gas pipeline to the port would be consid- erable. In other news from the port meeting, State Rep. Steve Pugh will ask the ad- ministration of Gov. John Bel Edwards to try to as- sist the South Tangipahoa the commission to approve an auxiliary drainage project at the port at the cost of about $4,000, The project would enhance the existing drainage system. The backup drainage would consist of ~about PLEASE SEE PAGE 5 By OLE HARDH!DE Community newspapers will always be important. especially to small cities like Ponchatoula and small towns like Independence, and to all the villages, burgs, hamlets and post, offices inbetween, because we stay On the ground, and tell you what is really go- ing on, like the electronic media just do not seem to be interested in doing.. That's OK. We don't much care what they seem to be interested in covering. Death, robbery, and de- struction wears pretty thin, pretty quick. I think we would all prefer an energetic St. Joseph Elementary School Mardi Gras Parade any day. And thanks to Times Photographer Amy Brennan, even if we have to work parade day, Amy is there for us. Robin Abrams is still involved with promoting the Independence Sicilian Festival, which is coming up quick, March 10-12, but Robin has turned the reins of the publicity machine over to some poor man who will have his work cut out for him, Robin got us so spoiled. Tangipahoa Parish is a tall and at-times-totter- ing layer cake of ethnic diversity. We have it all. from Irish and R~dneck in Ponchatoula, to Italian in Hammond and in Tickfaw, to solid SiCilian (Y~.s, believe me, there is a difference between Italian a nd Sicilian) in Independence, drifting back to Italian and Redneck in Amite, with Afro-Americans wenv- ing their magic from bottom to top with the former cotton fields and battlefields of the northern regions rich with color. Our music, our foods, our festivals, all benefit, We benefit, unless we have a problem. Diversity appears like a rich weave in the fabric of our lives, and we are lucky to live here in Tan- gipahoa Parish, where you never have to drive [hr to have a very unique great time. President Robby Miller rang the right chime with his new parish slogan - "Move Here." That is great advice. Let's hope not everyone and his dog heeds that advice, but it is good advice. PLEASE SEE PAGE5 r