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February 24, 1983

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E 7 r ] Thursday, February 24, 1983- 2nd Year, Number 22 / t00NCH00:00'FOL00A TIMES 25 00cal school 00ildren in danger bus drivers by W.F. "Bill" CI-IPMAN Special Correspondent reporter personally witnessed ,a. Dept. of Public Safety's uay Safety Commission Pro- toordinator Buddy B. Jones ing in front of Greater Poncha- and other areas' school bus is and learning from them that percent of them had recently, !enced close calls that threat- !he lives of schoolchildren. l said they had stopped their :live buses, with lights flashing lop arms out, while loading or ding children, and have had obiles refuse to stop. lher words, it is a daily occur- that a driver refuses to stop :a school bus is loading or ding: the driver refuses to stop purposely (or unpurposely) pts to kill a kid. While such an is merely ticketed if the driver ht, this columnis calls it like ttempted Murder. of else can one call the act "I three or more 'ons of auto- past a stop arm directly at the Iken by innocent children? lave learned that state and legislation and funding is Considered that will possibly e Simply turning in the license r of the vehicle used in the ', Sttempt; even if the owner ,urvmo that nerson would be prosecuted for allowing the vehicle to be used by another in the attempted kid killing. Parents who don't want kds killed can contact their state and federal officials regarding the pro- gress (or lack thereof) concerning such legislation and funding. HOW TO OVERTURN LOADED SCHOOL BUS We also learned that a normal passenger car doing only 25 mph can overturn a fully loaded 66-passenger school bus by hitting it from the side: a car's failing to stop at just one stop sgn inside a quiet subdivision could easily result in serious injury or death for an entire load of school children. Though there are fine rescue units here. no one seriously believes that all 60. or even only 30, seriously injured children could all be trans- ported from a school bus accident to a hospital and be receiving care under a medical doctor within one hour of the moment the accident took place (unless it happened direct- ly, on the hospital grounds). SUPT. NIX'S LIFE SAVING PROGRAM The bottom line of this morbid SEE PAGE NINE "[.st Mardi Gras 00lloyed by one and all Ponchatoula area's first Mardi lebration hosted by the new rnival krewe was a whacky "Onderful success. ,rew,:, of Koon invited the I public to its first grand ball pay of celebrating the first year rdi Gras here and approxi- 2,000 maskers and spec- attended the gala held on - |o Creek. [any revelers attended that .eer chef Jackie Kupper. [ler with his customary crew of e Miller and Phil Alexander, ornpletely out of food after erved full free suppers to "i the request of the krewe, ce's Marina (where the flies were held) provided the llnsisting of nutria and coon aya, sausage and chicken laya and venison, were Ir lO0'Strohs beer T-shirts away free. over I00 of the beer company's fancy key chains thrown as keepsakes, all gifts ffom'Noel Poirier and his Jack Core Dis- tributers Co. after their beer was named the official beverage of the day. Untold numbers of beer kegs were emptied as the guests made their way into the ballroom for a Marcli Gras dance with music provided by the legendary Ponchatoula Swingsters, with a surprise jam session breaking out at one point when the parade's Grand Marshal, the Duke of Ponchatoula, Stanley Cowen. uncased his trumpet and let fly with some memorable numbers with the Swingsters, Iongtime performing friends. Despite the high turnout, the guests of the krewe simply enjoyed them- selves and not a single untoward incident was reported. Earlier in the day the krewe had assembled, finished maskinq, and SEE PAGE NINI he Ponchatoula View i Local Mardi Gras By TERRENCE McMAHON 9eQQIQeee eleOeeoe jee ee oeo oe met e e e Q eeelol ee eoeeesoeeooelol *ooeoe oo ee ooo  light of last weeks big you like to see Ponchatoula host t for the first annual local its own rade in town next d I" "" pa [-" ras parade and ball put year? the Krewe of Koon, would - We should have a local de like Covington and .ond. Some of the floats t11 ld be used for the Strawberry a ival, which would save a lot prk and money. T. Douglas s, it would be good for ess in town here and local  Wouldnt have to drive 0t town to enjoy Mardi Gras. T.E. Benette not! instead of traveling to onville or Hammond for a ,e, why not have it in ""atoula? Lawrence Knight I think Ponchatoula has !h going for it with the i uerry Festival and the Parades around the area. "L L#JI arm that I talked to the ball enioyed it much. If the turnout was a thousand" people with short notice then think  a year of planning would Eddie Morgan It sounds like a good idea. Afterall. Madisonville has a very successful parade, we could also, if the whole community got involved. Ralph Dunington No. Everybody goes accross the lake to see the big parades so why waste time on one here? Beth Williams Yes. I've been coming to Mardi Gras for the past eight years from out of state. This is the first time I stayed on this side of the lake and I don't regret it. There was a very friendly crowd on hand and there were no problems to my knowledge, until the next morning that is. Mike Sova Sure, I came down for Mardi Gras all the way from Michigan and I had no desire to go to New .Orleans. The Krewe of Keen looks like it's off to an annual tradition. 1'11 see you next year on the road to Ponchatoula instead of Madisonville. David Parish Her Majest00 Queen Gale Gale Davis named 1983 Strawberry Queen Staff Report The 1983 Louisiana Strawberry Queen is Gale Davis of Ponchatoula. The pretty 21-year-old SLU co-ed was crowned by outgoing queen Rhonda Gainey following the announcement of her selection Thursday by Mrs. Beverly Penn, the Ponchatoula Jayne co-chairman of this year's annual pageant. Susan Parker, 18, an LSU student, was named 1st Runnerup. Jean Erickson was chosen Princess of the 1983 Strawberry Festival. The young ladies were chosen from a field of ten talented and beautiful contestants. In her official essay submitted to the judges, Queen Gale Davis had this to say about Ponchatoula and her view of the role of queen: workers. The whole festival has an air of friendliness and togetherness. This is what has impressed me about the festivals of the past, and this is why I can't imagine an honor that would be closer to my heart than that of La. Strawberry Queen. To be a representative of all the dedicated farmers involved in the Strawberry Industry would be an honor, and a priveleged involvement in a city very dear to me. QUEEN Being a resident of Ponchatoula since the age of five has enabled me to develop a respect for the citizens and the culture of our city. Straw- berries have always played an important role in this culture. I can't think of a better way to be involved in the heart of our city's activities than to participate in the Strawberry Festival. Ponchatoula's economy, incentive, drive and love lie in these anual festivities, and the emotions are evident in the organizers and King W.A. "Billy" Polllion Lose title bid Lady Waves make state playoffs Times Sports Report LUTCHER---Despite some ex- tremely tough playing by Poncha- toula High School's Lady Green Wave, the local team lost its first game in the state playoffs Monday, falling to Lutcher 40-32. High scorer for the game was Patricia Hebert, who has racked up an amazing high school scoring career, topping 1000 points during this season's play. The daughter of State Representa- live Dennis Hebert will be recognized for her achievements on the Wave court at an awards presentation set for April. It was Hebert who turned her point guard position into an artillery battery for the Wave, popping off point after point from her position and laying down a steady stream of fire from the foul line. It was Hebert who propelled the tram into the state limelight Friday, spearheading the Green Wave drive against Amite, pumping in 29 points, including 15 free throws. SEE PAGE NINE MY PONCHATOULA By aLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Ah, it was a fantastic Mardi Gras! Thanks to the swampy theme' of last Sunday's big Carnival bash (and a little help from my cage key holding Flower Lady Violet Collier), your favorite great green alligator was able to attend, and everyone just assumed this 100 percent alligator hide was just an expen- sive costume. It's no sense naming the names of the ones who attended the area's first Mardi Gras, mainly because apart from Major Black and the City Council everyone in town was on Bedico Creek Sunday. 1 got a chance to sit with Ponchatoula Blueberry King Hollis Poche and Tangipahoa River's Lucian Ordoyne on the krewe float that during one memorable roadside stop was nearly turned into the krewe boat. That was about the time. a certain politician in the group noticed a herd of roadside cows and something snapped in his mind and all he saw was the crowd. "No More Leather," he proclaimed to his enthusi- astically mooing newfound supporters, "No More Steak." Later during the rural route of the parade he had the opportun- ity to promise a barnyard full of chickens that roast chicken on Sunday would be outlawed under his administration, add- ing to a flock of sheep his heartfelt disapproval of the eating of mutton. ! saw Ann and Billy all dressed up so fancy in their gator garb that ! at first mistook them for ale under Shoefate and his pretty wife Pursehide. i'm glad they had a good time, but if ale Billy and his friendly competition Sam Relan don't get over their exotic illnesses by week's end, then there's going to be an awful lot of strawberry 'preserves put up locally this year, with both major berry exporters down and ailing. Pat the Rat was the belle of the ball, needless to say. And J.R. was a fantastic King to poor unsuspecting" Queen Mary of Zatarain fame. It's a shame to name the names, so many did so much to make the bash anything but bashful. ale Jackie Kupper and his crew figured a few hundred pounds of this and few dozen gross of that, and about half the available critters in the swamps would be enough to feed every- one and boy were they sur- prised! Somewhere between 500 and 750 folks got a taste of the great "Louisiana Roadside Jambalaya." They had there own news camera ready for Grocery Betty, but she slipped off somewhere, probably with Prince Andrew and Koo Stark. AI Spiller came as a young Louisiana lawyer, and all his hobo costume needed was a tin cup. Resplendent in his arraignment was the Duke of Millville, and Buddy's efforts were better by far than a lot of the Crescent City costumers. Anyway, it was a wonderful, happy time; but l still insist that next year they move the parade at least downtown so [ can view it from the safety of my still- roofless cage. Bring Poncha- toula's parade to Ponchatoula please! And you pretty Jaynes, is it true you'll send one of your very nicest ladies by my cage with a full meal of red beans and rice for only three dollars on Monday February 28 if ! only call 386-9558, and that my money will go to the Ronaid McDonald House for kid with serious illnesses, or I can just belly drag myself over to the Jaycee Hall from 11 to 2 Monday noontime .to eat there? Right May Stilley? Not only is ale Pinchpenny and The Ponchatoula Times/ Cuchulain Press handling the .strawberry booklet locally this year, when i put my spyglass to my eye on Tuesday I was able to catch my jeweler Ray Allen working at his shop across the street designing a brand new jewelled crown for our pretty queen. Hurray for local business! Want to know who the sweetest ladies (outside the berry court) are in this whole entire area? Listen. Nancy Schltegelmeyer is about as SEE PAGE NINE