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February 27, 1986

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Thursday, February 27, 1986-- 5th Year, Number 22 Subscribers pay half price And get free home delivery! See coupon - Page Two PONCHATGUL0000 TIMES 5o ° ] First fiat strawberries fetches $200 Staff Report The first flat of 1986 strawberries was wn and harvested by Louis Gregoire. , of Wadesboro.. ' an i berries The nat of r, pe reo I T00r00,er $200. brought the hfelong Ioca esented Friday February 15 by local 'u'yPerPerLFolmbo Relan and New Orleans pr^_ , uis Despaux of Lucky Us 'uce Co. H ' e s one of the best farmers around ere" Relan said of Gregoire, adding: "We're going to have a good season, early season this year." f G regoire, born in 1903 and a veteran , me strawberry fields since 1938, fan! ed 30,000 plants on November 4. ursm,g them through winter with frost ntroltechniques. the first flat the i "1 could have picked " ted t three years but each time I wai let/'eday too late," said Gregoire. two I PI-F-ASE SEE PAGE FOURTEEN d 1st Runner-Up, 1986 Queen, Princess ./ First flat of berries - Feb. 21, 1986 Relan (left) presents a Produce (top right). Joining in the dollar bill to Wadesboro's festivities are Miss Betsy and Mrs. 82 (lower right) who Sissy Simmons (top center) and Mrs. first Bat of berries to . Bonnie Sue Relan (bottom left). Adding another $100 (Times Photo) Despaux of Lucky Us Grand Marshal Ned and King Stanley Ned Richardson (left) is Grand Marshal of the 1986 Strawberry Festival Parade. Stanley Cowen is Strawberry King. (Times Photo by Anna McMahon) Can you identify these Ponchatoula ballplayers? -- See Story Page 15 Coach Whitney Robichaux, teams that made up the in Ponchatoula Note the pecky cypress fence teams, in the early days of here the kmce completefy Park. The Poncha- a xmi-pro team ram. rodded by part-Ponchatoula Mayor Opening Day, April Buddy Dufreche, was the original sponsor of the youth league in the 1954)'s. The league is now head- quartered at Jaycee Park, in its 25th year there this season. A parade, fundraising dinner, souvenir booklet and historical display are planned 26, 1986, to mark the anniversary. Can you identify any of these players? The anniversary committee needs the information. Those who can identify everyone in the photo will be given a year's subscription to The Ponchatoula limes and a gift subscription to give to a friend. Mall your entrk to: The Ponchatoula Times, P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, 70454. The photo will be published in a future edition with the names of those in it listed below, as soon as they are identified. (Photo Courtly of Julian Dufreche) Susan Parker is 1986 Strawberry Queen Staff Report The 1986 Queen of the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival is Susan Parker, 21, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Parker of Ponchatoula This year's princess is Elizabeth Johnson. 21. daughter of James a d Lenore Johnson Jr. First Runner-Up in the annual pageant is Ponchatoula native Miss Stacy Larrieu, 21. daughter of Larry and Mary Alice Larrieu. Stanley Cowen is Strawberry King and Ned Richardson has been named Grand Marshal of the 1986 Strawberry Festival Parade. Strawberry royalty met the public Thursday. February 21 at a gala pageant held at the Ponchatoula Community Center. The young ladies expressed glee at being chosen high festival royalty, while the king and the grand marshal immediately set about planning to put their own imprints on the 1986 festival in order to make it as memorable as possible. They plan to actively represent Ponchatoula and the strawberry industry throughout the state and can scarcely wait for the main event of the year. the 1986 Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival. April 12-13 • : • e • • ,., • : • : • • " ATOULA • ... MY PONCH .. ' . e • By OLE HARDHIDE :. The Alligator : " Do you know how tremendously successful my Ponchatoula Lady Waves : : are on the basketball court this season? Let me tell you, if hoop skirts make ' : a fashion comeback in Ponchatoula I would not be surprised! : Of course the air is so charged with excitement that nobody except this : : daring reptile is brave enough to say the magic phrase: State Champions. : i Coach Peggy Allred only wanted to talk about the next game on the road to ! : the top game when Pinchpenny questioned her, but that sly old newshound i : did sneak a peak at what's on her mind. : • He asked her if the state champion girl's basketball team could be counted ! on to march in the March 15 parade down main street (the state contest is : the week before) and she said, yes. • Tami Wells, whose name still bounces on still days off the walls of the old • i high school gym (just listen), is a nervous wreck and the coach has asked : her favorite ex-player to please sit anywhere but where she can see her wild i gesticulations during game play. ! • Anyway, on to state! Coach Allred, past team members, current stars of i i the court, this gator knows for certain that this is definitely it! : I suppose by now everyone knows that bachelor Ponchatoula Policeman ! i James McKnight is a victim of"kissing sickness" and must take better care of : •. his single self over the coming six weeks of recuperation (anyone out there : interested in heating a little chicken soup?). :. I see Mrs. Patty Neihaus and Mrs. Wanda Huges of Pack 100's Den 9 are : : organizing all of my local cub scouts into a marching contingent that is : : destined to bring grace, style and handsome fellas to the upcoming March : ! 15 trek down main street. If Ole Hardhide isn't in the parade then l'm just : : not the Green Gator of All Time I am reputed to be! : If any of my cubs wants to win the March 21 Pine Wood Derby I just i might be available to add my weight to the contending whittled car of the : : .sharpest looking Irish high stepper, eh Packmaster Jim Hoover? i Say Mr. Joe down at the Feed and Seed, if you would provide the wildly screaming flappers, I could host one great raw chicken dinner down at the • pond in honor of Strawberry Queen Susan Parker, Princess Elizabeth i i Johnson and member of the court Stacy Larrieu (how about it? l'm sure the i : irls would be thrilled). : Say scouters Dave Opdenhoff and Mike Jenkins, that was some snappy • ! honor guard your scouts provided my gals at the Strawberry Pageant, (See i. : if King Stanley won't sign on your scouts as young squires of his castle) : Greg Marten s dlamondeers opened the season this week at At'hi•tic ; i Park, where the "Boys of Summer" from many a bygone year are cheering : : Councilman Julian "Dufreche's (that's fight!) plans to host a citywide : i spectacular in honor of the city's ball-players since the 1950's. • Miss Sheila Hanna, just izctween this reptile and the world, how did the : ! famous Hooks Lavigne finally fall to the wonders of woman and the i machinations of marriage? (If you'ld prefer, just come by the cage and i : whisper in my ear). • Billy Young is what you might call confident regarding the just-started : berry season and his annual grudge battle to the death with fellow : : Ponchatoula shipper Sambo Relan. Listen: i " I'm oing to own his business by the end of this • Slap dab to stump g ...... • : season, all his sheds, all his coolers, all hs storage areas, all of his accounts, : : all of his customers, all of his Sambo Relan Sales, lock, stock, barrel, and ! maybe even his pretty wife Bonnie Sue. I have bought all the nutria this : : season for M.A. Bankston Company Inc. and I am now going to buy all the i berries." Gosh, Sambo, sounds serious to me! : Mrs. Elsie Everett is it true you remember the old Blue Room before Max : Jenkins pulled his first beer there? Do tell (please). : Hey Kerry Reno of Manchac, are you going to march your Irish self down : : main street this St. Patrick's Day? i might even be inclined to close my ears :. i to the nasty rumors you deep-fried Cousin Bayou-Ben and served him up : :" as happy hour appetizers at Aw Shucks, dipping his formerly vital parts .' (which aren t) in oyster sauce. Better start high steppin and whlsti!ng too-la- : • roo-la-roo-la. • " Coacn Michael--Craig's vage squad has named its group of second' i i grade maulers "The Gators and so now 1 suppose victory is absolutely : insured. ". • " I just don't know about Milton Watts. He's always up-in-the-air. . i . The growing crowds down at Aunt Jean's in the first block of West Pine ar ". : doubtless attracted by the antics.of Ann Young, now on the staff of chief : : PLEASE SEE PAGE TWO te• •o••e•o•eo•••o '  • ooewaJoooe• I• aJ 0 oe •  • •geleqe owe poooo°4°  • e•• eoe4e• ee °4°°'