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rWELV Thursday, February 28; 1985--4th Year, Number 22 THE PONCHA TO ULA TIMES Subscribers pay less than half price for home delivery 386-2877 Festival poster contest begins; rules announced Entries are now being accepted for the 1985 La. AntiQue Festival Poster Con- test, The artist whose design is selected will receive a fee of $25000. The artist will oversee the printing of the poster. check colors and proof the prints. The artist will also sign and consecutively number each print. The winning poster becomes the property of the Ponchatouia Auction Co. In order for an artist to qualify for the contest, he or she must be at least 18 years of age. He or she must also complete an entry form on or before April I. 1985 and submit it to the Ponchatoula Auction Company. in person or at: P.O Box 52, Ponchatou- la, La. Only one design may be submitted per application tf the design is a loin! venture by two or more artists, all artists must sign the application• No person may submit more than one application, either alone or m a joint venture The Poster Committee will accept the designs on or before April I. 1985 at the Ponchatoula Auction company Any designs that do not meet the criteria will be immediately disqualified. Winner of the poster contest will be announced X p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the Ponchatoula Auction Company's antique auction. Poster committee members will in- struct the judges to give particular emphasis to paintings which emphasize an antique theme The Antique Festival is an official state festival and has enjoyed steady growth since its first year, 1983 The creation of Stanley, Cowen, owner of the South's largest antique auction, the Ponchatoula Auction Co. The June 1-2 Antique Festival on the Ponchatoula Auction Co. grounds will host collections of antiques from every era, with almost all of the inside booths already rented Outside, the Antique Festival will this year take on more of the trappings of a Louis,ana event. Some rides are plan- ned. And there will be more outdoor autioneenng, including a local charity auction, to get everyone in the bidding spirit All artists can have their posters back ,June 3 at the Ponchatoula Auction Company For further information contact: Stan- ley Cowen, 386-4970. or festival co- chairman Bryan T. McMahon, 386-2877 SEE PAGE SIXTEEN Grand Marshal Fr. MacLeay to marsllal St. Patrick's Day Parade here Grand Marshal of the First Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Ponchatoula is Frl.Richard p. MacLeav. O.P., MA. he well-known Dominican priest has  served in Tangipahoa Parish for over 20 years and is currently pastor and director of St. Albert Student Center at SLU. He served as Associate Pastor of St Joseph 1964-67. Fr. MacLeav will marshal the Irish for a march down main street in Ponchatoula Sunday, March 16. beginning at the St. Joseph field and continuino east on Pine Street to the Ponchatoula Hayride Building where the local Lions Club is hosting a free family par. Authentic Irish dinners and re(Teshments for the young and the old will be available. Irish music will create the atrnosphere to enjoy Irish dancing. ! he parade starts at ] 1 a.m. and the Dufreche, the SLU community and Irish personalities in New Orleans. Born on the Irish south side of Chicago in 1930. the Grand Marshal boasts grandparents from Cork and Donegal. Ireland They settled in America in the 1860"s. Fr. MacLeay kissed the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle during his first visit to the Emerald Isle in 1969. he reports. "'It is a great privilege to be the first Grand Marshal. a fine honor." said Rev. MacLeay. adding. "I promise to wear my best green top hat and I also plan to have the best throws ever enjoyed at a parade in Louisiana.'" The Grand Marshal has contacted a friend in Ireland who is gathering up thousands of Irish two pence pieces, with plans of delivering them here in time for the parade so they can serve as doubloons. Green beads will also serve as throws for the paraders. Family [arty follows immediately The parade will feature several and goes €n until 3 p.m. bands, an antique car club. groups such Ponchaoula recenuy became the as the Lions Club, dancing groups and, only city in the state with an official of course, the Irish. Those who were barpiper, the ancient Celtic musical somehow born without any Irish ilnSt, ment having been purchased by a branches in their family tree will be ,., citizens ,oup for this, the parish's changed for the day, thanks to a ti St. Patrick's Day Parade. Piper Bob proclamation of universal Irish Y°.l_nnegevVe/ad the parade.._ ._ ci.tizenship being issued by Ponchatoula  .. . is oemg sponsorea by the Mayor L.nanes ideon. loanYr,r='s ,Committee for a Better All who wear green will be allowed to f "-noum,wl a.Lance from march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade dv i-h f6 at 11 a m in Porhouia / Queen Letha Dark-haired beauty crowned Strawberry Queen By EDDIE PONDS Festival Contest. a dream came true for Times Reporter me tonight," said the Queen Winning beauty pageants and con- ,Letha PawLs. a fashion and merchan Igsts snot new [or Letha. She waJ, Miss : atUhasbeencrowne' ringfield Fire Quean. ilurMiss the 1985 Strawberry Festival Queen  Springfield. and won third place in a "She is the daughter of Mr. and 4s. talent contest singing. Albert Davis of Ponchatoula. ' She graduated from Springfield High. The pageant was held last Friday night in the Ponchatoula Community Center. Wiping the tears from her eyes the newly-crowned queen said "I'm shocked, I didn't expect this." The 19-year old college freshman loves the outdoors. Her favorite pas- time activities include playing softball. tennis, horseback riding and coordina- ting fashion shows. Jody Dominquez of Ponchatoula was "Tm crying because i'm happy. ! won named first runner up, Shannon the Tiny Tots Contest when ! was 6 Dopson of Baton Rouge was named years old. Ever since that day i've been Strawberry Princess. dreaming of winning the Strawberry The Festival will be April 13 and 14. Sheriff, deputies kept busy Sheriff's Report In the past 10 days deputies with the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office arrested suspects on charges of aggra- vated battery, aggravated assault. receiving stolen things and criminal damage to property, according to Sheriff Ed Layrisson. Sheriff's deputies arrested a Ham- mond area man on charges of aggra- vated assault, simple battery and resist- ing arrest Monday morning, according to deputies• Charged with threatening a woman with a knife, causing noticeable injury to the woman's face with a blow and resisting arrest was Charles Thomas. 26. 1209 US. 51 North, Hammond. He was arrested Monday at 7 a.m. at SEE PAGE FOURTEEN Springfield Post Office needs land for new building The U.S Postal Service is asking for construction bids as well as the offer of a suitable site for the new main post office building in Springfield. Postmaster William M. Blount said here. Under the Postal Service "open advertising" program for construction of leased facilities, prospective bidders are asked to offer site and construction bids as a single package No public bid opening is held. I Bid,packages are to be submitted not ater than March 1 I. 1985 to: Charles E. Smith. manager. Real Estate Branch. Field Real Estate and Buildings Office. US Postal Servico. P.O Drawer 3744. Memphis. lenn. 38173-0744. The site should have approximately 37.440 sq. ft of land. The preferred location is along either Hwy 42 East. Hwv 22 East. or Hwy. 22 West within one'-half mile of the present post office. All utilities and access to a two-lane public street must be available The proposed new building will have 2.761 sq. ft of interior floor space It will be built with private funds and leased to the Postal Service for a basic period of 15 years with renewal option for 25 additional years Ponchatoula man hits "black gold" By BRYAN T. McMAHON A wildcat oil well produced "'black gold'" for Ponchatoula's Johnny S McGary. according to reports from the oil country west of Baton Rouge. McGary is owner of JSM Enterprises Inc., which imports beer from Jamaica. An assistant district attorney, McGary also holds down a civil practice with offices in Ponchatoula. Contacted at the office of his friend and investment advisor fellow-attorney Byard "Peck" Edwards, McGary confirmed news of his good fortune, his characteristic conservative approach apparently suffering under the news he had just received from the drilling field: "'I haven't seen it yet. but I hear it's pretty good. it looks like all three (level of oil bearing sands) will be good. oil and gas. A conservative estimate puts production at 30 barrells a day, but even I believe that's too conservative," said the wildcatter-turning oil baron. McGary's well is located near the border of Iberville and West Baton Rouge parishes. McGary said he made the investment after being introduced by Edwards to a Iongtime friend Mike Norton, president of Gulf South Oil & Gas, which has a track record of finding the oil and it to thewsurface. Bridge jumper saved Sheriffs Report Deputy Barron was driving toward Deputy Gerald Barron heard faint cries for help while driving near Pon- chatoula Feb. 19 night and stopped to find a man with a broken leg that had jumped from the high-rise section of 1-55. The man had been the subject of a lengthy search that evening. According to reports, the man, Keith A. Miller. 26. who is reportedly staying at the Sleepy Hollow Campground in Pumpkin Center. jumped from the raised interstate at about 8:30 pm. Feb. 19. Ponchatoula police reported a passing motorist saw the man jump and reported it to them. They called the sheriffs office which started a search which involved the Sheriff's Flotilla consisting of seven units with boats and three-wheeled motorcycles, and two Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries agents. The group searched about six miles along both sides of 1-55 between Pnnchatrmla and Manchac for hours Manchac some seven and one-half hours later looking for a woman who was reportedly walking north on U.S. 51 from St. John Parish when he heard a cry for help, he said. The man was laying about 25 yards off the roadway about two miles south of Ponchatoula, according to Barton's report. The man was wet and said he had been knocked unconscious by the landing. Barton said the man had a broken leg and possible broken ribs. He said he learned the man had rolled into the water after he landed and was appar- ently unconscious while the search went on. He said he crawled from the canal under the interstate toward U.S. 51 where Barron found him. He was taken to Seventh Ward Hospital by Acadian Ambulance where he was reportedly in good condition. The man said he thought the drop was a few feet. while it was about 30 feet. MY PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Well. just in case you didn't get your programs, this is how Louisiana Musical Chairs is being played: Russell Long steps down, IJ.S. Congressman Henson Moore makes the play for his senate seat. Tangipahoa Parish Clerk of Court Cartoon Moore (as I told you just two weeks ago here) is going to run for the U.S. He,use of Representatives seat now held by Henson Moore, making way for sit down now. this may jolt you) Ponchatoula's Julian Dufreche to run for Clerk of Court. (Will you recall where you heard it first?). Julian had OJT under Leonard Yokum for four years, has apparently ruled out the long-awaited Dufreche-Gideon rematch for the chief executive's office at the berry-topped bunker, and stands at the doorway to parishwide office at a time when his highly-political family is best-situated to help him (i.e. before the judicial retirement). On to Amite! But before anybody goes anywhere in My Ponchatoula they've got to get their biscuits, java and homespun sendoff from Miss Sunshine Ponchatoula, Brenda at Paul's Cafe./ Cheryl Poche. Hollis' oldest beauly queen, will be doing Brenda's job for a certain Doug Knowles. soon as they tie the knot March 31 at Ned and Patricia's riverside villa. The bride works for a popular computer firm out Caliphoney way. but I'll bet I know who's the Apple of her eye. Did you all see my German baker Juergen Sellmann on Channel 2 Monday? (He's more Gideon than Gideon). And how about the Ponchatoula Irish: Harry McKneely, lnez Layrisson, her sister Myra Vaughan. Donna Corkern, Bernard McMurray, George McWilliams. "City Block" Donohoe, Steve and Charlie Pugh. Do you think there's anyway you could stop the first one of them from marching down Main St. in the city's first St. Patrick's Day Parade coming up March 167 It would take a Superbowl of Guiness and all the gold of all the pots of all the many leprechauns in creation (and that might not be enough). Ask Buddy Dufreche which part of the Emerald Isle he hails from (and he'll likely tell you, the part with the most votes). Anyway. he'll be in the great green march. Well Rev. Day. Chaplain of Shirleen Street, now that there's an oil baron on the block could a new chaFel be far behind? You know which two famous Ponchatoula personalities put on the biggest smile when the weather starts to turn syrupy hot? Ralph Woods and Emile Berner. They're both ready to make cool fortunes. Hey Dave Tuttle, my ole shrimping buddy, don't you know of any tasty shrimp that might want to live in a luxurious pool in downtown Ponchatoula? What's he up to? The legendary Donnie Miller was walking by the cage and I innocently said, Hi Donnie, what's up? "No comment," he said, looking side to side and ducking into Betty's Grocery. And while we are at it, has the commander of the sheriffs navy, the captain of the flotilla. Archie Bonner himself, gone over the hill. They say he is missing in action. 1 believe it. Archie has been holding up the front of the furniture store for so long that it made the leg he always had cocked up on the window ledge about three inches shorter than the leg he always used to brace up the front of the building, the one that got all the stretching and exercise, so it's no simple coincidence that with Archie gone the entire front of the furniture store has apparently fallen off. It makes you stop and consider that, just maybe, some of the town's professional building leaners may be performing a real civic service. Officers, before you order one of these hearty souls to move along, better check first on the condition of the building's facade. Members of the West Pine Social Drinking and Wine Sipping Society have quietly moved their open-air headquarters to the northern side of the street in order to take advantage of the warmer rays of sunshine during the still-nippy morning hours. Club meetings still begin early, and brown bagging is always permitted. I'll just bet Miss Margie had a whoopdee doo fine time in Las Vegas. SEE PAGE TWO