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MIXED ADC 380 1667 00-00-00 103P 35T SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST ## SHELTON WA 98584-2263 5070490111896000000098584226317 IIIII I THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY MARCH 8, 2018 39t" NUMBER 22 Royals brighten Strawberry Festival Ball The Ponchatoula Area Recreation District (PARD) was the scene of Saturday's Strawberry Festival Ball. Strawberry Queen Gina Re- cotta of Ponchatoula presided over a gala attended by the queens of Louisiana's festivals and fairs, joined by members of the Strawberry Festival Board. The Strawberry Festival will be held April 13-15 in Ponchatoula's Memorial Park. (Festival Photo Courtesy of Jamie Holley) Strawberry fields forever The 2018 Strawberry Festival Poster was revealed Thursday night at The Kiwanis Log Cabin in Ponchatoula. The event was well-attended and The Kiwanis Club pulled out all the stops, featuring everything strawberry. The poster chosen was painted by Artist Mathew Moore and it features everything we locals associate with strawberry se ason, a strawberry field, a .tractor and a dog Mathew.Moore: is a retired Army-. ret- eran and local artist in our community, addition to painting 'Mathe'w is tta t6o artist at The Winchester Tattoo Company located in Ponchatoula. Mathew's other artistic interests include music, woodworking, and culinary arts. Mathew is married to Jade Moore owner of Cakes by Jade and together they have five children. (Times Photo by Amy Brennan) By Which side of Barringer sidewalk? That is the happy prob- lem facing Ponchatoula Mayor Bob Zabbia, a problem I am thinking Independence Mayor An- gelo Mannino would glad- ly swap for his favorite headaches. Coming on to the annu- al Independence Sicilian Festival March 9-11, this is a grand time for truly committed entrepreneurs to start a business in In- dependence where need is great, supplies are scarce, and characters are every- where. There is an avail- able storefront more than one. Check the town out this weekend! Oh, that Barringer Drive sidewalk is valued at $350,000, and the lo- BRYAN T. McMAHON Publisher Drive will get the new city cal taxpayers only have to pay the engineering costs. Look for yards and yards of new concrete sidewalks tying together schools, parks, and pleas- ant Ponchatoula places where your legs want to carry you. They are evidence (as if any more is needed) that Ponchatoula's mayor has mastered not only the art of grant-getting, but the grant-givers' current fas- cination with combining grant projects to get more cumulative bang for the bucks. That is one of the rea- sons citizens will soon be seeing federally-funded projects that seem to be interconnected, because they will be. The full new sidewalk story is awe.inspiring and will be told in this newspaper, but due to a promise made to one of Zabbia's key team mem- bers, his assistant Rhon- da Sheridan, we will hold off reporting the details of the project until after all the stakeholders have been briefed. Zabbia's success can be traced not only to his years of experience worl - ing with his late father and then for many years heading the firm, but also to his seat on the Regional Planning Commission. PHS Green Wave this past Saturday at the Gateway Tournament (Times Photo by John Beadle) ul Times Sl; Report You can kick us, but you can't keep us down. That was the clear message delivered by the PHS Green Wave on Tournament Saturday, hosted by Pon- chatoula. It was delivered to all and came within easy comers, sight of victory. Jewel Sumner was first We live in the best of to fall, putting up a spirit- seasons: Baseball, Irish ed early offense, leading at Football (soccer), a time one time 5-0, but Innings when our local Bo s of 2 and 3 saw Ponchatoula Summer are acquitting surge ahead, themselves well, and all Next came Springfield, the "lesser" sports that which was tumbled in The some among us value Wave 9-7. The lads put up above the "greater" sports a tremendous fight though are popping everywhere. Chaleureux expands in new location Ms. Casey Robert has moved her popular gal- lery and gift shop, Chaleureux, to 169West Pine in "America's Antique City, Ponchatoula, LA." It is a must-visit location on your next visit to the shops of downtown Ponchatoula. (Times Photo by Felic- ity McMahon) By OLE HARDHIDE , The Alligator And Sheriff Daniel Edwards, we'll all be waiting for our dinner invitations now that you are proud custodian of the coveted Big Red Pot first place prize in the Annual Sicilian Festival Spaghetti Cook-Off. Do you need some parmesan? Congratulations to the Loranger Girls Basket- ball team for your victory in the 3A State Champi- onship. This is a team whose members do not have to wear high heels to go dancing. According to the trustworthy Consumer Reports Magazine, the Best New Vehicles Under $30,000 (most new cars now cost more than $36,000), divid- ed by class, include: Chevrolet Sonic, Ford C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion, Subaru BRZ, Subaru Outback 4-cylinder, Honda HR-V, Ford Escape, Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. Best Used Vehicles? Buy the April edition of Con- sumer Reports. CR also lists recalled vehicles. Will Ole Pinchpenny the Publisher wear his kilt to the Ponchatoula Chamber's Marvelous March Madness on March 24 at Le Fleur de Lis (formerly known by the alliteration-loving Chamber as Feb- ruary Fun Fever)? Since it is a super hero costume party, he can come as Kilt Man. Notice carefully the photo credits in this week's edition and you will find the publisher's wee grand- daughter Felicity, 8, makes her debut as an official Times photographer. Look out Lois Lane! Does this signal the possibility of publishing pho- tos by Felicity's cousins now residing in Kuwait? I hope so. The days of Ponchatoula looking like the pages of an old National Geographic with citizens walk- ing the roads may be coming to an end, thanks to I the most recent blast of grant monies being shaken loose by Mayor Bob Zabbia, Ole Pinchpenny the Publisher is bragging about Hizzoner again on Page One. This past weekend would make any mayor dizzy with pride. The streets of Ponchatoula were packed with Jaycee jambalaya contestants, Chamber of Com- merce Trade Days celebrants, all cavorting to the sound of bagpipes and the marching feet of the an- nual Krewe of Erin St. Patrick's Parade. And the weather was gorgeous! Queen Anna McMahon Nagrath returned to her PLEASE SEE COLUMN PAGE I