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THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY MARCH 22, 2018 39th NUMBER 24 facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes comic on a Ponchatoula needs DC or Marvel Super March 24, 6 - 10 p.m. at Le Fleur de Marvel-ous March Madness. Be a Super Hero and help the Chamber raise monies to promote Pon- chatoula. This fundraiser pays for billboards, inter- state signs, and helps pro- mote local businesses with printed advertising mate-CHAMB rials throughout the year. Entertainment will be provided for by the Dom- ino's and the event will boast an open bar with buffet from numerous lo- cal venders. A live and si- lent auctions will also be arc Special to The Times you to be a Super Hero! Come dressed as your favorite Hero and join the Ponchatoula Chamber on Saturday Lis, 111 N. 6th St. Ponchatoula, La for COMMERCE part of the experience. W. Pine St. Ponchatoula, Rotary hears from parish librarian This is an adult-only or by visiting eventbrite. event; cost is $20 in ad- com. Pictured (left to right) Tangipahoa Parish Library Director Barry Brad- vance, or $25 at the door. For more information ford, Tangipahoa Parish Library Community Relations Coordinator Laura Tickets are available at please contact the Chain- Brooks, Rotarian and The Ponchatoula Times frequent contributor Kath- the Ponchatoula Chain- ber at 985-386-2536. ryn Martin, Ponchatoula Rotary President Tom Fry. (Times Photo by Amy ber Office located at 160 Brennan) Spice inyour Rice Team "Spice in your Rice" took home first place in the Julian Dufreche Strawberry Day in the Park jambalaya cook of this last Saturday in Me- morial Park. The team members included Chef's Benji Hemphill, Chef JP Portier and Soux Chefs Shariee Hemphill and Justin Drude. The winning team was sponsored by The Ponchatoula Cham- ber of Commerce. Pictured (left to right) Straw- berry Festival Grand Marshal Carla Tate, Straw- berry Festival King Lennie Threeton, Jambalaya chef JP Portier, Jambalaya chef, Benji Hemphill, Strawberry Festival Queen Gina Recotta, Straw- berry Festival Chair Dawn Beloso. (Courtesy pho- to by Shariee Hemphill) One of the By JIM PERRIN Historian and Educator PART ONE in a series only constant things in life is change. When a new business opens in a Ponchatoula location a frequent ques- tion is, "What used to be there?" For example, long- time residents will surely remember some "old time" businesses on the west side of town from years gone by such as the Kemp Street Nursing Home, Holden's Service Station, the Blue Room, Mollere's Small Engine Repair, and Historian Jim Perrin ' Boudreaux's Service Sta- tion. On the east side of the city Berrytown Motors, located at the corner of the 200 block of East Pine Street and North Fifth Street, is in the process of greatly enlarging their available automobile dis. play space. Berrytown Motors, owned by Mike Fulmer, began in 1998 and is well known in the community for its stock of quality cars and trucks. The original car lot of Berrytown Mo- tors was, a century ago, a PLEASE SEE PAGE 7 Approve renewal of the Library Tax The Ponchatoula Times and The Independence Times urges the greatest collection of Tangipahoa Parish read- ers, subscribers to The Times newspapers, to approve the renewal of the parish library tax on Saturday's bal- lot. A '%res" vote will notroad andvoteYes. increase your tax burden Unbelievably, spurred at all, but will continue to on bywealthy interests that supply funds that are abso- should know better, you lutely needed for ourselves, voted down the increase. for our children and for our Voting '%res" on Saturday grandchildren to lead the will not change your tax bill rich lives we deserve, to lift by so much as a penny. On our families out of poverty behalf of our fellow citizens, and ignorance, children through senior When we recently had citizens, please vote Satur- the opportunity to vote for day to at least sustain the funds that would have ira- minimal level of support proved our library system, represented by the current this newspaper published library tax. an impassioned plea for fel- The Times endorses the low citizens to take the high Library Tax Renewal. Ancient Order of Hibernians to sponsor Fn Albert Haase OFM for 4th Annual Palm Saturday Retreat Special to The Times This RosalTville-based event will start with registration and coffee at 9 a.m. The March 24 Palm Saturday Day of prayers' opening presentation begins at 9:30 a.m. and the day ends with a 4 p.m. Vigil Mass. Sponsored at Rosaryville ney. This day is loosely based by the Frs. MacLeay and upon Ft. Albert's bestselling Cronin West Florida Parish- book, Catching Fire, Becom- es Division of the Ancient Or- ing Flame: A Guide for Spiri. der of Hibernians (AOH), the tual Transformation (Para- truly.Irish Catholic Men's cletePress). organization centered in Ordained a Franciscan Ponchatoula, Saturday's re- priest in 1983, Albert Haase, treat carries the title theme OFM, is a popular preacher, of: "The Spiritual Journey: A teacher, spiritual director, Process f Transf rmati n'" and radio talk show guest. A The spiritual journey is former missionary to main. the process of being trans, land China for over eleven formed by the Spirit of God years, he is the award-win. into the image of Christ for ning author of nine books the loving service of the pres- on popular spirituality and entmoment, is the pre enter on four With his distinctively in- bestselling DVDs. He has spirational and engaging trained spiritual directors for preaching style, Fr, Albert ten years. He lives in Texas, will explore the dynamics of Visit his website at www,Al. this spiritualtransformation, bertOFM,org He will also discuss some of You can register at www. the challenges and pitfalls RosaryvilleSpirit-LifeCen- involvedin the spiritualjour, ter.org By OI. HARDHIDE The Alligator Put aside just for the moment which municipal- ity has the most beautiful women, the most ath- letic men, the holiest nuns and priests, what binds .us securely is the sweet ripe strawberry. May we all come together April 13-15 at the Strawberry Festival to celebrate the fruit that unites the parish like government can only wish it could. I know you all have big hearts and I absolutely know you have a soft spot for babies in trouble. So can we all enjoy each other's company as we break bread and buy a jambalaya dinner to help the family of Baby Christopher Bates Webre, son of Chelsea Bates, who was born with a heart defect? The dinner ($8 per plate) will be hosted at Cheer's Lounge in Ponchatoula 12-3 p.m. on March 25 - a fun event with karaoke and a 50-50 raffle. Following a brief survey of the absolute finest- looking women in Tangipahoa Parish, Ole Pinch- penny the Times publisher has tentatively decided on attending the Ponchatoula Chamber's Comi- comesque fundraiser Spring party this Saturday at Le Fleur de Lis as Thor, God of Thunder. Now he needs only scramble together the mus- culature required to pull it off. Of course, if he re- ally did look like the son of Odin, Ole Pinchpenny would presumably have lots of pretty help to "pull it all off." This is one of those Chamber parties the myste- rious brother of Ole Pinchpenny, Mark The Mag- nificent (we will not resurrect real nicknames here for fear of impugning the character of a popular practicing Registered Nurse), would be expected at the head of the line. Mark is the one who wouid curl up in Superman% Fortress of Solitude to bet- tor read comic books in peace until dawn, if he could not simply burrow under his sheets until he reached China or the foot of his bed with a flash- light and the latest Fantastic Four comic, Anyway, this is one open.to.the.public Chamber party that promises to be a barrel of giggles. "Be there or be square" as anyone in Stanley Cowen's PLEASE SEE COLUMN PAGE