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/0 '3 i~ ~: ~{i!~ i,~i~ i:,~ / THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'S ANTIQUE CITY APRIL 20, 2017 37th NUMBER 29 facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes Special to The Times Few people know that interdepartmental parish and gether in cooperative agreements to solve problems and considerable time, effort and expense for both. Little did Jeff Daniels know he was in train- ing for Ponchateula City Councilman when he saw first-hand how interde- partmental agencies of the parish and the city came together to solve a major drainage problem in his Millville neighborhood over a year ago. Neighbors grew con- cerned when each rain brought more standing water than ever before, over the streets and final- ly inches from houses. The city does not have the man- power or equipment for clearing canals, so work- ing with Mayor Bob Zab- bia and the city crew, and knowing so many people from his years with Enter- gy, Daniels contacted Dis- trict Administrator Kylie Bates the Tangipahoa By KATHRYN J. MARTIN city agencies often come to- Special to The Times make improvements, saving With so many planned events occurring nearly every day and multiple project,, underway all the time, Ponchatoula is expanding its reach to the public to include ai updated website and presence on social media. - ):~ # 2 7 , .X ~. "" ...,g ,., , ' . . . ! ,-" - Working together Ponchatoula City Councilman Jeff Daniels and Kiley Bates of the Tangipahoa Parish Gravity PLEASE SEE PAGE 10 Parish avity Drainage .Drainage District Number 1. ( Courtesy Photo ) District Number Bates was joined by each homeowner to do iels was approached by Chuck Spangler of Span- what was needed to clear numerous people asking gler Fingineering to in-the canal. Daniels col-him to run for city coun- lected the signatures for cilman to fill an upcoming vestigate. Walking every inch of ditches and canals, Parish Councilmen Bobbyvacancy, which he won. Spangler found blockage Cortez and Harry LavineKiley Bates continues to from erosion in a canal,to present to the parish be of valuable assistance (Constriction in a channel along with a request for from the parish in consult- creates backwater which assistance. After approval, ing due to his experience incre J es velocity causing work was begun, as well as his Industrial more erosion.) The parish did the Technical education at Further investigation work, the city assumed Millsaps and engineering showed the canal did notthe responsibility, and the degree from Southeastern belong to the city or to the canal was cleared, aiding and LSU. parish, but to each horn- drainage from properties This example is one of eowner along it. even north of Millville. many in which the City This meant getting It was because of his in- signed permission from terest and help that Dan- Free Louisiana boating safety course this Saturday The Louisiana department of Wildlife and Fisher- ies in conjunction with the Manchac Boat Association will hold a boaters safety course this Saturday, April 22, from 8:00am - 4:30p.m. at the Manchac Fire Depart- ment 30221 US 51 in Manchac. This event is free, openmotorboat in excess of 10 to the public, and lunchhorsepower. The person will be provided at no may operate the boat if charge. Louisiana law re- accompanied by someone quires all persons born af- over 18 years of age who ter January 1, 1984, must if required has completed complete a boating educa- the course. tion course and carry proof This class will lasts be- of completion to operate a tween 6 and 8 hours that is usually completed in a day. The course includes information on choosing a boat, classification, hulls, motors, legal requirements and equipment require- ments, many navigation rules, navigation charts, trailering, sailboats, and Em : F m me mm ,libra related subjects that in- elude canoeing, personal watercraft and more. Com- pletion of the course will result inthe student being issued a vessel operators certification card. Boating Classes with LDWF are offered year-round but are most popular in the spring and summer. Registration is still open with 25 of 40 seats remain- ing. Register now at http:// www.wlf.louisiana.gov/ boating/courses. John Barnes of Gum- beaux Digital Branding, LLC, is the designer of the "City of Ponchatoula Web- site News." Barnes brings over 22 years of experience in the field beginning with his developing military pro- grams before becoming a contractor with the De- partment of Defense and now in oil and gas. But all along he has been a free- lancer in web design, ana- lytics and development, to name only a few areas of his expertise. Stating his views on the rapidly-growing area, Barnes' message is that whether a person moved here after Katrina or is here temporarily after flooding, "If you carry yourself accor gly, we adopt you. While the 2:ip of the spear' is growth and sustaining, we are still a family community." To keep that "fam- ily community" well-in- formed, the website makes it easy to reach any de- partment and staff mem- ber, report a problem, pay a bill on-line, or simply ask a question. Barnes operates on the principles of what he calls two very simple efforts, "authenticity and commu- nication." Mayor Bob Zabbia add- ed that one of the goals Latest objection threatens to delay schools desegregation case By BRYAN T. McMAHON Publisher The long slow slog to getting Tangipahoa Parish's school system in compliance with federal Civil Rights laws has hit another obstacle on the road to recognized desegregation of our local schools. In short, citizens are Mike Whitlow. now suing in an apparentThe jargon used in the bid to thwart attempts by legal battle itself begs for Tangipahoa Parish schoolthe use of a special trans- leaders to be rewarded for lator, and the dialogue progress made to overcome appears to be getting naN- all six major objections to tier. the school board coming The most recent court out from under close su-filing is rife with charges pervision by the federalof official "sabotage" and courts, accusations of basic rac- The motion recently ism by top schOol elected filed in federal court comes and appointed officials. under the official heading: And because the case "Plaintiffs' opposition to has dragged on so long, it motion for unitary status remains unclear wheth- facilities." er the serious charges it Each of the six legal ob- contains were directed at stacles to settling the case then-President Brett Dun- takes a minimum of threecan of Hammond, or cur- years to address and bring rent Board President Mike to the court's satisfaction, Whitlow of Ponchatoula. which when complete trig- What is this "unitary gers "unitary status." status" the school board At that time the local seeks in the courts? school board, not the fed- To quote from the lat- eral authorities, would est legal document fried once again control Tan- to block the school board's gipahoa schools, according painfully slow progress to to School Board President PLEASE SEE PAGE 10 of the city is to help Pon- chatoula citizens stay cur- rentwith any news coming out of City Hall. The site and its accompanying Fa- cebook pa e will also in- elude the latest newspaper and online articles. Visit www.cityofpon- chatoula.com for the ,new "look". By O THE AIJ.,IGATOR Somewhere hidden in our municipal calendar is the con- tinuation of what founders Jimmy Kuhn and Phillip Hextall long called Ponchatoula's Easter Bonnet Stroll, now re- imagined as the Krewe of Erin Easter Bonnet Gala, which is meant to be a fundraiser for the krewe's Terry Ann Mc- Mahon Memorial L~b~th at Rosaryville. The event has been postponed to a date you can count on reading here, when it is released. Terry Ann McMahon is credited with introducing Mon- tessori Education to Ponchatoula through her Magnolia Montessori School in downtown Ponehatoula, graduates of which have consistently finished in Ponchatoula High School's top-10 and have gone on to local positions of premi- hence in government and in business. The fundraiser Gala had to be postponed to a date soon to be announced due to the flurry of Easter activity, which holds special significance for the Irish. It was on Easter Monday of 1916 that Ireland rebelled against its longtime oppressor and declared its independence after the country's top educator, Patrick Pearse, and a group of Irish patriots seized the General Post Office (GPO) in downtown Dublin and made their armed stand. The Krewe of Erin Easter Gala honors the memory of the founder and longtime Queen Mother of the krewe's Queen's Committee who helped guide the young Celtic reyals along the path of scholarship and womanly virtue for nearly 30 years. Nearing the end of her life and fighting breast cancer, Terry Ann McMahon made pilgrimage to labyrinths here and in Europe, finding peace and solace in their ancient Catholic meditative walks. Rosaryvine has generously made a place for her memorial Labyrinth on its beautiful Ponehatoula campus. The Labyrinth and Other Krewe of Erin projects are the responsibility of current krewe leader, breast cancer sur- vivor, and accomplished nurse, Mrs. Jane Hextall and her committees. It was Jane HextaU who cared for her friend to the end, flying aboard a medical shuttle put together by krewe member and pilot Erin Pierce, transporting the beloved Ponchatoula educator to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, in a desperate yet futile attempt to save her life. Thanks again to Erin Pierce, when the fight turned hope- less, Terry Ann McMahon was flown home to Louisiana where she passed away December 30, 2009. Today, the current Queen's Committee is headed by one of the krewe's queens (they hold their title for life) Erin March, a local educator at Martha Vinyard Elementary. From the queenly to the kingly: How much have you missed Hank, gadfly, artist, charac- ter, raconteur, and any other creatively suggestive appella- tion you might want to hang on him; they all fit? Hank escaped Florida and is back with us here in Pon- chatoula! I spotted the Ponchatoula sculptoFs man-size tri- cycle in the Rouses parking lot, his long wild beard trailing in the wind and knew that Hank Van Den Akker, Ole Har- dhide's personal portrait artist, had returned to the land of his friends and admirers. Give me the Characters every time to define a commu- nity. I mentioned Jeanne Zaleski and Ruthie Berner last week, and that's because they are the perfect example of two bad girls who drove their principal nuts. Am I the only one yearning for admission to the Mayor Bob Zabbia Memorial Parking Lot? This federally-funded addition to our downtown cityscape will have everything but a spaceship refueling dock, judging by all the gizmos spring- ing from the virgin concrete of the location on West Hickory at North Sixth. One of the things the Ponchateula City Council could re- ally use is the return of Jeannemarie Pierson and Margaret Hawkins. Call it the womanly touch. Or call it ()le Hardhide the Alligator feeling bored to tears. The Ponchatoula Times - Call 985-386-2877 - P.O. Box 743 - Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 - editor@ponchatoula.com !