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I emberto WELCOME SHIPMATES [ . VOT E on MAY 1 | ,.,,, .. ..... L_,....,. C! Council Districts B & D, Ballots Pa e B-2 APRIL 29, 2010 THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'S ANTIQUE CITY 29th YEAR NUMBER 31 FIFTY CENTS PHS basketball, football Reoeats victory as PHS senior LSU's Josh Dominguez honor Coach Bill Johnson Times Report Legendary Ponchatoula High School Coach Bill Johnson was feted at a celebration held in his honor by former players Saturday afternoon at Shorty Rogers' restaurant in Hammond, attended by some of the current greats in Ponchatoula. Johnson recently turned 85. He coached football during "The PHS Golden Years" 1955-60 and he coached the parish champion Ponchatoula High School bas- ketball team of 1964. Fifty former players and spouses attended Saturday's warm-hearted tribute to the strict disciplinarian who whipped his teams into champi- onship fettle. Active on the state political stage, Johnson left PHS coach- ing when called to the campaign trail by Bill Dodd, onetime state superintendent of education. Coach Johnson, PLEASE SEE PAGE A-2 back in the day Last weekend for Jazz Feat an opportunity not to be missed Times Report Following long days of perfect weather, Jazz Feat 2010 was wet and wild on its opening day Friday, defied dire weather predic- tions for Saturday and Sunday, and charges on like a jazz brass band into this, the final weekend of the internationally-acclaimed musical event. This is the weekend when Ponchatoula artist Connie Kit- tok will be in the spotlight in e|9 v the Contemporary Crafts area, wins Penn s and she invites all Times read- .IL qlb4b era to come and pay her a visit. Championship Even Times reporters and others who found themselves Special to The Times PHILADELPHIA -- The atmosphere inside historic Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon was unlike any other in the 116- year history of the Penn Relays Carnival, and Ponchatoula's Josh Dominguez, of the LSU Track and Field Team, had the opportu- nity to capture the pole vault event title in front of a record crowd of 54,310, on hand to witness one of the great spectacles in all of Field, was the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt of Jamaica. Bolt is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and world record- holder in the 100 and 200 me- ters. Bolt and the Jamaica Gold PLEASE SEE PAGE A-3 sports. Dominguez won the event as a PHS senior in 2005, com- ing back as an LSU senior to reprise his role soaring over the bar. The sport dates back to the ancient Greeks and Celts. Also on hand at Franklin on Friday wading in ankle deep water through lashing rain, dashing from performance tent to performance tent, grabbing excellent festival food on the run, had to admit they were having fun. And when the sun came out Saturday and Sunday, the party was on! Enjoy the photo coverage this week by Times photographers Landis McMahon, Brooks and Chris O'Connor, and Bryan T. McMahon. Warming up at Jazz Fest The organizers of the New Orleans Heritage Jazz Festi- val do not skimp on the her- itage aspect of this event. School bands from all over the parish are encouraged to show their excellence and participate in the world class venue. This gives the youth of the city a window of opportunity to hear inter- nationally respected talents and to showcase their own achievements. Inspired by the spirit of the occasion, on the first weekend of the event this year, a second line of aspiring young musicians spontaneously broke out in a hearty rendition of "Ain't Nothin' But a Party" in front of one of the many colorful- ly bedecked food courts dis- pensing local favorite treats including andouille gumbo and roast duck poor boys. (Times Photo by Brooks O'Connor) Your ride to Key West is waiting The Friday, May 14 AOH Silent Auction to be held at St. Joseph Gymnasium 6:30-8:30 p.m. features many excel- lent items, such as round trip air transport to Key West, Florida aboard this Pierce Aviation plane. A full page ad in The Ponchatoula Times will also be available for bid in the charity auction, among many fine items. Tickets to the event, which includes food and music, are $15 for individu- als, $25 for couples, available at The Ponchatoula Times, 145 West Pine Street, Suite A. Jamene Dahmer to file reports and photos from Argentina Renewing her role as for- eign correspondent for The Ponchatoula Times, Miss Jamene Dahmer will soon begin a series highlighting Argentinh, where she heads a Rotary cultural exchange delegation from Louisiana and Mississippi. Her previ- ous Times series featured Ireland and was very well received. (Photo by Hardy Richardson) Theresa Andersson (Times Photo by Landis McMahon) Harold Baptiste (Times Photo by Bryan T. McMahon) Tambourine player with the Hot 8 Brass Band (Times Photo by Landis McMahon) Dinner waits on the ground floor (Times Photo by Ashley Herrick) Life in the Alps The everyday trials and tribulations of an English language assistant in France When the Food Stares Back... By ASHLEY HERRICK ' Times Foreign Correspondent (EDITOR'S NOTE: One of the 25 storied Queens of Erin, the author is a graduate of Ponchatoula High School and LSU. She is the daughter of Ponchatoula's Carl and Terry Herrick.) The "Need to Know" Background Info Growing up in South Louisiana, I learned to appreciate deli- cious food regardless of what it looks like. So in true Cajun tradi- tion, I always enjoy boiled crawfish, fried alligator, and frog legs. But Louisiana is still a part of the U.S.; therefore, I have also been influenced by Ameri- can food culture. This culture typically teaches us to disguise food so that it resembles little of what it once was by the time it ends up on our plates. The mindset in France, how- ever, is completely opposite. The French love seeing the raw truth of their food - fish head, bones, tail and all- because this ensures the quality of the meal. Walk bya boucherie (meat ape- PLEASE SEE PAGE A-3 I Zabbia to seek "at least" one more term in 2012 Times Report Asked to comment on rumors that he intends to step down after his first term in office, Mayor Bob Zabbia fairly scoffed at the idea. "I will definitely be running in the 2012 election, for at least one more term in office," Zabbia this week told a Times interviewer. Indeed, the mayor appears to relish his job, especially as he and his staff succeed in funding major city improvements with outside grants, his forte' in private practice as the head of an engineering firm (see related story). OUR PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator My, my, it certainly is Springtime. Joycelyn Lemons is said to be returning from a trip to Memphis with something sparkly on hear hand. "Love and marriage..." Don't "Miss" Strawberry Festival Queen Emily Bougere, not after Friday night's big wedding at Chesterton Square. Queen Emily, don't stay lost on your honeymoon without bringing us photos and all the glorious details. It is Spring and our readers are hungry. This also seems to be the year everyone from the Cham- ber of Commerce to the Madisonville museum devoted to all things marine is going for the giant yard sale. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, not to be let out of all the fun, has the most super silent auction in Ponchatoula history coming up May 14 (tickets are available at The Ponchatoula Times). The Strawberry Capital Coin Club is sponsoring a free show May 1-2 at the K of C Hall in Hammond. Call 320-4295 for all the details. Not to be outdone by his famous coach Dad, Bill Johnson, son John Johnson is now the celebrity chef on Fridays at Ta- male's Ole where he lovingly prepares his famous "JJ's Jaw Jackin' Hamburger. Try one! The Ponchatoula Times - 145 West Pine St. - P.O. Box 743 - Ponchatoula,. 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