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Thursday May 19, 1983- 2nd Year, Number 34 TIMES 25 Q anis Park IIs old dream By BRYAN T. McMAHON over half a century but an dream has at last at what is now Kiwanis !Pacious oak-shaded grounds turned into a huge garden doubtless have thrilled of the old Community up of local ladies who Ponchatoula's land- !;i!  gfield peace, iration Staff Report artist who moved here nia over a year and a half has found her ideal Create Blood River e first in a series of articles Small community three Springfield that is artists and antique perhaps drawn to the same reason as artist :d in the Springfield area of the serenity, the water, the seclusion You that these-days." didn't find it in the California, which ind for the Bayou State. and a career to full-time to art. however, to keep her busy at a tasks: the interior and of Ponchatoula area teaching art to local nd to those who have an ability to create, as on numerous disci- Water colors to decou- Specializing in painting of canvas, a tech- adds another element of finished piece. Completed the renova- of her Springfield Toni Cookman is now her attentions to the where she has been to do the interior and work for the new Aw who says the serious which she's recovered "life's short and ! might not be has never looked aSSected mark Log Cabin constructed as their clubhouse during the early half of this century. Members of the original club in- cluded: Mrs. T.K. Butler. Mrs. George Schmitt, Mrs. Dorothy Welles. Mrs. Charles Van Vrancken. Mrs Katie Edwards and others whose names were not readi.ly avail- able. And they obviously had big dreams of turning the park on the city's southwest side into a botanical gar- den that would be an attraction for the entire region. As popular as the club was, and as dedicated the ladies, the situation by' the late 1940's was such that the club could no longer keep up the clubhouse or the park. In 1950 the Kiwanis Club took over the Log Cabin and the park, restoring both The Kiwanians were never accused of having the "green thumbs" of their lovelier predecessors, but they always kept the park serviceable and made basic improvements in addi- tion to upkeep. However, visitors to the park over the coming seasons may well be convinced the old Community Gar- den Club still held sway there The indomitable Violet Collier. Ponchatoula's Flower Lady and a former member of the Community Garden Club, has taken on the park as a personal task of giant propor- tions She is being joined by the Edwards family, with the local family supply- ing the beautiful new plants and trees recently landscaped into the old park scene. The project is intended as a tribute to Mrs. Katie Edwards and the other founding members of the Community Garden Club. Mrs. Collier invited the Times photographers to the park only after raking every square inch of the newly manicured lawn. much as a cautious housekeeper would broom out that last bit of dust before company came. The park has been quietly, beauti- fully transformed. Dogwoods have been planted in :the shade of the live oaks, and all about the bases of the oaks are new beds of dwarf azaleas. Crepemyrtle and magnolias are planted all around. The old water tower and its trashed- out yard has been cleaned out, and the grass has been cut. On the fence separating the water tower lot from the main park now grow Fermosa azaleas and Confederate Jasmine. Elsewhere George Tabor azaleas and red salvia abound. Ivy has been planted around some of the trees, and even some beautiful yellow roses have been planted. The Flower Lady is planting holly as well. "And l'm not finished yet," declares the recently retired policewoman and now full-time city beautification head. Already the tennis courts have been cleared of choking vines and the park lawn trimmed to picnic-perfect con- dition. "1 hope everyone does come down and picnic with their children, and enjoy our park, but please ask them to be sure to pick up the trash and put it in these barrels we bought," asks Mrs. Collier, bending over to pick up the broken cola bottle. Teaching children to enjoy the plants while respecting her efforts is a constant theme with the woman who is now planning what she hopes will be Ponchatoula's winning of next year's Beautiful Cities Award. Soon to be added to the Poncha- toula landscape will be concrete park benches at Kiwanis Park, in front of the Ponchatoula Post Office and near the Country Market. And for years to come the trees and plants at Kiwanis Park will be grow- ing steadily more beautiful, a botani- cal garden for everyone to enjoy. Parish man Ponchatoula businesses Staff Report editor, Bryan T. McMahon. The city City Attorney Allen a long-shot, but a before the city coun- ty a Washington Parish down businesses all which are oper- Canfield, a resident of area and publisher of asked the city to Times out of in the home of the council on Thursday failed to handle the complaint on the local level and passed it and the city's zoning ordinances on to the attorney general for a ruling which will have the force of law, according to Pierson. Pierson told members of the council during the meeting Thursday that should A.G. William Guste rule that businesses could not be operated out of residential locations, that decision SEE PAGE NINE A park reborn Under the old oak tree Flower lady Ponchatoula's Flower Lady, Violet Collier, stands proudly in the new flower bed that now graces the foot o! the giant live oak at Kiwanis Park. (Staff Photo) A precaution... Rolanda Clark, 7, and her sister Sheila0 1 I. the daughters of Wildred and Sandra Clark of Ponchatoula, don't seem to mind being finger- printed by Winn Dixie's Mrs. Evelyn Winn-Dixie starts Relan at the Ponchatoula store this week. The "ldentlchtld" program is a public service offered exclusively in this area by Winn Dixie. (Staff Photo) kiddie fingerprint project By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Publk=her A stolen child; the image is one of the most frightening that can be imagined by any parent, so frighten- ing that literally no one wants to even consider th.eir child being kidnapped. And yet, the inevitable statistics force us to recognize that child abduction is an epidemic problem, with children reported vanishing from the streets of cities across the country. And Ponchatoula is no exception. "i've heard some stories from mothers that would curl your hair. One came in just the other day and said that she had left her child in the car only once and a man was caught trying to take him from the car, and it was here in Ponchatoula." CEE PAGE THIRTEEN Edwin Edwards opens local office ,..uwm Edwards is openi his Tan- 51 North across trom Sammy's gipahoa Parish headquarters Satur- Daughters restaurant, will be offi- day with music and refreshments, cially opened at :30. The headquarters, located on Hwv. The ublic Is ur , Sheriff's jail plan blocked? BATON ROUGE---Responding to legal arguments from Tanglpahoa Parish, the state bonding commis. sion on Tuesday morning reportedly blocked the release of $6.5 million in state funds for a new jail in Tangipa- hoa Parish. The money involved would have become available to the parish with- in scant weeks had it not been blocked. Action occured following a closed session of the commission following arguments advanced by Ponchatoula attorney Byard "Peck" Edwards that the local police jury illegally com- mitted the parish to standing behind the bond issue financially without taking the issue to voters. Locals in attendance included Ed- wards, representatives of the sheriff's office, Police Jury President Ronnle Bankston and candidate for sheriff Frank Edwards, spotted in the audi- ence. .EE PAGE TWO MY PONCHATOULA By OLE The My oh my, how my high school buddies have shown that football is not the all-important school sport it's cracked up to be. Not that the head knockers aren't this green gator's favorite gladiators of fall, it's just that the equally hard-working boys of summer, the tracksters, hoopers and in every sport keep- ing right up with the guys, the lady Waves have been calling down national and state atten- tion to that piece of paradise called My Ponchatoula. I wonder what Dr. Melvin Allen, Jackie Kupper, the Boosters and the rest could do if they set up a feeder program for the gridiron program? (Sure worked for baseball this year, eh?) Anyway, athletes and Hardhide have a lot in common, with the difference being that I'm better at isometrics than they (every sunny afternoon at the pond is a workout!). Still, you want to know the definition of tough? Mrs. Willie E. Branch. That's tough, tougher even than the second generation which was beside itself with concern after Poncha- toula's unstoppable business- woman broke up her knee and injured her head. Imagine their shock when, bandages, braces and splints in place she just kept right on working! (And there's some folks who accuse this gator of being tough). Hey Sammy Voorhies and your pretty wife Emily, I bet you didn't see a reptile anywhere in Africa as pretty as me when you were over there as missionary. I'll be glad to show you the grin that made Tarzan famous if you'll step outside Charles Morse's house and walk clown to the pond. (Seriously Sam and Emily, it sounds like you helped an awful lot of people and I just hope Ponchatoula gets a chance to hear the story of your service). Donna Corkern and her fellow Gardenettes reportedly had a swell luncheon at the (l just can't believe the ad in this paper) Ignda's Fallacies Restau- rant on Wednesday. ! hope you ladies have plans to raise plenty of vegetables to make Ole Hardhtde some exotic summer dishes, (like Donna). Pretty Mlchelle had a swell surprise birthday party for her sunken lawyer friend and his wild crew over at the great law office in the A&P parking lot on Tuesday. (Is it true that a local Ponchatoula dentist and a law-' HARDHIDE Alligator yer are forming a new corpora- tion specializing in Viking funerals?). Out Springfield way my alliga- tor cousins report Torn Water- man appears to be ready to build a church. Why else did he buy all that stained glass. (Ask Friar Tom). Hey Billie Settoon, you up and around enough yet to keep me posted, or do I have to rely on my librarian buddy Mrs. Vivian Loper to keep me in-the-know? I had just tons of folks tell me about Bob Troyer ("The Law- yer") and his own method of fly fishing. It seems that everything that flies is Troyer's idea of fish. (Counselor, I like seagull. All gators like seagull. You could have maybe avoided this embarrassment by just pushing your catch through the holes in the cage). A lady who said she saw dirt taken from a city culvert project placed in a North 7th Street yard wants to know how she can get some. Lady, this gator does not deal in dirt. I don't even live in dirt. Ask your leaders. Addie Morris is the sweetest thing since her last batch of desert goodies and I'm glad to see the Jaycees gave her a plaque for making them so tubby, especially at their recent banquet. How about it Kiwanis? Can you cook any better? And I hear the curry dinner this year was so good plans are already underway to have an- other one as soon as the wea- ther cools off some. Congratu- lations on the hard work Shirley Welles, et al. Sheri's biggest complaint about the American Mideast (Washington D.C. and environs) is that she says the food is nothing like you can have taken out to a quiet desk at the hardware here. They haven't discovered salt and pepper yet, let alone real spices, Cher! (Sheri's why the hardware's the popular eatery it is) Meanwhile a certain local candidate with a spicey name is said to carry a small bottle of tobasco to even the hottest political parties. Those who turn to science fiction in summer (we're talking about books here, the rectangu- lar things with the pages and no command stick, flipper buttons or Pac Man sound effects, such as they are) might still 9el a chance to see the great classic Dune acted out in a stage play in SEE PAGE TEN