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Thursday, May 23, 1985--4th Year, Number 34 THE PONCHA TO ULA TIMES 1918- 1985 Subscribers pay half price and get home delivery See coupon - Page Two Teaching sisters celebrate last year at St. Joseph By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Publisher An era of Ponchatoula history comes to a close Sunday as the city and St. dJh Parish say goodbye to the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The religious er has taught here since 1918 Top P.H.S. grads b.'. top graduates at Ponchatoula School are: (Bottom, left to U'klle) Shah Robertson, John Stout, Jamle Wagner, Shed Castell, (Becl) Jason Corneille, Rodney n', ealge Mes. ' ('glmes Photo Duane Harris) At Antique Festival State challenged to gator race In a private interview with The Ponchatoula Times, the school's remaining three sisters told of their future plans while taking a sentimental look backward at their years educating young people in Ponchatoula. Sr. Mary Allan Ryan, principal of the school, has been stationed here since 1973. Fourth Grade teacher Sr. Agatha Lachowsky served here since 1975, joined in 1982 by her sister, in both senses of the word, Sr. Wilma Lachowsky, who has worked in the school library. Saturdayl May 25, following a 6 p.m. mass in the school gym, the community unit say golbye to the sisters and their order. The sisters will leave Ponchatoula at the end of June; Sr. Mary Allan to a teaching post in San Antonio, Sr. Agatha to the staff at the sisters' retirement community, Chattawa in Mississippi, where St. Wilma will enjoy her retirement. Their leaving ends a long chapter in the area's educational history. St. Joseph Church itself is the oldest church in Ponchatoula, beginning as a mission started by Fr. John ScoHard in 1866. In 1875 Fr. Scollard and his parish built the first Catholic church on land donated by Charles Yokum at the comer of Seventh and West Pine. In 1890 the Benedictine Fathers took over the parish, followed by the Dominican Fathers. A parish hall was added in 1912. In 1927 the frame church building was torn down and replaced with the brick structure. The school's history too is traced to the parish's founder Fr. Scollard. The school was taught at first b/the missionary priest and an assistant, then by the Benedictine Sisters from Covington who operated a one-room school. That school was closed in 1907, but it was reopened under the direction of a lay teacher in 1910. The Dominicans took it over in 1911 and in 1918 "modern" history began when two sisters from the Milwaukee province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (Our Lady) were assigned to take over St. Joseph School. it had 13 students at the time in grades 1-4. "Every year after that it seemed to grow, and a room had to be added here, another there," said Sr. Mary Allan. A statewide alligator race will be one highlights of this year's Louisiana ue Festival, June 1-2 in Pon- Mayor Charles Gideon the challenge to other cities, and to representatives of the media to find a full-sized alligator can outrace Ponchatoula's mascot Hardhide," an over ten foot long whose cage dominates the shopping area. separate race of "wallet size" two a half foot alligators will also be held festival grounds on the city's east on property owned by the Pon- Auction Company, the largest auction house in the South. alligator race, emceed by Master Ken Berthelot, New Orleans is sponsored by Committee for a Better The race is one of a series eVents that make the state's official Festival unique among Louislana's crowded calendar of festivals. Ponchatoula's three largest buildings, all on the festival grounds, will provide indoor booth and auction space for dealers and collectors from across the United States who have already re- served all of the indoor festival space. Some booth space at this writing is available in the outside fairgrounds but is expected to be allocated before the festival officially opens Saturday, June I at 9 a.m. Musical entertainment begins at I0 SEE PAGE TWO Class of 1985 Ponchatoula High School Apolonio Deleon Acosta Jr., Jeffrey John Adams, Sondra Lynn Adams, Isarah Ailes Jr., Regena Alexander, Christine Marie Ansei, John Tracy April, Melanie Elizabeth Babin, Lawrence Jose Balado, Deborah La- Dean Beall, Terri Lee Beard, Bruce Norman BeePer, Monica Lynn Belle, Brett Shannon Bennett, Timothy John Beyl, John Gary Bohning, William Ashley Bohning, Teddy Allen Bostick Jr., Carol Faye Brooks, David Wayne Bryant; April Faith Cain, Johnny Ray Camarata, Rocky Paul Cannon, Sheri Lyn Casteli, Nanette Kaye Charbon- net, Delena Christy, Timmy Lee Coates, Shantell Marie Collins, Michael Hahn Cooper, Jason Stephen Cor- neille, Osman Henry Crain, Rhonda Sue Crouch, Jeffrey Fritz Darouse, Darrall Kent Davis, Martha Jean Davis, Christopher Joseph DeMarco, Tracie Elizabeth DeMarco, Timothy Edward Disher, Carol Renee Dominguez; Lori Denise Dominguez, Natalie Ann Downey, Tina Marie Duncan, Jaylon Dewayne Dupont, Seana Lynne Durman, Emmett Eugene Egnew, Lester Joseph Ernst, Donald Edward Fendlason, Jessica Lynn Ferrante, Timothy Paul Forstall, Laura Helen Frey, Theresa Dianne Gainey, Ver- onica Ann Gannon, Rodney Garrison, Marie Ann Geer, James Clayton Gilles- pie, Sherie Lynne Gomtlla, Gawain Paul Guedry, Kimberly Collean Hall, Ronald Wayne Haltom, John William Hammer Ill, Gregory Alex Hampton; Virgil Lem Hampton, Celina Hanible, Joyce Marie Harris, Cynthia June Hebert, Sharon Denise Hickerson, William Dale Hill, Joseph Clinton Holmes, Richard Wesley Hoyt Jr., Michael Lauren Hudgins, Chad D'wayne Huff, Paul Douglas Hughes, Reginald Hughes, Ttna Marie Hurst, Stephanie Lynn Ivey, Lynette Tishone Jackson, Mack McKinley Jackson, Larry Joseph Jacob, Deborah Ann Jenkins, Sandra Jean Jenkins, Cindy Lee Johnson, Donna Marie Jones; Cullen Thomas Kennedy Jr., Laura Stun Kern, Barry Joe Kinchen. PhiUio )ewavne King, Craig Anthony Kraft, Man(:hac irlow of icial Staff Report Manchac was officially opened during an enthusiastic, op- and at-times tear filled ceremony that cited the el- of many men over two decades of Particular, the ceremonies Friday dedicated to the memory of Bert who was cited repeatedly for Pioneering efforts in bringing the on the North Pass to fruition. His son and daughter were on hand SEE PAGE FOURTEEN New garden Ponchatoula's Flower Lady, Violet Collier, waters a new bed of plants behind the neat wooden fence erected on the vacant lot between Whttey's Meat Center and Branch-Danlels Insurance. She said the lot's owner, Judge Wallace Edwards, has always cooperated in her efforts to help Leslie'Jon Kraft, David Michael Lalejini, David Devon Leaveil, Diana Lynn LeBlanc, Rebecca Joy Lee, Melissa Kay Lemoine, Richard Joseph Lotz, Kim- berly Faye McBride, Tania Ann McBride, Charles Edward McLtn Jr., Scott James McLin, Jerry Louis Mc- Morris Jr., Lori Paige Marasales, Susan Carol Marshall; Rose Marie Martin, Nicole Marie Matus, Jennifer Quadronette Maxwell, Shirley Mae Maxwell, Nancy Lynnette Mickenheim, Traci Lynn Montgomery, Eric Millard Morrow, Aleata Jalene Mounce, Raffel James Neal, Steph- anie Ann Nicholas, Lena Marie Niehaus Gina Marie Norton, Wendi Lou Odom, Mary Alice Ourso, Frances Marie Ow,=ns, Salonia Undrea Owens, Corinne Christina Patbl, David Joleph Parrish, Paige Andrea Pellichino, Tale Joseph Perez, Sharon Kay Perrin, Dennis Charles Pevey; Darren Michael Pinion, Dorothy Jane Poche, Sandra Faye Poche, April Louise Powell, Sharyn Noelani Pulling, Lora Michelle Quave, Becky Lynn Raney, Juliette Ann Read, Andrew John Reno Jr., Brian Evan Richardson, Shari Jean Robertson, Charles James Rodriguez, Jerry Joseph Rome, Terri Ann Rome, Carl David Scott Jr., Beverly Ann Smith, Marilyn Kay Smith, Janette Clair Sommers; Richard Takeru Spencer, Jesse Roy Stafford Jr., William Scott Stanga, Allison Elette Statham, Tammi Jean Stewart, John Edward Stout Jr., Shawn Patrick Sweeney, Miqueline Annette Tanner, Jennifer Ann Terre- bonne, Bryan Keith Theard, Darren Gregg Thomas, Jason Verell Thomas, Nehemiah Himebeth Thorn, janet Lee Threeton, Polly Ann Trammel, Chandra Ann Troxclatr, Patrick Mitchell Vicknair, Daniel George Wadsworth Jr., Jamey Paul Wagner, La' Von De'Santa Washington, Susan Ann Watts, Michael Kenneth Wax Jr.; Sadie Merline Wells, Sunny Ann Wells, Carlyn DeLane Williams, Roger Allen Williams, Debbie Ann Wright, Jean Marie Wright, Russell Louis Wright, and John William Zeringue. St. Joseph School grads Jason Adams Thomas Marrero Tiffany Arbour Jeffrey McCarroll Sherry Amouville Tammy McCrory Jo Shane Boudreaux Marly McKean Kevin Darouse Anna McMahon Fran Dominguez Angela Menzer Colt Fisher Amy Palisi Micheile Garaudy Troy Pinion Todd Hebert Tomlyn Poche Kim Huszar Deborah Pugh Christie Labourdette Lester Richoux Rachel Lagarde Jamte Ryan Glen Laurent Cindy Stanga Nancy Latino Lance Vitter Alyson Lee Tara Yenni Theresa Little Renee Zimmerman. Letgh Ann Martino beautify the downtown area. " ' ,,, , ]Vlanch0000c Mermaid proves to be rare find By BRYAN T. McMNHON sighting of at least otle manatee in Manchac's ,South Pass set off a flurry of excitement among at the Louisiana Department Fisheries. in last week's edition of Times, four Manchac viewed the huge mammal in Pass on Saturday, May 11, a rare .M Louisiana waters. The manatee, or sea cow, has a tail the shape of a whales, resembles a walrus somewhat in facial charac- teristics, is a mammal which suckles its young, and scholars believe it is the sight of manatees which gave rise to mermaid legends, made up of the stghtings of early sailors encountering the strange sight for the first time. It is one of the earth's disappearing species, protected by federal law. The manatee viewed in Manchac was about 12 feet long, according to com- mercial fishermen Rocky Rakocy, E.L. Sykes, Billy Saltzman and Mike lvanysk=v. Others "alona the oa. re- ported seeing the huge mammal. Earlier reports came from the waters of the Amite River, indicating the "mermaid" was probably heading for more familiar warm waters to the South. Rumors have been circulating among fishermen in Manchac that the manatee, or herd of manatees, had been brought to the Amite River by a government agency as part of an ex- periment to control water hyacinths. No way, reported La. Wildlife & fisheries biologist Larry Hartman, con- nee'ted with the water hyacinth research in this state. "They eat a variety of wildlife vegetation but they are ineffec- tive combating water hyacinths, it would .take so many  them in a given area that you wouldn t have room for SEE PAGE THREE In the early days the small community of nuns lived on what is now the Dugas property on the city's northeast side, which is how Sisters Road got its name. The nuns raised food for the St. Joseph Orphanage in New Orleans on their farm, with the orphan boys making the trip here to harvest the crop each year. The reason the current school, built in 1940, has seven upstairs classrooms was that until 1945 the school taught only grades 1-7. The state in that year mandated that an eighth grade class be offered and so renovations began on what had been the school's "basement," which is now largely given over to classrooms. Sister Mary Allan recalls that St. Joseph was very popular that year. The sole first grade teacher was confronted with a starting class of 65. The sisters had a tough go of It, trying to teach as many students as possible with limited numbers which grew to an all-time high population of eight sisters teaching at St. Joseph in 1960, one for each grade. The reason the convent on North Eighth is so large is that at the time it was built (1959-1960) with 11 bedrooms upstairs and five bedrooms downstairs, there were plans to build a high school for St. Joseph that would be taught by sisters. After those plans fell through and after the sister's order established its own province in this area of the country, the convent was used for a time to house the SEE PAGE FOURTEEN MY PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Can you believe these, dare ! say it in mixed company, humans! The audacity, the nerve! If Doc Get-it-on wants to race Ole Hardhide at the Antique Festival he had better get on his jockey outfit. Whatever he wears in the way of clothing 1 suggest it be light. I'm on a diet. Can you believe this human? Trying to make sport out of the exertions of one of the best evolved species on the planet (ugly rumors persist that way back in prehlstory my ancestors looked human; ugh}. Anyway, there is no way I am going to race any gator next to Stanley Cowen's luau pit near the g in front of all the cameras and microphones of three southern states for anything less than my share of the gate in the form of either free access forever to Joe Ebrecht's chickens, or the kind of cash a Secretariat could make if he could win races and also type a newspaper column. Wild Butch Meyn has Doc issuing bloody challenges that would make a fierce wrestler cringe, daring a]| comers to bring their biggest gator to Ponchatoula June 1 and try to beat Ole Hardhide, me, in a race to the death, all to (believe this because the truths Ponchatoula produces are too unbelievable to make up) an orchestra playing the Blue Danube. The Doc cassettes have already been sent to radio stations all over Louisiana. That's okay, Butch. Just you dress up in a little jockey outfit to take Doc's place should he fall off and disappear early in the race. Congratulations Angela Marie Lorio for being a top student in the state and a member of the first graduating class of the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. Hey Angela Falgout, if the Wheel would have spotted the brand burger you were munching on your lunch hour Tuesday he would have given you a whopper! (Go easy Bootsy, this one pretty cashier brings in who knows how many guys. 1 saw one moon-eyed fellow buy a six pack, checking out one beer at a time- and Angela). Suppose it's true that the mayor is mulling over a downtown mini-park . program? By the way, why is Lawyer Troyer so indignant in Livingston Parish these days? (most lawyers ! know are indigent. It's their clients that are indignant), Why is Barbara Reys at City Hall walking on air and feeling like Most Valuable Mother of the Year? i suppose it had nothing to do with daughter Jennifer's winning MVP honors Sunday. While the folks out Robert way are still trying to get over the wild and crazy paddleboatlng of Corey Dufreche. Manchac, you should be warned (because I know Deputy Chuck Reed hasn't gotten around to it yet). Brie Layrisson now has a boat at his command. Last seen he was pulling antics usually reser- ved for North Seventh Street on the South Pass. He has arms (the better to throttle and steer by) and he is dangerous. (But he's all yours now.). Hey South Pass Teddy Kraft, how is the entrepreneur doing? I hear If you stay in this line untangling business long, with all your sports fisherman clients, you're going to make a real killing! Speaking of which, the title goes to Buddy Rottman this week for The Man Most Likely To Have Himself Scissored; for snipping off with scissors the tie of towering Irishman Doug O'Bannon. Ole Doug has a sense of humor, as long as something's funny. He also has the build of King Kong, Buddy. Be diplomatic In the future, you humans! One day you could be as smooth as Marshal Gordon Anderson who between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and a.m. attended one lull high school awards banquet, a wake, and the dedication of Port Manchac (wonder how the rest of his day went? Whew!). ! do know that I don't like Perrin the Coast Guardsman, who Thursday night in My Ponchatoula taught about 50 local Lions how to survive In the water af- ter capsizing their boats. That's just not fair. Those fools are an Important alligator food source! The local Lions can stand to take a little heat. Those great guys are hustling the ice at SLU used to cool the Special Olympians (now that is cool). Ask Carol Kinchan about the Jaycee Women's convention, held in Alexan- SEE PAGE TWO , ,i i , ., m , i i i i,