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Sisters of Notre Dame leaving FROM PAGE ONE order's retired sisters. Beginning in July, the convent will be renovated to accommodate the school's primary grade classes. The School Sisters of Notre Dame, was founded by Mother Theresa Ger- hardinger (in the process of being named a saint by the church) in Munich, Germany in 1833. it is a papal order not attached to any particular diocese. Sister Agatha speaks with the conviction that comes from decades of experience when she opines, "Children were more docile in her early days here. You didn't have the children we do now. Television and radio keeps them on edge ." And yet, all three sisters have nothing but praise for Ponchatoula, especially for the support entire families have given them and the school. "The way the parents have worked here is amazing. They have converted convent rooms to kindergarten classrooms, painted the school The parents really saved us money," said the school principal. OU " "You won t find a more dedicated gr p, agreed St. Agatha, who went on to say, "We'll miss St. Joseph. i plan to come back here often. We are a part of St. Joseph. Chattawa isn't too far from here, so I hope the children will come to see US." "We have never been anyplace," stated Sr. Allan, "Where we have received this much cooperation, and each of us has taught in five or more states over our careers." Sister Wilma said she was particularly touched by a surprise presentation made by the students last Friday, where they recounted in song and speech what the sisters have meant to St. Joseph and to Ponchatoula. "We knew something was coming, but there was no leak as to what it would be," said Sr. Wilma, obviously overwhelmed by the surprise gesture. The sisters all agree that their leaving has everything to do with the shortage of nuns caused by the fact that in modern times few young ladies choose the religious life. Add to this the fact that their own order is branching out into other ministries other than teaching. "Ponchatoula is lucky, so long as you count having sisters around as being lucky," she joked, "In that older and larger schools than this were left with no sisters long ago. "We have been preparing for this move for over five years," she added, warming to a subject which all three sisters were eager to address. "Because there are no sisters here does not mean this will not be a Catholic school. Our lay teachers are excellent religion teachers, with a record of achievement and top state awards in competition. They have been teaching most of the religion courses here for years. , "St. Joseph has consistently been commended on the Catholicity of the school, the good behavior of our students. "St Joseph is the best prepared of any of our schools where the sisters had withdrawn," said Sr. Mary Allan. It was Sister Mary.Allan who initiated the kindergarten class in 1979, and saw several of the upper grades double in size. Two years before, on Sept. 19, 1977, another of the sisters' dreams for the school became reality with the start of the Departing sisters THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, MAY 23, 1985, PAGE Fi sherman's Association meets Staff Report The Manchac Fisherman's Associa- tion held its Spring meeting Friday at the Manchac Fire Station. The local group is in the forefront of the drive to ban shell dredging in Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain and on the Louisiana coast, winning a suc- cessful battle recently in federal court that will force the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct studies on how the industry's activities affect the local lake environment. The association is made up of com- mercial and sports fishermen and anyone else interested in the health of the local lakes. Fisherman's Association President Albert Poche told members thai the federal court was being asked to cut dredging activity in half during the en- vironmental study. An earlier appeal to halt it completely had been rejected by the court. The association also went on record opposing proposed legislation in Baton Rouge thai would turn the East half of Lake Pontchartrain into a sanctuary. "This would concentrate all the commercial fishing activity on one half of an already-overfished lake," ex- plained Poche. Similarly, members voiced caution and early doubts over a plan submitted by Port of ,Manchac commissioner Walter "'Wink' Vinyard, who fielded questions concerning an application the port had made for a study of a cut made through Jones Island joining the North Pass port to the South Pass about a mile east of the ICG railroad. ':/itl all" the impact it would have on the marsh and tile little time it would save over going through North Pass as originally intended, we remain uncon- vinced that the channel is necessary," Poche said after the meeting. Between 75 and 100 ded the jambalaya dinner meeting Akers. J! St. Jude's r Ponchatoula Jayne Carol chairman of the St. Jude's and Walkathon, and Mayor Gideon were on hand for the signing of the proclamation May 25 a special day in for joining the fundraiser for St. Children's Research Participants ask sponsors to certain amount of cash for completed. Those wishing to ride should attend the meeting Thursday, May 23 at p.m. at the Ponchatoula Building. ( first band program. Ir********,k,kW********1-** *****I During the tenure f Sisters Allan' Agatha and Wilma' St' Jseph School has ?R dp je tp" added many new programs, expanded its physical plant, added sports teams, and oa re ct FROM PAGE TWO consistently come out on top in regional and state competitlons academically, or the lewes nces on 14 Members of the community eager to wish the sisters farewell are encouraged to -t ate has been assured it will be the the highway department was able to -k ' attend the pot luck dinner in their honor Sunday (the church is furnishing speediest part of the project, provide that much extra work, but not  Jewelry come !o Deep South vegetables, meat and drink) by bringing a salad or a dessert. Those planning to "All the slow work is done. Starting the entire width of Ponchatoula's extra- attend are urged to call Fay Murray (386-8151) or Barbara Marline (386-3622). Wednesday or Thursday the middle wide downtown sidewalks. road will be taken out and the side lanes l just want them to hurry up so we : This Weeks Specml , ttl # # Mirror is boater's friend "" be in use, said Gideon, who 0an get on with our beautification p]ans, .It  1v -- added: tree plantings and the like," said Gideon : Diamond & Sapphire "Also starting this week will be a of the project. "Some of our small Staff Report scenes with and without the light to sidewalk project in the 100 block of East Cluster only Many Styles to choose from Regardless of his or her looks, a boaters best friend is a hand mirror. That was one of the sage pieces of Coast Guard advice offered up Thurs- day by Harold Perrin, who gave a slide and lecture presentation to the Pon- chatoula Lions Club on boating safety and rescue tips. "For you to be rescued it is your responsibility to be found," Perrin told the local Lions, going on to exhibit a number of inexpensive modern gadgets that the Coast Guard representative said can and do save lives. One such device was a battery operated strobe light that would make a near-impossible night search much easier. He showed slides of night water make his point. Of similar impact were Perrin's slides showing how hard it is to spot a person wearing a lifejacket during daylight hours. Viewers of the slide were shown what a Coast Guardsman would see from a rescue boat, and it was nearly impossible to find the figure in the water in that scene. A follow-up slide showed a capsized boater who had a hand mirror to signal rescuers, using the sun. It was obvious where the person to be rescued was located. Perrin also warned against "designer" life jackets that were color-coordinated with the water. "You want something that looks just the opposite of the water. businesses have gone out of business. : Pine. Four feet of the sidewalk will be AH have suffered. But now some relief is : %EP SOOt6, torn out and replaced, on both sides of in sight." 'ha t-oot." said the mayor, who ,aid :  00ewelrH Port opens FROM PAGE ONE to accept a special commendation in his Eddie Layrisson, Ponchatoula Chamber t W e b u y & s e I ! c o i n s, g o I d & s i I v e r memory, of Commerce President Jeanne Zaleski,  1507 S.W Railroad Ave.-Hammond-542-6850 Today the port stands as a gateway to Marshal Gordon Anderson, Police Jury -k the world, an entrance passage to the President Harry Lavine, Police Juror ****4r**************4r*r****** ll%merican Midwest. Its use of con- Katie Wainwright, as well as a number tainers, currently the container barges of past port commission members, state and almost certainly the individual con- and local officials. tainers that have dramatically changed the nature of international shipping, puts the local port a step ahead of the Port of New Orleans, which many critics contend is outdated. Orange is best," herecommended. Raymond Schafer, Port Commission head, took the opportunity to credit the Vouthsu "de thesolution workofthemanycitizens, manyof A( 40 ,. " lCl - them local, who brought the port to fruition. A d .b ,,,m ,e teenagers and young adults has grown Hospital; Barbara Freuler, R.N. DePaul lion was cited for his work preparing the from an occasional tragic incident into a Northshore Hospital; Marley Sweeney, foundations for the entire facility, work epidemic killer" Accrding t statistics' B.C.S.W., Mental Health Association won through competitive bid- Raguso 1 tg the suicide rate for persons less than 21 of Greater New Orleans; and Brothers were similarly thanked for the has tripled since 1955. Mandeville Police Department. construction job that followed. " In the interest of community As a follow-up to this unique SLU President Dr. Larry Crain was involvement and support, DePaul program, DePaul Northshore Hospital on hand to accept credit for conducting Northshore Hospital and the Mande- will begin a support group for families the environmental impact study that ville Police Department are offering a who have lost a child either to suicide, paved the way for approval of the free community program on Tuesday, accidental death or terminal illness. The facility. May 28, 1985 at 7 p.m. in the Mande- first meeting of the support group will be Bill Bodln was credited both for his Never Been a Better Bargain Lakeside Marine and Jh M ---_ o nson otor Present 1985 Ski Exposition Featuring Larry Macaluso performing with Johnson Motor Powered dyne track Fish & Ski Boat ]13 Lessons on the basic Skiin Techniques of =Slalom Sk.ng Bare Footing In the waterexhibiton ot Bare Footing nd Slalom skl,ng Video tapes of Bare Footing and Skiin ville City Hall Auditorium. The pro- Monday, June 3, 1985 at 7:30 p.m. in gram, Teenage Depression: It May Be the cafeteria of DePaui Northshore More Than Just A Phase, will address Hospital. the causes and preventions of For more information on this and adolescent depression and suicide. The other free community education program will begin with a film, followed programs, call the Community by a panel discussion. Panel members Relations Department at DePaul are: Dr. Henry Whitworth, Clinical NorthshoreHospita1893-9200. 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Another port commission plan, greeted with much less enthusiasm by local environmentalists and a local group of sports and commercial fisher- men, would cut a passageway through Jones Island about a mile east of the ICG railroad, linking North and South Pass. Schafer also took the time to single out First Guaranty Bank President Ralph Ross for spearheading the finan- cing effort to make the port work, as he indicated the piles of materials stacked in the port warehouse on its way in our out of the country. Ponchatoula had more than its share of leaders credited with seeing the port turn from a concept on paper to the reality resting on the shores of Nomh Pass. Merwyn Barringer, Phillip Alexander, Walter "Wink" Vinyard, Teddy Gueld- ner, all of Ponchatoula, are joined by Hank Jones and Jerry Correjolles on the current port commission. But it was the young entrepreneur, ex-dock worker, and local visionary Tom Barrios who drew the most credit, praise and applause. "It is an exciting day for the com- mission and myself," said the 32-year- old port ramrod who holds the lease on the facility through his Tangi Trans-Port Company. "We're going to see a lot of growth, a lot of improvement," said Barrios, a Hammond resident who commuted to his job on the docks ;n New Orleans before being taken with the idea of establishing an international port at Akers while driving past North Pass on his way to work. Among tiose attending  th.e ceremonies were: charter port com- mission member Louis Bartus, Sheriff . Time Fri. May 31, 5-7pm Sat. June 1st 9 am-2pm Refreshments will be served LAKESIDE MARINE (ACROSS FROM KOA) West Club Deluxe Dr. Hammond, LA "Where the service on the lake" 542-0770