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New Tangipahoa Parish flood maps to go into effect Tangipahoa ParisK property owners without flood insurance are encouraged to buy coverage now to get the best possible pre- miums before new flood insurance rate maps go into effect on July 22, 2010. The latest flood hazard maps, known as Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMS), delineate new flood-risk zones and serve as an integral part of the National Flood Insurance Plan (NFIP), which plays a key role in defense against flood losses. Property owners need to know that this could mean a change in their flood- plain status. "We encourage residents to look at the flood maps now and to b familiar with the latest risks of potential flooding in their area," said Mark Landry, Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Louisiana Recovery Office interim director. "The maps can help residents make informed decisions about protecting their property." The DFIRMs were developed as part of the nationwide map modernization effort spearheaded by FEMA, which administers the NFIP. Once officially adopted by Tangipahoa Parish and the communities within the parish, the DFIRMS will replace the cur- rent effective maps, which are outdated and produced using ear- lier technology. Homeowners who purchase flood insurance prior to July 22, 2010 may be able to grandfather the current flood zone designa- tion, saving money on flood insurance. Current policy holders and those planning to purchase NFIP protection are strongly encour- aged to contact their insurance agent or company to ensure that they have adequate coverage and that policies account for new flood risk data. Information regarding the new DFIRMS and general informa- tion about the Louisiana Mapping Project is available for property owners and the general public to view online at www.lamapping- In addition, individuals may also consult with their local Tan- gipahoa Parish floodplain administrator at 985-542-2117 with questions on which flood map or elevations to use going forward when rebuilding. Grass Cutting Edging .String Trim Blowing Bush Hogging Letter writer lauds the children of Tangipahoa Parish Dear Editor, I feel compelled to write this letter because the citizens of Tangipahoa Parish need to know about the children in their community. My name is Michael Bolesta and I own and operate Capital City Student Tours. I've worked with Holy Ghost Catholic School and Ponchatoula Jr. High School for over 13 years and Trafton Academy and Oak Forest Acad- emy for the last 6 years coordi- nating their class trips to our Nation's Capitol. This year I also had the pleasure of work- ing with teachers and staff from West Side Middle School. I've hosted thousands of stu- dent groups on their annual class trip to Washington, DC and many other historic cities along the East Coast during my years as a Tour Guide and Student Tour Operator. And I've met plenty of wonderful people during the journey. But the people from Tangipahoa Parish really stand out! EV- ERY teacher, student and par- ent I've ever had the privilege to meet has been a cut above the other schools that also visit Washington. The respect shown between the students and adults is amazing to see! The schools and their teachers and stait, the students and the community at large should be extremely proud. The students are perfect representatives for their schools, community and the State of Louisiana. The schools have always conducted themselves with great pride, respect and dignity. From vis- iting Arlington National Cem- etery and laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers Free Estimates Licensed & Insured Keith Albert (985) 974-2123 (985) 386-3337 THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, MAY 27, 2010, PAGE A-5 to visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum or the Smithsonian Institution museums or visiting with their Congressman in the United States Capitol Building, they consistently receive compli- ments everywhere they go! It's an absolute pleasure to work with Mrs. Debbie Horn and the staff at Holy Ghost Catholic  School, Ms. Dina Esquinance,'=7" Mrs. Pam Lipscomb and the PLEASE SEE PAGE B-4 985,340.8966 Time is Running Out! to take Advantage of the Extended & Expanded Tax Credit! Sign Contract by April 30th MUST CLOSE BY JUNE 30th We're conveniently located near Hammond Square Mall and North Oaks Hospital. To find us: From 1-12 take Exit 40, HWY 51 South. Travel 1.2 miles to Pine Island on the left. 985-386-4590 ,Pine Island 502 Ponderosa Drive Ponchatoula, LA 70454 'The Federal Homebu; er Tax Credit is available to buyers who have not o,,vned a principal residence in the last three years ('New Buyers'l and to bu e,s uho hav o'^ ned and lived in their brine pal residence for 5 consecutk e years out the last 8 years ("Repeat Buyers'). The maximum cred t amount is $8 (300 for New Buyers and $6,500 for Repeat Buyers The tax credit is available for homes closed after November 6. 2009. and before May 1, .010. Ho,uever, home purchases subjeclto a binding sales contract signed byApri130, 2010. will qualify forthe credit provided the closing occurs prior to July 1= 2010. Homes with a purchase price of up to $80&000 quaiify. The home must be used as a principal residence. Single taxpayers th P, comes up to $125.000 and manied couples with incomes up to S225 000 qua ify for the fuil tax credit, the tax credit does not haveto be repa d unless the owner se s or stops us ng the home as their principal residence within three years after the purchase. For complete details on the Federal Tax Credit, please go to',m, or the Website. ,. ,e, Lot 45 ii!? ' iii:iiii:!i, iiiiiiiili i:iiiiiii!i :i iiii!iiiiiii!i! ....... !ii!iiii!i!i! Dill{wood iV ' $ i 86,300 2,228 sq. ft. "a/l/a 4 Bedrooms, 2- l/2 Baths Lot 48 i o 00wo0a3v- $ i 7-00,700 1,698 sq. ft. a/l/a TRAWBERRY 00'IELDS 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths E S T A T E S Homes from $130's to the $180's Strawberry Fields Sales Center & Decorated Model Open Daily Until 6pm. 985.370.7757 Take 1-12 west to 1-55 near Hammond. Take 1-55 south to Highway 22 (Exit 26) in Ponchatoula. Proceed east on Highway 22 through downtown Ponchatoula to 1 st Street. Turn right on 1 st Street and head south to Esterbrook. 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