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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, JUNE 23, 2011, PAGE 5 Happy 25 th Nissan Pathfinder By CHRIS O'CONNOR Times On Wheels Columnist The Nissan Pathfinder turns 25 this year. The Times On Wheels test drive team had the Pathfinder this past weekend We discovered why this model has been so popular for so long. It is a far cry from the original Spartan, scrappy Path- finder in 1986. This four door, seven passenger SUV has morphed into a sleek, still-rugged machine. The SE version we drove had all the luxury in the cabin that riders could possibly expect The leather bucket seating up front is fully adjustable, comfortable and the height of the vehicle gives a commanding view to the front row audience. The controls are easy to use and understand. The gauges look modern and classic at the same time. The leather covered steering wheel is fully adjustable and so are the pedals, so any size driver will feel in command The 10-speaker Bose stereo sounded great and XM satellite radio is quite addicting. The real reason for a vehicle like the Pathfinder is its size and convertibility and here is where the 2011 SE edition stands out. Boasting over 16 cubic feet of storage with all the seats up, it converts to almost 80 cubic feet total with the fold flat rear seat- ing, and the easy opened rear door makes loading it up a breeze. Under the hood the 4.0L V6 spins out 266 horsepower and, linked to the 5 speed automatic transmission, the big Pathfinder moves quickly and nimbly whether launching onto the interstate, Bill, passing hybrids or zipping around town. The power is there for other reasons though, and that, of course, is towing capacity, up to 6000 pounds. Almost 10 inches of ground clearance is available for off-road, but you hardly notice the height, getting in and out with the stylish running boards and convenient- ly placed grab handles. Driving, there is a tight suspension, almost sporty, and with the speed proportional steering assist. Cor- nering is confident at speed. Parking is a breeze too. The Nissan Pathfinder has been with us for 25 years now, and I expect to keep seeing it in the future. The 2011 Silver Edition showcases all that we all love about a reasonably priced, truck- based, real SUV, for family, for fun, and for the future. [i ii iiiiiiiiii i ii iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii i iiii Ponchatoula Main Street offers redeveloment incentive grant opportunities Ponchatoula Main Street is soliciting Redeveloping In- centive Grant applications from downtown building and/ or business owners. The Ponchatoula Main Street Pro- gram is able to offer two types of competitive grants: a $10,000 grant for major projects and a $2,500 grant for minor projects. Applications received from Ponchatoula Main Street building and/or business owners will compete statewide for funding with other Main Street communities' applica- tions. Applications received from Ponchatoula Main Street building and/or business owners will compete statewide for funding with other Main Street communities' applica- tions. A panel of experts at the state level will rank the applications according to the level of architectural preser- vation and impact on the streetscape, the historic district, and the community. To be eligible for Faqade Grant Funds through this pro- gram, a building must be located within National Register District and must be used for commercial purposes, and must be at least 50 years old. In addition, the proposed work must be approved by the local historic district com- mission and the Louisiana Main Street office and must meet the guidelines set forth by the Secretary of Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation. Ponchatoula Main Street faqade grants are reimburs- able matching fund grants that require project approval at the local and state level before work can begin. These grants can be used for exterior or interior rehabilitation projects. All grant applications must be submitted to the Pon- chatoula Main Street office at 169 East Pine Street in Ponchatoula by 12:00 noon, Fri- day, July 1, 2011. If awarded a Redevelopment Incentive Grant, the applicant has until April 30, 2012 to complete the work and submit the required documentation. Ponchatoula downtown Main Street district is bound on the north by Hickory Street, on the south by Oak Street, on the east by Fifth Street and on the west by Seventh Street. If your building is located within these boundaries and you wish to apply for grant funds, contact Charlene Daniels, Ponchatoula Main Street Manager, at 985-386- 4923. mainstree, West Pine St. M I00'I '13 RS Ponchatouia, La 70405 Bankrupt Slow Credi No Credit 2008 CHRYSLER 300 Fully Loaded Very Clean EZ Credit Terms 2007 CHEVY IMPALA LT All Power, 50k Miles Like Brand New Low Payments 2007 NISSAN MAXIMA SL All Options - Sunroof Save Big ! 2007 PONTIAC GRAND PRIX GT Loaded with Leather Sunroof & More Beautiful 2009 KIA SPECTRA EX Full Power Pkg - Sunroof Low Mileage, Great MPG 2003 HUMMER H2 Leather - Sunroof Big Tires - $16,777 2010 FORD ESCAPE XLT All Power Great MPG - Like New 3 to Choose 2008 CHEVY TAHOE BLAZER 4X4 Fully Equipped -Clean 2 to Choose 2005 CHEVY AVALANCHE Loaded - Only 70k Miles Don't Miss This One 2008 CHEVY K-CAB Super Low Miles - Very Clean 2 to Choose 2008 FORD EXPLORER All Power- DVD/-I-V 3rd Row Seating Ready for Vacation ! 1995 NISSIAN PICKUP Runs Great - AC Great Work Truck $3495 t deal from ,a name can trust."