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[I THE ,NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'S ANTIQUE CITY facebook.com/theponchatoulatimes www. p o n c h a t o u l a c o m / p t i m e s 34 th YEAR JULY 3, 2014 NUMBER 40 50 FIREWORKS set for July,,m3e at PARD Park Report Good advice for attending Ponchatoula's 14 th Annual Fireworks Show marking Independence Day is to arrive early, as the park on North Hoover Road will be closed to cars when all the parking places are taken - which gives you a notion of the expected turn- out. Gates open at 5 p.m. Thurs- day, July 3. Musical entertain- ment by disk jockey Matt Jen- kins is scheduled for 5:30 to 10 p.m., before and after the fire- works show at dusk. Concessions will be made available by the Ponchatoula High School Band Boosters. Alcohol is not permitted in the park, and the same holds true for pets and barbecue pits. Boy Scout Troop 170 is in charge of the tribute to the flag. Sponsoring the Ponchatoula Area Recreation District No. 1 event are: Berryland Motors, City of Ponchatoula, PON Food, North Oaks Health System and First Guaranty Bank From Independence Meet a saint you may never have encountered m St. Expedite m See Page Three -! .-:-  to = .... I" ,g- O o r Celebrate Independence Day with your own copy of the Constitution Times Report What better way to celebrate July 4 th than with your own copy of The U.S. Constitution (and fascinating facts about it)! The publication is provided at no charge, courtesy of District Judge Brenda Bedsole Ricks. Just stop by The Times office at 170 N. Seventh Street for your free copy. The Times will also share some of the copies with the Ponchatoula Branch of the Tan- gipahoa Parish Library, with Ponchatoula City Hall, Inde- pendence City Hall, with the Independence Branch of the parish library, the Tickfaw Vil- lage Post Office, and the Tick- faw Police Station. Rally round the flag The Ponchatoula Minute- men urge citizens to turn out 8 a.m. Friday, July 4 to help raise Ponchatoula's gi- ant American Flag (Times Photo) I Free Constitution Statistics and other useful lies Dear Editor: With all this discussion about the Common Core Standards one has to wonder if Louisiana really does need them, particularly since State Superintendent of Education John White just bragged about how the number of seniors earning a composite score of 18 on the ACT, a test of (11g readiness, is steadily increasing. He is so elated about this that he I Winn-Dixie, Ponchatoula recognizes 2014 graduates! I'm very proud to have these 2014 graduates on my store team and wish them well in the future endeavors, said Pon- chatoula Winn Dixie Store Director Rene Lambert, by way of introducing his local new hires, pictured (left to right, front row): Store Director Rene Lambert, Kentiria Free- man, Tiffany Rehm, Trinidy Venable, Todd Bastian, (sec- ond row) Matthew Brewer, Isaiah Gilbert, John Miehon, Cory Nunez, Elizabeth Ford, Kadeijah Dykes; not pictured: Harlie Aiola, Kendal Dykes, Ontrael Johnson, and Giovante Turner. (Winn Dixie Photo) Roux& Brew cuts the ribbon! Pictured Monday at the ribbon cutting for Roux & Brew Seafood & Steak House, 135 S.W. Railroad in Ponchatoula are (left to right, front row) Office Manager Lori Laysone, Owners Randy and Kayla Tomeny, Mayor Bob Zabbia, Chef Chris Fagan, daughter of the owners Kristi Basso, State Rep. Steve Pugh, (back row) Florida Parishes Bank Senior Vice President Brian Steib, Chamber President Paul Pevey, Police Chief Bry Layrisson, and father of the owner Larry Hymel. (Times Photo) Local artists' work hangs in president's house Ponchatoula Artists Connie Mounted in the President's Kittok and Nancy Lowentritt residence on Southeastern were selected among 51 other Louisiana University Campus, Louisiana artists to show their this unique exhibition hangs in work in the 8th Annual Louisi- the entertaining rooms where na Fine Arts Showcase. .... PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 Before After On way to regular barber Lion J.R. Bardwell shearing raising over $10,000 for American Legion Times Report 'Ne are going to have over $10,000 to give to the Ameri- can Legion Post 47 here in Ponchatoula, half of what was stolen from their building fund, and more donations have been promised and are still coming in," said Lion Joey Drude who played a major role in staging the event. Probably the best-attended haircut in Ponchatoula history, scores of supporters, family and friends turned out Saturday for the fundraiser aimed at restor- ing funds looted from the local American Legion post. Great music, food and fun made the giving easy. And it is not too late for you to contribute to the worthy cause. Just contact any Legion or Lions Club member with your donation. By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator I've been sneaking peeks of the World Cup, hoping to see the former Deirdre McMahon, now Sanchez, or perhaps her hand- some husband Mariano, maybe even my buddy Saul Rubio. Ole Pinchpenny the child player and adult coach is way too excited over the games, and to tell the truth, I'm getting that way too. Can you imagine how effective a four-limbed alligator with claws and a really swinging tail would do playing soccer? I can; imag- ine, that is. Those of you whose hearts were set racing.y the prospect of beholding WDSU News Celebrity' Heath ien appearing as Celebrity Auctioneer are out of luck. He can t ? it. And none of the local Irish lads appear up to having a lovelgreen leather reptile "News Celebrity" fill in for him at the really truly exciting Ancient Order of Hibernians annual charity auction coming up July 11 at Bantaa's Fleur de Lis. That's the bad news. The good news is that a really super gentleman with a tremendous Morn (The Pie Lady, Frances Chauvin), Johnny Chauvin of Johnny In The Morning radio fame, will be on hand to do the celebrity turn. Could you not bring some pies, Johnny? Or better yet, your Mom? Mark Griggs was spotted in Ponchatoula this week. Amazing! I thought we had seen the last of him for awhile when he ap- peared to be filling Howard Hughes' life fantasy and doing amaz- ing hi'gh-tech undersea cable calisthenics. But the man is fully capable of being under the ocean and at Roux & Brew at the same time. Pat and Steve Gureasko just returned in their Edsel, having logged 3,500 miles and crossing 15 states. When this couple an- nounces they mean to retire, just be sure to spell it right  re- tire. If he succeeds Mayor Mayson in Hammond, will Pete Panepin- to continue the hard line against bars there, or will his stint oper- ating Stray Cats in Ponchatoula soften him? Police Chief Roddy Devall, should I ask you what you are thinking? I have to figure out which independent pharmacy will be get- ting my business this holiday. With freworks everywhere, I am going to be needinga bale of cotton for earplugs. Happy Birthday America! The Ponchatoula Times - Call 985-386-2877 - P.O. Box 743 - Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 - editor@ponchatoula.com t , i