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Subscribers pay half price Thursday, July 31,1986-5th Year, Number 44 And get free home delivery! See coupon - Page Two PONCHA TO ULA TIMES 50 prisoners on Sheriff J. Layrisson's Work Release ram under the direction of Dep. Honey (in uniform) finish . Emergency hay loading this tractor trailer wlm hay week by Ponchatoula's Harry desperately needed by ranchers in McKneely(left). South Carolina. It was donated this (Times Photo) Ponchatoula hay shipped to drought..stricken S.C. ranches Ponchatoula hay is being shipped to the drought stricken farmers of South Carolina- thanks to Harry McKneely. McKneely said that reports he saw on television of devastation in the Deep South pasturelands prompted him to donate hay he had baled to sell off his Yokum Road farm. The local funeral home owner and operator made his donation through the Louisiana Department of Agriculture, which contacted the Ag Department in South Carolina. A South Carolina Electric & Gas Co. flatbed and diesel truck donated for the emergency set out for Ponchatoula from Columbia, South Carolina 9 a.m. Saturday. It was loaded and on the road back to South Carolina before noon Monday, thanks to Sheriff J. Edward Layrisson who assigned prisoners on the Work Release Program under the direction of Deputy Vernon Haney to load the truck, The man at the wheel of that South Carolina rig told The Times, "Wells are going dry back home, it is so hot. Some farmers are selling out. The ones hanging on are desperate for this hay to feed their stock." anchac fishermen promised o double-cross on fish pier sale By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Publisher Department officials the fishermen of Manchac on they would not sell their docks first telling them. two police jurors, Troy Davis Irwin Jenkins. announced at the meeting held 1:30 p.m. Monday Manchac Fire Station that they back a plan for the police jury to OOO feet of bo canal;  I. officials with the Department of )ortation and Development appeared in agreement that police jury assuming responsibility docks could solve the problem. they made no promises and no either to the fire house of commercial fishermen, or to the of onetime property owners argued that if anyone should get it should be them. as an "Informal public ng," the meeting was called by highway officials Merlin District Administrator; Gene Chief of Maintenance and and Huey Duncan, real official with the department. public hearing marked a new by the Highway Department, new officials in charge. It was Ponchatoula Times which several ago blew the whistle on the quiet attempt to sell the Lg space as surplus property Monday's meeting Waguespack, is new on the problem, acknow- that such a sale had been saying he helped cancel the the land from the state. Police Jury President Troy Davis told the state officials. "We would like the state to keep it and keep it public. If the fishermen are pushed out they are out of business. I have been laid off myself and I know how that feels," said Davis, who added that he would formally introduce the parish takeover idea to the police jury if that was the only solution. "It (police !ury approval) would sure F " : gwe me a tool." replied Waguespack. Police Juror Irwin Jenkins said the police jury could approve the plan as early as Wednesday's special meeting, adding that the docking area was important to the parish from a civil defense and from a law enforcement standpoint. That angle was enforced with the comments of Chief Deputy Sheriff John Dahmer of Ponchatoula, who told state officials, "Fishermen have pla, -keyrole -with the law community, especially with search and rescue missions. The Sheriff's Office highly argues that the boats be allowed to remain here." Others speaking in favor of the government allowing the commercial fishing fleet to remain moored to the state owned land included: Donald Henry, Merlin Saltzman, Neal Saik, and members of the Burns family. All were assured that nothing would be done to sell the property until every- sufficient no, me. Fisherman spokesman pleads for dock said that a "quiet" bid would not occur again, assuring Concerned: "We are not going to any decision today. You will all about it before a final decision is signalled that he stood )romise too. highway men heard from two Copper fountains bring Ponchatoula artisans fame Staff Report The water flows from green bottomed pool to green bottomed pool down a slow cascade past cattails, split leaf philodendrun, caladium and climbing pothus, all welded into place with the precision of artists. The leaves are copper, treated to age rapidly to a color of rain washed green, each with delicate veins, each with stems that would seem real as any in the swamp, were they not metal These copper fountains are the sculpture art of Ponchatoula's Hobby Van der Weyden, Eva Hansen, Delores Fernandez and Judy Spear. Their three building compound on Hauber Lane off Dunson Road keeps collectors of their work from across the country supplied with tee unique copper artwork - when the four artisans can keep up with the demand. Marketing their creations under the name of Copper Fountains by Hobby through a professional representative, they have caught the attention of buyers thr9uthout the South. One custom fountain was placed in a private lake at White Oaks Landing near Baton Rouge. It stood nine feet high, stretched 17 feet in length and was eight feet wide. More commonly, the interior or exterior self-contained fountains stand about four feet tall. Float boat trips along the ]akeshore or in the Tangipahoa or Tchefuncte rivers yield the cypress driftwood that is included in almost every fountain design. It is stacked to dry beside the building used for most of the cutting and welding. Delores Fernandez is an ex-school teacher who specializes in finishing the work prepared and put together by the others, all of which are skilled with the torches of their trade. On the day The Ponchatoula Times was invited to tour the workshops Judy Spear, a nursing supervisor at West- park Hospital, was busy with her torch at her workshop station, the most recent arrival who has been working with the other three for about four years now. The others have been together some 15 years. Eva Hansen is the former head of the PLEASE SEE PAGE THIRTEEN Ponchatoula artisans Judy Spear. Delores Fernandez, Hobby Van der Weyden and Eva Hansen pose with an unfinished driftwood and copper fountain handcrafted In their artist workshop of/Dunson Road. (00mes I00oto) groups, a collection of senior who said they represented the owners of the property, before state exercised its right to take the for the purpose of building and the local fishermen. "Pat" Connolly told the state he represented eight of the property owners who used to roughly one third of the canal-side state is considering selling. cited a state law mandating any land taken by the state and sold to private interests must first offered for sale to the original and others who have an owner- the property vowed a court t if the question did not go their way. for the fishermen was Albert Poche, president of Fisherman's Association. will be a tremendous hard- on the partsh's fishing tf this land is sold. This is the left where we can leave our In the water and reach the lake to This has been a traditional port for has always been a fishing village. Income of many people is deter- by the use of this area." went on to reveal overtures he made to the police jury in an keep the land in the public's saying the district attorney had saw no legal barricade to the jury assuming responsibility for Agricultural losses throughout the Southeast are estimated at up to $1.9 billion and the heat is blamed for killing 48 people so far. Only McKneely's small farm in Pon- chatoula and another one tn Baton Rouge is providing hay from Louisiana, according to the trucker sent here to bring back the generous gift. Tons of hay donated by New England farmers, farmers living on the northern plains and elsewhere in the nation where the weather has not been so deadly hot has been moved Into the Southeast by trucks and Air Force cargo planes. To realize how huge the problem really Is, how great the need, it ts important to know that Just the hungry herds of North Carolina alone consume about 7,690 tons of hay every day and according to one official in that state, the need will continue for out-of-state hay until next spring. ! MY PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator ALLIGATOR CAMPGROUND,, Hammond .... Whew! I've been so busy up here in Hammond teaching those SaintKi'xkles how to do the famous Alligator Shuffle I haven't had time to ogle, drink pond water, or luxuriate In the sun - to name just the most strenuous activities offered at APJgator Campground. ! wonder if I might not just save myself and the Saints' nice Mr. Benson (suppose his kid ever has to ask to borrow the car? He probably borrows a dealership) a lot of my high-price training time if ! just sign a Saints contract and let Ole Hardhide the alligator take to the field! (The first time an opponent blocked me I'd let it pass. The second time he'ld be breakfast!). Anyway, I'm thrilled and honored that the NFL's premier team of the 1986 season decided to come to Hammond for summer camp as soon as ! tipped them off that this is where l'd be. Maybe when Mr. Bodker finishes the Ponchatoula High sports complex and the Chamber finishes my cage we can arrange to stay in Ponchatoulal Meanwhile, look for Doc Gideon on television. He is playing himself in a made-for-TV short (very short - a commercial actually) being filmed by Acadian Ambulance Company. The ambulance company can scrap Its plans to build a special substation in Mlllville. Doug Daigle this past weekend ripped out the strip of pungl sticks (actually it was that polnty stuff they use to keep wall-to-wall carpets tacked down) out of his kitchen doorway. This will not only knock a hole in Acadian's emergency runs but will noticeably lower the howl level in Millville, especially among those hapless few devious Doug invites to his pool for a barefooted swim. Famle Henagan the artist has had just about enough of back surgery and all the rest, now thankfully behind her (so to speak). What she needs Is a broken foot or a sprained wrist or some other injury where she would at least have a cast to paint. She's on the mend in Lafayette according to son Randy. lnez Layrisson Is back In the hospital and if she d ,oesn't get her Irish up and get better rm going to have to report her to Smllin Joe McCarthy. Psssst! You could gobuy a brand new Ford Bronco from Jimmy Achord over at Gateway by just walking into the showroom and waiting until Jimmy finishes with all the other customers for your turn to order. But if I were you l'd take advantage of his big Bronco raffle, where for }ust a few bucks a ducket you can have a chance to win a multi-thousand dollar vehicle. Jimmy's at 386-6906 or 386-7790. How about Oresta Pevey's new pen pal.? i suppose everyone now knows that the Queen of England and the queen of Real Estate Reggte's heart are exchanging pleasantries via the mail (if it was a chain letter from Olde England would it be chain mall?), Anyway, one of Elizabeth's ladies-in. waiting wrote for her to Oresta (the queen doubtless too busy herself thrashing Margaret Thatcher for her foreign policy or duldng Randy Andy her son), thanking the Ponchatoula traveler for her recent letter complimenting the queen on the good conduct of her people. Be sure to ask Dr. Ralph Maxwell how he got stranded up a creek without a paddle in the same state of North Carolina where Ned Richardson got stranded in a lakeside cabin without a lake. in Pumpkin Center on Wednesday someone was moving an old farmhouse up the road and don't you know that folks just ran out of their homes and flocked to the roadside, having read all about the Parade of Homes and figuring this must be part of it. Mrs. Baseball, Margte Lessard, was just a huffing and apufflng as she jogged round and round my big vacation cage up here in Hammond and when her knees finally buckled out from under her and she flopped down I asked her what all the excitement was about. It seems she got a notice in the mail that she had been named to the Sports Illustrated All Star Team. I asked to see the letter and it looked like some big offer an NFL p.layer would !ikely_,get from a big team, everything from a free camera to a tree copy ot the 5I s famous Swimsuit Issue, a pre- Meese Committee collector's item. Of course, some of her first year contract money to play on the team has to go for a Sports lUustrated subscription, but that seems fair enough given the big salary not mentioned in the letter. Jumping jacks now Mrs. Baseball A-one, a-two, a-three; now round the cage again hup-two-three, bend a knee, five laps now if you pleaser ru just add you to my Saints workout. You too Judy Lilly of Shirleen Street in (I hope one day In the near future) My Ponchatoula Now that nine months o!,bon-bons and easy living has produced a fourth son for easygoing Joe, I m sure you're readu fn, some exercise. Right? Drop that dirty diaper! ..... " --" 'h Buddy Bei a,t Cabby/, s as developed a whole set of calisthenics especially destgneo tor me sma. army ot media types who have swarmed the Saints training camp here at my.,Alligator Campground facility and at SLU, where I send them to rest unoer me care ot their gentle coaches when i m done with them. Buddy Is building tight forearms and strong gripping hands by serving reporters beer in heavy mugs and mixed drinks with a half ounce more weight than usual, One, two, three - ]iftl