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ft. ff ff f f" ff ff ff f~ ff ff" END OF BUNDLE 110:26 CT MIXED ADC 380 1667 00-00-00 110P 32T SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST ## SHELTON WA 985~4-2263 l ,lhi,lifl,l,d,l,q,ll,llh,lhl,lllh',lql'li'i,i THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'S ANTIQUE CITY AUGUST8, 2019 39th NUMBER 45 City Hall hard at work Mayor Bob Zabbia, hosted a project planning session last week to discuss numerous transportation and publicworks projects that are presently on- going. Attending the meeting are (left to right, David Laizer, Tommy Buckle and Chad Danos members of the Duplantis Design Group, Rhonda Smith Sheridan and Judy Cordoba, Executive Assistants to the mayor, Mayor Bob Zabbia, Director of the Downtown Ponchatoula Revitalization Program Faith Allen, Lori and John Dardis, Governmental Grant Consultants and Jeff Roesel, Executive Director, New Orleans Regional Planning Commis- sion. (Courtesy Photo) Special to The Times Superintendent Melissa Stilley's message regarding cyber attack: Slowly but surely, com- puters across the Tangipa- hoa Parish School System's network are coming back online, and on Thursday, School Superintendent Me- lissa Stilley said she is con- fident classes will be able to begin Aug. 12, as planned. "There is no doubt we will be back and ready to welcome our students on campus Aug. 12, as sched- uled," StiUey said. The district is one of sev- eral public school systems across Louisiana that were targeted in a cybersecurity attack in late July. Leaders described the computer is- sue as one designed to "par- alyze" the network. "As we understand it, the masterminds behind this attack are not going after actual personal in- formation or identity-theft markers. They simply want to bring day-to-day opera- tions to a screeching halt by disabling our computer system," Stflley said. On Thursday, district technology leaders contin- ued working with the Loui- siana National Guard and a team from Unity Fiber to check the network and bring it back online piece- by-piece. "Our team has worked around the clock, diligently piecing the network back together in the aftermath of this weekend's cyberse- curity threat," Stilley said. While the cyberattack did impact phone lines and computer service at the Central Office and at schools across the parish, StiUey said the district has made great progress in tacl Iing this challenge head-on over the course of the week. 'We are resilient, and we are going to get past this issue. The good news is we have off-site backups of all student data. Sched- ules have been completed; class rosters are ready, and once our printers are back online, they can be distrib- uted. All bus routes are completed, and those ros- ters will be printer-ready once the network is online. All in all, we are more than ready for classes to start on the 12th," Stilley said. Additionally, the Ham- mond-based registration center is open and accepting new students. The Amite center will soon be brought back online. Aside from the com- puter-related challenges, Stilley said the district is quickly gearing up for classes to start. Meet and greet activities are sched- uled |tcross the parish, and several schools are having beautification events to get their campuses spruced up for the start of classes. Things will get even busier when nine-month employ- ees return to campus next Tuesday. "At the end of the day, we all have our eye on the prize--and that means do- ing whatever it takes to be ready to welcon e our stu: dents on the 12th," Stflley said. ng issues By BRIANNA ELUIOTT Times Reporter With hurricane season upon us, it is important to be aware of low-lying areas where flooding rapidly becomes a problem. The Tangipahoa Par- ish Government wants to hear locals' comments and concerns regarding local flooding. They are hosting a public meeting in Amite on Thursday, August 15 at 6 p.m. to discuss these issues and to have an op- portunity to share "with citizens information on current flood prevention projects. The parish asks for the public to complete a 14-question survey which asks questions such as, "What is your biggest con- cern is in terms of flood- ing?, and Has your home previously been flooded? The survey also asks what regulations you believe should be in place to re- duce flood impacts on the local area. The parish wants to hear your voice! To take the survey on the Internet go to Tangipahoa.org and click on the large green banner at the top, titled "Please take our Storm water and Flood survey." Comments can also be submitted by email to bbailey@tangipahoa.org or mailed to the parish office at PO Box 215 in Amite Louisiana 70422. ire improves on PFD Report Residents in the city limits of Ponchatoula and Tangipahoa Fire District 2 - Pon- chatoula FPT could see lower fire insurance rates because the fire department has received a lower rating from the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana. The Property Insur- ance Association of Loui- siana notified the fire de- partment that following a survey, the department has improved to a Class 3 for residential and com- mercial properties inside the city limits. Fire pro- tection in the area was formerly rated a Class 4. Also, the fire depart- ment improved to a Class 4 in the Tangipahoa Fire District 2 - Ponchatoula FPTarea. Fire protection in the area was formerly a Class 5. The lower the classification number, the better the rating. The de- partment is evaluated ev- ery five years; therefore, our department has been working hard over the last five years to make the I live in .the heart of which is also the heart of our district. I will be dedicated to: improving our District A, raising our community voice, and mak- ing city government more accountable to its residents. If you live in our District A, I want to represent you with any issues, or questions you may have. I will be on hand to help find solutions. I offer caring, committed representation. I promise to be available, accountable and approach- able. I will offer RELIABLE contact info. I will have a City Council office at my home with set, dedicated hours. I will be in touch with you via a monthly email blast. I will return all phone calls. One of my goals as a member of the Ponchatoula City Council is for everyone in our beautiful District A to know who I am, where I am, and how to be in touch. I offer better representation, true public service. Melissa Gueldner 985-634-4328 melissagueldner@gmail.com rating classification bet- ter. This achievement has been accomplished due to improvements completed prior to the survey. It is now important to main- tain this position,because not continuing current activities will have an adverse effect. The Pon- chatoula Vol. Fire Dept will continue to strive and improve to make this de- partment even better as we serve and protect the citizens of our communi- ty. These new ratings will go in effect September 9, 2019. I PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator When next you see Ponchatoula native Mrs. Lan- dis Niernberger McMahon, she will have the new title of Nurse Practitioner (N.P.), this in addition to Queen of Erin and superseding even Registered Nurse (R.N.). Curt and Cynthia Niernberger are her proud parents. Rascal offspring you of yours might know are big sister Felicity, brother Patrick, and baby sister Clare. Our own Ole Pinchpenny the Publisher pro- foundly wishes his Terry Ann was here to share in the congratulations to the new graduate, but fully feels the radiance of her best wishes beaming down from heaven (now let us complete the labyrinth at Rosaryville in honor of this local Montessori educa- tor). And profound thanks to all who have contribut- ed to help build this contemplative, prayerful an- cient Celtic pathway that will be open to all upon its completion. Walking the labyrinth was considered the spiri- tual equivalent to visiting the Holy Land on pil- grimage. The mystical and magical Super Morn of our town, Amy Brennan is returned from the "Land of Fruits and Nuts," aka California, there for some much-needed R&R under the eaves of her super jurist father, Michael Brennan before his name- sake Michael "Evinrude"iin Brennan returns to .the churning competitive waters of the Oak Knoll Country Club pool where he represents the marl- :time hopes and dreams of the Ponchatoula High School Swim Team. His wee sister Morgan will be taking her desk at St. Joseph School, where she will doubtless dazzle and fascinate teachers and fellow scholars alike, again this school year. It is the Irish A-Team returned home from a lazy end of Summer idyll, trading Pacific Ocean salt water for Oak Knoll chlorine, But sure, it is grand to have them back. And you still have time to redeem your Summer by snatching up a copy of Ponchatoula premier mu- sician James Bass' super exciting latest CD, "Way Down South" featuring my newest favorite hit, PLEASE SEE COLUMN PAGE 8 e B m