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Thursday, August 11, 1983-2nd Year, Number 46 "Et00NCHATO00ATIMF00 5 Zffuto poses for these 0000l00,00,hots 00ng-her I -' on the way to the Ponchatoula Winn Dixie, and again on her way home, with those items she received for free. (Staff Photo) s, they worth saving ? ? Mrs. Cindy o, E. Hoffman Road am:i of two small children, i which =ave= h mily of dollars in at the Ponchatoula Those who ac will have 1 is an elq't on use of coupons and materials put out and food is so popular clubs have been of exchanging forms and Magazines are for the many who eeriomdy. There is in Springfield end interested in startJ She can be ) Io the Times asked me to vrite this by The Poncha- Saturday on my Winn Dixie, $63.89 worth of r only $7.81 cash ($3.40 tax). do lots better on I've heard of $300 worth of having the cashier owe is how these women can Refunding is the "Proof of Purchases them tn for refund checks or manutacturef will offer a promotlfl-o try and use his produce. Manufacturers allot a certain amount of money for advertising and refunds come under this. Nabisco Co. must have spent a fortune for a great refund they offered recently. I heard of it December 1982 and had until June 30, 1983 to find a form for it and save my proof of purchses, which must be mailed in with the form. For 100 points they would send you a $20.00 check! Luckily, I had been saving their P.O.P.s all along. 1 had 60 points already before finding the form in January, P.O.P.s 1 saved myself or asked friends and relatives to save for me. The Nabisco crackers, cookies and items you needed were worth 2 to 4 points each. Let's start with basics now that l hopefully have your attention: P.O.P. simply means the part of the package or label the company wants you to send in. In this case the Universal Product Codes (UPC) on their products (the part that the electronic beam picks up at the store that has those little lines and number underneath) was what you had to send in. They even have printed next to the UPC code "Proof of Purchase" to remind you no doubt that they do offer refunds. Sometimes the P.O.P. can be weight statements, the box top or bottom or a certain part of the box or label. One frozen pizza refund wanted three pictures of the little chef that was printed on the flont of the pizza box. For that you were returned a dollar check. How do you get into this refund stuff?. First get a box or basket and start saving all your labels and boxes. To SEE PAGE FIVE Strawberry Queens Strawberry Queen visits Ponchatoula Flooding .- Recent interviews I Staff Report If you thought the state of Wash- ington was only famous for its delicious apples, think again. Strawberries are the prize crop in the small town of Marysville Wash- ington. Strawberry Queen Elizabeth Guy Rossi from Marysville graced Ponchatoula this ,past Tuesday by becoming an honorary citizen by declaration of Mayor Bonicard. Strawberry queen Gale Davis was on hand to welcome the berry queen chosen for the 50th anniversary of the Marysville Strawberry Festival, The Marysville festival although similar in format to the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival consists of such unique events as a tricycle race for adults. The festival spans an entire week in this town of berry lovers. The visiting royalty was also pre- sented with festival souvenirs and local historical literature from Mayor Bonicard. Ms. Rossi is the daughter of Donna Rossi of Marysvilie Wa. and W. Frank Guy Jr. of River Ridge La. with state officials and politicans By W.F."BILL" CHAPMAN GREATER PONCHATOULA: AIN'T GONNA FLOOD NO MORE??? U.S. CORPS OF ENGINEERS SAYS GREATER PONCHATOULA NOT WORTH SAVING An exclusive update for our Times readers is on hand concerning the subject of future flood control in Greater Ponchatoula. Readers will recall this reporter's revealing cer- tain correspondence that showed the U.S. Corps of Engineers didn't con- sider Greater Ponchatoula (and the rest of Louisianaj worth spending the money it would cost to prevent further floods. Shortly thereafter we published exclusive correspondence from US. Representative W. Henson Moore showing that: (1) we probably cannot expect too much help from him and others in Washington get- ting the needed flood prevention projects as "...Congress rarefy funds a project not approved by the Corps." (2) he has taken various actions to have other studies on possible flood control measures made. (3) he be- l)eves the final solution to flood con- trol will jnvolve joint cost sharing by the various levels of government. (4) he suggested various public officials be contacted for their help and/or views on the subject. CONGRESSMAN PREDICTS MORE FLOODING IN THE FUTURE "...There will surely be future floods." That's how U .S. Representa- tive Moore closed his letter to this reporter. This reporter took the congressman's advice and contacted various government officials to ascertain if they are doing their job: at least as far as protecting Greater Ponchatoula from future floods. We sent each of these officials a copy of Congressman Moore's letter (pub- lished esclusively earlier in The Times) with the request that they review ana comment on the subject. Are these people even trying to get something done? Are they being successful? Are they incompetent? Is there hope from these public offi- cials? You decide. For the record, these are the public officials we have contacted: U.S. President Reagan, U.S. Senators Long and Johnston, U.S. Represen- tative Moore, 1983's major candi- dates for governor, Treen and Ed- wards, It. Governor Freeman, State Senator Dykes, State Representative Hebert, Tangipahoa Parish Police Jury President Bankston, River Basin Board Chairman Williams, and the mayors of Ponchatoula, Springfield and Hammond. The Ponchatoula Times Dear Bill: ! read with interest the letter written to you by Congressman Hemu Moore which was reprinted in The Ponchatoula Times, relative to the flooding sltuaflon in outheast Louisiana. We are certainly all very concerned about these repeated flooding situa- tions and mtmt work together to develop some acceptable solutions. We cannot have people living in the constant fear of flooding and riMng wattrs, and i aeeure  that to the extent that cost sharing on a local or state basis is concerned, 1, as Gov- ernor, would make such funds avail- able. Whatever means are necessary to generate the funds will be imple- mented and under no conditions would i allow a joint federal/state program to be delayed because of the lack of state funds for this important endeavor. Please rest assured of my continued support in this area and my absolute willingness to do whatever is neces- saw to get the job done. Sincerely, EDWIN W. EDWARDS 'Uear Mr. Chapman:' Thank you for your letter of June 22, 1983 regarding the flooding problems on the Tangipahoa River. Please be assured that ! share your concern for the flooding problems in your area. I believe, as does Governor Treen and Congressman Moore, that the time for substantive direction is long overdue. As you probably are well aware, the historical attempts at solution to flood problems such as the Tangipahoa River have been to try to get a Corps of Engineer study and hope any proposed remedy may meet federally set criteria for cost- benefit. This, unfortunately, has too often become a political tool of some elected officials. It became practice to announce that funds were ob- tained to have a study done by the Corps and the "problem" was now moving toward solution. Due to the tremendous volume of work, the Corps time lag for studies was considerable. This tactic then made the flooding problem a "safe" issue because a study was underway or updates of prior studies were pro- gressing. Others have become quite adept at making the Corps a whip- ping boy. Governor Treen, as a congressman, and Congressman Moore realized this problem and have said that there has to be a different direction toward solution. They realize, as many of us do, that the Congress sets the criteria for cost benefit. The Louisiana delegation comprises only a small part of Congress and it is, therefore, quite difficult to skew the criteria toward solutions to Louis- iana's unique problems. I have discussed this issue with Governor Treen. In Fact, I have been given specific directions to move toward resolution of flooding and drainage problems. As you know, there exist localized drainage problems that are best handled on a local level. We have just completed formulation of the Statewide Drainage Program that has project limitations up to $3,000,000. Historical evidence re- flects that the Corps will address major river basin problems. The area left to address, as far as darinage and flood control is concerned, is the small and intermediate size river basins. These are repeatedly the problem areas where Corps studies reflect marginal cost benefit. At the same time, they have been tradition- ally viewed by the State as too large or within the pervlew of the Corps. Governor Treen has directed that we begin to mobilize to address these problem flood areas. Unfortunately, IMY PONCHATOULA00 By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator This town is so lonely, so deserted, so hot and humid and utterly divine! I wish it were always so. Pinchpenny's gone, with his skinny wife and all his little Irish-Americans. Ned and Patri- cia are gone. Rod and Penny down at Whiteys are gone. The town's gone, and this gator's glad. But I did notice something strange this year. The annual migration to Florida has swung northeastward and I notice My Ponchatoula is vacationing this year in places like Bryson City, and Natahala Village, in the Smokies a few miles north, outside Gatlinburg, or over on a swing through Civil War terri- tory and the land of Doc Ran- dolph (Randy Howes) - Nash- ville. Whether it was Ned or Chief Deputy John or just berry good animal instincts, the idea to this non-mammal seems a sound one. Afterall, most everyone up until now worked his and her fool head off until the very last moment in August when omigosh! School's almost here! Let's go to Florida. Well now, I've gotta tell you, the jellyfish don't bother gators much, the scorching sun isn't that bad when you lead a life seven-eighths submerged either. And some folks (mostly Ham- mond types) aren't even totally put off by the condos and the arcades. But all-in-all Florida is the pits in August and should be avoided like Las Vegas on Christmas Day. And it probably doesn't have a thing to do with the o,.erabun - dance of mostly male flab on our fellow citizens that mountain climbing, camping and assorted exertions are now considered the only way to vacate the tton, Heavens knows, some laggers have jetted off to Jamaica for their August in the sizzltng sun, once a great vacation in-spot and now just a wonderful place for student anesthesiologists to Oh weft, off to the Cherokee National Forest for all those of you who have been waiting until the last moment to find out where everyone is going this year. Too late for Brian Boudreau, Scott Vaughan, Stephanle Alexander, Anthony Arnone, Jeff Alexander, and Melissa LeMoine (all of whom, as with recent Florida vacationer Paul Pevey, had chaperones ask Paul about his chaperone). There are diehards who still blaze the Ponchatoula to Pan- ama City Beach trail. Sweet and spicey Donna Cork- ern over at the downtown shop of the same description, Country Cupboard, Is a real foxy traveler, Instead of paying Air France the fare, she is bringing a whole selection of Bordeau to Poncha- toula. The firemen, meanwhile, know the secret. My smoke eaters from departments ranging from Manchac to Ponchatoula, to Robert and Bedico w;'2 be com- ing back from Monroe soon, and their annual convention so you all be careful with matches for a few days. Believe the fellas will not be up to hearing sirens and bells. Sweet Sherry Harris was walk- ing her distinctive walk past the cage earlier this week when I asked her how it was going. She's used to me talking so she shot right back, "ali's quiet on the home front." (1 know ali's fair in love and war but you don't think she has the two confused do you?) Most young fellows walk up to you and want to sell you an insurance policy. Not Sonny W ells: Lemmle sell you an insurance commissioner..." These "in" restaurant decors are okay so long as the hanging ferns don't breed unwanted pro- tein. That was the lesson learned at one upscale local eatery when Sherry and Roslynn got a cater- pJller in their mixed vegglPJ. Mace Duracel, by acclamation conduct field study, the islands and the will of the people, has are, let's face it, no longer what been elevated to the position of I they were when dreadlocks were President of the Committee to all the rage. (How can these Save the Rail. People misunderstand Poncha- PaulJna Kron has won the ula chic?) - G-ms fthR_W wrd for Ilr