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September 4, 1986

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Thursday, September 4 1986--5th Year, Number 49 Sub00b00payh.Jfpr00ce , And get free home delivery! See coupon - Page Two PONCHA TO ULA TIMES 50 i t + + / o: + +::,++% + + +y The original Mississippi a builds ewheel Staff Report took over thee s butorge has now completed Poncha- steamboat. look for the Mississippi in or Manchac because it is in the Wood's living room, all ;of her. one-eighth inch scale model was without a single plan or >rint from a vintage photograph of inal Mississippi steamer (loaned Times by Wood and reprinted this article). boat's paddlewheel turns and its work, inside and out. Detail work hinged cabin doors with made from a lace mesh veil. Ponchatoula built model is made tidewater cypress taken from the River and carefully dried for a before construction began. with meticulous care, Wood his cypress to Lilliputian creating tiny planks and railings too small even for Each small board into place with the patience must accompany a multi-year project of any size, but especially of such miniscule detail. a boy goose hunting oh the I saw these boats all the Sometimes they would stop and over a small boat to buy our geese @ George Wood and his steamboat or ducks. It was a sight I could never forget. That is how 1 got interested in building paddlewheelers," said the South Fourth Street resident. The Grenada, Mississippi native said that his first project was about half the size of his newest boat, a scale model of the Natchez which he and his wife Elsie presented to their grandson who lives in Maryland. And fresh from three years of building the Mississippi, Wood already has his next shipbuilding project planned, a scale model of the Steamer Sprague, whose home port was Baton Rouge. The Sprague burned to the waterline and sank near Vicksburg April 15, 1974. It has since been refloated and an effort is now underway to fully restore the old steamer, the largest stemwheel towboat ever built for use on the Mississippi River. Skelton, master craftsman miniature Clysdale wagon Staff Report "l'he Budweiser Ciysdale horses pull beer wagon through the center of every day, as anyone who early morning cup of coffee at can testify. ou missed the action, you haven't looked up above the coffee urns to the shelf above, ! Mayor defends city street crew where Raby Skelton has captured the parade scene in miniature, horses trained to rein and each in precision stance, with one foreleg raised straining to pull the huge wagon piled high with cases of beer. The entire wagon is only 17 inches long but it took over a year to build from three pieces of Black L_gf._ust,. identified PLEASE SEE PAGE 8-A Staff Report When he "called on the carpet" members of the city street crew to ask why they had not cleaned main street like he ordered them to, Mayor Charles Gideon said he was told they had thoroughly cleaned the central thoroughfare. Gideon was reacting to reports in last week's edition of The Ponchatoula Times of local businessmen, frustrated by what they said was a lack of assistance from the city, taking city services into their own hands. Businessmen Zach Zachmann and Paul Hubert spent four hours sweeping up a filthy block of the main business, hauling off six deep wheelbarrows filled with dirt and refuse from. just the parking lanes of the first block of West Pine. The Times page one report chronicled their volunteer efforts and the follow-up wash-down of Pine Street by members of the Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department, acting on the request of Councilman-at-large Julian Dufreche. City police were on hand to direct traffic around Chief Erlo McLaurtn's men. Absent were the members of the city street department. The report apparently outraged the mayor, who said in an intetiew Tuesday that the merchants' action gave what he said was an inaccurate picture of city clean-up efforts downtown. "When 1 called the crew onto the carpet over this James Quinn told me he and a prisoner had cleaned main street just two weeks ago and had hauled off half a truckload of trash from that block," said Gideon. Acadian dues collected now Tangipahoa leads the Acadian Ambulance service area in membership renewals as Friday's deadline approaches. In this parish, 5,567 residents, or 93 percent of the private of The day for memberships is Friday, September 5. Citizens can sign up at local banks, at the Acadian Ambulance office, by sending in applications post- marked no later than mid- night Friday, or by charging memberships to credit cards over this toll-free telephone line: 1- 800-523-2823. l),e y H+L Arkm Original first-run Sherlock Holmes story inside By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Publisher The Times has a real treat this week for fans of Sherlock Holmes - an exclusive first look at a Holmes detective adventure never before published. "The Adventure of the Jade Hansom" ts a tale told by Tangipahoa Parish storyteller and author H.L. Arledge, who offered to share his work with readers of this newspaper. As any Sherlock Holmes reader could tell, Arthur Conan Doyle created the character of the English detec,tive, telling the tales of his adventures through the perspective of Holmes trusted friend, Dr. Watson. Arledge holds faithful to that writing device and to the familiar settings and mannerisms ot the original Doyle stories. What he brings to the Holmes tradition is a new adventure, one that would doubtless have met with the approval of Doyle himself. The Times encourages local writers and artists to share their work with the newspaper's readers and has attracted to these pages many a fine poem, short story, history, photocraph and line drawing. Arledge'$ adventure ranks high among other excellent pieces that have been submitted here for publication, as we hope you will agree. Anyone wishing to hare The Ponchatoula Times reading experience with a friend or relative can now order gift subscriptions by phone (386- 2877) at the same low price charged regular subscriptions, eleven dollars a year In Tangipahoa or Livingston parishes, thirteen dollars anywhere else in the USA. Senior citizens, students, and members of the U.S. Armed Forces pay half the regular price (billed to the sender of the gift subscription). A post card from Ole Hardhide featuring the newspaper columnist reptile's picture and a personal message Identifying the sender of the gift subscription is mailed to the recipient of the subscription at no extra clarge. PLEASE SEE PAGE SEVEN A II I I "1 didn't think the town deserved that," Gideon said of the publicity the merchants' clean-up attracted. Merchants in the first block of West Pine confirmed that a city crew had been on main street about two weeks ago, but termed their cleanup efforts as lackluster and half-hearted, leaving no appreciable mark on the dirt and rubble on the street. As reported last week, Zachmann and Hubert had commented on the difficulty they had in winning the use of two city push brooms from city street workers, even after being promised the use of the brooms by Street Super- intendent Doug O'Bannon. On Saturday several downtown merchants signed their names to a bill made out to the City of Ponchatoula at Hardy's Ace Hardware. The Items charged: two heavy-duty push brooms. By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator ALLIGATOR CAMPGROUND, Hammond---What an aon+packed ; b;, Ann Young +rned . comm' on age 30 (proudly lalming that s was now Just as good as any two 15-year- oicls, Thafs the split Annlef); Butch Smith went around town unnoticed for a full week getting his clean-shaven deputy brother Phillip in all sorts of trouble (How were we to know that bushy cheeked snake and reptile man Butch would look so mu like Phillip with his beard shaved off? Not even Marcie Hebert knew what lurked under that mat of fur.) Anyway, if "Phillip" Smith did something to you in a practical joke sort of way that could only remind you of Smittv Smith himself, the great patriarch of all jokes practical and otherwise, you'd better be sure you weren't fooling with Butch fresh from a Nair face bath. Speaking of hair, the Ponchatoula trucker with wall socket hairdo, Byrd Corbett, now has a Mrs. Byrd to feather his nest, blushing bride Deborah, following one of the most memorable wedding receptions In downtown Ponchatoula (off corr the girl teasing bumper stickers, right?). Call 345- 6970 for the greatest boost to any marriage, new or used. Alright Popcorn, right hand man to Weaver Wolfe down at the bustling lumber supply, how did you get that nickname? (Hey, Peewee Kraft is a cinch and the Viking Club's own Bear is not too hard a moniker to trace, but Popcorn?). " And sure he's a Grand Knight, my K of C friend John Jackson! Other new officers Include John Delaune, John Gregotre, Herbert Lanier, Dennis James, V.J. Ourso, Paul Kluka, Merlin Marmilllon, Donald Lanier, Tommy Layrtsson, John Laiche, Jessie Bergeronk, Wayne Melancon, Woodrow Kimball, Larry Mc4ancon, Darryl Falcon, Maurice Laiche, Arthur Thompson, Bobby Zlmmerman, Warren Charbonnet, and Ronnle Melancon. rm sure the highway (construction?) folks are so busy digging up and redoing the new road near the city fire station on the east side of town they haven't had time to pour the apron from the new asphalt La. 22 to good ole Dunson Road, where many of my Vlnyard school buddies have to bang and bump over the rough approach to and from classes. It appears to be the only apron they forgot to pour. Speaking of aprons and such. New mother Mrs. Sally Craig mighl wear an apron while she's wielding a rolling ptn If those bumps wake newborn Mary Frances on her way home to Craig Acres', (congratulations). But if my buddies out in the country think they've got It rough, they haven't anything to put up with quite like the Midnight Garbagemen of Ponchetoula. Only confirmed insomniacs heard the pre-dawn trash trucks time to make the big post-Labor Day pickup promised Tuesday by rson Disposal(hey, they didn't say when they would pick up, just W.hat day, and days do theoretically begin a stroke past midnight, right?) Tell tt to the mad fume and odor-choked housewives of My Ponchatoula who made their faithful hubles march the cans out to curbside at the usual time, only to watch them compost in the rising heat of Tuesday and Wednesday ... (Did I tell it right, Miss Margie?). Who wants to join me on my weeklong fast? rm trying to save plenty of room for the Harry Lavine goodies at the big presidential rally Saturday afternoon in the Blue Room. We can all work up a hometown hunger Friday night watching the Ponchatoula team, fresh from an evening of beating Kentwood into the gridiron at the Jamboree. (I sure hope Mr. Bodker has built a press cage In the stadium!). Host with the most, Doug Daigle of Milivdle hosted a veritable United Nations party aturday, featuring delegates from far-off Kennel MetaLie, and the famed Nint' Ward, as well as homespun guests from Mtllville's sister city, My Ponchatoula. Wife Sissy from Holland cracked up the entire assemblage telling of the disasterous results of learning how to speak "English" from Doug's Air Force buddies only to find It mysteriously caused the fair ladies of New Orleans to blush at dinner parties until she got new tutors. The biggest news on South Eighth Street this past week occured when the delivery truck dropped off the navy blue bathtub. Ask Charles Branch if the fleet has docked on North Seventh Street yet (thafll be a big da). Ask Albert Poche about his new Pass Manchac Boat Painting business. Ask Butch Meyn to open your radiator cap tf you've Just driven all over, town and you get kinda curious about your water level (he's been 'practicing).