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TIMES ON WHEELS: 2011 Toyota Seinna SPORTS: Berwick; "You bet your life" Dudek; "Not so Farve from oveF' Page 2 REMINDER: THE NEW8PAPER OF AMEI Chamber After Hours Thursday 5:30 p.m. Whitney National Bank !i i iii i i.i'ilI, :::... ~:::i,:!:= ;; '",.., .,...; S:":::;,","i::.'" 'i' i"' /i,/,,i,,i ..... /i"i'/H'"i"I'"I' ii, t,,i,.:. B ANTIQUE CITY www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes, THURSDAY,,,,,, SBPTEMBER 23, 2010 29th YEAR NUMBER 51 50 CENTS "Home of Ireland's rest artist(s)" Ulster is the touchstone It was here the Irish epic took place, here where the he- roes performed their great deeds, here where some of the finest Irish art and poetry were produced. And artist Dara Val- lely continues that fine tradi- tion today. Dara Vallely is, I believe, Ire- land's greatest living artist. Vallely and his educator wife Anne Hart welcomed me into their home in Armagh, North- ern Ireland, having arrived via Bus Eireann from Dublin. Since I last visited they had expand- ed their home to include a new gallery for Dara Vallely's paint- ings. Dara (which means "oak" in the Irish language) has vis- ited Ponchatoula, one time in 2006 as grand marshal of the Krewe of Erin Ponchatoula St. Patrick's Parade, when he also graciously included his paint- ings in a local art show hosted by the krewe. ~. Vallely also performed con- certs here with his longtime friends Peter Shortall and Brendan Bailey (who has since passed away) as members of The Armagh Rhymers, a desperate collection of mummers, actors, poets, musicians and, more re- cently, storyteller Steve Lally and musician Owen Kelly. They are very much a part of the peace and reconciliation ef- fort to encourage the once war- ring Christian% Protestant and Catholic, to continue walking the path of peace. They stage theatrical events at schools, inviting students from schools of Protestants and Catholics, blending them in casts of plays whose themes are all about get- ting along. The late TerryAnn McMahon especially relished that part of the Rhymers' contribution to Irish culture, as she thrilled at the Rhymers' school perfor- mances she attended with me in 2003 when we represented Gov. Kathleen Blanco on a mis- sion to introduce Carnival to Ulster, as yet another way to bring Protestant and Catholic schoolchildren together, and on later trips where we publicized the Rhymers' efforts at bridg- ing the religious gap with the youth. These talented playwrights, By BRYAN T. McMAHON (Part Two in a Series) for all things Irish. actors, poets and musicians speak to the artistic soul of Ire- land in a language long familiar to its people. Certainly Dara Vallely's paintings are another huge ad- dition to the national cultural PLEASE SEE PAGE 8 De By BROOKS )'CONNOR Times Reporter This past Friday around dusk, a good Samaritan who wishes to remain anonymous watched in horror as a broad- shouldered hawk was blind-sid- ed by a car on La. Hwy. 22. The elegant bird was at- tempting to take off from a nearby field. Instead it was knocked onto the shoulder of the eastbound lane. The car sped onward and the injured raptor struggled gamely to re- turn to the air, but only man- aged to flop desperately into the oncoming lane of traffic. Our hero did not pass on the other side. He took matters into his own hands, literally. The Samaritan stopped his car, got out and grabbed the bird firmly, clutching its wings to its body. He put it on the back floorboard Injured raptor now in hawk hospital of his car. The wildlife buff then Memorializing a great fiddler drove the short distance to his home, wondering all the while if Ulster artist Dara Vallely is pictured in front of a series 4 of paintings he created in honor of the late fiddler Sean beginthe creatureflying aboutWuldinreCverhis vehicteand d Maguire of Belfast, credited with being Ireland's greatest Jl fiddler. He died three years ago. (Times Photo) PLEASE SEE PAGE Portrait of Anne Hart A loving portrait of his wife Anne Hart by Ulster's Dara Vallely graces the couple's home, the former residence of the Bishop of Armagh. (Times Photo) Vallely paintings heading forNew Orleans Dara Vallely is readying a special collection of his work that uses a Japanese enameling style in preparation for a New Orleans show featuring his paintings. (Times Photo) Here they come! Quarter Horses run a straight course for their events, so spectators get a clear view of each horse's position throughout the race. Pictured here, in the seventh at the Fair- grounds, Gasango, Number 7 (in orange), tries to make a move on leader Six Mountains Away. Gasango lost, but anyone who had a chance for a fleeting instant to watch these remarkable animals thunder by, was a winner. (Times photo Chris O'Connor) By JAMES PERRIN Educator and Historian (Part Two) The Michigan industrialist, Edwin C. Nichols, purchased 37 acres of land on the east bank of Ponchatoula Creek in 1890 and had an impressive raised Creole style home built on the site. The house is believed by this writer to have served as an el- egant winter hunting lodge for Nichols and his wealthy friends. Nichols sold the home and land in April 1895 to Oldham Bry- som Wetmore. The land and the improve- ments thereon had been pur- PLEASE SEE PAGE 5 City Hall gearing up for October 6 bikeathon Times Report Bicycles will be the big wheels in Ponchatoula on Wednesday, October 6, "National Walk to School Day." It is all part of the Zabbia Ad- PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 New round picnic tables donated by the Strawberry Festival Board Times Report City workers this week are deploying five new, mod- ern coated-metal round picnic tables (including one special PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 Quarter Horse Race Eyewitness By BROOKS O'CONNOR Times Reporter "Crown on fire, RTM say your prayers, meet in Merial Distaff' Now how can you not read on when you see a racing form headline like that? Race horse owners make as bold a state- ment as powerboat owners when naming their speedsters. The brash monikers aren't just talk: The American Quarter PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Roz at Ponchatoula Feed and Seed had a grand ole birth- day this week, made all the lovelier when a loyal customer brought her red velvet ct~pcakes from the bakery across the street in honor of the occasion. Go Roz! One of the several talented people on the wait staff at Rock- efellers, artist Angel Sepulvado, is painting my portrait as part of her mural commissioned for one of the side buildings at the CVS Pharmacy. Hank Van Den Akker, my page one of- ficial portrait artist for The Ponchatoula Times will be soooooo jealous, but probably also supportive, he is that kind of gentle- man. Also, look for downtown Ponchatoula artist Renee Bou- dreaux to showcase her considerable talents on the Hotard- Goode Building on the corner of Southwest Railroad Avenue and West Pine Street, after it gets its Randy Tomeny redo, now that the new balcony is in place and only the painting awaits. Longtime Ponchatoula sailor Ronnie Centanni of Millville has retired and says he is "enjoying my life on land." No more pitching decks, no more relying on mermaids for company. Ronnie is now falling in love with his lawn, and the solid earth beneath it. The October 16 Party in the Pits is just around the corner. Remember, this is all about beef and pork and has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with alligators. My question is, will Tom Pittman put on his apron and compete? Tell me the an- swer to that and I'll tell you if this is going to be a sincere competition. A great Cajun beauty from Ponchatoula was said to be seen returning from the altar rail Sunday at St. Alberts. Could that be the newly wed Morgan Dunn? The same lass who knows her poetry and used to have the habit of walking on her toes, Lucky Pat? Julie Doherty is the defensive coach at Ponchatoula Ath- letic Park, just her latest coaching gig in Our Ponchatoula. Look for an impenetrable line. Go Big D! The mega parties in Ponchatoula these days are being PLEASE SEE PAGE 5 .... :~ .L~ .......... ~ ::: .....