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"# " treasure. The larger Vallely Fine Food & Entertainment family is a cultural wave unto itself in Ulster, both the men Wi gs f H pe women, ana t ei, a,t n o o ners. They are prominent in all FROM PAGE 1 forms of art and music. (rendering his encounter wor- Tent funds. You are taking the Dara Vallely's art is often thy of a YouTube video), hawk to the right place. Plus, showcased in art shows, but Fortunately for all concerned, they are right next door to you, only rarely offered for sale. His the bird remained quiet due to in Livingston Parish." favored artistic theme in recent being in a state of shock. Upon At this point the rescuer con- years draws almost totally from arriving home, the Ponchatoula fessed to a huge sigh of relief, the Rhymer (or mummer) tradi- resident quickly put the patient "I thought I was going to have tion of Ireland. FROM PAGE 1 I enjoy when I am in Ulster, a place that was quite terrifying during much earlier visits. I first came to Belfast when you had to be prepared to duck bullets, reporting back in the 1970's during a fierce time of The Troubles on the Irish sec- tarian street war for America's largest evening newspaper, The Detroit News. Thanks to American inter- vention (President Bill Clinton in a pet carrier and began toto figure out how to take care of try to locate the proper agency a wild bird all weekend. I don't to provide medical aid and up- even cook for myself. If my wife propriate housing. "The hawk goes out of town, I am a fast didn't seem mortally wounded," food junkie 'til she gets back." said the rescuer, "he was really Wings of Hope Wildlife Sanctu- struggling to deal with his bad cry now has temporary custody luck. It seemed to me if he could of the .hawk. The staff at the be given a fair chance he might raptor rehab center nicknamed shake it off." him "Sam, with a nod to his Trying various state agen- ambulance driver. Sam is now cies, including the LSU Raptor in the company of several owls Rehabilitation Center, led to and an American Bald Eagle him discovering that the state's brought to earth by a bullet. Wildlife and Fisheries Depart- Wings of Hope is awaiting Tent is the agency responsible a report from the veterinar- for dealing with injured wild- ian who has already examined life. However, according to their Sam. The goal of this organiza- Web site, the agency does not tion is to always, if possible, re- accept calls on that topic except turn their patients to the wild. "during office hours." Top members of their team are Undaunted by the clock, the trained and skilled in doing just Samaritan set to work tracking that. down the fastest possible quali- Hopefully, soon it can be de- fied assistance for the victim, termined that Sam's prospects Help came via non-bureaucrat- are good for regaining the abil- ic channels. The Tangipahoa ity to soar in the wild. Check native contacted a friend who backin these pages to read of his volunteers at the Livingston progress in upcoming editions Parish animal shelter, of The Ponchatoula Times. Valerie Heitman was quick If you would like to partici- with a positive response, "I'm pate personally in Sam's recov- getting the phone number you cry efforts, a (tax deductible) need while we talk," said Heit- donation of any amount will man, herself a veteran of count- go to help Wings of Hope treat less animal rescues. In just a Sam and other animals who are few minutes the contact infor- doing their best to recover their mation for Wings of Hope Wild- independence. life Sanctuary was produced. Mailing Address: 20591 Heitman elaborated, 'You Abe Hoover Rd. Livingston, won't believe what this small LA 70754. Donations of sup- charity can do to treat injured plies from a list on their Web animals, the founder is truly site are tax deductible as well. an angel and she does it all on Web site: http://www.wing- a shoestring. She is licensed by sofhoperehab.org the state but gets no govern- TO SUBSCRIBE Call 985/386-2877 24 Hours American Life in Poetry By TED KOOSER- " U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006 One of my friends told me he'd seen a refrigerator magnet that read, PARENT- ING; THE FIRST 40 YEARS ARE THE HARDEST. Here's a fine poem about par- enthood, and about letting go of children, by Chana Bloch, who lives in Berkeley, California. a Glass BLOCH By C On the crown of his head where the fontanelle pulsed between spongy bones, a bald spot is forming, globed and sleek as a monk's tonsure. I was the earliest pinch of civilization, the one who laced him into shoe leather when he stumbled into walking upright. "Shoes are unfair to children," he'd grouse. Through a pane of glass that shivers when the wind kicks up I watch my son walk away. He's out the door, up the street, around a couple of comers by now. I'm in for life. He trips; my hand flies out; I yank it back. American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation~ publish- er of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright 2009 by Chana Bloch from her most recent book of poems, Blood Honey, Autumn House Press, 2009, and reprinted by permission of Chana Bloch and Autumn House Press. Introduction copyright 2010 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006. We do not accept unsolicited manuscripts but The Ponchatoula Times does welcome the work of local poets for possible publication. Some of his rare works will and peace envoy George Mitch- be on display at this year's ell) and the resulting (1998) Krewe of Erin Celtic Art Show Good Friday Accord, the atmo- November 5-6 in the Atrium of sphere in Ulster today is much Rockefeller's Restaurant. They more relaxed, and since the are from a local private collec- breakthrough, government has tion of Dara Vallely's work that been investing in "peace and is rare in this country, reconciliation" programs, as the Actually, there is a sibling ri- Rhymers provide. valry for the top artist title in The area I visited represents Ireland, with many lining up the ancient past, the heart of behind Brian Vallely, Dara's The Troubles, and some say the painter brother who has almost happy future of "Northern Ire- singlehandedly revived the use land," which is not the same as of Uilleann (Irish for "elbow") "Ulster." bagpipes, and has staged suc- Stick with me on this. Four cessful bagpipe festivals in U1- provinces make up the island of ster. Not surprisingly, this great Ireland. Three of them are to- artist often uses pipers as his tally in the Republic of Ireland. subjects. The fourth province, Ulster, The full-throttled Highland was partitioned along religious pipes favored by the Scots and lines to provide for a supposed- the Irish so rattled the English ly pro-English majority. So six on and off the battlefield that of the nine counties in Ulster the English outlawed them, were cut out to form Northern leading to the invention of Uil- Ireland. leann pipes that got their air The other three, including from a bellows worked by the the home county of my father's piper's elbow, pipes that could people, Monaghan, are part of be played indoors, the Republic of Ireland. So all Brian Vallely brought the of Northern Ireland is in Ulster, Uilleann pipes, the national but not all of Ulster is in North- bagpipe of Ireland, back from ern Ireland. the cliff's edge of extinction, It is here in Ulster that the and began teaching the man- great epic heroes of Ireland ner of playing them to the Irish have always done their mighty youth, and created societies and deeds. festivals to fan the flame of in- Feats of the early epic heroes terest so that now they are no were best recorded by Lady longer a rare sight, or sound, in Augusta Gregory (co-founder Ireland. of the Irish national theatre, It was good being with both the Abbey) in her Cuchulain of Vallely artists and their news- Muirthemne, the Irish epic. paper publisher brother Niall She successfully found and (whose noT de plum is Dcoin collected epic story fragments Glic, "cunning duck" in Irish) scattered among 13 separate on this visit to Armagh. We all and profoundly different dia- attended a funeral for a revered lects of Irish, translated them local teacher that was held in all into the Kiltartan dialect, the Catholic cathedral, St. Pat- and from there to English. rick's, on a twin hill adjacent Her work was at the center to one that supports the Prot- of my college thesis entitled "In estant cathedral, also St. Pat- Search of the Hound," a refer- rick's, in what is known as the ence to Ireland's epic hero Cu- ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, chulain, "The Hound of Ulster." Armagh. So you can see, I am tied Dara and I later took in ato Ulster by blood, by literary Celtic jam session in the At- study, and with Terry Ann and magh 'City Hotel convened, I our friends the Armagh Rhym- feel certain, under the Vallely ers, by an effort to bring peace influence in a hotel located on to the province, with a Louisi- THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 23,20010, PAGE 3 iii!ililili!iliiii~ !iiiiiiiiii!iil;!ili~iiii!i~! ii;i;?!! ii ~'~ Archbishop Hannan scientists Hannan students in Tannny Freeman's biology class were given a lab assignment on the pH levels in various liq- uids. Pictured from left are local students Sarah Freeman, Tammy Freeman, and Eric Clark working on their assign- ment. (Courtesy Photo) Science experiment Archbishop Hannan High School Biology students in Ms. Tammy Freeman's class were given the assignment to test the effect of temperature change on cold blooded animals. They students used live crickets in this hands-on applica- tion of the scientific method. Pictured from left are Brooke Laigast, Giavanna St. Philip of Ponchatoula, Ryan Gravo- let, and Madeline Booksh testing the water before submerg- ing the crickets. (Hannan Photo) Better business banking. 985.386, 1002 WHITNEY the site of St. Brigid's Well and ana twist. a later Franciscan monastery. Profound friendships gar- Dara Vallely's paintings are nered along the way have me a featured attraction at the At- trussed permanently to this magh City Hotel. historic and storied Irish lo,- Such regular cultural events cation. Trust me, you haven t in public places are to be ex- experienced Ireland until you pected but also treasured as have been to Ulster. you chance upon them during NEXT WEEK; your Irish visit. 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With the boys in black and gold playing on Monday Night Football, which happened af- ter my column's deadline, I just had to get a Who Dat ref- erence in here somehow, right? We're only a couple weeks into the season, but a couple things have kind of surprised me. Tampa Bay, Chicago, Kansas City, and Houston all boast un- defeated records thus far. And maybe a bit more shocking, a lot of the national media's pick to represent the NFC in the Su- per Bowl, the Dallas Cowboys are 0-2. Tony Romo looks lost behind center, and the team as a whole is playing lackluster, mistake- filled, uninspired football. At least Cowboys fans can look forward to watching their team lose in the comfort of a 1.3 bil- lion dollar stadium. ,% .......