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THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, SEPTEMBER 23,20010, PAGE 4 FROM PAGE 1 ministration initiative to participate fully in the "Safe Routes to School" program funded with $425,000 by the Louisiana Depart- ment of Transportation and Development (DOTD) that is allowing the city to construct new sidewalks with good drainage and handi- cap access to initially serve Tucker Elementary and Ponchatoula Junior High School. It also involves a major improvement to Pine Street, extending a modern new sidewalk from the east side to Berryland Shopping Center. The city is augmenting the project with sidewalks on North Sev- enth Street that will allow neighborhoods easier access to Memo- rial Park. Mayor Bob Zabbia announced to The Ponchatoula Times on Monday that a third phase will be proposed for funding, expanding the current two-phase project along another section of state high- way in the city, perhaps extending it east along La. 22 or north and south downtown along Railroad Avenue. With the state and federal funds comes the mandate for the city to encourage walking (or bike riding) to school, part of a healthy America thrust. Working with local public schools will be Ponchatoula Police De- partment juvenile officer Carol Wilson and Morris Evans with the Canadian National Railroad, obviously focusing on safety along the school routes. American Life in Poetry By TED KOOSER U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-2006 I love to sit outside and be very still until some little creature appears and begins to go about its business, and here is another poet, Robert Gibb, of Pennsylvania, doing just the same thing. For the Chipmunk in My Yard By ROBERT GIBB I think he knows I'm alive, having come down The three steps of the back porch And given me a good once over. All afternoon He's been moving back and forth, Gathering odd bits of walnut shells and twigs, While all about him the great fields tumble To the blades of the thresher. He's lucky To be where he is, wild with all that happens. He's lucky he's not one of the shadows Living in the blond heart of the wheat. This autumn when trees bolt, dark with the fires Of starlight, he'll curl among their roots, Wanting nothing but the slow burn of matter On which he fastens like a small, brown flame. ;"HE ,MA610 OF SPANO at, = KOOUEE THE ObViV 0 Loss Programs Programs ness Classes Include. iiiiii r II,,,,s pin, p I ALso aNal tabteI Massage & Ta ~ ~i! ~g 1 330 Hvvy. North (Veterans Avenue) 985/386-8507 www'pnchatulafitness m ..... .CO Tournillon Owner/Operator *Plus tax with this ad ~me restrictions apply offer expires 9/ 30110 :!ii;i~iiii~i~i~;~ii!iiii[iiiiiiiiiiii~ii!i!ili!!ii!ii!ii!:i: ?~g! Picnic tables gift FROM PAGE 1 table designed to accommodate the handicapped) in Memorial Park, a gift of the Strawberry Festival Board. The gift is paid for courtesy of Past-Chairman Amy Ed- wards with funds generated by the 2007 Strawberry Festival that she chaired. Festival offi- cial Jeff Wright was instrumen- tal in arranging for the gener- ous gift to the city, according to Mayor Bob Zabbia. The four regular tables had already been deployed at press time and the handicap accessi- ble table will likely be delivered to Memorial Park by the time you are reading this. With the recession battering city finances, the donation was particularly welcome by the ad- ministration. Even though the city dialed back its expectations for sales tax revenue because of the current economy, income from the tax for August was only $195,000 (even less than the lowered expectation of $212,000 the administration was hoping to collect. Television news at noon on Monday was trumpeting some federal agency's determination that "The recession officially ended in June." Yet, no one's feeling the love in Ponchatoula ,et. "The person who is really in revolt is the optimist, who generally lives and dies in a desperate and suicidal effort to persuade other people how good they are." G.K. Chesterton Sombreros preferred Sombreros of all types can be seen at the Fairgrounds while Quarter Horse Racing has it's run at the track: Tues- day, September 21, through Saturday, September 25th. (Times Photo Chris O'Connor) Quarter Horses excite FROM PAGE I Horse, known as "The World'sThough the horseflesh is fast, Fastest Athlete" can, for short the spirit of the crowd is re- bursts reach speeds as high as laxed. The reign of the Quarter 55 miles per hour. Horse brings yet another laid Well, now I'm a witness. Sat- back rhythm to the loose jazzy urday, September 18, New Or- vibe that is normally associated leans at the Fairgrounds, I not with the Big Easy. Today the only was a witness, I became a dust of the paddock and home believer and fan of this aspect stretch is tinged with a laconic, of the sport of horse racing. I cool American polite toughness. fell for it hard and fast. Clint Eastwood could blend Positioned on the rail at the in at the Fairgrounds during finish line for my first race, I the Fall season. And why not? watched as horses blazed past Even bigger artists have ob- me at such an extreme gal- served the New Orleans racing lop that I could not catch their scene. Among them: humorist numbers. At first, I couldn't Mark Twain, whose wry in- quite grasp what had just hap- sights on the sport ring true pened, today; Edgar Degas, whose Im- I looked at the clock. In those pressionist stature owes much 330 yards the horses I saw - to his horse track paintings, mind you, on an ordinary race and; the South's great literary day in the Quarter Horse realm icon, William Faulkner. One - those horses would have shel- of Faulkner's earliest short lacked the great Triple Crown stories was written for a local winner Secretariat. paper "The Double Dealer." It When I finished bab- captures the sound and the fury bling, I said to my compan- of betting on the ponies. In fact ion, "Toto, I have a feeling we the Bard of America, once said aren't in Kansas anymore." in an interview, "Good art can That said, The New Orleans come out of thieves, bootleg- Fairgrounds Racetrack does gers, or horse swipes (grooms)." currently sport the look of Next weekend's finale on Sat- Dodge City. urday, September 25 will fea- When Quarter Horses are in ture the Treme graded stakes the house you can count on see- followed by the 50,000 Fair ingstraw Stetsons andWrangler Grounds Challenge Stakes. Try jeans. Gambler's boots lean on this headline: Illegal Memo- the rail of the famed paddock as ries, Vrrroom to stalk Martini they consider the current race's Mountain for $50,000 close to entries. The contenders are of- Treme." ten walked around the preview Nowhere else in the world ring by Waylon Jennings look- dahlin... alikes while Tim McGraw plays The final week of Quarter in the background. Horse season begins on Tues- Much like on the Country day, September 21, witha 12:40 Music charts, the girls can post time and goes on daily un- be tops in the winner's circle til we bid the Wild West good- even in a crowded field of boys. bye on Saturday, September 25. Quarter Horse fillies and mares The Ponchatoula Times will are quite able to outrun colts have a report on the season, but and geldings in these amazing don't just read about it in these sprint races, pages. Treat yourself to a day at The girls can ride 'era too, the races. Parking and Admis- Cowboy. Saturday, Septem- sion to the Grandstand is free; ber 18's rac .s featured smil- it is a kid friendly venue, and ing, but tougn-: -nails jock- nice-sized hamburgers are only ey Tammy Smith, for $1.50! trainer Charles Meiners. Oh, Mom Young and old delight at the passing scene of beauty at the Fairgrounds. While waiting for the gorgeous Quarter Horses to emerge from the barn and take their turn around the paddock, this young mother's son said with great an- ticipation, "Mom do we get to pet the horses?" (Photo Chris O'Connor) How to Save Our Schools Change', the Leadership Status quo says: Our schools cannot be improved because we're underfunded. We need that tax. We must have $250 million in new taxes. It's too late to sit down and talk about any alternate solution to the deseg case. O New Leadership says: Throwing money at problems is not a solution. NO NEW TAXES. There are many contributing factors to our Ihiling schools that could be addressed without additional funding. NO NEW TAXES. The School System has millions available in bondable money. Even if we did need more money, NO NEW TAXES are necessary. Continuing this expensive deseg debate, or adopting this politically motivated deseg "building program", are UNNECESSARY mad at your tax dollar expense! Judge Lemelle has repeatedly said if the two sides bring him something they both agree on, he will en- dorse it - mad the plantiffs are willing. It's the School Board dragging it out telling us on Sept 7 "it's too late to talk". Let's quit stalling and get serious about improving our schools! Vote BETH DAVIS EARLY VOTING THIS WEEK Through Sept 25 at REGISTRAR of VO'I'ER'S ()FFICE, CLUB I)ELUXE RI) 8:30 AM - 6 PM Daily except Sunday More information at www.VoteBethDavis.com Paid for by Beth [)avis Campaign A New Church in the Community ht Meetings Reimers Auditorium *Child care is provided* III r 305 E charles St. Hammond, La. (on the corner of E. Charles and Cherry St.) (facebook.dj/realitychuch)