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Wooden Boat Entertainment Schedule inside ,+ 7-.. _ , P mmmm THENEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY OCTOBER 6, 2016 36th YEAR NUMBER 1 facebook,com/theponchatoulatimes www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes is By LIZ ANDERSON The Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club inaugural Fall Festival will be this weeked October 7-9, 2016, at Ponchatoula Memorial Park.admission is free and the public is invited to enjoy carnival rides, live music, games, crafts, food and refreshments each day. ........ ,+ The BCA Barbeque the Competition formerly chatoula hool hosted by the Pon- teachers .ase chatoula Chamber of supplies and tion- Commerce has been ad- al materials forW their opted by the Kiwanis as part of this event and on Saturday, local and national BBQ cooking teams from throughout the South will compete for prize money totaling up to $5000. Ponchatou- la Kiwanis is expecting a great turnout for this family-friendly event. Bill Poland, Pon- chatoula Kiwanis Pres- ident-Elect and Fair Chairman, reported that Kiwanis' mission has always been to give back to the community. The organization will continue to do this by donating proceeds from classrooms. Proceeds will also go to the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce and other non-profit or- ganizations to promote the city and to aid the community. The Ponchatoula Kiwanis Club has con- tracted with an amuse- ment company that will offer a variety of rides for young and old. The Dominos Band will close out the fes- tival on Sunday, and other popular groups such as the P-Town Ramblers, the Wise- guys, After Hours, Lind- sey Cardinale, and Will Vance and the Kinfolk are scheduled to per- form on Friday and Sat- urday. The Voices of Ex- cellence, a gospel group, will provide a special performance Sunday af- ternoon. Kliebert's Alligator Farm will provide a "petting zoo" and there will be a variety of crafts available for sale. Updated posters with more information can be found throughout the cities of Ponchatoula and Hammond and Informa- tion is also available by calling the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce (985) 386-2536 and Tan- gi Tourism 1(800) 617- 4502. Sponsorship and BBQ applications can 50 I I Deep South Family Dentistry holds ribbon cutting Deep South Family Dentistry and Dr Gregg May held their ribbon cutting on Wednesday, September 28 Deep South Family Dentistry provides an extensive line of services including consulting, cosmetic and reconstructive procedures, TMJ treatment and more. The prac- tice is located at 1160 Hwy 51 in Ponchatoula, LA. Pictures are Sheila Wiseman, Hope Macaluso, Anna Achord, Mayor Bob Zabbie, Dr. Gregg May, Lauren Fannaly, Bry Layrisson, Jodie Geer, Suzanne bourgoyne, Leslie Munch. ( Courtesy Photo ) be downloaded from the Ponchatoula Kiwanis website at ponchatou- lakiwanis.com. Get up- to-the-minuteupdates on Facebook. .I I The 27th Annual Wooden Boat Festival will take place October 8 & 9, 2016 on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, in Madisonville, La. Enjoy delicious re- Offshore). Festival go- gional food favorites,ers will enjoy plenty of fine arts and crafts, exciting activities for live music and the im-young children. Football pressive exhibit of one- and beer enthusiasts hundred wooden and can relax in the shade of classic boats lining the Beer Garden, with the Tchefuncte River flat screen TV's, seating, ( exhibit is sponsoredand a variety domes- this year by Hornbeck tic and imported beers. The Quick n' Dirty Boat Building Contest pa- rade through the festi- val begins on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Price of festival admission also gives you access to the musical performances by 90 Degrees, four unplugged The Topcats and more. Don't forget to pur- chase your Wooden Boat Festival Poster by artist Mickey Asche Bring your children and grandchildren to the St. Tammany Wood Workers Guild Tent to build and launch their own miniature wooden PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 By JIM PERRIN Historian & Educator (PART SIX in a Series) Jake Verburg married Mildred Ashley of Kentwo0d and the young couple were living with Jake's widowed father Jacob Verburg and other family members in Hammond in 1940. Jake was a successful car salesman in 1940 and he and Mildred saved their money and planned for the future. Herbert "Jake" Ver- burg established Gate- way Motors in Pon- chatoula in the summer of 1948, purchasing the old Rehorst home and property on North Sixth Street. Jake operated his Ford franchise from a leased location on South- west Railroad Avenue while he had a modern sales facility constructed. The old Rehorst home was demolished in the fall of i948 and work progressed on the new concrete, steel, and glass Ford dealership on the old home site. The new building fea- tured a large attractive showroom with auto- mobile access through a sliding glass door on the north side of the build- ing. The entrance to the service department was through a recessed open- ing on the south side of the building. A large and well equipped service and repair facility was constructed behind the showroom and office fa- cilities. New and used cars and trucks were parked on the north side of the property. Later when his stock of automobiles exceeded the available PHS still on a winning streak The five and zero Ponchatoula Green Wave had a big win last Thursday against Mandeville with a final score of 23-9. Pic- tured is #91 Tyrique Gibson and # 75 Jack Hay putting pressure on the Mandeville quarterback. Both teams did not have much offence in the first half with a score of 9 to 6 lead by the Skippers. In the second half the Green Wave came out a different team on offense and defense, holding the Skip- pers to zero points and making adjustments on the offense side to score two touchdowns in the running game . On defense the Wave was lead by #91 Senior Tyrique Gibson who cranked up his pressure in the second half to keep quarterback of the Skippers in the pocket forcing him to make bad throws. This Friday night make sure to go out and support the Wave as they unveil their new score board night and take on Slidell in the Swamp. (Times Photo by John Beadel) space on the west side of Sixth Street, Jake Ver- burg purchased the west 60 feet of Lots 9, 10 11, and the south 35 feet of Lot 12 in Square 35 on the east side of North Sixth Street. This property runs from the corner where Rainbow Daiquiris is now located, to the area where the Stray Cats Lounge is situated. These lots were used for automobile stor- age and display for many years. (To Be Continued) By OLD HARDHIDE The big carnival rides nearly blotted out the sun as the first-ever Ponchatoula Fall Festival was getting ready to set up at Me- morial Park at the start of this week. Four Ponchatoula police cars welcomed some lucky soul to town Monday, corralling him in the St. Joe parking lot, as a week- end of fun amusement rides proceeded past on North 7th Street A new character has found its way into my column and from there, into my life - Ole Rat Tail, The Nutria. wrote me a let- ter quoted herein, somewhere. He/She (?) immediately weighed-in on Zabbia Tea and other aspects of the mayor's Brown Water Scandal. Coming up as a young gator, I relished snackin,g on all manner of young nutria, turtles, whatever. The younger, most-ten- der, the better, once you crack open those pesky shells of course. I prefered oysters and turtles to a box of chocolates - softer centers and, to me, better taste.) And long ago, we young gators put out bounties on the likes of Bryan Mannino (alligator skinner and former Ponchatoula I policeman), John Dahmer, Albert Poche of | Ponchatoula (though the proud Indepen- dence yoeman farmer of the same name could qualify, for all I know), and the noto- rious Billy Young. They pride themselves on being the top alligator killers in the parish! Butt this, I strongly suspect, is all about their scan- dalous fascination with our tails! You know politics in Independence is tough when Mayor Angelo Mannino looks forward to his daily runs driving his school bus as the relaxing part of his day. I haven't been keeping up. Who's ahead in the beard department? Former Indepen- dence Mayor Michael Ragusa? Or David Letterman? I I I I