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;,v REMINDER: The 3rd Annual Art Station Student Art Exhib Open House will be this Thursday Oct. Th 5p.m.- 7p.m. SPORTS: Berwick ; Tampa found Dudek; Lea is Berwick next week : A review of the JimmyTaylor Autobiography ............................................. "n ' '" ............................ IIIIIIIIIII II ]IIIIIIIIIIIHIIII I IIIIII IIIII IIII www. ponchatou la, com/pti mes NOW CELEBRATING 30 YEARS AS THE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010 NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'8 ANTIQUE CITY 'i Health 8 Society 4 ; i Obituaries 6 Sports 2 i Out & About 3 III I III I 30th YEAR NUMBER 1 50 CENTS Crossing the Sound of Sleat in Scotland (Times Photo) ,? By BRYAN T. McMAHON Following the path of Cuchulain, Ireland's epic hero, I had crossed the Irish :Sea to Scotland from Ulster with the plan to take the train north, and stay the night in Mallaig before taking a ferry over the Sound of Sleat to the magical Isle of Skye. Rolling smoothly on the rails from Stranraer to ~.3;r '~ro- nounced "Air") through rolling Scottish hills with sheep and hedgerows, colors of Autumn already evident in August. My schedule allowed me to shop for food and drink for the train ride from Glasgow to Mallaig, a 5-hour and 15 min- ute journey. I should look for a PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Welcome sign on the Isle of Skye As you see in Ireland, street signs are printed in the Gaelic language on the Isle of Skye, just one of the ways the Scots here preserve their heritage. (Times Photo) in s music; e in By BRYAN T. McMAHON I first met Anne Martin in November, 2004 at the Piping Festi- val in Armagh, Northern Ireland organized by Brian Vallely, the great artist and Uilleann bagpiper. She was particularly prized by the festival organizers because she had mastered some of the Scot- tish traditional songs that emulated the bagpipe. She is today the sole reposi- she lived at the extreme north- tory for a vast treasure of tradi- ern end. tional Scottish songs in Gaelic If I could make it to the capi- (pronounced "Gallic" in Scot- tal city of Portree in the middle land) that would be lost forever of the island, she would make Dominguez, Chris Cohea elected, law tax Times Report Atight election returned Rose Dominguez to the school board, boosting the political reputa- tion of near-winner Beth Davis, while ousting Sonya Traylor PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Krewe of Erin planning year of Celtic events Times Report Everyone interested in join- ing the Krev e of Erin is invited to Saturday's 10 a.m. brunch meeting at Dun McMahon, 170 North Seventh Street. The krewe hosts many artistic, so- cial and cultural events, in ad- dition to the annual Krewe of Erin Ponchatoula St. Patrick's Parade. Dues are $80 per year, for the entire extended family. Membership is not limited to the Irish, but to all families who appreciate the Celtic culture. Krewe of Erin were she not alive to perform the journey down and meet me Anne Martin and teach them. there. I was doing this all on (Times Photo) > Her two recorded CD's of the run and sought the assis- West Coast. It was great. I en- Songs were recorded a decade tance of Richard Jeffrey, owner joy The States. 'ago and have ever since had a of the Ardvasar Hotel where "My husband John White revered place in my collection I was staying. He told me the and I run an outdoor centre on of Celtic performance art that trip would be too dear by taxi Skye that keeps us very busy. sponsors Celtic I consider priceless, so before but that a bus did go there, and Music is the rest of my life. I've [eaving Northern Ireland for that it was leaving in just a few been teaching Gaelic. There are Art Show Isle of Skye, I asked Ire- moments, and would depart on 50,000 Gaelic speakers in Scot- The annual Krewe of Erin Iand's great artist Dara Vallely the return trip three hours af- land. The language now has Celtic Art Show will be open help me find a way to contact ter arriving in Portree. legal status. Friction is caused, November 5-6, featuring the Anne Martin. Richard Jeffrey offered to unlike in Ireland. We are still artistic works of Celtic artists, Dara produced her phone bring me to meet the bus in struggling to preserve our cul- or artists creating on a Celtic number and after arriving on his marvelous BMW and all of ture. My two children (agel5theme, in the Atrium Hall of Skye I was off on a mad impos- this was happening so fast that and eight) are speaking Gaelic. Rockefeller's Restaurant. sible quest to find, renew ac- I only had time to confirm the "I should do more perfor- The public is invited at no quaintance, and interview Scot- interview with Anne Martin bymances but teaching is impor- charge, courtesy of the sponsors land's national treasure, iPhone when I was seated on tant. I'm working on a Masters of the Krewe of Erin. My window of opportunity the bus and heading for Por- Degree through the Gaelic col- Local artists are invited and was small indeed, but nothing tree. She seemed surprised, but lege on Skye, the only such de- encouraged to submit their ventured.., lived up to her end of the agree- gree offered. I was born in 1963 works no later than 3 p.m. I called Anne Martin's hum-ment and set out to meet me at and brought up in the north of Friday, November 5 at the art ber and a voice familiar despite the upstairs Caf Arriba in Por- Skye. My mother was a Gaelicshow. the years answered the phone. I tree. speaker. It wasn't taught in the Any artist with immediate quickly recalled our last meet- You can imagine my ques- schools but was spoken in the questions is invited to meet the !rig when Terry Arm and I met tions. I'll otherwise try to stay streets, krewe artists Saturday at the her at the Piping Festival,out of the interview and just let "I think all communities that 10 a.m. krewe meeting at 170 dropped the names of the Val- this wonderful woman talk: rely on the land have music as- N. 7th Street. lely brothers, but was informed "I haven't been back to The sociated with it. Many of myMore contact information that I was at the far southern States since 2002 or 2003 andsongs are work-based songs will be found in future editions end of the Isle of Skye, while then it was Seattle and the PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 of this newspaper. Shirley Welles Marshal of the Krewe of Erin Ponchatoula St. Patrick' s Parade The indomidable Shirley Welles, known to generations of visitors to Ponchatoula Beach and now approaching her 90th birthday, will lead the Grand March of the Celts on parade day, Saturday, March 12, 2011. She will be the newest recipi- ent of the pariah's tallest honor at 9.5 feet, the Krewe of Erin's Grand Marshal Trophy, which will be passed to her by former Clerk of Court John Dahmer, the reigning Grand Marshal. Look for an upcoming inter- view of this great Ponchatou- la citizen by Times Reporter Brooks O'Connor. By OLE HARDHiDE The Alligator Got the feeling that this October is a little weird? You are correct. It has five Fridays, five Saturdays, and five Sundays. It happens every 823 years. The reception for the 3rd Annual Art Station Student Art Exhibit and Open House is scheduled for this Thursday, Oc- tober 7, from 5-7 p.m. at, of course, The Art Station. Fully 54 artists will be represented by 88 works. There will be wine and cheese as well as a slide show wrap-up of the year run- ning the entire time. Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him on a car ride, he sticks his head out the window? Elvis Stanga, chef supreme, will you tell all the Party in the Pits (Saturday, October 16) cooks that barbequed alliga- tor is definitely not on the menu this year? Otherwise, I'm going to need guards with Uzis posted outside this old rickety cage of mine. I only mention it at all, at all because the event poster features one of my gatorcousins about to stick a little porker with a big BBQ fork. And I'm so glad they are going to have "live music" at this Chamber cooking competition, because the alternative might put us off our appetites. Turn to the back page for outrage! Can you imagine the tattered soul who stole the purple toilet being circulated around Ponchatoula as a fundraiser for Relay For Life, the local American Cancer Society event to raise money to fight the cursed disease? Local angelAngelique Daigle, and for some reason Wil Richardson, have been work- ing tirelessly on this project, and some rare Amadon (that's Irish for fool) thinks it cool to swipe the purple throne from its temporary home in downtown Our Ponchatoula. Chief Bry, when you catch this Amadon, would you please consider my cage as a holding cell? Former staffer with The Ponchatoula Times Beth Davis, in her first fling with politics nearly upset incumbent Rose Dominguez, finishing second with 49 percent of the vote to Rose's 51 percent. A lot of people like, not either-or, but both ladies. As a consequence, you can already hear the chants of "Run Beth Run!" in the next election, but what will it be?. ! $