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Fine Food & Entertainm, Isle of Skye FROM PAGE 1 sweater too. Can't believe I didn't follow my instincts and bring one from home. Friends in Ponchatoula were aghast that I would want to pack my leather jacket and a sweater for a vacation trip in August: wore the leather every day and felt comfortable. Scotland is not Ponchatoula and today I have two shirts on un- der my black lamb leather; nice not to be doing a Louisiana broil in August. We're stopping in Glenwhilly, which seems to be not much more than a train stop, and then we are gone, leaving Glenwhilly to its fate. A man seated nearby is enjoying a brunch of meat on a bap (bun), washing it down with a can of Strongbow beer, as we pass between bouquets of heather to stop in Barrhill. Oh to know the stories of these named places! Deep valleys now and a mansion in that last one, an occasional cottage nestled in other ones, sheep growing their coats in this cool weather, passing through Girvan. I arrive in Mallaig and in a few steps am greeted by the owner of the Backpackers Inn. It is close to 11 p.m. and most of the back- packers in this dormitory-style hostel are sleeping. I find my bunk and join them. "Bonnie Day" the passengers say to one another early the next morning aboard the Caledonian Malbrayne ferry to the Isle of Skye, a half hour voyage. Bonnie indeed! Beauty is here redefined and there is not a camera lens wide enough to take it in. The early morning sun kisses the Sound of Sleat like a tender lover, as we pass over, softly, gently, trying to tiptoe past so as not to disturb the holy tenderness of the natural sweethearts. After docking on the Isle of Skye, I hiked from the ferry land- ing in Armadale about a mile to the Ardvasar Hotel, built in the early 1800's. It was quite the trek across the rolling landscape for a flatlander from Ponchatoula, pulling a small 4-wheel suitcase. I quickly repaired to the hotel pub before the statutory opening time but the pretty Slovak barmaid made hasty and successful supplications to the innkeeper and returned with permission to free the Guinness, my reward from God for overcoming the test, so far. Luck abided with me. On a lark, I called the great Anne Martin, Gaelic singer supreme and the darling of Skye and all of Scotland. On the first try, she answered! I reintroduced myself and asked for an interview. She explained that we were at opposite ends of this long and storied island, but that if I could make it to Skye's largest municipality, Portree, about a third of the way from the top of the isle, she could meet me there. I immediately set about making the improbable happen, again. Lady Luck was smiling on me. I told the innkeeper, Richard Jef- frey, my story, my desperate need to get to Portree. He replied that a taxi would be too expensive, but that the bus for Portree was leaving in 15 minutes and he could drive me to it in his BMW. I am now on the bus listening to Anne Martin's sweet Gaelic warble on my iPhone, hurtling to Portree and a 1:30 lunch date with the great lady. Some dreams do come true, Gingerman. I called Anne Martin to tell her I was on the way, and she was game for itX THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, , PAGE 3, i: ~.i!~:.!.! ~!!,i~!;!!!~ ~ ::,o~, ~, ~.:~ ...... View from the Ardvasar Hotel on the Isle of Skye (Times Photo) Scotland's singing treasure during Times interview on the Isle of Skye (Times Anne Martin Photo) FROM PAGE 1 from Skye, fishing songs, songs friend Danny O'Flaherty to see of pulling nets, songs that en- what we could do about setting abled workers to pull together, up concert dates in New Orleans They are very rhythmical for and perhaps as part of Danny's that reason, musical ocean voyages in the "Whether it was working Caribbean, or to Ireland and with cloth or the fishing nets, Scotland where she would nat- music was important. Growing urally complement O'Flaherty's up, it was a way for me to get great talents. a handle on the culture. All my You can get a sampling of songs are traditional and I have her work by visiting her web- a fairly vast repertoire," said site: www.gaelic-song.com and Anne Martin. info( gaelic-song.com. Her first What followed was a some- CD is called Co? and her second . ........ D.C. Reeves honored 3rd graders Honored students (sitting): Kayla Dupuy, Paxton Crouse, William Chevalier, Christopher Begeron, and Jena Ander- son, (kneeling): Cheryl Navarre, La'Zarus McKay, Lashaun- ta Henlerson, Madilyn Harvey, and Abby Harper, (stand- ing) Assistant Principal Mrs. Strader Cieutat, Jianna Wade, Jayden Wade, Principal Mrs. May Stilley, Caroline Turner, Mrs. Georgeann Smith of Smitty's Suppl , INC. and Emily Peoples. (Courtesy Photo) ~?~ ~ ;~' ~:: ::~ ~i ~i. !~, :~ !~" ~: ~ J~ ;~i~,~ '~I~i::~:,~.:~,. ~!~~ :~ ~ TO MY HUSBAND BILL, THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING ME IN THIS DECISION TO RUN FOR SCHOOL BOARD. TO MY FRIENDS, THANK YOU FOR WALKING ALONG SIDE ME STREET UPON STREET KNOCK- ING ON DOORS AND TALKING TO PEOPLE TO MAKE SURE THEY COULD GET A CHANCE TO KNOW ME. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SIGNS AND PUTTING THEM UP. THANK YOU FOR MAK- ING PHONE CALLS TO REMIND PEOPLE TO VOTE. TO YOU THE VOTERS, THANK YOU FOR GO- ING TO THE POLLS AND VOTING. THANK YOU FOR PUTTING YOUR CONFIDENCE IN ME AND ELECTING ME YOUR NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER. CHRIS COHEA SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT F TOGI=.THER OUR UNITY WILL SECURE THE FUTURE IN EDUCATION Paid by, Chris Cohea campaign fund I hung up and my phone rang. It was Dara Vallely providing what chilling story of how some- CD, Nighean Nan Geug, is per- d S N h ]3 1A u F a contacts inside the Irish Tourist Board and the Scottish Tourist times an entire people's cul- formed with Ingrid Henderson, Board, both of whom may well want to buy my travel stories. Oh ture hangs by the slimmest of who owns a studio and teaches Monday, Oct. 1 ] th-stam 6:30 p.m. threads, and the sense of what music inher native town of Mal- 2 for 1 MARGARITAS, $ 2.00 Chocolote Mortini's, la!The interview with Anne Martin is published separately in this could easily have been lost hits laig, where I caught the ferry ~ ........ Win ~ift cerfificotes ........ ~ , ....... you like a historical hammer to for Skye. : : .... " " ....... ' ........ ' ....... edition. the head. Anne Martin said: Working with Ponchatoula Katrina Douglas, an inspec- artist Chris O'Connor, and with tor of the poor, spoke Gaelic and the permission of Anne Martin, when working with the poor inI am crafting a CD of my pho- the 1930's, she collected these tography on the Isle of Skye songs. She died when I was a and Anne Martin's singing. child. What amazes me is that That project is now underway, {ALLO ' g PA ar we have these songs, though we but not yet finished. have lost hundreds and hun-Anne Martin is one of the : ........ : dreds.ofsongs, nicest, sweetest women in the "Sometimes I feel, not preS-exactly, am world. I believe we became good fri f sured but that I friends. the only one who knows certain As she walked me to my bus, songs, and yes, I have three or I asked her in mock seriousness four CDs worth of these songs why the Scots tended to name October 16th ***Downtown Ponchatoula * BBQ, Drinks & Souvenirs Available Entertainment by Greg Hayden and Vintage Also performing is The Gibsons and Callie For more info contact the Ponchatoula Chamber (985)386-2536 or e-mail: chamber@ponchatoulachamber.com D W~B~IK Hines Platinum Sponsors Gold Sponsors C mmitttd to C#stomet Satisfadiott City of Ponchatoula, Champagne Beverage,Legends Sports Bar, Jeff LeSaicherre Attorney at Law, Drake & Beckler Law Office, Ponchatoula Police Department, Greg Hayden, Tangipahoa Tourism, Microtel Inns & Suites, Tangi 95.7, Kajun 107.1 & The Ponchatoula Times. that I have not yet recorded," Anne Martin admitted, opening the gates for me to implore her to get back into the studio. I told her how much the world would lose were she to be felled by some idiot driver, and reminded her it was Skye's and Scotland's heritage at stake, and in her hands. She solemnly pledged to make the recordings and I promised to contact my Celtic balladeer PHS wins FROM PAGE 2 for a 40-plus yard touchdown. Covington fights back. Their quarterback fires a touchdown pass but it is called back and he is subsequently rushed and Plaissance get the ball for Pon- chatoula. Freshman quarterback Hen- derson runs for a first down and then completes a pass to Serise. The game ends in a 38-13 Pon- chatoula win, putting the Wave 4 and 1 overall, 2-0 in district play. Last week's players of the game were the offensive line. This week's player of the game is Mark Holland. their sons after beef cattle. That set her back just a second or two, before she burst out laugh- ing. "Oh, you mean Angus?" Sharp as a tack and I believe she will be a woman of her word regarding the studio work, I boarded my bus feeling Scotland's musical heritage was secured, and I look forward to receiving my copies of her new recordings. Successful Chief Ponchatoula Police awarded $116,000 COPS grant Chief Bry Layrisson an- Electi nounced that .the Ponchatoula on Police Department has received FROM PAGE 1 a federal grant to hire an addi- in favor of Chris Cohea who tional police officer. Chief Lay- waged a successful advertising risson stated that he applied for campaign in The Ponchatoula the COPS Hiring Grant back in Times. February and was notified late Sheriff Daniel Edwards' plea last week that his department to renew the tax that funds his had been selected to receive the office resonated with voters, fundir.g of $116,243 to hire an who approved the renewal. . additional police officer. Old Hwy. 51 South, Manchac; LA 70412 (985) 386-7902 "1 am humbled that my community has placed its trust in me, I am extremely grateful to those who have devoted so .... much time., energy, and money to my campaign. But most of all I am energized by fhe chailenges ahead, and looking forward to continuing to serve my community as I have done for 30 years and making the educational experience for our children the very best it can be. The children are our future, and that's what this is all about. Thank you tothe voters that exercised your right to vote and that you put your trust in me again," Rose Quave Dominguez District I School Board Member '" ' Paid for by Rose Dominguez