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October 11, 1984

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Thursday, .October 11, 1984--4th Year, Number 2 PONCHA TOIJLA TBfES so." Half Price For Sub|uribe$ See Coupon-Page Two Day Saturday parade, gunfight STAFF REPORT to Ponchatoula Saturday may they have stepped back city celebrates Oldtimers a parade, live music, costume and a full scale Wild West begins with a 10:30 a.m. old cars, fire engines, and from the past. The parade will the Ponchatoula Hayride and will continue west on Pine Seventh Street. It will include of the Florida Parishes Anti- Club and their vehicles. Mashal Reggie Pevey of said that fellow antique will include Marion T. Fann- Jackson, Lloyd Ballard, Steve LaDew, and the club. car owners interested in in the parade are urged to with the parade beginning at at the Hayride Building. Red beans and rice, hot dogs, nachos and coke will be served beginning at 11 a.m. in the patio of the Collinswood Museum, focal point for the day's activities, which will concentrate on the rich past of Tangipahoa's oldest municipality, Ponchatoula. A Dixieland jazz band including local drummer Frankie Kraemer is expected to perform from the steps of the museum following a morning concert by the popular Ponchatoula Swing- sters. At 11:30 a contest will be held to find the Best Dressed Baby, Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gentleman, who have attended the day's event in old-fashioned clothes. A trophy will be awarded the baby, a dozen roses to the lady,and a suitable prize to the gentle- man. Contesttants will be chosen by mem- bers of the eighth wade class of St. Joseph who are working with the Mayor's Committee for a Better Pon- chatoula to make the day a success, Gator racer Mayor Charles Gideon hopes his contestant in the alligator race has remembered all his last-minute words of advice. The Kliebert Alligator Farm reptile the mayor is holding moved out in fine fashion, especially considering the fact he was sporting a somewhat bulky personalized T-shirt from T's 'n Things, with "Doc Gideon" airbrushed on the back. (Times Photo by Duane Harris) P. H.S. s Best Teacher aims for Space Shuttle flight Staff Report " She promises the 1985 Greenback "If anyone gets to go on the space yearbook will be a collector's item which Ponchatoula High School teacher Mrs. Kim Howes Zabbia now thinks she has a good shot at joining the crew of the Space Shuttle. President Ronald Reagan early in his campaign for a second term proposed sending civilians in space,  journalist, an artist, and a teacher. Mrs. Zabbia was last week named and as part of their required commun- ED? ity service work. A team of these students will be Gideon, Cross, Hebert, Hinton carrying wooden nickels stamped on Center limits to you T. McMAHON are aged, crippled or infirm of the federally-funded Community Center is off you. reason is that about 18 months North Fifth Street municipal was completed in 1979 the broke, and has not been fixed day. confined to wheekhairs, and crutches, or those too to negotiate the climb up the denied access to all but one of rooms at the Community this has gone on for nearly years, with the federal involved in funding the job, to me," said an irate- Mayor Charles Gideon, who week called into his office of the Dover Elevator one side with Richardson Hardware (now Hardy's Ace Hardware) and on the other side with the Country Market. Students will present their nickels to the visitors downtown they see who they believe are best dressed in old timey clothes. At 11:30 those with the wooden nickels will compete for the top awards on the steps of the Collins- wood Museum. Throughout the day "Gunfighters," stuntment with the Louisiana Western Gunfighters and Stunt Team will be staging fast draw competitions with interested shoppers on main street, as well as conducting a fundraising effort that will consist of the goodnatured arrest of paid by their friends for a price and having them bailed-out of a mshift jail for another low price. The group of professional showmen will stage several skits as well, including one during the lunch hour. The top event of the day will be a full-scale downtown Ponchatoula gun- fight that will be filmed with video cameras, and is expected to feature bandits being shot off downtown bal- conies, a barbershop shootout at Bud & Andy's Barbershop, and lots of old time Western fun. Oldtimers Day is expected to be the last major event weekly sponsored downtown by the Mayor's Committee for a Better Ponchatoula due to the coming holiday season, explained committee chairman Bryan T.Mc Mahon. "Our committee together with scores of volunteers, service club members, scouts, and the artists, merchants and musicians of Ponchatoula proved over the past two months that it can be done; even with a major highway project plowing through the center of the business district, downtown Pon- chatoual can be transformed into a strong and vibrant center of life. Where other business districts have gone down, Ponchatoula has been able to look adversity in the eye and smile," said McMahon. The committee chairman added that events already planned by the Cham- ber of Commerce and the downtown retailers to mark the holidays would "keep the ball rolling," while pledging the committee's support in all such activities. Already scheduled for the Saturday before Halloween, October 26, is a special event sponsored by the local American Legion Auxiliary aimed at having a safe and happy Halloween Experience this year in Ponchatoula. The next large event being planned is the annual Christmas Parade in Nov- ember, now being firmed-up by Cham- ber of Commerce President Joe Sing- erman. Other events include a Christ- mas open house being planned at weekly meetings by members of the downtown business district, and hoped -for special events at the Country Market this Christmas. Gator race attracts notice STAFF REPORT Saturday's alligator race in Poncha- toula attracted the attention of Baton rouge televbton and ABC national r00ws, as well as a large crowd of vtors to The Ponchatoula Mall down- town shopping area. Sponsored by the Mayor's Committee for a Better Ponchatoula, the day featured alligators in the form of sauce SEE PAGE TWELVE Tangipahoa Teacher of the Year and is now in competition for regional, state. and perhaps, national honors. On October 1 her bid for the regional honor was put before the 11 parish regional committee. There are six regions in the state and the first and second place winners will go on to state competition, with the winner to be announced in November. Then its on to Washington for the national competition, with the winner set to enjoy a dinner with the president at the White House. Some indication was given in an interview this week as to what turn the dinner conversation will take if Ponchatoula's talented and popular teacher wins the top teacher award in to meet with governor over walk Staff Report Hinton will join Rep. Dennis Hebert and Mayor Charles Gideon at the Department of Transportation and Development first, in an attempt to loosen more state funds for sidewalks here. Gideon said he was dismayed to learn recently that the state's promise of SEE PAGE TWO Ponchatoula's legislative delegation will accompany Mayor Charles Gideon to Baton Rouge on Thursday to fight for new downtown sidewalks and, in a separate meeting with the governor, to request funding for a new city jail and an expanded city hall. Senators Mike Cross and Gerry Volunteers who give so much ask community for a little help . FIRE PREEN WEEK Oct. 7-13, 1984 Dear Friends of the Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department: The P.V.F.D. comes to you once again to ask for your support and or contribution for the 1984 Annual Fund Drive. The funds collected will be for the direct expenses incurred by the P.V.F.D. in operating, maintaining and replacing equipment and the day to day operation of the Department. Your contribution, however large or small it may seem to you, contributes to the success of Your Volunteer Fire Department. We need your help. All donations are tax deductible. We are here to help, so just as we ask for your help in our time of need, do not hesitate to ask in your time of need. The Department has modernized the Emergency Unit and equipment on board and has doubled the total number of Emergency Medical Technicians trained for any emergency, medical associated, vehicle extraction of persons or advanced first aid. Purchase of new radios, hose and affiliated equipment helps the P.V.F,D. maintain one of the top notch Fire Departments in the area. Fire Prevention Week is October 7 thru 13. We would like to invite you to our Open House at the Fire Station adjoining Ponchatoula City Hall on Sunday, October 14, 1984 from 1-4 p.m. Bring the kids with you. Refreshments and rides on the fire trucks will be available. This will give you the opportunity to see the equipment that is available for your protection. We are proud to be able to have such fine fire fighting and first aid equipment. Please mail in your donations or drop it Off when you come by to visit with US. We sincerely hope you consider "Our" needs and "Yours" and "Donate" accordingly. Please disregard this letter if you have previously received one for 1984. "Thank You" for your consideration, The Officers and Members of the Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department. Manchac fishermen ask Gov. Edwards to fire Sect. of Natural Resources Huls October 8, 1984 Dear Governor Edwards: We respectfully request that Mr. Huis resign. These are our reasons: 1) In May, 1984 Mr. Huls violated the spirit of Governor Edwards own moratorium against more shell dredging by allowing an additional dredge tn Lake Pontchartrain. 2) His persistence in allowing the dredge in spite of advisement against it by the Attorney General and his own Coastal Zone management staff. 3) His abandonment of a public commitment made in a news conference on June 20, 1984 to reduce dredging in Lake Pontchartrain by 100 days. His statements were directives of the Governor. He promised implementation in 10 days. 4) His removal of Dr. Joel Lindsey as chief administrator of the Coastal Zone management. Dr. Lindsey is the foremost authority on coastal zone management in the state. 5) His initial, abvolute refusal to meet with our citizens group. 6) The looming questions of his conflict of interest. 7) His recent cancellation of the independent Louisiana Mineral Board audit contracts without your knowledge. mayor said he wanted to who was at fault in the case of cost broken elevator: Dover, Andrew Gasaway, or general usa Brothers Inc. Dover say that the best could offer the city for the hydraulic system that has elevator behind closed doors first floor of the Community so long was $9,900, Gideon to take the company, the and the contractor to court a judge decide who is Surely it cannot be the Ponchatoula. crippled people can't get where the meeting rooms are. will take this to the Supreme if necessary to correct that said Gideon. who has asked Robert Troyer to pursue in the courts. session council meet By EDDIE PONDS Thursday night the mayor and assembled behind closed one hour and 22 minutes, public left outside, to decide Sincerely, Albert J. Poche Sr. President Manchac Fisherman's Assn. ncilman-at-Large Julian said, "I have this person's to discuss this matter in session," explaining why he to go into secret session to a personnel matter. sensitive personnel matters or an employee's problems are reason =ate law for barring the public meeting. /'s fathers went into secret at 8:28 and emerged at 9:30 action taken, Mayor Gideon officials were tight-lipped, Were rife that Ruby Landry was of conversation. She was not the city following the secret I before the eyes and ears of the Alderman Danny Pepitone PAGE TWO shuttle it should be the national Teacher of the Year. They were looking for an artist, a journalist and a teacher. I'm all three," commented Mrs. Zabbia, adding to this bit of whimsy, "I can't wait to see my art floating in space." In fact it was the mix of talents, achievement and accomplishment at Ponchatoula High School that first won the artist-journalist-teacher the votes of her fellow faculty members and the acclaim of educators on the parish level. An accomplished professional artist famed for her poster art, Mrs. Zabbia has excelled locally with students working on the school paper and on this year's special yearbook project. should grace the coffee table, study and library of every home in Ponchatoula, a special commemorative issue tracing progress at the local high school from 1912 to 1985, the last year classes will be held at the old high school. To this end, Tangtpahoa's Teacher of the Year has secured interviews with one of only three gradiJates of the class of 1913, Mrs. Velma Kemp Richard, who still lives in Ponchatoula. She points out that the Class of 1912 had a single graduate. Sadie Akers Sullivan, and that the class of 1914 had only four graduates SEE PAGE TWO I MY PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator / Whew! At first I was worried that all this mad October frenzy of street parties and such, scared stiff that I'd wear out the finest pair of alligator skin dancing booties in history, but Tommy at the new shoe repair across the street from my cage tells me that if 1 trip the light fantastic all Saturday morning to the tunes of the Swingsters, he'll have my worn out feet resoled and reheeled if necessary in order to make it down to Manchac Saturday afternoon. Better get an extra sole and heel set ready for after Manchac, Tommy, because ! want to be in fire ladder climbing form by Sunday, so I can ride the fire engines with the kids at the big Ponchatoula Volunteer Fire Department annual Open House (nothing can stop this gator now that I have a cobbler who understands gator hide) Speaking of gator hide, that's what this gator is going to do next time Henry , Penn, Bruce Kinchen, Junior Gordon and the other Jaycees start to set up a cooking pot next to the cage. Saturday I had to watch my favorite cousin Algae the Alligator boil down slowly into a sauce piquante, while a distant cousin's leather exterior lay stretched out and salted on display. Anyway, my six little gator nephews who live out in the country club known as Kliebert Alligator Farm put on a dashing show as they completed the state's first official alligator race next to my pond (I tried not to look in the direction of the sauce piquante and concentrated instead on the race). I do feel a bit jealous though that pretty Sharon Sue the fiddler lady didn't pick me up and croon a tune like she did to one of my little nephews who offered himself up as a groupie Saturday. Oh well. Is it true? Can it be so? Is there really a North Seventh Street Polar Bear Club being formed without the championship Ponchatoula all-weather swimmer of all time not being invited to join. (1'!1 bet Brie Layrisson will let me join). Or I could start my own Polar Bear club this winter right here. How about it Violet Collier, will you be first member? Aroooo, Aroooo. Added to the Country Market, the world's greatest alligator, and the locomotive is a wishing well that has been operating unnoticed by many in the middle of Southeast Railroad Avenue, though some wag insists its just another flowing city water pipe. Whether its true or not, the mid-street wishing well could use some HTH. It's developing algae. Hey you teenagers who are ready to hop, bob, and airplane, have l got news for you and all the great flaming youth in this My Ponchatoula. There will soon open a Teen Dance in a location where many of your parents went to do the gator' and other such grown-up dances, the Hayride Building, where Stanley Cowen brought the great names out of the radio speaker and onto the stage. Guess who's heading up the corporation? Stanley's son Ley, age 12, with Ashley, 8, an officer in the scheme, and buddy Hardy Greene, 12. Hang on Ponchatoula, here we go again... (look for it, and remember where you heard it first, here at news central, the newsiest alligator cage on any main street in America). Pretty Patty Quave might be able to trade barbeque tickets for an admission pass if Ley is hungry enough October 20 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. when the Order of Rainbow girls holds their Jackie Kupper barbeque at the local ,Masonic Lodge. 1 met an antique man this week who could remember the Paul's Cafe building when it was the only one on main street, when the rest of the business block was used for a carnival ground, where brick buildings nov/ i roost. Be sure to ask Charlle Branch all about the great deep sea fishing trip that was to have led to the deep fat fish fry, but didn't. rill