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Conseil pour ie Dveloppement du Francais en Loutslane With the first cool weather days, it's so nice to stay home and watch television. Particularly for the elderly in the family, what better way to spend Sunday afternoon than watching "IV. That's why CODOFIL and Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) are pleased to announce they have dedicated the month of October to our parents and grandparents (sometimes called senior citizens), and have programmed four 1"hour French plays to be shown on the EN FRANCAIS program every Sunday at 1:00 p.m. These plays, productions of the The'atre 'Cadien, were put together and acted by all native French Louisianians, speaking the local French Cajun language, and will bring a touch of the old traditional French culture into the homes of the viewers. The plays are: Les Deux Sourds (the two deafs), Mille Mise'res (many miseries), Charivari, and Le Me'dicin Malgre' Lui (the doctor in spite of himself). For those staying in nursing homes, Sundays at 1:00 p.m. will be the time to gather with friends in front of the "IV and enjoy a bit of the traditional culture in Cajun French on EN FRANCAIS. VISIONS OCTOBER---EN FRANCAIS Sunday, October 26 1:00-2:00 p.m. EN FRANCAIS Today's special features the popular "Theau,, 'Cadien" of Acadiana in "Les Deux Sourds. ;ie two deals). The story centers around a wom who is losing her hearing and is determined to find an equally deaf husband for her only daughter. (Rerun) FOR SALE 1982 Frontier Mobile Home 2 Bedroom, 1 Bath For More Information Call: 345-3628 or 345-0111 bO23 I am= m= II Iml Ill im ml mlB iin mm mm mm ml m mlR mm Inventor FROM PAGE ONE He put his mind t'o work and noted the route to the top provided by the cables themselves as they stretched from ground level to the top of the huge support structure, beneath which the interstate bridge hung over the Mississippi. But how would you take advantage of this cable route? Castjohn designed special trolleys that rode the cables on pneumatic rubber tires, pulled to the top of the stanchions by powerful winches. The trolleys could stop at any point along the way and lower a metal basket with an inspector in it via winch fro'm the trolley, so the inspector could raise or lower himself to inspect any part of the bridge. Since some of the cables rise from the earth at an angle, going up to the top of the towers, and some were side-by-side horizontally, Castjohn came up with two separate trolley designs to fit either need, The cost for the two prototype models was $3,131.76, quite a saving in itself when you compare the reusable trolleys to the $20,000 crane rental cost for a single inspection. And the trolleys can be taken off on bridge, loaded on the trucks and transported to another state bridge inspection site in one hour's time. Speaking of time, thanks to Castjohn's invention the normal time it would take to make such a bridge inspection is 25 to 30 days. On their first use, Castjohn's trolleys did the job in seven days, and he believes with more use the state will be able to cut that time in half. From the motorists' point of view there is another benefit. Using cranes to hoist the bridge inspectors required the shutting down of two of the bridge's four lanes of traffic for about a month. The trolleys do their business hundreds of feet above the roadbed and do not slow down any lane of traffic. Needless to say, Castjohn was the toast of the Department of Transpor- tation and Development here and praise is still coming his way from high- way departments in other states. His invention was also highly touted in the prestigious Engineering News-Record magazine Not bad for a Pumpkin Cr thinker who turned a serious'roblerh into a serious solution for the State of Louisiana, and engineers everywhere. Farm Bureau FROM PAGE ONE Bureau Association and Sam Relan will allow stockholders in the now-defunct organization to divide its holdings. Drake represents shareholders in the Ponchatoula Farm Bureau Association. The Farm Bureau Association Inc. has existed for half a century in Ponchatoula, a moving force during the strawberry boom. Its charter expired in 1981 and Drake says the recent court decision, reversing a lower court ruling, will result in the organization being finally dissolved. The dispute involved ownership of a loading dock next to the old farm bureau, part of a 1966 sale by the Farm Bureau to Meat Processors Inc., and involves a complicated lease arrange- ment with Joseph E. Ebrecht, owner of Ponchatoula Feed and Seed. As a result of the ruling following five ears of litigation, Drake says share- oiders in Ponchatoula Farm Bureau Association Inc. will now be able to divide close to $1(30.,000 in assets. 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For o free "24-ooQe NoSolt 'etuDe Dook;et write ecipes gO Box 3884M StomfotO CT 0905 The Ponchatoula Times Published Thursday of every week at 167 East Pine St., Ponchatoula, La. 70454 Subscriptions are $11 in Tangipahoa and Livingston Parishes. $13 anywhere in the U.S.A. Phone 386-287? Address correspondence and changes of address orders to P.O. Box 743, Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454 Established October I, 1981 Bryan T. McMahon, Editor & Publisher Second Class Postage Permit No. 666730 at Ponchatoula, Louisiana 70454 Terrence McMahon Advertising Account Executive S rawberry F:estival accident victim sees continuecl recovery as a major miracle By JOE PLANAS The Catholic Commentator Sports Editor Every life should contain at least one miracle _Sammy Parring, a 33-year-old former Catholic High basketball star who used to run a bar, is lucky. He has already beaten the odds and is going for more. He wasn't so fortunate, however, on that Sunday back in April. An out-of- control car took one life at the Straw- berry Festival in Ponchatoula. It might have taken at least three more. "1 remember seeing this motorcycle make a turn," recalled Parring. "1 remember thinking what a great looking motorcycle it was. I turned to look at it again and there was this car. I tried to shove my wife Tena out of the way and then I tried to leap into the air and clear the car. "But the car caught the calf of my right leg and flipped me into the air, and I came down on my head. For a while, I realized I couldn't feel anything. Later 1 was in a hospital and after that ! remember being In this helicopter headed for Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge. "You know, the guy the car hit after me is dead now." Tena slipped after her husband tried to push her out of the path of the car and it rolled over her hip, fracturing her pelvis. At the time, she was eight months pregnant. Sammy's spinal cord was injured. It was the bleakest Sunday of the former athlete's life. On the second Sunday of September, Sammy made his first trip home from Mississippi Methodist Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Jackson. it was a joyous homecoming, the first time Sammy had been home in three and one half months. Tena was busy primping young Tiffany. Neither mother nor daughter seemed to show any ill effects of the near-tragedy. Sammy's dad and friends were watching the Bears argue with the Eagles, and Sammy's mother and his sister June were keeping an eye on Tends other two daughters, Heather and Paris. Bearded Don Zito and boyish-looking Ed LeBlanc, teammates of Parrino's at CHS, dropped over to see about Sammy. Other friends were in and out. It was like a hero coming home. Jone was the halo brace with its ominous looking four iron screws. Gone, too, was the shoulder brace that gave support to Sammy's head and neck. He was in a wheelchair, but his neck looked strong and he hadn't forgotten how to smile. "When l went into Mississippi Methodist on May 29, a Thursday, I could wiggle only one toe on my left foot," reminisced Sammy. "From the neck up I was doing fine; from the neck down I could only feel that toe on my left foot. They told me I'd be paralyzed but I didn't believe them. "Before 1 left the hospital, l was able to use a walker with rollers. I made it around the building, and you'd have thought l just finished first in a cross- country race the way people were cheering. I can't grip the walker with my hands, but my arms fit into troughs, or sleeves, and that props me up. Once they get me up from the wheelchair, l can do the rest." Sammy appears confident. That con- fidence radiates from his eyes and it fills you. The nerve and verve that usually characterizes an athlete are easily visible in the windows of Sammy's face. "l have total feeling now," Sammy smiled. "You can grab one of my toes on either foot and I'll tell you which one you have. My hands are still weak, but l can get food up to my mouth with my left hand. "They say I have a fractured spinal cord. They also say you can make 80% of whatever recovery you're going to make in mat first year. Maybe five or 10% comes back after that. In five months, i've accomplished what it might have taken someone else a year to do. My left side is stronger than my right side, but my right side is getting there." Sammy knows he's fortunate. When he has a tendency to feel depressed about his condition, he remembers the fellow in Jackson who issued him a pleasant reminder. "For awhile, 1 was asking myself, 'Why me?' 1 didn't think I had ever intentionally hurt anybody. It took a crazy ole boy at the hospital to help me realize things. The first day I got there he hit me In the eyes with something that is so true. " 'You've had two miracles already,' he told me. 'Your wife and child are alive.' He hit me right between the eyes with that one." The accident, Sammy said, has brought him closer to God. And with that closeness has come an inner peace Sammy said he never knew before. "It was like I really never knew how to oray before," said Sammy. "l asked my brother Andrew, the quiet one o the family to come to the hospital and help me to pray. At the hospital l'd work hard with my exercises all day and pray all night. "Then, one day 1 just felt closer to God. All of a sudden l seemed to tinct strength to go through the hell 1 go through every day. I had found some inner peace. I'm not going to jump out of this chair and join the priesthood. I v been in the bar business all my life, but feel closer to God and Fm going to make it. Before, ! was scared; 1 waS begging to get well. Now, I feel l'rr, going to make it." Parring is grateful to so many people He is thankful for the skilled hands ol Dr. Allen Joseph, appreciative of the kindness of Gene Red Knight ann many other friends, happy for the support of his family and is frien at Catholic High. His tone is one o; sincere gratitude when he humbly sayS, "I owe so many people so much." In another month, Sammy will b home for good. But there are trying times ahead. He had good insurance but it didn't pay his rehabilitation costS. He had to borrow $200,000 for treat" ment. "1 don't know if I'll be able to get back to work right away or what kind of wo I can do," Sammy said. "But I'll have , lot of responsibilities and I know Goo will help me to meet them." Then his attention turned to Paris at play. "The other day she was jumpin up and down, making funny faceS, Sammy recalled. 'Somebody asked h'. what she was doing. She said, '1 m josL trying to make daddy feel good.'" If you want to help Sammy and .h family, please send a contribution to tn Sammy Parring Benefit Fund at Caplta Union Savings at P.O. Box 3749 le Baton Rouge. If you can't send a donation, make, prayerful contribution. Sammy coU use one more miracle .... Reprinted With Permission From The Catholic Commentator