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REMINDER: THANK A VETERAN TODAY ! SPORTS: ;, Berwick Giants ; Dudek, from A,___. _... 1 Saints to LSU, PHS , . ] ], Pacle 2 onchatoula.com/ptimes THURSDAY, NOVEMSER 11, 2010 THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'S ANTIQUE CITY Classified 4 Real Estate 5 Health 6 Sports 2 Obituaries 4 Out & About 3 29th YEAR NUMBER 6 50 CENTS Mayor speaks out on a wide variety of local issues Times Report The Ponchatoula city budget earned an "unqualified opinion" from auditors which Mayor Bob Zabbia characterizes "as good as it gets," as part of a wide-ranging interview with The Ponchatoula Times. Zabbia spoke in advance of the regular monthly meeting of the Ponchatoula City Council on Monday because of an early newspaper deadline triggered by the observance of Veterans Day on Thursday, when this newspaper is usually delivered. The mayor touched on many of the topics scheduled as agen- da items for Monday's meeting. He says that sales tax income !'met or exceeded our budget projection," while $51,000 down from last year, six percent down overall. Zabbia says Ponchatoula, like other municipalities, is eagerly waiting to see the U.S. Census results, saying it could mean $1,300 per person in terms of government benefits to the city. The mayor guesses the city's population will be pegged between 6,200 and 6,500, while some say the Census count will !iiz!i find over 7,000 citizens in Pon- chatoula. A professional demographer will address the City Council at its December meeting. ."/ Happy Veterans Day The Ponchatoula Times is publishing earlier this week, with a leaner format, as a result of the observance of Veterans Day on Thurs- day, when this newspaper is usually delivered. We sincerely thank all veterans for ensuring our freedom. A pie in the eye for Also on the positive side, Piz- za Inn is ready to open its new store next to Smoothie King in the Gateway Shopping Center. Keeping the positive going, Mayor Zabbia told The Pon- chatoula Times that the city is finishing a sewer grant, and planning on a June 2011 $1 million addition to the project which would be targeted at the southwest portion of the city. Following the moves of other local governments, Mayor Zab- bia says Ponchatoula will be hir- ing a collection agency to chase unpaid city property taxes. The mayor says he is work- ing to get properties now owned by the government from seizure or otherwise adjudicated into government control, "back into commerce" so they can be pur- chased and used for home and business construction. Zabbia said he wants to cover the open ditch on Railroad Av- enue between Magnolia and Oak. Hammond principal after PHS wins Times Report The annual grudge match between arch-rivals Hammond and Ponchatoula did not end well for Hammond or for Principal Chad Trosclair, who had entered into a friendly side bet with PHS Prin- cipal Danny Strickland. The losing principal would take a pie in the kisser, courtesy of the victor. Ponchatoula beat Hammond in Hammond 20-6. It must have been a bittersweet loss for Trosclair who had served as assistant principal at Ponchatoula High School. Chronicle Gospel Group to play Eastside Baptist Chronicle Gospel Group will be making an appearance at Eastside Baptist Church Ponchatoula on Sunday No- vember 14, 11 a.m. Chronicle primarily sings Southern and Country Gospel Music. Members include Jeremy Downey, Greg Sullivan, Glynn Fendlason and Tim Kinchen, and Mis- sy Kinchen the wife of Tim Kinchen who all live in Louisi- ana and are members of local church. (Courtesy Photo) For more local live music coverage, please see Page 3 - new Celt fest Trade Days big this year Looking like a perfect Antique Trade Days midway, this year's event brought record crowds downtown. (Times Photo by Katie Denney) II I Little boy lost Patrick Pierce is pictured near Governor's Harbor. (Pho- to by Erin Pierce) The Widgeon By ERIN PIERCE Times Columnist (Part 2 in a Series) (EDITOR'S NOTE: Last week when we left pilot Erin Pierce, owner of Pierce Aviation headquartered at Hammond Airport, he had just awakened in a classic 70-year-old amphibious Widgeon he had agreed to fly to its secretive new owner in the Bahamas. His landing gear had broken, forcing him to land in water, which he masterfully did. Pierce had brought his young son Patrick with him, a lad who has already begun logging his pilot hours even though he had only recently learned how to ride his bike by himself. As Pierce woke up he realized Patrick was not aboard the plane and was nowhere to be found!) Everyone has misplaced their car keys at some time. Most folks have lost their cell phones, and many people have misplaced their wallets. Losing something can cause a strange cocktail of emo- tions. For me: initially there is an impatient anger. Next, there is anxiety regarding personal need for the item lost; and finally, there is a feeling of failure for being stupid enough to lose it in the first place. If you are not a parent it would be difficult to understand what it is like to lose a child -- or even be temporarily unaware of his location. Allow me an at- tempt at enumeration: Multiply the anger and anxiety by infin- ity, add a strong primitive in- stinct to protect your child to the sense of failure before bringing that to the ninth power, and you will not even be getting close to the sensation. Human beings have a very strong, primitive instinct to protect our young, so losing one -- especially in a potentially dangerous environ- PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Trade Days a sunny good time in downtown Ponchatoula By KATIE DENNEY Special to The Times What a beautiful weekend for an outdoor event! The Ponchatou- la Antique Trade Days and Arts and Craft Fair was everything the marketing committee of the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce could have hoped. Even with big games to catch, the turnout of people was excel- lent. Over 200 vendors from numerous parts of the country were doing just wha.t they came to do. Relax! There were pony rides and inflatable slides for the young and the experienced class had fried corn on the cob and rhythm and blues. Then with the utmost integrity the ones who knew and loved Don Allen, the man who took Trade Days to its current heights, looked on as the mayor and president of the Chamber of Commerce presented his loved ones with honorary plaques in his name. Mrs. Mary Scandurro, who helped pick up some of the slack caused by Don Allen's death on Thursday, November 4 spoke, say- ing: "A big thank you to the city and officials of Ponchatoula. We could not have done it without you! Also a special thanks to James Smith!" There were also many volunteers who put forth the effort need- ed to make this event a masterpiece. Vendors came all the way from Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and a lady by the name of Cheri brought loads of jewelry from France. I was fascinated by every person I spoke to or listened to, as my brother and I idled through the crowds and watched pottery being made, and took in the buying and even trades. So while the live music of The Rocky Denney Band calmly con- PLEASE SEE PAGE 5 OUR PONCHA TO ULA , By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator So which winner in our world do you like best, be- side your favorite alligator, of course? Victorious PHS, Unstoppable LSU, or those Super Bowl Saints who must have rubbed their magic Super Bowl rings be- fore Sunday's game and shaken off the curse. Only John Dudek the great Times sports columnist said with conviction and assurance before the game in Death Valley that Alabama would be defeated, the only one I spoke to before the game in Our Ponchatou- la. He is awesome! You will never guess who just got elected chairman of the U.S.-Canada Premium Truck Group? If I said Ponchatoula's Mike Whitlow, he of Mack and Parish Truck fame, would you congratulate him? I mean how many political zealots in our city have been elected to an international post? The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor: She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poi- son." He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it." So Porch Rocker Charles Austin spots Ole Pinch- penny the Publisher, sidles up to him and whispers, "I have a stalker problem," pointing to Peggy. "She fol- lows me everywhere and pops up wherever I appear." "That's what wives do," reassures Pinchpenny. A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will ei- ther die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease." "That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress." Oh and who locally would the great Irish wit Oscar Wilde be speaking when he said: "He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends." The Ponchatoula Times -- 145 West Pine St. P.O. Box 743 - Ponchatoula. LA 70454-0743 - editorponchatoula.com