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Sisters to wed in double wedding Mr & Mrs. Lacoy Anderson announce the engagement and forth- coming marriage of their daughters. Melanie Anne to Jimmy Morrison. son of Mr & Mrs. J.L Morrison. Pumpkin Center and Judith Michele to Jessie R (Bobby) Jarreil. son of Mrs Los Jarrell and the late Mr. Jessie J. Jarrell ot Lumberton. Mississippi. The wedding will be solemnized on December 17 at 4 p.m. in Jerusalem Baptist Church. Pumpkin Center. A recepticn will follow in the fellowship hall at the church. Jacque Cousteau backs dredge ban in lakes Maurepas, Pontchartrain By BILL GRAZIANO Michele In the many articles I have written most destructive to a shallow body of condemning the dredging of clam water. But it is the clam shell shells from both Lakes Maurepas dredging that is most detrimental to and Pontchartrain and warning the marine life and is still permitted. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries In the 20 years of studying and Commission, the public, and the writing about the shell dredging, and state politicos, that if the shell condemning the operation, my voice dredgers were permitted to continue was unable to reach the ears of the the mining of clams the lakes would learned politicians. suffer greatly from this operation. I began writing to marine biologists Not only have they removed the across the-country. I did get replies submerged shell reef, they have from most of them. In the replies I ripped the vegetation from the lakes' learned that all who answered my floor. This vegetation which once letters had studies which coincided #'Z grew in vast acreage served a put- with mine. None were in agreement "Chr|stmas Orator|o"ben00,j.00 Sat. pose. Not only did the roots of this with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fish- vegetation serve as a sediment trap eries Commission reports, l' w By LYNN HOOVER and bottom stabilizer, this vegetation 1 will quote from a letter received helps to improve the water's clarity from the State of Florida Dept. of Over 150 voices will be joining in unison when the North Shore Choral Society and the Southeastern Uni- versity Chorus perform selections from Bach's "Christmas Oratorio" in a Christmas Concert sponsored by the Friends of the Ponchatoula Library and the City of Ponchatoula. The concert will take place at the Melanle The Country Market Ponchatoula Community Center on It also purifies and adds oxygen to Natural Resources. Seagress or Friday. December 9at 7:30p.m. the takes' waters, vegetation helps improve water will be open Admission will be free but voluntary Scientists claim that the lakes are clarity by serving as a sediment trap Fund will be accepted at the door. know what they can expect with the a basic productivity and nutrient - U 111 II II F S Dr. Gordon Ohlsson. professor of dredges removing what is most cycling which may exceed the basic music at Southeastern. willconduct important to marine life. Thisvegeta- productivity of genthic algae and 112 4 p the concert and will be accompanied tion serves as food for many species phytoplankton in the same area. ,   by his wife. Mary Ohlsson. of fish including shrimps and crabs. Seagrass beds provide refuge and This vegetation also provides a feeding grounds for many commer-  for your ChristmcJ', Ch tm ty B fi for small fish as well as a cial species of fish including shrimps, i h ppi " c 2 ris as Par ene t Dance hiding place for larger fish who prey crabs, and bay scallops. They also on the small fish, who search for provide important substratas for S O n g co nv,e n Friday e,lll 1p.m. safety within the glades of this attachment of genthic algae that vegetation, otherwise would be rare or absent. December 9, 1983 " "" The lakes are being exploited for Studies show that average numbers J.C. Hall Ponchatoula, La. whatever riches they might yield: of genthic organisms may be reduced Donation $10.00 per couple gas, oil, clam shells, asmuchas 70 percent after dredging. Dr Vincent N Cetall Though gas and oil wells have been Here is another response to one of All proceeds will go to four year old Live Music donated by the sunk none that I know of have been my letters, from the Woods Hole Michelle Daigle's Cancer Fund Cracker Jack Band productive. It is not the drilling of Oceanographic Institution, Maine: must be 18 or older wells that environmentalists fear, it is "Sea grasses are regarded as very the fear of an oil spill which would be important in shallow waters (the THE PONCHATOtJLA TIMES DECEMBER I, 1983 PAGE FOURTEEN deepest area in either Lake Maurepas or Lake Pontchartrain is only 16 feet). They create aspecial habitat THAN that is crucial for certain species or for juvenile stages of fish." With all the articles I have written over the years on the subject and the contacting of many politicians begging for their help to help stop tion,the dredging, or confining the opera-none did. VOTE The permits for shell dredging are still being issued. Just what the connection is between politicians, the Wildlife and Fisheries Commission and the shell dredgers I 81 aids Delta 88 83 New Chev don't know. There was a time when f Royal Phase !11 Van there were those who voiced their . objection to the dredging of clam C-a, matron & beidge, v-8,auto,ps, shells. They have given up all hopes ; .... (;old, vyn roof, v-8, auto overdrive, pb, dual ac, am fm cass tape, eb, of stopping it or having the dredges ..... ps,pb, ac, am fm cass tape. wsw, tilt, wsw, all power, tilt, cruise, running cruise, wire wheel covers, oneowner confined. It seems as l now stand List$7S00 boards, cruise, tilt, many many opts. List $]9550 alone in this battle. I am fighting this J wish to thank the voters of Tan!ti p, # battle for- the protection of this vital SaleS6400 Sale$14,Y$O food chain for now, and future generations. In my struggle for help I Parish who voted in the November 19, 1983 79 PontiacGran Prlx 77 Buick LeSabre contacted Jacques Cousteau, who i recently made a study of the Missis- election, especially the 10,144 who kept their V-8. auto, ps,pb,ac, black, landau sippi River aboard the research 'i roof. moon roof, bucket seats, am Two tone blue white, vyn roof, v-8, vessel Calypso. Here is part of a faith in me and could not be swayed by the i fro, wsw, chrome wire wheels, all auto, only 53,757 miles, local owner, letter [ received from Mr. Clark L.S. ,, power.list $6500cruise tilt, only 39.893 miles, ps.pb.ac, wsw. cheap, List $4000 "SeagrassMerriam Otis Theof anCusteaUimportance,Sciety:first and slanderous attack on rn e prior to the e from primary point of view. It is as To the others, i wish to soy that I fully Sale $4750 Sale $2650 productive as the most productive ecosystems on earth. It converts as to prove that the smear on my character was 80 Buick Riverla 79 Chev Caprice 79 Chev Impala much solar energyto organic matter Classic as coral reefs and rain forests, politicolly orientod. Beidge & brown, two tone, landau Secondly. seagrass stabilizes sedi- Dr. Vincent N Cefo vyn roof, 60 40 seats, vS, auto, ps,pb. Sta-wgn. blue & white, v-8 auto,ps, Black & grey. oust two tone, auto, merits in salt marshes. It also serves ac, am fro, power windows, power pb,ac,amfm.withtape,wsw, power v-8, ae, ps,pb, am fm with cb, wire  seats, tilt, cruise, beautiful car, List windows, power seats, power door wheel covers, one owner. List $4350 as a habitat and as a nursery for $10,000 locks, cruise, wire wheel covers, tilt. many species of coastal fish and shell one owner, List $4000 fish including more than 50 percent of those we humans use for food. As Sale $87S0 Sale $3000 Sale $3200 the seagrass dies annually, its tissues become detritus which nurtures new 80 Chev. Monte Car 81 Chev C-lO 73 Chev C-20 communities of life," Cust two tone marron, bucket seats, Pickup Pickup So there you have it. Did you know that at one time the Louisiana auto,console, power steering, power F|eetside pickup, cust blue & white Wildlife and Fisheries Commission brakes, ac, am fro, wsw, smoked twotone.v-8.auto,ps,pb, ac. am fro, Auto.ac,ps.pb,radio, wsw, twotone, would have believed, that by dredg- t-tops, tilt, wire wheel covers, List wsw, wire wheel covers, running heavy duty humber, List $1500 $7300 boards, dual gas tanks, tinted glass, ing shells they were actual!y "culti- one owner, clean List $8750 rating" the lake's floor and by doing so would increase the lakes' marine Sale $6000 Sale $6250 Sale $7200 productivity over the years? 345-0321 NO RIGAMAROLE ! THE. SCALE OF H o urs UNPOETIC JUSTICE By DIANE DUMAINE MARTINEZ MaN - FR ! Standing on the right 8 AM - 7 PM you see the warm sensitive - gentle poetic-- the good! SAT Wayward, on the left they stand, there - the 8 AM "4 PM callous, obnoio.s rationalizing - awaiting the day after. HwF. Sl NORTH HAMMOND LA. 321 ,. choke rising in their thryats.