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THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'S ANTIQUE CITY [I www. p o n c h a t o u l a. c o m / p t i rn e s Ponchatoula to light up the night By LIZ ANDERSON Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce The City of Ponchatoula announces the annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony Friday, December 5, the perfect evening to come out and enjoy the lights, sounds and decorations of the historic Pon- chatoula downtown while shopping the quaint specialty shops of the city. Santa will arrive on the porch of Collinswood Museum at 5:45 p.m. He will be giving out candy canes to all the good little boys and girls who will be able to sit on his lap, and tell him about that special toy de- sired Christmas morning. Parents, be sure to bring your camera to take that special pho- tograph from Christmas 2014. Mayor Bob Zabbia, will flip on the lights at 6 p.m. on the of- ficial tree across from City Hall while the Ponchatoula High School Band performs your fa- vorite carols. School choirs" will be performing around town bringing joy to all who attend. Antique City store windows are decorated with vintage dolls, toys, and smiling elves, while salons, businesses, and restaurants in the area offer decorations of tinsel, trees, and brightly-colored ornaments. White lights are strung across the highway, while the buildings glisten with sparkling twinkles. Shoppers will be welcomed into many stores, boutiques and restaurants until 8 p.m. Many businesses will be of- unique new music studio set to open in Ponchatoula By BRYAN T. McMAHON T.J. Barends is poised to put Ponchatoula on the world music map with his new Bare Sounds recording studio, 276 East Pine Street. Doors will open December 15. The young married musician (to the former Chelsea Marie Tucker) will teach guitar, uku- lele, bass, and mandolin. "Other teachers will be here for drums, voice, piano, and more in the future. "This place will be for musi- cians to gather, and to learn. If you get a guitar for Christmas, this is the place to learn how to play it," said the PHS Class of 2006 graduate who went on to study two years at Southeast- ern Louisiana University. He started his music teach- ing career one student, then one family, at a time. "Then my -parents asked me if I was seri- ous about teaching music and they challenged me to open my own school." New studio owner T.J. Barends Those parents to whom he re- fers are Tim and Lee Barends, principals in ITL Accountants in Ponchatoula. Two of his grandparents are Green Beret Art and his wife Pat Zieske who with her quilt shop was on the ground floor of America's Antique City, the local commercial development that transformed Ponchatoula from a ghost town into a vibrant tourist attraction. T.J. Barends told The Times he owes much to Dr. Ted Hud- speth, whose Strawberry Jam & Toast to the Arts festival in downtown Ponchatoula gave the young guitarist his first ex- perience on stage, and later as a  teacher in Dr. Ted's Music Cen- ter in Hammond. Not unlike Dr. Hudspeth's onetime goal, Barends would like to See Ponchatoula turned into a musicians' community. He says he admires the dean of Ponchatoula's music studio scene Butch Meyn and his Gold Meyn Studio which has now made a name for itself produc- ing musical videos and special: ized video recordings of live events all along the Gulf Coast. PLEASE SEE PAGE 10 DECEMBER4, 2014 34 , YEAR NUMBER 9 50 I Beautiful downtown Ponchatoula at Christmas time Photo Courtesy of Patrick Bates, Southern Exposure Photography fering special sales on this very special night. The small, inti- mate shops of Ponchatoula hold treasurers you cannot purchase in the larger mall department Two local lady authors celebrate the release of their new book, Concealed Names By BRYAN T. McMAHON Stacie S. Triche and Crysta Carter on Saturday celebrated the release of their new book, Concealed Names, at the Ponchatoula Country Market's 41 t Open House, inscribing the newly-uncrated supply of their new novel, as book lovers snatched up copies. in The Country Market where you can delight the youths in your life with a gift of pillows and such embroidered with, for example, characters from PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Both authors are residents of Hammond. Stacie Triche has a bachelor's degree in Business Law and is pursuing a Masters in Business. A multi-talented creative spirit, she holds a booth AN ENDORSEMENT Pat Farris for Marshal For many a long year we had an affable man in the Seventh Ward Marshal's Office. With major changes looming in the office, it is time to turn to an experienced lawman for our next marshal. We need someone with the time, the will, and the energy to clear the 30,000 outstanding criminal warrants now on the books. Hammond is relocating its police from the courthouse to a new location, and the security of the important court there must be assured by the new marshal. Pat Farris is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana Uni- versity with a degree in Gov- ernment. Pat Farris Farris is an 18-year U.S. Police Chief ofPonchatoula for Navy military veteran who sa five years, and we followed his action in Operations Desert career when he served as Chief Shield and Desert Storm, fol- Deputy Marshal in nearby Den- lowed by service in the Louisi- ham Springs, where he assisted anaArmy National Guard. Marshal Denton in reorganiz- We got to know him well ing his entire office, learning during his service as Assistant PLEASE SEE PAGE 10 stores. Many of the items are handmade, antique, and one-of- a-kind. Come on out to the Christ- mas Lighting Ceremony, De- cember 5 to take advantage of this special holiday event - fun for everyone in the family! By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator I am so excited about Friday's lighting of downtown for Christmas, but mostly I am looking forward to the PHS Band Hot Chocolate being served across the street next to Old Smoky the Locomotive as part of this Friday night's party which starts at 6 p.m. Do not miss the Country Market Christmas refreshments, I know I won't! The very next day, Saturday after they cast their ballots, local members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) will be in front of Judge Jimmy Kuhn's office in the first block of North Sixth Street passing out free fruit and candy to local children. Nice Guys! And men, the ones of you most in love, do not miss the of- ferings contained in this week's Times on the Roussel & Com- pany jewelry flier which should remind you we have a master jeweler available to us here in Our Ponchatoula, one who spe- cializes in diamonds. Trust me, there is no need to burn time, money and gasoline shopping elsewhere for the perfect gift. Buy one from Chris Roussel and it could include a wife! This is a magical time of year, even if 2014 is remembered for its balmy yuletide festivities. Bring it! I'll take warm breezes over snow blizzards every time. Come by the cage and we'll make s'mores! Ponchatoula now has its own Segway jockey. You know, those futuristic two-wheel stand-up, high handlebar scooters. You might catch a glimpse of the daring man practicing his maneuvers in and around Memorial Park and no, your eyes do not deceive you. It is none other than former City Councilman Danny Pepitone who intoned to Ole Pinchpenny - "The bigger the boy, the bigger his toys." (He's wanted one ever since they first came out). You ride, Danny, you ride! Meanwhile, who should be out motorcycling with the Mayor of Independence Michael Ragusa but the Pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Our Ponchatoula, Fr. Paul A. McDuffy. Just when you think you know all that needs to be PLEASE SEE PAGE SIX I r P