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o_ut About00 Fine Food & Entertainment00 Let us know about your event email ptimesevents@gmail.com "Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice." -Dave Barry December 5 - Christmas Lighting Ceremony & Friday Night Lights Downtown Ponchatoula. Stroll the streets, shop late, & enjoy the sounds of choirs and bands. Step back to a simpler time with an evening of friendliness, fellowship and celebration. Mayor Bob Zabbia lights the official tree at 6:00 PM. For more informa- tion contact the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce office at (985) 386-2536. December 11 - Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party 5:30 - 7:30 Warehouse 140, 140 Baronne St. CHAMBER MEMBERS ONLY. Come share the holiday season with your fel- low chamber members. Enjoy the hospitality of Warehouse 140! For more information contact the Ponchatoula Chamber of Com- merce office at (985) 386-2536. December 12, 13 & 14 - The Independence Italian Cultural Mu- seum will hold an Open House and Cookie Sale Dec. 12 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The cookie sale will continue at 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. on December 13, 2014 and at 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on December 14, 2014. Authentic homemade Italian Fig, chocolate, cherry, Juju- laine and many other cookies will be available for sale. You may preorder cookies by calling Giovanna at 985-878-6982 or Phine at 985-747-0410. December 13 - Ponchatoula Annual Christmas Parade Floats, marching bands, throws, and of course Santa! Come one and all to this very family-friendly event. 5:00 PM, Downtown Ponchatoula. For more information contact the Ponchatoula Chamber of Com- merce office at (985) 386-2536. December 14 - Independence Annual Christmas Parade 6p.m. Downtown Independence. For more information contact city hall (985) 878-4145 Potter Joe Polotzola's Drunken Chicken Cooker (Times Photo) Tangipahoa's own "Mad Potter" Joe Polotzola has your Christmas gift By BRYAN T. McMAHON Super talented potter Joe Polotzola, 70, now of Amite, has a stu- dio full of perfect reasonably-priced gifts as unique as those cre- ated by George Orr, the famed "Mad Potter of Biloxi" whose works in clay found in sheds and backrooms after his death were judged to be worth millions. Polotzola has 125 unique products, mostly of his own de- sign, though one of the hottest sellers is a stovetop steam cook- er copied from one found in the Need a Times Reporter or Ad Expert? Want to contribute story or photo ? Email us at - editor@ponchatoula.com tomb of an emperor in Yunnan, China. The pottery steamer fits in a two-quart saucepan. And its popularity has lent PLEASE SEE PAGE 7 THE TIMES, DECEMBER 4,, 2014, PAGE 3 - Like us on. Thank You Lord By BRYAN T. McMAHON Publisher For friends who call their own lives to a halt in order to lend a hand, who travel great distances and venture out on frigid nights so we can never feel truly abandoned or alone; For family members who remain in a loving relationship; and for estranged family members who will always be loved, no matter how long or how far they stay separated; For those of our sacred dead who live with us still, and always will; For members of organizations we belong to who understand the true meaning of fraternity, for our krewes and for our fraternal organizations, for the garden clubs who better our lives, especially the Gardenettes; For the chance to live in a community where leadership is dy- namic and innovative, with the wisdom to bring in outside funding and attract major retail establishments, and where you can still call out the first names of fellow citizens; For a university that wisely allows us to grow and learn through- out our lifetimes. For a health care system we too often take for granted, until we 5r our loved ones are in need, and then health is within our easy reach. For creative artists and for the institutions that support them, Fhe Art Station, The Clay Station, and for poets the likes of Brooks 3'Connor, and talented musicians who are inspired and hosted by 3hris Roussel, for Butch Meyn's Gold Meyn Recording Studio, and new wave of studios such as the soon-to-open Bare Sounds, and "or concert venues, such as Warehouse 140; Thank you for jazzman Eddie Veatch and his various bands o5 jazzmen and women, for rockers Dudley and Sue Clark, and for Country's Doc Randolph, and for all who generously share their nusical talent with the rest of us; For the excellent food we eat, from Berrytown Produce, Pon- :hatoula Winn Dixie with its new emphasis on organic and natu- ral groceries, Roux & Brew Seafood and Steak House, and again, Warehouse 140. For Paul's Caf which is Pure Ponchatoula; For Mama Mannino's White Tail Butcher Shop in Independence, where we can shop for high-quality main course dinner items in much the same way as did our grandparents; and for the Italian Heritage Museum ladies who bake the authentic Italian Christ- mas Cookies that sustain us this holiday season while keeping the important museum open to the public (Enjoy the museum's Open House Friday, December 12, 4-6 p.m., Saturday 3-6 p.m., and Sun- day 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.). hFOr the talented historian Jim Perrin who the gives precious us ft of our past/our roots, for columnists Dr. Randolph Howes M.D. D, Marion Fannaly and his gifted wife Vicky, Chris O4'Connor, lohn Dudek, Kathy Bedenbaugh, Joel Ray, Kathyrn Martin, John lohnson, veteran newsmen the quality of Don Ellzey, and top-notch hotographers the likes of Steven "Rhino" Ulery, and John Beadle Nho make reading this newspaper such a special experience, as do 11 our local contributors, including Michelle Derrough. Thank You Lord for every breath we take, every creative notion Ne hold, for every precious child we are given to nurture and edu- PLEASE SEE PAGE 4