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SPORTS: Berwick, To stea/; Dudek, The beginning of the end Page 2 pon chatoula, com/pti rues iii .... i .... :.ii;iiEi ii .:.ili!iz  i ...... ............ THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICN8 ANTIQUE CITY Classified  B-4 Real Estate B-2 Health B-6 Socie00 A-4 A-2 DECEMBER 9, 2010 29th YEAR NUMBER 9 50 CENTS Ponchatoula Jaycee new state president Monica George, pictured with fellow Ponchatoula Jaycee Craig Jones at Saturday's benefit Chili Cookoff, has been elected Jaycee State President. On Saturday she was cook- ing "Berry Best Chili" for the Strawberry Festival Board. (Times Photo) '- .............. They light up the city! Strawberry King Joe Perrin (left) and Queen Brooke Per- rin lit the city's Christmas lights Friday during the annual celebration marked by open houses and seasonal parties downtown such as the one hosted by Port Manchac Presi- dent Parker Layrisson (center) and his fellow attorneys in the Gateway Hotel. (Times Photo by O'Connor) Christmas Lighting Winners Named on Page A-3 v Ponchatoula Pub hosts successful fundraiser for child cancer patient Ponchatoula Pub co-owner Andrew Zeringue (left) is pic- tured across a table crowded with jambalaya dinners from young cancer patient Logan Acosta and his parents Shana and Steve. The event was advertised and publicized in The Ponchatoula Times beforehand. The benefit netted $2,200 for the St. Jude Research Hospital, thanks to the generos- ity of those who contributed. SLU's Kappa Sigma Frater- nity members were on hand to help and are pictured here. (Times Photo) Are you ready to blow out 150 candles for Ponchatoula? By BRYAN T. McMAHON Publisher Introduction to a Times Series No one reading this was alive when Ponchatoula was founded in 1861, and yet it is we who owe it to the found- ing fathers to mark the city's 150 th birthday, quickly coming up in 2011. The Sesquicentennial of Ponchatoula's founding should cer- has embarked on a series of historical articles penned by Perrin tainly be a time of rejoicing, reflection, and celebration, but how that will be published in these pages every other week, titled exactly should we go about it? "Looking Back 150." That is the question posed to you, the citizens of modern-day And Perrin is expected to turn some of his written historical Ponchatoula, by Mayor Bob Zabbia and longtime columnist for works into lectures to mark the occasion, but by the high stan- The Ponchatoula Times, historian and educator Jim Perrin, who dards set when Ponchatoula celebrated its bicentennial, that is heads the Collinswood Museum. only a beginning. "We want to hear from the organizations in the city. What do Collinswood Museum is sponsoring two poster contests, one for you want to do to commemorate this important event? Whatever grades 3&4, another for grades 5&6. we decide to do, we want it done right and with detail. We want to A time capsule buried in 1961 near the old fire station will be know how deeply people want to get involved and who will step up dug up and opened, as planned when it was first interred. No one to the plate," the mayor told The Ponchatoula Times. can seem to remember what it contains. Mayor Zabbia is asking all who are interested to contact his The 100 year birthday of Ponchatoula was greeted by all man- assistant Rhonda Sheridan at City Hall (386-6306) by December ner of pageantry. All the men in town grew beards, there was a 23 with their ideas so a meeting can be set up to finalize plans, special publication devoted to the bicentennial, dances were held, If callers get a recorded message they should leave their contact and the women of the city took a strong interest in the commemo- information, ration. Former Mayor Charles Gideon was gung-ho. Lou Fitzmor- The Times has already begun its commemoration of the Sesqui- ris was in the thick of it. Richard Stilley played an active role, as centennial. Beginning with last week's maiden report, The Times did many who saw the value of the city's milestone year. Already the Ponchatoula Jaycees, Kiwanis Club, and Chain- Retired Gen. Ken Ross, three bet of Commerce are expected to step forward and take part in the planning, joining Collinswood Museum and The Ponchatoula others, cheat00leath in Gulf Times. Who else will answer the call of history? plane crash Saturday ............................................... Times Report Veteran pilot and Hammond attorney Ken Ross and three companions escaped ]a watery death in the Gulf of Mexico :On Saturday wln their Piper P46t plunged into the sea, its engine dead. A retired brigadier general i with the Louisiana Air National ! Guard, Ross has half a century of experience in the air. He was joined on what was supposed ; to be a routine business flight : to Honduras by Kelly McHugh, . co-owner and co-pilot of the .: plane and Hammond locals  Greg Drude and Gary Intravia  involved in the local real estate t,,',tt,  market. They were flying back home, from Honduras, stopping in, OUR PONCHATOUIA Cozumel, Mexico to refuel and' then heading on a straight. By OLEHARDHIDE course for New Orleans over the Gulf of Mexico. The Alligator Nancy Lowentritt's paintings are now on view at Pon- Two hours out from the Yu- Ken Ross chatoula's newest shop, Acquisitions of the Bygone! These catan Penninsula and still an are really nice new folks, Michael and Shanna Bauman do- hour away from the Louisiana solution, but all attempts to ing business where once Wholesale Antiques used to hold coast, the single-engine Piper restart the engine failed, and forth. Stop by 152 W Pine St. They are open Tues - Sun lost power 2,000 feet above the their plane was losing altitude, and open late Dec. 10 and 17! Nancy's art is also at Three gulf, and the experienced pilots Then they spotted an oil rig, Sister's Boutique, Oak St. Gallery, Mon-Fri 10-5 through began to squeeze as much dis- the West Sirius, which had Dec., 111 N Oak St, downtown Hammond, and Gallery 421, tance as they could out of a long been moved by BP for redeploy- downtown Covington Wed-Sat 10-5. Remember, we want no glide they knew could not be ment. They circled once, hoping starving artists! long enough to reach the Louisi- to catch the attention of any I don't know where C. J. Scandurro could have disap- ana coast, still 170 miles away. crew aboard, and then went peared during Christmas Lights this past Friday because At the most, the pilots knew down, expertly skipping across they would have about 40 min- he missed all those children come to visit Santa Claus in PLEASE SEE PAGE A-3 a seemingly never ending line. Funny thing though, Santa utes to try to come up with a kinda sounded like C.J. does... Just sayin'  Who would have ever thought Sparky and Ole Pinchpen- , ny were serious when they said "Miss Shirley" Welles at the tender age of 90 intended to jump out of a perfectly good " plane to celebrate her birthday. Well don't you know, she did! Geronimooooooooo! I don't think my general buddy Ken Ross would even do that. Read about his latest flying fun on page one of this week's The Ponchatoula Times. As if practicing the law isn't thrill enough. Anyway, congrats to all who made the Christmas Light- ing Celebration such a tremendous hit this year, the best ever, everyone agrees. I guess putting up with the rain last year improved our luck for this year. I just wish Santa on the Collinswood Museum porch would have sent a few of those scrumptious kids over here for gatorback rides, but I'll give him his season. The Irish gentlemen of the Ancient Order of Hibernians OPTIONS enjoys AOH event gave away a ton of sweet fruit and candies this past Satur- A special meeting with Santa was arranged for the OP- day, an old Ponchatoula tradition revived by Judge Jimmy TIONS clients by the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Kuhn, the merry elfi at their annual fruit and candy giveaway this past Satur- Were it not for Anna Maria, Lucas Martin, and sweet day in Ponchatoula. The Ancient Order is an Irish Catholic Felicity, Ole Pinchpenny would be doing his Scrooge imi- men's organization. The Florida Parishes Division is head- PLEASE SEE PAGE quartered in Ponchatoula. (Times Report) "I