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Anyone who spends $10 or more at a dewntown shop will be entered to win the gift basket, which was generOusly donated by Berry Town Produce! In addition, throughout the week, Allen will share some favorite treatswreci- pes from last yea'f’so you can make the desserts in the comfort and safety of your, own home. Sweet Treats on Main Street is scheduled for this Satur- day, December 12 from 10a.m.— 4p.m. During the modified Sweet Treats on Main Street, the Downtown Ponchatoula Revitaliza- tion Program will also Hickory Street histor I . be hosting a chalk walk called Deck the Streets from mam-11.29111- This is a" FREE event. How- ever, Allen is asking that participants pre-register on the program Facebook or website to reserve their spot. All participants will receive a cup of chalk and a map of designated chalking stations. Busi- nesses have offered spaces in front of their shop for children to create their art. Allen will be stationed at the Ponchatoula Infor- mation Center near the Country Market distribut- ing chalk cups. “If you know anything about Ponchatoula, then you know we are passion- ate about Christmas! Be- tween our Lighting and other holiday events, Pon- chatoula residents and visitors always come out to celebrate Christmas! However, COVID-19 has impacted how we cele- brate this year. Yet, this is not stopping us from cele- brating in a safe way! Our 2020 Christmas Lighting was a huge success! It may have not looked the same as past years, but we still had a great turnout. We are hoping that these two events will do the same. Both Sweet Treats and Deck the Streets will al- low for social distancing. We ask that people' still follow the current safe- . ty. .measures that are in place. Come out and cel- ebrate the holidays safely in Downtown Ponchatou- la!”, said Downtown Pon- chatoula Revitalization Program director Faith Allen. Editor and Pubfisher hospitalized with coronavirus 'YEAR NUMBER 10 50 By JIM PERRI Historian and Educator (Part four in a Series) Continuing our stroll down East Hickory Street, we have came to the southeast corner of that street and No . h Fifth Street. _ 0 our right, fac1ng Street is the offices of the Benson Dermatol- bgy Clinic located in the former home of Edwin S. and Beatrice Fannaly Tucker. This well-known residence was renovated after Dr. Robert W.‘ Ben- son acquired the property and modified the building Ji Perrin . to suit the needs of his Educator and historian and author practice. - ., ,, chief law enforcement of- Edwm Spencer Ed ficer d_d h. father Ed Tucker, Jr., served for as 1 Is win S. Tucker, Sr. Marshal .seat with 62% of votes. Times Report Times Editor and Publisher Bryan T. McMahon was taken via Acadian Ambulance on Saturday night to North Oaks hospital after complaining of breath- ing problems. The publisher has tested positive for COVID-19 but as of publication time was doing much better and in good spirits saying, “Le Lowry, North Oaks and . Acadian Ambulance have done a wonderful job in taking care of me.” ' Please keep up with The Times for updates. . Runoff election results By BRIANNA ELLIOTT Times Reporter November’s election resulted in several runoffs. The results of Saturday’s elections are in. Luke LetIOW emerged 61% of votes and winning the Winner of the Fifth the Seat_ Congressional District The Consohdated An nontraditional tradition Hundreds of residents flooded the streets on Friday night to enjoy Ponchatoula's Christmas lights and shop. Despite the lack of the tradition- al lighting ceremony, residents were enthusias- tic about supporting local merchants during this unprecedented time. (Times Photo by Brianna El- liott) vs OUR PUNCHA TOUZLA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Wshing Pmchpeniiy the Pubsher a 1G GET WELL & 599%“ recovery 7? Can you escape ? Matthew Barattini, the owner of The Escape Warehouse, stands with his team preparing to meet with locals during the Christmas Lighting on Friday Night. Although the lobby is not com- plete, the team is excitedly finishing preparations to open in early 2021. (Times Photo by Brianna Elliott) Ponchatoula's latest source decades as Ponchatoula’s . 985 1, Email. ads@ Ponchatouiacom or visit us at ‘ www.Ponchatoulaccmiptimes cllr'k subscribe 8-1-2877 Ed Tucker (called Chief of Police Tucker after the town of Ponchatoula was officially a city) in his re- tirement years continued to work with his daughter Gloria Tucker Heitman McCarthy, in their opera- tion of a home nursery and floral shop which they had started about 1940; Looking across Hickory street at the opposite cor- ner we see the law offices of Parker Layrisson. This attractive structure, prob- ably constructed in the early 1920’s, was the long- PLEASE SEE PAGE 3 Lance Harris received 38%. Incumbent Pat Farris emerged Victo- rious in a tight runoff against Charles “Bert” Deliberto for Hammond City Marshal. Voters in District 1 also elected a represen- tative for the Louisiana Public Service Commis- sion. The November 30 election resulted in the run-off between the top candidates: Eric Skrmet- ta, who received 30% of ‘votes, and Allen Borne Jr., who won 24% of votes. The run-Off result- ed in Skrmetta receiving Drainage District No. 1 proposition for a tax re- newal passed with 65% of voters saying “yes” to the renewal of the 5 mills ad valorem tax. It is es- timated that approxi- mately $2,207,626.33 will be collected each year and used to acquire, construct, improve, and implement a Compre- hensive Master Drainage Plan within the district. The Parishwide Prop- osition for a 1 cent sales and use tax for four years also passed with 62% of the population voting “yes” for the tax renewal. of family entertainment By BRIANNA ELLIOTT Times reporter Ponchatoula’s latest addition for family entertain- ment is opening its doors in 2021! The Escape Ware- house, located at 400 SW Railroad Avenue in Poncha- toula, will begin booking games as early as January 2021. Matthew Barattini, a Ponchatoula resident, want- ed to bring a source of enter- tainment to the city, as there are very few family-centered activities available to locals. The Escape Warehouse will initially offer one escape room Within the building, hosting 6-8 players. Barat- tiniandhisteamplantoadd a scenario every 3-4 months after opening. The partici- pants Will be thrust into an immersive experience and given 60 minutes to find their way out of the room. They will also have a mo- bile unit available, which hosts three lO-minute es- cape rooms for 3-4 partici- pants available for parties and other events. QiiD