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The Maurepas Swamp Nature Trail is the only part All others must use a . boat to access this huge tract from a limited num- ‘ ber of access points. (Note: , there is also the Swamp Walk Boardwalk located gin the Joyce WMA at the L' northern end of the Green- ‘ way; more about this in a future article.) The Maurepas Swamp has gradually ex- §5~panded to help preserve athe majority of wetlands zsurrounding Lake Mau- Vrepas and was inspired, :5 in part, by Ponchatoula’s gown Julia Sims with her gigbeautiful photos of swamp Edife published in her popu- Qar book Manchac Swamp. 13}: The Swamp Trail is 35a half-mile stroll on an 1::iabandoned oil-well access fload that ends in a lovely fihalf-acre meadow that “was once a drill pad in the middle of the swamp, a few 9";hundred yards away from ithe Lake Pontchartrain fihore. Along the way you Ewill be on intimate terms Frwith the picturesque and f flood-prone swamp and all 5 the plants and creatures within it. Bring a camera 5 for the lovely views and a ; of the huge 112,000-acre Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries f Department Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management giArea (WMA) where one can simply hop off I-10/I-55 to 5}“;the Manchac Greenway, drive up, park and stroll into “the surrounding swamp. MANCHAC R E E NWAY pair of boots just in case the path is wet. Just a half mile to the south of the nature trail is the fabulous restau- rant district down pretty Peavine Rd. in the lake- side community of Freni- er. It offers lakeside dining for those who are hungry after all that exploring in the swamp. ‘ The Maurepas Swamp WMA, along with the Joyce and Manchac WMAs, help fulfill the dream of pre- serving the natural re- sources surrounding beau- tiful Lake Maurepas in its wilderness splendor and together are the remark- able and valuable natural core of the Southeast Loui- siana Region. ' PONCHATOU LA LOUISIANA: A COMMUNITY HISTORY A new book by James M. Perrin A comprehensive history of the community from earliest settlement to today Hard bound, 318 pages, 175 photographs, indexed. $30 MAKESA GREAT GIFT! Available in Ponchatoula at: The Turquoise Coyote, Roussel’s Antiques, Heavenly Gifts, C. J.’s Antiques, the Country Market; and at e-bay. com. The book also be ordered directly from the author; James M. Perrin, 14187 Randall Ave., Hammond, LA 70403 for $35 including shipping. Times Internet Edition www.ponchatoulatimes.com .____..i Decking the halls It's official! December is here, and the trees at North Oaks hospital are decorated. This year, the garden club was only allowed a few members to trim the main lobby and emergency room trees. Gardenette chairman Anna Poland, vice presi- dent Sandra Haro and president Vicky Fannaly did the honors. Gardenettes are members of Dis- trict VI, Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc., National Garden Clubs Inc. and Deep South Gar- den Clubs Inc. TPSS announces virtual days By BRIANNA ELLIOT Times Reporter The Tangipahoa Parish School System announced virtual days for students to begin and end their win- ter break. All TPSS schools will have a virtual day on Friday, December 18. Students will be on winter break from December 18 through January 3. Monday, Janu- ary 4, will be a virtual day for all students as well. TPSS also wants to remind students and parents that students need to bring their devices home on Thursday, December 17, to be prepared for the two days of virtual learning. Better Business Bureau scam alert BBB Press Release A COVID-19 vaccine is on the way. So are the scams Government officials have already been cracking down on phony COVID testing kits and treatments. Now, they are ramping up efforts to prevent the sale of fake vaccines. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is working with the drug companies develop- ing the vaccines to stop the sale and distribution of phony versions. Also, the Federal Trade Com- mission issued warning letters to several compa- nies claiming they had a product to cure or prevent the virus. Selling fake vaccines and other treatments is likely only one of many ways scammers will try to cash in on the vaccine re- lease. Watch out for phish- ing messages attempting to trick you into sharing your passwords and per- sonal information. Con artists have already im- personated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organiza- tion (WHO) in phishing emails that claim to have news about the disease. The Better Business Bu- reau of South-Central Louisiana has also seen an increase in scams us- ing robocalls to imperson- ate government officials. How to spot a coronaVi- rus vaccine con: - Research carefully: Scammers are very cre- ative, so be skeptical of anything that seems too good or crazy — to be true. Check with your doc- tor: If you want a vaccine early, reach out to your healthcare provider. Ignore calls for imme- diate action. Don’t fall for it. - Think the link may be real? Double check the URL. make sure the URL ends in .gov (for the United States) or .ca (for Canada). Happy Anniversary December 11 Hezzie & Sandie Holden, Don & Ni- cole Iverstine December 13 Scott & Becky Durman, Joe & ToniJo Fischer December 14 Tom & Theresa Foley December 15 John & Irene Arretteig, Peanut & Cindy Colkmire, Cecil & Cindy Garaudy, Glen & Tammie Yoes, Chris & Brooks O’Connor, December 16 Mike & Wendy Muscarello Happy Birthday December 10 — Caroline Vaughn, David A. Harper, Eric Drury, Gladys Char- bonnet, Jimmy Schliegel- meyer, Joee Miller, Kyle Smith, Lloyd Dominguez, Russell Wright, Summer Luke, December 1 1 — An- thony Myers, Brittany Landiache, Dylan Ga- raudy, Ed Veatch, Ginger McKean, Glynn Fendla- son, Katelyn Shasteen, Kimberly Roberts, Larry Saltzman, Melvin DeGruy Jr., Nell Coatmeyer, Ryan Parnell, Likens Robertson December 12 — Aliska Drake, Brittany Lan- daiche, Carla VanVranck- en, Chandler Fayard, Hol- ly Whitlow Sims, Jason Ragan, Lynn Pack, Pea- nut Colkmire, Roger Ben- oit, Susan Quinn, Wendy Montalbano, Babette La- nius, Alma Limberg As- sunto Maintz, December 13 — Amy Montemayar, Anthony C. Rock III, Cookie Venable, Jessie Lusk, Justin R. Howes, Matt Gayle, Peggy Staton, Raymond Ernst, David Habisreitinger December 14 Alvin Ragan, Amanda Sistrunk, Cheryl Recotta, Dani- elle Wagner, Darlene Kinchen, Darlene Shelton, Darryl J. Lessard, Desiree Luke, Dustin Byers, Joe Arretteig, Kerri Stewart, Lisa Branch, Lisa Salta- formaggio, Madelynn Henry, Michelle Aymond, Samuel Greenfield, Syd- ney Gaskins, Terri Stew- art, Tifi'any Bass, Tiffany Hanna, Kevonya Sligh December 15 — Alecia Meyers, Autumn Myers, Cecil Garaudy, Cecilia Fletcher, Chelsea Herrick, David LeBoeuf, Delaine Warch, Derrin Ernest, Frank B. LeSaicherre, Henry Duvic, Jo Bou- dreaux, Karen Reno, Kelsi Darouse, Lawrence Ernst Sr., Morrie Felder, Nolan Williams, Penny Kinchen, Royce Feltenberger, Sid- ney Garaudy, December 16 — “Pat the Rat,” A.J. Bodker, Becky Ourso, Carol Dominguez, Chris Waits, Donald Hen- drix, Ed Sticker, Elizabeth Lanier, Horace Ory, Ida Walker, Jonathan Brun- ing, Judy Laurent, Kath- leen Muntz, Kayla Otis, . 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