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b r" .r.. ~q) ,. G,t m Ponchatoula Chamber After Hours Thursday, December 13th 5 p.m. at Regions Bank THE NEWSPAPER OF AMERICA'S ANTIQUE CITY www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes THURSDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2012 33nd YEAR NUMBER 11 50 Sure, she was a grand marshal! Yvonne Felder celebrated her 80th birthday just as her family had hoped and planned, serving as grand marshal of the Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade, a special treat for a woman whose love of local parades is legend. (Times Photo) 2012 Christmas Parade Winners MARCHING 1st - Ponchatoula High School Marine JROTC 2nd - Steppin' Out Dance School 3rd - Champ Cooper Cheerleaders DECORATED VEHICLE Ist - Queen of Erin 2013 2nd" Your Body My Business 3rd -- Keith Lott Plumbing Golf Cart NON-COMMERCIAL FLOAT 1 - Christian Life Assembly of God 2 - Strawberry Festival Board 3rd -- Just a Group of Friends COMMERCIAL FLOAT 1 - Star Equipment 2ha- Elite Signs & Designs 3 - A Touch of Class Right jolly ole elf Of course Santa himself was the high point of the Christ- mas Parade and he looked none the worse for wear, despite his long trek from the North Pole to Ponchatoula. (Times Photo) Melancon Rotarian of the Year Wayne Melancon (left) was named Rotarian of the Year at the club's Christmas party Thursday night at ROX. Trea- surer Sparky Welles is pictured presenting the award. (Times Photo) Rotary Christmas party has its share of Christmas Beauties Brandie Layrisson, Angelique Richardson, Amanda Richard, and Sarah Mitchell helped keep the Rotary party merry and bright. (Times Photo) District Judge Ernie Drake announces candidacy for First Circuit-Court-Of Appeal 2 st Judicial DiStrict Judge Pearson Jr. for six years and Ernest "Ernie" Drake Jr. (Re- thereafter formed his own firm publican, Ponchatoula) an- PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 nounces his canditlacy for Loui- siana First Circuit Court of Appeal, District 3, Division C, a seat previously held by Judge Jefferson Davis Hughes. The seat becomes available due to the election of Judge Hughes to the Louisiana Supreme Court on December 8, 2012. A special election will have to be called. Judge Drake graduated first from Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.S. degree. Hd thereafter graduated Tu- lane Law School and began :his law career in 1974. He prac- ticed law initially with Allen B Judge Drake Erin Queen, 2013 Grand Marshal Queen ofErin Lacie Zeller rides in the Christmas Parade with 2013 Krewe of Erin Grand Marshal Thomas Kuhn. The mother of two Erin queens, Leslie Zeller is pictured in the foreground. Her husband Kurt is driving. The contest is on to find the newest Queen of Erin through a competitive essay contest (see related story). Once crowned, the Erin queens reign for their entire lifetimes. (Times Photo) The contest deadline is Fri- day, February 8, 2013. Entries should be mailed to P.O. Box 2146, Ponchatoula, LA 70454. The Krewe of Erin Queen's Committee includes an SLU professor of Irish literature, a Master of Ed teacher, an SLU Phi Kappa Phi and other learned scholars who recently met and finalized the annual essay contest theme: "Famous Irish-born male inventors and their contribution to mankind." Contestants should choose from:the following list for the subject of their essay: PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 The Krewe of Erin again this year will name a queen based on the Celtic values of scholar- ship, research and fine writing in an open, blind essay judging contest for young ladies age 14 to 21. The Maids of Erin in the se- nior court will compete on the same basis as the queen, with the same qualifications. The Court of Celtic Princess- es will be open to girls from kin- dergarten to eighth grade who may write a paragraph on the queen's theme or submit an 8 x 11 drawing or other art me- dium, on any Celtic theme. By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Rose's Cantina next to Ruth Robinson's Western Union is featuring a formal Christmas Party on Saturday, December 15 benefitting Toys For Tots. Bring a toy to get in. It is also the monthly birthday party celebrating December's Alma Maintz turning the double nickel on 12-12-12 and John O growing a year older on 12-15-12, and just celebrating. It will be interesting to see what form "formal" takes at this bash, white shrimp boots? Thigh high cowboy boots? Chaps? Yet another dangerously single couple is being taken off the streets, thanks to the wedding this week of pretty Anna Pevey to Ponchatoula businessman Aaron Foret. Congratu- lations you two! And let the rest of you dangerously sifigles follow suit. Central Casting should set up shop in Our Ponchatoula, so many of you are on television these days. The latest is pretty Megan Gaudin, 20, whose wedding is to be broadcast on "Three Weddings." Ponchatoula's women, alligator hunt- ers, cypress lumbermen, and swampers appear irresistible to the American screen. Did I read that sign right? These, Oh Best Beloved, are the signs of our times. TOILET OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE USE FLOOR BE- LOW In a Laundromat: Automatic washing machines - Please remove all your clothes when the light goes out In a London department store: BARGAIN BASEMENT UPSTAIRS In an office: Would the person who took the stepladder yesterday please bring it back or further steps will be tak- en In an office: After tea break, staff should empty the teapot and stand upside down on the draining board Outside a secondhand shop: We Exchange Anything - Bi- cycles, Washing Machines, Etc. Why Not Bring Your Wife Along And Get A Wonderful Bargain? Notice in health food shop window: Closed Due To Illness Spotted in a safari park: (I sure hope so) Elephants please stay in your car Seen during a conference: For anyone who has children and doesn't know it, there is a day care on the 1st floor Notice in a farmer's field: THE FARMER ALLOWS WALKERS TO CROSS THE FIELD FOR FREE, BUT THE BULL CHARGES. Message on a leaflet: If you cannot read, this leaflet will tell you how to get lessons. On a repair shop door: We can repair anything. (Please knock hard on the door - the bell doesn't work) The Ponchatoula Times -ca - P.O. Box 743 - Ponchatoula, LA 70454-0743 - editor@ )onchatoula.com