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Fine Food & Entertainment i Stars of Christmas The Alissa Rowe Carolers of SLU were a hit at the An- cient Order of Hibernians "An Irish Christmas" program held Sunday. (Times Photo) Krewe of Erin Queen Lauren Zeller (2011) helped Santa (Times Photo) Mary Pirosko used her talent Longtime broadcaster and advocate for retarded citizens Mary Pirosko em- ceed Sunday's Irish" Christ- mas program at Bantaa's Le Fleur de Lis benefitting TARC and OPTIONS. The afternoon of Irish song and dance was sponsored by the local division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). Judge Jimmy Kuhn chaired the successful event. (Times Photo) .... Miss Poppy Shelbilyne Mott (Times Photo) Ready to play like Coltrane PJHS Band saxophonist Jake Dougherty, 12, is pho- tographed at a post-parade party at Dun McMahon. Famed local Jazz sax man Eddie Veatch may have a talented prot g( in Jake Dougherty. (Times Photo) Queen of Erin Lacie Zeller (Times Photo) AOH fundraiser a success President of the Ponchatoula-based Florida Parishes Di- vision of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Dr. Mar- gin Kearney presents a $9,000 check to representatives of TARC and OPTIONS following Sunday's successful "An Irish Christmas" fundraiser at Bantaa's Le Fleur de Lis. Judge Jimmy Kuhn chaired the event. (Times Photo) SJS Bell Choir (Times Photo) VIP float Ponchatoula First Lady Kim Zabbia, Mayor Bob, City At- torney Ernie Drake III, and Lacy Harper are pictured rid- ing the officials' float in the parade. Miss Lacy was keeping track of sisters Lilah and Elly Schexnayder who are not pictured here but were onboard. (Times Photo) A happy child forever Councilman Vergil Sandi- fer appeared happier than any child on the parade route as he threw from the float bearing elected city officials and their spouses. Riding with Sandifer were Lilah and Elly Schexnayder accompanied by Miss Lacy Harper. (Times Photo) Pride on parade Kathleen Newton Mott, one of the fabled Queens of Erin and mother of the reigning Miss Poppy, Shel- bilyne Mott, was one happy Parader. (Times Photo) THE PONCHATOULA flMES, DECEMBER 13, 2012, PAGE 3, An original story, special to The Times "Hey! Be careful with "that, brother!" Red cried as he saw a bag- gage handler carelessly sling his upright baLSS onto the luggage platform. "I make a living with that thing!" He continued as he jumped onto the platform and began to inspe :t his instrument. "Then don't you think you should put it in a case, kid?" the handler retorted as he went about unloading the remainder of his cart. "It looks like hell." Red began tightening the strings and played a few notes, "Nah, she sounds good, and I can't afford a case, anyway." It was December 13, 1947. Red, a sixte?n-year-old kid/bass player, had arrived in Chicago two days early to join a band already touring that part of the country, and had instructions to meet the band leader's brother, Arbie, at the Illinois Central platform. Arbie was going to watch after Red at his home for a day or so while they waited for the rest of the band to catch up. ' rou must be Red!" Arbie shouted from the platform. "I am. Did the hair give me away?" "No. It's your piece of crap bass, kid. My brother told me about that thing. Is it true that you sleep with it?" "Only if it's cold outside and I'm lonely!!" Red cheerfully re- sponded a:s he jumped down to the platfo:cm and took Arbie's hand. "Nice to meet you, Arbie. Thanks four putting me up." Arbie Ciibson was a man of medium height, medium build, and a milLd mannered disposi- tion. He was the sort of fellow wh,o could blend into a crowd of people ne arly anywhere in the coumtry. !He and his brother, Ar% both had a passion for mu- sic, but Arbie had taken a more practical ]route to earn a living. He was a factory worker for a tool comic,any. Arbie's specialty was manufacturing screwdriv- ers. Arbie was also a damned fine mus!ician, and would occa- si,onally write a song that was good enough to sell to a record- ing artist. He wrote and played PLEASE SEE PAGE 4 Garden ot! the Mo nth The Gardenettes Garden Club of Ponchatoula recog- nized Sherry Klein of 454 East Oak the November "Gar- den of the Month" recipient. The quaint cottage-style gar- den is maintained by Sherry hersellf. She shared that her property was once an early brickyard on the east side of down. Many of the bricks u,, ed to c:ontain her flower beds were dug from the property'. Boxwood shrubs are planted across the front of the house and a,c',cented with a mixture of annuals of coleus, periwinkle, !pansy and blue liriope. Two oak trees accent the side flow r beds with ornamental sweet potato vines of the "Blacki " and "Margarita" vari- ety used as ground covers. Three window boxes in front of the house have trailing sweet potato vines also. A post to the carport is wrapped a ja smine vine, and a potted poinsettia accents a circular flow er bed in the center of the yard. Sherry has a charmbag bench to sit and rest a while that holds an umbrella to shield 3 ou from the sun while you relax. Gardenettes are a Ponchatoula garden club and are members of District VI Louisiana Garden Club Federation Inc. (LGCF) and members of the; Deep South Region of the National Garden Clubs Inc. (NGC). Pictured (left to right) are Sherry Klein and Ga:rdenE tte member Kathy Bruce. (Gardenette Photo) NOW HIRING Sell or Buy Anything You want Just ;6.49 for 20 words -- Ask about Statewide Classifieds -- Call 98/386-2877 or edito, @ponchatoula.com