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II III I I I www.ponchatoula.com/ptimes I I III IIII I I I Remembering Robert Marie Troyer places an ornament on the Jaycee's remem- brance Christmas Tree in honor of her late husband, for- mer City Attorney Robert Troyer. The Ponchatoula Poetry :Society purchased ornaments for its co-founder Troyer and for member the late Terry Ann McMahon. (Times Photo) Hanging an ornament for breast cancer victim is police chiefs honor Police Chief Bry Layrisson stepped in to place ornaments on the Jaycee's remembrance Christmas Tree in memory of a local citizen felled by breast cancer. The chief's mother has been waging a successful battle against breast cancer. (Times Photo) Remembering "Grand Ma-Ma" Jaycee Christina Rusca assists Lucas and Anna Maria Sanchez as the children place an ornament on the remem- brance Christmas tree in honor of their grandmother, the late Terry Ann McMahon. The ornament was provided by the Ponchatoula Poetry Society. (Times Photo) Clubs celebrate Christmas Special to The Times Ponchatoula Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs had their annual Christ- mas party at O'Donnell's Restaurant. The crowd was festive and Morris, a long time volunteer enjoyed the music of Eddie Ve- in the city, was awarded a spe- atch who was accompanied by cial plaque, presented by Pon- Malcolm Lanius. chatoula Rotary President Wil Prior to the meal, Mrs. Addle Richardson and Kiwanis Presi- I I THURSDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2010 I Zabbia Administration gets clean audit report Auditors found the City of Ponchatoula in compliance with all state and federal requirements, the people's finances in order, au- ditors told the Ponchatoula City Council. "This was a pretty intense audit, especially with the fed- eral funds involved," said May- or Bob Zabbia, referring to the huge haul of federal grants he and his staff attracted, thus saving the city from financial disaster in the form of drasti- cally reduced sales tax income attributed to the recession. Instead of layoffs and a lack of city progress caused by the na- tional economic crisis, construc- tion crews are busy on a num- ber of projects in Ponchatoula addressing city infrastructure: drainage, sewerage, sidewalks and signage- all paid for with state and federal grant money won by the administration. Police Chief Bry Layrisson sweetened the news at Monday's City Council meeting with news of a police grant worth $116,000 over three years to help pay the salary of an additional officer. In closing comments at the end of Monday's meeting Coun- cilman Vergil Sandifer praised Zabbia on the "clean" city au- dit and, in concert with fellow council members, wished every- one a Merry Christmas. In his final comments the mayor lauded the service of veteran police officer Mike McAlistair who is retiring. He also commended the city's mer- chants and Chamber of Com- imerce on a super successful Celebration of the Lights and other downtown Christmas cel- ebrations. Ponchatoula Lions Club gifts police and firefighters with Christmas hams again this year (Times Photo) dent Dianne Crim. The plaque recognized "Miss Addle" for her many community contributions over the years; she was also recognized for her baking abili- ties. She provides pecan pies for the annual Kiwanis/Rotary Thanksgiving dinner for senior citizens. After dinner, Tom Fry was presented a plaque as Rotarian of the Year. Fry worked tireless- ly on coordinating the weekly speaker program as well as having a constant presence whenever there was a Rotary function. Angelique Daigle was award- ed the "Addle Morris Commu- nity Service Award" for her ef- 'forts in many activities in the 'community. 29th YEAR NUMBER 11 50 CENTS Judge Kuhn named AOH Member of the Year Louisiana Ancient Order of Hibernians Member of the Year Judge Jimmy Kuhn (left) and AOH President Dr. Martin Kearney are pictured at Sunday's Christmas party. (Times Photo) OUR PONCHATO ULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Though I hate, just hate, to admit it, Ole Pinchpenny the Pub- lisher has a point. The most painless shopping (and guys, for you that means last minute shopping) can be accomplished in Our Ponchatoula best of all. His series on the Ponchatoula Country Market was spot on. It is Santa's Workshop South. And the prices can't be beat. The same of course can, and should, be said about the entire Antique City. I ask you, what is the point of shopping at a big box store identi- cal to the ones all over the country where the people you are gift- ing do their shopping? Here we sit on shop after shop of the most unique gifts in the nation. And our great restaurants offer gift cer- tificates which, if you are intending to purchase a wildly flapping chicken for your favorite alligator, just can't be beat. I mean, do you think Wally World offers quilling? Ruthie Berner does, at our Country Market, where you can also purchase excel- lent examples of fretting, which would leave the folks at Dillards scratching their heads if you asked to see some samples. The Landry Family turned out to wish Paradise (now that's a name for a music-centered tavern in the middle of downtown) a Happy First Birthday: Mary Ann, Cherry, Ronald "Pooka," Der- rick, Karen and Becky, to name just a few. Terry Perrin (Junior and Senior) keep Our Ponchatoula hum- ming, toe tapping, singing and serenading. Germany wishes it had the beer selection available at The Pon- chatoula Pub, which is a good thing, except on nights like Friday when at least three separate police checkpoints were doing a brisk business, in town. Suds lovers, move into town and learn how to walk. Congratulations to Microters Renee Brown who coordinated a chauffeur service for her guests on New Years Eve. But let's get through Christmas first! Ole Pinchpenny must have got some dust in his eyes the day he said goodbye to grand- children Lucas and Anna Maria as they boarded a jet for Venezu- ela for Christmas. Sure, Brendan and Landis' Felicity can get the Irish smile going again. She's not old enough yet to march out of the Ponchatoula Cato, jab an imperious finger in the air an intone "Taxi" like she was in Paris, France, like her cousin Anna Maria, but give her time. The Ole Hardhide family is scattered all over the swamps so, if you are lucky enough to have yours with you, hold them tight, and wish them and I am wishing you, a very Merry Christmas. o: