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Tanumahoa&apos;s THE PONCHATOULA TIMES, DECEMBER 23, 2010, PAGE B-l** I I I THE PONCHATOUI.A real treasure COUNTRY MARKET Der Editor" Leadership Tangipahoa is an excellent educational program that tours the parish exposing participants to important ca- tion,economic development, educa-peats Recently,health of local care,thelife:etC.topic government,of our " ......... .................................... join4 US- FOR :K m- .............  .......................  monthly ,,tour was "hidden CHIISTIS EVE" SEa'ICE treasures presented by John Dardis and the lovely ladies of Ruth Berner's Booth a treasure trove From collectible paper art, quilling, to photos of old New Orleans, Ruth Berner's Country Market booths offer some rare last minute gift ideas in a friendly setting away from the hustle and the bustle of the season. I24o t Dale Guilbeau's booth for all seasons This booth is perfect for any holiday, especially Christmas, and features some real steals for the shopper in search of unique items at very reason- able cost. Located In The Heart of Ponchatoula next to the railroad tracks ]m? Stut t< Fht Tk.  985-386-3242 18272  9, Tom ,,to Repai00. 356-8502 610 W. Pine -Ponchatoula Brakes Computer Engine Service Carburetor Tune Ups Electrical Air Conditioning Fuel Injection Hours: Monday thru Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p,m. Tang[ Tourism, Betty Stewart and Emily McKneely. Tangipahoa Parish offers a rich, wonderful world beyond popular headliner events like the Strawberry Festival, Blues & BBQ, and Old Farmers Day. For example, Independence offers Amato's, a full-service winery that produces delicious strawberry, muscadine, and blackberry wine. Hammond presents the Chil- dren's Discovery Center, a fa- cility that rivals the fun of any big-city Children's museum. Robert (yes, Robert!) hosts an even better kept secret, the Louisiana Renaissance Festi- val, an event that transports its visitors to medieval times of boastful kings, beautiful queens, and brave knights. SLU offers an entertain- ing modern storyteller, Dr. Sam Hyde, whose tales of "Bloody Tangipahoa" top any crime drama you'll see on TV. However, Tangipahoa's finest hidden treasure - by far - was found in Reggie Martin's cafe, Gina's, in Independence. No, I am not talking about his delicious spa- ghetti or lasagna. Rather, the highlight of our trip was meet- ing Mrs. Rosalie Levatino. In addition to being Reggie's mother-in-law, Mrs. Levatino is a hardworking WWII veteran who spent her 97th birthday cooking our lunch, washing our dishes, and warming our hearts with her cheerful company. The lesson of our tour was clear: Tangipahoa's best hidden trea- sures are the people who live here. Sincerely, Parker Layrisson Attorney at Law 4"30 m , . . y j .... i ........... l ......... I ............ I .. .1 .......................................... Birthday celebrated John Olsen, co-owner of Paradise, celebrated his birthday and his musical entertainment bar's first birthday this past weekend. (Times Photo) Jaycees keep tradition going Jaycee Craig Jones hangs an ornament in remem- brance of a loved one on the Ponchatoula Jaycee's special Christmas Tree, an event that began with the death of former Police Chief David Vitter. (Times Photo) May the true meaning of Christmas Be with yo u th ro ugh the New Year BAYOU PAWN 821 North Morrison, Hammond I I