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Thursday June 13, 1985.4th Year, Number 37 THE PONCHA TO ULA TIMES Subscribers pay half price and get home delivery See coupon - Page Two ZhJ.,' ,.lq' Gov. Jimmy Davis to perform here July 12 e,,,,,, st"' Staff Report ..;;.Ojl ;2#/.0,1, c;IQ' / ;> -*,, .f ,,P .e, , w" ' )%' L , .... """> ]. ..1 K 1": .... ]., 1 K 1". ,, II. ll'RI;l'.i S ': , ; ' .,r 4. o f y .. . ,.-, $7# " ].) ...... " ";ti -q 3. j #* , . k r "" .e" .,J ...._._..,.F ,, ,.,. .......... , .... ' ..... ,..,. / #/'" .'#,t .. .e" ......: ..  , " / .... ,.I r'l" d?" "o. "'" : / / r. % . Ol.I Ih#,..., 1 ;lL,.te 820 lake chart tells history's secrets shore of the Lake Maurepas, with another Indian settlement near the mouth of the Tickfaw River. The "Indian Village" of an unnamed tribe which was located between the two lakes appears to be in the same location as the village discovered by the builders of Interstate 55, who unearthed it while rebuilding. Those who thought that Ruddock was just an isolated town of Germans should be interested in the chart's identi- fication of the area between La Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River converged at what for early traders wast the last stop before crossing the lakes. Modern fisherman and crabbers can't be faulted for looking twice at the sounding figures for lakes Pontchartrain and Manchac. They show depths in Maurepas of up to 121 feet. One reading in Lake Pontchartrain shows the lake being 171 feet deep. Current depths in either lake are only 16 feet at the deepest. Area rivers, which could not expect to change much regarding depth or breadth over the years, show readings as a large "German Settlement" with a substantially different from those on German for that was old in 1920. ent navigaitonal charts. of Madlsonville on the Tchefuncte change in the lakes over the past 165 River, long a trading center where three years is encouraged to share the infor- main Indian trails including one which mation with readers of The Ponchatoula ties in with the Natchez Trace Ta,nes by contacttng the editor at 386-2877. By BRYAN T. McMAHON Editor & Publisher The old lake chart at first glance didn't so special, but closer inspection it had quite a story to tell. a Lake Ponchartrain nearly deep. Lake Maurepas over a feet deep, with villages of Indian tribes 'situated around waters, an "Old German Fort" the town of Ruddock, long before was leveled by the hurricane, two years after a young William moved to Bookter's Landing Springfield) and a full 12 years he bought the lan d which is now lake chart in question was January 1, 1820, a scant ten after local citizens overthrew rule, took the Spanish fort in Rouge, declared West Florida a sovereign republic from Baton Rouge to the Florida panhandle, only to have the United States seize control of the new republic and take it in as part of the emerging American nation. The chart was printed 49 years before the creation of Tangipahoa Parish (formed by taking parts of Livingston, Washington, St. Helena and St. Tammany parishes). It came to the attention of Dr. Curtis Wilcox of Hammond, who shared it with Ponchatoula's Stanley Cowen, who in turn off'red this newspaper the opportudity .of copying it for the enjoyment of our reader. ,, @.f the notatirare difficult to make6,pt.with"the use oi a magrf,drtgl'glass, bufthe village of the Pascagoula Indians can be seen on what appears to be the banks of the Amite River and the village of the Biloxi Indians is notated on t'ne southwest er makes this area state soccer capital enthusiastic when asked to confirm that a merger had taken place: "As president 1 had three goals: find one location for all the games so families wouldn't have kids playing at the same time all over the parish, merge the leagues, and reorganize STYSA." He has apparently succeeded in accomplishing all three goals. Gregoire said that Holiday Inn officials will soon sign an agreement turning over 23 acres of land adjacent to the hotel to STYSA for only $10 a year, a two year renewable lease. Contributions will include office space, lavatories and lighting for four of the fields, he said. Gregoire joins Mrs. Burdett in praising the benefits of the league merger, which both say will have the affect of allowing players to comipete against, and grow up in the sport with, children their own age. And work is now being done to formally restructure STYSA, which has been incorporated as a non-profit organization. Gregoire will preside over a post-merger board consisting of 16 members, assisted by Vice President Vicki Cavaretta. The new corporation status is expected to attract business contributions to the league STYSA already had over 670 players on 30 teams before the merger and the current expansion. Hammond Soccer Club brings to the merger its 170 members on nine teams. The two leagues had split over two years ago when Hammond Soccer Club broke away from the older league in a difference of opinion over league rules which have since been worked out, according to Hammond Soccer Club officers. "The main reason we're merging is to promote soccer even more. Now we'll have the numbers we need to separate the kids according to age groups so they can advance in soccer year-by-year, By BRYAN T. McMAHON Two rival soccer associations on night quietly merged into a club serving an area including Springfield, Albany, and Independence. merger, coupled with reports y Inn on Hwy. 51 Bypass just donated a 23 acre soccer gives proof of the success of soccer in this and catapults the new unified into a leadership position of the credit goes to Ronnie of Pumpkin Center, President South Tangi Youth Soccer Associ- (STYSA). It was "Gregoie who the door for the Hammond Club to rejoin STYSA, to Ponchatoula's Mrs. Gna hopefully with the same coach," said Mrs. Burdett. The first general meeting of the combined leagues was scheduled for this past Tuesday at the SLU Student Theatre. "This thing is mushrooming," Gregoire said of the soccer movement. He said that the Holiday Inn complex will, with STYSA's plans to use moveable goals, be capable of hosting several games at the same time, with the following combinations possible, depending on field size requirements for the various age groups: up to 12 under- six games, up to nine under-eight games, up to 7 under-ten games, or six college games. With this quality a soccer complex made available, he said, plans are already on the boards to host "eight to ten tournaments a year," attracting thousands of visitors to our area. obviously pleased Gregoire was bert brings home the road projects interstate highway, I-12 east of Hammond is scheduled to be restored later this year. Plans are being completed now to resurface 1-12 from Hammond to the St. Tammany parish line, and Pistorius says that the state will advertise for bids within three months. The multi-million dollar contract will call for "cold planning"; that is, shaving 11/2 inches off the road surface and adding 2 new inches of asphalt, Pistorius said. The state wiU soon begin a $416,000 paving project at the Hammond airport, the DOTD engineer said. This will create a new parking apron for airplanes. Later the state hopes to strengthen and old, unused runway into a taxi-way at the airport, located just east o(the city. Later this year two of the largest this $650,000 project are to be received this summer. Later this month the state is scheduled to receive bids on a new, higher Ponchatoula overpass over 1-55 on La. 22 at an estimated cost of $1,292,000. Just south of Ponchatoula a mile and a half of I-5 is to be resurfaced by the state this year. This notoriously bad stretch of interstate will be restored and a new overpass will be built under the $1,157,169 contract, Pistorius said. Hebert's District: The state is planning to overlay La. 445 in Robert from La. 22 to U.S. 190. This 5-mile, $605,000 contract will also be awarded this summer, Pistorius said. Another section of badly worn Well-known priest dies in crash "Father Bill," as he was affectionately known, served as Associate Pastor ot St. Joseph Church from 1973 to 1976, according to church records. The Dominican priest was to have celebrated his 25th year in the priesthood on Saturday at the Knights of Columbus hall in Hammond, where he was stationed at Holy Ghost Church. SEE PAGE TWELVE and most long-sought road projects In the Hammond area will get underway: SEE PAGE EIGHT Rep. Dennhs Hrt (right) talks over plar (or a Jimmy Dav concert for local K, nlor dti=eM ad'th fellow Lions Club member Stanley Cowen. Hebert Is successfully attracting millions of dollars in road funds to the Ponchatoula area. (Titan Photo) By Ken Benlte Special to the Times The overlay of heavily-traveled Rd. is nearly complete, and Representative Dennis Hebert many other state-funded road will soon get underway in his two months ago Range Road known as the most dangerous road parish. Hebert asked Governor Edwin appropriate money from the funds to resurface Range Rd. and Pumpkin Center which was recently completed. only work remaining on the 106 Range Rd. contract is dressing, and this finishing should be completed this week, Hebert said. -'anwhile, another state-funded project, the four-laning of Pine in Ponchatoula is more than complete, according to of Transportation and )ment Engineer Melvin $1,847,147 contract will provide thoroughfare with a fifth lane most of the way. a mile of roadway is being 1-55 to the ICG railroad. 10 miles of La. 22 from will be ovrlayed this year, said Pistorius. Bids on A popular priest who served the St. Joseph Catholic community died in a fiery airplane crash at Central Louisiana State Hospital in Pineville Friday morning. Killed with Fr. Bill UpDeGraff, 58, in crash was Hammond businessman Joseph Pirosko Jr., 48. Both men were licensed to fly and investigators said Ptrosko was at the controls at the time of the crash. Ex-Governor Jimmy Davis will perform in a free concert appearance for area senior citizens scheduled for Friday, July 12. Sponsored by Rep. r Dennis Hebert and the Ponchatoula Lions Club, the free concert will be held in the Ponchatoula Auction Company building. Senior citizens wishing to attend the event should contact H.P. Hoover, local Legionaire who has been working with Rep. Hebert for two years in an attempt to arrange the Jimmy Davis concert. Hoover's ohone number is 386-2580. The evening of music will begin at 5:30 with an hourlong concert by local musician and recording studio owner Butch Meyn and his group. Jimmy Davis, whose "You Are My Sunshine" is an American music classic, will begin his performance at 6:30 p.m. and is expected to play until about 9p.m Since the concert is intended for senior citizens, they will have first claim on the concert hall's 2,000 seats, according to Hebert and to Lion Stanley Cowen. who worked over the weekend with the state representative and fellow Lions Club member to finalize the date. MY PONCHATOULA By OLE HARDHIDE The Alligator Hey, is anybody here? (No reply) 1 say Hey, is everybody gone? (Yup) 1 guess Ponchatoula's on vacation. And everybody has his or her own idea as to what vacationing really means. Stanley Cowen is a fine example. He tried to get away two previous times in his big cruiser (so aptly named). The first time he managed to find a sandbar in South Pass (could have been one of Pinchpenny's manatee mermaids). The second time, with the full cooperation of oldest son Ley, he managed to winch in about 20 feet of thick rope, using his propeller shaft. Know what the skipper's final vacation turned out to be? He is cruising, ever so slowly and carefully, from Ttckfaw Marina to the mouth of the Tickfaw River and before anything else can happen he's going to anchor, slide over the side into a nice propeller-free rowboat and head for the nearest safe beach to camp out with the boys. Joe Singerman's idea of a fine vacation is driving around town in the "Mayor r' Lincoln enjoying Doc Get-tt-on's air conditioning while Do(: uses Singerman's van to travel incognito to Tennessee (how many are waiting for the full report upon his return?) Ask Lawyer Troyer where he's headed for vacation, but first make sure you've visited the bathroom and taken the time to pack at least three picnic lunches to sustain you through the dawn to dusk descriptions of the fatherland (When the Ruskies learn Troyer is on his way to Western Europe do you suppose they'll buckle under and withdraw their SS-20's?). He'll probably look up a few of his French movie star lady friends from his earlier trip there (back in the days of silent film. Buddy Rottmann is reportedly planning a tour of Hammond for his big getaway, Sonny Wells was said to be packing for a trip up North, as far as Amtte from what I hear. I'll bet Harry Lavigne is well on his way to some far-off spot where few tourists ever go, and die Harry wasn't planning on going anywhere at all before Sunday's big softball game at Kiwanis Park. At least he'll have fellow Lion Maurice Hall as a companion, and it could be a very long vacation. Let me explain: Mrs. Yvonne Felder (wife of the next parish assessor and mother-in-law to Maurice) is a nice lady, but practical. She doesn't loan out the new Toyota to even (especially?) her own kids, but what the heck, Mautice was only driving it over to the park, and he did need it to tow the batbeque pit Assessor Lester bought to draw attention to his candidacy. What could possibly happen to the Iruck or its bright new windshield in just five short b:dls? (Answer:  Lavine). Ahhh it was a hot sunny day when mighty Harry came to bat. And what made it worse was the sun bouncing off the windshield of that new Toyota truck parked just outside the third base line. The thought was probably subconscious, but it affected mighty Harry's swing, which was the most powerful he had mustered since that big homer in third grade. You know what you get mixing beer with baseball?. Tinkle, tinkle went the windshield. So if you happen to go visiting Miss Ruth over at the Greyhound Station, those two mysterious fellows bundled up in hot trench coats with wide brim hats pulled down over their sunglasses are probably just Maurice and Harry waiting for the next bus out of town. (Don t leave Harry. Sherman lares needs you). I was able to duck out of the cage just long enough to visit My Lions at their picnic, but I couldn't leave the cage unattended for long so I just stopped long enough to chat with Mrs. Evelyn Hebert, who assured this alligator that her group of Betsy Rosses will have the last threads in place in the nation's largest American Flag in time for the big flag raising July 4th. (Swell ladyt) My newest Millvillians are Percy and Belle Boute' (Dalgleland is what they'll be calling the place soon if Doug and Johanna continue their program of manifest destiny). That soft weeping you hear out Wadesboro way comes from the big stuffed chair in the front room of the Teddy Kraft house where the legendary catflsherman is getting over the loss of his daughter Lisa to marriage, it all starte8 when they handed Teddy the bill. Apparently Teddy's delicate and refined Irish wife Patsy was able to put him in a sufficiently painful wrestling hold to squeeze the toast o( the sport= fishing set into a (get this) tuxedo. She had him halfway to church when it is ................................. S._E.E.PAGE TWO_