A crowd gathered on Front Street in Morgan City Friday afternoon to dance and listen to music during Rhythms on the River, which featured the Don Rich Band. The free concert, held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., kicked off a series of nine which will be held through May 31. The lineup for the coming weeks is Nik L. Beer, Friday; South 70, April 19; Krossfyre, April 26; TK Hulin, May 3; Jamie Bergeron, May 10; Chubby Carrier, May 17; Good Feelin’ Band, May 24; and Déjà Vu, May 31.
Boy Scout Troop and Cub Scout Pack 242 of Calumet recently visited the Greenwood Alligator Farm in Gibson. The boys learned about the habitat and harvesting procedures of the reptiles and had an opportunity to view gators up close and personal. Troop and Pack 242 serve the Patterson, Centerville and Franklin areas. For membership information, call 985-992-0703.
Morgan City Rotary Club members hosted Berwick High School students at a recent luncheon where the students spoke about their school activities and their education plans. From left are Ashleigh Dupuy, Alva Graves, Cecely Landry, Joshua Engleton and Rotary student visit director Monsignor Douglas Courville.
During the Lenten season at Holy Cross Elementary this year, students and teachers in each of Holy Cross’ 17 classes, grades Pre-K3 through 6, visited more than 20 homes in the neighborhood of the school. Students followed Jesus’ example of loving others and prayed with the neighbors. Pictured are Sherrel Landry’s Pre-K3 class with Mr. and Mrs. Alden Vining. Shown are Landry, Grant Kirkpatrick, Jaidyn Montet, Spencer Fuhrer, Noah Arias, Adalyn Michel, Riley Rogers, Alayna Tran, Beau Leblanc, Steven Clements, James Sanders, Emma Lind, and Abigail Clements. Standing are Alden Vining and Rose Marie Vining.
A Patterson man was injured when the motorcycle he was riding was involved in a three-vehicle accident at U.S. 90 and Delmar Avenue in Bayou Vista. Daniel Dobbs, 27, was driving a 2004 Suzuki, according to Tfc. Stephen Hammons, state police Troop I public information officer. The driver of the 2000 Nissan Altima was Tabitha Ghirardi, 24, of Berwick, who was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign with minor injury. The motorcycle also hit a 2005 Pontiac driven by Valerie Crappell, 43, of Morgan City who was not cited, Hammons said. The Bayou Vista Volunteer Fire Department responded with two fire trucks, one rescue truck and 21 personnel at 4:36 p.m. Dobbs was treated and released from Teche Regional Medical Center, according to Sabrina Roy, hospital spokeswoman.
Madison Connoly of M.E. Norman Elementary was recently named M.E. Norman’s February Student of the Month. From left are St. Mary Parish Deputy Earl Johnson, reading listener and mentor; Connoly; Principal Elaine Cureton, and reading listener and mentor Herman Hartman.
Rachel Lemoine was crowned Patterson Cypress Sawmill Festival queen during the pageant held Saturday at the Patterson Area Civic Center. Named festival king was Dr. Lee Craddock of Patterson. The festival will be held April 5 to 7 at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson. At the end of the festival on April 7, the new royalty will begin their reign. Craddock is a Mexico, Mo., native. He received his bachelor’s degree from Southern Missouri University in Springfield, Mo., and a doctorate from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn. He has been the optometrist for Wal-Mart Vision Center in Bayou Vista for 17 years. The Patterson Rotary Club member has been involved with Sawmill Festival for about five years. He and his wife, Tammy, have three daughters. Lemoine is a Patterson High School senior and the daughter of Ellen Lemoine of Patterson and the late Glenn Lemoine.
Cafeteria workers Mary Thompson and Janet Aucoin at Holy Cross Elementary School created and decorated a table in honor of St. Joseph on March 19. The table was blessed by Holy Cross Church Deacon Andrew Dragna and viewed by all of the students of both Holy Cross Elementary and Central Catholic High School. Pictured are Deacon Andrew Dragna, first grade students Alexa Laubach, Layla Richoux, Jack Lipari, Jayvyn Raymond, Kylie Potter, Sofia Kiyanfar and Doris Bertrand, cafeteria manager Diane Amador, with Freda Jones, Thompson and Aucoin.
The newest downtown Morgan City eatery is Café FloMingo’s at 119 Everett St. The café is open Mondays through Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 6 a.m. to 3 a.m. and Saturdays from 6:30 a.m. to 3 a.m. The menu ranges from breakfast foods and lunch combinations to a kid’s menu. Cutting the ribbon is co-owner Flora Morris as co-owner Sonja Mingo and Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi, left and right of bow respectively, look on with a host of family, friends, St. Mary Chamber of Commerce officials and well-wishers. The chamber sponsored the ribbon cutting.