Brown’s Jewelers donated Red & Ruby Heart earrings and pendant by designer Nicole Barr to be auctioned off at the 11th annual That Just Takes the Cake social to benefit the American Heart Association June 7 at the Petroleum Club of Morgan City, 500 Roderick St., Morgan City. The cocktail event will feature a photo booth for guests donated by Elegant Events of the South, silent auction, steak dinner, live cake auction and ending with music and dancing until midnight. Tickets, $50 each, are on sale by contacting Gwen Luc at 985-372-8520. From left are American Heart Association Committee member Frances Dupre of M C Bank, and Brown’s Jewelers’ customer service specialists Harold Siracusa, Carmen Loupe and Nell Hopkins.
New Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival banners were displayed Monday at the festival office on Second Street in Morgan City. About 100 banners will be distributed to Morgan City, Berwick and Patterson to hand during July, August and September. In the back row, from left, are Peggy Acosta, festival secretary; James Fontenot, Morgan City councilman; Rodney Grow, festival vice president; Greg Price, festival board chairman; Barry Dufrene Morgan City councilman; Nelson Cortez, festival board member; Lee Delaune, festival director; and Ella Darce, assistant. Front row, from left, are Louis Ratcliff, Berwick mayor; Louis Tamporello, Morgan City councilman/festival board member; Lt. Mary Gilday, festival board member; Frank Grizzaffi, Morgan City mayor; Nathalie Weber, festival president; and Chloe Felterman, festival queen.
The 2013 Red Ribbon Drawing Contest grand champion was Kristen Theriot, seventh grade at Berwick Junior High, while the Slogan Contest winner was Dwaylen Spain, 11th grade at West St. Mary High. Other drawing contest winners were Rodney Colbert, eighth grade, Franklin Junior; Madelyn Harrington, fifth grade, Patterson Junior; Alivia Crappell, first grade, Berwick Elementary; Aiyana Brent, ninth grade, Franklin High; Emma Grace Clements, second grade, St. John Elementary; Terrance Matthews, ninth grade, West St. Mary; Aidan Bennett, sixth grade, Berwick Junior High; Annabel Picard, 12th grade, Franklin High; JaQuinton Washington, sixth grade, Patterson Junior; Tania Boudreaux, 10th grade, Franklin High; Emily Rogers, fifth grade, St. John Elementary; and Shannon Owens, paraprofessional, Bayou Vista Elementary. Their work will be featured in the Red Ribbon calendar for the coming year.
Boy Scout Troop 242, chartered by the American Legion Post 242 in Calumet, visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., during spring break. The boys, along with siblings, were invited to attend a special program offered by Disney Youth Educational Series titled Introduction to Global Citizenship at Epcot. They learned about the cultures, history, politics, diversity and demographics-geography of several countries represented at EPCOT. Boys ages 11 to 17 can call for information on how to join Troop 242 at no cost. Call 985-992-0703. In the front row are Joseph Duhon, Colby Alexander, Michael Purdy, Conner Verdin, Justin Chauvin and Anthony Evans. In the back row are Aimee Galloway, Caitlin Chauvin, Ashley Duhon, Ryan Galloway, Tom Galloway, Tyler Verdin, Xian Myers and Sandra Galloway.
Berwick, Morgan City and Patterson mayors gathered Tuesday afternoon in Morgan City to sign a proclamation designating May as “Older Americans Month.” Citizens are urged to take time this month to recognize all senior citizens as powerful and vital role models who greatly contribute to the community. Among those attending the ceremony at City Hall, front from left, were Louis Ratcliff, mayor of Berwick; Frank Grizzaffi, mayor of Morgan City; and Rodney Grogan, mayor of Patterson. Back row, from left, were Grace Garrett, St. Mary Council on Aging receptionist; John Benge, St. Mary Council on Aging board member; Judith Giroir and Billy Giroir, senior community members and Mardi Gras royalty; Lisa Daigle, coordinator of the St. Mary Parish Council on Aging; Pat Blanco, board member of St. Mary Parish Council on Aging and president of “Golden Agers” of Franklin; and Beverly Domengeaux, director of St. Mary Parish Council on Aging.
Teachers are observing “Teacher Appreciation Week” Monday through Friday. A proclamation was signed at Berwick City Hall April 16 designating the days. Attending the proclamation signing were, front, from left, Patterson Mayor Rodney Grogan, Berwick Mayor Louis Ratcliff and Morgan City Mayor Frank Grizzaffi. Teachers at the signing, from left, were Kim Watson, J.S. Aucoin Elementary; Mary Wanous, Berwick Elementary; Mario Stephens, Berwick Junior High; Tessie Michel, R.N., Berwick High School; Therra Ward, Morgan City Junior High School; Michelle South, Morgan City Junior High School; Judy Owens and Heather Lorenzo, M.E. Norman Elementary; Eric Savoy, Patterson Junior High School; and Marci Sanford, Hattie Watts Elementary.
The Junior Auxiliary of East St. Mary has partnered with the three junior high schools in the Tri-City area to reward students exhibiting good character in a program called JA Gems. The following students were chosen for the third nine-weeks at Morgan City Junior High School. All of the students selected will be invited to a banquet in their honor. From left are honorees Kathyrn Stadalis, MaKenna Landry and Tirth Patel.
The Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America held a St. Mary Parish Distinguished Citizen Award ceremony Thursday night at NicoBella in Morgan City. Timothy Matte was honored as the area’s distinguished citizen and gave a speech reflecting on his service to the City of Morgan City as well as his involvement in the Boy Scouts. From left are Carlos Harbin, Scout outreach executive; Deacon Vic Bonnaffee, Central Catholic High School principal; Art Hawkins, Evangeline Area Council executive director; Louis Tamporello, Morgan City mayor pro-tem and master of ceremonies; honoree Matte, St. Mary Parish Levee District executive director; Larry Vanpelt, district vice presidetn of operations; Luke Manfre, Distinguished Citizen Dinner district chairman; Dan Duplantis, district co-vice chaiman; and Kristen Autrey, committee member.
Patterson State Bank recently made a donation to Patterson Junior High School’s Renaissance Program. The program promotes good grades and good behavior in students. Each nine weeks, students in grades five through eight who maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average and have no referrals, receive a special card called the Renaissance Card. There are various levels of the Renaissance Card depending on the student’s grade point average. The students that earn a Renaissance Card receive a special lanyard, “Jacks Bucks” (to use in the school’s “Jack Store”) and free dress passes along with other treats the students may also earn. From left are Alisha Scadlock, special education provider; Pam Manuel, PSB financial services representative; and Dawn Chaisson, assistant principal.