There’s nothing funny about the flooding in south Livingston Parish, the worst since 1983.
And we here at The Advocate aren’t amused when typographical errors show up in our news stories.
But the ever-vigilant Marsha R. found a typo in a Tuesday Livingston Parish flood story that had me smiling:
We reported that “Law enforcement officers and firefighters continue to distribute clean-up kids, but also food, water, ice and supplies to those who need it.”
Marsha asks, “How helpful are these clean-up kids? Exactly how are they trained? Inquiring parents want to know.”
Janelle Sanders adds this tale to our discussion of TV weather reporters who love drama when covering storms:
“My husband, Ron, and I recall a few years back seeing a female reporter seated in a boat, reporting about the high flood waters of a hurricane-hit area — when in the background a gentleman carrying groceries walked into the picture behind her, showing the water to be only shin high.
“Happy to say it wasn’t one of our local reporters! Gave us a good chuckle. …e_SDRq
Karen Richard says she and her husband wonder “has anyone else noticed that Les Miles ALWAYS wears a jacket, zipped up, for every game, no matter what the temperature is?”
(My guess, Karen, is that he’s still remembering those Michigan winters. …)
Copper Alvarez of BREADA, which puts on the Red Stick Farmers Market, says the folks who sell produce and seafood at the market were hard hit by Hurricane Isaac:
“BREADA will be assisting vegetable farmers and citrus growers during recovery of damages from Hurricane Isaac in Plaquemines Parish and east of Baton Rouge.”
Help includes “gap funding for recovery, assistance with crop losses and equipment or structural damages and interim recovery assistance while getting farms and fishers back into production.”
If you’d like to donate, go to http://www.breada.org, click on “donate” and select “LA Small Farm Survival Fund.”
Betty Applin tells of her two guardian angels:
“I am 85 and unsteady on my feet. My next-door neighbors, Charles Matz and his son, Tom, bring my paper and mail up to my door every day.
“During Isaac they ran an extension cord from their generator into my house where they connected up a window air conditioner for me and plugged in my fridge, TV and a lamp.
“It was a godsend. Actually I think that puts them in the realm of archangels.
“They are wonderful neighbors, and I can’t thank them enough.”
On Saturday at 8:30 a.m. an “America Supports You Freedom Walk” will be held at the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial & Museum.
The walk is to remember “the lives that were taken on Sept. 11, 2001.”
Louisiana natives to be remembered are Lt. Michael Scott Lamana, Kevin Yokum, Louis Calvin Williams, Leo Russell Keen and Robert J. Hymel.
The Kidd museum will open at 8 a.m. Admission is free.
Bill Parker says, “A term I heard spoken MANY times in the coverage of Hurricane Isaac by both officials and the media is the word ‘hunker’ in pleading with people not to leave their homes during the storm.
“My Webster unabridged states the word means ‘to crouch, or squat with the body resting on the calves of the legs.’
“That is a mighty uncomfortable position to be in for the duration of a hurricane …
“I think better advice would be ‘Stay inside and don’t go anywhere.’ ”
Dudley Lehew, of Denham Springs, says, “Mercedes Doré’s statement that the purpose of a hurricane is to ‘move hot air from the tropics to the poles’ once again proves the infinite wisdom of nature: carefully timing the arrival of hurricane season to begin when our legislative session ends.”
Write Smiley at Smiley@theadvocate.com. He can also be reached by fax at (225) 388-0351 or mail at P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.
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