Area briefs for Dec. 1, 2012

City hosting sale
on bins and barrels

Baton Rouge residents can buy a discounted backyard compost bin or rain barrel plus pick up free mulch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, 1702 Foss St., according to a city-parish news release.

Compost bins that retail for $100 will be on sale for $30 and rain barrels that retail for $150 will be available for $45. Nature’s Best Organics will offer free mulch, one scoop per pickup or load-your-own container.

A total of 1,300 compost bins and rain barrels will be available while supplies last in this city-parish subsidized program. The “Earth Machine” compost bin is made of black recycled plastic, has a 10.5-cubic foot capacity, a 10-year warranty and fits easily into an average sized sedan. The “Systern” Rain Barrel has a 55-gallon capacity, is made of recycled plastic and comes partially assembled. Residents who wish to purchase both a compost bin and rain barrel should bring a four-door sedan, pickup, SUV or hatchback.

National Guard
to host ceremony

The Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team is scheduled to host a change of command ceremony on Cajun Field at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The unit’s outgoing commander, Col. Jacques D. Thibodeaux, of Baton Rouge, has commanded the 256th since April 2011 and has served in the National Guard for 28 years. He works for the U.S. Department of Justice’s U.S. Marshals Service in New Orleans as a supervisory deputy marshal.

The incoming commander is Col. Keith Waddell, of New Roads. Waddell mobilized during Operation Iraqi Freedom and served as battalion commander of the Multinational Division-Baghdad. Waddell has served in the Louisiana National Guard for 17 years. He is a teacher and coach at Sam Houston High School.

The 256th is the Louisiana National Guard’s largest unit and its history dates back to 1769. The brigade has been called to duty in almost every major conflict since the American Revolution. Since the start of the global war on terrorism, the more than 3,000-member Tiger Brigade has deployed in 2004 and 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Thibaut to speak
at Press Club

State Rep. Major Thibaut will speak at the Baton Rouge Press Club on Monday.

Thibaut, D-Oscar, will discuss the comprehensive restoration plan for False River, which is designed to improve the oxbow lake’s habitat for commercial and recreational fishing, as well as for recreational use.

Press Club meets Mondays at De La Ronde Hall, 320 Third St., downtown. Lunch, which is served at 11:30 a.m., is $12 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

The public is invited, but only members of the Press Club and the news media are allowed to ask questions during the question-and-answer portion of the program.

Compiled from staff reports and news services.