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Jealous of The Holloways? They have indoor, outdoor kitchens; brick fireplace in pool house

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Derrick and Tessa  Holloway enjoy their pool house, which contains a large brick fireplace, several seating areas, a modern kitchen and a marble-topped island with seating on one side.

Derrick and Tessa Holloway started with the idea of adding an outdoor bathroom by their pool so their two little boys wouldn’t have to come into the house in their wet bathing suits. By the time they finished, they had a large pool house with both indoor and outdoor kitchens, a brick fireplace,… Continue reading →

Community column for Oct. 24, 2014

Photo provided by Annette Marie -- Ramblin' Readers -- Former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his biographer, Leo Honeycutt, spoke to the Ramblin' Readers Book Club on Oct. 13 at Ruth's Chris Steak House. Show are, from left, Becky Patterson, Linda Green, Sondra Pilgreen, Donna Lerma, Gypsye Bryan, Honeycutt, Edwards, Sherry Brock, Pat Addison, Gail Nettles, Annette Mire and Donna Jenkins.

Ramblin’ Readers hear Edwards, Honeycutt Former Gov. Edwin Edwards and his biographer, Leo Honeycutt, spoke to the Ramblin’ Readers Book Club on Oct. 13 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Members asked them about their collaboration on Honeycutt’s book, “Edwin Edwards, Governor of Louisiana,” which members read during their current study of Baton Rouge, and Edwards… Continue reading →

LSU Legends forum to discuss education

“Education Reform in Louisiana: Progress or Regress” is the topic for the LSU Legends Forum scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday in 225 Peabody Hall at LSU. Panelists are Herman Brister Sr. and Ron Johnson, of East Baton Rouge Parish schools; Kenneth Fasching-Varner and Roland Mitchell, of the LSU School of Education; Derrius Montgomery, of Stand for Children… Continue reading →

Use caution with lawn winterizer

Photo by JOHN WOZNIAK -- To maintain a healthy lawn through winter, avoid applying nitrogen fertilizers after August.

Winterizer lawn fertilizers are heavily promoted and are in stores now. People often ask if they should use them. “The truth is, most winterizers sold are not really designed for southern turfgrass species such as St. Augustine grass or centipede grass but are perfect for Kentucky bluegrass or other northern ‘Yankee’-type grasses,” says LSU AgCenter turfgrass specialist… Continue reading →

Here are 10 new ways to try butternut squash

Photo by Helana Brigman  --  Butternut Squash With Dried Cranberries and Honey-Infused Vinaigrette is a takeoff on the popular carrot and raisin dish.

Just as you’re finally finishing up the mounds of zucchini that have haunted you all summer, autumn’s overabundance of butternut squash hits you. Time for some fresh ideas. But before we get cooking, let’s talk prep. Butternut’s thick skin and rock-hard flesh can make the peeling, seeding and chopping part of the meal a challenge.… Continue reading →

Side Dish: Savor these cookbooks over holidays

Just in time for the fall holiday season come “Southern Holidays” by Debbie Moose and “Sweet Potatoes” by April McGregor, the latest additions to the University of North Carolina Press’ delightful “Savor the South” series of cookbooks that looks at the favorite foods and culinary traditions of the American South. Like the eight previous volumes in the planned 24-book… Continue reading →

How pianist Mary Grace Gellekanao -- with only one hand and an undersized leg -- plays concerts for charities

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- A small crowd gathers to hear Mary Grace Gellekanao play at Mid City General Hospital on Oct. 3.  Gellekanao said she has been drawn to music since the age of 6, and credits God and her family for the discovery and cultivation of her talent.

Born in the Philippines with only one hand and an undersized right leg, Mary Grace Gellekanao embarrassed some in her family, who told her to stay in her room when people visited. “I didn’t have any friends. I had nobody to talk to,” she said. “As a kid, I didn’t know what was going on. When… Continue reading →

Common Ground: Southern Law Center to host event to highlight progress made in racial diversity

Civil rights lawyers have litigated for human rights through the decades, resulting in landmark decisions that have changed America for the better. There’s Brown vs. Board of Education, which 50 years ago made it unconstitutional to allow separate public schools for black and white students, and the Civil Rights Act of 1954, which outlawed discrimination based… Continue reading →

Pam’s Party Line for Oct. 22, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- Live United --- Jammin' at Capital Area United Way's 27th annual Jambalaya Jam are, from left, John Turner, V Goss, Jerry Fischer, CAUW President Darrin Goss Sr. and incoming CAUW board President Ralph Bender.

Downtown’s North Boulevard Town Square was the happening spot Oct. 9 as the Capital Area United Way held its 27th annual Jambalaya Jam. It raised an additional $71,700 toward this year’s campaign. Jambalaya Jam Reigning over the festivities as Jam Queen was LSU Gymnastics coach D-D Breaux. I had fun hanging out in… Continue reading →

LSU homecoming: Meet the court, see the event schedule

Jacob Phagan

LSU Homecoming festivities are this week, concluding with the big game against the Ole Miss Rebels on Saturday night in Tiger Stadium. The theme of this year’s Homecoming is “Louisiana State of Mind.” The Homecoming parade begins at 11 a.m. Saturday. Members of the Homecoming Court include queen candidates Catherine Briley, a biological engineering major… Continue reading →

‘House Hunters’ to feature Baton Rouge Realtor, Gonzales family on Wednesday

A Baton Rouge Realtor and a Gonzales family will be featured on Wednesday’s episode of HGTV’s “House Hunters.” Theresa Luckett, who works for Keller Williams Realty, will help Jace and Josh Strahan and their son Sawyer find a home in Gonzales. The family has been staying with relatives since they sold their home. They’re in… Continue reading →

Essential tricks for a quick and elegant Halloween look

Photo by Chris Bynum --  Bewitching wrapture: Halloween-theme embroidered shawl, $130, Judyís at The Rink

If you are bypassing the costume party and heading out to dinner Halloween night, you can still conjure up a bewitching edge. Think Maleficent-meets-Holly-Go-Lightly. Start with a little black dress, add the color orange by any other name — pumpkin, coral, cayenne, tangelo — and stir the caldron of options. There are more… Continue reading →

4-H for the future: Agricultural group changes focus to suburban society

Photo provided by 4-H Youth and Family Development -- Alexandra Dupont, an 18-year-old archer from Lake Charles, competes in a 4-H shooting sports tournament.

A remote island needs help to get food after a natural disaster. Planes can’t land there, and ships can’t dock. It’s up to 40 fourth- and fifth-grade 4-H club members gathered at the St. Helena Arts and Technology Academy cafeteria to find a solution. “Are you ready to put… Continue reading →

Community News, Oct. 21, 2014

Photo provided by SUSAN BARRY -- Women's Tennis Association -- The Baton Rouge Women's Tennis Association held its monthly fun tournament Oct. 13, followed by a luncheon at Oak Lodge Reception Center. Shown are, from left, Sharon Naquin, Lynn Buzhardt, Janet Babin, Amie Stagg, Stephanie Maciasz, Paula Broussard, Kay Lambert, Alicia Periloux and Liza Oaddourah.

Tom Davidson spoke about the Garyville Northern Railroad and other railroads and sawmills in Livingston Parish to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on Sept. 18. Davidson said he got a lot of his information from and recommended the site for research. There were… Continue reading →

Ziggy Marley’s reggae music follows family tradition

Photo by MALIA JAMES -- Ziggy Marley

When Ziggy Marley, son of reggae music’s brightest star, Bob Marley, performs onstage and writes songs that contain meaning and messages, he’s following family tradition. “Most of my family is musicians,” the Kingston, Jamaica, native said last week from his second home, California. “Going back to my grandmother and my grandfather, on both sides… Continue reading →

Flip your food: Cooking show gives health options to local favorites

Photo provided by Triple 7 Public Relations -- Chef Jeff Henderson shoots a segment of 'Flip My Food' in New Orleans recently while Heather Yowler watches.

Keep it simple, Jeff Henderson says. Embarking on his fourth television cooking series, the Las Vegas chef says “Flip My Food” is all about taking an original dish and making it a little healthier. And that’s possible even with the calorie-rich cuisine for which Louisiana is famous. The syndicated show, which travels to a different… Continue reading →

Snack on the go: Baton Rouge entrepreneur hopes 'Iconic' builds new genre

Photo provided by Be Well Nutrition Inc.Billy Bosch, a Baton Rouge native, markets the

A new protein drink now on the shelves in New Orleans could help establish an entirely new genre of beverage.
The Louisiana-born co-founder of the Iconic healthy “lifestyle beverage” promotes his product as a “snack drink.”
“It’s a whole new realm of drink, and one that we think is on the rise,” said Billy Bosch, a 31-year-old LSU alumnus.
Iconic is… Continue reading →

Chance visitor’s side seating at Southern game begins 40-year friendship for two families

Photo provided by LILLIAN BROWDER -- Jesse and Mary Spriggins, left, and Lillian and Walter Browder will continue their 40-year friendship that started when they sat next to each other at a Southern University - Jackson State game. The trophy goes with the family whose team wins the game, which is slated for Saturday, Oct. 25.

Forty years ago, Walter and Lillian Browder decided to introduce their 2-year-old twins to their passion for Southern University football. As it turned out, that wasn’t the only introduction that took place that day. Choosing the visitors’ side of the field because the home side was full, the Browders sat on the opposite sideline near Jackson… Continue reading →

Saints medals give the faithful something to hang onto

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Saints Medals

With the Saints at 2-3, fans are hoping and, in some cases, praying that today’s game against the Detroit Lions will change the team’s momentum. Rob Clemenz, owner of the New Orleans religious medal business Saints for Sinners, has just the thing to help: a collection of medals imported from Italy and painted with… Continue reading →

You have to start somewhere

A national holiday has come and gone with little or no notice from the public. The holiday was National Newspaper Carriers Day. I’ll go a step further — bet you didn’t know that there is a Carrier Hall of Fame! My first job was as a carrier for our hometown newspaper, the McAlester News Capital in… Continue reading →

About Town for Oct. 19, 2014

WHAT: The Baton Rouge Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation’s Candlelight Vigil WHEN: 5-6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19 WHERE: Mount Zion Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd., Baton Rouge DETAILS: The vigil will honor those who lived with sickle cell disease. Family members are invited and welcome to bring photos of their loved ones. BRSCAF recently… Continue reading →

Grand Coteau to host Festival of Words event

GRAND COTEAU — The Festival of Words is set for Nov. 6-8 in Grand Coteau. The festival features literary readings by authors; creative writing workshops in public schools and community centers; and a community stage for open mics. Festival authors include Luis Alberta Urrea, Louisiana poet laureate Ava Leavell Haymon, Latasha Weatherspoon, Roddie Romero… Continue reading →

Lafayette poet to be honored with French prize

Kirby Jambon, a poet from Lafayette, has become the first Louisianian honored with the Henri de Régnier prize from the Académie Française. The French prize is, according to a news release, the highest and most prestigious award in support of literary creation. Jambon received the award for his poetry collection, “Petites Communions: Poèmes, Chansons et Jonglements,”… Continue reading →

Pam's Party Line for Oct. 19, 2014

Advocate staff photo by PAM BORDELON --- With Deana Martin, center, moments before she took the stage kicking off the Columbus Day Festa Oct. 11 are Nickie Dimaio, Frank Arrigo, Phillip Cancilleri and John Griffeth.

I met myself coming and going last week. I also have to give a shout out to the staff at Juban’s for supplying Deana Martin with a martini glass for her performance kicking off Columbus Day Festa. But first, Woman’s Hospital jazzed up its Pink on the Plaza Oct. 12 silent auction event by adding the Bust Breast Cancer… Continue reading →

14 to be presented at Karnival Krewe de Louisiane ball

Olivia Abadie

Karnival Krewe de Louisiane has announced 14 young women to be formally presented as its 2015 debutantes at the group’s 28th annual Mardi Gras Ball on Jan. 30 at the Baton Rouge River Center. They are Olivia Roy Abadie, daughter of Creighton and Amy Abadie; Anna Haspel Aronson, daughter of Mark and Laurie Aronson; Allison Elizabeth Bridges,… Continue reading →

New Orleans author leads readers on ‘The Last Great Walk’

Photo provided by Wayne Curtis --

Author Wayne Curtis takes a seat, facing me with his back to the tall windows of his Uptown home. I can see outside, where I note a steady stream of walkers on the street. Curtis has returned a few days earlier from his annual trip to Maine, where he spends four months “at the edge of nowhere”… Continue reading →

N.O. voices captured well in characters’ stories

'You Don't Know Me' by James Nolan

“You Don’t Know Me: New & Selected Stories” by James Nolan. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2014. $20. Anyone who is familiar with New Orleans knows it is home to a population that is soulful, proud, creative and often quirky, to say the least. No… Continue reading →

Take rhyme journey with ‘New Orleans Mother Goose’

New Orleans Mother Goose

“New Orleans Mother Goose” by Ryan Adam. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $17.99. Marita’s Gentry’s gorgeous illustrations make New Orleans jump off the pages in this fun take on various New Orleans themed-nursery rhymes. Ryan Adam takes readers on journeys throughout New Orleans and Louisiana with each rhyme… Continue reading →

Comedy deals with confronting prejudice

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Pharus Jonathan Young, played by Christian Jones, speaks to the members of the choir Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, during New Venture Theatre's rehearsal for its upcoming production,

The first time Greg Williams Jr. saw a production of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s “Choir Boy” he wanted to stage it. “When the show was over, I just sat there for five minutes. I knew I’d seen something incredibly special,” says Williams, artistic director for New Venture Theatre. “It was very simple, very powerful.” The play… Continue reading →

‘Awakening’ actors fulfill dream

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Thea, played by Natalie Sibille, dances during Theatre Baton Rouge's rehearsal for its production of 'Spring Awakening' at The Studio in Baton Rouge.

For the stars of Theatre Baton Rouge’s “Spring Awakening,” the chance to appear in the dark, explicit play is a dream come true. “It is the epitome and critical musical of our generation and our time,” said actor Jacob Voisin. “This is a dream show of mine and Moritz was a dream role of… Continue reading →

Arts Calendar for Oct. 19, 2014

Here’s what’s going on this week in the area arts and cultural scene: BREC’s Baton Rouge Gallery, 1515 Dalrymple Drive, is hosting children’s fall classes, “Saturday Studio: Investigating 20th Century Artists,” 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, beginning Oct. 25. The class fee is $75 per person for four weeks with materials included or one session… Continue reading →

Patricia Gannon: What not to say to the seriously ill

Michael Doumit, Darrellyn Burts, Keith Derouen

Society used to have ways that the miserable among us could warn people to treat them gently, such as black clothes, black-edged writing paper or black wreaths on the door. But those were the days before the Internet notion that what everyone really needed was complete disclosure. Enter the seriously ill, who now must not… Continue reading →

La. church establishes mission, ties in tiny village

Photo provided by The Mission Church -- The fifth mission team to Haiti in 2014 was, from left, Michael Perez, Cullen Chapin, Youth Pastor Jon Vidrine, Jim Grega, Andrew LaBorde, Erika LaBorde, Conner Chaffin, Tammy Chaffin and Bruce Chaffin. This was the fifth trip to Haiti for the father-daughter LaBordes, and the second trip for the Chaffins as their vacation.

During a post-earthquake mission trip to Haiti in 2010, Deven Pedeaux got a message from God. “Pastor Deven said he felt like God said, ‘Go to Jeremie,’ ” Jim Grega recalled. Pedeaux and his wife, Kathy, are lead pastors of The Mission Church in Hammond, while Grega serves as… Continue reading →

Catholic group seeks bigger place for priest, to assist community

Photo by MARK H. HUNTER -- Charbel Harb, a leader in the St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Louisiana, says the congregation would like to one day build a church on the Antioch Road property it purchased last year.

The congregation of St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Mission of Louisiana is so small it doesn’t even have its own place of worship or a full-time priest, but they’re praying that will soon change. The Most Rev. A. Elias Zaidan, bishop of the Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon,, headquartered in St. Louis… Continue reading →

Faith Matters: Long journey to new home nears its end

The move to a new location was nearly 20 years in the making for Jehovah Ministry World Evangelistic Outreach Church. The church has been on Wenonah Drive before completing its new $1.3 million center at 6356 Airline Highway in the Brookstown area of Baton Rouge. “It’s a testament to… Continue reading →

Religion Bulletins for Oct. 18, 2014

HEALTH FAIR: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greater First Church, Emmett W. Bashful/Huel D. Perkins Fellowship and Activity Center, 4669 Groom Road. Discussion of diabetes, diagnosis, treatment and preventative measures. Door prizes. CHURCH ANNIVERSARY: 3 p.m., Evening Star Baptist Church, 16301 Al Sanford Road. Pastor Henry… Continue reading →

Churches to sponsor Stephen Ministry workshop

On Saturday, Nov. 1, St. Aloysius Catholic Church and St. Luke’s, St. James and Trinity Episcopal churches are co-sponsoring a Stephen Ministry Introductory Workshop. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Luke’s, 8833 Goodwood Blvd., in Baton Rouge. Participants will learn how to minister to people in grief in a distinctively Christian… Continue reading →

EBR Ministers Conference services scheduled

The annual revival services of the East Baton Rouge Parish Ministers Conference will be held Oct. 27-31 at 7 p.m. each night. The revival services will be held at the following churches: Monday — Magnolia Baptist Church, 960 E. Buchanan St., the Rev. J. Bertell Davis, pastor Tuesday — Elm Grove… Continue reading →

4th District sets annual session

Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Pastor Rev. Jesse Bilberry

The Fourth District Missionary Baptist Associationwill hold its 140th annual session Nov. 9-14. This year’s theme is “A Call to Unity.” All meetings and services will be held at the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge. Dr. Jesse B. Bilberry Jr. is moderator of the association. A Youth Explosion will kick off the… Continue reading →

Renovation the right choice to keep Rolfses in beloved Hundred Oaks home

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Emile and Susan Rolfs have lived in their Hundred Oaks area home for 36 years, but a major renovation made it infinitely more liveable for them.

Susan and Emile Rolfs simplified their lives when they added 1,700 square feet to the 3,000-square-foot-home they have lived in for 36 years. “We added rooms we use,” Susan Rolfs said. “We live in the 1,700 square feet.” Having all of the bedrooms upstairs worked fine when their three daughters were growing up.… Continue reading →

Garden News: Create attractive, edible landscape with blueberries

Photo by ALLEN OWINGS -- Besides providing tasty fruit, rabbiteye blueberries can create an attractive display in the landscape.

The LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Super Plant program is introducing an edible plant for fall 2014 — rabbiteye blueberries. “Several gardeners have asked about adding information on good vegetable and fruit plants to the Louisiana Super Plant program,” AgCenter horticulturist Allen Owings says. “In response, we’ve selected rabbiteye blueberries.” Rabbiteye blueberries got their name from their pinkish… Continue reading →

Community column for Oct. 17, 2014

Photo provided by LANA MERLISS -- WISE Investment Club -- The WISE Investment Club held its annual dinner meeting Oct. 2 at Frankie Marcello's Restaurant. Shown are, from left, Gwen Fairchild, Debbie Harris, Tina Gaudet, Lana Merliss, Polly Williams, Gynne Klimavicz and Mary Lindsay.

Davis, Almond honored by Purple Heart group World War II veterans Henry Davis and Pat Almond were honored by Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 177 on Oct. 4 at the USS Kidd Veterans Museum. David LaCerte, Louisiana secretary of veterans affairs, presented a state senate resolution honoring their… Continue reading →