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La. Bonsai Society has annual fall show

The Louisiana Bonsai Society held its Fall Bonsai Show Nov. 3-4 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center.

Howard Merrill was the show chairman and gave a demonstration using a Phoenix graft juniper at the Saturday show. A Phoenix graft is created by connecting a live plant to a piece of dead wood to create the illusion of age.

Lowell Tilley showed how to design a slanting-style bonsai and how to improve the bonsai year after year.

The Louisiana Bonsai Society is a not-for-profit organization open to all that are interested in bonsai. Guests are welcome. For information call Tilley, (225) 272-6744.

Gregory, Smith receive BSP rituals

President Phyllis Turner led candlelight rituals for Dixie Gregory and Anne Smith when Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Nov. 6 at Virginia Huffman’s home. Gregory received the Exemplar Degree, and Smith received the Pledge Ritual.

Page Meyer shared the origins of familiar sayings such as “mind your P’s and Q’s.”

Civic Associations hear traffic engineer

Ingolf Partenheimer, chief traffic engineer for city-parish government, spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Nov. 8. The federation represents area homeowners associations.

Partenheimer works with subdivisions on design and lighting issues. If there are problems with street lighting inside the city limits, he can determine if there are dark spots and if new lighting is needed.

His office handles speed problems by subdivisions and requests for electronic signs, speed humps and stop signs.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 10.

Wharton Chapter gets national awards

National achievement awards were presented to the chapter and to chapter members when the Wharton Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its Veterans Day meeting on Nov. 12 at Fritzi Martin’s home in Covington.

The National DAR Units Overseas Committee recognized National Vice Chairwoman Barbara Doody for Outstanding Unit Service Overseas, as national information specialist for construction of the new DAR site, as service judge for Website of the Month and for the Walter Hines Chapter Website of the Month. Regent Sharon Kirk received the National Society’s Chapter Achievement Award for the Wharton Chapter. Rita Falterman was honored for her support of the DAR Project Patriot.

Raising Cane’s gives iPads to Kidd’s Kids

Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers donated 52 custom-designed iPads to Kidd’s Kids on Nov. 8 at Disney World. Kidd’s Kids, a program of the Kraddick Foundation, provides an all-expenses paid dream vacation to Disney World for terminally and chronically ill children and their immediate family.

Raising Cane’s founder and CEO Todd Graves was present when the iPads were given to the children. Radio host Kidd Kraddick founded Kidd’s Kids in 1991.

Last month, Raising Cane’s donated $31,560 to the Kraddick Foundation, representing the donations made by Cane’s customers along with more than 100 participating restaurants nationwide that pledged 15 percent of their net proceeds on Kidd’s Kids Day, Oct. 17.

Donate Life La. gets national recognition

Donate Life Louisiana has received a silver medal from Donate Life America recognizing its increasing the number of registered organ, eye and tissue donors.

DLL team members include the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency, the Louisiana Hospital Association, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the National Kidney Foundation, Legacy Donor Foundation, Baton Rouge Regional Eye Bank, Southern Eye Bank, Louisiana Lion’s Eye Bank and Ochsner Medical Center.

States receiving medals reached the top tier in at least three of five key categories: 50 percent or more of all state residents age 18 and older registered as donors; 40 percent or more organ donors, eye donors and tissue donors registered at their time of death and a 50 percent or greater donor designation rate, which is the rate at which individuals join the registry expressed as a percentage of licensed drivers of ID card holders. Gold medals reflect achievement in all five areas, silver in four areas and bronze in three, all for the year 2011.

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