Links sponsors event on childhood obesity
The Baton Rouge Chapter of The Links presented a town hall meeting on childhood obesity on Oct. 10 at the ExxonMobil YMCA. The event was funded by a $1,500 grant from The Links Foundation.
On the panel were Dr. Jonathan Taylor, a bariatric surgeon; Robert Newton Jr., university professor and research director; Nadine Mann, public school director of child nutrition; State Sen. Sharon Weston Broome, who has sponsored relevant legislation; and Dr. Yolanda Hill, occupational health specialist and member of the Links National Childhood Obesity Project Committee.
Partners in the event include the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative, Southern University’s Agricultural Center and School of Nursing, State Rep. Dalton Honore, Louisiana Public Broadcasting and Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Family Life Center.
DNA genealogy topic for Livingston Historical
Lenny Zimmerman, vice president of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, spoke on “Genetic Genealogy” to the Edward Livingston Historical Society on Oct. 12 at the Livingston Library.
Zimmerman, told how to research genealogy through DNA, how to choose a DNA kit, interpret results and privacy issues. He spoke of searching his family history using New Orleans notarial archives, the 1920 and 1930 censuses, DNA testing and the Louisiana adoption registry.
The meeting was co-sponsored by the Livingston Parish Library System. The system will have a book festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the library in Livingston.
Philharmonic Club opens 2013-14 season
The Philharmonic Club of Baton Rouge held their season-opening meeting on Oct. 16 at Billie Bell’s home.
Soprano Mary-Lynn Sachse, with Rita Lovett at the piano, sang familiar ballads by George Gershwin and Cole Porter. At the piano, Bell performed a suite of pieces by contemporary American composer Eugenie Rocherolle entitled “Bayou Reflections.”
The Hostess Committee, headed by Alice Kronenberger, included Susan Brys and Ina Shirley.
Civil War Round Table hears author Brown
Danny Brown spoke about his new book, “Lives That Will Never Rust,” to the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table on Oct. 17.
The book is about Col. James Hamilton Beard of the Consolidated Crescent Regiment of Louisiana Infantry, his wife, Kate, and his brother, Ned. Beard was killed at the battle of Mansfield. His wife continued on as a civic leader in Lousiana, and his brother became a prosperous businessman in Napa, Calif.
BR’s Landon Webber selected Mr. Rhodes
Rhodes College seniors Landon Webber, of Baton Rouge, and Ruthie Mengistu were recognized as Mr. and Ms. Rhodes for 2013 at the college’s homecoming football game on Oct. 26. Webber is a political science major and participates in community service through Rhodes’ Bonner Scholarship Program. Mengistu is a psychology major from Somerset, Ky.
Woodlawn’s Ratner receives band honor
Joshua Ratner, a junior at Woodlawn High School, has been selected to the 2013 Louisiana All-State Honor Jazz Band, as selected in audition by the Louisiana Music Educators Association. He will perform in concert with other top high school musicians on Nov. 24 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Baton Rouge.
World War II veterans speak to OLLI coffee
World War II veterans Fred Westphal, Lew Carter, Teddy Anderson and Evelyn Berger spoke about their experiences to the Feliciana Chapter of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at LSU coffee on Oct. 23 at First Baptist Church in St. Francisville.
Westphal, who will turn 102 on Dec. 18, was a second lieutenant who served in Washington, D.C., for three years in the military planning division. Along with three other officers and 50 civilians, he determined all housing, food and supplies needed for the overseas troops. It was a 24-hour-a-day operation, working in three shifts.
Carter served as an Army military policeman. He went to Rheinbach, Germany, with the U.S. First Army with the responsibility of capturing, detaining and imprisoning about 1,800 war criminals. His unit joined Third Army at Munich for occupation of Germany, occupying an area that included the Dachau concentration camp. He became a sergeant and was sports editor of a weekly newspaper in Munich.
Anderson, a registered nurse, served as an Army Air Corps flight nurse in New Guinea and flew to numerous places in the South Pacific to pick up wounded soldiers. Berger served in the Navy as a coast watcher in New York and California.
Miles Higgins, great-grandson of Andrew Jackson Higgins, who designed the landing craft used in amphibious invasions, brought a 1947 Higgins runabout boat that was on display in the church parking lot. Higgins Industries in New Orleans was the largest ship builder in the U.S. during the war.
Georgia LaCour is the OLLI coffee chair and coordinated this event. Vietnam veteran Carl Fontenot, of St. Francisville, was the moderator.
Compiled by George Morris
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