Community column for Dec. 3, 2013

Stirling DAR hears Cherokee speaker

Strong Buffalo, a Cherokee, spoke to the Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution for Native American Month on Nov. 16 at Jane Daniel’s home in St. Francisville. He showed examples of his Indian friends’ talents in making baskets, blankets and bead decorations.

Members of Delta Kappa Gamma were guests. Members heard reports on the recent Board of Management meeting in Baton Rouge, the garage sale last month that raised $300 for the three scholarships to graduating high school seniors, and the chapter’s Veterans Day programs. Jane Daniel, Nessie Richards and Beryl Gene Daniel prepared and served lunch.

Civic Associations hold recognition for Bunch

The Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations held a surprise reception and recognition award for Troy Bunch on Nov. 14.

Bunch, who is retiring on Nov. 29, was planning director in charge of implementing Baton Rouge’s first comprehensive land use plan known as the Horizon Plan, as well as its successor, FutureBR Plan, for more than 20 years.

Former Federation President Elliott Atkinson recognized Bunch for his work with homeowner associations ensuring that they had input into new developments adjoining their areas. Bunch actively sought the federation’s input.

Bunch thanked members and urged them to stay active in the planning process. He thanked his staff and Planning Commission members, especially Chairwoman Tara Wicker, for making his years in Baton Rouge enjoyable and fruitful.

The federation represents area homeowner’s associations and meets the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting will be on Jan. 9. Contact President Nancy Curry at (225) 925-1674 to join or attend a meeting.

Navratil, Brys perform for Philharmonic Club

Soprano Constance Navratil and pianist Susan Brys performed for the Philharmonic Club on Nov. 20 at Rose Mary Williams’ home.

Brys performed Bach’s “Chromatic Fantasy in D Minor” and from Schumann’s “Fantasiest├╝cke.” Navratil sang five songs on the theme of “The Englishman Abroad,” accompanied by Brys.

Marianne Parker was the luncheon hostess, assisted by Ina Shirley and Rita Lovett.

Sykes speaks on local history to BR DAR

John Sykes, executive director of Magnolia Mound Plantation, spoke about Baton Rouge history to the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Nov. 18 at the State Archives.

Sykes reviewed 10 buildings in downtown Baton Rouge that have been demolished in recent times. His list included the Baton Rouge home of President Zachary Taylor, the William Garig House, the original Our Lady of the Lake Hospital and the Paramount Theater.

Members learned that 680 children’s books were delivered to the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, the Big Buddy Program, Volunteers in Public Schools, a children’s shelter operated by the Volunteers of America and the Domestic Violence Center. There were 260 adult books delivered to the Adult Literacy Advocate, Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless and the Domestic Violence Center, and 1,140 books have been delivered to the Raven Shelter downtown.

Barbara McCormick and Penny Nichols provided refreshments.

DAR membership is open to women 18 or older who can prove lineal bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence. For more information, email

Garrett graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman William E. Garrett graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Kennard Garrett, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2010 graduate of Catholic High School.

Compiled by George Morris

Advocate staff writer

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