Community column for Dec. 13, 2013

Florist addresses ‘Reflections’ meeting

Joel Franklin, owner and designer of Peregrin’s Florist and Decorative Services, spoke on decorating for a “natural” Christmas at the Burden Horticulture Society’s December “Reflections in the Garden” program.

His presentation covered lanterns and lights, whites and silvers, and burlap and natural materials. Franklin, with stores on Highland Road and Perkins Rowe, showed new trends in Christmas decor and how everlasting materials could be mixed with fresh greenery and berries from the yard.

Reflections in the Garden is a monthly program about topics related to horticulture and gardening.

BHS is a nonprofit organization supporting the Burden Museum and Gardens. For information, visit

Jones graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Jeffrey B. Jones graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Jones is the son of Patricia Matthews, of Prairieville, and Jeffrey Jones, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2009 graduate of Dutchtown High School.

Riley graduates from basic infantry training

Army National Guard Pvt. Trimani A. Riley has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Riley is the son of Tressa Riley and Nathaniel Wells, both of Baton Rouge, the grandson of Anthony Riley, also of Baton Rouge, and is a 2012 graduate of Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program, Minden.

CACRC’s Craig honored for computer assistance

Nancy Jo Craig, executive director of the Baton Rouge-based nonprofit Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council, received the Jim Lynch Award for lifetime achievement in computer refurbishment during the 2013 International Computer Refurbisher Summit on Nov. 12 in New Orleans.

The “green” advocate was recognized for her accomplishments during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, when she and fellow CACRC members provided relief agencies, schools and devastated communities with much-needed computers and other electronic equipment.

Craig also was praised for her work on the Responsible Recycling technical advisory committee, a group that oversees the certification process, ensuring appropriate e-waste disposal and worker health practices from participating electronics recyclers and refurbishers.

Under her leadership, CACRC has received the DEQ Environmental Leadership Award for Nonprofits in Pollution Prevention Category for the past five years.

USS Tarawa Association to hold 25th reunion

The USS Tarawa (CV-40, LHA-1) Veterans Association will hold its 25th annual reunion April 24-27, 2014, in Branson, Mo. Contact Ken Underdown, 31 Islet Road, Levittown PA 19057, (215) 547-0245, or Walter Tothero, 106 N. Tranquil Trail, Crawfordsville IN 47933, (765) 362-6937,

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