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Chronologically Gifted hear cookbook author

Cookbook author and columnist Corinne Cook talked about the “good old days” in the home, showing heritage items from her family, to the Chronologically Gifted and Talented members at their Nov. 16 meeting at Broadmoor Presbyterian Church. Cook displayed whisks, gourds and horns along with rag rugs and cloth dolls that her mother made at the family home in Church Point. Cook also spoke about new kitchen products.

E.J. McCune coordinated the program. Guests included Joyce Tippy, Angela Cooper, Ann Wright, Maxine Tircuit and Lou Guice. Hattie Carney sang Thanksgiving hymns for the senior group’s monthly luncheon catered by Von Middleton. Janice Carpenter, Pat Freshney and Barbara Waugh made desserts from the Broadmoor Presbyterian Women’s new cookbook, “Manna from Heaven.”

CACRC donates laptops for Congolese children

The Capital Area Corporate Recycling Council donated 13 refurbished laptop computers to Ikanga Tchomba’s Afri-Kids program on Dec. 4. The laptops will go to students in Kipombo, his home village in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The associate professor of French and Francophone studies at Baton Rouge Community College began the program to bring educational tools to village schools in the impoverished location, which is in the midst of civil war.

“These laptops open up the world to the students, who do not have the opportunity to go beyond their place of birth. It will help them with tasks in the classroom, to watch school movies, develop projects, do research and experience other sides of the world,” Tchomba said.

Nancy Jo Craig, CACRC executive director, said she hopes the donation is the first step of a long partnership with Afri-Kids. Tchomba is raising funds to build desks for more than 200 children and for fees to ship them. To aid the Afri-Kids program, contact Tchomba at For more information about CACRC, call (225) 379-3577 or go online to

Placid Refining retirees hold quarterly meeting

The Placid Young at Heart retiree organization of Placid Refining held its luncheon and business meeting on Nov. 13 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant. Officers are President Jim Bumgarner, Vice President Gil Parker and Secretary-Treasurer T.J. Fisher. Rita Pinion, Placid Refining human resources manager, gave an update on refinery activities and benefit changes.

The next meeting will be at 11 a.m. on Feb. 12 at Drusilla Seafood Restaurant. Placid retirees are invited.

Alpha Lambda tours Nottaway Plantation

Alpha Lambda Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International Society of key women teachers held its Christmas meeting on Dec. 7 at Nottoway Plantation.

President Fran Major presented the Rosebud Award to Jo Ann Hebert for involvement at the chapter, district and state level. Sandra Purpera received a framed certificate for serving as Alpha Lambda treasurer for more than 10 consecutive years.

Jane Manning, from Desoto Parish, told stories about Nottoway’s history, buildings and the early inhabitants of the Randolph family, especially their daughter, Cornelia Randolph. Members took a guided tour of the home.

Waddill UDC Chapter holds Christmas party

The Joanna Waddill Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held its Christmas party Dec. 10 at Jan Grace’s home in Walker.

President Shirley Latham welcomed members and guests. A collection was taken for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank. Grace, chapter registrar, introduced new members Marian Hardin, Lea Evans, Sarah Grady, Helen Thibodaux and Barbara McCormick. A ceremony was held for each new member.

Co-hostesses were Rezzie Meyer, Glenda Boyd, Carolyn Maggio and Emily Bond. For membership information, contact

Gonzales resident gets Kaplan scholarship

Neashaunda Dixon, of Gonzales, received the Kaplan University-Washington Redskins Military Family Scholarship on Dec. 8 at halftime of the Redskins’ game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

This NFL season, Kaplan University and the Redskins teamed up to support military families. Dixon, a mother of three, is the wife of Sgt. First Class Kenneth Dixon and an administrative assistant at LSU. The full scholarship will allow her to complete a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Sgt. Dixon is on his third tour of duty in the Middle East.

Clay receives LPB’s Mass Comm. award

LSU senior Patrick Clay, of Mandeville, is the recipient of this year’s LPB Mass Communications Scholarship. Clay has a 3.25 grade point average in mass communications and is on schedule to graduate in May 2014. LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney presented Clay with his $500 check on Dec. 12 at the LPB Telecommunications Center in Baton Rouge. Clay says he will pursue a career in broadcast journalism after he graduates.

Second-grader wins national math contest

Julian Vertigan, a second grade student at Louisiana Virtual School, won first place for his grade level in Mathnasium’s 2013 national TriMathlon math contest.

Vertigan placed first among all second graders in the Mathnasium of Baton Rouge’s local TriMathlon last month to qualify for the national competition. His win in the national event earned $1,000 for his school, which was presented to Head of School Perry Daniel. Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 were awarded to local schools on behalf of the first, second and third place national winners at each grade level.

BR’s Grimes graduates from Central Oklahoma

Ellis Arnett Grimes, of Baton Rouge, graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a bachelor of science degree in nursing in commencement ceremonies Dec. 13-14 in Edmond, Okla.

Hickman completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Keyauntai D. Hickman graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. He is the son of Adrienne Hickman, of Baton Rouge, and is a 2010 graduate of McKinley Senior High School.

Gosserand completes Air Force basic training

Air Force Airman Joshua J. Gosserand graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Gosserand earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Mary Gosserand, of Baton Rouge.

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