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UCT holds Christmas party for Pin Busters

United Commercial Travelers Council 499 held a Christmas party for the Pin Busters bowling team on Dec. 2 at the UCT Hall.

After a meal for team members and guests, Steve and Carolyn Desselles, as Santa and Mrs. Claus, handed out presents to the bowlers and their coach, Charmaine Neptune. The bowlers gave a birdhouse that one of them made to Neptune.

Janelle Gautreaux, intellectual disability chairperson, presented a donation from the council for the team.

Audubon DAR holds annual Wreaths event

The John James Audubon Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, held the Wreaths Across America Statehouse Project on Dec. 9 at the Louisiana Capitol Rotunda for the fifth consecutive year. State capitols across the country kicked off Wreaths Across America events by placing a wreath at each state capitol in honor of military personnel who have died and for those who continue to serve.

Retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honor é was guest speaker. The program included Louisiana Secretary of Veterans Affairs Rodney Alexander, who delivered Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proclamation of Wreaths Across America Day; John W. Wilbert Jr., who played taps, trumpeter John Gray and vocalist Janice Johnson. Anna Sanders and Gloria Wilbert, members of the Women Veterans of Louisiana, served as the color guard.

Audubon members Brenda Mire Babin recognized veterans in attendance, Shirley Bankston Newsham spoke on freedom, Lynda Cobb Normand led a moment of silence and Karen Elizabeth Day White dedicated the wreath.

Shiloh Homemakers hold Christmas party

The Shiloh Homemakers of Tangipahoa Parish held their Christmas meeting and luncheon on Dec. 5 at Michabelle Inn in Hammond.

Members and guests in attendance were Audrey Dupree, Faye Carr, Janet Chatelain, Diane Pedelahore, Ina Mae Creel, Kathy McShan, Shirley Wright, Alice Perez, Laural Rigdon, Katie Russell, Marina Cochrane, Cindy Parr, Dee Hackworth, Anneliese Spring, Dean Deshotels, Shirley Rigdon, Anne Morriss, Polly Chatelain, Pat Shontell, Nancy Williams and Annette LeBell.

As part of their Christmas tradition, members prepared and delivered Christmas baskets of food, hygiene supplies and clothes to the Sunset House for mentally challenged men, and a basket of dog and cat food and treats and animal toys to the Tangipahoa Animal Shelter. Members brought bags and boxes of nonperishable food to be donated to God’s Storehouse in Amite.

Deshotels, Parr, Shontell and Polly Chatelain were hostesses.

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