Community column for Jan. 21, 2014

Proper tree locations topic for ‘Reflections’

Scott Courtright, of Trinity Tree Consultants, explained the important of putting the right tree in the right place to create a foundation for a beautiful landscape to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program on Jan. 6.

Courtright said to never plant large trees under or near power lines, and pick the correct variety for the place. Topics included fertilizing, controlling diseases and insects. He explained how important it is to protect tree roots from being run over during construction projects. Much of the trees feeder roots are very close to the surface and can be damaged by trucks and construction equipment running across them.

Reflections in the Garden is a monthly lunch and learn program about horticulture and gardening. Wanda Chase helped Program Chairman Sherry Eubanks arrange 2014 programs. Judy Nelson and Diane Say will speak on Ikebana from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. For information about BHS, go online to

State Museum Friends hold board meeting

The Louisiana State Museum Friends held its monthly board meeting on Jan. 7 at the Capitol Park Museum.

Members discussed the Mardi Gras Party sponsored by the Louisiana State Museum Friends to be held on Saturday, March 1, in conjunction with the Spanish Town Mardi Gras Parade. President Lana Venable discussed the Capitol Park Museum fundraiser scheduled for June. Museum Division Director Bill Stark gave an update on museum events.

Ruhs, Knight honored by Hurst KC Council

Tammy and Russell Ruh Jr. were named December Family of the Month and Jeff Knight was named as the December Knight of the Month by the Father Maynard Hurst Knights of Columbus Council 9016 on Jan. 9.

Knight was honored for his work setting up maintenance projects for St. Louis King of France Parish and helping install a heavy statue, “The Risen Christ,” in the vestibule.

Russell Ruh is council treasurer and is vice supreme master of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, overseeing five states, including Louisiana. Tammy Ruh serves in the KC Ladies Auxiliary and is instrumental in the production of the council’s monthly newsletter.

PEO Chapter AJ awards grants to SLU students

PEO Chapter AJ of Baton Rouge presented Continuing Education Grant awards to five Southeast Louisiana University students on Jan. 9 at the Jacmel Inn in Hammond. Stacy Raymond, accounting, and Keronida Myles, finance, will graduate spring 2014. Laura Alonzo, nursing; Tessia McCauley, finance; and Gabrielle Washington, accounting, will graduate December 2014.

The grant program provides financial assistance to women whose education has been interrupted and who find it necessary to return to school to support themselves or their families. They must demonstrate a need for financial assistance with their education expenses to improve their marketable skills for employment.

Laureate Alpha Gamma hears about pet safety

Martha Littlefield, from the Louisiana State Animal Response Team, spoke on pet safety, disaster, and emergency preparedness when Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met on Jan. 7 at DeAngelo’s Restaurant.

President Page Meyer, Verlyne LeBlanc, Phyllis Turner, Dixie Gregory, Gail Keller, Jean Leyda, Sandy Linder, Anne Smith, Maxine Muller, Marilyn Mayeux, Leslie Steele, Virginia Huffman and guest Anne Marie Burns attended.

The chapter held its Christmas meeting on Dec. 17 at Huffman’s home. Members exchanged “Secret Sister” gifts.

Women’s Council installs new officers

The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge installed officers on Jan. 9 at First United Methodist Church: Janel Chapman, president; Paula Braxton, vice president; Danielle Bayham, secretary; Maureen Dunham, treasurer; and Karen Groves, historian.

Board members are Faye Ferdinand, Helen Graf, Brenda Jackson, Rose Mustain, Linda Beauvais, Aileen Hendricks, Dee Mather-Muenzler, Teresa Taylor, Carmen Williams, Kelly Lastrapes and Lois Folse, immediate past president. Past President Bette Levine conducted the installation.

Folse presented a check to June Harvey of First United Methodist Church in appreciation of the use of meeting space for the Women’s Council meetings during the year.

New Leaders Council names 2014 class

The Louisiana Chapter of New Leaders Council has announced its 2014 Institute class.

They are: Ethan Ashley, director of community outreach, Black Alliance for Educational Options; Ebony Baylor, outreach director, Louisiana Demoractic Party; April Brumfield, deputy Louisiana director and staff attorney, One Voice; Jessica Carter, second year law student at LSU; Nathan Cataline, senior planner, GCR; William Dabney, academic coach, LSU; Brian Dollar, attorney, Dollar law firm; Andrew Doss, assistant Orleans Parish district attorney; Daniel Druilhet, administrative law judge, Louisiana Workforce Commission; Royce Duplessis, associate attorney, Dentons law firm; Jonah Evans, self-employed facilitator and consultant; David Gray, policy analyst, Louisiana Budget Project; is Roderick Hampton, legislative assistant, Louisiana House of Representatives; September Hargrove, policy and program manager, New Orleans Mayor’s Office of Economic Development; Melanie Robinson, chemical engineer; David Robinson-Morris, graduate assistant, LSU Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Outreach; Anne Springer, marketing director, Bridge House/Grace House; Michael Walker, leasing consultant, Vintage Realty; Olivia Watkins, press secretary, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals; Christopher Weatherly, social worker, MMO Behavioral Health Systems; and Nia Weeks, staff attorney, Orleans Public Defenders Office.

The New Leaders Council Institute is a leadership and professional development, training, mentoring, networking, and career and political advancement program for young professionals. An intense, five-month progressive entrepreneurship training program, each NLC Institute is highly selective, admitting 15 to 22 fellows to each chapter.

Held once per year, the NLC Institute engages local leaders to conduct sessions to create a uniquely tailored experience where fellows learn from guest speakers at the top of their field. NLC now boasts more than 1,800 alumni throughout the country.

Lands graduates from Air Force basic training

Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Joshua D. Lands graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Lands earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Sharon Austin of Baton Rouge and is a 2002 graduate of Belaire High School.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.