Community news for Jan. 28, 2014

‘Pig War’ discussed by Red Stick Ex-POWs

Freddie Seab, of the John James Audubon DAR Chapter, spoke about “The Pig War” that took place in the early 1800s between Oregon and Canada when the Red Stick Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War met Jan. 7 at Hollywood Casino.

Marion Bahlinger brought a picture of the dog tag that he had to wear as a German prisoner during World War II. He showed how it was cut in half and was made into two bracelets, one for each of his daughters.

The next meeting is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Hollywood Casino. American ex-POWs are invited to attend.

Mental Health group gets site visit update

Executive Director Melissa Silva gave an update on the upcoming Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities site visit when the Mental Health Association for Greater Baton Rouge met Jan. 16.

The board calendar for 2014 was presented. Fundraising development specialist Jenny Ridge led a discussion on the “Beat the Odds” Casino Night fundraiser scheduled for Saturday, May 3, at Capitol Park Welcome Center.

Baton Rouge DAR elects state delegates

On Jan. 20, the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution elected state conference delegates: Lea Evans, Sarah Brooks, Ina Navarre, Sue Seab and Amalia Rogers.

The 105th LSDAR State Conference will be held March 20-22 in Lafayette. Rachel Grace, Zora Olsson, Lynette Navarre, Evans, Brooks and Navarre said they plan to attend the 123rd Continental Congress June 25-29 in Washington, D.C.

Brooks was recognized as the Baton Rouge Chapter Outstanding Junior for 2013.

Members learned that 145 “welcome home” gift bags containing toiletry items, bottled water and snack food were prepared for Project Patriot. The gift bags, 14 sets of sheets, 12 bed pillows and additional items were delivered to Fort Polk for single servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan. Anna Sanders, Women Veterans of Louisiana president, delivered the items to Fort Polk.

The chapter added five new members in December. New members present at the luncheon were Marian Harden, Courtney Moore and Deborah Busbice.

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

Three Troop 505 Scouts achieve rank of Eagle

Three members of Boy Scout Troop 505, sponsored by St. John’s United Methodist Church, recently obtained the Eagle rank. Ted Newsome is the troop leader.

Bryan Stamey, 17, is a senior at Episcopal High School. For his Eagle project, he designed and built four benches for the Friends of the Animals Baton Rouge Adoption House. His parents are Robert Stamey and LaVonne Martin.

Michael Hughes, 17, is a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. For his Eagle project, he built display shelves for the school library. His parents are Richard and Amy Hughes.

Sean Stuart, 18, is a senior at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. For his Eagle project he landscaped around the peace stones at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge. His parents are Kevin Stuart and Christine Cook.

University High student earns highest ACT score

Catherine Olivia Feltner, daughter of Mark and Kim Feltner and a senior at University High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test. Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, on average, less than one-tenth of 1 percent of students who take the ACT earn the top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2013, only 1,162 of more than 1.8 million students earned a composite score of 36.

The ACT consists of English, mathematics, reading and science tests, each scored on a scale of 1 to 36. A student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores. ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Feltner is an International Baccalaureate Certificate candidate and serves as drum major of the UHS Marching Band. She has lettered in cross country, varsity soccer and track. She is active in National Charity League, Key Club, Student Council, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Club, National Honor Society, Hi-Y, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and First United Methodist Church.

Guerin retires after 27-year Air Force career

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Guerin, son of James and Carol Guerin, of Prairieville, retired from the Air Force in a ceremony on Jan. 9 at Minot (N.D.) Air Force Base. Attending the ceremony were his parents; brother, Jason Guerin, of Dutchtown; and sister and brother-in-law, Michelle and Dan Langlois of Yorba Linda, Calif.

Guerin served in the Air Force for 27 years. His awards include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs 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 Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.