Community column for March 18, 2014

Les Chapeaus Rouge visit La. State Museum

Les Chapeaus Rouge de la Prairie of the Red Hat Society visited the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge on Feb. 18. They viewed exhibits of life in Louisiana, including colorful political figures and unique celebrations.

Later, members went to Hollywood Casino for lunch and visited with chef Kerry Whitaker.

American Legion post honors three for service

American Legion Nicholson Post 38 held its annual awards dinner on March 3 to recognize individuals who make outstanding contributions to the community.

Honored were: East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Masters, Lawman of the Year; Jack Stokeld, Citizen of the Year; Baton Rouge Fire Department firefighter Michael Jackson, Fireman of the Year.

Participating in the awards program were Commander Richard E. Zwez and Vice Commander Bill Aucoin.

The award recipients were entered in the Legion’s Sixth District competition, and Jackson won district Fireman of the Year. He will be considered for state honors at the American Legion State Convention.

‘Super plants’ topic for Reflections meeting

William Afton, LSU AgCenter assistant extension agent in St. Tammany Parish, spoke about “super plants” for 2014 to the March Burden Horticulture Society’s Reflections in the Garden program on March 3.

The Louisiana Super Plant program is an educational and marketing campaign that highlights tough and beautiful plants that perform well in Louisiana landscapes. Louisiana Super Plants have gone through several years of university evaluations and observations. Afton did a slide presentation showing the plants and explained how they can be used in the landscape.

Milou Barry and Elizabeth Holloway will speak about honey at noon Monday, April 7, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. The Burden Horticulture Society is a non-profit organization supporting the Burden Center. Its website is

Denham Springs junior wins state art contest

Danielle Dustin, a junior at Denham Springs High School, became Livingston Parish’s first-ever student to place as a winner in the Louisiana School Board Association’s annual artwork contest and exhibit.

Dustin won second place in the statewide contest for her watercolor depiction of the state bird, the pelican. The contest featured a variety of artwork entries depicting Louisiana scenes, products, buildings and notable people.

Dustin’s artwork will remain on display at the Louisiana School Board Association in Baton Rouge. She studies in Nona LeBlanc’s art program at Denham Springs High School.

Bergeron’s Pecans topic for BSP chapter event

Virginia Huffman spoke about “the perfect pecan” as described by Lester Bergeron Jr., third generation of the Bergeron pecan family business, to Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi on March 4 at President Page Meyer’s home.

Horace Joseph Bergeron began the company in 1919 by along False River. It processes and sells six to eight million pounds of pecans annually.

Also attending were Vice President Sandy Linder, Dixie Gregory, Gail Keller, Verlyne LeBlanc, Jean Leyda, Ruth Mannen, Marilyn Mayeux, Maxine Muller, Leslie Steele and Phyllis Turner. Linder welcomed new member Anna Marie Burns.

Members attended the State Convention March 16 in Lake Charles.

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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 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.