Community news for April 22

‘Active for Autism’ event has most runners ever

Families Helping Families held its fifth annual “Active for Autism” Certified 5K Run-Walk and Fun Fest on April 5 at the State Police Headquarters. The event had a record1,500 runners and walkers, helping bring awareness to autism spectrum disorders.

Presenting sponsor was Wal-Mart. Scott Rogers of the Around Town TV show was emcee. Other sponsors were Our Lady of the Lake, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Louisiana, Entergy, AT&T, Business First Bank, Chase Bank, Magellan of Louisiana, Wampold Industries, Associates in Pediatric Denistry, Amedisys, Magnolia Pediatrics, Pediatrust, Lerma Construction, Orion Instruments, Amerihealth Caritas of Louisiana, Gabisa Services, Albemarle, Molina Healthcare, Aaron’s Furniture and LANtec of Louisiana. Honorary co-chairs were the Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson and Chip Robinson III.

The event included a silent auction and raised at least $120,000.

Families Helping Families of Greater Baton Rouge provides information, referral, education, training and parent-to-parent support for disability issues to individuals living in the parishes of East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Livingston, Ascension, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana and Pointe Coupee.

Music Club of BR hears 4 scholarship winners

Four scholarship winners from LSU performed at the Music Club of Baton Rouge’s April 8 recital at the Woman’s Club. Bassoonist Paige Liccioni won the club’s Instrumental Scholarship. She played “Summer Serenade” by Peter Schickele, accompanied by pianist Mary Bresowar.

Soprano Kayla Louis, accompanied by pianist Kristin Eliason, sang “Depuis le jour” by Charpentier, “Green” by Debussy, “Circling the Sun” by Walker, and “The Silver Aria” by Moore. Louis won the Marshall Peery Scholarship.

Pianist David Reid, the Club’s Mrs. W. Carruth Jones Scholarship winner, performed Beethoven’s “Sonata in A Major, Op. 101, Mvt. 1,” Debussy’s “Cloches a Travers Les Feuilles” and Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in B flat Major, Op. 23 No. 2.”

Richard Coleman, baritone, was the Club’s Earl W. Redding Scholarship winner. Accompanied by Eliason, he sang “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Make Them Hear You” and “Votre Toast” from Bizet’s “Carmen.”

Program chairman was Ellen Bordelon. Hospitality co-chairs were Jessie Mulkey and Jo Zganjar. Assisting with refreshments were Gail Davis, Eunice Landolt, Lois Michelli, Katherine Nadler, Yola Pertuit, Christine Robinson, Lorice Say, Merlyn Stratman and Betty Thornhill.

Civic Associations hear about anti-blight efforts

Carey Chauvin, building official from the Department of Public Works Permit and Inspection Division, spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on April 10. The federation represents area homeowners associations.

Chauvin explained the previous program with the litter court, which was shut down about eight months ago because complaints were not being efficiently handled. DPW worked with software developers so that when the 311 number was called, the complaint was categorized, routed to the section supervisor and assigned to someone to investigate. The complainant can see the status of the complaint and any progress being made.

Chauvin took questions on blight, abandoned vehicles and overgrown grass.

The federation meets the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. Contact President Nancy Curry, (225) 925-1674.

Girls Scouts La. East elect new board officers

Officers were elected to Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Board of Directors on April 5 in New Orleans.

Board officers for the 2014-16 term are Robyn Merrick, Baton Rouge, chair; Joan Mollohan, Kenner, first vice chair; Veronica Osby, second vice chair; Julie LeBlanc, New Orleans, secretary; and Kelly McKinney, Baton Rouge, treasurer.

Local members elected delegates and alternates to the Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Council Session. Delegates include Nathalie Roy Mitchell, Baton Rouge. Alternates include Missy Shanklin, Baton Rouge, and Jennifer Verneuille, Livingston.

Accountants aid LPB, Multiple Sclerosis

Association of Government Accountant members answered LPB pledge phone calls on March 13 and participated in the Multiple Sclerosis walk on March 29. Participants were Pam Berthelot, Vyki Thompson, Brittani Adams, Jessica Warner, Tiffani Dorsa, Michele Louviere, Joyce Davidson, Carolyn Young, Kristen McLaren, Shaunda Allement and Natalya Besse.

Laureate Alpha Gamma hosts sister chapter

Laureate Alpha Gamma Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met April 1 at Phyllis Turner’s home. Also attending were President Page Meyer, Anna Marie Burns, Virginia Huffman, Gail Keller, Verlyne LeBlanc, Sandy Linder, Ruth Mannen, Jean Leyda, Leslie Steele, Maxine Muller, Marilyn Mayeux and Anne Smith.

The chapter voted to make a monetary donation to the family of a person awaiting a lung transplant.

The chapter entertained Lambda Master Chapter on April 12 at Linder’s home. The party theme was “The Running of the Roses” and host members dressed as jockeys and wore the chapter silks. Guests received a yellow rose, the sorority flower. Brandon Smith called the races. Nancy Buckle won first place for her banner. Other guests were Alaina Bozzelle, Joan Coner, Lois Folse, Myra Landry and Becky Pippin.

Planning and serving dinner were Mannen, Leyda, LeBlanc and Muller.

LSU team wins national poultry judging contest

The LSU College of Agriculture’s Poultry Judging Team swept the competition at the USPOULTRY National Poultry Judging Contest April 2-4 on the LSU campus. LSU’s team competed against nine other universities.

Team awards were first place overall, first place in poultry production, first place in market product grading and third place in breed selection. Individual awards were first place overall, Nicholas Adams; second place, B.J. McDill; 10th place, Daniel Moreno; first place in breed selection, Jacob Moise; first place in market product grading, Adams; and second place in market product grading, McDill.

Dennis Ingram, retired poultry science professor, trained and coached the judging team.

‘Greek Week’ builds two homes for Habitat in BR

The LSU Greek Board of Directors and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge celebrated the end of an eight-day blitz build of two homes on April 6.

Called “Greek Week,” the partnership has raised more than $1.2 million since it began in 2004 through an all-Greek letter writing campaign, and built 18 homes for deserving families in the Baton Rouge area. This year, the Greek community raised more than $175,000 with about 1,000 members participating in the build.

Greek Week sponsors and private donors include Rice Voelker, Whole Foods, Campus Cooks, R&N Poultry, Montan Trust, Cane’s, Associated Grocers, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge and the Greek Board of Directors.

LSU’s Pittman awarded Truman Scholarship

LSU junior Marlee Pittman, of Baton Rouge, has been awarded the prestigious Truman Scholarship by the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. About 60 Truman Scholarships are awarded nationwide annually.

Pittman is an LSU Honors College student and political science major with a concentration in global diplomacy and minors in economics, international studies and history. At LSU, she founded the International Relations Club and was a delegate to numerous international relations conferences. She studied abroad in Shanghai and Malaysia and taught English in rural Aceh, Indonesia.

Pittman expects to graduate in May 2015, then pursue graduate studies in public policy and Southeast Asian studies at the University of Michigan. She hopes to work for the State Department in policy formation, with a focus on Islamic relations and economic development in Southeast Asia.

“I am very honored to have been recognized by the Truman Foundation and by their faith in my ability to achieve my goals,” Pittman said. “After studying Islam and volunteering with students in underdeveloped provinces like Aceh, Indonesia, I saw how U.S. foreign policy can help us build positive international relationships and prevent future conflicts, and how that policy can aid economic development in Southeast Asia. The opportunities granted by the Truman Foundation will enable me to go further in my goal of working for the United States to these ends.”

Truman Scholarships offer recipients up to $30,000 for graduate study.

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