Community column for May 20, 2014

Friendship Force hosts visitors from Canada

Friendship Force of Baton Rouge welcomed 18 guests from the Ottawa, Canada Friendship Force Club and two from the Toronto, Canada Friendship Force Club on April 23. The visitors enjoyed a week of home hosting in area.

The visitors toured the Old State Capitol, Capitol Park Museum, State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion, new Main Library, Shaw Theatre and Rural Life Museum.

A crawfish boil was held at Darwin and Linda Knochenmus’ home, and a tree was planted in their honor at the Friendship Force Forest at BREC Greenwood Community Park. A farewell party was held at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Wally Taillon with the Jambalaya Festival Association of Gonzales cooked jambalaya and white beans.

Karen Vingiello was the local exchange director. Hosts were Lin Ashton, Morena Cazedessus, Keith Corkern, Trudy Ivy, Sheila and John Melancon, Jean and Howard Merrill, Lynn Robbins, Karen and Art Vingiello and Barbara Wittkopf.

Alpha Mu honors Ceasar, Manchester

Alpha Mu of Delta Kappa Gamma Society for key women teachers honored two future educators at its Founder’s Day program May 3 at the Jackson United Methodist Church.

Honoraria were presented to Augusta Ceasar of East Feliciana High School and Alayna Manchester of West Feliciana High School.

Ceasar has a 4.0 grade point average and takes two dual enrollment courses at Southern University. She is a cheerleader, Student Government Association president, senior class vice president and a Beta Club member. She has been named volunteer of the year for Jackson Elementary School and plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University.

Manchester has a 3.8 GPA. She is SADD vice president and is a member of Honors Choir. She plans to attend SLU.

Alpha Mu gave its Red Apple Award to Kim Glascock for her work bringing up student scores at Slaughter Elementary. The Red Apple Award goes to an educator who is not a member of the organization.

The Gold Apple Award was awarded to The Knights of Columbus Council 7856, which has given a sizable donation to the special education department in East and West Feliciana for over 15 years. The Gold Apple Award goes to an individual or group that helps education but is not in the field of education.

Outgoing President Beth Dawson installed officers for the next biennium: Kathy Welch, president; Catherine Jacocks, first vice president; Shirley Leggett, second vice president; Jean Clark, corresponding secretary; Linda Courtney, recording secretary; Candy Metz, treasurer; and Beth Blouin, parliamentarian.

Master Gardeners hear about tropical plants

Allen Owings, LSU AgCenter horticulturalist at the Hammond Research Station, spoke to the East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners on May 6 at the Burden Conference Center.

Owings showed tropical plant options for planting that will be in optimum growth for summer and fall landscapes. He provided plants as door prizes.

President-elect Mary Tauzin reported on the Spring Plant Sale, and updated members on plans for the 13-state gardening conference that EBR Master Gardeners will host in Baton Rouge in October.

The Master Gardener certification program is sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, and is open to interested gardeners on every level. Information and applications are available through any parish extension agent. Many local sessions are scheduled to begin in July.

Hurst honors Rickels, Lemoines, Vicknair

Father Maynard Hurst Knights of Columbus Council 9016 presented the April Family of the Month Award to Dale and Lena Lemoine and the April Knight of the Month Award to Pete Vicknair on May 8.

Vicknair has served at each of the six Friday Lenten Fish Fry fundraisers at St. Louis King of France Parish, washing pots and pans and serving at the drive-through window.

The Lemoines also worked at the fish fries, with Dale cooking and Lena doing inside duties.

Past Grand Knight Joe Rickels was presented with his Knights of Columbus honorary life certificate and pin. Rickels was honored for having been a KC member for 25 consecutive years and having reached age 70. He has been involved with the fish fries, parish fairs and fundraisers and was the newsletter bulletin editor.

Presbyterian Women hear about Rosedown

Trisha Aleshire spoke about Rosedown Plantation at the spring luncheon of the Presbyterian Women of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church on May 10.

Aleshire, Rosedown’s curator, traced the its history from its beginning in 1828, when Martha Barrow and Daniel Turnbull were married and owned the property. An avid gardener, Martha kept a detailed, daily journal for 60 years and tried a diversity of flowers and crops, even planting cauliflower in summer. Aleshire wore a floor-length day dress that would have been traditional gardening attire for the era.

During lunch, Hattie Carney sang gospel, hymns and contemporary songs. Chairwoman Virginia Holloway explained the work of national Presbyterian Women, which received donations at the luncheon.

Iota Master installs new slate of officers

Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi installed officers on May 8 at Lynda Smith’s home: Pat Buturla, president; Cheryl Foster, vice president; Jane Haupt, recording secretary; Pat Tennyson, treasurer; Nancy McGraw, corresponding secretary; Darlene Poindexter, extension officer; and Norma Morales, City Council representative.

Virginia Wagner was co-hostess. Buturla received the Master Degree, which is the sixth degree of Beta Sigma Phi. She received a pin and yellow rose. Foster was honored at the annual citywide Founder’s Day Banquet. Members made donations for the Baton Rouge Food Bank and Capital Area Animal Welfare Society.

Girl Scouts sell more than 1 million boxes

Girl Scouts in the 23-parish local council sold more than 1 million boxes during this year’s Cookie Program, an average of 153 boxes per girl.

A total of 211 girls entered Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s Cookie Hall of Fame for selling at least 500 boxes of cookies, and 17 girls sold over 1,000.

More than 13,000 boxes of cookies were donated through Gift of Caring to nearly 200 local organizations like food banks, firefighters, police, and hospitals and military personnel overseas. The council distributed over 6,000 boxes to Blue Star Mothers, the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

Hamilton Relay awards scholarship to Watson

Paige Watson, a student at Louisiana School for the Deaf has received a $500 college scholarship from Hamilton Relay, a provider of telecommunications relay and captioned telephone service provider for Louisiana.

Watson was awarded the scholarship after writing an essay under the topic of communication technology. Paige plans to attend Gallaudet University this fall to pursue degrees in history and English.

The Hamilton Relay Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind or have difficulty speaking.

Greco graduates from Navy basic training

Navy Seaman Cara E. Greco, daughter of Cyrus J. and Leu Anne Greco, of Baton Rouge, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Greco is a 2001 graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School.

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Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. “Community” runs Tuesdays and Fridays in The Advocate. Submit items to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or email to people@theadvocate.com. Submit events 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.