Photos: Ascension in Focus for Nov. 22, 2012

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Friendly contest -- East Ascension High School student Kade Waguespack, 16, left, makes a catch against East Ascension High School alumnus Tyler Wright, 20, right, during a two-hand touch football game Tuesday on the school's field in Gonzales. Students and alumni gathered for a friendly match-up while schools are out for Thanksgiving break.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Third-grade teacher Joelle Scharwath, center, reads with Ashton Lavigne, 7; Kailee Lavigne, 8; Kelsey Bourgeois, 9; Faith Vincent, 7; and Ava Arceneaux, 8; from left, using Nook tablets during Lakeside Primary School's annual Lakeside Literacy Lagniappe Family Night in Prairievilleon Nov. 15. With e-readers, students can read stories on their own or choose to listen with headphones and follow along when choosing more challenging text, teachers explained during the program.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Assistant Principal Susan Jordan, right, reads from the book 'Three Little Cajun Pigs' while student Faith Macaluso, 9, and principal Linda Embry, from left, listen Nov. 15 during Lakeside Primary School's annual Lakeside Literacy Lagniappe Family Night. The project was sponsored by a grant from the Ascension Fund.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Noah Narcisse, 5, picks out a book to take home with the help of friend Amy Bascom, right, while other children play a game to draw other books from a pile during Lakeside Primary School's annual Lakeside Literacy Lagniappe Family Night.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School students Corey Ramey, left, and Jason Wakefield, both 11, blow steam after biting into graham crackers frozen by liquid nitrogen at Air Products' booth during the 2012 ChemFriends Exposition at the Gonzales Civic Center on Wednesday. Ascension Parish sixth-graders attended the giant science fair where local chemical companies showed experiments and explained how products are made.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School student Timothy Smith, 12, left, claps his hands together on a flower frozen in liquid nitrogen, causing it to explode while Air Products employee Amy Sexton, right, and other students watch during the 2012 ChemFriends Exposition at the Gonzales Civic Center. Volunteers with several area companies and agencies used a variety of items and chemicals to demonstrate how chemistry and science is used in making products.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown High School volunteer Ashlynne Scott, 17, helps herd sixth-graders into the 2012 ChemFriends Exposition at the Gonzales Civic Center. Advanced chemistry students from Dutchtown and St. Amant high schools volunteered to lead groups of students through the expo.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School students Cade Kernan, 12; Hunter Nickens, 11; and William Migue, 11; from left, dip their hands into a tub of goo on Nov. 14 during the 2012 ChemFriends Exposition at the Gonzales Civic Center. Ascension Parish sixth-graders attended the two-day giant science fair, where local chemical companies showed experiments and explained how products are made.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Rick Bergeron speaks to students before setting them loose in the 2012 ChemFriends Exposition at the Gonzales Civic Center in Gonzales on Nov. 14. Bergeron, the chairman of the committee organizing the event, stressed safety as he explained the rules of the expo to the sixth-graders attending the program.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School students Skyler Dickinson, 11; C.J. Street, 11; Evan Copeland, 12; Jacob Price, 11; and Mary Claire Roussel, 11, from left, feel heat generated by an exothermic reaction of expanding foam at Rubicon's booth on Nov. 14 during the 2012 ChemFriends Exposition at the Gonzales Civic Center. Students got to make goo, foam, slime and lava lamps and learned what happened when various items are frozen with liquid nitrogen.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Central Middle School student Randolph Oberton, 11, blows smoke from his nostrils after biting into a graham cracker frozen by liquid nitrogen at Air Products' booth on Nov. 14 during the 2012 ChemFriends Exposition at the Gonzales Civic Center .

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jake Lambert adds seasoning while Glenn Shaheen stirs a pot of chili on Nov. 15 during the Gonzales Fire Department's Annual Chili Cook-Off and Sale benefitting Project Kidz Kove at the Public Safety Center in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A hot pot of chili stews during the Gonzales Fire Department's Annual Chili Cook-Off and Sale benefitting Project Kidz Kove.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jessica Breaux, center, helps Mickey Hopkins, right, stack up quarts of chili being prepped for sale, while Preston Landry, left, fills more containers during the Gonzales Fire Department's Annual Chili Cook-Off and Sale benefitting Project Kidz Kove at the Public Safety Center in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Wal-Mart store manager and Kidz Kove board member Mark Boudreaux, right, stirs a 'hot tub' of chili while fellow board member Stacey Parker, center, looks on during the Gonzales Fire Department's Annual Chili Cook-Off and Sale at the Public Safety Center. While Boudreaux volunteered in the past, it was his first year cooking and his first ever pot of chili. Ashley Manor Catering donated the ingredients to cook the 250-quart pot of chili.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Cajun Needlers Kathryn Morin and Joanna Robinson, from left, unpack crocheted hats, stockings, blankets and other items for donation to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at the Gonzales Council on Aging Senior Center on Nov. 15.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Cajun Needler Joanna Robinson helps unpack a mountain of crocheted hats, stockings, blankets and other items for donation to Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge at the Gonzales Council on Aging.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A Christmas tag with Cajun Needler Doris Walker's signature sits in a pile of fuzzy crocheted hats, stockings and blankets created as gifts for donation to Cancer Services at the Gonzales Council on Aging.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Cajun Needlers Jan Bunyett, Doris Walker, and Joanna Robinson, from left, unpack piles of crocheted hats, stockings, blankets and other items for donation to Cancer Services at the Gonzales Council on Aging.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, left, accepts the Bronze Minuteman Award Nov. 15 on behalf of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office from U.S. Army Louisiana National Guard Maj. Gary Whipple, right, and Maj. Kenneth Baillie in the Ascension Parish Sheriff's War Room.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, second from left, accepts the Bronze Minuteman Award on behalf of the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office from U.S. Army Louisiana National Guard Maj. Gary Whipple, Maj. Kenneth Baillie, and Maj. Chuck Hudson, from left, in the Ascension Parish Sheriff's War Room in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Calvin Moret, Louisiana's only known living Tuskegee Airman, speaks at a reception honoring him at the River Road African-American Museum in Donaldsonville on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Retired flight officer Calvin Moret, left, Louisiana's only known living Tuskegee Airman, receives a plaque from executive director Kathe Hambrick Jackson, right, of the River Road African-American Museum at a reception in Donaldsonville on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Photos and memorabilia are displayed as part of the River Road African-American Museum's military exhibit in Donaldsonville on Saturday.

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  • Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- Bill Wilcox, of Pegasus Carriage Company, carts passengers down Railroad Avenue during the 2012 Avenue Evening Stroll in Donaldsonville. Carriage rides will once again be offered during this year's event.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Donaldsonville native Richard Zeringue acts on stage in Louisiana Square during Donaldsonville's 2012 Avenue Evening Stroll. Zeringue portrayed Pierre Lafitte, the brother of pirate Jean Lafitte.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Nariah Jenkins, 10, center, performs with the Greater Israel Baptist Church Praise Dancers, led by Nikki Lawrence, Saturday during Donaldsonville's annual Avenue Evening Stroll.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Gary Joseph blows a soprano sax along Railroad Avenue at the 2012 Donaldsonville Avenue Evening Stroll.

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  • Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- Judy Davis, right, belts out a tune with The Swinging Willows Paul Lauve and Kevin Landry, from left, along Railroad Avenue during the 2012 Avenue Evening Stroll in Donaldsonville. Davis is set to perform at Saturday's Musical Tribute for the Troops in Gonzales.

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