Photos: Ascension in Focus for Dec. 20, 2012

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Parish Sheriff Office's Trent Gautreaux, center, and Dakota Jenkins, 14, right, prepare to roll out as volunteer shoppers in Sheriff Jeff Wiley's annual Christmas Crusade for Children Dec. 13at the Gonzales Walmart. APSO student worker Ross Melancon and Sgt. Jeff LaGrange, from left, hand out wishlists to other shoppers waiting to participate in APSO's annual drive to provide Christmas gifts for children through age 12.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dani Settoon, 11, Abbie Sage, 11, Braylee Mayers, 12, and Laken Goldsby, 11, from left, comb the Gonzales Wal-Mart toy aisles with Abbie's mother Dusty Sage, background, while shopping to fill Christmas wishlists in the Ascension Parish Sheriff Office's Christmas Crusade for Children.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jada Crabtree, 4, gets a better view over the toy aisles while perched on her father Jason Crabtree's shoulders as the two shop Dec. 13 along with Alexa Crabtree, 11, left, and Jenna Crabtree, 9, not pictured, in the Ascension Parish Sheriff Office's Christmas Crusade for Children at Wal-Mart in Gonzales Each year, APSO and volunteers work to provide Christmas gifts for children through age 12.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Greenlee Johnson, 1, left, helps mother Ascension Parish Sheriff Dep. Teanna 'Love' Johnson check off a Christmas wishlist while shopping as volunteers in APSO's Christmas Crusade for Children on Dec. 13.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- David Casillas carefully adds a fresh number decal to lane nine in a soon-to-open bowling alley on U.S. 61 near La. 44 in Gonzales on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Skye Fontenot, 9, left, smiles while taking a break from helping her mother, Angela Fontenot, center, and Jode Delaune, right, check off gift pick-ups during the Ascension Parish Sheriff Office's Christmas Crusade for Children on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Mother Wallisha Prestley, daughter Quintaija Lucas, 3, and grandmother Ann Prestley from left, leave the Ascension Parish Courthouse East Annex in Gonzales on Saturday after picking up a bag of presents and a bike during the Ascension Parish Sheriff Office's Christmas Crusade for Children.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Volunteers Angela Fontenot, Jode Delaune, Christine Wilson and Trent Gautreaux, from left, work to check off gift pick-ups during the Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley's Christmas Crusade for Children on Saturday at the Ascension Parish Courthouse in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Louisiana State Trooper Sgt. Russell Graham speaks to St. Amant High School students during a mock crash demonstration put on by local law enforcement and emergency responders to educate students on the dangers of drunk-driving on Friday. This drill was possible through the combined efforts of the Louisiana State Police, St. Amant Fire Department, Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office, Acadian Ambulance, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Church Funeral Services of St. Amant, school officials said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant firefighter Mike Breaux, center, zips St. Amant High School senior Stephanie Flenniken, 19, left, into a body bag during a mock crash demonstration put on by local law enforcement and emergency responders to educate area students on the dangers of drunk-driving on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant High School students watch a mock crash demonstration put on by local law enforcement and emergency responders to educate students on the dangers of drunk-driving on Friday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Pam Flenniken, left, mother of St. Amant High School senior Stephanie Flenniken, gets news from Ascension Parish Sheriff Capt. Lee Anderson of her daughter's mock death during a crash demonstration put on by local law enforcement and emergency responders to educate students on the dangers of drunk-driving Friday at the school. 'We'll never know how many kids we reached, because they won't be involved in a crash, and that's a good thing,' Louisiana State Trooper Stephen Hammons said. The program will soon expand from Louisiana State Troop L and A areas, to also include Troop I, he said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- KeRachel Thomas, right, helps sort clothes on the racks at the new Treasure of the ARC in Gonzales on Dec. 12.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jennifer Bagala helps arrange knick-knacks for sale on the shelves of the new Treasure of the ARC in Gonzales on Dec. 12. The resale shop provides jobs for Jennifer and others with Community Opportunities - The ARC of East Ascension.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Tracvon Fowler, center, works the cash register under the watchful eye of Kay Deslatte, right, while Jennifer Bagala helps sort items in the background at the new Treasure of the ARC in Gonzales on Dec. 12.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Jennifer Bagala helps sort clothes on the racks at the new Treasure of the ARC in Gonzales on Dec. 12.

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