Photos: Ascension in Focus, 03/07/13

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Baton Rouge Police safety divers Sgt. Scott Montgomery and Cpl. Doug Chutz, bottom from left, prepare themselves for incoming as participants fling themselves into a chilly Cabela's lake and onlookers watch from shore during the Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- St. Amant High School student Julianna Carmouche, 17, cringes as she climbs out of a chilly Cabela's lake while Baton Rouge police safety staff look on during Saturday Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie, center, leaps into Cabela's lake in Gonzales on Saturday during the fifth annual 'Freezin' for a Reason' event, while Baton Rouge Police Department safety diver Cpl. Patrick Wennemann, right, looks on. Law enforcement agencies and other participants from across Louisiana flung themselves into chilly water on Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Baton Rouge Chief of Police Carl Dabadie, bottom left, reacts after jumping into a chilly Cabela's lake in Gonzales on Saturday, March 2, 2013 for the 5th Annual Freezin' for a Reason, while WAFB's Matt Williams, Jay Grymes, and 100.7 FM's Chris Powers, from left, swim for dry land. Law enforcement agencies and other participants from across the state flung themselves into the lake on Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Lindsey Decoteau, Claire LeGrange, 17, Sgt. Jeff LeGrange, Cole LeGrange, 14, Paul McCrory, Brady Madere, and Sgt. Coy Daigle from left, leap into a chilly Cabela's lake with the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office for the fifth annual Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge in Gonzales on Saturday. Law enforcement agencies and other participants across the state hurled themselves into cold water to raise money for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Baton Rouge Police safety diver Cpl. Doug Chutz, left, watches as Louisiana State Police's Sgt. Dustin Browning, Sgt. J.B. Slayton, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer, and Trooper Michael Talley, from left, leap into the chilly waters of Cabela's Lake on Saturday for the Special Olympics Louisiana Polar Plunge.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Special Olympics athlete Donnie Guillory, center, climbs out of a chilly Cabela's lake with the help of Baton Rouge Police safety staff during Saturday's Freezin' for a Reason in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Louisiana Dept. of Corrections' Lt. James Edenfield, Lt. Col. Paul Payne, and Lt. Col. Mike Wilson, from left, leap into the chilly waters of Cabela's lake while onlookers watch during the 5th Annual Freezin' for a Reason in Gonzales on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Law enforcement agencies and other participants across the state hurled themselves into cold water on Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Parish Sheriff Maj. Lee Anderson, St. James Parish Sheriff Willy Martin Jr., Ascension Parish Sheriff Jeff Wiley, Ascension Parish Sheriff Chief Deputy Tony Bacala, and Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack, from left, swim for dry land after leaping into a chilly Cabela's lake for the fifth annual Freezin' for a Reason Polar Plunge on Saturday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Baton Rouge Police safety diver Sgt. Scott Montgomery helps his daughter Candace Montgomery swim for dry land during the 5th Annual Freezin' for a Reason at Cabela's lake in Gonzales on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Law enforcement agencies and other participants across the state hurled themselves into chilly water on Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office Capt. Darren Crochet, center, drip-dries after climbing out of a chilly Cabela's lake during the 5th Annual Freezin' for a Reason in Gonzales on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Law enforcement agencies and other participants from across the state flung themselves into cold water on Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Baton Rouge Police safety divers Sgt. Scott Montgomery, Cpl Doug Chutz, and Cpl. Patrick Wennemann, from left, help Lydia Roberts, center, swim to dry land after she leapt in to Cabela's lake for the 5th Annual Freezin' for a Reason in Gonzales on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Law enforcement agencies and other participants across the state flung themselves into chilly waters Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- New Roads Police Dept. SRT sniper Joe Gannon, center, bites a stogie as chilly water drains out of his camouflage uniform during the 5th Annual Freezin' for a Reason at Cabela's in Gonzales on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Law enforcement agencies and other participants across the state hurled themselves into chilly waters on Saturday to raise funds for Special Olympics Louisiana.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Simon Miranda is lifted in a crane to help repaint the inside of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Gelacio Miranda, of Miranda's Painting, left, oversees crew working to repaint the interior of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Mario Orozco and Rigoberto Tejada, from left, peek down at the floor while being lifted in a crane to repaint the inside of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Mario Orozco and Simon Miranda, from left, work from cranes to repaint the interior walls of Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Donaldsonville. The church is closed during the eight-week project.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Teacher Carrie Bordelon, left, helps students Garyana Sullivan, Kendall Hayes and Sterling LaBranch, from left put on gloves while preparing to plant potatoes in a garden outside their classroom at Donaldsonville Primary School.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Donaldsonville Downtown Development District Executive Director Missy Jandura, Donaldsonville Primary School groundkeeper Stanford Knockum and Donaldsonville Primary School Principal Mary McMahan, from left, pull weeds from a student garden at Donaldsonville Primary School. Grants from the DDD helped to fund the garden.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Teacher Carrie Bordelon, left, tills soil with students David Rodrigue, Sterling LaBranch and Annalee Diggs, from left, while preparing to plant potatoes in the garden outside their classroom at Donaldsonville Primary School.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Heads of cabbage grow in a student garden at Donaldsonville Primary School.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Kali Valentine, right, eagerly raises her hand to answer a question while classmate Ja'Tayveon Sanders, left, looks on during teacher Carrie Bordelon's lesson on gardening at Donaldsonville Primary School. Some of the books and materials used for the lesson on gardening were purchased with a grant from the Donaldsonville Downtown Development District.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- A kitten available for adoption climbs its cage while volunteer Kennysha Johnson, 18, right, works with another cat at Ascension Parish Animal Shelter in Sorrento on Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Craig Templet, left, leads a dog to its holding pen past supervisor Mike LeBlanc and Megan Choate, from left, at Ascension Parish Animal Shelter in Sorrento on Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Megan Choate files records Thursday at the Ascension Parish Animal Shelter in Sorrento. The shelter is required by law to keep records for seven years on every animal they've worked with.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Leah Champton, 11, plays with her newly adopted kitten at Ascension Parish Animal Shelter in Sorrento on Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Leah Champton, 11, right, beams while cradling a newly adopted kitten while grandmother Mary Ann Schexnayder, left, looks on at Ascension Parish Animal Shelter in Sorrento on Thursday

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  • Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Ascension Parish Animal Shelter employee Craig Templet, right, cradles a kitten while Leah Champton, 11, gets acquainted at Ascension Parish Animal Shelter in Sorrento on Thursday.

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