Area briefs for Dec. 4, 2012

Injured workers’ condition improves

The condition of two workers burned in a Gulf of Mexico oil platform fire have improved, hospital officials said Monday.

The two workers were recently upgraded from critical condition to serious condition, Baton Rouge General Medical Center officials said in a news release.

Wilberto Ilagan, 50, remains in good condition. Ilagan is the only one of the three surviving victims whose name has been released.

Four workers were taken to Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid-City after a Nov. 16 explosion and fire seriously injured them. All of the men are from the Philippines and were working for Grand Isle Shipyard Inc., which had a contract with Black Elk Energy to refurbish the platform.

Avelino Tajonera, 49, a welder from Dinalupihan, Bataan, died Nov. 23, hospital officials said.

The accident also killed Ellroy Corporal, 42, whose body was found in the water near the platform. Last week, authorities found the body of Jerome Malagapo, 28, following a search.

The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement is investigating the fire.

Free breast cancer screening available

Free breast cancer screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Friday at the Delmont Service Center on 3535 Riley St.

The screenings are being provided by the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center.

Screenings are only free if you have not been screened within the past 12 months.

Insurance will be billed for mammography, but there will be no charge for those without insurance.

Appointments are required. Contact Mary Bird Perkins at 215-1234 before Friday.

Lee magnet school forum Wednesday

A community forum for those interested in helping with the formation of a magnet program for Lee High School is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Instructional Resource Center, 1022 S. Foster Drive.

Lee High’s magnet program will be the 15th such program in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. School officials collected ideas for the magnet program in June and are considering a program involving science and the arts that would start at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year.

The high school reopened in August with 226 students in ninth and 10th grades and is expanding one grade a time. The school was closed in 2009 to avert a state takeover.

The School Board voted Nov. 15 to rebuild the old, rundown campus at 1105 Lee Drive, requiring a two-year relocation of students to an undetermined location until construction finishes in summer 2015.

Drinking water topic of meeting

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Denham Springs City Hall, 941 Government St., to discuss a drinking water protection campaign.

The drinking water protection campaign, “Protect Drinking Water One Drop at a Time,” has a goal to increase public awareness and get people involved in protecting their area’s drinking water, according to a DEQ news release.

The meeting will outline the program, allow people the chance to talk to the Drinking Water Protection Team members and sign up for the committee. The meeting is open to the public.

Shoppers asked
to help fill truck

Wal-Mart Corp. and The Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge will launch the Fill the Truck campaign Saturday.

All Wal-Mart Super Centers in the Baton Rouge area will participate, said LaGuardia Collins, development director for The Salvation Army in Baton Rouge.

Wal-Mart shoppers are asked to purchase a toy or coat to help fill the truck, and Salvation Army will distribute the donations to local boys and girls, Collins said.

For over 115 years, Salvation Army has provided Christmas assistance for disadvantaged children in the community. This year, about 2,400 families have applied for assistance, which is about 5,000 children, Collins said.

Compiled by
The Advocate staff.