Around Ascension for Oct. 3, 2013

Flu season is right around the corner, and the Ascension Council on Aging has teamed up with RiteAid Pharmacy to provide free flu shots for senior citizens with Medicare Part B.

Just bring your Medicare card to the Gonzales Senior Center on Oct. 9 for the free vaccination.

The shots will be provided as part of the center’s monthly Ask the Doctor series, which starts at 11 a.m.

For more information or to register, call the Gonzales Senior Center at (225) 621-5750.

Mattress sale to raise funds for Spartans

Most people don’t think they can buy a new mattress in a school gym.

Well, East Ascension High School’s gym, 612 E. Worthey St., Gonzales, will be filled with several new, name-brand mattresses from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for the school’s second mattress sale.

The sale is a fundraiser for the school and a way for students to earn money.

Christmas toy drive accepting applicants

Registration is underway for Sheriff Jeff Wiley’s annual Christmas Crusade for Children, which provides toys and Christmas gifts for children in need.

Applications are available from the sheriff’s offices at the Donaldsonville Courthouse, the Gonzales business office or Family Services Division at the Gonzales Building Annex.

Parents are asked to provide a current food stamp printout or copies of each child’s birth certificate, valid Louisiana photo identification card, proof of income and a copy of an Ascension Parish utility bill.

The deadline to submit an application is Nov. 15.

Anyone wishing to donate to the program can call Deputy Janet Fontenot at (225) 621-8318 or email, or contact Deputy Jodie Delaune at (225) 621-8374 or

Road work to close Duplessis Road

Make plans to avoid Duplessis Road at its intersection with La. 73 starting Wednesday, parish officials said.

Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said Duplessis Road in Prairieville will be closed at the intersection of Duplessis Road and La. 73 from 8 a.m. Oct. 9 through 5 p.m. Oct. 23 due to road construction.

Motorists may take La. 73 to La. 621, east to Tiggy Duplessis Road and north to Duplessis Road.

Motorists may also enter Duplessis Road at its intersection with U.S. 61.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, Deadline: noon Monday.