Looking North for Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will hold an open house Aug. 27 to discuss the agency’s assessment of the River Bend nuclear power plant’s 2012 safety performance.

During the open house, set for 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the St. Francisville Town Hall, 11936 Ferdinand St., the public will have an opportunity to hold one-on-one discussions with NRC staff members about the plant’s 2012 performance and the agency’s oversight of the facility. NRC staff on hand will include the inspectors assigned to the plant on a full-time basis and staff from the Region IV office in Arlington, Texas.

The NRC said that River Bend, overall, operated safely last year and is receiving the agency’s normal level of oversight this year.

An assessment letter sent from the NRC to plant officials addresses the performance of the plant during 2012 and will serve as the basis for the discussion. The letter is available on the NRC website, www.nrc.gov.

Two blood drives

Two blood drives are scheduled next week in St. Francisville. The first will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church’s Fellowship Hall.

The Bank of St. Francisville is sponsoring a blood drive from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the bank’s parking lot on Commerce Street. Donors will be entered in a drawing for $1,000 in gas cards to be awarded this summer.

Dirt bike races

The fifth annual “hare scramble” for dirt bikes is scheduled Aug. 24-25 at Springhill plantation on Carruth Road near Wilson. Approximately 250 motorcycles and 50 all-terrain vehicles are expected to compete. The first race is at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

More information is available at www.acadianaracing.com.

Scholarship awarded

Brandon Deshotels, of Zachary, was one of two recent graduates who received the Associated Grocers – Sam S. Politz scholarship, worth $1,000 per semester for eight semesters. Deshotels, the son of Donald and Sandra Deshotels, graduated from Zachary High School and is attending LSU.

Art winners

The Historic District Commission of Jackson recently chose Donna Kilbourne as the first- and second-place winner of the Historic Art Competition. Her artwork depicted “The Cottage on College” and “The Road Into Jackson.” Linda White won third place with her “Lockridge Cottage” drawing.

The artwork will be on display in the lobby of the Highlands Bank in Jackson through August.

Youth Green Wings

Zachary Ducks Unlimited is holding a youth Green Wing day at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 24 at the Georgia-Pacific Pavilion on Pleasant-Port Hickey Road west of Zachary. The cost is $10 per child, which includes a one-year Ducks Unlimited membership. Lunch will be provided by Georgia-Pacific. Activities will include hunting retriever demonstrations, decoy painting, wood duck box building, and a Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries booth. Sign up in advance by contacting Barry Hanks (225) 572-1886 or bjhanks@bellsouth.net.

To submit news about Baker, Zachary and the Felicianas, call James Minton at (225) 326-6611; fax: (225) 774-6485; email: jminton@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Wednesday.