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Southeast Crime Blotter for Dec. 8-14, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14: Assault / Battery 17000 BLOCK, MEDICAL CENTER DRIVE, DEC. 13, 3:00 a.m. Burglary 2300 BLOCK, HOYT DRIVE, DEC. 10, 1:59 p.m.… Continue reading →

1,500 participate in Girls on the Run

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH -- The Runnels Schools Sydney Worsham, 10, takes her medal from Dutchtown High volunteer Alaina Poche. Worsham's official time was 23:53.

Girls from all over the Baton Rouge metro area participated Saturday in the 2014 Girls on the Run 5K. Hydie Wahlborg, exectutive director of Girls on the Run South Louisiana, said the race had nearly 1,500 runners, 550 of those girls from 32 schools in and around Baton Rouge. “We added six new schools this season… Continue reading →

Gingerbread houses more than just sweet treats for Southside woman

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH -- Melissa Parrino adds peppermint detailing to her gingerbread replica of the Orangarie.

Melissa Parrino has many niches, but her daughter, Katie Guitreau, who works at the LSU AgCenter’s Botanic Gardens, agrees that baking is one of them. It goes a little deeper than just baking, though. Parrino builds gingerbread houses, and fairly elaborate ones at that. This year, as part of a group gingerbread-house-making workshop held at Guitreau’s… Continue reading →

Lab pairs self-reliance, cooperation in high school techies

Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- St. Joseph's Academy student Blake Coronna works on a 3D printer Thursday, Dec. 11, at St. Joseph's Academy. The school's student-run help desk for computer and software repair has been in operation for 15 years.

Mi’Yana Solomon said she never considered herself a techie. When she decided she wanted to try to get a job with her school’s student-run computer help desk, she wasn’t sure how it would go, especially when she learned the first rule in her computer architecture class. “Try three before you ask me,” John Richardson, who directs St.… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Dec. 18, 2014

The Paula G. Manship YMCA is hosting its third annual Gingerbread Jog, featuring a one-mile family fun run and dog walk, and a 5K race, starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at City Park. Preceding the two runs, families and dogs participate in an Ugly Sweater Contest, pictures with Santa, gingerbread decorating and a jump house. All… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts launch online cookie sales

Photo provided by Marianne Addy -- Theresa Verret, Johanna Hilbun, Zaria Brown and Arizona Mitchell, from left, of Brownie Girl Scout Troop 10324, sell cookies at a booth sale in Baton Rouge during the 2014 sale. Starting in January, the Girl Scouts will go digital, selling cookies online.

The traditional Girl Scout Cookie Program is going digital. For the first time since sales began nearly 100 years ago, Girl Scouts of the USA will allow its young cookie-selling entrepreneurs to sell their wares online. Members of the Girl Scouts Louisiana East council will be among the group of Girl Scouts embracing the new Digital… Continue reading →

Catholic High football player chosen for bowl

Photo provided by Emily Sims -- Catholic High School's Derrius Guice has been selected to join an elite group of All-Americans for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Gathering recently to deliver the jersey he will wear are, from left, Sgt. Philip Nixon, Guice and Sgt. Joey Russell.

Catholic High School’s Derrius Guice has been selected to join an elite group of All-Americans for the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Guice recently received the jersey he will wear in the annual East vs. West matchup set for Jan. 3 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will be televised on NBC and… Continue reading →

St. Joseph’s Academy cheerleaders headed to national event

Photo provided by St. Joseph's Academy -- The St. Joseph's Academy cheerleaders pose with their first place trophy. Gathering are, first row from left,  Hannah Moran, Amelia Marchand, Caroline Magee, Kate Barton, Cayley LeBlanc, Claire Goff, Landry West and Adeline Holyfield; second row,  Kamryn Fouts, Rebecca Hanly, Abigail Mock, Jewel Williams, Suzie Barone, Captain Mollye McManus, Elizabeth Grace Sylvest and Maddie McCrary; and third row,  Skylar Culmone, Hannah Oatley, Diana Dantin, Moderator Brianna Sommers, Coach Dene Dantin, Coach Jason Galjour, Caroline Leblanc, Sydney Kilpatrick, Riley Helm, Sydney Kilpatrick and Olivia Prejean.

The St. Joseph’s Academy cheerleaders are the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s state champions in the Large Junior Varsity Division. The squad competed in the UCA State Championship on Dec. 6 at the Monroe Civic Center. The squad will have the opportunity to compete in the national cheerleading championships in Orlando, Florida, in February. Squad captain,… Continue reading →

State joins Wreaths Across America

Photo provided by Greg Lindsly -- Dr. Florent Hardy speaks Dec. 8 at the 2014 Statehouse Wreath Laying Ceremony held at  the Louisiana State Archives  Building on Essen Lane.

Area officials joined about 70 residents Dec. 8 at the Louisiana State Archives Building on Essen Lane to kick off the Wreaths Across America program. The 2014 Statehouse Wreath Laying Ceremony was sponsored by the John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. State capitols across the country kicked off Wreaths Across America… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for Dec. 18, 2014

Albus, a young male cat waiting for his chance at love.

Project Purr Baton Rouge is a nonprofit group organized to prevent the euthanasia of cats and kittens at the Baton Rouge community shelter. Adoption day events are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane, and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780… Continue reading →

Students collect toys for St. Vincent de Paul

Photo provided by Josh Galasso -- St. Michael the Archangel High School students from left,  Mary Grace Eddington, Jaicey McHugh and Stephanie Verdin recently collect toys for St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The St. Michael the Archangel High School Student Council held a Christmas toy drive to benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Students in ninth through 12th grades collected more than 500 toys and almost $500, which Student Council officers used to purchase toys and other items for children ages 12 and under. The success… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Dec. 18 2014

Photo provided -- Ruby, female; four-pound; tan, yellow and fawn; pit bull mix, who is spayed, up to date with shots, good with children and  dogs. Contact mdf@spillwaycable.com or send a text to (225) 933-7572.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, rehome or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.… Continue reading →

School celebrates holy day with prayer and music

Photo provided by JENNIFER M. FONTAINE -- St. Josephs Academy gathered as a community on Dec. 8 to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pictured, from left, are Gabbie Taylor, Ann Nguyen, Abbie LaFleur, Bailey Polson, Kristen Rohli, Renee Trepagnier, Natalie Aguillard and Katie Lecoq.

St. Joseph’s Academy gathered as a community on Dec. 8 to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Rev. Jason Palermo, priest of St. Joseph Catholic Church in French Settlement, presided over the Eucharistic celebration in the school’s Activity Center. Sophomore Abigail Livingston welcomed the large crowd. “As Mary… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for Dec. 8-14, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14: Assault / Battery 11900 BLOCK, NICHOLSON DRIVE, DEC. 13, 4:29 p.m. Burglary 1600 BLOCK, BRIARROSE DRIVE, DEC. 11, 3:23 p.m.… Continue reading →

Calendar of events for Dec. 18-24, 2014

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd. Call (225) 291-9421 or visit www.lifesourcehospice.net. CHRISTMAS STORYTIME: 7 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10156 Perkins Rowe, Suite 150. Storytime program. Visit store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/4779199. SATURDAY BEADING SOCIAL: 11 a.m., Cajun Bead Crafts, 4733… Continue reading →

In search of feathered friends

Advocate file photo by ADAM LAU -- An American Goldfinch perches on a branch in Port Allen's Rivault Park during the National Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 5, 2013. Goldfinches are here, said Gina Periou, but have such abundant food supplies in the trees that they've shied away from bird feeders.

Gina Periou loves birds, though it took her a while to catch the birding bug. “My mom was a birder. I remember going out to look for orioles’ nests and talking about the birds in her yard. Every year in spring, she’d say, ‘Oh, my prothonotary’s back,’ (referring to a prothonotary warbler). She was always talking about… Continue reading →

Winter is a good time to spot birds near bodies of water

Photo provided by KIMBERLY LANKA -- Ruddy ducks, with distinctive tail feathers that point up, swim behind a group of squat, colorful mergansers on one of the Capitol Lakes. The birds can be seen at many of our area's lakes this time of year.

Winter is a great time of year for bird-watching in Louisiana, particularly near bodies of water, said Lindsay Seely, who led a recent bird walk around the Capitol building for Southside’s Wild Birds Unlimited. “I wish this fog would lift,” she said to Kimberly Lanka, a fellow birder who routinely brings an extra pair of binoculars to… Continue reading →

Future siblings get baby crash course

Photos by C.J. FUTCH -- Carmen Brignac, 8, left, practices feeding a new baby with a doll, along with her sister, Lane Benton, 6, and another student in the A Baby is Coming class, Madison Frechou, 9,

Woman’s Hospital educator Heather Bull sat at the top of a circle of 15 excited students ages 4 to 8 on Dec. 6, holding a baby doll in her lap. Bull was teaching “A Baby is Coming,” a class for children expecting siblings offered every month at Woman’s, and “Tyke Hyke,” a similar class for children younger… Continue reading →

On the Southside for Dec. 11, 2014

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Kenilworth. Kenilworth Subdivision residents can purchase luminary candles from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 7539 Boone Drive. The luminaries will be on display and the subdivision’s lighting contest is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 21.… Continue reading →

School makes hefty food pantry donation

Photo provided by Mayfair Lab School -- Posing with some of the food collected for The Shepherd's Pantry Food Bank are Mayfair Lab School students, seated from left, Carson Franklin and Christopher Hooker; and standing, Patricia James, Elizabeth Cooper, Luz Gurrola Corro, Collin Franklin, Ryan Baker, Amairiah Hooker, Aiden Desmond and Kevin Boyd.

During the month of November, students, staff and families of Mayfair Lab School collected and donated nearly 250 pounds of food to The Shepherd’s Market, a community, client-choice food pantry in Southside, exceeding its goal of 200 pounds. Mayfair’s Parent-Teacher Association coordinated the project with support from school faculty and staff, and the outpouring from students… Continue reading →

Southside crime blotter for Dec. 1-7, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7: Assault / Battery 10500 BLOCK, BURBANK DRIVE, DEC. 2, 11:37 a.m. 2000 BLOCK, JASPER AVENUE, DEC. 5, 7:05 a.m. BurglaryContinue reading →

Southside calendar for Dec. 11-17, 2014

CANCER WELLNESS: 10 a.m., Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet, 8585 Picardy Blvd. Free. Topics: treatment; resources; how to talk to a doctor; nutrition during treatment; how treatment will affect appetite, and more. Visit www.brgeneral.org/services/cancer#tabs-3 GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 3049 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Baton Rouge. Free. Call (225) 291-9421 or visit… Continue reading →

Students attend holiday camp

Advocate photo by C. J. FUTCH -- The Gardere Initiative presented a Thanksgiving Holiday Camp over the school break, in collaboration with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office and volunteers. The camp included art and craft activities for younger children, and a canoe trip to Lake Fausse Point for older children. Camp organizers are, back row from left, Cpl. Lisa Blackman, Dty. Melvin Edwards, Sgt. Chad Parker and Collins Phillips, a youth advocate for East Baton Rouge Schools; front row, from left, Yolanda Criss with AmeriHealth, Myeisha Smith, Gardere parent, Cpl. Lavontia Ealy, and parent Kimberly Stevenson.

The Gardere Initiative Faith Chapel Holiday Program kept students entertained while on Thanksgiving break Nov. 24 and 25, according to a news release. In collaboration with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, parent and community volunteers, the camp included arts, crafts, drama classes and a canoe trip for older students. Sgt.… Continue reading →

Folding good luck into happiness

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH -- Artist Ashley Hodges folds paper cranes under a chandelier she created using the origami technique. An art piece Hodges created for Woman's Hospital Bust Breast Cancer fashion show using the paper cranes inspired the team working on a new billboard campaign for the  hospital's 3-D mammography services.

Ashley Hodges is an artist and started folding paper cranes as a lark, really. Something appeals to her about that particular origami shape, and she loves the calming, almost meditative effect of the practice, she said. So much so that she decided to fold hundreds of them, in a rainbow of colors, which eventually became the… Continue reading →

Southside pets available for Dec. 11, 2014

Cookie, a female terrier/blue heeler mix: spayed, up to date with shots and good with children and dogs.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, rehome or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call (225) 205-9330 or visit friendsoftheanimalsbr.org.… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for Dec. 11, 2014

Harrie, a female cat that  loves all the attention she can get.

Project Purr Baton Rouge is a nonprofit group organized to prevent the euthanasia of cats and kittens at the Baton Rouge community shelter. Adoption day events are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane, and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can email adopt@projectpurr br.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit www.projectpurrbr.org. Or, follow… Continue reading →

Santa visits St. George area to aid charitable causes

Photo provided by Eldon Ledoux -- The St George Fire Department brings Santa Claus to the Garden Oaks neighborhood Saturday during the first of two weekend Santa parades in the department's service area.

The St. George Fire Department’s annual Santa Claus parades continue Saturday and Sunday in the department’s service area. The parade, which features Santa atop a firetruck and agencies collecting food and toys, kicked off Saturday in south Baton Rouge and continues this weekend in the neighborhoods between Airline Highway and the Mississippi River on Dec. 13-14.… Continue reading →

St. Thomas More staff, faculty entertain students

Photo provided by MARK JUREY --St. Thomas More Catholic School faculty members from left, Aryn Mann, fourth-grade teacher; Lizzi Canady, computer teacher; Ashley McDaniel,assistant principal; Sean Rogers, junior high teacher; Ashley Llaneza, fourth-grade teacher; Tootie Lee, development director; and Dale Oufnac, assistant book keeper, pose after their recent performance of 'That's Entertainment' for students.

St. Thomas More Catholic School faculty and staff produced “That’s Entertainment” for students Nov. 16 at the school. The production was a compilation of main parts of movie classics and Broadway shows, including “The Wizard of Oz,” “Rocky,” “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “The Lion King,” “Wicked,” “Forrest Gump” and “Steel Magnolias.” The performance… Continue reading →

Family takes to water at Y

Advocate staff photo by  APRIL BUFFINGTON --  Instructor Cory Sperier works with Javion Spears, 4, floating in the water while the rest of the family looks on in the family swim lesson class held Nov. 26 at the Southside YMCA.

As a former lifeguard, Eldon Spears Sr. takes every opportunity to teach his children Da’Jah, 8, Eldon Jr., 7, and Javion, 4, to be more comfortable with water. “Every time we’re near the water, he’s always working with them on something. They started off with the doggie paddle,” said mom Carrie Spears, who joined her family in… Continue reading →

Swamp fills with campers at holiday

Advocate photos by C.J. FUTCH -- Luke House, 7, works on his teepee, also known as a

The Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center conducted its Autumn Camp on Nov. 24-25, while students from area schools were on Thanksgiving break, said Claire Coco, director. Holiday crafts included making hiking stick sand drums and working a service project of sorts. Campers erected tepee structures, and learned how to spot non-native tree and plant species on the… Continue reading →

Students track bugs, mushrooms, acorns in 2-day camp

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Jonathan Dequante, 9, asks questions of Peggy Coates, right, as they tour the grounds during a two-day Master Gardener camp at the Hilltop Arboretum.

As of Nov. 25, the students of the Junior Master Gardener program at the Hilltop Arboretum in Baton Rouge were well on their way to earning fall course credits, which included learning about mushrooms, fall plants and insects. “Does anybody know what makes a bug an insect?” asked Jim Barry, who taught the lesson on insects.… Continue reading →

Finding own path to military tradition

Photos provided by BRIAN PRIMEAUX -- Catholic High graduate Brian Primeaux, a midshipman at the United States Naval Academy, now in his sophomore year, poses with his parents, Russel and Valerie, in Annapolis, Maryland.

Brian Primeaux took a non-traditional road to the United States Naval Academy. “I got started a little late in the game in high school, and I got wait-listed,” the Catholic High graduate said Nov. 26, while home on his Thanksgiving break. Though he had credits from his freshman year at LSU, he had to start… Continue reading →

Around the Southside for Dec. 4, 2014

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Chris Culotta works on his board slide technique at BREC's Extreme Sports Park. Culotta, who started his own skateboard company in Baton Rouge four years ago, loves his sport and wants to be an advocate for its growth. Culotta regularly skates at BREC's Extreme Sports Park on his own company's board.

The Dunham School’s Kids’ Orchestra is holding its Neighborhood Showcase series at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the school, 11111 Roy Emerson Road. The concert will feature students from The Dunham School and Gardere Community Christian School. This is the fifth performance of the eight-show series. Attendees are asked to make a $5 donation by… Continue reading →

Evans headed for Cincinnati

Jacob Evans

St. Michael the Archangel High School senior basketball player Jacob Evans signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for the University of Cincinnati on Nov. 19. The three-year varsity starter averaged 20.6 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, 5.8 assists per game and four steals per game. Evans is a consensus top 100 national… Continue reading →

Hospital recognized as top performer

Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center was recently recognized as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, according to a news release from the hospital. The recognition distinguishes Our Lady of the Lake as a national leader for attaining and sustaining excellence in the performance measures for heart attack,… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for Nov. 23-29, 2014

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between Nov. 23 and Nov. 29: Assault / Battery 8600 BLOCK, COY AVENUE, NOV. 23, 8:13 p.m. 700 BLOCK, GARDERE LANE, NOV. 25, 1:24 a.m. 9900 block, Burbank Drive, Nov. 29,… Continue reading →

Campers, counselors have a ball

Advocate photo by C. J. FUTCH -- Kysjian Clark runs to catch a pass Nov. 26 just ahead of Evan Earl as the students play football at the Pennington YMCA branch. The students were part of the Thanksgiving Holiday Camp that the YMCA.

Kevin Franklin, director of the Pennington YMCA’s Thanksgiving Holiday Camp Nov. 24-26, said he had about 24 students attending on the last day of camp, “but we had up to 36 at the beginning. As parents get off work, more kids stay home,” he said. But there were still enough people to form two solid teams —… Continue reading →

ICU design at Lake named best in U.S.

Photo provided by Lauren Davidson -- The intensive care units at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge have been honored with the 2015 ICU Design Citation Award recognizing their design as the most innovative and humanitarian in the U.S.

The intensive care units at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge have been honored with the 2015 ICU Design Citation Award recognizing their design as the most innovative and humanitarian in the U.S., a news release from OLOL said. The award commends the patient- and family-focused elements of the 60-bed ICU that… Continue reading →

St. Michael grad, 3 others receive BASF scholarships

Photo provided - Rebecca Werner

BASF awarded $10,000 in scholarships to four LSU engineering majors as part of the BASF Team Chemistry Scholarship Fund. “We appreciate LSU and the School of Engineering for their continued leadership in preparing the next generation of engineers and scientists,” said Tom Yura, senior vice president and manager of the BASF site in Geismar. “We congratulate… Continue reading →

Methodist Women build on fellowship tradition

Photo provided by BETH FORESTER -- Saroj Welch welcomes women to the 'Something Beautiful' Ladies' Luncheon at St. John's United Methodist Church on Nov. 15.

The United Methodist Women at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baton Rouge held its second annual women’s fellowship luncheon Nov. 15 at the church, 9375 Highland Road. The luncheon theme was “Something Beautiful.”… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for Dec. 4, 2014

Lilly, who is waiting for a new home and family.

Project Purr Baton Rouge is a nonprofit group organized to prevent the euthanasia of cats and kittens at the Baton Rouge community shelter. Adoption day events are noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane, and PetSmart, 1653 Millerville Road. Interested residents can email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit www.projectpurrbr.org to… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for Dec. 4, 2014

Pepper, a female shepher mix. Spayed, up to date with shots and good with children and dogs.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, re-home or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering… Continue reading →

Lessons come closer to home as students learn about Louisiana tribes

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- First graders including, left to right, Landon Prechter, Owen Connison, CC Pickering, Chloe Clement and Reese Perron mime drawing back the 'string' on their 'bows,' during the performance of the Buffalo Dance at St. George Catholic School, which has revamped its Thanksgiving pageant into a learning opportunity about Native American culture in Louisiana.

The first-graders at St. George Catholic School have been learning a version of the buffalo dance, a Native American call for a successful hunt, for the past 20 years as part of their Thanksgiving celebration at the school, said Michelle Ventola, a first-grade teacher at the school. “It’s something the kids have heard about from older… Continue reading →

Students release balloons for Smokeout

Photos provided by ANDREA METOYER -- Baton Rouge Magnet High School students Aisha Ransom, left, Meri Hebert,  listen as faculty member Linda D'Armond releases a balloon, while Bridgette Fortenberry looks on.Students participated in a balloon release Nov. 19 to celebrate the Great American Smoke Out Campaign on campus. Black balloons were released in the memory of those who have died from tobacco-related illnesses, and yellow balloons for those who are still smoking.

Students at Baton Rouge Magnet High School celebrated the Great American Smokeout on Wednesday with balloon releases during lunch breaks at the school, said Bridgette Fortenberry, who teaches English at the school. As part of their Smokeout activities, students had the opportunity to release black balloons for family and loved ones they have lost to tobacco-related… Continue reading →