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Teacher instills love of art in classroom

Photo provided by Trinity Episcopal Day School -- Art teacher Sue Skillman sits in front of her mural depicting Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Sue Skillman likes to teach her students to think outside the box when it comes to the world around them, and there’s no better subject to teach them that than art. Skillman has a unique opportunity with kindergarten through fifth-graders at the Trinity Episcopal Day School, she said, in that she has every student in every grade… Continue reading →

Rescue animals relieve exam stress

Advocate photos by C.J. FUTCH -- Runnels teacher Sherry Roper hands off a puppy to a student as Jodi Golden, a Runnels parent and volunteer with Companion Animal Alliance, looks on. CAA and Runnels partnered together to bring a students stress relief on four legs during final exams May 20 and 21.

Noah Guillory, a junior at the Runnels School, headed outside after a particularly tough final exam May 21, got down in the grass and played with puppies. “I needed this,” Guillory said, smiling broadly, which he admits probably wouldn’t be the case without the four-legged stress relief. And the crowd of classmates huddled around the… Continue reading →

Mission keeps Master Gardener busy

Advocate photo by C.J. FUTCH -- Claire Fontenot, 78, a retired nurse, has been a Master Gardener since 2001 and has volunteered a large portion of her time and talents to developing the Independence Park Botanic Garden's collection of day lilies, irises and ginger plants.

Claire Fontenot has served many roles over her nearly 15-year service as a Louisiana Master Gardener, from her first volunteer job fielding home gardening calls from the LSU AgCenter hotline, to conducting seminars and classes at area libraries for home gardeners. In fact, the 78-year-old retired nurse has tried just about everything that fits within the master… Continue reading →

Library Board turning to broker

The East Baton Rouge Library Board is getting ready to launch its search for a commercial properties broker to find a location for its proposed South Branch location. The board voted last month to contract with a broker after years of looking for a library site on its own. The 15,000-square-foot South Branch was originally proposed… Continue reading →

On the Southside for May 28, 2015

Capital Area Human Services is sponsoring a Lunch ‘N Learn on trauma and recovery at noon Thursday, May 28, at the Capital Area Human Services, 4615 Government St., Building 2, Room 200. Stephen Aguillard, CAHS’s clinical services director, will facilitate a discussion about types of trauma, recognizing signs, helpful resources and ways to support people who experience… Continue reading →

SLU student named to counselors foundation board

Southeastern Louisiana University counseling student Christianne Ricard, of Baton Rouge, was selected by the National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, for the group’s Minority Fellowship Program-Youth. As a fellow, Ricard will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations with… Continue reading →

SLU business college recognizes top students

Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Business recognized seven of its top students April 28 at the college’s annual honors convocation. Antoinette Phillips, interim dean of the college, commended the students on their achievements. Franklin Vazquez-Negrette, of Venezuela and now living in Baton Rouge, received the Distinguished Graduate in Accounting Award.… Continue reading →

Groups observes AIDS Candlelight Memorial

Photo provided by Lori Faris Lauve -- A park bench in memory of people who have suffered from AIDS was dedicated during the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial at Kernan Avenue Park Recreation Center on May 17.

Local AIDS service organizations observed the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on May 17 at Kernan Avenue Park Recreation Center. The program featured the dedication of a park bench, courtesy of Avita Pharmacy, in memory of friends, family and neighbors who have suffered from AIDS, as well as stories from HIV-positive residents, a news release said.… Continue reading →

Capital Area United Way raises $9.4M

Capital Area United Way raised $9,444,738 in its 2014 Workforce Campaign, a 4 percent increase from the previous year, according to a news release from CAUW. “This community has been generous,” said CAUW board chairman Mike Albano, of the Dow Chemical Company. Capital Area United Way and its Campaign Cabinet, led by… Continue reading →

Coroner’s Office awards BR hospice

Photo provided by Angela deGravelles  -- Coroner Dr. Beau Clark, left,  and Coroner’s Office Coordinator Stephanie Pierce present a humanitarian award to the Hospice of Baton Rouge Chaplain Denise Domingue and CEO Kathryn Grigsby on May 18.

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office presented a special recognition award to the staff and board of The Hospice of Baton Rouge on May 18 for their humanitarian service to residents who have no family or friends to provide a burial. The Hospice of Baton Rouge, assisted by Church Funeral Services and Crematory… Continue reading →

LSU’s Phi Eta Sigma holds annual initiation

LSU University College hosted its annual Phi Eta Sigma Initiation Ceremony on April 21 in the LSU Student Union’s Royal Cotillion Ballroom. University College’s Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma inducted 234 freshmen scholastic achievers and presented the L. B. Lucky Award and Senior Award. Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society rewarding first-collegiate-year scholarships.… Continue reading →

Bullets take baseball tourney championship

Photo provided by Mike Rusk -- Playing for the Baton Rouge Bullets are, bottom row from left, Wilson Fields, Peyton Bergeron, Sean Brooks and Kent Pellerin; and back row, McKade Fontenot, Michael Rusk, Dakota Brackin, Tyler Didier, Jake Davenport and Christian Clayson.

The Baton Rouge Bullets went 4-0 to win the Cypress Mounds Grand Slam Hoist the Hardware Tournament held May 16-17. The Bullets were the No. 1 seed after pool play on May 16 and won both elimination games the following day, a news release said. Overall, the team scored 49 runs and gave up six.… Continue reading →

Baton Rouge Green receives donated truck

Photo provided by Amy Loe -- Preston Q. Petersen, general manager of The Team Automotive Group, left, poses with Rawlston Phillips III, president of the Baton Rouge Green Board of Directors, with a Toyota Tundra recently donated to Baton Rouge Green by the automotive dealer.

Baton Rouge Green recently received a Toyota Tundra donated by the Team Automotive Group as a replacement for the organization’s 18-year-old work truck. “This donation not only provides an important asset to the organization, but allows other donated funds to be used for our operations and programming, rather than for the purchase of a truck,” Baton… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for May 28, 2015

Liz, a 7-week-old female.

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. Email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit www.projectpurrbr.org to learn about… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish Permits for May 18-22, 2015

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from May 18-22. N AIRWAY DRIVE 1625: $300,000, Owner: Wayne Stabiler. Total square footage: 12,000. Remodel 5,000 sf. of an existing 12,000 sf. office/warehouse converting to an emergency disaster relief facility with full size kitchen, offices, shower rooms, and back-up generator. 1-story, non-sprk. Approx. 7,000 sf.… Continue reading →

Southside pets for May 28, 2015

Alex, a7-month-old female Labrador retriever/shepherd mix. She's spayed, up to date with shots, and good with dogs.Call or text her foster home at (228) 343-6182.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, place in homes 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… Continue reading →

Highland traditions return to Baton Rouge

Advocate file photo by Denny Culbert -- Chad Gustin, 29, from Lawrence Kansas, lets out a yell as he makes his second second attempt at the caber toss during the 2008 Scottish Highland Games in Jackson. The games were not held for several years but are back this weekend in Baton Rouge.

The Highland Games of Louisiana is making a comeback this year in a new location — the Rural Life Museum on Essen Lane, said Tom Mungall, secretary and past president of the Caledonian Society, which, along with the St. Andrew Society, is sponsoring the Memorial Day weekend event. Events will begin with an opening… Continue reading →

Exposure ups risk of skin cancer

Skin cancer survivor Emerson Plauché can speak to the importance of detecting skin cancer early. A year after a previous diagnosis and surgical removal of a melanoma on his upper arm, Plauché noticed strange bumps on his abdomen. He wasted no time in heading straight to the dermatologist. PET/CT scans showed the melanoma had spread. Plauché was… Continue reading →

On the Southside for May 21, 2015

The Capital Area CASA Association is offering orientation sessions at 10 a.m. May 23, and at noon, May 26 for anyone interested in volunteering with the program. Court-appointed special advocates help children in the foster care system. Prior to a June 9 training session, the agency is holding the 45-minute orientation sessions for volunteers to learn… Continue reading →

School Board member, schools chief add insight to book

Eugene Kennedy

A School Board member and the superintendent of Kenilworth Science and Technology School have collaborated on a nationally released book that shows teachers how to make STEM studies more meaningful and relevant for their students, a news release said. The book, “A Practice-based Model of STEM Teaching, “ promotes the STEM Students on Stage model that emphasizes… Continue reading →

2015 Runnels Art Show winners announced

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Runnels School advanced placement art student Aidan Heck, a senior, won Student’s Choice, Headmaster’s Choice and Assistant Principal’s Choice awards for her watercolor, ‘Balance,’ during an April art show.

The 2015 Runnels Art Show held April 26 in the school gym featured more than 2,000 pieces of original artwork created by students in preschool through high school. For the event, the gym was converted into an upscale art gallery with paintings, drawings, sculptures and multi-media art on display. Elementary and junior and senior high… Continue reading →

Runnels student offered NY ballet scholarship

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Caroline Collins, a sixth-grader at Runnels Elementary School, has been awarded a full scholarship to study dance at the world renowned Joffrey Ballet School in New York City this summer.

A Runnels Elementary School sixth-grader is headed to the Joffrey Ballet School in New York to study ballet, jazz, tap and pointe this summer. Caroline Collins has been awarded a full scholarship to study dance at the ballet school. The scholarship covers an intensive two-week program at the school’s Manhattan studio. The scholarship, explained… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for May 21, 2015

Delilah, a 4-year-old female cat is described as shy.

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. Email adopt@projectpurrbr.org, call (888) 739-6780 or visit www.projectpurrbr.org to learn about adopting,… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish permits from May 11-14, 2015

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from May 11-15. SHERWOOD FOREST BOULEVARD 4324: $150,000, Owner not listed. Total square footage not listed. Commercial generator 200KW. Diesel tank 693 gal. M ATS 800amps. Three-phase 120/208VAC. New CMU wall-around generator. Issued May 15. Plank Road… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for May 11-17, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between May 11 and May 17: Assault / Battery 8200 BLOCK, SKYSAIL AVENUE, MAY 12, 1:40 p.m. 8100 BLOCK, BAYOU FOUNTAIN AVENUE, MAY 14, 10:08 a.m. 8600 block, Rush Avenue,… Continue reading →

YMCA honors volunteers at annual meeting

Photo provided by Eye Wander Photo -- Gathering at the recent YMCA of the Capital Area's annual meeting, from left, are Mike Walker, Gwen Hamilton, Bob Jacobs, Isha Matta and Zefferino VonKurnatowski.

More than 250 guests attended the YMCA of the Capital Area’s annual meeting, which recognized volunteers, donors and partners who helped advance the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundation of the community. The event was May 12 at Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. During the program, three YMCA volunteers received special recognition for their service… Continue reading →

Southside pets for May 21, 2015

Adelaide, a 40-pound female Greyhound and terrier mix.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, place in homes 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… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for Mary 21-28

PELICAN WOOD CARVERS: 9 a.m., Sharp Road Park, 501 Sharp Road. (225) 273-3924. GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 11605 Southfork Ave. Free support group. (225) 291-9421.… Continue reading →

Freshman to compete in National Braille Challenge

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND --  Chloe Ashford, a visually impaired student from Holden High School, has qualified for the 15th annual Braille Challenge as a finalist.  Ashford is pictured using her BrailleNote, a machine that works like a laptop for reading and writing Braille, and using the Internet.

With favorites like John Steinbeck, Robert Graves and Edgar Allan Poe, Chloe Ashford’s tastes are sophisticated for a freshman at Holden High School in Livingston Parish. Ashford is outgoing and personable, with a sharp wit and a quick mind. She would say the fact that she’s blind sharpened just about every skill she possessed, except for maybe… Continue reading →

Healing Arts provide outlet for patients

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH -- Cecelia Stadecker chops green onions as other class members prepare ingredients in preparation for the healthy wrap station at a healthy cooking class at Woman's Center for Wellness April 28. The class was part of the Healing Arts Program at Woman's Hospital.  n for the healthy lunch option at a cooking class April 28.

Registered dietitian Brooke Schoonenberg stood in the newly renovated kitchen at Woman’s Center for Wellness, grinding fresh pepper over chicken breasts simmering in a hot pan. Schoonenberg was teaching a hands-on class on healthy eating to several women as part of Woman’s Hospital’s Healing Arts Program, and the ladies were learning that healthy doesn’t have to mean… Continue reading →

On the Southside for May 14, 2015

Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association received a $5,000 grant from the Baton Rouge State Fair Foundation’s Worthy Cause Program. The grant will fund training for new CASA volunteers. CASA volunteers advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected youth living in foster care to help them reach safe, permanent homes, a news release… Continue reading →

Mayfair Lab School holds ‘Swamp Stomp’ fair

Photo provided by Natalie S. Cooper -- Cakes donated for the Cajun cake walkMay 1 at Mayfair Lab School were a popular attraction.

“Swamp Stomp” was the theme for Mayfair Lab School’s second annual fair held May 1 at the school. Teachers hosted a booth for each classroom, featuring face painting, gator golf, bayou trivia, ring toss, pin the tooth on the gator and fishing for crawfish. Students and families also visited a petting zoo and took part in… Continue reading →

St. Michael group names recipient of Seton Award

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- Gathering April 21 to honor Mother Seton award winners, from left, are St. Michael Principal Ellen Lee, St. Michael Band Director Kevin ‘Doc' Andry, 2015 Mother Seton Award recipient Daniel Dupre’ and St. Michael Assistant Principal Julie Lechich.

The St. Michael High School Home and School Association has selected Daniel Dupré as its 2015 Mother Seton Award recipient. The Mother Seton Award is presented annually by each school in the Diocese of Baton Rouge and is named for Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who is known for establishing Catholic schools in the United States and… Continue reading →

Dunham School holds Spring Fine Arts Festival

Photo provided by Tim Coles -- Dunham School student Mariah Hogewood  paints April 17 at the school's Spring Arts Festival.

The Dunham School held its annual Spring Fine Arts Festival on April 19 on campus. The festival celebrated the students’ work in the fine arts. Along with the middle and upper school art show, a silent auction of student work was featured in the Phoebe Brantley Dance Studio. Parents, families and friends attended the performing arts… Continue reading →

St. Michael High band director receives award

Photo provided by Kristi Watts --  Kevin “Doc” Andry receives his award in April at the National Catholic Educational Association Education Convention and Expo from Chris Cosentino, NCEA Interim Director for Secondary Schools.

St. Michael High School Band Director Kevin “Doc” Andry received in April the 2015 National Catholic Educational Association Education Excellence Award presented by the Secondary Schools Department. The award honors Catholic school educators who deserve national recognition and reflect the richness and diversity of American Catholic education, a news release from the school said. Andry received… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts Louisiana East honors volunteers for outstanding service, dedication

Photo provided by Marianne Addy -- Former council board chairwoman and alumna Jackie Daniels, who was re-elected to the board as a member-at-large, received her 45 years of volunteer service pin at the council Annual Meeting.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East honored its adult volunteers April 18 at the council’s annual meeting, with special recognition going to a select few. Among those honored with council-level awards were Baton Rouge volunteers Carolyn Breaux, Jackie Daniels and Roena Wilford. Breaux and Wilford, who were unable to attend the meeting due to previous commitments, were… Continue reading →

Girl Scout cookie sales top 1 million

Girl Scouts proved their sales ability once again during this year’s Cookie Program, selling more than 1 million boxes of cookies in the council’s 23-parish jurisdiction, with the girls averaging 152 boxes each. The sale boasted a 2 percent increase over the previous year, with a total of 1,031,063 boxes sold, said Vice President of Sales Alisha… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish permits from May 4-8, 2015

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from May 4-8. AIRLINE HIGHWAY 12495: $150,000, Owner not listed. Total square footage: 4,692. A 4,692 s.f. warehouse addition to an existing 5758 s.f. manufacturing business. Issued May 7. ESSEN LANE 5703: $10,000, Owner: Ed Bun. Total square footage not listed. Renovation of existing suite space… Continue reading →

EBR Crime Blotter for May 4-10, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between May 4 and May 10: Assault / Battery 8100 BLOCK, NED AVENUE, MAY 4, 6:54 a.m. 1400 BLOCK, JASPER AVENUE, MAY 4, 7:26 a.m. 8200 block, Ned Avenue, May 4,… Continue reading →

Southside pets for May 14, 2015

Ratatouille, known as Touille, is a 3-year-old who is neutered, housetrained and up to date with shots. Touille is mild mannered and well behaved in his foster.For more information, contact his foster mom at (225) 614-8423 or carolineford74@yahoo.com.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, place in homes 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… Continue reading →

Southside Calendar for May 14-21, 2015

KINDERMUSIK MUSIC AND MOVEMENT PREVIEW CLASS: 9:15 a.m., Center for Musical Arts, 5545 Superior Drive. Kindermusik movement and music classes are designed to enhance your child’s development and instill a lifelong love of music. Classes are for ages 6 months to 3 years. Attend a free preview class to see the program. To RSVP, call… Continue reading →