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Grad students present nanotechnology

Advocate photo by C. J. FUTCH -- David Tate and his son Sterlin, 9, from left, look at gold particles at at NanoDays 2015 Saturday at the Highland Road Park Observatory.

Ye Fang, a graduate student in computer engineering at LSU, held a magnet to a dollar bill clipped to a stand Saturday at the Highland Road Park Observatory. Slowly, the dollar bill moved toward the magnet, eventually touching it. The ink used to print U.S. currency contains a metallic liquid called ferrofluid, Fang said, to prevent… Continue reading →

Spotting signs at Fest for Life

Chiquita McKinley has a history of breast cancer on both sides of her family, she said, so she was always careful about self breast exams. When she found a lump in 2012, she “was very emotional at first.” “I sat down, and I let myself have one good cry, and then I embraced everything (about the… Continue reading →

On the Southside for April 2, 2015

Baton Rouge area YMCAs are holding holiday camps April 6-10. Arts and crafts, sports, games, swimming, field trips and other activities are included at the YMCA holiday camps. Holiday camp is open to children ages 4 to 13. Camp is from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. Visit ymcabr.org/camp for information.… Continue reading →

Episcopal School hosts College Fair

Photo provided by Dianne Madden --Attending  Episcopal School's first College Fair on March 22 are, from left, William and Otey White.

Justin Fenske, director of College Counseling at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, on March 22 hosted the school’s first College Fair. The inaugural program, which was open to high school sophomores and juniors, served as an opportunity for students to engage in conversations with representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities. The Episcopal college… Continue reading →

St. Michael jams with Canada band

Photo provided by St. Michael High School -- Students in the St. Michael High School band play music March 24 with students from St. Patrick High School located in Quebec, Canada.

Students in the St. Michael High School band sat down and played music March 24 with students from St. Patrick High School, of Quebec, Canada. David Parker, band director of the Canadian students, takes a tour of the South every other year to provide his students educational and fun opportunities, a news release from the school… Continue reading →

St. Michael holds auction, gala

Photo provided by KRISTI WATTS --  Thad Rispone, left, Principal Ellen Lee, Advancement Director Josh Galasso and Dena Rispone Balart, pose after Rispone, '90, and Balart, '93, were presented a special plaque honoring The Edward L. Rispone Family Foundation for their support as sponsor during a gala at St. Michael High School.

St. Michael High School’s annual “Black and Red Carpet Affair” Auction and Gala was held Feb. 28 at the Lake House Reception Center. St. Michael faculty, parents, alumni and members of the community were in attendance. Guests walked the red carpet to a welcome committee of St. Michael Student Council members, and guests registered their… Continue reading →

Runnels, La. National Guard team to bring music to Belize

Runnels School is teaming up with the Louisiana National Guard to help bring the sound of music to schools in Belize. “We’re collecting musical instruments — especially woodwind, brass and percussion instruments — for school-aged children in public schools in Belize,” said Louisiana National Guardsman and Runnels dad Capt. Joseph Carey. He is facilitating the donations… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for March 23-29, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between March 23 and March 29: Assault/Battery 12800 BLOCK, PERKINS ROAD, MARCH 23, 12:49 a.m. 1400 BLOCK, JASPER AVENUE, MARCH 23, 8:47 a.m. 2600 BLOCK, AMANDA DRIVE, MARCH 25, 7:28… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for April 2-9, 2015

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 11605 Southfork Ave. Free. (225) 291-9421l ROCK N ROWE: 6 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10202 Perkins Rowe. Carbon Copy to perform at a free concert. HOLY THURSDAY SERVICE: 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave. Communion served and child care provided.… Continue reading →

Southside Permits for March 23-27, 2015

MAIN STREET 82: $1,250,000, Louisiana Realtors,Total square footage: 8,837. Renovation of existing 3,786-square-foot office building and addition of 5,051 square feet to increase office size to 8,837 square feet for single tenant business occupancy. Revised plans March 3 to now demo and renovate existing 3,786-square-foot two-story office building and addition of two stories of… Continue reading →

Southside pets for April 2, 2015

Kasha, an adult female terrier mix. Call  foster home at (225) 614-8423.

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 →

Woman aims to increase Monarchs

Photo provided by NOAH SIMON -- Elizabeth Harris and Ruth Harb, owner at Harb's Oasis, listen as Linda Auld answers a question about attracting Monarch butterflies to the garden. Auld is on a mission to spread milkweed seeds across the state of Louisiana in the hope of bringing populations of Monarch butterflies back up in the state. Her seed packs are for sale at Harb's, as well as the Louisiana Nursery and Clegg's locations.

Linda Auld is known around New Orleans for two things: bugs and butterflies. Her reputation and mission are spreading to the Baton Rouge area. Her grandfather started Barber Laboratories in 1921, a pest control company that she runs today. But that’s her business. Her passion is for raising and attracting butterflies of all kinds, especially Monarchs,… Continue reading →

Burden art show announces winners

Photo provided by MICHELLE FULLER -- Brush with Burden winners pose for a photo at the March 21 reception inside the Ione Skye Burden Conference Center. From left are Cathy Smart, Dawn Koetting, Donna Futrell, Sheldon Anderson and Arthur Viccar.

The Brush With Burden Juried Art Exhibition and Sale announced the winners of its 2015 show at an open house and artists’ reception March 21, said Margaret Blades, who chairs the art show, along with Connie Abboud. This fundraiser for the Burden Horticultural Society, in its fifth year, is the brainchild of Jinnie Bolin, Blades said, who… Continue reading →

Visitors enjoy science at Engineering Day

Advocate photos by C. J. FUTCH -- Brookelyn and Cassidy Corcoran, students at Northweat Middle School, Zachary, hold a microscope gun to their skin while Baton Rouge residents Kamryn Johnson, 2, and Karlie Jackson, 4, look at the close-up view on a television monitor. All four were at the Louisiana Art and Science Museum on March 21 for Engineering Day.

Four-year-old Karlie Jackson held a small device that looked a bit like a glue gun to her skin, and saw an up-close image of its surface on a television monitor. She and Kamryn Johnson, 2, were there with Kamryn’s mother, Wendy, and Scotlandville Middle student Koby Thompkins to see exhibits at the Louisiana Art and Science… Continue reading →

First Southwest Airlines scholarship presented to McMains employee

Photo provided by Jessica Erwin --LANO Board Chairman Keith Liederman, from left, McMains Childrens Developmental Center Executive Director Renee Craft, and LANO President and CEO Kelly Pepper gather recently to present Craft with LANO's the first Southwest Airlines Scholarship.

The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations has presented Renee Craft, executive director of McMains Children’s Developmental Center, with its first Southwest Airlines Scholarship. LANO partnered with Southwest Airlines to offer LANO members a limited number of airline ticket scholarships for professional development opportunities, a news release said. The scholarship is intended to assist with travel costs… Continue reading →

Black Women chapter formed in BR

Over 35 professional and lay black women have joined together to form Baton Rouge’s First Chapter of the National Congress of Black Women, organizers said. The chapter will be officially charted at 6 p.m. Saturday during a ceremony at Capital Park Welcome Center, 702 River Road. National Congress of Black Women President Dr. E. Faye Williams… Continue reading →

Church creative group displays cow portraits

Photo provided by Amy Crane -- This portrait of a cow by Jennifer Ferguson, titled 'Moo La La' is on display at DeAngelo’s Restaurant, 7550 Bluebonnet Blvd. through April 8.

Members of River Community Church’s Creativity Group are displaying nine portraits of cows during an exhibit through April 8 at DeAngelo’s Restaurant, 7550 Bluebonnet Blvd. The group meets twice a month on Wednesdays at the Prairieville church to work on a variety of creative projects including drawing, painting, knitting, other needlework, beading and scrapbooking. Group members are… Continue reading →

5 Kenilworth students place at science fair in Houston

Photo provided by Mark Lambert -- Kenilworth students who placed at the Harmony Science and Engineering Fair in Houston were, from left,  Andrew Knott, Angelina Patton, Julia Rodriguez, Monica Deras and Zoe Patton.

Five students from Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School made a strong showing recently at a multistate science fair in Houston. The Kenilworth students competed with 91 students from top charter schools in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma in the Harmony Science and Engineering Fair on March 6-7. The Kenilworth students who placed in… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for March 26, 2015

Buckley, who is looking for a new home.

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 pets for March 26, 2015

Luna, a female Chihuahua mix:  spayed, up to date with shots and good with children, dogs and cats.Luna is a 6-month-old female miniature pincher mix and weighs 10.5 pounds.

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 March 26-April 2, 2015

GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: 6 p.m., Life Source Services Hospice, 11605 Southfork Ave. Free. ROCK N ROWE: Chris LeBlanc Band: 6 p.m., Perkins Rowe, 10202 Perkins Rowe. SATURDAY BEADING SOCIAL: 11 a.m., Cajun Bead Crafts, 4733 Jones Creek Road, Suite H. Free Visist www.facebook.com/cajunbeadcrafts.… Continue reading →

Trail run series, first Parasite Jazz Funeral to benefit animals

Forge Racing Trail Running Club and Events and Companion Animal Alliance are hosting a trail run series featuring the first Parasite Jazz Funeral on Saturday at BREC’s Hooper Road Park, Guynell Drive. The Headhunter Trail Race starts at 8:30 a.m. with a 1-mile fun run, followed by a 5K, 10K and half marathon. Runners can bring… Continue reading →

Archivist retraces Zachary’s history from original train depot, revolution, resurrection from fire

Advocate photo by C. J. FUTCH -- Betty Tucker, archivist and historian for the city of Zachary, talks about the history of Zachary at the March 21 meeting of the Baton Rouge Genealogical and Historical Society at the Bluebonnet branch of the library.

The city of Zachary technically exists because a man named Darel Zachary donated part of his land to the Illinois Central Railroad in the 1880s for a train depot, one of many that sprang up about every 5 miles from Memphis, Tennessee, to New Orleans. It would become an important means of transportation for goods and people, said… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts accept flags for proper retirement

The local Girl Scouts accept frayed or faded American flags. Flag retirement ceremonies are held weekly during the Girl Scout resident summer camp sessions in June and July, in order to teach girls the proper way of retiring a flag, and as a service to the community, a news release from Girl Scouts Louisiana East said.… Continue reading →

Permits issued March 16-20, 2015

PECUE LANE 7500: $137,000, HandE Equipment Services. Total square footage: 2,542. Addition of 2,542-square-foot wash bay structure and equipment room addition added to existing 2,720-square-foot wash bay, associated with existing office and repair shop buildings. Issued March 18 MAIN STREET 700: $80,000, Owner not listed. Total… Continue reading →

Southside Crime Blotter for March 16-22, 2015

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between March 16 and March 22: Assault / Battery 8200 BLOCK, NED AVENUE, MARCH 16, 9:26 p.m. 1500 BLOCK, SEABORD DRIVE, MARCH 20, 10:03 a.m. 8200 block,… Continue reading →

New buddies bond at field day

Photo provided by JESSICA PROVINCE -- Parkview Baptist sixth-grader Christian Wales gives Gardere Community Christian student Mary Cotton a ride to their next activity March 6 at a joint field day hosted by Parkview.

Sixth-grader Andrew Granger and his classmates at Parkview Baptist joked March 6 with a group of kindergartners from Gardere Community Christian School while they ate lunch on campus. They were fueling up for the next round in what had already been a day full of fun and games for the GCCS students, ranging from pre-kindergartners to seventh-graders,… Continue reading →

A foot in the door of the Capitol

Photos provided by YMCA -- Students from across the state gathered at the Capitol on March 13 to participate in the Youth Legislative Conference.

As a McKinley Senior High School senior with two terms in the YMCA Youth Legislature under his belt, Maxwell Martin is as comfortable talking about the issues that affect his state as he is the issues that affect his college entrance applications. “It’s a great program,” Martin said. “It teaches you a lot about how the political… Continue reading →

On the Southside for March 19, 2015

Tuesday is American Diabetes Association Alert Day and the YMCA of the Capital Area wants area residents to know their risk for prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, as well as preventive steps to reduce the chances of developing the disease, a news release said. The YMCA encourages anyone who wants to lose 7 percent of their body… Continue reading →

Principal for a day: 7th-grader suits up

Advocate photo by C. J. FUTCH -- Parkview Baptist seventh-grader Mason Schapp settles in for his day as principal.

Mason Schapp, seventh-grader at Parkview Baptist School, took over for middle school Principal Joana Dieterich on March 6. Schapp said the dullest part of the job was payroll, and his favorite part of the day was helping set up for the sixth-graders’ day of service, in which Parkview sixth-graders played field day games with students visiting campus… Continue reading →

Students to compete in state science fair

Photo provided by Mark Lambert -- Winning awards at the recent Region VII Science and Engineer Fair are Kenilworth Science and Technology School students, first row from left, Andrew Knott, Justice Starks, Monica Deras and Adrian Crandal; second row, Carley Whitty, Julia Rodriguez, Angelina Patton and Katlyn Johnson; and third row, Que' Asia Stafford, Alexzandria Ursin, Kolby Trosclair and Ashton Fox.

Twelve Kenilworth Science and Technology Charter School students placed in the recent Region VII Science and Engineer Fair, and four of the students will get the chance to compete at the state fair on March 23-25 at the LSU Student Union. The Kenilworth students who are going to the state fair include Monica Deras, first place; Ashton… Continue reading →

BREC plans golf league for junior participants

BREC’s golf department is bringing the PGA Junior League Program, golf’s version of Little League, to the Baton Rouge area, BREC officials said. BREC will host the following Junior League information and registration meetings: from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 7 at Webb Memorial Golf Course, and April 9 at City Park Golf Course, a news… Continue reading →

Girl Scouts awarded for canine service project

Photo provided by Marianne Addy -- Girl Scout Juniors in Baton Rouge Troop 10594 display the blankets they sewed for shelter dogs as part of a service project. Scouts taking part in the project, from left, are Molly Hannie, Sophia Paz, Sarah Kiefer and Kate Smith.

Four Girl Scout Juniors in Baton Rouge Troop 10594 have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can achieve, a news release said. The award requires the completion of a series of leadership challenges and prepares the Scouts for a final project. United in their love of dogs, Girl… Continue reading →

Cardiology Foundation sets tennis classic, gala

The Louisiana Pediatric Cardiology Foundation will host its ninth annual Mixed Doubles Tennis Classic and Gala from Thursday through Sunday at the Country Club of Louisiana. LPCF is a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit organization that supports southeast Louisiana families who have children battling congenital heart defects. LPCF also provides free heart screenings for high school athletes in an… Continue reading →

Runnels student places in state spelling bee

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn --  Marshall Pentes is seen with his trophy from the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center’s State Regional Spelling Bee held March 7 in Hammond.

Marshall Pentes, a sixth-grader at Runnels Elementary School, took third-place honors in the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center’s State Regional Spelling Bee held March 7 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. Marshall competed against 102 contestants from public and private schools in Tangipahoa, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, Iberville and Avoyelles parishes, a news release from the… Continue reading →

Lady Raider soccer honored

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Runnels School First Team-All District soccer players, from left, are Shannon French, Olivia Arboneaux, Sadie Kraft and Morgan Evans.

In addition to winning the district title for the fourth consecutive year, several members of the Runnels School Lady Raiders varsity soccer team earned district honors, school officials said. Senior Sadie Kraft was named Overall District Most Valuable Player; senior Olivia Arboneaux was recognized as Defensive MVP; and seniors Morgan Evans and Shannon French were named First… Continue reading →

Runnels students place second in essay contest

Anna Claire Pousson

Runnels Junior High School students Caroline Henning and Anna Claire Pousson won second place in the 2014-15 Bishop Stanley J. Ott Knights of Columbus Patriotic Essay Contest, school officials said. The contest drew more than 275 submissions from public and private schools in the Baton Rouge area. This marks the sixth consecutive year that junior high… Continue reading →

Runnels senior attains Eagle Scout Award

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn --  Norma Marsh, Craig Morgan and Eagle Scout Max Morgan, from left, attend on March 9  an Eagle Scout Court of Honor.

Max Morgan, a senior at Runnels High School, has earned the Eagle Scout Award, the highest rank attainable in Boy Scouting He received his Eagle Scout designation at a Court of Honor conducted March 9 at Trinity Episcopal Church. A member of Troop 203 of the Istrouma Area Council, Morgan has been in Scouting for seven… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for March 19, 2015

Floki, who is described as a cuddle-bug.

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 Continue reading →

Southside Pets for March 19, 2015

Babs, a 3- to 4-month-old female mix breed. Her mom is a German shepherd/hound mix. Email her foster mom at  mfe53@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 →

SJA’s Magee wins DEMCO contest

Photo provided by DAVID LATONA -- DEMCO essay contest -- Finalists for the DEMCO Youth Tour Essay Contest are, from left, Anna Jolibois, Brooks Courtney, Molly Magee, Kole Guerin, Thomas Wolff, Grant Falcon, Colin Craig, Alexis David, Kylie Yglesias, Sarah Pursifull, Lizzie Wicker and Maddison Hadden.

High school students Brooks Courtney, of Holden High School; Molly Magee, of St. Joseph’s Academy; and home-school students Anna Jolibois and Thomas Wolff each won an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., as winners in the 2015 DEMCO Rural Electric Youth Tour Essay Contest. The essay contest is an annual event that includes essay entries from students… Continue reading →

Buchholz named National Merit finalist

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students, from left,  Marika Buchholz, Sundar Pandian, Jimmy Lee and Shiva Velingker are among approximately 15,000 finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Four seniors from the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts are among approximately 15,000 finalists in the 60th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Marika Buchholz, of Baton Rouge; Jong-Ho “Jimmy” Lee, of Kenner; Somasundara Pandian, of Mandeville; and Shiva Velingker, of Leesville, were recognized as National Merit semifinalists in September. To become a finalist,… Continue reading →