Around the Westside for Sept. 18, 2013

The Pointe Coupee Parish Police Jury on Sept. 10 adopted the Scope of Services plan for the first phase of the False River South Flats Ecosystem Restoration Project.

The plan outlines more than $1.5 million worth of environmental improvements for the oxbow lake. The work will be managed by Professional Engineering Consultants Corporation.

The False River restoration project is designed to improve the water quality and aquatic habitat for the lake, which has been in a state of decline for the past 30 years because of excessive siltation.

The restoration project will include island/terrace construction in the lake’s South Flats, which are located south of New Roads between Jarreau and Lakeland.

According to the scope of work plan, the engineering firm will use hydraulic dredging to remove the excessive silt that has settled at the bottom of the lake and deposit it in deeper waters or on nearby land.

The state Legislature has allocated $500,000 toward the first phase of the project, and last year allocated an additional $1 million in state funds toward the restoration effort.

Lunchtime lecture

The West Baton Rouge Museum will present a lunchtime lecture at noon Wednesday titled “Mystique of Perique Tobacco”, which will feature photographer Charles Martin.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture will take place in the museum gallery where more than 30 black and white photographs by Martin are on display.

Martin’s photographs feature local history regarding the painstaking agricultural process of perique cultivation.

For more information, call (225) 336-2422 ext. 15.

Cajun triathlon

New Roads will host the Big Cajun Olympic Triathlon at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 29.

The triathlon will feature a 1,500-meter swim, 24.9-mile bike ride and 6.2-mile run.

The race will kick off at the Morrison Parkway Boat Ramp.

Sponsors are welcome. For more information about becoming a sponsor, or if you would like to participate, call Michelle at (225) 448-2878.

Football reunion

The Catholic of Pointe Coupee’s 1978 state football champions will celebrate their 35th anniversary Friday at NRG Field at Community Park in New Roads during the CHSPC and East Iberville football game.

The game kicks off at 7 p.m.

Football team members, cheerleaders and boosters from the championship team will be recognized during the game’s halftime show.

To kickoff the day’s events, Catholic of Pointe Coupee will host a community pep rally at 6 a.m. Friday in the gym.

For more information on the reunion and pep rally contact CHSPC’s business office at (225) 638-9313 or email

Trail ride

Spare Time Riders will host its annual trail ride at 9 a.m. Sept. 28 at the New Roads Multi-Use Center.

The event is free for spectators.

For more information call (225) 718-2438.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email at