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Students drumming up character in Zachary

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Rollins Place Elementary students perform with tubestix on kenkeni drums during their Nov. 19 performance with Steve Campbell, founder of Dancing Drum, of New Orleans. The interactive performance is called 'Drumming Up Character.'

Second-graders at Rollins Place Elementary School in Zachary embraced the music Nov. 19 during a visit from Dancing Drum founder Steve Campbell, of New Orleans. Campbell, a professional musician, performer and educator, founded Dancing Drum in 2002 to educate, entertain and inspire people of all ages through interactive, percussion-based programs. Dancing Drum combines music education… Continue reading →

Main Street races raises money for local nonprofits

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- A team from the Zachary Volunteer Fire Department races against the Zachary Police Department Saturday in a bed races event, which featured a concert with David St. Romain and raised money for the Lane RMC Foundation and the Zachary Food Pantry.

Despite the gloomy, rainy weather Saturday, spectators lined Main Street in Zachary for the inaugural bed races hosted by the Zachary Charity League, which conducts fundraising events for local nonprofits. Nine teams of five — four runners and one bed rider — included the Zachary Volunteer Fire Department, which had two teams in the races; Hot Fuzz,… Continue reading →

Fire truck to help homeowners’ premiums

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Fire Chief Danny Kimble, left, speaks to some of the residents of  two neighborhoods in Zachary about their fire rating during an informational meeting on Nov. 18.

Several homeowners who live in part of Lake Joilet Vue subdivision, on Adams Lane and the East Baton Rouge side of Highland Meadows neighborhood off La. 968 attended an informational meeting about fire ratings Nov. 18 at the Zachary Fire Department. According to Zachary Fire Chief Danny Kimble, those three areas are located in Fire District… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Nov. 26, 2015

Stacy Gill

Zachary Chamber Shop Local cards are available, and for every $10 you spend pre-tax at any of the participating merchants in Zachary, the card will be stamped. Once the card reaches $100, turn it in at the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, 4633 Main St., for a chance to win $500, $300 or $150 in gift cards redeemable at… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Nov. 26, 2015

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Zachary quarterback Lindsey Scott spins out of an attempted tackle during Friday's win against Dutchtown.

Second-seeded Zachary is the highest seeded team remaining in the Class 5A football playoffs and faces the task of stopping seventh-seeded Hahnville Friday in Bronco Stadium. The game will feature two of the state’s marquee players, Zachary’s Lindsey Scott Jr. and Hahnville’s Anthony Williams, and both teams enter the game with a lot of momentum.… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from Nov. 13-17, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department Nov. 13 through Nov. 17: ANDREWS, KEBRINA: 22, 9391 Highland Oaks Ave., Zachary, criminal damage to property. ARNOLD II, SIDNEY: 46, 5820 Adams Road, Liberty, Mississippi, open container and resisting an officer. ETUK, STEPHEN:… Continue reading →

Students, Marines team up for toys

Zachary High School, its satellite campus at Zachary Career and Technical Center and the U.S. Marine Corps have partnered for the Toys for Tots campaign and are encouraging residents, families, students and businesses to participate. The Toys for Tots mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys for children in need each holiday season, a news release said.… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from Nov. 12-18, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Nov. 12 through Nov. 18: BANKS JR., DARREN: 17, 1812 Hovey St., Baker, cruelty to animals and felony illegal possession of stolen things. BELL, CHIQUITTA: 34, 14620 Forest Grove Ave., Baton Rouge, bench warrants for failure… Continue reading →

Rotary recognized for youth park plantings

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- The Zachary Rotary Club was recognized by Zachary Youth Park and city officials Nov. 19 for recent contributions to landscaping at the park. The club will have a granite plaque erected in the roundabout at the park. Attending the event Nov. 19, from left, were Youth Park Secretary Dianne LeBlanc, City Councilman and Rotarian Francis Nezianya, Rotary Past President Ryan Talbot, Rotary President Mindy Head, Rotarians Barry Fisher and Mary Landry, Chamber Executive Director and Rotarian Kate MacArthur, former Zachary mayor and Rotarian Charlene Smith and Zachary Mayor David Amrhein.

The Rotary Club of Zachary was honored with a granite plaque Nov. 19 at Zachary Youth Park. The service organization contributed nearly $2,000 in landscaping for a roundabout constructed about a year ago at the city-owned park. The funds purchased knock-out roses, trees and shrubbery that surround a concrete center, a statue of Zachary High’s Bronco… Continue reading →

Zachary High lauds 2 student-athletes

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary High School's Athletes of the Month for October and November are Collin Dupuy, a swimmer, and Kennan Tate, a football player. Athletic Director Jesse Cassard, Dupuy, Tate and football Coach David Brewerton, are from left.

Two Zachary High School students have been recognized as October’s and November’s Athletes of the Month. Representing the sport of football is senior Keenan Tate, 17, who plays outside linebacker and special teams on the Broncos’ squad. Tate, an honor student, also is on the ZHS wrestling team. “Keenan is having a great… Continue reading →

Susan G. Komen grants for 2016 up for grabs

Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge is accepting grant applications for 2016 projects involving breast health and breast cancer education, outreach, screening, treatment and support services. To qualify, organizations must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or local government agency providing services to one or more of the following parishes: Ascension, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge,… Continue reading →

Class offers timely turkey baking advice

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Kindergartners in Beth Dauthier's classroom at Northwestern Elementary School in front row, from left, are Kellan Brian, Macey Amorello, Melayah Williams, Christasia Paul, Ellie Engels, Cadence Harrison and  Johniah Allen; middle row, are Rylin Frederick, Mason Cox, Quincy Sims, Karter Honore, David Samuel, Braylon Holiday and Austin Rash; and back row, are Chase Ferguson, Braylen Gibbs, Amari Smith, Ainsley Tucker, Mason Lewis, Terrance Jackson, Raleigh Perkins and Dauthier.

Kindergartners in Beth Dauthier’s classroom at Northwestern Elementary School offered up some culinary advice on a Thanksgiving tradition when they answered the question, “How do you bake a turkey?” HERE IS WHAT THEY SAID: JOHNIAH ALLEN: My mom would put it in the oven. MACEY AMORELLO: I would put it in the oven.… Continue reading →

Military wreath event scheduled for Dec. 12

Photo provided by Lois Hopwood -- A Capitol City Civil Air Patrol member and family place a wreath at the gravesite of a veteran buried at Port Hudson National Cemetery during the Wreaths Across America event in 2014. This year's event is slated for Dec. 12.

Wreaths Across America is a national organization on a mission to remember those who served in the military, to honor their service and sacrifice and to teach others to do the same. Each December, wreaths are laid upon gravesites at national cemeteries across all 50 states, including Port Hudson National Cemetery, 20978 Port Hickey Road, Zachary.… Continue reading →

A lesson in giving

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Denise Brown's kindergarten class at Northwestern Elementary School in Zachary designed Thanksgiving placemats for the families who receive food from the Zachary Food Pantry each week. The students delivered the placemats to the Food Pantry on Nov. 20. Gathered for a photo are, front from left, kindergartners Braelyn Bell, left, and Josiah Martinez; middle, Bria Lavallais, Tayshaun Henderson, Aaryn Barfiled, Emalyn Puccini, Trace Maggio, Macy McPherson, Kylan Riddle, Layfield Howard, Serenity Early, Alisia Young, Kylei James, A'zea Roberton, Catherine Hebert, Curtis Price and Jadon East; and back, Principal Martha Davis, Esmeralda Vargas-Marquez, Kayden Peebles, Kage Knaps, Jackson Cavanaugh, Tazyriah Robertson, teacher Denise Brown and Food Pantry Executive Director Reggie Dykes.

Denise Brown’s kindergarten class at Northwestern Elementary School recently learned about giving, sharing, the difference between a need and a want and the story of the first Thanksgiving, involving the Pilgrims and the Indians. After their lesson, the students designed Thanksgiving-themed placemats for the families who are fed weekly at the Zachary Food Pantry. “We thought… Continue reading →

Zachary schools honor Junior Olympians

Advocate photo by OLIVIA MCCLURE -- Northwestern Middle School students, from left, Kension Tate, Sean Burrell and Orsciana Beard were recognized by the Zachary School Board Nov. 17 for their performance over the summer at the National Junior Olympics in Florida. In background, from left, are board member Hubie Owen, Superintendent Scott Devillier, board secretary Connie Aslin and board member Marty Hughes, from left.

During the Zachary Community School Board’s Nov. 17 meeting, Northwestern Middle School athletes Orsciana Beard, Sean Burrell and Kension Tate were honored. The three are on local track teams and competed in the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics over the summer in Jacksonville, Florida. “It’s not just what they learn in that classroom; it’s… Continue reading →

Broussard hired by DEMCO

Mary Broussard

Dixie Electric Membership Corp. has named Mary Broussard as its new account service manager, charged with assisting in economic development, new customer acquisitions and member service initiatives. Broussard, a 20-year veteran of Entergy, retired earlier this month. She is a former customer service manager, account service manager and communications specialist serving Baton Rouge and surrounding… Continue reading →

4-H campers learn skills while having fun

Photo provided by André Brock -- West Feliciana Parish youth who participated in the 4-H Challenge Camp on Nov. 10-12, front from left, are Ashli Tycer, Owen Brouillette, Jaden Armstrong, Kolbe Smith and Miracle Floyd; and back, Callie DeLee, volunteer chaperone Sarah Bergeron, Aaliyah Armstrong, Anna Bergeron, volunteer Jonnie Triche, Abbi Tycer, Anna Giroir, Jon Elise Sturgeon and Mackenzie Triche.

AndrĂ© Brock, associate county agent and 4-H agent for West Feliciana Parish, and Leanna Cupit, assistant 4-H agent for East Feliciana Parish, sent youths involved in their respective 4-H programs camping recently. The 4-H Club members attended the fall Southeast Region camp held Nov. 10-12 at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield. A limited number of seventh-… Continue reading →

Firm to review school emergency plans

The Zachary s chool district has brought in SafePlans, a Florida-based company that specializes in active shooter training software, to conduct a three-year review of the school district’s emergency plans and to develop training programs in the event of a shooter on campus. During its work session Tuesday, the Zachary School Board heard from Brad… Continue reading →

Monthlong project brings together community in competition, service

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Sharon Phillips, with the city of Zachary and Rotary Club, left, and Laura Steen volunteered Friday, at the Pack the Pantry fundraiser benefiting the Zachary Food Pantry.

The monthlong Pack the Pantry food drive that began Nov. 1 was in full swing Friday, as firefighters, students, residents and volunteers from community organizations, businesses and schools worked together to collect canned goods for the Zachary Food Pantry. As a community service project, students at Copper Mill Elementary School were asked to construct can castles.… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Nov. 19, 2015

Image provided by Jessica Cairo -- George Rodrigue's 'A Number One Tiger Fan' will be the prize in a raffle drawing Dec. 1 hosted by Rollins Place Elementary School in Zachary.

East Baton Rouge Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks and Baker Mayor Harold Rideau will host an appreciation luncheon for the elderly from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Baker Municipal Building, 3325 Groom Road. BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight will be the guest speaker. Baker City Council members Joyce… Continue reading →

Zachary Sports for Nov. 19, 2015

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Northeast High School coach David Masterson

Zachary’s offense overwhelmed Sulphur, 54-32, in the first round of the Class 5A playoffs Nov. 13, and the Broncos hope to keep their juggernaut rolling when they travel to play Dutchtown in a regional contest. The game between the second-seeded Broncos and the 18th-seeded Griffins is a rematch between two high-powered offenses from… Continue reading →

Regional Veterans Park breaks ground

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Veteran John Taylor shares remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Regional Veterans Park in Zachary Nov. 11. The park is located on the fitness trail behind Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Veterans from all branches of the military will be represented at the park.

The Regional Veterans Park in Zachary broke ground fittingly on Veterans Day. Members of the Regional Veterans Park Association, local businesses, residents, contributors to the park and community leaders attended the ceremony. Veteran John Taylor, park association and committee member, said contributions keep coming in, the most recent being a donation of $400 raised by Copper… Continue reading →

Heart & Vascular Institute expands services in Zachary

Our Lady of the Lake has expanded heart care services in Zachary at the new Heart & Vascular Institute Zachary Clinic, 20103 Old Scenic Highway, Building 5. The clinic will provide a more accessible and comprehensive health care experience for heart patients in the community, a news release said. Cardiologists Dr. Leon Cannizzaro, Dr. David… Continue reading →

Copper Mill students win, place in Math Olympiad

Photo provided by Jennifer Moak -- Copper Mill Elementary School in Zachary had 81 students compete in the Math Olympiad held at Kenilworth Science and Technology School in Baton Rouge on Nov. 7. The top eight Copper Mill finishers, from left, include Claire Venable, Gabreyela Gonzalez, Aaron Bozeman, Gavin Malden, Will Thomas Beasley, William Ianitelli, Dillon Moree and Gabrielle Chasse.

Hundreds of people from across Louisiana packed the Kenilworth Science and Technology School gymnasium in Baton Rouge recently to cheer on fifth-grade students testing their math skills at the Louisiana Elementary Math Olympiad on Nov. 7. Two students from Copper Mill Elementary, in Zachary, and two from LSU Lab School, in Baton Rouge, won the top four… Continue reading →

Napoleon acquitted in ‘Animal Farm’ mock trial

Photo provided by Margret Atkinson -- Attorney Lynn Maloy, as the judge, left, listens to the testimony of student Jordyn De La Cruz, who is portraying Mollie from the novel Animal Farm, during a mock trial presented by Northwestern Middle School seventh-graders Oct. 19.

Margret Atkinson’s seventh-grade class at Northwestern Middle School held a mock trial Oct. 19 to determine the guilt or innocence of Napoleon, the pig from George Orwell’s literary classic “Animal Farm.” Napoleon was charged with crimes against fellow animals. Written and presented entirely by the seventh-graders, the students stressed the importance of structure and focus in writing,… Continue reading →

Campaign to encourage shopping locally kicks off

The Zachary Chamber of Commerce has announced a campaign urging residents to shop locally from Monday through Dec. 11. During this time, all purchases made at participating Zachary businesses will count toward drawings of $500, $300 or $150 in gift cards, which will be redeemable at the businesses. Each card will be stamped by the participating store… Continue reading →

‘Thank a veteran’ message of ceremony

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary High School Junior ROTC cadets, from left, Gabrielle Lillie, Leeanne Humphrey, Taylor Harless and Michael Simmons were in charge of the flag raising detail at a Veterans Day ceremony held Nov. 11 at the Bank of Zachary.

The Bank of Zachary hosted its Veterans Day flag-raising ceremony on Nov. 11. Attended by area veterans, the event is in its seventh year, Bank of Zachary President Preston Kennedy said. BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight, a retired colonel in the Texas Air National Guard, was the guest speaker. McKnight, a Montgomery, Alabama, native, served… Continue reading →

Southern AgCenter to host Fall Gardening Workshop

The Southern University Agricultural Center will hold its third annual Fall Gardening Workshop on Tuesday. Registration for the free event begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program starts at 9 a.m. inside the Ashford O. Williams Hall at the Southern AgCenter, B.A. Little Drive, Baton Rouge. The workshop includes a healthy lunch. Topics to be covered include… Continue reading →

Heritage Ranch receives $50,000 Entergy grant

Photo provided by Amy Horn -- Entergy's River Bend Nuclear Station in St. Francisville donated $50,000 to Heritage Ranch in Zachary recently. Heritage Ranch Development Director Amy Horn, River Bend Station Vice President Eric Olson and Heritage Ranch Executive Director Vicki Ellis, from left, attend the check presentation in Zachary.

Entergy’s River Bend Nuclear Station in West Feliciana Parish recently awarded a $50,000 grant to Heritage Ranch, the faith-based children’s residential home in Zachary. The funds will help Heritage Ranch in its mission to strengthen children, their families and the community and as it ministers to youth and their families struggling with crisis, according to a news… Continue reading →

Baker Police arrests from Nov. 6-11, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by the Baker Police Department from Nov. 6 through Nov. 11, 2015: ATLEY JR., DAVID: 41, 5050 Sinbad St., Baker, bench warrants for failure to appear for safety belt use and driving under suspension/revocation. BROWN, DAMON’TRE: 18, 2563 Arbutus Ave., Baton Rouge, possession… Continue reading →

Lane Regional names director of emergency medicine

Dr. Brent M. Giuffre

New Orleans native Dr. Brent M. Giuffre has been named medical director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary. Giuffre has more than 10 years of experience in emergency medicine and previously was medical director of emergency medicine at St. Charles Parish Hospital in Luling. Giuffre graduated from the… Continue reading →

Zachary Police arrests from Nov. 5-12, 2015

The following people were booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison or issued a summons by the Zachary Police Department from Nov. 5 through Nov. 12, 2015: ARNOLD, SIDNEY: 21, 5820 Adams Road, Liberty, Mississippi, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. ARNOLD, JAMES: 24, 180 Pine Bayou Circle, Monroe, felony possession of… Continue reading →

Runners ‘get gleauxing’ despite rainy weather

Photo provided by Kate MacArthur -- Participants get glowing at the third annual Gleaux Run in Zachary on Nov. 6. The event is a fundraiser hosted by the Zachary Chamber of Commerce.

Despite the rainy weather forecasted, nearly 100 runners participated in the third annual Zachary Gleaux Run that took off from the Pointe at Americana on Nov. 6. A fundraiser for the Zachary Chamber of Commerce, the Gleaux Run consisted of a 1-mile fun run-walk and a 5K. Eighty-five people wearing their best glow gear participated in… Continue reading →

Arts and crafts vendors sought for holiday event

The deadline for participating as an arts and crafts vendor at the annual Christmas in the Village celebration is approaching. Applications are now being accepted for the event on Dec. 11 in the Zachary Historical Village. Christmas in the Village features an arts and crafts area, food trucks, dance and musical performances by local entertainment and… Continue reading →

‘Frozen’ fun planned at Christmas in the Village

The Zachary community is invited to kick off the holiday season by attending the annual Christmas in the Village celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Zachary Historical District on Virginia Street. This year’s event is themed around the popular Disney film “Frozen.” The Historical Village will feature new synchronized light displays, 5… Continue reading →

Surviving the Holidays seminar set for Saturday

A GriefShare Surviving the Holidays seminar is set for from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Zachary, 4200 Main St. The seminar offers practical, actionable strategies for making it through the holiday season after suffering a loss, a news release said. Participants will watch a video of people who have faced… Continue reading →

Tipitina’s Foundation awards NHS band

Advocate staff photos by STACY GILL -- Jacob Garcia and two assistants, from the Tipitina's Foundation in New Orleans, help Northeast Band Director Cedric Todd, from left, unload musical instruments at the high school on Nov. 5. The foundation awarded the high school with band equipment via its Instruments A Comin' program.

The Tipitina’s Foundation has awarded Northeast High School with about $13,000 in refurbished instruments through the organization’s Instrument Repair Initiative — the Instruments A Comin’ program. In recognition of the hard work and commitment exemplified by Northeast Band Director Cedric Todd and the school’s band students, who range from seventh- to 12th-graders, the foundation has awarded six… Continue reading →

Believing, achieving focus of breakfast

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Louisiana State Treasurer John Neely Kennedy was the guest speaker at the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast held Nov. 6 in his hometown of Zachary.

The annual Mayor’s Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast in Zachary, themed “Believe and Achieve,” was held Nov. 6 at First Baptist Church with more than 100 in attendance. Local and state leaders included Zachary Mayor David Amrhein, Sen. Rick Ward, State Rep. Kenny Havard, Zachary Judge Lonny Myles, Superintendent Scott Devillier, Fire Chief Danny Kimble, Police Chief David McDavid,… Continue reading →

Council votes to increase garbage rates $1

Zachary residents will have to pay $1 more on their monthly garbage collection bills starting the next billing cycle, after the City Council on Tuesday agreed to raise the rates. Mayor David Amrhein said Waste Management, the company the city has a contract with for garbage collection, began charging the city more for its services about… Continue reading →

Around Zachary for Nov. 12, 2015

Stacy Gill

The Zachary Charity League is hosting its inaugural bed races from 3 p.m. to about 5 p.m. on Nov. 21, depending on how many teams participate. Following the races, a concert will be held featuring Zachary singer-songwriter Michelle Willis, Three Piece White and David St. Romain. Pizza from Chubby’s… Continue reading →

Swim team shines

Photo provided by Tallie Langston -- The Northwestern Middle School swim team finished seventh in state at a meet on Oct. 24. Seated, from left, are Aive Lynn, Kristian Maddie, Sydney King and Taytric Barker; kneeling, are Courtney Bennett, Kayleigh Davidson, Olivia Wheat, Hannah Thompson, Olivia Sanchez, Tayler Pomeroy and Jack Dunford; and standing, are Coach Lisa McGehee, Dana Ward, Brooke Dees, Joshua Wittig, Destin Anderson, Christian Sanford, Karlie Porter, Eric King, Maddie Beasley, Cade LeBlanc, Abby Yoes, Marcus Armwood, Whitney LeBlanc, William Drew, Hudson Trotti, Jeremy Brown, Wade Langston and Assistant Coach Jennifer Rushing. Not shown are Allison Fowler, Logan Ladnier, Hannah Salah and Tristan Vessel.

The Braves’ swim team — composed of sixth-graders from Copper Mill Elementary and seventh- and eighth-graders from Northwestern Middle — finished seventh out of 26 teams at the 2015 Middle School Swim League Championships at Crawfish Aquatics in Baton Rouge on Oct. 24. Swimmers finishing in fifth-place or better were Jack Dunford, Eric King, Karlie Porter and… Continue reading →

Utilities office moves, payments stay same

Zachary’s Utilities Office — which handles inquiries and complaint resolutions regarding all water, sewer and gas issues, meters and upgrades to these services — has moved to 4363 W. Mae St. Residents needing help with utility issues can call (225) 654-0201 from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The number serves as the after-hours and… Continue reading →

Personal safety tips shared

Advocate staff photo by STACY GILL -- Zachary Police Officer Chaz Perkins, from left, Reserve Officer Buddy Tidwell and Officer Tandem Wilbur conduct a safety program at the Zachary Branch Library Tuesday, Nov. 3, for adults and teens. The program covered personal safety and survival tips for hostile encounters.

Officers from the Zachary Police Department held a personal safety program Nov. 3 at the Zachary Branch Library for adults and teens. About 15 people attended the program led by Officers Tandem Wilbur and Chaz Perkins and Reserve Officer Buddy Tidwell, who were joined by Sgt. Alan Kleinpeter and Officer Emily Nichols. The group shared information… Continue reading →

Seniors ‘pink out’ for breast cancer

Photo provided by Renee Johnson -- Seniors from  the Baker, Baton Rouge, Central and Zachary areas gather for a 'pink out' day Oct. 30 at the Zachary Senior Center.

The Zachary Senior Center, an East Baton Rouge Council on Aging location, raised awareness for breast cancer by “pinking out” on Oct. 30. Seniors from the Baker, Baton Rouge, Central and Zachary areas wore pink, participated in a fashion show, ate a breakfast of pink grits and eggs and participated in a fun… Continue reading →