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Registration begins for before and after school care program for children

St. Charles Parish Public Schools Before and After School Care Program serves only school-aged children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost of this service is $2 per child per day for morning care and $5 per child per day for after school care (until 6 p.m.). Before school care begins at 6 a.m. at Luling Elementary, St. Rose Elementary, Songy Kindergarten and New Sarpy Elementary and at 6:30 a.m. at R. J. Vial Elementary and Norco Elementary. If both before and after school care is desired, the fee is $7 per child per day.

Registration for the program begins August 8, 9 and 10 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

•Luling Elementary

•A.A. Songy Kindergarten

•R.J. Vial Elementary

•New Sarpy Kindergarten

•St. Rose Elementary

•Norco Elementary (4-6)

Landlord & Property owners: FEMA needs your available rental properties

FEMA's Rental Resources Department has collected a list of approximately 4,000 available rental units in the state of Louisiana. We need your help to expand our list.

If you are a landlord, property owner and/or manager and have an available apartment or house, please contact FEMA at 1-888-294-2822 and let us know about it.

There are currently more than 45,000 households living in FEMA travel trailers and mobile homes in Louisiana. Nearly 17,000 of those were renters prior to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and will likely return to renting when they move out of their FEMA temporary housing.

If you are currently living in FEMA temporary housing and looking for a place to rent, you can also use this resource. Go to our website at https://asd.fema.gov/inter/hportal/home.htm or call 1-888-294-2822 for more information.

Interested landlords can register online for the Landlord Direct Payment Plan at http://www.corplodging.com/femadap/ to receive rental payments directly from FEMA for qualified tenants.

Crawfish virus more widespread than thought but so far no threat to industry

By Bruce Schultz - LSU AgCenter Writer

MAMOU – More than half of 135 Louisiana crawfish ponds tested for White Spot Syndrome Virus so far have shown up positive, according to an LSU AgCenter aquaculture expert.

“This means it’s much more widespread than anyone thought,” said Dr. Ray McClain, crawfish researcher at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, who was among speakers at the Evangeline Parish Rice Field Day on July 10.

The virus has been detected in more than 88 samples. But McClain said fewer than 10 ponds reported dying crawfish.

It also has been found in three of nine samples from Atchafalaya Basin crawfish.

In addition, McClain said, crawfish tissue samples at the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine from two years ago tested positive, he said.

“It looks as if it’s been around awhile,” McClain said. “It does not appear to be as devastating in crawfish farms as it was in shrimp farms.”

A crawfish pond where the virus was found earlier this year appears to have recovered somewhat, he said.

The virus was first found in the United States among Texas shrimp farms in 1995, and the affected shrimp died rapidly.

Several crawfish ponds were quarantined this spring after the virus was found in St. Martin and Vermilion Parish ponds, and crawfish from the affected ponds have to be tagged and sold only to a processor. McClain said the quarantine is still in effect, but that could change, depending on future decisions by state and federal agencies.

Symptoms of the virus include lethargic and sluggish crawfish that eventually die. Affected shrimp usually have a white spot, but not crawfish.

The virus is not a threat to humans, McClain said.

McClain said the virus was detected recently in crawfish from North Carolina where farmers keep the crustaceans in large holding tanks just before they are sold. He said the virus also was found in crabs and shrimp along the South Atlantic coast.




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