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Trash bash success spurs additional cleanup day

ST. CHARLES PARISH - The success of March’s inaugural Trash Bash litter cleanup in St. Charles Parish has spurred organizers to schedule an additional cleanup day on Oct. 3.

Volunteers will fan out across the parish from 8 to 11:30 a.m. to collect roadside garbage and help bring awareness to the parish’s prevalent litter problem.

This version of the cleanup event will not feature an after-party, but additional trash bags will be available for both new and returning volunteers. The event is a great way for students to gain service hours required by their schools or organizations. Volunteers will decide which areas they wish to clean, and they are asked to prepare for working outside by bringing water and other needed supplies.

Those interested volunteering should contact Chandra Sampey of the Contract Monitor’s Office at (985) 764-1207. Residents can also sign up online at www.scptrashbash.org.
In March, more than 300 volunteers filled approximately 313 garbage bags with 3.91 tons of garbage over 69 miles of roadway.

The parish hopes to continue Trash Bash by holding one spring and one fall event each year. Read More...
October 03, 2009 at 10:44 am
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“Get out the Boat” Catholic youth rally Oct.3

LULING - Inspirational speaker Mike DeSalvo, youth director of the Houma/Thibodaux arch diocese, will conduct this special evening for teens at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Luling from 4 to 10 p.m.

The event will focus on moral and spiritual issues today’s Catholic teens face every day and will include group discussions, breakaway sessions, games, praise and worship.
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October 03, 2009 at 9:19 am
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Battle for the Paddle cookoff deadline nears

LULING - Do you make the best gumbo or the tastiest jambalaya? Test your skills! Enter the battle and win the paddle on Oct. 1 at the annual cookoff.

The event is open to the public with a $5 entry fee that allows you to eat all you can. Soft drinks are $1 and beer is $2.

Gates open at 3:30 p.m. Games and music from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The following awards will be given: people’s choice, best jambalaya and best gumbo. The first place teams in gumbo and jambalaya win the battle and take home the coveted paddle.

A $50 participation fee is required to teams to compete. Each team receives four participation gifts.

For more information, contact Sara Miller at 985-331-9063.Read More...
October 01, 2009 at 9:00 am
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ACT sessions offered at DHS

Destrehan - High school students from St. Charles Parish may attend sessions to help prepare for taking the ACT test.

The preparation courses will be held Sept. 27 and Oct. 4 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Destrehan High School.

Interested students will need to choose one of the three sessions offered each Sunday, English, reading or math.
Students may register by printing and completing the registration form found on their school’s Web site or by picking up a form in the school’s office.

The registration fee is $10 by Sept. 23. Checks should be made payable to St. Charles Parish Schools. No refunds will be given.
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September 27, 2009 at 9:18 am
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Annual march for babies Sept. 26

LAPLACE - The 2009 River Parishes March for Babies is set for Saturday, Sept. 26 at the Highway 51 Park in LaPlace.
The three-mile fun walk - with lots of activities along the route, helps raise awareness for those babies born healthy and those who need our help to survive and thrive.

For more information, call 504-836-2087 or 1-800-460-0865.
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September 26, 2009 at 9:19 am
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‘Ride United’ poker run helps SCP

LULING - United Way of St. Charles is currently accepting registrations for its upcoming ‘Ride United’ Poker Run scheduled for Sept. 26.

Registration for Ride United is currently available online or at the United Way of St. Charles office located at 13207 River Road in Luling. Participants can also register at United Way of St. Charles on the day of the event. The first bike out is at 9 a.m. and the last bike out is at 11 a.m. The event features multiple stops in the metropolitan area and ends at the Alligator Festival, held at the West Bank Bridge Park in Luling.

Registration is $15 for biker only, $10 for a passenger and $25 for a car with unlimited passengers. The registration fee includes reserved parking for bikes at the Alligator Festival and $5 in festival food and drink tickets. All pre-registrations are guaranteed a Ride United T-Shirt.

Prizes include $300 for the best hand, $150 for second best and $50 for worst hand. All proceeds for Ride United will fund basic and emergency needs in St. Charles Parish.

To register online or for more information, visit www.uwaysc.org or call Sara at 985-331-9063.
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September 26, 2009 at 9:01 am
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Car, bike show on tap Sept. 19

DESTREHAN - The Fifth African Baptist Church in St. Rose will hold a Christian Car and Bike Show on Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the East Bank Bridge Park in Destrehan.
For more information, call Michael Jones at 507-928-4580 or email crcjones1@netscape.net.Read More...
September 19, 2009 at 9:01 am
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Give the gift of life, donate blood

ST. ROSE - American Legion River Road Post 366 will sponsor a blood drive Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the legion home in St. Rose.

Representatives of Ochsner Blood Bank will conduct the drive. Donors will receive a blood bank T-shirt, blood type, mini-physical, cholesterol test and blood assurance package. Donors must present a picture ID.
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September 19, 2009 at 9:00 am
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HHS sets junior, senior night times

BOUTTE - Hahnville High School held its open house on Tuesday, but will also hold a parent night for the different grade levels on the following dates:

- Junior night is Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

- Senior night is Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

During these nights, the counselors will be sharing information concerning the Satellite Center, testing, graduation and TOPS requirements, scholarships, college applications, study skills, financial aid, career clusters and many more topics.
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September 17, 2009 at 9:02 am
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Elayne Kuehler heads workshop

DESTREHAN - The Louisiana Artist Association will hold its next workshop on Thursday, Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the St. Charles Methodist Church in Destrehan.

The fee is $50 for members and $100 for non-members.
To sign up or to get more information, contact Joyce Laporte at 504-455-9493 or at jwlaport@att.net.

To learn more about Kuehler, visit Elaynekuehler.com.
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September 10, 2009 at 9:12 am
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Parents urged to visit open house

BOUTTE - Hahnville High School will hold its open house on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. where parents can meet the HHS faculty and administration and visit their child’s classes. Teachers will be in their classes to give parents and guardians a brief overview of the materials that will be covered in their classroom.

Parents and guardians should bring a copy of their child’s schedule with them.

The school will also hold a parent night for the different grade levels on the following dates:

- Freshman and sophomore night is Sept. 3 at 6:30.

- Junior night is Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

- Senior night is Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m.

During these nights, the counselors will be sharing information concerning the Satellite Center, testing, graduation and TOPS requirements, scholarships, college applications, study skills, financial aid, career clusters and many more topics.
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September 08, 2009 at 9:12 am
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HHS Class of ‘79 reunion Sept. 5

NORCO - The Hahnville High School class of 1979 will hold its 30th class reunion on Saturday, Sept. 5 at the La Maison Magnolia Reception Hall located at 950 First St. in Norco from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets are $38 per person and $75 per couple. The tickets include open bar, food and DJ. Fees and are due by Aug. 25. Mail to 306 Valencia Dr., Luling, LA 70070. Make checks payable to HHS Class of ‘79.

Contact Regina at 985-785-1587 or sblietzke@charter.net with questions.
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September 05, 2009 at 9:22 am
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LES hosts first outreach Sept. 1

LULING - Luling Elementary School will host its first community outreach event for Killona on Sept. 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the school in Luling.

Students, teachers and administrators will share information about the school. Killona families are invited to see what the school has to offer.

Among the topics are LEAP testing, tutoring, homework strategies, peer mediation, technology in the classroom and other programs and services available at the school.

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September 01, 2009 at 9:11 am
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Tools for Schools needs supplies

LAPLACE - River Parishes Tools for Schools is holding a drive through Aug. 31 to collect school supplies for needy students in St. Charles, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes.

In addition to corporate sponsorships, the organization is asking community residents to contribute to the drive.
For more information, call Clement at 985-652-1799.

Monetary donations may be mailed to River Parishes Education Initiatives, Attn: Tools for School, P.O. Box 1671, LaPlace, LA 70069-1671.
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August 31, 2009 at 9:11 am
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BCA extends Pre-K program sign up

BOUTTE - Qualifying parents can register their 4-year-olds for a chance at free placement in private school pre-kindergarten programs for the coming school year. A limited number of classroom seats are available at Boutte Christian Academy.

Qualifying requirements for parents and children include: students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 30, 2009, students must have current immunizations, and families must have an annual household income of less than $9,140 for families of 2, $36,620 for families of three; $44,100 for families of four; $51,580 for families of five or $59,060 for families of six.

For more information, call 985-785-2447.
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August 20, 2009 at 10:58 am
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Help replace blood for Luke Zeringue

ST. CHARLES PARISH - Destrehan’s Luke Zeringue will undergo cardiac surgery due to two medical deficiencies - Factor I and Factor II - both can result in bleeding whenever his factor levels fall below normal. Hemorrhaging can occur after a trauma or surgery, so the blood is needed a head of time.

All blood types are needed. To donate blood you must be in good health, at least 17 years of age and weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.

There is no upper age limit. Wait one year after a body piercing. Individuals with high blood pressure (below 180/100) or controlled diabetes can now donate. If you have medical questions or have been out of the country since 1980, call The Blood Center’s West Bank Donor Center at 504-263-1190 or Metairie Donor Center at 504-887-2833 to see if you can donate.

Please state at the time of donation “Replacement donation for Luke Zeringue.”
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August 20, 2009 at 9:50 am
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