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Farmers’ Market gears up for back-to-school bash
August 06, 2008 at 1:54 pm
After the success of last year’s event, the German Coast Farmers’ Market will play host to the second annual Back to School Bash on Aug. 16.

The bash will take place at the East Bank site of the farmers’ market, near the Ormond Plantation. Blanche Newsome will perform at the event, which will also include door prizes, back to school gift bags, face painting and a display by the parish library.

More importantly, however, will be the food. Fresh produce, pastries, breads, rotisserie meats, seafood and dairy products, such as creole cream cheese, will all be available during the bash. As will kettle corn, soy candles, goat milk soap and lotions, homemade salad dressings, wine, pastalaya and stuffed crabs.

“We came up with the idea of a back to school bash because we really wanted to push healthy eating habits for kids,” Ann Montgomery said. “We want to show that you don’t have to travel far to get fresh food and vegetables.”

Door prizes at the bash will include little coolers that kids can use with their meals, while the gift bags will have honey soap, which is made in little animals to promote hygiene. There will also be plenty of honey samples around and kids will learn that a drop of honey on a cracker might be tastier - and healthier - than butter.

The Back to School Bash will begin at 8 a.m. and last until noon.

On Aug. 9, the farmers’ market will also celebrate National Farmers’ Market Week. The Sonny Bee Show will be on hand to supply live music and visitors will be able to sample various vegetables and recipes. The event will also take place from 8 a.m. until noon.

“The market is just a one-stop shop that is right in the neighborhood, which is important with the high cost of gas,” Montgomery said. “It’s a place where you can get your dinner, groceries, snacks and gifts like wine and soap.”

The Cook’s Corner The Cook’s Corner
August 06, 2008 at 1:52 pm
Whip up a new dish for your family with the Herald-Guide’s Recipe of the Week.

What's Pushing Your Buttons?
August 06, 2008 at 1:51 pm
By Robert Wilson
What motivates you? That’s the question I’d like to ask in this inaugural column on motivation. Are you motivated by fame, fortune or fear? Or is it something deeper that fans the flames inside of you?

Oil spills from drilling no problem to Louisiana
August 06, 2008 at 1:49 pm
While politicos volley back and forth on the good and the bad of offshore drilling in the United States, Louisiana had its worst oil spill in many a decade. And it wasn’t from drilling on or offshore. It was from a tanker barge hit by a boat while transporting oil along the Mississippi River in New Orleans.

One woman battle
August 06, 2008 at 1:48 pm
Pending litigation, questions over money and a library closure that some East Bank residents never saw coming, marks the start of a battle for one St. Charles Parish resident.

Sheriff's Reports
August 06, 2008 at 1:46 pm
•Christopher Mason, 31, of 367 Sharon St. in Boutte was arrested on July 28 on a warrant and charged with issuing worthless checks.

TOP WINNERS. Pictured at top, Ariel Morris was chosen as the festival’s Teen Queen and Chelsea Troxler was crowned as the pageant’s Miss Queen. 50 years of glitz and glamour
August 06, 2008 at 1:46 pm
The 50th annual St. Charles Parish Festival crowned their winners in an evening ceremony at Destrehan High School on Saturday, Aug. 2 with Ariel Morris of Destrehan taking home the title of Teen Queen and Luling’s Chelsea Troxler crowed as Miss Queen.

The Lorios were all set to move into their brand new home, but discovered that it had been vandalized the night before the big move. Not only were the windows, columns and garage all spray-painted on, but the family’s driveway was also vandalized. A porti Vandals attack family's dream home
August 06, 2008 at 1:45 pm
A Hahnville family’s dream home was vandalized on July 31, the night before the husband, wife and young child were set to move in.

Anglers Jerome Laque and Ryan Brown in Caminada Pass.
Herald-Guide Outdoor Report with Bruce McDonald
August 06, 2008 at 12:07 pm
It was 9 a.m. on July 30 when I bumped into Jerome Laque at the supermarket. We exchanged our hellos and He asked me why I wasn’t fishing.

Community activist Gwen Dufrene sits in her mom’s small trailer in Bayou Gauche and looks over a bevy of documents on the new East Bank Regional Library. Dufrene has been fighting against the library’s construction and that has Library architect sues activist
August 06, 2008 at 9:23 am
The architect responsible for designing what will be the new East Bank Regional Library has filed a lawsuit against long-time community activist and Bayou Gauche resident Gwen Dufrene for defamation of character.

Parish cancels Shread contract
August 06, 2008 at 9:22 am
Back in February, the parish hired an engineering firm to examine all of its contracts to determine if those that received them were the most qualified. Five months later, that audit has led to a cancelled contract.

Bus system to roll by October
August 06, 2008 at 9:22 am
A bus transit system that will pick up residents at their homes and transport them to destinations across the parish and into Kenner should be up and running by October, according to River Parishes Transit Authority Chairman Brent Petit.

Councilwoman Carolyn Schexnaydre Council feud
August 06, 2008 at 9:22 am
Councilwoman-at-large Carolyn Schexnaydre says that she’s received complaints from residents that District III Councilwoman Wendy Benedetto doesn’t return emails or respond to the phone calls of those living in her district.

Mosquitoes in both Willowdale and Red Church tested positive for West Nile. West Nile virus found in Willowdale, Red Church
August 06, 2008 at 9:21 am
Mosquito monitoring continues to expose an active presence of the West Nile virus in St. Charles Parish - despite increased spraying.

Subject Wanted on Kidnapping Charges
August 05, 2008 at 9:33 am
Sheriff Champagne reports that the St. Charles Parish Sheriff’s Office is currently searching for Lionel E. Raymond b/m 7/25/08 (A.K.A. “Loc”). Raymond is approximately 6”01 and weighs approximately 250 lbs.

Traveling art exhibit at libraries
August 04, 2008 at 12:31 pm
The Traveling Showcase, created at the St. Charles Art Guild’s Kids Camp, is now on display through Aug. 2 at the East Bank library in Destrehan and will travel to the West Regional Library for display from Aug. 4 through 18.

Emergency shelter and food program
August 04, 2008 at 12:27 pm
EAST BANK - Beginning Aug. 4, emergency food and shelter federal funds are available for East Bank residents of St. Charles Parish to assist in paying utility bills, mortgage or rent assistance.

Residents who applied for assistance in 2007 are not eligible for 2008 help.

Eligible residents meeting the following criteria may qualify: 1. Must be facing an emergency crisis, such as loss of income due to illness, reduction of work hours, etc. and 2. Must be a resident of St. Charles.

All residents qualifying for utility assistance must provided their current bill and disconnect notice.
All residents qualifying for mortgage or rent assistance must provide past due, foreclosure or an eviction notice.
Residents meeting these guidelines may call the St. Charles Parish Department of Community Services at 985-764-7944 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Kids fishing rodeo in St. James
August 03, 2008 at 12:28 pm
ST. JAMES - Summer may be coming to a close, but there is still time to use those fishing poles.

The St. James Boat Club will hold their "Annual Jr. Choupique Rodeo" on Aug. 3, 2008, on the Blind River Point Area and Boat Launch Areas. All participants, both male and female, up to 15 years old in the fishing rodeo are asked to be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

The fishing times start at 8 a.m. and end at noon. The fishing time has changed, but the registration fee is still 25 cents, so please be sure to get registered before fishing. Fishing is restricted to the banks of the Blind River Point and Boat Launch Areas. Awards will be given at close of rodeo. Refreshments will be sold at the Point Area.
For more information, call Craig Calcagno at 225-206-2476.


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