Around Town

Juanita C. Pearley
Better parenting group.

Going Gone

Donaldsonville says good bye to CapitolOne bank. Banking services ended Friday, June 23, 2017 for the Donaldsonville location. The bank had been in operations for seventy years. Tammy Dale, branch manager for forty years said she was very distraught regarding the decision, but that is the age of the times.

Although there have been several name changes for the facility, the staff and commitment to serving Donaldsonville remained the same. The nearest branch locations are Napoleonville and Gonzales. Thanks Tammy and all of your staff for serving the citizens of Donaldsonville so well.

Better Parenting

It is never too late to acquire the skills needed to be a better parent. No matter what’s your age, just ask Deaconess Sylvia Bell, you can still acquire the needed skills to being a better parent. Wanda August, Parent Facilitator with the Ascension Parish School System and Rev. Charles R. Brown, Sr. offered the public the opportunity to learn what the program had to offer. The classes were held at Emmanuel Baptist Church. On Thursday, June 22, 2017 fifty-two graduates marched with caps and gowns to receive their certificates of completion from the Parent Facilitator. Commencement speaker was Dr. Andra Johnson who serves as the Vice Chancellor for Research and Technology Development at Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Senator Ed Price gave congratulations certificates on behalf of the House of Representatives. A reception was held in the church annex following the ceremony. The program will be held again in the near future.

American Legion Installation of Officers

The ceremony for installation of officers of the Babin-Haynes Post 98, 2017-218 was held on June 20, 2017. C. J. Brimmer, Sr. served as the master of ceremonies.

Department Vice Commander, Ricky Griffin, conducted the installation of officers. Parish President Kenny Matassa was among the guest speakers and other distinguished guest. The officers for 2017-2018 are Lawrence Landry, Commander; Richard Bouchereau, 1 st Vice Commander; Raphael Juneau, 2 nd Vice Commander; Clarence Brimmer, Sr., Adjutant; Maruice Wirth, Finance Officer; C. J. Breaux, Jr., Post Service Officer; Raymond Carbo, Chaplain; Virgil Joffrion, Sergeant at Arms; Manuel Ourbe, Historian; Nick Porto, Judge Advocate and Herman Jones and Norman Sanchez, Color Bearers.

Rotary News

The Donaldsonville Rotary Club guest this week was Chancellor Dale Dorty of River Parish Community College. The presentation was regarding the opportunity offered to students in high school to attend the college and received advance credits upon entry of a four year college. The program has been favorable and enrollment attendance has increased greatly. Ms. Kerri Patterson, grandparent of an attending student was also a guest at this week’s meeting. The weekly meeting of the Rotary Club is at noon every Thursday at Café Lafourche, 817 Veterans Blvd, Donaldsonville, LA 70346. Pictured are Chancellor Dale Dorty, Ms. Kerri Patterson and Rotarian Louis “Boo” Leblanc.