Staff reports

Assumption Parish Preschool

Anyone seeking the opportunity to substitute in an Assumption Parish Preschool classroom should attend the upcoming training on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 - at the Head Start Office, 4891 Highway 308, Napoleonville. Training for substitutes will be held from 9 a.m. till noon and is mandatory.  In order to be added to the substitute list, you must attend this class. 

A cleared criminal background check is required to substitute.  In order to speed up the process, it is highly recommended that you have your fingerprints done by the sheriff's office before the training.  Please bring your prints with you to the training.  For more information you may call (985) 369-9735 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

DHS Class Reunion Central

The DHS Alumni has launched their own website. Please feel free to join and interact with the site. You can complete a profile, post pictures, blogs, and comments and create your own group.  The possibilities are endless.  This site was created to reconnect with those who we've spent the majority of our childhood with. Visit the site today at

DHS Class of 1994

DHS Class of 1994 is planning their 15-year reunion for Summer 2009. For more information call 225-253-7719 or email or visit the website

Small Business Consulting at Library

Ascension Parish Library offers free small business consulting on the second Wednesday of each month at the library in Donaldsonville located at 500 Mississippi Street.  Persons wanting to start or improve a small business receive a private, two-hour consultation designed to provide professional help in areas of financing, marketing, and accounting. This service is sponsored by Ascension Parish Library and is a partnership program with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Louisiana Department of Economic Development, and the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge.  All services are free and confidential.  To schedule an appointment call the Louisiana Small Business Development Center at 225-922-0998. 

Vote for Your Favorite Book at the Library!

Calling all students in third grade to sixth grade!  The Ascension Parish Library needs you to vote in this year's Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award.  The Louisiana Young Reader's Choice Award was established by the State Library of Louisiana to find out what books you like the best!

Fifteen titles have been nominated in two reading categories: books for third to fifth graders and books for sixth to eighth graders.  The list includes popular books by award-winning authors.  Students are invited to visit the Ascension Parish Library to vote for their favorite title.  Children who wish to vote must read at least three of the nominated titles for their grade level before voting.  Votes must be submitted by January 23, 2009 to be counted.  For further information concerning this program, please contact the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at 647-3955, in Donaldsonville at 473-8052, or in Galvez at 622-3339.

Donaldsonville Senior Citizen Center

We are now set up at the Lemann Center at 1100 Clay Street in Donaldsonville.  We will remain here until our Senior Center has been fully repaired. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 225-473-3789. Dec. 24-25 both centers closed. Dec. 26- both centers re-open and meals will be served. Dec. 29- Lisa Weber, nutrition updates in Donaldsonville at 11 a.m. and Fast Exercise in Donaldsonville at 9:30 a.m. and Gonzales at 10:45 a.m. Dec. 30- Bridge Lessons at 1 p.m. in Gonzales. Dec. 31- both centers closed. Jan- 1 both centers closed.

Seniors may qualify for a power wheelchair

Medicare's regulations now make it easier for seniors and others with debilitating conditions obtain a power wheelchair at little or no cost. These assistance options are available to anyone with problems getting around their homes, or who are in danger of falling due to their medical condition. Those who are suffering from any condition that severely limits their mobility should call Miracle on Wheels at 1-866-200-6924.

St. Peter United Methodist Church has family night with Rev. Simon each Wednesday night after the second Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Contact Yvonne Garnett at 225-473-9377 for further information.

In celebration of Community Coffee Company's 90th anniversary this spring, they are extending an invitation to all students in kindergarten through sixth grade to help design the company's birthday card. The first place prize for the winner is a laptop for the student and one for the student's school. The two runners-up will each receive a birthday party for their classes. The winner's artwork will be featured on the birthday card, on Community Coffee's website, and displayed in CC's Community Coffee House locations.

Thomas's Coats for Kids Drive

For any coats that need to be picked up please contact Alvin "Coach" Thomas at 225-473-1613 or 225-323-4295. Drop off all coats at 600 Martin Luther King Dr. in Donaldsonville.

Joy Fellowship Outreach Ministries

Joy Ministries will host an hour of power word explosion every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in Donaldsonville. Word explosion will be held at the Blum Center. For more information contact Elder Thibodeaux at 985-855-2030.

Assumption Preschool

Assumption Preschool will hold registration for children ages 3 or 4 on or before Sept. 30, 2009. To find out what is required to bring to registration contact the Head Start Office at 985-369-9735. - the web's first social media site for home design -announces "Zabby's Wacky Tacky Home Design Disasters", a contest where members are invited to post photos or videos of decorating mishaps for a chance to win their mortgage payments of $1200 a month (up to $14,400 for the year).

Members are encouraged to upload visual evidence of the worst they've seen in home design to the site. Zabber votes will narrow the entries down to five finalists, based on five categories. Zabbers will then vote to choose the worst of the worst - the wackiest, tackiest home design disaster!  Entries are being accepted until December 17th, and the grand prizewinner will be announced during the week of February 9th, 2009. 

Free Computer Training at the Library

Ascension Parish Library offers the following free computer training seminars during December. Dec. 29 - Introduction to Microsoft Publisher, 6 p.m.; December 30 - Job Searching on the Internet, 10 a.m.  In Donaldsonville: December 3 - Introduction to Microsoft Excel, 10 a.m.  Seminars are free and open to the public and registration is not required.  For more information, please call the library at 647-3955 in Gonzales, and at 473-8052 in Donaldsonville.

Donaldsonville High

Donaldsonville High Class of 1999-10 year class reunion. The last of the Century/Best of the Century is planning its 10-year class reunion. Meeting will be Saturday, Dec. 27 at 4 p.m. at Ascension Parish Library. For further information contact Carmaine Demby at 225-253-6223.

Nelson Chapel AME Church

Nelson Chapel AME Church in Napoleonville holds Sunday school every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.; Sunday morning worship services at 11 a.m.; mid-week services on Thursdays at noon and Youth and Adult Bible study on Wednesday nights at 7:15 p.m. at the church. Call 985-369-1771 for van transportation.

Donaldsonville Opportunity Center

The Donaldsonville Opportunity Center- Adult Education G.E.D. program located in Donaldsonville invites anyone at least 17 years of age seeking a high school equivalency diploma to register, Monday-Friday. For more information call 225-474-2710.