The next Food for Seniors will be Thursday, Jan. 26, same times, same places. And before then, on Jan. 21, Sheriff Ronny Theriot will be putting on a luncheon for seniors in the Lower St. Martin area.
It will be in the Stephensville Elementary School gym from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Major Ginny Higgins will talk about the Yellow Dot program. Then Mike Madona, representing the Senior Medicare Patrol, will talk about Medicare fraud and protection techniques.
I really enjoyed the latter topic last year at the lunch. The woman who spoke told about fraud cases, and because of something she said, I was alerted to what turned out to be a legitimate situation, but at the time I wasn’t sure.
It just reminded me to be so careful about giving out personal information on the phone, or online, for that matter.
There will also be lunch and bingo. I’ll be calling the food recipients in Four-Mile Bayou, Stephensville and Belle River to tell them, but I think the school kids will also be taking home flyers. Do try and come. It’s a great way to enjoy visiting with neighbors, new people, and finding out what the Sheriff’s Department can do for you. You don’t have to be a food box recipient, but you do have to be a senior.
Please no children, but caregivers are certainly welcome. It’s also a nice occasion to let the Sheriff know how much we appreciate his attention to our area.
I’m writing a series of articles right now about the school district across the river, and it was interesting to learn that one of my neighbors attended a small one or maybe two room school a bit south of me on this side of the river.
It’s hard to even draw a mental picture of things then, but she walked to school in the woods since there was no road and the levee had not yet been built. She could also recall sitting with friends as a big dredge operated, creating the spillway, and what would become the levee.
This lady also remembered when the chapel boat, Mary, Star of the Sea, would stop in Belle River to conduct Mass. The boat would make a round trip from its origin at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church in Pierre Part, then to Bayou Pigeon, Belle River, Four-Mile Bayou and then back to Pierre Part. For catechism, this lady and I’m sure others, rowed a skiff across Belle River to a small store. No bridge then.
I personally can remember having to drive on top of the levee to reach Morgan City. That would have been in the 60’s. The one lane road was often just muddy tracks. I’m not sure, but I think that’s the reason I went to Paincourtville to give birth to my youngest daughter in 1969. It was a bit farther, possibly, but paved roads all the way and I had already ridden in a boat for 10 miles from our houseboat in the spillway. Not a whole lot of time to waste and I know I was hoping for a smooth ride.
Take note people, I have received two e-mail scams asking for information or my DSL service would be cut off, et al. I have reported both to a Website given me on the phone by AT&T. I’m beginning to feel like I’m a target!
Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be e-mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org.