Some workers were at the landing last week putting up a handrail on the ramp up to the bathrooms. They obviously had power so I assume there will be lights in the facilities. Maybe. This building is lately being called the $60,000 Port-a-Potty.
A Belle River resident, Roy Richard, passed away recently. He leaves his wife Lucy and two sons and a daughter. Roy once owned Richard’s Hardware in Pierre Part, Bayoulands Grocery in Pierre Part and was a crawfisherman at one time.
I always remember the first time I met Roy.He and one or two other men were sitting on a levee bank in the Atchafalaya Basin, warming their feet and hands over a campfire. It was January and the temperature was about 29 degrees. My husband and I were trapping and when we stopped to visit at the campfire, Roy, always a big guy, was cheerfully warming his bare feet by the fire.
He said he’d come away from home that morning and had forgotten to put on socks. I was practically frozen wearing multiple layers and socks and here was this guy who had been working all morning with bare feet inside rubber boots. It still makes me cold!
I’ve heard that the pond fishermen are getting $3.25 a pound for their crawfish which are said to be very small. With a week or more of nice warm weather ahead I expect people will be out looking for crawfish, but the water is pretty low and I doubt it’s possible to get in the woods many places. Not with an outboard, anyway.
I do see a lot of net fishermen out and about. Hoop nets, perhaps. Fish boxes, tight lines. Some man pulled up a floating buoy right off my dock the other day and it had a really big catfish on the hook.
I’m getting the planting itch! I know it’s too soon to trim dead branches, pull up dead plants, plant new stuff, but oh, how I long to see something alive out there. As I walk in the woods I’m seeing tiny buds on the swamp maples, but not sign of life on the willows yet.
The Purple Martins are back!! I was getting worried. They seem awfully quiet this year. Maybe they’re keeping it low key in case the cold comes back! I love their chattering, even if it is subdued.
Food for Seniors Feb. 24. Paulma Johnson will be in the Stephensville Fire Station on Thursday, March 3 at 9 a.m. to offer electricity help. He will come to the Belle River fire station the next day, March 4 for same purpose, same time.
Bring ID proof, highest electric bill.
Teche News’ lower St. Martin corresspondent, Linda Cooke, can be contacted via email at email@example.com.