While away on vacation last week, I missed the meeting between local and state officials regarding the proposed RV campground being considered here in St. Martinville. It appears the location may be shifted from along the bayou in the Longfellow-Evangeline Commemorative Area to the southeast portion of the city’s Magnolia Park.
That area has some beautiful live oak trees and is a lovely spot. But it appears that building the RV sites there might involve a major rerouting of the existing 1.2-mile walking/jogging trail that follows the boundaries of the park. This trail is one of the most heavily used public facilities in the city and I’d advise city officials to be very careful in planning any relocation of the popular feature.
I’m also curious to see how the big RV rigs would reach the site. It appears planners would route them through the Commemorative Area, and it will be interesting to see just how they accomplish that.
COMMUNITY CENTER . . .
I was also sorry to miss the formal dedication of the Cade Community Center last week.
Having worked on and attended the Rotary Club’s Mardi Gras Ball held at the Center back in January, I can attest that it is a really fine asset to not only the Cade area, but nearby St. Martinville and the entire parish.
The facility is a tribute to Mayor Thomas Nelson’s foresight and tenacity as it took a number of years to put together the financing for the project.
THIS & THAT . . .
A tip of the hat to John “Boysie” Martin, who is ending 41 years of service as a member of the Gary Memorial/St. Martin Hospital’s board of commissioners. Boysie was part of the original committee that began planning the hospital and has been a valuable member of the advisory body through thick and thin. He is being ably replaced by Burton Dupuis, who recently retired as CEO of the hospital.
Montana – I’m writing this column late Monday after returning from our annual visit to Montana as guests of Jerome and Becky Broussard. Maria and I were part of a “Louisiana delegation” that also in-cluded Pinaudville neighbors Reuben and Livvy Bienvenu, Jerome’s sister Kathleen Keel and cousin Jeanise Elias, and Becky’s sister Mildred Shaw and friends Butch and Pam Thornton.
The Event at Rebecca Farm is held over four days at the beautiful 640-acre farm owned by the Broussards between Whitefish and Kalispell in the Flathead Valley. One of the premiere equestrian events in the country, it attracted almost 400 horses from 15 states and two Canadian provinces. The horses and their owners were encamped on the rolling hills of the farm, representing a small city of probably close to 1,500 people
The weather was a real treat for us with lows dipping into the lower 50s at night and rising to the upper 80s during mid-afternoon. Low humidity and pleasant breezes make it a joy to be outdoors even in mid-summer. It was a jolt to fly back to New Iberia Monday and open the plane door to 92º, high humidity heat.
We brought back about 50 pounds of sumptious Bing cherries that Maria and Olivia picked at an orchard Sunday, paying less than $1 a pound for the tasty fruit.
A real enjoyable experience. Anniversaries – Friends and sub-scribers who celebrated wedding anniversaries during the past week included:
July 22– The 36th anniversary for Bruce and Nancy (Broussard) Bienvenu of St. Martinville.
July 24 – The 59th for Paul and Lenora “Mama T” (Thibodeaux) Thevenet of Breaux Bridge; the 27th for Alfred and Rita LeBlanc of Breaux Bridge; the 9th for Eddie and Nina Judice of St. Martinville; and the ?? for Mark and Libby Banquer.
July 24 – The 55th for Pat and Sadie Olivier of St. Martinville; the ?? for Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Champagne; and the ?? for Lee and Lelia Latiolais.
July 26 – The 40th for George “Butch” and Sylvia (Bienvenu) Mc-Hugh of St. Martinville; the 35th for Don “Tuffy” and Becky (Oubre) Resweber of St. Martinville; the 11th for Dana and Stephanie (Resweber) Latiolais of St. Martinville; the 6th for Christopher and Heidi (Champagne) Resweber of St. Martinville; and the 5th for Roger and Heather Dejean of Breaux Bridge.
July 27 – The 47th for Melvin and Rhena Guidry of Gonzales; and the 6th for Brent and Michelle Boudreaux of St. Martinville.
New subscribers who have joined our family of readers in recent weeks include Caroline Fredrick, Bolden Haydel, Marella Lanerie and Jim Bulliard, all of St. Martinville; Janie Andrew, Sheila Nicholas, Toby Granger and Sonia Landry, all of Breaux Bridge; Alton Wiltz of Parks; and Cecile Wyble and Will Angelle of Arnaudville.
Clair comme le jour: If we were born knowing everything, what would we do with all this time on this earth?. — Nelly