And there were several organizations present with information relevant to seniors – Journey Hospice, Medicare, Synergy Home Care. Flyers about Medicare scams, cold weather tips, Census 2010 warnings and information. King Cake, coffee, soft drinks. Kind of a social hour first to chat with everyone – and there were a lot – then each official spoke briefly in welcome. President Cormier and Coach Delahoussaye both mentioned the two recreation sites over here with praise. Cormier reported that $2 million dollars would soon be spent to “flood-proof” Stephensville.
In an aside to me, Cormier also said maintenance-free concrete restrooms would soon be placed at the parks. The Department of Natural Resources and the parish are working together on this project. Bids will be opened sometime in March.
Those who wanted played bingo, courtesy of the Breaux Bridge Council on Aging, then a delicious gumbo lunch, and more bingo at which time I, not being a bingo fan, left to get back to Belle River in time for the fishing tournament weigh-in at Paizano’s.
This was a small tournament to raise money for Cliff Crochet, a young Assumption Parish deputy and avid fisherman who recently qualified for the BASS Classic and Elite series. Friends of Cliff’s, Moonie Bergeron from Port Allen and Gene David from Brian Harris Chevrolet, masterminded the whole thing. I don’t know how much money was raised for Cliff but I do know the entry fees for the Elite tournaments are at least $5,000 each and there are about eight tournaments.
The rain held off until just at the end of weigh-in and then poured down the rest of the day. At least it’s not so cold anymore. As I write today, it is raining off and on but the temperature is over 60 degrees. I knew this would happen. A week of dreadful cold to kill every living plant and now we get to look at them for months while dressed in shorts! Well, almost!
Anyway, thanks President Cormier and Sheriff Theriot for the wonderful lunch which, by the way, we all voted to have in January rather than December next year.
And FYI, Deputy Grover Angelle tells me he will be over here with Food for Seniors on Jan. 28, same time, same places. I’ll call everyone in a few days just to make sure the word gets out. It will be great to see Grover again. I was sorry to hear that his wife was not well, so our prayers go out for her speedy recovery
Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be contacted via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.