Floral shops holds ribbon cutting at new location

By Brooke Shirley

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The Sabine Chamber of Commerce congratulated and welcomed Country Florist yesterday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The full-service floral shop opened it’s doors at their new location at 350 South Capitol Street in Many across from Warren Meadows Funeral Home.

Owners Ken and Sheila Leach will offer this area the finest in floral arrangements for all occasions. A full line of gifts are available including candles, kitchen and home wares, jellies, old-fashion sodas, jewelry and much more. A large selection of silk arrangements is also available and ready to go.

Country Florist is now offering the new Perpetual Floral Cemetery Program which will prevent you from worrying about flowers for your loved one. The owners feel there are many ways to show honor and respect to your beloved ones when they become a memory. They offer a variety of affordable packages that can help you continuously show that honor and respect.

This program is excellent for family members who don’t have the opportunity to visit the gravesite regularly. Let them deliver flowers to the cemetery for your loved one. They’ll set up a schedule tailored to you and you can pay a fee for the entire year or at each flower delivery. A photograph of the headstone will be e-mailed or texted to you each time new flowers are delivered.

For more info on this great service and for all your floral needs call Country Florist at 318-256-2288.

Get ready to get dirty at the Mud Bog

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The 2017 Zwolle Tamale Fiesta Mud Bog will be held Saturday, Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. The Bog is going to have a total payout of $6,300. Class I places are as follows: 1st) $500, 2nd) $300, 3rd) $200. Class II Prizes are the same as Class I. Class III, IV (Cut DOT), Class V (DOT Trail Truck) and Class VI (Tractor Truck) are as follows: 1st) $600, 2nd) $300, 3rd) $200. The cost to enter the competition is $10 and you have to be registered by 1:00 p.m. to compete. All trucks must have a pull hitch and all participates must wear helmets. No glass bottles or barbecue pits are permitted and you can pay $20 to bring in an ice chest that holds 48 quarts or less.

For more information, contact James “Coffee” Meshell at (318) 471-0756.

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Community Programs Day in SPSD

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The Sabine Parish School District is comprised of 10 schools including five K-12 schools, two elementary schools, one middle school, two high schools and an alternative program. All Sabine Parish Schools will host a Community Programs Day at the individual schools on Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This day has been set aside by the Sabine Parish School Board to allow organization, clubs, or programs as an opportunity to promote student membership and or make available relative literature. During the course of this school day, students will have the opportunity to visit your table for information, which may spark their interest.

If your group is interested in participating, contact Shelly Rivers or Sandy Cosio at (318) 256-9228

Gardening this Fall season

By: Brooke Shirley

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Get your gloves ready because it’s time to plant those flowers and vegetables for the fall season! The new Louisiana Super Plant for fall is the Supertunia Vista Bubblegum petunia. It is one of the most talked-about petunias over the past few years and it has been proven that this bright pink beauty is one of Louisiana’s most durable petunia varieties.

Cool-season bedding plants such as pansies, dianthus, snapdragons, stock and calendulas, usually do best in the cold to mild temperatures of October through early May and generally tolerate typical winter freezes without extensive protection. Color always seems to be the dominate factor when selecting these plants, and providing color to the landscape really is the plants’ primary function. Many of these plants are also fragrant and it is such a delight to walk out and catch the fragrance of sweet alyssum drifting in the breeze.

Vegetables to plant in October and November include beets, broccoli (transplants), Brussels sprouts (transplants), cabbage, carrots, cauliflower (transplants), celery, collards, green peas, garlic, kohlrabi, lettuce, mustard, onions (seed or sets), rutabaga, shallots (sets), parsley, radishes, spinach, turnips and kale.

Additionally, herbs that should be planted during this time include cilantro, dill, fennel, parsley, chives, mints, oregano, rosemary, sage, marjoram, thyme, lavender and chamomile.

Here are a few helpful tips: 

October weather can be dry, so water plantings as needed. Pay special attention to any newly planted areas.
This is the beginning of the prime planting season for hardy trees, shrubs, vines and ground covers.

Finish planting most spring-flowering bulbs in November. Buy tulips and hyacinths by the middle of the month and refrigerate them for at least six weeks before planting them in late December or early January.

As leaves fall from trees, collect them, put them in your compost pile or use them as mulch.

Water in newly planted cool-season bedding plants with a half-strength fertilizer solution to get them off to a good start.

Big rig accidents cause thousands of deaths every year

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If you’re involved in a wreck with a tractor-trailer rig, the chances are that you won’t walk away without injury or lots of damage to your vehicle.

“I’ve been handling all types of accident claims for nearly 40 years,” said Rodney Harrington, with the Harrington Law Firm. “Including clients who have had collisions with big rigs. Although you may not see us standing on top of an 18-wheeler touting our experience, we do have extensive experience in this area handling accident cases and we’ve successfully collected millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients over the years*.”

It’s no wonder that a crash between a tractor-trailer and a family vehicle too often results in death, injury or significant property damage: A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh 20 times more and be almost five times longer than the average car. These huge vehicles, also popularly referred to as “18-wheelers” and “big rigs,” can be challenging to control when speeding down a highway, even with an experienced and well-training driver at the wheel.

Statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrate the extent of the problem. In 2012, the most recent year for which complete statistics are available, 3,921 people were killed and 104,000 were injured in U.S. crashes involving trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds. That same year, 333,000 large trucks were involved in traffic crashes.

Almost three out of every four people killed or injured in crashes involving large trucks were riding in vehicles other than the truck. In 2012, large trucks made up for 4 percent of all registered vehicles, but accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes. In addition, large trucks are more likely to be involved in fatal, multiple-vehicle crashes that involve a fatality.

So, what can the average drivers do to protect themselves from a wreck with a big rig? First, it’s important to know that most of the commercial big rig drivers you see on the road probably completed considerable training and testing before being allowed behind the wheel.

State and federal laws and regulations require big rigs to meet certain safety standards and carry considerable liability insurance policies. Rules also limit the time drivers of large commercial trucks can be on duty before taking a rest or sleep break.

What can drivers do?

Following basic safety driving rules that apply to all motorists goes a long way toward avoiding collisions with big rigs. These good driving habits include not texting and driving, drinking and driving, obeying speed limits, not tailgating, passing on the left side only, avoiding distractions, slowing down when roads are wet and always wearing seat belts.

Since crashes with big rigs frequently involve deaths, injuries and extensive property damage, it is important that victims of such accidents obtain proper medical treatment and seek assistance from an attorney with experience in such cases.

The Harrington Law Firm has offices in Natchitoches, Many and Leesville. They can be reached at 318-352-5900 or at www.theharringtonlawfirm.com

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Many Community Center to feature ‘La La Land’

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“La La Land,” the popular 2016 musical drama, will be the feature free movie at the Many Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 7.

As always the movie is free. It begins at 7 p.m. Box office will open at 6:15.  “La La Land” is sponsored by Many Mayor Ken Freeman, the Town of Many, and the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee.

Musicals are usually  romantic. They teach  us that some emotion is so powerful that it can’t be put into mere words—it must be sung. Some love is so overwhelming that you just have to move your feet. Characters in musicals not only understand love differently than those in traditional films but they turn that understanding into art—dancing, singing and transcending mere dialogue to become something greater, something purer, something closer to true romance.

One of many remarkable things about “La La Land” is how much energy and time it devotes to movement and music, not just lyrics. Most modern movie musicals, so often based on Broadway shows, have focused heavily on songs that further plot. In ” La La Land,” choreography matters and a simple piano refrain can have more power than a lyric. This is a beautiful film about love and dreams, and how the two impact each other. Los Angeles is filled with dreamers, and sometimes it takes a partner to make a dream come true.

There have been  some musical films since the era of Rogers & Astaire, but few that have tried to recapture that sense of fluid, magical thinking in which characters communicate with their bodies as much, maybe even more, than they do with their voices. One of many remarkable things about“La La Land” is how much energy and time it devotes to movement and music, not just lyrics. The modern movie musicals, so often based on Broadway shows, have focused heavily on songs that further plot. In “La La Land”, choreography matters and a simple piano refrain can have more power than a lyric. This is a beautiful film about love and dreams, and how the two impact each other. Los Angeles is filled with dreamers, and sometimes it takes a partner to make your dream come true.

“La La Land” opens with a bit of a fake-out in that it’s a large ensemble number of a variety that viewers don’t  see again in the movie. Cars are stuck in the notoriously awful L.A. traffic when the drivers decide to break into song called “Another Day of Sun”—a bit about how each day brings new hope for these young wannabe artists—jumping out of the cars and dancing on the freeway. And after the chorus-like introduction to a city of dreamers, we meet two such sun-gazers: pianist  (Ryan Gosling) and actress Mia(Emma Stone). Like any good musical, the two have a few false starts and playfully mock each other’s flaws in their first scenes. But we know where this is headed and Gosling & Stone have the chemistry to make us long for them to get together.

It’s easy to let the world get you down sometimes, especially in a year like 2017. It’s easy to think that dreams don’t come true, and that love only exists in movies. “La La Land” serves to remind us that movies can still be magical, and they can still provide the channel for us to see magic in the world around us. It’s not so much another day in the sun, as the characters sing in that opening number, but the dreams of the night before, the ones we wake up and try to fulfill, that keep us dancing.

“La La Land”  is classified as a romantic comedy, drama and musical. It is rated PG-13 for some mild language. There is no nudity, sex  scenes, or violence. The movie is 126 minutes long.

Mayor Freeman and the members of the Cultural District Advisory Committee are hopeful that the residents of Many and the surrounding areas will attend this free movie and bring the entire family.  It’s lighthearted, but it has a message:  “Dreams can come true if you work hard enough.”

Freeman wants everyone to know that the movie is completely free and concessions are only $1 each. “We do this for the families in our area, so no one can complain there’s nothing to do around Many. There are things to do every weekend in Many, and we want our citizens to do their part by attending and participating,”   the mayor said.