Sabine Parish community rallies to clean up litter

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The Sabine Parish community joined together with the Sabine Leaders Against Litter at its Spring Trash Bash on March 24.

Individuals and businesses alike picked up trash to beautify Sabine.

MidSouth Bank – Toledo Town branch employees Tracy Garcie, Kathy Tarro and Christine Key

Walgreens Manager Kenny Lashley and employee Phyllis Voisin

Ann Gasaway, Dorothy Gasaway, Sha’Cory Neal, Loretta Maxie, Cory Carhee, Geneva Thomas, JaMauri Thomas, and Tisha Thomas of the Yellow Pine community in Florien

Nicolas Oswalt and Shasta Cox of Spring Market in Zwolle

Phillip and Alexis Danley picked up trash near Buckeye Landing

Lynne Cuccia, Gladys Masselvander, Doug Warrick, Chuck Cuccia, Astrid Brown, Lanell Brumley, and Steve Brown collected a total of 17 bags of trash on Walkerville Road

Toledo Bend Lake Association members Bobby and Linda Ward picked up litter on Hwy. 191 North of Toledo Town

Girl Scout Troop 540

New residents in Elim Estates teamed up with Dana and Ricky Yeldell to pick up Carter Ferry South

Toledo Bend Lake Association members came out in force, picking up 37 bags of trash from the roadside along Hwy. 191, from Hwy. 6 (Toledo Town) to the Lanana Bridge

Members of the Toledo Bend Citizens Advisory Committee picked up litter on Hwy. 191 S. This organization also funded safety vest for all parish volunteers.

Sue Berry-Williams, Kristi Harris Kor, Hanna Kor, Dutch Kor, Arriannah Ward, Sarah Green, Lane Green, and Pastor Anthony Lowe cleaned up in Florien! They picked up a total of 33 bags of trash and 77 Busch beer cans.

Ricky Yeldell picked up bags of litter along the roadside at Lanana Bridge

Movies in Many will feature ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ April 7

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Movies in Many will feature The Zookeeper’s Wife as the first free film of April. It is playing at the Many Community Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 7.

Admission to this true life story is free. This World War II story about two heroes is sponsored by Mayor Ken Freeman, the Town of Many and the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee.

Movies in Many are a goal of the sponsors to bring entertainment to citizens and residents of Many and the surrounding area.

Heroism can come from the most humble places.

That’s the message behind The Zookeeper’s Wife, the movie that tells the story of Antonina and Jan Żabiński’s heroic acts that saved around 300 Jews after Poland was invaded during World War II. Based on the book of the same name by Diane Ackerman, this big-screen adaptation finds Jessica Chastain playing a compassionate woman who helped save hundreds of lives alongside her zookeeper husband.

“Antonina was an ordinary woman who opened her doors to strangers,” Chastain said.“She sacrificed her safety, she sacrificed the safety of her children and everything that she loved to protect others. She created a sanctuary of her zoo, and not only did she save their lives, but she brought love and fostered hope and bolstered their spirits.”

Jan and Antonina lived at the Warsaw Zoo with their young son Ryszard and were compelled to protect the Jewish population from the German invasion. After Warsaw was bombed in 1939 and the majority of their exotic animals either died or were confiscated by German zoologists, the Żabińskis started hiding Nazi victims in the empty animal cages once the Warsaw Ghetto was established.

The couple devised a plan to turn the zoo into a pig farm in order to keep it operational, and it became just one of several ways Jan began smuggling people out of the ghetto. After he got permission from the Nazis to use the garbage inside to feed the pigs, the zookeeper would hide people in barrels underneath the garbage and bring them to the zoo. Jan also had access to the ghetto as a worker of the labor union and he would bring people out one or two at a time, pretending they were his workers. Once they got back to the zoo, the Żabińskis gave them identification and helped them find a place they could flee to.

But while most only remained for a few days, and mostly stayed in the various cages, the Żabińskis also housed families in their basement and home. Stephania Kenigswain Stibon‘s family hid in the zoo for over two months — the longest time anyone stayed. Stibon was just 7 months old when the war started and was 3 when her mother escaped the ghetto with her brother in 1943 and sought solace with the Żabińskis. The holocaust survivor tells how Antonina devised a clever system of signals to alert the houseguests of danger when German soldiers were nearby.

“I remember that we ran around the house when we could, because usually we were in the basement or in the cages,” Stibon recalls. “But what I remember most is that the Germans used to come from time to time, and when the people at the gate saw them coming, they gave a signal to the villa and Antonina used to sit by the piano and start to play and my brother and I knew we had to hide. My brother would always say, ‘Come, come, we have to hide so they don’t kill mom.’ ”

Though Tiroshe was too young to fully understand why they needed to hide, she says she clearly remembers fearing that the soldiers would kill her mother if they were found. Out of the 300 Jews the Żabińskis housed, only two didn’t survive the war.

The Żabińskis carried on with their life during this time, with Antonina giving birth to their daughter Teresa in 1944, near the end of the occupation. Jan also stayed active in the resistance and led the underground Polish army against the Nazis. He stockpiled weapons in the cages that weren’t used to hide people and was even captured and sent to a German prison in 1944. The zookeeper survived, however, and the family was reunited at their zoo after the war, reopening it in 1949. Jan resigned as director two years later.

Antonina, who died in 1971, and Jan, who died in 1974, were recognized by the State of Israel as the Polish Righteous Among the Nations for their actions. The Warsaw Zoo remains open in Poland.

But while they saved hundreds of lives, Teresa said her parents didn’t see themselves as heroes. “My parents told me that they did only what should have been done — it was their obligation to do that,” she says. “They were just decent people. They said decent people should do the same, nothing else. I’d like as many people as possible to understand what actually happened here in Warsaw during the war, and how much humanity and love can do.”

Photography Class set for April 7

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Photography fans will be able to learn all they want to know about taking pictures if they attend the Happy Hours photography classes on the second Saturday of April, May and June.

Professional photographer Teresa Hunter of Leesville is teaching the comprehensive, hands-on photography class which will meet again on Saturday, April 7. The creative class is held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Many Historic Depot Museum.

The April 7 afternoon class is sponsored by Many Mayor Ken Freeman, the Town of Many, the Depot Art Guild and the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee.

The photography class is one segment of the sponsors’ efforts to bring the creative arts to the citizens of Many and Sabine Parish. Other creative arts classes taught on Saturday afternoons include painting, crafts, and jewelry making.

Hunter, a commercial photographer well known for her creative photographs of people and animals, agreed to teach the class because she thought people would really like to learn about their cameras and how to take better pictures.

The April 7 class will focus on learning the basics: ISO, F-Stop, and shutter speed. The fee for the three-hour class is $25. Persons interested in taking the class should call Hunter at 337-396-6750 before to reserve a place.

Two more classes, on May 5 and June 2, will complete the four-class offering. The May class will focus on composition rules, background, and people in photos. The June class will feature lighting and a course overview, as well as a class show of work done during the four-months of classes.

The photography class is one segment of the sponsors’ efforts to bring the creative arts to the citizens of Many and Sabine Parish. Other creative arts classes taught on Saturday afternoons include painting, crafts, and jewelry making.

Remembering Some of His Dogs From the Past

By Joe Darby


The loss of our rat terrier Mosby a couple of weeks ago has gotten me to thinking about the dogs that I’ve had throughout my life. It’s been a pleasant, but bitter-sweet journey in rememberance. I’d like to share some of my recollections with you, if you please.

My first dog was a black cocker spaniel. My two older sisters had taken me to a movie. It was a Van Johnson flick that had a couple of retrievers in it and one of them was named Fetchit. Well, wouldn’t you know Mother and Daddy had taken the occasion of their kids’ absence to go to the pound and adopt the spaniel, as a surprise.. My sisters and I promptly named her Fetchit, of course.

She was supposed to be the family dog, but she quickly decided that I was her special guy. I was about 5 or so at the time. She became my constant companion, going out to play with me, sleeping in my room at night and generally being my full time shadow. I even have an old black and white photo somewhere of Fetchit and me on my large tricycle, with her looking as if the trike was hers and she was giving me a ride.

Fetchit lived until I was in my mid teens. By that time her facial hair had turned almost all white and she had lost weight, but she was still going fairly strong. We took her to get a hair cut and grooming and while carrying her to the car, she wiggled and I dropped her. She seemed okay at the time, but a few days later we found her dead. I fear she may have suffered internal injuries from the fall, but perhaps it was just her time. I don’t know. But she was my first great dog.

The next notable pup I had was a Dachsund who was supposed to be named Fang, but a little nephew started calling him Honky for some reason and that’s the name that stuck. The little wiener had more personality than any other two or three dogs put together. He could sit that long little body up perfectly straight to beg for a scrap of food. And, oh, he loved to drink out of a Coke bottle, hardly spilling a drop.

He’d often bolt out the front door when it was opened and run down the street. With my long legs against his little short ones, I could catch up with him fairly easily. When he heard my running steps right behind him, he stop, give up, roll over on his back in the middle of the street and look at me as if to say, “Well, fancy meeting you here.”

He slept with me at night and another great photo I have is one Mother took of me and
Honky fast asleep, with my arm wrapped around his little wiener body.

He too lived to a ripe old age and passed away peacefully.

Then there was Nelson, named after Nelson Stokely, the LSU quarterback of the mid 1960s. I lived in an apartment complex in the New Orleans area and this little medium sized yellow mutt hung around the complex. We just sort of adopted each other and when I’d get home from work, I’d whistle for him and he’d coming running out from behind some apartment building or other, wagging his tail and grinning (I know they say dogs can’t grin, but…) from ear to ear. Then he’d follow me into my apartment, I’d feed him and we’d settle in for the night.

There was a young family in the complex who had also taken a shine to him and they were about to move into a house of their own. They asked if they could take Nelson with them, who would have kids to play with and a nice fenced in yard. I knew Nelson would have a better life with them, so I said they could have him. And they promised to keep his name as Nelson.

I have a few more dogs that I’d like to tell you about, but I think I’ll save those stories for next week. And don’t forget to give your dog an extra hug today, okay?

Town of Many Easter Party to feature movie: The Dog Who Saved Easter

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The Dog Who Saved Easter is the feature film at the Town of Many’s annual Easter party for the children and their families from Many and Sabine Parish. It will be shown on Saturday, March 31, at 7 p.m. at the Many Community Center.

It’s Easter and everyone’s favorite K-9 is back! The Bannisters are heading out on a family cruise and sending Zeus to doggie day care. Everything is going according to plan until . …. . You’ll have to see the movie to find out how Zeus saves the Easter holiday.

Physical comedy, sight gags, and of course the cuddly heroes will make The Dog Who Saved Easter a welcome addition to your family’s Easter holiday plans.

Children will receive an Easter favor from the Town of Many, Mayor Ken Freeman, and the Many Cultural District Advisory Committee. They are the sponsors of the free Easter movie.

Admission is free, and concessions are only $1 each.

Make your plans to see this Easter movie on March 31. It’s a great way for the family to enjoy the Easter holidays.

Janice Lynn Potter

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Funeral services for Janice Lynn Potter, 36, of Robeline, LA, will be held on Friday, March 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM at The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints with Bishop Jared Vincent officiating. Burial will follow in the Prospect Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at 5:00 PM at Warren Meadows Funeral Home, Many, LA.

Janice Lynn Potter was born on Tuesday, July 7, 1981 in Alexandria, LA. She passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Wallace Potter; maternal grandparents, John and Polly Harris; paternal grandfather, Wallace Potter; and her grandmother, Lois Daniels.

She is survived by her parents, James and Joan Daniels of Robeline, LA; sisters: Joyce Scott of Robeline, LA, Jodi Stone and husband Randy of San Antonio, TX, Joanie Potter of Robeline, LA and Jamie Cotton and husband Chris of Robeline, LA; brother, John Potter of Many, LA; grandmother, Elouise Potter of Many, LA; step-brothers: Chris Daniels and wife Melinda of Marthaville, LA, Tommy Daniels and wife Janice of Alexandria, LA and Phillip Daniels and wife Wendy of Mansfield, LA; special nieces and nephews: Preston Scott, Reagan and Ethan Stone, Joseph Hilton, Seth Potter, Caden Miller, Connor Vanhook, Christian Potter, Keegan Cotton, Kathryn, Asheleigh and Dylan Daniels, Cordell Daniels, Emily and Abby Daniels; along with a host of friends.

Pallbearers: Tommy Coburn, Matina Dorsey, Yancy Vallery, Chris Cotton, Randy Stone, Phillip Daniels, Kenneth Coburn and Jeff Potter.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


MidSouth Bank awards $7,000 in SNAP funds to Campti homeowner

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MidSouth Bank awarded a $7,000 grant to Campti homeowner Cora Coldiron to make safety repairs to the structure of her home.

The funding was made available through the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Dallas’ SNAP program.

Coldiron was able to repair and replace damaged floors, windows and doors.

“I look forward to working with FHLB on an annual basis in obtaining grant funding to assist homeowners with making structural repairs to their homes,” said MidSouth Bank Community Outreach Development Specialist LaCarsha Babers. “Although funds run out quickly, our goal is to assist as many households as we possibly can.”

Eligible expenditures under the program include repair/replacement of a leaking roof; replacement of sheetrock due to rotten, molded or damaged walls; and repairs or installation of a wheel chair ramp and/or modifications to make to the home handicap accessible.

SNAP is not a home improvement program; rather, it is a grant for home repairs, rehabilitation and modifications. Home rehabilitation or modification projects must be structurally necessary, or made for the safety of the special needs resident.

Although funds for 2018 have been exhausted, MidSouth Bank expects to have funding available again in 2019.

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Sabine Parish, Toledo Bend among Retire Louisiana Certified Retirement Communities

Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, along with the Louisiana Office of Tourism, are proud to announce that eight communities from across Louisiana are officially Louisiana Retirement Certified Areas. The Encore Louisiana Commission worked for over three months on naming these specific locations across the state that are now certified and focused on bringing retirees to enjoy their “encore” at life.

“These eight communities represent all of Louisiana and what we have to offer,” said Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser. “With nearly 76 million baby boomers nearing retirement in the coming years, many states are working to draw them to their areas, and we thought we should take advantage to not only grow tourism but help spur economic development.”

The eight communities that have been certified include: Lafayette; Lake Charles; Natchitoches; Ruston and Lincoln Parish; Toledo Bend and Sabine Parish; Shreveport-Bossier City; Houma and Terrebonne Parish; and Thibodaux.

Criteria that was used in selecting the first eight communities included: climate; demographics; tax structure at the state and local levels; local housing availability; public safety and crime index; employment and volunteer opportunities; healthcare and medical services; public transportation; recreational areas; and festival and fairs, just to name a few.

Each of these communities have demonstrated qualities that make them premier locations for retirees. Part of being certified as a retirement area includes state-level marketing effort inclusion, networking opportunities and possible grant funding to support the program and help it grow. More communities will be chosen in the coming years as the program expands in order to attract a larger number of retirees.

The Encore Louisiana Commission was mandated by the Legislature in 1999 as the Louisiana Retirement Development Commission to market and promote Louisiana as a retirement community state. In 2009, the Legislature renamed the commission as the Encore Louisiana Commission with the goal of setting guidelines and requirements in developing criteria for a destination to become a Louisiana Certified Retirement Community. For more information visit


Freshman honor society inducts 233

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The Northwestern State University Chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta welcomed 233 new members at the annual induction ceremony on March 25. Alpha Lambda Delta recognizes the best and brightest members of the nation’s first-year college students. Students in Alpha Lambda Delta must have a grade point average of at least 3.5 after their first semester of full-time enrollment at Northwestern State.

Professor Emeritus of Journalism Thomas Whitehead was the featured speaker.

Alpha Lambda Delta first-year honor society was founded in 1924 at the University of Illinois and has over 280 chapters in the United States. The local chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta was established at Northwestern State University on March 10, 1965. The mission of the Society is to encourage superior academic achievement; to promote intelligent living and a high standard of learning and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals in society.

Officers for 2018-19 are Nicholas Hopkins of Bossier City, president, Elizabeth Coleman of Napoleonville, vice president, Arielle Martignetti of Barksdale, AFB, secretary, Joshua Johnson of Bossier City, treasurer, William Tradewell of Jena, scholarship chair, Hannah Sedatol of Natchitoches, webmaster, Andrianne Dore of Forest Hill, historian, Chloe Rouleau of Leesville, editor, Meredith Phelps of Natchitoches, service chair, and Claire Leming of St. Francisville, faculty liaison. Hopkins is the first male president of NSU’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, which became open to male members in 2012.

New members listed by hometown are as follows:

Alexandria — Markeyla Anderson, Morgan Bryant, Ian Grant, Whitney Joffrion, Hunter Lewis, Jennifer Miranda, Madeline Mitchell, Christopher Warren;

Anacoco — Kinsley Blakeway, Nicole Fitzgerald, Tyler Stephens;

Anchorage, Alaska — Sydney Bulot;

Baker — Cherish Netter;

Ball — Will Salinas;

Barksdale AFB — Arielle Martignetti;

Baton Rouge — Diamanisha Betts;

Belle Chasse — Denim Reeves;

Benton — Laurel Chambers, Jackson Mathews, Jadyn Sepulvado, Torea Taylor;

Bossier City — Hannah Brooks, Katie Briggs, Cassie Bailey, Jonathan Castillo, Toby Fontenot, Sydney Gootee, Nicholas Hopkins, Anqumesha Jeter, Joshua Johnson, Haley Joncas, Jami Rivers, Johnathon Schluter, Tori Spraggins, Giselle Trejo, Rheagan Rowland;

Boyce — Devin Hilliard;

Campti — Paige Cason;

Central — Christian Chustz;

Chopin — Jewel Woods;

Cincinnati, Ohio — Kristin Byone;

Clayton — Ruben Smith;

Colfax — Camren Bell, Michael Dupre;

Coppell, Texas — Jada Freeman;

DeBerry, Texas –Sarah Britt;

DeQuincy — Hayden Robertson;

DeRidder — Maygin Chesson, Sheridan Douglas, Alphonse Engram, Kailey Wisthoff;

Des Allemands — Claire Schouest;

Deville — Hailie Coutee; Kinley Deville;

Dike, Texas — Brynn Offutt;

Elton — Maia Lacomb;

Florien — Blake Cook; McKenzie Kuhlow;

Folsom — Shaylee Laird;

Forest Hill — Andrianne Dore, Rafael Sierra, Leslie Winners;

Fort Lauderdale, Florida — Abigail Pangallo;

Fort Polk — Kaitlyn Pajinag;

Glenmora — Melissa Lanier;

Gonzales — Bailee Ramey;

Gramercy — Amber Theisges;

Grand Cane — Bailey Patton;

Greenwell Springs — Madison Shade;

Greenwood — Char’TArian Wilson;

Gretna — Codi Vernace;

Hahnville — Imani Butler;

Haughton — Cooper Hollis, Makenzie Rains;

Houma — Alexis Dardar, Corinne Paris;

Iota — Morgan Gotte;

Jacksonville, Florida — Jhane Wheeler;

Jefferson — Jaleia Parker;

Jena — Candace Decker, William Tradewell;

Jennings – Aimee Boothe, Alyson Brown, Kelsey Fitzgerald, Ka’Tierra Lewis, Lindsay Orgeron;

Keithville — Miranda Coffey;

Lafayette — Christina Poole;

Lake Arthur — Hannah Worley;

Lake Charles — Brandi Hansard, Jordan Mulsow;

Lakeland — Brett Rollins;

League City, Texas — Emily Ornelas; Lacee Savage;

Leesville — Dakota Abrams, Tyana Ellis, Gabriella Haymon, Katherine Johnson, McAllister Kylie, Alayna Moreau, Chloe Rouleau, Lana West;

Little Rock, Arkansas –Tara Lane;

Livonia — Ryann Bizette;

Loanake, Arkansas — Rachel Terry;

McKinney, Texas – Tyler Gatewood;

Mandeville — Shannon Roussell;

Many — Rachel Bensinger, Jocelyn Cannon, Brittney Garcie;

Maringouin — Laura Scronce;

Marrero — Lorn Bourgeois;

Marthaville — Dylan Daniels, Emeri Manasco;

Maurice — Jenna-Clair Courville, Adam Courville;

Maybank, Texas — Dustin Huffman;

Mer Rouge — Tequilla Winston;

Metairie — Holly Schiler, Sadye Treadway;

Minden — Erin Dotson, Lamonica Smith, Madison Tanner, Heather White;

Monroe — Tia Smith;

Morringsport — Abigail Wolfe;

Napoleonville — Elizabeth Coleman;

Natchez — Dalton Dark;

Natchitoches — Jackson Carroll, Katlynn French, Corey Gallion, Kaitlin Hatten, Abagael Kinney, Thomas Matuschka, Renwick McPherson, Brittany Miller, Sabrina Miller, Kylie Nix, Victoria Peterson, Meredith Phelps, LaKendria Remo, Gracy Rowell, Lessie Rushing, Lamairea Scott, Hannah Sedatol, Mackenzie Stanley, Catherine Stevens, Huey Virece, Jordan Williams, Rylee Wyer;

New Iberia — Kira Tobias, Madison Willett, Destinee Leger, Alexis Trosclair;

New Llano — Summer Atkins;

New Orleans — Karina Santiago; Julian Shum;

Noble — Joshua Ray;

Opelousas – Caleb Allen, Taryn Campbell, Taylor Guillory, Lauren Hebert, Diamond LeBlanc, Alexia Rubin, Maggie Williams;

Paradise — Kaitlyn Dunn;

Pineville — Taylor Bailey, Riley Bell, Alexzandria Boyd, Samantha Browning, Caitlin Crawford, Sara Dorsey, Selena Ferguson, Landon King, Carlee Lake, Emily Litton, Mikah Smith, Wesley Williams;

Prairieville — Bailey Mohler, Kaylon Wood, Sarah Makin;

Rayville — Jennifer Rogers;

Riverview, Florida –Robyn Larson;

Robeline — Mallary Lester;

St. Francisville — Claire Leming, Hannah Prewitt;

Saratoga, Arkansas – Christie Sain;

Scott — Kristen Prejean;

Shreveport — DayJah Alexander, ShyMiracle Ball, Abigail Davis, Kimberly Dennis, Aaran Gafford, Andrell Green, Heather Jones, Destiny Mitchell, Kariah Sisk-Shaheed, Lindsey Sullivan, Gaylin White;

Simmesport — Taylor Myers;

Slidell — Shakera Dixon, Alexzandra Hattier, Ashley Henry, Rebecca Marr, Olivia Warren;

Starks — Triston Bussell;

Stonewall — Brianna Hasch, Mildred Hooper;

Sulphur — Sophia Cesarini, Rylie McFarlain, Bryttani MacNamara;

Texarkana, Texas — Miles Powell;

Thibodaux — Tierra Johnson, Cierra Winch;

Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania — Brianna Morosco;

Venice, Florida –Alexis Weaver;

Ville Platte — Tre’ Fontenot, Alex Gautreaux;

Waco, Texas — Isabella Hudson;

Washington — Tarik Andrus, Macala Broussard;

Welsh — Macala Broussard;

West Monroe — Timothy O’Neal;

Winnfield — Harli Austin, Erica Burnett, Joshua Goins, Marisa Mercer, Caroline Womack, Kara Grantadams, Elizabeth Parker, Caitlin Womack;

Youngsville — Brette Reaux;

Zwolle — Konner Parrie.