Thursday, July 4, 2013
More than 65 soldiers are returning from Afghanistan to Carville, arriving on the Fourth of July. The Louisiana National Guard says the 756th Area Support Medical Company has been gone since September, starting with training at Fort Hood, Texas, then moving to Bagram and Kabul.A news release says they were traveling Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, and expected at the Gillis W. Long Center between 7:30 and 9 a.m. on Thursday. It's made up of surgeons, doctors, physician assistants, nurses, combat medics, radiology technicians, dental technicians, and vehicle and generator mechanics. The company is organized into treatment, ambulance and headquarters platoons. In Afganistan, they provided doctors for sick call, dental needs, medevac and emergency medical services.
GOV. BOBBY JINDAL WAS IN JENNINGS HONORING WAR VETERANS WITH A SPECIAL METAL, JULIE DARCY WITH TV 10 HAS THE STORY
The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra will sponsor an Independence Day celebration on Thursday at Parc International in downtown Lafayette. The Advocate reports the performances will run from 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Featured will be Mike & the Rockets, Corey Ledet & His Zydeco Band, Chubby Carrier and Lafayette's Bayou Boys. Attractions include interactive children's music at Parc Sans Souci and a fireworks display that begins at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person.
Entergy Corporation is warning that con artists are calling people in Louisiana with phony threats to disconnect electrical service. The utility corporation says the scammers claim that service will be disconnected within one hour if payment of an overdue electric bill isn't made. Then they direct the person who takes the call to make a payment electronically, sometimes through a system known as MoneyPak. Entergy says it does sometimes place courtesy calls to people at risk of disconnection but the recorded calls never demand immediate payment. Also, the company says, while Entergy bills can be paid by phone or credit card, it can be done only through a third-party vendor known as BillMatrix. The company says suspicious calls about Entergy bills should be reported to the company at 1-800-ENTERGY.
A NATION WIDE EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO REVIVE A 4TH OF JULY TRADITION. IN 1963 PRESIDENT JOHN F KENNEDY PROCLAIMED THE RINGING OF THE BELLS NATIONWIDE ON JULY 4TH, WITH THE WORDS “LET’S RING FREEDOM BELLS!” AN EFFORT TO RESURRECT THIS PROUD TRADITION ACROSS THE LAND INCLUDES PLANS FOR BELLS IN CHURCHES AND OTHER LOCATIONS THAT HAVE BELLS AT NOON TODAY, IN HONOR OF THE 237THANNIVERSARY OF OUR INDEPENDENCE.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette AmeriCorps members waded into knee-deep water to shore up marshland against erosion and create new wildlife habitat. About 15 UL Lafayette students took part in a revegetation effort coordinated by the Vermilion Soil and Water Conservation District. They “seeded” an area of Little Vermilion Bay with California Bulrush, a native grasslike plant, as part of the conservation project. The students had to get on their hands and knees to embed stalks of the plant into the floor of the bay, said Judd Jeansonne, UL Lafayette AmeriCorps program director. “They were going into the marsh and physically sticking the plants into the mud. It was a tough sell at first, but they ended up really enjoying it,” Jeansonne said. The revegetation project, begun in 1994, is carried out with assistance from state agencies and public and private volunteers. About 6,250 “plugs” of California Bulrush were planted this year over two days, according to Mitzi Dohrman of the conservation district. Marina Ledet, 20, a sophomore biology major from Abbeville, La., was glad to do her part for environmental stewardship, but only after swallowing some initial trepidation about entering the water. “ I wasn’t so worried about alligators, but I definitely do not like snakes,” Ledet said. The revegetation project is one of a range of community service projects undertaken by the UL Lafayette AmeriCorps. Since Americorps was established on UL Lafayette’s campus in 1995, about 500 members have provided more than 300,000 hours of community service in areas such as education, housing and natural disaster response. AmeriCorps was created in 1993 when the National and Community Service Trust Act was signed into law, creating a network for community service projects. For more information about UL Lafayette AmeriCorps, visit http://americorps.louisiana.edu.
A new “partners in preparedness” project between Olinde’s Furniture and the American Red Cross in south Louisiana has raised $14,000 for local disaster relief efforts thus far. Tom Olinde, president of Olinde’s Furniture, presented the check last week before the boards of directors for the South Louisiana Region of the Red Cross, including the Southwest Louisiana Chapter. But Kristin Whitty, the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter board member who helped facilitate the agreement, had a surprise for Olinde even as she waited to hear the final tally from the customer donation program. “What Tom doesn’t know is that the Wilson Foundation, which just gave us $25,000 to support daily fire response, has agreed to match his gift up to an additional $12,500,” Whitty said before her board colleagues who were meeting in Baton Rouge. “So his gift of $14,000 is really yielding $26,500 to support disaster relief in south Louisiana.” “We are delighted to partner with Red Cross, particularly during hurricane season, as they are the ‘go to’ agency for disaster relief,” Olinde said.