Historical group hears about railroad, sawmills

Tom Davidson spoke about the Garyville Northern Railroad and other railroads and sawmills in Livingston Parish to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on Sept. 18.

Davidson said he got a lot of his information from genealogy.net and recommended the site for research.

There were mills at Doyle, Port Vincent and between Doyle and Holden. In 1902, Lyon Cypress owned 85,000 acres and produced 600 million feet of cypress timber. One cypress log produced 14,000 board feet.

Hopkins family, LeBlanc honored by Hurst KC

Steve and Carolee Hopkins were named the September Family of the Month and Cleveland LeBlanc was named September Knight of the Month by the Father Maynard Hurst Knights of Columbus Council 9016 on Oct. 8.

Steve serves as an usher, lector and volunteers around the parish and school buildings. Carolee is an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and serves on the St. Francis of Assissi Catholic Daughters Court.

LeBlanc has donated many hours of service to the council and St. Louis King of France Catholic Church as an usher.

BSP member receives Torchbearer degree

President Sandra Linder received the highest degree in Beta Sigma Phi, Torchbearer, when Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter met Oct. 8 at Maxine Muller’s home.

Leslie Steele and Anna Marie Burns received their Ritual of Jewels Degree.

The chapter installed officers: Linder, president; Ruth Mannen, vice president; Anne Smith, treasurer; Marilyn Mayeux, recording secretary; Muller, corresponding secretary; and Steele, extension officer.

Women’s Council elects new slate of officers

The Women’s Council of Greater Baton Rouge elected 2015 officers on Oct. 9 at First United Methodist Church: President Karen Vingiello, Vice-President Maureen Dunham, Secretary Danielle Bayham, Treasurer Mary Beth Groze, Assistant Treasurer Sydney LeJeune and Historian Dee Mather-Muenzler.

Board members are Aileen Hendrix, Kelly Lastrapes, Charlene Ourso, Frances Killen, Siobhan Leger, Melba Moye, Lluvia Peveto, Jaimie Smith and Emily Ziobor. Women’s Week Chair Teresa Taylor reported on this year’s activities.

Erin Monroe Wesley, Baton Rouge Area Chamber executive vice-president and chief operating officer,was guest speaker. Chiropractor Charlene Ourso with Total Care Injury and Pain Center spoke about women’s health and back issues, and she gave fun facts about the aging body.

Servitudes discussed by Civic Associations

Attorney Wade Baumgartner spoke about servitudes and how they affect homeowners to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Oct. 9. The federation represents area homeowner’s associations.

Vice President Cliff Grout spoke about who to call for help. For non-emergency police issues in Baton Rouge, call (225) 389-2000. Outside the city limits, call the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, (225) 389-5000. Animal Control is (225) 774-7700.

Websites associated with these agencies are brgov.com/dept/brpd for the police department, ebrso.org for the sheriff’s office and brgov.com/dept/fire for the fire department.

Call 311 provides information including zoning violations, mosquito control, blight, abandoned cars and trash pickup issues. This can also be done online at brgov.com/dept/dpw/environmental_new?311.htm.

Call 511 is the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development line for information on road conditions, road closures, travel alerts and road cameras in major metropolitan areas. The website is 511la.org.

The calling center for road emergencies at the Louisiana State Police is *lsp.

The federation meets the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting will be Nov. 13. Single-family homeowner associations are invited to join. Contact President Nancy Curry, (225) 925-1674.

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