Special Forces raise money for vet cruise

The 46th Special Forces Company Association held a fundraiser Sept. 1 at the Baker Police Department to help send Purple Heart recipients on a cruise. The event raised $3,200.

Participants included Doug Howland, of Cajun a la Carte Catering, Virgie LeBlanc, Morty Hurston, Ashley Gentry, Frank Hurstell, Mike Johnson, Blaine Moak, Andrew Roberts, Louis Wayne Reisner, Baker Fire Chief Danny Edwards, Willie Truitt, Ronald Brady, Baker Police Chief Mike Knaps and Pete Heine.

Bonsai Society views bald cypress lesson

Louisiana Bonsai Society President Jim Scarton showed how to develop a bald cypress bonsai when LBS met Aug. 18 at the Baton Rouge Garden Center. He showed how to wire the branches to make it appear much older.

Members brought bonsai to show how they had been improved as they grow.

LBS meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd. Guests are welcome. Contact Lowell Tilley, (225) 272-6744 or lowelltilley@gmail.com.

FGBRCA hears about candidates, blight court

Three legislative candidates and a local blight court representative spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations Sept. 10. The federation represents area homeowners’ associations.

Metro Council members Donna Collins-Lewis, a candidate for House District 61; Metro Councilman Ryan Heck, a candidate for House District 69; and Antoine Pierce, who has not held political office, a candidate for House District 66, spoke about their priorities.

Justin Dupuy, of the Department of Public Works, enforces code violations for blight court, which deals with properties that are overgrown or filled with debris. It usually takes the blight court from one to two months to resolve a case, Dupuy said.

The federation meets the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 8. Single-family homeowner associations are invited to join. Contact President Nancy Curry, (225) 925-1674.

Red Stick Kiwanis Club learns about 9-11 hero

Advocate features writer George Morris spoke about a veteran who saved thousands of lives on 9/11 when the Red Stick Kiwanis Club met Sept. 11 at Lake Sherwood Village.

Morris spoke about Rick Rescorla, who served in the British and American armies before becoming head of security for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter headquarters in New York’s World Trade Center. Convinced the Twin Towers would be targeted in a terror attack, he led employees on escape drills and, when the 9/11 attack occurred, quickly evacuated more than 2,000 employees. He remained behind to make sure everyone had gotten out, and was in the South Tower when it collapsed, killing him.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com.