Celtic medicine topic for Caledonia Coterie

Dr. Mary Williams gave a program on Celtic medical herbs for the Caledonian Coterie on March 25 at a Scottish dinner at Jack and Debbie Harris’ home.

Williams said Celtic people include the Welsh, Irish, Scots and Bretons. Druids, the elite among the Celtic people, were poets, priests, historians, doctors and astronomers. They advised kings and trained young men.

AMAC, Rep. Graves discuss senior issues

The Association of Mature American Citizens Delegate Committee representing the Sixth Congressional District met with U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves March 27 at his Baton Rouge district office.

They spoke about AMAC’s major platform positions on issues of national concern to senior citizens. They invited Graves to keynote a local town hall meeting with AMAC members only. Graves confirmed his interest. All Sixth District AMAC members will be notified when details are arranged and must register to attend.

AMAC represents the interests of conservative senior citizens and has over 1.2 million members. For information, visit amac.us.

Daughters of 1812 hold 85th State Council

The United States Daughters of 1812 held the 85th State Council March 28 in Metairie.

Officers were elected for 2015-18: President Carolyn Brown, First Vice President Lea Martin, Second Vice President Margaret Tyler, Chaplain Lora McDaniel, Secretary Sue Simpson, Treasurer Charlotte White, Registrar Lynda Moreau, Historian Sandra Lee and Librarian Rezzie Meyer.

A service was held for members who died over the past year. Chapter presidents and committee chairmen reported on chapter activities. President Pat Gallagher detailed the events surrounding the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.

Area music teacher honored by MTNA

Regina Walker, of Denham Springs, was honored by Music Teachers National Association as an MTNA Foundation Fellow at the 2015 MTNA National Conference March 21-25 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Walker, a nationally certified music teacher, has bachelor of music education and master of piano degrees from LSU. She received the 1997 Distinguished Contributions to Music Education Award by the LSU School of Music Alumni Association and was Louisiana Music Teacher Association’s Outstanding Teacher for 2007.

A past president of Baton Rouge Music Teacher Association, she co-authored the piano teacher certification plan for Louisiana and co-authored the first LMTA piano rally handbook. As a choral director, Walker’s choirs have been recognized internationally. Her former students are in every music genre possible today.

For more information, contact MTNA national headquarters, (888) 512-5278, mtnanet@mtna.org or visit the website at mtna.org.

Ascension NAACP holds scholarship fundraiser

The Ascension Parish Branch of the NAACP held its annual scholarship fundraiser banquet March 28 at the First Pilgrim Calvary Baptist Church in Geismar. The theme was “Advocating: Unity in the Community.”

Speakers were Ernest Johnson, Louisiana NAACP president; Sarah Holliday-James, Urban Games Changers of Louisiana state director; Ty Fowler, branch vice president; Tyler Turner, branch president; Sylvia Taylor Dunn, retired Louisiana worker’s compensation judge; Judge Jessie Leblanc and Judge Jason Verdigets, 23rd Judicial District Court; and Mary Riley, branch secretary.

Spectacular Dancing Divas performed an inspirational dance. Last year, the NAACP awarded nine $500 scholarships to Ascension Parish high school students.

Ott KC patriotic essay winners announced

The Knights of Columbus Stanley J. Ott Fourth Degree Assembly of Baton Rouge honored its patriotic essay winners March 21 at the St. Joseph Cathedral Parish Activity Center.

Winners were: first place, Hunter Hendrick, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School; second place, tie, Caroline Henning and Anna Claire Pousson, Runnels Junior High; third place, Ian James, St. Jude the Apostle Catholic School.

Winners read their essays during the banquet. Over 220 essays were submitted by seventh- and eighth-graders from seven local middle schools.

Lee High Class of 1965 to hold 50-year reunion

The Robert E. Lee High School Class of 1965 is holding a 50-year reunion Saturday, May 16. The reunion committee is looking for former classmates and teachers. Contact Martha Jane Hosmer Gascon, (225) 383-6088, 4264 Cypress St., Baton Rouge LA 70808, or at Jeminy2@aol.com.

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