WBR Senior Spirit club visits Jeff Davis Parish

The West Baton Rouge Senior Spirit club visited Jefferson Davis Parish on May 18.

Among the 35 on the trip was the Rev. Matt Lorrain, pastor of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Brusly, whose ancestors were early settlers of the area.

The group stopped at the Lorrain Bridge, which is being considered for placement on the National Register of Historic Places. Originally, the wooden bridge built in the early 1900s provided a shortcut for southwest Louisiana cattle drives.

The day trip also included visits to “gator chateau” at the Jefferson Davis Tourist Center, crawfish pond and processing center near Roanoke, visits to the Tupper General Store and Welsh Museum, and a tour of Bayou Rum Distillery in Lacassine.

West Baton Rouge Senior Spirit is a program of the WBR Parks & Recreation Department.

Scouts help homeless, win awards for project

Baton Rouge Girl Scout Troop 10324 has earned a Bronze Award, the Girl Scout’s highest award for Junior scouts in fourth and fifth grades. Earning the award requires the completion of a series of leadership challenges that are appropriate to each Girl Scout level and prepares them for their final take action project.

Looking around their community, the Scouts decided to give back by crotcheting plastic bags into sleeping mats for the homeless. The troop held a recycling drive at their school, Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, to collect the tremendous amount of bags needed to complete the project. In the process, the troop was selected as first-place winner in the Louisiana Green Schools Challenge contest, along with their school being selected as a 2016 US Department of Education Green Ribbon School.

The participating girls were Shayla Andrews, Zaria Brown, Johanna Hilbun, Hannah Istre, Addison Mann, Arizona Mitchell, Karissa O’Neill, Megan Trauernicht, Allysa Wagenecht, Lauren Wesley, Daly Williams and Theresa Verret. Their project advisor was Nathalie Roy Mitchell.

For more information about becoming a Girl Scout or adult volunteer opportunities, call the council office at (225) 927-8946 or visit gsle.org.

Duplantis shares food trip with retirees

Chef Susanne Duplantis talked about her culinary journey when the ExxonMobil Tigerland Retiree Club held its quarterly luncheon June 9 at Hunan’s Restaurant.

Duplantis spent 22 years in the restaurant industry that led her to create her food blog, “Makeover My Leftover,” which focuses on reducing food waste with creative use of leftovers. She shared tips of not only what households can do to stop food waste but also what other cities and countries are doing to address the issue, which is becoming a national concern.

As a treat, Duplantis baked and brought “Nutty Potato Chip Crumb Cookies” to share with the attendees.

Mosquitoes topic of federation meeting

Randy Vaeth, assistant director of East Baton Rouge Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control, spoke at the June 9 meeting of the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations.

President Nancy Curry conducted the meeting.

The EBR Mosquito Abatement and Rodent Control, set up in 1980 and funded by two tax millages, is governed by a board of commissioners; the East Baton Rouge Metro Council approves the budget.

Vaeth said it enforces swimming pool ordinances, bee ordinances (to regulate the number of hives) and sprays homes for mosquitoes and rodents.

Vaeth explained a number of methods used to determine where and how to spray for mosquitoes.

One of the department’s main services, Vaeth said, is to provide education and participate in health fairs, festivals and special events. Protection includes the use of DEET, picaridin, oil of eucalyptus and IR 3535.

The federation, which represents homeowners’ associations throughout the greater Baton Rouge area, meets the second Thursday of each month at the EBR Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

The next meeting will be Aug. 11. Single-family homeowner associations are invited to join. For more information, contact Curry at (225) 925-1674.

Area residents earn degrees at Ala. college

Area residents were among the 250 students receiving bachelor’s degrees from Birmingham-Southern College during its 157th commencement ceremony May 21.

Elizabeth Hunt, of Baton Rouge, received a bachelor of arts degree. Lindsey Farrell, of Baton Rouge, received a bachelor of science degree and graduated cum laude. Scott Wheat Jr., of Hammond, received a bachelor of science degree.

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Alabama, founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,300 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries.

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