BR Music Club Chorus performs Berlin songs

The Music Club Chorus performed music of Irving Berlin March 10 at the Woman’s Club for the Baton Rouge Music Club’s monthly recital.

Marjorie Blocker directed, assisted by Heath Watson. Accompaniment was by Louis Wendt, piano; Kim Sands, cello; and Johnnie Beth Smith, flute. Terry Byars was artistic adviser, Les LeBlanc handled sound and Bert Robinson narrated.

Soloists were Curtis Laurent, Katy Bynum, Lois Holloway, Bert Robinson, Linda Robinson, Sam Touchstone, Jeanne Clement, Elena Moser, Heath Watson, Bill White, Charlotte Paulsen, Tina Watts, Martha Thornhill, Kathy Rageur, Roger Travasos, Linda Mitchell, Cynda Barfield and Wendt.

The hospitality committee provided refreshments. Assisting co-chairs Diane Lynch and Linda Henning were Rita Satawa, Jackie and Hots Aull, Miriam Bensman, Ruth Patrick, Virginia Hopper, Betty Robertson, Dot Harmon, Helen Campbell and Berryl Fourroux. Randy Smith was program chairman. President Victor Klimash made opening remarks.

McCausland members attend 1812 meeting

Gen. Robert McCausland Chapter members attended the United States Daughters of 1812 85th State Council March 28 in Metairie.

Attending as chapter guests were twins deEtte Symthe and Becky Eisenman, who grew up in Baton Rouge. Eisenman recently organized a chapter in Nevada. Their mother, June Symthe, is a retired educator and local community volunteer.

President Margaret Tyler reported on the chapter’s activities of the past year. Chapter members serving on state committees gave reports and received awards for their work and dedication this past year. The chapter is selling a portfolio embossed with the 1812 logo to raise funds to mark the graves of 1812 ancestors. The portfolios sell for $25.

Membership is open to women 18 and older who can prove they are lineal descendants of an ancestor who, between 1784-1815, rendered civil, military or naval service to the country, rendered material aid to the U.S. Army or Navy, or who participated in the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Junior membership is available to girls and boys 21 and younger. Contact Zora Olsson,

Ex-POWs hear veteran reunited with his dog

Marine veteran Jared Heine and his military dog, Spike, were guests at the Red Stick Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War meeting April 7 at Hollywood Casino.

Heine suffered brain injuries from an explosion serving in Afghanistan, and Spike remained deployed. Although Heine filled out paperwork to take ownership of Spike when his military service ended, Spike ended up with the Virginia State Capitol Police. Earlier this year, Heine’s mother, Mary, thought Spike could help her son deal with post traumatic stress disorder and found the dog. The police gave Spike to Heine.

Commander Beth Dawson gave Heine a book, “The Courage to Remember: PTSD — From Trauma to Triumph,” by Lester Tenney, a Bataan Death March survivor. Eleanor Bertrand presented Jared with a gift of volcanic ash from Iwo Jima’s Mount Suribachi. Dawson also presented him with a basket of coffee supplies that was given by the Loyalty Chapter and Alexander Stirling Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution a token of appreciation for his service.

Heine’s grandfather, Pete Heine, introduced him.

Shean, Grout speak to Civic Associations

The Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations met April 9. Scott Shean, of the Lake Sherwood Acres Homeowners Association, and FGBRCA First Vice President Clifford Grout were speakers.

Shean reviewed options for gating Lake Sherwood Acres. The subdivision has four entrances: two on Sherwood Forest Boulevard and two on Coursey Boulevard. Residents asked for the study as a way to reduce crime, with unlocked vehicle entry being the single biggest issue, and cut-through traffic by motorists trying to avoid the Sherwood Forest-Coursey intersection.

The Lake Sherwood board decided it was not a desirable solution for the subdivision.

Grout spoke on how to research legislative bills. The main website for research is From here, bills can be researched by House or Senate number, author, committee, summary and bill text.

The Federation meets the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center at 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting will be on May 14. Contact President Nancy Curry, (225) 925-1674, to join or attend.

Brave Heart told about upcoming fundraiser

Brave Heart Children in Need heard about an upcoming fundraiser at its April 14 board meeting at the Department of Children and Family Services.

LSU communications studies students Graves Kelly, Anna Braud and Dustin Penhallegon spoke about the Battle of the Paddle Cajun Cook-Off to benefit Brave Heart. It will be held on Saturday, May 2, at Fred’s Bar & Grill in Tigerland. Tickets are available for pre-sale and at the door for $10. Contact

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