Grandparents group holds legal workshop

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren held its quarterly legal workshop March 2 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.

Speakers were attorneys Todd Gaudin, Cynthia Reed and Virginia La-Stash, professor and director of the Southern Law Clinic. The event was sponsored by the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation and Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Dot Thibodeaux is founder and president of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and Kathy Coleman is the secretary.

Red Stick Kiwanis Club hears former TV anchor

Michael Marsh, former anchor at WBRZ-TV, spoke to the Red Stick Kiwanis Club March 4 at Lake Sherwood Village.

Marsh started in television news as a student at LSU, and his career includes jobs in San Francisco, Denver, Atlanta and Charlotte. He spoke about the changes in television news and what to look for in the future.

Women Veterans hear Coast Guard leader

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Rodriguez, the first woman to command the Baton Rouge Coast Guard unit, spoke March 5 to Louisiana Women Veterans.

Rodriguez said the Coast Guard’s biggest role is search and rescue and was part of such efforts after Hurricane Katrina. She also spoke on the role women play in the Coast Guard.

WLC holds workshops for workforce readiness

In celebration of International Women’s Day, the Women’s Leadership Council of Capital Area United Way volunteered March 8 at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

WLC members held workshops sharing their expertise to get women workforce ready. WLC members spoke to more than 20 women about resume building, interview preparation and appropriate work attire.

The WLC’s mission is to celebrate the power of women and to bring about positive change in the community through philanthropy and service. For information about WLC, contact Lauren Williams, laurenw@cauw.org or (225) 382-3520.

Pentes wins regional spelling bee event

Marshall Pentes, a seventh grader at The Runnels School, won first place in the 2016 Louisiana Regional Scripps Spelling Bee hosted by the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center and held March 5 at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond.

Marshall advances to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee this May in Washington, D.C.

The competition drew contestants from 103 public and private school systems in 18 Louisiana parishes, making it the largest regional contest within the Scripps National Spelling Bee network. The contest was open to students in grades 4-8.

A member of the Runnels Spelling Club, this is the second trip to the Regional Spelling Bee for Marshall, who is the son of Calleen and Howard Pentes. Last year, he won third place.

He clinched the regional championship by spelling the word “coati,” a raccoon-like mammal found in South America. His prizes included an all-expense-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to compete in the national spelling bee, a trophy, a 2016 United States Mint proof coin set, a Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, a one-year subscription to Britannica Online Premium and a Kindle.

Ascension Catholic plans 50-year reunion

The Ascension Catholic High School Class of 1966 is planning a 50-year reunion. Class members should contact Joey Matassa, (225) 955-0452, or Emile Spano, (225) 717-0841.

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