Sherwood Citizens hears four candidates

Four candidates for House District 101 spoke to the Sherwood Forest Citizens’ Association annual meeting Oct. 13 at the St. Thomas More Parish activity center. Speakers were Tiffany Foxworth, Sarah Holliday, Jonathan Holloway Sr. and Harold Williams. A question-and-answer period followed the presentations.

SFCA President Patty Domingue presented a 2011 Neighborhoods USA Gold Award Certificate to Neissy Graf, newsletter editor. The SFCA newsletter, The Sherwood Forest News, received the highest level of national recognition this year.

Board members elected atthe meeting were Dallas Ballmer, Gary Domingue, Ralph Dupuy, Jackie Gray, James Gray, Terry Hebert, Kathleen Lobell, Emmeline Ross, Ricky Shaffer, Gary Smith, Domingue and Graf.

LBBS names Winners Bluebirder of Year

Emily Winners, of Lecompte, was named Louisiana Bayou Bluebird Society Bluebirder of the Year for 2011 at the group’s annual meeting Oct. 1 at Hodges Gardens State Park in Florien.

Winners established a bluebird trail named “Bluebirds on The Bayou” in Lecompte in 2007. She enlisted the help of Gladys Ford and the Lecompte Junior Garden Club to monitor and maintain the new trail of five boxes, which were placed in people’s yards. Winners taught them how to monitor and report to her. This effort has grown to more than 50 boxes throughout central Louisiana. The bluebird population is growing as residents report seeing the birds on a regular basis in areas they’ve never seen them before.

Winners serves on the LBBS Board of Directors, is a member of the North American Bluebird Society Speakers Bureau and a member of the Wood Duck Society. For information on the Bluebirds on the Bayou project, contact her at (318) 776-5356. The LBBS website is

Audubon Kiwanis hears women’s coach

LSU women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell spoke to the Audubon Kiwanis Club Installation Banquet on Sept. 29.

Caldwell played basketball and was assistant coach during national championship seasons at the University of Tennessee and was head for the UCLA Bruins 2008 to 2011, where she turned their program around and took the Bruins to a nationally ranking. She was named Pacific 10 Coach of the year in 2010.

Caldwell emphasized that her players are expected to attend class, and the coaching staff will be monitoring their progress. She also discussed some of the players and what their contributions to the team should be. She said that she plans to have a 100 percent graduation rate, as she has had at her other coaching jobs.

Kiwanis Lt. Gov. Blaine Grimes of the LSU Kiwanis Club installed the Audubon Kiwanis 2011-12 officers: Rae Phillips, president; Rick Blackstone, vice president; James Smith, director: Lowell Tilley, treasurer; and Roger Wirth, secretary.

The Audubon Kiwanis Club meets at 6:15 p.m. Thursdays at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Cortana Mall. Meetings include an informative program and dinner. Guests are welcome to attend. Contact Tilley, (225) 241-2396, for information.

Fire prevention topic for FGBRCA meeting

Inspector David Sevier, a 32-year member of the Baton Rouge Fire Department, spoke on fire prevention methods for homeowners to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Oct. 13. The federation represents area homeowners associations.

Sevier encouraged all to have an escape plan to exit their houses and that everyone should go to a meeting place once evacuated. Also, a cellphone should be kept by the bedside, and call 911 if a fire is suspected.

Metro Councilwoman Tara Wicker showed the federation her proposed draft ordinance on rental property. It requires owners of rental property to register their properties with the Department of Public Works and maintain certain minimum standards for their properties. It is designed to eliminate substandard housing in the parish.

Members discussed how to address continuing rental problems in their subdivisions and how the homeowners associations should handle the issues.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting is scheduled for Nov. 10.

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