Volunteers clean up Lutheran Cemetery

More than 200 volunteers trimmed weeds, raked and removed debris from historic Lutheran Cemetery Sept. 26. The cleanup was organized by Lillie Petit Gallagher, a member of the Friends of City Park.

“This cemetery depends on the kindness of strangers for maintenance,” Gallagher said. Despite its name, it was founded by a benevolent society unaffiliated with the Lutheran Church.

Cleanup volunteers included members of Trinity Lutheran Church; St. James Lutheran Church in Gonzales; O’Brien House, a drug and alcohol treatment facility; students from the LSU pre-dental program; students participating in Volunteer LSU; a few neighbors from the Old South Baton Rouge Civic Association; Boy Scout Troop 169 from Trinity Lutheran Church; and Friends of City Park.

Ray Derrickson cooked jambalaya. Ingredients were furnished by Trinity Lutheran Church, Bet-R Grocery Store and the Bishop Stanley J. Ott Assembly of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. Donuts were furnished by Thee Heavenly Donut. Quiana Lynell and David Harris performed music for the workers.

Grandparents group attends legal workshop

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren participated in a legal workshop and open house Sept. 30 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library.

Grandparents and caregivers received information on issues dealing with custody by Judge Lisa Woodruff-White, attorney Patrick Fisse and attorney Todd Gaudin. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren President Dot Thibodeaux, Vice President Danna Spayde and Secretary Kathy Coleman attended.

Plush Butterflyz holds breast cancer event

The Plush Butterflyz Social Club held a breast cancer awareness event Oct. 2-3 in Jackson.

It began with the Evening Pink Soiree at the Old Centenary Inn banquet room and celebrated cancer survivors Melissa Hills-Jackson, Kim Brown-Singletary, Tammy George, Consandra Green and Jeane Fisher. Breast cancer survivors Christine Dawson and Barbara Dunn, who attended the soiree, were recognized.

The soiree program included an opening prayer by sheriff candidate Jeff Travis and a welcome by Natasha Ferguson-Brown. Keashu King gave a narration during the presentation of pink roses. Sarah Collins and Alexandra Richards performed dances.

The Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness/Cure was held the next day.

PBSC was founded five years ago by Debra Jackson. Members include Janet Gant, Belinda Kelly, Monica Hills-Pierce, Belinda Kelly, Maggie Baker, Rene é Butler-Byrd, Shenitha Francis-Smith, Laronda Dunn-Wilson, Clarissa Hawkins, King and Ferguson-Brown.

East Feliciana RTA hosts district meeting

The East Feliciana Retired Teachers Association hosted the Baton Rouge District fall meeting Oct. 5 at Jackson United Methodist Church.

Sonja Terrell, East Feliciana RTA President opened the meeting. Carlos Sam, East Feliciana Parish Schools superintendent, greeted the members. Beth Dawson introduced the student speaker, Mika Cooper, of West Feliciana High School.

EFRTA honored its oldest member, Effie Sharkey Dawson, 94, with a certificate and a bouquet of yellow roses. Educators of Yesteryear RTA of Baton Rouge recognized their oldest member who was in attendance, Willie Honeywood Smith, 95.

District IV President Janis Hernandez gave an update of LRTA business, and Treasurer Wayne Berry presented his report. LRTA President James Stewart read a poem, “I Am Fine, Thank you.”

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