Freshney selected honorary life member

Patricia Freshney received an honorary life membership in the national Presbyterian Women at the Broadmoor Presbyterian Church’s annual pie and ice cream social on July 29. She is the fourth member from the church so honored.

Freshney has written monthly devotionals for women’s Bible study groups since 2007 and been a church member since 1970. Moderator Virginia Holloway presented Freshney with a silver pin and framed certificate.

The Rev. Lee Allen, associate pastor at Broadmoor United Methodist Church, showed slides of a 2012 trip to Israel, including landmarks and sites where Jesus is said to have walked.

Fall planting discussed at ‘Reflections’ meeting

Dan Gill of the LSU AgCenter spoke on “Fall Planting Season Favorites” to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program on Aug. 4.

Gill gave a presentation about planning fall flowers and said fall starts later in south Louisiana than Sept. 21, and summer flowers can be extended by cutting them back. He suggested putting some vegetables in the flowers garden and vice versa to have an attractive, edible landscape.

David Floyd, director of the Rural Life Museum, will speak about the museum from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane. For information about BHS, visit

Preceptor Beta Epsilon holds Beginning Day

Preceptor Beta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi held Beginning Day on Aug. 6 at President Sandy Linder’s home. Guests were Janis Johnson and Ethel Taylor.

Service Committee Chairwoman Marilyn Mayeux gave members a list of monthly service projects to begin in September with donating supplies to the Mighty Moms, who furnish weekend food to needy children. Maxine Muller reported on the BSP City Council lunch held on Aug. 2.

Cortana Kiwanis donate trauma dolls to BRFD

The Cortana Kiwanis Club presented trauma dolls to the Baton Rouge Fire Department Chief Ed Smith and Public Service Officer Curt Monte on Aug. 6.

The dolls are intended to comfort children whose homes are damaged by fire. The trauma dolls are faceless handmade stuffed to be soft and come with markers so children can personalize them. Doll committee coordinators were Margaret Hodges, Heathers Folks, Wanda Magee and Debbie Salvant.

The Cortana Kiwanis Club meets at 7:30 a.m. Thursdays at the Piccadilly Cafeteria, 3332 S. Sherwood Blvd., Baton Rouge. Radio announcer Buddy Songy will speak about LSU football on Aug. 28. Contact Lowell Tilley, or (225) 272-6744, for information.

Baton Rouge DAR attends state workshop

Lea Evans, June McGraw, Fredie Seab, Sue Seab and Zora Olsson, of the Baton Rouge Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, attended the Louisiana DAR workshop Aug. 8-9 in Pineville. Events included a dinner, silent auction and officer forums on Friday and committee sessions on Saturday.

The chapter received certificates that were presented by the national committees at Continental Congress. The chapter was given an award by the NSDAR Good Citizens Committee, the NSDAR Celebrate America Committee, and was awarded a NSDAR Chapter Achievement Level 1 Award certificate.

DAR membership is open to women at least 18 years old who can prove lineal, bloodline descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American Independence. For information, email

Spay Baton Rouge gets $20,000 donation

Spay Baton Rouge has received a $20,000 donation from the estate of a former Louisiana woman who dedicated much of her will to animal organizations.

Gail Sheffield, a one-time Covington resident, died in October in Montana. The bequest administered by a Louisiana friend, Julia Sims, had earlier donated $100,000 to the Feral Cat Consortium in Madisonville, as well as her home, valued at about $300,000, to the Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force in Kalispell, Montana, where Sheffield lived her last several years.

Sheffield had been involved in trapping, neutering and releasing feral cats in both states.

Master Gardeners learn how to be healthier

East Baton Rouge Master Gardeners changed the focus from plants to themselves when “Healthy Gardeners” was the topic on Aug. 5 at the Burden Conference Center.

A retired cardiologist, Dr. Terry Rehn, massage therapist Efi Yurik and Hilltop Arboretum Executive Director Peggy Coates addressed about 50 members.

Rehn emphasized the importance of timely treatment for the No. 1 killer in the United States. He said therapy can start as soon as an EMS team arrives, and a team can get anywhere in East Baton Rouge parish in 10 minutes. He said there are no good reasons not to call EMS since survival depends on the smallest amount of damage to the heart and using one’s own transportation simply makes the situation worse.

Coates demonstrated ergonomic gardening tools, showing how they are designed to protect joints, nerves and muscles, and how the designs aid efficiency in gardening.

Yurik, a nationally certified massage therapist for 24 years, touted the benefits of massage for the circulatory, lymphatic and muscular systems.

Thomas Bizet provided website registration for the 13-state Master Gardener conference Oct. 21-24, which the EBR Master Gardeners will host. The conference website is

To become a Master Gardener, contact an LSU AgCenter parish extension office or visit

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