Stacy Gill

The town of Norwood was founded in 1883 and named for Abel J. Norwood, who donated the right of way and about 75 acres to establish the town when the railroad came through, according to the East Feliciana Parish Tourism Commission.

Norwood gave the right of way with the understanding that all passing trains would stop in Norwood, which is located on La. 19 about 40 miles north of Baton Rouge and almost on the Mississippi state line.

Six trains passed through daily, stopping in Norwood, whether anyone disembarked or not.

Boater safety class offered

The office of 20th Judicial District Attorney Sam D’Aquilla will host a boater safety class from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the American Legion Hall, 12024 Liberty Highway, Clinton.

Seating is limited; participants must call (225) 683-8563 to preregister.

Council on Aging

The East Feliciana Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St., Clinton, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Most activities start at 11 a.m. Lunch is served at noon.

Public transportation to East Baton Rouge Parish is provided Monday through Friday by the East Feliciana transit system.

For information, call the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9862.

FRIDAY: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class

MONDAY: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class, followed by a birthday party

TUESDAY: 11 a.m. Joe Littlejohn on the harmonica

WEDNESDAY: 11 a.m., bingo, followed by cancer services

MARCH 5: 11:30 a.m. devotional, followed by blood pressure checks

MARCH 6: 11 a.m., arthritis movement exercise class, followed by distribution of senior food boxes.

Fairview welcomes Star Hill

The Fairview Baptist Church of Ethel, pastored by the Rev. Yoyo Hill, will hold its annual Celebration of Ministries program beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday. The celebration worship service will be at the Fairview Baptist Church, 5375 Greenbriar Road, Ethel.

The Rev. Murlon Webb and members of Star Hill Baptist Church from St. Francisville will be the special guests.

Annual shade tree sale

The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry will hold its annual shade tree sale on various dates throughout the state, Commissioner Mike Strain said.

“Our orchard-grown hardwood and pine seedlings are descended from superior stock,” Strain said. “Since the seedlings can be purchased in small packets, they are manageable for just about any home gardener.”

Two types of seedling packets will be offered: pine and hardwood.

Pine seedling packets contain 20 advanced generation loblolly with the exception of the Opelousas location, which will contain advanced generation slash pine.

Hardwood seedling packets contain two seedlings, including water oak, sawtooth oak, willow oak, shumard oak and bald cypress.

Pine packets are $6 each, and hardwood packets are $2 each.

Packet species content may vary in some cases, depending on availability, Strain said.

All seedlings are bare-root and come with planting and care instructions, and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved in advance.

“Some years we sell out of certain species before the week is out, especially some of the hardwoods, so we encourage folks to come early during the sale,” Strain said.

Packets will be sold from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2-6 at 10221 Williams Drive in Clinton. Call (225) 683-5862 for information.

Packets also will be sold from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 2-4 at 5825 Florida Blvd. in Baton Rouge. Call (225) 925-4500 for information.

Send news and events for Around East Feliciana to Stacy Gill at by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.