Happy birthday to Nora Stevens, of Laurel, Mississippi, Dec. 6; Shawntel Meaux Murphy, of Baker, Dec. 17; Shirley Gene Stone Gregory, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, Pat O’Neal, of Denham Springs, and my cousin, Tim Bradshaw of Pearl, Mississippi, all on Dec. 18; Barbara Sue King, of Amite, Dec. 20; and twins, Debbie Lee and Dottie Wascom, of Greensburg, Dec. 22.

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Congrats to the new St. Helena Veterans Affairs service officer, Ken Marcantel. He is there to meet the needs of the veterans of St. Helena Parish.

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Happy 300th birthday Natchitoches Parish.

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St. Helena held its Christmas parade Dec. 12. After it wound through the streets of Greensburg, it ended up at the Forest Festival Park. The theme was “Caroling in the Pines.”

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Hats off to Lane Regional Medical Center on being recognized as a 2013 top performer in Key Quality Measures by joint commission. It was one of 22 hospitals in Louisiana and one of 1,224 hospitals recognized for this honor.

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Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fall not. They are new every morning.” Our struggles seem worse at night, but when sunrise comes, it brings new hope again that we can continue. Each new day gives us new reasons to praise Jesus!

Fran Snoddy writes Butterfly Wings for The Advocate Extra. Contact her at (225) 777-4363.