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Stacy Gill

Following Fire Protection District No. 1’s burn advisory for West Feliciana Parish residents on Oct. 12, the Louisiana fire marshal and Department of Agriculture and Forestry issued a burn ban on all private burning.

Private burning will be allowed by the permission of local fire departments or local government, and farmers will be allowed to burn, Commissioner of Agriculture Mike Strain said in a news release.

“Just because farmers can burn doesn’t mean they should, and if they decide to, they should go through special training to become a prescribed burner,” said Strain.

The burn ban is in response to extremely dry conditions, abnormal emergency responses and adverse future weather predictions. Violation could result in criminal or civil penalties.

Those allowed to burn should do so only in small amounts after 8 a.m. and extinguish fires before 6 p.m. Fires should never be left unattended, and water must be available for extinguishing spot fires, West Feliciana Fire Chief James Wood said.

Locally, those allowed to burn must first call the West Feliciana 911 Communications Center at (225) 784-3136 prior to the burn.

Get out and vote

Friday is the deadline for the West Feliciana registrar of voters to receive voter mail ballots at 5932 Commerce St. in St. Francisville.

On Saturday, residents are urged to get out and vote in the primary election. Polling locations are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m., and voters must present a Louisiana driver’s license or photo identification.

For ballot or election information, visit geauxvote.com . Also, call the West Feliciana Registrar’s Office at (225) 635-6161.

Membership drive

The West Feliciana Council on Aging is conducting its annual membership drive and encourages elderly residents to participate.

Seniors will engage in exercise classes, health screenings, medication management, nutrition education, socialization, recreation and much more. There is no membership fee. For information, call (225) 635-6719, or pick up an application before Nov. 10 at the West Feliciana Council on Aging, 5725 N. Commerce St., St. Francisville.

Backwoods Gallery exhibit

The guest artist for fall and winter at Backwoods Gallery in St. Francisville is owner Joseph Savell. Savell’s exhibit includes about three dozen canvases. His paintings are in a tonalistic style with roots in the Barbizon school, a French art movement, which bridges the transition from neo-classic to impressionism, Savell said.

Backwoods Gallery, 11931 Ferdinand St., is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Call (225) 721-1736 for information.

Sweet potato fundraiser

West Feliciana Parish 4-H is hosting its annual sweet potato fundraiser and encourages residents to buy their 40-pound boxes for holiday cooking. Baking size, Louisiana-grown sweet potatoes are available for $20 per box.

The deadline to order is Oct. 31, but if organizers reach a 1,500-box limit before then, they will stop accepting orders.

All orders must be prepaid by check or money order in person at the 4-H office, 5924 Commerce St., St. Francisville, or by mail. If ordering by mail, send name, phone number and total number of boxes to P.O. Box 1934, St. Francisville, LA 70775. Make checks payable to the West Feliciana Parish 4-H Foundation.

Sweet potatoes will arrive in two shipments during the second or third week in November. Exact dates to be announced. For information, call (225) 635-3614.

Halloween fun planned

A trunk-or-treat event featuring activities, candy, a costume contest and games will be held at the West Feliciana Community Park from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 29. Families attending should bring a canned good or nonperishable food item for the West Feliciana Food Bank.

From 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Halloween , families are invited to trick-or-treat along Main Street and visiting businesses along Commerce, Ferdinand and Royal streets for candy and treats.

Also on Halloween, a Fall Festival will entertain children, ages 12 and under, at First Baptist Church, U.S. 61 at La. 10, and a carnival will be held at St. Francisville United Methodist Church, featuring candy, games and a trunk-or-treat from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited.

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