Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

Will you join me in thanking West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel for the huge cleanup effort he coordinated prior to the Audubon Pilgrimage?

The West Feliciana Sheriff’s Office hauled away 241 bags of trash, 15 tires, three signs and three mattresses, according to Erin Foster, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office.

Foster said Daniel is passionate about keeping West Feliciana beautiful. Let’s thank Sheriff Daniel when we see him.

Career Connection

More than 600 high school students will have the opportunity to explore their career options at the Career Connection scheduled for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, at West Feliciana High School’s auditorium.

Keynote speaker for the event is Adolf Brown, a youth motivational speaker and educator.

The session promises to motivate students to seize opportunities, create new opportunities and recognize nothing is impossible, as well as empower students to rethink their priorities and reset their expectations, a news release said.

Following Brown’s “rap session,” students will have an opportunity to explore and gain a better understanding of the different career fields available in their area by meeting the people who perform these jobs on a daily basis, the release said.

In turn, businesspeople will have a chance to share the tools of their careers and their expertise with students.

Educational institutions will be in attendance to help students identify career pathways and programs of study.

For information, call Zanovia Curtis, instructional coach for West Feliciana Parish schools, at (225) 635-3891 or email, or call Brittney Baptiste and Debbie Cruz, college and career transitions coordinators with Baton Rouge Community College, at (225) 216-8053 or email or

NRC open house

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will host an open house from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Francisville Town Hall meeting room, 11936 Ferdinand St.

Attendees will have an opportunity to hold one-on-one discussions with NRC staff members about the plant’s 2014 performance and the agency’s oversight of the facility. NRC staff on-hand will include the inspectors assigned to the plant on a full-time basis and staff from the Region IV office in Arlington, Texas.

The assessment letter sent from the NRC to plant officials addresses the performance of the plant and will serve as the basis for the discussion.

The NRC will conduct an additional inspection because the plant had two unplanned shutdowns during the fourth quarter of 2014, exceeding a performance threshold, a news release said.

“The NRC continually reviews the performance of River Bend and the nation’s other commercial nuclear power plants,” NRC Region IV Administrator Marc Dapas said. “Meetings like this provide members of the community with an opportunity to speak directly with NRC staff, who help ensure the plant’s safety on a day-to-day basis.”

Inspections are performed by two NRC resident inspectors assigned to the plant and by specialist inspectors from the Region IV office in Arlington, Texas, and the agency’s headquarters in Rockville, Maryland.

The most current assessment for River Bend is available at

Jambalaya fundraiser

Boy Scout Troop 61, sponsored by St. Francisville United Methodist Church, is hosting a jambalaya fundraiser from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19.

Dinners will cost $7 each and include jambalaya, white beans, salad and dessert. Plates can be picked up behind St. Francisville Town Hall, 11936 Ferdinand St.

All proceeds will help pay for the older Boy Scouts to attend a week of camping and rafting in Tennessee or the younger Scouts to attend a weeklong trip to Camp Avondale in Clinton this summer.

Call Wayne Slater, Scoutmaster, at (225) 721-1831.

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