Louisiana residents can purchase flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies — free of the 4 percent state sales tax — during the 2015 Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness sales tax holiday.
The reprieve from the tax is Saturday and Sunday, right before the start of the six-month 2015 Atlantic hurricane season that begins June 1.
The sales tax holiday exempts eligible items from the 4 percent state sales tax, and the exemption applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item. Local taxes apply unless specifically exempted by local taxing authorities, according to a news release.
Eligible purchases include self-powered light sources, such as flashlights and candles; portable self-powered radios, two-way radios and weather-band radios; tarpaulins or other flexible waterproof sheeting; ground anchor systems, straps or tie-down kits; gas or diesel fuel tanks; most batteries and chargers; nonelectric food storage coolers; portable generators; storm shutter devices; carbon monoxide detectors; and gel packs, as well as similar reusable cooling products.
Behavioral Health announces new Zachary location
Lane Behavioral Health Services has moved to 4801 McHugh Road, Suite A, Zachary.
Lane’s outpatient treatment for adults experiencing life-altering emotional crises, depression, anxiety, panic, stress, fear and other personal disorders is an active treatment program that teaches practical ways to respond to any type of traumatic life event, behavioral difficulty or emotional distress, especially major events due to the loss of a job, health or relationship, a news release said.
“Our new space is just around the corner from our previous location, plus it is almost double the size, allowing us to offer more options in a relaxed, peaceful environment,” Dr. Pamela Parsons said.
For information, call (225) 658-6640.
Summer feeding sites named
East Baton Rouge Parish has multiple sponsors that are implementing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.
Every child up to 18 years old can receive healthy meals through the summer feeding program paid for by the USDA, and no qualifications are necessary.
Several sponsor sites in the area will be serving the free meals.
Most sites participating in the summer feeding program offer breakfast and lunch, but families can check with the site nearest them for information.
Sponsor sites in the Baker and Pride areas include the following:
Baker Heights Elementary, 3750 Harding, (225) 775-1493
Baker High School, 3200 Groom Road, (225) 775-5795
Brownfields Elementary, 11615 Ellen Drive, Baton Rouge, (225) 775-3527
Northeast Elementary, 13801 Port Hudson-Pride Road, Pride, (225) 654-5113
Sharon Hills Elementary, 6450 Guynell Drive, Baton Rouge, (225) 355-6522
Safe Sitter training offered
Lane Regional Medical Center will hold a Safe Sitter training class for baby sitters or potential sitters from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 3.
Safe Sitter training is a quality program that gives youths and teens the skills to be safe, nurturing baby sitters, a news release said.
The program is offered to boys and girls ages 11 to 13. Participants will learn the fundamentals of quality child care, how to handle crises, how to nurture and guide a young child, and how to keep children safe while their parents are away.
Class size is limited, and registration is required. Cost to attend is $25.
For information or to register, call (225)658-4587.
Port Hudson to host firepower demonstrations
Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, near Zachary, presents Firepower! — demonstrations of Civil War era reproduction weapons such as cannons, carbines, muskets, pistols and rifles by site staff. A brief description will be given of each weapon, how it’s loaded and used.
The event begins at 11 a.m. June 6. For information, call (225) 654-3775.
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