Here’s another “Why I love living in this town” story:

Bob Mann says, “I witnessed an amazing sight the other evening on Nicholson Drive just south of the interstate bridge.

“I saw the street blocked ahead by a police car, blue lights blazing.

“I assumed it was a wreck or a traffic stop.

“Imagine my surprise to drive up and discover the police officer as he finished walking across the busy street with a large box turtle in both hands, making sure the poor creature made it across safely to the vacant lot on the other side.”

Oh, never mind …

Roy Pitchford, of Monroe, has a pollster story:

“From 2004 to 2008, I worked for The Advocate but lived in Alexandria.

“I would spend several nights a week at the Baton Rouge home of my daughter Leila and her husband, Gary English. Both are employees in The Advocate newsroom.

“One night Leila answered a telephone call, and it was a pollster.

“One of the first questions was whether anyone in the household worked in the news media.

“Everyone here works for The Advocate,” Leila said.

“The call ended abruptly.”

Dress for success

Sarah Stravinska, of Chestnut in Natchitoches Parish, tells this employment story:

“Before he could start going on job interviews, the son declared that he needed to dress the part. This would require a $500 suit.

“’What?’ barked the dad, ‘I’ve bought cars for $500!’

“ ‘That’s why I want the $500 suit,’ said the son. ‘So I don’t have to drive $500 cars.’ ”

Worthy causes

A “Sporting Clays Fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness” is Saturday at Riverside Sporting Clays, 52400 La. 16, Denham Springs.

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m., the shoot at 8:30 am.

Michael L. Boykin says the event is hosted by the Boykin family in honor of Connie Mack Boykin.

Proceeds go to Dr. Oliver Sartor’s prostate cancer research fund at Tulane Cancer Center.

For information, visit or contact Stephanie Guidry at (225) 753-8722 or

Looking for people

• Kharol Kistner says our note about Thomas Kent’s 93rd birthday mentioned that he was in the 325th Glider Regiment of the 82nd Airborne during World War II and took part in the D-Day invasion:

“My father, Raymond Leroy Wynne, of Minot, N.D., was also in this division, in the anti-tank group. He was injured shortly before the maneuvers and not allowed to participate in the invasion.”

Kharol wants to get in touch with Thomas Kent and others in that regiment for a “This Is Your Life” book to be presented to Raymond by his children on his 90th birthday in November.


e_SBlt Bob Bogan is trying to contact his friend in California, J.R. Jeter, through a married sister who lives in Baton Rouge.

Bob’s at (225) 293-6547.

Have a cat

Cat Haven Adoption Center has an open house from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The center is at 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road.

Special People Dept.

John and Laura Savoy, of St. Amant, celebrate their 58th anniversary Monday.

Thought for the Day

From Mel Prust: “An accountant is someone who solves a problem you didn’t know you had in a way you don’t understand.”

Buss stop

Algie Petrere says this little story is for the ladies:

“The grandmother was in the bathroom putting on her makeup, under the watchful eyes of her young granddaughter.

“After she applied her lipstick and started to leave, the little one said, ‘But Grandma, you forgot to kiss the toilet paper good-bye!’

Says Algie, “I will probably never put lipstick on again without thinking of this one. …”

Weighty topic

Here’s a Shirley Fleniken story about a failure to communicate:

“I was checking out at a busy supermarket and the cashier was having problems.

“The register ran out of paper, the scanner malfunctioned and then the cashier spilled a handful of coins.

“When she totaled my order, it came to exactly $22.

“Trying to soothe her nerves, I said, ‘That’s a nice round figure.’

“Still frazzled, she glared at me and said, ‘You’re no bean pole yourself!’ ”