Charlotte Prouty offers an example of a citizen dealing with a large company:

“In mid-April we found a gas leak and called Entergy.

“They were quick to come out to repair it. Of course, they had to tear up a section of the sidewalk to get to it.”

She says her husband called several times after that to ask them when they would repair the sidewalk.

The answer he got each time was along the lines of, “Yep, that needs to be fixed. We’ll get right on it.”

Finally, Charlotte went out to the bare spot and planted airplane plants and a plant with orange flowers, surrounded by monkey grass.

Then her husband called the company again, told them what she had done, and said she was going to take pictures of the plants to send to The Advocate.

She says, “We had a bet going as to what would happen first: either the plants would bloom or they would come out to repair the sidewalk.

“First thing the next morning they came to do the repairs. …”

The last dance

What we didn’t mention in our story of the closing of Brunet’s Cajun Restaurant after 38 years is that Rocky Saxon will have his final gig there Friday.

Rocky’s been making music there for years, and many folks plan their Friday nights around a trip to Brunet’s for Cajun food and his tunes.

I don’t know what his final song will be, but an appropriate one to mark the closing of that popular restaurant would be “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You.”

Love those trees

Bob Benedict, president of University Hills Civic Association, says this about our story on the loss of the Steele Burden Live Oak on the LSU campus:

“If an 80-year-old live oak tree, nurtured for years by LSU experts, is ‘famous’ and part of a group valued at $50 million, what do you call two ancient live oaks, one approaching 300 years of age and its nearby sibling, approaching 200, and what are they worth?

“The two oaks, the oldest designated in 1979 by the city as ‘Legacy Oak Number 0002,’ are next to one another in the median on Delgado Drive. They have been nurtured by residents of University Hills for generations.

“Last year residents raised $5,000 to preserve the beauty and longevity of the trees and grounds.”

Good Samaritans

Jan Smith thanks Dr. Susan Bankston, the EMS team and the staff of Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet for the quick work when Jan’s mom passed out at Dempsey’s restaurant on Jefferson Highway.

She says Dr. Bankston, a pediatrician, was in a nearby booth and rushed to her mother’s side to offer assistance while Jan called 911.

Jan also thanks “the wonderful lady who placed her purse under my mom’s head.

“After a pacemaker installation, my mom is doing great!”

Spirit of ‘45

Maury Drummond of the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial & Museum says the 66th anniversary of the end of World War II will be marked Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the House Chamber of the Old State Capitol.

Mayor Kip Holden will speak, and the Baton Rouge Music Club Chorus will perform. After the free public ceremony, the Ronnie Sherlock Jazz Student Band will perform in the rotunda.

World War II veterans and family members are invited.

Special People Dept.

• Lillie Courtade was 101 Wednesday, not 100 as we said in the Thursday column.

• Willard Aydell, of French Settlement, celebrates his 96th birthday Saturday at an open house from noon to 2:30 p.m.

• John Erwin Coxe Sr., a World War II veteran, celebrates his 90th birthday Friday.

• James and Dorothy Lieux celebrate their 66th anniversary Sunday.

• Sharkey Vance and Zulma Marie Chaney celebrate 66 years of marriage Sunday.

• Fellman and Agnes Bercegeay, of Gonzales, celebrate their 61st anniversary Friday.

• Richard and Sue Conran celebrate 50 years of marriage Friday.

Saving soles

Ken Simoneaux says our items about kids in church remind him of the time one of his children (or grandchildren) looked at a statue of Mary, noticed her feet, and commented, “She must really be poor — she’s wearing flip-flops!”

Quick thinking

Cathy West says, “My sister Lisa came over recently and had an ankle brace on.

“She explained to our 10-year-old son, Hayden, that she’d hurt her ankle, and the ankle brace was called a ‘rocket sock.’

“Without missing a beat, he asked, ‘Is that anything like a mistletoe?’”