The Knights of Nemesis will hold its 10th annual Jack Bennett Memorial Luau Dance from 8 p.m. to midnight Aug. 9 at the Val Reiss Multi-Purpose Complex, 1101 Magistrate St., Chalmette.

The dance is open to the public and will feature the introduction of the club’s Royal Knight IX and Goddess Nemesis IX for the 2015 parade. Live music will be provided by the Tricks band, and limbo and costume contests will be held.

Tickets are $25 per person and include beer, setups and door prizes. Dress is casual, and luau attire is encouraged.

For information, or tickets, contact Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998 or

The 10th annual Knights of Nemesis Parade is scheduled for Feb. 7.

Reading program winners

St. Bernard Parish Library recently celebrated six weeks of summer reading fun. More than 500 children participated in the library’s “Fizz, Boom, Read!” summer reading program, with more than 140 completing their activity sheets in time to be entered into the grand finale prize drawing.

The grand prizes — two bicycles and four Nexus tablets — were donated by the Kiwanis Club of St. Bernard-Arabi. Kiwanian Anthony Cole presented tablets to Moises Perez Jr., April Liebert, Veronica Wilson and Stephen Hernandez Jr.; and Catherine Wilson and Carly Jervay received bicycles.

Deputies train with tourniquets

Sixty-five St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies have received tourniquet training in an effort to prevent deaths by stopping uncontrolled bleeding during severe accidents.

“This has the potential to save a life when deputies are called to the scene of an auto accident, a shooting or other type situations in which a victim is bleeding from a wound,” Sheriff James Pohlmann said.

Staff members from the Level 1 Trauma Center at Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans met recently with the deputies, who were issued tourniquets and given instructions about their use and importance.

The Trauma Center received grants and other funding to obtain the tourniquets for law enforcement agencies and have been extending the program to numerous police agencies in the state, including State Police and New Orleans police.

“They (tourniquets) save lives,’’ said St. Bernard Parish Deputy Sheriff Byron Shoemaker, a certified medical technician for 20 years and the medic for several of the Sheriff’s Office divisions and the SWAT team. Shoemaker was involved in working with the Level 1 Trauma Center to get the tourniquets for sheriff’s deputies.

VFW Post Ladies Auxiliary

Members of the Chalmette VFW Post 3706 Ladies Auxiliary recently held an installation of new officers. They are Sandra Reuther, president; Amy Schloegel, junior vice president and trustee; Michelle Williams, treasurer; Jessie Hart, trustee; Diane Fitzgerald, patriotic instructor; and Carol Mire, historian.

During the meeting, members voted to continue their work supporting veterans by collecting coffee for the New Orleans VA clinic, helping homeless veterans by making bags of toiletries and delivering clothing, collecting Campbell’s Soup labels for the VFW National Home in Michigan to help it purchase a van, and supporting the Auxiliary Cancer Aid and Research Program and the department’s disaster fund.

Anyone wishing to donate toiletries, coffee or clothing can contact Reuther at (504) 952-0916.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at