Around Jefferson: Program to educate youth about disaster preparedness _lowres

Photo provided by Rummel High - Brother Gale Condit, right, congratulates Bill Arthurs for his 50 years of service to Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie.

The second annual Region One Teen Community Emergency Response Team Academy will be held Monday, July 13, to Friday, July 17, inside the multipurpose center on the campus of Belle Chasse Primary School, 539 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse.

The five-day event is open to youth groups and teens ages 11 to 19 in Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The programs are aimed at educating youngsters about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in areas such as fire safety, search and rescue, first aid, disaster medical operations, water safety, bullying and defensive driving. There also will be workshops and demonstrations.

The event is free, and breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided. The program begins each day at 7:30 a.m.

The deadline to register is Monday.

For more information and to register, call Timmy Gautreau Jr. in Jefferson Parish at (504) 349-5360 or send an email to; Eric Pickering in New Orleans at (504) 658-8707 or send an email to; Capt. Charles Borchers in St. Bernard Parish at (504) 278-7628 or email him at; and Allen Jolly in Plaquemines Parish at (504) 391-2004 or email

Special honor

Bill Arthurs has been a member of the Archbishop Rummel High School faculty for a half-century. And for his dedication and 50 years of service to the Metairie high school, Arthurs recently was honored at the end of school year Mass held last month.

Arthurs is a former teacher and head basketball coach at the school. He currently serves as the school’s yearbook moderator and photographer.

During the final Mass for 2014-15 school, a special gift was presented to Arthurs from Brother Gale Condit, president of Rummel.

Arthurs graduated from Tulane University in 1965 and began teaching at Rummel that same year. He’s the only teacher at Rummel who has been at the school for 50 years.

Spelling bees planned

The Jefferson Parish Library will hold two spelling bees for adults — one on each side of the river during the summer.

The first is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. And the second adult spelling bee is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Adults 18 and older may participate. The event is free of charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required.

For more information, call (504) 889-8143.

Genealogical group to meet

The Jefferson Genealogical Society will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at John Calvin Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 4201 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie.

Jay Schexnaydre is the guest speaker, and his topic is “Researching Your Ancestors in France for Free.”

Schexnaydre is a 10th-generation native of Convent in St. James Parish, where his ancestors have resided for nearly 300 years. He has been actively researching his genealogy since 1996.

For more information, call Fred Wilbert at (504) 837-2034.

Uncle Sam Jam is Friday

A reminder: The annual Uncle Sam Jam is from noon to 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Musicians include Christian Serpas and Ghostown, Remedy, Courtney Cole, 90 Degrees West, Lone Star and Josh Turner. A fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.

Admission to the event, which is sponsored by the Patrons of Lafreniere Park, is free. Food and drinks will be for sale during the event.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.