St. Louis Altar Society holds silver coffee

The St. Louis King of France Altar Society held a silver coffee and luncheon May 29 in the church activity center. The theme Spring Fan-tasy was used, and each of the 60 attendees received a beautiful fan.

President Teenie Bajon welcomed the crowd, especially special guest the Rev. Jack Nutter, former pastor of the church, who delivered the grace and thanked the members for including him in the event. Bajon also thanked Linda Musso, Calvin Bajon, Ovide LaHaye and J.A. Cline for their help in setting up and decorating for the luncheon, and Rose Marie Cronin for serving the punch. Also helping were Joanette Dunn, Shirley Robillard, Nancy Tate and Peggy Rylee. Bajon also thanked the women on different committees for all they do for the church.

Barbara Schmitt was chosen as the new vice president and social chairwoman. Other officers attending included Musso, treasurer and membership chairwoman; Dorothy Arceneaux, secretary; and Betty Baughman, corresponding secretary.

Following a delicious lunch catered by the Jambalaya Shoppe, prized were awarded.

Program recognizes Senior Companions

Ruby Early, who donated 1,000 hours each year for 15 years, earned a 15-year service award at the 29th annual Senior Companions Recognition Program, at which Beryl Mitchell, of the Capital Area Agency on Aging, was featured speaker Wednesday, May 31, at St. Martha’s Activity Center. A luncheon at the Golden Corral followed the program that honored the volunteer companions.

Five-year service awards went to Ida Farmer, Ada Holmes, David Lee and Olivia Sam.

Joyce Tippy, executive director of Senior Companions, presided. On the program were the Rev. Gilbert Jenkins, invocation; Steven Green, who introduced the advisory council; Darlene Woods, executive director of the Capital Area Agency on Aging; Melvin Hale, who assisted Tippy in giving awards, and Mitchell, who handles programs and Medicare-affiliated plans.

Mitchell and Woods stressed that anyone over 60 may call CAAA free of charge to get information on their health plan and they will be helped to determine if this is the best deal for them. There are programs offering help on utilities, prescriptions, transportation, housing, the disabled and many more. For more information, call (225) 925-7674 or toll free 1 (800) 280-0908. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center sponsors the Senior Companion Program.

'Life along the Pass' topic for Livingston group

Virgil Allen spoke to the Edward Livingston Historical Association on May 18 about "Pass Manchac Lighthouse and Life along the Pass" and how it related to the southern portion of Livingston Parish.

Allen, the former Ponchatoula High School principal and superintendent of the Tangiphoa Public School System, said that in 1867 his great-grandfather, H.A. Succow, a Lake Maurepas fisherman, was appointed to tend the Pass Manchac lighthouse. Following his death in 1876, and after 10 years of marriage, his widow, Mary Succow, was appointed to be the tender. Duties were to row to the three towers each day to light the lights that lit the waterways, though the waters may be treacherous and fog may have gathered. She never left the lighthouse for more than a few days at a time and served for 37 years.

In 1803, some 1,400 men built the Hammond-New Orleans Railroad, which brought timber companies. In 1937 in the area's Millville, 23 million board feet of cypress lumber was milled, he said, adding that cypress mills produced more lumber than any place in the world. People lived on houseboats then so they could easily move from one area to the other, trapping and fishing. They took the train or boat to get to New Orleans before roads were built in the area about 1926.

Refreshments were served following the meeting at the Livingston branch of the Livingston Parish Library. The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 15 at the library. John Hickey will speak on "The Canary Islanders of Louisiana." The public is invited to attend.

Myths about Confederate general explored at meeting

At the May 18 meeting of the Baton Rouge Civil War Round Table, Sam Hood explained how he discovered the lost personal papers of Gen. John Bell Hood, a distant relative, and the significant impact these papers had on correcting Hood’s legacy as a Civil War military figure.

For years, the general's personal papers were assumed lost, leading many authors to make assumptions and misinterpretations about events associated with Hood’s military activities, the speaker said. After recovering from the loss of his left arm at Gettysburg and his right leg at the battle of Chickamuga, Hood returned to the war to command the Army of Tennessee. During this final chapter of his military career, his Confederate Army was crippled at the battles of Franklin and Nashville. Many myths about his decisions during these battles were dispelled by the information in his personal papers, including impairment of his decision-making from the use of opioids for pain from his war injuries, Sam Hood said.

After the war, the general moved his family to New Orleans where he became a cotton broker and worked in the insurance business. In the winter of 1879, both he and his wife contracted yellow fever and died within days of each other, leaving 10 orphaned children. In the confusion of his untimely death and finding homes for his children, his personal papers were assumed to have been destroyed or lost, said Sam Hood, who found them in boxes in the attic of a direct descendant's house. This unrecognized trove of Civil War history had been passed down through the family for decades along with other family memorabilia. Sam Hood is now making these papers available to scholars in digital form. Some Civil War scholars suggest that finding Gen. Hood’s personal papers is perhaps the most important discovery to impact Civil War history in the last half-century. Sam Hood has presented the most important of these documents in an award-winning book, "The Lost Papers of Confederate General John Bell Hood."

Granier receives national honor and Phi Eta Sigma scholarship

Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society rewarding first-collegiate-year scholarship, announced its Founders Fund Scholarship recipients, granting $295,000 in endowed scholarships or awards to outstanding members of Phi Eta Sigma for undergraduate or graduate study.

Jamie L. Granier, the LSU Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma’s secretary and historian and a native of Kraemer, received the national honor of the Distinguished Member Scholarship, providing $1,000 for undergraduate study for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Granier, a senior majoring in kinesiology with a minor in biological sciences, has received numerous awards and honors for her LSU academic achievements, including multiple Dean’s List honors. Granier’s future goals include attending LSU School of Dentistry. She is a member of the Pre-Dental Society at LSU, LSU AgCenter’s 4-H program and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars at LSU.

Cruz receives U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Nani’Kiele Cruz, a senior majoring in English in the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences from Leesville, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Chinese in Xi’an, China, during the summer.

The Critical Language Scholarship, or CLS, program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. Cruz is one of approximately 550 competitively selected American students at U.S. colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2017.

Cruz is LSU’s fifth student to receive the Critical Language Scholarship. For more information about the scholarship or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or

LSU athletic training program director earns honor

LSU’s Ray Castle has been selected as one of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 2017 Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recipients. Castle is the athletic training program director and professor of professional practice in the LSU College of Human Sciences & Education’s School of Kinesiology.

The Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award recognizes NATA members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to leadership, volunteer service, advocacy and distinguished professional activities as an athletic trainer. MDAT exclusively recognizes NATA members who have been involved in service and leadership activities at the national and district level.

This award acknowledges outstanding dedication and service to the athletic training profession. Candidates for the award must have held the certified athletic trainer, or ATC, credential, conferred by the Board of Certification, and have been an NATA member, both for at least 20 years.

The presentation will be made during NATA’s 68th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday, June 28.

Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate EatPlayLive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to Events should be submitted in a timely fashion. By submitting photos to The Advocate, you agree that they can be published in any of The Advocate’s print or digital publications.