Educators of Yesteryear honor oldest member

The Educators of Yesteryear Unit of the Louisiana Retired Teachers Association honored members for their volunteer work on May 18.

The group honored its oldest member, Willie Honeywood Smith, 94. Smith attends all meetings and participates in field trips. She received a certificate signed by the members and a bouquet from Marilynn Stokes.

Underwood family topic for historical association

Robert Harrison spoke about Shelly Strobel’s book, “The Underwood Family, 1795-2014,” to the Edward Livingston Historical Association May 21 at the Livingston Library.

The book is about William Alfred Underwood and his descendents. One of Underwood’s 11 children, John Zachary Underwood, moved with his family to Watson, was the first paid Livingston Parish schools superintendent after the Civil War and founded Live Oak High School. Harrison brought a photo of the first Underwood family reunion in 1939.

Lynn McMorris spoke about the book she is writing about swamp pop culture in the parish. She is interviewing entertainers and needs photos and information about buildings and the musicians who performed there. Email

La. Children’s Trust Fund has day at Capitol

The annual Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund Day at the Capitol was held May 21. Over 40 representatives of organizations serving children and families brought information about child abuse and neglect prevention.

Organizations gave out child abuse and neglect information along with flyers for upcoming educational opportunities. Malcolm G. Myer, board chair of Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund, and Sherry Guarisco, executive director of Louisiana Partnership for Children & Families, spoke from the Capitol steps.

St. Louis Altar Society holds annual luncheon

The St. Louis King of France Catholic Church Altar Society held its silver coffee-luncheon May 25 at the Parish Activity Center.

President Teenie Bajon recognized members of family members who died since the last meeting: Mary Polito; Billy Roberts, husband of Carol Roberts; Ed Landry, husband of Jeanine Landry; J.B. Loupe, husband of Ruby Loupe; and Rocky McCann, son of Rose McCann.

Bajon thanked Linda Musso, Joanette Dunn, Barbara Schmitt, Betty Baughman, Calvin Bajon, Vicky LaHaye, Evelyn Simoneaux, martha Desselles and Pete Vicknair for setting up, decorating or serving. Calvin Bajon fried fish for the luncheon.

Teenie Bajon read a resignation letter from Membership Chairwoman Rita Valentine and presented a gift to Valentine’s daughter because Valentine was absent due to illness. Schmitt, social chairwoman, awarded door prizes.

Ponchatoula Jaycees hold Spring Poker Crawl

The Ponchatoula Jaycees held the Spring Poker Crawl on May 29. Sponsors were La Carreta of Ponchatoula, Rainbow’s, Stray Cats, Rose’s Cantina, Roux & Brew, Ponchatoula Pub and Mad Maidens. All proceeds benefitted the accessible playground project that will be constructed at Jaycee Park.

Prizes for the best hands were, first place, Bendal Dunnington, $999; second place, Tommy Bailey, $400; third place, Taylor Thornton, $100.

For information on the playground project and Jaycee events, visit or the Ponchatoula Jaycees Facebook page.

Outstanding Mature Girls hold conference

Outstanding Mature Girlz, in collaboration with LACE Institute, held its third annual OMG Conference May 30 at Southern University’s Student Union Cotillion Ballroom.

International HIV/AIDS activist Hydeia Broadbent told about being diagnosed with HIV at age 5, the trials she encountered as a youth and where she is now.

She encouraged the girls to make responsible choices. Actress Jurnee Smollet, an HIV activist, also participated in the program.

Public Service Commissioner Lambert C. Boissiere welcomed those attending the conference. Outstanding Mature Girlz Executive Director Sashika Baunchand shared what it means to be an outstanding mature girl. The event included performances from Winter Dance Company, CeCe from, Dr. Rani Whitfield — the “Hip Hop Doc” — and Love ’n Pain.

Other program participants included Louisiana Office of Public Health Region 2 Director Eugene Collins and the GO YE Ministry, attorney Kimberly Thomas facilitated the entrepreneurship and leadership session. Baunchand spoke of the importance of knowing your HIV status.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s mobile testing unit was on site, with Cody Walker and Lisa Rayford provided free HIV testing.

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