Livingston history group hears about Zachary Taylor

Yvonne Lewis Day spoke about former U.S. President Zachary Taylor, who served only 16 months, when the Edward Livingston Historical Association met Feb. 15 at the Livingston Parish Library.

This is the 169th anniversary of the only president who lived in Louisiana. He was born at Montebello Plantation in Gordonsville, Virginia, and was the 12th president. He also owned a plantation, Cypress Grove, in Jefferson County, Mississippi.

In the military, he was assigned to build the Jackson Military Road that extended from Baton Rouge to Tennessee. In 1824, he built camps 9 miles north of Baton Rouge and, in 1830, he was back in West Feliciana Parish. In 1831, his home was Baton Rouge and his wife chose a simple, four-room cottage at 727 Lafayette St. Taylor helped establish St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge.

During the Mexican War, he was called "Old Rough and Ready." In 1847, he returned to Baton Rouge. In 1848, he was elected president on the Whig ticket with Millard Fillmore as vice president. He died July 9, 1850, in office. His wife, Margaret Peggy Smith Taylor, never went to Washington.

Hobart O. Pardue will tell "Stories from a Country Lawyer" at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Livingston Parish library.

Discrimination topic for Lagniappe Woman's Club

Holly Caplan, of Dallas, spoke on Feb. 19 about her experiences with gender discrimination in the workplace to the GFWC Lagniappe Woman's Club. Her mother, Lee Caplan, introduced her.

Scholarship Chairman Lynn Golda spoke about rules for two scholarships being given in May. Pat Quartararo coordinated an in-house bake sale to help fund the scholarships.

Plans for the district convention to be held in Baton Rouge were finalized. Janelle Labat, of Metanoia Manor, is featured speaker. Meeting hostesses were Pat Brown, Carolyn Lantz, Montez Love and Dawn Tisdale.

Cobb, Clement perform Music Club recital

A recital, “Glorious Sounds: The Beauty of the Human Voice,” was presented at the Music Club of Baton Rouge's Feb. 20 meeting at the Woman’s Club and featured soprano Rachel Cobb and mezzo-soprano Leanne Clement. They were accompanied by pianist Constance Carroll.

Cobb sang “Si, mi chiamano Mimi” and “Donde lieta usci” from Giacomo Puccini's "La Boheme," “Pace, pace mio Dio” from Giuseppe Verdi'a "La Forza del Destino" and “Vissi d’arte” from Puccini's "Tosca."

Clement sang “Condotta ell’era in ceppi” from Verdi's "Il Trovatore," “Lullaby” from Gian Carlo Menotti's "The Consul," “O mio Fernando” from Gaetano Donizetti's "La Favorita" and “Sgombra e la sacra selva” from Vincenzo Bellini's "Norma." The singers ended the program with the duet “Mira, o Norma” from Bellini's "Norma."

Rose Mary Williams was program chairwoman. The Hospitality Committee was co-chaired by Willie Irwin and Feltus and Susan Leake. On the committee were Tracey Ardoin, Patsy Borie, Rebecca Cureau, Barbara Dodge, Nancy Hester, Evelyn LeJeune, Elizabeth Spanhoff and Diane Tate.

Broadmoor senior group hears new pastor

The Rev. Barrett Ingram, the new pastor of Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, spoke to the church's Chronologically Gifted and Talented group's Feb. 21 luncheon.

Ingram said he was 8 years old when he promised God that he would become a minister. Terrified of a storm while in the car with his father, he knew that it was really bad when his father pulled off the road. He promised God that, if he survived, he would become a minister.

Years later, when he spent the summer in Florida with friends, he went to a large church that impressed him. The minister asked listeners to say a prayer of commitment and ask Jesus to come into their homes and lives. He could not say it right away but, eventually, he did. When he attended Millsaps University and a counselor asked him if he had ever considered the ministry, ”I opened my mouth to say no and yes came out,” he said. He then told God, “I got it. I got it.”

Von Raybon catered the luncheon. Co-chairman E.J. McCune presented Ingram with an LSU Tiger shirt. Assisting were co-chair Annabelle Armstrong, Mario Forbes, Patsye Peebles, Barbara Long, Kris Renfroe, Ellen Snyder, Linda Grider and Virginia Holloway.

Fall specialist speaks to Red Stick Kiwanis

Toni Phillips, a senior fitness specialist and fall prevention consultant, spoke to the Red Stick Kiwanis on Feb. 23 at Lake Sherwood Village.

Phillips started “Grip It,” a fall-prevention and safe-living program. She said 1 in 3 Americans over 65 will fall this year. Half of those who have hip fractures will never go home again, and 25 percent will die within the year. The number of falls can be reduced with lifestyle adjustments such as exercise, education and learning about safe falling, she said. For more information, email gripitsenior.toni@gmail.com.

Pizzalato honored for volunteer service

Jeanie Pizzalato has been named Volunteer Louisiana's 2018 AmeriCorps Champion of Service.

A single mom, Pizzalato is an AmeriCorps VISTA member with The Life of a Single Mom who has served more than 1,500 volunteer hours with the organization, supporting programs and events that serve single moms all over the country. She has achieved and exceeded the goals set before her as a VISTA.

Each year, Volunteer Louisiana selects only one AmeriCorps VISTA from throughout the state for the Champion of Service award to recognize and honor their hard work and dedication. The Champions of Service Awards Gala will be held Wednesday, April 18, at the Capitol Park Museum and will feature an address from Gov. John Bel Edwards. Tickets will be available through the Volunteer Louisiana Foundation at VolunteerLAFoundation.org.

Iota Master learns about Governor's Mansion

Cheryl Foster spoke about the Governor’s Mansion when Iota Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi met Feb. 22 at Pat Tennyson's home. Darlene Poindexter was co-hostess.

The home of the governor was built in 1963 when Jimmie Davis was governor. The Greek Revival-style building has 25,000 square feet in three stories and a basement. In 2000, Auseklis Ozols painted a mural, which took more than six months to complete. Ozols has objects hidden in the mural that pay tribute to each governor who has lived there, and he updates the mural when administrations change.

Members brought over-the-counter medicine and personal items to donate to the St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy.

Lynda Smith, chapter sweetheart, was honored at a luncheon on Feb. 10 at Duke's Seafood and Steak House. Smith was presented at the Sweetheart Ball on Feb. 3.

Broadmoor '68 class sets reunion

The Broadmoor High School Class of 1968 will hold a 50-year reunion at 6 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Drusilla Seafood and Catering. Cost is $50 per person to be paid in advance. Classmates and BHS graduates from other years are invited to gather at 6 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Pastime. Contact Sharon Pol, spol@cox.net.


Compiled by Advocate staff writer George Morris. The “Community” column runs every Tuesday and Friday in The Advocate. Items should be submitted to “Community,” Advocate eatplaylive section, P.O. Box 588, Baton Rouge, LA 70821, or emailed to people@theadvocate.com. 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.

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