Sharon and Gordon Phares and their grandson, Michael Polozola, were among the Baton Rouge area winners at the Northshore Camellia Club’s annual show Dec. 20 at St. Scholastica Academy in Covington. Gerald Phares is Baton Rouge Camellia Society president.

The Phareses won runner-up in the small camellia japonica category, and Polozola won best species runner-up. Gordon Rabalais, also a Baton Rouge member, won the silver trophy for having the next to highest number of first-place blooms.

More than 900 blooms by 52 exhibitors were entered.

Audubon DAR delivers holiday gifts to soldiers

The John James Audubon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution delivered holiday care packages for soldiers at Fort Polk on Dec. 23 as part of the national DAR Patriot Project. Karen White is chapter project chairwoman.

Packages included hygiene and personal care items, sewing kits, Ziploc bags, backpacks, ditty bags, clothing, non-perishable food items and hand warmers. Each package also contained a star trimmed from a retired American flag to remind soldiers that they are not forgotten.

Rose development topic for ‘Reflections’

Allen Owings, LSU resident professor at the Hammond Research Station, gave a historical outline of the development of roses to the Burden Horticulture Society’s “Reflections in the Garden” program Jan. 5.

Owings described different classes of roses, which varieties are best for different landscape functions in our climate and which are low-maintenance and high-maintenance.

Pat Hegwood will speak on camellias at the next “Reflections” program at noon Monday, Feb. 2, at the LSU AgCenter Burden Conference Center, 4560 Essen Lane.

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Red Stick Ex-POWs discuss ‘Unbroken’

The Red Stick Chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War met Jan. 6 at Hollywood Casino.

Beth Dawson gave a report on the book and movie “Unbroken,” which is about Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who was imprisoned by the Japanese during World War II.

Dawson asked members if they were athletic before the war. Billy Heroman said he boxed and played other sports.

Johnnie Mosby, who was in the Korean War and was in the Battle of Pork Chop Hill, told about how he was captured and sent to a prison camp. His mother receive word that he was killed and they would be sending his body home to Centreville, Mississippi, for burial. After the war was over, he returned home and surprised his family and friends.

Marion Bahlinger gave facts about the POW camp where he was held by the Germans.

The next meeting will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, at Hollywood Casino.

CASA, public works topic for FGBRCA

A child advocate and representatives of public works departments spoke to the Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations on Jan. 8. The federation represents area homeowners associations.

Jennifer Mayer, recruitment coordinator of Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocates, explained CASA’s mission is to recruit and train volunteers to support abused and neglected children.

CASA can be reached at or (225) 379-8589.

East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Director Frank Duke and Josh Crowe, Obie Watts and Elizabeth Gilbert with the sanitary sewer overflow program also spoke. Crowe, Watts and Gilbert talked about the existing consent decree in EBR while planning for Baton Rouge’s future sewer infrastructure needs. The intent is to eliminate overflow of sewage. Construction started in 2008 and will run until 2018 at a cost of $1.6 billion.

Duke said there are inconsistencies in the Unified Development Code that make it difficult to figure out in some cases. He wants make the code more manageable.

The federation meets the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting will be on Feb. 12. Contact President Nancy Curry, (225) 925-1674, to join or attend a meeting.

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