Boat blessings setin Terrebonne

DULAC — Two boat blessings are planned in April in Terrebonne Parish.

Holy Family Catholic Church’s boat blessing will be April 14 at the church on Grand Caillou Road in Dulac.

In Chauvin, the boat blessing will be paired with the Chauvin Folk Art Festival. The festival and blessing will be April 21 at the Chauvin Sculpture Garden on Bayouside Drive.

The annual boat parade will run from Bayou Little Caillou to the Boudreaux Canal, starting at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Bill would rename Grand Isle hatchery

HOUMA — A Terrebonne Parish lawmaker has introduced legislation to rename the Grand Isle oyster hatchery to honor seafood expert Mike Voisin, who died in February.

Rep. Gordon Dove, R-Houma, wants to rename the bivalve hatchery as the Michael C. Voisin Hatchery.

He introduced House Bill 172 for consideration when the Legislature convenes in April.

Now known as the Sea Grant Bivalve Hatchery, it is part of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ marine research laboratory on Grand Isle.

New owners take control of mall

BOSSIER CITY — Louisiana Boardwalk managers are looking forward to reinvigoration as the development comes out of foreclosure under new ownership.

Lawrence Bizjak, managing director of the New York-based private equity firm Garrison Investment Group, said the company completed its purchase of the outlet mall Tuesday.

He declined to disclose the purchase price.

Retail space at Louisiana Boardwalk will be leased through Texas-based EWB Development. Shreveport’s Stirling Properties will manage leasing of office space, said Donna Taylor, senior vice president for Stirling.

Compiled from The Associated Press