Around Zachary for June 9, 2016 _lowres

Stacy Gill

As with most new home purchases, something inevitably pops up that prevents the dwelling from being described as perfect.

In my case, there’s nothing wrong with the house — it’s wonderful. The problem is with the excessive barking by the neighbor’s dog.

At first, I thought: “Great, a built-in security system.” But this medium-sized dog continues to growl and bark viciously from behind the neighbor’s wooden fence that runs parallel with my chain-link fence along the length of the properties.

Beau’s bark is a deep and guttural one. It’s jarring, ferocious and constant. Whether it’s a trip to the mailbox, taking the garbage to the street, yard work, unloading groceries or simply a cup of coffee during a sunrise, Beau’s barking doesn’t end.

I love animals and don’t want to be that “complaining new neighbor” and bring up the excessive dog-barking ordinance, but what to do? Will Beau become part of the landscape and ruin all outdoor activities for me or when friends and family visit?

I understand it’s a dog and barking is what dogs do, but literally constantly? I’ve resorted to skulking and tiptoeing around my own yard, hoping to escape a sensory-perceptive Beau, because once he hears or sees me, it becomes Barkapalooza on my street.

Send your ideas on how to make peace with Beau the Barking Dog by emailing

Council on Aging events

The East Feliciana Parish Council on Aging, 11102 Bank St., in Clinton, is open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Most activities for seniors start at 11 a.m.; lunch is served at noon.

East Feliciana Public Transit offers transportation Monday through Friday to East Baton Rouge Parish for the elderly.

Call the Council on Aging at (225) 683-9862 for information.

FRIDAY: 11 a.m., exercise class

MONDAY: 11 a.m., exercise class

TUESDAY: 11 a.m., games

WEDNESDAY: 11 a.m., bingo

OCT. 8: 11:30 a.m. devotional followed by blood pressure checks

OCT. 9: 11 a.m., exercise class.

Living History Day

At Port Hudson State Historic Site, 236 U.S. 61, Jackson, Living History Day for home-school groups will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 9.

Staff and volunteers will present different activities and facets of the 1860s.

The first demonstration will be the loading and firing of a Civil War cannon. Groups then will be directed to the different interpretive stations around the park.

Schools wishing to participate in the program must call the park to schedule their classes, and arrive promptly at 9 a.m.

Email to register for the program.

For information, call (225) 654-3775.

Redwood Cemetery meeting

The Redwood Cemetery Association will conduct its annual meeting beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Redwood Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 5182 La. 412 E., Slaughter.

All families who own burial plots in the cemetery are urged to attend.

For information, call Cynthia Young Venable, church secretary, at (225) 683-8967 or email

Archaeology tour scheduled

Centenary State Historic Site, 3522 College St., in Jackson will host an archaeology site tour beginning at 3 p.m. Oct. 9.

In commemoration of Louisiana National Archaeology Month, guided tours will focus on archaeological features and include a brief overview of prior excavations at the site.

Visitors will tour the Professor’s House, the East Wing Dormitory, the Main Academic Building and more.

For information, call (225) 634-7925.

Send news and events for Around East Feliciana to Stacy Gill at by 3 p.m. Fridays or call (225) 993-0066.