Around St. Helena for Dec. 4, 2014 _lowres

Stephanie Warren

Fall season is here, and leaves and debris have begun to clutter our lawns. The dried leaves can be great for mulch, decorating and fall activities, but they also can be a fire hazard. To raise awareness for fire safety and to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, Fire Prevention Week was established.

The Great Chicago Fire, which started Oct. 8, 1871, killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Each year for Fire Prevention Week there is a different theme. This year’s theme is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm.”

This year’s Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10.

Did you know that roughly half of home fire deaths, according to firefighters, result from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Check with your local fire departments to see if there are any activities for children going on in your community during Fire Prevention Week.

Pastor anniversary

Lazard Temple COGIC, at 15750 La. 43, Greensburg, will celebrate its pastor’s 20 years of service at the church. The Saturday service will begin at 6 p.m., and the Sunday service is scheduled for 3 p.m. Call the church (225) 222-4858, James Self (225) 571-7497, Valarie Foreman (903)-363-8021 or Tonya Jackson (225) 222-3607.

Sweet potato sale set

The LSU/SU AgCenter, at 22 S. Main St., Greensburg, is taking orders for sweet potatoes. The cost is $22 for 40 pounds, and all proceeds will benefit the St. Helena 4-H Club. Orders are due by Nov. 13 to ensure they arrive before the Thanksgiving holiday. To place an order, visit the office in Greensburg, or call (225) 222- 4136.

Contact Stephanie Warren by phone at (985) 517-4869 or email at