Merritt McDonald says my mention of the anniversary of the expulsion of the Acadians from Nova Scotia by the British in 1755 caused him to come up with this modest proposal:

“Why don’t we start a drive to get Nova Scotia back for our Cajuns?”

Sounds reasonable to me — I’m still mad at the British over the BP oil leak, and even though they may not technically own Nova Scotia any more, it would show them they can’t get away with such things as expulsions.

The Canadians are reasonable people, and I’m sure we could work something out. (Maybe we could give them North Dakota. …)

Merritt says all we need is a leader.

Say, some well-known Cajun politician who’s been idle for some time and needs a project to keep him busy.

Know anyone like that?

OMG, Hannah!

Suzanne Lavergne says her 16-year-old granddaughter Hannah, who attends the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, took part in an academically advanced program at Duke University this summer to study genetics etc.

When the subject of religion came up, Hannah, as a good Louisiana Catholic girl, was outspoken about her faith.

Says Suzanne, “For this she was voted ‘Most Likely to Tweet the Pope’ by her peers at the end of her stay in North Carolina!”

Fat chance

I was touched by our Tuesday story about the pot-bellied pig who ate rat poison and was saved by a blood transfusion by the LSU Vet School staff.

This being Louisiana, the “Any Excuse for a Party” state, I suggest that we have a celebration to mark this event.

But I don’t suppose a cochon de lait would be appropriate. …

Love those puppies

Carol Knight says the closing of Brunet’s Cajun Restaurant brings up this question:

“Now, where am I going to get great hushpuppies?”

You’re welcome to offer your suggestions. …

A damp shame

Joe Cooper says his lawn sprinkler, which disappeared during our extended hot, dry period, has suddenly reappeared — just after we had some substantial showers.

Worthy causes

A three-day Twin B Softball Tournament benefiting cancer patient Mike Borruano starts Friday at Myhand Park in Addis.

There will be bands and Junior and Willie from “Swamp People” signing autographs.

A Saturday silent auction features more than 75 items, including LSU-Florida football tickets and footballs signed by Les Miles and Billy Cannon.

Call Pat Bankston at (225) 687-6557.

Looking for people

Courtney Thompson says Capital Area CASA Association needs volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in East Baton Rouge Parish.

A training class starts Sept. 6.

Contact Courtney at or (225) 379-8598.

Special People Dept.

• John D. Schwab celebrates his 96th birthday Wednesday.

• Joseph Jackson of Old Jefferson Community Care Center celebrates his 95th birthday Thursday.

• Vergie Cox Hamilton, formerly of Baker, now in Hattiesburg, Miss., celebrates her 95th birthday Aug. 26.

• Jack Rogillio celebrates his 93rd birthday Thursday. He was with the 101st Airborne Division in World War II, and says that on his birthday in 1944 he was fighting along “Hell’s Highway” in Holland in Operation Market Garden.

• Dr. Robert “Bob” Garvue celebrates his 90th birthday Thursday. He is a World War II veteran.

• Fred Wayne Rogers celebrates his 90th birthday Aug. 24. He is a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and Korea.

• Maxie Rushing celebrates his 90th birthday Wednesday.

• Louis and Pauline Bartus celebrate their 63rd anniversary Thursday.

• On Monday Carl and Nell Meriwether celebrate 59 years of marriage.

• Camille and Dorothy Laborde, of Morganza, celebrate their 50th anniversary Aug. 24.

Bye, y’all

As is our custom, Mrs. Anders and I will take a few days of Well-Deserved Vacation, escaping the city heat of Baton Rouge for the cool bayou breezes of Back Brusly.

There we’ll be checking into Bubba’s Exxon, Motel, Bait Shop and All You Dare to Eat Buffet.

Bubba says his chef, Large Marge, is preparing a special dish for our first night.

She calls it “Choot ’em stew,” but Bubba won’t tell us what meat is in it …