Covenant United Methodist Church will hold a crafts show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 6, in the church’s fellowship hall, 115 E. D’Amour St., Chalmette.

There will be live music, inflatables and food.

For information, call the Rev. Jeff Duke at (225) 772-2206.

Knights to meet

The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, at South End Zone, 8241 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

Prospective members are invited. Food will be provided.

The Knights of Nemesis organization was formed in 2004 and has paraded in St. Bernard Parish for the past 10 years. The 11th annual Knights of Nemesis Parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. Jan. 30, 2016. For information about the social or parade, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998 or visit

Art lessons

The Rev. Jeff Duke, pastor of Covenant United Methodist Church, will offer drawing and painting lessons for children and adults ages 9 and older every Sunday from June 14 through July 5.

The cost is $30 for all four sessions and materials are provided. Classes begin at 3 p.m. and will be taught in the church’s fellowship hall, 115 E. D’Amour St. in Chalmette.

For information, call Duke at (225) 772-2206.

History talks

History buffs are invited to discover 1815’s Battle of New Orleans with ranger talks Tuesdays through Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. at Chalmette Battlefield, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway in Chalmette.

For information, call (504) 281-0510 or visit

Law Enforcement Torch Run

The St. Bernard leg of this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Louisiana raised more than $1,000 for Special Olympics Louisiana and the State Summer Games in Hammond.

During the May 22 event, nearly 50 St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office deputies, Fire Department officials and state and federal wildlife agents took part in the run with parish Special Olympics participants, traveling west on the highway from St. Bernard Parish Prison on Paris Road and ending at Torres Park.

This year’s total was the largest amount ever raised by the Law Enforcement Torch Run in St. Bernard Parish, according to Cpl. Jessica Gernados, who coordinates the run for the Sheriff’s Office.

Seventeen youngsters and adults from St. Bernard Parish who took part in the start of the Torch Run later left for Hammond by bus to take part in the State Games.

The Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics has been celebrated for more than 30 years. More than 2,000 law enforcement officers take part statewide.

Artist of the season

Marie Alvarez was chosen as St. Bernard Art Guild’s winter artist of the season for her photograph “Pelican Reflection.”

The art guild meets on the second Thursday of every month at the St. Bernard Parish Government Complex, 8201 W. Judge Perez Drive, Chalmette.

For more information, call Art Guild President Linda Lopez at (504) 884-1843.

Sheriff’s scholarships awarded

Paris Blanchard-Edwards of Violet and Kelsea Glorioso of Meraux were recently named recipients of $500 academic scholarships from the Louisiana Sheriffs Association.

Blanchard-Edwards and Glorioso are both Class of 2015 Chalmette High School graduates and both plan to attend Louisiana State University; Blanchard-Edwards plans to major in pre-veterinary and Glorioso plans to major in architecture.

Glorioso’s parents are Crissy and C.J. Arcement. Blanchard-Edwards’ parents are Conchetta and John Edwards.

Glorioso, among other activities, was in the Key Club in high school and Blanchard-Edwards played volleyball and participated in track and field in high school.

The scholarships are funded through donations to the Louisiana Sheriffs Association honorary membership program. Louisiana sheriffs provide scholarships to graduating high school students from each parish in which the sheriff is an affiliate of the program.

Qualities including academic achievement, leadership and character are considered in choosing scholarship recipients. Applicants must be residents of Louisiana, and the scholarships must be used for higher education within the state.

Law enforcement pool tournament

On May 15, more than 60 federal agents, sheriffs, police chiefs and other cops gathered in 31 teams at Lacy’s Cue in Chalmette for the second annual regional law enforcement pool tournament.

The event drew police from nearly 20 area agencies with a goal of promoting relationships between law enforcement workers.

Michael Anderson, special agent in charge of the FBI office in New Orleans since 2012, was one of the driving forces in 2014 in suggesting the first regional law enforcement pool tournament as a means for cops to get together socially.

A team from the Kenner Police Department won the pool tournament, and a team from the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office placed second.

The St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office had 10 employees participate in five teams for the tournament. They are: Maj. Pete Tufaro, Maj. Robert McNab, Capt. Mark Jackson, Lt. Richard Mendel, Sgt. Donald Johnson, Al Clavin, Ryan Melerine, Matt Arcement, Jeremy Roig and Lamont Dersone.

Other area law enforcement leaders participating besides St. Bernard Sheriff James Pohlmann and Anderson included sheriffs Marlin Gusman, of Orleans Parish, and Lonnie Greco, of Plaquemines Parish; Kenner Police Chief Michael Glaser; Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith; and Phillip Durham, special agent in charge of the New Orleans office for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Agencies participating included sheriff’s offices from St. Bernard, Jefferson, Plaquemines, Orleans, St. Tammany and St. John parishes, police departments from New Orleans, Slidell and Kenner, Louisiana State Police, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Bureau of ATF, Homeland Security, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Secret Service.

Kim Gritter writes about people, places and events in St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at