St. Bernard Parish government recently broke ground on a walking path at the Val Riess Sports Complex in Chalmette.

The mile-long concrete loop around the park at 1101 Magistrate St. will be 5 feet wide, ideal for joggers, walkers, skaters and baby strollers. The park’s existing trail will be designated strictly for bicyclists. Trail lighting will be added so that both trails will be available during the evenings through all seasons.

The project, expected to be completed by January, is being funded by two federal grants the parish received that are administered through the state of Louisiana: a $127,000 Recreational Trails Program grant through the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and a $150,000 Louisiana Land and Water Conservation Grant for the trail lighting. Judge Robert Klees and the members of the Murphy Oil Cy Pres Committee provided the parish with a $374,000 grant to complete the project.

Hall of Fame nominations

The St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for inductees and awards for its 20th annual Hall of Fame ceremony set for March 7.

Applications are available at and must be submitted by Dec. 16. Submissions can be mailed to the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 1602, Chalmette, LA 70044 or emailed to Eddie Appel at

The 20th annual Hall of Fame induction and award ceremony will be held at the new St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame Center at Val Riess Park in Chalmette. New Orleans Saints legend and sports radio personality Bobby Hebert will speak. Tickets are $40 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved.

For information, call Roy Cortes, president, at (985) 246-8354; Bryan Frichter, vice president, at (504) 554-2685; or Eddie Appel, treasurer, at (504) 301-6135.

Battle bicentennial artwork

The St. Bernard Tourist Commission recently unveiled its official artwork for the celebration of the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans set for Jan. 7-10. The piece, created by artist Terrance Osborne, beautifully depicts the Reconnaissance-in-Force Battle of December 28, 1814, which took place in what is now known as Chalmette.

This battle significantly destroyed the British troops, which led to the final victory by Andrew Jackson and his forces at the Battle of New Orleans on Jan. 8, 1815. The view of the battle in the artwork is from the deck of the SS Louisiana, which was anchored in the Mississippi River. In the distance, the battle between U.S. forces and the British army is raging. The painting highlights Osborne’s creative ability to use vibrant colors and still maintain historical accuracy.

Prints are being sold by the Tourist Commission and can be purchased by calling the Visitor Center at (504) 278-4242. There are 500 prints available in the following categories: remarqued, $325; signed and numbered, $150; and unsigned and numbered, $75.

Church dinner fundraiser

Covenant United Methodist Church will hold its weekly dinner fundraiser from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday at the church, 115 E. D’Amour St., Chalmette.

This week’s menu will include seafood gumbo with salad and bread. Dinners cost $8. Dine-in or take-out orders will be accepted while supplies last.

Dinner fundraisers are held every Monday. The menu for Dec. 15 will be chicken Parmesan with green beans.

For information, call the church at (504) 271-3763.

Knights of Nemesis social

The Knights of Nemesis Social Club and Parade will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at The Palms Too Restaurant, 8001 W. St. Bernard Highway, Arabi.

Prospective members are invited; food will be served.

The 10th annual Knights of Nemesis Parade will roll at 1 p.m. Feb. 7 in Chalmette.

For information, call Billy Showalter at (504) 583-3998 or visit

Crime-prevention tips

St. Bernard Parish residents looking for free, expert advice on crime-prevention measures for their home or business can register for the St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office’s Refuse to Be a Victim lecture set for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, on the second floor of the Sheriff’s Training Center, 2118 Jackson Blvd., Chalmette.

Presented by Capt. Charles Borchers, head of community relations and long-time crime prevention director for the Sheriff’s Office, along with Deputy Eric Eilers, the lecture will include safety tips to avoid becoming a crime victim at home or away.

Refuse to Be a Victim is a nationally recognized program founded in 1993. To register, call Borchers at (504) 278-7628.

4-H Club

Seventh-grade 4-H Club members from N.P. Trist and St. Bernard middle schools participated in a two day 4-H Challenge Camp at Tickfaw State Park in Springfield.

Groups of students worked together in the Amazing Tickfaw Race to solve challenges that build leadership, teamwork, critical-thinking and communication skills. The students participated in activities that highlighted the importance of eating healthful foods and getting enough exercise.

The highlight of the camp was a canoe trip during which 4-H members practiced their teamwork skills while enjoying the landscape of the waterway. Participants also had time to explore some of the park’s nature trails, visit the nature center, roast marshmallows over a campfire, listen to the sounds of the park on a night hike and meet 4-H members from other parishes in southeast Louisiana.

Battlefield Yuletide

The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve’s Chalmette Battlefield will hold its annual Yuletide celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Malus-Beauregard House, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette.

Living-history volunteers wearing period clothing will be in character, discussing their plans for the holidays and telling stories about their lives. Visitors also will be able to make old-fashioned decorations for the house Christmas tree and for their own homes.

Admission is free. For information, call (504) 281-0510 or visit

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