Parish Lines: St. Bernard plans parishwide activities to mark Katrina anniversary _lowres

Photo provided by Susan Klees- Dustin Drewes of Chalmette was named Tulane University’s cycling coach.

In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Parish government has several activities planned this month.

“Because Katrina’s waters engulfed our entire parish, we made sure that the commemoration included events in every part of St. Bernard,” said Michael Bayham, chairman of the SBK10 Commemoration Committee.

“Ten years ago, we all suffered. Ten years later, we should celebrate the progress we have made in our recovery while also remembering what we lost.”

Bayham said a series of tours will be given at key locations throughout the parish to showcase the progress the community has made.

“The recovery tours are an important part of our commemoration as they serve to remind us how our countrymen helped rebuild St. Bernard through the investment of hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars,” Bayham said.

Education Recovery Tours will be held Monday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Chalmette High Ninth Grade Academy and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Nunez Community College.

Critical Facilities Recovery Tours will take place Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the Central Fire Station, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Office and Paris Road Substation, and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Bernard Parish Hospital.

A Flood Protection Recovery Tour will be offered Aug. 26 at the surge barrier at the MRGO and the Caenarvon Canal Flood Gate. The time is yet to be announced.

On Aug. 26, the Torres I Burns Trust and the Creative Alliance of New Orleans will hold an art exhibition titled “The Spirit of St. Bernard: Portraits and Videos” at the River House Museum in Poydras. The exhibition is set for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Parish Facilities Recovery Tours will be held Aug. 27 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Beauregard Courthouse and Islenos Museum Complex.

Nunez Community College, plans include a Day of Service on the Feast Day of St. Bernard on Thursday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Torres Park in Chalmette. Volunteers will be sprucing up the park in an endeavor sponsored by the Emerging Professional Council.

A parish-wide ecumenical prayer service will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Violet featuring New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Aymond and local pastors.

The St. Bernard Parish School Board’s annual Day of Reflection Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 28 at the Chalmette High School Ninth Grade Academy. For information regarding tickets, contact the School Board at (504) 301-2000.

Nunez Community College will open its 10-year Katrina time capsule and hold a photo retrospective from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 28 on the campus, 3710 Paris Road in Chalmette.

A memorial service for those who perished in the storm will take place 9 a.m. Aug. 29 at the Katrina Memorial at Shell Beach.

Studio Inferno in Arabi will kick off its Katrina X art exhibition Aug. 29. It will run through Nov. 1 at 6601 St. Claude Ave. in Old Arabi.

The commemoration events will conclude Aug. 29 at Val Riess Sports Complex, 1101 Magistrate St. in Chalmette, with a family festival from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will include refreshments, children’s entertainment, musical performances by Bobby Cure and the Summertime Blues and The Bucktown All Stars. There also will be a special recognition of service to those civil servants and private citizens who engaged in search and rescue efforts during Katrina.

The SBK10 Commemoration Committee is composed of individuals representing various businesses, the chamber, Nunez College, St. Bernard Parish Schools, St. Bernard Sheriff’s Office, St. Bernard Port, FEMA, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, as well as employees of the Council and Parish Government. For information, call Bayham at (504) 278-1033.

St. Mark reunion to be held at Lacoste Elementary

A reunion for all former St. Mark Catholic School students and teachers will be held Aug. 29 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Lacoste Elementary School cafeteria, 1625 Missouri St. in Chalmette, on the grounds where St. Mark once stood.

Participants are advised to bring their own food and refreshments. Alcohol is prohibited. Children are welcome. For information, call (504) 301-2000.

St. Bernard resident named Tulane cycling coach

Chalmette resident Dustin Drewes was recently named head cycling coach at Tulane University.

Drewes, a St. Bernard native, graduated from Chalmette High School in 2008. He received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2012 and went on to earn his master’s degree in 2014 from Louisiana State University, where he was instrumental in the formation and development of LSU’s cycling team.

As cycling coach, Drewes will lead a team of 30 active cyclists, including the competition teams. Although the main team focus is on road racing, Drewes will also oversee Tulane’s participation in track cycling, mountain bike racing and cyclocross. These teams compete in cycling competition both on the conference and national levels.

“This opportunity will allow me to help cyclists reach their maximum potential, while raising awareness of cycling in the community,” Drewes said. “Both of these objectives are very important to me.”

Old Arabi Association to meet

The Old Arabi Neighborhood Association will meet Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at The Gathering, 7265 St. Claude Ave. in Old Arabi.

Guest speakers will include Jason Stopa, director of Community Development; and Andrew Jacques, St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation executive director. Topics will include the zoning overlay and the Sippin’ in the Sunset Fall Series.

Dues are $20 per household for the calendar year, and can be paid at any time. For information, call Linda Van Aman at (504) 682-5337.

Kim Gritter writes about St. Bernard Parish. She can be reached at