Community

Coverage of community events and issues.

Carolina Parakeet

Jan 9, 2017

They were thought of as noisy mobs of rogues hell-bent on destruction.  They swarmed the grain fields and orchards of European settlers consuming the fruits of hard labor.  If they possessed redeeming qualities it was only after they were dead and skinned, either for decoration on women's hats or fried in lard for the table.  Linnaeus named them Carolina parakeets in 1758, and within that group there was a subspecies with slightly different colored plumage called the Louisiana parakeet.

 

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Sometimes the numbers seem to say one thing, but real life screams something else.

That’s the case when I talk to young people with lots and lots of college debt to pay off.

The voices in their head say something like this:

Box Turtles

Jan 4, 2017

That an old, time-marred box turtle in my hand today could be the same one held by my great grandfather on the edge of this swamp a hundred years ago infers a connection mystical if not spiritual.  Though unlikely, it is possible.

 

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Saturday, January 7th the Monroe Athletic Club is hosting the 2017 Yogathon.  This year's Yogathon is benefiting Pilots for Patients. 

For those who aren't familiar with the idea of a Yogathon, think of a marathon. In a marathon, one runs all day, and in a Yogathon, one can take yoga classes all day. The Monroe Athletic Club offers different level classes starting at a beginner's yoga class and moving up to more advanced yoga levels. 

Feeding Birds

Dec 26, 2016

Nothing can brighten a gray winter day faster than a splash of crimson cardinals or goldfinches gathered at a window side bird feeder.  The popularity of bird feeding continues to grow, and a recent report estimates that 63 million Americans provide food for wild birds, spending more than $2.5 billion on birdseed and feeding supplies each year.

 

Seemingly unrelated political decisions often impact wildlife resources and lead to a cascade of unanticipated events in the most unlikely of places.  That U.S. policy in Iraq and Iran could suddenly influence my daily biological work in the spectacular Lacassine marshes of southwestern Louisiana is a good example.  The nexus involves humans' peculiar obsession with fish eggs, and the story line goes like this.

 

Ouachita Green

Ouachita Green's vision of keeping the community Green and Clean continues as they get ready for their Christmas Tree Recycling event. This service to the community will last from December 26 to January 6. 

The Christmas spirit is all about giving back. Through recycling live trees instead of throwing them away, one can give back to their community and environment. Recycling the trees also lightens the load of sanitation companies and keeps the trees out of landfills.

WM/WO Convention and Visitors Bureau

Due to rainfall earlier in the month, the West Monroe Christmas Parade has been moved to this Saturday.

The rescheduled Kiwanis Club of West Monroe Christmas Parade will follow a different route this year.

The parade, sponsored by Origin Bank, will begin this Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 AM and travel along this route. 

· Depart from parking lots of First West (First Baptist Church of West Monroe)

· South onto Cypress Street

· Left (east) onto Wood Street

· Left (north) onto Trenton Street (Antique Alley)

· Left (west) onto Stella St

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This past Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Horse Assisted Therapy Services of North Louisiana, HATS, hosted an open house for people in the community interested in volunteering for their program. The HATS program helps serve differently-abled participants from 2 to 60 years old. 

Leslie Vowles, the director of HATS,  explains that horse therapy is a good addition to other types of therapy people may be involved in. The HATS program has seen mobile skills improvement, behavioral improvement, and an increase in self confidence in the participants of the program. 

KCS

The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express is coming to town November 29 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the 200 block of North Third Street. 

The Holiday Express is a festive six car train that spreads holiday cheer to communities. The train features a smiling tank car named Rudy, a flat car carrying Santa's sleigh reindeer and a miniature village. The train also features a gingerbread boxcar; the elves workshop;  a reindeer stable and a little red caboose. 

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