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Glendale Elementary held a not-so-traditional pre-kindergarten graduation on May 19. Pre-k teachers, Natisha Gil, Katie Richard, Wendy Nugent and Brandi Thompson lined the driveway, as pre-k students and their families drove through for a special graduation parade. Students were led through the parade route by a Fire District 6 fire truck, and were presented with a summer treat bucket, mementos from the school year and enrichment activities to get them ready for kindergarten. Natisha Gil, pre-k teacher, waves to Audrey Prudhomme, pre-k student, who is waving back. (Submitted photo)

Pre-kindergarten graduation

Glendale Elementary held a not-so-traditional pre-kindergarten graduation on May 19. Pre-k teachers, Natisha Gil, Katie Richard, Wendy Nugent and Brandi Thompson lined the driveway, as pre-k students and their families drove through for a special graduation parade. Students were led through the parade route by a Fire District 6 fire truck, and were presented with a summer treat bucket, mementos from the school year and enrichment activities to get them ready for kindergarten. Natisha Gil, pre-k teacher, waves to Audrey Prudhomme, pre-k student, who is waving back. (Submitted photo)

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Travis Marcantel receives the Scout of the Year presented by the VFW Post 8971 and Auxiliary. Marcantel, an eighth grader at Eunice Junior High, is an active scout with Troop 425. From left are Gene Olivier, District 7 commander; Marcantel; and Don Reber, post commander.

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First place winner of Patriot’s Pen Essay sponsored by the VFW Post 8971 and Auxiliary was Caroline Heinen, a student at St. Edmund. Presenting her with a cash prize and a trophy are Bernita Briscoe, Auxiliary; Heinen; and Post Commander Don Reber.

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The VFW Post 8971 and Auxiliary held its annual Americanism Essay winners by means of a drive-thru ceremony. Teacher of the Year was honored and recognized as Tonya Guillory, a second grade teacher at Highland Elementary, accepted her trophy and cash prize. From left, are Don Reber, post commander; Guillory; and Bernita Briscoe, Auxiliary.

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Ryder Johnson, a kindergarten student at Glendale Elementary, won first place with his participation of the VFW and Auxiliary sponsored Americanism contest. From left, are Bernita Briscoe, Auxiliary; Johnson; and Don Reber, commander of the VFW Post 8971. (Photos by Myra Miller)

VFW Post and Auxiliary held a drive-thru for essay winners

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8971 and Ladies Auxiliary each year host and sponsor an Americanism essay contest for Eunice students.
Students from all Eunice elementary, junior high and high schools enter and participate in the contest.
First, second and third place winners are awarded for their creativity and originality of the essays and drawings. They receive certificates, cash prizes and trophies.

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Tomato plant infected with southern bacterial wilt. (Photo by Raj Singh/LSU AgCenter)

Southern bacterial wilt a problem in Louisiana vegetables 

 Louisiana vegetable growers are beginning to see problems from southern bacterial wilt, one of the most serious diseases of garden crops including tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers. 
The disease is caused by the soil-borne bacterium Ralstonia solanacearum, said Raj Singh, LSU AgCenter plant doctor. 
“In addition to solanaceous vegetables, the bacterium can cause disease in a wide range of ornamentals,” Singh said. “The pathogen is spread within fields by the movement of infested soil, in surface water and through the handling of infected plants.”  

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The CDA Eunice Court 208 sponsors an Education Contest where St. Edmund students participate in essay writing, poetry and photography. Winners are elected at a local level, and all first place winners are sent for judging at the state level. The following St. Edmund Elementary and high school students were chosen at the state level. Lily Vidrine, third place Essay Division One, and second place Poetry Division One; Doug Summerlin, first place Poetry Division Three; Madison LaCombe, third place Essay Division Three; Josh Smith, second place Photography Division Three. In front, from left, are Lynn Pavich, 208 Regent; Lilly Vidrine, and Della Breaux, recording secretary and education contest chairperson. Standing, in back, from left are Doug Summerlin, and Madison LaCombe. Not pictured is Josh Smith. (Submitted photo)

CDA winners

The CDA Eunice Court 208 sponsors an Education Contest where St. Edmund students participate in essay writing, poetry and photography. Winners are elected at a local level, and all first place winners are sent for judging at the state level. The following St. Edmund Elementary and high school students were chosen at the state level. Lily Vidrine, third place Essay Division One, and second place Poetry Division One; Doug Summerlin, first place Poetry Division Three; Madison LaCombe, third place Essay Division Three; Josh Smith, second place Photography Division Three.

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The Bulb & Blossom Garden Club has selected the garden of Dr. Donnie Barnes as its recipient of the Residential Yard for the Month of May. A handful of the numerous plant varieties pictured include a wide array of daylilies, bright white Lilies of the Nile, deep purple lobelia, white and lavender pansies, and a stunning new variety of Eastern Redbud – Rising Sun. The garden also includes irises, roses, canna lilies, petunias, penstemon, dianthus, salvia, larkspur, and hollyhhock and much more. Also incorporated along the edge are altheas, yaupons, buddleia and interesting dwarf conifers. (Submitted information and photo by Celeste D. Gomez.

Residential Yard of the Month

The Bulb & Blossom Garden Club has selected the garden of Dr. Donnie Barnes as its recipient of the Residential Yard for the Month of May. A handful of the numerous plant varieties pictured include a wide array of daylilies, bright white Lilies of the Nile, deep purple lobelia, white and lavender pansies, and a stunning new variety of Eastern Redbud – Rising Sun. The garden also includes irises, roses, canna lilies, petunias, penstemon, dianthus, salvia, larkspur, and hollyhhock and much more.

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