The Christmas cactus is among the plants that bloom in the short days of winter as a result of photoperiodism. Photo by Rick Bogren/LSU AgCenter

Solstice is winter’s turning point

By Dan Gill
LSU AgCenter
As the Earth travels around the sun in its orbit, the length of our days and nights vary from season to season. This is because Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted with respect to its plane of orbit around the sun.

Brothers Stephon (right) and Steven Wilson from Winn Parish prepare their 4-H state-winning dish, blackened alligator with apple andouille vinaigrette, as part of “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit special event held Dec. 13 at the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker Educational Center. Photo by Karol Osborne/LSU AgCenter

4-H culinary competitors showcase Louisiana seafood at Smithsonian exhibition

By Karol Osborne
POLLOCK-Seafood in Louisiana is synonymous with fun-filled family gatherings, joyous celebrations and generally ‘passing a good time,’ and few know better the value of seafood to Louisiana than student competitors in 4-H seafood cookery contests.
Visitors to the LSU AgCenter Grant Walker Educational Center had a chance to sample some of the state’s finest seafood dishes prepared on-site by three 4-H culinary teams as part of “Water/Ways,” a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit special event held Dec. 13.

St. Ed Jr. Beta gives to Eunice Food Bank

St. Edmund Jr. Beta Club members recently presented a check for $2,290 to the Eunice Food Bank from their Christmas Cookie Festival project at school. Today we presented a check to the Eunice Food Bank for $2290.00. The event was open for grades pre-k through eighth grade students. The remaining donation came from St. Ed Middle and High School “Advent Project.” From left, are Dana Landry, teacher and Jr. Beta sponsor; Mary Ann Bergeron, religion teacher and Advent project coordinator; Cynthia Tanner, Food Bank volunteer; Mary Ann Guillory, director at Food Bank; Helen Brown, Jr.


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