Food drive planned Dec. 4

St. Landry Parish food pantries and shelters are looking to stock their shelves with food for families in need this season.
Food will be collected starting at 6 a.m. Dec. 4 at the Opelousas Civic Center parking lot on Creswell Lane, in Opelousas.
Food will be accepted until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
“You don’t even have to get out of your car,” Ginger LeCompte, executive director of St. Landry-Evangeline United Way, a community partner in the food drive effort, said.

UL Lafayette moves ahead with graduate certificate in cardiovascular nursing

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions is one step closer to offering a graduate certificate program for nurse practitioners who want to specialize in heart-related health care.
UL Lafayette’s graduate certificate in cardiovascular nursing was approved by the University of Louisiana System. The program will be considered by the Louisiana Board of Regents on Dec. 12.

Crickets for T-day?

Food science researchers at LSU are concocting recipes with an unusual ingredient: crickets. Cricket protein, actually. The brown powder can pack a protein punch that proponents say is environmentally sustainable. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, about 2 billion people worldwide eat insects, mostly in Southern and Central Africa and Southeast Asia.
Beetles, caterpillars, ants, grasshoppers and even dragonflies are consumed as sources of protein. However, many in the U.S. remain skeptical.

Although the satsumas are not as orange as most people expect, they are still coming in very sweet, according to Terry Breaux, a Terrebonne Parish citrus grower. (Photo by Johnny Morgan/LSU AgCenter)

Despite cold winter, citrus crop is early, sweet

Citrus growers were concerned that the cold temperatures last winter would destroy this year’s crop. But that has not been the case.
Barton Joffrion, LSU AgCenter horticulture agent in Terrebonne Parish, said the season is well on its way with satsumas looking really good right now.
“The agriculture department tested earlier than normal this year, and they ended early because the fruit was coming in so sweet,” he said. “They normally test the first or second week in September, but this year they tested in mid-August, and the fruit was even getting sweet then.”

Flu vaccine clinic open Thursday

The Louisiana Department of Health is scheduling a flu vaccination day in Opelousas Thursday at the St. Landry Parish Health Unit, 308 W. Bloch St., Opelousas, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
These one-day clinics will allow people to come in and get a flu shot at little or no cost to the patient.
The flu causes approximately 500 deaths and nearly 3,000 hospitalizations each year in Louisiana. However, last year, there were more than 15,000 hospitalizations and more than 1,600 deaths from the flu in the state. Of those more than 1,600 deaths, 5 were pediatric deaths.


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