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Pictured here is retired Airborne Infantry First Sergeant from the U. S. Army Charles Perdices. He was elected commander of the Mamou American Legion last year and has brought back the Veterans Day celebration. (Photo courtesy of Charles Perdices)

Parachuting into tradition

By: TONY MARKS
Associate Editor

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Deadline nears to reserve seats for Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon

The deadline to reserve seats and tables to the Community Foundation of Acadiana’s upcoming Leaders in Philanthropy Awards Luncheon is Monday.
Seats are $75 each and tables of eight are $500 and can be reserved online at cfacadiana.org/2017lip.

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Landrieu considering his future

With roughly six months remaining in his term, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said in a recent interview that he hasn’t decided whether he’ll endorse a candidate in the race to replace him and that he doesn’t have any post-election plans.
“I don’t know where I’m going to go,” he said. “You never rule anything out… I don’t have any intention at the moment, or any desire, to be planning for or seeking political office at this time. I’m a young guy. I mean, who the heck knows what’s going to happen in years to come. But I really do want to take a break for a bit.”

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Alvin Wilson, senior vice commander of VFW Post 8971, salutes the flag Saturday morning as the third annual Experience Louisiana Festival opens. (Photo by Harlan Kirgan)

Festival ‘did well’

The third annual Experience Louisiana Festival opened Saturday after a rainy Friday that turned parts of the LSUE campus into wet messes.
And the wind blew Saturday with a bit of chill as temperatures struggled to get out of the 40s.
But festival organizer Pat Dossman said, “Right now, from what I’m seeing, we did well.”
The festival is a project of the Eunice Rotary Club to fund a scholarship for LSUE students.

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Christmas bonus up in the air

St. Landry Parish School Board members will have a chance to resolve a disagreement about how much of a Christmas bonus to give to school employees.
The School Board is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today the Opelousas Civic Center on Creswell Lane.
The discord arose in the Board’s Oct. 23 Finance Committee meeting.
The committee was presented with three Christmas stipend options:
— Give $1,000 to full-time employees at cost of $2.4 million.
— Give the full-time employees a $750 stipend, which would cost $1.8 million.

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