July 3 is the first of the “Dog Days” of summer, but it doesn’t have anything to do with the hounds crawling under the porch in search of cooling shade. The name comes from Sirius, the brightest visible star in the constellation Canis Major (Latin for Big Dog), and so Sirius has been called the Dog Star since ancient times.

KASSI BERARD (center) accepts the 2016 Young Farm Woman Award at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. Berard, a sugarcane farmer from St. Martin Parish, was joined on stage during the Awards ceremony by Amelia Kent, chair of the Young Farmer’s and Rancher’s Committee (left), and Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson. (Submitted)

Kassi Berard of Breaux Bridge was selected the 2016 Outstanding Young Farm Woman at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention here last month. This award is presented to a woman agriculture producer who promotes leadership and the continuation of the family farm in Louisiana.
All retail Cleco customers will see lower energy bills beginning July 1, thanks to a one-time credit of approximately $475 per customer account. The Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) ordered the credit as part of a set of commitments the new owners agreed upon to acquire the company.

KASSI BERARD (center) accepts the 2016 Young Farm Woman Award at the 94th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. Berard, a sugarcane farmer from St. Martin Parish, was joined on stage during the Awards ceremony by Amelia Kent, chair of the Young Farmer’s and Rancher’s Committee (left), and Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson. (Submitted)

Henderson officials get pay raises

In a special meeting Monday, the Town Council approved a budget with a total of $16,250 in salary increases for the mayor, clerk, chief of police and five council members.
“The revenue is there,” said Councilman Jody Meche. “The money will continue to be there.”

Acadian Memorial marks 20 years

SERVING AS CURATOR/DIRECTORS of the Acadian Memorial since its opening are (from left) Jolene Adam (1996-2002), Brenda Comeaux Trahan (2002-11), Michelle Verret Johnson (2011-14) and Elaine Clément (2014-present). (Henri C. Bienvenu)

Members of the Acadian Memorial Foundation marked the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Acadian Memorial during their annual membership meeting held June 18.

Mosquito Awarness Week starts Sunday

Each year the week of June 26 is declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association.

Arnaudville Chamber honors St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church

BUSINESS OF THE MONTH DELEGATION (from left): Angela Cliburn Taylor, Arnaudville Area Chamber of Commerce; the Rev. Keenan Brown, pastor; Bea Zerangue, church volunteer; Huey “Joey” Wyble II, Arnaudville Area Chamber of Commerce; Sheila Gresko, director of Religious Education; and Betty Sanders, office manager St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church. Not shown: Betty Devillier, volunteer; Deacon Ken Arnaud; Ricky Thibodeaux, church custodian; and Girley Olivier, coordinator of St. Therese Thrift Shop.

The Arnaudville Area Chamber of Commerce “Business of the Month” is St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church.

Salary hike for Breaux Bridge officials

A proposed salary raise for five Breaux Bridge officials, if approved by the council, will be the first increase in pay for those positions in several years.

City takes pains to make park accessible to all

The cause of promoting accessibility to public facilities brought several seniors, special-needs residents and parents of special-needs children to the June 14 meeting of the Breaux Bridge City Council.

School Board bonds draw 'super' rate

The St. Martin School Board continued a string of very successful bond sales last week with the awarding of bids on the sale of the first installment of the $64,500,000 in general obligation bonds approved by parish voters earlier this year.

St. Martin Parish arrests for Monday, June 13, through Sunday, June 19

Monday, June 13
Bonin, Braidon, 31, New Iberia; failure to appear, warrant, St. Martin Sheriff’s Office (SMSO).
Doucet, Kerry, 26, Duson;
simple burglary (SMSO).
Perry, Steven, 57, 400 block of Nettie St., Breaux Bridge; simple criminal damage to property to $500 (SMSO).

Overgrown ditches mean poor drainage

THIS DITCH along Devillier St. in Henderson has been an ongoing problem for resident Sally Angelle. Town officials say more maintenance employees will be hired and ditch-mowing equipment will be purchased when the budget allows. The northern annexation is expected to provide the funds. (Sally Angelle)

Henderson resident Sally Angelle appeared at the Monday, June 13, Town Council meeting seeking a solution to a long-standing problem.

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Obituaries

Breaux Bridge – A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am, on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Pellerin Funeral Home for Harriet T.

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