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Jerry LaBella (Admin)
01-26-2007, 12:25 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
January 26, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652

Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Feb. 10
MADISONVILLE - Otis House Museum is offering a Victorian Valentine workshop on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. Children, ages 7+ are invited to learn about different types of valentines and their origins. Examples of vintage mechanical valentines from the early 1900's will be on display as well as a replica sailor's valentine. After learning about the various valentines, participants can create a Victorian Valentine. Please call to register groups of 10+.
The workshop is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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Jerry LaBella (Admin)
02-11-2007, 05:13 PM
<font color="ff0000"><font size="+2">28th Annual Louisiana&#39;s Sportsmen&#39;s Show March 8-11, &#39;07
</font></font>

<font color="000000">Louisiana&#39;s Original Sportfishing, Boat &amp; Hunting Festival at the Lamar-Dixon Expo in Gonzales, La.</font>

READ FULL DETAILS FROM the offical website here: http://jerrylabella.com/discus/clipart/triangle_right.gif http://www.lasportsmenshow.com

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
02-13-2007, 02:55 PM
LOUISIANA
OUTDOOR
WRITERS’
ASSOCIATION
Sponsored by the Louisiana Outdoor Writers’ Association and The Advocate
Educational Services, this essay and photography contest is designed to stimulate an
interest in outdoor journalism and photography in Louisiana youth.

Besides cash prizes, and other awards, the winning entries will be published in
this newspaper and other publications and websites across the state.
CONTEST RULES:
1. The contest shall be open to all students.
2. The contest is not open to the immediate family members of any Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association
member. “Immediate family member” is defined as a son, daughter, stepson, stepdaughter, grandchild, or
step-grandchild.
AGE DIVISIONS:
CATEGORIES:
PRIZES:
SUBMISSIONS:
JUDGING:
1. For the essay category, prizes will be awarded for two separate age groups: Senior &#40;14-18 years of age&#41;
and Junior &#40;13 years of age and under&#41;.
2. For the photography category, any age 18 years of age and under is eligible.
ESSAY
An original, unpublished essay about personal experience pertaining to hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking,
or other related outdoor experience. The essay must be at least 300 words in length, but not more than 1,000
words in length. The submitted essay must be typed, double-spaced, and only on one side of each sheet of paper.
The essays will be judged on the following criteria: interest, subject matter, readability, spelling, and grammar.
Winning essays should be available in an e-mail format to facilitate publication.
PHOTOGRAPHY
An original, unpublished photo, in either color or black-and-white print form.
The photo may be either a 4x6 inch, 5x7 inch, or 8x10 inch print, center mounted on 8x10 inch
poster or mounting board. Slides will not be accepted.
THE FOLLOWING MUST BE INCLUDED WITH EACH SUBMISSION:
At the top of the first page of each essay or attached to the back of the mounting board of the photos:
NAME: AGE: SCHOOL: HOME ADDRESS: TELEPHONE NUMBER:
All entries should be postmarked no later than March 26, 2007.
• All entries will be judged by professional educators and outdoor
communicators.
• Winners will be notified by mail by May 5, 2007.
• All winners and their chaperones will be honored at the annual LOWA
Fall conference held in August this year.
Youth Outdoor Journalism Contest
SUBMIT YOUR ENTRIES TO:
THE ADVOCATE
ED. SERVICES/LOWA
P.O. BOX 588
BATON ROUGE, LA 70821
FIRST PLACE in each of the categories will receive a $150 cash prize and will be presented a certificate
from the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.
SECOND PLACE in each category will receive a $100 cash prize and an award certificate from the
Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association.
THIRD PLACE in each category will receive a $50 cash prize and an award certificate from the Louisiana
Outdoor Writers Association.
Find this at:
www.2theadvocate.com/outdoors (http://www.2theadvocate.com/outdoors)
CASH PRIZES IN ALL CATEGORIES DONATED BY THE LOUISIANA CHAPTER
OF SAFARI CLUBS INTERNATIONAL.
Submissions cannot be returned unless accompanied by a SASE.
www.laoutdoorwriters.com (http://www.laoutdoorwriters.com)

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
03-01-2007, 06:58 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
March 1, 2007 985-792-4652

FOLK CRAFTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 30 &amp; 31 AT FAIRVIEW-RIVERSIDE STATE
PARK

MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park visitors are invited to observe
Louisiana craftsmen at work on March 30 &amp; 31. March 30 is a school-day,
local schools are invited to register students for the program which will
run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. March 31 is open to general public from 10 a.m.
until 4 p.m. Woodcarvers, metal workers, basket weavers, needleworkers and
many other skilled artists will present techniques used to create hand-made
items. Vendors will offer many unique items for sale. Regional folklorist
Dr. Laura Westbrook will present a quilt slide show/lecture at 10:30 a.m. &amp;
1 p.m. on March 31. Call the information number below to register for the
slide show presentation.
A puppet show by Porta-Puppet Players at the kids tent each day along with
musical entertainment to include Bluegrass Tunes at 10 a.m., Cajun Dancers
at 11 a.m. and on Saturday only at 1:30 p.m. Marvin Weir &amp; The Good Timers
&#40;Classic country music&#41;. Food and soft drinks will be available on site. Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of
Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in
cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the St.
Tammany Parish Tourist Commission. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located
one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 and Fairview Drive. Admission fee
is waived for this special event. The site also offers camping, a day-use
picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. To
register for the school-day or for more information call 1-888-677-3247 toll
free or 985-792-4652 locally.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
March 1, 2007 985-792-4652

Fairview-Riverside State Park to host Easter Traditions Program April 7 MADISONVILLE - Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to participate in an Easter Traditions program on April 7th at 2 p.m. The staff
of Otis House
Museum will host traditional Easter egg hunts and rolling contests. Children
will
be divided into age groups: 4 and under; 5 through 7; and 8 thru 12. After
the children&#39;s activities, Egg Pocking for all ages will cover Louisiana&#39;s
original Easter Tradition.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61.
Seniors 62&#43; and children under 3 are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State
Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany
Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte
River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally
or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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Jerry LaBella (Admin)
03-03-2007, 11:14 PM
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Jerry LaBella (Admin)
03-23-2007, 10:29 AM
March 22, 2007

<font color="ff0000"><font size="+2">Dear Citizens of Louisiana,
Tired of the blame game that gets us nowhere?
&#34;The US Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for the flooding,&#34; says an LSU levee report released this week.

The Army Corps says, &#34;No we&#39;re not.&#34;</font></font>


Sign the petition and get the truth!


We deserve an independent Commission with subpoena power to find out who made what decisions and when with the levees.


We need people on the Commission with no stake in the results and who aren&#39;t up for re-election.


The Commission is cheap and quick and no levee work needs to stop during the study.


Don&#39;t we all deserve levees that work?


Click here and sign the secure petition!
http://www.votervoice.net:80/groups/levees/petition


Already signed the petition? Please forward to your friends!


Thank you,
Sandy Rosenthal
Founder, Levees.Org
www.levees.org (http://www.levees.org)

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
04-05-2007, 06:41 PM
<font color="000000"><font size="+2">Lt. Gov. Landrieu Announces Hodges Gardens to Become Louisiana&#39;s Newest State Park</font></font>

Plans Are Underway to Return the Site to Being a Top Tourist Destination for the State

BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the transfer of property agreement between the Hodges Foundation and the State of Louisiana has been signed, making Hodges Gardens the newest member of the Louisiana State Parks family.
&#34;Hodges Gardens is an important asset for this region, &#34; Lt. Governor Landrieu said. &#34;The late A.J. Hodges, Sr. took a barren 700-acre stone quarry and turned it into a thriving tourist area. The state&#39;s takeover of the park will restore the garden&#39;s original beauty, upgrade accommodations, and ultimately add value to this economic asset.&#34;
The Office of State Parks will open the park for day use by April 30. However, Hodges Gardens will not host its Easter Sunrise Service this weekend.
Landrieu added, &#34;Our park staff is working overtime to complete maintenance work and repairs, so that folks can enjoy the gardens this spring.&#34; Angèle Davis, Secretary of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, said accommodations at Hodges Gardens State Park will be a major draw. &#34;In the past, Hodges Gardens has hosted weddings, family reunions and tour groups from across the south. Preliminary studies have indicated that a restored Hodges Gardens will have a $2.7 million economic impact on the local and state economy,&#34; she said. State Parks Assistant Secretary Stuart Johnson is pleased with the addition of the park. &#34;Hodges Gardens is widely known for its rich, extensive gardens, and we intend for the site live up to that reputation,&#34; he says. Approximately 900 acres of wild and cultivated beauty, the Sabine Parish wilderness area will be a unique member to the State Parks family. Originally designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessman A.J. Hodges Sr., the site&#39;s naturalistic gardens consist of a variety of native and imported foliage. Hodges Gardens State Park is located on Hwy. 171, approximately 15 miles south of Many. More information on the site can be found on Louisiana State Park&#39;s website, www.lastateparks.com (http://www.lastateparks.com). ###

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
04-19-2007, 05:20 PM
<font color="0000ff"><font size="+2">Congratulations to the Many Winners from the New Orleans Boat Show</font></font>
Those who attended the 2007 New Orleans Boat Show had a chance to register to win one of the many prizes offered by our exhibitors. Here is a list of our winners.


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Parade of Prizes - Grand Prize – The Grand Prize winner of a Blue Wave Boat, Yamaha Motor, LOADMASTER Trailer from Southern Outdoors was Nancy Tilton of Port Allen, LA. Pictured are Becky Chaney and Barbara Sclafani of the New Orleans Boat Show, Nancy accepting her Blue Wave Boat from Juanita Thibodaux of Southern Outdoors.


Parade of Prizes - First Prize – The First Prize winner was Crystal La Fontaine of Bay St. Louis, MS. Crystal won the original pastel of &#34;Remember When…&#34; which was depicted on our official New Orleans Boat Show poster. The pastel was created by local artist Glinda Schafer. Sorry no picture of the winner is available.


Congratulation to all of the other Parade of Prize winners and many thanks to the exhibitors who kindly donated prizes.



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Poster Sales - At the New Orleans Boat Show, signed and numbered official New Orleans Boat Show posters were sold to benefit the City Park Big Bass Fishing Rodeo. Hurricane Katrina decimated the City Park lagoons and the park is in the process of stabilizing the waters and restocking the lagoons. The New Orleans Boat Show presented a check in the amount of $603.00 to assist in reestablishing the oldest continuously run freshwater fishing contest in the country. Accepting the check is John Hopper, Director of Development for City Park.












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Buy A Boat and Win Promotion – Allen Ohlmeyer of Kenner, LA purchased a Nautic Star from Aqua Marine of New Orleans while at the show and was entered for a chance to win $5,000.00 cash in this promotion. Allen&#39;s entry was selected at random from all entries and accepted his winnings after he received delivery of his new boat. Pictured are Barbara, Allen Ohlmeyer, Ronnie Sbisa of Aqua Marine of New Orleans and Becky Chaney.




Congratulations to Allen on his winnings.













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On Line Shopping Spree – The winner of the pre show on-line $1,000.00 shopping spree was John Walther of Thibodaux, LA. John visited the New Orleans Boat Show web site and registered for the shopping spree. His name was picked at random from all entries to come to the show and shop. John is pictured with Eric Beier of Boat Stuf where he spent his winnings to outfit his new boat.




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Take Me Fishing Center – &#34;Spend a Day Outdoors with Don Dubuc&#34; - Lorri Johnson of Baton Rouge, LA was the winner of the Take Me Fishing Center Fishing Trip with radio and TV personality Don Dubuc of &#34;Outdoors with Don Dubuc.&#34; Congratulations to Lorri and thanks to Don for this day of fishing fun.



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The date for the next New Orleans Boat Show will be January 9-13, 2008 and will be held in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This is the largest boat show on the Gulf Coast and promises to have everything for boating, fishing and fun on the water. Be on the lookout for boat show news as the date nears. Keep checking our web site www.neworleansboatshow.com (http://www.neworleansboatshow.com) for show information. Updates will be posted as they occur.

Have a great summer and see you at next year&#39;s show.

Happy Boating

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
05-15-2007, 05:50 PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2007

------------------------------FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE----------------------------------

2007 WINNING ENTRIES
LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
YOUTH JOURNALISM CONTEST

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Each year, the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association &#40;LOWA&#41; sponsors its Youth Journalism Contest to encourage youth literacy, and encourage the wise use of our outdoor resources. The contest is designed to interest students in writing and photography about outdoor subjects such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking--any activity in the outdoor spectrum.

The contest is open to all students 18 years of age and younger. This year 248 students submitted 339 entries from across Louisiana and a few from Mississippi.

There were 72 entries in Senior Essay &#40;14—18 YOA&#41;, 95 entries in Junior Essay &#40;13 YOA and under&#41;, and 172 entries from 81 students in Photography &#40;18 YOA and under&#41;.

The winners of the 2007 contest will be honored at the annual LOWA conference in Shreveport, La. on August 18, 2007. Each category receives the following prizes: 1st Place--$150.00 and a certificate, 2nd Place--$100.00 and a certificate, 3rd Place—$50.00 and a certificate, Honorable Mention—certificate.

The winners will learn their ranking in the contest at the awards ceremony. Any student who cannot attend will receive his/her check and/or certificate by mail after the event.

The winners &#40;in no ranking order&#41; are as follows:

SENIOR ESSAY:

Elliot Boudreaux, 15 YOA, Episcopal HS, Baton Rouge
Caitlyn Norris, 17 YOA, C.E. Byrd HS, Shreveport
Jake Hayden, 16 YOA, Dunham School, Baton Rouge
David Henderson, 17 YOA, C.E. Byrd HS, Shreveport




LOWA YJC—page 2


JUNIOR ESSAY:

Luke Leblanc, 10 YOA, Holy Family School, Addis
Maria LaGrone, 10 YOA, Home Schooled, Livonia
Amanda Wolf, 13 YOA, Home Schooled, Baton Rouge &#40;Winner—2006&#41;
Michael Carrigee, 13 YOA, Folsom



PHOTOGRAPHY &#40;Judges selected two Honorable Mentions&#41;:

Brittany Alane Barbary, 10 YOA, Bains Elementary, St. Francisville
Michael Gronowski, 17 YOA, St. Amant High School, St. Amant
Gaia Burrage, 12 YOA, Boyet Jr. High, Slidell
Robert Gallant, 17 YOA, Airline High School, Bossier City
Amy Weaver, 14 YOA, Metairie &#40;Winner—2004, 2005&#41;



Gordon Hutchinson, Youth Journalism Contest chairman said: “This was our second largest contest to date, and again the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners. The quality of submissions was high, and showed real skills and creativity in writing and photography. We congratulate all the winners, and encourage everyone to enter again next year. You are all winners in our book when you are promoting the wise use of our outdoor resources and learning to communicate your appreciation of them.”


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For further information, contact Gordon Hutchinson, LOWA YJC committee chairman at 225-388-0257 or: ghutchinson@theadvocate.com.

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
05-16-2007, 07:34 PM
House Bill 919
Authors: Alario and Thompson

The law:

Proposed law would dedicate 1/20th of 1 percent of state sales and use tax for the purposes of the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ &#40;LDWF&#41; Conservation Fund.

Effective date would be July 1, 2008.

Estimated return to Conservation Fund: $38 million

The need:

LDWF supports the state’s commercial and recreational fish and game industries which generate an economic impact of $7 billion annually. Those fish and game industries support over 77,000 jobs and the state receives $284 million in sales and income tax revenues generated by those industries.&#42;

Current revenue sources supporting the Conservation Fund include: sales of recreational hunting and fishing licenses, and commercial licenses, royalties on a percentage of the land owned by LDWF and assorted fees collected for boat registrations, survey fees, Wildlife Division program fees &#40;such as DMAP&#41;, seismic fees and sales of merchandise including The Louisiana Conservationist Magazine, posters and other printed materials.

Declines in recent years in the sales of hunting and fishing licenses, due primarily to senior outdoorsmen and women aging out of the ranks of licensed hunters and fishermen, has caused a reduction in this source of revenue supporting the Conservation Fund and LDWF’s mission.

Corresponding increases in departmental expenses, primarily in staff salaries and benefits, but additionally in equipment and fuel costs, have required increasing demands on the Conservation Fund.

For these reasons, and the fact that fish- and game-related commercial businesses and recreational outdoorsmen and women pay state sales tax for expenses related to their business/recreational activity, dedicating a percentage of those tax revenues to LDWF is justified.

The infusion of state general funds into the LDWF budget would provide the agency the ability to more thoroughly fulfill its mission relative to habitat management &#40;including biological research, aquatic weed control and enforcement of regulations&#41;.

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&#42; Economic impact data within this factsheet is based on 2003 data.

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
05-17-2007, 01:48 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
&#62; May 16, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652
&#62;
Attention Kids!
&#62; Fairview-Riverside State Park to host a
&#62; Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby on June 23rd
&#62;
&#62; MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Wal-Mart Kids All-American Fishing Derby for children on Saturday, June 23rd from 8 a.m. until noon. Bait will be provided, but participating children need to bring their own rod and reel. Special events to be included in conjunction with the derby are the Zebco Kids Casting Carnival and the Kids Fishing Team Scholarship &amp; Ambassador Program. A Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries educator will be onsite at the official &#34;weigh &amp; measure&#34; station and at the end of the derby prizes will be awarded for several categories.
&#62; The Zebco Kids Casting Carnival is the largest casting event for kids in the country. The program is designed as a casting skill practice and every kid that participates has the chance to enter a national drawing for a $500 U.S. savings bond or one of 15 Zebco 33 Platinum rod and reel combos. The day of the event a rod &amp; reel prize will be awarded in 2 age categories for the participants in the casting competition.
&#62; The fishing derby is free with park admission of $1 per person, ages 3 and under or 62&#43; are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the derby or for more information, call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
05-25-2007, 05:47 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
May 24, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652

Traditional Independence Day Celebration at Fairview-Riverside State Park June 30th

MADISONVILLE - A Traditional Independence Day celebration with games to be hosted by Fairview-Riverside State Park June 30th from 12:30 until 2:30 p.m. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family for a day of old-fashioned fun starting with the watermelon seed-spitting contest at 12:30, followed by sack racing at 1 p.m., a water balloon toss at 1:30 and a Hoola Hoop contest at 2. All contests will be divided into appropriate age categories. Sample homemade ice cream on the porch of Otis House Museum in between contests!
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, age 3 and under or 62&#43; are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.
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Jerry LaBella (Admin)
06-07-2007, 06:36 PM
House Bill 919
Authors: Alario and Thompson

The law:

Proposed law would dedicate 1/20th of 1 percent of state sales and use tax for the purposes of the La. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ &#40;LDWF&#41; Conservation Fund.

Effective date would be July 1, 2008.

Estimated return to Conservation Fund: $43 million &#40;year 1&#41;

The need:

LDWF supports the state’s commercial and recreational fish and game industries which generate an economic impact of $7 billion annually. Those fish and game industries support over 77,000 jobs and the state receives $284 million in sales and income tax revenues generated by those industries.&#42;

Current revenue sources supporting the Conservation Fund include: sales of recreational hunting and fishing licenses, and commercial licenses, royalties on a percentage of the land owned by LDWF and assorted fees collected for boat registrations, survey fees, Wildlife Division program fees &#40;such as DMAP&#41;, seismic fees and sales of merchandise including The Louisiana Conservationist Magazine, posters and other printed materials.

Declines in recent years in the sales of hunting and fishing licenses, due primarily to senior outdoorsmen and women aging out of the ranks of licensed hunters and fishermen, has caused a reduction in this source of revenue supporting the Conservation Fund and LDWF’s mission.

Corresponding increases in departmental expenses, primarily in staff salaries and benefits, but additionally in equipment and fuel costs, have required increasing demands on the Conservation Fund.

For these reasons, and the fact that fish- and game-related commercial businesses and recreational outdoorsmen and women pay state sales tax for expenses related to their business/recreational activity, dedicating a percentage of those tax revenues to LDWF is justified.

The infusion of state general funds into the LDWF budget would provide the agency the ability to more thoroughly fulfill its mission relative to habitat management &#40;including biological research, aquatic weed control and enforcement of regulations&#41; and to more sufficiently address non-game species needs, scenic rivers and wildlife educational outreach efforts.

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&#42; Economic impact data within this factsheet is based on 2003 data.

Jerry LaBella (Admin)
06-11-2007, 02:12 PM
Levee.Org
June 11, 2007




A report just released by the American Society of Civil Engineers says the primary cause of the New Orleans disaster was flawed design of its flood protection structures.




It was bad design - pure and simple.




But here&#39;s the catch: The 84-page report sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers never mentions that the Army Corps itself is, by federal law, the agency responsible for designing the flood protection.




The role of the Corps in flood protection design is law by Congressional mandate since 1965, is not disputed, and you can read it yourself on Page 2 of the Corps&#39; testimony before the Government Accountability Office.




This shows we need an unbiased analysis of the federal flood protection failures on August 29, 2005. We need an independent, congressionally ordered study with experts who don&#39;t work for the Corps and aren&#39;t paid by the Corps.




Click here to demand the 8/29 Commission.






Senator Mary Landrieu D-La and Senator David Vitter R-La are working together to pass the 8/29 Commission legislation this summer &#40;in conferencing for the Water Resources Development Act&#41;. Show them you are serious about finding out why metro New Orleans had such inadequate protection.

Click here to write to your members of Congress and demand
the truth!




The State of Louisiana is united on this! Last week, the Louisiana Legislature unanimously passed a concurrent resolution requesting Congress to authorize the 8/29 Commission.



Legislative Director, Vince Pasquantonio and I will be guests on Garland Robinette&#39;s radio show WWL, FM105.3 Monday June 11th at 2:10pm. We&#39;ll be discussing Levees.Org&#39;s upcoming campaigns. Please tune in.




Sandy Rosenthal
Founder and Executive Director
Levees.Org
www.levees.org (http://www.levees.org)

administrator
07-26-2007, 02:48 PM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 26, 2007
Contact: Rita McMurray (985) 624-4442


NATURE PROGRAMS SET FOR August 11
AT FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK

MANDEVILLE -- People of all ages are invited to attend a special wildlife program dedicated to endangered species on Saturday, August 11, at Fontainebleau State Park.
A guided nature trail hike will commence at 10 a.m., with the site naturalist leading participants through the park's forest and explaining various flora and fauna encountered along the way. The hike will last approximately one hour and participants should bring their own drinking water and wear comfortable shoes. Beginning at 1 p.m., the ZooMobile will present a special program on the threatened and endangered wildlife of Louisiana. Several live examples, including a gopher tortoise, a southern pine snake, an alligator and an alligator snapping turtle will be on hand throughout the program. A naturalist will discuss why and how animals become endangered and what people can do to help. "Louisiana is home to a variety of wildlife species," said Rita McMurray, interpretive ranger. "We must respect and protect their habitats." Fontainebleau State Park is located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to birdwatching, the park offers visitors camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities. The park entrance is located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. Day-use visitors can attend all park programs for the standard admission charge of $1 per person.
For more information call 1-888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4442 in the Mandeville area.
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Rita McMurray
Interpretive Ranger 2
Fontainebleau State Park
62883 Hwy 1089
Mandeville, LA 70448-7304

Phone (985) 624-4442
Fax (985) 624-4444
fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us

administrator
07-26-2007, 07:38 PM
Dates and Deadlines:
The International Grand Isle Rodeo is held during the last weekend in July that includes the Sunday. The deadline for registration is TBA. Please fill out the registration form below and mail to:

P.O. Box 23774 Jefferson, LA 70183 or fax to (504)736-6638 by the dealine above.

Parking:
There will be limited parking at the Rodeo tent area and a shuttle service will be provided from the Grand Isle community Center to the tent starting at 5:00 pm until closing every day of the rodeo activities. The shuttle will run on a as needed bases approx. every 30 minutes.

Rules:
Please read our official rodeo rules before completing your registration form.

Outlets:
Click here for a list of Rodeo Information Outlets.

Registration Form:(deadline TBD)
Application Form requires

Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries:
Official State "Saltwater Recreational Finfishing" Regulations
Louisiana Fishing License Information
Louisiana State Fishing Records Information
More info here: http://www.tarponrodeo.org/index.htm

administrator
07-27-2007, 08:46 PM
PA Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs gets on board

July 27, 2007 (Pennsylvania)

Pennsylvania’s largest sportsmen’s organization has joined the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance in its campaign to strike down proposed regulations that would make it impossible to keep hunting dogs in the state.

The Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (PFSC) has joined the fight by sending a letter to Dennis Wolff, Secretary of Agriculture, asking that the dog care proposal be scrapped. Together, the USSA and the PFSC have sent a joint mailing encouraging Federation members to get involved and compel the governor to withdraw the regulation.

The regulations, which were drafted in December 2006, came as a result of public outcry over large, abusive commercial breeding operations. The proposal will impact sportsmen who breed and raise hunting dogs, as well. It will impose expensive animal housing upgrades, mandatory daily exercise, and the keeping of daily sanitation and cleaning records. State regulators could not find a single existing kennel that would be in compliance with the proposal.

“The success of our mission to take down these regulations will be greatly aided by the powerful combination,” said Rob Sexton, USSA vice president for government affairs. “We will protect sportsmen’s rights by disabling the utterly ridiculous regulations that have been proposed.”

On July 11, more than 200 Pennsylvania sportsmen attended a Dog Law Advisory Board hearing at the Radnor Hunt Club in Malvern. The meeting was advertised as an opportunity to focus on sportsmen’s concerns about the proposal. Several sportsmen’s rights advocates, including USSA Associate Director for Government Affairs Evan Heusinkveld, were silenced while trying to express their thoughts.

“This proposal will devastate hunting dog kennels and hobby breeders,” said Melody Zullinger, PFSC executive director. “Hunting with dogs is an important segment of Pennsylvania’s sporting community. We’re proud to be allied with the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and we are very confident that together, we will prevail in the protection of sportsmen’s rights.”

The Federation, representing 318 sportsmen’s clubs and over 100,000 sportsmen and conservationists across the commonwealth, wrote comments criticizing the regulations in March, and its leadership has become increasingly concerned that the voices of sportsmen are being ignored.

The USSA Sporting Dog Defense Coalition has also joined forces with other opponents of the proposed PA dog regulations:

American Beagler Magazine
American Brittany Club, Inc.
American Cooner Magazine
American Field Magazine
American Plott Association
Better Beagling Magazine
Cabela’s, Inc.
Full Cry Magazine
Hounds and Hunting Magazine
Hunter’s Horn Magazine
German Shorthaired Pointer Club of America, Inc.
Jack Russell Terrier Clubs of America, Inc.
Masters of Foxhounds Association of North America
National Cur & Feist Breeders Association
National Hunting Beagle Association
Ruffed Grouse Society
The Rabbit Hunter Magazine
United Kennel Club, Inc.
Ardrossan Beagles, Inc.
Carlisle Beagle Club
Pennsylvania Beagle Gundog Association
Towanda Beagle Club

administrator
07-30-2007, 07:29 AM
Call To Action


July 30, 2007

Dear Louisiana Members,


Within days, Congress will decide whether to approve the 8/29 Commission Investigation.


Due to politics, the success of its passage rests with Louisiana Congressman Richard Baker R-LA.




Please ask everyone you know in the Baton Rouge area to contact Congressman Baker and demand the 8/29 Investigation!




It's simple! Just forward them the link below, and ask them to "click it!"




LINK TO CONGRESSMAN DEMANDING THE 8/29 INVESTIGATION







This link will automatically send a fax to Congressman Richard Baker (but it works only for citizens in his district).




Please forward the link! Please ask them to "click it" by 4pm July 30.



This is very important! Please forward the link below to everyone you know who lives in Baton Rouge! They are the ones who can make it happen!




We deserve a truly independent examination of the levee and flood protection failures in Greater New Orleans. What happened here must never be allowed to happen again. Anywhere.




LINK TO CONGRESSMAN DEMANDING 8/29 INVESTIGATION

http://www.votervoice.net/Core.aspx?AID=662&APP=GAC&IssueID=11007&SiteID=-1

administrator
08-15-2007, 08:27 PM
------------------------------FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE------------------------------
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

2007 WINNING ENTRIES
LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
YOUTH JOURNALISM CONTEST


Each year, the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association (LOWA) sponsors its Youth Journalism Contest to encourage youth literacy and encourage the wise use of our outdoor resources. The contest is designed to interest students in writing and photography about outdoor subjects such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, or any activity in the outdoor spectrum.

The contest is open to all students 18 years of age and younger. This year 248 students submitted 339 entries from across Louisiana and a few from Mississippi.

There were 72 entries in Senior Essay (14—18 YOA), 95 entries in Junior Essay (13 YOA and under), and 172 entries from 81 students in Photography (18 YOA and under).

The winners of the 2007 contest were honored at the annual LOWA conference in Shreveport, La. on Saturday night, August 18, 2007. Each category receives the following prizes: 1st Place--$150.00 and a certificate; 2nd Place--$100.00 and a certificate; 3rd Place—$50.00 and a certificate; Honorable Mention(4th Place)—certificate only.

The winners learned their ranking in the contest at the awards ceremony. Any student who was unable to attend will receive his/her check and/or certificate by mail after the event.

Gordon Hutchinson, Youth Journalism Contest chairman said: “This was our second largest contest to date, and again the judges had a difficult time choosing the winners. The quality of submissions was high, and showed real skills and creativity in writing and photography. We congratulate all the winners, and encourage everyone to enter again next year. You are all winners in our book when you are promoting the wise use of our outdoor resources and learning to communicate your appreciation of them.”


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For further information, contact Gordon Hutchinson, LOWA YJC committee chairman at 225-388-0257 or: ghutchinson@theadvocate.com.


LOWA Page 2


2007 LOUISIANA OUTDOOR WRITERS ASSOCIATION
YOUTH JOURNALISM CONTEST
WINNING PHOTOS AND ESSAYS

SENIOR ESSAY (14-18 YOA)

1st Place
David Henderson 17 YOA
“Philmont, New Mexico”
C.E. Byrd High School
475 Railsback Road
Shreveport, La. 71106
318-798-2644

2nd Place
Jake Hayden 16 YOA
“One Glass of Nature, Please”
The Dunham School
12739 Oak Hills
Baton Rouge, La. 70810
225-767-0257

3rd Place
Caitlin Norris 17 YOA
“My Favorite Place”
C.E. Byrd High School
10743 St. Charles Place
Keithville, La. 71047
318-925-0125

Honorable Mention
Elliott Boudreaux 15 YOA
“My Redfish Spot”
Episcopal High School
1975 Steele Blvd.
Baton Rouge, La. 70808
225-3893-7440







LOWA Page 3



PHOTO WINNERS (18 YOA and Under)

1st Place
Brittany Alane Barbay 10 YOA
“Acadian Home in Black and White”
Bains Elementary
P.O. Box 2583
St. Francisville, La. 70725
225-635-6251


2nd Place
Michael Gronowski 17 YOA
“The Shoreline”
St. Amant High School
45551 N. Hwy. 936
St. Amant, La. 70774
225-675-5051

3rd Place
Gaia Burrage 12 YOA
“Trees Shrouded in Fog”
Boyet Jr. High
78 Live Oak Drive
Slidell, La. 70461
985-781-9640

Honorable Mention
Robert Gallant 17 YOA
“Sunset Lake”
Airline High School
306 Hunters Hollow
Bossier City, La. 71111
318-747-3487

Honorable Mention
Amy Weaver 14 YOA
“Black Labrador”
Monteleone Junior High School
608 Poplar Street
Metairie, La. 70005
504-834-6212

LOWA Page 3


JUNIOR ESSAY WINNERS (13 YOA and Under)

1st Place
Amanda Wolff 13 YOA (Repeat winner in 2006)
“The Hunt”
Home Schooled
10121 S. Tiger Bend Road
Baton Rouge, La. 70817
225-755-0670

2nd Place
Michael Carrigee 13 YOA
“Hunting the Dark Continent”
Home School
79019 Boudreaux Road
Folsom, La. 70437
985-796-5579

3rd Place
Maria LaGrone 10 YOA
“The Day I Will Never Forget”
Home Schooled
4971 Mosher Road
Livonia, La. 70755
225-718-6786

Honorable Mention
Luke LeBlanc 10 YOA
“My First Deer”
Holy Family School
3331 Younger Drive
Addis, La. 70710
225-749-3107

administrator
08-17-2007, 09:58 AM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 17, 2007
Contact: Rita McMurray (985) 624-4442

NATURE PROGRAMS SET FOR September 8
AT FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK

MANDEVILLE -- People of all ages are invited to attend a special wildlife program dedicated to endangered species on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Fontainebleau State Park.
"Can I Eat That?" -- Participants will take a guided nature trail walk along the nature trail to identify and learn about edible plants. The program will commence at 10 a.m., with the site naturalist leading participants through the park's forest and explaining various flora and fauna encountered along the way. The hike will last approximately one hour and participants should bring their own drinking water and wear comfortable shoes.
Beginning at 1 p.m., the ZooMobile will present a special program on reptiles. Visitors can get close to several reptiles, while learning about their habitats and survival skills. Several live examples, including a snakes, lizards, and tortoises will be on hand throughout the program. A naturalist will discuss why and how animals become endangered and what people can do to help.
"Louisiana is home to a variety of wildlife species," said Rita McMurray, interpretive ranger. "We must respect and protect their habitats."
Fontainebleau State Park is located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to birdwatching, the park offers visitors camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities.
The park entrance is located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. Day-use visitors can attend all park programs for the standard admission charge of $1 per person.
For more information call 1-888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4442 in the Mandeville area.
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Rita McMurray
Interpretive Ranger 2
Fontainebleau State Park
62883 Hwy 1089
Mandeville, LA 70448-7304

Phone (985) 624-4442
Fax (985) 624-4444
fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us

administrator
08-20-2007, 06:20 PM
Monday, August 20, 2007

Members of LOWA (Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association):

Another annual conference has passed, and it was another huge success story. From the fishing trips, to the seminars (special thanks to Chris Ginn and Gerald Gaspard/Pure Fishing), to the meals, to the shooting event on Saturday, to the outstanding meal and fun banquet on Saturday night at the Holiday Inn
Financial Plaza in Shreveport, it was a class act all the way.

We had about half our active membership turn out for this series of events--a huge showing considering the majority of our members reside in the lower half of Louisiana, and most in the southeastern portion of the state.

Nine of the 13 winners in the Youth Journalism Contest were present. This alone tells you how respected this contest has become since attending this conference was a major trip for most of them. Only three of the winners came from the Shreveport/Bossier area, the remaining six families had to make a substantial investment in time and money to attend this event for their kids. Most families brought extra family members to share in the thrill of the presentations.

We all owe a huge debt of thanks to Chris and Vicki Holmes--they worked like draymen, and made it seem easy. When you consider they hauled signage, cooking gear, seminar materials, food, and more all the way to Shreveport, and then got every event started on time and supplied logistically, you can only stand in awe at their capable leadership, and organizational abilities.

In addition, Vicki makes everyone else's job easy--from the large presentation checks to the EIC, to the certificates for the kids in the YJC, everything is ready and prepared and waiting on we committee members who have presentations to make. In other words, she does part of our job, too.

If you aren't aware of it by now, Vicki was given a sliding scale on which the charge for the banquet room at the hotel, and the cost of the meals would come down according to the number of rooms we rented. The initial cost of renting the banquet room was $900.00. We rented enough rooms, and bought enough meals (there were some 115 people at the
banquet) the scale came down to the minimum rental of $300.00 for the banquet facility. I don't have to tell you what a significant savings to our budget is effected by the reduction in cost by $600.00!

Our annual board meetings went quickly and well, with excellent long-range plans for the future of LOWA, and the EIC and YJC contests.

You will all be receiving copies of the minutes of the meetings, so I don't need to go into all that here--suffice it to say we will have probably even better attended meetings by moving the date forward into the fall (the fishing in the marsh is outstanding in the fall) and the ideas for increasing the awards for YJC will be examined by the appropriate committee with the idea of making the contest even more attractive to the kids and their parents.

Please, if you get a chance, drop a note of thanks to the hotel, and the Shreveport Bossier CVB. Both organizations went above and beyond the call of duty to make sure we had an enjoyable and informative trip. I heard nothing but praise from the ladies over the spouses' trip on Saturday--they had a great time shopping and at lunch.

Finally, be sure and thank Chris Holmes and his Superwoman wife, Vicki, for all they did. It was a great conference, and I can't wait for next year in Morgan City!

Sincerely,

Gordon Hutchinson
Chairman of the Board
LOWA


P.S. I sent out the Youth Journalism Contest winner news release last week. Some of you requested the winning photos be sent again. They are attached along with the names and addresses of the kids below. If any of you need the full release with all the kids and their essay titles, let me know. We also have the essays as documents and can send them if you wish to reproduce them in your media outlets.


Subject: RE: LOWA YJC

Hi Gordon,
Here's the winners, their schools and placements.

Deb

First Place Acadian Home Black & White
Brittany Alane Barbay
10 years old
P O Box 2583
St. Francisville, LA 70725
225-635-6251
School--Bains Elementary
98
Michael Gronowski
17 years old
45551 N Hwy 936
St. Amant, LA 70774
225-675-5051
School--St. Amant High School
101
Gaia Burrage
12 years old
78 Live Oak Dr.
Slidell, LA 70461
985-781-9640
School--Boyet Jr. High
102
Robert Gallant
17 years old
306 Hunters Hollow
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-747-3487
School--Airline High School
100
Amy Weaver
14 years old
608 Poplar
Metairie, LA 70005
504-834-6212
School--Monteleone Junior High
Mandeville
99

Deb Burst
Deb's Freelance Writing
22123 Rue Coquille
Mandeville, LA 70471
www.debswriting.com
Home 985-892-8703
Cell 985-630-0659

administrator
08-23-2007, 05:01 PM
levee.org
Please join me in a short press conference as Levees.Org releases its second annual report card grading the US Army Corps of Engineers and the US Congress on flood protection for Greater New Orleans and nationwide.


In conjunction with a class of Newman students, Levees.Org will also present a giant Thank You Card to young people of America for their volunteerism and generosity. In a specialized class taught by Ms. Lori Bush, the students have partnered with Levees.Org to learn first hand about supporting legislation that could have a direct impact on their lives.




Saturday, August 25, 2007

10am

Art Gallery, Isidore Newman School

1903 Jefferson Avenue

Enter Henson Auditorium on Danneel Street

Parking on Jefferson Ave or Danneel Street


Levees.Org continues to push for passage of the 8/29 Commission, an independent bipartisan analysis of the flood protection failures in Greater New Orleans, named for the date that Hurricane Katrina struck. Senator Mary Landrieu D-LA has embraced the legislation and is committed to its passage.


Click here for Senator Landrieu's statement on the 8/29 Commission released August 9, 2007.

administrator
08-30-2007, 06:38 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Rita McMurray
> August 30,2007 (985) 624-4442
> fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us
>
> Calling All Volunteers!
> Be a Part of National Public Lands Day at
> Fontainebleau State Park on Sept 29
> MANDEVILLE - Join us at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville, for
> National Public Lands Day on Sat., Sept. 29. Volunteers will be removing
> Tallow Trees, which have multiplied at a tremendous rate since the loss of
> thousands of native trees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
> Fontainebleau State Park will be the location for a large service project
> on National Public Lands Day (September 29, 2007) from 8 am to noon. The
> Tallow trees are using the natural nutrients from the soil making it
> nearly impossible for the native trees to thrive. We will be making the
> area ready for when other volunteers come later, in the fall, to plant
> additional native trees.
> Organizations, companies, and individuals that would like to volunteer
> should register by September 24, 2007. Contact: Rita McMurray, (985)
> 624-4442, fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us
> <mailto:fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us> .
> All person's under age 18, must be accompanied by an adult volunteer. The
> first 800 pre-registered volunteers will receive a 2007 National Public
> Lands Day poster
>
> Join us for National Public Lands Day on Sat., Sept. 29 as we work to make
> the park into a great place to take a break and get back to nature. "My
> dream is to have a forest of mature native trees here at Fontainebleau,
> for the next generation to enjoy at their local state park." said Rita
> McMurray, interpretive ranger.
>
> Standard day-use admission of $1 per person will be waived for all
> pre-registered participants. Fontainebleau State Park is located on 2,800
> acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to bird
> watching, the park offers visitors camping, hiking and picnicking
> opportunities.
>
> The park entrance is located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. Day-use
> visitors can attend all park programs for the standard admission charge of
> $1 per person. For more information call 1-888-677-3668 toll free or
> 624-4443 in the Mandeville area.
> <http://www.publiclandsday.org/involved/louisiana.cfm>
>
> -30-
>
> Rita McMurray
> Interpretive Ranger 2
> Fontainebleau State Park
> 62883 Hwy 1089
> Mandeville, LA 70448-7304
>
> Phone (985) 624-4442
> Fax (985) 624-4444
> fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us

administrator
08-30-2007, 06:38 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 25, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park September 1st
MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to an
educational program - Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skins - presented by the
Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile on Saturday September 1st at 1 p.m. The
ZooMobile staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum
in the park's day-use area. The presentation will include live animals and
other teaching models to provide visitors of all ages an enjoyable hands-on
learning experience. What makes a mammal a mammal? Why does a bird have
feathers? "Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skins" will explain these and many other
questions as we learn about various living species in the animal kingdom.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61. Under
age 3 or 62+ admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is
located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish.
The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River,
and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free
1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 25, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652

Kids Fishing Clinic Set for September 8th at Fairview-Riverside State Park
MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Kids Fishing Clinic
on Saturday,
September 8th from 9 a.m. until noon. This hands-on program was designed by
the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and is intended for
beginning anglers, ages 8 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany
each participant. Participants should meet the park ranger at the pavilion
in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. The program will
include how to operate and cast a spincast rod and reel, knot tying and the
basic safety rules for fishermen. All supplies are included for the clinic.
Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size.
The fishing clinic is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61,
ages 3 and under or 62 + are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is
located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site
includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte
River, and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the clinic call
985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
09-13-2007, 06:43 PM
ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park October 20th

MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on October 20th are invited to an
educational program - Animal Habitats - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's
ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on animal habits and habitats. Learn about where and how various animals live and how they survive in their habitat. Hands-on learning aids will be used to reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person over age 4. Children under 3 or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of
Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic
area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call
985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
September 12, 2007 ph. 985-792-4652



Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. October 27th
at Fairview-Riverside State Park
MADISONVILLE - The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween's true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground and day-use areas. After the hayride, guests can bob for apples or make a "freaky flashlight". Flashlights will be furnished, but bring 2 AA batteries if you want to light it up! Hayrides will begin every half hour, last one being at 7 p.m. At 6:30, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present "Witch Class", an interactive puppet show about "Broomella" the witch with amnesia... The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
09-17-2007, 06:58 PM
Northshore Volunteers Honored For Work to Restore Local Park
Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville one of eight nationwide locations recognized in national campaign


BATON ROUGE – Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced Fontainebleau State Park is one of eight sites selected from thousands of public parks and other locations to receive a $1,000 grant from Toyota Motor Sales, USA to commemorate National Public Lands Day. This grant will be delivered by representatives from Toyota Motor Sales as they travel in the hybrid version of the Toyota Highlander.

“We are grateful to the Boy Scouts and other volunteers who spend countless hours clearing debris at Fontainebleau State Park in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina," said Lt. Governor Landrieu whose office oversees the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the Office of State Parks. “With the efforts of these young men and other, we are actively preserving our state parks and other public lands so that our citizens can enjoy the great natural resources Louisiana has to offer."

Toyota will present the check to BSA Scoutmaster Davis Robertson at Fontainebleau State Park on Monday, Sept. 24 at 1 p.m., a few days in advance of the actual National Public Lands Day, which takes place on September 29 this year. The grants will provide the work site with some additional support for this year’s efforts.

CRT Secretary Angèle Davis said the State Parks department has made progress this year toward the Lt. Governor's twin goals of adding to the inventory of state parklands and upgrading public facilities at state parks. “The Office of State Parks recently took over the administration of Hodges Gardens and we are working to bring that park back to national prominence. Visitors are already experiencing the beauty of that site and will continue to do so, for years to come. Several State Parks sites participate in National Public Lands Day, making public lands accessible to residents and visitors to the state.”

Boy Scouts of America Troop 100 from Ponchatoula and Fontainebleau State Park were selected for their dedication in preserving the indigenous flora and fauna of Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore. Local volunteers, in addition to the scouts, will roll up their sleeves and devote their day to clean up at the park. Volunteers will be removing Tallow Trees, which have multiplied at a tremendous rate since the loss of thousands of native trees in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

“National Public Lands Day would not be success that it is today without volunteers like those who help out at Fontainebleau State Park, says Robb Hampton, Director of National Public Lands Day. “Last year we reached a monumental participation of 100,000 volunteers nationwide, and we are expecting to increase this by an additional 10,000 this year with the support of efforts like these.”

National Public Lands Day is sponsored by the National Environmental Education Foundation, with support of nine federal agencies, The event continues the legacy started by the Civilian Conservation Corps, which enrolled 3 million Americans to maintain and improve public lands during the Great Depression.
Other sites receiving grants from Toyota include the Appalachian Trail in Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina, Kudzu Coalition in South Carolina, Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, Florida Air National Guard and the Jupiter Inlet Natural Area in Florida and Cumberland Falls State Resort Park in Kentucky. The final event award will be given at a signature event at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, in Washington D.C. on National Public Lands Day.

Every year since 1995, on the last Saturday in September, thousands of Americans participate in the largest coast-to-coast volunteer effort to restore public lands. Participation in National Public Lands Day cleanups give Americans an annual chance to make public lands in local communities safer, prettier, and more desirable. This year, the theme of National Public Lands Day focuses on invasive weeds and pests.

Those who would like to be a part of this annual effort still have time participate by registering to get involved at Fontainebleau State Park. For more information, contact Rita McMurray at 985-624-4442 or see a list of NPLD sites, activities, contacts, and downloadable photos from past events in the Media Center section of www.publiclandsday.org.
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administrator
09-19-2007, 04:43 PM
Louisiana Sportsmen Help Hook a Cure
For Cystic Fibrosis!

HOOK-A-CURE Fishing Rodeo

Saturday, October 13, 2007
Breton Sound Marina
Benefiting the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Louisiana is the sportsman’s paradise and known for throwing great parties and the Louisiana Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is teaming up with huntnfish.com to help improve the lives of over 30,000 children and young adults across the U.S. that are living with cystic fibrosis (CF). The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) is proud to announce the third annual Hook-A-Cure Fishing Rodeo taking place at Breton Sound Marina on Saturday, October 13, 2007.

You can help make this benefit rodeo a success by joining us for some great fishing and a fantastic angler’s party while helping to improve the quality of life for everyone affected by CF. Anglers of all ages and skill level are invited to participate for a donation of $30 (adult) and $15 (children under 18) and the donation is 100% tax deductible! You can request a brochure or register by phone (504-455-5194) or e-mail amills@cff.org.

After a day of fishing Anglers will enjoy food, music and fun while the catch is weighed in. Prizes will be awarded in several categories including Redfish – over and under 27”, Speckled Trout, Sheepshead, Flounder and Drum as well as a special prize for the child’s redfish with the most spots. The grand prize for our “Master Angler” is a pair of American Airline tickets! Fishing is from Safe Light until 2 pm. Weigh-in will be from noon-2 pm. All anglers must be registered before they begin fishing and all fish must be weighed by 2:00 p.m.! Anglers can register at Breton Sound Marina from 6am until 8 am the day of the rodeo.

If you can’t make it to Breton Sound Marina, you can make a donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information on the Hook-A-Cure Fishing Rodeo, sponsorship opportunities and how you can become involved, please contact Ashley Mills with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 504-455-5194.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a complex, genetic disease that affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Since the founding of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) in 1955, life expectancy for those affected by the disease has increased from childhood to 37 years of age and is rising rapidly. As well, many of those affected are living normal, active, quality lives, thanks to the research and development of highly effective pharmaceuticals and treatments.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation puts close to 90% of every dollar raised directly into research to defeat CF. CFF was ranked as one of the nation’s top ten “charities you can trust” in the most recent poll by the Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money. You will be giving your support to one of the most respected charities in the United States.


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administrator
10-03-2007, 04:39 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Tonya Nicolosi
Oct. 2, 2007 1-888-677-2838


Old West Florida Day at Audubon State Historic Site

ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the Old West Florida Day program on October 13.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can see demonstrations of early 1800s crafts. The program also include flintlock musket demonstrations, camp life talks, and talks on the clothing of the day.
"Old West Florida Day is a new program for the park reflecting the changing interests of our visitors." said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. " West Florida is sometimes referred to as the 14th American Colony or the lost colony of the American Revolution. The unique history of the Florida Parishes of Louisiana and the briefly lived Republic of West Florida is often overlooked."
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes an Interpretive Center, Oakley House, slave cabins, gardens, kitchen, trails, picnic area and picnic pavilion.
Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $2 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.

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10-17-2007, 01:27 PM
Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 7:30 P.M. October 27th
at Fairview-Riverside State ParkMADISONVILLE - The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween's true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground and day-use areas. After the hayride, guests can bob for apples or make a "freaky flashlight". Flashlights will be furnished, but bring 2 AA batteries if you want to light it up! Hayrides will begin every half hour, last one being at 7 p.m. At 6:30, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present "Witch Class", an interactive puppet show about "Broomella" the witch with amnesia...
Enter a carved pumpkin the contest (call for details) and enjoy a demo of how to use stencils to create fantastical, freaky, funny or grotesque designs in real or foam pumpkins that can be kept year after year. The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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10-24-2007, 07:13 PM
St. Francisville Press Release
Main Street Program - 225.635.3873


ST. FRANCISVILLE
CELEBRATES BICENTENNIAL
By Anne Butler


The quaint little Mississippi River town of St. Francisville, LA, has always been a happy marriage of residential and commercial structures, its gingerbread-trimmed Victorian dwelling houses co-existing shoulder-to-shoulder with vibrant small businesses, houses of worship, schools and other structures. Thus it is no surprise that its 200th birthday celebration this month should be just such a mixture, an appreciation of the past joined with enjoyment of the present and anticipation of the future.


Highlight of the bicentennial observation will be an Open House on Sunday, November 11, at Julius Freyhan School just off Royal St. in St. Francisville. A splendid sturdy brick structure overlooking the Mississippi River, it was opened in the early 1900s as the first public school in town, its construction funded initially by a bequest in the will of one of the area’s earliest Jewish immigrants, Julius Freyhan. Freyhan had arrived in this country a penniless peddler in the 1850s and prospered sufficiently as a supply merchant to the cotton empire that he was considered one of the wealthiest men in the state at the time of his death.





For half a century the Freyhan School educated several generations of St. Francisville students, some even riding horseback from the surrounding countryside to attend classes, from which they were dismissed early on stormy days to get home safely before the creeks swelled with rainwater and became impassable. Other country students caught the train carrying cotton and passengers to the riverport beneath the school’s hilltop location, and one intrepid fellow even rowed across the Mississippi River every day for class. Today the alums of J. Freyhan School gather monthly in ever-dwindling numbers to share memories, and many of them will be present in person for the Open House November 11 in “their” school.

In addition, the dynamic director of St. Francisville’s active Main Street Program has enlisted the help of her talented videographer son to record for posterity oral histories related by a number of the earliest students, some now in their 90s. Elderly couples like the Bill Plettingers, married more than 70 years; brothers Ingram and Barrow Norwood of the early pioneering family of Barrows at Highland Plantation; historian Elisabeth Kilbourne Dart who has spent a lifetime carefully recording the history of the area and spearheading its proper preservation; Lucille Leake with whom the idea for the popular spring pilgrimage originated, and who insisted the children of the town learn to swim; the Temple family with their involvement in every aspect of local education as teachers and principals and school board members for generations; and a number of retired teachers and now-elderly students whose lives centered around Freyhan School---Laurie Walsh and son Shane have taped interviews of their fascinating recollections. These will be continuously shown during the Freyhan School Open House and will be preserved in the permanent collection of the museum planned for the future in the building. There will also be an accompanying display of vintage B&W photographs.






Though it has not been used as a school for more than 50 years, the Freyhan School building retains its historic charm, the third-floor auditorium with ceiling of patterned tin and the impressive wooden archways and moldings crying out for restoration. Now the non-profit Freyhan Foundation plans to preserve the structure as a community cultural center and museum with exhibits interpreting early education in the area as well as the significant contributions of its 19th-century Jewish community. The public is invited to see what all the excitement is about at the bicentennial Open House at the school, where they will also be treated to a concert by the wonderful Community Choir, strong voices drawn from a variety of local church choirs, blues bands and other musical groups. The West Feliciana High School ROTC will honor local veterans of wars both past and present at the event to mark Veteran’s Day.

The bicentennial weekend commemorates St. Francisville’s founding 200 years ago as John H. Johnson laid out the little village on a narrow finger-ridge overlooking the Mississippi River. It soon became the cultural and commercial center of the rich surrounding plantation country. Today this charming Main Street Community, listed as an extensive National Register Historic District, is still very much alive and still the center of life in the area, its 200 years being celebrated by the debut this weekend of a book covering the life and times of the little town. The Spirit of St. Francisville has text by local author/historian Anne Butler and images by prize-winning Louisiana photographer Darrell Chitty, their words and superb full-color photographs capturing the very soul of the place and its people over the years. On Friday, November 9, at 6 p.m. the author and photographer discuss the book, sign autographs and show full-size images in 1819 Old Market Hall on Royal St. in St. Francisville, hosted by the West Feliciana Historical Society. On Saturday, Nov. 10, they sign books at Backwoods Gallery.





Also on Saturday, November 10, the wonderful array of little shops in downtown St. Francisville, many in restored 19th-century structures, host special Birthday Sales, and shoppers can have cards stamped to be eligible for a birthday present of their own. The Feliciana Stitchers hold a Quilt Show and Sale in downtown Parker Memorial Park on Commerce St. beginning at 9 a.m. At Birdman Books and Coffee, Arts at the Market showcases a month-long exhibit of members’ creations.


The rolling hills and picturesque plantations of the Felicianas as well as the Victorian streetscape of downtown St. Francisville have long been favored by Hollywood for movies, beginning with such early classics as Otto Preminger’s “Hurry Sundown” and dashing Jeff Chandler in “Band of Angels.” Most recent production, “The Reaping” starring Hilary Swank, will be screened Saturday evening at the 4-H Barn as St. Francisville Main Street kicks off its annual autumn outdoors movie series, this year showcasing popular productions filmed on location in the area; the high school International Club provides concessions, viewers should bring lawn chairs or blankets, and admission is one canned good for the Food Bank. The bicentennial weekend also promises live musical entertainment at several venues; the popular Delta Drifters will be at Magnolia Café beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, while at 7 p.m. Saturday evening Dylan Sneed performs at Birdman Books and Coffee, and Cypress Grill also has live music.





Thanks to the longtime efforts of the dedicated West Feliciana Historical Society as well as some thoughtful zoning regulations and a vibrant, committed Main Street program, nearly all of downtown St. Francisville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an architecturally significant historic district that remains very much alive today, and it is most appropriate that its bicentennial celebration has been timed to coincide with the statewide Main To Main activities highlighting Louisiana’s incredibly varied array of Main St. Communities. THE SPIRIT OF ST. FRANCISVILLE 200 YEARS and Main To Main activities are made possible in part by grant funding from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, and Preserve America, as well as the local Main St. program and historical society.


The St. Francisville area has much to offer visitors year-round, most especially in the fall when the Angola Rodeo enlivens every Sunday in October and the Tunica Hills with waterfalls and brilliant fall color beckon outdoorsmen. Every weekend there are art festivals, garden symposiums and other special events (see www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com). Six spectacular antebellum plantations are open for daily tours: Rosedown and Audubon State Historic Sites, The Myrtles, Greenwood, Butler Greenwood and The Cottage; Catalpa is open by reservation, and Afton Villa Gardens opens seasonally. Picturesque 19th-century structures throughout downtown St. Francisville are filled with an eclectic selection of little shops, and reasonably priced meals are available in a nice array of restaurants. Some of the state's best Bed and Breakfasts offer overnight accommodations ranging from golf clubs and lakeside resorts to historic townhouses and country plantations; a modern motel has facilities to accommodate busloads. Recreational opportunities abound in the Tunica Hills, with excellent hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, golfing and horseback riding, in addition to the superb birdwatching. For online coverage of tourist facilities and attractions in the St. Francisville area, see www.stfrancisville.us, www.stfrancisville.net, or www.stfrancisvilleovernight.com; or telephone (225) 635-3873 or 635-6330.

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11-19-2007, 07:29 PM
WHEN

January 9 – 13, 2008
Wednesday – Friday 5PM – 10PM
Saturday 11AM – 10PM
Sunday 11AM – 6PM

WHERE
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
Halls H, I & J
New Orleans, LA 70130

ADMISSION
Adults – $9.00
Adult 2 Day Admission - $ $15.00
Youths - $5.00 (13-15 accompanied by an adult)
Children 12 and under admitted free
Discount coupons good for $2.00 off adult weeknight’s admission distributed to area boat dealers and inserted in all New Orleans Boat Show print ads.
Tickets are available at the door or visit www.neworleansboatshow.com to purchase tickets in advance on line.

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January 9 – 13, 2008
Wednesday – Friday 5PM – 10PM
Saturday 11AM – 10PM
Sunday 11AM – 6PM

WHERE
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Boulevard
Halls H, I & J
New Orleans, LA 70130

ADMISSION
Adults – $9.00
Adult 2 Day Admission - $ $15.00
Youths - $5.00 (13-15 accompanied by an adult)
Children 12 and under admitted free
Discount coupons good for $2.00 off adult weeknight’s admission distributed to area boat dealers and inserted in all New Orleans Boat Show print ads.
Tickets are available at the door or visit www.neworleansboatshow.com to purchase tickets in advance on line.

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11-21-2007, 08:04 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
November 21, 2007 985-792-4652
Celebrating Christmas 1885 - 1935 at Otis House Museum Dec. 8th - 30th
MADISONVILLE - Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to tour Otis House Museum Dec. 8th - 30th to enjoy seasonal decorations and learn Christmas customs, lifestyles, and history from the Victorian era through the Depression years. In the parlor, a tree featuring hand-made ornaments, candles and strings of popcorn will be displayed. In the breakfast room, learn how technology brought new items that changed holiday celebrations. On the evening of December 8th (only) the museum will be open from 5:30 until 8:00 p.m. for candlelight tours. Patrons and guests are welcome to enjoy the ambiance of the seasonal decor along with cookies and wassil in the kitchen after the tour. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. Otis House tours, $2.00 per adult, seniors 62+ and children 12 and under admitted free. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, tours 9:00 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
November 21, 2007 985-792-4652

Victorian Tree Trimming Workshop offered at Otis House Museum Dec. 15

MADISONVILLE - The staff of Otis House Museum offers a Victorian tree-trimming workshop for children on Dec. 15th from 10 a.m. until noon. Children are invited to create ornamental paper cones, boxes and sugar-plum cases like those used to decorate Victorian Christmas trees. During the workshop, children will learn how trees were decorated before electricity and store bought trimmings existed. Please call to register groups of 10+.
The program is free with park admission of $1.00 per person, seniors 62+ or children under 3 admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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12-20-2007, 06:09 PM
St. Francisville Press Release
Main Street Program - 225.635.3873

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B&B’s IN ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA, OFFER PERFECT POST-HOLIDAY HIDEAWAY

by Anne Butler
Ever since the closing days of the 18th century, when a rude shantytown sprang up to accommodate the needs of the flatboatmen traversing the Mississippi River on their way south to New Orleans, the St. Francisville area has provided facilities for travelers. By the early 1900's, fashionable steamboat passengers would disembark there for magnificent multi-coursed meals at its fine hotels, expecting and receiving accommodations to equal the elegance of the floating paddlewheeled palaces upon which they had arrived.


In the 20th century, the St. Francisville area became one of Louisiana's favorite tourist destinations, with its resplendent restored antebellum plantation homes and glorious gardens. As Baby Boomers approached retirement age, the area promoted a different kind of travel opportunity, emphasizing the unmatched recreational activities offered by the surrounding Tunica Hills, with unsurpassed hiking along peaceful meandering paths or steep rugged trails to waterfalls, horseback riding in unspoiled wilderness areas, birding unchanged since the huge population of both migratory and resident birdlife inspired artist John James Audubon in the 1820s, golf along the Thompson Creek blufflands and biking with many levels of difficulty.



With the devastating hurricanes of 2005 came further changes in tourism demographics, with fewer national and international travellers visiting Louisiana. The St. Francisville area has addressed these new challenges by emphasizing to state and regional visitors the pleasures of the peaceful getaway, especially welcome after frantic holiday activities. Many of the Bed & Breakfasts in the area offer gift certificates, which are coveted Christmas, New Year’s and Valentine’s gifts. Says St. Francisville Main Street Director Laurie Walsh, herself a B&B owner, “Much of our national travel comes through New Orleans, and it’s just not back yet, so we are particularly pleased to welcome so many overnight guests coming from the Louisiana area and our neighboring states, guests who are simply looking for a quiet respite or perhaps a romantic hideaway. Our B&Bs are so varied that guests can find exactly what they are looking for right here in St. Francisivlle. We can also handle corporate traffic.”






The area does indeed have a wonderful variety of accommodations. There is a modern full-service motel, the recently renovated Best Western St. Francis Hotel on the Lake, with rooms enough to accommodate entire bus loads of overnight guests. There are accommodations at conference centers like Hemingbough, with facilities for large groups, weddings, conventions and concerts in a lovely lakeside setting, and overnight rooms in a replica of the garconniere at Uncle Sam Plantation as well as individual cabins. At the other extreme are several suite-apartment facilities and the dozen tiny detached efficiency units downtown known as the 3-V Tourist Courts, reminiscent of the fabulous forties' automobile age.

There is also the The Lodge at The Bluffs on Thompson Creek, Feliciana's first golf resort. Its tastefully decorated suites feature living rooms and bedrooms, wet bars and verandas, plus full business facilities, and there are restaurants on the grounds as well as a pro shop. The spectacular golf course at The Bluffs was designed by golf great Arnold Palmer.

In the midst of St. Francisville's Historic District, within easy walking distance of all the attractions in town, are such B&B's as the well-established and beautifully appointed Barrow House and Printer's Cottage on Royal St.,Wisteria with back lawn exhibiting how this little town was built high on a narrow ridge, and Shadetree with its eclectic elegance perched atop a hill overlooking the river. The Wolf-Schlesinger House, aka St. Francisville Inn, is a real European-style country inn right in the center of town, with overnight rooms overlooking a rear landscaped courtyard, a popular wine parlor and displays of mesmerizing digital images of birdlife and local scenes done by the creative owner; the outstanding breakfast buffet here is open to the public.

In the countryside around St. Francisville, B&B guests glory in the historic ambiance of some of the area's most interesting antebellum plantation homes. Butler Greenwood Plantation accommodates guests in charming cottages scattered across the extensive oak-shaded grounds, some along the banks of the duck pond and others perched at the edges of steep wooded ravines. The Myrtles has elaborately furnished guest rooms in the main house as well as outbuildings, and the appearance of the resident ghost just might (no guarantees) be an added attraction in what is billed as "America's most haunted house." The Cottage Plantation, which hosted Andrew Jackson on his way home from the Battle of New Orleans, offers overnight stays in the historic main house, an attached wing and one well-equipped pond-side private cottage, with bountiful breakfast in the plantation’s formal dining room. These three plantations date from the 1790's.

There is a B&B on the spacious grounds of rebuilt Greek Revival Greenwood Plantation as well, providing overnight facilities in a separate two-story structure across the reflecting pond from the magnificent main house. In all of these countryside B&B's guests enjoy the experience of plantation living while still remaining easily accessible to St. Francisville's shops and restaurants, and tours of the historic main houses serve to enhance the pleasure of the night's stay there.

Lake Rosemound Inn overlooks a huge lake not far below the Mississippi state line, and the guests there have access to fishing and a sandy beach as well as a help-yourself ice cream parlor. A full-service campground, Green Acres, has hook-ups for those traveling in recreational vehicles.

Among the extras at certain of these lodgings are restaurants, swimming pools and tennis courts, recreational lakes for fishing, bridal suites with all the trimmings, functional fireplaces and hot tubs, full plantation breakfasts or in-room kitchens, nature trails and guided bird walks, championship golfing, and either the conviviality of sharing experiences with other guests at joint meals in common rooms or the complete peace and privacy of individual cottages sheltered by overhanging live oaks with only the birds for company.

Whatever suits a visitor's taste, the St. Francisville area has just the right type of lodging to enhance the enjoyment of a visit and ensure the experiencing of life there to the fullest. An excellent way to select the perfect accommodation is to examine the online websites for individual facilities; most B&B's have detailed homepages linked to the local B&B organization's page at www.stfrancisvilleovernight.com, or to the St. Francisville tourism page at www.stfrancisville.us.

Located on US Highway 61 on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, LA, and Natchez, MS, the St. Francisville area remains a year-round tourist destination. Six historic plantations-Rosedown and Audubon State Historic Sites, Butler Greenwood, the Myrtles, the Cottage and Greenwood-are open for daily tours, while Catalpa Plantation and Afton Villa Gardens are open periodically. Reasonably priced meals are available in a nice array of restaurants in St. Francisville, and eclectic shops fill restored 19th-century structures throughout the historic downtown area. The scenic unspoiled Tunica Hills region surrounding St. Francisville offers excellent biking, hiking, fishing, birding, horseback riding and other recreational activities. For online coverage of tourist facilities and attractions in the St. Francisville area, see www.StFrancisville.us, www.StFrancisville.net, or www.StFrancisvilleOvernight.com, or telephone (225) 635-3873 or 635-6330.





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01-05-2008, 02:55 PM
Ann Durel
January 5, 2008 985-792-4652

Camellia Blooms Show at Otis House Museum January 26 MADISONVILLE -Local garden clubs will display old-fashioned varieties of camellias. The general public is encouraged to share camellia blooms in this display by contacting Otis House Museum at 985-792-4652. Please bring your bloom in on Friday the 25th between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. If known, provide the common name, scientific name, and year introduced to the United States. This special event will take place on Saturday January 26th from 10 am until 4 pm.
Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. The program is free with Otis House tour, $2.00 per adult, seniors 62+ and children 12 and under admitted free. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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01-11-2008, 06:30 PM
St. Francisville Press Release
Main Street Program - 225.635.3873

Camellias
Anne Butler
Press Release, Anne Butler, writes . . .


CAMELLIAS IN THE COUNTRY - WINTERTIME COLOR IN ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA By Anne Butler


The post-Christmas let-down period provides the perfect respite for taking a breather in the country, and it is fortunately this very time when the glorious antebellum gardens of the St. Francisville, Louisiana, area are at their peak of camellia bloom. Thus the Feliciana Nature Society joins with Rosedown Plantation Historic Site and the Main Street program to host the fourth annual Camellias in the Country celebration February 8 and 9, 2008.
The two-day event opens on Friday evening, February 8, at 6 p.m. at the historic Old Market Hall on Royal St. in St. Francisville, with a camellia show that draws prize blossoms from the finest gardens of the Felicianas, appropriately combined with a fascinating workshop on the technique of waxing the blooms to preserve their beauty forever. Following the demonstration, an informal reception gives participants ample opportunity to admire the blossoms while enjoying wine and cheese.

Beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9, the visitor center at Rosedown State Historic Site, LA 10 and US 61 in St. Francisville, hosts a morning session focusing on camellia care including effective methods of combating disease and coping with common insects, as well as demonstrations of the propagation technique of air layering. After lunch at the popular nearby Audubon Café, Rosedown’s horticulture expert Patricia Aleshire leads a walking tour of Rosedown’s exquisite antebellum gardens, which include many of the South’s best heirloom and contemporary camellia specimens.

Registration fee of $20 includes all activities as well as the evening reception and Saturday lunch, with proceeds benefitting projects of the Feliciana Nature Society. Information is available by telephone at 888-376-1867 or 225-635-3110, or online at www.audubonbirdfest.com.

The event is a natural for the St. Francisville area, long noted for its glorious gardens. Beginning in the 1830’s as the great cotton mansions were being built and their grounds landscaped, gardening became the passion of plantation mistresses. This passion was happily combined here with a fortuitous climate, rich river bottomland soil, unlimited labor and the funds to indulge every whim. A number of magnificent 19th-century gardens pay tribute even today to this early devotion to natural beauty.


Rosedown Plantation, of course, heads the list with its 28 acres of formal gardens conceived by Martha Barrow Turnbull on her 1835 wedding trip to the Continent. Only such expansive yet orderly grandeur as she witnessed at Versailles and the other great gardens of Europe could adequately complement the fine plantation home she and her wealthy cotton-planter husband were building. In her garden diary which spans 60 years, Martha Turnbull recorded the development and expansion of her gardens flanking the oak alley leading to the Rosedown house.

A remarkable horticulturist, Mrs. Turnbull was one of the first to import camellias to the South in the 1830’s, turning her gardens into an early proving ground for the exotic flora of the Orient. At a time when only royalty or Southern planters could afford camellias, she set out seedlings which today tower over 25 feet tall, some over a century and a half old, testament to Martha Turnbull’s gardening secrets—plenty of water enriched with guano for the camellia plants during the summer, rooting in sand mixed with rich woods earth and a little cow manure, mulching with leaves to keep out the summer’s heat. These ancient camellias fill the Rosedown gardens with a colorful profusion of blossoms in many different shapes and hues, the bloom lasting through the winter and into early spring.



Natives of the Orient and Far East, camellias were initially carried to other lands by missionaries and early medical men, travelling first afoot and then across the seas. Trade with the Orient, opened in the early 1500’s by the Portuguese and their Black Ships, proved lucrative, leading to the formation of trading companies dealing in spices, silks, porcelains and other treasures. The medical officers of these trade companies were often the first to study native plants of the Far East, initially for their medicinal propensities, then introduced the botanical oddities back home.



A camellia japonica specimen collected in China in 1677 by a physician with the East India Company introduced the plant to England, and camellias by the early 1700’s became popular ornamental shrubs there. Toward the close of the 18th century the first camellias were brought to the United States, established in the Northeast as important greenhouse plants. It was from a nursery in New York that Rosedown first ordered camellias, and subsequent specimens were ordered from Philadelphia. The wonderfully ornamental plants thrived outdoors in the Southern climate, and became the staple of the winter garden throughout the region.

By the 1840’s the formal and sunken gardens at Butler Greenwood Plantation were being brightened by camellias in many hues. Amid the boxwood parterres beside the 1790’s plantation house, more than 150 camellias were planted under direction of the Irish gardener to complement the lovely Victorian summer house, and there were also large numbers of camellia sasanquas and tea plants, all in the same family. The extensive gardens at Rosedown State Historic Site and Butler Greenwood Plantation, both of which were painstakingly recorded by experts of the Historic American Buildings Survey projects during the Depression, are open for tours daily. The Cottage Plantation has dozens of ancient camellias coloring its extensive landscaped lawns through the cold winter months, and other plantations in the area which may be visited daily, The Myrtles, Greenwood and Oakley at Audubon State Historic Site, also feature smaller groves of japonicas.

Another magnificent antebellum garden in the St. Francisville area, which is open seasonally, is Afton Villa, where the landscaping is all that remains of the flamboyant mansion built in the 1850’s and burned in the 1960’s. What could have been a heartbreaking site has been turned into a garden spot of breathtaking beauty, where flowering vines clamber across the crumbling brick ruins, and masses of bulbs--- thousands and thousands of jonquils, daffodils, narcissus, tulips and others—brighten the terraced lawns in early spring. Formal parterres are set off with ancient camellias, and here, as at the other antebellum gardens, there seems to be a happy marriage between the japonicas and the moss-draped live oaks providing just the right amount of filtered sunlight and shade for a perfection of performance.

In the historic little 19th-century rivertown of St. Francisville, where the entire downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, there’s hardly a Victorian house without its prize camellia blooming through the winter. The tourism information center, right on the main street of town (Ferdinand St.), has free walking tour maps and information.

Located on US Highway 61 on the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge, LA, and Natchez, MS, the St. Francisville area has much to offer visitors year-round, especially in the winter when the camellias add bursts of color to gardens in town and on the early plantations. Six spectacular antebellum plantations are open for daily tours: Rosedown and Audubon State Historic Sites, The Myrtles, Greenwood, Butler Greenwood and The Cottage; Catalpa is open by reservation, and Afton Villa Gardens opens seasonally. Picturesque 19th-century structures throughout downtown St. Francisville are filled with an eclectic selection of little shops, and reasonably priced meals are available in a nice array of restaurants. Some of the state's best Bed and Breakfasts offer overnight accommodations ranging from golf clubs and lakeside resorts to historic townhouses and country plantations; a modern motel has facilities to accommodate busloads. Recreational opportunities abound in the Tunica Hills, with excellent hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, golfing and horseback riding, in addition to superb birdwatching. For online coverage of tourist facilities and attractions in the St. Francisville area, see www.stfrancisville.us, www.stfrancisville.net, or www.stfrancisvilleovernight.com; or telephone (225) 635-3873 or 635-6330. For special events and activities, see www.stfrancisvillefestivals.com.






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The 29th Annual
Louisiana Sportsmen's Show and Festival

Dates ...................... March 6 – 9, 2008



Location ................. Lamar-Dixon Center, Gonzales, LA



Hours ......................

Thursday, March 6th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, March 7th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 8th 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Sunday, March 9th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm



General Admission ...$8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Kids



Media Contact ........Bob Del Giorno (504) 464-7363 Don Cooper (504) 339-3899

www.lasportsmenshow.com



Theme .....................Deep South's ORIGINAL Sportfishing, Boat & Hunting Show



FEATURING............Now in its 29th year, Louisiana’s ORIGINAL hunting, fishing, and boating show returns starting March 6. Highlights of this year’s show include:



Five hundred fishing and hunting booths and boat displays with special Show prices



Special Events Include

The Dockdogs Big Air™ Competition
Freestyle Motocross Thrill Show
Daily Skeet Shooting Demonstrations
Live Bluegrass and Cajun music on the outdoor stages
Outdoor Food Festival featuring Drago’s, Galatoires, Outback Steak House, and others
Vacation Planning with local and national Outdoor Guides and Outfitters
Family entertainment area with midway and thrill rides
And much, much more

administrator
01-12-2008, 06:41 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
January 10, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Feb. 10 MADISONVILLE - Otis House Museum is offering a Victorian Valentine workshop on Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. Children, ages 7+ are invited to learn about different types of valentines and their origins. Examples of vintage mechanical valentines from the early 1900's will be on display as well as a replica sailor's valentine. After learning about the various valentines, participants can create their own unique Victorian Valentine. Please call to register groups of 10+.
The workshop is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
01-16-2008, 06:32 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
January 16, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Feb. 9 MADISONVILLE - Otis House Museum is offering a Victorian Valentine workshop on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. Children, ages 7+ are invited to learn about different types of valentines and their origins. Examples of vintage mechanical valentines from the early 1900's will be on display as well as a replica sailor's valentine. After learning about the various valentines, participants can create their own unique Victorian Valentine. Please call to register groups of 10+.
The workshop is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
01-18-2008, 05:53 PM
January 18, 2008 985-792-4652

Scrapbook Traditions Workshop At Otis House Museum February 16
MADISONVILLE - A Scrapbook Traditions workshop is being offered at Otis House Museum on February 16th from 10 am until noon. Scrapbooks of the 1800's, like those of today, featured pictures and decorative snippets that held importance to the owner. Vintage scrapbook owners are encouraged to share their memories for this special event. This program will highlight construction differences of then and now and welcome visitors to assemble their own scrapbook page. Call 985-792-4652 to register and receive a supply list. The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
01-23-2008, 09:54 PM
Louisiana's ORIGINAL Sportsmen's Show Returns to
Gonzales, Louisiana



GONZALES (JANUARY 23, 2008)…..The 29th Annual Louisiana Sportsmen's Show and Festival returns to the Lamar-Dixon Center Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 9, 2008. This is Louisiana's ORIGINAL sport fishing, hunting and boat show offering the general public the largest and newest selection of sport fishing gear, boats and hunting equipment at special Show prices.

Founder Bob Del Giorno said “We are so excited to hold the event in such a strategic location. The Lamar Dixon Center is only fifteen minutes from Baton Rouge and less than an hour from New Orleans. Ascension Parish and adjacent areas are home to many of our area’s most avid sportsmen. This strategic location is a real asset and the outdoor space at the Lamar Dixon Center has allowed the Sportsmen’s Show to grow into a true festival of hunting, fishing, music, and food. The Show now offers live music, an outdoor cooking area featuring famous Louisiana restaurants, and many new family oriented, hands-on activities. Kids love the show.”

The heart of the Sportsmen’s Show will always be hunting and fishing. This year’s show will feature hundreds of booths filled with everything for outdoor pleasure including the largest and newest selection of sportfishing, boat, and hunting equipment from national manufacturers. With something for everyone who loves the outdoors, the Sportsmen’s Show creates one of the biggest market places for all services and products related to Louisiana’s great outdoors.

Del Giorno noted that interest in guided hunting and fishing adventures has grown tremendously among Louisiana sportsmen, and that interest is reflected in the show’s exhibitors. “The show offers a unique chance for sportsmen and women to personally meet dozens of fishing guides and outfitters who can plan trips in Louisiana or around the world,” said Del Giorno. “Anyone planning a guided outdoor vacation will find tremendous resources at this year’s show.” A number of Louisiana Tourist Commissions will also be on hand, providing information on outdoor activities across the state along with free maps, brochures, and other information.

Del Giorno noted that the new location will make it easy for show attendees to tie in a visit to the new Cabela’s store in Gonzales with a visit to the Sportsmen’s Show and Festival. “We’re excited about the new Cabela’s,” said Del Giorno. “The Sportsmen’s Show is a very different environment with different equipment and exhibitors, but the two venues together offer a day of hunting, fishing, and family fun unlike anything Southeast Louisiana has ever seen before.” The Show will include a drawing for a $1,000 Cabela’s gift certificate.

Admission for the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show and Festival is just $8 for adult and $5 for children.

For Show credentials or media interviews, contact Don Cooper (504-339-3899) or Bob Del Giorno (504-464-7363).



Directions

The Lamar-Dixon Center is located off of I-10 at 9039 St. Landry Road in Gonzales. To reach the facility:



Take I-10 to Gonzales, LA

Exit I-10 at Cabela’s – (Exit 177 - LA Hwy 30)

Left onto St. Landry Road

administrator
01-29-2008, 06:37 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Rita McMurray
Jan. 29, 2008 (985) 624-4442

THE MARSH BOARDWALK RETURNS WITH A WEEKEND OF INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS SET FOR FEBRUARY 22, 23 & 24 AT FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK

MANDEVILLE - Visitors of all ages are invited to attend a variety of interpretive programs on February 22, 23 and 24 at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville. The marsh boardwalk was badly damaged by the hurricanes and has bean repaired.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, participants will walk with Interpretive Ranger Rita McMurray to the Marsh Boardwalk for Dark Secrets of the Marsh, a program that focuses on the nighttime behavior of animals that inhabit the brackish marsh. Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Interpretive Ranger Richard Scott will begin a Primitive Woodworking demonstration on the use of a froe for splitting wood; the use of a shaving horse and drawknives for shaping wooden objects; and whittling with a pocketknife. Visitors will be able to watch Scott throughout the day as he creates various wooden items. Also at 10 a.m., visitors can meet Interpretive Ranger Steven Welsh at the fishing pond for Wonders of Wetlands, a one-hour program discussing the erosion control efforts underway along Lake Pontchartrain's north shore. Fish and other marine life will be collected with scoop nets from the fishing pond and identified.
Then at 11:30 a.m., visitors can join McMurray for Can I Eat That?, a 30-minute walk-and-talk on the edibility of plants that can be found along part of the nature trail.
A guided nature trail walk will begin at 1 p.m., with Welsh leading participants through the park's forest, identifying the flora and fauna encountered on the trail and discussing some of the "fun" facts about the plants on the nature trail. The walk will last approximately one hour and participants should wear comfortable shoes. At 3 p.m., McMurray will take visitors for a walk to the Boardwalk for Marvels of the Marsh, to explore the uniqueness of the marsh from the boardwalk trail. Participants will collect fish and other marine life with a scoop net from the boardwalk. Species samples will be identified and released. Beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nature: A Closer Look will encourage participants to make a more observant, intense look at nature. At 1 p.m. Visitors can take a History Tour to learn about the history of Marigny's Fontainebleau Plantation, walking along the main road to discuss the brick kiln and purgery ruins and, then, to the lakefront for information on the slave bell. "Louisiana is home to a variety of wildlife species, and a great deal of history" said Interpretive Ranger, Rita McMurray. "The expanded interpretive staff at Fontainebleau wants to share it with our visitors." Fontainebleau State Park is located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. In addition to birdwatching, the park offers visitors camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities. The park entrance is located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. Day-use visitors can attend all park programs for the standard admission charge of $1 per person.
For more information call 1-888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4442 in the Mandeville area.
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Rita McMurray
Interpretive Ranger 2
Fontainebleau State Park
62883 Hwy 1089
Mandeville, LA 70448-7304

Phone (985) 624-4442
Fax (985) 624-4444
fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us

administrator
01-30-2008, 06:32 PM
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Rita McMurray
> Jan. 29, 2008 (985) 624-4442
>
> THE MARSH BOARDWALK RETURNS WITH A WEEKEND OF INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS
> SET FOR FEBRUARY 22, 23 & 24 AT FONTAINEBLEAU STATE PARK
>
> MANDEVILLE - Visitors of all ages are invited to attend a variety of interpretive programs on February 22, 23 and 24 at Fontainebleau State Park in Mandeville. The marsh boardwalk was badly damaged by the hurricanes and has been repaired.
> Beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, participants will walk with
> Interpretive Ranger Rita McMurray to the Marsh Boardwalk for Dark
> Secrets of the Marsh, a program that focuses on the nighttime behavior
> of animals that inhabit the brackish marsh. Beginning at 10 a.m. on
> Saturday, Interpretive Ranger Richard Scott will begin a Primitive
> Woodworking demonstration on the use of a froe for splitting wood; the
> use of a shaving horse and drawknives for shaping wooden objects; and
> whittling with a pocketknife. Visitors will be able to watch Scott
> throughout the day as he creates various wooden items. Also at 10
> a.m., visitors can meet Interpretive Ranger Steven Welch at the
> fishing pond for Wonders of Wetlands, a one-hour program discussing
> the erosion control efforts underway along Lake Pontchartrain> '> s
> north shore. Fish and other marine life will be collected with scoop
> nets from the fishing pond and identified. Then at 11:30 a.m.,
> visitors can join McMurray for Can I Eat That?, a 30-minute
> walk-and-talk on the edibility of plants that can be found along part
> of the nature trail. A guided nature trail walk will begin at 1 p.m.,
> with Welch leading participants through the park> '> s forest,
> identifying the flora and fauna encountered on the trail and
> discussing some of the "fun" facts about the plants on the nature
> trail. The walk will last approximately one hour and participants
> should wear comfortable shoes. At 3 p.m., McMurray will take visitors
> for a walk to the Boardwalk for Marvels of the Marsh, to explore the
> uniqueness of the marsh from the boardwalk trail. Participants will
> collect fish and other marine life with a scoop net from the
> boardwalk. Species samples will be identified and released. Beginning
> at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nature: A Closer Look will encourage
> participants to make a more observant, intense look at nature. At 1
> p.m. Visitors can take a History Tour to learn about the history of
> Marigny's Fontainebleau Plantation, walking along the main road to
> discuss the brick kiln and purgery ruins and, then, to the lakefront
> for information on the slave bell. "Louisiana is home to a variety of
> wildlife species, and a great deal of history> "> said Interpretive
> Ranger, Rita McMurray. "The expanded interpretive staff at
> Fontainebleau wants to share it with our visitors." Fontainebleau
> State Park is located on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake
> Pontchartrain. In addition to birdwatching, the park offers visitors
> camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities. The park entrance is
> located southeast of Mandeville on US 190. Day-use visitors can attend
> all park programs for the standard admission charge of $1 per person.
> For more information call 1-888-677-3668 toll free or 624-4442 in the
> Mandeville area. ###
>
>
> Rita McMurray
> Interpretive Ranger 2
> Fontainebleau State Park
> 62883 Hwy 1089
> Mandeville, LA 70448-7304
>
> Phone (985) 624-4442
> Fax (985) 624-4444
> fntbleau_int@crt.state.la.us
>
>

administrator
02-07-2008, 06:08 PM
Louisiana State Parks Reservations System
to be Temporarily Unavailable
BATON ROUGE - The Office of State Parks is announcing that there will be a temporary break in services through the Central Reservation System, during an upgrade of the Reserve American software system. Beginning at midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 20, through 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, no reservations will be taken either through the Baton Rouge-based Call Center or on ReserveAmerica.com. All computer-based reservation functions will be off-line during an software upgrade that will provide enhanced park maps and reduce the minimum advance reservation window from 48 to 24 hours, in addition to increased reservation capabilities and improved customer service resources. During the upgrade, customers will be able to phone the parks, directly, to check availability and hold a facility with a non-refundable credit card payment for the date of arrival only. Once the guest arrives at the park, the stay can be extended with additional payment. Following is a listing of the parks with reservable overnight facilities:
Bayou Segnette (888-677-2296) cabins, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group pavilions
Chemin-A-Haut (888-677-2436) cabins, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group pavilions
Chicot (888-677-2442) lodges, cabins, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group
pavilions
Cypremort Point (888-867-4510) cabins, group pavilions
Fairview-Riverside (888-677-3247) campsites, group pavilion
Fontainebleau (888-677-3668) lodge, campsites, group camps, group pavilions
Grand Isle (888-787-2559) campsites
Jimmie Davis (888-677-2263) lodges, cabins, campsites, group camp, group pavilion
Lake Bistineau (888-677-2478) cabins, campsites, group camps, lodge, group pavilions
Lake Bruin (888-677-2784) campsites, group pavilion
Lake Claiborne (888-677-2524) cabins, campsites, group pavilion
Lake D'Arbonne (888-677-5200) cabins, lodges, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group
pavilions
Lake Fausse Pointe (888-677-7200) cabins, campsites, meeting room, group pavilions
North Toledo Bend (888-677-6400) cabins, campsites, group camp, meeting room, group pavilions
Poverty Point Reservoir (800-474-0392) lodges, cabins, campsites
St. Bernard (888-677-7823) campsites, group pavilion
Sam Houston Jones (888-677-7264) cabins, campsites, group pavilions
South Toledo Bend (888-398-4770) cabins, campsites, meeting room
Tickfaw (888-981-2020) cabins, campsites, group camp, group pavilions

The Central Reservation Center was established, in the Baton Rouge office, in 2000. In May 2006, Louisiana State Parks began offering online reservations, through ReserveAmerica.com for all cabins, lodges, group camps, campsites and pavilions. For more information regarding Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com. ###

administrator
02-18-2008, 07:27 PM
As Reported by the National Shooting Sports Foundation:

Outdoorsman Grits Gresham Dies at 85
Grits Gresham, noted outdoorsman, writer, author, and television personality, died on February 18, 2008, in his hometown of Natchitoches, Louisiana, at the age of 85.

Gresham served as field host and producer for "The American Sportsman" television series on the ABC network, host of "Shooting Sports America" on ESPN, was shooting editor of Sports Afield magazine for 26 years, and was published in such wide-ranging magazines as Sports Illustrated and Gentleman's Quarterly. He authored eight books, but may be best known for his role in the series of commercials for Miller Lite beer. Gresham was the fisherman among the athletes who made "Tastes Great, Less Filling" marketing buzzwords for more than a decade.

Grits traveled the world for his work, and he particularly enjoyed his many trips to various African countries as well as fishing and hunting in South America. . He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.

A tireless worker for conservation, he was one of the first public voices bringing attention to the loss of wetlands along the Louisiana coastline, an area where he did much of his graduate work while at LSU.

Gresham's books include "The Complete Book of Bass Fishing," "Fishes and Fishing In Louisiana," "Fishing and Boating in Louisiana," "The Sportsman and his Family Outdoors," The Complete Wildfowler," "Grits on Guns," and "Weatherby: The Man, The Gun, The Legend."

One of Gresham's proudest moments as an outdoor journalist came during an interview with President Ronald Regan. The President shared with Grits a story no one in the national media had heard, that when he was a broadcaster in Des Moines, Iowa, Regan had used a Colt pistol to save a nurse from a mugging on the street. After the story broke, the nurse came forward and confirmed the tale, although she did not know until then that the young man who had saved her with a gun so many years before had turned out to be the famous actor and United States President.

Born Claude Hamilton Gresham, Jr. on June 21, 1922, in Spartanburg County, SC, Grits was the fourth of five children of Claude H. Gresham and Belle Hill Gresham . He attended Blue Ridge School for Boys, the University of North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Yale and received his B.S. and M.S. from Louisiana State University.

Gresham's many awards include the Winchester Outdoorsman of the Year, Alumnus of the Year in the LSU School of Forestry and Wildlife Management; induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and LSU Hall of Distinction; awards for excellence in writing and contributions to conservation from the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Northwestern State University.

At the 2006 SHOT Show, the National Shooting Sports Foundation recognized Gresham with its Lifetime Achievement Award and at that time established, with the Professional Outdoor Media Association, the POMA/NSSF Grits Gresham Communicator Award, the recipient receiving a bronze replica of Gresham's trademark hat.

Arrangements are being made through the Blanchard St. Denis Funeral Home, at (318) 357-8271, www.blanchardstdenisfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Gresham Collection at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame Foundation, 321 Bienville Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457, or in the name of Grits Gresham to the Alzheimer's Association.

administrator
02-21-2008, 10:05 AM
Fairview-Riverside State Park presents "Skeletons, Skins, & Scat...What animal is that?" on March 1
MADISONVILLE - Park guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a nature program, "Skeletons, Skins, and Scat...What animal is that?" at Fairview-Riverside State Park on March 1st from 10 until 11 a.m. The presentation will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the day-use area of the park. Learn about the abundance of nature at the park with hands-on learning aids. Explore the teeth and claws of the alligator or handle a replica coyote skull. The Interpretive ranger will discuss characteristics of these mammals, birds and reptiles.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
February 21, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Fairview-Riverside State Park to host A Porcelain Panorama
MADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Porcelain Panorama on March 8th from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The art of porcelain painting, a popular activity during Victorian times will be presented at Otis House Museum. St. Tammany Porcelain Art Club members will demonstrate painting techniques throughout the day and offer completed pieces for purchase. Club president Christy Lassalle will conduct a lecture demonstration at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:00 pm. featuring the step-by-step process to create beautiful porcelain painted pieces.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
February 21, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Fairview-Riverside State Park to host an Easter Traditions Program
MADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park to host Easter Traditions program March 22nd at 2 p.m. Join the staff for traditional Easter egg hunts and rolling contests, participants will be divided into three age groups, 5 and under, ages 6-8, and 9 and older. After the children's activities, visitors of all ages are invited to learn the Louisiana custom of "egg pocking".
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
02-26-2008, 06:57 PM
La. Sportsman Show
LSU Star Jacob Hester Signs Autographs Opening Night


LSU running back Jacob Hester will be in attendance at the Louisiana Sportsmen’s Show and Festival to sign autographs for fans on opening night of the Show. Hester will appear at a special “Purple and Gold Crawfish Boil” from 6pm – 8pm on Thursday, March 6th.



Other Show highlights include:

Five hundred fishing and hunting booths and boat displays with special Show prices
The Dockdogs Big Air™ Competition
Freestyle Motocross Thrill Show
Daily Skeet Shooting Demonstrations
Live Bluegrass and Cajun music on the outdoor stages
Outdoor Food Festival featuring Drago’s, Galatoires, Outback Steak House, and others
Vacation Planning with local and national Outdoor Guides and Outfitters
Family entertainment area with midway and thrill rides
And much, much more


Location ................. Lamar-Dixon Center, Gonzales, LA



Dates/Times ............Thursday, March 6th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday, March 7th 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 8th 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

Sunday, March 9th 10:00 am - 6:00 pm



General Admission ...$8.00 for Adults and $5.00 for Kids



Media Contact ........Bob Del Giorno (504) 464-7363 Don Cooper (504) 339-3899

www.lasportsmenshow.com



Download a Zip archive of promotional photos here:



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administrator
03-05-2008, 03:46 PM
New Cabins at Fontainebleau State Park to Open On April 4
MANDEVILLE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced today that, effective March 10, the Office of State Parks will begin taking reservations on the new cabins at Fontainebleau State Park. Reservations can be obtained online at ReserveAmerica.com or by calling the Office of State Parks Reservation Center at 1-877-226-7652, for overnight stays beginning Friday, April 4.
"We have managed a significant investment in state parks of more than $35 million - building new cabins, camp sites, and facilities across the state. Today, Louisiana has one of the best state park networks in the country," Lt. Governor Landrieu said. "The new cabins at Fontainebleau State Park are a great investment. They're a great resource for the community, adding to our quality of life, and they also provide an economic boon by offering more facilities for overnight visitors."
The style of the cabins echoes the fishing camps that lined the shore of Lake Pontchartrain from the 1930s until the 1970s, and the visitor center recalls the look of the sugar mill that once operated on Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville's Fontainebleau plantation.
According to Culture, Recreation & Tourism Secretary Dawn Romero Watson, the additional cabins offer an attractive overnight alternative to Northshore-area visitors. "We are certainly pleased to be able to open these cabins to the public," says Watson. "Fontainebleau is one of our most popular sites, and the cabins will only enhance that reputation with our guests."
Each of the 12 new cabins will offer overnight accommodations for up to eight people, and will rent for $90 per night. The cabins, located over the waters of Lake Pontchartrain, include a full kitchen, living room and dining area, bathroom and a lakeside porch. A new 300-foot fishing pier and attached pavilion will offer day-use visitors additional options for enjoying the beach area. The visitor center consists of a nature area, meeting room and outdoor classroom and will be located near the sugar mill ruins. The total cost of the project was $10.47 million.
"Like everything else in the New Orleans area, Hurricane Katrina did delay this project," says Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. "But we are thankful for the support of the legislature, to allow us to complete these much-needed improvements and additions to the park and provide even more outdoor recreational opportunities to our visitors and our state's citizens."
Fontainebleau State Park is located off U.S. 190 in Mandeville on 2,800 acres on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, offering a beautiful outdoor setting for camping, hiking and picnicking opportunities. For more information on Fontainebleau State Park or any of Louisiana's State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com.
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administrator
03-06-2008, 07:00 PM
Fairview-Riverside State Park to host an Easter Traditions ProgramMADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park to host Easter Traditions program March 22nd at 2 p.m. Join the staff for traditional Easter egg hunts and rolling contests, participants will be divided into three age groups, 5 and under, ages 6-8, and 9 and older. After the children's activities, visitors of all ages are invited to learn the Louisiana custom of "egg pocking".
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

administrator
03-24-2008, 09:01 PM
ANNUAL CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT SCHEDULED
FOR MARCH 29 & 30 AT PORT HUDSON SHSFor More Information Contact:
Steve Ramke
225-654-3775
ZACHARY - Port Hudson State Historic Site near Zachary will host the annual reenactment of the siege of Port Hudson on Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.
Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days, visitors will have access to volunteer reenactors in Union and Confederate campsites staging typical activities of the assault. Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege in the summer of 1863. Three branches of service -- artillery, cavalry, and infantry -- will be portrayed, as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers.
"Visitors of all ages are invited to witness this portrayal of Civil War life," said Gregg Potts, site manager. "Port Hudson's annual reenactment highlights a pivotal time in U.S. history that changed our nation forever."
Scheduled events for the weekend:
Saturday, March 29
9 a.m. Park opens
10 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration in Main Field
10:30 a.m. Pine Needle Basket Forum behind Museum
11 a.m. Artillery Demonstration in Main Field
11:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration in Main Field
Noon Duel in Main Field / Lunch with Zachary High Band
1 p.m. Civil War Dance Class behind Museum
2 p.m. Battle in Main Field
3 p.m. Medical Demonstration at Museum Foot Bridge
3:30 p.m. Civil War Baseball game in Main Field (visitor participation)
5 p.m. Park Closes

Sunday, March 30
9 a.m. Park opens
9:30 a.m. Flag Raising
10 a.m. Reenactor Church Service at Museum Cannon Platform
11 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration in Main Field
11:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration in Main Field
Noon Duel in Main Field / Lunch with Zachary High Band
12:30 p.m. Artillery Demonstration in Main Field
1:30 p.m. Battle in Main Field
2:30 p.m. Medical Demonstration at Museum Foot Bridge
3 p.m. Civil War Baseball game in Main Field (visitor participation)
4:30 p.m. Flag Lowering
5 p.m. Park Closes
* All day (both days) - interpretive demonstrations at camp site next to museum tower.
* Cold drinks and Concessions are on sale by the Zachary High School Band.
* Visit the Union or Confederate campsites at your leisure.
* Living History Demonstrations provided behind Museum throughout the weekend.
* Picnic Area available across the large field.
* Visit the Sutlers to purchase authentic reproduction Civil War merchandise.
The main reenactment battles begin at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Port Hudson SHS is the site of the longest genuine siege in American military history. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the site is host to Civil War reenactments and living history events throughout the year.
There will be no admission fee for this event. The Zachary High School band will be on site to provide concessions for sale or visitors can bring their own picnic lunches. The site is located on US 61 near Zachary, about 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge.
For more information, call 1-888-677-3400 toll free or 654-3775 in the Zachary area.
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04-06-2008, 03:19 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
April 6, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park April 12
MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to an educational program - Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skins - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile on Saturday April 12th at 1 p.m. The ZooMobile staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area. The presentation will include live animals and other teaching models to provide visitors of all ages an enjoyable hands-on learning experience. What makes a mammal a mammal? Why does a bird have feathers? "Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skins" will explain these and many other questions as we learn about various living species in the animal kingdom.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61. Under age 3 or 62+ admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
April 6, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park May 3rd

MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, May 3rd are invited to an educational program - Animal Habitats - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on animal habits and habitats. Learn about where and how various animals live and how they survive in their habitat. Hands-on learning aids will be used to reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4- 61. Children under 3 or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
04-07-2008, 07:08 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Tonya Nicolosi
April 5, 2008 1-888-677-2838

AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE PRESENTS A HERITAGE FOOD FESTIVAL

ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors are invited to Audubon State Historic Site in St. Francisville for the program "A Heritage Food Festival" on Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until 4 pm. The rich history of Louisiana's cooking traditions will be showcased in this unique one-day program. Cooking methods, traditions, and even foods from the Frontier Era through the plantation era at Oakley Plantation will be featured. Visitors can experience history by tasting food as it was prepared by plantation slaves, over the fires of the first European settlers, or in the camps of the native americans. "Interactive Living History events such as these give the visitor a chance to get a glimpse of a bygone era. They provide a hands on fun experience for both families and those with an interest in Louisiana's rich cultural heritage." said John House, Historic Site Manager at Audubon State Historic Site.
Audubon SHS is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to the artist naturalist John James Audubon in 1821. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for tours throughout the year. The $2 admission to the historic site includes the plantation house tour, museum, nature trails, and much more. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. For more information call Audubon State Historic Site at 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area. ###


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04-09-2008, 02:57 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
April 9, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

English Paper Piecing Workshop set for April 12 at Otis House Museum

MADISONVILLE - Join the staff of Otis House Museum in Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, April 12th from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. for a quilting workshop on English paper piecing. During this beginner class, methods used for creating geometric quilt designs from paper piecing will be introduced to complete a Grandmother's Flower Garden pattern. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch and needlework supplies. A supply list will be given at registration, which is required.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61. Under age 3 or 62+ admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. To register or for more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
April 9, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park April 12
MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to an educational program - Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skins - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile on Saturday April 12th at 1 p.m. The ZooMobile staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area. The presentation will include live animals and other teaching models to provide visitors of all ages an enjoyable hands-on learning experience. What makes a mammal a mammal? Why does a bird have feathers? "Fur, Feathers, Scales & Skins" will explain these and many other questions as we learn about various living species in the animal kingdom.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61. Under age 3 or 62+ admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
April 6, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park May 3rd

MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, May 3rd are invited to an educational program - Animal Habitats - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on animal habits and habitats. Learn about where and how various animals live and how they survive in their habitat. Hands-on learning aids will be used to reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4- 61. Children under 3 or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
04-11-2008, 11:58 PM
St. Francisville Press Release
Main Street Program - 225.635.3873


War Stopped
Administrator
Local civil war history honored in June...
THE DAY THE WAR STOPPED
-IN ST. FRANCISVILLE, LA
by Anne Butler


Up the steep hill they trudged, sweating in the sticky June heat, staggering under the weight of the coffin, the white flag of truce flying before them in the hot summer sun. The guns of their federal gunboat, the USS Albatross, anchored in the Mississippi off Bayou Sara, were silent behind them as the ship’s surgeon and two officers struggled toward St. Francisville atop the hill.

The procession was not an impressive one, certainly not an unusual event in the midst of a bloody war, and it would no doubt have escaped all notice but for one fact--this was the day the war stopped, if only for a few mournful moments, and the lovely little rivertown of St. Francisville invites the public to join in commemorating the events 145 years ago on the weekend of June 13-15.

In June 1863, the Siege of Port Hudson was pitting 30,000 Union troops under Major General Nathaniel P. Banks against 6,800 weary Confederates under Major General Franklin Gardner, fighting over the all-important control of traffic on the Mississippi River. Port Hudson and Vicksburg were the only rebel strongholds left along the Mississippi, and if the Union forces could wrest from them control of the river traffic, they could cut off supplies from the west and completely surround the Confederacy. Admiral David Farragut had attempted to destroy Confederate cannons atop the bluffs from the river, but of his seven ships, four were turned back, one was completely destroyed, and only his flagship and the USS Albatross passed upriver safely, leaving ground troops to fight it out for nearly another month.

Lt. Commander John E. Hart, the federal commander of the Albatross, had just the week before posted a touching letter to his wife, left behind with their young son Elliott in Schenectady, New York. Praising his little boat for getting through the fearsome firing from the batteries atop the bluffs at Port Hudson, Commander Hart promises after the war to take his wife on a trip down the river to see the famous battlefields. As he writes he can hear the cannons booming to the south, but his attentions are on more immediate matters…how many blackberries his crew have had to eat lately, and how when a “jolly good cow” is spotted, he sends a sailor ashore with a pail, chuckling how some rebel farm folk will be surprised when “old Brindle comes home at night and ain’t got no milk for them”…how hot it is, and how long since he has seen ice, and how he would love a glass of cool claret and water.


Even in the midst of war, there are mundane little touches of life scattered through the letter from Hart to his beloved wife…the mockingbirds singing around the boat, the little puppy he’d put ashore at Plaquemine to be raised, the shipboard litter of kittens. After perilously running through the Grand Gulf batteries on the river to the north, Hart writes that the Admiral signalled, “How many killed?” And he answered none. The Admiral signalled, “How many wounded?” And he answered none. And just then Kitty, ship’s mouser, produced kittens which Hart insisted become part of the official report…important to note the wartime births as well as the all-too-frequent deaths.

A respected naval officer, Commander Hart would have even more lasting impact through his death, which occurred as the Albatross lay at anchor near Bayou Sara, just below St. Francisville. Masonic and naval records list Hart as having “suicided,” died by his own hand “in a fit of delirium.” It had been surmised that perhaps he suffered from dementia induced by yellow fever, for a mere four days earlier his cheerful letter home hardly seemed to exhibit despair, but the surgeon’s log implicates debilitating dyspepsia, perhaps combined with depression.

Hart was a Mason, and aboard his ship were other officers also “members of the Craft,” desirous of burying their commander ashore rather than consigning the remains to the river waters. A boat was sent from the Albatross under flag of truce to ascertain if there were any Masons in the town of St. Francisville. It just so happened that the two White brothers living near the river were Masons, and they informed the little delegation that there was indeed a Masonic lodge in the town, in fact one of the oldest in the state, Feliciana Lodge No. 31 F and AM. Its Grand Master was absent, serving in the Confederate Army, and its Senior Warden, W. W. Leake, was likewise engaged. But, according to Masonic correspondence, “Brother Leake’s headquarters were in the saddle,” he was reported to be in the vicinity, and he was soon found and persuaded to honor the request. As a soldier, Leake reportedly said, he considered it his duty to permit burial of a deceased member of the armed forces of any government, even one presently at war with his own, and as a Mason, he knew it to be his duty to accord Masonic burial to the remains of a brother Mason without taking into account the nature of their relations in the outer world


The surgeon and officers of the USS Albatross, struggling up from the river with Hart’s body, were met by W. W. Leake, the White brothers, and a few other members of the Masonic lodge. In the procession was also a squad of Marines at trail arms. They were met at Grace Episcopal Church by the Reverend Mr. Daniel Lewis, rector, and with full Episcopal and Masonic services, Commander John E. Hart was laid to rest in the Masonic burial plot in Grace’s peaceful cemetery, respect being paid by Union and Confederate soldiers alike. And soon the war resumed, Lee’s northern invasion turned back at Gettysburg July 3, Vicksburg falling July 4, and Port Hudson finally surrendering July 9, all in one catastrophic week.

But for one brief touching moment, the war had stopped at St. Francisville, and this moment will be marked the weekend of June 13, 14 and 15th. The commemorative events begin on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m., with graveside histories in the peaceful oak-shaded cemetery at Grace Church, and an important presentation by Professor Chris Pena of Nicholls State University. A widely recognized Civil War researcher and author, Professor Pena has delved deeply into the events surrounding
The Day The War Stopped and will provide fascinating newly unearthed details regarding Commander Hart’s death and St. Francisville’s role in the war. His talk will be followed by an Open House and presentation of lodge history at the historic double-galleried Masonic Lodge just across Ferdinand St. from the graveyard at 8 p.m.

On Saturday, June 14, a lively parade travels along St. Francisville’s historic main street beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch at the Masonic Lodge from 11 to 12:30. Visitors will be pleasantly transported back in time during the afternoon, as Grace Church and its parish hall next door are the scene of a concert of antebellum period music and vintage dancing from 11:30 to 1:30. At 1:30 commences the very moving dramatic presentation showing Commander Hart’s young wife in New York as she reads his last letter to their small son and then receives the terrible news of his death. This is followed by the re-enactment of the burial of Hart, with re-enactors in the dignified rites clad in Civil War uniforms accurate down to the last button and worn brogan. Taking leading roles in this ritual, amazingly, are W.W.Leake’s great-great-grandson Robert S. Leake, as well as Frank Karwowski, member of Commander Hart’s Masonic lodge, St. George’s in Schnectady, New York, and Shirley Ditloff who now operates a popular B&B in W.W. Leake’s Royal St. townhouse.

During the afternoon on Saturday, Oakley Plantation in the Audubon State Historic Site offers special related programs, including a Civil War encampment, complete with tents and authentically clad re-enactors, which may be visited from 2:30 to 5. At 3 a lecture on the history of the Civil War in West Feliciana will be presented, followed by black powder and musket demonstrations at 3:30 and at 4 a demonstration of Civil War costumes.


On Sunday, June 15, Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site from 1 to 3 presents a program on Civil War medical techniques and their all-too-often conclusion, period burial customs. At nearby Locust Grove State Historic Site, a talk from 1 to 3 focuses on Jefferson Davis’ young bride, Sarah Knox Taylor Davis who succumbed to yellow fever on their honeymoon visit to his sister’s plantation in West Feliciana, at her gravesite, and a gravestone rendering class will utilize some of the historic headstones in this peaceful little graveyard.

All of these activities are free and open to the public.Among sponsors are St. Francisville Overnight! (Bed & Breakfasts of the area), the Feliciana Lodge No. 31 F and AM, Grace Episcopal Church, and St. Francisville Main Street.

Visitors will find fascinating little shops and restaurants, many of them located in restored 19th-century structures, throughout downtown St. Francisville, which boasts an extensive Historic District listed on the National Register, and a wonderful assortment of Bed & Breakfasts as well as a modern motel. Six restored historic plantations are open daily for tours—Rosedown Plantation and Audubon State Historic Sites, Butler Greenwood Plantation, The Cottage Plantation, Greenwood Plantation and The Myrtles; Catalpa Plantation is open by reservation, and Afton Villa Gardens is open seasonally. The surrounding Tunica Hills region offers a wide array of recreational opportunities, from birding and biking to horseback riding and hiking.

For additional information on the St. Francisville area, telephone 225-635-4224, 225-635-3873 or 225-635-6330; online www.stfrancisville.net. For additional information on The Day The War Stopped, see www.daythewarstopped.net.

administrator
05-01-2008, 06:40 PM
Lori Barnes
May 1, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park May 3rd MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, May 3rd are invited to an educational program - Animal Habitats - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on animal habits and habitats. Learn about where and how various animals live and how they survive in their habitat. Hands-on learning aids will be used to reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4- 61. Children under 3 or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
05-03-2008, 08:02 PM
Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riverside State Park May 31st

MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on May 31st are invited to an educational program - Wetlands Express - presented by the Audubon Institute at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on Louisiana's most important resource...our wetlands. Hands-on learning aids will reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
05-22-2008, 06:40 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
May 20, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riverside State Park May 31st
MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on May 31st are invited to an educational program - Wetlands Express - presented by the Audubon Institute at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on Louisiana's most important resource...our wetlands. Hands-on learning aids will reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
May 21, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Kids Fishing Clinic Set for June 21st at Fairview-Riverside State Park MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Kids Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 21st from 9 a.m. until noon. This hands-on program was designed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and is intended for beginning anglers, ages 8 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany each participant. Participants should meet the park ranger at the pavilion in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. The program will include how to operate and cast a spincast rod and reel, knot tying and the basic safety rules for fishermen. All supplies are included for the clinic. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size.
The fishing clinic is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, ages 3 and under or 62 + are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the clinic call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
05-22-2008, 06:44 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
May 20, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riverside State Park May 31st

MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on May 31st are invited to an educational program - Wetlands Express - presented by the Audubon Institute at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on Louisiana's most important resource...our wetlands. Hands-on learning aids will reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
May 21, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Kids Fishing Clinic Set for June 21st at Fairview-Riverside State Park MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Kids Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 21st from 9 a.m. until noon. This hands-on program was designed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and is intended for beginning anglers, ages 8 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany each participant. Participants should meet the park ranger at the pavilion in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. The program will include how to operate and cast a spincast rod and reel, knot tying and the basic safety rules for fishermen. All supplies are included for the clinic. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size.
The fishing clinic is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, ages 3 and under or 62 + are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the clinic call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
05-28-2008, 04:43 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
May 28, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Audubon Institute's Wetland Express Visits Fairview-Riverside State Park May 31st

MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on May 31st are invited to an educational program - Wetlands Express - presented by the Audubon Institute at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on Louisiana's most important resource...our wetlands. Hands-on learning aids will reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
May 28, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Kids Fishing Clinic Set for June 21st at Fairview-Riverside State Park
MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Kids Fishing Clinic on Saturday, June 21st from 9 a.m. until noon. This hands-on program was designed by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and is intended for beginning anglers, ages 8 and older. A parent or guardian must accompany each participant. Participants should meet the park ranger at the pavilion in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. The program will include how to operate and cast a spincast rod and reel, knot tying and the basic safety rules for fishermen. All supplies are included for the clinic. Pre-registration is required due to the limited class size.
The fishing clinic is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, ages 3 and under or 62 + are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the clinic call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
06-16-2008, 07:52 PM
Press Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Chris J. Gagné
June 16, 2008 504-255-9171
fortpike_int@crt.state.la.us


Fort Pike State Historic Site hosts Living History
Slidell Battery’s Spaight's Battalion will demonstrate life during the mid 1860s
NEW ORLEANS - Fort Pike State Historic Site will be hosting a living history weekend on Saturday and Sunday, June 21-22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Slidell Battery’s Spaight's Battalion will set-up camp at Fort Pike State Historic Site and demonstrate and discuss the different types of cannons, rifles, handguns and ammunition used, and the purposes and uses for the different types of swords and sabers used during the Civil War-era.
Visitors will also be able to learn about the basic life of the Civil War-era soldier, from the different types of camps and who used them, to the various flags of that time and their meanings, to civilian dress of both men and women. Also demonstrated will be some of the manners and customs of that time, along with some household goods and practices, such as open-fire cooking.
Spaight’s Battalion is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to portray the life of citizens and soldiers during the Civil War, as well as to promote and stimulate interest in all aspects of military and civilian life during that time. Their goal is to educate the public on the historical significance of the era, and to honor the memory of the men and women who served and struggled during that period.

Guides in period costumes will conduct Tours of Fort Pike, including information on the history of the Fort and surrounding area. Admission to the site is $2 per person; free for children age 13 and under and for adults age 62 and over. Veterans are admitted free, with their State Park permit. Fort Pike SHS has a picnic pavilion, picnic tables, barbeque grills and recreation area as well as a boat launch, to enhance a visit to the site. Newly renovated restrooms, which are handicap accessible, also are available to visitors.
Fort Pike was the first of the Third System fortifications, built between 1816 and 1867. The fort, along with nearby Forts Jackson and St. Philip, defended the city of New Orleans from nautical assaults. From a staging area during the Seminole Wars to a hard-fought strategic outpost for the Union during the Civil War, Fort Pike has played a integral part in Louisiana’s military history. Fort Pike State Historic Site, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is located on U.S. 90 (27100 Chef Menteur Highway) just south of the Rigolets Bridge. For more information on Fort Pike State Historic Site, visit http://www.lastateparks.com or call 888-662-5703.
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administrator
06-25-2008, 01:57 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
June 25, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Traditional Independence Day Celebration at
Fairview-Riverside State Park July 4th
MADISONVILLE - A Traditional Independence Day celebration with games to be hosted by Fairview-Riverside State Park July 4th from 2 until 4 p.m. Pack a picnic lunch and bring the family for a day of old-fashioned fun starting with the watermelon seed-spitting contest at 2 pm, followed by sack racing at 2:30 p.m., a water balloon toss at 3 and a Hoola Hoop contest at 3:30. All contests will be divided into appropriate age categories. Sample homemade ice cream under the oaks near Otis House Museum in between contests!
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, age 3 and under or 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.
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FOR IMMDEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
June 25, 2008 985-792-4652

Otis House Museum offers a Beginners Embroidery Workshop for Youth
MADSIONVILLE - Otis House Museum in Fairview-Riverside State Park is offering a beginners embroidery workshop on July 17th from 9:30 am until noon for children age 9 and older to learn basic embroidery stitches. The participants will examine embroidered textiles to identify stitches and the importance of needlework skills during the 19th century. Registration is required and a supply list will be given.
The program is free with park admission on $1 per person; children under 3 and seniors are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located 1 mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
June 25, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Basket Weaving Workshop For Youth offered at Otis House Museum on July 25th
MADISONVILLE - Join the Interpretive Ranger on July 25th at 9:30 a.m. at the Otis House Museum to learn one of oldest crafts known to humankind. This beginners' basket weaving workshop will cover the history and techniques of this relaxing and rewarding craft. During the workshop you will weave a beautiful little basket that is yours to keep! You will develop the basic techniques necessary to make a variety of baskets. Pre-registration is required and the class is restricted to youths age 9 and older. All supplies are included.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, children under 3 and seniors 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also offers camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. To pre-register or for more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.

administrator
06-27-2008, 06:02 PM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Carrie Miller
June 28, 2008 1-888-677-2838


THINKING GREEN AT AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE
ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the "Thinking Green" program on Saturday, July 19. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy a day full of environmentally friendly discussions, exhibits and demonstrations. From organic foods to energy sources, Audubon S.H.S. will showcase booths from area organizations including Entergy, Whole Foods and others. This program will be an opportunity to learn about the efforts to protect the environment, on a community as well as a statewide level.
"Thinking Green is a new program for the park reflecting the changing interests of our visitors." said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. "The name of Audubon is forever connected to nature and the preservation of the natural environment. It is this legacy that the program continues for future generations to discover." Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes an Interpretive Center, Oakley House, slave cabins, gardens, kitchen, trails, picnic area and picnic pavilion. Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $2 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area. ###

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> PRESS RELEASE
> Office of State Parks
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> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
> July 23, 2008 (225) 342-5473
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> Port Hudson SHS Adds New Exhibit on the > "> Louisiana African
> American Heritage Trail> ">
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> BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu today announced the latest
> addition to the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail at Port
> Hudson State Historic Site> '> s museum. The new exhibit consists of a
> diorama that depicts the assault of the 1st and 3rd Louisiana Native Guards on the Confederate military installation. "> The Office of State Parks is committed to presenting an authentic experience at its Historic Sites, and the legacy of the African-American soldiers who participated in the country> '> s longest siege is part of that experience,> "> said Lt. Governor Landrieu. > "> We are honored to place this tribute to the soldiers of the Louisiana Native Guards at Port Hudson State Historic Site.> "> The 1st Louisiana Native Guard, along with the 3rd Louisiana Native Guard, participated in the initial assault at the Siege of Port Hudson on May 27. Approaching from the north toward the heavily fortified bluff, the diorama illustrates the valor and fortitude of the soldiers during a dangerous strike at the Confederate forces. The outstanding detail of the exhibit and the accompanying audio commentary feature make this display a > '> must see> '> on the Trail. The Louisiana African American Heritage Trail, opened in February, links together 26 sites, including local museums, churches and cultural centers across Louisiana and explores the state> '> s rich and diverse African American heritage. The Trail, one of only two in the nation, is a project of the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the Office of Tourism> '> s Product Development Section.
> Port Hudson SHS is the site of the longest genuine siege in American
> military history. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974,
> the site is host to Civil War reenactments and living history events
> throughout the year. The site is located on US 61 near Zachary, about
> 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge. For more information on Port Hudson>
> '> s site call 888-677-3400 toll free or 654-3775 locally. ###
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07-21-2008, 05:28 PM
Lt. Governor> '> s Office Adjusts August Schedules
> at State Park Swimming Pools
> >
> BATON ROUGE - Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the Office of State Parks will adjust swimming pool schedules at sites around the state to ensure that visitors receive certified lifeguard supervision when pools are open through the end of the summer season.
> "We want to continue to provide swimming opportunities at our sites through Labor Day, but many of our lifeguards return to school in August,> "> said Lt. Governor Landrieu, whose office oversees the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the Office of State Parks. > "> We want to ensure a safe environment for all who use State Park facilities.> ">
> The end of summer schedule for State Park pools will run as follows:
>
> Bayou Segnette Wave Pool & Overnight Pool (Westwego): Starting Aug. 6, the Wavepool will be open Wednesday-Sunday and on Labor Day.
> Chemin-A-Haut (Bastrop): Normal schedule through Aug. 17, then open on weekends only and on Labor Day.
> Chicot (Ville Platte): Pool open Wednesday-Sunday through Aug. 10, then open on weekends only.
> Lake Bistineau (Doyline): Normal schedule through Aug. 10, then open on weekends only and on Labor Day.
> Lake D'Arbonne (Farmerville): Normal schedule through Aug. 17, then open on weekends only and on Labor Day.
> North Toledo Bend (Zwolle): Normal schedule through Aug. 10, then open on weekends only and on Labor Day.
> St. Bernard (Braithewaite): Normal schedule through Labor Day weekend. Pool will be open Labor Day.
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> All State Park pools are closed for maintenance on Mondays during the summer season, with the exception of holiday Mondays. No State Parks swimming pools will be open after Sept. 1.
> State Parks with designated beach swimming areas include: Cypremort Point SP, east of Franklin; Jimmie Davis SP in Chatham; Fontainebleau SP in Mandeville; Grand Isle SP on Grand Isle; Lake Bistineau SP near Doyline; Lake Bruin SP in St. Joseph; Lake Claiborne SP in Homer; and Poverty Point Reservoir SP in Delhi. All beach areas are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but do not have lifeguard supervision. Standard day-use admission of $1 per person provides beach access.
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administrator
07-29-2008, 03:07 PM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Carrie Miller
July 29, 2008 1-888-677-2838


Life on a Plantation at Audubon State Historic Site
ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the month of August, to enjoy the Life on a Plantation program series. Each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a different aspect of plantation life will be featured; scheduled activities are as follows:
Aug 2 Dressed to Kill - Games and clothing for the men of Oakley Plantation in the early 1800s.
Aug 9 Games People Play - Try your hands with games both children and adults played on the plantation.
Aug 16 The Gentle Arts - Explores the daily life of a plantation mistress and both her duties and recreations.
Aug 23 Curing the Sick - Features medical practices on a plantation.
Aug 30 Life in a Slave Cabin - Visitors are invited to explore the lives of the workers on a plantation by visiting where they actually lived.

"Life on a Plantation is a new program for the park, reflecting the changing interests of our visitors," said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. "The program gives the visitors a chance to step back, relax, and enjoy a more simple time surrounded by the natural beauty of the park."
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes an Interpretive Center, Oakley House, slave cabins, gardens, kitchen, trails, picnic area and pavilion.
Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $2 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.
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administrator
08-07-2008, 01:42 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 7, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Exploring Night Vision at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 22nd MADISONVILLE - Meet the Interpretive Ranger in the parking lot of the Otis House Museum in Fairview-Riverside State Park for a guided night hike through the dark, weather permitting at 8 p.m. This exciting evening program will explore the senses and allow us to become more familiar with the dark. Learn how our eyes operate, how we perceive colors, shapes and movement and how this relates to some animal night vision. This evening program is designed for ages 9 through adult. Participants are encouraged to bring mosquito spray.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, seniors 62 + and children under 3 are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 7, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park August 30

MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, August 30th are invited to an educational program - Animal Habitat Investigations - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use
area with a presentation on animal habits and habitats. Learn about where and how various animals live and how they survive in their habitat. Hands-on learning aids will be used to reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4- 61. Children under 3 or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
08-14-2008, 07:24 PM
Aug 14, 2008

For Immediate Release


2007 Fish of the Year Announced

The Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association has selected a state record-setting fish from 2007 as the year’s most notable catch. LOWA, the organization responsible for maintaining Louisiana’s fish records, makes annual Fish of the Year Awards to the most-prestigious landings in the rod-and-reel and fly-fishing categories.
Iota saltwater angler Marion Rose’s 124.50 pound Cubera Snapper (Lutjanus cyanopterus) caught last June 23rd earned the award in the rod and reel category.
Rose was fishing in the Gulf of Mexico at the Garden Banks, aboard Capt. Mickey Foret's boat the "Reel Pursuit" out of Pecan Island, LA. Rose landed the fish using a Penn Slammer rod, equipped with a Shimano Spheros DS 14000 reel, spooled with Berkley Power Pro 80# test line. Spanish sardine was used as bait.
The monster Cubera snapper represents a new 1st place state breaking the previous record that stood for a quarter of a century. Mike Hebert's Cubera weighing 121.50 was caught in July 1982.
Rose will receive his award at a presentation Saturday evening, October 18 at the LOWA annual conference in Morgan City.

L.O.W.A. is a non-profit, professional organization of outdoor writers, editors, broadcasters and other communicators and maintains the official state freshwater, saltwater and fly fishing records. For more information or to obtain a color digital image of Rose with his fish contact Bill Ford, LOWA Fish Records Committee Chair by email: fishrecords@yahoo.com.

administrator
08-15-2008, 02:27 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 15, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park August 30

MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, August 30th are invited to an educational program - Animal Habitat Investigations - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on animal habits and habitats. Learn about where and how various animals live and how they survive in their habitat. Hands-on learning aids will be used to reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4- 61. Children under 3 or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 15, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Junior Ranger Day at Fairview-Riverside State Park September 6

MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park invites children ages 7 and older to
participate in the Louisiana State Parks Junior Ranger Program on Saturday, September 6th from 9 until 11 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger for orientation and program details under the oaks near Otis House Museum. This educational program will enhance your child's experiences at Louisiana State Preservation Areas, Historic Sites and Parks. A parent or guardian must accompany the participants and pre-registration is required. Two interpretive programs (nature hike and Otis House Museum tour) are scheduled for the morning that will pre-qualify interested children to receive a Junior Ranger handbook. The candidate will then complete activities within the handbook about the interpretive experiences. Upon completion, return the handbook to the Interpretive Ranger and participate in one more activity to receive your official Louisiana State Parks Junior Ranger patch and certificate. Your child will then become an official Louisiana State Parks Junior Ranger.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, ages 4 - 61. Seniors aged 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or 985-845-3318 locally or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 15, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652
Fairview-Riverside State Park presents Eyes at Night September 26th
MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on September 26th are invited to hike along the boardwalk at 7:30 pm to see animal eyes at night. Join the interpretive ranger for this evening program learning how to identify various nocturnal animals by the shape and color of their eye shine. Bring your flash light and bug spray!
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61. Children under 3 and senior 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on highway 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or 985-845-3318 locally, or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.
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administrator
08-27-2008, 01:56 PM
12:00p August 27, 2008 Tropical Storm Gustav is heading straight for New Orleans and predicted to strike as a Cat 3 Hurricane.

This might seem like a New Orleans problem, but did you know that 43 percent of the U.S. population lives in counties with levees?

You and the folks in New Orleans deserve levees you can trust.

Right now, please click here and Demand the 8/29 Investigation!

After that, please call House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at (202) 225-4965. Tell the aide that answers the phone you want to leave a message for Madame Speaker. You will be transferred to her voice mail. Say this,

"I live in (say your state) and I don't want what happened to New Orleans to happen to me! Please do what you can to get the 8/29 Investigation passed!"

Deadline for both actions: 1pm CST Friday August 29.

Thank you!
Sandy Rosenthal
Founder, and national spokesperson, Levees.Org
www.levees.org

administrator
08-28-2008, 11:07 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 28, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park August 30
MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, August 30th are invited to an educational program - Animal Habitat Investigations - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The staff and volunteers will be under the
oaks near Otis House Museum in the park's day-use area with a presentation on animal habits and habitats. Learn about where and how various animals live and how they survive in their habitat. Hands-on learning aids will be used to reinforce the program and live animals will be presented.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4- 61. Children under 3 or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 28, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Junior Ranger Day at Fairview-Riverside State Park September 6MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park invites children ages 7 and older to
participate in the Louisiana State Parks Junior Ranger Program on Saturday, September 6th from 9 until 11 a.m. Join the Interpretive Ranger for orientation and program details under the oaks near Otis House Museum. This educational program will enhance your child's experiences at Louisiana State Preservation Areas, Historic Sites and Parks. A parent or guardian must accompany the participants and pre-registration is required. Two interpretive programs (nature hike and Otis House Museum tour) are scheduled for the morning that will pre-qualify interested children to receive a Junior Ranger handbook. The candidate will then complete activities within the handbook about the interpretive experiences. Upon completion, return the handbook to the Interpretive Ranger and participate in one more activity to receive your official Louisiana State Parks Junior Ranger patch and certificate. Your child will then become an official Louisiana State Parks Junior Ranger.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, ages 4 - 61. Seniors aged 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or 985-845-3318 locally or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 28, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652
Fairview-Riverside State Park presents Eyes at Night September 26th
MADISONVILLE - Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on September 26th are invited to hike along the boardwalk at 7:30 pm to see animal eyes at night. Join the interpretive ranger for this evening program learning how to identify various nocturnal animals by the shape and color of their eye shine. Bring your flash light and bug spray!
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61. Children under 3 and senior 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on highway 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or 985-845-3318 locally, or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.
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administrator
09-13-2008, 11:28 AM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Carrie Miller
September 15, 2008 1-888-677-2838


Life on Plantation Row at Audubon State Historic Site
ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the Life on Plantation Row programs on Sept. 26 and 27. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, area schools are invited to participate in this immersive program. Students will try their hands at the work the slaves did, taste the food they ate, and learn of the lives they led. All school groups must preregister with the park to participate in this program. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, visitors to the park will get a look into the life of a slave on a Louisiana plantation. The public may try their hand at crafts and skills that were performed daily by Plantation slaves. The role of food for slaves - and its transition into today's culture - will be highlighted, along with an opportunity to sample a few dishes. Guided tours of the slave cabins at Audubon S.H.S. also will be given.
"Life on Plantation Row is a new program for the park reflecting the changing interests of our visitors." said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. "The program gives the visitors a chance to glimpse the life of those who worked the lands and built the great plantations of the South. Their story left often untold is a story of perseverance under often harsh circumstances. " Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes an Interpretive Center, Oakley House, slave cabins, gardens, kitchen, trails, picnic area and picnic pavilion. Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $2 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.

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09-16-2008, 07:18 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Brad E. Lavigne

September 16, 2008 Ph. 225-294-2218



OCTOBER 18 CAJUN DAY EVENT CANCELLED

DUE TO HURRICANE GUSTAV DAMAGESPRINGFIELD – Due to damage incurred during the passage of Hurricane Gustav, Tickfaw State Park is cancelling this year’s Jambalaya Cook-Off and Cajun Day event that was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 18.

When Hurricane Gustav passed through south-central Louisiana on Sept. 1, storm-force winds felled several trees throughout the park. Additionally, the accompanying rain caused the adjacent Tickfaw River to overflow the banks, delaying property assessment and repairs for a few days. Site staff are now turning their attention to post-storm clean up and repair of damaged structures.

While Tickfaw State Park is expected to re-open to the public as early as Monday, Sept. 22, overnight facilities are anticipated to open the following week on Monday, Sept. 29. The park suffered damage to two cabins and several campsites that will remain closed for repairs.

Tickfaw State Park is a 1,200-acre recreational park located along three miles of the Tickfaw River, 32 miles east of Baton Rouge and south of I-12. The park offers diverse recreation and nature-based educational opportunities. Standard admission to the park is $1 per person. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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administrator
10-05-2008, 08:52 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
October 4, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Bird Walk at Fairview-Riverside State Park October 18th MADISONVILLE - A casual walk is offered at Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. Join the interpretive ranger under the oaks near Otis House Museum for a walk to identify birds common to the area. The ranger will discuss their eating habits, basic identification methods, and influence in balancing the ecosystem. Bring your binoculars and field guide.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, ages 3 and under or 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes tent camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
October 4, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

ZooMobile coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park October 11

MADISONVILLE - Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on October 11th are invited to an educational program - Predator/Prey - presented by the Audubon Nature Institute's ZooMobile at 1 p.m. The ZooMobile staff and volunteers will set up under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the day use area of the park. Live animals, some of which are common to this area, will be among the species presented during this program. Discover how some animals catch their food and how others keep from being eaten during this special presentation.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61; under 3 and 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. How. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 6 - 8 p.m. on October 25th
at Fairview-Riverside State Park

MADISONVILLE - The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween's true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground and day-use areas. Hayrides will begin every half hour, last one being at 7:30 p.m. At 6:30, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present "Wizard in a Dither", an interactive puppet show featuring the wizard as an inept hero in need of assistance with his Halloween plans and Halloween "Magic"... Children are invited to bob for apples and enter a costume contest. All ages are welcome to bring your completed carved pumpkin and a candle for displaying it for the pumpkin-carving contest (call for details). The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
10-06-2008, 04:15 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard, 225-342-5473

October 6, 2008 Anthony Marange, 504-736-7140



DAY-USE FACILITIES AT BAYOU SEGNETTE SP TO BE

RESERVED FOR NEW ORLEANS BIKEFESTWESTWEGO – During October 16-19, Bayou Segnette State Park will host the 2008 New Orleans Bikefest Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival. During the festival, day-use facilities will be reserved for event attendees and unavailable to the general public.

Those day-use facilities – closed since Hurricane Gustav passed through south-central Louisiana on Sept. 1 – are anticipated to re-open to the public for the weekend of October 10. High water and winds resulted in extensive debris throughout the park; and contracted debris clean-up is expected to begin the week of October 6. Overnight facilities – including the group camp and campground – re-opened to the public on Friday, October 3.

Information on the New Orleans Bikefest and Music Festival can be found at www.neworleansbikefest.com.
Bayou Segnette State Park is located 20 minutes from the French Quarter, on the west bank of the Greater New Orleans area. Facilities include overnight accommodations, boat launches, picnic areas and a wave pool open during the summer season; standard admission to the park is $1 per person. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information on Louisiana State Parks can be found at www.lastateparks.com or by calling the Reservation Center at 1-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652).

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administrator
10-07-2008, 06:21 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard, 225-342-5473

October 6, 2008 Anthony Marange, 504-736-7140



DAY-USE FACILITIES AT BAYOU SEGNETTE SP TO BE

RESERVED FOR NEW ORLEANS BIKEFEST

WESTWEGO – During October 16-19, Bayou Segnette State Park will host the 2008 New Orleans Bikefest Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival. During the festival, day-use facilities will be reserved for event attendees and unavailable to the general public.

Those day-use facilities – closed since Hurricane Gustav passed through south-central Louisiana on Sept. 1 – are anticipated to re-open to the public for the weekend of October 10. High water and winds resulted in extensive debris throughout the park; and contracted debris clean-up is expected to begin the week of October 6. Overnight facilities – including the group camp and campground – re-opened to the public on Friday, October 3.

Information on the New Orleans Bikefest and Music Festival can be found at www.neworleansbikefest.com.
Bayou Segnette State Park is located 20 minutes from the French Quarter, on the west bank of the Greater New Orleans area. Facilities include overnight accommodations, boat launches, picnic areas and a wave pool open during the summer season; standard admission to the park is $1 per person. The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. More information on Louisiana State Parks can be found at www.lastateparks.com or by calling the Reservation Center at 1-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652).

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administrator
10-09-2008, 09:17 AM
Bird Walk at Fairview-Riverside State Park October 18thMADISONVILLE - A casual walk is offered at Fairview-Riverside State Park on Saturday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. Join the interpretive ranger under the oaks near Otis House Museum for a walk to identify birds common to the area. The ranger will discuss their eating habits, basic identification methods, and influence in balancing the ecosystem. Bring your binoculars and field guide.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, ages 3 and under or 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes tent camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
October 9, 2008 ph. 985-792-4652

Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 6 - 8 p.m. on October 25th
at Fairview-Riverside State Park

MADISONVILLE - The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween's true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground and day-use areas. Hayrides will begin every half hour, last one being at 7:30 p.m. At 6:30, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present "Wizard in a Dither", an interactive puppet show featuring the wizard as an inept hero in need of assistance with his Halloween plans and Halloween "Magic"...
Children are invited to bob for apples and enter a costume contest. All ages are welcome to bring your completed carved pumpkin and a candle for displaying it for the pumpkin-carving contest (call for details).
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
October 9, 2008 985-792-4652

Otis House Museum to offer Crochet Workshop on Nov. 1st

MADISONVILLE - Fairview-Riverside State Park and Otis House Museum offer a beginners crochet workshop on November 1st, 9:30 am until 2:30 pm. For inspiration, vintage textiles will be displayed. Please call to register and receive your supply list. Participants should bring a sack lunch.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61; under 3 and 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
October 9, 2008 985-792-4652

Fairview-Riverside State Park to host A Porcelain Panorama
MADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park will host a Porcelain Panorama on November 15th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The art of porcelain painting, a popular activity during Victorian times will be presented at Otis House Museum. The St. Tammany Porcelain Art Club members will demonstrate painting techniques throughout the day. Club president Christy Lassalle will conduct a lecture demonstration at 10:30 a.m. and again at 1:00 pm. featuring the step-by-step process to create beautiful porcelain painted pieces. The club will offer an array of completed hand painted pieces of art-work for purchase.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.
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administrator
11-10-2008, 01:47 PM
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
November 11, 2008 ph. 225-342-5473

Hodges Gardens State Park Hosts

Inaugural “Art in the Park”
FLORIEN – Enjoy the state’s natural beauty and artistic talent as Hodges Gardens State Park, in conjunction with the Louisiana Crafts Guild and Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville, hosts its inaugural art show, “Art in the Park,” on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Hodges Gardens has a tradition, dating back to the 1960s, of being a center for local artists. That’s a tradition that we want to revive,” says Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu, whose office oversees the Office of State Parks. “The site has certainly been a wonderful addition to the State Parks system, and is on its way to becoming re-established as a major cultural destination for visitors to our state.”

Pieces by artists and craftspeople from across the state will be showcased at the event, to be held near the Gift Shop and formal garden of Hodges Gardens SP. Other activities will include nature-related art projects for children and refreshments. Entrance fees will be waived for the day, to allow the public to enjoy the art and the park.

Approximately 900 acres of wild and cultivated beauty, the Sabine Parish wilderness area is a unique member to the State Parks family. Originally designed and opened to the public in 1956 by oil and gas businessman A.J. Hodges Sr., the site’s naturalistic gardens consist of a variety of native and imported foliage; the site was donated to the State in 2007.

Hodges Gardens State Park is located on Hwy. 171, approximately 15 miles south of Many and 15 miles north of Leesville. More information on the site can be found on Louisiana State Park’s website, www.lastateparks.com.

The Louisiana Crafts Guild encourages the artist expression of Louisiana culture, offering members an outlet for advancing their craft and their works. Information on the organization can be found at www.louisianacraftsguild.org.

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administrator
11-14-2008, 09:54 AM
Statewide Public Meetings Scheduled

for Outdoor Recreation Plan Development
For Immediate Release
November 12, 2008

Contact: Sharon Broussard
Public Information
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Tel: (225) 342-5473
E-mail: sbroussard@crt.state.la.us

BATON ROUGE – A series of eight public forums have been scheduled across Louisiana for discussion of outdoor recreation. The effort is part of development of the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism (DCRT), Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation.

Every five years the Louisiana Office of State Parks engages in a comprehensive research effort to update the SCORP.
The current SCORP project began in October, with an extensive survey of Louisiana households and recreation service providers, and will be completed in February of 2009. The public forums will offer participants the opportunity to discuss needs, funding, program development, acquisition and programming for outdoor recreation.

Scheduled meetings are as follows:

Monday, November 17, 2008:
Longfellow‐Evangeline State Historic Site
1200 N. Main Street, St. Martinville
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Prien Lake Park
3700 West Prien Lake Road, Lake Charles
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008:
Harvey H. Benoit Community Center
1700 Oaklawn Drive, Monroe
1 – 3 p.m.

Southern Hills Park
1002 Bert Kouns Loop, Shreveport
6 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008:
Broadway Resource Center
712 Broadway Street, Alexandria
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

BREC’s Forest Park Recreation Center
13000 S. Harrells Ferry Road, Baton Rouge
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 20, 2008:
North Branch Library
4130 W. Park Avenue, Houma
2 – 4 p.m.

Timken Center in City Park
1 Palm Drive, New Orleans
6 – 8 p.m.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act, passed by Congress in 1964, provides for Federal financial assistance for the acquisition and/or development of public outdoor recreational land and facilities. Financial assistance is granted on a 50%-reimbursable basis. The project sponsor pays the total cost; after which, half of the cost will be repaid to the sponsor from Federal funds up to the LWCF allowable amount, minus an administrative processing fee.

The LWCF is administered at the Federal level by the Department of the Interior and the National Park Service. At the state level, the LWCF is administered by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation.

In brief, the LWCF program applies Federal funds as a match for local funding of recreation projects. Supported projects should be consistent with the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Program (SCORP), published every five years identifies recreational priorities for the State of Louisiana.

Additional information and copies of the meeting schedule are available online at www.lastateparks.com.

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administrator
11-15-2008, 02:05 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
November 15, 2008 985-792-4652



Otis House Museum to offer Crochet Workshop on Dec. 6th


MADISONVILLE – Fairview-Riverside State Park and Otis House Museum offer a beginners crochet workshop on December 6th, 9:30 am until 2:30 pm. The project for this class will be a snowflake Christmas tree ornament. Please call to register. Participants should bring a sack lunch.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61; under 3 and 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

November 15, 2008 985-792-4652



Victorian Tree Trimming Workshop offered at Otis House Museum Dec. 13


MADISONVILLE – The staff of Otis House Museum offers a Victorian tree-trimming workshop for children on Dec. 13th from 10 a.m. until noon. Children are invited to create ornamental paper cones, boxes and sugar-plum cases like those used to decorate Victorian Christmas trees. During the workshop, children will learn how trees were decorated before electricity and store bought trimmings existed. Please call to register groups of 10+.
The program is free with park admission of $1.00 per person, seniors 62+ or children under 3 admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

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administrator
11-23-2008, 11:16 AM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Carrie Miller
November 25, 2008 ph. 225-635-3739

AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE PRESENTS
A COLONIAL CHRISTMAS

ST. FRANCISVILLE - Oakley Plantation House will be trimmed in the style of the 1800s, for Audubon State Historic Site's A Colonial Christmas experience on Dec. 5 and 6. School groups are invited visit the site from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, to enjoy the holiday decorations and watch as a period meal is prepared by costumed staff in the outdoor kitchen of Oakley House. In addition, various hands-on craft demonstrations will be located throughout the park. All schools wishing to participate in this special program must pre-register with the site. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, visitors can see a plantation Christmas dinner setting and rooms decorated for the holiday season. The plantation kitchen will feature the day's meal being prepared over an open hearth and costumed staff will explain how the holiday celebration differed from what is traditional in modern times. As an added feature, candlelight tours of Oakley House will be given from 6 to 8 p.m. During the tour there will be live colonial music and traditional holiday snacks such as roasted chestnuts, fig puddings and wassail will be served. In addition on Saturday Dec. 6th the Zachary High School Jazz Choir will perform at 1 pm and at 6 pm the Vintage Dancers will perform dances of the early 1800's. "Living history events, such as these, bring to life peaceful and nostalgic periods of our state's history and give visitors a glimpse of that bygone era," says John House, site manager.
Audubon SHS is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to John James Audubon in the 1821. The park includes a museum, picnic areas, Historic buildings and a nature trail. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. The $2 adult admission to Audubon SHS includes the site video history presentation, the plantation house tour and all special programs. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish.
For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area. ###

administrator
12-23-2008, 06:23 PM
PRESS RELEASE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: For More Information:
December 23, 2008 Michael Domingue
mdomingue@crt.state.la.us.



National Trails Awards Honor Louisianans

BATON ROUGE – Two Louisiana citizens were honored recently at the 2008 American Trails National Symposium in Little Rock, AR, for their dedication in development of recreational trails.

John Tarver of Baton Rouge and Richard Kittok of Harahan are the first two from Louisiana to earn National Trails Awards.

Tarver received the State Trail Advocacy award for his work in development of the Louisiana Trails, a 65-mile-long project that redeveloped unused railroad right-of-way into a recreational trail from Winnfield to Sibley in northwest Louisiana. The facility is a multiuse trail for hikers, joggers, equestrians, cyclists and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) enthusiasts. The State Trail Advocacy award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated successful efforts to influence public policy relating to trails planning, protection, development and maintenance.

Kittok received the State Trail Worker award for his service as president of the South Louisiana Trailblazers. This award is in recognition of an individual who demonstrates commitment and leads successful efforts to enhance trail recreation within a local area or state. The South Louisiana Trailblazers, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and under the direction of Dr. Christopher Brantley, have developed an ATV facility at the Bonnet Carré Spillway in St. Charles Parish. The Bonnet Carré riding trails provide quality facilities for all forms of ATV recreational activity.

The Louisiana Trail and Bonnet Carré trails are both grantees of the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) that provides federal matching funds for the development and maintenance of the recreational trails. The RTP is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and is under the administration of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation for Louisiana. Additional information about RTP is available online at www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ioutdoorrec.aspx.

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administrator
01-22-2009, 10:44 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

January 22, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Victorian Valentine Workshop at Otis House Museum on Feb. 14MADISONVILLE – Otis House Museum is offering a Victorian Valentine workshop on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. Children, ages 7+ are invited to learn about different types of valentines and their origins. Examples of vintage mechanical valentines from the early 1900’s will be on display as well as a replica sailor’s valentine. After learning about the various valentines, participants can create their own unique Victorian Valentine. Please call to register groups of 10+.

The workshop is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors 62+ and children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information or to register call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel

January 22, 2009 985-792-4652



Otis House Museum presents “Pack the Trunk” on February 20 – 22



MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Otis House Museum are in for a special treat with this tour addition. Learn why people ventured across Lake Pontchatrain during the 1800’s to the resort area of St. Tammany and what they packed in the trunk. This program will examine lifestyles and issues regarding travel, dress and leisure activities of the era.

The program is included in Otis House Museum tour @ $2 per person, seniors aged 62+ and children 12 and under admitted free of charge. The museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also includes a picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and camping facilities. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.



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administrator
03-19-2009, 01:11 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel

March 19, 2009 985-792-4652



Fairview-Riverside State park welcomes the Audubon ZooMobile


MADISONVILLE- Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on March 28th are in for a treat as the Audubon ZooMobile visits with a special presentation entitled “The Wonderful World of Reptiles”. The presentation will be at 1 pm under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the day-use area of the park. Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a lizard and a snake? How about which snake is the longest in the world? How long can a turtle live? These questions and many others will be answered at this special presentation.

Fairview-Riverside State Park is located 1 mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61, children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
March 19, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Fairview-Riverside State Park to host an Easter Traditions Program

MADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park will host an Easter Traditions program April 11th at 1 p.m. Join the staff for traditional Easter egg hunts and rolling contests, participants will be divided into three age groups, 4 and under, ages 5-7, and 8 and older. After the children’s activities, visitors of all ages are invited to learn the Louisiana custom of “egg pocking”. The Easter Bunny will be visiting so don’t forget your camera!

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
March 19, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Otis House Museum offers Patchworks in Time April 18



MADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park and Otis House Museum offers Patchworks in Time along with the Otis House museum tour on April 18, 9 am – 5 pm. Take a tour of the historic home while enjoying your free day in the park. The Otis House museum will exhibit its full collection of vintage quilts as well as several quilts on loan. Within the guided tour, factors that influenced quilt design between the 1880’s and 1930’s will be shared. Louisiana State Parks will waive all day-use fees and museum fees for this one day event…take advantage of the savings and pack the kids, a picnic lunch and some fun family games and spend the day at the park!

Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also includes a picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and camping facilities. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
March 19, 2009 985-792-4652



Fairview-Riverside State Park offers guided Night Eyes Hike April 25th


MADISONVILLE – Visitors and campers are invited to join the interpretive ranger on a guided night hike seeking nocturnal animals on April 25th at 7:30 pm. Before taking a walk through the boardwalk, the ranger will discuss eye shine and how to identify some creatures with flashlights according to the reflected color. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight and mosquito repellant. Meet the ranger at the boardwalk’s entrance.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61; 3 and under or 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also includes camping, a day-use area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.

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administrator
04-02-2009, 06:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
April 2, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Fairview-Riverside State Park to host an Easter Traditions ProgramMADISONVILLE: Fairview-Riverside State Park will host an Easter Traditions program April 11th at 1 p.m. Join the staff for traditional Easter egg hunts and rolling contests, participants will be divided into three age groups, 4 and under, ages 5-7, and 8 and older. After the children’s activities, visitors of all ages are invited to learn the Louisiana custom of “egg pocking”. The Easter Bunny will be visiting so don’t forget your camera!

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
April 2, 2009 985-792-4652



Fairview-Riverside State Park offers guided Night Eyes Hike April 25th
MADISONVILLE – Visitors and campers are invited to join the interpretive ranger on a guided night hike seeking nocturnal animals on April 25th at 7:30 pm. Before taking a walk through the boardwalk, the ranger will discuss eye shine and how to identify some creatures with flashlights according to the reflected color. Participants are encouraged to bring a flashlight and mosquito repellant. Meet the ranger at the boardwalk’s entrance.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61; 3 and under or 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also includes camping, a day-use area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.

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administrator
04-24-2009, 12:38 PM
MEDIA ADVISORY

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
April 22, 2009 Ph. 225-342-5473



Grand Isle State Park to Re-open


BATON ROUGE – Grand Isle State Park will be reopening to the public Friday, May 1, following repairs and cleanup of damage incurred during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike. The Central Reservation Center began taking reservations for campsites at the park on Wednesday, April 22.

Visitors to the park are advised that beach access at Grand Isle State Park will be limited, due to the Corps of Engineers project to reinforce the breakwater along the length of the island. Access to the lagoon area of the park is also limited, for continuing repairs and clean up.

Grand Isle State Park is located on the east end of Grand Isle, of LA 1 on Admiral Craik Drive. The only state-owned and operated beach on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the site offers excellent fishing, crabbing and camping opportunities. Overnight reservations can be made by calling 1-877-226-7652 on online at www.ReserveAmerica.com. For more information about Grand Isle State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com.

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administrator
04-27-2009, 05:05 PM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Carrie Couvillon
April 25, 2009 ph. 225-635-3739

AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE PRESENTS
MIRROR OF GRACES MAY 9
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Visitors are invited to Audubon State Historic Site to experience Mirror of Graces on Saturday, May 9.
The program recreates for the public the " Age of Romance" when writers such as Jane Austin , musicians such as Beethoven, and a young artist named John Audubon lived. Visitors can try to make their own bath salts or tatting. What people wore and what was etiquette of the time will be covered throughout the day. Some might like to try a taste of the tea under the shade of the oaks. The program lasts from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
"Living history events, such as these, bring to life peaceful and nostalgic periods of our state's history and give visitors a glimpse of that bygone era," says John House, site manager.
Audubon SHS is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to John James Audubon in the 1800s. The park includes a museum, picnic areas, Historic buildings, pavilion, and nature trail. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
The $2 adult admission to Audubon SHS includes the site video history presentation, the plantation house tour and all special programs. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish.
For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.



John R. House III.
Site Manager
Audubon State Historic Site
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Office: (225) 635-3739
Fax: (225) 784-0578

"Human History becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe" - H.G. Wells

administrator
05-05-2009, 10:17 AM
PRESS RELEASE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard

May 5, 2009 ph. 225-342-5473



Grand Isle State Parks Open For Visitors

Site Closed Following Hurricane Gustav in September 2008



GRAND ISLE – Grand Isle State Park re-opened to fishermen, water enthusiasts and overnight guests with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 1. The ceremony marked the availability of the park to visitors, after several months of repairs and cleanup of damage incurred during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

“Grand Isle State Park is one of our most popular destinations, and we’re pleased to be able to welcome our visitors back to the site,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary of the Office of State Parks. “We look forward to once again providing a variety of outdoors activities, including fishing, birding, camping and much more.”

Grand Isle State Park closed on August 30, in preparation for Hurricane Gustav’s passing. Damage incurred during the storm, and from Hurricane Ike’s passing through the Gulf of Mexico, included sand incursion into the campground and park roadways, as well as minor damage to one of the park’s comfort stations.

“Tourism is an integral part of Grand Isle’s economy,” said Mayor David Camardelle, Town of Grand Isle. “Having the park open will certainly be an asset to the area, bringing in even more visitors to enjoy the fishing and beach activities for which Grand Isle is so popular.”

The Central Reservation Center began taking reservations for campsites at the park on Wednesday, April 22. Thirty-nine of the 49 campsites are operational, while the remaining 10 are still under repair. Beach access will be limited for most of the summer, due to the Corps of Engineers construction on the island’s breakwater system to correct the erosion initially caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and worsened by Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

Clean-up and repairs still continue in the lagoon area, a project that is expected to be complete by mid-summer. Work continues on the 400-foot fishing pier, initially damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. A determination has not yet been made on when beach camping will be reinstated at Grand Isle State Park.

Grand Isle State Park is located on the east end of Grand Isle, of LA 1 on Admiral Craik Drive. The only state-owned and operated beach on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the site offers excellent fishing, crabbing and camping opportunities. Overnight reservations can be made by calling 1-877-226-7652 on online at www.ReserveAmerica.com. For more information about Grand Isle State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com.


Caption for attached photo: Grand Isle Councilman and Town Clerk Ray Santiny, former Grand Isle SP Manager Steve "Scooter" Resweber, Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle, Parks Assistant Secretary Dr. Stuart Johnson and current Grand Isle SP Manager Jason Cline at the ribbon-cutting grand re-opening of the park on Friday, May 1.

administrator
05-19-2009, 09:18 AM
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard

May 19, 2009 ph. 225-342-5473

Lt. Gov. Landrieu Announces State Park Swimming Pools Opening For Memorial Day Weekend

BATON ROUGE, LA - Today, Lt. Governor Landrieu announced that the Office of State Parks will open swimming pools for the Memorial Day Weekend and the summer season on Saturday, May 23. Pools will remain open through Monday, May 25, for the holiday then close on Tuesday for maintenance and resume regular schedules through the summer.

State Parks with swimming pools available for day-use include: Chemin-A-Haut in Bastrop; Chicot in Ville Platte; Lake Bistineau in Doyline; Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville; and North Toledo Bend in Zwolle. Bayou Segnette State Park in Westwego offers a wave pool. All sites provide certified lifeguard supervision for swimmers in park pools.

From August 1 through Labor Day, pools at State Parks will be open on modified schedules. Visitors are advised to check with the individual parks for specific days and hours of operation. All pool schedules are subject to change. Pool hours of operation, fees charged and pool schedule exceptions at each State Park are as follows:

Bayou Segnette State Park - 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego, LA
Wave Pool Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $8/adult, $6/child (under 4 ft.)



Chemin-A-Haut State Park - 14656 State Park Road, Bastrop, LA
Pool Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee

Chicot State Park - 3469 Chicot Park Road. Ville Platte, LA
Pool Open on May 23, 24, 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; $1/person day-use fee.
Pool Open beginning Tuesday, June 2: 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee.

Lake Bistineau State Park - La. Hwy. 163, Doyline, LA
Pool Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee

Lake D’Arbonne State Park - La. Hwy. 2, Farmerville, LA
Pool Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee

North Toledo Bend State Park - La. Hwy. 3229, Zwolle, LA
Pool Open: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $1/person day-use fee

St. Bernard State Park – 501 Saint Bernard Parkway, Braithwaite, LA
Pool Open on May 23, 24, 30 and 31, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; $1/person
Pool Open beginning Tuesday, June 1: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, $2/person

Day-use swimming pools at State Parks will operate six days per week through the beginning of August when a revised schedule will be announced. All pools will be closed one day each week for maintenance. During all operational weeks when there is no national holiday scheduled on a Monday, the pools will be closed on Mondays for maintenance. When pools are open on a holiday Monday, the pools will be closed for maintenance on the Tuesday following the holiday Monday.

State Parks with designated beach swimming areas include Cypremort Point SP, east of Franklin; Jimmie Davis SP in Chatham; Fontainebleau SP in Mandeville; Grand Isle SP on Grand Isle; Lake Bistineau SP near Doyline; Lake Bruin SP in St. Joseph; Lake Claiborne SP in Homer; Poverty Point Reservoir SP in Delhi; and South Toledo Bend SP near Anacoco. All beach areas are open daily, but do not have lifeguard supervision. Standard day-use admission of $1 per person provides beach access.

Tickfaw SP in Springfield, Lake Bruin SP in St. Joseph, Lake Fausse Pointe SP in St. Martinville and Poverty Point Reservoir SP in Delhi have water playground facilities for children. The playgrounds are open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and available to overnight and day-use visitors.

For more information on Louisiana’s State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com .

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administrator
05-31-2009, 02:51 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Daniel Wilcox
May 6, 2009 1-888-677-2838


AUDUBON SHS PARTICIPATES
IN ANNUAL " THE DAY THE WAR STOPPED"
ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the annual West Feliciana-The Day the War Stopped on Saturday, June 13. From 2 to 5 p.m., visitors can see black powder weapon demonstrations, listen to uniform talks and observe Civil War drills given by volunteers in period clothing. From 6 to 8 p.m., visitors may see or participate in a Civil War era dance, or go through a candlelight tour of Oakley House. "This live interpretation is a great way to showcase to our visitors what life was like in the Louisiana during the early 19th century," said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes historic buildings, trails, museum, and a picnic area. Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $2 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.



John R. House III.
Site Manager
Audubon State Historic Site
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Office: (225) 635-3739
Fax: (225) 784-0578

"Human History becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe" - H.G. Wells

administrator
06-04-2009, 01:31 PM
PRESS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard

June 3, 2009 phone: 225-342-5473



LT. GOV. LANDRIEU ANNOUNCES REOPENING

OF FORT PIKE STATE HISTORIC SITE
NEW ORLEANS – Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu today announced the reopening of Fort Pike State Historic Site on Friday, June 12, after being closed due to damage incurred during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike last fall.

The re-opening will be marked by a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 12. On Sunday, June 14, members of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma will unveil a plaque honoring the memory of Huithli Emathla, also known as “Jumper,” who died at the barracks in 1838.

Fort Pike was the first of the Third System fortifications, built between 1816 and 1867. The fort, along with nearby Forts Jackson and St. Philip, defended the city of New Orleans from nautical assaults. From a staging area during the Seminole Wars to a hard-fought strategic outpost for the Union during the Civil War, Fort Pike has played an integral part in Louisiana’s military history. Fort Pike State Historic Site, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is located on U.S. 90 just south of the Rigolets Bridge. For more information on the reconstruction progress at Fort Pike SHS, visit www.lastateparks.com.

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administrator
06-11-2009, 05:17 PM
June 25 Otis House Museum offers a Yo-Yo Workshop for Tweens



MADISONVILLE – June 25th 9 am until noon, Otis House Museum invites tweens (age 9+) to learn techniques to create fabric yo-yos and the decorative uses of these gathered fabric circles. Seating is limited so register early. Participants need to bring an inexpensive pair of flip-flops; all other supplies will be provided.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the workshop or for more information, call 985-792-4652 locally or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
June 11, 2009 985-792-4652



June 26 Otis House Museum offers a Basket Weaving Workshop for Tweens



MADISONVILLE – June 26th 9 am until noon, Otis House Museum invites tweens (age 9+) to learn techniques to create a beautiful little basket that is theirs to keep. Registered participants will learn one of the oldest crafts know to mankind. This beginners workshop will cover the history and techniques of the craft. Seating is limited so register early.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the workshop or for more information, call 985-792-4652 locally or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

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administrator
07-06-2009, 02:22 PM
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sara-Ann Harris
July 6, 2009 phone: 504-255-9171



Jump Start the Fort

NEW ORLEANS – With the re-opening of Fort Pike State Historic Site, park staff are inviting supporters to help with clean-up and beautification efforts. From 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. on Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19, anyone interested in the Fort – reenactors, veterans, youth groups, gardeners, scout troops, church groups – are welcome to help plant flower bulbs, remove debris from the moat and other activities.

Flower bulbs were donated to the Office of State Parks by American Responds with Love, Inc., while local gardening suppliers donated 100 sacks of topsoil to Fort Pike SHS. Fort staff will prepare the beds in advance. Bring your gardening gloves, trowels, hoes, and work shoes; ice water and scoop nets will be provided. In addition to a sense of pride in helping improve the Fort, volunteers also will take home gardening tips that can be used for gladiolas, calla lilies, cannas, dahlias and other flowers.

Fort Pike was the first of 40 brick-and-mortar fortifications built by President James Monroe in the mid-1800s. These forts stood guard along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, protecting the country from foreign aggression. Fort Pike State Historic Site, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is located on U.S. 90 just south of the Rigolets Bridge. Fort Pike SHS is open every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with special programs on the first and third weekends of the month. For more information, visit www.lastateparks.com

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administrator
08-08-2009, 03:47 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 08,2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Exploring Night Vision at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 15th
MADISONVILLE – Meet the Interpretive Ranger at 7:30 p.m. on August 15th near Otis House Museum in Fairview-Riverside State Park for a night program to explore your own amazing night vision, weather permitting. This exciting evening program will explore the senses and allow us to become more familiar with the dark. Learn how our eyes operate, how we perceive colors, shapes and movement and how this relates to some animal night vision. This evening program is designed for ages 9 through adult. Participants are encouraged to bring mosquito spray, but leave the flashlights at home!

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person, seniors 62 + and children under 3 are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

August 08, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652

BugMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park August 29th


MADISONVILLE – Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 29th are invited to an educational program with the Audubon Nature Institute’s BugMobile at 1 p.m. Squeaking beetles, running crickets, hairy spiders, and stinging scorpions are a few of the many bugs featured. The BugMobile staff will be under the oaks in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. This lively and entertaining presentation includes general arthropod biology, anatomy, defenses, and information about Formosan subterranean termites.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 – 61. Children 3 and under are admitted free as well as senior citizens 62+. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St.Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis house Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.

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administrator
08-19-2009, 10:13 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

August 19, 2009 985-792-4652

BugMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park August 29th

MADISONVILLE – Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 29th are invited to an educational program with the Audubon Nature Institute’s BugMobile at 1 p.m. Squeaking beetles, running crickets, hairy spiders, and stinging scorpions are a few of the many bugs featured. The BugMobile staff will be under the oaks in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. This lively and entertaining presentation includes general arthropod biology, anatomy, defenses, and information about Formosan subterranean termites.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 – 61. Children 3 and under are admitted free as well as senior citizens 62+. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St.Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis house Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel

August 19, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Chair Caning Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park September 5th



MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on September 5th from 10 am until noon can enjoy a skilled demonstrator restoring a piece of furniture while learning why caned seats and backs gained popularity during the 1800’s. The demonstrator will explain the steps and tools necessary to attempt a similar project.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4– 61, children 3 and under and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

August 19, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Basket Weaving Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park September 12th



MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on September 12th from 10 am until noon can enjoy a skilled basket weaver assembling a basket. A variety of baskets and techniques can be discussed during the demonstration as well as how to decorate, dye, and where to purchase supplies.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, children under 3and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area, and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

August 19, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Digital Scavenger Hunt at Fairview-Riverside State Park September 19th

MADISONVILLE – Visitors are invited to bring a digital camera to participate in this non-invasive scavenger hunt which will challenge you to photograph leaves, insects, animals, etc. while learning about the environment without intruding. Points will be awarded to teams according to difficulty in capturing the subject. This is a timed event and a certificate will be awarded to the winning team. This is a great opportunity for scout troops to learn about the flora and fauna and explore the park. Meet the interpretive ranger at 10 am for your list of subjects and boundaries.

The program is free with park admission of $1 person aged 4 – 61, children 3 and under and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.



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administrator
08-21-2009, 10:18 AM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
August 20, 2009 phone: 225-342-5473

STATE COMPREHENSIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION PLAN
NOW AVAILABLE ON STATE PARK WEB SITE



BATON ROUGE – The new State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) has gained approval from the National Park Service and is now available on the Office of State Park Web site at www.crt.state.la.us/parks/iSCORP-survey.aspx.

The SCORP examines Louisiana’s outdoor recreation resources and needs and is intended to be a tool for federal, state, and local outdoor recreation providers in their efforts to balance conservation, management, and protection of natural and cultural resources during their planning processes.

Material in the new SCORP was developed through extensive public surveys, public hearings conducted across the state, and with the assistance of a task force composed of recreational providers and planners.

“The SCORP is an important tool for public recreation providers to ensure Louisiana offers facilities to meet the needs of citizens across our state,” said Cleve Hardman, Director of Outdoor Recreation. “Using the SCORP as a guidepost for planning development of public recreation facilities ensures the top needs of our citizens are met.”

The new edition of the SCORP was prepared in a cooperative effort between the Office of State Parks and Brown + Danos Landdesign, Inc., of Baton Rouge. The document supports state resident quality of life and tourist enjoyment of Louisiana’s resources now and in the future. The SCORP also describes the setting for the state’s outdoor recreation activities, with emphasis on recent trends and a revised outlook for the next five to ten years.

The SCORP is an essential part of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a Federal program administered in Louisiana by the Office of State Parks. The LWCF provides matching funds to political subdivisions for acquisition of and/or development of outdoor recreation facilities. Information about the LWCF is available online at www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ioutdoorrec.aspx.

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administrator
08-22-2009, 03:37 PM
PRESS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sara-Ann Harris
August 20, 2009 phone: 504-255-9171


Fall Birding at Petite Coquille Island

NEW ORLEANS – Fort Pike State Historic Site invites you to birding activities Saturday September 5 and Sunday September 6 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the fort – on the most northeast point of Orleans Parish.
Birding expert Gary Lester of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will set up a spotting scope at the fort’s new viewing stand and answer questions. Why do birds migrate? What birds frequent Petite Coquille marsh in the Fall? How do you identify birds on the fly?
Newcomers and birding veterans alike are welcome. If you have them, bring your binoculars. Color handouts provided. Participants will start a Fort Pike Bird List. They will be encouraged to return and see what birds other people have spotted.
Fort Pike was the first of 40 brick-and-mortar fortifications built by President James Monroe in the mid-1800s. These forts stood guard along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, protecting the country from foreign aggression.
Fort Pike State Historic Site, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is located on U.S. 90 just south of the Rigolets Bridge. Fort Pike SHS is open every day from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with special programs on the first and third weekends of the month. For more information and directions, visit www.lastateparks.com
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administrator
08-24-2009, 05:03 PM
Levee.org
On Thursday August 27, CNN's Anderson Cooper will anchor an Anniversary Special from New Orleans. The show will feature Levees.org on what we learned on a Congressional Delegation visit to Holland. Stay tuned for exact time for the CNN show.

Other important news:

As reported by the Washingon DC office of the AP, Senator Landrieu has sent a letter to the Defense Department's Inspector General to investigate allegations that a group of individuals at the Corps New Orleans District waged an internet deception campaign to defend the agency after the 2005 levee failures. This is a significant development.

More news:

In New Orleans, Levees.org will observe the Fourth Anniversary of the Worst Civil Engineering Failure in our nation's history on August 27 with a coctail reception and screening of our new video The Dutch Say We Do.

Click here for details about the Anniversary Commemorative Event.
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Thank you for your support of Levees.org.

We are winning!

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administrator
09-02-2009, 04:18 PM
Additional Beach Work at Grand Isle


GRAND ISLE – Effective September 14, the Army Corp of Engineers will be pumping sand back onto the beach of Grand Isle, part of the coast rebuilding efforts to correct damage caused by hurricanes over the past few years. This project will involve the use of heavy equipment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for approximately 45 days.

For the duration of this project, there will be no beach access at Grand Isle State Park, potentially no fishing and heavy equipment noise may occur at night. The park’s campground, day-use area and fishing lagoon will remain open during this time; however, visitors should be advised of the possible impact on their visit. This project will help protect Louisiana's coastline against future hurricanes, it will allow the Office of State Parks to offer beach camping at Grand Isle State Park again.
Grand Isle State Park is located on the east end of Grand Isle, of LA 1 on Admiral Craik Drive. The only state-owned and operated beach on the Louisiana Gulf Coast, the site offers excellent fishing, crabbing and camping opportunities. For more information about Grand Isle State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com or call 1-877-226-7652.

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administrator
09-22-2009, 02:16 PM
PRESS RELEASE

Office of State Parks



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard

September 18, 2009 ph. 225-342-5473



Louisiana State Parks Observes

Creation of Parks Commission in 1934



NEW ORLEANS – In conjunction with 75th Anniversary celebrations throughout 2009, Louisiana State Parks system is commemorating the legislation that created the Louisiana Parks Commission in 1934. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28, Fort Pike State Historic Site will hold ceremonies and activities marking the legislation and highlighting the history of the site. The public is also invited to tour the site, and see the improvements made since its reopening in June.

Following opening ceremonies at 10 a.m., site staff in period uniform will perform musket firings at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Throughout the afternoon, staff will offer presentations on the history of Fort Pike and of the Louisiana State Parks system, as well as the history of the various flags that have flown over the Fort. Also going on during the afternoon will be a history cooking demonstration and a wood-carving demonstration. All entrance fees will be waived for this special event.

Fort Pike was the first of the Third System fortifications, built between 1816 and 1867. The fort, along with nearby Forts Jackson and St. Philip, defended the city of New Orleans from nautical assaults. From a staging area during the Seminole Wars to a hard-fought strategic outpost for the Union during the Civil War, Fort Pike has played an integral part in Louisiana’s military history. Fort Pike State Historic Site, placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, is located on U.S. 90 just south of the Rigolets Bridge. For more information on the reconstruction progress at Fort Pike SHS, visit www.lastateparks.com.

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administrator
09-28-2009, 12:11 PM
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Daniel Wilcox
Oct. 1, 2009 1-888-677-2838



BATON ROUGE 1779 at Audubon State Historic Site
ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the Baton Rouge 1779 program on October 10.

This year marks the 250th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War Battle for Baton Rouge. This nearly forgotten battle of the American Revolution happened literally within present day Baton Rouge and featured thousands of soldiers wrestling over control of both the city and colony.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can see demonstrations of early 1800s crafts. The program also include flintlock musket demonstrations, camp life talks, and talks on the clothing of the day. Guest speakers will include Rob Mann of the Division of Archaeaology speaking on Historic Galveztown, and Raymond Berthelot, Chief of Interpretive service for the Louisiana Office of State Parks speaking on Spanish General Bernardo Galvez.

"Baton Rouge 1779” is a new program for the park reflecting the changing interests of our visitors.” said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. “ West Florida is sometimes referred to as the 14th American Colony or the lost colony of the American Revolution. The unique history of the Florida Parishes of Louisiana and the briefly lived Republic of West Florida is often overlooked.”

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes an Interpretive Center, Oakley House, slave cabins, gardens, kitchen, trails, picnic area and picnic pavilion.

Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $2 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.



John R. House III.
Site Manager
Audubon State Historic Site
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Office: (225) 635-3739
Fax: (225) 784-0578

"Audubon State Historic Site...Where Louisiana comes Alive "

administrator
09-29-2009, 11:41 AM
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
September 30, 2009 ph. 225-342-5473



Louisiana State Parks

Looking for Bogue Chitto-area images


BATON ROUGE – In preparation for the opening of Bogue Chitto State Park in 2010, the Office of State Parks invites residents to submit pictures of the area, which might be used as artwork in the new site’s visitor center and cabins. Submissions will be taken at the Louisiana State Parks’ booth during the Washington Parish Fair, Oct. 21-24.

Of special interest will be pictures of outdoor activities on and around the Bogue Chitto River and Fricke’s Cave; but all area pictures will be considered. Louisiana State Parks staff will have a scanner and computer on hand, so submissions will be returned to their owners that day.

Bogue Chitto State Park is located off LA Hwy. 25 in Washington Parish, approximately 10 miles south of Franklinton. Visitors to the park will experience a diversity of natural habitats on one of the most dynamic and scenic river systems in Louisiana. The 1,786-acre site includes small streams, cypress tupelo swamps, a hardwood-forested gorge and upland forests. For more information about Bogue Chitto State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com or call 1-877-226-7652.

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administrator
10-02-2009, 11:01 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel

October 2, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652



Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 6 - 8 p.m. on October 24th

at Fairview-Riverside State Park



MADISONVILLE – The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween’s true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground and day-use areas. Hayrides will begin every half hour, last one being at 7:30 p.m. At 6:30, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present “Wizard in a Dither!” an interactive puppet show featuring the wizard as an inept hero in need of assistance with his Halloween-y plans and “Magic”…

Children are invited to bob for apples and enter a costume contest. Costume contest age groups: 5 & under, 6 – 9 and 10 – 15. All ages are welcome to bring your completed carved pumpkin and a candle for displaying in the carved pumpkin contest (call for details).

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
October 2, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652
Fairview-Riverside State Park presents Eyes at Night October 30th

MADISONVILLE – Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on October 30th are invited join the interpretive ranger at 7:30 pm to see animal eyes at night. During this evening program learn how to identify various nocturnal animals by the shape and color of their eye shine. Bring your flash light and bug spray!

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61. Children under 3 and senior 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on highway 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or 985-845-3318 locally, or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.-30-

administrator
10-28-2009, 10:20 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
October 28, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652
Fairview-Riverside State Park presents Eyes at Night October 30th
MADISONVILLE – Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on October 30th are invited join the interpretive ranger at 7:30 pm to see animal eyes at night. During this evening program learn how to identify various nocturnal animals by the shape and color of their eye shine. Bring your flash light and bug spray!

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61. Children under 3 and senior 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on highway 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or 985-845-3318 locally, or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
October 28, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652
Audubon Nature Institute’s ZooMobile presents Raptors Rule! Nov. 14 @ 1 pm

MADISONVILLE – Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on November 14th are invited to an educational program presented by the Audubon Nature Institute’s ZooMobile at 1 pm entitled Raptors Rule! This is an informative close up look at birds of prey to examine differences and likenesses of raptors that inhabit Louisiana.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61. Children under 3 and senior 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on highway 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or 985-845-3318 locally, or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
October 28, 2009 ph. 985-792-4652
Fairview-Riverside State Park presents Signs of Autumn Nov. 21 @ 8:30 am

MADISONVILLE – Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on November 21st are invited to a nature walk through the park examining changes in flora and fauna as winter approaches. As a leaf’s chemical laboratory is busy altering colors, animals also prepare for seasonal change. Join the interpretive ranger at the steam engine pavilion and prepare for a walk to the boardwalk and back exploring these changes, approximately 1 mile.

The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61. Children under 3 and senior 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on highway 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or 985-845-3318 locally, or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.

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administrator
11-05-2009, 12:02 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin

November 5, 2009 ph. (225) 687-7158



PLAQUEMINE LOCK SHS FREE MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS



PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will host a series of free monthly movie nights. This program will be held on the third Friday of each month from 7-9 p.m., showing a different movie each night.



Movie Nights will kick off on Nov. 20, with Robert J. Flaherty’s Louisiana Story (1948). Louisiana Story is a 78-minute American, docufiction film. It was writtten by Frances and Robert J. Flaherty and also directed by Robert J. Flaherty. The story deals with the adventures of a young Cajun boy and his pet raccoon, who live a somewhat idyllic existence playing in the bayous of Louisiana during the time when major oil companies were drilling for oil.



The film was shot on location in the Louisiana bayou country, using local residents for actors and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Motion Picture Story in 1948. In 1949, Virgil Thomson won the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his score to the film. In 1994, Louisiana Story was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".



Dates for future Movie Nights will be: November 20th, 2009; December 18th, 2009; January 15th, 2010; February 19th, 2010; March 19th, 2010; April 16th, 2010; May 21st, 2010; and June 18th, 2010. For more information about Movie Nights call 687-7158 or toll free 1-877-987-7158.



Plaquemine Lock SHS is on the National Historic Register and celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its opening this year. The site is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19miles north of Donaldsonville.

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administrator
11-08-2009, 12:42 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Daniel Wilcox
November 5, 2009 ph. 225-635-3739


AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE PRESENTS

A COLONIAL CHRISTMAS DEC. 4-5
ST. FRANCISVILLE – Visitors are invited to Audubon State Historic Site to experience A Colonial Christmas on Saturday, Dec. 5. Area schools are invited to the site on Friday, Dec. 4. to experience a special version of A Colonial Christmas.

Oakley Plantation House will be trimmed in the style of the 1800s. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., visitors will see a plantation Christmas dinner setting and rooms decorated for the holiday season. The plantation kitchen will feature the day’s meal being prepared over an open hearth and costumed staff will explain how the holiday celebration differed from what is traditional in modern times. In addition, various hands-on craft demonstrations will be located throughout the park. All schools wishing to participate in this special program must pre-register with the site.

As an added feature for the Saturday program, candlelight tours of Oakley House will be given from 6 to 8 p.m. During the tour, traditional holiday snacks such as roasted chestnuts, fig puddings and wassail will be served.

"Living history events, such as these, bring to life peaceful and nostalgic periods of our state’s history and give visitors a glimpse of that bygone era," says John House, site manager.

Audubon SHS is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to John James Audubon in the 1800s. The park includes a museum, picnic areas, Historic buildings and a nature trail. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.

The $2 adult admission to Audubon SHS includes the site video history presentation, the plantation house tour and all special programs. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish.

For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.

John R. House III.
Site Manager
Audubon State Historic Site
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Office: (225) 635-3739
Fax: (225) 784-0578

"Audubon State Historic Site...Where Louisiana comes Alive "

administrator
11-09-2009, 03:34 PM
NEWS RELEASE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Richard Scott

November 5, 2009 Ph. 985-624-4130



Fontainebleau En Plein Air

Landscape Painting Exhibit
December 5, 2009-January 3, 2010



MANDEVILLE - During the month of November, Fontainebleau State Park will be host to 16 en plein air (in the open air) painters who will be painting scenes of the park’s beautiful woodlands, marshes, and beachfront.



In 1829, Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville named his sugar plantation on Lake Pontchartrain, Fontainebleau, after the historic forest of Fontainebleau, located south of Paris. The forest was home to the Barbizon school of painting (1830-1870), which bridged classical landscape painting to the Impressionist movement. The Barbizon painters were masters of en plein air painting.

In their spirit, the beautiful landscapes of Louisiana’s own Fontainebleau will be presented in the first Fontainebleau En Plein Air exhibit, opening Saturday, December 5th in the park at the new Fontainebleau Visitor’s Center and Museum, located behind the Sugar Mill. A reception to meet the artists will be held from noon-4:30p.m.



Featured Artists:

Anthony Bordelon Mary Monk

Steve Bourgeois Auseklis Ozols

Al Champagne Roy Pfister

Claude Ellender Don Rhodes

Alan Flattmann Phil Sandusky

Peggy Hesse Robert Seago

Diego Larguia Billy Solitario

Carlos Lopez Garth Swanson



Fontainebleau Visitor’s Center and Museum hours: 9a.m.-5p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday. The park is open seven days a week, admission is $1 per person, children under three and seniors (62 and older) are free. For more information please call the Visitor’s Center at 985-624-4130. The park is located at 67825 Hwy. 190, Mandeville, Louisiana 70448.

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PHOTO CAPTION for Fontainebleau En Plein Air

Tag-Ellender Fontainebleau

Artist at work, en plein air (in the open air) landscape painter Claude Ellender is a participant in the first Fontainebleau En Plein Air art exhibit at Fontainebleau State Park, in Mandeville. A reception to meet the artists is Saturday, December 5th, noon -4:30p.m at the new Visitor’s Center behind the Sugar Mill. For information please call the center at 985-624-4130. The show runs December 5th, 2009-January 3rd, 2010

administrator
11-10-2009, 12:02 PM
MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
November 10, 2009 ph. 225-342-5473

Louisiana State Parks Re-open,

Following Passage of Hurricane Ida

BATON ROUGE – The Office of State Parks announced the re-opening of sites closed in preparation of Hurricane Ida’s landfall late Monday night and early Tuesday morning.

St. Bernard State Park in Braithewaite opened Tuesday morning, receiving no damage or flooding to the site; meanwhile Grand Isle State Park opened at noon on Tuesday, after seeing minor flooding in the park.

Moderate flooding occurred at Fort Pike State Historic Site, with some water remaining in the fort and across the moat bridge. The site will remain closed through Tuesday, and is anticipated to open on Wednesday.

Louisiana State Parks guests are reminded that cabins and the campground Lake Bistineau State Park in northwest Louisiana remain closed due to high water levels brought on by extensive rains last week.

Persons with questions about reservations at the listed sites should call the Reservation Center at 1-877-226-7652, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Reservation Center will be closed in observation of the Veterans’ Day holiday on Wednesday, November 11.

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administrator
11-23-2009, 02:57 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin

November 23, 2009 ph. (225) 687-7158



PLAQUEMINE LOCK SHS: DECORATE THE LOCK!


PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will host Decorate the Lock! in the spirit of the holiday season. This program will be held on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.



The staff at the Lock will be decorating their tree, and what better way to do this than by involving the community! Volunteers will be asked to help make ornaments and other decorations that will be displayed on the Lock’s holiday tree. This program will be for all ages! So come one, come all and celebrate the season at the Plaquemine Lock SHS!



Plaquemine Lock SHS is on the National Historic Register and celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its opening this year. The site is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19miles north of Donaldsonville.

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administrator
12-04-2009, 11:24 AM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin

December 4, 2009 ph. (225) 687-7158



PLAQUEMINE LOCK SHS MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS



PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site is hosting a series of monthly Movie Nights. This program will be held on the third Friday of each month from 7-9 p.m., showing a different movie each night.



Movie Nights will continue on Dec. 18, with Babes in Toyland (1934).This is a musical film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy and is based on Victor Herbert's popular 1903 operetta Babes in Toyland.



Dates for future Movie Nights will be: January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, and June 18. Admission for this event will be $2.00, and there will be free refreshments. Due to limited seating, please call 687-7158 or toll free 1-877-987-7158 to make a reservation. For more information about Movie Nights, please visit our website www.plaqlock.wordpress.com.



Plaquemine Lock SHS is on the National Historic Register and celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its opening this year. The site is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19 miles north of Donaldsonville. For more information about Plaquemine Lock SHS and Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com.

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administrator
12-28-2009, 04:06 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin

December 28, 2009 ph. (225) 687-7158



PLAQUEMINE LOCK SHS CLEAN THE LOCK PROJECT



PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will host Clean the Lock! This program will be held on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.



Volunteers will be asked to aid the site staff in repainting some areas of the grounds. This project will give the Lock a fresh look for the New Year! This program goes along in our continuing efforts of building relationships with the area community.



An additional Clean the Lock date will be April 24; anyone interested in volunteering for Clean the Lock please call 687-7158 or toll free 1-877-987-7158. For more information about this project, please visit our website www.plaqlock.wordpress.com.



Plaquemine Lock SHS is on the National Historic Register and is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19 miles north of Donaldsonville. For more information about Plaquemine Lock SHS and Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com.



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administrator
01-05-2010, 02:23 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin

January 5, 2009 ph. (225) 687-7158



PLAQUEMINE LOCK SHS MONTHLY MOVIE NIGHTS



PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site is hosting a series of monthly Movie Nights. This program will be held on the third Friday of each month from 7-9 p.m., showing a different movie each night.

Movie Nights will continue on Friday Jan. 15, with Blood on the Sun (1945). An American newspaperman in Tokyo runs afoul of the Imperialist Japanese government. The authorities believe he has valuable information and target him for some friendly persuasion. Based on a true story, this action packed romance thriller starring James Cagney, Sylvia Sydney, Porter Hall, and John Emery will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Dates for future Movie Nights will be: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, and June 18. Admission for this event will be $2.00 for ages 13-61 and free for children under the age of 12, and seniors 62 and older. There will also be free refreshments! Due to limited seating, please call 687-7158 or toll free 1-877-987-7158 to make a reservation. For more information about Movie Nights, please visit our website www.plaqlock.wordpress.com.

Plaquemine Lock SHS is on the National Historic Register and celebrates the 100th Anniversary of its opening this year. The site is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19 miles north of Donaldsonville. For more information about Plaquemine Lock SHS and Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com.

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administrator
01-07-2010, 10:22 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel

January 7, 2010 985-792-4652



Otis House Museum to review Victorian Era Etiquette January 16th



MADISONVILLE: Otis House Museum visitors will learn the “do’s and don’ts” of etiquette in the Victorian era on January 16th from 9 am until 5 pm. This special part of the tour will cover visiting and dining etiquette, the proper use of calling cards, hats and canes and many other topics will be covered while in the parlor.

The program is included in Otis House Museum tour @ $2 per person; seniors aged 62+ and children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. The museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park, one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site also includes a picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and camping facilities. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel

January 7, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652



Otis House Museum presents: 19th Century Crazy Quilt Craze January 30th



MADISONVILLE – On January 30th, visit Otis House Museum for a special tour featuring a collection of crazy quilts in the parlor. Within the guided tour, the origin and popularity of crazy quilts will be discussed. Otis House Museum tours are on the hour, 9 am – 4 pm.

Otis House Museum is located inside Fairview-Riverside State Park 1 mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The program is free with museum admission of $2 per person aged 13 - 61, children 12 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247.

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administrator
02-24-2010, 02:24 PM
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
February 24, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473

NEW VISITOR CENTER TO HONOR J.D. LAFLEUR

AT LOUISIANA STATE ARBORETUM

VILLE PLATTE – The Office of State Parks will honor the memory of J.D. “Prof” LaFleur with the dedication of the Louisiana State Arboretum’s new Visitor Center on Sunday, March 14 at 2 p.m.

The new facility moves operations of the Arboretum inside Chicot State Park. An additional trail was created, to lead visitors to the established nature trails and outdoor classroom.

“The Office of State Parks has always received great support from our surrounding communities and their leaders,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. “We are proud to honor Mr. LaFleur and the work that he did in making this site a reality.”

The late Mr. LaFleur was the principal at Ville Platte High School, retiring in late 1950s. Upon retirement, he and his wife Sue devoted their efforts to establish the Louisiana State Arboretum with the Louisiana State Park Commission and members of the legislature. He personally selected the site and drew trail plans to follow the hills and valleys that made the site unique. These trails were used to identify and label native plants and to establish the Arboretum in 1964.

Construction on the $2.3 million project began in Fall 2007 and was complete September 2009. The building houses exhibits, a multi-use media room and offices. A flat screen monitor with continuous slide shows, hands-on models of vegetation found in area, an interactive program teaching about the life cycle of a tree and the process of decomposition all offer a look into the lesson that can be learned about local ecosystems.

Established in 1961, the Louisiana State Arboretum was the first such area in the South and the first state-supported arboretum in the United States. For more information, call 1-888-677-6100 toll free or 363-6289 in the Ville Platte area.

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administrator
02-25-2010, 02:23 PM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin

February 4, 2010 ph. (225) 687-7158

PLAQUEMINE LOCK SHS UPCOMING MARCH EVENTS

PLAQUEMINE –Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site invites the public to come out to the site for special programs offered during the month of March. Our facility will host the Second Annual Swamper’s Reunion Saturday Mar. 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. For this event the site invites all swampers who have or still are making a living fishing, hunting and trapping in the Atchafalaya Basin to share stories and swap tales.

The Plaquemine Lock would like to offer a walking tour of historic Plaquemine on Saturday Mar. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. The tour would be done by the site’s interpretive staff and would start at the lock and showcase several of the historic buildings in downtown Plaquemine. Be sure to wear your walking shoes and bring a camera for this program.

Movie Nights will continue on Friday Mar. 19, with Blood on the Sun (1945). Based on a true story, this action packed romance thriller starring James Cagney and Sylvia Sydney will keep you on the edge of your seat. Due to limited seating, please call 687-7158 or toll free 1-877-987-7158 to make a reservation.

On Saturday Mar. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon, the Plaquemine Lock will host a lecture on the history of one of Plaquemine’s past communities, Irishtown. We will be celebrating this community’s story by having the site’s interpretive staff share their research on this past town.

Plaquemine Lock SHS is on the National Historic Register and is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19 miles north of Donaldsonville. Entrance fees are $2 per person, ages 13-61, while children under the age of 12, and seniors 62 and older get in free. For more information about Plaquemine Lock SHS and Louisiana State Parks, visit www.plaqlock.wordpress.com and www.lastateparks.com.

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administrator
03-02-2010, 11:04 AM
PRESS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Michael W. Domingue
March 2, 2010 225-342-4435



FHWA Recreational Trails Program for Louisiana Grant Application Deadline Approaching


BATON ROUGE - Applications for Federal funds to support recreational trails are due to the Office of State Parks, Division of Outdoor Recreation no later than May 1.

Grant requests seeking financial support from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Recreational Trails Program (RTP) for Louisiana can be used in the acquisition and/or development of outdoor recreational trails and trailhead/trailside facilities. This program is funded with Federal funds and must be matched by 20% of the project cost coming from the project sponsor.

Applications are available online at the Office of State Parks Web site
(www.crt.state.la.us/parks/ioutdoorrec.aspx), to print and complete before mailing. The site also contains valuable information about the program to include eligible projects and program requirements. The FHWA RTP is a reimbursement program in which approved projects receive matching funds for monies expended after approval has been obtained from the FHWA and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. The program is open to any political subdivision, non-profit organizations and commercial entities (under certain circumstances).

RTP has provided more than $17 million to Louisiana since the program was signed into law in 1993. More than 300 recreational trails projects across Louisiana have been developed including motorized (ATVs, OHVs, motorcycles, etc.), bicycle, mountain bike, paddling, equestrian, hiking/walking trails.

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administrator
03-02-2010, 11:55 AM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Carrie Couvillon
March 8, 2010 1-888-677-2838



AUDUBON SHS PARTICIPATES

IN ANNUAL AUDUBON PILGRIMAGE
ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site for the annual West Feliciana Parish Audubon Pilgrimage during the weekend of March 19-21.

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, costumed Pilgrimage volunteers will conduct tours of Oakley Plantation, naturalist John James Audubon’s home for four months in 1821. Demonstrations in and around the plantation will include on Saturday open hearth cooking, blacksmithing, and plantation crafts.

Visitors also can learn more about the life of Audubon at Oakley plantation, where he created so many of his bird masterpieces.

"This live interpretation is a great way to showcase to our visitors what life was like on the plantation during the early 19th century," says John House, manager of Audubon S.H.S. “It gives the visitor a glimpse of Louisiana’s rich cultural heritage.”

Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes a museum, theater, picnic area, historic buildings and a short nature trail.

Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $2 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.



John R. House III.
Site Manager
Audubon State Historic Site
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Office: (225) 635-3739
Fax: (225) 784-0578

"Audubon State Historic Site...Where Louisiana comes Alive "

administrator
03-04-2010, 10:50 AM
NEWS RELEASE

Office of State Parks


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard

March 3, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473

Reservations Open for Meeting Room

at Poverty Point Reservoir SP


DELHI – Effective March 3, the Office of State Parks will begin taking reservations for Poverty Point Reservoir State Park’s new Visitor Center Meeting Room, for dates starting Thursday, April 1.

The meeting room will hold up to 50 people and will rent for $100 per day, and will include the use of the attached Pavilion. Reservations for the new facility can be made by calling 1-877-CAMP-N-LA (877-226-7652) toll free, Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or online at www.ReserveAmerica.com.

Poverty Point Reservoir SP’s new Visitor Center houses the multipurpose meeting room with a stone fireplace, a small warming kitchen, an exhibit space, offices and exterior day-use restrooms. The Visitor Center is located on the south end of the Reservoir near the main boat launch.

Included in the project for the Visitor Center is a new boat launch, located on the adjacent Bayou Macon for small (14-18 ft.) watercraft. The launch area has 10 parking spaces, in addition to the concrete launch and turnaround.

The total construction project cost $1.2 million; $745-thousand in funding came from Federal grants.

The Poverty Point Reservoir District developed the $19 million water resource in Richland Parish that was transferred to State Parks in November 2002. Federal, state and local funding created the 2,700-acre lake, the four lodges, boat launches, connecting roadways, parking areas and a north marina complex.

Poverty Point Reservoir SP is located three miles north of Delhi. Visitors heading east or west on I-20 should take the Delhi exit and travel north on La. 17. The overnight area is accessible via the south landing entrance station off La. 17 on the south end of the lake, while the marina complex is 2 miles farther up La. 17. Day-use admission to the site is $1 per person; children (3 and under) and seniors (62 and over) are admitted free. For more information about the park, visit www.lastateparks.com .

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administrator
03-05-2010, 02:15 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lori Barnes
March 5, 2010 985-792-4652

Hike to the Boardwalk

MADISONVILLE – Fairview-Riverside State Park invites guests and campers to hike to the boardwalk on March 13th at 8:30 am. Meet the interpretive ranger in the day-use area near the steam engine pavilion and hike through the park to the boardwalk looping through a segment of the swamp. Along the way, enjoy the flora and fauna in its natural environment. As spring approaches, life returns to the sleeping swamp. See which botanical buds, birds and other wildlife you can identify. The walk is approximately 1 mile; bring a bottle of water and insect spray.

Fairview-Riverside State Park is located 1 mile east of Madisonville on Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 – 61, children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247.

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administrator
04-13-2010, 03:08 PM
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
April 13, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473




Opening of Bogue Chitto State Park

to be Delayed by Roadwork


FRANKLINTON – Due to road construction delays, the opening of Bogue Chitto State Park has been rescheduled for some time during mid to late May.
Workers are paving the existing dirt road from Highway 25 to the park entrance, along with select roads within the park. Construction on the park itself has neared completion; currently, buildings are being furnished and interviews are underway for staffing the site.
Upon completion of the road work, an opening date will be selected and reservations opened for overnight facilities. Park amenities will include 4 cabins, a lodge, 50 campsites, a group camp and meeting area, a boardwalk that winds through the ravines of the bluff area and 7 miles of nature trails.
Bogue Chitto State Park is located off LA Hwy. 25 in Washington Parish, approximately 10 miles south of Franklinton. Visitors to the park will experience a diversity of natural habitats on one of the most dynamic and scenic river systems in Louisiana. The 1,786-acre site includes small streams, cypress tupelo swamps, a hardwood-forested gorge and upland forests. For more information about Bogue Chitto State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com or call 1-877-226-7652.


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administrator
04-22-2010, 04:56 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
April 22, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

May Day Traditions, May 1st at Fairview-Riverside State Park


MADISONVILLE: To welcome spring, Otis House will display “Tussy Mussies”, a May Pole, and share the language of flowers during the guided tour. The art of porcelain painting, a popular activity during Victorian times will be presented by the St. Tammany Porcelain Art Club members who will demonstrate painting from 10 am until 2 pm. featuring the step-by-step process to create beautiful porcelain painted pieces.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61. Children 3 & under or seniors 62+ admitted free. Otis House Museum tours are $2 per adult, children under 12 and seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.


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Fairview-Riverside State Park to host Bait-N-Wait, A Kid’s Fishing Derby May 22nd


MADISONVILLE- Fairview-Riverside State Park will host Bait-N-Wait, a fishing derby for children on Saturday, May 22nd from 8 a.m. until noon. Bring some bait with your rod and reel and join the fun! During the event, participate in the casting competition where prizes will be awarded in different age categories for most points scored. A Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries educator will be onsite at the official “weigh & measure” station and at the end of the derby will award prizes for several categories. Please call to pre-register for the derby.
The fishing derby is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the derby or for more information, call 985-792-4652 locally or toll free 1-888-677-3247.


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administrator
05-06-2010, 10:24 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

May 6, 2010 985-792-4652



Fairview-Riverside State Park to host Bait-N-Wait, A Kid’s Fishing Derby May 22nd


MADISONVILLE- Fairview-Riverside State Park will host Bait-N-Wait, a fishing derby for children on Saturday, May 22nd from 8 a.m. until noon. Bring some bait with your rod and reel and join the fun! During the event, participate in the casting competition where prizes will be awarded in different age categories for most points scored. A Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries educator will be onsite at the official “weigh & measure” station and at the end of the derby will award prizes for several categories. Please call to pre-register for the derby.
The fishing derby is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. To pre-register for the derby or for more information, call 985-792-4652 locally or toll free 1-888-677-3247.


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administrator
05-11-2010, 03:20 PM
Office of State Parks




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin
May 11, 2010 ph. (225) 687-7158



MUSIC ON THE RIVER AT THE PLAQUEMINE LOCK SHS


PLAQUEMINE –The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site invites the public to come out to the site to enjoy and experience Music on the River.

On Saturday, May 22, from 6-9 p.m.,the site will be hostinga concert featuring “Unfinished Business,”a local band from Plaquemine known for their lively covers of popular music and “oldies.” Visitors are asked to bring their own chairs, blankets, coolers, and refreshments for this event.

Plaquemine Lock SHS is on the National Historic Register and celebrates the 101st Anniversary of its opening this year. The site is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19 miles north of Donaldsonville. Entrance fees are $2 per person, ages 13-61, while children under the age of 12, and seniors 62 and older get in free. For more information about Plaquemine Lock SHS visit our website www.plaqlock.wordpress.com (http://www.plaqlock.wordpress.com/) and for Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com. (outbind://18/sbroussard\Local Settings\sbroussard\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Shared Files\Interpretive\Interpretive Programs\Int. programs 09-10\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Local Settings\Temp\www.lastatep)

administrator
05-26-2010, 03:13 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
May 24, 2010 Ph. 225-342-5473



Louisiana State Parks Host Fishing Clinics

During Wildlife & Fisheries’ Free Fishing Weekend


BATON ROUGE – The Office of State Parks (OSP) continues the partnership with the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) of supporting outdoor recreation opportunities during the 2010 Free Fishing Weekend (June 12-13) and free day-use admission at selected State Parks’ facilities on June 12.
“We’re happy to continue partnering with Wildlife& Fisheries, after the success of last year’s event,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Park. “Offering outdoor recreational opportunities, healthy lifestyle activities and a place to have quality time with family and friends is an integral part of the Office of State Parks’ mission.”
First time fishermen and parents or guardians with children can introduce someone to the sport at family fishing events scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following sites:
• Bayou Segnette State Park (Westwego)
• Chicot State Park (Ville Platte)
• Fontainebleau State Park (Mandeville)
• Hodges Gardens State Park (Florien)
• Lake D’Arbonne State Park (Farmerville)

Entrance fees at these sites will be waived on Saturday, June 12. OSP Interpretive Ranger staff and LDWF Education staff will provide assistance for park visitors on June 12 within the day-use areas at the family fishing event sites. Fishing supplies (poles and bait) will be available in limited supplies on a first come, first serve basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own gear and enjoy the day fishing from a pier or bank-side location.
Complimentary gift bags will be available for the first 100 participants to sign in within the day-use area at each park. Visitors are urged to bring a picnic lunch and soft drinks and spend the day. Vending machines on site provide soft drinks, but no food service is available at State Park sites. All children (under age 15) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
“LDWF is encouraging licensed recreational fishermen to introduce someone to fishing on the weekend of June 12-13,” said John Sturgis, LDWF education manager. “It's an activity anyone of any age can enjoy, even without a boat. Louisiana offers some of the best bank and pier fishing opportunities in the south.”
Free Fishing Weekend is a part of Fishing Week in Louisiana that runs from June 7 to June 13. The event was created to help reverse the trend of declining participation in outdoor activities across America.
More information about Louisiana State Parks and Historic Sites, visit www.lastateparks.com (http://www.lastateparks.com/).


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administrator
06-21-2010, 04:08 PM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Kathleen Mocklin
June 21, 2010 ph. (225) 687-7158



PLAQUEMINE MAIN STREET 10th YEAR JULY 4th CELEBRATION


PLAQUEMINE – The Plaquemine Main Street Program, the City of Plaquemine and the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site invites the public to come out and enjoy the Plaquemine Main Street 10th Annual July 4th Celebration.

On Sunday, July 4, the City of Plaquemine will be the place to celebrate our nations’ birthday with good old-fashioned fun, games and food. The day’s event has family-oriented activities, with free admission to the Bayou Water Front Park, Plaquemine Lock S.H.S. and Iberville Museum.

At 4:15 p.m. the boat parade will depart from the boat ramp across from the Iberville Parish Jail on Bayou Road. It will arrive at 5 p.m. at the Bayou Water Front Park with the 2010 Grand Marshals leading the parade. Our Grand Marshals are past and present veterans. All boats are welcomed to participate in the boat parade with no registration fee. A patriotic themed boat decoration is encouraged. Those wanting to enter the boat parade can simply show up at 4 p.m. at the boat launch on Bayou Plaquemine near the parish jail.

The Iberville Museum will be open from 2-6 p.m. with free admission. There will also be a nautical knot tying demonstration located in front of the Iberville museum from 2-6 p.m.The Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site will be open with free admission from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be tours of the Lock House and the Historic Boat Pavilion with a special boat motor demonstration by the Old Engine Boat Club from 3-8 p.m. at the back of site’s grounds.


Meanwhile the Waterfront Park will be filled with other activities, such as a Children’s Village with space walks, games, face painting and more starting at 5 p.m. Booth vendor’s spaces for food and crafts are still available. Please contact 687-3116 for information.

At 6 p.m. music will start with the sounds of Unfinished Business with a jitter bug dance contest held at 7 p.m. on the boardwalk in front of the band. Most activities will take place at the Bayou Water Front Park starting at 5-9 p.m. At 9 p.m. the day is capped off with a dramatic fireworks display. The City of Plaquemine also asks visitors to bring their lawn chairs, but not their ice chests, into the Water Front Park.

Plaquemine Lock S.H.S. is on the National Historic Register and celebrates the 101st Anniversary of its opening this year. The site is located in historic downtown Plaquemine, 13 miles south of Baton Rouge and 19 miles north of Donaldsonville. Entrance fees are $2 per person, ages 13-61, while children under the age of 12, and seniors 62 and older get in free. For more information about Plaquemine Lock SHS visit our website www.plaqlock.wordpress.com (http://www.plaqlock.wordpress.com/) and for Louisiana State Parks, visit www.lastateparks.com. (outbind://28/Local Settings\sbroussard\Local Settings\sbroussard\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Shared Files\Interpretive\Interpretive Programs\Int. programs 09-10\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Local Settings\Temp\www.lastatep)


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administrator
07-15-2010, 09:54 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
July 15, 2010 985-792-4652
BugMobile Coming to Fairview-Riverside State Park July 29th


MADISONVILLE – Visitors to Fairview-Riverside State Park on July 29th are invited to an educational program with the Audubon Nature Institute’s BugMobile at 10 a.m. Squeaking beetles, running crickets, hairy spiders, and stinging scorpions are a few of the many bugs featured. The BugMobile staff will be under the oaks in the day-use area of the park near Otis House Museum. This lively and entertaining presentation includes general arthropod biology, anatomy, defenses, and information about Formosan subterranean termites.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 – 61. Children 3 and under are admitted free as well as senior citizens 62+. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St.Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis house Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
July 15, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652



Fairview-Riverside State Park to host a Swamp Invaders! Trail Hike July 31st
MADISONVILLE: Visitors to the park on July 31st are invited to meet at 9:00 am in the day-use area of the park near the steam engine pavilion and hike through the primitive camping area to the boardwalk that loops through a segment of the swamp. Bring bug repellent, sun block and perhaps a bottle of water. Along the mile long hike, enjoy the flora and fauna in its natural environment. Led by volunteer Master Gardner, Julie Deus, native and invasive species of marsh plants, weeds and trees will be identified.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 – 61. Children 3 and under are admitted free as well as senior citizens 62+. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St.Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis house Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 locally or 1-888-677-3247 toll free.


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administrator
08-05-2010, 11:51 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

August 5, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

Fairview-Riverside State Park presents “Skulls, Skins, & Scat…What animal is that?” on August 21st


MADISONVILLE – Park guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a nature program, “Skulls, Skins, and Scat…What animal is that?” on August 21st at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the day-use area of the park. Learn about the abundance of nature at the park with hands-on learning aids. Explore the teeth and claws of the alligator; learn about predator/prey relationships
while examining the skulls of various animals and feel the furs of many indigenous species. The Interpretive ranger will discuss characteristics of mammals, birds and reptiles that help them survive in their habitat.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 5, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652



Basket Weaving Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park August 28th


MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 28th at 2 pm can enjoy a skilled basket weaver assembling a basket. A variety of baskets and techniques can be discussed during the demonstration as well as how to decorate, dye, and where to purchase supplies.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, children under 3and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area, and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
August 5, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652



Chair Caning Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park August 28th

MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 28th at 2:30 pm can enjoy a skilled demonstrator restoring a piece of furniture while learning why caned seats and backs gained popularity during the 1800’s. The demonstrator will explain the steps and tools necessary to attempt a similar project.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4– 61, children 3 and under and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.


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administrator
08-18-2010, 10:47 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes

August 18, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652

Fairview-Riverside State Park presents “Skulls, Skins, & Scat…What animal is that?” on August 21st


MADISONVILLE – Park guests of all ages are invited to enjoy a nature program, “Skulls, Skins, and Scat…What animal is that?” on August 21st at 9:30 a.m. The presentation will be under the oaks near Otis House Museum in the day-use area of the park. Learn about the abundance of nature at the park with hands-on learning aids. Explore the teeth and claws of the alligator; learn about predator/prey relationships
while examining the skulls of various animals and feel the furs of many indigenous species. The Interpretive ranger will discuss characteristics of mammals, birds and reptiles that help them survive in their habitat.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person; seniors aged 62+ or children under 3 admitted free of charge. The site also includes camping, a day use picnic area on the Tchefuncte River and Otis House museum. Call 985-792-4652 locally for more information or toll free 1-888-677-3247.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Lori Barnes
August 18, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652



Basket Weaving Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park August 28th


MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 28th at 2 pm can enjoy a skilled basket weaver assembling a basket. A variety of baskets and techniques can be discussed during the demonstration as well as how to decorate, dye, and where to purchase supplies.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4 - 61, children under 3and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area, and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
August 18, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652



Chair Caning Demonstration at Fairview-Riverside State Park August 28th

MADISONVILLE – Visitors at Fairview-Riverside State Park on August 28th at 2:30 pm can enjoy a skilled demonstrator restoring a piece of furniture while learning why caned seats and backs gained popularity during the 1800’s. The demonstrator will explain the steps and tools necessary to attempt a similar project.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person aged 4– 61, children 3 and under and seniors aged 62+ are admitted free of charge. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River and Otis House Museum. For more information call toll free 1-888-677-3247 or locally 985-792-4652.


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administrator
08-19-2010, 04:19 PM
TRAVEL ADVISORY


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
August 18, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473



Lake Chicot Drawn Down for Bridge Repairs


VILLE PLATTE – Visitors to Chicot State Park are advised that lake levels will be drawn down, beginning in early September, in order for the Dept. of Transportation & Development (DOTD) to perform routine bridge inspection and repairs during the first two weeks of October.
Initial inspections of the bridge that crosses the Walker Branch cove, on North Landing Road in Chicot State Park, has shown that a number of pilings on the bridge are due for repair. Following the Labor Day weekend, DOTD will open the control structure on the lake and allow the water level to recede 3 to 4 inches per day. Starting Sept. 20, the lake will be closed to fishing during the drawdown in accordance with Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries largemouth bass length limits.
Repair time on the bridge pilings is anticipated to take 2 weeks, once the lake is drawn down to a suitable working depth and the mud line is dry enough to work on. After all repairs are completed and when water levels begin to rise and boaters have safe access to the lake, fishing in Lake Chicot will be re-opened.
Overnight guests with reservations at Chicot State Park during this period can contact Customer Service at 1-877-226-7652 for more information. Visit www.lastateparks.com (http://www.lastateparks.com/) for more information about Louisiana State Parks.


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administrator
09-13-2010, 02:42 PM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Daniel Wilcox
September 13, 2010 1-888-677-2838


WEST FLORIDA REBELLION BICENTENNIAL AT AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE
ST. FRANCISVILLE -- Visitors of all ages are invited to Audubon State Historic Site during the West Florida Rebellion BiCentennial programs from Sept. 24 through 26, 2010.
From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 24th , area schools are invited to participate in this immersive program. Students will experience hands on history as they work as the colonists did, taste the food they ate, and learn of the lives they led. All school groups must preregister with the park to participate in this program.
From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, visitors to the park will get a look into the life of the colonists in Louisiana in 1810. The public may try their hand at crafts and skills that were performed daily. Activities will include camp life, black powder demonstrations, period dance and dance lessons, politics of 1810, crafts, military drills, and a reenacted skirmish of the 1810 rebellion. Guest speakers include David Bice author of “ The Original Lone Star Republic”. On Sunday at 2:00 PM activities continue with Dr. David E. Narrett, Professor/Historian speaking on the Kemper Brothers and the Southwest Frontier along with the unveiling of a representation of the St. Francisville Hotel, the headquarters of the West Florida Republic. There will also be a donation of a copy of the portrait of Mary Ann Gray Smith, a daughter of Oakley House during 1810 by Mrs. Fredric Figge II.
“The West Florida Rebellion Bicentennial is a recreatment of the sights and sounds of the West Florida Rebellion sponsored by the Louisiana Office of State Parks at Audubon State Historic Site.” said John House, Manager of Audubon S.H.S. “The program gives the visitors a chance to glimpse of history that has been long forgotten of this second American revolution. It is a unique opportunity for the public to stay at a Bed and breakfast in St. Francisville that was here during the rebellion and then experience for themselves what it was like to live in those turbulent times.”
Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily for tours throughout the year. The park includes an Interpretive Center, Oakley House, slave cabins, gardens, kitchen, trails, picnic area and picnic pavilion.
Audubon SHS is located north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. The fee is $4 per person with children (12 and under) and seniors (62 and over) admitted free. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.


John R. House III.
Site Manager
Audubon State Historic Site
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Office: (225) 635-3739
Fax: (225) 784-0578
"Audubon State Historic Site...Where Louisiana comes Alive "

administrator
09-17-2010, 02:12 PM
TRAVEL ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
September 17, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473



Boat Launches at Chicot State Park

Closed Due to Lake Drawdown for Bridge Repairs

VILLE PLATTE – Visitors to Chicot State Park are advised that all boat launches are closed, effective Sept. 20, while the Dept. of Transportation & Development (DOTD) performs routine bridge inspection and repairs during the first two weeks of October.
The boat launches located near the north and south campgrounds are closed due to low lake levels creating unsafe conditions for boating. The East Landing and its boat launch is also closed to the public due to low lake levels.
Repair time on the bridge pilings is anticipated to take 2 weeks, once the lake is drawn down to a suitable working depth and the mud line is dry enough to work on. After all repairs are completed and when water levels begin to rise and boaters have safe access to the lake, fishing in Lake Chicot will be re-opened.
Following the Labor Day weekend, DOTD opened the control structure on the lake and allow the water level to recede 3 to 4 inches per day. Starting Sept. 20, the lake closed to fishing during the drawdown in accordance with Dept. of Wildlife & Fisheries regulations.
Overnight guests with reservations at Chicot State Park during this period can contact Customer Service at 1-877-226-7652 for more information. Visit www.lastateparks.com for more information about Louisiana State Parks.


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administrator
10-08-2010, 11:24 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
October 8, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652



Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 8 p.m. on October 30th

at Fairview-Riverside State Park


MADISONVILLE – The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween’s true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground to the Swampwalk trailhead entrance. Here, riders will exit the hayride for a guided mystery walk through the swamp where Madisonville’s legendary Silk Lady has recently been cited! Hayrides will exit the day-use area every 15 minutes, last one being at 7:45 pm. At 6:00 pm, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present “Witch Class” featuring “Broomella” a witch with amnesia, who needs help from the audience to conduct her witchery! Children are invited to play apple dunk…a new twist on an old tradition. Children’s costume contest age groups: 5 & under, 6 – 9 and 10 – 15. Judging will begin at 7:30 pm. All ages are welcome to bring your completed carved pumpkin and a candle or pumpkin light for illuminating it for the carved pumpkin contest (call for details). Pizza slices and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered for sale under the pavilion.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.


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administrator
10-20-2010, 09:59 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Ann Durel
October 20, 2010 ph. 985-792-4652



Halloween Hayride & Hoopla 5:30 - 8 p.m. on October 30th

at Fairview-Riverside State Park


MADISONVILLE – The staff invites visitors to take a hayride through the park grounds and enjoy the haunting trivia revealing Halloween’s true traditions as the ride meanders through the campground to the Swampwalk trailhead entrance. Here, riders will exit the hayride for a guided mystery walk through the swamp where Madisonville’s legendary Silk Lady has recently been cited! Hayrides will exit the day-use area every 15 minutes, last one being at 7:45 pm. At 6:00 pm, guests of all ages can enjoy storytelling as the Porta-Puppet Players present “Witch Class” featuring “Broomella” a witch with amnesia, who needs help from the audience to conduct her witchery! Children are invited to play
apple dunk…a new twist on an old tradition. Children’s costume contest age groups: 5 & under, 6 – 9 and 10 – 15. Judging will begin at 7:30 pm. All ages are welcome to bring your completed carved pumpkin and a candle or pumpkin light for illuminating it for the carved pumpkin contest (call for details). Pizza slices and non-alcoholic beverages will be offered for sale under the pavilion.
The program is free with park admission of $1 per person ages 4 - 61. Children 3 and under or seniors 62+ are admitted free. Fairview-Riverside State Park is located one mile east of Madisonville on La. Hwy. 22 in St. Tammany Parish. The site includes camping, a day-use picnic area on the banks of the Tchefuncte River, and Otis House Museum. For more information call 985-792-4652 or toll free 1-888-677-3247.


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administrator
10-21-2010, 06:11 PM
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation
801 Kingsmill Parkway, Columbus, OH 43229
Ph. 614/888-4868 • Fax 614/888-0326
Website: www.ussportsmen.org (https://www.ussportsmen.org/page.redir?target=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ussportsmen.org %2f&srcid=4415&srctid=1&erid=7174871) • E-mail: info@ussportsmen.org (info@ussportsmen.org)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Greg R. Lawson (614) 888-4868 x 214
October 21, 2010 Sharon Hayden (614) 888-4868 x 226
Court of Appeals Upholds Major Sportsmen’s Victory in Maine


U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation and Leading Trapping Groups
Win Again in Precedent Setting Case
(Columbus) – Trappers in Maine and sportsmen nationwide scored a huge victory after a Federal Court of Appeals rejected an effort from anti-hunting groups seeking to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to stop trapping in the state. This decision reaffirms a lower court decision that set a precedent against manipulation of the ESA to stop hunting, fishing, and trapping.
“We are ecstatic and relieved that this lawsuit is no longer a threat to our lifestyle as we prepare to open the 2010 trapping season,” said Skip Trask of the Maine Trappers Association. “The Maine Trappers Association couldn’t be happier with this decision. It is much more than just a victory for Maine. This decision will help protect all trapping and other sports from coast to coast. We appreciate the support and guidance of the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance Foundation (USSAF) legal team and all of our partners.”
The anti-hunting groups had originally filed the suit in 2008 against the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. They had argued that Maine’s trapping regulations provided insufficient protection for the Canada lynx, a species listed as threatened under the ESA, and thus required the season to be stopped.
The USSAF, along with the Maine Trappers’ Association, Fur Takers of America, National Trappers’ Association, and several individual sportsmen, intervened in the case on behalf of the state. The groups argued that those seeking to shut down an entire season of trapping (or hunting or fishing) must not only prove the incidental take of an ESA-protected species, but also “irreparable harm” to the population.
In the initial lower court decision, Judge Woodcock concluded that the take of individual members of a reasonably numerous protected species does not necessarily meet the requirement of irreparable harm. He also indicated that the take of lynx occurring in Maine foothold traps, typically catch-and-release incidents, did not constitute irreparable harm in this case. Consequently, Judge Woodcock declined the injunction and the trapping season was able to take place.
Unhappy with the result, the anti-hunting groups filed an appeal in December, 2009 seeking to reverse Judge Woodcock’s decision. The USSAF and the others immediately filed legal briefs in order to defend the major legal victory.
In the unanimous opinion rejecting the appeal, Chief Judge Lynch affirmed Judge Woodcock’s findings that the plaintiffs’ failed to demonstrate the irreparable harm necessary for an injunction. Judge Lynch then went on to criticize the plaintiffs’ last-minute request for lesser sanctions restricting trapping. In the lower court, Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) expressly refused that option and instead pursued a full ban on trapping.
“It may well have done so for tactical reasons, preferring to stress the inadequacy of other remedies in order to strengthen its case for injunctive relief against foothold traps,” wrote Lynch. “Parties are held to their choices and AWI's bait and switch tactics in the courts are to be deplored, not rewarded.”
The latest decision should assist in the defense of any further lawsuits by anti-trappers. It leaves the plaintiffs in this case with few options other than a petition to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the case. The Supreme Court agrees to consider only a few dozen cases a year out of the many hundreds of cases filed with it each year.
“It was clear all along that anti-hunters were looking to set a precedent that could be used in state after state to shut down not only trapping, but hunting and fishing as well,” said Bud Pidgeon, USSAF president and CEO. “With this strong decision, antis are going to have a far more difficult time doing this.”
About the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance Foundation protects and defends America’s wildlife conservation programs and the pursuits – hunting, fishing, trapping, and shooting – that generate the money to pay for them. The Foundation is responsible for public education, legal defense and research. Its mission is accomplished through several distinct programs coordinated to provide the most complete defense capability possible.
About the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
The U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national association of sportsmen and sportsmen’s organizations that protects the rights of hunters, anglers and trappers in the courts, legislatures, at the ballot, in Congress and through public education programs. For more information about the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and its work, call (614) 888-4868 or visit its website, www.ussportsmen.org (https://www.ussportsmen.org/page.redir?target=http%3a%2f%2fwww.ussportsmen.org %2f&srcid=4415&srctid=1&erid=7174871).


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10-27-2010, 03:54 PM
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
October 27, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473




Forts Randolph & Buhlow SHS

to Open in Pineville on Nov. 18


BATON ROUGE – Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site will open to the public, Thursday, Nov. 18, with a free day in the park and dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Following the ceremony, site tours will be offered and there will be a live performance of Civil War-era music by local junior high students.
“I am excited to announce the opening of Forts Randoph & Buhlow State Historic Site,” said Lt. Governor Scott Angelle. “This site represents an incredible piece of Louisiana’s history and is an invaluable new tourism opportunity for Central Louisiana.”
The $4.4 million project was funded by a combination of Capital Outlay funds and monies provided by the Red River Waterway Commission (RRWC). Operational funds have also been provided by the RRWC, allowing the site to open during the current fiscal year.
“Forts Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site will be a wonderful addition to our system,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. “the Red River Waterway Commission and the City of Pineville are great partners, fully supporting this site and the Office of State Parks’ mission to preserve and interpret our state’s history.”
Forts Randolph and Buhlow were part of the Red River Campaign during the Civil War. Interpretation and programs at this site will connect with Mansfield SHS and Port Hudson SHS on the whole Campaign and the subsequent Civil War events.
After the Battle of Mansfield, halting the Union advance to the West in Spring of 1864, Forts Randolph and Buhlow were constructed on the Red River at Alexandria by Confederates in order to repel future Union attacks through Northwest Louisiana. The earthen forts, constructed using local plantation slave labor, where fortified with cannon and troops, and never saw battle.
Fort Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site, located on Red River in downtown Pineville, includes visitor center with Civil War, an elevated boardwalk around both fort sites, and an overlook near the southern portion of the Bailey’s Dam site. The site has an open field for Civil War re-enactments. Admission to the site is $4 per person; children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free. For more information about the site, visit www.lastateparks.com or call 1-888-677-7437 toll free or 484-2390 locally.


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administrator
11-09-2010, 12:20 PM
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
November 9, 2010 ph. 225-342-5473




Poverty Point State Historic Site Designated as an

Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution


BATON ROUGE – Poverty Point State Historic Site, located in northeast Louisiana, has been accepted as a Smithsonian Affiliate. The site is one of four Affiliates in the state, and one of only 160 Affiliate museums and cultural organizations in the United States.
“I am pleased to announce that Poverty Point State Historic Site has been given the honor of being named a Smithsonian Affiliate,” said Lt. Governor Scott Angelle. “This is a tremendous honor and I look forward to this partnership with the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution.”
Poverty Point SHS offers visitors educational programs, interpretive exhibits with unique artifacts on display, and the opportunity to experience some of North America’s most complex earthen mound architecture reflecting the Native American culture that resided in the area centuries before European settlement of the Western Hemisphere. Archaeological digs are an on-going venture at the site, with continuous discoveries revealing discoveries on the daily lives of the area’s residents. Office of State Parks staff also offer programs that demonstrate many of the tools – such as atlatls and cooking balls – that have been excavated on the site.
“This is certainly a great honor to be affiliated with the country’s foremost cultural institution,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, the Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. “We look forward to working with the Smithsonian for a greater exposure of the significant archaeological findings at Poverty Point.”
The Smithsonian’s collections-based Affiliations program provides access to pieces within the Institution’s 136 million object collection, enabling Affiliates to augment their existing exhibits and enhance the visitors’ experience to their sites. Smithsonian Affiliates may integrate Smithsonian artifacts and collections into their exhibitions, their educational initiatives and their research programs.
“The Smithsonian Institution is honored to launch this affiliation with the Louisiana Office of State Parks,” stated Harold A. Closter, Smithsonian Affiliations Director. “The Smithsonian has played a major role in studying and explaining the significance of the earthworks at Poverty Point, and now through this partnership, we hope to share that story on a broader scale. We look forward to working together with the staff of the Louisiana Office of State Parks who have done such an excellent job of preserving and interpreting this remarkable site.”
Smithsonian Affiliates partner, and share resources, in an effort to share America's artistic, scientific, and historic heritage. Visitors from across the country come together to experience the landmark moments of space flight, the mystery of gems, the beauty of nature, the passion of art, and the march of history at their local Affiliate site. More information on Smithsonian Affiliates can be found at www.affiliations.si.edu.
Poverty Point State Historic Site offers visitors the opportunity to study the
culture of area inhabitants from 1600 to 1300 B.C. Many items found during excavations have been determined to come from as far away as the Ohio and Tennessee River valleys, and the Appalachians of Alabama and Georgia, indicating that the Poverty Point civilization was heavily involved in trade.
The $4 admission to the historic site provides access to the area museum, video and tram tour. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free. Poverty Point is located in West Carroll Parish, east of Monroe on La. 577. For more information on the site, call 1-888-926-5492 toll free or 926-5492 locally.



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administrator
01-05-2011, 09:42 AM
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Sharon Broussard
January 5, 2011 ph. 225-342-5473






Palmetto Island State Park Extends Availability
Park to remain open through the end of June

BATON ROUGE – Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne announced today that funding has been secured to keep Palmetto Island State Park in Vermilion Parish open through the remainder of the current fiscal year, which ends June 30. Fundraising efforts by the Community Foundation of Acadiana has generated enough financial support to keep the park open past January 31. Reservations for dates beginning February 1 can be made effective Monday, January 10.
“We are pleased to be able to keep this new recreational facility open and available to the people of Louisiana and to our visitors,” said Lt. Governor Dardenne, whose office oversees the Office of State Parks. “The great work of the Community Foundation of Acadiana, along with the support and donations by communities, businesses and individuals around the state, are certainly appreciated. Each donation received represents the importance of our state park system. I’d like to extend my thanks to each contributor, for allowing us to keep this beautiful park open.”
The park opened October 28, with a fundraising cook-off and concert the following Saturday. All cabins and campsites in the park were completely booked for the opening weekend, and nearly 300 reservations were made within the first 24 hours of the park’s availability through ReserveAmerica.com
Following the opening and in wake of the park’s success, the Office of State Parks, in collaboration with Louisiana’s Office of the Lt. Governor and the Community Foundation of Acadiana, established the Palmetto Island State Park Fund and is soliciting private donations to keep the park operational.
“We certainly appreciate the contributions from Palmetto Island State Park’s many supporters,” said Dr. Stuart Johnson, Assistant Secretary for the Office of State Parks. “The last few months have been encouraging, as we have seen growing support for our parks and historic sites…from these donations for Palmetto Island to community partnerships allowing us to re-open Plaquemine Lock and Fort Jesup State Historic Sites.”
Palmetto Island State Park is host to 6 cabins and 96 RV camping sites for overnight visitors. The park also features a visitor center, conference room and picnic pavilions for guests to enjoy. Daytime and overnight guests have access to all of these amenities along with a boat launch into the Vermilion River, fishing piers, a state of the art water playground and a .75 mile nature trail.
Reservations for overnight accommodations can be made through the Call Center at 1-877-226-7652 or online at www.ReserveAmerica.com, for stays beginning the night of October 28.
Palmetto Island State Park is located off LA Hwy. 82 in Vermilion Parish, approximately 7 miles south of Abbeville. The 1,299-acre site offers a mixture of swamps and the plentiful foliage for which the site is named. For more information about Palmetto Island State Park, visit www.lastateparks.com, call 877-677-0094 toll free or 893-3930 locally. More information on the Palmetto Island State Park Fund and the Community Foundation of Acadiana can be found at www.cfacadiana.org.


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administrator
01-12-2011, 11:15 AM
NEWS RELEASE
Office of State Parks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Daniel Wilcox
January 5, 2011 ph. 225-635-3739

AUDUBON STATE HISTORIC SITE PRESENTS
CIVIL WAR LIVING HISTORY JAN. 22-23
ST. FRANCISVILLE –Louisiana’s Civil War past comes alive at Audubon State Historic Site for a Civil War Living History program on Saturday and Sunday Jan. 22-23.
Civil War reenactors dressed in authentic reproduction costumes of the armies of both North and South will be on hand to present a look at life in Civil War Louisiana. The day’s demonstrations, starting at 10 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. until 2:30 pm Sunday, will include drills, black powder weapon demonstrations, open hearth cooking, costume talks, camp life, and more. There will be a small scale reenactment of a Civil War battle at 1:30 PM each day.
"This program starts the commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in Louisiana, a nationwide event marking the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War . We encourage those visiting to learn the rest of the story of the Civil War in the Felicianas by visiting Port Hudson State Historic Site, only a few miles south of Audubon. “ said John House, site manager.
Audubon SHS is the setting for the 200-year-old Oakley House, temporary home and inspiration to John James Audubon in the 1800s. The park includes a museum, picnic areas, Historic buildings, pavilion, and nature trail. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, Oakley House and its lush natural settings are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day.
The $4 adult admission to Audubon SHS includes the site video history presentation, the plantation house tour and all special programs. Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and older) are admitted free. Audubon SHS is located 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge near St. Francisville on La. 965 in West Feliciana Parish. For more information, call 1-888-677-2838 toll free or 635-3739 in the St. Francisville area.


John R. House III.
Site Manager
Audubon State Historic Site
Louisiana Office of State Parks
Office: (225) 635-3739
Fax: (225) 784-0578
"Audubon State Historic Site...Where Louisiana comes Alive "

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02-16-2011, 03:10 PM
U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Greg R. Lawson (614) 888-4868 x 214
February 16, 2011 Sharon Hayden (614) 888-4868 x 226Virginia House Committee Tables Deer, Elk, and Bear Damage Bill


(Columbus, OH) – Sportsmen should thank Committee members for voting to stop a bill that would have allowed for the unlimited killing of deer, elk and bear.
Senate Bill 868, introduced by Senator Richard Stuart (R- Montross), would have required the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries to issue agricultural damage kill permits to any person claiming that deer, elk, or bear were causing agricultural damage without first investigating if any damage actually occurred.
“This bill was pushing through at a break-neck pace and would have had a devastating effect on the state’s deer, elk, and bear populations,” said Rob Sexton, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance vice president for government affairs. “Sportsmen should thank members of the House Committee for putting the breaks on this bill and for protecting professional management of the state’s deer, elk, and bear populations.”
Today the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee voted to table the bill, which likely will kill the bill for the remainder of the year.
Current law requires the Department to investigate claims of agricultural damage before damage permits can be issued. Only after finding the damage was actually caused by a deer or bear can the Department allow the removal of the problem deer and bear. Additionally, in current law only deer and bear are subject to damage permits. This bill would have also allowed the state’s limited elk population to be included in the damage permits.
A coalition of sportsmen’s and conservation organizations including the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance along with the National Wild Turkey Federation, National Shooting Sports Foundation, National Rifle Association, Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation, Safari Club International, Quality Deer Management Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and many others all pushed to stop the bill.
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administrator
03-16-2011, 10:31 AM
From: Sharon Broussard
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 4:43 PM
Subject: Annual Civil War Re-enactment during March 26-27 at Port Hudson State Historic Site









For immediate release:
March 16, 2011

Sharon Broussard Jacques Berry
Office of State Parks Office of the Lieutenant Governor
225.342.5428 225.342.8607
sbroussard@crt.la.gov jberry@crt.la.gov (jberry@crt.la.gov)





ANNUAL CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT SCHEDULED AT PORT HUDSON SHS

Port Hudson State Historic Site near Zachary is hosting the annual re-enactment of the siege of Port Hudson on Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. both days, visitors will be able to observe volunteer re-enactors in Union and Confederate campsites staging typical activities of the assault. Soldiers dressed in authentic reproduction uniforms will be on hand to answer questions pertaining to the siege in the summer of 1863. Three branches of service—artillery, cavalry and infantry—will be portrayed as well as cooks, laundresses and sutlers who are civilian merchants that often travel with military troops.

“Visitors of all ages are invited to witness this portrayal of Civil War life. Port Hudson’s annual re-enactment highlights a pivotal time in U.S. history that changed our nation forever,” Gregory Thomas, site manager, said.

Scheduled events for the weekend:


Saturday, March 26, 2011

9 a.m. Park opens
10:30 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration in Main Field
11 a.m. Artillery Demonstration in Main Field
11:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration in Main Field
Noon Duel in Main Field
1 p.m. Civil War Dance Class behind Museum
2 p.m. Battle in Main Field
3 p.m. Medical Demonstration at Museum Cannon Platform
3:30 p.m. Civil War Baseball game in Main Field—visitors are invited to participate
5 p.m. Park Closes

Sunday, March 27, 2011
9 a.m. Park opens
10 a.m. Re-enactors’ Church Service at Museum Cannon Platform
11 a.m. Cavalry Demonstration in Main Field
11:30 a.m. Infantry Demonstration in Main Field
Noon Duel in Main Field
12:30 p.m. Artillery Demonstration in Main Field
1:30 p.m. Battle in Main Field
2:30 p.m. Medical Demonstration at Museum Cannon Platform
3 p.m. Civil War Baseball game in Main Field—visitors are invited to participate
5 p.m. Park Closes


Ongoing events during the weekend include living history demonstrations at the campsite next to the museum tower and sutlers selling reproduction Civil War merchandise.

The Zachary High School band will be on site to sell concessions, or visitors can bring their own picnic lunches. The picnic area is located on the north side of the main field.

Port Hudson SHS is the site of the longest genuine siege in American military history. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1974, the site is host to Civil War re-enactments and living history events throughout the year. The site is located on U.S. 61 near Zachary, about 15 minutes north of Baton Rouge. For more information, call 888.677.3400 toll free or 654.3775 in the Zachary area.


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administrator
03-24-2011, 11:34 AM
For immediate release:
March 24, 2011

Sharon Broussard
Office of State Parks
225.342.5473
sbroussard@crt.la.gov



HODGES GARDENS STATE PARK ANNOUNCES 2011 EASTER ACTIVITIES.

The long-treasured tradition of Easter Sunrise Service at Hodges Gardens State Park will continue this year on Easter Sunday, April 24, on the Lakefront Stage. Members of the Centenary Choir will perform with members of church choirs from Natchitoches, Sabine, Vernon and Beauregard Parishes. Festivities will kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, with the annual Easter egg hunt and duck races.

In addition to the egg hunt and races, a special geocache hunt for the entire family will take place in the park on Saturday. This is a type of scavenger hunt completed via GPS, and a limited number of GPS units will be available for those who do not bring their own. Children will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny.

On Sunday, gates open at 4:30 a.m. and will close promptly at 5:45 a.m. to prevent traffic from disturbing the program. The program is free of charge and guests are advised bring lawn chairs and blankets. At the conclusion of the service, the park will be cleared and the regular admission prices will apply for the remainder of the day.

Hodges Gardens State Park is located on U.S. Highway 171 between Many and Leesville. Cabins are available at the park and reservation information can be found at www.lastateparks.com (http://www.lastateparks.com/).
For additional information, call the Sabine Parish Tourist Commission at 318.256.5880 or 800.358.7802 or the Vernon Parish Tourism Commission at 337.238.0783 or 800.349.6287.



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04-29-2011, 10:22 PM
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