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Christmas tree drop-off

Ascension Parish government will hold a Christmas tree drop-off event from Thursday December 28 through Friday, January 12 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales. Parish officials said the trees must not have any decorations or stands on them when they are dropped off. After entering the expo center's main gate on St. Landry Road, the drop-off location will be the unpaved parking area on the left side of the property. Signage will direct residents as they enter. For more information call Melissa Sullivan at 225-450-1352.

UL Lafayette Fall 2017 graduates

List of Ascension Parish Fall 2017 graduates from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette: Baccalaureate Degree - Business Administration - Jordan Cooper Morrison; Education - Haylee Cloud; Engineering - Christopher Neil Collins; Nursing and Allied Health Professions - Alycia Monique Blank, Amanda S Juban, Karen Soileau; Sciences - William Etzel, George Eugene Rees, Tyler Ladd Sanchez; University College - Shelby Devonne Christy, Imani Michel Douglas; Doctoral Degree - Education - Karla Pilcher Migues; Masters Degree - Education - Kasie Lynn Prejean; Sciences - Alexis Joan Stein

LPB’s Louisiana Public Square wants you to have a “Healthy New Year!”

With a New Year approaching, now is the best time to commit to practicing a healthier lifestyle. On the December edition of Louisiana Public Square, we ask what is the best approach to shedding pounds in a state where cuisine is part of its culture? Which diet is the most effective for losing weight? What weight loss surgeries are available and how safe are they? What role does exercise play in the health equation? Louisiana Public Square brings together experts and personal success stories on an encore presentation of “Healthy New Year!” airing Wednesday, December 27 at 7 p.m. on LPB-HD and in New Orleans on WLAE. For more information, go to lpb.org/publicsquare.

Jackson of Gonzales to Dean's List

Mississippi University for Women has named Racine Jackson to the Dean's List for the Fall 2017 semester. Those on the Dean's List have earned a quality point average of 3.5 to 3.99 on a 4.0 scale.

Snyder to present during Super Saturday training forum

Allissa Snyder of Prairieville is among a select number of Plexus Ambassadors (independent sales representatives) chosen to present to a crowd of hundreds in Orlando during Plexus Worldwide’s “Super Saturday” event, a training forum held simultaneously in 14 cities across the U.S on Jan. 6. She will be coaching fellow Ambassadors on how to grow their independent, home-based businesses.

Chiquelin makes President's List

Hannah Chiquelin of Prairieville, a Music Therapy major in Shenandoah University's Shenandoah Conservatory, was named to the Fall 2017 President's List.

Drive safely during the holidays

With the holidays approaching, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) would like to remind motorists to use caution while traveling to their destinations. Christmas and New Year’s Day are busy travel days and motorists should use extra precaution while on the roads. Motorists can access the latest updates on real-time traffic and road conditions by going to www.511la.org. Motorists should drive using the following safety tips:

· Drive carefully.
· Avoid driving while distracted.
· Allow for extra driving time.
· Make sure there is plenty of room between vehicles.
· Wear your seatbelt.
· Don’t drive impaired.
· Turn on your headlights when using the windshield wipers.

Canary Islanders meeting

Saturday, January 6, a meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana will be held at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library, 9200 Bluebonnet Blvd, Baton Rouge, beginning at 11 a.m. Society Member Greg Lindsly will present details from his research of the Canary Islanders that moved into the area around St. Landry, Lafayette, St. Martin and St. May Parishes. Mr. Lindsly searched many records, including the “Southwest Louisiana Records (volumes 1, 2, & 3)" by Rev. Donald J. Hebert, for references to surnames found on the Spanish Ships List of the Canary Islanders (1778-79). Complicating this research were the number of other Spanish surnames in the records not specifically identified as Canary Islanders but matching the list of Canary Islander recruits. All meetings are open to the public. Information about the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana can be found on the web at www.canaryislanders.org. You may contact the President of the Society by email: president@canaryislanders.org.