Area Briefs

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

September 11 Memorial

Prairieville Fire Department will host its second annual September 11th Memorial Program on Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 9 a.m. at Station 30 located at 14517 LA 73 Prairieville, LA 70769. The program will be commemorating the September 11, 2001 attacks, which killed 2,977 on that horrible morning 17 years ago. Key note speaker for this year’s program will be Prairieville Fire Department’s Fire Chief Mark Stewart. Chief Stewart worked at ground zero on his federal response team during the rescue and recovery phases of the World Trade Center Site. The public is invited to attend this event and we will have our World Trade Center memorial steel on display.


On August 25, ”Jambalaya Capital of the World” Festival Association members prepared and served a meal to the National Guard Association of the United States (NAGUS) at the 140th General Conference & Exhibition held in New Orleans. City of Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux assisted the association members in serving during the meal prepared by Jarrett Marchand, the reigning Jambalaya Festival World Champion. "It was an honor to be able to thank the member of NAGUS personally, and on behalf of us all, for everything they have done for our country," said Arceneaux.

Jazz Listening Room

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is proud to announce a continued partnership with Chorum Hall and present the first artist for its 2018 Jazz Listening Room Series, Moutin Factory Quintet on September 28, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. The Jazz Listening Room, a series of cabaret style jazz concerts featuring nationally and internationally known acts in an intimate setting, is designed to provide greater access to world-class jazz music performance at nominal fees for audiences in diverse settings. Tickets for the Jazz Listening Room shows can be purchased at For more information, go to or 225-344-8558.

Skremetta visits the Cabin

Public Service Commissioner Eric Skremetta will be speaking on September 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Cabin General Store. Among other topics, he will be addressing smart meters which were recently approved by the Louisiana Legislature. Entergy plans to install these meters on homes in their service area, but must be given guidelines for installation with the approval of the Public Service Commission. Smart meters gather information from all smart appliances in the home and this is sold to third parties. Along with privacy concerns, smart meters can be hacked, must be replaced more often and many homeowners have experienced a rise in their monthly electric bill. The meeting is open to the public.

Lane Closure

Single lane closures will take place on I-10 from Highland Rd. to HWY 73 starting Thursday, September 6, 2018 through Friday, September 7, 2018 eastbound from the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Only one lane per direction will be closed at a time. Permit loads over 11’ should call the permit office for alternate routes. The closure is necessary to receive materials at Bayou Manchac Bridge on jobsite. DOTD appreciates your patience and reminds you to please drive with caution through the construction site and be on the lookout for work crews and their equipment.

AARP Disaster Kit Assembly

AARP and AARP Foundation are rallying volunteers to assemble thousands of bags filled with emergency preparedness supplies for older adults and their families in Baton Rouge on September 11. Each bag will contain things like water bottles with a built-in filter, flashlights, pillboxes and first aid kits, along with useful recovery tips and resources. WHEN: Tuesday, September 11 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. WHERE: East Baton Rouge Council on Aging, 6955 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70806. To learn more visit

J.Low Fall Festival, Duck Derby

Ready, set, Quack to the finish line! Join Girl Scouts Louisiana East for two Saturdays of fun camp activities and friendly competition at its annual J.Low Fall Festival and Duck Derby on Saturday, October 20 at Girl Scout Camp Marydale, 10317 Cr-232 in St. Francisville and Saturday, October 27 at Girl Scout Camp Whispering Pines, 56535 Highway 1054 in Independence. Both festivals are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the GSLE camps of choice and duck adoption donations will be applied to the community’s Annual Family Giving goal.

Matassa receives certification

Sean Matassa of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Gonzales, Louisiana, has been authorized by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards (CFP Board) to use the certification mark CFP®. Matassa successfully completed the CFP Board's initial certification requirements, which include completion of financial planning coursework and passing a comprehensive examination. Individuals who hold CFP® certification must agree to meet ongoing continuing education requirements and uphold the CFP Board's Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibility and Financial Planning Practice Standards.

Canary Islanders Report

The regular meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana was held on September 1 at the East Baton Rouge Parish Library on Bluebonnet. Society member Wade Falcon (picture above) presented the results of his research on the fate of settlers aboard the Spanish ship El Sagrado Corazon de Jesus in year 1779.

Mommy and Me

Looking for something fun to do with your little ones? Join us at Tanger Outlets Gonzales on the second Tuesday this month, September 11, for a morning of family fun! Our FREE Fall Fun September event will be hosted INSIDE of Suite 199 next to Gap, on Tuesday, September 11, from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. Follow the balloons and look for the Tanger tent! The first 30 adults that show they like us on Facebook receive a free $5 voucher to the Children's Place plus, a free goodie bag full of savings coupons. Light snacks and beverages will be provided for your little ones. Please check-in at the Tanger Tent before 10 a.m. Come join in on the family fun with Tanger Outlets Gonzales!

Art & Addiction

Join us at the Main Library at Goodwood for Addiction: Sabotage, Sobriety, Surrender, a compelling exhibition featuring the vibrantly striking works of artist and author of Art & Addiction, Ben Peabody. The display will run September 1-30. There also will be a FREE special presentation led by Peabody at the Main Library at Goodwood at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 16, that will feature two of the subjects of his art, as they speak about their experiences in overcoming addiction. To learn more about artist/author Ben Peabody, visit his website at

Swine Palace (LSU)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Adapted by Simon Stephens, Novel by Mark Haddon, Directed by Rick Holden, September 19 (PWYC), 20 (Preview), 21 (Opening), 25, 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 p.m. 23, 30 at 2 p.m. 2018, Shaver Theatre.

Teacher Donation

During the 2018-19 school year, TJ Ribs in Prairieville is celebrating the dedicated men and women who commit themselves to helping nurture our children by being teachers. This September, TJ Ribs is giving away $1,000 dollars to a teacher from our community. Visit TJ Ribs - Prairieville’s Facebook page starting September 1 to nominate and vote for the teacher in your community who deserves recognition. The teacher with the most online votes will be awarded $1,000!

AARP Food Drive

"To Serve and Not to be Served." The Gonzales Area Chapter 1449 AARP Annual Food Drive to benefit St. Theresa Food Pantry will be held Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at Walmart in Gonzales, 308 N. Airline Highway, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please support this worthy cause by donating non- perishable food items. AARP amd AARP Foundation believe that no one of any age should go hungry. Learn more about AARP's Hunger Campaign at: Contact Jaunda 257-4104.

Master Cattleman Class

Put on by the LSU AgCenter, the cost of the program is $125. The fee covers teaching materials, meals and refreshments during each session, certificates for graduates, and a sign to display on the farm. There will a minimum number of participants needed to enroll for the class for us to be able to hold it. The classes will be held in Gonzales. The meetings will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held for 10 consecutive Wednesdays starting on September 12. Each class will last roughly 3 hours. For more information about the program or further details about meeting place and dates, please contact Bobby Bingham at 225-683-3101 or

(Free)dom Dental Services

Dr. Louis LeFebvre at Main Street Dental Care in Gonzales, La. is participating in Freedom Day USA on October 11. This day is designed to honor and help our military by offering free dental services to current and retired military personnel, as well as their immediate family. In addition to offering our services we are asking businesses around our community to donate items (i.e. gift cards, items for raffles, food/drink to enjoy in office while waiting) to make this a great experience for the patients. Any help we can get to spread word on this event would be greatly appreciated. Contact Sandy D. for more info 225-473-7766.

Ascension Chapter Banquet

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) Louisiana's Ascension Chapter Banquet presented by Bevel Tech Group, Relief Windows, EATEL, Shell, Cabela's, Hancock Whitney, and Rouses Markets will be held at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center on Thursday, September 20 at 5:30 p.m. The cost is $75 per person, $650 per table of 10, or $1250 per VIP table. Cost includes one-year CCA membership, admission, dinner, and open bar. For table and ticket info call Roy Deveer 225-715-1947 or Nolan Reynerson 225-952-9200.