Shoplifter from Ringgold Arrested in Webster Parish

By Bonnie Culverhouse of the Webster Parish Journal

A Ringgold woman is in a Webster Parish Jail, thanks to Minden Police.

Manee J. Ahner, 36, of the 1400 block of Vickers, is charged with resisting an officer, felony theft, possession of marijuana, possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, introduction of narcotics in a penal institution and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.

Police Chief Steve Cropper said said Off. Kayla Little and Ofc. Christopher Cayer were dispatched to a Homer Road pharmacy with multiple shoplifters.

“When officers entered the store, they were met by an employee who advised them that 2 females went outside to their vehicle prior to their arrival, and another female was still in the store,” Cropper said. “The females in the car were both juveniles and officers asked them to return to the store.”

The female still in the store was reportedly approached by officers and identified as Manee Ahner.

“After they were read their rights, all three subjects denied stealing anything from the store,” said the chief. “Off. Little searched Ahner’s purse and located makeup products that were still packaged. Ahner owns the vehicle where the juveniles were located. Officers searched it and located more makeup items.”

Lt. Griffith reportedly escorted Ahner to his unit for transport. While Little was conducting a patdown search, she discovered more items on Ahner’s person.

“She located fingernail polish, hair straightener, a small bag of methamphetamine and a glass pipe with white residue,” Cropper said. “After they transported her to the police department, Little searched Ahner a second time and a small clear baggie with a white crystalline substance was discovered.”

Ahner reportedly lied about the identity of a male subject that was with the three, the chief said. He also said the juveniles admitted that Ahner asked them to remove the narcotics from her person while she was handcuffed. Both juveniles reportedly refused.

This information has been provided by a law enforcement agency as public information. Persons named or shown in photographs or video as suspects in a criminal investigation, or arrested and charged with a crime, have not been convicted of any criminal offense and are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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Unrestrained Minden Man Killed in Claiborne Parish Crash

Athens – On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, just after 10:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a one-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 518 at Old Athens Road. This crash claimed the life of 33-year-old Patrick Halliburton, who was not wearing a seat belt.

The initial investigation revealed a 2001 Ford pickup, driven by Haliburton was traveling west on LA Hwy 518. For reasons still under investigation, Halliburton exited the roadway, and struck a tree.
Halliburton, who was unrestrained, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Claiborne Parish Coroner.

It is unknown if impairment is a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind motorists that buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself during a vehicle crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.

In 2022, Troop G has investigated 18 fatal crashes, resulting in 19 deaths.


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Cryptoquote

Print this page to work the puzzle.  If you are unable to print this page you can download it by clicking “Download” below.

Instructions:
ZCIRPZCI is EINSTEIN
In Cryptoquotes, one letter stands for another. In the example above, Z is used for two E’s, I for the two N’s, etc. Single letters, double letters, apostrophes, the length and formation of the words are all hints. The code letters change with each puzzle.

TODAY’S CRYPTOQUOTE:

“ZNT MANU ZNT HEP NA GLP ENHY GN KTRRPKK JQ ZNT UNTSY YN ZNTE FNC HAY ANG CP WHJY QNE JG.” ~ NWEHL UJAQEPZ

Previous Cryptoquote solution: “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ~ Winston Churchill


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OPPORTUNITY: Outpatient Medical Center

OMC SEEKING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER –
 
Outpatient Medical Center (Natchitoches Headquarters) is looking for a fulltime CFO to join our leadership team and report to our CEO and Board of Directors. The CFO is responsible for fulfilling all financial and collections priorities/requirements of the organization and to effectively manage and direct assigned staff. Must be willing to join a new leadership team and continue improvements initiated over the past two years – necessary to rebuild an organization once seriously threatened financially.
 
A successful candidate will not only be knowledgeable but also an excellent communicator with the ability to clearly explain fiscal and budgetary matters to executives and policy-makers. Must be exceptionally organized, assure accuracy of reports and tasks, and meet deadlines in a proactive manner. A successful candidate will have a record of highly responsible CFO experience in a healthcare setting, managing and accounting for multiple grants and revenue sources. OMC will also consider progressively responsible candidates who have extensive FQHC experience with audits, budgeting, management reports, accounting, billing, and supervision.
 
Resumes are being accepted by email to hr@outpatientmedical.org. Confidential inquires may be made to the CEO, Dr. Mark Guidry, at 318-357-2055.


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Parish Library Summer Reading Program Hosts with Karen Konnerth and the Calliope Puppets Today in Castor and Saline

The Bienville Parish Library 2022 Summer Reading Program continues after a brief pause to observe Juneteenth! Then the “Oceans of Possibilities” steams full ahead with a special performance from New Orleans based author, illustrator, visual arts educator, and puppeteer, Karen Konnerth.

Karen Konnerth and the Calliope Puppets arrived mid-week and kicked off the third live performance of the Bienville Parish Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities.”   

Friday, June 24
Castor at 10:00 a.m.
Saline at 2:00 p.m.

FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA!
Ms. Konnerth and her puppets bring to the stage a rollicking, new, tall tale as Calliope Kate tames the Mississippi River, rides a giant catfish, and finds her voice in the raucous steamboat calliope!

The performance is adapted from the new picture book, written and illustrated by Konnerth entitled, Calliope Kate and the Voice of the River. The book tells the story of Kate’s family flatboat adventures downriver to New Orleans. Kate’s Ma fails to tame her to lady-like piano playing, with Kate instead using the ear splitting din of a steamboat calliope to save the city from a hurricane. Illustrations feature hand carved Czech marionettes created by the author.

ABOUT KAREN KONNERTH
Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Konnerth’s background as a regional and world traveling professional puppeteer became the foundation for her visual storytelling through writing and illustration for children as well as her specialization in arts integrated teaching. She has shared her classroom experience developing and implementing arts integrated projects with educators at the National Art Education Association, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and for the U.S. Embassy English Language Specialist Program in Central America, Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa.

AN ANCIENT ART FORM

Did you know historians can predate some form of puppetry as early as 2000 BC! Puppets or stringed puppets called “Marionettes” were found in Egyptian tombs and were made of clay and ivory. Some puppets were used to display rituals and ceremonies and later stringed and articulated puppets were used as a form of entertainment for the townspeople or villagers. Live performers, scenery, props, musicians and actors were far too expensive to bring to villages and remote towns, so brightly painted wagons with a miniature theatre was set up, bringing operas, morality plays, comedy acts and even religious reenactments during holidays and special religious feasts with Marionettes or hand puppets as the actors and actresses and even animal Marionettes had acting parts!

DON’T FORGET TO SNAG YOUR BRAG TAGS!

Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. This reading incentive gives your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation!

The 2022 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children be motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.
  • Most of all – HAVE FUN!

See You at the Library!


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Ringgold High School, Junior High Implement Uniform Policy for Upcoming School Year

Ringgold High School and Junior High School will be implementing a uniform policy for the 2022-2023 school year.

Boys

  • Pants or shorts must be navy or khaki in color.
  • Shirts must be polo in style and may be navy blue, red or white.
  • Shoes must contain a back. Slides or thong sandals are not allowed.

Girls

  • Pants or shorts must be navy or khaki in color.
  • Skirts must be navy or khaki and may not be more than 3 inches above the knee.
  • Shirts must be polo in style and may be navy blue, red or white.
  • Shoes must contain a back. Slides or thong sandals are not allowed.

What is your opinion of school uniforms?


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Today in History – June 24

1314 – First War of Scottish Independence: The Battle of Bannockburn concluded with a decisive victory by Scottish forces led by Robert the Bruce.

1340 – Hundred Years’ War: Battle of Sluys: The French fleet was almost completely destroyed by the English fleet commanded in person by King Edward III.

1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance caused people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapsed from exhaustion.

1497 – John Cabot landed in North America at Newfoundland and led the first European exploration of the region since the Vikings.

1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon were crowned King and Queen of England.

1540 – English King Henry VIII commanded his 4th wife, Anne of Cleves, to leave the court.

1604 – Samuel de Champlain discovered the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present-day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.

1717 – The Premier Grand Lodge of England was founded in London, the first Masonic Grand Lodge in the world (now the United Grand Lodge of England).

1779 – American Revolutionary War: The Great Siege of Gibraltar began.

1813 – Battle of Beaver Dams: A British and Indian combined force defeated the United States Army.

1880 – First performance of O Canada at the Congrès national des Canadiens-Français. The song later became the national anthem of Canada.

1916 – Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.

1922 – The American Professional Football Association was renamed the National Football League.

1938 – Pieces of a meteorite landed near Chicora, Pennsylvania. The meteorite was estimated to have weighed 450 metric tons when it hit the Earth’s atmosphere and exploded.

1943 – US military police attempted to arrest a black soldier in Bamber Bridge, England, and sparked the Battle of Bamber Bridge mutiny that left one dead and seven wounded.

1947 – Kenneth Arnold made the first widely reported UFO sighting near Mount Rainier, Washington.

1948 – Cold War: Start of the Berlin Blockade: The Soviet Union made overland travel between West Germany and West Berlin impossible.

1949 – The first television western, Hopalong Cassidy, starring William Boyd, was aired on NBC.

1950 – Apartheid: In South Africa, the Group Areas Act was passed, which formally segregated races.

1957 – In Roth v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that obscenity is not protected by the First Amendment.

1973 – The UpStairs Lounge arson attack took place at a gay bar located on the second floor of the three-story building at 141 Chartres Street in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Thirty-two people died as a result of fire or smoke inhalation.

1974 – Lynyrd Skynyrd’s released the song “Sweet Home Alabama.”

1975 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 66 encountered severe wind shear and crashed on final approach to New York’s JFK Airport.  The crash killed 113 of the 124 passengers on board, which made it the deadliest U.S. plane crash at the time. This accident led to decades of research into downburst and microburst phenomena and their effects on aircraft.

1975 – Alice Cooper fell off the set of his “Welcome To My Nightmare” tour in Vancouver and broke six ribs.

2004 – In New York, capital punishment was declared unconstitutional.

2010 – At Wimbledon, John Isner of the United States defeated Nicolas Mahut of France, in the longest match in professional tennis history.

2021 – The Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida suffered a sudden partial collapse, and killed 98 people inside.


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Angler’s Perspective – Key Moments in Bass Fishing History – Part III

By Steve Graf

Now let’s take a look at the impact of the 1980’s and 90’s, just to see how big bass fishing has become. Ray Scott (who passed away this past May) was the man who had the greatest impact and should be given the credit for everything professional bass anglers have today. Ray, from the very beginning, had a vision and wanted the sport to be on the same level as professional baseball or golf. He wanted anglers to have a career and be able to make a living while providing for their families. It was during the 80’s and 90’s that the sport of bass fishing progressed the most.

In 1980, an Oklahoma boy by the name of Jimmy Houston kissed his first bass and, according to his wife Chris, she got used to smelly kisses from that point on. Jimmy, of course, became a household name with his successful fishing career and the TV host of “Jimmy Houston Outdoors,” still airing today as one of the longest running outdoors TV programs ever. But in 1985, there was a shakeup at the top of which was America’s favorite fish to pursue. After a national survey by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife, it was determined that the largemouth bass was now the most popular fish to catch, dropping panfish to number two.

In 1987, working from his garage, Herb Reed created a new bass lure that took the fishing world by storm and created a whole new category for soft plastic stick baits with his creation of the Slug-Go. This was the first of its kind and would later be followed by another bait that just might be the greatest bass lure of all time…the Senko. This one was created from the mold of a Bic Pen by the legendary Gary Yamamoto. This bait has many tournament wins to name. It’s a bait that when professional anglers are asked if they could take a bait from today and go back in time, what bait would it be? Ninety five percent will say a Senko. This versatile bait catches fish all year long, in all types of conditions, and has become a staple for all serious bass fishermen.

Moving into the 90’s, Berkley Bait Company introduces the “Power Worm” with a built in scent that fish will bite and won’t let go. The success of their scented worm encouraged other companies to do the same. It’s also a time when scent became all the rage that some thought, and still think today, is a key to catching fish. Some anglers think it’s a hoax and others believe it really works and won’t fish without adding it to their baits in some form or another. One day I asked Michigan’s Kevin Van Dam, who many consider the greatest angler of all time, if he thinks scents work. He told me, “It doesn’t matter what others think, do you believe it works?” I told him “Yes” and he said, “Then that‘s all that matters. Anglers should always fish with confidence and with things they believe in. This is what makes an angler great….confidence.”

In 1992, Arkansas’s Larry Nixon, the greatest worm fisherman ever, became the first pro angler to earn over $1 million in B.A.S.S. events. To compare, Kevin Van Dam has won over $6 million since the late 1990’s. The closest angler to Kevin is California’s Skeet Reece who is #2 on the “All Time Money List” at a little over $3 million in winnings.

Next week, we’ll look at how the TV cable station, ESPN, changed the landscape of professional bass fishing forever. This one move to primetime TV changed the lives of professional anglers forever and exposed Americans to the sport in a way never seen before. Till next week, good luck, good fishing and don’t forget to set the hook!

Steve Graf – Owner/Co-host
Hook’N Up & Track’N Down Show
& Tackle Talk Live


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Save the Date: Daisy the World-Famous Pig and Farmer Minor’s “Pig Out on Reading”

DAISY THE WORLD-FAMOUS PIG AND FARMER MINOR’S “PIG OUT ON READING!”

There have been many famous pigs in literature, movies, and television. There were the original industrious and clever “three little pigs” from the English folktale written by Joseph Jacobs. Shy “Piglet” from the Winnie the Pooh stories, “Babe” the Gallant Pig from books and movies, “Wilbur” the smallest pig in his litter and saved by a spider, in Charlotte’s Web, and who could forget television star “Arnold Ziffel” from Green Acres! But the most famous pig of all-time? Daisy the World-Famous Pig and her human sidesick, Farmer Minor!

DAISY THE FAMOUS PIG AND FARMER MINOR’S SCHEDULE

Because of prior commitments, Daisy and Farmer Minor will have a shortened schedule of appearances at the Bienville Parish Library. Thursday morning the Daisy and Farmer Minor arrive at Arcadia Main Library and in the afternoon, they head over to the Ringgold Branch to perform.

Thursday, June 30

Arcadia at 10:00 a.m.
Ringgold at 2:00 p.m.

On Friday, Castor welcomes Daisy and Farmer Minor in the morning and then they arrive at the Saline Branch later that afternoon for their final performance.

Friday, July 1

Castor at 10:00 a.m.
Saline at 2:00 p.m.

ABOUT DAISY THE WORLD-FAMOUS PIG AND FARMER MINOR!

Daisy and Farmer Minor have been performing “Pig Out on Reading” programs across the U.S. for over 14 plus years! Daisy became the first pig ever invited inside the U.S. Capitol while on her 1st National Tour in 2002. She has been issued hundreds of honorary Library cards from public libraries & school libraries across the U.S. Daisy has also received “Keys to Cities”, proclamations from town mayors and certificates of “thanks” from schools and libraries!

DAISY INSPIRES CHILDREN TO READ!

Farmer Minor does storytelling about Daisy’s formative years (all true) with Farmer & Mrs. Minor. The audience will learn special Daisy noises, give Daisy treats, and Farmer Minor talk about Daisy’s pampered porcine life and about how Daisy I and Daisy II became such famous pigs (all due to their love of “Pig Books” and Libraries). Farmer Minor brings his rocking chair, many of Daisy’s newspaper articles on posters and of course, many of their favorite pig books. Daisy has the world’s largest collection of “pig books”. Based on the age and number of children, Farmer Minor selects a book that the children can help read to Daisy. With older children, he tells a story from one of Daisy’s favorite books. At the end of the program, following the Daisy pledge, all are able to pet Daisy. Photo opportunities are plentiful! Willing participants will be able to give Daisy a BIG SMOOCH as part of a reading incentive, summer reading program, or simply because they want to kiss the “most famous pig in the whole world!

DON’T FORGET TO READ AND SNAG YOUR TAGS!

Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. Collecting the 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” brag tags is a reading incentive to give your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation!

The 2022 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children be motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

Most of all – HAVE FUN!

See You at the Library!


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Notice of Death – June 23, 2022

  • Betty Josephine Penix
    January 8, 1937 — June 21, 2022
    Funeral services for Betty Josephine Penix will be held Saturday, June 25, 2022, at Rose-Neath Funeral Home in Arcadia, Louisiana at 11:00 a.m. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Hurricane Cemetery in Arcadia. 

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Man Who Evades Deputies Dies in Woods

According to Sheriff John Ballance, on June 18, 2022 at approximately 11:40 PM, while on patrol on US 371, Deputy Clay Culpepper clocked a white GMC Yukon at a speed of 70 in a 55 mph zone. Dy. Culpepper activated his overhead blue lights.  The vehicle driven by Cedrick Loud turned onto a parish road north of Ringgold and proceeded southbound on Blount Road into the city limits of Ringgold.

At Blount and Tucker the vehicle left the roadway and made several circles in a vacant lot. The vehicle then traveled back onto Tucker Street and turned onto Bobo Street which is a dead end. The driver Loud stopped the vehicle, exited and fled on foot into the woods.

After backup arrived Loud was found to be unresponsive approximately 100 feet into the woods. CPR measures were begun immediately until the arrival of Ward 4&5 ambulance personnel who continued CPR for approximately 30 minutes.

A medical doctor from Minden Medical Center decided to end the resuscitative efforts at approximately 12:12 AM.

A female passenger in the vehicle Loud was driving was transported to ER in Coushatta for possible back and neck injuries she claimed were caused by the off-road incident during the pursuit.

Bienville Parish Coroner Don Smith observed no signs of injuries to Loud’s body but ordered an autopsy to determine cause of death.


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Parade of Planets Peaks Tomorrow Morning

This month, five planets—and eventually the Moon—will align and form an arc across the early pre-dawn sky. Earlier this month, on the weekend of June 3, 2022, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn fell into alignment.

On the morning of Thursday, June 23, the Moon will enter into the alignment.  This alignment will be viewable with the naked eye but binoculars and telescopes may help.

The last time the five planets aligned sequentially was in 2004. The aligned planets will be visible just before dawn in a long arc across the horizon. One planet, Mercury, will continue to become brighter as the month progresses. In the early hours of June 23, the crescent moon will join the lineup between Venus and Mars.  

For best viewing, find a clear view across the eastern horizon.  Begin looking about 30 minutes before sunrise (about 5:30 am).  Binoculars and telescopes are not necessary but they may enhance your view of the planets.  

In addition to the aligning planets, there are several other objects to view this month including the M13 Globular Star Cluster and the constellation Lyra.  Take a look at the following NASA video for more information on how to spot the aligned planets, M13, and Lyra.


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Castor Motorcyclist Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash Near Ashland

(Ashland)-A Bienville Parish motorcyclist suffered moderate injuries in a two-vehicle crash on La. Hwy 153 near Ashland on Friday afternoon according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

At approximately 1:21pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Ashland Town Marshal, and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to NATCOM 911 Center reports of a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle and passenger car on La. Hwy 153 near Chester Warren Road near Ashland, La.

Deputies arrived on scene finding the operator of the motorcycle suffering from what was believed to be moderate non-life threatening injuries.

Deputies say the preliminary investigation revealed that 32-year-old Harrison F. Foster of Castor, La. was operating a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle traveling southbound on La. Hwy 153 just south of the Ashland when a 2006 Honda Accord operated by 70-year-old Thomas Baumgardner of Ashland entered La. Hwy 153 from a private driveway apparently not observing the motorcyclist. This action caused Foster to impact the left rear of the Honda Accord ejecting him onto the roadway.

Foster wearing a safety helmet was transported from the scene by EMS to a Shreveport hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

Deputies remind motorists, the recent increase of fuel costs has caused an increase in motorcycles being operated on roadways. Please drive safely, obey traffic laws pertaining to motorcycles, avoid distractions and always look left, look right then look left again before entering roadways from private driveways.

Deputy D. Haliburton and T. Stewart worked the crash.


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Shooting in Arcadia Leaves One Dead, One in Custody

According to Sheriff John Ballance, at approximately 11:17 on June 19, 2022 at approximately, Arcadia Police Department and Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to a possible shooting on Cable Street in Arcadia.

Upon arrival deputies started CPR on the gunshot victim Roderick Torrel Davis while APD officers secured the crime scene and began locating witnesses to the shooting.

Pafford EMS arrived on scene and located a large gunshot wound to Davis’ chest at which time he was transported to Bienville Medical Center where law enforcement learned of his death.

From eyewitness testimony, it was ascertained that the alleged shooter was Randy Donell Mangham of Marsalis Drive in Arcadia.

APD later arrested Mangham as the result of a traffic stop on U.S. 80 in Arcadia.

Bienville Parish Coroner Don Smith ruled Davis’ death to be a homicide.

Mangham was booked into the Bienville Parish Jail on a second degree homicide charge with no bond set.

BPSO investigators are conducting a follow up investigation to present to the District Attorney’s office for their review.


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OPPORTUNITY: Outpatient Medical Center

OMC SEEKING CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER –
 
Outpatient Medical Center (Natchitoches Headquarters) is looking for a fulltime CFO to join our leadership team and report to our CEO and Board of Directors. The CFO is responsible for fulfilling all financial and collections priorities/requirements of the organization and to effectively manage and direct assigned staff. Must be willing to join a new leadership team and continue improvements initiated over the past two years – necessary to rebuild an organization once seriously threatened financially.
 
A successful candidate will not only be knowledgeable but also an excellent communicator with the ability to clearly explain fiscal and budgetary matters to executives and policy-makers. Must be exceptionally organized, assure accuracy of reports and tasks, and meet deadlines in a proactive manner. A successful candidate will have a record of highly responsible CFO experience in a healthcare setting, managing and accounting for multiple grants and revenue sources. OMC will also consider progressively responsible candidates who have extensive FQHC experience with audits, budgeting, management reports, accounting, billing, and supervision.
 
Resumes are being accepted by email to hr@outpatientmedical.org. Confidential inquires may be made to the CEO, Dr. Mark Guidry, at 318-357-2055.


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Parish Library Summer Reading Program Continues with Karen Konnerth and the Calliope Puppets

The Bienville Parish Library 2022 Summer Reading Program continues after a brief pause to observe Juneteenth! Then the “Oceans of Possibilities” steams full ahead with a special performance from New Orleans based author, illustrator, visual arts educator, and puppeteer, Karen Konnerth.

Karen Konnerth and the Calliope Puppets arrive mid-week to kick off the third live performance of the Bienville Parish Library’s 2022 Summer Reading Program, “Oceans of Possibilities”. On Wednesday afternoon, the troupe arrives at the Gibsland Branch!

Today, Wednesday, June 22
Gibsland at 2:00 p.m.

Thursday morning the Calliope Puppets travel down river to arrive at Arcadia Main Library and in the afternoon, they head over to the Ringgold Branch to perform.

Tomorrow, Thursday, June 23

Arcadia at 10:00 a.m.
Ringgold at 2:00 p.m.

On Friday, Castor welcomes the marionette troupe in the morning and then Ms. Konnerth, Calliope Kate, and the entire cast arrive at the Saline Branch later that afternoon.

Friday, June 24
Castor at 10:00 a.m.
Saline at 2:00 p.m.

FROM THE RIVER TO THE SEA!
Ms. Konnerth and her puppets bring to the stage a rollicking, new, tall tale as Calliope Kate tames the Mississippi River, rides a giant catfish, and finds her voice in the raucous steamboat calliope!

The performance is adapted from the new picture book, written and illustrated by Konnerth entitled, Calliope Kate and the Voice of the River. The book tells the story of Kate’s family flatboat adventures downriver to New Orleans. Kate’s Ma fails to tame her to lady-like piano playing, with Kate instead using the ear splitting din of a steamboat calliope to save the city from a hurricane. Illustrations feature hand carved Czech marionettes created by the author.

ABOUT KAREN KONNERTH
Based in New Orleans, Louisiana, Konnerth’s background as a regional and world traveling professional puppeteer became the foundation for her visual storytelling through writing and illustration for children as well as her specialization in arts integrated teaching. She has shared her classroom experience developing and implementing arts integrated projects with educators at the National Art Education Association, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and for the U.S. Embassy English Language Specialist Program in Central America, Asia, the Middle East, and South Africa.

AN ANCIENT ART FORM

Did you know historians can predate some form of puppetry as early as 2000 BC! Puppets or stringed puppets called “Marionettes” were found in Egyptian tombs and were made of clay and ivory. Some puppets were used to display rituals and ceremonies and later stringed and articulated puppets were used as a form of entertainment for the townspeople or villagers. Live performers, scenery, props, musicians and actors were far too expensive to bring to villages and remote towns, so brightly painted wagons with a miniature theatre was set up, bringing operas, morality plays, comedy acts and even religious reenactments during holidays and special religious feasts with Marionettes or hand puppets as the actors and actresses and even animal Marionettes had acting parts!

DON’T FORGET TO SNAG YOUR BRAG TAGS!

Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. This reading incentive gives your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation!

The 2022 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children be motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.
  • Most of all – HAVE FUN!

See You at the Library!


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LDWF Warns Public of Potential Fish Kills Statewide

The central and southern regions of the state are reporting a rash of fish kills caused, in part, by the combination of soaring temperatures and storms, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reports. The combination of conditions are causing hypoxia, or the depletion of oxygen in the water, which LDWF says will lead to more fish kills.

Here’s how the unhealthy condition occurs. High-temperature water has a low carrying capacity for dissolved oxygen, creating a delicate balance between oxygen-producing and oxygen-consuming aquatic life. When something alters that balance, the scales can tip in the wrong direction and cause a hypoxic (low oxygen) fish kill. Factors that can tip the scales in the wrong direction are stagnant water, rainfall, extended cloudy weather, decaying debris/vegetation, turbid runoff, and nutrient-laden runoff.

Besides creating potentially harmful runoff, thunderstorms with high winds and/or heavy rain can also result in the mixing of the hypoxic water and sediment in the bottom layer with the higher oxygen water in the top layer, dropping the oxygen levels for the entire water column to levels that some species may not be able to tolerate. Different species and sizes of fish have different tolerance levels for hypoxia, so sometimes fish kills only affect some sizes and species of fish while other sizes and species survive. Aeration of ponds, if possible, can help to alleviate hypoxic conditions and aid in the decomposition process after fish kills occur.

Heat- and storm-related fish kills have occurred in Louisiana since before recorded history, and the ecosystems have evolved to be resilient and bounce back from them. Decomposers and scavengers, including microbes, crawfish, crabs, fish, alligators, turtles, raccoons, and birds, will do their part in helping to clean up fish carcasses.

Many fish and aquatic organisms will find refuge from the hypoxic waters and live to take part in the boom year of reproduction that will surely follow since there will be fewer predators and more resources available by next spring.

While fish kills are shocking to experience and can appear devastating, they often lead to a rejuvenated system that is healthy and naturally replenished in the following years. LDWF Inland Fisheries biologists monitor and manage many waterbodies statewide and can recommend stocking following a storm if the need is warranted, but fisheries will normally recover naturally if we give them the time to do so. Therefore, stocking is usually not warranted unless it is some extremely unusual case.

For information on how to report a fish kill or more information about the causes of fish kills, visit our fish kill webpage.


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Governor Signs Bill Into Law Which Authorizes Bienville Parish Coroner to Seek Taxes

Last week, Governor John Bel Edwards signed nearly four dozen bills into law which included House Bill 966, sponsored by Rep. R. Dewith Carrier, R-Oakdale.  HB 966 expands the number of specific coroner’s offices authorized to seek taxes to fund operations. HB 966, now Act 403, authorizes specific parishes to allow and assist the coroner to place on the ballot a 10-year renewable ad valorem tax of three mills.  According to Act 403, “passage of such ad valorem tax shall relieve the parish from any further funding obligation.”

If approved by a majority of electors, the revenue would be paid for the sole operation of the coroner’s office. Parishes listed in the bill include Allen, Bienville, Bossier, Cameron, Caldwell, Claiborne, Concordia, DeSoto, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, LaSalle, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Plaquemines, Point Coupee, Red River, Richland, Sabine, St. Helena, St. James, St. Landry, Tensas, Union, Webster, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and Winn.


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Remember This?: Cab Tab

By Brad Dison

On the morning of November 10, 1980, Daniel Irvin Jr.’s plane landed at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois. With no one to pick him up from the airport, Daniel hailed a cab driven by 38-year-old Gene Phillips. Daniel asked Gene if he was familiar with Castlewood Terrace. Although Gene had been a taxi driver in Chicago for a dozen years, he replied that he did not know the street. In fairness, Castlewood Terrace was a block-long street in the prestigious Lakefront district. Daniel gave Gene directions to the location. “Go down the Kennedy [Expressway] to Lawrence. Go east on Lawrence, and Castlewood would come in between Marine Drive and Sheridan Road. They stowed Daniel’s luggage in the trunk and set off.

Gene followed Daniel’s directions – Kennedy Expressway to Lawrence, east on Lawrence, past Sheridan Road. As he passed Sheridan Road, Gene began looking for Castlewood Terrace. Daniel said it would be between Marine Drive and Sheridan. When they reached Marine Drive, Gene asked Daniel if he had seen the road. Daniel replied that he did not. Gene drove around the area looking for Castlewood Terrace. Finally, Gene said, “Look, I’ve got to be in the garage by 1 p.m. I’m not going to be able to drive around all day looking for it.” Gene’s leased cab had to be returned to the cab company by 1 p.m. or he would have to pay a penalty. Daniel asked Gene if he was trying to put him out of the cab. Gene explained that he was not putting him out but said he had limited time. As they drove, Daniel spotted a police car. Daniel said, “There’s a policeman. I think I might get out and just get in the police car.” Gene responded, “Do what you please, as long as you pay the fare.”

Gene pulled up alongside the police car and asked the policeman if he was near Castlewood Terrace. The policeman explained that they were just two blocks away from the location. Daniel had given Gene bad directions. Daniel decided to continue riding in the taxi with Gene. Within a couple of minutes, they arrived at the requested address. Daniel reached for his wallet and noticed that the driver’s cab license, which was required to be on display and visible to passengers, was missing. “Driver,” Daniel asked, “Where’s your license?” “Mister,” Gene replied, “will you give me my money? The fare is $12.55. Will you pay me?” Daniel said, “I’m not going to give you a thing until you produce a license.” “I’m going to ask you one more time,” the cab driver said, “Give me my money and get out of this cab.” Daniel replied, “I’m not going to pay you until you produce a license.”

Gene was fed up with Daniel. “I got a ticket, mister, and that’s really none of your business,” Gene explained, “but that’s why I don’t have the license there.” The policeman who gave Gene the ticket took his license to ensure that he would pay the fine. The ticket allowed Gene to continue driving his cab. Gene’s explanation was not good enough for Daniel. “I’ll tell you what,” Daniel said, “I’m not paying you. I’m getting out right now. Get my luggage.”

As Daniel reached for the door handle, Gene slammed on the gas pedal. “You won’t pay me?” Gene quipped, “When we stop a squad car, you’re gonna pay me.” The taxi sped down the luxurious street. The only recourse Gene, or any other taxi driver, had against people who refused to pay was to drive until he found a police officer. Taxi drivers could face charges if they physically confronted the person, kept the luggage, or followed him into a residence. As Gene sped through town looking for a policeman, Daniel stuck his head and shoulders out of the window of the car and yelled that he had been kidnapped. He threatened to jump out of the moving car. “Ok,” Gene said, “Jump and you don’t have to worry about paying the fare.” “This is kidnapping,” Daniel yelled. “I’ll make sure you never drive a cab again.” Daniel continued screaming out the window that he had been kidnapped.

Finally, Gene found a policewoman. He pulled the car over and tried to explain the situation. He assumed the policewoman would arrest the man just the same as other police officers had when the same scenario happened. To Gene’s surprise, the policewoman reached out and shook Daniel’s hand. People walking by stopped and did the same thing. Everyone seemed happy to meet Daniel. A passing ambulance saw the cop car, the taxi, and the large gathering of people, and pulled over because the ambulance crew thought someone had had an accident. Other officers arrived and greeted Daniel in the same manner. Gene was puzzled by their actions toward Daniel. Finally, a policeman asked if Gene was the cab driver. Gene only had enough time to reply “Yes,” and they placed him under arrest.

As Gene sat in a jail cell, he learned that Daniel was at the police station and wanted to pay the fare. Danial was adamant, however, that he would do everything in his power to ensure that Gene never drove a cab again. A spokesman for Daniel said, “It certainly is not [Daniel’s] intention for anyone to lose their job, but he is concerned that a similar incident may happen to someone else.”

In April of 1981, Daniel dropped charges against the Chicago cabbie. Through the entire event, Gene never recognized Daniel because he said he rarely watched television. Millions of people around the world knew and trusted Daniel. It was he, Daniel, who reported from Dallas in November 1963 on the John F. Kennedy assassination, gave regular reports on the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon’s presidency, the Watergate scandal, and Nixon’s resignation. The man who claimed Gene had kidnapped him when he refused to pay the $12.55 fare, was CBS news anchor Daniel Irvin “Dan” Rather.

Sources:

1. The Daily Chronicle (De Kalb, Illinois), November 12, 1980, p.12.
2. Washington Post, November 13, 1980. https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1980/11/13/cabbie-no-fare/0acc8cb6-0bd5-4101-b693-993571770466/
3. Globe-Gazette (Mason City, Iowa), April 8, 1981, p.7.


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Today in History – June 22

1633 – The Holy Office in Rome forced Galileo Galilei to recant his view that the Sun, not the Earth, is the center of the Universe in the form he presented it in, after heated controversy.

1807 – In the Chesapeake–Leopard affair, the British warship HMS Leopard attacked and boarded the American frigate USS Chesapeake.

1813 – War of 1812: After learning of American plans for a surprise attack on Beaver Dams in Ontario, Laura Secord set out on a 30 kilometer journey on foot to warn Lieutenant James FitzGibbon.

1839 – Cherokee leaders Major Ridge, John Ridge, and Elias Boudinot were assassinated for signing the Treaty of New Echota, which had resulted in the Trail of Tears.

1870 – The United States Department of Justice was created by the U.S. Congress.

1893 – The Royal Navy battleship HMS Camperdown accidentally rammed the British Mediterranean Fleet flagship HMS Victoria which sank and took 358 crew with her, including the fleet’s commander, Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon.

1898 – Spanish–American War: In a chaotic operation, 6,000 men of the U.S. Fifth Army Corps began landing at Daiquirí, Cuba, about 16 miles east of Santiago de Cuba. Lt. Gen. Arsenio Linares y Pombo of the Spanish Army outnumbered them two-to-one, but did not oppose the landings.

1918 – The Hammond Circus Train Wreck killed 86 and injured 127 near Hammond, Indiana.

1940 – World War II: France was forced to sign the Second Compiègne armistice with Germany in the same railroad car in which the Germans signed the Armistice in 1918.

1940 – The first Dairy Queen restaurant opened (in Joliet, Illinois).

1941 – World War II: Nazi Germany invaded the Soviet Union in Operation Barbarossa.

1942 – World War II: Erwin Rommel was promoted to Field Marshal after the Axis capture of Tobruk.

1942 – The Pledge of Allegiance was formally adopted by US Congress.

1944 – U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill.

1945 – World War II: The Battle of Okinawa ended.

1955 – Walt Disney’s animated film “Lady & the Tramp” was released.

1959 – “Along Came Jones” by The Coasters peaked at #9.

1969 – The Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland, Ohio, which drew national attention to water pollution, spurred the passing of the Clean Water Act and the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency.

1969 – Aretha Franklin was arrested in Detroit for creating a disturbance.

1971 – Reprise Records released “Blue”, Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s 4th studio album.

1973 – George Harrison released his fourth studio album “Living in the Material World” in the UK.

1977 – Walt Disney’s “Rescuers” was released.  It was the first Disney film to get a sequel.

1978 – Charon, the first of Pluto’s satellites to be discovered, was first seen at the United States Naval Observatory by James W. Christy.

1979 – Little Richard quit rock & roll for religious reasons.

1981 – Mark David Chapman pled guilty to killing former Beatle John Lennon.

1984 – Virgin Atlantic launched with its first flight from London to Newark.

1985 – “Smuggler’s Blues” by Glenn Frey peaked at #12.

1990 – Adam Sandler joined “Saturday Night Live”.

1992 – Two skeletons excavated in Yekaterinburg, Russia were identified as Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra.

2009 – A Washington D.C Metro train traveling southbound near Fort Totten station collided into another train waiting to enter the station. Nine people were killed in the collision (eight passengers and the train operator) and at least 80 others were injured.


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Teddy Allen: ‘When All the Leaves and Trees are Green…’

Welcome to summertime, which began Tuesday with the summer “solstice,” a Latin word for “if our AC goes out, call 911.”

So if Tuesday seemed like a really long day … it was. The longest. Because of the way the Earth and Sun were situated — with the Earth tilting on one of its poles and other complicated astronomical stuff that you already know so why should I explain — Tuesday was the longest day and shortest night of the year.

If you are married and came home and said, “Honey, it’s been a long day,” you might have been figuratively correct but you were most definitely literally correct. In other words, for once in your marriage, you were right, even if you didn’t mean to be.

Another reason why summer is good.

Song after song has been written and sung about summertime.

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy…”

“In the good ol’ summertime…”

“The summer wind/came blowin’ in/from across the sea/It lingered there/to touch your hair/and walk with me…”

“We’ve been havin’ fun all summer long…”– Beach Boys, of course.

And — also of course — the late, great Roger Miller wrote this, a favorite because, well, Roger Miller …

“In the summertime
When all the leaves and trees are green
And the redbird sings ‘I’ll be blue
’Cause you don’t want my love…”

Clever Roger Miller with the colors, green and red and blue. But it’s a sad summer song, and sad is not what summer is about.

It’s complicated now, when school starts and when school stops. Makes no sense.

But in a simpler time, the school system owned our adolescent butts from Labor Day until Memorial Day. Owned us. That was understood. Two days for Thanksgiving. Christmas was a couple weeks, the Glory Days of Wintertime Kiddom. There was an Easter Day or two. Maybe a Presidents Day.

But basically, they had you where they wanted you. In front of a chalkboard. Labor Day until Memorial Day.

Fine.

But we knew that glorious summertime was ours. Memorial Day passed, and we were free to run barefoot for three months. No questions asked.

We worked, sure. Depending on where you grew up, there was grass to cut, tractors to drive.

But there was also baseball to play. Afternoons at the pool. Bikes to ride from daylight to dusk.

Watermelon and sweat and smiles. And you could go to bed Sunday night without thinking of homeroom Monday. Monday was just another “free” day to be a kid, to drink from the water hose (wait a minute ’til it gets cold!), to get sunburned, to hear your momma calling you in for supper.

It’s hot, for sure. Supposed to be more than 100 this weekend. But I can take off enough to stay cool; can’t put on enough in the wintertime to stay warm.

I’ll take summer any day.

It’s been 25 years since I was out walking and met a guy from Up North washing his car. He’d just moved here. He mentioned in passing how hot it was. I nodded and told him it sure was and kept walking.

It was only April. I didn’t have the heart to tell him…

Contact Teddy at teddy@latech.edu


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Arrest Report

June 12

  • Richard Brown – Arcadia
    • Criminal Mischief – Remaining in Place of Business After Being Directed to Leave – Misdemeanor
  • Lawrence Smith – Gibsland
    • Computer Aided Solicitation for Sexual Purposes – Felony – Sex Offense – Registration Required
  • Brayan Castillo – Dallas, Texas
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
    • Maximum Speed Limit

June 13

  • Christopher Smith – Arcadia
    • First Degree Rape – Sex Offense – Felony

June 15

  • Keric Jackson – Bienville
    • Simple Battery – Misdemeanor
  • Rodney Hill – No Location Listed
    • Driver Must Be Licensed
    • Fugitive

June 16

  • Ronnie Brooks, Jr. – Arcadia
    • Possession of Firearm/Carry Concealed Weapon by Convicted Felon – Felony
    • Child Passenger Restraint System
    • Modified Exhaust System
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; Other Offenses
  • Kevin Genter – Frisco, Texas
    • Minimum Speed Limit
  • Ashley Harris – Arcadia
    • Theft of a Motor Vehicle – Felony

June 17

  • Reginald Dudley – Minden
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued
  • James Pruett – Simsboro
    • 2nd Degree Battery – Felony

June 18

  • James Havard – Castor
    • Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
    • Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearm – Felony – 3 Counts
    • Theft – Misdemeanor
    • Contributing to the Endangerment of a Minor – Misdemeanor
  • Marcus Winzer – Athens
    • Fugitive
  • Veronica Clemons – Castor
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Misdemeanor
    • Possession or Distribution of Drug Paraphernalia – Misdemeanor
    • Illegal Possession of Stolen Things – Misdemeanor
    • Illegal Possession of Stolen Firearm – Felony – 3 Counts
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Misdemeanor
    • Failure to Appear Warrant – Felony
  • Cathlin Herndon – Ringgold
    • Domestic Abuse Battery – Misdemeanor
    • Fugitive
  • Acquanic Jones – Monroe
    • Operating Vehicle with Suspended License; No License Issued
  • Steven Gantt – Athens
    • Maximum Speed Limit
    • Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in Motor Vehicles
    • Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated – Misdemeanor


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Saline Marathon Runner Wins Hotter than Hades Half Marathon

On Saturday, June 18, Saline marathon runner Don Brown participated in a half marathon which, with the temperatures nearing 100 degrees every day, was well-named–Hotter Than Hades. 

The 13.1-mile run in Leland, Mississippi was a flat race through the beautiful farm land through the Mississippi Delta. 

To help combat the heat, eight water stations were located along the race route.  

Mr. Brown completed the race in 2.21.33 and got first place in the over 60 age group.

This Saturday, Mr. Brown will participate in the Trinity UMC 5K in Ruston.  

Congratulations, Mr. Brown, on your Hotter Than Hades Win, and good luck at the Trinity UMC 5K!!!


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Daisy the World-Famous Pig and Farmer Minor’s “Pig Out on Reading”

DAISY THE WORLD-FAMOUS PIG AND FARMER MINOR’S “PIG OUT ON READING!”

There have been many famous pigs in literature, movies, and television. There were the original industrious and clever “three little pigs” from the English folktale written by Joseph Jacobs. Shy “Piglet” from the Winnie the Pooh stories, “Babe” the Gallant Pig from books and movies, “Wilbur” the smallest pig in his litter and saved by a spider, in Charlotte’s Web, and who could forget television star “Arnold Ziffel” from Green Acres! But the most famous pig of all-time? Daisy the World-Famous Pig and her human sidesick, Farmer Minor!

DAISY THE FAMOUS PIG AND FARMER MINOR’S SCHEDULE

Because of prior commitments, Daisy and Farmer Minor will have a shortened schedule of appearances at the Bienville Parish Library. Thursday morning the Daisy and Farmer Minor arrive at Arcadia Main Library and in the afternoon, they head over to the Ringgold Branch to perform.

Thursday, June 30

Arcadia at 10:00 a.m.
Ringgold at 2:00 p.m.

On Friday, Castor welcomes Daisy and Farmer Minor in the morning and then they arrive at the Saline Branch later that afternoon for their final performance.

Friday, July 1

Castor at 10:00 a.m.
Saline at 2:00 p.m.

ABOUT DAISY THE WORLD-FAMOUS PIG AND FARMER MINOR!

Daisy and Farmer Minor have been performing “Pig Out on Reading” programs across the U.S. for over 14 plus years! Daisy became the first pig ever invited inside the U.S. Capitol while on her 1st National Tour in 2002. She has been issued hundreds of honorary Library cards from public libraries & school libraries across the U.S. Daisy has also received “Keys to Cities”, proclamations from town mayors and certificates of “thanks” from schools and libraries!

DAISY INSPIRES CHILDREN TO READ!

Farmer Minor does storytelling about Daisy’s formative years (all true) with Farmer & Mrs. Minor. The audience will learn special Daisy noises, give Daisy treats, and Farmer Minor talk about Daisy’s pampered porcine life and about how Daisy I and Daisy II became such famous pigs (all due to their love of “Pig Books” and Libraries). Farmer Minor brings his rocking chair, many of Daisy’s newspaper articles on posters and of course, many of their favorite pig books. Daisy has the world’s largest collection of “pig books”. Based on the age and number of children, Farmer Minor selects a book that the children can help read to Daisy. With older children, he tells a story from one of Daisy’s favorite books. At the end of the program, following the Daisy pledge, all are able to pet Daisy. Photo opportunities are plentiful! Willing participants will be able to give Daisy a BIG SMOOCH as part of a reading incentive, summer reading program, or simply because they want to kiss the “most famous pig in the whole world!

DON’T FORGET TO READ AND SNAG YOUR TAGS!

Preventing the “summer slide” continues to be the main objective of summer reading programs. Collecting the 2022 “Oceans of Possibilities” brag tags is a reading incentive to give your reader extra motivation to read and collect all ten tags. It will impress teachers with how many books/pages they read during their summer vacation!

The 2022 Summer Reading Program is designed to help:

  • Children be motivated to read.
  • Children develop positive attitudes about reading, books, and the library.
  • Children maintain their reading skills during summer vacation.
  • Children have access to experiences that further their sense of discovery.
  • Children have access to experiences through which they can learn to work cooperatively.

Most of all – HAVE FUN!

See You at the Library!


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