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Category Archives: Ascension
Posted: August 25, 2017 at 4:20 am
The Ascension Fund Board, sponsors and volunteers managed to surprise teachers at 22 schools across Ascension Parish with the news that they have received grant funds to support innovative and creative methods of learning for our students. The Ascension Fund, a non-profit organization, awarded a total of $47,500 in its latest round of competitive grants.
A total of 42 Grants were awarded this year including six (6) School Impact Grants for $2,500 each and 36 Teacher Grants ranging between $500 and $1,000.
Ascension Fund Grant Recipients are willing to take the extra time to develop innovative initiatives to enhance student learning in the classroom; they truly go above and beyond which makes delivering the grant awards one of the most rewarding opportunities offered to our board each year, said Michael Buturla, Ascension Fund President.
The Ascension Fund was established in 1991 as a project of the Rotary Club of Gonzales. Original pledges of $800,000 for the creation of The Ascension Fund were placed in an endowment, the income from which now funds the grants. The Fund provided its first grant in 1992, and since that time has given 1,220 grants representing $1.45 million in awards to area public schools and teachers. The Ascension Fund is guided by a board of directors and the invested funds are overseen by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
Serving on the Board of Directors are President Michael Buturla, Vice President Sally Diez, Treasurer Brad Walker, Secretary Lisa Dunigan, Jason Bonaventure, Sherrie Despino, Malcolm Dugas, Jr., Alsie Dunbar, Fritz Englade, Sr., Sonny Graugnard, Amy Hathorn-Lambert, Kevin Hardy, Bret Hughes, Juanita Pearley, Cherron Philippe, Timothy Pujol, Pierre Rabalais, Paulette Rosamond, Beryl Smith, Donald Songy and Buddy Wells.
Please join us in congratulating our 2017-2018 Grant Winners and thanking our Grant Sponsors:
APPle Digital Academy: Mary Anderman, $1,000 from the Buddy & Martha Wells Endowment.
Central Middle: Shamyra Williams, $2,500 from the AllStar Ford/Lincoln Endowment.
Central Primary: Kailee Landry, $1,000 from the Chester, Jr. & Penny Diez in memory of
Chester, Sr. & Mildred Diez Endowment.
Donaldsonville High: Angela Amedee, $500 from the Ascension Health &Nutrition Alliance Endowment; and Michael Hilton, $2,500 from the PotashCorp-Geismar Endowment.
Donaldsonville Primary: Natasha Sheldon, $1,000 from the Rubicon Endowment.
Duplessis Primary: Jessica LeBlanc, $1,000 from the Vulcan Materials Endowment.
Dutchtown High: Mandy Perret, $1,000 from the Claire Carline Memorial Endowment.
Dutchtown Middle: Brooke Todd, $1,000 from the Bill & Pauline Buxton Memorial Endowment.
Dutchtown Primary: Aja Davis, $2,500 from the EATELCORP in memory of Mrs. Anona C. Banker Endowment.
East Ascension High: Deborah Ellis, $500 from the Ronald W. Baron Family Endowment; Jessica Montgomery, $2,500 from the BASF Corporation Endowment; and Michele Sievert, $1,000 fromthe M. Paul and Janice LeBlanc Memorial Endowment.
G. W. Carver Primary: Sheena Prelow, $1,000 for the BASF Corporation Endowment; Kalynn Deslatte, $1,000 from the CF Industries Endowment; and Mechel Taylor, $1,000 from the Turner Industries Endowment.
Galvez Primary: Tara Trabeau, $1,000 from the Rotary Club of Gonzales in Memory of its Deceased Members Endowment.
Gonzales Middle: Cedric Parms, $1,000 from the Whitney Bank Endowment; and Carla Babin,$1,000 from the Viola Philippe in memory of Ed & Virginia Braud, Jr. Endowment.
Gonzales Primary: Phaedra Early$2,500 from the Arthur G. & Ruth B. Scanlan MemorialEndowment; Brandee Orgeron, $1,000 from the Philippe Family in memory of RaymondPhilippe Sr., A.S. Blue Philippe and David Wolfie Philippe; and Andrea Schutz, $500 from theRoy Stern Memorial Endowment.
Lake Elementary: Alison Krouse, $1,000 from the Capital One Bank Endowment; Amy Britt, $500 from the Randy J. Braud Memorial Endowment; Skylar Laiche, $1,000 from the Freeport-McMoran Endowment; Amanda Martinez, $500 from the InfiniEdge Software Endowment; and Jacie Dunbar, $1,000 from the Honeywell, Inc. Endowment.
Lowery Elementary: Hailey Guidry, $500 from the Oxy Chemical Endowment; and Sandi Bourque, $1,000 from the Regions Bank Endowment.
Oak Grove Primary: Shannon Rodi, $500 from the Air Products Endowment; and Kami Jackson, $1,000 from the Rotary Club of East Ascension in memory of Sgt. Jay Ryan Gauthreaux.
Prairieville Primary: Kris Ratcliff and Candace McKay, $2,500 from the Shell Companies Louisiana Endowment.
Spanish Lake Primary: Andre Stein, $1,000 from the Southwest Computer Bureau; Jody Kling, $1,000 from the St. Elizabeth Hospital Endowment; Rosalyn Magee, $1,000 from the Terra Mississippi Nitrogen Endowment; Dominique Bordelon, $1,000 for the Williams-Olefin Endowment; Jenna Braud, $1,000 from the Shell Companies Louisiana Endowment; and Jamie Urban, $1,000 from the Claude & Carolyn Songy Endowment.
St. Amant High: Nicole Tanner, $1,000 from the Fritz Englade, Sr. Family Endowment; and Tara Jones, $1,000 from the AllStar Lincoln/Ford Endowment.
St. Amant Primary: Lisa Babin, $1,000 from the Lion Copolymer Endowment; and Diann Moran,$1,000 from the Neese Industries, Inc. Endowment.
For more information about our grant program or to make a donation to The Ascension Fundvisit http://www.ascensionfund.com or call 225-290-3322.
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Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has ordered the following precautions to be taken in anticipation of inclement weather from a tropical system in the Gulf known as Harvey:
1) The Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (OEP) have begun filling and transporting sandbags to designated fire stations throughout the Parish
2) OEP will be conducting daily conference calls with the National Weather Service and the Governor’s Office.
3) The pumps at the Marvin Braud Pumping Station, the Henderson Bayou Pumping Station, and the Sorrento Pumping Station are ready to operate if needed, and will be maxed out with extra fuel.
4) Portable pumps are being delivered to areas where past localized flooding has occurred: Bullock Subdivision, Southwood Subdivision and Astroland Subdivision.
5) All inland water ways and low lying areas are being monitored to determine the need to begin pumping operations, and coordination has begun with all local government agencies and municipalities.
Correction 10:09 a.m.: portable pumps will be delivered to Buxton Subdivision in St. Amant, not Bullock as previously reported.
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During the week of August 14-August 18, 2017, the following defendants pled guilty to various charges and were sentenced in the 23 rd Judicial District Court, Parishes of Ascension, Assumption, and St. James.
1. Anthony Knight, 1421 Hwy 1049 Kentwood, LA., age 21, pled guilty to Auto Burglary and was sentenced to 6 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 2 years supervised probation.
2. Darell Kelley, 155 Palmetto Dr. Laplace, LA., age 24, pled guilty to Theft of Goods and Aggravated Flight from an Officer. Kelley was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served on each count. It was ordered that the imposed sentences are to run concurrent with one another. It was further ordered that the said sentence is to be suspended, and Kelley is to be placed on 3 years supervised probation.
3. Michael Scarbrough, 8373 Oak St. Sorrento, LA., age 46, pled guilty to Felony Theft and was sentenced to 2 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served.
4. Brennen Simoneaux, 10474 Acy Rd. St. Amant, LA., age 22, pled guilty to Negligent Homicide and was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served. It was ordered that Simoneaux is to be placed on home incarceration for 1 year. Upon completion, Simoneaux is to be placed on 5 years supervised probation.
5. Neetra Wilson, 2901 S St. Landry Ave. Gonzales, LA., age 34, pled guilty to Simple Burglary of an Inhabited Dwelling and was sentenced to 4 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 2 years supervised probation.
The above cases were prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Joni Buquoi and Michelle Shelton, and presiding over these matters was the Honorable Judge Jason Verdigets.
1. Cody Delatte, 103 Moffett Ct. Morgan City, LA., age 23, pled guilty to Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Dangerous Substance and was sentenced to 5 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 3 years supervised probation.
The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Lana Chaney, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Tess Stromberg.
St. James Parish:
1. Keynisha Tezeno, 2493 N Courseault St. Lutcher, LA., age 25, pled guilty to Forgery and was sentenced to 2 years with the Louisiana Department of Corrections with credit for time served, to be suspended, and placed on 2 years supervised probation.
The above case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Adam Koenig, and presiding over this matter was the Honorable Judge Jessie LeBlanc.
Submitted by Public Information Officer Tyler Cavalier for 23rd Judicial District Attorney
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Ascension Parish officials said Thursday they will “max out” the fuel for the parish’s critical east bank pumping stations and will install additional portable pumps in neighborhoods known for flooding problems in preparation for Tropical Storm Harvey.
Meanwhile, parish officials are monitoring inland waterway and low-lying areas to determine when to start pumping operations and expect one of those stations, in Sorrento, could fire up as soon as Thursday afternoon.
Ascension Parish President Kenny Matassa has ordered portable pumps for the Buxton subdivision in St. Amant, the Southwood subdivision in Gonzales and the Astroland subdivision near Darrow, parish officials said in a statement.
Martin McConnell, spokesman for parish government, said those pumps are on standby and will be delivered as needed.
“We’re ready to be ready,” McConnell said.
Harvey, which was upgraded last night from a tropical depression to a tropical storm, is expected to hit the south-central Texas coast between late Friday and early Saturday and be a “major hurricane” with maximum sustained winds of 115 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported Thursday morning. But the storm is expected to stall in the mid-Texas coast and drop12 to 20 inches of rain, with isolated amounts of 30 inches possible in some areas.
Southwest and central Louisiana could see 5 to 12 inches of rain from the system, the Hurricane Center said.
In Baton Rouge and New Orleans, rainfall estimates were between 4 and 6 inches on Thursday morning. In the Baton Rouge area, that’s potentially slightly less than earlier forecasts from Wednesday, which had top-end rainfall amounts at 10 inches.
Parish public works and homeland security officials have begun filing and transporting sandbags to fire stations.
Though some parts of populous eastern Ascension rely on gravity alone for drainage, most of that side of the parish counts on two major pump systems to move water: the Marvin J. Braud Pumping Station in the McElroy Swamp in the farther southeast of the parish and the Sorrento pump station inside the town of the same name.
Additional pumps are also at the Henderson Bayou floodgate in Galvez, but those pumps’ function differs from that of the parish’s other stations. Those pumps are only used when backwater flooding happens and the floodgate must be closed. In those conditions, the parish uses the pumps to keep up with rainfall trapped behind the closed gate.
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Ascension partners with Plug and Play Tech Center accelerator – St …
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St. Louis-based Ascension, the nation's largest nonprofit health care system, is now partnering with Silicon Valley startup accelerator Plug and Play Tech Center.
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Posted: August 20, 2017 at 6:28 pm
Not so long ago, it seemed as though nothing could impede the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry. When in June 2015 Barca won the continental treble for the second time, it seemed as though theyd firmly taken the upper hand.
A lot has changed since then.
Since Zinedine Zidane took the helm in the capital in January 2016, the balance of power in Spain has shifted, precipitously; in his time leading the squad,Los Blancos have been unrivaled. In fact, so successful has Zizous team been, theyve tallied as many trophies (UEFA Champions League title twice, a La Liga title, a Spanish Super Cup title, the UEFA Super Cup twice and a FIFA Club World Cup) as losses: Seven of each in seventeen months.
Arguably, as successful as Zizou was as a player (three-time FIFA World Player of the Year; Ballon dOr winner; Player of the Year in Ligue 1, Serie A, and La Liga; World Cup champion and Golden Ball winner), his stature as a manager has already eclipsed such accolades. In less than two years, hes accomplished things to which no other manager has ever laid claim.
Going into this years Champions League final, the last team to successfully defend a European Cup title was Milan, in 1990. No team had ever done it in the Champions League eraand yet Madrid made it look easy, thoroughly outclassing a sturdy Juventus team in the final and then in the Super Cup beat a stacked Manchester United squad that had been on a roll.
And the truth is, theres a sense in Madrid that this team is still just getting started, despite three league titles in the past four years, and despite all the wins theyre rapidly piling up.
The time is deep, full of young stars still developing their talents. The strength and depth of the team is, quite simply, astounding. Not only is Cristiano Ronaldo arguably now the worlds best goal scorer (without Neymar or Suarez, can Messi still claim? Id argue not), but hes surrounded by talent as promising as accumulated anywhere else in the world.
The future is in the capital, and named thus:Theo Hernndez (age 19), Marco Asensio (age 21), Mateo Kovacic (age 23), Raphal Varane (age 24), and the triumvirate of Dani Carvajal, Isco and Casemiro, all age 25. Can any other squad boast such a collection of young talent?
Where once Camp Nou could claim Europes best collection of young talent, no longer is that the case. Instead, Spains most talented young talents are headed to theBernabu. Theo and Dani Ceballos but prove the point.
The midfield, once Barcas strength under the mindful control of Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, is now a weakness compared to Reals riches, and it showed in the Super Cup drubbing. Additionally, Barca no longer seems capable of developing their own talent, and as they continue to sign transfers from elsewhere, what talent they have developed leaves for opportunities to actually play.
As a result, Barcelona appears on the verge of crisis, a team without inspiration or identity. Neymars loss was of the sort theyre hardly accustomed to, Suarez is out for at least a month, and Messi has yet to sign his extension. After getting thoroughly thrashed in the Spanish Super Cup (5-1, aggregate) even Gerard Pique expressed a bit of hopelessness at Camp Nou. I feel inferior to Madrid, he said.
Barca still have tremendous talent, and Ernesto Valverde is a skilled manager, particularly adept at keeping his calm. Even so, he has already readily admitted to the challenges ahead:We have to find the mechanisms but the circumstances have changed. Things happened in preseason.
Camp Nou is in disarray. Vice President Jordi Mestre says Messis contract extension is agreed, but nothing has yet been signed (and Bartomeu is meanwhile claiming otherwise), and we all remember Pique (and others) claiming Neymar was staying.
Pep Segura will claim major signings (Dembele and Coutinho) are close, but we know that game, and so disgruntled are fans at this point that Mestres been reduced to asking fans not to boo the Paulinho signing. At the same presser, Mestre was forced to defend Bartomeu, as many fans are calling for the presidents resignation.Fans are free to express what feelings they want, Mestre said at Paulinhos presentation. We would prefer respect, not insults, but I have no knowledge that Bartomeu will resign [because of the campaign].
Remembering how Mestre was similarly 200% certain Neymar would stay, it certainly wouldnt surprise us to see things get worse for the Catalans before they get better.
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The legendary festival came home to the States and landed in New Jersey for three days of dancing, pool parties, cocktails, and men. Read more below.
Thousands of men, all worked up and ready to go, descended on this years Ascension Party in Asbury Park on the beach in New Jersey.
We are thrilled to bring Ascension back to the States, party founder Eric von Kuersteiner told HuffPost. The party previously took place in Greece and occasionally Fire Island.
But wait, theres more than a party going on here. Money raised here goes to charitable causes. The Facebook mission statement says, The Fund in the Sun Foundation was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit public charity dedicated to Fire Island Pines. The foundations mission is twofold: First, to provide funding for projects and initiatives designed to protect, enhance, and maintain the environment, culturallife, health and infrastructure of the Fire Island Pines community.
“Since its inception, the Fund in the Sun Foundation has offered financial assistance and underwriting to The New York City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Friends in Deed, Camp Heartland, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Live out Loud, The Nature Conservancy of Long Island, Dancers Responding to AIDS, Dress for Success, The Trevor Project, The Hetrick-Martin Institute, Friends of the Fire Island National Seashore, Standing Tall, and Answer.”
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Posted: August 18, 2017 at 5:29 am
BURNSIDE Two men survived an emergency landing Thursday morning in southern Ascension Parish after their single-engine plane lost power shortly after takeoff, sheriff’s deputies said.
Pilot Brad Arton,of Prairieville,was able to fly the Beechcraft Bonanza into a hay field north of La. 22 about 9:40 a.m. after lifting off from nearby Louisiana Regional Airport. The general aviation airport is in Ascension Parish off Loosemore Road northwest of La. 22.
Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bobby Webre said the landing was a good one, if not for a ditch in the field that caused the plane to nose forward after touching down.
Deputies said the landing left 314 feet of tire marks across the field, which is between the Pelican Point subdivision to the north, the Ascension Trace subdivision to the south and between the La. 22/La. 44 intersection and the Word of Life Church.
The crash site also happened to be just down the road from the Fifth Ward fire station. Deputies and firefighters responded to the crash, Webre said.
Webre said the pilot, later identified as Arton, who turns 43 Friday, and co-pilot Michael Graham, 58, of Baton Rouge, suffered no injuries. The crash also sparked no fires nor leaks of fuel or other hazardous materials, Webre said.
The National Transportation Safety Board was waiting Thursday afternoon for an aircraft damage assessment to determine what role to take, said Keith Holloway, agency spokesman.
What caused the plane to lose power was not known Thursday.
Webre said the plane had damage to its propeller and engine cowling.
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Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the U.S., became the latest hospital to partner with an innovation accelerator when it announced a new partnership with Plug and Play Tech Center.
Ascension COO Jim Beckmann said the future of healthcare lies in offering greater value and in empowering consumers, and the new deal with Plug and Play gives Ascension another tool in its box to achieve that goal.
[Also:Patricia Maryland to step into CEO post at Ascension]
This collaboration gives Ascension new opportunities to support our efforts to lead the transformation of healthcare, said Jim Beckmann, chief operating officer of Ascension Holdings, part of the health systems solutions division. Plug and Play Tech Center offers us a defined, targeted method of spotting innovation in healthcare and wellness early on to solve problems and meet evolving consumer needs where, when and how they prefer.
Plug and Play Tech Centers Health and Wellness Technology Accelerator connects organizations, corporations and investors with start-ups in the healthcare and wellness industry around subjects including wellness, longevity and digital health.
Each year, the accelerator provides two 12-week intensive programs for some 40 health-related companies, culled from thousands of applicants, Plug and Play explained. These young companies then are connected with sponsoring organizations like Ascension for coaching, mentoring and testing ideas.
[Also:Ascension IT exec: ‘Treat IoT security with respect it deserves’]
Chris Young, Ascensions vice president of innovation, said the participating startups may be early-stage with two or three people or more advanced companies.
Young said Ascension is looking for innovative solutions and ideas to help the national health system deliver compassionate, personalized care, and that this collaboration offers a new way to connect with the best new ideas as they emerge.
We know healthcare is a very difficult industry to break into as a start-up, Young said. We want to break down those barriers to bring exciting ideas and approaches to those we are privileged to serve.
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