Celebration of Breastfeeding Month

August is Breastfeeding Month.  It was marked by an informational event at the Red River Parish Health unit, organized by Nursing Supervisor Yashica Turner.

Mothers and expectant moms were invited to get information on the benefits of breastfeeding.  Turner pointed out that both the baby and the mother benefit when the child is breastfed.

The WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counseling supervisor, Angie Jerry attended.  She provided information on that service.  Jerry said, “We’re hiring Peer Counselors.  Mothers on WIC who have breastfed for at least six months can become counselors.  It is a full-time, paid position.”  Contact Jerry at 318-614-8331 if interested in signing up to become a counselor or getting more information about WIC.

The LSU Ag Center was represented at the event.  Diane Uzzle had a table of information.  She also provided insulated carry bags and other goodies for attendees.  She was giving information on the SNAP program.

Another topic covered at the gathering was childhood immunizations.  The Health Unit provides vaccinations for qualified recipients. They also provide shot records for kids attending school.

Holiday Express to Return

The Holiday Express Christmas train is coming back to Coushatta. The train stopped here and over 2,000 area folks flocked to take a tour in December 2017.  We were not on the schedule last year, however Coushatta is not getting left out this holiday season.

Mark your calendar for Tuesday December 3rd.  The Holiday Express will be here, and tours will begin at 4:00 pm.

The KCS Holiday Express is a festive, six-car train that brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network. There are twelve Louisiana stops this year, and Coushatta will be the sixth. Other stops are three in the Baton Rouge-New Orleans area, Shreveport, and four stops along Louisiana’s western border towns.

Guests to the train can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. Each event is free, open to the public and no tickets are required.  In addition, at each scheduled stop, a charitable contribution is made to the local Salvation Army to provide warm clothes and other necessities for children in need.

The Holiday Express was created in 2001 as volunteers dedicated more than 8,000 hours to transform retired rail cars. Today, these cars feature a smiling tank car named Rudy; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer and a miniature village; a gingerbread boxcar; the elves’ workshop; a reindeer stable; and a little red caboose.

The photos accompanying this article are from the Holiday Express stop on Front Street in 2017.  Over 2,000 people visited the train that day.

The train will be in Coushatta two days before the annual Christmas Festival and Parade on December 5th.

Public Involvement Invited

Red River Parish Public School Leaders are sending a special invitation to all parent and community members.  This invitation is providing the opportunity to become a Schoolwide Plan Team Member of the school of their choice.  Anyone may also participate in Schoolwide Plan Team meetings as a visitor rather than a formal Team Member. 
The place, date and time for each meeting includes:
Red River Elementary
August 26, 2019
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Room 201
Red River Jr. High
August 27, 2019
9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Red River High School
August 28, 2010
9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Room 303 (former 9th grade academy)
Schoolwide Team Members will review the comprehensive reform strategies selected by the school to improve academic achievement for all students.  Plans for this school year will be a continuation of plans already in place but updated to reflect changes required according to school and student progress during the previous year.  Parents and family members are encouraged to provide input and comments.

Man Camp Planned

Clara Springs Baptist Camp is planning their annual event for men.  September 6thand 7thwill be Man Camp 2019.

The camp’s notice said, “We are excited to be partnering with Bro. Richard Kaufman at Martin Baptist Church in combining our annual Men’s Conferences into Man Camp 2019!”

Their flyer said, “Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong!”  Make plans now to attend September 6thand 7th.

Rifle Raffle Begins

Hunting season is approaching. Time to get a new deer rifle. You may be able to get a new Remington 783 with a scope for a lot less than retail.

Red River Industries is holding their annual gun raffle for a new Camo Remington 783 deer rifle 270 caliber with mounted scope. Tickets are available at their location on Highway 71 south of Coushatta for $5.00 each.

The drawing for the rifle will be Friday, October 18th. It will be held at Red River Industries, 6005 Highway 71. For additional information call 932-6520. Proceeds from the raffle will support Red River Industries in their work with mentally and physically challenged area residents.

Shooting Sports Offered By 4-H

4-H invites students to get involved with their Shooting Sports program.  Here is information from their social media page.

Did you know that Louisiana placed first at the National 4-H Shooting Sports Competition in Nebraska this summer?  If you like shooting sports and you are age 9-18, this is your opportunity. 

August is National Shooting Sports Month.  Red River Parish Shooting Sports meets at the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office Shooting Range.  We offer Shot Gun, Rifle, and Archery. 

For more information and dates of upcoming shooting practices, call 318-932-4342.

Therapeutic Riding Fall Schedule Begins Soon

From the Cowboy Church Area:

Our fall session of therapeutic riding is quickly approaching, and we are in constant prayer for it, our riders and their families and our volunteers.
OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE: Our 8-week session will be Mondays ONLY September 9th – October 28th. There will be two classes: 5:00-6:00 and 6:00-7:00. You may choose one or BOTH classes-whichever works best for you.
You do not have to be a “horse person” or even a member of RRCC to be a part of this ministry. If you are able to walk for 30-45 minutes in the arena and have a willing, serving heart, this is for you!
We currently have 9 confirmed riders (typically 5 in one class and 4 in the other). This means we will need 15 volunteers for one class and 12 for the other (minimum as we also have activities/games for the riders that help them with hand-eye coordination, balance and other things on top of having a great time doing it). Safety is our top priority, so we need 3 volunteers per horse/rider. One to lead the horse and two as side walkers for the safety of all involved.
If you are interested in volunteering for our fall session or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any of our team members including: Jennifer Freeman-volunteer coordinator at 318-471-6664; Jerry Salley at 318-471-3486; or Cindy Verdun-rider coordinator at 318-663-5434.

Football and Volleyball Registration Ends Soon

The registration period for Open Door Fellowship’s fall sports ends soon.  This year they are offering a football league as well as volleyball.  Registration extends through September first.

Open Door said they are excited about the opportunity to offer volleyball.  They said, “Our vision is to see ODF players develop mentally, athletically, and spiritually into athletes who excel both on and off the field.

September will be the month of practices.  On September 8ththere will be a coaches meeting.  Practice sessions begin September 9thand run all month. Football and Volleyball games will begin on Saturday, October 5th.

Open Door said registration can be accomplished on their website, www.odfsports.com or by downloading the Open Door Fellowship app. There is also a scan in the ODF ad in The Journal.

Fire at Creighton

The Red River Fire Protection District responded to a tank battery fire in the Creighton Oil Field located off of Highway 515. The fire was worked on August 20thand the district responded shortly after 4:00 pm.

The fire department posted a “Thank you” to Bienville Fire District 4 & 5 for your response and help.

ETC… for Friday, August 23rd

The lights come on Friday nights beginning tonight.  High School football is back.  This is the first regular season game for the Riverdale Academy Rebels.  They open on the road at Prairie View Academy. Journal Sport will carry the game live beginning about 6:50 tonight.

The Red River Bulldogs begin their regular season in two weeks.  However tonight they have a scrimmage at Bossier High School.

Tonight is the monthly fish fry at Clara Springs Baptist Camp.  Serving begins about 5 O’clock.

Monday September 9this the next distribution day for Food For Seniors food boxes. Distribution will be 8:30 until 11:00 amat the Council on Aging on Front Street.

Northwestern State University’s Office of Electronic and Continuing Education will offer a beginning line dance class on Tuesday, Sept. 3.  The class will be on Tuesday from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. in Room 127 of the Health and Human Performance Building through Oct. 8. The fee is $65. Dancing styles covered in this class will include country western, zydeco, hip-hop, and an introduction to salsa and waltz.  An intermediate line dance class on will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 15.