Riverdale Academy Booster Club Meeting

The Booster Club at Riverdale Academy held their first meeting of the coming school year on Monday night.  The club posted it was a success.

“In this great big world, how blessed are we to have such a special place to educate our children! Thank you so much to each and every one of you for attending Booster Club’s meeting last night. Thank you to those who tried to attend and thank you to those who plan to be a part of something really special this year.”

Why join Booster Club? 

Academic Booster Club is a parent volunteer organization whose purpose is to support the academic achievement and academic improvement of Riverdale Academy. 

The goals of this organization are:

To recognize students for academic achievement and academic progress. Each year, Booster club recognizes the academic accomplishments of our students at the Academic and Athletic Banquet. 

Booster Club promotes and encourages academic excellence at Riverdale Academy by providing the funds for students to attend Academic Rallies, Reading and Science Fairs. 

Booster club recognizes teachers and staff for service and support to the school through Teacher Appreciation meals. 

Booster Club provides testing to help students prepare for and determine readiness for the ACT. 

Booster club supports the expenses associated with Accelerated Reader programs and library needs. 

The Booster Club is also collecting the “Box Tops For Education.” The club posted, “Box tops…..you have them, we want them!  Visit https://www.boxtops4education.com/ for a complete list of products that have a box top. Clip it, collect them and find any Riverdale Academy student to donate them to. Students turn them in to help raise money for our school!” 

ETC… for Friday, July 12th

Red River High is getting a new sport.  A girls volleyball team is forming.  Here is their invitation to join in.  “On July 30th-August 2nd at the high school gym from 4 to 6pm the Girls Volleyball Team will be having an Open Meeting with fundamental and conditioning workouts.   This is a new team for us at the high school, so all girls interested need to be in attendance.   Any questions contact Urda/McCain.”

Red River Cowboy Church’s Summer Playday Series continues this Sunday, July 14th.  Books open at 12:30 and the show starts at 2:00 pm.

The schedule of Summer Workshops conducted by Red River 4-H includes Mealtime Magic on Tuesday July 16thand Fun with Legos on Monday July 22nd.  All students entering fourth through seventh grades are welcome.  Cost is $5 for non4-H members.

Autism Support Group Meeting of Voices 4 Autism will be Sunday, July 13, 2019 at the Natchitoches Parish Library located at 450 Second St. in the 3th Floor Meeting Room. The meeting time is 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Heat Advisory Issued

From the National Weather Service and Red River parish Office of Homeland Security:
Heat Advisory issued July 8 at 2:32PM CDT until July 10 at 7:00PM CDT by NWS Shreveport LA
Advisory is for Red River Parish and these other areas affected: Union; Sabine; De Soto; Titus; Nacogdoches; McCurtain; Gregg; Grant; Sevier; Bossier; Natchitoches; Little River; Camp; Bienville; Morris; Ouachita; Webster; Lincoln; Red River; Miller; La Salle; Upshur; Harrison; Winn; Wood; Howard; Caddo; San Augustine; Caldwell; Rusk; Franklin; Shelby; Bowie; Smith; Columbia; Cass; Lafayette; Panola; Red River; Union; Marion; Claiborne; Hempstead; Sabine; Jackson; Nevada; Angelina; Cherokee.

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Heat Advisory, which is in effect from 10 AM Tuesday to 7 PM CDT Wednesday.
* EVENT…A ridge of high pressure will remain anchored across the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley through at least the middle part of this week. Afternoon high temperatures will likely reach the middle to upper 90s areawide through at least
Wednesday. This combined with high humidity values will result in afternoon Heat Indices ranging from near 105 to near 110 degrees. Heat Indices during the overnight hours will likely only fall to near 80 degrees.
* TIMING…Mid morning on Tuesday through early evening on Wednesday.
* IMPACT…Limit outdoor activities to prevent heat related illnesses.  Take extra precautions if you work or spend time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when
possible and drink plenty of water.
To reduce risk during outdoor work, the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an
emergency, call 9 1 1.
A heat advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected. The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible. Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors.

Coushatta Blood Drive Planned

Lifeshare Blood Center is planning a community blood drive to be held in Coushatta on July 23rd.  It will be held at 1924 Front Street.  That is the Jack and Laura Center.

Lifeshare posted, “The community is invited to give the Gift of Life! Maybe someone you know is fighting cancer, a blood disorder, was in an accident, or needs surgery. Our area blood supply is at dangerously low levels and your donation is very important.”
There is a place on their Facebook page to schedule your donation. Lifeshare said, “This helps us know how many are coming. Donors must present a picture ID at the time of donation.  They need to have plenty to eat and drink plenty of water before donating. All blood donations benefit the Northwest Louisiana blood supply.”

Chamber Sets Festival Event Dates

There is a new event on the Coushatta Red River Chamber’s schedule for the coming year.  A Fun Run is being added.

The Chamber board met on Monday and set dates for the three major festivals.  “Trunk on Front” the Halloween celebration will be Friday, October 31st.  The Coushatta Christmas Parade and Festival will be held December the 5th, which is the first Thursday in December.

A new event is being added to the events for 2020.  Next year will be a leap year so on Saturday, February 29ththe Chamber has scheduled “Leap Into Coushatta Fun Run.”

The date has also been set for the 6thannual Car Show.  It will be the first Saturday in May next year.  Mark your calendars for May 2nd.

Details of the events, entry information, and sponsor and vendor participation will be announced in the near future.  The Journal will bring it to you as announced by the Chamber.  For now, just note these dates on your family calendar.

Family Fourth Celebration

The families of Red River Cowboy Church gathered on July 4thfor an Independence Day celebration. There were activities for every member of the family. And there were plenty of homecooked favorites.

The weather was scorching hot.  How to cool off?  The children found the giant water slide erected just outside the church’s front porch. What about the adults?  It was plenty cool inside the church.  And that is where the games and food was.

The cooks did a wonderful job with grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.  Someone fixed a huge pan of brisket.  If that was not enough, baked beans, potato salad, and toasted French bread lined the counter.  Top it off with your choice of several flavors of homemade ice cream, pies and lots of fresh baked cookies for desert. 

While the kids were cooling off in the water slide, the adults played games such as volleyball, dominoes, and bean bag toss.  Most of the excitement was centered around the bean bag toss because it was held in the coolest place in the church.

Folk Festival Is Coming!

By: Dr. Shane Rasmussen, Director, Louisiana Folklife Center

Louisiana Music Hall of Famer and Grammy nominee Tab Benoit will serve as Honorary Chair of the 40th Annual Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival which will be held on July 26-27 in Prather Coliseum on the Northwestern State University campus.  In addition to serving as Chair, Benoit will be inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center Hall of Master Folk Artists and will make several appearances at the festival. 

 “It is our honor to recognize Tab Benoit as an incredibly exciting musician, whose distinctive sound captures the vibrancy of Louisiana’s traditional culture,” said Dr. Shane Rasmussen, director of the festival and NSU’s Louisiana Folklife Center.  “This year’s festival theme – Vive la Louisiane! – is a celebration of how folk tradition is alive and well in Louisiana.  It’s fitting that this year we should honor a musician of Tab Benoit’s stature, as he has inspired so many others to follow in his steps.”

Benoit is one of the foremost blues singers and guitarists in the world.  Hailing from Houma, his music ranges in style but mainly focuses on Delta blues.  Benoit has been playing the guitar since he was a teenager.  As a regular at the Blues Box in Baton Rouge, he learned from many blues legends such as Tabby Thomas, Raful Neal, and Henry Gray.  He has toured across the United States since 1991.  His 2006 album “Brother to the Blues” received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album.  On two occasions Benoit has been a recipient of the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award and Blues Music Awards Contemporary Blues Male Artist award, and in 2010 he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.  Benoit is also  active in promoting the conservation of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands, founding the “Voice of the Wetlands” organization, and receiving the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year in 2010 for his efforts.

Benoit will appear at the welcome ceremony at 11 a.m. on Saturday July 27, when he and his fellow members of the 2019 Louisiana Folklife Hall of Master Folk Artists class will be inducted.  Inductees will include Cajun musicians Jamie Berzas and Bruce Daigrepont, filé maker John Oswald Colson, and country musician Vanessa Niemann, all of whom will also participate in the festival.

In addition to his headline performance on Saturday evening, Benoit will also appear in two narrative sessions during the afternoon.  In the first, “Tab Benoit: A Man and his Guitar,” Benoit will talk with fellow blues musician and Master Folk Artist Ed Huey about his experiences performing his distinctive Louisiana style blues around the world.  In the second Benoit will discuss his environmental efforts with the Voice of the Wetlands Foundation.  

The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) has named the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival as one of the STS Top 20 Events in the Southeast for July 2019.  The family-oriented festival is wheelchair accessible.  Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge. 

ETC… for Wednesday, July 10th

Crystal Wagoner asked us to remind you about the upcoming Kids Camp at Hall Summit Baptist Church.  Dates are July 15-19 from 8am-5pm each day.  There will be a program for children in 1st through 8th Grade.

Who will be the second $100 winner?  The Journal is registering people to get the broadcasts of Red River and Riverdale sports this fall.  And we are giving Early Birds who sign up an entry into our weekly drawings.  Go to the link and sign up for text message alerts for each game.  And you just might be the winner we announce on Friday.

CLICK HERE – > Sports Signup

A great race began in the Garden of Eden.  Kids attending Vacation Bible School at Open Door Fellowship will run the race and discover lots of fun and excitement along the way.  It begins July 28th.

The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) has recognized Louisiana Tech University’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program as one of the nation’s top programs, exceling in preparing teacher candidates to be highly effective teachers. The accolade is highlighted as an element of NCTQ’s newest book, Start Here to Become a Teacher, which was released recently.“Of course, I am very pleased that our program was recognized by NCTQ as one of the top 120 programs—out of 872,” said Dr. Don Schillinger, Dean of the College of Education. “While our faculty and students are dedicated to integrating multiple standards-based and data-driven components into their professional development, we appreciate many of NCTQ’s selection criteria. I’m proud of our program’s positive impact, as recognized by NCTQ, on future teachers and the students they will serve.”  This is not the first time this program has been honored by the NCTQ. In 2016, NCTQ listed Tech’s undergraduate elementary teacher preparation program as No. 4 nationally.

The 20thanniversary of Anderson’s Produce has been scheduled for July 20th. Jason is excited and you will be also when you come see what all he has planned for the day.

And the flower at the bottom of the article is unusual.  Some people we asked could not identify it.  Others said it is rare.  The plant is not rare.  Can you identify it?

Congressional Town Hall, part 2

On Wednesday we reported on the Town Hall meeting conducted by Forth District Congressman Mike Johnson. It was held at the library Tuesday afternoon.  Today we report on some of the topics Johnson reported on and a couple of questions from the audience.

Johnson said one big issue right now is the border.  Johnson said, “There is a lot of misunderstanding and controversy.  Many people are trying to politicize that.  In my opinion it is far beyond a humanitarian question.  You’ve got to have a border, otherwise there is no national security.  The border is fundamental to having a country.”  The Congressman added, “If you send a message to the whole world to ‘come on in’ it’s crazy!”

The problems with our border situation outlined by Johnson are people flooding into the country for free health care and other benefits.  Then there is the issue of sex traffickers and illegal narcotics coming across.  Johnson said, “Our border patrol and customs agents are overwhelmed, they’re underfunded, yet they are doing a phenomenal job down there.”

On the subject of health care, Johnson said, “Obamacare is so widespread that we can’t uproot everything. Everyone knows major adjustments are needed, but we cannot agree.”  He said changes need to be made in light of soaring health insurance premiums.

On the military, Johnson said, “We can project military superiority around the globe.  We have given additional funding to build up the armed forces, but we need to fund the military at a higher level.”

And Congressman Johnson commented on America’s national debt.  “It’s rising quickly up to $22.4 trillion.  We cannot continue on this path without major reform,” said Johnson. He added, “There is an increasing number of people in Congress that advocate socialism.  I respectfully say these people are crazy.  Many millennials buy into the idea that everything is fee from the government, but there is no money tree!”

The Congressman took comments from the audience.  First to speak was a veteran named Mike Johnson (no relation) who asked Representative Johnson to look into reports that the government is taking up to 35% of survivor benefit checks.  Citizen Johnson wants Congress to pass a stand-alone bill to make survivor’s benefits tax free. Congressman Johnson said, “I will be trying to do something.  I will take it under consideration.”

World War II veteran Bill Bacle asked Johnson about the Mueller Report and Fast and Furious. Johnson said he will get five minutes to question Mueller when he comes before the House Judiciary Committee. Johnson said, “I will try to pin him down on the origin of the investigation.  I don’t anticipate he will be a cooperative witness.  Members on both sides of the aisle have a lot of questions.”

State Representative Kenny Cox asked the Congressman about a bill to protect independent pharmacies against the costs of the drugs they dispense and the competition from drug chains. Johnson said, “Drugs are cheaper in Canada and Mexico because those governments regulate what they can charge.” As for change, Johnson said, “Big Pharma has the loudest lobby in Congress.  I think an outcry from the people will be louder than the lobbyists. The drug companies know they will get their wings clipped, and it is coming.”

Congressman Johnson concluded his Town Hall in Coushatta with a thanks to the citizens, local law enforcement, clergy, and politicians who had turned out.  He said America’s founding fathers envisioned members of Congress as staying very close to the people they represent.  “I have a lot of area to cover to represent over 760,000 constituents.  The 53 Town Halls I’ve held so far were held to give the people a chance to meet with him and express their opinions.”

See More In The Dark

Sci-Port Discovery Center proved to the children (and parents) of Red River that you can see more in the dark, once your eyes acclimate to the dark.  That was the adventure presented on Monday afternoon by the Red River Parish Library.

Children’s Librarian Kala Sims introduced Kenneth Smith from Sci-Port.  He had brought their portable planetarium and set it up in the library’s activity room.  Kids and parents entered through a crawl tunnel into a large, but very dark, opening. Once inside everyone was given a few minutes for their eyes to get used to the dark.

Then the show began. Smith introduced the planets and stars visible in the sky.  His portable planetarium had a projector that could show movement of the stars with the hours or the seasons.  Actually Smith explained that the stars are not moving but the Earth is rotating on its axis, which makes them appear to change position.  And Smith explained why the North Star never moved when the other stars did.

The kids were asked about various constellations.  Smith explained about the naming of the stars and constellations for the earthly things they resembled.  He also explained that ancient peoples had vivid imaginations when they projected animals and ancient gods onto the starry night.

Then came the projection of those animals and people onto the sky.  At that point the kids could see how the few stars in Orion’s belt, for example, could represent Orion himself.  They found the big and little dipper and many other familiar sights in our sky.

There was a very large turnout for this exciting presentation.  So large that there were two shows.  While half of the kids and parents were inside the planetarium, the other half were getting a lesson in the phases of the moon by Kala Sims.  She used Oreo cookies to demonstrate the phases off the moon.  Go and ask Kala for yourself if you don’t believe there is a relation.

The great thing about using Oreos is that after the demonstrations were complete the kids got to eat them. 

It is all part of the Library’s Summer Reading Program “A Universe of Stories.”  Each Monday at 2:00 pm there is a special feature and on Thursday at 2:00 pm there are games and crafts.  Next Monday Frank and Tammy Chaisson will present Magical Entertainment. Puppets and Magic.  What kid doesn’t love that?

This is what it looked like inside the planetarium. Just dark!

Kala Sims explains the phases of the Moon