North of the Creaux’s Nest
WHEN DESTINY CALLS – SUPER BOWL XLIV
The New Orleans Saints were underdogs going into the Super Bowl. We hadn’t picked either team to win but knew that the Indianapolis Colts had the upper hand. We thought the Saints might be holding an ace-in-the-hole called destiny. When it’s cast in stone nothing can wash destiny off, if it’s going to happen it happens. If the Colts and Saints played 10 times the odds are the Colts would probably win nine of them. I believe Saint’s coach Sean Payton believed destiny would play a part when he rolled the dice to try an on-side kick to start the second half. The gamble paid off so he rolled them again going for two points after a TD. First he got a bad call but called for a replay that reversed the first. I felt the Saints were destined but after the 10-0 Colt start I began to doubt the feeling I had. We had predicted the game would be a blowout by 10-12 or more points either way. The Saints won by 14 points, 31-17 and history was made. The “Who Dat Nation” reacted in many ways. Some screamed and partied all night, others shared tears of joy. Many others thought about what the Saints had gone through for 43 years and what Hurricane Katrina had done to this historical Louisiana town. New Orleans has started a historical rebuilding effort but much remains to be done. The physic of its people has been rejuvenated with the Saints wining their first appearance in the Super Bowl. Monday’s jubilant fans lined the streets near Louis Armstrong International Airport hoping to get a glimpse of team members on their triumphant return. On this day quarterback Drew Brees and Payton could have anything they wanted. Maybe destiny has played its part in the rebirth of New Orleans. On Saturday they elected a new mayor, Mitch Landrieu, who promised pragmatic solutions to festering, longtime problems. The Mardi Gras season in the city and area is in full swing. The partying has a dual purpose this year. It may never happen again but the 2010 New Orleans Saints and their victory has been a long time coming and will last throughout the ages. The largest television audience ever watched the miracle of the Saints, a gift from the football gods for a city, region and state. Today there is hope for anything. In years past it was believed hell would freeze over before the Saints would win the Super Bowl. Amen.
OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES
Mary Fontenot, 58, passed away Friday. She was a longtime friend of ours. Mary, a Bridge City Market Basket employee, had many friends, co-workers and customers alike. Special to her was Annie Hargrave, who she had worked and bonded with for years. She also had a special friendship with Margie Stephens, a customer, who shared the same birth date. Mary was closer to daughter Amy, she and Huel’s daughter, but she dearly loved her stepchildren and grandchildren. She had a special love and will be missed by her sister Bonnie Rogers, brothers Jim Goodman and Carl Goodman. Sometime ago Mary developed heart problems. After several trips to the hospital she seemed to be on the road to recovery until Friday when she was rushed to Renaissance Hospital where she died. She was beyond help when she arrived. Mary was a sweet person who I enjoyed kidding or sharing a joke with. Last week when she visited the store she had hoped her health problems were behind her. She left us way too young and will be missed. A memorial service was held Tuesday. May she rest in peace. To our friend Huel and the entire family we send our condolences. (Please see obit.) Wednesday (Feb. 10) would have been Huel and Mary’s 35th anniversary.
We were sorry to learn about the death of Marguerite Moore Mahfouz, 83. She died Saturday. Funeral services were Tuesday. She was a longtime Bridge City resident. She was the mother of our friend Faye Knight and the grandmother of our columnist Capt. Chuck Uzzle. She was also the grandmother of all the Knight boys who are popular around Bridge City for all their sport’s activities. Our sincere condolences to the entire family. Please see obit.
TURNING BACK THE HANDS OF TIME
30 Years Ago-1980
New Dupont president makes first speaking engagement at the Orange chamber banquet. Plant manager Frank Riddick was responsible for Edward G. Jefferson coming to Orange. Some in attendance were Jim Dunn, Holly and Bill Butleny, Joan Harddock, Shirley and Morris Rapoport, John and Moselle Levy, the Bill Fort’s, Bill Sichkos, Loretta and Jerry Hughes, the Jim Dunaway’s, Bob Shinn, Lois Broussard, Art Carruth, Marty Conway, Betty and Corky Harmon, Pete Sterling, Ann Craft, Barbara David, Jim Stelly and Art Spencer. Harmon Beauchamp was installed as new president. *****The Bridge City Business and Professional Women will honor Jessie Hebert as Woman of the Year at the Feb. 17 banquet. Committee members are Helene Litton, Bettye Lormand, Sue Pate, Becky Hannegan and Juliet Patton. *****Gallon of fresh shucked oysters at Danny’s Food Mart only $23. ** ***Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bendy Sr. celebrate their 50th anniversary on Feb. 11.*****W.T. “Boss Cajun” Oliver celebrates a birthday on Feb. 15. *****Jimmy Chelette turns 22 on Valentine’s Day. *****In the past week two assistants under former county attorney Sharon Bearden have been appointed to judgeships. Pat Clark to the 128th District Court and Mike Shuff, to the County Court-at-Law. *****A few Orange businesses and owners are Orange Stationer, N.E. Pete Parker – owner; Circle Gulf Service Station, Bill Kendig – owner; Star Traces Laundromat, Joe Hester owner; Exxon station, W.K Hoke owner; Paul’s Pharmacy, Paul Slaton and Tom Alleman owners; D and C Muffler and Custom Shop, DeVereaux Chapman owner; Border Street News and Gifts, C.J. and Florence Sonnier owners; Woozy’s Termite and Pest Control, Bob Lumpkin, president. *****Perry Kelly turns 40 on Feb. 13. (Editor’s note: Many of the above mentioned people are no longer with us but they contributed a lot while here.)
2010 VALENTINE SWEETHEARTS
Valentine’s Day is Sunday, Feb. 14. I thought I would honor a few ladies we know who go a step beyond to help others, do service to mankind, have positive attitudes and are willing to smile at everyone. There are many such beautiful women but I’ve picked a few in no particular order. Debbie Hughes, who seems to be everywhere, giving back to the community. Besides her heavy workload at Jerry Hughes Realtors, Debbie always makes time for public service. ***Gisela Houseman, along with her late husband Tony, gave their time and money working on many worthwhile projects. Gisela has continued that work with the Red Cross, CASA and other projects. She is often sought out for help on community projects. She considers each one with an open mind. ***Mary Alice Cole Hartsfield is always available to help anyone in need, especially the elderly. Along with her church work, she’s always available to do worthy deeds. ***Betty Harmon has probably served on more civic-duty committees, as well as community projects than anyone around. As a longtime chamber official she probably knows as much as anyone about community needs and willingly lends her knowledge and service wherever needed. ***Beverly Perry is a longtime promoter of Bridge City, the community she loves. A cancer survivor, Bev is always available to serve in any community project. She is also readily willing to consult with those who might be recovering from cancer. Her positive attitude and love of life is evident. ***Pearl Burgess Stanfield will turn 90 this year. She’s an amazing, petite, blue-eyed bundle of energy. At age 89, she doesn’t let anything stop her from doing what she wishes, from mowing her lawn to her work at the Salvation Army and other projects. Born just a rock’s throw from McDonald Baptist Church, she has been a lifetime member and is a favorite of many. Her great personality, big smile and attention to others are always evident. She lives everyday enjoying life, her family and friends. She knows almost every local born in the last century.***There are many other deserving ladies but for this year these wonderful ladies are our Valentine’s Sweethearts. We are proud to honor them.
A FEW HAPPENINGS
Next Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, the beginning of the Lenten season, and 40 days before Easter Sunday also marks the starting of early voting in Texas. Locally, we have a race for Judge of the Justice Court, Pct. 1. Early voting starts Tuesday through the 28th and will take place at the Orange Library. Early voting is the easiest way to vote, no lines etc., plus you have put your duty behind you. A commissioner’s race in Vidor; early voting at Raymond Gould Community Center. *****President’s Day will be next Monday. A national holiday, most government offices and banks will be closed. *****The Bridge City Chamber Banquet, honoring Steve Worster as Citizen of the Year is Feb. 20. Get your tickets early at the Chamber office. The Bridge City Chamber has made great strides over the past year. Congrats to Mark Dunn, the board and staff for their tremendous year. Robert Simonton will be installed as new president. *****Tuesday Patsy Peck held the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of her TRAVERUS Tours business. She puts together great tours. They do it all, just bring your toothbrush and load up for a good trip. We hear a lot of compliments. *****Our buddy Lloyd Sittig will leave the Meadows Thursday where he has been undergoing therapy after hip surgery. He will continue the treatments at home. It won’t be too many moons before he’s back with the KKK, Kroger Koffee Klub. *****Speaking of old friends, Harold Forse will celebrate his 90th birthday Saturday at West Orange City Hall Community Room, 2-4 p.m. He will be glad to see all his friends. Y’all come. *****Mike Hoke reports the community-wide trash off was a big success with more than 300 people participating and tons of trash gathered. Thanks to all those who participated. *****Thomas Granger and Peggy Edgerton are tying the knot. They were junior high sweethearts who took different paths and will now get back together to live as man and wife. Best wishes for long, happy years. *****Classified ads we saw. “Joining Nudist Colony” must sell washer and dryer, $300. *** “Wedding Dress for Sale,” worn once by mistake, call Stephanie. *** “For Sale by Owner,” complete set of Encyclopedia Britannica, 45 volumes, $1,000 or best offer. No longer needed, got married last month, husband knows everything. *****The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 2775 is hosting the annual American Patriotic Art Contest, ninth through 12 grades. See announcement in this paper for rules. You could be eligible for up to a $10,000 scholarship or other awards. For more information call Patricia Kemp, 886-2796 or Jeanette Clark, 883-0264. *****Harmon’s Pre-owned Car lot has really been moving out used cars. Corky says the customer response has been really good. Don is getting back on the road to locate more nice cars. Stop by our office when you visit Harmon’s. We are next door on Henrietta Street.*****Special birthday wishes to our good buddy Peggy Albair of Peggy’s on the Bayou, who celebrates Feb. 10. Speaking of Peggy’s restaurant, the place was packed Friday night. We spotted Cindy Denison and a group of very pretty gals, Craig Leblanc and his friends, Al and Helen DeRoche, the Dunn’s, along with Karen, Sean and Collin and many other local natives. Happy birthday Peggy. *****The twins, Trevor and Tyler Gunn, turn 15 this week. It seems like just yesterday we were writing about their ninth birthday. Great boys from a good family. *****The Orange Chamber Mardi Gras parade was a big success. We however, missed the gumbo and many booths but got plenty of beads. Nice floats, nice weather. The kids enjoyed it also. We didn’t see any drunks but saw some drinking. All in all, it was a great family outing. It will be wilder in Port Arthur. *****Sean Gros, who was in New Orleans after the Saints won Sunday night, says the place really got wild. Mardi Gras continues in New Orleans through next Tuesday. A big 8 p.m. Super Bowl parade was Tuesday but Saints fans will celebrate till spring. *****The Wednesday Lunch Bunch had a nice outing at Novrozsky’s last week. Karen Jo Vance, Brandi Slaughter, pretty fleet manager and car sales for David Self Ford, Donna Scales Marlene Merritt, Christy Khoury, Barbette Philpott, Judge Janice and other ladies were in attendance. This week, dining will be a big seafood buffet at Van’s Tuffy’s, next week the Bunch will be back at Robert’s Restaurant. Everyone welcome. *****Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu, son of former New Orleans mayor Moon Landrieu and brother of U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, was elected mayor of New Orleans Saturday. As mayor of New Orleans he will get more exposure than he would have as Lt. Gov. of Louisiana. He might be setting himself up for when his sister gives up the senate seat or for a governor’s run. *****It looks like the insurance companies, with the Republican caucus doing their biding, will beat down most of the health care reform bill. Even though the Medical Association, AARP and hospital boards support it. If reform doesn’t come, expect your insurance rate to climb drastically. Already rates in California are up 39 percent. It will get here; everything starts in California and makes its way down. If you pay $600 a month, you could be paying nearly $1,000 if big insurance companies successfully kill the reform bill. *****Bette’s Gift Shop, 2011 Texas Ave. Cardinal Square in Bridge City celebrates a first anniversary with door prizes, drawings and a large selection of special gifts. They will even be open Sunday, Valentine’s Day, for last minute shoppers. It’s worth the trip to browse the nice shop. Watch for a big announcement coming soon. *****Coming soon to Bridge City on Texas Ave is Oasis Ice vending – quality ice 24 hours a day. Large eight-pound bag for 50 cents, extra large 16 pound bag only $1. Watch this paper for opening.*****The Obama Administration has asked California health insurer to justify a premium raise by 39 percent. Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the “extraordinary” increases were hard to understand in light of the profitability of Anthem Blue Cross’ parent company Wellpoint. I’m afraid that is just the tip of the iceberg for raising costs of insurance.*****Ellen made first American Idol appearance as panel judge Tuesday night. She will be a regular. She didn’t dance over the table or send any other silent messages with her actions.
BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK
Peggy Albair, Shane Brister, Trevor Gunn, Tyler Gunn, Bobby Arnold, Deric Prevost, Eric Prevost, Jody Connor, Stephen Allen, Tom Stephenson, Brittany Carpenter, Christy Reves, Delondra Cooper, Dola Rucker, Jordan Guererro, Marjorie Gandy, Michele Moore, Sara Childs, John Hall, Judy Ford, Lee Ann Jaarah, Liz Fontenot, Jeremy Delano, Judy Harrison, Dan Batchelor, Drew Domas, Inez Jones, Judy Brownlie, Mandy LeBauve, Patricia Davis, Vicky Stanley and Ann McDuff.
On Feb. 11 Taylor Lautner will be 18; Kelly Rowland will be 29; Matt Lawrence, 30; Jennifer Aniston, 41; Sarah Palin, 46; and Burt Reynolds will be 74. ***Feb. 12, Arsenio Hall, 55; Joanna Kerns, 57; Michael McDonald, 58 and Judy Blume, 72. ***Feb. 13, Jerry Springer, 66; Peter Tork, 68; Kim Novak, 77; Chuck Yeager, 87 and George Segal, 76. ***Feb. 14, Drew Bledsoe, 38; Meg Tilly, 50; Florence Henderson, 76; Hugh Downs, 89 and Michael Bloomberg, 68. ***Feb. 15, Jane Seymour, 59; Claire Bloom, 79; and Renee O’Connor, 39. ***Feb. 16, John McEnroe, 51; Ice-T, 52; LeVar Burton, 53 and Patty Andrews, 90. ***Feb. 17, Paris Hilton, 29; Jerry O’Connell, 36; Bryan White, 36; Denise Richards, 38, Michael Jordan, 47 and Hal Holbrook, 85.
CAJUN STORY OF THE WEEK
Cajun Grace Before a Crawfish Meal
Bless us oh Lord and bless dese crawfish, wat we are about to enjoy.
Bless dose who caug’t dem, dose who prepared dem and give crawfish to dose who don’t got none.
We tank you oh God, for dis wonderful world and for all dat you put in it.
We give you special tanks oh God, for having put da Cajuns and da crawfish down in da same place.
As we come to the end of this column we learned that Ken Ballard had died from a massive heart attack. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in North Orange Baptist Church with the Revs. Lynn Ashcraft and Scott McIntosh officiating. Burial will follow in Wilkinson Cemetery in Orange. (Please see obit). *****It was also an unexpected death for Col. John Murtha, 77. While undergoing simple gallbladder surgery an intestine was punctured causing his death. He had served 36 years in the United States House. He was a tough patriot who served in Korea then volunteered for the Vietnam War. He called the invasion of Iraq by the Bush Administration a flawed policy.*****The Port of Orange should join in the cry to widen the Sabine Neches ship channel. By requesting the deepening of the channel into the Port of Orange larger ships would be able to enter.*****My time is up, thanks for yours. Thanks also to our family of advertisers. Look them over then pay them a visit. Read us cover to cover. Happy Valentine’s Day to all you lovely, wonderful ladies who are our readers. Got to get out of here. Take care and God bless.