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A wing of La Salpêtrière Orphanage/Prison in Paris where Anne Roland Bordelon was held before being forced to migrate to Louisiana where she became the ancestress of one of the largest families of Avoyelles Parish. Sites such as this are among those to be visited.

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1642 drawing of St. Martin des Champs in Paris where 184 couples were married before being sent to Louisiana.

Louisiana-France 2020 trip planned to commemorate 300th anniversary of Louisiana colonists

A unique tour of France on the original Louisiana colonists has been announced that is of special interest to Avoyelles Parish families.

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Sue Johnson (center) sits with her sisters Nettie Jans (left) and Ruth Dupuy during a celebration of her 100th birthday at Bayou Rouge Baptist Church in Evergreen last Sunday (Jan. 12). Sue turned 100 on Jan. 13. Nettie, of Evergreen, is 91 and Ruth, who lives in New Iberia, is 97. {Photo courtesy of Rev. David Trimbur}

100-year-old Evergreen native remains active

It was the beginning of the era known as the ‘Roaring ‘20s.” Most of the “young lions” of that era have passed away -- but not all of them.

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FOR THOSE IN NEED

Tenley Bordelon, 16, of Hessmer displays her community food pantry for the needy. The pantry cabinet has been installed outside the Rateau Center at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church in Hessmer. {Photo courtesy of Rebecca Pollock}

LaSAS student creates pantry for those in need

Many people say Christmas is more about giving than receiving, but truth be told they are really more interested in “what Santa brought” them. That’s just basic human nature.

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A BUMPER CROP OF SATSUMAS

Rachel Dufour of Plaucheville picks a basket of satsumas in late November. The tasty citrus is hardy enough to withstand the periodic cold snaps of this area. Rachel said this tree is about six years old and produced over 300 satsumas this year. An orange tree she received at the same time didn’t make it through the first period of freezing weather, but the satsuma did. {Photo courtesy of Rachel Dufour}

Satsuma: It’s what’s for breakfast

We call them satsumas -- sweet, almost seedless, easy to peel, easy to grow and well-suited to the temperatures in Avoyelles Parish.

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Carolyn Scallan, dressed as the “Bride of Frankenstein,” stands beside a giant inflatable black cat in a photo from a recent Halloween. She is “scaling back” this year and retiring the giant inflatables and many other decorations to a storage shed. This costume is particularly appropriate for this year as Carolyn got married for real on Oct. 20.

Carolyn Scallan downsizing ‘Halloween House’

Generations of Avoyelles Parish children have grown up expecting to be scared, thrilled and treated at Halloween by Carolyn Scallan’s “Halloween house” in Plaucheville.

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