This year on Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Stephensville Elementary School gym, there was a pre-lunch bingo game which added even more great prizes. I understand the parish Council on Aging managed the bingo game and was responsible for many of the door prizes.
The food was terrific. And Mrs. Ronny Theriot was her usual gracious self, helping to pass out the food and cold drinks.
The local door prize donors – Settoon Construction, F.A.S Environmental, Settoon Towing, Power Panels, Paizanos, S&D Baits, and the Larrison Family Health Center – all gave generously. Thanks so much.
I think I’m not the only one who really appreciates the increased attention this part of the parish is receiving in the past few years. I never forget how far away we are from the center of parish government, and that we have small voting population. There is a greater feeling – not a lot, but more – of belonging in these parts which was not present for a long time. I can’t speak for everyone, of course, but I think many feel this isn’t quite such an “out-of-sight-out–of-mind” place anymore.
Maj. Ginny Higgins and Sheriff Theriot both spoke briefly about new services to be provided by the sheriff’s department. There will be two full-time deputies with expertise in mental health issues. And most importantly to lower St. Martin, newly elected Justice of the Peace Sheila Landry has become a part-time administrative employee of the department and will be in the local substation on La. 70 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. She will be able to handle tax transactions and any fines that should be incurred by local residents. This is so residents of Baja won’t have to drive all the way to St. Martinville, to handle these affairs.
Later in the year, after tax time is over, Ms. Landry will be at the substation only two days a week. The number at the substation is (985) 384-9151 if you want to check on something before going there.
If you have to go to the substation, take a look at the bulletin board box, and if you have something important to announce, pin it in the box. Garage sales, meetings, etc. Right now it just has Christmas wishes. I’ll stick a box of push-pins in the case for your use next time I pass.
The Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be contacted via e-mail at email@example.com.