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January 15, 2013 :: Vol. 3, #1

At Your Service.

In This Issue

1. Mardi Gras Parade
2. Yellow Jacket Bar-B-Que
3. King Day Task Force
4. Vintage Photos Wanted
5. Timely Tidbits
6. Foam Fest
7. New Businesses
8. Chamber Business Awards
9. Calendar of Events

Foam Fest Coming Soon: The only obstacle mud race that doubles as a human car wash. They don't just bring mud and obstacles; they throw more foam than a pack of toddlers in a bubble bath. Imagine the coolest obstacle mud race ever and then picutre it staged inside a giant car wash. That's the 5k Foam Fest in a nutshell.

Whether you're a seasoned mud runner or just someone out to have a great time, from the moment you tie on your shoes, you'll have fun at the 5k Foam Fest.

Date: March 23 at Tiki Tubing, 33203 Hwy. 1019, Denham Springs. Visit for more information.

New Businesses:

Cheap Wireless Communications
2626 S. Range Ave, Ste 800
Smart phone sales & repair

Peter A Ryan, Attorney at Law
1130 S. Range Ave, Ste D
Law office

Sign & Drive
2570 Florida Ave SW, Ste H
Used car sales

Business of the Year Awards:
Presented by the Livingston Parish Chamber in January 2013





SAM'S CLUB, new business

Individual Awards presented by 2012 Chairman of the Board, Regina Scott of North Oaks Health System. Regina announced the following awards:

Johnathan H. Whitman, Member of the Year

Sue Evarts, Board Member of the Year

April Wehrs, Chairman's Award

Each were awarded based on their business management as well as their community and chamber involvement.

On the Calendar:
Jan. 16: Spine Ed. Series
Jan. 21: Martin L. King Holiday
Jan. 23: Chamber Leads Mtg.
Jan. 24: LEDC Annual Mtg.
Jan. 26: Mardi Gras Ball
Jan. 28 City Council Mtg.
Feb. 2: Mardi Gras Parade
Feb. 5: City Council Mtg.
Feb. 11-12 Schools Closed
Feb. 12: Fat Tuesday - City Offices Closed
Feb. 23: Chamber Gala
Feb. 25: City Council Mtg.

Fresh produce at Denham Springs Farmer's Market
Every Saturday
: If you think the Farmer's Market only has fruits and vegetables, you're missing out on some great shopping opportunities every Saturday morning. There are some wonderful and unique gift choices to be found. For instance, check out the handmade, hot/cold bowl cozies, fabulous jewelry, jams and preserves, candles, art, plants, soup and dip mixes, spices, wooden crafts, etc. And oh yeah; they do have fruits and vegetables. But there's also nuts, grain-fed beef, farm-fresh country eggs, pastries, baked goods, corn meal, grits and the list goes on. You don't have to leave Denham Springs to find super-cool items; they're at the Farmer's Market every Saturday from 7 am - noon, rain or shine. Come on out to the New Covenant shopping center at Florida and Hummell. You won't be disappointed.

Connect: The City of Denham Springs is proactive in interacting with the public. To this end, the following avenues of information are available:

connect via facebook

City of Denham Springs official facebook page where you can view information regarding events as they happen. Click here and then "LIKE" for instant access to the City posts.

Twitter with the City
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Throw Me Something Mister

The 33rd Annual Krewe of Denham Springs Mardi Gras parade will roll at 3:00pm on Saturday, February 2, 2013. Come join the fun as they celebrate “Let’s Dance” with Grand Marshall David St. Romain. The traditional parade route from Denham Springs High School, South on Range Ave, then (West) right on Florida Blvd. to Veterans Blvd. will be followed. Expect 200+ float riders throwing family oriented trinkets. Participants include marching bands, dance clubs, boy and girl scouts, motorcycle clubs, car clubs, and a bevy of Police, Fire Dept., and some military equipment. For more information, call (225) 665-8121.

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Yellow Jacket Bar-B-Que Throwdown

The 2013 DSHS “Yellow Jacket Bar-B-Que Throwdown,” benefiting the Lady Jacket Softball Team, DSHS 4-H Club and the new DSHS Culinary Arts/Restaurant Management Program called “ProStart,” will be held Saturday, January 19, on the grounds of DSHS. Bar-b-que judging begins in the cafeteria around 11 a.m. Individuals, groups and businesses are being sought to participate in the various events. Commercial and homemade pits are allowed, but no open pits. Fires are wood or charcoal; gas or electricity can be used to start the fire but not for cooking.

The contest, sanctioned by the International Bar-B-Que Assoc., will include teams (one head cook and up to 4 team members) from across Louisiana competing for over $3,000 in cash prizes. Teams will be cooking brisket, chicken and pork spare ribs. The event includes a car show, craft show and a “Kid’s Q,” bar-b-que contest. For detailed information or to register, email or at

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King Day Task Force Scholarship & Celebration

Each year, the Martin Luther King Scholarship Program gives scholarships to several students enrolled in a school of higher education during the spring semester to help encourage them while investing in their future. Public contributions are greatly appreciated. Contributions received in hand by Saturday, January 19, will be recognized at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration to be held Monday, January 21, at 10:45 a.m. at Roberts United Methodist Church, 201 Julia Street.

Donations received after that date will be recognized in February. The ceremony is preceded by the MLK March, which will depart the West Livingston Community Center on MLK, Jr. Dr. at 10:30 a.m. and conclude at the church. The public is invited to participate in the march and in the church celebration program.

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Wanted: Vintage Photos

Wanted: vintage photographs and stories of Denham Springs. Do you have archives of old photographs or vintage postcards? Are you knowledgeable about your local history? Would you like to help preserve your community’s fascinating history?

Local resident P J Oubre is currently compiling a photographic history of Denham Springs and is looking for your help! He is assembling historic images of Denham Springs and the stories that go with them to include in an upcoming book to be published by Arcadia Publishing, the nation’s leading publisher of local and regional history.

To share your photographs and stories, please contact P.J. Oubre at (225) 304-3661 or by January 19, 2013. Please also see Patti Peairs at Old City Hall or call her at 225-667-7512. Help keep local history alive!

Bookkeeping Certificate Program Offered: Southeastern Louisiana University's Division of Extended Studies will offer a new Bookkeeping Certificate Program beginning this spring. Three courses comprise the program, which uses QuickBooks 2012 software. Bookkeeping Level 1: QuickBooks 2012 is designed as an introductory course that will cover basic accounting terms, the set-up of a cash basis business in QuickBooks, financial report processing and basic payroll entry and terminology. Taught by Deborah Anderson, the course will be held on Tuesdays Feb. 19 through March 12 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Livingston Parish Literacy and Technology Center in Walker, 9261 Florida Boulevard. The cost is $375, which includes the textbook. For on-line registration or to find out more about these or other Extended Studies courses, visit or call Extended Studies in Hammond at 985-549-2301 or Walker at 225-665-3303.

Arts Council Exhibit:
The Louisiana Photographic Society exhibit of works continues at the Arts Council of Livingston Parish, 133 Hummell St., throughout January, February and March. Prints of photos will be available at reasonable prices.

Continuing Construction: There have been some weather delays but construction continues on the three-laning project on Rushing Road West. Please be careful in the area from Range to Chantulane.

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