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“Maurepas Masher” Kade Scivicque

“Maurepas Masher” Kade Scivicque

“Maurepas Masher” Kade Scivicque offers baseball lessons
With the regular Major League Baseball season over, Kade Scivicque, a Maurepas native, former standout LSU catcher and current member of a minor league team affiliated with the Atllanta Braves, will be offering catching and hitting lessons for the next couple months in Maurepas, Gonzales, and Prairieville. Email him at kadescivicque@yahoo.com for more information.

Cabela’s sold to rival outdoors retailer Bass Pro Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops announced they have acquired rival outdoors retailer Cabela’s for roughly $4 billion. Cabela’s shareholders are receiving $61.50 per share in the merger; the remaining company will be privately held.
Both the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s brands will be continued. A Cabela’s gift card can be exchanged for a Bass Pro Shops gift card for an equal amount, and vice versa, at the customer service counter in either store. Cabela’s purchases can be returned to our customer service counters at Bass Pro Shops and vice versa.
The announcement didn’t specify if all Cabela’s stores will remain open or how the 2,000-plus jobs at Cabela’s Sidney, Neb., headquarters will be affected. Bass Pro expects to keep some operations in Sidney, but headquarters jobs will likely be consolidated in Bass Pro’s hometown of Springfield, Mo.
Bass Pro said, “This is an opportunity to create a ‘best of the best’ shopping experience for all outdoor enthusiasts. It means more selection as we are bringing together the best in fishing with Bass Pro Shops, the best in Hunting with Cabela’s and the best in boating with Tracker Boats and other boating brands. Increased buying power will also help us deliver greater value to our customers.”

Contemporary fiber artists exhibit at Arts Council of Livingston Parish
The Arts Council of Livingston Parish will host the “The Art of Fiber III – Hidden Dreams” exhibit by the Contemporary Fiber Artists of Louisiana through Oct. 28. The gallery is open Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 12 pm and Saturday 10 am. – 2 pm. There will be another Second Saturday Receptions for this exhibit Oct. 14, 10 am – 2 pm at the gallery at 133 Hummell St., Denham Springs. 225-664-1168, www.artslivingston.org ; artscouncilofliv@bellsouth.net.

Financial Peace University coming to Denham Springs
Immaculate Conception Church in Denham Springs will host Financial Peace University, a class to help families learn to manage their money and have the resources for emergencies. Everyone is welcome. For more information, email Melinda.mayeux@att.net, call 225-665-5359, or register at www.fpu.com/1045660.

Chef’s Evening tickets on sale for
Holiday Chef’s Evening and Wine Tasting Event in the Antiques Village
Local chefs will set up in shops in the Denham Springs Antiques Village and present tastings of selected items from their menus. Enjoy everything from seafood to Mexican dishes to desserts and more – plus tastings of selected fine wines – while you do your Christmas shopping in more than 20 unique and charming shops and enjoy Christmas carolers up and down the street! The shops in the Village offer antiques, collectibles, art, books, stained glass, furniture, clothing, gifts, food, jewelry, accessories and many other items which make special, unique gifts.
Tickets, $25, are available on Pay Pal at denhamspringsmainstreet.org (click on events). This event is presented by the volunteers of the Denham Springs Main Street Commission. All proceeds benefit improvements and promotional events in the Antiques Village. For more information, call 225-667-7512.

Lucases open Juban Road Pumpkin Patch
Donna and Johnny Lucas, a retired Livingston Parish Sheriff’s deputy, have a pumpkin patch with pumpkins and apples for sale on their property at the corner of Juban Rd and Buddy Ellis Rd, just south of I-12. They also have a photography area set up for anyone who wants to take pictures. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the American Diabetes Foundation. The pumpkin patch is seven days a week, 10-6.

Denham Springs eligible for flood costs reimbursement by HUD
At the Denham Springs City council Sept. 25 meeting, the Council authorized the hiring of Thompson Consulting Services to oversee a HUD program which would reimburse the 10% share the city paid on various for flood recovery work such as repairs to City Hall and the animal shelter and debris removal as well as expenditures for public outreach and other costs. The services of a disaster recovery consulting and management team is needed because of the requirements which Mayor Gerard Landry described as “very laborious.” FEMA will pay 80% of Thompson’s fee.
The Council also: accepted a grant which will pay the entire cost of building a sidewalk on the west side of Hatchell Lane from Cockerham Rd. to Centerville St.; approved the overly of a section of River road and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive; and approved application for a $20,000 State Farm full safety grant for an emergency alert system and a new website to facilitate better public notification of emergency situations.
Livingston Parish Ranks in state’s top 10 for students earning AP credits for college
The Livingston Parish Public School System is among the state’s Top 10 highest performing school districts for student performance on the 2017 Advanced Placement (AP®) exams, according to the latest data released by the Louisiana Department of Education. More than 38 percent of all students in Livingston Parish who took college-level AP® exams at the end of the 2016-2017 school year earned a score of 3 or better on the exam.
Students who earn a score of 3, 4, or 5 are eligible for college credit at all Louisiana higher education institutions. The district’s passage rate of 38.6 percent is up from last year’s 36.9 percent passage rate. The average passage rate statewide for the 2017 exams is 34 percent. Livingston Parish schools had 1,056 students take AP® exams this past year, giving it the greatest level of participation among other top-ranking school districts.

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