I was forced into being the Cat in the Hat for our character dress-up day. It was a last-minute decision, but I guess it was an easy one to make since all libraries are required by law to own at least one “Cat in the Hat” hat.
Birds make up about 20% of our patron population. Unfortunately, they don’t check out items very often since they never bring their cards.
Our staff was featured in The Livingston Parish News:
The dedicated staffs of our five new state-of-the-art regional libraries have made them the cultural centers of Livingston Parish.
Heading up the staff at the South Branch Library between Killian and French Settlement is manager Robb Webb. With undergraduate and Master of Library and Information Science degrees from LSU, he remained at the university there to serve for 10 years on the staff of Middleton Library. He then became head of circulation at Baton Rouge Community College Library for five years before being hired to his present position in 2006.
“I am very impressed by the warmth and generosity of the community and I am encouraged by their participation in programs held at the library,” Webb said. “The … staff has been wonderful to work with and I am motivated by their dedication, hard work, and imagination.”
A 1965 graduate of DSHS, Louise Bankston is putting her 25 years of working with the public in service and retail sales to excellent use as both the adult book club facilitator and the organizer of gallery exhibits. She knows her audience and what they like.
She gives “The Kite Runner,” a novel set in Afghanistan, as an example of the opportunity the book club provides to “entertain ideas never explored and travel to places we have never been.” She said the hunt for local exhibitors is “like finding hidden treasure,” and she finds excitement in getting the exhibits to “flow.”
Nora Melancon followed her SLU business degree with six years in the business world before opting to join the library, where she works with young adults in the book club and Anime/Addicts Manga/Maniacs group. She gears book choices to those that offer “another pair of eyes” to give teens insight into possible outcomes of their decisions. Once the purview of “outsiders,” she believes Manga and Anime have become teen staples, and her group provides an outlet for opinions and creativity inspired by that interest.
A 2001 LSU graduate in mass communications, Rob Mulhearn worked in retail management before joining the library where he teaches computer classes, maintains library statistics and serves the public at the reference and circulation desks.
A local student enrolled in a double degree program at SLU, Austin Dixon graduated from Maurepas High School as valedictorian of the class of 2006. While preparing to attend medical school and become a psychiatrist, he works part time at the library, where he worlds at the circulation and reference desks and assists Mulhearn in teaching computer classes. (“Applause”)
“Applause.” The Livingston Parish News [Livingston, LA] 27 Oct. 2009. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.
I was asked to read a few Bible verses at my cousin’s wedding. When the time for the reading came around, I went to the front and stood and waited for my cue from the pastor–only I didn’t get it. He just kept going, and all the while I’m standing up there with the bride and groom like I’m next in line to get hitched. I think my Uncle Will signaled him or something because he finally stopped so I could do my part. They were laughing about it when I returned to the back. Someone joked that it looked like I was staying up there to catch the groom in case he tried to run off.
I was able to play in some great games as a member of Maurepas High School’s basketball team, the greatest of which were the battles we had against French Settlement. My favorite game had to be in 2005 as a junior. It was the first time I actually got on the floor against the Lions. Here’s the article covering the game from The Livingston Parish News:
MAUREPAS – “It was just a good old fashioned Livingston Parish basketball game.”
That’s how Maurepas head boys basketball coach Evan Balfantz – who has seen his share of battles with French Settlement High school both as a player and now in his second season at the helm of the Wolves program – summed up Friday’s nailbiter of a District 11-B contest Friday, where his Wolves fought off a 31-point period by the Lions in claiming a 64-62 win to open District 11-B action.
“It was physical, intense and full of close calls,” Balfantz said. “That’s what you expect when these two teams lock up. We both brought it tonight, and we were fortunate enough to come out on top.”
French Settlement head coach Kenny Gautreau said that he felt that numerous fouls on his team early on were a contributing factor in the game’s outcome.
“Maurepas is a great team,” Gautreau said. “Evan does a great job. Both teams played extremely hard tonight. There were some calls that didn’t go our way and there were some calls that weren’t caught. But that’s the way the game goes, I guess.”
With the win, Maurepas improved to 17-13 overall and started district action at 1-0. After hosting Northlake Christian this past Tuesday, the Wolves travel to Holden for another district contest Friday.
French Settlement saw its record fall to .500 at 15-15 overall, with a 0-1 start in district play heading into a non-district contest with Family Christian this past Tuesday. The Lions travel to Northlake Christian Friday.
Entering the third quarter with a slim 23-22 lead, Maurepas controlled the period by holding the Lions to only nine points, while scoring 19 of their own. French Settlement closed the difference to within four, 32-38, with 3:56 left after a Jordan Borskey trey. But Maurepas responded with a 6-3 run over the next three-plus minutes to extend its lead to 38-31.
As the quarter wound down, Maurepas’ Clay Lauzervich tossed up a half court Hail Mary that swished through the basket as time expired, sending the Wolves fans in attendance into a frenzy. Lauzervich was also fouled on the play, and sank his charity stripe shot to put Maurepas ahead, 42-31, entering the fourth period.
“To be honest, I was watching the foul on the play and yelling at the refs,” Balfantz said of Lauzervich’s half-court heroics. “Then, I looked at the goal and watched the ball fall in and everyone went crazy.”
The final frame was as competitive as one could imagine. The teams traded buckets for the first two minutes, before the Lions roared back to close to within four, 50-46, on two T.J. Westbrook free throws at the 5:09 mark.
The difference hovered at four or five points for the next four minutes, with Maurepas keeping the Lions just out of reach until Josh Crowder drained a 3-pointer from the parking lot – his second of two treys in the period – to cut the deficit to two, 64-62, with only 10 seconds left.
Lauzervich missed both free throw attempts after being fouled with 5 seconds left. Dustin McMorris grabbed the rebound and shot the ball to Borskey, whose half-court shot fell short as time expired.
French Settlement opened the contest with a 5-0 run. The Lions kept Maurepas down for most of the quarter, dominating the boards and posting a 10-point period to lead 10-6 after one quarter.
The Wolves came out in the second quarter and quickly tied the game at 10-all, but saw French Settlement score four unanswered points before tying the game again on a Destin Poche layup.
Maurepas took the lead on a wide open shot from Cole Berthelot off the inbound pass at the 3:05 mark. The teams traded the lead back and forth before Maurepas took the lead, 21-17 on a three-point play by Lauzervich.
Westbrook hit a pair of free throws to close to within two, 21-19 with just over two minutes to go until halftime. After a Poche arching shot found the net to put the Wolves up 23-19, Crowder drained a 3-pointer as time expired to put the Lions down by only a point, 23-22, at the half.
“Our guys did a great job of working their way inside,” Balfantz said. “French Settlement has a size advantage on us because they have two or three good-sized guys who can get inside. Besides Destin, we don’t have a lot of big guys who can muscle their way into the paint. But guys like Justin and Clay and Cole made it happen.
“Having a one-point lead at halftime was big,” Balfantz said. “I told the guys in the locker room that both of these teams wanted this game. I know French Settlement wanted it bad, and so did we. I just asked them if they wanted it more and if they did, they had to play like it. They definitely did that. I’m proud of our performance tonight. Hopefully, we can keep it going through district and be in there at the end.
“Josh came in and shot pretty well,” Gautreau said of his senior shooting guard. “He didn’t have a great first half, but he came up clutch in the second half and kept us in this ball game. He and T.J. both played big ball tonight.
“I’m proud of our team, but we have some things to work on if we want to come out of this district with the title,” Gautreau said. “Both Holden and Maurepas are tough. Hopefully, we can put this loss behind us and use it to inspire us to play even harder.”
Poche took scoring honors for Maurepas, finishing with 23 points to go with five rebounds. Lauzervich added 19 points, Johnson, while finishing with only four points, grabbed six boards of his own.
For French Settlement, Westbrook finished as high scorer with 22 points – including a trio of 3-pointers. Josh Crowder tallied 14 points, while Chris Henderson finished with 10 points.
French Settlement 10 12 9 31 – 62
Maurepas 6 17 19 22 – 64
FRENCH SETTLEMENT: T.J. Westbrook 22, Josh Crowder 14, Chris Henderson 10, Will Averett 8, Jordan Borskey 6, Jordan Gautreau 1, Darryl Bourgeois 1; MAUREPAS: Destin Poche 23, Clay Lauzervich 19, Cole Berthelot 10, Austin Dixon 5, Justin Johnson 4, Seth Bourgeois 3. (Looney)
The writer mentions Clay Lauzervich hitting a half-court shot at the end of the third quarter. What isn’t mentioned is that Clay almost slugged me after he made the shot. I was trailing just a couple feet behind him on the break, and when he hit the shot, I put my hands up and started running up to him just as he turned around and pumped his fist. It looked pretty funny when we caught it while watching the tape of the game a few days later.
I get a jump ball against French Settlement (Dowty).
Avery goes for a steal against Live Oak (Muffoletto).
Dowty, Mike. “FSHS Lions Take a Bite Out of Wolves.” The Livingston Parish News [Livingston, LA] 12 Feb. 2006. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.
Looney, Aaron E. “Maurepas Boys Outlast FSHS in 11-B Thriller.” The Livingston Parish News [Livingston, LA] 27 Jan. 2005. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.
Muffoletto, Sam. “Glenmora Nips Live Oak at Buzzer.” The Livingston Parish News [Livingston, LA] 1 Jan. 2006. Web. 22 Apr. 2011.
Each year, WAFB does a series of video segments featuring valedictorians and top graduates from schools around the Baton Rouge area. As valedictorian, I was the representative for Maurepas High School. There are a lot of schools in the Baton Rouge areas, so they record the segments on different days. Basically, graduates showed up on a certain day at the Lod Cook Alumni Center on the LSU campus. The event was catered by Chef John Folse. To this day, I don’t know how he managed to make plain finger sandwiches taste so good. My mom also took a picture of some of us with WAFB anchorwoman Donna Britt.
After eating, some of the WAFB personalities gave speeches. Meteorologist Jay Grimes could’ve been mistaken for a professional football player. The man is huge. When the speeches were over, we recorded both the individual and group videos. A few weeks later, I received a VHS tape from WAFB in the mail with the recording of my group’s commercial.