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February 8 , 2012 :: Vol. 2, #2

At Your Service.

In This Issue

1. Mardi Gras Parade
2. MLK, Jr. Street Named
3. OCH: Hall of Fame Exhibit
4. Leaders Attend Conference
5. Relay for Life Event
6. Public Use Recycling Bins
7. DSPD New Web Site
8. Swamp People Fever
9. National Parks Grant
9. Calendar of Events
10. Spring Festival Sponsors


Public Recycling Bins:
The City of Denham Springs is applying for the “2012 Coca-Cola Recycling Bin Grant Program.” Funded through grants from The Coca-Cola Foundation, the grant would provide recycling bins to be placed in public spaces around Denham Springs. Successful applicants will be notified by Keep America Beautiful, Inc. on or before April 22 to offer guidance, confirm needs and solidify bin selection. Suppliers will deliver bins directly to recipients throughout the summer.

Matthew M. McKenna, president and CEO of KAB, said the program is designed to expand and support recycling in communities across America and to provide recycling infrastructure to local organizations that might not otherwise be able to afford it. For more information, visit www.bingrant.org.


DSPD New Web Site
The Denham Springs Police Department has a new and improved web site. Check it out at www.dspd.net. You’ll find valuable information, such as traffic cameras of I-12 @ Range Ave. and other locations, traffic and accident alerts, arrest blotters, news items and articles, digital media links, messages from the Police Chief and an outline of various divisions within the department. There is also a form to send an email communication.


Swamp Fever in DS:
Mayor Jimmy Durbin was pleased to meet the newest gator-hunting team of the popular HISTORY TV program, Swamp People, at the Denham Springs Mardi Gras Ball Jan. 28. Blake McDonald, left, and Austyn Yoches, right, were making their first public appearance since HISTORY announced the Livingston Parish natives as Season 3 cast members. The first episode airs Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.

The public is invited to come out to Big Mike's Bar & Grill to meet the celebrities and watch the show with them at their Debut Party beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday Feb. 9.


National Parks Grant:
The City of Denham Springs has received notice that its eligibility for special grant opportunities and programs available only to Certified Local Government communities has been continued for three more years.

In a January 18, 2012, letter from the State Dept. of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, Office of Cultural Development, Division of Historic Preservation, LCLG Coordinator Jessica Richardson informed the Mayor that the City’s CLG program application had been received and approved. In the letter, Richardson stated, “The application was well written and contained all requested information. This means that Denham Springs is in good standing and in compliance with the National Park Service regulations for Certified Local Governments.”

In 2011, Denham Springs garnered a state Cultural District designation in addition to its Historic District designation.


Spring Festival:
The family-friendly Denham Springs Antique Village Spring Festival is scheduled to be bigger and better than ever before. Livingston Parish's largest festival includes over 150 vendors showcasing outstanding crafts, antiques and art including collectibles, children's clothes, jewelry, ironworks, pottery and more.

In a sincere effort to increase attendance, the organizers of this festival - the Denham Springs Antique Village Merchants Association - are offering festival sponsorships. We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to receive excellent exposure for your business. Please call 225-284-8231 for more sponsorship details.

On the Calendar:
Feb. 9: Investar Bank Grand Opening
Feb. 9: Swamp People Debut Party
Feb. 11: Mardi Gras Parade
Feb. 12: OCH Exhibit Reception
Feb 13: LP FEMA meeting
Feb. 14: Rotary Club Meeting
Feb. 14: Pilot Club Meeting
Feb. 14: City Council Meeting
Feb. 14: Valentine's Day
Feb. 21: Mardi Gras: City Offices Closed
Feb. 27: City Council Meeting
Feb. 28: Rotary Club Meeting
Mar. 2: Relay for Life Meeting



Adopt A Pet Today
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Adopt a Pet today through the Denham Springs Animal Shelter. Visit the shelter at 600 Bowman Street in Denham Springs or see puppies and dogs at Petco in Denham Springs every weekend. Kittens and cats available for adoption may be seen at Petco throughout the week. Visit our website denhamspringsanimalshelter.org for more information on specific animals, volunteer and foster opportunities. Adoption fees are $50.00 and include spay/neuter, deflea, deworm and vaccines.



Garbage Services: Check this month’s city utility bill for important information and guidelines on garbage, trash and recycling services.

The Tate Road Improvement project is getting underway soon. Please be patient while these much needed improvements take place, and be careful near the intersections of Tate Road with Range Ave. and Pete’s Hwy. Alternate routes are suggested.

We Love A Parade: Louisiana Life

The 32nd Annual Denham Springs Mardi Gras parade will roll at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 11. This traditional parade will follow a route from Denham Springs High School, South on Range Ave., then west on Florida Blvd. 200+ float riders will be throwing family oriented trinkets. Participants include marching bands, dance clubs, Boy and Girl Scouts, Swamp People stars, motorcycle clubs, car clubs and a bevy of Police, Fire Dept. and some military equipment. Come join the fun this weekend. The parade theme will be Louisiana Life. For more information, call Becky Lacombe (225) 603-4160.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Street Named

Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durbin and Councilmen Arthur Perkins, John Wascom and Annie Fugler welcomed other officials and community members attending a Sign Erection Ceremony held Feb. 6 at the intersection of Summers Street and Rodeo Drive in Denham Springs.

Mayor Durbin introduced Livingston Parish Sheriff's Deputy and lay pastor Drexel Robinson, who led the group in prayer. The gathering then watched as Street Dept. Superintendent George Lathers directed a crew from Traffic Control Products of La. to remove the existing green Summers Street and Rodeo Drive intersection signs. The crew then hoisted up the new, larger, blue signs and mounted them to the pole.

The City Council recently approved the renaming of Rodeo Drive to Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive along the section from Range Ave. to Pete's Hwy. after a public hearing was held and the vast majority in attendance supported the change.

Council and community members hope the name change will breathe a new spirit for change to the street itself. Residents say they believe the name change will inspire residents to live up to the reverence of Dr. King's name and seek to improve their community.

Remaining signs will be changed over the next two weeks. Others in attendance were Housing Authority Director Fred Banks, Livingston League of Voters representatives Daniel Landry and Sarah Scott, Fire Chief Melvin Wheat, members of the Police Department and the Marshal's Office, and residents of the neighborhood.

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OCH: DSHS State Championship Teams to be Honored

The fifteen members of the Denham Springs High School Hall of Fame’s inaugural class, plus all coaches and athletes who were part of any Yellow Jacket state championship team in any sport are invited as special guests to attend a reception at 2 pm, Sunday, February 12 at Old City Hall Museum. The following state championship teams will be honored: boys’ basketball (1923, 1948, 1950, 1956), girls’ basketball (1996), baseball (1986), boys’ softball (1956-60, 1964), girls’ softball (1986, 1987, 1998, 2000), and girls’ bowling (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008).

While DSHS seeks a permanent home for its recently established Athletic Hall of Fame, Old City Hall will host the exhibit from February 12-June 30. The public is invited to the exhibit’s grand opening reception on Feb. 12, when DSHS athletic director Dru Nettles will recognize notable sports figures from the past. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Not many people realize our city has produced four high school All Americans, an Olympian and the number one pick in the Major League Baseball draft. Some of Denham Springs High School’s finest athletes have gone on to compete at the highest professional level in the NFL, MLB, NBA, and the Women’s NBA.

Included in the display will be 15 Hall of Fame plaques, state championship trophies, vintage team photographs, and a collection of colorful DSHS sports memorabilia reaching as far back as the 1923 first boys’ basketball state championship. And the exhibit will boast several very special items seldom seen by the public.

Please share this information with your family and friends. For more information, call Patti at 225-667-7512.

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Leaders Attend Environmental Conference

Photo: Attending the La. Environmental Regulatory Compliance Conference in Alexandria are, l-r, Denham Springs Councilmen Chris Davis, Arthur Perkins and Annie Fugler, US EPA Regional Admin. Dr. Al Armendariz, LDEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch and Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durbin.

Denham Springs Mayor Jimmy Durbin, Council members Arthur Perkins, Chris Davis and Annie Fugler, and Public Works Director Tom Walton attended the annual Environmental Regulatory Compliance Conference held in Alexandria Jan. 25-26. The annual conference provides city administrators with the latest environmental regulations governing La. and its municipalities.

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Al Armendariz, Regional Administrator of the U. S. EPA, Region 6, which covers five states and is headquartered in Dallas, Tx. Other key speakers and their topics were LDEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch, La. Regulatory Updates; Michael Vallan of the Office of La. Attorney General, Public Bid Law Developments; Caryn Benjamin of LDHH, Safe Drinking Water Program; Michael Vince of LDEQ, Ozone & Air Quality Regulations; Celena Cage, LDEQ, Enforcement Actions; Rose Palumbo, US Army Corps of Engrs., Regulatory Program Changes; and Mike Dupree of the La. Ethics Board, Overview of the Code of Ethics. Attendance at the ethics session provided the Mayor and attending Council with the mandatory annual ethics training.

Lunch speaker was La. Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Mike Strain. The conference also covered environmental information related to water, wastewater, urban development and legal programs. Numerous vendor exhibits demonstrated the newest products available to municipalities for use in environmental issues and compliance.

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American Cancer Society : Lights, Camera, Relay!

“Lights, Camera, Relay!” coming soon This year’s fun and exciting Livingston Parish Relay for Life event will be held from 6 p.m., Friday, March 23 until 6 a.m., Saturday, March 24 at the DSHS football field. An American Cancer Society program, this year’s goal is $45,000 with 23 registered teams raising the money. A sponsorship goal is $9,000.

For this year’s theme, “Lights, Camera, Relay!” teams are asked to choose a movie or TV show and dress, decorate and have activities related to that theme. Corresponding events will be held at other locations prior to and after the Relay to contribute to the monetary goal, such as the Celebrity Waiter Gala on June 23 at Greystone, Celebrity Car Wash, garage and bake sales, etc. Teams are encouraged to plan other fundraising events.

Coordinators are asking parish municipalities, businesses, churches, schools and civic organizations to form teams and encourage employees and their friends and families to show the world what Livingston Parish can do when it comes to fighting cancer.

The big event kicks off with a Survivors Ceremony and encouraging testimonies. Fun activities going on include a rock climbing wall, smash car, music, children’s rides, face painting, food and drink, dunking booth. Team members and volunteers will take turns walking and running the relay track throughout the night.

Individuals and groups are asked to solicit donations by selling Relay campaign items, such as luminaria in honor or memory of cancer patients. The luminaria will line the track and burn all night. Cancer survivors, those going through cancer now, their supporters and the general public are encouraged to come out and participate, showing support and hope for others currently battling the disease and provide funding for those who may contract cancer.

All monies raised remain in Liv. Ph. to fund the many cancer services provided to local patients by the ACS. A percentage is also for cure research. Donations are tax deductible. To register or for more info, visit www.relayforlife.org/livingstonla or contact Amy Douglas at amy.douglas@cancer.org, 225-767-4554 or 225-966-4645.

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