Our View: We Salute

Published 8:55 am Friday, November 2, 2012

Each Friday, The Daily News will recognize individuals and businesses in Washington Parish who have gone “above and beyond” in their efforts to make this a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.

We believe that an integral part of a community’s wellbeing is an attitude and arena where people who do good things … who work to improve life for others … who try to make a difference … are recognized and saluted.

Because this is a salute to members of the community of Washington Parish, we solicit your recommendations for groups or individuals to be considered for inclusion.

This week we salute:

• The Bogalusa Main Street Program, which sponsored a Harvest Festival Friday in the Columbia Street Square.

• All those who sign up to volunteer to help make the Washington Parish Animal Shelter at Rayburn Correctional Center a reality.

• Henry Harrison and his team at the Agriculture Building, for sponsoring a plant and seed giveaway each Saturday of the Washington Parish Fair.

• Washington Parish Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Haley, who has been appointed to a national Jail Training Advisory Committee by the National Sheriff’s Association.

• The Choctaw Landfill, which will offer a recycling program beginning Nov. 12.

• The organizers of and participants in the second annual Pink High Heel Fun Run, which raised more than $5,000. Net proceeds will benefit the Sally Astor Burdine Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

• Bonnie Waskom, Nettie Adams and Doris Fussell, who placed in the overall “Belle of the Promenade” category at the Senior Ladies Promenade at Mile Branch Settlement on Oct. 18.

• Dr. Jeremy Graham, the new owner/dentist of Louisiana Dental Center, who recently donated mouth guards for the 58-member Bogalusa High School Lumberjack football team.

• James Magruder Jr., who will ride in Franklinton High School’s homecoming parade as grand marshal Friday and will be recognized during pre-game festivities Friday evening.