Community Calendar for April 30-May 1, 2022

Published 9:40 am Friday, April 29, 2022

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Drug take-back day

Nielsen’s Pharmacy, located at 1619 S. Columbia St. in Bogalusa, will have a drug take-back day on Saturday, April 30, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Accepted items will include expired prescription drugs, unwanted prescription drugs, over-the-counter pills, controlled and non-controlled substances. Non-accepted items will include liquid products, injectable drugs and syringes.

Thomas reunion

On Aug. 10, 1875, Mr. Simon Stephen Thomas was born. He is the founder of Thomas Community and Thomas School. The Thomas School Plant was erected and equipped with his personal funds in 1926, as a result of his interest in education. In 1937, his cherished dream, the recognition of Thomas School as an accredited high school by the Washington Parish School Board, came true. Mr. Simon donated land for Thomas Cemetery and 20 acres of land for the school plant, the church and other public buildings. He erected a memorial for the Thomas soldiers who fought in World War II. Mr. Thomas was a public servant for 28 years. He was postmaster of Thomastown from 1897-1905, a Police Juryman for two terms from 1916-1924, and a member of the Washington Parish School Board from 1936-1948. His work was a source of pleasure; however, he experienced many hardships during his lifetime, for the improvement of his community. As a remembrance to him, we gather together to be with one another and meet all the generations carried on by this man. A reunion for his community and people would be what he would want us to do. He will be with us in spirit and proud that the Thomas name and community lives on. The Thomas Reunion will be Saturday, April 30, beginning at noon at Bible Baptist Church’s fellowship hall. Bring a covered dish and old pictures to share with everyone.

Recipes needed

The Mile Branch Settlement Cookbook Committee has begun collecting recipes for its newest fund-raiser project. You are invited to submit your favorite recipes, including those related to canning, freezing, and freeze-drying to preserve foods. Forms necessary for submitting recipes are available on the Mile Branch and Washington Parish Free Fair Facebook pages. You may also obtain email or hard copy forms by emailing Printed forms will be available through local civic organizations, businesses and churches in your area. Printed forms should be mailed to: “Mile Branch Cookbook c/o Washington Parish Free Fair, P. O. Box 574, Franklinton, LA 70438.” Deadline for submission of recipes is Saturday, April 30.

Watermelon association

The Washington Parish Watermelon Fruit and Vegetable Association will be meeting on Tuesday, May 3, at the LSU AgCenter County Extension office in Franklinton at 6 p.m. Committee reports are due and committees are encouraged to meet at 5:45 p.m. to review reports. Meeting purpose is for the discussion and planning of The Washington Parish 2023 Washington Parish Watermelon Festival. The public is invited and encourage to attend. The LSU AgCenter is located at 1134 Bene St. in Franklinton. For more infromation, call 985-732-4755 or 985-516-3665.

Community Unity Day sponsored by ADAPT

ADAPT will be sponsoring a Community Unity Day on Saturday, April 30, at Cassidy Park in Bogalusa, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The purpose of this event is to bring the community together to share resources, educate citizens and have a good time with family and friends. There will be a variety of vendors at the event, including Prevention, Human Resource Services, Arts and Crafts, and Food Vendors. Washington Parish has a wealth of resources that many of our residents do not know are available. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about services that may benefit you or someone you know. Education is one of the keys to success in life. Vendors will be teaching about substance use, sexual assault precautions, domestic violence, and other things. Activities will be plentiful for youth and adults to learn about areas of interest in a fun, informal way. Many of the vendors will be providing free giveaways, and will be onsite to sell some of their products. For more information, contact the ADAPT office at 985-735-0160.