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The Clarksville Memorial VFW Post 4610 and Ladies Auxiliary have had a very busy month. They held their regular meeting on Nov. 5 with Senior Vice Commander Hurley Conway and Ladies Auxiliary President Mary Tarpien presiding. The special guests attending the meeting was District 17 Commander Ken Brummet and District 17 Ladies Auxiliary President Rowena Grigsby and husband, Paul. Plans were made at the meeting for the annual Christmas dinner
The Louisiana Chamber of Commerce and Community Betterment Committee are encouraging holiday decorating in and around the community by sponsoring a competition for businesses and residences. In coordination with the Annual Winter Wonderland Parade, sponsored this year by the chamber, the groups hope that everyone will join in the fun and thrill of lights and holiday décor for their storefronts, yards and homes. Judging will be held between Friday, Nov.
The Seton Center in Louisiana was packed on Thursday, Nov. 14 for the Louisiana Area Historical Museum annual fall dinner, which featured a presentation about the underground railroad. Performance artist W.T. Johnson played the fictional character of “Peter Paul Johnson,” based on runaway slaves who made their way north to Canada for freedom. Johnson is an assistant principal at Veterans Elementary School in Hannibal, and has portrayed historical characters at
William Thomas Johnson is a weaver. For more than 30 years, he’s being sewing together patches of the past that capture the vibrant stories of historical figures he brings to life. The tales spark renewed interest in significant contributors to American culture who, for the Internet generation. are little more than names in dusty books. All of that stitching has led Johnson to his latest portrayal, a special treat which
The Louisiana High School Class of 1946 celebrated its 67th class reunion on Friday, Oct. 18 at Bella Frigento Ristorante. After the 65th reunion, it was voted to meet annually over Colorfest weekend. In previous years the class met every five years. The graduating class had 39 graduates and only 14 remain. Nine attended the reunion this year. They were Hayden Adkison, Peggy Boyd Ready from Montgomery City, Duey Branstetter
Another staging of a play about Louisiana’s John Brooks Henderson may be in the works. Saturday’s performance of “The Forgotten Emancipator” was so successful that another showing is being considered. “We had so many people ask ‘When are you going to do this again?” said playwright Brent Engel, who served as the narrator for the production. “The cast and I really appreciate the kudos we received and I think we’re
A free booklet about the life of Louisiana’s John Brooks Henderson will be given to the first 100 people who attend “The Forgotten Emancipator.” The two-act, 90-minute play will be staged at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Louisiana Masonic Temple, Seventh and Georgia, during Colorfest. There is no admission charge. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with Civil War era music performed by Judy Schmidt. Play author Brent