Berwick High School senior Jordan Lipari held a signing ceremony Wednesday to celebrate her continuing her softball career at Millsaps College. Seated from left are Megan Lipari, sister; Matt Lipari, father; Lipari; Kristen Lipari, mother; and Landon Lipari, brother. Standing, from left, are Matt Judice, Lipari's hitting
coach; Shari Osburn, Berwick High School assistant softball coach; Lloyd Burchfield, former Berwick High School softball coach; Buffy Fegenbush, Berwick High School principal; Eric Holden, Berwick High School athletic director; and Heather Templet, Berwick High School softball coach. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Berwick High School softball standout Jordan Lipari’s signing of a softball scholarship to Millsaps College Wednesday at Berwick High School is “special” to her and her family.
The Franklin Rotary Club and the Franklin Garden Club were the sponsors for the Jan. 14 city cleanup. Target areas included Teche Drive, the rear of the courthouse, the Teche Theater and Franklin Supermarket area.

Brent Vining takes out crawfish that he boiled Wednesday at Boiling Madd in Patterson. Crawfish are starting to get more plentiful in the Tri-City area as pond production increases in south Louisiana. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Crawfish are starting to get more plentiful in restaurants and seafood stores in the area as the pond harvest picks up, while the Atchafalaya Basin season is just getting underway.

A hit debut for Porchfest: Conceived in sadness, festival celebrates local culture

Cedric Watson, multiple Grammy nominee, performs Saturday at Morgan City's PorchFest in Lawrence Park. (The Daily Review/Shea Drake)

Cloudy skies did not prevent PorchFest musicians from giving a heartfelt performance on Saturday in support of a good cause for the community.

Bear Festival, Wooden Boat Show weekend brings visitors to Franklin

The Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival and the Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show brought vendors, music, fun activities and classic wooden watercraft to Franklin last weekend. Bear Festival attendees were treated to a fireworks show Saturday evening, at top. At center, Lewis Graham, of Lafayette, was among the participants at the wooden boat show with the mahogany runabout he built himself. At bottom, there were many vendors of food, crafts and refreshments along the Bear Festival thruway. (Photos by Colin Murphey)

UBS seeks blood donors to overcome summer slump

Stewart West of Berwick donates blood Thursday at United Blood Services in Morgan City. UBS says it needs blood donations, especially those with negative-type blood, because the economic downturn has made the usual summertime drop in donations even worse. (The Daily Review/Shea Drake)

About 20 years ago, Stewart West of Berwick was in a car accident. He needed a pint of blood. Now he donates blood as often as he can.

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Berwick High School senior Jordan Lipari held a signing ceremony Wednesday to celebrate her continuing her softball career at Millsaps College. Seated from left are Megan Lipari, sister; Matt Lipari, father; Lipari; Kristen Lipari, mother; and Landon Lipari, brother. Standing, from left, are Matt Judice, Lipari's hitting
coach; Shari Osburn, Berwick High School assistant softball coach; Lloyd Burchfield, former Berwick High School softball coach; Buffy Fegenbush, Berwick High School principal; Eric Holden, Berwick High School athletic director; and Heather Templet, Berwick High School softball coach. (The Daily Review/Geoff Stoute)

Berwick High School softball standout Jordan Lipari’s signing of a softball scholarship to Millsaps College Wednesday at Berwick High School is “special” to her and her family.

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