Phylway Construction works to clear trees Thursday on the Hellenic property in Morgan City. Soil will be excavated from the site to be used to raise levees from Lake End Park to Justa Street. The site will eventually become a drainage canal to transport water to a new pumping station to be built near Lake End Park. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Just two weeks into construction, work is progressing quickly on the Lake End Park to Justa Street portion of the Morgan City Levee Improvements Project.

Dale Kernahan, co-director of Wings to Soar, shows the crowd at the Patterson Area Civic Center a red-tailed hawk during Wednesday’s presentation to a group of students. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

Area students got an up-close look Wednesday at several birds of prey as the raptors soared over the crowd at the Patterson Area Civic Center. John Stokes and Dale Kernahan, co-directors of Wings to Soar, gave a presentation as part of the 12th Annual Eagle Expo and More hosted by the Cajun Coast Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Along with the J-turn installations in the Patterson area and the overpass work at Four Corners, state highway crews are improving this intersection on U.S. 90 west of Calumet. State Rep. Sam Jones told the Berwick Council on Tuesday that the U.S. 90 and La. 182 bridges also are due for repairs and cleaning. (The Daily Review/Bill Decker)

Road work is becoming a familiar sight in the Tri-City area, and that work will likely extend to the U.S. 90 and La. 182 bridges within the next two years. State Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, spoke during Tuesday’s Berwick Town Council meeting.

Christmas open house

Above, McKynlee Grizzaffi, 1, of Morgan City, walks around from tree to tree touching ornaments in arms reach during the 21st Annual Weddell-Williams & Cypress Sawmill Christmas Tree Festival open house Tuesday night at the Louisiana State Museum near Patterson. Below, J.B. Maitland Elementary Principal’s Place Kids sing Christmas carols at the event. The festival features Christmas trees decorated by local organizations and students from St. Mary Parish Schools. Maitland Principal’s List students won first place, Stephensville Elementary placed second and St. Mary Talented Art Students followed in third place. (The Daily Review/Shea Drake)

Cleco donation

Cabot Corporation recently donated $1,000 to the Toys for Tots program. Throughout the years, current and former Cabot employees have been a major contributor to the Toys for Tots program by donating toys through the company’s annual collection drive. Community outreach has been essential to Cabot throughout its history, ensuring that it makes a positive and lasting difference in its communities while being a responsible corporate citizen and good neighbor. Pictured are Richard LaCoste III, Marine Corps League; Bill Goessl, Marine Corps League, St. Mary Detachment, Toys for Tots Coordinator; Mark Suellentrop, Facility General Manager, Cabot Corporation; and Horace A. Pete Jr., Marine Corps League.

Baldwin lighting contest

Judges for the Baldwin Christmas Light Judging contest held Dec. 9 were, at left, Della Carson Bellard, Claudette Bourgeois, Alfreida Edwards, Mary Ann Buteaux and Karent Mathews. At right are members of the Baldwin Beautification Committee. The winners were:
Zones 1, 2 and 4
1st Place: Ethel Mae Jones, 313 Rod Lane
2nd Place: Elder Donald and Donna Lanceslin, 903 Martin Luther King St.
3rd Place: LaShonda Robertson, 311 Rod Lane
Zones 3, 5 and 6
1st Place: David and Cindy Mire, 302 Cypress St.
2nd Place: Josh and Vickie Williams, 100 Oakleaf St.
3rd Place: Edward and Sandra Payton, 104 Sansue St.

Christmas Under the Lampposts

Visitors braved a cold night on downtown Main Street last Saturday as guest Murphy Armelin turned on the city's street and bayouside lights. There was also a golf cart parade, a visit from Santa Claus and, of course, the ever-growing seasonal light display. (Photos by Colin Murphey.)

Economist: Trump’s plans should help oil industry

Tulane Freeman School of Business Professor Peter Ricchiuti speaks during Tuesday's Atchafalaya Chapter of the American Petroleum Institute meeting. Ricchiuti said President-Elect Donald Trump's plans to "roll back" safety and environmental regulations should help the oil and gas industry. (The Daily Review/Zachary Fitzgerald)

President-Elect Donald Trump’s plans to lessen regulations on the oil and gas industry may be what the industry needs to make a comeback, Tulane Business Professor Peter Ricchiuti said Tuesday.

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Earl Francis and his wife Lisa McCurtis-Francis were crowned as the first royalty of the Krewe of Grandeur on Feb. 11 at the Patterson Area Civic Center. King and Queen Grandeur I were part of a 14-piece court that represented the theme, “Elegant Evening with Grandeur.” Trainbearers were Ajayce McCurtis, Dehari McCurtis, Dreshon McCurtis and Durell McCurtis Jr.
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The Krewe of Grandeur presented its first Mardi Gras Court and Ball on Feb. 11 at the Patterson Area Civic Center.

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