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Community Chronicles Positive uplifting stories of our Acadiana area! A monthly publication that serves Upper Lafayette, Carencro, Sunset, Grand Coteau, and Arnaudville!
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This online website and print publication has news articles and positive stories about events and people in your community. You can find your hard copy of the paper by visiting our website and viewing the distribution link. If you have a news story or an event that needs to be shared, please call me at 337-247-5521. Stacey Judice

Operating as usual

11/19/2020

HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE DAY POSTPONED

Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Consolidated Government’s Household Hazardous Waste Day at Cajun Field, scheduled for Saturday, November 21, has been tentatively rescheduled for the spring of 2021.

Unfortunately, postponement is necessary because of issues beyond LCG’s control with the COVID-19 pandemic and a scheduling conflict with Cajun Field. A large venue, such as Cajun Field, is needed to hold more than 800 cars and collect 25 tons of hazardous waste.

LCG asks residents to hold on to their hazardous waste for proper disposal when the event takes place next spring.

Carencro Police Department
11/19/2020

Carencro Police Department

Ribbon cutting for Healthy Hearts Clinics located at 728 Veterans Drive, Carencro next door to Melancon's Pharmacy. Welc...
11/19/2020

Ribbon cutting for Healthy Hearts Clinics located at 728 Veterans Drive, Carencro next door to Melancon's Pharmacy.

Welcome to Carencro 🎉🎉

Carencro Business Association
11/19/2020

Carencro Business Association

Updated information!!!

11/18/2020
LARC's Acadian Village

Update on LARC’s Acadian Village for Christmas lights!!

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Those of you planning to attend Noel Acadien au Village please see the following list of changes:
❄️Tickets will not be sold at the gate and must be purchased online at www.acadianvillage.org Click on the Noel tab to get to the link. Specific date must be selected when purchasing online tickets. Additionally, tickets are available in local Shop Rite stores. Military with valid ID and children 2 and under are free.
❄️Temperatures will be taken at the gate prior to entry. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be allowed to enter.
❄️Santa will be available for photographs, but children are asked to stand next to Santa.

Plan to be at the next Evangeline Oaks Parade on Tuesday, November 24 at 2 pm. You can line-up in the parade line, make ...
11/18/2020

Plan to be at the next Evangeline Oaks Parade on Tuesday, November 24 at 2 pm. You can line-up in the parade line, make posters, and put a smile on the faces of the residents who can't be with family on Thanksgiving.

Carencro and Scott News
11/18/2020

Carencro and Scott News

Home Sweet Home-Lafayette
11/18/2020

Home Sweet Home-Lafayette

If you can’t come inside we also offer curbside pickup at HOME SWEET HOME!!
Call 337-234-1269 and let’s is help you shop !!
Curbside Hours 10-7 week days and 12-6 on Sunday

GET OUT AND FISH! DERBYGirard Park Designated as One of LDWF’s 16 Derby Locations Lafayette, LA - Get ready to fish! The...
11/18/2020

GET OUT AND FISH! DERBY
Girard Park Designated as One of LDWF’s 16 Derby Locations

Lafayette, LA - Get ready to fish! The Girard Park Pond in Lafayette is stocked with tagged, adult channel catfish for the Get Out and Fish! Derby scheduled during Thanksgiving week. All levels and ages are eligible to participate but must follow guidelines to receive a prize. The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has stocked 16 ponds across the state, including nearby Southside Regional Park in Youngsville.

Partnering with Lafayette Consolidated Government’s​(LCG) Department of Parks and Recreation, LDWF organizes the Derby to give more people access to quality fishing, recruit new anglers to fishing, and to promote outdoor activities for future generations.

Anglers who catch tagged channel catfish at designated ponds from Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29, can report tag information to receive an LDWF prize. Each tag has a corresponding prize. Fishers can call 855-728-8247 or visit https://ldwf.wufoo.com/forms/z2ol1mq1cmid6b/ to report their catch.

Tags reported before the event or not reported by the end of the event are not eligible for a prize. LDWF will contact the winning anglers following the Derby. Ages 16 and older must have a Louisiana fishing license. For participating pond locations in the state, event information and rules, visit https://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/page/gof-derby.

LCG’s Department of Recreation’s ongoing partnership with LDWF and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has allowed the Girard Park Pond to be stocked with channel catfish and rainbow trout since 2014. The pond will continue to be stocked with a variety of fish on a regular basis for up to one year.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful
11/17/2020

Keep Louisiana Beautiful

Session 5 of the 2020 Keep Louisiana Beautiful Annual Virtual State Conference 6-Part Webinar Series.

The Recycling Partnership: 2020 State of Curbside Recycling Report with featured speaker Rob Taylor, Director of Grants and Community Development, The Recycling Partnership

Register NOW: https://keeplouisianabeautiful.org/conference2020-session-5/

#keeplouisianabeautiful #virtualconference #klbstateconference

Ragin Cajun Athletics submits a gallery on Earl K. Long Gymnasium.Please click here for the SIP photo gallery   https://...
11/16/2020

Ragin Cajun Athletics submits a gallery on Earl K. Long Gymnasium.

Please click here for the SIP photo gallery https://athleticnetwork.net/site.php?pageID=4117#

If you will click on www.athleticnetwork.net in the News Box is a story about the SIP program which explains why the “Southwestern” sign is over the front door at Long Gym.
You may have know George Berry. He was one of a kind and Lafayette is forever indebted to him. His profile is worth walking the read…Hadacol, Raccoon Records, etc.

Lafayette-Miles Perret Cancer Services is excited to announce that planning is now underway for A Mile for Miles! Since ...
11/16/2020

Lafayette-Miles Perret Cancer Services is excited to announce that planning is now underway for A Mile for Miles! Since Miles Perret Cancer Services will not be able to gather in River Ranch Town Square like usual, they have decided to cancel this year’s Camellia Crossing Gleaux Run and host a Thanksgiving virtual walk/run. A Mile for Miles, a virtual family walk/run is a great way for families to come together during the Thanksgiving holiday to give thanks and support Miles Perret Cancer Services. Pick your course and walk or run 1-mile with family and friends anytime between November 22nd through November 29th to kick off the holidays all while supporting local families fighting cancer.
Win $1,000!
All registered participants will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 Visa Gift Card. All ages are welcome & families are encouraged to participate together.
A Mile for Miles Swag With your registration you will receive: Long-sleeve t-shirt, Race Swag, A Chance to win a $1,000 Visa Gift Card,
Participants who submit their walk/run time during the week of November 22nd-29th will receive an EXTRA entry into the drawing for the $1000 Visa Gift Card. The winner will be chosen on December 7, 2020.
Support Local Families Fighting Cancer: Fundraising events like A Mile for Miles raise money to help Miles Perret Cancer Services continue our mission to help local families fight, survive, and live with cancer. All proceeds from the event will make a direct impact to our clients in the Acadiana area. Show your support this Thanksgiving holiday by registering today!

11/16/2020
My Story...Highlighting Mark Berry by Brittany T. PrejeanGrand Coteau-Mark Berry, Chief of Grand Coteau Fire Department,...
11/13/2020

My Story...Highlighting Mark Berry by Brittany T. Prejean
Grand Coteau-Mark Berry, Chief of Grand Coteau Fire Department, does not just wear a fireman's hat. During the school day, Mark is found working and helping others with the Acadia Parish School Board as a School Psychologist. After hours, Mark is found in the quaint town of Grand Coteau continuing his work to help others as Chief of the Grand Coteau Fire Department.
Almost 20 years ago, while driving home from work one day, Mark saw a sign, “Volunteers Needed” out front of a volunteer fire department in Richfield Parish. This sign started his dedication towards helping the community and its townspeople.
Mark gained the experience and knowledge of a fireman to continue his path to where he is today as Chief of Grand Coteau Fire Department. After moving from north Louisiana to south Louisiana, that same sign caught his attention but this time it was for the Grand Coteau Volunteer Fire Department, “Volunteers Needed.” With only three members to the crew at the time, and the chief leaving shortly after, Mark was able to connect his experience and his passion for helping others with the potential he saw in the small community.
It was not long after Mark joined, Riley “Skippy” Grisham also joined. The two became a powerhouse as Chief and Assistant Chief. Together, campaigns to recruit more volunteers growing from three to thirteen members, policies and procedures were organized and written out, and extensive training was put into place. All this got the fire department noticed by the town and surrounding towns backing them with new equipment and new trucks. With the hard work, dedication, new policies, new trucks and equipment, and lots of paperwork, the Grand Coteau Fire Department got the recognition they deserved and lowered their fire rating from a 10 to a five. This reduction in the fire rating has the potential to lower homeowner’s insurance in the area as well.
Mark is proud of the department’s growth in his time as Chief. He is confident in knowing it will continue to grow when passing the flame on to Assistant Chief, Riley “Skippy” Grisham. After retirement, he plans to enjoy more family time with his children and grandchildren.
Mark, thank you for your dedication to not only growing a fire department but also growing and caring for the community of Grand Coteau.
Pictured are Mark and his wife, Dana.

Acadiana Drive-In to host ‘Holiday Special’            on Saturday, December 19th at the CAJUNDOMEWednesday,  November 1...
11/13/2020

Acadiana Drive-In to host ‘Holiday Special’
on Saturday, December 19th at the CAJUNDOME

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020 - Lafayette, LA - Get in the holiday spirit with your family and experience a social distance friendly event at the Acadiana Drive-In this December. Event organizers Social Entertainment and CAJUNDOME today announced the Acadiana Drive-In Holiday Special: a Christmas themed drive-in event scheduled to take place at the CAJUNDOME parking lot on Saturday, December 19th.

The Acadiana Drive-In Holiday Special, presented by Lafayette Roofing & General Contractors, will feature a holiday market with a variety of local craft & artisan vendors, and a Holly Jolly Photo Booth for family pictures. Take a ride on the CAJUNDOME Polar Express Train, stop by the North Pole Outpost for hot chocolate, cold drinks and food, plus, more family-friendly fun from the Schoolhouse Animal Safari! The event wraps up with a drive-in Christmas movie doubleheader at the North Pole Outdoor Cinema. Catch ‘Olaf’s Frozen Adventure’ as pre-entertainment for the littlest ones, followed by the feature presentation of ‘Elf’.

The gates open at 4PM with the event concluding around 9PM. Tickets go on sale online only this Friday, November 13 at 10AM. For tickets and event information, visit www.cajundome.com and follow Acadiana Drive-In on social media. For sponsor opportunities contact [email protected].

A Note from the Owner of Community Chronicles, Stacey JudiceWelcome! What a year!!! Community Chronicles had to adapt an...
11/12/2020

A Note from the Owner of Community Chronicles, Stacey Judice

Welcome! What a year!!! Community Chronicles had to adapt and overcome all the changes that came with 2020. We are ending the year with hopefully our last combined issue. It is our number one goal in 2021 to be back to printing monthly.
It is our prayer that Covid is a distant memory in 2021 and businesses are back up and running at full capacity. We want you to know that you weren’t alone in the hardships that came your way through Covid, lockdowns, business uncertainties, financial hardships, toilet paper, Lysol shortages, not one but two hurricanes (and all the other hurricanes that came to visit Louisiana), and school adjustments.
Here is a little something that God put on my heart so I put it on paper!!
Romans 4:17 “I have made thee a father of many nations, in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead and calleth those things which are not, as though they were.”
Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death.”
Your words can either speak life, or your words can speak death. Our tongues can build others up, or they can tear them down. Our words can destroy or build! So, what power have our words been having in your everyday life in 2020?
There are so many funny memes that have been posted in regards to 2020. I posted a bridge the other day that was missing many planks for walking across. And it read this bridge is what it is like getting to the end of 2020.
I was convicted after posting that meme. Yes, it’s funny, but what good has occurred in 2020. Have I shared good news lately? It’s hard to see the good in so much craziness and uncertainty surrounding us.
What good have you seen? We all know the bad or at least some of the bad because we have all been walking a similar journey.
The good has to be uncovered sometimes and then it needs to be professed! Our words can bring life and death! People need hope in the chaos of 2020. When your eyes are focused on such much bad, you have a hard time saying and seeing the good. A negative attitude draws a negative attitude. A negative comment draws a negative comment.
So, I ask you today what good have you seen in 2020? I have seen my marriage grow stronger. I have seen my 14-year-old flourish more in the word of God. I have seen prayer warriors rise. I have seen deliverance in one of my sons. I have seen one of my son’s life spared more than once this year! I have seen women friends start prayer groups and fight the good fight of faith! I have been blessed to see many go across the city borders of Louisiana to help neighbors in the west who were hit by Hurricane Laura and then help right here in Acadiana as we recovered from Delta. I have seen and heard God whisper that even when it’s bad; it is still good! For if God says He will turn all bad out for good, then the bad will turn around for good! Life lessons have been learned in 2020. Security in worldly things has turned into security and faith in knowing that God is God. His ways are higher than our ways! I seek Him more in my business. I seek Him more in my parenting! I seek Him more in my marriage! I seek Him!! I want to profess the good more in my writings and my words! I want to speak life.
So, while it is funny to laugh at the memes of 2020, while it is easier to see the bad of 2020, let’s seek the good lessons of 2020 that can mold us and propel us into better Christians, better spouses, better parents, better examples, and a better version of US!!!
Let’s use the rest of 2020 to say and proclaim good life-giving words that can bring deliverance rather than more yuck! I profess the last few months of 2020 will be God taking back a nation to be one nation under God. And to be months where our eyes see revival and blessings all around us! We will see miracles that can only be God professed and God-ordained! 2020 will be remembered for the good rather than the bad!
I challenge you to post in the comments on our Community Chronicles page the good you saw and will see from these last two months in 2020! Proclaim the good to give hope to others who are stuck only seeing the bad! And let’s proclaim 2021 to be the best year ever to come to pass.
Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas, & Thank God for 2021 which will be our best year yet!!!!

Josh Guillory
11/11/2020

Josh Guillory

I was humbled and honored to participate in the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Fountain Memorial Cemetery. It was a moving and fitting tribute to all of our veterans, past and present, who have served our nation. Our prayers and thanks go out to our veterans, who defend our liberty and way of life. #thankyouforyourservice #VeteransDay

Scott Oak Cleaners@theresa rohloff
11/11/2020

Scott Oak Cleaners
@theresa rohloff

Facing down the Risk of COVID19 By Theresa Rohloff
The whirr continues into the night for duo sewing machines making protective face coverings to help curb the number of positive coronavirus cases. They sometimes continued as late at 10 o’clock to get these finished. They stopped earlier, sometimes, because they were so tired.
Scott Oak Cleaners has the cloth masks on display for whoever fancies some face coverings with cute styles. Marlene and Blake Duhon, owners of the dry cleaner business situated on Westgate in Scott and another on North University in Carencro, have been tackling this project together. They began pushing out the pleated masks in July and have sold many. Asked how many they had made, both said they didn’t keep count. Did they make over a hundred? “More like 500 or 600,” Blake replied.
The face coverings typically sell for $8, but the ones with the LSU and/or Saints fabric sell for $10 because of the higher cost of the material. Blake showed how their masks have a pocket on the inside and keep it in place. These have pleats and ear loops. Some people put coffee filters to the pocket to give some extra protection.
“When we first put them out on display, they sold quickly,” Marlene shared. “Now sales are slowing a bit.”
People like to buy these from local businesses that they know do good work. Scott Oak Cleaners has been only dry cleaner in Scott for quite a while. They take special care with your garments and are timely with what they get from customers. They also do alterations.
Marlene is quite the seamstress. She was the Scott Business Association Mardi Gras Queen along with now-Councilman Kenny Suire in 2006, and she made a drop-dead gorgeous gown for the occasion. She also raised the bar for the SBA celebration that eventually evolved into a full-blown ball.
Swing by 404 Westgate in Scott or 3414 N. University Avenue in Carencro to say hello and you might not be able to leave without a face covering to call you own.
Pictured is Marlene showing off several of the face-covering that she and her husband made.

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PLEASE SHARE!!! VERY IMPORTANT.....Good Morning everyone. I am in search of Agriculture teachers who are in need of gallons of paint for projects with their students. Or a representative for Habitat for Humanity Must load and pick up. Please do not contact me if you are a landlord or someone looking to make a profit off of this. Please contact Nina Guillory- DuPont at 337-580-4386 or via FB messenger. Asap. Once gone, its gone.
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So excited to share!!! Won the wreath giveaway from Community Chronicles!! Looks awesome on my door!!
Had to share!! So excited I won the wreath from Community Chronicles!!! Hanging on my door!!😎😎😎
RHS PTO's 2nd Annual Chili Bowl Cook off is SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2018 Gates open at 10 am Rayne Frog Festival Pavilion $10 entry fee ~ 6 and up (5 & under FREE) ~will get you in ~ taste all the chilis you like ~ listen to our entertainment provided by TEMPORARY FIX .... JAMIE BERGERON~ $5 Wristband for Kids/Adult All Day Fun Jump Other Events: Big Obstacle Course Pugil Pit Big Ball Race Face Painting Confetti Eggs Concessions ~ BBQ Burgers & Soft Drinks ~ Adult Beverages Washerboard Tournament ~ entry fee $10 .. 2 person team Half & Half Live and Silent Auctions Football Squares still available Still accepting Cook Off Teams!! Questions let me know :) #RHSCooksForChromebooks