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Pepper Fest Poster

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THE 2016 PEPPER FESTIVAL POSTER was unveiled by artist Pamela Powers (left) with help from Kiwanian President George Choplin Jr. (center) and the 2016 Pepper Festival Queen Brittany Racheau at the annual Pepper Extravaganza held Aug. 27. This year’s poster represents 25 years of “Spicing Things Up” in St. Martinville. The artist used salvaged barn wood that were cleaned, planed, cut and burnt to create the canvas for this year’s piece. A cypress knee painted to look like a hot pepper is the focal point. Surrounding the pepper is art used for marketing past festivals. This year’s festival will be held Friday and Saturday, Sept.16-17 at the fair grounds along the Bayou Teche.(Sally Angelle)

Bayou Teche Trailhead dedication Thursday

Breaux Bridge – The first Bayou Teche Paddle Trail trailhead will be opened to the public on Thursday, Aug. 18, during an 11 a.m. dedication ceremony at Parc du Ponts (100 St. Bernard Street).

Fête-Dieu Conclusion –

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A statue of Our Lady of the Assumption, patron of the Acadians, is carried at the head of a procession from St. Martin de Tours Church to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel near the end of Monday’s Fête-Dieu du Teche. Fr. Michael Champagne, organizer of the annual event held on Aug. 15, follows carrying the Eucharist. Although Saturday’s flooding rain caused the cancellation of the flotilla down Bayou Teche, Bishop J. Douglas Deshotels opened the day with a Mass in French in Leonville. Recitation of the rosary and Benediction was held in each of the St. Martin Parish communities along Teche throughout the day, concluding in St. Martinville Monday evening.
(Henri C. Bienvenu)

A statue of Our Lady of the Assumption, patron of the Acadians, is carried at the head of a procession from St. Martin de Tours Church to Our Lady of Sorrows Chapel near the end of Monday’s Fête-Dieu du Teche. Fr. Michael Champagne, organizer of the annual event held on Aug. 15, follows carrying the Eucharist.

SBA ready to help business, resident victims of flooding

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Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Louisiana businesses and residents as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet announced.

11 from parish earn UL degrees

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Lafayette – The University of Louisiana at Lafayette conferred 287 degrees during its Summer Commencement ceremony on Friday at the Cajundome Convention Center.
Eleven St. Martin Parish residents were among the graduates.

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