Firefighters from the Ruston Fire Department underwent Hazardous Material Training Wednesday at Coastal Chemical Company under the auspices of officials from the LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute. Pictured are firefighters undergoing a simulated decontamination. The drill had firefighters patch a hole in a ruptured tank leaking chemicals before they practiced decontamination.
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Jeanie Rowland, itinerate adaptive physical education teacher for the Lincoln Parish School District, was recently honored with the Ellen Gillentine Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award for the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. The recognition came during the 2012 Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Annual Convention held in Baton Rouge.
Local Boy Scouts are continuously serving the community year-round, said Scout Master Clint Williams. There are six scout groups in Ruston.
Williams said he is the scout master of Troop 45 in Ruston.
“Twice per year on Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, our group will go put American flags on the gravesites of American veterans,” he said. “And in preparation for Flag Day during the summer, we’ll go to the VFW and disassemble the flags for disposal. The scouts then assist in the flag burning ceremony on the Saturday before Flag Day.”
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana has approved funding for $30,000 to March of Dimes Louisiana Chapter allowing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to be a statewide sponsor for the 2012 March for Babies.
The nation’s premier walking event, March for Babies, is held in 900 communities across the country and involves more than 7 million people each year. This year 16 walks are being held across the state of Louisiana.
As the Celebrity Theatres March for Babies nears, the mother of a local March of Dimes ambassador tells the story of her now-healthy 2-year-old who, as a newborn, faced surgery that would have resulted in removing a large portion of his intestines.