Over 30 family members and friends celebrated the 90th birthday of Dorothy Davezac at Sammy’s Restaurant on Saturday, Feb. 26. Davezac was born on Feb. 26, 1921. She has six children, five boys and a girl, 13 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She is the mother of Chris Davezac, Zachary Public Works director. Special guest and grandson Chris Davezac Jr. from St. Augustine, Fla., who shares the same birthday, surprised her at the party. Other special guests included her sister, Rita Gibbs, from Lafayette, who will turn 92 next month. Dorothy’s birthday cake was pink and blue, and had both her name and her grandson, Chris, written on it. For the occasion, Mayor David Amrhein presented her with a proclamation declaring Feb. 26, 2011 as Dorothy Davezac Day in the City of Zachary, recognizing her for her long and prosperous life.
Members of the Zachary Rotary Club helped judged the Zachary High Interact Convention skits on Thursday, March 3. The 2011 Interact Convention was held in the Family Life Center gym at First Baptist Church of Zachary. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. Zachary Rotarians who put service above self were, from left: Lisa Rioux, John O. Brown, Bill Gaines, Gwen Fuselier, Danette Castello (club president) and Angie Rabalais. Not pictured: Francis Nezianya.
The 2011 Interact Convention was hosted by the Zachary High School Interact Club Thursday, March 3, and Friday, March 4. This year's theme was Building Interact, Bridging Continents. Members of the ZHS Interact Club performed a skit demonstrating the theme along with other Interact clubs from Carencro, Welsh, DeRidder and Baton Rouge Magnet High School. Skit performers were, back row, from left: Zalika Joyner (Bronco), Raven Snowden, Yue Li, Tesha Moore, Marissa Zino, Joshua Nzewi, Courtney McCauley and Ariel Turner. Front, from left: Alicia Young, Jasmine Littles and Brandi Hodge.
Members of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new location of Delta Financial Services on Thursday, Feb. 24. Delta Financial, 4361 Main St., specializes in consumer loans and is owned by President Brent Fuselier. The event was packed with Fuselier’s friends and family and began with a flag raising by Boy Scout Troop 46 of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Assistant Scout Master Rodney Wilkinson led Boys Scouts Ryan Wilkinson, Chris Hayes and Tyler Hayes in the flag raising. Delta Financial Services has been open for 14 years. Attendees included: Greg McDougall, Chip Mills, Lacey Gorman, Bertha Mathis, Brent and Gwen Fuselier, Charlene McJimsey, Ed Bridwell, Mayor David Amrhein, former mayor Charlene Smith, Councilman Francis Nezianya, Randy Olson, Brandy Westermoreland, Cathy Beavers, Mark Marionneaux, Mark Carline, Ben Cavin and Charmaine Efferson.
Members of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce and the community attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for Life's Journey Baptist Church, 5500 Firestation Road, Suite C, on Friday, Feb. 25. Life's Journey is led by Pastor Jeff Garza and his family, wife Stephanie and son Lincoln. "We began Life's Journey a year and a half ago with a core group of about 10 people," said Garza. The congregation now consists of about 50 members. Services for church are held every Wednesday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m. following Bible study at 9:15 a.m. For more information, please contact Pastor Garza at 200-0510. Attendees included Greg McDougall, Brandy Westmoreland, Stephanie, Lincoln and Pastor Jeff Garza, Kathy Brumley, members of the congregation and family and friends.
Ag science and FFA members began a recycling program project three years ago that has now turned into a recycling revolution, of sorts, at ZHS and within the district. The initiative caught on quickly and on every Thursday, the students divide into groups, visit their "zones of pick up" and collect recycling material from every classroom at ZHS. They record an average of materials collected each week by weighing it with the scales from the wrestling department, which Coach Mark Moreau lets them borrow for their efforts. "We're not trying to eliminate waste only, but trying to reduce our carbon footprint on the world and to help keep things out of the landfills." From left: Rachel Brinkhause, Colton Krause and Josh Hyde. (PHOTO/Stacy Gill)
Ronald Quincy, center, is recognized for having gone Beyond the Call of Duty at the Feb. 10 Zachary Community School Board meeting. Quincy is the head custodian at Northwestern Elementary School. "He's awesome! He does whatever needs to be done, works overtime, and he's very humble. We're very proud of him," said Martha Davis, prinicpal at Northwestern. From left: Davis, Quincy and Warran Drake, Superintendent of the Zachary Community School District. (PHOTO/Stacy Gill)
Fourteen Zachary High band students were recently selected to take part in All-District Honor Band. ZHS Band Director Jason Venable said that was a record number of participants for the school. The All-District Honor Band is made up of the best players from four different parishes. The students rehearsed and performed at Southeastern Louisiana University in January. Participating Zachary High students are, first row, from left: Katlyn Seballos, Nicole Beck, Brandi Ackoury, Moriah Meeks, Danielle Greer and Natori Sims. Second row, from left: Earlanne Brown, Stephen Nelson, Melinda Cook and Chris Sampract. Third row, from left: Brock Gardner, Brad Billeaudeau, William Poole and Ryan McGehee.