Baker firefighters and police officers recently collected over 100 new toys to donate to less fortunate Baker children, said Fire Department spokesman Howard Ward. Firefighters and police officers exchanged rides in a Drug Abuse Resistance Education car or firetruck for the new toy donations. The toy drive took place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 8 - 10, with rides offered in the Baker Walmart parking lot. Redemption Life Fellowship Church in Baker gave the Fire and Police departments names of underprivileged children who will receive the toys for Christmas.
Teens ages 12-18 were invited to the Baker Branch Library Tuesday, Nov. 16, for an informal teen open mic program showcasing poetry, music and dance. Several area teens gathered at the event, organized by Youth Services Librarian Samantha Klein, to hang out with friends while enjoying hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn. Standing, from left: Samantha Klein, Terrius Anderson, Shandar Bennett, Brandon Stelly, Jamikea Greenlee and Nicholas Harris. Seated, from left: Shana Perkins, Dasia Johnson and Bria Christophe.
Mayor Henry Martinez and members of the Zachary Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new "Too good to be threw" thrift store location, 3987 Highway 19, to the Zachary business community with a ribbon cutting held Wednesday, Dec. 15. The thrift store is part of Foundation Industries, a nonprofit organization that helps mentally and physically handicapped adults find jobs in the community. Items in the store include clothing for men, women and children as well as glassware and children's toys. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and can be reached by calling 654-4113. In addition to several clients of Foundation industries, those in attendance were Greg McDougall, Brent Fusilier, Foundation Industries general manager Jim Lambert-Oswald, Mayor Henry Martinez, store manager Janice Jackson, operations manager Ruby Matthews, Police Chief John Herty, Brandy Westmoreland, Janice Bergeron and Jennifer Broussard.
Bryan Henderson, a Zachary firefighter, took a recent hunting trip to Montana and bagged a total of five pheasant and seven mule deer does. Henderson used a Winchester Model 94 Trapper with a lever action chambered in a 45 Colt. He also killed two mule deer with one shot which he says he has the video to prove it! Way to go, Bryan!
Stacy McGraw took her first deer, a spike, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, in Zachary. Stacy was hunting with her father, Bobby McGraw, on his deer stand during an evening hunt! Congrats, Stacy, on your first deer!
Jason McGraw, with his son Hollis, killed this huge 11 pt. buck on Friday, Nov. 26, in Slaughter. The massive buck weighed 240 lbs. and scored 153 pts. in Buckmaster without deductions. The mighty buck's G2's measured 11 inches, and its inside spread measured 21 1/4". It also had four stickers. McGraw took the buck with a Browning 7mm Mag. Congratulations, Jason.
Seven-year-old Kaitlyn Paige Mier has been hunting with her dad, Paul, for the past two years. Little Kaitlyn got her first deer during this season's youth hunt. Kaitlyn is in the second-grade at Zachary Elementary. Way to go, Little Miss Mier!