Baja St. Martin

I am going to Michigan the first week in February to spend a few days with my sisters, but I’m glad I’m not there now.

It’s 3 degrees in my hometown of Jackson. When my sister described it, I really could remember how the snow sort of squeaks when stepped on at that temp. She said it was beautiful with the sun making everything sort of glitter.

Truthfully, it’s cold enough here for my taste these days. I took a long walk on the levee and worked up enough heat to take my jacket off but kept on my ear muffs.

Got a call from Paulma Johnson over in St. Martinville to say he’d be in Belle River on Jan. 28 and in Stephensville Jan. 29 to offer help with electricity bills. I’ll be calling people to notify them since Jan. 29 will also be the first Food for Seniors distribution since November.

I just heard that a local shipyard laid off some workers. Those remaining are hustling for business. It’s kind of scary when the economic woes begin to hit close to home. Till now, it has sort of felt like all the problems were in New York and Beijing, with rich, rich executives and big companies taking all the heat. Personally I think many of the latter deserve it, but that doesn’t mean trying times won’t touch us all.

Gov. Bobby Jindal will be in Pierre Part next week for a town hall meeting. I’ll try to make it if possible. Mrs. Jindal was certainly a nice lady when she came to the Pierre Part school a few months ago.

The Belle River recreation site doesn’t seem to be progressing much. The sign on the levee has been fixed and stood up which is nice. But the sign and the green Port-o-let are about the only signs of life around the place. Hopefully the recreation committee will meet soon.

Now that it’s cold, crawfish fever is slowing down. The water is very high and people will be out looking about but maybe not till it warms up a bit.

The Belle River bridge seems to functioning smoothly finally.

The Community Bulletin Board at the Sheriff’s substation is now decorated with hearts, calendars and Happy New Year. Thanks again, Grover Angelle, Sheriff Ronny Theriot and St. Martin Parish Government.

Linda Cooke

The Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be contacted via e-mail at

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