Baja St. Martin

The water in Belle River continues to fall, but very slowly. It’s still inky black, especially viewed from the bridge.

I’ve actually been able to mow some neighboring property that has been under water until recently. It will still be a while until my seawall area is dry enough to clean, but it’s getting there.

Aside from one very sudden and short-lived rain the other day, we’ve had no rain in several weeks. One end of the yard is bone dry, the other end is soggy!

School is out and summer school for those souls who failed one or part of the LEAP test has started. I’m hearing words on TV that the LEAP may be modified, yeah, even scrapped, but I’ve heard that before. For most of the years I taught school we simply gave out report cards and that was that. I don’t recall that the students then were failing miserably because they didn’t take and pass a LEAP or iLEAP test. Over the years I’ve taught in systems that gave out report cards and those that didn’t. In the ungraded systems, parents would look at the card of S’s and I’s and whatever we used and then ask, “Would this be a C if it were a grade?”

I had a wonderful opportunity recently to take a tour of the Pennington Biomedical Center in Baton Rouge. That is some place! Halfway through the tour I realized that our guide’s voice was familiar and almost at the same time he said something about Channel 2 TV and then I realized it was Glen Duncan, who used to be a newscaster.

We went in one lab where stem cell research was being conducted. You couldn’t really see much except a couple of pretty ordinary people walking about. No mad scientists with bushy white hair and white coats. More blue jeans and T-shirts! It was interesting to hear Duncan say that our current governor is an advocate of the Pennington Center whereas the last governor was not.

Things are quiet here. The bridge sits idle — sans work. Highway 70 to Pierre Part was just paved from bridge to bridge. Actually, I thought it was already paved, but I guess that was just an undercoat. Now we’ve got the real thing. Once you get into Pierre Part, it’s the usual mess. Crews are sort of moving day by day along the road locating and relocating water lines, power, light and phone and whatever else is down there, so each time you go to Pierre Part, you have to wait in lines but at different places. Lately, work has moved to a place where you can drive through a subdivision, cut across several cross streets and come out on the highway farther along and hopefully miss the stoppage. Maybe! Unfortunately, Pierre Part doesn’t have many subdivisions and while I’ve heard of it being done in a pinch, not many motorists are willing to cut across cane fields.

Crawfishing continues. The price is 40 cents for small and 50 cents for large. Fishermen are complaining bitterly (as they always do) that they can’t fish every day, or are limited to (only) 20 sacks. I’ve heard it’s getting pretty hard to find the 50-cent kind. Most are a little on the small side. Not hard shelled yet.

Linda Cooke

The Teche News’ Lower St. Martin correspondent, Linda Cooke, can be contacted via e-mail at lcooke9417@bellsouth.net.

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