Baja St. Martin

Life continues despite the closure of the Belle River bridge! Everyone seems to have made his or her separate arrangements. I see a few more small boats on the river with guys apparently going to work at the shipyard. The Belle River landing is almost deserted despite hunting season. Several friends have their sons- or daughters-in-law’s vehicles parked across the river and are running small boats back and forth.

A Belle River man passed away last week and he was waked at Ourso Funeral Home in Pierre Part. The funeral Mass was conducted at Pierre Part’s St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church but he was buried in the family plot in the Church of God cemetery on this side of the river. The cortege passed through White Castle, Plaquemine and Bayou Pigeon before reaching his Belle River, St. Martin Parish, resting place. One relative told me it was a 46-mile trip!

I, myself, had a late meeting in Napoleonville last week and it was 9 p.m. when I parked my car and then paddled across to my house. It was actually kind of fun. The weather was quiet, the water smooth. So pretty with the reflecting street and house lights. I had a head lamp but didn’t use it.

The cool front passed and I’m so hoping that this will be the end of the mosquitoes. With the north wind blowing hard, the river level is dropping and the water seems to be clearing up a bit. I actually saw a few mullet jumping for the first time since Ike.

A Stephensville shrimper said he was not catching anything in the bay, which I think means Four League Bay below Morgan City. He felt the storms had blown the shrimp out of the shallow bays. Gas prices were also keeping him home.

The Belle River recreation work continues. At the last board meeting, Justin Roper and Larry Wile of Lemoine Industrial (formerly B&T) showed the plans they are using to clear the site. It appears that more trees will be cut than we on the board had thought, but the two men explained that after putting in multiple feet of dirt to build up the property, many of the trees left will probably die from lack of air anyway. Sad but probably true, and I think the board members were already looking forward to planting things. After so many years of waiting for something to happen, I don’t think anyone wanted to do anything to slow down the work. Dirt hauling should begin next week.

Rumors are that the Belle River bridge will be open this coming weekend! We’ll see!

Linda Cooke

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

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