Just Because: Lots of news

By: Carissa Hebert

There’s only so much space in the paper for news, and we have seen lots of it lately with the snow, Christmas events and the every-day occurrences in the parish. I hope everyone enjoyed the snow. I’m not a snowbird.

It’s beautiful but I hate driving in it. I lived in Missouri for approximately three years. I’ve seen enough for a lifetime. However, my cousin from Missouri, Angie, who now lives here, misses it. I called her as soon as I saw the snow on the ground, and she was very excited. Angie said she called home to tell her mom it was snowing and it looked just like home to her.

Well on to the news....

Library encouraging reading

The Evangeline Parish Library in Ville Platte invites young readers to participate in the 2009 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award.

The Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award is a reading enrichment program of the Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana underwritten by Capital One with additional support from Perma-Bound Books. The program was founded by the State Library’s Youth Services Consultant, Gale Criswell, in 1999 with the first award given in 2000. The purpose of the program is to foster a love of reading in the children of Louisiana by motivating them to participate in the selection and recognition of outstanding books.

Each year two ballots of 15 titles are compiled by a committee of school and public librarians: one for students in grades three to five and one for students in grades six to eight. Suggestions for titles to be considered for the ballot may be sent to the chair of the committee. The ballots are a well-balanced selection of high-quality fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Students may read or listen to the books and vote for their favorite one. This is a great way to involve students in literature and get them excited about reading for pleasure.

The titles that receive the most votes from the students are the award winners.  The books with the second most votes are the honor books. The award or honor book authors or illustrators are invited to the Louisiana Book Festival in the fall to accept the awards.

The deadline for submitting ballots is February 1, 2009. Ballots are available at the Ville Platte Main Library. Call 337-363-1369 for additional information.

Controlled burning

The City of Ville Platte has a controlled burning ordinance, which means you can’t burn leaves, trash, etc. in the city limits. Out in the rural areas, it’s common to see outdoor burning, especially in the farming community. Recently, Ville Platte Fire Chief Ted Demoruelle discussed outdoor burning for those in the parish and for farmers. I thought the material was interesting and decided to run some of the information here. Farmers are probably aware of this, but the general public might not be. Think of this as a refresher course or a way to educate the public about open burning. If you have a question, you can always contact the fire department for guidance.

The purpose of control burning laws are to control waste and other combustible material from being released into our environment, according to the statute. Remember outdoor burning prohibits the burning of waste material or other combustible material on any property owned by a person or under his control except as provided in the statue. The statute discusses the burning of leaves, grass, twigs, branches and vines by a private property owner on his own property for noncommercial purposes where the parish allows it. The owner must remember to stay with the fire at all times. Burning of trees, brush, grass or other vegetable matter in any parish having a population of 90,000 or less, can occur provided the location will not affect the city or town’s buildings by smoke.

The burning of agricultural by-products in the fields in connection with the planting, harvesting or processing of agricultural products is permissible along with controlled burning of cotton gin agricultural wastes in connection with cotton gin operations and the controlled burning in connection with timber stand management. The controlled burning of pasture land or marshland in connection with trapping or livestock production is another allowance by the statue.

•Exceptions to prohibition against outdoor burning of waste material or other combustible material may be conducted in the situations allowed by law if no public nuisance is or will be created and if the burning is not prohibited by and is conducted in compliance with other applicable laws and with regulations and orders of governmental entities having jurisdiction, including air control regulations and orders. The authority to conduct outdoor burning under this regulation does not exempt or excuse the person responsible from the consequences of or the damages or injuries resulting from the burning, the statute states.

It states outdoor burning in connection with food preparation is allowed, along with campfires and fires used solely for recreational purposes. Outdoor burning in a rural recreation area of trees, brush, grass and other vegetable matter can be done for game management purposes.

You should always consider prevailing winds at the time of the burning. They must be away from a city or town. The location of the burning must be at least 1,000 feet from any dwelling other than a dwelling or structure located on the property on which the burning is being conducted. Remember, burning can only be conducted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Smoke is prohibited from crossing a roadway because it becomes a traffic hazard.

If you’re going to burn, the key things to remember are the times that burning can occur and you must remain with the area until the fires are gone. Also create a perimeter around your fire. Stay safe.

Acadia Parish Today

Crowley Post-Signal
P.O. Box 1589, Crowley, LA 70527
Phone: 337-783-3450
Fax: 337-788-0949

Rayne-Acadian Tribune
P.O. Box 260, Rayne, LA 70578
Phone: 337-334-3186
Fax: 337-334-8474

Church Point News
315 N. Main St., Church Point, LA 70525
Phone: 337-684-5711
Fax: 337-684-5793

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