Century farm recognized

BEARB FARM, located near Mire, was recognized as a Louisiana Century Farm during the Louisiana Farm Bureau convention in New Orleans. The Bearb family descendant, Gary Smith, center, accepted the recognition from Stephen Austin president and CEO of Louisiana Land Bank, left, and Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. The century designation honors those who own land that has been a part of their family farm for 100 years or more. The Bearb Farm was founded in 1901 by Arvillian (Blanc) Bearb and his wife, Emma Duplechin.Applications for the second annual award presentation are currently being accepted through December 31, 2015. There is no cost to apply. Applications may be found online at or for more information, contact the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s Lillie Adams Wiley at (318) 949-3225, or 740 Covington Rd., Haughton, La. 71037.

ABWA elects officers, issues scholarships

NEW ABWA OFFICERS - Elected to served as officers for the 2015-2016 term for the Cajun Hospitality Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association were, from left, Fran Bihm - president, Beverly Rayon - vice president, Mary Leger - recording secretary, Martha Pierret - coresponding secretary, and Margie Breaux - treasurer.

Rotary Youth Exchange student describes experience to local club

KAPLAN NATIVE Scott Russo, center, described his experiences as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Brazil to members of the Rayne Rotary Club Thursday, July 30. During his 10-month stay when he was hosted by three Brazilian families, Russo learned Portuguese and attended classes. He is pictured with Natasha Domagalski, left, and Ken Arceneaux, club president, right.

“I’ve been so lucky to have been chosen,” exclaimed Kaplan native Scott Russo as he described his 10-month stay in Brazil as a Rotary Exchange Stud


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