St Bernard Post

Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 Issue 40 - 2018 Free Newspaper St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana 504-278-7910 ® For Advertising rates Please Contact Our Office At 504-278-7910 Read our newspaper online at Rock & Roll Car Wash Celebrates 8th Anniversary Oct. 1 From Staff Reports Rock & Roll Car Wash, 8320 W. Judge Perez Dr. in Chalmette, is celebrating its 8th anniversary. On Oct. 1, 2010, Walter and Brandy Dornan opened the first and only locally owned express car wash in St. Bernard. The Dornans, like so many other St. Bernard resi- dents, wanted to help their parish come back after the devastation of Hurricane Ka- trina. The parish come back has been more like turning a ship than turning a boat — slow but sure — and the cou- ple, undaunted by the chal- lenge, has been doing their part since Hurricane Katrina. “We decided to open as we recognized an Express Car Wash was needed for our residents in an effort to sup- port St. Bernard’s rebuilding five years after Hurricane Katrina,” said Walter Dor- nan. “We love St. Bernard and have been proactive in bringing it back. We have been involved with St. Ber- nard Parish our entire lives on multiple levels.” As far as helping bring the parish back, the Dornans have put their money where their mouths are by donat- ing a home to the Gathering/ CrossRoads effort that can be used at the discretion of local organizations to help resi- dents get back on their feet, Brandy said. “In addition, Rock & Roll Car Wash has See ANNIVERSARY page 8 Walter and Brandy Dornan thank their customers for a successful eight years. Meraux Foundation to Host a Trio of Events From Todd Ragusa The Meraux Founda- tion is proud to sponsor three upcoming events that will bring people to- gether for food, fun and fellowship. First up is the an- nual Blues, Brews, and BBQ festival held on the grounds of the Docville Farm. In addition to the great music, beers, and food available, this event also gives folks a chance to learn how to play the harmonica thanks to a free workshop led by the New Orleans Blues Soci- ety. This family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and gives guests the opportunity to tour the grounds while en- joying some great blues, brews, and barbeque. The next day, Sunday Oct. 7, a new event takes place in the parish — the Beers for Piers Benefit. Being held at the 40 Ar- pent Observatory in Chal- mette, this gathering will be a fun fundraiser, help- ing the citizens of St. Ber- nard Parish gain access to the Bayou Bienvenue wet- lands. The benefit will run from 2 p.m.- 7 p.m. And finally, theMeraux Foundation along with Domino Sugar and the Old Arabi Neighborhood Association are proud to host the 10th Annual Old Arabi Sugar Festival. Held at the Aycock Barn from 1 p.m. - 9 p.m., this event also features great food, music, and vendors, but several unique features as well — a dessert bak- ing competition, a donut eating contest, sugar give a ways, a Kid’s Tent, and narrated trolley tours of Arabi’s historic and cul- tural arts district. Each event is a good time for a good cause as proceeds benefit good things like the Leadership St. Bernard classes, lo- cal beautification efforts, student scholarships, and environmental initiatives. Better yet, each is free and open to the public and true celebrations of all that is good in our community. Katherine Lemoine Honored for Excellence in Teaching The Louisiana Techni- cal and Community College System recently celebrated its 20th anniversary of high- er education, and for Nunez Community College educa- tor, Katherine Karcher Lem- oine, it was a celebration she would never forget. At this year’s annual LCTCS confer- ence, Lemoine was honored with the inaugural Presi- dent’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, given to one ed- ucator statewide who repre- sents the best practices for all of the community and tech- nical colleges in Louisiana. In addition to this prestigious award, Lemoine was also awarded $5,000 to honor her outstanding service and com- mitment to her students and community. Dr. Monty Sullivan, the President of the LCTCS, said the award recognizes a teach- ing faculty within the system who represents the excellent teaching found throughout the LCTCS college system. He said Lemoine was select- ed based on several criteria, including her instructional effectiveness, student focus, discipline competence, and her personal attributes of promoting a positive culture on campus. Dr. Tina Tinney, the Chancellor of Nunez Com- munity College, referred to Lemoine as a gem and a key- stone of both the college and the St. Bernard community at large. “Katherine stands out among her peers as a key faculty and staff leader and has been instrumental in building both internal and external relationships and partnerships,” Dr. Tinney said. “Katherine Lemoine is adamant about seeking con- tinued, relevant opportuni- ties for her students and is a model of excellence in all that she does for our college, our community and our system.” These attributes were evident to her peers as well, being selected by the faculty for the college’s Excellence in Teaching this spring. This se- Photo Courtesy of Barry Lemoine Katherine Lemoine See LEMOINE page 2 Courtesy of Rock & Roll Car Wash