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Driven to help her 13-year-old brother Gage Ritchey, who has Duchenne Muscular
Dystrophy, Angelica David has helped raise funds for MDA.

Erath Middle Assistant Principal Marlene Primeaux presents a donation to Angelica David that will go to the MDA.

Sister helping brother

ERATH — For nearly the last 10 years, Angelica David has put a great deal of energy into raising money.
“Throughout the years,” David said, “I have raised around $35,000.”
She has raised every penny with her 13-year-old brother Gage Ritchey first and foremost on her mind. Doctors diagnosed Ritchey, an eighth grader a Erath Middle School, with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was four years old.
“All proceeds go straight to research to help find a cure for this life threatening disease,” David said.

The Spirit Festival was held in Abbeville.

Easter Spirit celebrated in Abbeville Community

Several Church communities came together to celebrate Abbeville's first Spirit Fest at the Christian Service Center.
Several hundred people with many faith backgrounds and folks from the local neighborhood came together to honor God and one another during Spirit Fest. New Life Church, Harvest Time, St. Mary Magdalen, St. Theresa's, First Holy Ghost, Lighthouse Ministries, Family Missions Company, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, United Methodist Church and Pleasant Green Baptist Church were all present and worked together for the ecumenical event.

Mrs. Elgin Prejean Baudoin enjoys going back to North Vermilion.

North Vermilion's Granny full of patience, energy

At North Vermilion High School students often have the pleasure of spending the day with a substitute teacher named Elgin Prejean Baudoin, aka Granny. It’s her big smile and sweet disposition that grabs them.
Granny may be in her 70’s, but she commands respect and skillfully helps students get through the work their teachers leave for them. She knows the ins and outs of the school routine and is not intimidated by technology nor the height of the students. Mrs. Elgin is a 5-foot granny full of patience and love.

City officials and volunteers welcome Cleanest City judges. Front row (L-R): Liz Gremillion, Abbeville Garden Club President and Cleanest City co-chair, Patsy Hebert, Cleanest City co-chair, Gwen Lanoux, Abbeville Garden Club and Keep Abbeville Beautiful, Sophia Guidry, Stephanie Thompkins and Jane Anders, Cleanest City Judges, Sandra
Creswell, Cleanest City Co-chair, Mayor Mark Piazza and Councilman Francis Touchet Jr. Back row (L-R):
Councilman Francis Plaisance and Councilman Brady Broussard Jr.

Abbeville wins Cleanest City district title

The City of Abbeville left an indelible mark on the judges for the Louisiana Garden Club Federation’s Cleanest City Contest.
Judges arrived in the city Tuesday afternoon. A few hours after being taken on the tour of the city, the judges awarded Abbeville with its fourth straight district title.
“Victory again,” Mayor Mark Piazza said proudly. “We are really excited about it.”
Piazza said the win is a reflection of the many people who put in their time.

Kiwanis Club members Andrew Dozier (left) and Mark Piazza present Kim Brousard with a donation for her shoe drive to benefit American Cancer Society.

Abbeville woman who survived cancer going strong with shoe drive

Kim Broussard began her fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society about a year after receiving her own diagnosis.
Doctors diagnosed Broussard with Melanoma in January of 2016. Now cancer free, Broussard is conducting a shoe drive that will help others receive their own good news.
Broussard began collecting pairs of shoes in February. To date, she has more than 600 pairs. She will continue the drive through Friday, May 12.
“That is the cutoff,” Broussard said, “but I will keep collecting as long as I can.”

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