From the Files of The Farmer | St. Tammany community news

25 years ago

You could say she’s a Cupid of sorts. With her arrow of volunteerism aimed at underprivileged and disabled youth, Denise Gutnisky recently founded the nonprofit organization Have a Heart Through Art. Until recently, Gutnisky was a full-time volunteer for nonprofits in the New Orleans area.

“After realizing there are as many needy people in our parish as well, I decided to start an organization on this side of the lake,” she said.

As board president of Have a Heart Through Art, Gutnisky has teamed up with local community leaders to make a difference in the lives of children by exposing them to the arts. Monies go toward scholarships for summer art camps as well as local art classes and lessons.

“When soliciting money from friends and associates for my endeavors, they trusted me enough to know that the dollars were going into the hands of those who really needed it,” she said.

As far as a nonprofit agency goes, Have a Heart Through Art is one of only a few staffed entirely with volunteers.

50 years ago

The new library for patients and staff at Southeast Louisiana Hospital at Mandeville will be dedicated Sunday at 2:30 pm The library, situated in the old recreational hall, which was renovated, has over 5,000 books of fiction, nonfiction and references. In addition, there are the latest audiovisual equipment, magazines and an unusual induction loop listening system. The system allows a person to listen to music anywhere in the room. The headsets are not wired, which allows for the mobility of listeners.

Cost of the 27-foot by 45-foot library, apart from which renovation was a hospital expense, will be approximately $40,000 over a two-year period. That expense is paid for by the Federal Library Services and Construction Act, with funding through the Louisiana State Library system. After two years, the hospital will assume financial responsibility for the library.

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75 years ago

A parish board of forestry, consisting of five members, was appointed by the Police Jury at their last meeting. The purpose of the board is to approve the action of the Louisiana Forestry Commission in providing for parishwide forest fire protection. They will approve the organization and disposition of the crews and the money that will be spent in the parish in that line of work.

100 years ago

Mr. Henry Hoelzel’s place on the Tchefuncte River, about four miles west of Madisonville, was wrecked by the storm, about 2 am Sunday. The brick residence was unroofed and the barn and outhouses blown down, a cow was killed under the wreckage of the house and hogs were buried beneath the barn but were gotten out without injury. Two live oaks were stripped of limbs and twisted from the ground, while one tree just as near had not even a twig blown off.

The damage is estimated at about $1,500. Not insurance.

Mr. Hoelzel was living in New Orleans and was about to sell the place, the prospective buyer announcing that he would be over Sunday.

125 years ago

A Grand Moonlight Festival will be given at the Mulberry Grove Hotel, Thursday night, April 22, 1897, for the benefit of the drought sufferers. There will be refreshment booths, music, games, dancing, etc. The house and grounds will be decorated with evergreens and illuminated with Chinese lanterns. Admission, 25 cents.

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