Paper recognizes achievements, efforts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Each Wednesday, L’Observateur recognizes individuals and businesses in the River Parishes who have gone “above and beyond” in their efforts to make this a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.

We believe an integral part of a community’s wellbeing is an attitude and arena where people who do good things … who work to improve life for others … who try to make a difference … are recognized and saluted.

Because this is a salute to members of the community of the entire River Parishes, we solicit your recommendations for groups or individuals to be considered for inclusion. This week we salute:

• Queen Leila Boudreaux and other winners at the Queen of Hope Pageant, held recently at Riverside Academy in Reserve. Pageant proceeds went to the American Cancer Society’s St. John Parish Relay for Life.

• Former East St. John slugger Bryton Trepagnier, who was selected in the 41st round of the MLB Amateur Draft. The 18-year-old, who was a signee with Bossier Parish Community College, was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates.

• Holly Howe and Aaron Rushing, who were recently recognized by Reserve Post 159 of the American Legion. The East St. John graduates will both be attending Louisiana universities it the fall.

• Marie and Norman Sanders of Reserve, who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Friday. The couple have four children, five grandchildren and are expecting their first great-grandchild in August.