Paper recognizes achievements, efforts

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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

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:

• Connie Donadieu, for her work in the St. James-based “Crazy ‘Bout History” organization. The group regularly conducts events and tours that show a commitment to preserving the history along the river.

• The staff at San Francisco Plantation in Garyville, for recently conducting a series of hands-on lessons about life in the antebellum south for fourth graders in the St. John the Baptist Parish school system. Students got a lesson in blacksmithing, listened to field songs and other music, learned to make nets and grind file´ and embraced the toys and tools of Native Americans.

• St. John the Baptist Parish Officials, for sponsoring a series of Easter Egg Hunts at parks across the parish on the Saturday before Easter. Parks from Edgard to LaPlace were packed with children and eggs.

• LaPlace natives Jared and Rikki Broussard, who, after learning their unborn son was afflicted with a rare congenital heart defect, created the website, an online community for those dealing with heart defects in infants. The site connects families and includes blogs from more than 40 well-known surgeons, cardiologists and medical experts.