After every hurricane there is a run on chain saws at local hardware stores, and neighborhood trees that have withstood the winds begin to topple. As many trees fall from fearful homeowners taking them down as do trees uprooted by the storm. Before you avail yourself of an ax, take a look at Daily Advertiser naturalist Bill Fontenot’s column this week. Bill lives on 50 acres at the edge of a wetland in north Lafayette/south St. Landry Parishes. He lost half a dozen trees in Ike, mostly water oaks and sweet gums. Those are on his "you-don’t-want-this-kind-of-tree-next-to-your-house" list. However, he does recommend some storm resistant varieties as buffers rather than house crushers. On the list are cypresses, live oaks and green ash trees. There’s a nicety of balance between extremes of planting groves of trees for shade and clear cutting the lot because of storm jitters. Fontenot is a great resource if you have questions before cutting. You can reach him at
, or call his nursery, Prairie Basse, 896-5576, for arboreal aid.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.