While I'm not accustomed to laboring, I admit to enjoying helping clean up the Vermilion River with employees from Total Safety U.S. on Saturday, Aug. 11. Along with many volunteers, this project was in conjunction with the Lafayette Parish Bayou Vermilion District, which works diligently all year to revitalize the waterway and its surroundings. One way the BVD continues its effort is by setting up booms at catch points along the river's tributaries in Lafayette Parish to contain most of the larger trash. As a part of the effort to help the community, the employees of Total Safety volunteered their time, boats and energy to assist in trash retrieval. Party Girl's often reminded of the saying, "giving is receiving," but in this case the giving was easier said than done ' especially when that particular day's temperature was hovering just over the 100 degree mark. Thankfully, Total Safety employees know all about safety and made sure plenty of refreshments were on hand. Along with 23 other people, I managed the heat with no incidents due to their handy work. By the end of the day, the Total Safety volunteers, along with BVD Operations Coordinator Paul LaHaye, and his staff members ' Dave Sanders and Matt Buckelew ' filled several barrels of garbage. Well done guys and gals. The river has never looked so clean.
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.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.