Cheers – Great job

Our 911 dispatchers do a difficult, thankless and necessary job protecting the lives and property of local people.

They are the intermediaries between the people experiencing emergencies and the people who are sent out to do their best to resolve the situations, whatever they may be.

They don’t do it for the money or the glory, but every once in a while, it’s good to recognize the workers in their ranks who rise above.

A ceremony earlier this week did just that, singling out the dispatchers for Terrebonne Parish 911, Lafourche Parish 911, the Lafourche Sheriff’s Office, the Thibodaux Police Department, Lafourche Fire District 3 and the Houma Police Department.

The departments – except Houma, which holds its own ceremony – recognized their Telecommunicators of the Year:

--Kristie Solar, Lafourche Sheriff’s Office.

--Martha Cortez, Lafourche 911.

--Jordan Gisclair, Lafourche Fire District 3.

--Michaela Verdin, Thibodaux Police.

--Kayla Byron, Terrebonne 911.

The Supervisors of the Year are Marissa Dufrene (Lafourche Sheriff’s Office), Rae Scott (Thibodaux Police and Leslie Doiron and Matthew Hanes (Terrebonne 911).

Congratulations and good job to all these dedicated professionals.


Cheers – Getting a Head Start

The Gibson Head Start Success Cats are a group of dedicated volunteers whose purpose is to make life brighter for the kids who need their services.

Serving through the Head Start program in Gibson, these volunteers gather and distribute donations to the students’ families around various holidays – just the kind of thing that can lift up the people in our communities.

The group accepts donations and is currently looking for a small bus that could help get the kids back and forth to the program each day. It also needs volunteers who can work with the children from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. each day – or any part of the day.

If you think you can help, call volunteer Zeboria Short at 575-3126 or 870-3281.


Cheers – Testing their mettle

“I’ve always wanted to do some sports performance testing on the athletes in the area, so we included that as part of our expo,” said Sandy Fussell, community relations liaison at the Sports Medical Center at Thibodaux Regional. “With the success that we seem to be having tonight we hope to be able to do something for the male athletes perhaps toward the end of the summer.”

Fussell was speaking at the Female Athlete Expo Thursday at Thibodaux Regional. The event focused on challenging girls in eighth through 12th grades through a variety of athletic and agility tests.

It also included informational sessions for the girls on avoiding injuries and other sports-related topics.

This is an excellent event, and the more students it can serve in future years, the better.

Job well done.


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