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(Top) From left to right are: Brian Ardoin, LSUE Coordinator of Public Protection and Safety Program; Sacred Heart essay winners Laci Marie LeBas and John Michael Duplechin; Sergeant Charles Pat Hall; and Randy Deshotel, Evangeline Parish Clerk of Court. (Bottom) From left to right are Darwan Lazard, Evangeline Parish Superintendent of Schools; James Stephens essay winners Stephanie Vidrine and Jaeda Pitre; Sergeant Charles Pat Hall; and Linda LaFleur, Elementary Supervisor. (Photos courtesy of Connie Lamke/ Ville Platte Police Department)

Daring to achieve a drug free life

The Ville Platte Police Department hosted D.A.R.E graduation ceremonies recently for fifth grade students at Sacred Heart Elementary and James Stephens Montessori.

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Pictured here from left to right are Ville Platte Rotary President Wayne Vidrine, Shane Darbonne, and Rotarian Ronnie Landreneau. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Shooting to be cream of the crop

As they settled back into their new home of the Queen of All Saints Family Life Center, the members of the Ville Platte Rotary Club ended the month of January by hearing about the benefits of getti

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The Cajun Cowboy and the Stirrups band is pictured here performing during last year’s Mamou Cajun Music Festival. From left to right are Lisa Broussard on bass, Renada Broussard on drums, Gerald Broussard, Jr., on accordion, and Gerald “T-Boy” Broussard, Sr., on steel guitar. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Acadia Parish family enjoys playing Cajun music together

The adage of “a family that prays together stays together” has woven its way into common practice.

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Deidra Fruge (right) is pictured here reading to the group of French Immersion students at Mamou Elementary. The students (in no particular order) are Adelyn Lebouef, Molly Ramsey, Braxton Aymond, Emma Miller, Nora Gotreaux, Adam Fontenot, Alannah Bernard, Brooklyn Antoine, Amelia Thibodeaux, Nolan Guillory, Brook Thomas,Allen Williams, Jr., Blaine Duplechin, Tyson Bryan, Daxton Dillard, Ethan Harris, Abram Martel, and Demi Rougeau. Also pictured behind the students are teachers Emilie Dicharry and Christiane Mirabel along with staff members Laura Chapman, Wanda Verrertte, Nina David, and principal Troy Fontenot. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

La française meets le cadien

The culture of Southern France met the culture of South Louisiana as the two came together for a French Day Tuesday evening at Mamou Elementary.

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Other activities at the Louisiana State Arboretum for Arbor Day included learning how to count rings to tell how the age of a tree. Pictured here taking part in this activity is Amy Daigle (daughter of Dr. Kirk Soileau) and her daughter Loreli. (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

An arboresque day at the park

After all the ice and snow from days before had melted, families from the surrounding areas made their way to the Louisiana State Arboretum for the annual observance of Arbor Day on a springlike da


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