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John Hamlin (left) and his father Bobby (right) cut up deboned Boston butt steaks this past Saturday morning in an outdoor kitchen behind Bobby’s home in Ville Platte. The cut up meat is then stuffed, ground, and smoked in the family’s smokehouse to make homemade sausage (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Viande boucanée traditions

Traditions run deep in Evangeline Parish. From the way music is performed to the way food is cooked, everything revolves around those traditions.

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Pictured above is Chenile Tezeno, who is a new assistant principal at Ville Platte High School along with Sarah Hamlin LaFleur. She explained her satisfaction of leading her students through a new school year. (Photo courtesy of Chenile Tezeno)

Tezeno celebrates three years as assistant principal

Chenile Tezeno is now an assistant principal at Ville Platte High School and recently shared how she continues to be a leader and what she does to help out the school.

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Eighty-three-year-old Marylean Tezeno is pictured above as she sits on the front porch of her home on a humid Wednesday afternoon in mid-July. She worked for a long time in the lunch room at Sacred Heart for the students and is teaching her eight-year-old great-granddaughter, Ta’kyara, how to cook using the family recipes. (Gazette photo by Nancy Duplechain)

A cornered perspective

On an incredibly humid July afternoon, Marylean Tezeno sat on her front porch, watching the comings-and-goings of her little corner of Ville Platte.


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