monroe la: How to Save a Choking Pet - 04/14/12 03:01 AM
So good to know.  I don't even want to think about how horrible it would be to lose one of mine right in front of my eyes.
Thanks so much for writing this, Toni.
Gayle Causey
How to Save a Choking Pet
One of the saddest things that can happen to you is losing a pet especially when you feel helpless because you don’t know what to do to save it.When a friend lost her dog because he was choking on a toy and she had no idea what to do; I thought about what we do for people. The Heimlich … (4 comments)

monroe la: Ouachita Parish Teachers of the Year! Best of the Best! - 03/15/12 02:31 AM

The Ouachita Parish Schools' and West Monroe-West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce' Adopt-A-School Program honored the district's top teachers and support employees Tuesday night during the annual Adopt-A-School Employees of Distinction Banquet in West Monroe. Missy Williams of Highland Elementary was named the Elementary Teacher of the Year, Amy Weems of Ouachita Junior High was named Middle School Teacher of the Year and Susan Roberts of West Monroe High School was named the High School Teacher of the Year.
Williams, a fourth-grade English language arts and social studies teacher, has been teaching for 21 years.
Weems has taught family and … (1 comments)

monroe la: Tulip Time in Monroe, LA! - 03/12/12 12:29 AM

Weekend rains were devastating for most of the tulips in the area, so enjoy these while you wait for their replacements.  And, take heart!  Dogwoods and wisteria are starting to show up all over town!

monroe la: Spring flowers in the Monroe area. - 03/02/12 06:45 AM

It's been a little gloomy for the past couple of days, but the spring flowers don't seem to mind!  I guess the 80+degree temps are encouraging them to start showing up.
These lovely tulips are at Kiroli Park in West Monroe. The azaleas are just starting to open, too, so the park and other parts of Monroe and West Monroe will be really beautiful for the next few weeks.
I have a spectacular dogwood tree in my backyard which should be in full bloom in 7-10 days.  The buds are so fat that I know they … (0 comments)

monroe la: Today is Arbor Day in Louisiana! - 01/20/12 06:10 AM
The dead of winter, as home gardeners and landscape professionals know, is the perfect time to plant a tree. From February 27 through March 4, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry hosts its annual Shade Tree Sale at its offices throughout the state. More than a million superior genetics hardwood and pine seedlings have been distributed to the public at bargain basement prices during the sale since it began in 1976.Planting a tree is a truly unselfish act. You don’t plant them for yourself, but as a gift for the generations to come. To plant a tree is an act … (0 comments)

monroe la: School is back in session! - 08/17/11 03:19 AM
School started here on Monday.
I'm too old to have a student at the elementary school only a block away, but I consider myself to be very lucky living so close to this wonderful school. Why? Every morning I hear the principal's voice on the loudspeaker say, "Good morning, boys and girls! Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance." 
It's a wonderful way to start the day--for the students and for me!
PS.Be sure to have your eyes open for those precious ones while driving near the school zones.

monroe la: Wet 'n Wild at the zoo--FUN! - 08/04/11 09:11 AM
The News Star, 8/3/2011
It's the fourth annual Wet 'n Wild Day Saturday at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo and kids of all ages are invited and bring their parents for a day of fun.
"It's an event day at the zoo," said zoo director Joe Clawson. "We'll have water slides and slip and slides and two concerts by Trout Fishing in America. They do a kids' show and it's very popular."
Plus, with the $7 admission you can take a break from the water fun and check out the animals at the zoo.
"We charge a little bit extra and … (2 comments)

monroe la: On the Bayou! 1559 Frenchman's Bend, Monroe, LA 71203 - 06/25/11 06:57 AM
Curb appeal galore and quality throughout. 5BR/3.5-ba homefeatures over 4290 sq.ft. of luxury in a prime location! TWO Master suites, one upstairs and one downstairs--you choose!

Lovely landscaping & lighting in the trees enhance the bayou setting.
Open living area features a double-sided fireplace leading to the sunroom with windows to the bayou.

A dream kitchen! Granite countertops, 6-burner gas stove, generous cabinets & pantry. 
Full details at
Call 318-812-7653 for a private tour of this exquisite home.

monroe la: Bargain Estate on 10-Acres! (Monroe, LA) - 06/04/11 04:07 AM
Peace and quiet, yet close to town. You can go deer hunting in your own back yard! A grand entry brings you into this lovely 4BR/3.5-bath home with room to spare. Formal living & dining rooms, 2 offices, exercise room. 3 fireplaces. The private master suite is HUGE & features wood floors, fireplace, and a large bath with jet tub & sep. shower. Two more bedrooms are in their own private section & share a generous jack & jill bath. So much to see. Don't miss it! Call 318-812-7653 to make an appointment today!
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monroe la: It's SPRING in Louisiana! - 04/21/11 03:13 AM
What a nice surprise on my friend's patio this week!
Have a wonderful Easter weekend.


monroe la: Bayou Home--New Price! - 04/06/11 04:10 AM
Fabulous home on the bayou in Frenchman's Bend!  Click on the link below to see details.


monroe la: Artist George Rodrigue in Monroe! - 04/04/11 04:22 AM
Artist George Rodrigue is featured in the exhibit, Blue Dogs and Cajuns: George Rodrigue from the New Orleans Museum of Art, which opened Friday at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe. 

The exhibits run through April 23.
George and Wendy Rodrigue will be in Monroe Tuesday, April 4, for several museum events which are free and open to the public.
Tuesday afternoon, Rodrigue will be at the Emily P. Robinson Community Center for the Children's Drop-In Activity from 3:30-4:30 p.m. to make a sidewalk chalk mural with them. The event will be held rain or shine.
A gallery talk and book … (0 comments)

monroe la: Monroe's CENTURYLINK Doubles in Size - 04/01/11 08:58 PM
A merger between CenturyLink Inc. and Qwest Communications International Inc. was completed Friday, creating a communications company with a geographic coverage of 681,000 square miles, second only to AT&T.  
Friday's merger will more than double the size of CenturyLink. It will now have local operations in 37 states and enterprise and long-distance business in all 50 states.
Through the merger, CEO Glen Post said the company gained access to opportunities with large businesses and Fortune 500 companies and created a "national footprint."
The company's headquarters will remain in Monroe with Post as its CEO, and its economic impact on the area … (0 comments)

monroe la: Plans to Save Georgia Tucker School Property! - 03/22/11 05:50 PM
Georgia Tucker Elementary School is the oldest existing elementary school in Monroe.  The school was built in 1920 on land donated by Colonel Frank P. Stubbs in honor of his mother, Georgia Tucker Stubbs. 
The school is one of the last remaining examples of Mediterranean Revival architecture in northern Louisiana.  The architecture style came into prominence in the 1920s and 1930s evolving from rekindled interest in Italian Renaissance palaces and seaside villas dating from the sixteenth century.  This style is primarily found in California and Florida, typically multi-story and based on a rectangular floor plan, and features massive, symmetrical primary facades.  Tile roofs, … (0 comments)

monroe la: Downtown Gallery Crawl - 10/04/10 04:01 PM
The Downtown Gallery Crawl hosted by the Downtown Arts Alliance, returns to downtown Monroe and West Monroe on Thursday, October 7 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. This will be a special Halloween-themed crawl. Art lovers are invited to tour ten diverse fine art galleries featuring works from locally, regionally and nationally acclaimed artists from a wide array of mediums including painting, screen printing, sculpture, woodworking, drawing, photography, mixed mediums and much more. Costumes are encouraged!  
The galleries participating include:
· Arender Studio & Gallery-131 Art Alley
· Becton Gallery-130 Art Alley
· Livaudais Studio-122 South Grand
· Mystic Art Gallery-137 Art Alley

monroe la: It's time for the Ark-LA-Miss FAIR!! - 09/23/10 03:45 AM
 You know it's fall when it's Ark-La-Miss Fair time, and that's what starts at 5 p.m. Thursday when the gates open for this year's fair at the Monroe Civic Center.
The Ark-La-Miss Fair opens Thursday for an 11-day run on the grounds of the Monroe Civic Center in the arena.
The West Monroe Civitan Club sponsors the event each year and the proceeds go to fund the club's civic activities in the Twin Cities.
Fair schedule for the first few days:
Thursday, Sept. 23 - 5 p.m. gates, carnival opens; Sneak-A-Peek special admission $3 for adults and children; wristbands … (0 comments)

monroe la: OPEN HOUSE 7/18-- 3003 Cuba Blvd., Monroe, LA - 07/17/10 04:41 AM
First glance is very deceiving, so stop by to see this lovely home yourself. It features 5BR/3baths in over 3100 sq.ft. of living area! The master BR alone is big enough for a basketball game! And, you're sure to love the huge walk-in closets.
Updated in 2008, it has new fixtures, new doors, hardware, ceiling fans, fresh paint and crown molding throughout. Of course those old popcorn ceilings are just a long-ago memory!
See for yourself. I'll be there from 2-4:00 pm. You'll have time to wander around, see the pretty yard and take in all the special features.  I'll even offer … (2 comments)

monroe la: More fun for the YOUNGER Set! - 07/08/10 08:07 AM
Who can resist a PURPLE warehouse?  The Children's Museum is offering fun, fun, fun this summer!  Located at 323 Walnut St., Monroe, near the Warehouse Restaurant.
Wednesdays in July from 9:00-2:00Bring your lunch and a smile and we promise to fill your day with projects, stories, games and fun. Different activiites each week. The museum provides exploration time, snack and loads of fun. 
Fee for Drop off days: Family Members $25...Non-family $35 per child/per session.  Ages 4-8. Moms Stay Out!Beach Blanket Bingo July 7Airplanes a Go-Go July 14Paint and Play, an Art Adventure July 21Safety Camp July 28Meet Dora! Thursday July 22 at … (0 comments)

monroe la: Art Project for Kids on Saturday! - 07/08/10 03:17 AM
This Saturday, July 10, 2010.
FREE Drop In Children's activity at the Masur.
Liquid watercolor painting for children of all ages - bring your child to the Masur Museum Carriage House between noon and 5 pm for a free art activity and also visit the 47th Annual Juried Competition.
Address: 1400 S. Grand St., Monroe, LA Phone:    (318) 329-2237 
Did I mention--it's FREE!

monroe la: Today is FLAG DAY--Retire a US FLAG with DIGNITY. - 06/14/10 08:42 AM
Many people don't know what to do with a flag that has seen its better days. Proper etiquette for the flag is to remove it when it looks faded or torn. It must be disposed of properly, too, not just thrown in the trash.
When a flag is so tattered that it can no longer serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. The American Legion, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA and other organizations regularly conduct flag retirement ceremonies, often on Flag Day.
If you live … (0 comments)