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Henderson Historical Society sets summer events

Henderson Historical Society sets summer events

HENDERSON — The Henderson New York Historical Society is planning a variety of events this summer, including Henderson Heritage Day.

The 15th annual Henderson Heritage Day and juried craft show will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 13, when people can expect to attend a “party-picnic,” Elaine Scott, secretary of the Henderson Historical Society, said.

The day will officially begin at 8:45 a.m. with a ceremony at the society’s Arthur Rice Memorial Flag Pole. The ceremony will end at 9 a.m. when the old church bell will ring, signifying the start of the day.

Music will be provided by Tom “24” Ventiquattro from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Free raffles will be available throughout the day.

The historical society also has a boat annex, named the Peters-Stevens Boat Annex to honor the families that donated and helped “preserve the boating heritage of Henderson,” according to the society’s website.

“People get lost in the boat annex,” Ms. Scott said. “It starts with the ship building during the War of 1812, and goes into the great supply freighters that were built in Henderson Harbor … That’s a lot of fun over there.”

The historical society also offers a program called “Find a Grave,” which will be available to people during regular hours on July 20 and Aug. 17.

Syracuse writer Sheila Burns will be at the historical society on July 27 and Aug. 24.

At 3 p.m. both days, Ms. Burns will be leading a program titled “Write Your Story.”

“She did a writing program for us before COVID and people were so excited they said, ‘Please, have her come back again,’” Ms. Scott said. “She’s a lot of fun.”

The team at the Henderson Historical Society is all unpaid volunteers and Ms. Scott says that they are “totally committed.”

The historical society is open from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, and by appointment for researchers.

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July 14, 2022


JEFFERSON, LA – The Jefferson Parish Personnel Department, in partnership with the Jefferson Community Action Programs Department (JeffCAP), will be hosting two informational job fair events for all people interested in learning about job opportunities with Jefferson Parish’s Head Start program. The first job fair event will be on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at the Terrytown-Gretna Head Start Center (2315 Park Place, Gretna, LA 70056) from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The second job fair event will be on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at the Lapalco Head Start Center (2001 Lincolnshire Drive, Marrero, LA 70072) from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

These job fair events are intended to provide an opportunity to speak with Head Start representatives, obtain information about current jobs, and answer questions about the application process. Additionally, computers will be available for those who would like to apply onsite at both events.

“Taking care of children during their early years is one of the most rewarding careers. Jefferson Parish’s Head Start Centers provide not only great care, security and safety, but also high-quality education for our youngest children,” said JeffCAP Director Christi Langoni. “In addition to the joy and excitement of working with young children, a Head Start career offers excellent benefits, a reliable source of income, advancement opportunities, education assistance and flexible working hours. Having an impact on a child’s learning process is a rare and fulfilling privilege.”

Jefferson Parish Civil Service employment is an equal opportunity employer. Employment with Jefferson Parish Head Start Program offers meaningful work serving the youngest members of our community, career advancement, benefits, retirement plan, stipend for education, tuition reimbursement, paid travel expenses for seminars/conferences, potential annual salary increases, and up to a 10% salary increase within the first year and a half.

For more information, contact the Personnel Department at 504-364-2730. CLICK HERE for a video with more information about employment with the JeffCAP Head Start program.

For more information about Jefferson Parish, visit Residents can also receive regular updates by following the Parish on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@JeffParishGov) or by texting JPALERT or JPNOTICIAS to 888-777.


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Jefferson, LA 70123

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Salute to America events kick off in Jefferson City Sunday – ABC17NEWS

Salute to America events kick off in Jefferson City Sunday - ABC17NEWS


Salut  to America is kicking things off in Jefferson City, Sunday through Monday, bringing people two days of music, food and lots of family activities for the Fourth of July.

Organizers say events are set to get started at noon. This year, carnival rides will be back with the formally added inflatable park and axe throwing activities. In 2021, while in a pandemic, organizers say the company hired to run the carnival rides had to back out due to staffing shortages, which made them add new attractions.

Along with live music and various food vendors to choose from on High street, there will also be a Red, White, and Bloom Parade that will take place at 6:15 p.m. Sunday evening.

Salute to America Parade Map

According to the route, the parade will travel down Monroe Street to High Street, around to Jefferson Street, making its way back to East Miller Street. Salute to America will wrap up the holiday with the Red, White, and Boom Fireworks Sky Concert at 9:45pm Monday.

 As people get out for events on Sunday and Monday, they will  need to be aware of road closures.

Road closures and available parking for Salute to America

Street closures in Jefferson City for Salute to America:

  • East High Street from Monroe to Broadway
  • Capitol Avenue from Main Street to Adams Street
  • Madison Street from Wall Way Alley to State Street
  • Washington from Wall Way to West High
  • Circle Drive around the Capitol Building

East High Street from Monroe to Broadway will be closed. Capitol Avenue from Main Street to Adams street will be closed, along with Circle Drive around the Capital and others.

Jefferson City Parking for Salute to America:

  • State East Parking Garage off State Street at Monroe Street (more than 500 spots)
  • West State Park Garage (House of Representatives) off Main Street
  • All state and city lots are available for free parking, as well as off-street parking  on East McCarty Street, Capitol Avenue (east of Adams Street), East Miller Street, and Madison or Monroe from the Expressway to Wall Way.
  • Main Street St. Peter Youth Group Paid Parking $10
  • ADA parking is available:
    • on Broadway just off of West Main Street
    • behind the Governor’s Office Building accessed through Commercial Way from Jefferson
    • in Commercial Alley from Monroe St.

However, organizers say more than 500 free parking spots will be open at State East Parking Garage off State Street at Monroe Street. All state and city lots will be open for parking as well along with Main Street St. Peter Youth Group, who will have parking for $10 dollars.

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NNY fire departments open stations for annual RecruitNY events

NNY fire departments open stations for annual RecruitNY events

Several area fire departments opened their doors for the annual statewide RecruitNY program Saturday.

Castorland Fire Company members were at the station early having been called out to a motor vehicle crash on Route 126 at 6 a.m. Operations Chief Gary Ashline said about 14 Castorland firefighters responded along with those from Beaver Falls. The driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and was taken by helicopter to a hospital.

During the RecruitNY event, the firefighters demonstrated their newly acquired aerial truck purchased from the Adams Fire Department in October.

Department members also talked about why they joined the fire service.

Austin T. Kottcamp, a five-year member, was inspired to join having been rescued himself.

“They saved me when I was 16,” he said of the rollover accident.

Veteran firefighter Nicholas J. Astafan said he is a member to help the community. He has been with the Castorland department for only a couple of years but has been involved in fire service for more than 40 years. He has served in the New Bremen Fire Department and in EMS.

The West Carthage Fire Department had a presence at both of its stations on Saturday.

Nicholas R. Koepsell, Carthage Area Rescue Squad, was on hand at Station 2 in Champion.

“We are looking for community members who want to help,” he said, noting that it would be ideal to get people from Champion to work out of the station there.

CARS recently renewed its contract with the village of West Carthage to staff the station for another year.

Firefighter Susan R. Cornell, a one-year member of the West Carthage Fire Department, was at the High Street station with her 2-year-old son, Carson S. Covillon.

Wearing a junior firefighter’s plastic helmet, Carson said he wants to be a fireman.

Ms. Cornell said she grew up around firefighting. Her father and grandfather, as well as other family members, were firefighters in the Chaumont and Three Mile Bay departments.

“I wanted to show up, show support and bring my little one to continue the tradition,” she said.

Although there was a slow start to the recruitment weekend, West Carthage Fire Chief Peter Crump Jr. said one person took an application Saturday morning.

Jeremy T. Yawger, owner of Street Eats, was at the event to provide hot dogs from his business and took an application.

“I was a junior firefighter before I joined the military,” Mr. Yawger said. “I’m a member of the (American) Legion and feel being part of the community is important. I want to help out but will probably join the auxiliary — I don’t have time for all the training. I’ll be here to roll hoses, clean equipment, make chow — whatever is needed. They deserve a decent meal after fighting fires and saving lives.”

The Northpole Fire Company, 22334 Route 11 in Watertown, opened its doors at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Throughout the day, visitors toured the station, checked out the equipment and tried on gear. Crews demonstrated firefighting activities and provided information about becoming a member.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people to meet their local volunteer firefighters and learn a bit more about the fire service,” said Joseph Wargo, Northpole fire chief. “We are always looking for new members and it is our hope that after meeting us, more people will be interested in becoming a part of our family.”

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