Smiley: Frightful evening

As is our custom, the Anders family will observe Halloween by watching “Young Frankenstein.”

Then, for some REALLY scary stuff, we’ll tune to CSPAN to observe the U.S. Congress in action. …

Mr. Halloween

Bonnie Bagwell Messer says, “My father, Harrison G. Bagwell, loved Halloween, his favorite holiday.

“He said kids were too excited to eat dinner that night, so their treat at our house in University Acres was hot dogs, chili and Kool Aid. Our house was THE place to go, and he fed everyone.

“It has been 40 years since his last Halloween at our house — he would have been 100 this year.

“I hope all our neighbors who trick-or-treated at our house will remember him this Halloween and the love he had for Halloween and them.”

Round they go

Herman “Dutch” Prager, of Mandeville, adds to our traffic circle (aka roundabout) stories:

He says the new circle on U.S. 190 in Lacombe has some motorists confused.

They’re stopping before entering the circle when no cars are coming, failing to yield when cars are there or stopping once in the circle to let others in.

Plus they’re exceeding the 15 mph speed limit.

Other than that, it’s working just fine. …

War stories

Over the years The Advocate’s George Morris has virtually made a career out of digging up stories about World War II from the men and women who took part in the conflict.

He will be at the River Center Branch Library at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, to share some of his favorite stories from his interviews with local World War II veterans.

Since 1992, he’s written more than 100 feature stories about veterans living in south Louisiana as well as the wartime experiences of civilians living in war-effected countries.

The subjects of his stories saw the war from Bataan to Burma to Bastogne, on the air, sea and ground, and from Pearl Harbor to the surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay.

Nice People Dept.

Roland Hainey says he was dining at a Baton Rouge sports bar with two former Navy shipmates when “somehow the three gentlemen sitting at a table near us must have overheard our conversation as we were discussing our time in service during the Vietnam War.

“We were traveling through the South touring decommissioned destroyers similar to the one on which we were assigned.

“When it came time for us to pay our tab, the waiter informed us that it had been paid for by the three gentlemen to thank us for our service to our country.

“We were quite surprised by their gesture, and would like to say ‘Thank you.’ ”

The Aviston connection

Last year, some readers responded to a request for information about Louisiana from fourth-graders at Aviston Elementary in southern Illinois, and were pleased when the students thanked them profusely with letters, pictures, etc.

This year, teacher Lisa Niemeyer is repeating her request for “postcards, souvenirs and information” about our state.

The address is Fourth Grade @ Aviston Elementary, 350 S. Hull St., Aviston, IL 62216.

Worthy causes

A “Bowl for Hope” bowling tournament Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2-3, benefits Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater Baton Rouge, to “help children pay for housing, food, clothing and educational expenses.”

Saturday, Nov. 2, is reserved for school teams, while Sunday is for business teams. Sign up at www.bhghbr. org.

Special People Dept.

Ruth Bourgeois celebrates her 95th birthday on Thursday, Oct. 31. A lifelong educator, she first taught business at Plaquemine High and retired as principal of the School for the Visually Impaired.

Bill and Rea Gilbert, of St. Joseph’s Manor in Thibodaux, celebrated their 69th anniversary Oct. 24.

Missed opportunity

Gordon Greenwood, of Slidell, says when he visited his hometown of Sandwich, Ill., he attended the county fair and met a nice lady while they were both sitting on a bench resting their weary feet.

The lady said she attended the county fair every year and enjoyed it.

Gordon says, “I told her I was from Sandwich, but now lived in Louisiana, and there were no county fairs there.

“She looked surprised and said, ‘Really?’

“Just then one of her friends or relatives came over and she walked away, so I never got to say my punch line.”

Which was, of course, that in Louisiana we have PARISH fairs. …

Cat-astrophic rhyme

I’m always in the market for a good clean limerick (dirty ones too; I just can’t print those).

So I was pleased when Shirley Fleniken offered this one:

There once was a fellow from Yuma,

Who told an elephant joke to a puma.

Now his skeleton lies

Under hot Western skies.

The puma had no sense of huma!

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