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Middlebury Congregationalist Church

in Middlebury, Conn., held its second annual Mardi Gras service on the Sunday before the beginning of the Lenten season, with what Rev. Bonnie Bardot called a "joyful, upbeat Dixieland service" — purple beads on the altar, a jambalaya lunch, and "When the Saints Go Marching In" played as a recessional. The service was a fundraiser for the church's upcoming trip to Louisiana. Next month, 13 members will make their annual mission trip to help rebuild homes in flood-stricken areas of New Orleans.



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Tim Gautreaux

will receive the Louisiana Writer Award from the Louisiana Center for the Book, which is part of the State Library of Louisiana. Gautreaux, who directed the creative writing program at Southeastern Louisiana University until his retirement in 2003, is known for his well-crafted, humorous-yet-poignant short stories portraying life in the smaller Acadian parishes of southern Louisiana. He has written two collections of short stories, Welding With Children and Same Place, Same Things, and three novels, The Next Step in the Dance, The Clearing and his most recent, The Missing.



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Rod West,

president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, has been named one of the "One Hundred Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America," by Black Enterprise magazine. A New Orleans native and graduate of Brother Martin High School, West attended the University of Notre Dame, where he played football for three years, including on the 1988 National Championship Team. He got his law degree from Tulane University and practiced law in New Orleans for years before joining Entergy in 1999. He was named president and CEO of Entergy in January 2007.



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Gov. Bobby Jindal

cited $140 million for "volcano monitoring" as stimulus-bill pork in his GOP response to President Barack Obama's address to Congress last week. Scientists pointed out that seismic monitoring equipment has saved lives in the Pacific Northwest, as was the case during the last eruption of Mt. St. Helens. Moreover, the $140 million was for the U.S. Geological Service's overall budget, and some of the funds were reserved to map topography in U.S. flood zones, which Jindal, of all governors, should appreciate.

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