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Terrebonne High School’s Crimson Tide Pride Band Seeking Help from Area Business and Community

The Terrebonne High Crimson Pride Band is asking for business and community support with their fundraising efforts to participate in the National Independence Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
Last summer the band was nominated by Louisiana congressman Steve Scalise to march in our nation’s capital. After a thorough screening process by a national search committee, the band was selected by the parade’s host, the National Park Service, as the only band in the State of Louisiana to participate. The band has been working hard on fundraising efforts to reach their goal of $175,000 that will get all of their members to Washington, D.C. but to date they have only raised $60,000.
“Our community has the opportunity to be spotlighted on a national stage when the Crimson Pride marches through the streets of our nation’s capital on July 4th. I am hoping that our business community will come to their aid”, said Clyde Hamner, a member of the Chamber’s Education Committee and School Board member.
The band has won numerous awards, participated and placed in several festivals, and has the experience of marching in many Mardi Gras parades. School Superintendent Philip Martin added, “This invitation is the biggest honor to date for the THS Band as they will represent the City of Houma, Terrebonne Parish and the State of Louisiana in our nation’s biggest Fourth of July celebration.”
The 175 member band, directed by Vaugh Luquette and under the assistant direction of Dustin Jones, along with the Crimson Belles and their instructor, Kaitlyn Daigle, will be featured not only in the parade, but during the day’s televised festivities on the White House lawn.
If fundraising efforts are successful, the band will leave for Washington D.C. on July 1, 2019. While in Washington, the group has plans to tour monuments, participate in a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, and take a tour of the Capitol.
The cost per person is $1,000, which covers travel (Coach Busses), lodging, food, and other associated costs. There is an online campaign called “We Fund 4 U”. Students have their own profiles, and donors can make contributions by visiting Anyone wanting to donate directly can do so by contributing to Terrebonne High School in care of the THS Band. The public can access Terrebonne high School’s website at or their Facebook Page at The school’s phone number is (985) 879-3377.
A Night for Goodness Sake
A benefit supporting Chabert Medical Center Foundation
Friday, Match 15, 2019, 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
At the home of Parish President and Mrs. Gordon Dove
5 Glen Oaks Drive, Houma, LA 70360
This event is open to the public:
For more information please contact [email protected] or call 985-688-7111

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Danos to acquire Shamrock Energy Solutions

Danos is pleased to announce that it has reached a tentative agreement to acquire the assets and business of Shamrock Energy Solutions, a privately held 22-year-old oilfield service company, based out of Houma, Louisiana. The deal is expected to be effective in March, 2019, and will increase the number of Danos employees by nearly 50 percent, from 2,200 to 3,200. The closing is subject to certain remaining contingencies.
“There are a lot of synergies between the companies,” said Danos Owner and Executive Eric Danos. “Both are privately owned, Louisiana-based and have a similar customer-centric, values-based approach to business.”
The acquisition will expand Danos’ portfolio service offerings – production workforce, construction, fabrication, coatings, scaffolding, automation, project management, materials management, shorebase and logistics, and specialized consultants – adding mechanical maintenance, valve and wellhead, regulatory compliance and measurement, and power generation.
Danos added, “This strategic investment allows Danos to better meet our customers’ needs through expansion of craftsmen, geographies served and service lines offered.”
Danos will retain Shamrock’s team of over 1,000 employees, making it one of the largest service providers in the marketplace. “Danos exemplifies many of the same family-oriented values we’ve established at Shamrock,” said Shamrock Owner and President Jeff Trahan. “I’m excited to see how the integration of Shamrock’s business into Danos builds upon the foundation of excellence we’ve established when I purchased the business in 2008.”

Pictured left to right: Danos Owner and Executive Eric Danos, Shamrock Owner and President Jeff Trahan, Danos Owner and Executive Paul Danos

Friends of the Chauvin Sculpture Garden Presents Chauvin Folk Art Festival to coincide with the Chauvin Blessing of the Fleet


The Friends of the Chauvin Sculpture Garden will present Chauvin Folk Art Festival, taking place at the Chauvin Sculpture Garden + Nicholls State University Art Studio, 5337 Bayouside Drive Chauvin, Louisiana 70344 on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm and featuring music by Waylon Thibodeaux and Nonc Nu and the Wild Matous.
The Friends of the Chauvin Sculpture Garden is proud to bring Chauvin Folk Art Festival to Chauvin, LA on the banks of Bayou Petit Caillou. Chauvin Folk Art Festival is a great place to view the boat parade and meet local artist. Bring your family and friends.
Gray LeFleur, president of the Friends of the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, says, “the garden has become a favorite place for visitors hoping to witness the beauty and culture of the tractional bayou towns of coastal Louisiana.”
The mission of the Chauvin Sculpture Garden + Nicholls State University Art Studio is to educate the public on the value of Folk Art and its importance in the world of visual arts. The Nicholls State University Art Studio preserves and protects the creative works of Kenny Hill and displays the work of contemporary artists in the 1000 square foot exhibition space.

Terrebonne Churches United Good Samaritan Foodbank
Announces New “Homeless Food Program”


Terrebonne Churches United Good Samaritan Foodbank proudly announces that it has started a new “Homeless Food Program”, specifically to assist the truly homeless in Terrebonne Parish.
For 30 years the TCU Good Samaritan Foodbank has been providing emergency food assistance to those in need in Terrebonne Parish and parts of Bayou Blue. Generally, we have provided a month’s worth of food products to our clients. But with the needs of the areas homeless being different than our traditional clients we are offering the new Homeless Program.
Those who are determined to be homeless will receive a weeks’ worth of “portable” ready to eat foods. The homeless person may return each Thursday (between 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) to receive another week’s supply of food. The client can return each week for a period of 8 weeks without interruption. This differs from the months supply of food we traditionally have provided.
The Foodbank is working with the Terrebonne Parish Sheriffs Office and Houma Police Department to assist us in identifying the truly homeless. The Foodbank is providing vouchers to each law enforcement officer to hand out when they identify someone in need. The general public is welcome to notify each law enforcement office to help identify such persons.
For any questions please contact the Terrebonne Churches United Good Samaritan Foodbank at 985-851-5523. Donations of food or monies to assist us in continuing to help those in need are always needed and appreciated. The Foodbank is located at 254 Magnolia Street, Houma LA 70360

Lawrence DeHart

Companies sought for free 2019 CEO program

Local businessman touts efficiencies learned

Applications are being accepted through March 30 in the Bayou Region for the CEO Roundtable program. It brings together key decision makers 10 times a year to collaborate in a trusted environment to grow their businesses.
The free program, presented by Louisiana Economic Development, will begin meeting in July at Fletcher Technical Community College on La. 311. It offers peer-to-peer learning through discussion, interaction and sharing of experiences with qualified facilitators, expert guest speakers and connections to various small business resources.
“I highly recommend it, especially for those who think they don’t have time to do it,” said Jason Bergeron, partner of Technology Professionals in Houma. “The efficiencies and information you pick up in peer-to-peer conversations pay for time invested. You’re able to take information from each session and apply it to increased earning potential of your company immediately.”
To qualify, applicants must be a CEO, business owner or key decision maker in a company that has between 5 and 100 employees, approximate annual revenue between $600,000-$50,000,000 and the potential to serve customers outside the local area. High-growth potential companies will be given additional consideration.
For more information or to apply, visit or contact Darrell Johnson at 225-342-4680 or [email protected]. Questions can also be directed to Katherine Theriot at Terrebonne Economic Development at 985-873-6890.

CPRA’s Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion Receives Federal Dashboard Approval

Environmental review will be coordinated among federal, state and local governments

The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) announced today, receipt of approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to Louisiana’s request to include the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion project on the Federal Permitting Dashboard.
The official request was submitted on January 28, 2019 by Chip Kline, CPRA Board Chair and Governor Edwards’ Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities on behalf of the State of Louisiana for the Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion project. The approval letter issued on February 11, 2019 states “Upon posting, the USACE New Orleans District will initiate requisite coordination with all identified federal, state, and local agencies and develop a coordinated project plan.”
“Bringing state and local officials into this process will make sure that this project is as unique in its heritage as are our citizens who contributed to it,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. “With this approach, we benefit from the experiences of those who live and work in Plaquemines and St. Bernard Parishes, and with their input we will make the best possible project for our citizens.”
“This action increases transparency and coordination not only with our federal partners but also with the people who live and work in this region, so that everyone involved can participate in the environmental review, and also have timely access to information,” said Kline. “It’s an important and necessary step. Having everyone looped in will ensure interagency and intergovernmental coordination and in the long run, that’s what we need to ensure all partners have a voice, are involved and have the same visibility on project process and progress.”
“Our parish appreciates the opportunity to have a seat at the table with the State on this important process” said St. Bernard Parish president Guy McInnis. “My team is excited to express its concerns as it relates to the impact to our community.”
“Since taking office, I have had productive and frequent communication with CPRA,” said Plaquemines Parish President Kirk Lepine. “With this announcement, we now welcome the opportunity to be involved in the environmental review process.”
“I am excited to add the proposed Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion project to our FAST-41 portfolio,” said Alex Herrgott, Executive Director of the Permitting Council (FPISC). “We look forward to continuing to work with our state, local, and federal partners to provide a truly coordinated permitting process that ensures informed decisions without unnecessary delays.”
The Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton sediment diversions represent an approximately $2 billion total investment in the sustainability of southeast Louisiana, and if approved for construction, are anticipated to be fully funded by Deepwater Horizon oil spill settlement dollars, not tax dollars.
“These projects will boast the local economy by creating jobs and utilizing the goods and services from local businesses. Additionally, these projects will build marsh between our levees and barrier islands which should reduce storm surge and wave heights while protecting existing and future coastal infrastructure, ” states Bren Haase, CPRA Executive Director.
Over the next 15 years, CPRA plans to dredge as much as 55-65 million cubic yards in proximity of Mid-Barataria and Mid-Breton basins, and over 200 million cubic yards throughout the state at nearly $2 billion dollars.
“Dredging projects create land immediately and provide critically needed short-term benefits. However, long-term sustainability is a major issue with dredging,” said Brad Barth, Mississippi River Mid-Basin Sediment Diversion Program Manager. “Diverting sediment through engineered channels will use the power of the river to maximize the delivery of the sediment to these basins, and once established, provide a constant sediment-delivery system which is what these basins need to build and sustain land for generations.”
Since the Mississippi River was leveed in the 1930s, the Barataria and Breton Basins and Mississippi River Delta have lost approximately 700 square miles (or 447,000 acres) of land, representing one of the highest land loss rates in the world. Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast has included sediment diversion projects in all three iterations of the plan 2007, 2012 and most recently 2017. Each edition of the Master Plan has been unanimously passed by Louisiana’s Legislature.
This is the second project to receive approval for inclusion on the Federal Dashboard. In January 2017, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion was also posted on the Dashboard.
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