Port Sulphur Library Back With New Technology

For the first time since Hurricane Isaac, the Port Sulphur Library opened its doors last week and the small facility is now equipped with some major computing technology.

library“Isaac ripped through here, and took a bunch of the metal off the building, a lot of water got in which led to mold,” explained Library Director Todd Schouest.

But with a little ingenuity, the library staff members were able to salvage many of the books and DVDs at a relatively low-cost: instead of renting expensive climate-controlled storage units, Schouest opted for refrigerated trucks to store the reading materials.

However, the library’s computers weren’t so lucky, and needed to be replaced. Schouest looked at the loss as a chance to enhance the offerings of the facility. While the library was closed for repairs, Schouest and his staff took the opportunity to equip the facility
with new Virtual Computing Technology. Besides the State Library, Plaquemines Parish libraries are the first in the state to have this technology, which allows users to browse the internet and use a variety of computer programs at lightning-fast speed. Instead of bulky computer towers, each station is equipped with N-drives—compact storage devices that sit on the desktop and allow users to operate a variety of programs and functions.

“We are now working on the State Library’s huge server, so the whole system is incredibly fast now,” said Schouest.

For months he has been working with the State Library’s IT department to get N-drives and fiber optic internet hooked up at Plaquemines Library computing stations, and
as a self-proclaimed “tech nerd,” Schouest is thrilled to bring the technology to Port Sulphur residents.

“Through a federal grant and help from AT&T we now have fiber optic internet running from Belle Chasse to Buras, which is faster than the internet I have in my house,” Schouest said excitedly. “And now we have the Port Sulphur computers
tapped into that too.”

A former Jefferson Parish Library director, Schouest came to Plaquemines in 2008 and made it his mission to upgrade the parish libraries’ offerings.

“We used to have people from Plaquemines coming up to Jefferson all the time because they didn’t have a lot of what they were looking for. I really wanted to change that and this is a big step.”

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P.V. Griffin Addresses Bigger-Waters Act Concerns in D.C.

District 1 Councilman P.V. Griffin met with several congressional members in Washington D.C. earlier this month to discuss the growing list of issues Plaquemines Parish residents are struggling with.p-v-griffin

Among the representatives Griffin met with was Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-CA, co-sponsor of the Biggert- Waters Reform Act.

“I told her about the problems this legislation was causing for the people of this parish, and I told her it was going to kill my district,” said Griffin.

Griffin says he proposed a two-year compliance waiver, that would allow the parish
more time to complete their levee system and get it federalized, which could in turn lower the assessed base flood elevations.

“I think a two-year waiver on the elevation requirements will allow us to build our levees up, so hopefully instead of 21 feet we can get down to at least 8 or 12 feet,” said Griffin.

As far as making the case compelling for federal representatives who have several other things to tackle, he says that reminding elected officials unfamiliar with the small parish’s mighty contribution to the national economy, is crucial to getting their attention.

“I told them that we are a huge supplier of the country’s oil and gas, and a third of the country’s seafood but we’re being treated like step-children,” he said.

In addition to Waters, Griffin met with Louisiana Congressmen Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond. As well as Congressman and Chairman of the Black Caucus Emanuel Cleaver, D-MO, and the staff of Louisiana Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter.

“I invited them all to come down and talk to the people to see how the decisions they make in Washington are affecting real lives,” Griffin said.

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Zephyrs Night, April 12, 2013

Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans
Zephyrs Night

Zephyr Field
6000 Airline Drive
Metairie, LA 70003

Friday, April 12, 2013
7PM – 10PM

Join us for opening night at Zephyr Field!

Tickets: $10 each

Zephyrs vs. Round Rock Express

Stay for the fireworks!

Contact Lauren to Reserve Tickets
504-837-2700 or lauren@home-builders.org

2013 Crawfish Boil

Home Builders Association of Greater New Orleans
2013 Crawfish Boil

Ferguson Enterprises
901 S. Labarre Road
Metairie, LA 70001

Friday, April 5, 2013
5PM – 8PM

Ticket Prices:

Adults: $25/Per Person
Children Ages 7-12: $10 Per Person
Children Under Age 6 Are Free

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Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns – April, 2013


Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve
Rendez-Vous Des Cajuns

Prairie Acadian Cultural Center
250 West Park Avenue
Eunice, LA 70535

At Liberty Theater next door to center. Live Cajun and zydeco music.

Saturday, 6:00PM
April, 2013

Call the Theater at 337-457-7389 for Ticket Information.