Friday, December 24, 2010

East Houms's Famous Christmas Light Show of 200,000 lights

East Houma house awash with lights
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Earl and Julie McElroy pose in front of their home, which won first place in The Courier and Daily Comet’s holiday lights photo contest, Monday in Houma.

HOUMA — It started as a partnership between husband and wife nearly 30 years ago. Today, the home of Earl and Julie McElroy is known for coming alive with 200,000 lights each Christmas, delighting neighborhood kids and parents alike.

Their house at 142 Cleveland St., awash with multicolored lights on nearly every square inch of the walls, roof and yard, was voted by readers as the first-place winner of The Courier’s holiday lights contest.

Earl McElroy, 70, a native of Ashland and an operations manager for Gulf States Engineering in Houma, puts up the display each year. He often stands outside dressed as Santa to complement the display, greeting those who come by. But for him, the famous light show is about much more than glitz and glamor.

“It’s really not about the lights. It’s about the people,” McElroy said. “They just enjoy themselves.” Read Full Story           

By Kathrine Schmidt/Staff Writer

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Houma Bids Historic Church Farewell

Parishioners say goodbye to St. Matthew's 
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The Rev. Craig Dalferes and his congregation gather for a prayer service Wednesday morning before demolition begins at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

HOUMA — As the construction equipment started knocking down the back of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church Wednesday, Dana Davis began to cry.

“Everything wonderful and everything sad happened here,” Davis said. Davis, like the rest of the church parishioners at the site, were there to take one last look at the building. St. Matthew's was destroyed in the early hours of Nov. 11 by a fire.

The Rev. Craig Dalferes led the group in a prayer, sprinkling the site with holy water. “We are here to honor the closing of one chapter and the opening of a new one,” Dalferes said. READ FULL STORY                                              
By: Eric Heisig /Staff Writer

Monday, December 20, 2010

Top aide to Gov. Bobby Jindal says,..."Oil-impact study may take 20 yrs"

Oil-impact study may take 20 years

But states plan to request money from BP in advance for several recovery projects.

Photo by: Emily Schwarze/Staff 
A brown pelican rests on a pier near the Louisiana Universities
Marine Consortium facility Saturday in Cocodrie. Buy Photo

By: Nikki Buskey Staff Writer -

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Before Katrina, Before the Oil Spill

In this post I share a few photos of my Bayou Country world. All photos taken before Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike (yes they all hit where I live). This beautiful place is just not the same and never will be again.

The disappearing marshes and the devastating effect of the oil spill means drastic changes for many. It meant serious changes for me.

Long Horns Grazing

Lone Horns Grazing in the Oil and Gas Fields
Green Beauty

Lazy Days on the Bayou.

Sunset at Port Fourchon Beach

Sunset at Port Fourchon Beach before Rita destroyed it and Ike finished the job.
Back then you could drive on the beach, park next to the water and camp under the stars. I miss those days.