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John Hamlin (left) and his father Bobby (right) cut up deboned Boston butt steaks this past Saturday morning in an outdoor kitchen behind Bobby’s home in Ville Platte. The cut up meat is then stuffed, ground, and smoked in the family’s smokehouse to make homemade sausage (Gazette photo by Tony Marks)

Viande boucanée traditions

Traditions run deep in Evangeline Parish. From the way music is performed to the way food is cooked, everything revolves around those traditions.

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Pictured above is Chenile Tezeno, who is a new assistant principal at Ville Platte High School along with Sarah Hamlin LaFleur. She explained her satisfaction of leading her students through a new school year. (Photo courtesy of Chenile Tezeno)

Tezeno celebrates three years as assistant principal

Chenile Tezeno is now an assistant principal at Ville Platte High School and recently shared how she continues to be a leader and what she does to help out the school.

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Eighty-three-year-old Marylean Tezeno is pictured above as she sits on the front porch of her home on a humid Wednesday afternoon in mid-July. She worked for a long time in the lunch room at Sacred Heart for the students and is teaching her eight-year-old great-granddaughter, Ta’kyara, how to cook using the family recipes. (Gazette photo by Nancy Duplechain)

A cornered perspective

On an incredibly humid July afternoon, Marylean Tezeno sat on her front porch, watching the comings-and-goings of her little corner of Ville Platte.

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une 4, 1959- Many will mourn the perhaps temporary passing of Governor Earl K. Long from the Louisiana political scene. Things won’t be the same without Uncle Earl assaulting his opponents from the stump when the going gets hot come autumn. Whatever else may be said about him, none can gainsay that his colorful personality enlivened the numerous campaigns in which the old war horse thundered around the state. Perhaps he is, as he has said, the last of the red hot pappas in Louisiana politics. These photos, which capture much of his style and technique, were made when last Uncle Earl stumped from the courthouse steps at Ville Platte.....unsuccessfully, at that!

Looking Back: June 1949, 1959, and 1969

June 2, 1949

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Pictured from left to right are Evangeline Parish Schools Supervisor Linda LaFleur, Evangeline Parish Superintendent of Schools and Rotarian Darwan Lazard, Evangeline Parish Schools Technology Technician Kyle LaFleur, Evangeline Parish Schools Supervisor Sherral Tezeno, Ville Platte Rotary President Peter Strawitz, and Evangeline Parish Assistant Superintendant of Schools Michael Lombas. (Gazette photos by Tony Marks)

Of lobbying and enrolling

Elizabeth Coffin, daughter of Ville Platte Rotarians Bob and Barbara Buroker, is a corporate lobbyist in Washington D.C.


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