The day will begin with the Mass of the Assumption at St. Leo the Great Church in Leonville celebrated by Bishop Glen Provost, D.D. of the Diocese of Lake Charles. After Mass,the Blessed Sacrament with a special monstrance built for the occasion (measuring 68″) will proceed to the Leonville boat landing and embark from Leonville in a boat procession down the Teche toward St. Martinville. The Blessed Sacrament will be fixed on an altar on the lead boat under canopy with a pair of adorers in adoration between the towns visited. The procession will stop at Catholic Churches along the way for recitation of the Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for those gathered at Arnaudville, Cecilia, Breaux Bridge, and Parks. The boat procession will end at the Evangeline Oak in St. Martinville around 4:45pm. At that time, a Benediction will take place at St. Martin de Tours. The procession will continue to Mater Dolorosa down main street for the celebration of Solemn Vespers of the Assumption and Final Benediction at 6:00 PM. The Diocese is hoping to gather several hundred Catholics at each of the stops along the way as well as at the beginning at Leonville and at the final destination in St. Martinville. The goal is also to register up to 100 boats in procession. Each parish might register a boat and have a banner or decorate the boat identifying the parish. Also, councils of the Knights of Columbus, Cursillo groups, religious communities, families, etc. might get together and register a boat. To do so, simply send an email to email@example.com and a registration packet will be emailed to you. People living along the bayou are also encouraged to gather on the bayou bank and greet the Blessed Sacrament as it passes by.
The TECHE Project and the Bayou Vermilion District will be hosting a the first Bankline Management Workshop at the newly renovated Breaux Bridge Library from 9:00 am to Noon on Saturday, June 6, 2015. If you’re interested in learning different techniques to alleviate shoreline erosion, including vegetation that both helps with erosion and improves water quality, or if you are having issues with nuisance wildlife and want to learn more on how to alleviate that situation, then this workshop is for you.
The workshop starts with a discussion of erosion issues and different techniques available to combat that problem by TECHE Project Council Member and wetland ecologist Patti Holland and Bayou Vermilion District ecological educator Greg Guidroz. Additionally, guest speaker and naturalist, Bill Fontenot (formerly with the Lafayette Nature Station) will share his knowledge of native vegetation that can be used to alleviate erosion, improve water quality, provide aesthetic value, and in some cases attract desirable wildlife. The workshop will close with a discussion of preventative measures available to control nuisance wildlife.
Bayou Teche and Bayou Vermilion property owners are the target audience, but anyone with waterfront property will benefit from this workshop. There will be wetland plants available courtesy of the Bayou Vermilion District and Trees Acadiana. The workshop is free, but donations and memberships to TECHE Project non-profit organization are always welcome.
TECHE Project Volunteer of the Year – Clayus Thibodeaux
Thank you Clayus for all of your hard work over the last year. From providing boat taxi service, to driving heavy machinery, to constructing the floating barge, you have always been there with a smiling face and a great attitude. Thanks for your dedication to the TECHE Project!
Release Date: January 21, 2015
New Water Trails Designated in Louisiana and Michigan
WASHINGTON – Whether you travel north or south this year, two new national water trails provide the opportunity to explore and connect to America’s waterways.
Recognizing the achievements of federal, state, and local partners, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has designated the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail and the Huron River Water Trail as the 17th and 18th trails of the National Water Trails System.
“Expanding water trails nationwide improves the environment and adds value to local economies,” said Secretary Jewell. “The National Water Trail System helps people discover the natural beauty and history of local places and provides fun opportunities for families to explore the world around them.”
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said, “The National Park Service collaborates closely with partners to develop these water trails, which provide health, social, and economic benefits to their local communities. “These joint efforts help us reach new communities and educate them about the importance of preserving the natural and cultural heritage that can be found in their own backyards.”
The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail in Louisiana wanders for 135 miles through four parishes and 13 towns along a historically and culturally significant bayou. This trail promotes the natural beauty of south Louisiana and integrates the history of the people and the land while providing access for paddlers of all abilities.
The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile-long inland paddling trail allowing exploration of the river’s natural and historic resources and the communities along the river in Michigan. Offering access to flat-water paddling through picturesque scenery, the Huron River Water Trail has stimulated local economies, encouraged people to enjoy the outdoors and strengthened community pride, partnerships and collaboration.
The National Water Trail System is a network of national exemplary water trails that can be sustained by an ever-growing water trail community. Water trails are catalysts for protecting and restoring the health of local waterways and surrounding lands. They also provide a connection for current and future generations to the nature, history and adventure that can be found on the water.
Explore the entire National Water Trails System through a dynamic collection of videos, stories and pictures at www.nps.gov/watertrails. While you’re there, check out the online toolbox to learn more about best management practices from national water trails across the country.
Frequently asked questions about the
designation and Paddle Trail are here.
January 31, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at our business member’s place, Poche’s Country Club. Join us on the bayou for our Annual Members Banquet with Shane K. Bernard as Keynote Speaker. Door prizes, silent auction, bocce, croquet, and other outdoor games (weather permitting). Food provided, free LA 31 beer and a Cash Bar. Free to Members. So join or renew now!
January 10, 2015 - A special event, “The 1st TECHE Project Wood Duck Nest Box Workshop” will be held in St. Martinville this winter just in time to get your nest box installed for the spring wood duck nesting season! If your interested in learning how to build, install, and manage your own wood duck nest box, or if you just want to purchase a box already built and learn how to manage it for wood duck production, or if you just want to come learn a little about wood duck ecology, then this workshop is for you.
Bayou Teche property owners are our target audience, but anyone with waterfront property will benefit from this workshop. Members get in free, and for the rest of you, the charge is $10, but you get a membership to the TECHE Project along with that fee. There will also be a nominal fee for construction supplies, but this is the best deal around for acquiring wood duck boxes!
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