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90th Birthday Celebration

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin W. Edwards has named Robert and Laurie Gentry of Many to head his 90th Birthday Celebration to be held Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Renaissance Hotel in Baton Rouge. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. followed by the celebration at 7 p.m. Gov. John Bel Edwards will be the guest speaker.
Providing entertainment will be the Louisiana Sidemen, who are comprised of members from throughout the Arklatex. In the five-piece group who will entertain for Edwards' party are Henry Reggans, Sr., Hardrick Rivers, Pamela Rivers, Mickey Burton and Gerald Mitchell.
Edwin Edwards served four terms, the longest of any Louisiana Governor. He was first elected in 1972 and served until 1980. He again served from 1984-88 and from 1992-96. He was born Aug. 7, 1927.
Gentry, a native of Marthaville and the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Gentry, produced two birthday parties for the late Gov. Jimmie Davis. His 99th birthday celebration was held at Rebel Park near Marthaville and his 100th birthday party in Baton Rouge.
Gentry's wife, Laurie, who operates Laurie Gentry Designs, is handling many aspects of the celebration including all graphic, web and event design.
Tickets for the event are currently on sale on a first-come first-serve basis. Persons attending the party will receive a special-edition EWE Birthday Magazine, a limited edition and numbered art piece currently under design and a set of Official 90th Birthday Portraits of Gov. Edwards, along with his wife Trina and their son Eli.

LSU AgCenter field day

Bastrop LA
LSU AgCenter scientists will showcase their 2017 sweet potato research demonstration plots at a field day on
Aug. 17 in Bastrop.
The event will be held at the Venoy Kinnaird farm, 16388 Old Bonita Road, which is home to the Gallion Potato Company. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., and field tours at 9:30 a.m. Transportation will be provided to the demonstration sites, which will highlight the following topics:
- Sweet potato breeding and evaluating advanced lines for earliness.
- Manipulating slip hold time and planting orientation to optimize plant establishment and yield potential.
- Nematode management.
- Weed management.
In addition, AgCenter experts will provide general industry updates as well as information on disease and insect management and food safety programs. The program will adjourn at noon followed by a sponsored lunch.

Louisiana Forestry Association meeting

The Louisiana Forestry Association announces its 70th annual convention August 29-31, At the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. Events begin on Tuesday, August 29, with a golf tournament, a clay shoot, and other mostly social events. Registgration for the main business sessions opens at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, August 30 at the convention hotel foyer.
Presenters for the Wednesday morning program are:
- Candice Nichol, an associate with Michael Gree4n Architecture in Vancouver, British Columbia, discussing "Timber buildings, and what's ahead."
-Eric Gee, director of EXPO, Lumber Products and Resources for Southern Forest Products Association in Metairie, discussing "Marketing our Southern pine timber."
- James Prather, partner with Galloway Johnson, discussing "The rising cost of truck insurance."
Other events scheduled during the day are First South Farm Credit Bloody Mary Social; International Paper Co. Membership luncheon; Board of Directors meeting; Louisiana Logging Council seminar on truck registration; Landowners meeting, with presentation on forest genetics by Patrick Cumbie with Arborgen.
Association of Consulting Foresters Friends of Forestry Social; Drax Biomass Inc. Fun Night.
On Thursday, Morrow Land Group hosts a breakfast with new LFA officers introducerd. Loren Scott, an economist, will discuss Louisiana's economic future.

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