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Floyd Bonnette of Fifth Ward fills up one of the many bird feeders at his house. Bonnette has been watching birds his entire life and says they now brighten his days in retirement.

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These are a couple of the many robins who descended on lawns earlier this month. Most of the migratory songbirds were on their way back to their nesting areas in the North and Canada, but some remain here year-round to raise their young. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

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A flock of robins stop in Floyd Bonnette’s tallow tree for a quick snack on Feb. 3. They also helped themselves to earthworms that had been coaxed out of the ground by recent rains and warmer weather. The appearance of robins is said to mean that Spring is just around the corner. It seems the birds were right. {Photo by Floyd Bonnette}

First robins of spring seen in Avoyelles

Are two birds in the yard worth more than one ‘hog in the ground? We may have the answer to that question.

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Future stickballers (from left) Maya Lopez, Kaiden Pierite and Emilio Lopez, all of Marksville, practice what they learned during last year’s Native American stickball clinic. The Tunica-Biloxi will be hosting the 3rd annual Stickball Clinic & Exhibition on the Chief Joseph A. Pierite Pow Wow Grounds in Marksville on this Saturday (Feb. 17). Stickball experts will teach the clinic and play an exhibition game. For the first time, non-tribal members will be allowed to participate in the training for a $10 fee. {Photo by Raymond L. Daye}

Tunica-Biloxi to hold 3rd annual Stickball Clinic/exhibition

What many call “America’s first sport” will once again be taught and demonstrated on the Tunica-Biloxi Reservation in Marksville this month.

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Ava Scallan Trahan (left) of Plaucheville poses with husband Cory Trahan on the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala. The couple's search for a beachfront home was the theme of an episode of HGTV's "Beach Front Bargains" reality TV series and aired this past Sunday (Jan. 28).

Plaucheville native appears on 'Beach Front Bargains' TV series

Ava Scallan Trahan certainly made Plaucheville proud when she appeared in this past Sunday's (Jan. 28) episode of "Beach Front Bargains" on HGTV.



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