Cheers — Ringing a bell

The Bayou Bell Ringers are an impressive group.

They use hand bells to perform to the delight of listeners throughout our region.

As importantly, though, the group gives people with mental or physical challenges a chance to participate in a tremendous community institution, perform music in public and gain the admiration and respect of their many fans.

In a recent question-and-answer with the newspaper, Aaron Champagne, director and music therapist, and Janice Grammer, contact representative and secretary-treasurer of We Can All Ring, which supports the group, cited the following facts to support their work in this excellent effort:

— Music motivates.

— Music is a multi-sensory experience.

— Music is processed in both hemispheres of the brain.

— Music is non-verbal.

— Music helps you bond with others.

No one can argue with any of those points. And, no one who has seen the Bayou Bell Ringers would argue that it is a worthwhile and pride-inducing group that makes our region better.

For more information about the group, to get involved or to donate to it, log on to, send a check to: Bayou Bell Ringers, P.O. Box 116, Cut Off, LA 70345, or call Grammer at 632-6800.

Congratulations all around, and keep up the great work.


Cheers — A great grant

The Lowlander Center in Gray recently received the Human Rights Innovation Fellowship. The fellowship comes with $25,000 to help the local group with its vital mission.

That mission is to help people and communities who are considering relocating because of environmental hardships such as coastal erosion.

This will be an increasingly significant demand in coming years as the Gulf of Mexico gets ever closer to our front doors and begins to drive us up or out.

Clearly, it is a phenomenon that will affect the lowest-lying places first, but it is one that will have far-reaching effects throughout our communities.

“The Lowlander Center and the communities it works with are on the front lines of this issue and are dedicated to supporting the development of grassroots, sustainable solutions,” said Amber Moulton, who works with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, which awarded the fellowship. “We are humbled to count them among our partners and look forward to collaborating in the year ahead.”

Well said. Congratulations to the Lowlander Center and to the many people it will help with it.


Cheers — Getting ready

It’s hurricane season, and the best thing you can do is to prepare.

Many of us remember to gather certain supplies we will need to ride out storms or to evacuate.

But we tend to forget the preparations we can make outside our homes to make our homes less vulnerable to damage.

This includes removing dead trees and trimming the live ones to remove limbs that can become falling dangers during heavy rains or damaging missiles during heavy winds.

Do what you can now to protect your investment in your home and to avoid the disruption and danger that can come with a storm.


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