Cheers — Family memories

Carole Cotton Winn has put together a great collection of letters from her father.

These aren't just any letters, they are letters W.D. Cotton penned to his wife and infant daughter while he served in Western Europe during World War II.

"I was longing on Christmas Eve two years ago to know what my dad was doing on Christmas Eve in 1943, which was the year I was born," Winn said. "It was like a real deep desire to know where he was. He was gone my very first Christmas."

When her brother found the letters — stored in the family's attic in an Army trunk, they provided a treasure trove, a connection from Winn and her family to her father so many decades ago, fighting for freedom on another continent.

"It was like a gift from God," Winn said of the letters.

"My Darling" is the name of the book. Winn, who lived with her husband in Houma for 10 years and served as pastors at First United Methodist Church, will be signing copies of the book at noon Sunday at the church, 6109 La. 311, Houma.

The book would make an excellent stocking stuffer for anyone who might be interested in the personal thoughts of a brave soldier from so long ago.


Cheers — A fitting tribute

Milton Arabie passed away six months ago. But his love of recreation and the Raceland area have simply entered another phase of life.

The Raceland community park has been dedicated to Arabie, as recognition of all that he did through the years to improve the lives of so many people in central Lafourche.

"I remember Dad started with a small box of toys, and then his dream was to get the park that's built now," said Matt Arabie, one of Arabie's sons. "All of us worked for recreation, my mother included. We all participated."

In addition to serving this area as a teacher, coach and principal, Arabie also was for decades director of Lafourche Parish Recreation District No. 2.

Lafourche Parish will surely miss Arabie's caring and passion, but now people will have a way to remember his priceless contribution to our area.

Congratulations to Arabie's family on such a touching tribute to such a deserving man.


Cheers — International tournament

Leevill was a busy place this week.

The sixth annual Hobie Fishing World Tournament is being hosted in the south Lafourche community, and dozens of anglers from around the world took over the waters searching for the biggest fish.

"The unique thing about the Hobie Fishing Worlds is that we seek very unique places in the world. This year, we sought out some good wholesome family people that are laid back and very country style. We found that in Leeville," said Steve Fields, managing director of Hobie Cat Australasia.

The fishing runs through 2:30 p.m. today, and the winners for redfish, speckled trout and flounder should be announced by 6 p.m. at the pavilion near Moran's Marina in Fourchon.

Congratulations to all who took part in the contest and all the local folks who helped out or just observed the competition.

And come back soon.


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